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25 April 2017

GaN Systems sponsors China Power Supply Society competition to design high-efficiency, high-power-density GaN-based inverters

To inspire power design engineers at Chinese universities to advance electronic power technology, GaN Systems Inc of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – a fabless developer of gallium nitride (GaN)-based power switching semiconductors for power conversion and control applications – is again sponsoring the annual CPSS competition to design high-efficiency, high-power-density GaN-based inverters, which is conducted by the China Power Supply Society (CPSS), the China Power Society Science Popularization Committee, and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Choosing GaN instead of legacy silicon transistors allows power systems designers to increase both system efficiency and power density while reducing system size, weight and cost, says GaN Systems. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in the energy market, where GaN transistors are replacing MOSFETs in applications such as energy storage systems, inverters and AC solar panels, the firm adds.

The theme of the 3rd annual competition is the application of power electronics technology for innovation, energy saving and new energy use. Inverter design entries will be evaluated based on performance criteria, including inverter efficiency, power density and output stability across various load conditions.

The CPSS will announce the finalist teams on 15 September, and the competition winners will be announced and presented with their awards at the 22 November annual meeting. Cash awards of 20,000 yuan, 10,000 yuan, and 5000 yuan will be given to the first, second and third place winners, respectively.

“Design contests like the CPSS competition serve to motivate and excite power system designers to design and build systems with efficiencies and power densities never achieved before,” believes GaN Systems’ CEO Jim Witham. “The industry saw this firsthand with the Google Little Box Challenge, where GaN-based inverter power densities dramatically exceeded the challenge goals,” he adds. “We are proud to provide opportunities for engineers to explore and expand the performance limits of power inverters by leveraging the benefits of GaN transistors in novel inverter designs.”

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GaN Systems presenting GaN HEMT workshop at China Power Supply Society Conference

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