Alex Lidow and his team of Michael de Rooij, David Reusch, and John Glaser gave an excellent technical tutorial this morning to a packed audience of Professional Engineers (PEs). The topic was a very timely ‘Maximizing GaN FET and IC performance: Not just a drop-in replacement of MOSFETs’.
Alex Lidow and his team taking questions from the audience of PEs at APEC 2018
One of many key take-aways was a roadmap for their future of eGaN development with high integration to reach the full capabilities of GaN technology. Integration is the key here, especially getting the driver architecture as close to the power device as possible to minimize parasitics and optimize speed/performance.
I was impressed with the applications slide, which had the obvious 4G/5G applications with Envelope Tracking, LiDAR, Wireless Power, and Cloud Computing/AI, but the Medical diagnostics possibilities were most intriguing for the betterment of human health. Also, the mention of crypto-currency mining was a new GaN application for me, but it makes sense that this power-hungry new application needs to have greatly improved efficiency.
I believe we have only scratched the surface of GaN applications and with the development and evolution of this technology, as EPC predicts, there will be applications which will emerge that we cannot even imagine at the present time.