Monday, October 11, 2021
Navitas Semiconductor, a leader in gallium nitride (GaN) power integrated circuits (ICs), has opened a new office in Shenzhen, China, which offers a 300% increase in capabilities to support extraordinary revenue growth in the region. The state-of-the-art facility offers significant engineering capacity for Navitas to co-develop GaN-based power systems with customers and design partners. This investment supports the rapid growth of GaN mobile fast chargers, as well as the company’s recently-announced expansion plans to enable GaN-based data centers, solar installations and electric vehicles, which represent a multi-$B market opportunity for the company.
GaN is a next-generation semiconductor technology that runs up to 20x faster than legacy silicon, and enables up to 3x more power and 3x faster charging in half the size and weight. Navitas’ GaNFast power ICs integrate GaN power and drive plus protection and control to deliver simple, small, fast and efficient performance. With over 130 patents issued or pending, and significant trade secrets including a proprietary process design kit (PDK), Navitas believes it has a multi-year lead in next-generation GaN power ICs.
Data center upgrades from legacy silicon to GaN are estimated to save almost $2B/year in electricity costs, while GaN adoption in solar microinverters has been estimated by Enphase Energy to enable 10x faster switching and a significant reduction in costs. Per-vehicle GaN content in passenger EVs is estimated as $50 for on-board fast chargers, $15 for DC-DC converters and then up to $200 for later adoption in traction drive.
“Alongside Hangzhou and Shanghai, the new state-of-the-art Shenzhen office is another, significant addition to Navitas China,” said Charles (Jingjie) ZHA, VP and general manager of Navitas China. “Chinese demand for next-generation power systems is growing exponentially and with the world’s only fully-integrated GaN power ICs, Navitas is in a fantastic position to capitalize on that growth. The new facilities demonstrate our commitment to support expanded customer demands in China.”
Navitas’ new office is in the iconic Baidu International Building, in the high-density Nanshan District. The design itself is an interpretation of ancient Chinese poetry into the binary codes that power the digital age, while also representing the client’s corporate temperament to the world. The building won the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 2019 award for sustainable and healthy cities, which reflects Navitas’ goal to “Electrifying our World”. Navitas estimates that each GaN power IC shipped saves 4kg of CO2 emissions vs. legacy silicon chips.
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