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Dedicated Driver Squeezes Optimal Performance Out Of Enhancement-Mode GaN FETs

We know Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has commercialized enhancement-mode GaN-on-Si FETs, or eGaN FETs as EPC calls them, for more than a year now. Concurrently, it has been working with partners to realize dedicated drivers for its eGaN FETs, which offer lower RDS(ON) at higher voltages, lower gate charge, and no reverse recovery loss (QRR)—all these properties from a smaller die size than silicon. In essence, by comparison to silicon MOSFETs, the eGaN FETs offer a dramatic reduction in figures of merit or FOM.

By Ashok Bindra
How2Power
June, 2011

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High Step-Down Ratio Buck Converters With eGaN Devices

The intermediate bus architecture (IBA) is currently the most popular power system architecture in computing and telecommunications equipment. It typically consists of a +48 V system power distribution bus that feeds on-board bus converters, which in turn supply power to nonisolated, dc-dc converters. These nonisolated converters generate the low supply voltages required to power the various logic circuits. Because of their proximity to the circuits they power, these converters are commonly referred to as point-of-load converters (POLs).

By Johan Strydom, EPC, El Segundo, Calif. and Bob White, Embedded Power Labs, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
How2Power
November, 2010

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Tags: POLIBS

Darnell Power forum looks at GaN transistor technology

The weather was perfect in Chi-town at the Darnell Power Forum but the technologies were hot including a talk by Alex Lidow CEO of Efficient Power Conversion Corp., who discussed why the power industry should consider GaN for improving performance.

By Paul O’Shea
EEBEAT
September 14, 2010

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GaN community grows: ex-IR CEO launches GaN-based power transistors

The enhancement mode -normally OFF- GaN technology was explicitly developed to replace power MOSFETs. Says Alex Lidow, EPC’s co-founder and CEO, enhancement mode - rather than depletion mode - is essential for GaN to become a broad-scale silicon power MOSFET replacement.

By Margery Conner
EDN
March 5, 2010

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Enhancement Mode Gallium Nitride MOSFET Delivers Impressive Performance

A breakthrough in processing gallium nitride (GaN) on a silicon substrate has produced enhancement-mode FETs with high conductivity and hyperfast switching. Its cost structure and fundamental operating mechanism are similar to silicon-only MOSFET alternate.

Article By Sam Davis, Editor in Chief
Power Electronics Technology
March 1, 2010

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