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Exagan Introduces New Intelligent GaN Power Chips

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Company showcases G-FET and G-DRIVE products for easy-to-design electrical converters and a 65-watt USB PD 3.0 charger demonstration

At this week's PCIM Europe conference in Nuremberg, Exagan has launched its safe, powerful G-FET power transistors and G-DRIVE intelligent fast-switching solution, featuring an integrated driver and transistor in a single package.

These GaN-based devices are easy to design into electronic products, paving the way for fast chargers that comply with the USB power delivery (PD) 3.0 type C standard while providing exceptional power performance and integration.

"The market potential for our products is enormous including all portable electronic devices as well as homes, restaurants, hotels, airports, automobiles and more," said Frédéric Dupont, president and CEO of Exagan. "In the near future, users will be able to quickly charge their smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices simply by plugging a standard USB cable into a small, generic mobile charger."

The ability of USB type C ports to serve as universal connections for the simultaneous transfer of electrical power, data and video is leading to tremendous growth. The number of devices with at least one USB type C port is forecasted to multiply from 300 million units in 2016 to nearly five billion by 2021, according to market research firm IHS Markit.

Exagan is working to accelerate the adoption of cost-effective GaN-based solutions for the charger market. The company uses 200-mm GaN-on-silicon wafers in its fabrication process, achieving highly cost efficient high-volume manufacturing. Exagan is now sampling its fast, energy-efficient devices to key customers while ramping up production to begin volume shipments of G-FET and G-DRIVE products.

Founded in Grenoble, France 2014 with support from CEA-Leti and Soitec, Exagan is dedicated to accelerating the power-electronics industry's transition from silicon-based technology to GaN-on-silicon technology, enabling smaller and more efficient electrical converters.

Strategic partners include X-FAB Silicon Foundries and the international research institute CEA-Leti for 200-mm GaN technology and manufacturing and TÜV NORD GROUP for product quality, testing and reliability.

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