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8 May 2018

Power engineers from Chinese universities compete for 2018 ‘GaN Systems Cup’

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In support of global innovation in the power electronics industry, GaN Systems Inc of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (a fabless developer of gallium nitride-based power switching semiconductors for power conversion and control applications) is once again sponsoring the annual China Power Supply Society (CPSS) design competition, which is currently underway with many engineering teams participating from leading universities throughout China. The fourth ‘GaN Systems Cup’ continues to promote the advancement of power electronic systems leveraging the benefits of GaN transistors.

GaN Systems has supported this annual competition for several years, helping to accelerate and proliferate the learning of and development of high-performing system designs with GaN transistors to address the applications needs of the most demanding industries, including data centers, renewable energy systems, automotive, and consumer electronics.

“We’re experiencing a revolution in power electronics driven by growing requirements for smaller, lighter, lower-cost, and more efficient power systems,” says CEO Jim Witham. “It’s an exciting time to be a power engineer challenged by the opportunities to create new or to improve on existing design approaches with GaN transistors,” he adds. “We look forward to seeing their design creativity in November.”

The contest allows students to not only compete for prizes but gain real-world, hands-on experience with GaN power transistors from design to build. This year’s challenge is to design a low-cost, high-efficiency and high-power-density bi-directional DC converter with 400W output power, 95% minimum efficiency, and greater than 20W/in3 power density using GaN Systems’ transistors.

The CPSS will announce the finalists on 25 August and announce the winning teams at the live finals and awards ceremony during its annual conference in Shenzhen, China on 4-7 November.

The contest is conducted in partnership with CPSS, the China Power Society Science Popularization Committee, and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

See related items:

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

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

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