The centre will increase the reach of EPC to support research and development for the applications of its enhancement-mode gallium nitride transistors and ICs.
In addition to traditional FET and IC power conversion applications, GaN technology has enabled emerging applications such as wireless power transfer, LiDAR for autonomous vehicles, and envelope tracking for high bandwidth 4G and 5G communications.
In support of the centre’s opening, Dr Suvankar Biswas has been appointed as senior applications engineer. His experience includes work involving converter topology for integration of photovoltaic modules, grid-tied inverters, and storage. Additionally, Suvankar has research experience in the integration of harvested power in mobile devices, power delivery architecture in mobile platformlevel systems, and plug-in hybrid vehicles and their connectivity with the Smart Grid.
“The opening of the Blacksburg Applications Center is an important component of our continuous efforts to focus on customer partnerships when designing eGaN technology-based solutions and demonstrating eGaN transistors’ superior performance over MOSFETs and LDMOS. We are very pleased to have Dr. Biswas joining us at this time of widespread, fast growing adoption of gallium nitride-based solutions,” said Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion.