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EPC Launches 3rd Edition Of GaN Textbook


Covers GaN theory and applications, such as lidar, DC-DC conversion, and wireless power

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) has announced the publication of the third edition of 'GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion' a textbook written by power conversion industry experts and published by John Wiley and Sons.

This textbook is designed to provide power system design engineering students, as well as practicing engineers, basic technical and application-focused information on how to design more efficient power conversion systems using GaN-based transistors.

The third edition has been substantially expanded to keep students and practicing power conversion engineers ahead of the learning curve in GaN technology advancements and emerging applications. This book serves as a practical guide for understanding basic GaN transistor construction, characteristics, and a wide range of applications. Included are; discussions on the fundamental physics of these power semiconductors; practical guidance on layout and other circuit design considerations; and application examples employing GaN including lidar for autonomous vehicles, DC-DC power conversion, RF envelope tracking used in 5G communication networks, wireless power, class-D audio, and high radiation environments

According to Fred C. Lee, director, Centre for Power Electronics Systems at Virginia Tech, “This book is a gift to power electronics engineers. It offers a comprehensive view, from device physics, characteristics, and modeling to device and circuit layout considerations and gate drive design, with design considerations for both hard switching and soft switching. Additionally, it further illustrates the utilization of GaN in a wide range of emerging applications.”

Collectively, the authors have over ninety-years of experience working in power transistor design and applications. All four authors are pioneers in the emerging GaN transistor technology, with Alex Lidow concentrating on transistor process design and Michael DeRooij, Johan Strydom and David Reusch, and John Glaser focusing on power transistor applications.

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