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12 March 2015

EPC publishes 'Wireless Power Handbook'

Efficient Power Conversion Corp (EPC) of El Segundo, CA, USA, which makes enhancement-mode gallium nitride on silicon (eGaN) power field-effect transistors (FETs) for power management applications, has announced publication of the 'Wireless Power Handbook', designed to provide power system design engineers with experiences and points of reference critical to understanding and designing highly efficient wireless power systems using GaN-based transistors. As a supplement to EPC's 'GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion', the new practical guide provides step-by-step analysis on the use of GaN transistors in wireless power transfer.

Highly resonant wireless power transfer using eGaN FETs has proven to be a viable path to efficient, convenient wireless power. The use of magnetic fields contributes ease of use and robustness, but most importantly it is considered safe. However, the implementation of this technology poses many challenges to power system designers. At the heart of highly resonant wireless power is the amplifier, which drives the coils that generate the magnetic field. EPC says that eGaN FETs have, in part, driven the wireless power revolution by offering high efficiency and robustness to operating conditions and by being easy to use.

EPC says that the handbook addresses the many design aspects needed for a wireless power transfer system. Topics covered include how to effectively compare component devices, such as eGaN FETs and MOSFETs, when used in an amplifier design. This comparison, complete with experimental verification, illustrates the superiority of eGaN FETs over MOSFETs, EPC claims. Wireless power solutions rely on ease-of-use for consumer convenience and eGaN FET performance ensures that the requisite challenges associated with ease-of-use can be met using the simplest and most cost-effective solutions.

"Magnetic field technology may have caught up with the concept of wireless power, but the implementation poses many challenges to power system designers," says EPC's CEO Alex Lidow. "Based upon experimental results, this handbook shows that the ZVS Class D topology, fitted with eGaN FETs, exhibited superior performance as compared to the other amplifiers." 

'Wireless Power Handbook: a Supplement to GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion' is available for $39.95 and can be purchased from EPC's distributor Digi-Key.

The author Michael DeRooij is EPC's executive director of Applications Engineering. Prior to joining EPC, he worked at Windspire Energy and the GE Global Research Center. Dr de Rooij received his Ph.D. from the Rand Afrikaans University and conducted postdoctoral studies on power electronic integration, packaging and a high-frequency MOSFET gate-driver at the Center for Power Electronic Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech. He is a senior member of the IEEE and has authored over 25 publications, most recently co-authoring 'GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion'. He has been granted 21 US and international patents and 19 US and international pending patent applications.

See related items:

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