May 3, 2012 - Marketwire -- GaN Systems Inc., provider of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, and Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. (APEI), developer of state-of-the-art technology for power electronics systems, electronic motor drives, and power electronics packaging, will co-develop a high-temperature, high-performance package optimized for gallium nitride (GaN) transistors and diodes.
The collaboration is funded in part by the Government of Canada through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), with the goal of demonstrating the efficiency, performance, and reliability of gallium nitride power devices in a power converter for hybrid and electric vehicles (HEVs and EVs).
Next-generation power semiconductors are adopting GaN, and prospective users want to see the technology validated through real system design implementations, said Girvan Patterson, CEO of GaN Systems. GaN Systems uses a patented, island-based topology, an emerging gallium nitride device technology. "Advanced packaging...unlocks the vast potential of gallium nitride in high-power applications.”
GaN devices must offer increased energy efficiency, higher performance and reliability, and smaller size and weight," said Dr. Alexander Lostetter, president and CEO of APEI.
GaN Systems provides gallium nitride power switching semiconductors using an island-based topology, based on process research at the National Research Council of Canada. For more information, please visit www.gansystems.com.
Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. (APEI) develops technology for power electronics systems, electronic motor drives, and power electronics packaging. The company specializes in high density, high power electronics solutions and products based on new and emerging materials, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN). For more information, please visit www.apei.net.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is a foundation funded by the Government of Canada that operates a $590 million fund to support the development and demonstration of clean technologies. For more information, please visit www.sdtc.ca.