• Fraunhofer IISB R&D Award 2024 Honors Outstanding Teamwork

    Fraunhofer IISB R&D Award 2024 Honors Outstanding Teamwork

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    As part of a so-called Joint Lab at Fraunhofer IISB, AIXTRON SE operates equipment, works on process development for SiC epitaxy and runs a demo center for its customers. Joint Labs like this are a great opportunity for companies to collaborate with Fraunhofer IISB in an industry-compatible laboratory environment.

    For the epitaxy Joint Lab, the awarded IISB team ensures the continuous fault-free operation of already 5 state-of-the-art G10 SiC reactors, and enables the installation of new systems with minimal downtime. By setting up automated metrology and by optimizing wafer logistics, workflows and data management, the team has also established a modern wafer characterization facility at the IISB with a fast feedback loop for AIXTRON.

    Fraunhofer IISB is thrilled for its colleagues Rainer Apelt, Nino Fröbisch and Katharina Roßhirt-Lilla from the SiC Epitaxy Group of the Materials Department together with Christian Heilmann, Rainer Schönweiß and Christopher Torscher from the Infrastructure Group within the Central Services Department. Such outstanding results are the base for the success of the Joint Labs model at Fraunhofer IISB.

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  • U.S. International Trade Commission Finds Key EPC Patents Valid and Foundational Patent Infringed by Innoscience Technology

    U.S. International Trade Commission Finds Key EPC Patents Valid and Foundational Patent Infringed by Innoscience Technology

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    Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announced that it has moved one step closer to achieving preeminence in the gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor industry, as its intellectual property rights to this revolutionary technology were upheld for the third time in three months. The next-generation wide bandgap semiconductors developed by EPC are essential to artificial intelligence (AI), satellites, fast chargers, lidar, humanoid robots and many other transformational technologies.

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) found two of EPC’s key patents valid and one, the Company’s foundational patent, infringed by Innoscience (Zhuhai) Technology Co., Ltd. and its affiliate, Innoscience America, Inc. The ITC’s recommendation comes on the heels of two recent decisions from the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), which similarly validated EPC’s counterpart patents in China. The ITC initial determination is a significant milestone in solidifying EPC’s leadership in wide bandgap semiconductors and could lead to a ban later this year on importation of Innoscience’s infringing products into the United States.

    “The ITC’s finding that Innoscience uses our patented technology without authorization puts EPC in an enviable position, as U.S. and Chinese regulatory bodies have upheld the validity of our patents,” said Alex Lidow, CEO and Co-Founder of EPC.

    “The Commission’s recommendations validate nearly two decades of hard work, resources and R&D that went into developing EPC’s uniquely valuable intellectual property portfolio,” Dr. Lidow added.

    Over the last 15 years, EPC has capitalized on its first-mover advantage to develop a broad portfolio of over 200 GaN-related patents and over 150 products, which include its rapidly growing family of integrated circuits, automotive qualified and radiation hardened devices.

    Compared with traditional silicon-based power devices, GaN represents a significant leap, with higher efficiency, faster switching speeds, smaller size and lower cost. GaN power devices are integral to self-driving vehicles, medical and communications devices, next-generation rapid chargers, drones, satellites, data centers, e-bikes, solar power systems and humanoid robots, among many other applications. Most notably, EPC’s cutting-edge semiconductors are central to powering the AI revolution by significantly freeing up space for extra computing power while simultaneously reducing energy consumption.

    The ITC’s preliminary ruling found both U.S. patents that EPC asserted against Innoscience valid. It also found “infringement [by Innoscience] of U.S. Patent No. 8,350,294,” EPC’s foundational patent used broadly across multiple industries. The second EPC patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,404,508, was found valid, but not infringed by Innoscience. The Commission’s final determination is expected to be issued on November 5, 2024.

