SmartGan(TM) DA8801 providing monolithic integration of GaN power FETS together with analog drivers and logic in an optimized, highly efficient 650V half-bridge design
LONDON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 24, 2016 — Dialog Semiconductor plc (XETRA: DLG), a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth(R) low energy technology, today announced and is demonstrating its first gallium nitride (GaN) power IC product offering, using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation's (TSMCs) 650 Volt GaN-on-Silicon process technology.
The DA8801 together with Dialog's patented digital Rapid Charge(TM) power conversion controllers will enable more efficient, smaller, and higher power density adapters compared to traditional Silicon field-effect transistor (FET) based designs today. Dialog is initially targeting the fast charging smartphone and computing adapter segment with its GaN solutions, where it already enjoys more than 70 percent market share with its power conversion controllers.
"The exceptional performance of GaN transistors allows customers to deliver more efficient and compact power adapter designs that meet today's market demands," said Mark Tyndall, SVP Corporate Development and Strategy, Dialog Semiconductor. "Following our success in BCD-based power management ICs (PMICs), as an early GaN innovator, Dialog once again leads the commercialization of a new power technology into high-volume consumer applications."
GaN technology offers the world's fastest transistors, which are the core of high-frequency and ultra-efficient power conversion. Dialog's DA8801 half-bridge integrates building blocks, such as gate drives and level shifting circuits, with 650V power switches to deliver an optimized solution that reduces power losses by up to 50 percent, with up to 94 percent power efficiency. The product allows for a seamless implementation of GaN, avoiding complex circuitry, needed to drive discrete GaN power switches.
The new technology allows a reduction in the size of power electronics by up to 50 percent, enabling a typical 45 Watt adapter design today to fit into a 25 Watt or smaller form factor. This reduction in size will enable true universal chargers for mobile devices.
"As Dialog's strategic foundry partner for power management ICs for many years, we are delighted to have expanded our relationship to collaborate closely in bringing our GaN process to the mainstream consumer market for high volume applications," said Maria Marced, President of TSMC Europe. "Dialog's first GaN product delivers on the promise of GaN while bringing the integration to a higher level."
The DA8801 will be available in sample quantities in Q4 2016. More information on the DA8801 may be found here: http://www.dialog-semiconductor.com/products/DA8801
Watch the DA8801 GaN video here: https://youtu.be/O9ks-j0R6PA
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About Dialog Semiconductor Dialog Semiconductor provides highly integrated standard (ASSP) and custom (ASIC) mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), optimized for smartphone, computing, IoT, LED Solid State Lighting (SSL) and smart home applications. Dialog brings decades of experience to the rapid development of ICs while providing flexible and dynamic support, world-class innovation and the assurance of dealing with an established business partner. With world-class manufacturing partners, Dialog operates a fabless business model and is a socially responsible employer pursuing many programs to benefit the employees, community, other stakeholders and the environment we operate in.
Dialog's power saving technologies including DC-DC configurable system power management deliver high efficiency and enhance the consumer's user experience by extending battery lifetime and enabling faster charging of their portable devices. Its technology portfolio also includes audio, Bluetooth(R) low energy, Rapid Charge(TM) AC/DC power conversion and multi- touch.
Dialog Semiconductor plc is headquartered in London with a global sales, R&D and marketing organization. In 2015, it had approximately $1.35 billion in revenue and was one of the fastest growing European public semiconductor companies. It currently has approximately 1,680 employees worldwide. The company is listed on the Frankfurt (FWB: DLG) stock exchange (Regulated Market, Prime Standard, ISIN GB0059822006) and is a member of the German TecDax index.
Subtitle: DA8801 Integrated 650V GaN Half Bridge Power IC
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