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Smart Grids To Utilise GaN

GaN compound semiconductors will be integral to the development of new technologies
The development of next-generation Smart Grids will utilise a range of new materials, including superconductors, carbon nanotubes and gallium nitride (GaN), it has been stated.

A report by Nanomarkets has outlined the importance of these technologies over the coming decade in the development of new types of cable, power electronics, cable insulators, cable dielectrics and energy storage devices.

In fact, the report claimed the focus on these technologies will mean there is likely to be unparalleled demand for GaN and other compound semiconductor materials as the market matures.

The report stated: "These advanced materials will promote new grid architectures in addition to enhancing power system control and reliability, reducing costs, and improving power quality and equipment lifespan."

Elsewhere, Ann Mutschler recently argued in a blog post for Chip Design Mag that the low-power benefits of GaN and other compound semiconductors in chip design means that this will be another area where demand is likely to be strong for the foreseeable future.
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