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  • SiCrystal's SiC Wafers Production Capacity to Triple by 2027 with a New Production Site in Nuremberg

    SiCrystal’s SiC Wafers Production Capacity to Triple by 2027 with a New Production Site in Nuremberg

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    In an important step towards strengthening the semiconductor industry and promoting sustainable technologies, SiCrystal GmbH will create new, additional production space in the north-east of Nuremberg, directly opposite the existing site. The new building will offer an additional 6,000 square meters of production space and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to further optimize the production of silicon carbide wafers.

    The close proximity to the existing plant will ensure close integration of the production processes. SiCrystal’s total production capacity, including the existing building, will be approximately three times higher in 2027 than in 2024. 

    “The new space will significantly increase the production capacity for SiC substrates and we are proud that we were able to welcome Mayor König to the ground-breaking ceremony,” says Dr. Robert Eckstein, CEO of SiCrystal. This underlines the importance of this project for the city and the region. 

    “This groundbreaking ceremony marks an important milestone for SiCrystal and underlines our commitment to the metropolitan region. In this way, we can continue to supply innovative products of the highest quality for our customers in the future and make a positive contribution to global sustainability. “, said Dr. Erwin Schmitt, COO of SiCrystal. “With the additional production capacities, we will strengthen our market position and make an important contribution to technological development in the semiconductor industry.” 

    Nuremberg’s Mayor Marcus König congratulates on this event: “SiCrystal is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of silicon carbide semiconductor substrates – among other things, these products are needed for the energy transition. I am delighted that SiCrystal is committing itself to Nuremberg as a location with this massive investment and is thus not only retaining jobs but also creating new ones. Nuremberg is an attractive location.” 

    The construction work is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2026. And will create new jobs in the region. The new building is being realized in cooperation with the general contractor Systeambau from Hilpoltstein. 

    SiC wafers from SiCrystal, a subsidiary of the Japanese ROHM Group, are of crucial importance for the production of high-performance semiconductor components. By using SiC, we can achieve higher efficiency, lower energy consumption and improved performance in various applications such as electric vehicles, solar energy, and industrial equipment.

    SiCrystal is proud to be a fast-growing employer in the metropolitan region and aims to increase employment by more than 100 by the end of the 2027/28 financial year.

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  • GlobalFoundries Acquired Tagore Technology’s GaN IP Portfolio

    GlobalFoundries Acquired Tagore Technology’s GaN IP Portfolio

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    GlobalFoundries announced that it has acquired Tagore Technology’s proprietary and production proven Power Gallium Nitride (GaN) IP portfolio, a high-power density solution designed to push the boundaries of efficiency and performance in a wide range of power applications in automotive, internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) datacenter. As the digital world continues to evolve with technologies like Generative AI, GaN stands out as a pivotal solution for sustainable and efficient power management particularly in datacenters.

    Today’s announcement reinforces GF’s commitment to large-scale manufacturing of GaN technology that offers a suite of benefits to help datacenters meet the increasing power demands while maintaining or improving power efficiency, reducing costs and managing heat generation. The acquisition expands GF’s power IP portfolio and broadens access to market leading GaN IP that will enable GF customers to quickly bring differentiated products to market. As a part of the acquisition, a team of experienced engineers from Tagore, dedicated to the development of GaN technology, will be joining GF.

    “We are committed to being the foundation of our customers’ power applications today and for decades to come,” said Niels Anderskouv, chief business officer at GF. “With this acquisition, GF takes another step toward accelerating the availability of GaN and empowering our customers to build the next generation of power management solutions that will reshape the future of mobility, connectivity and intelligence.”

    “The accelerating demand for more power efficient semiconductors is dramatically increasing, and Tagore has been at the forefront of developing disruptive solutions using GaN technology for a wide range of power devices,” said Amitava Das, co-founder and chief operating officer of Tagore Technology. “The team and I are excited to join GlobalFoundries to increase our focus on market-leading IP that will help address power design challenges and support the continued evolution of automotive, industrial and AI datacenter power delivery systems.”

    In February 2024, GF was awarded $1.5 billion in direct funding under the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act, part of that investment is targeted towards enabling the high-volume manufacturing of critical technologies including GaN to securely produce more essential chips.

