As the new year starts, it is worth spending a few minutes to review the successes of 2018 and look ahead to expectations for 2019.
Over the past year, the applications taking advantage of GaN’s superior performance continued to expand and the knowledge base of GaN users continued to broaden. The world has seen in operation the autonomous vehicles that GaN enables. Digital communications have been vastly improved with the use of GaN FETs and ICs in high speed, energy saving envelope tracking power supplies. The dream of a wireless world is coming closer to reality with the emergence of large surface area wireless power.
GaN technology continued to evolve where, in 2018, EPC’s latest generation of FETs and new integrated circuits are able to outperform, while being cost competitive with silicon-based products. This combination of superior performance and competitive pricing has provided the incentive for traditionally conservative design engineers to begin using GaN products in applications, such as dc-dc converters, ac-dc converters, and automotive. For example, 2018 saw a wave of new 48 VIN DC-DC power supplies, both isolated and non-isolated, adopt our 5th generation 100 V eGaN FETs for high-end computing and automotive applications.
This year, 2019, is starting with the continued expansion of our 100 V, 200 V and 350 V family through the first quarter and beyond. Additional new product offerings, down to 30 V, are in development and will start their introductions in the first half of 2019 as well. The AEC product line, used in the automotive market, will also continue to expand with new products coming throughout the year for lidar, power train and motor control opportunities.