28 July 2022
Navitas sponsoring China International New Energy Vehicle Forum
Gallium nitride (GaN) power integrated circuit firm Navitas Semiconductor of El Segundo, CA, USA and Dublin, Ireland is sponsoring the 12th China International New Energy Vehicle (NEV) Forum, which is due to take place in in Suzhou (4-5 August). NEV 2022 combines an exhibition with technical presentations showcasing the latest automotive power and infrastructure developments, and will be attended by over 1000 industry representatives.
Since GaN is reckoned to run up to 20x faster than silicon, GaNFast power ICs are said to deliver up to 3x faster charging or 3x more power with up to 40% energy savings in half the size and weight for mobile, consumer, enterprise, eMobility and new energy markets. Founded in 2014, Navitas introduced what it claimed to be the first commercial GaN power ICs. Its proprietary GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense technology integrate power, drive and control with additional autonomous-protection and loss-less current sensing in a single SMT package. With more than 150 Navitas patents issued or pending, over 50 million units have been shipped with zero reported field failures. Navitas has also introduced the industry’s only 20-year warranty.
On 5 August (4pm) at NEV 2022, Hao Sun, senior director of Navitas’ EV Design Center, is presenting ‘A GaNFast Future in EV Applications’. The EV Design Center hosts a team of power system designers with capabilities spanning electrical, thermal and mechanical design, software development, and complete simulation and prototyping capabilities. EV customers are supported from concept to prototype, through to full qualification and mass production.
GaN-powered on-board chargers (OBCs), DC-DC converters and traction inverters are estimated to extend EV range or reduce battery costs by 5% and to accelerate adoption of EVs worldwide by three years. An EV upgrade to GaN is expected to reduce road-sector CO2 emissions by 20%/year by 2050, the target of the Paris Accord. Navitas claims to be the first company to publish a sustainability report that quantifies the positive impact of GaN power semiconductors on climate change based on global standards, and recently announced that it is the first semiconductor company worldwide to be certified as CarbonNeutral.
“Automotive manufacturers must address the challenges of charging speed, range anxiety and cost if they are to accelerate the mass adoption of EVs that is essential to achieving global net-zero emission goals,” says Charles Zha, VP & general manager of Navitas China. “NEV 2022 is the perfect place to showcase GaN ICs that help companies address these challenges and to provide insight into the developments and solutions that will be critical to next-generation EV designs.”