    Combining this manufacturing capacity with the technical know-how of the Tagore team, GF is set to transform AI system efficiency, especially in edge or IoT devices, where reduced power consumption is critical.

    “GlobalFoundries is at the forefront of technological advancements. With Tagore Technology joining the GF India team, we will further enhance our tech capabilities, particularly in emerging areas like GaN,” said Jitendra Chaddah, vice president and India country head at GF. “I welcome the Tagore team to GF, and I am excited about the work we will do as we continue to grow and strengthen our engineering capabilities together.”

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  • SMC Diode Solutions Opened the Second Power Discrete Fab in China

    SMC Diode Solutions Opened the Second Power Discrete Fab in China

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    SMC Diode Solutions, an American-led semiconductor design and manufacturing company, celebrated the opening of its second power discrete fab in Nanjing, China. The new facility realized volume production only 21 months after groundbreaking in September of 2022, and will begin shipments to customers in Q4 2024 for high power and high voltage rectifiers and MOSFET 6-inch and 8-inch wafers.

    This new fab marks a milestone in SMC’s growth as they further invest in the China market and the growing renewable energy sector. The new 300,000 square foot facility is set to produce 1.2 million silicon wafers and 60,000 silicon carbide wafers per year, increasing SMC’s total production by over four times. SMC’s current fab in Lukou, Nanjing currently produces 300,000 silicon wafers per year. The $3 billion RMB investment in the new fab will allow SMC to handle the end-to-end production of silicon carbide products for the first time and has created three hundred new jobs.

    “As the world moves towards using more and more renewable energy, we are thrilled to now be able to participate in the sector and be part of the solution to increase green energy usage and protect our Earth. We are very excited to have our new fab up and running and we look forward to servicing our customers’ needs better with the increased capacity.” – Dr. Yunji Corcoran, SMC chairwoman and chief executive officer.

    As Nanjing is also home to SMC’s current fab, the city was an advantageous choice for the new fab location. With their experienced management team, starting up the new fab was a seamless process, allowing production to begin not long after breaking ground. The city is also home to abundant resources and engineering talent, making it an ideal place for SMC to grow and expand.

    Power Semiconductors Weekly team had pleasure to interview Dr. Yunji Corcoran on this occasion:

    • The company history dates back to 1997. Can you tell us about some of the major milestones and your semiconductor journey so far?

    Certainly. In the early stages of our company, from 1997 until about 2014, we focused on the US and South Korean markets. We were growing steadily, but remained focused on the quality of our products. From 2014 to 2019, we began to focus on active growth, but I consider this more of a preparation stage for our company’s expansion. We investigated ways to create better products and put more of our R&D efforts into new silicon and Silicon Carbide (SiC) products. We also began strengthening our salesforce globally. From 2019 on, we started shipping our new products, both silicon and SiC. Now, we have reached our most significant milestone to date: opening our second fab and quadrupling our production capabilities. We are beginning a new phase that will focus on growing our presence in the power semiconductor market. 

    • Today we see many semiconductor companies investing a lot of energy into the automotive, renewables, and AI applications. With a wide product line and a new wafer fab to support further expansion, what are your major areas of interest and how do you see them evolve in the coming years?

    Automotive, renewables, and AI are extremely relevant markets for both our company and the overall semiconductor industry right now. AI requires a lot of power supply, so we plan to grow our power supply products in that area alongside our existing customers. Automotive and renewables are newer segments for us and the semiconductor market, but ones with incredibly high demand right now. The market is growing rapidly, so we are growing with aims to successfully compete in those areas as well. 

    Our plan is to focus on our growth within the power supply market and naturally expand into the sustainable energy market. As the world continues to prioritize clean energy, the demand for EV and renewable energy products will also grow. Since SiC products in particular meet the specific power needs of those applications, a rise in the use of SiC products seems likely. I suspect the semiconductor industry will play a crucial role in providing more clean energy globally, which we are excited to be a part of. 

