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13 March 2019

Denso, Sonnen and Supermicro join GaN Systems presenting GaN-optimized solutions at APEC

At the Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC 2019) in Anaheim, CA, USA (17–21 March), GaN Systems Inc of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (a fabless developer of gallium nitride-based power switching semiconductors for power conversion and control applications) is giving presentations, displays and demonstrations, together with its customers and partners.


In the Industry Session IS16 on 21 March (‘GaN E-HEMT Performance and Reliability in Datacenter, Solar, and Wireless Power Production Systems’), CEO Jim Witham and executives from leading companies will describe the importance of using GaN power semiconductors in their applications:

  • Japanese automotive supplier Denso Corp will speak about the paradigm shift happening in the transportation market and how smaller and lighter electronics using wide-bandgap materials like GaN enable smaller and lighter electric vehicles.
  • Germany’s Sonnen GmbH, a behind-the-meter energy storage solution provider, will describe the challenges they faced in creating their next-generation products and the improvements made by GaN, including decreasing the bill of materials (BoM) cost.
  • Supermicro Inc of San Jose, CA, USA (which provides high-performance, high-efficiency server technology) will explain how increasing data-center efficiency is reducing the total cost to the environment (TCE) and total cost of ownership (TCO) of data centers.

“Meeting customers and hearing how GaN has enabled them to reach new milestones brings the realization that energy-efficient, reliable and cost-effective GaN power semiconductor devices are proven,” says Witham. “Denso, Sonnen and Supermicro will share their stories about how they are leveraging GaN to build systems designed to be more efficient, reduce cost and help protect and improve the environment,” he adds.

“Developing the most efficient and affordable high-tech energy storage systems is key to our vision of clean and affordable energy for all. Therefore, our focus must be on crafting the right technologies suited to meet the challenges of a decentralized and sustainable energy future,” comments Sonnen’s chief technology officer Carlos Restrepo. “The ability to wield power is central to our mission at Sonnen and, for this, a key component in that recipe is GaN.”

In addition, GaN Systems’ experts will be presenting in several industry sessions in Devices and Controllers in Adapter Application, Vehicle Electrification, and Wireless as well as participating in two Rap Sessions.

Customer demonstrations

In booth 553, GaN Systems will be showcasing new devices and technologies from customers and partners, highlighting how power system designs using GaN are meeting size, power, efficiency and system cost requirements. Demonstrations include:

  • Consumer: Devices featuring longer battery life; small, high-power AC adapters; and multi-device wireless power charging platforms, including a through-wall (200mm) wireless power transfer system.
  • Data center: Examples of AC-DC power supplies, uninterruptible power system (UPS) inverter design and 48V point-of-load (POL) applications.
  • Renewable energy: High-power inverter for residential solar storage and portable energy systems used in disaster recovery areas.
  • Industrial: Power conversion modules; high-power wireless charging systems for drones, robots and scooters; and solutions for high-reliability (HiRel) applications.
  • Automotive: The latest innovations in onboard charger designs and what is reckoned to be the world’s highest-power 4-channel LiDAR laser/driver.

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