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GaN ICs Shrink Motor Drives and Speed Time-to-Market for eMobility, Power Tools, Robotics, and Drones

GaN ICs Shrink Motor Drives and Speed Time-to-Market for eMobility, Power Tools, Robotics, and Drones

The EPC9176 GaN-based inverter reference design enhances motor drive system performance, range, precision, torque, all while simplifying design. 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.— October, 2022 — EPC announces the availability of the EPC9176, a 3-phase BLDC motor drive inverter using the EPC23102 ePower™ Stage GaN IC with embedded gate driver function and two GaN FETs with 5.2 mΩ typical RDS(on). The EPC9176 operates from an input supply voltage between 20 V and 80 V and can deliver up to 28 Apk (20 ARMS). This voltage range and power level makes the solution ideal for a variety of 3-Phase BLDC motor drive applications with 36 V – 80 V input including eBikes, eScooters, power tools, drones, robots, DC servo, medical robots and factory automation.

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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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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 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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New AEC Qualified Lidar Integrated Circuit from Efficient Power Conversion

New AEC Qualified Lidar Integrated Circuit from Efficient Power Conversion

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) introduces the latest addition to its family of automotive qualified transistors and integrated circuits offering higher performance and smaller solution size for time-of-flight (ToF) lidar applications including robotics, drones, 3D sensing, and autonomous cars.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— April 2022 — EPC announces the introduction of the EPC2221, a common source dual gallium nitride FET rated at 100 V, 58 mΩ, and 20 A pulsed current.  The EPC2221 can be used in lidar systems for  robots, surveillance systems, drones, autonomous cars, and vacuum cleaners.

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Premium Motor Drive Performance at Low Cost for e-bikes, Drones, and Robotics with GaN FETs from EPC

Premium Motor Drive Performance at Low Cost for e-bikes, Drones, and Robotics with GaN FETs from EPC

The EPC9167 GaN-based inverter reference design enhances motor system performance, range, precision, torque, all while lowering overall system cost. The extremely small size of this inverter allows integration into the motor housing resulting in the lowest EMI, highest density, and lowest weight.

Robotics Tomorrow
March, 2022
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Premium Motor Drive Performance at Low Cost for e-bikes, Drones, and Robotics with GaN FETs from EPC

Premium Motor Drive Performance at Low Cost for e-bikes, Drones, and Robotics with GaN FETs from EPC

The EPC9167 GaN-based inverter reference design enhances motor system performance, range, precision, torque, all while lowering overall system cost. 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.— February, 2022 — EPC announces the availability of the EPC9167, a 3-phase BLDC motor drive inverter using the EPC2065 eGaN® FET. The EPC9167 operates from an input supply voltage between 14 V and 60 V (nominal 48 V) and has two configurations – a standard unit and a high current version:

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ePower Chipset Family for High Power Density Applications Chosen as Bodo’s Power System ‘Product of the Month’

ePower Chipset Family for High Power Density Applications Chosen as Bodo’s Power System ‘Product of the Month’

EPC has introduced a 100 V, 65 A integrated circuit chipset 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. The EPC23101 eGaN IC plus EPC2302 eGaN FET offers an ePower Chipset capable of a maximum withstand voltage of 100 V, delivering up to 65 A load current, while capable of switching speeds greater than 1 MHz.

Bodo’s Power Systems
February, 2022
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EPC Introduces 100 V eGaN Power Transistor for High Power Density Power Conversion and Lidar Applications

EPC Introduces 100 V eGaN Power Transistor for High Power Density Power Conversion and Lidar Applications

The EPC2070 offers power systems designers a 100 V, 23 mΩ, power transistor capable of 34 A pulsed in an extremely small chip-scale package.  These new devices are ideal for applications such as 60 W, 48 V power converters, Lidar, and LED lighting.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — December 2021 — Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announces the EPC2070, a 100 V GaN transistor with a maximum RDS(on) of 23 mΩ and a 34 A pulsed output current for high efficiency power conversion in a tiny 1.1mm2 footprint.