    • With the new fab you plan to address both silicon and silicon carbide markets? What is your view on the growing demand for SiC and how SMC Diode Solutions plan to correspond to it?

    Yes, our new fab will produce both silicon and SiC products. Our current fab produces approximately 300,000 silicon wafers per year, but our new fab has the capability to produce a total of 1,260,000 wafers per year – 1,200,000 silicon and 60,000 SiC. We are very much focused on our silicon power products and view our SiC line as a natural extension of that. 

    The growing demand for SiC products makes perfect sense. SiC is a material with remarkable properties. It is considered a “wide bandgap” material, which means that it requires more energy to excite electrons from the valence band to the conduction band compared to standard silicon semiconductors. As a result, it offers superior performance characteristics including higher reverse voltage capabilities and greater stability at high temperatures.

    Overall, SiC-based products offer improved efficiency and reliability compared to traditional silicon counterparts. For a lot of newer applications, particularly in the sustainable energy sector, these capabilities have become more and more necessary. We see our new fab opening as a natural response to this demand, ande are increasing our capabilities to grow alongside the market.  

    • Today you have four major locations in China, South Korea, Germany and the USA. Do you plan to expand your network further?

    Yes, definitely. We consider SMC to be a global company, and have a range of operations throughout the world, including our headquarters in China and other offices in the US, Germany, South Korea, the UK, and India. As we grow and gain customers throughout the world, we will continue to establish more locations, whether they are R&D, manufacturing, packaging, or sales offices. 

    • Speaking of the network and future growth opportunities. Both of your fabs are located in Nanjing. With many companies in the US already taking advantage of the CHIPS and Science Act, do SMC Diode Solutions have any considerations to join the rest and use this chance to strengthen the US presence?

    It is exciting that governments are recognizing the importance of semiconductors through initiatives like the CHIPS and Science Act, and I think this will really bolster the industry as a whole. Right now, we’re focused on our manufacturing efforts in Asia, but are open to the possibility as we continue to grow. 

    • With the rise of the Chinese semiconductor industry and a very competitive landscape, how do you position your company and differentiate from the growing number of new entrants?

    The key thing is our products. Our products stand out for their high quality and outstanding performance. Our team’s commitment to customer service really sets us apart as well. 

    Our company also approaches the semiconductor market from a unique perspective. As a business with global locations and leadership, we deeply understand the needs of the international market. We prioritize high quality standards that the international market demands while benefiting from relatively low overall production costs, creating an ideal product for our customers. 

    • We see many companies in China, Europe, the US, shifting to the vertical structure and full integration of all processes – from growing the semiconductor boules to the packaging of the final product. What are your thoughts on such an approach and do you see it applicable for your company in the future as well?

    I’ve also noticed this trend in the industry. While I can see the benefits of this approach for some, I would not anticipate applying it within SMC. I believe in focusing our efforts on what we’re able to do best. We have specialized in design and manufacturing for over 25 years and plan to continue that. 

    We do have an existing silicon module line, so we are considering expanding into SiC modules in the future. However, for our company we believe it’s best to stay focused on the functions we currently have and prioritize delivering the highest quality product. 

    • And lastly, after the announcement of a new fab opening, many of your partners would be willing to engage in discussions to find out more. What trade shows or conferences in the second half of 2024 can they meet the company at?

    We would love to engage in those discussions as well. You can find us with our own booth at Electronica 2024 this September in Munich, Germany and the Anaheim Electronics & Manufacturing Show (AEMS 2024) in Anaheim, California this October. We will also be attending ISCRM 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina this fall. 

    More often than not, you will find someone from our company at any major semiconductor event. Feel free to contact us at sales@smc-diodes.com for any questions or check our website updates to see where you can find us next.

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  • Nexperia to Invest USD 200 Million in WBG Production in Hamburg

    Nexperia to Invest USD 200 Million in WBG Production in Hamburg

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    Semiconductor manufacturer Nexperia announced plans to invest USD 200 million (appx. 184 million Euros) to develop the next generation of wide bandgap semiconductors (WBG) such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN), and to establish production infrastructure at the Hamburg site. At the same time, wafer fab capacity for silicon (Si) diodes and transistors will be increased. The investments are jointly announced with Hamburg’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Melanie Leonhard, on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of the production site.

