Partnership forged as GaN devices poised for dramatic growth

GaN Systems, a developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Japanese company Daito Electron (Daitron) to distribute its gallium nitride (GaN) high power switching transistors in Japan and Korea. GaN Systems’ gallium nitride power transistors are based on its proprietary Island Technology and offer significant advantages over traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs to bring smaller, lighter and more efficient power electronics to numerous applications. GaN Systems selected Daitron for its strong presence in the Japanese automotive and industrial sectors, both key markets as gallium nitride devices usher in a new era in power electronics and are poised for widespread adoption.

The partnership is seen as synergistic by both GaN Systems and Daitron. Many of GaN Systems’ prospective customers in the region already have a relationship with Daitron and it has excellent technical knowledge in applications particularly suited to GaN high power switching devices, including inverters, UPS, hybrid electric vehicles/electric vehicles and high voltage DC-DC conversion. GaN Systems is the first company to have developed and brought a comprehensive product range of devices with current ratings from 8A to 250A to the global market – its Island Technology die design, plus its GaNPX packaging and Drive Assist technology means the company’s GaN transistors offer a 40-fold improvement in switching and conduction performance over traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs.

Girvan Patterson, president, GaN Systems commented: “Gallium nitride devices are recognised to be the future of power electronics, and as our product portfolio is now ready for commercialisation, it’s both key and timely for us to continue to build our worldwide distribution network. In Daito Electron, we are confident we have found a technically excellent and strong partner for success in Japan and Korea.”

Mr. Shinji Ikutani, sr. corporate officer of Daitron commented: “We are delighted to be able to bring GaN Systems’ high-performance GaN power switching transistors to our customers throughout Japan and Korea. Key industries across our region from automotive through industrial and consumer can now access this new core technology and achieve competitive edge by designing GaN Systems’ power transistors into their next generation products.”

Charles Bailley, senior director of technical marketing, Asia added: “We are very excited to sign Daito Electron as our Distribution Partner in Japan and Korea, for our high-performance GaN E-HEMT power switches and our integrated GaN-on-Si power system products. Daitron is a professional, high-productivity distribution partner with a strong teamwork ethos and a clear understanding of Japanese and Western business cultures.  We are working in close cooperation, and based on customer feedback, we forecast significant revenue growth in the region in the consumer, industrial and transportation segments.”

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