25 April 2022
GaN Systems exhibiting at PCIM
At Power, Control and Intelligent Motion (PCIM) Europe 2022 in Nürnberg Messe, Nuremberg, Germany (10–12 May), GaN Systems Inc of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (a fabless developer of gallium nitride-based power switching semiconductors for power conversion and control applications) is showcasing solutions that, it says, unlock the value of smaller, lighter and lower-cost power electronics and enable companies to create more energy-efficient power electronics requiring fewer scarce resources and materials.
In booth #509 (Hall 9) the firm is exhibiting products across its major business units, including data center, industrial, automotive and high-reliability (hi-rel).
Power supplies developed with GaN Systems transistors have double the power density of legacy power supply units (PSUs) and enable up to 20% energy savings in data centers. Products on display include SoluM’s high-power-density 2700W power supply, which achieves performance with Titanium efficiency, 82W/in3 power density and a small form factor of 185mm in length (versus the 265mm of legacy products). Also on display is Compuware’s 3kW PSU, which achieves a 50% power increase compared with its prior 2kW PSU in the same form factor. GaN Systems is displaying its 3kW BTP-PFC and 3kW LLC Converter evaluation kits, which help customers get to market faster and exceeds the 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency requirements when combined in a design. New technical solutions from GaN Systems include an array of thermal management solutions that reduce thermal resistance by up to 90%.
Factory and industrial motors, street and commercial lighting, and transportation are the most significant energy users and contributors to pollution. Increased energy efficiencies and cost-saving opportunities are needed in motor drive, lighting and electrification to improve our environmental footprint. On display is Signify’s Philips LED bulb with a built-in GaN Systems-based driver that results in a lower-cost, higher-power and more energy-efficient LED lighting solution and Siemens GaN-based drive in its Simatic Micro-Drive product line, which offers increased efficiency and faster motor response time. Additionally, several E-mobility DC-DC and inverter customer products will be on display that demonstrate the benefits of GaN for e-bikes, e-scooters, and more.
GaN Systems has demonstrated its role in automotive with the commercialization of its AutoQual+-qualified transistors and investments from BMW, Toyota, Vitesco Technologies, and USI. GaN is being designed into on-board charger, traction inverter, and DC-to-DC converter applications. GaN Systems’ exhibit includes the on-board chargers (OBCs) of Canoo, whose lifestyle delivery, base, and premium vans will be released in 2022. Additionally, the All-GaN Vehicle traction inverter and BrightLoop’s DC/DC converter product for electric motorsport is being showcased. Furthermore, an array of high-power GaN module designs is on display that features the latest packaging technologies.
Aerospace, avionics, space and some industrial and scientific applications have unique requirements for system designers where failure-free operation and long lifetimes in harsh mechanical, thermal and radiation conditions are absolute. In partnership with Teledyne HiRel Electronics, GaN power transistors deliver the efficiency, size and power-density benefits required for demanding HiRel power applications, says GaN Systems. These include propulsion systems that meet challenges in high-power, high-density motors or aerospace power and energy storage for power conversion and control, distribution and transmission. Most recently, Teledyne with GaN Systems released their new 650V, 60A GaN high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs), which have been tested through NASA’s stringent Level 1 screening flow and can be qualified to NASA’s full Level 1 conformance per customer requirements.
“The shift and massive adoption of GaN power transistors are ushering in product innovation in power electronics unlike ever before,” says Paul Wiener, VP of strategic marketing at GaN Systems. “We’re excited to be back at PCIM and show the innovation happening across automotive, data center, industrial and many other markets with our customers' GaN-based solutions.”