    To meet the growing long-term demand for efficient power semiconductors, all three technologies (SiC, GaN, and Si) will be developed and produced in Germany starting in June 2024. This means Nexperia is supporting key technologies in the fields of electrification and digitalization. SiC and GaN semiconductors enable power-hungry applications, such as data centers, to operate with exceptional efficiency and are core building blocks for renewable energy applications and electromobility. These WBG technologies have great potential and are increasingly important for achieving decarbonization goals.

    “This investment strengthens our position as a leading supplier of energy-efficient semiconductors and enables us to utilize available electrical energy more responsibly,” comments Achim Kempe, COO and managing director at Nexperia Germany. “In the future, our Hamburg fab will cover the complete range of WBG semiconductors while still being the largest factory for small signal diodes and transistors. We remain committed to our strategy of producing high-quality, cost-efficient semiconductors for standard applications and power-intensive applications, while addressing one of the greatest challenges of our generation: meeting the growing demand for energy and while reducing the environmental footprint.”

    First production lines for high-voltage GaN D-Mode transistors and SiC diodes started in June 2024. The next milestone will be modern and cost-efficient 200 mm production lines for SiC MOSFETs and GaN HEMTs. These will be established at the Hamburg factory over the next two years. At the same time, the investment will help to further automate the existing infrastructure at the Hamburg site and expand silicon production capacity by systematically converting to 200 mm wafers. Following the expansion of the clean room areas, new R&D laboratories are being built to continue to ensure a seamless transition from research to production in the future.

    In addition to advancing technology, the semiconductor supplier expects the initiative to stimulate local economic development. The investments make an important contribution to securing and creating jobs and enhancing the European Union’s semiconductor self-sufficiency. Nexperia works closely with universities and research institutes to benefit from each other’s expertise and promote highly qualified employee training. Nexperia relies on a robust research and development ecosystem in Hamburg and throughout Europe. Development partnerships and co-operations, e.g. in the field of GaN technology as part of the Industrial Affiliation Program (IIAP) of the nanoelectronics research center imec, play a crucial role. These and other collaborations ensure continuous innovation and technological excellence in Nexperia’s products.

    “The planned investment enables us to bring WBG chip design and production to Hamburg. However, SiC and GaN are by no means new territory for Nexperia. GaN FETs have been part of our portfolio since 2019, and in 2023 we expanded our range of products to include SiC diodes and SiC MOSFETs, the latter in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric. Nexperia is one of the few suppliers to offer a comprehensive range of semiconductor technologies, including Si, SiC, and GaN in both e-mode and d-mode. This means, we offer our customers a one-stop shop for all their semiconductor needs”, explains Stefan Tilger, CFO and managing director at Nexperia Germany.

    The investment is yet another milestone in the 100-year history of Nexperia’s production site in Hamburg-Lokstedt. Since the foundation of Valvo Radioröhrenfabrik in 1924, the site has continuously developed and today supplies around a quarter of the global demand for small signal diodes and transistors. Since its spin-off from NXP in 2017, Nexperia has invested substantial sums in the Hamburg site, increased the workforce from 950 to around 1,600 and brought the technological infrastructure up to the state-of-the-art. This continued expenditure underlines the company’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of the industry and providing innovative solutions to its customers worldwide.

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  • Vishay Intertechnology Expands SiC Schottky Diodes Portfolio

    Vishay Intertechnology Expands SiC Schottky Diodes Portfolio

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    Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced 16 new Gen 3 1200 V silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky diodes. Featuring a merged PIN Schottky (MPS) design, the Vishay Semiconductors devices combine high surge current robustness with low forward voltage drop, capacitive charge, and reverse leakage current to increase efficiency and reliability in switching power designs.

