2 March 2018
Navitas’ GaNFast power ICs enable thinnest travel adapter
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Navitas Semiconductor Inc of El Segundo, CA, USA says that its GaNFast power ICs are being used in the Made-in-Mind’s ‘Mu One’, a universal 45W power adaptor with a 14mm ultra-slim profile. GaN power IC technology combines with the new USB-PD power delivery protocol and a Type C connector to deliver a single, global, slim adapter that can charge a laptop or fast-charge any smartphone yet easily slide into a pocket.
Navitas says that new high-speed gallium nitride (GaN) power integrated circuits have up to 20x the performance of existing silicon chips. By operating at high frequency and simultaneously increasing efficiency, GaNFast power ICs reduce the size, weight and cost of components such as transformers, heat-sinks, and printed-circuit boards, the firm adds.
“The Navitas GaNFast chips in the Mu One gave us a tremendous edge on speed-of-charging, efficiency and size,” comments Mathew Judkins, CEO of Made-in-Mind. “These and other technical advances allowed our new product range to push the envelope of consumers’ expectations for performance and convenience in their humble power supply,” he adds.
“This is a significant achievement for the industry to pack this much power in such a low-profile outline,” reckons Navitas’ CEO Gene Sheridan. “Consumers can anticipate a wide range of fast-charging, high-density solutions in the coming months as our customers deliver a new class of power adapters with our GaNFast power IC technology.”
As recently featured on engadget, the Mu One 45W adapter is available via Kickstarter, and will be listed in airport, main-street and online stores following production ramp-up.