BMW backs GaN Systems for production power
The deal with BMW is worth several hundred million dollars and is the first for series production for GaN devices says Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems.
The deal covers onboard chargers, DC-DC converters, and traction inverters for multiple applications in series production. The guaranteed volumes by GaN Systems are a key building block for reliability in the supply chain for automotive players like BMW.
“Electric vehicles represent the future of transportation, and we are delighted to continue to support BMW with our design and production capacity,” said Witham. “This multi-$100M agreement demonstrates BMW’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.”
BMW’s relationship with GaN Systems began more than four years ago and led to investment from BMW’s venture capital firm, BMW I Ventures, in 2017 to support and accelerate the automotive qualification of the GaN technology.
“The close collaboration among GaN Systems and BMW’s engineers has helped to solidify the technology for automotive series production, resulting in the most advanced GaN power transistors in the marketplace today,” said Kasper Sage, managing partner BMW i Ventures. “As electric vehicles become more prominent, the demand for critical semiconductor components is only going to increase, thereby making strategic partnerships with suppliers like GaN Systems even more important.”
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