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Low-Cost Motors Match Premium Motor Drive Performance with eGaN FETs for eBikes, eMotion, Drones, and Robots

Low-Cost Motors Match Premium Motor Drive Performance with eGaN FETs for eBikes, eMotion, Drones, and Robots

The EPC9145 GaN-based inverter enhances the performance of the motor for range, precision, torque, and, as a bonus, eliminates the electrolytic capacitors for lower overall system cost and higher reliability. The extremely small size allows integration into the motor housing for the lowest EMI, highest density, and lowest weight.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— November, 2021 — EPC announces the availability of the EPC9145, a 1 kW, 3-phase BLDC motor drive inverter using the EPC2206 eGaN® FET

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New Textbook, GaN Power Devices and Applications from Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Now Available

New Textbook, GaN Power Devices and Applications from Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Now Available

GaN devices and applications, such as lidar, DC-DC conversion, motor drive, and low-cost satellites using gallium nitride FETs and ICs, form the focus of this book, GaN Power Devices and Applications.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — October 2021 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, the world’s leader in enhancement-mode gallium nitride on silicon (eGaN) power FETs and ICs, announces the publication of a valuable learning resource for professional engineers, systems designers, and electrical engineering students seeking the latest information on gallium nitride technology and applications. 

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EPC Expands High-Performance eGaN FET Product Family with Latest 80 V and 200 V Offerings

EPC Expands High-Performance eGaN FET Product Family with Latest 80 V and 200 V Offerings

These new generation eGaN® FETs address the new needs of the eMobility, delivery and logistic robot, and drone markets for compact BLDC motor drives and cost-effective high-resolution Time of Flight.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— June, 2021 — EPC, the world’s leader in enhancement-mode gallium nitride on silicon (eGaN) power FETs and ICs, advances the performance capability while lowering the cost for off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of EPC2065 and EPC2054

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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Expands eToF Laser Driver IC Family of Products with Device Optimized for Augmented Reality

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Expands eToF Laser Driver IC Family of Products with Device Optimized for Augmented Reality

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announces the expansion of its new gallium nitride (GaN) integrated circuit (IC) product family offering higher performance and smaller solution size for time-of-flight (ToF) lidar applications including robotics, drones, 3D sensing, gaming, and autonomous cars.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— March 2021 — EPC announces the introduction of a laser driver that integrates a 40 V, 10 A FET with a gate driver and low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) logic level input in a single chip for time-of-flight lidar systems used in robotics, drones, augmented reality, and gaming applications.

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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Revolutionizes Lidar System Design with Release of eToF Laser Driver IC Family of Products

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Revolutionizes Lidar System Design with Release of eToF Laser Driver IC Family of Products

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) introduces the first of a new gallium nitride (GaN) integrated circuit (IC) product family offering higher performance and smaller solution size for time-of-flight (ToF) lidar applications including robotics, drones, 3D sensing, and autonomous cars.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— February 2021 — EPC announces the introduction of a laser driver that integrates a 40 V, 10 A FET with integrated gate driver and 3.3 logic level input in a single chip for time-of-flight lidar systems used in robotics, surveillance systems, drones, autonomous cars, and vacuum cleaners.

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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) to Showcase GaN Technology-Enabled Consumer Applications at All-Digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) to Showcase GaN Technology-Enabled Consumer Applications at All-Digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Join gallium nitride (GaN) technology experts in the EPC virtual booth at CES to explore how GaN enables enhanced features and performance in consumer electronics by providing higher efficiency, smaller size, and lower cost semiconductor FET and IC solutions.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — January 2021 — Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announced that it will demonstrate the power of eGaN® technology to boost performance in game-changing consumer applications including self-driving cars, emobility, drones, robots, and 48-volt power conversion at the All-Digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 11th through the 14th.

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Integrated GaN Power Stage for eMobility

Integrated GaN Power Stage for eMobility

Brushless DC (BLDC) motors are a popular choice and are finding increasing application in robotics, drones, electric bicycles, and electric scooters. All these applications are particularly sensitive to size, weight, cost, and efficiency. A monolithically integrated GaN power stage is demonstrated powering a 400 W capable BLDC motor with low switching losses and significant savings in size and weight.

Power Electronics Europe
May, 2020
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What GaN circuits can do for wireless charging

What GaN circuits can do for wireless charging

In this short video, EPC's Alex Lidow explains why GaN FETs may make it possible to wirelessly charge a variety of vehicles, including flying drones. Wireless charging circuits employing GaN FETs work at 13.56 MHz, a switching frequency difficult to reach with ordinary silicon FETs. The GaN transistors used are also five to ten times smaller than silicon devices able to handle the same power levels.

Design World
April 11, 2016
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