Navitas Semiconductor of El Segundo, California USA announced the availability of its production qualified iDrive™ Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power ICs. The new Power ICs use the company’s proprietary AllGaN™ technology. The NV6131, NV6105 & NV6115 boast a high-efficiency 650V, 160mOhm power FET with increased integration of digital and analog circuits, resulting in very high speed, energy efficiency, and power density while reducing system cost.
The firm points out that GaN can enable up to 100x higher frequencies compared to silicon. However, driving, controlling and protecting these high-speed power devices has been challenging for the industry and has limited the adoption of the technology.
Navitas says that integrating these critical digital and analog circuits monolithically with the GaN power device eliminates these system level problems. Navitas asserts that its GaN Power ICs with iDrive guarantee robust and optimized performance for any application. According to the firm, their new power ICs combine a 10-100x increase in system operating frequency with higher efficiencies. Navitas says that these higher operating frequencies and efficiencies enable up to a 5x increase in power densities at 20 percent lower system cost.
Navitas CEO Gene Sheridan commented, “By integrating all gate-drive-related circuitry, virtually all frequency-related power losses are eliminated, opening the door to significant frequency and efficiency gains. We anticipate a major upgrade cycle in mobile fast chargers, thin TVs, high-efficiency data centers, LED lighting, solar and electric vehicle markets as this new high-speed revolution in power electronics gets underway.”
“The Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech has been pioneering the advancement of high-frequency power systems for over three decades” explained Dr. Fred Lee, the university’s distinguished and globally recognized professor. “The invention of GaN power ICs represents a major industry breakthrough and is a critical ingredient to make high-speed, high-efficiency power systems a reality. This is an exciting time for the power industry,” Lee concluded