Changing the face of power electronics: GaN Systems explains opportunities for Gallium Nitride power switching semiconductors in the automotive industry at PCIM

Market leader looks at market growth, industry requirements and performance differences between SiC, GaN and IGBT devices 

OTTAWA, Ontario – May 19, 2015 – GaN Systems Inc., a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, is presenting a paper entitled “The Automotive Market Opportunity for GaN” at the PCIM Europe Conference in Nuremberg.  The presentation will be given by Girvan Patterson, President, GaN Systems on Wednesday 20 May at 11.00 am in a special session in the Brüssel Room chaired by experienced industry commentator and editor, Achim Scharf from Techmedia International. 

According to a report from research organisation Yole Developpement * EV/HEV applications will be a key sector in the automotive market opportunity for the ultra-fast switching and conduction performance offered by gallium nitride (GaN) power switching semiconductors: sales over the next five years are expected to be rapid and exceed over $500M by 2020.   “The Automotive Market Opportunity for GaN” looks at the requirements of EV/HEV applications including EV/HEV power and operating voltage requirements, specific on-resistance and Figure of Merit (FOM), and examines in detail a yieldable large area 650V/100A GaN transistor.  Current and projected cost/performance parameters of such very large area GaN power switching transistors, SiC and IGBTs are compared.  

The special session also includes presentations from EPC, Transphorm and Infineon, and is followed by what is sure to be a lively Q & A session and debate in the afternoon.  

GaN Systems is the first company to have developed and brought a comprehensive product range of devices with current ratings from 8A to 250A to the global market – its Island Technology® die design, combined with its extremely low inductance and thermally efficient GaNPX™ packaging and Drive Assist technology means the company’s GaN transistors offer a 40-fold improvement in switching and conduction performance over traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs.  Devices are available now through its worldwide distribution network. 

* For further information, visit: http://www.yole.fr/Reports.aspx  

About GaN Systems

GaN Systems is a fabless semiconductor company that is the first place systems designers go to realize all the benefits of gallium nitride in their power conversion and control applications.  To overcome silicon’s limitations in switching speed, temperature, voltage and current, the company develops the most complete range of gallium nitride power switching transistors for a wide variety of markets.  GaN Systems’ unique Island Technology® addresses today’s challenges of cost, performance, and manufacturability resulting in devices that are smaller and more efficient than other GaN design approaches.  The company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more information, please visit: www.gansystems.com




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