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31 May 2019

GaN Systems again sponsoring China Power Supply Society’s annual ‘GaN Systems Cup’ design competition

GaN Systems Inc of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (a fabless developer of gallium nitride-based power switching semiconductors for power conversion and control applications) is again sponsoring the China Power Supply Society (CPSS) design competition, which is conducted this year in partnership with CPSS, the China Power Society Science Popularization Committee, and Tsinghua University.

Now underway with a record 40 engineering teams entering the competition from universities throughout China, GaN Systems recently participated in the kick-off ceremony at Tsinghua University, training the teams on the fundamentals of GaN power transistors.

The annual ‘GaN Systems Cup’ challenge supports worldwide innovation in the power electronics industry leveraging the benefits of GaN transistors. GaN Systems says that, as GaN technology continues to be incorporated into numerous power systems designs in the most demanding applications (including data centers, renewable energy systems, industrial, automotive and consumer electronics), the challenge gives emphasis to the importance of accelerating the development of high-performing system designs with GaN.

“Now in our fifth year and drawing the highest number of participating students to date, the GaN Systems Cup continues to bring excitement in what’s possible with new design approaches,” comments CEO Jim Witham. “GaN has become an important piece in addressing the power and technology challenges in areas such as data centers, computer chargers and adapters, renewable energy, wireless charging, autonomous and electric vehicles, and more.”

The contest allows students to compete for prizes and gain real-world, hands-on experience using GaN Systems’ 650V power transistors from design to build. This year’s challenge is to design a high-efficiency, high-power-density AC/DC power supply for data-center server power applications with a 400W-rated output power, 220VAC input voltage range/48 DC output voltage and achieve 94% efficiency at 50% load, and greater than 3W/cm3 power density. Additional factors such as input and output power quality and total cost are also evaluated as part of overall performance.

The CPSS recently announced that 30 of the 40 teams have made it to the next phase of the competition to deliver working prototypes by early June. They will announce the finalists on 25 August and announce the winning teams at the live finals and awards ceremony on 1 November during the CPSS conference in Shenzhen, China.

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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