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GaN Systems & APEI have the power to package GaN transistors

The firms believe advanced packaging is the key to unlocking the vast potential of gallium nitride for high power applications

GaN Systems and Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. (APEI) are collaborating on the development of a high-temperature, high-performance package optimised for GaN transistors and diodes.

This co-development is funded in part by the Government of Canada through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) with the goal of demonstrating the efficiency, performance, and reliability of GaN power devices in a power converter for hybrid and electric vehicles (HEVs and EVs).

"As gallium nitride is just beginning to gain acceptance for the next generation of power semiconductors, prospective users are keen to see the technology validated through real system design implementations," says Girvan Patterson, CEO of GaN Systems.

GaN Transistor

"Advanced packaging is the key that unlocks the vast potential of gallium nitride in high-power applications so we are delighted to be collaborating with a world leader on a package and system design that will maximise the benefits of this exciting technology. This important partnership also marks a powerful endorsement of our patented, island-based topology, validating our unique design approach."

GaN offers dramatic efficiency advantages over conventional silicon devices when used in power conversion systems. "For some time APEI has been looking for an opportunity to get more heavily involved in developing products for newly-emerging gallium nitride device technology," notes Alexander Lostetter, President and CEO of APEI. "Our partnership with a pioneer such as GaN Systems will be very exciting for us, resulting in new power module and converter technologies for an industry that is demanding increased energy efficiency, higher performance and reliability, and smaller size and weight."

"SDTC works to ensure that different partners - from innovators to end-users - are involved in the development and demonstration of new technologies," adds Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. "GaN Systems and APEI are showing the clear benefits of this approach. By working together, they will make sure that users' needs are reflected in the product's development early enough to pave a smooth path to market."
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