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Dispelling a Myth – GaN and Motor Drivers

Dispelling a Myth – GaN and Motor Drivers

There is a commonly held belief in the industry that GaN devices are wasted on inverters for electric motors. After all, if the performance of the system is restricted by the use of a 20KHz PWM, then there can be little benefit in using a material that gains the majority of its advantages from faster switching speeds. However, according to Marco Palma, Director of Motor Drives Systems and Applications at EPC, there are some ways that GaN can still prove effective in that role.

Power Systems Design
September, 2022
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EPC Opens New Motor Drive Center of Excellence

EPC Opens New Motor Drive Center of Excellence

New Motor Drive Center of Excellence (CoE) design center in Turin, Italy, to help customers exploit the power of GaN for growing motor drive applications

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— September, 2022 —   EPC has opened a new design application center near Turin, Italy, to focus on growing motor drive applications based on GaN technology in the e-mobility, robotics, drones, and industrial automation markets.  The specialist team will support customers in accelerating their design cycles and define future Integrated Circuits for power management with state-of-the art equipment to test applications from 400 W to 10’s of kW.

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Packaged GaN FETs Offers Footprint Compatible Solutions to Optimize Performance vs. Cost

Packaged GaN FETs Offers Footprint Compatible Solutions to Optimize Performance vs. Cost

GaN FETs in thermally enhanced QFN packages offer higher performance and smaller solution size for high power density applications, including DC-DC conversion, AC/DC chargers, solar optimizers and microinverters, motor drives, and Class D Audio

Power Electronics News
September, 2022
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Expanded Family of Packaged GaN FETs Offers Footprint Compatible Solutions to Optimize Performance vs. Cost While Increasing Power Density and Improving Thermal Performance

Expanded Family of Packaged GaN FETs Offers Footprint Compatible Solutions to Optimize Performance vs. Cost While Increasing Power Density and Improving Thermal Performance

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) introduces the 100 V, 3.8 mΩ EPC2306 GaN FET, offering higher performance and smaller solution size for high power density applications including DC-DC conversion, AC/DC chargers, solar optimizers and microinverters, motor drives, and Class D Audio.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— September 2022 — EPC, the world’s leader in enhancement-mode gallium nitride (eGaN®) power FETs and ICs, expands the selection of off-the-shelf GaN FETs in thermally enhanced QFN packages with the introduction of the 100 V EPC2306 designed for 48 V DC-DC conversion used in high-density computing applications, in 48 V BLDC motor drives for e-mobility and robotics, and in solar optimizers and microinverters, and Class D Audio.

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BRC Solar Selects EPC 100 V eGaN FETs for Next Generation Solar Optimizer

BRC Solar Selects EPC 100 V eGaN FETs for Next Generation Solar Optimizer

The 100 V EPC2218 GaN FETs alleviate space limitations to achieve higher frequency and power rating in BRC’s new M500/14 power optimizer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— August 2022.  BRC Solar GmbH has revolutionized the photovoltaic market with its power optimizer, increasing energy yield and performance of pv plants and systems. Designing-in Efficient Power Conversion’s EPC2218 100 V FETs into its next generation M500/14 power optimizer has enabled a higher current density due to the low power dissipation and the small size of the GaN FET making the critical load circuit more compact. The small parasitic capacitance and inductance of the GaN FETs creates a clean switching performance which allows good EMI behavior in the field. Another benefit of the GaN FETs is the zero reverse recovery losses.

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35 A GaN ePower Stage IC Boosts Power Density and Simplifies Design

35 A GaN ePower Stage IC Boosts Power Density and Simplifies Design

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) introduces the latest ePower™ Stage IC that integrates a complete GaN half-bridge power stage capable of up to 35 A at 1 MHz operation offering higher performance and smaller solution size for high power density applications including DC-DC conversion, motor drives, and class-d audio amplifiers.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— August 2022 — EPC announces the introduction of a 100 V, 35 A integrated circuit designed for 48 V DC-DC conversion used in high-density computing applications and in 48 V BLDC motor drives for e-mobility, robotics, and drones.  

