10 November 2022
Avnet Silica to expand EMEA market for Navitas’ GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense
Avnet Silica of Brussels, Belgium (the European semiconductor specialist division of global technology distributor Avnet) is collaborating with gallium nitride (GaN) power IC and silicon carbide (SiC) technology firm Navitas Semiconductor of Torrance, CA, USA to grow the market in Europe for GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense technology.
The two firms say that they will work closely together to deliver their combined complementary knowhow to bring a high level of support and expertise to customers across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
Navitas’ GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense technology integrate GaN power and drive circuitry with control capability, as well as autonomous protection and loss-less current sensing, to deliver what is claimed to be the industry’s highest energy efficiency, smallest footprints, and the fastest power-conversion performance. The latest family of GaNSense half-bridge ICs offers a fully integrated, single component solution that enables AC–DC power supplies to achieve MHz switching frequencies in a broad range of soft-switching applications.
“We chose to work with Avnet Silica as one of the premier experts in semiconductor distribution in Europe,” says David Carroll, senior VP of worldwide sales at Navitas. “The combination of our highly differentiated solutions together with Avnet Silica’s expertise in technology markets will further support designers and engineers to meet ever more stringent efficiency and size requirements and regulations. With our highly experienced technical team and our European applications lab, together, we can support customers with the best possible solutions and fastest time-to-market,” he adds.
“Navitas’ unique GaN technology and its world-renowned monolithically integrated gate driver and feature set will significantly expand our ‘SILICA’ wide-bandgap semiconductor portfolio,” comments Avnet Silica’s president Gilles Beltran. “Navitas has a depth of expertise in power semiconductors that is unrivalled across the industry for this kind of advanced technology. We envisage this cooperation will bring huge benefits for customers operating at the cutting edge of power system architectures in a wide selection of applications.”