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APEC 2018 Highlights GaN Power IC Technology from Navitas

01 March 2018
Navitas' 65W USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) laptop adapter is the world's smallest. Source: Navitas Semiconductor.

The 2018 edition of the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), which runs March 4-8 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, will highlight GaN (gallium nitride) power IC technology from Navitas Semiconductor.

Navitas will showcase both advanced GaN power ICs and GaN-enabled power systems in a private demo suite, and on the exhibition floor (booth #1341). Navitas CTO/COO Dan Kinzer notes that GaN integration has overcome engineering and commercial hurdles to enable what he calls a “new class of high-frequency, high-efficiency and high-density power systems.”

A recently announced charging mobile adapter, which according to the company is the world’s smallest and fastest, also will debut at APEC. The charger is designed to give devices “5 for 5” — five hours of battery life from five minutes of charging. Its 27 W design delivers five times greater power than standard smartphone chargers, with double the power density.

In addition, a series of related papers from Navitas will be presented throughout the conference. On Tuesday, March 6, Kinzer will be featured in a rap session titled “Biggest Impact on Power Consumption — Devices or Magnetics?” Moderated by Kevin Parmenter of Excelsys, the event will take place in Room 217D at 5 p.m.

Conference visitors will be able to learn about the latest GaNFast devices from Navitas, and reference designs that achieve unprecedented small size, low weight and high efficiency levels. These designs offer fast charging speeds for a variety of end products ranging from smartphones and tablets to laptops, monitors and gaming systems. The dramatic size and weight reductions demanded by consumers are supported by the recent introduction of a 65 W USB power delivery laptop adapter, which Navitas says is the world's smallest.

“This is a dynamic time for Navitas and the industry, as GaN power systems graduate from academic curiosity to real-life commercial applications,” adds Stephen Oliver, vice president of sales and marketing.

To request an APEC meeting with Navitas, contact +1 ThinkGaNIC (844-654-2642) or email

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