GaN Systems Inc, a fabless semiconductor company that develops gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has signed an agreement with Japanese distributor Daito Electron. Under the agreement, Daitron will sell GaN Systems products in Japan and Korea.
GaN Systems’ gallium nitride power transistors are based on its proprietary Island Technology. The devices have advantages over traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs bringing smaller, lighter and more efficient power electronics to applications, according to the company.
GaN Systems selected Daitron for its strong presence in the Japanese automotive and industrial sectors, which are important markets for gallium nitride devices.
The partnership is synergistic for both GaN Systems and Daitron, the companies said. Many of GaN Systems’ prospective customers already have a relationship with Daitron. The distributor also has technical knowledge in applications suited to GaN high-power switching devices, including inverters, UPS, hybrid electric vehicles/electric vehicles and high voltage DC-DC conversion, the semiconductor company said.
GaN Systems, based in Ottawa, Canada, 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.
Girvan Patterson, president of GaN Systems said that comments gallium nitride devices are recognized to be the future of power electronics so it’s “timely for us to continue to build our worldwide distribution network.” He added that Daito Electron, is a “technically excellent and strong partner for success in Japan and Korea.”
Shinji Ikutani, senior corporate officer of Daitron, said key industries in Japan and Korea will now have access to this new core technology and achieve competitive edge” using GaN Systems’ power transistors in next generation products.
Daitron is based in Osaka, Japan.