    The next-generation SiC diodes released today consist of 5 A to 40 A devices in the TO-220AC 2L, TO-247AD 2L, and TO-247AD 3L through-hole and D2PAK 2L (TO-263AB 2L) surface-mount packages. The diodes offer a low capacitance charge down to 28 nC, while their MPS structure — which features a backside thinned via laser annealing technology — delivers a reduced forward voltage drop of 1.35 V. In addition, the devices’ low typical reverse leakage current down to 2.5 µA at 25 °C reduces conduction losses, ensuring high system efficiency during light loads and idling. Unlike ultrafast diodes, the Gen 3 devices have virtually no recovery tail, which further improves efficiency.

    Typical applications for the diodes will include AC/DC PFC and DC/DC ultra high frequency output rectification in FBPS and LLC converters for solar power inverters; energy storage systems; industrial drives and tools; and datacenters. For the harsh environments of these applications, the devices combine operating temperatures to +175 °C with forward surge ratings to 260 A for high robustness. In addition, diodes in the D2PAK 2L package feature a molding compound with a high CTI ≥ 600, ensuring excellent electrical insultation at elevated voltages.

    Offering high reliability, the RoHS-compliant and halogen-free devices have passed higher temperature reverse bias (HTRB) testing of 2000 hours and temperature cycling testing of 2000 thermal cycles.

    Device Specification Table:

    Part #IF(AV) (A)IFSM (A)VF at IF (V)QC (nC)ConfigurationPackage
    VS-3C05ET12T-M35421.3528SingleTO-220AC 2L
    VS-3C10ET12T-M310841.3555SingleTO-220AC 2L
    VS-3C15ET12T-M3151101.3581SingleTO-220AC 2L
    VS-3C20ET12T-M3201801.35107SingleTO-220AC 2L
    VS-3C05ET12S2L-M35421.3528SingleD2PAK 2L
    VS-3C10ET12S2L-M310841.3555SingleD2PAK 2L
    VS-3C15ET12S2L-M3151101.3581SingleD2PAK 2L
    VS-3C20ET12S2L-M3201801.35107SingleD2PAK 2L
    VS-3C10EP12L-M310841.3555SingleTO-247AD 2L
    VS-3C15EP12L-M3151101.3581SingleTO-247AD 2L
    VS-3C20EP12L-M3201801.35107SingleTO-247AD 2L
    VS-3C30EP12L-M3302601.35182SingleTO-247AD 2L
    VS-3C10CP12L-M32 x 5421.3528Common cathodeTO-247AD 3L
    VS-3C20CP12L-M32 x 10841.3555Common cathodeTO-247AD 3L
    VS-3C30CP12L-M32 x 151101.3581Common cathodeTO-247AD 3L
    VS-3C40CP12L-M32 x 201801.35107Common cathodeTO-247AD 3L

    Samples and production quantities of the new SiC diodes are available now, with lead times of 13 weeks.

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  • Texas Instruments Announced a Long-Term Collaboration with Delta Electronics

    Texas Instruments Announced a Long-Term Collaboration with Delta Electronics

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    Texas Instruments announced a long-term collaboration with Delta Electronics, a global power and energy management manufacturer, to create next-generation electric vehicle (EV) onboard charging and power solutions. This work will leverage both companies’ research and development capabilities in power management and power delivery in a joint innovation laboratory in Pingzhen, Taiwan. Together, TI and Delta aim to optimize power density, performance and size to accelerate the realization of safer, faster-charging and more affordable EVs.

    “The transition to electric vehicles is key to helping achieve a more sustainable future, and through years of collaboration with Delta Electronics, we have a solid foundation to build upon,” said Amichai Ron, senior vice president for Embedded Processing at TI. “Together with Delta, we will use TI semiconductors to develop EV power systems like onboard chargers and DC/DC converters that are smaller, more efficient and more reliable, increasing vehicle driving range and encouraging more widespread adoption of electric vehicles.”

    “Delta has been developing high-efficiency automotive power products, systems and solutions since 2008 to help reduce transportation-related carbon emissions,” said James Tang, executive vice president of Mobility and head of the Electric Vehicle Solutions business group at Delta Electronics.