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Rad Hard GaN Transistors Offering Highest Density and Efficiency on the Market for Demanding Space Applications Available from EPC

Rad Hard GaN Transistors Offering Highest Density and Efficiency on the Market for Demanding Space Applications Available from EPC

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) expands its family of radiation-hardened (rad-hard) gallium nitride (GaN) products for power conversion solutions in critical spaceborne and other high-reliability environments with the addition of a fifth rad hard device to the product family.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— June 2022 — EPC announces the introduction of the EPC7004 radiation-hardened GaN FET. The EPC7004 is a 100 V, 7 mΩ, 160 APulsed, rad-hard GaN FET in a small 6.56 mm2 footprint. The EPC7004 has a total dose radiation rating greater than 1 Mrad and SEE immunity for LET of 85 MeV/(mg/cm2). The EPC7004, along with the rest of the Rad Hard family, EPC7014, EPC7007, EPC7019, EPC7018, are offered in a chip-scale package, the same as the commercial eGaN® FET and IC family.  Packaged versions will be available from EPC Space.

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Rad Hard 100 V GaN Transistor from EPC Offers Lowest On-Resistance Solution on the Market for Demanding Space Applications

Rad Hard 100 V GaN Transistor from EPC Offers Lowest On-Resistance Solution on the Market for Demanding Space Applications

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) expands its family of radiation-hardened (rad-hard) gallium nitride (GaN) products for power conversion solutions in critical spaceborne and other high-reliability environments with a 100 V device that has the lowest on-resistance of any 100 V rad hard transistor currently available on the market.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— June 2022 — EPC announces the introduction of the EPC7018 radiation-hardened GaN FET. The EPC7018 is a 100 V, 3.9 mΩ, 345 APulsed, rad-hard GaN FET in a small 13.9 mm2 footprint. The EPC7018 has a total dose radiation rating greater than 1 Mrad and SEE immunity for LET of 85 MeV/(mg/cm2). The EPC7018, along with the rest of the Rad Hard family, EPC7014, EPC7007, EPC7019, are offered in a chip-scale package, the same as the commercial eGaN® FET and IC family.  Packaged versions will be available from EPC Space.

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‘GaN Talk Support Forum’ Launches to Reduce Time to Market for High Performance Gallium Nitride (GaN) Based Power System Designs

‘GaN Talk Support Forum’ Launches to Reduce Time to Market for High Performance Gallium Nitride (GaN) Based Power System Designs

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) provides a forum for engineers to receive product support, ask questions, and share ideas on using GaN technology.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—  June, 2022 — EPC announces the debut of a user community, the “GaN Talk Support Forum” as an environment for engineers to access product and design support and share ideas on the use of gallium nitride (GaN) based power technology. The forum was developed for engineers, engineering students, and all GaN enthusiasts and provides an opportunity for users to submit GaN-related questions and share ideas with the user community. Questions can be searched by topic category, top topics, or latest posts. Beyond submitting questions, users can share past questions and answers from within the forum via a ‘share’ link in the post.

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Podcast: How is GaN Powering Wireless Charging Advances?

Podcast: How is GaN Powering Wireless Charging Advances?

Join host Dr. Sanjay Gupta and guest Alex Lidow, CEO of Efficient Power Conversion – or EPC – in episode 5 as they explore the ways GaN is advancing the future of wireless charging. As wireless power increases in maturity and adoption, the industry needs solutions that improve performance, efficiency, and user experience. Gallium Nitride is essential to enabling higher power applications than can be achieved with traditional silicon, opening the door for charging multiple devices and more diverse devices, such as laptops, drones, robots, power tools, eBikes, and industrial equipment. Wireless charging circuits employing GaN transistors are also five to ten times smaller than silicon devices able to handle the same power levels.

AirFuel Alliance
May, 2022
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GaN ICs Shrink Motor Drives for eBikes and Drones

GaN ICs Shrink Motor Drives for eBikes and Drones

The EPC9173 GaN-based inverter reference design enhances motor system size, performance, range, precision, torque, all while simplifying design for faster time-to-market. The extremely small size of this inverter allows integration into the motor housing resulting in the lowest EMI, highest density, and lowest weight.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— June, 2022 — EPC announces the availability of the EPC9173, a 3-phase BLDC motor drive inverter using the EPC23101 eGaN® IC with embedded gate driver function and a floating power GaN FET with 3.3 mΩ RDS(on). The EPC9173 operates from an input supply voltage between 20 V and 85 V and can deliver up to 50 Apk (35 ARMS). This voltage range and power level makes the solution ideal for a variety of motor drive applications including e-bikes, scooters, city cars, drones, and robotics.

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The Smallest 40 V, 1.1 mΩ FET in the World from EPC Enables State-of-the-Art Power Density

The Smallest 40 V, 1.1 mΩ FET in the World from EPC Enables State-of-the-Art Power Density

EPC introduces the 40 V, 1.1 mΩ EPC2066 GaN FET, offering designers a significantly smaller and more efficient device than silicon MOSFETs for high-performance, space-constrained applications.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — May 2022 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, the world’s leader in enhancement-mode gallium nitride (eGaN®) power FETs and ICs, expands the selection of low voltage, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2066 (0.8 mΩ typical, 40 V) GaN FET. 

