8 February 2018
Transphorm highlighting high-voltage GaN in production at APEC
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In booth 947 at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC 2018) San Antonio, Texas, Transphorm Inc of Goleta, near Santa Barbara, CA, USA – which designs and manufactures JEDEC- and AEC-Q101-qualified high-voltage (HV) gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistors (FETs) for high-voltage power conversion applications – is highlighting how high-voltage GaN is now in production.
“After years of R&D, manufacturing excellence and customer development, GaN has arrived, as evidenced by remarkable customer products harnessing its benefits,” says Philip Zuk, VP technical marketing. “We have the diverse product portfolio, quality and reliability, production scale, and design tools to enable cross-market high-voltage applications requiring greater power efficiency,” he adds.
Transphorm says that 2017 marked the first year of HV GaN end-product releases as customers set new benchmarks in the broad industrial, PC gaming, and server industries. Demonstrating GaN’s impact with such products, Transphorm is offering new information and design resources for reducing development time:
- Reference Design: Prior to APEC, Transphorm is announcing a key development platform that kick starts newcomers to GaN technology.
- Education Session: ‘Reference Designs Kick Start Reliable High-voltage GaN Application Development’ (6 March at 2:15-2:45pm, room 214C) - Philip Zuk details the reference design’s key features and design techniques for optimal performance.
- Evaluation Platforms:
- 3.3kW phase-shifted full-bridge DC-to-DC converter for HV battery applications such as electric vehicle on-board chargers.
- 500W and 800W LLC DC-to-DC converters equipped with a 12V output for applications such as server power supplies and other AC-to-DC merchant power supplies.
Power supply manufacturer and early GaN innovator Telcodium is again joining Transphorm to showcase new power building blocks intended to speed GaN development.
Also, CORSAIR’s GaN-based AX1600i power supply unit is on display, demonstrating how GaN helped it to break its own industry-leading records for the PC gaming product.
Attendees will have a chance to win the CORSAIR high performance gaming PSU powered by Transphorm’s GaN.
In addition, attendees will have a first opportunity to source the Q+R (quality and reliability) expert (an integral part of the team responsible for Transphorm earning JEDEC and AEC-Q101 qualifications).