    “Through the establishment of this joint innovation laboratory with TI, Delta intends to leverage TI’s abundant experience and advanced technology in digital control and GaN to enhance the power density and performance of our EV power systems. With more leading-edge product development and design capabilities, we aim to achieve closer technology exchange and collaboration to accelerate product development and improve product safety and quality. We look forward to furthering our technology leadership and creating a win-win situation in the rapidly developing electric vehicle market.”

    Three phases of development for next-generation automotive power solutions

    • Phase one for the collaboration focuses on Delta’s development of a lighter-weight, cost-effective 11kW onboard charger, using TI’s latest C2000™ real-time microcontrollers (MCUs) and TI’s proprietary active electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter products. The companies are working together using TI’s products to reduce the charger’s size by 30% while achieving up to 95% power conversion efficiency.
    • In phase two, TI and Delta will leverage the latest C2000 real-time MCUs for automotive applications to enable automakers to achieve automotive safety integrity levels (ASILs) up to ASIL D, which represents the strictest automotive safety requirements. Highly integrated automotive isolated gate drivers will further enhance the power density of onboard chargers, while also minimizing overall solution size.
    • In phase three, the two companies will collaborate to develop the next generation of automotive power solutions, capitalizing on TI’s more than 10 years of experience in developing and manufacturing products with gallium nitride (GaN) technology.

    “The rapid growth of electronics in automotive applications has enabled more feature-rich, efficient and safer vehicles. However, technical challenges remain,” said Luke Lee, president of Taiwan, Japan, Korea and South Asia, Texas Instruments. “Having been in Taiwan for 55 years, coupled with decades of experience in automotive power management, TI has built a strong connection with the local automotive industry. Establishing this collaboration and joint innovation laboratory with Delta is just one more way TI is driving vehicle electrification forward.”

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  • Infineon Technologies Introduced New CoolGaN™ Transistor 700 V G4 Product Family

    Infineon Technologies Introduced New CoolGaN™ Transistor 700 V G4 Product Family

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    Infineon Technologies AG introduced the new CoolGaN™ Transistor 700 V G4 product family. The devices are highly efficient for power conversion in the voltage range up to 700 V. In contrast to other GaN products on the market, the input and output figures-of-merit of these transistors provide a 20 percent better performance, resulting in increased efficiency, reduced power losses, and more cost-effective solutions. The combination of electrical characteristics and packaging ensures maximum performance in many applications such as consumer chargers and notebook adapters, data center power supplies, renewable energy inverters, and battery storage.

    The product series comprises 13 devices with a voltage rating of 700 V and on-resistance range from 20 mΩ to 315 mΩ. The increased granularity in device specification, combined with a wide range of industry standard package options including PDFN, TOLL and TOLT allow R DS resistance and packages to be selected according to application requirements. As a result, both electrical and thermal system performance can be optimized and implemented in the most cost-effective solution.

    The devices are characterized by a fast turn-on and turn-off speed and minimal switching losses. The on-resistance range enables power systems from 20 W to 25,000 W. In addition, the 700 V E-mode with the industry’s highest transient voltage of 850 V increases the reliability of the overall system as it offers greater robustness against anomalies in the user environment such as voltage peaks.

    The CoolGaN Transistor 700 V G4 products in TOLL, PDFN 5×6 and 8×8 packages are available now, more variety in R DS(on) as well as the TOLT package will follow later this year.

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  • Navitas Semiconductor to Power Lenovo’s Latest GaN Chargers

    Navitas Semiconductor to Power Lenovo’s Latest GaN Chargers

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    Navitas Semiconductor announced that its GaNFast power ICs have been selected to lead Lenovo’s latest GaN technology chargers; Xiaoxin 105 W GaN charger, and the Legion C 170 W GaN charger, respectively designed for daily travel and gaming power, bringing consumers a brand new fast charging experience.

