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GaN Market 'poised For Growth'

GaN products could soon see a growing demand for use in low-power applications.
The market for gallium nitride (GaN) products could be set to take off in the months ahead due to an increasing demand for chips produced using this compound semiconductor.

With applications in mobile handsets, wireless communications, servers and notebooks, GaN-based chips are likely to see a significant boost in demand due to the low-power benefits they offer, Chip Design Mag reported in a recent blog by Ann Mutschler.

"The benefits of GaN in low power are density, efficiency and cost. Ultimately, it gives you a better trade-off for all three of those compared to silicon and the key is to make it below a certain cost threshold," commented Tim McDonald, vice-president of the emerging technologies group at International Rectifier.

Elsewhere, International Rectifier announced it has opened a new manufacturing facility in San Jose where it will be focusing on the production of GaN and silicon materials for use in space, aerospace, military and heavy-duty industrial applications.
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