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Sensitron and EPC Collaborate to Introduce a High-Power Density 350 V Gallium Nitride (GaN) Half Bridge Intelligent Power Module (IPM) That is 60% Smaller Than Comparable Silicon Solutions and Lower C

Sensitron and EPC Collaborate to Introduce a High-Power Density 350 V Gallium Nitride (GaN) Half Bridge Intelligent Power Module (IPM) That is 60% Smaller Than Comparable Silicon Solutions and Lower C

Sensitron introduces the SPG025N035P1B GaN half-bridge module using the 350 V EPC2050 eGaN® FET from Efficient Power Conversion (EPC)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— May 2022, Reducing size and cost were key concerns of Sensitron when designing their latest generation GaN power modules. By replacing traditional silicon FETs with EPC’s 350 V, EPC2050 GaN FET, Sensitron was able to reduce the size of their solution by 60% while also improving the module’s already excellent junction-to-case thermal conduction. The SPG025N035P1B from Sensitron is a high-power density 350 V, 20 A GaN half bridge with an integrated gate drive, optimized for stray inductance and switching performance at 500 khz. Rated at 20 A, the module can be used to control over 3 kW. Sensitron’s proprietary topside cooling technology on this ultra-small, lightweight high power density package (1.10" x 0.70" x 0.14") allows for optimal thermal performance. The SPG025N035P1B was designed for commercial, industrial, and aerospace applications.

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The Smallest 100 V, 2 mΩ GaN FET in the World is Now Shipping from Efficient Power Conversion

The Smallest 100 V, 2 mΩ GaN FET in the World is Now Shipping from Efficient Power Conversion

EPC introduces the 100 V, 2.2 mΩ EPC2071 GaN FET, offering designers a significantly smaller and more efficient device than silicon MOSFETs for high-performance, space-constrained applications.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — May 2022 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, the world’s leader in enhancement-mode gallium nitride (eGaN®) power FETs and ICs, expands the selection of low voltage, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2071 (1.7 mΩ typical, 100 V) GaN FET. 

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GaN vs. Silicon Smackdown

GaN vs. Silicon Smackdown

One way to tell when a new technology has passed the tipping point of adoption is by the voices advocating the status quo. The more conservative voices tend to cite older information that, given the fast change of trajectory that occurs at a tipping point, can lead to poor decisions for new designs. In the world of GaN power devices the tipping point occurred in the past two years when the rate of new GaN-based designs started to double year-on-year, and the legacy MOSFET designs started to face critical supply shortages due to their finely tuned, but less flexible supply chains. GaN devices, on the other hand, have remained in stock at most major distributors due to their relatively new and flexible supply chains utilizing older silicon foundries, but affording these foundries a new and vibrant future. In this article we will address some of the common misconceptions still showing up in articles and at conferences, usually presented by advocates of the status quo.

Bodo’s Power Systems
May, 2022
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Ultra-Low On-Resistance Rad Hard 200 V Transistor Now Available for Demanding Space Applications from EPC

Ultra-Low On-Resistance Rad Hard 200 V Transistor Now Available for Demanding Space Applications from EPC

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) expands its family of radiation-hardened (rad-hard) gallium nitride (GaN) products for power conversion solutions in critical spaceborne and other high-reliability environments with a 200 V device that boasts an ultra-low on-resistance and a tiny footprint.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— April 2022 — EPC announces the introduction of the EPC7007 radiation-hardened GaN FET. The EPC7007, a 200 V, 25 mΩ, 80 APulsed, rad-hard GaN FET in a small 5.76 mm2 footprint. The EPC7007 has a total dose rating greater than 1 Mrad and SEE immunity for LET of 85 MeV/(mg/cm2). These devices are offered in a chip-scale package, the same as the commercial eGaN FET and IC family.  Packaged versions will be available from EPC Space.

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Model Behavior to Determine GaN Performance

Model  Behavior to Determine GaN Performance

Users of GaN FETs and ICs now have a tool to determine the derating needed in an application and reduce voltage derating factors. EPC has developed a first principle physics-based model to explain RDS(on) rise in GaN transistors under hard switching conditions. This article provides demonstrations for two synchronous rectification application examples.

Electronic Specifier
May, 2022
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