    The Xiaoxin 105 W GaN charger is designed for daily travel. It outputs 105 W of power and is equipped with 3 ports (2C1A) supporting multiple protocols; easily achieving the charging needs of various devices simultaneously. At only 206 g, the 105 W fast-charger is 41% lighter than a typical 100 W computer adapter and takes only 34 minutes to charge the Xiaoxin 16 Pro to 50%. The Navitas NV6138 GaNFast power IC with GaNSense™ technology is at the heart of the high-frequency flyback topology design, providing a stable, durable, and efficient charging experience.

    The Legion C170 W GaN charger is designed specifically for hardcore gamers. It delivers 170 W of continuous power through a single port to meet the high-power demands of gaming devices. At only 245 grams, it’s 78% lighter than Legion Y9000P’s original inbox charger and can charge up to 2 times faster than the Legion C140 W Charger. The Navitas NV6136 GaNFast power IC with GaNSense technology is used in the PFC stage, featuring loss-less current sensing and 6 times faster short-circuit protection than competing solutions, delivering cooler operation, superior efficiency, reliability, and power density.

    Lenovo’s long-term collaboration with Navitas has brought a series of groundbreaking fast chargers to the market and played a significant role in raising market awareness on showcasing the benefits of GaN technology. At the Lenovo YOGA CC65 dual-port GaN charger launch event in 2021, Navitas’ 6-inch GaN wafer and GaNFast power ICs were publicly showcased for the first time, unveiling the mysteries of this leading technology to consumers.

    In terms of gaming products, Navitas collaborated with Lenovo to create a 90 W charger for the Lenovo Legion Pro Gaming Phone and a 135 W, C135 W GaN charger for the Legion 5 and 5 Pro Gen 7 laptops. For lightweight travel, Lenovo developed a series of compact, lightweight powerful GaN chargers using Navitas technology, including the revolutionary compact Thinkplus ‘lipstick’ and the ultra-thin Thinkbook ‘biscuit’ charger.    

    Lenovo and Navitas are not only partners in power technology but also pioneers in sustainability. Lenovo Group is verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for net zero targets and Navitas is the world’s first power semiconductor company to achieve CarbonNeutral® certification. Navitas’ advanced GaN technology enables Lenovo to continuously create smaller, lighter chargers with higher power density, significantly reducing the number of passive and magnetic components inside the charger, achieving CO2 reduction in production through “dematerialization”. The increased efficiency reduces power loss during use, thus further lowering carbon emissions in the product lifecycle.    

    “With the support of Navitas GaNFast power ICs, we have successfully introduced two new Xiaoxin and Legion GaN chargers to the market, enabling a lightweight and powerful charging experience for daily travel and gaming performance,” said Elon Chen, Product Manager of Consumer Business for Lenovo Group China. “Moreover, the successful application of Navitas’ GaNFast technology continuously reduces the size and weight of chargers, highly increasing efficiency, bringing convenience to consumers, while contributing to carbon reduction.”    

    “Powerland is very pleased to collaborate with Navitas again to create two high-performance and lightweight GaN chargers for Lenovo,” said Dr. Wang Chuanyun, VP of R&D for Powerland Group. “Powerland is dedicated to pushing the envelope of technology to build leading power products for our clients. Efficient, reliable, and easy-to-use GaNFast power ICs are crucial to realize that.”  

    “Navitas is very honored to enter Lenovo’s supply chain twice in a short period, providing high-efficiency and stable GaNFast fast charging power into two important Lenovo products,” said Charles Zha, VP and GM of Navitas China. “By working closely with Powerland, our highly integrated GaNFast technology has enabled Lenovo to continuously achieve leading-edge results in size, performance, and reliability of chargers. With innovative laptops like AI PCs on the rise, Navitas predicts a surge in demand for powerful GaNFast charging solutions. Navitas is on a mission to push the limits of gallium nitride technology, empowering global partners like Lenovo to slash energy usage and emissions in charger and adapter production. Together, we will speed towards a greener, more sustainable planet!”    

    Original – Navitas Semiconductor

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