OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 3, 2012) -
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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, today announced they will collaborate on the development of a high-temperature, high-performance package optimized for gallium nitride transistors and diodes. This co-development 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).
"As gallium nitride is just beginning to gain acceptance for the next generation of power semiconductors, prospective users are keen to see the technology validated through real system design implementations," said Girvan Patterson, CEO of GaN Systems. "Advanced packaging is the key that unlocks the vast potential of gallium nitride in high-power applications so we are delighted to be collaborating with a world leader on a package and system design that will maximize the benefits of this exciting technology. This important partnership also marks a powerful endorsement of our patented, island-based topology, validating our unique design approach."
Gallium nitride offers dramatic efficiency advantages over conventional silicon devices when used in power conversion systems. "For some time APEI has been looking for an opportunity to get more heavily involved in developing products for newly-emerging gallium nitride device technology," said Dr. Alexander Lostetter, President and CEO of APEI. "Our partnership with a pioneer such as GaN Systems will be very exciting for us, resulting in new power module and converter technologies for an industry that is demanding increased energy efficiency, higher performance and reliability, and smaller size and weight."
"SDTC works to ensure that different partners - from innovators to end-users - are involved in the development and demonstration of new technologies," said Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. "GaN Systems and APEI are showing the clear benefits of this approach. By working together, they will make sure that users' needs are reflected in the product's development early enough to pave a smooth path to market."
About GaN Systems
GaN Systems provides gallium nitride power switching semiconductors using a unique, island-based topology, building on over 10 years of process research at the National Research Council of Canada. The Company's upcoming Cool Switching™ product line of highly efficient, low-loss diodes, transistors, and integrated systems, and its patented gallium nitride designs address the limitations of silicon power conversion approaches. For the first time, compound semiconductor devices will be cost competitive with silicon devices, enabling future power conversion products that will be more energy efficient, lower cost, and lighter weight. For cleantech applications, GaN Systems' technology offers improved economics - through reduced energy conversion losses and increased power production - enabling feasible solutions to the global energy crisis. For more information, please visit www.gansystems.com.
About Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. (APEI)
Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. (APEI) is a developer of state-of-the-art 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.
About Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)
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 - solutions that address issues of clean air, climate change, clean water, and clean soil to deliver environmental, economic and health benefits to Canadians. For more information, please visit www.sdtc.ca.
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