Nexperia, an expert in essential semiconductors, has announced a partnership covering gallium nitride (GaN) automotive power modules with KYOCERA AVX, a leading international supplier of advanced electronic components for the automotive industry. This partnership agreement is the next step in the long-lasting close relationship between both companies and will focus on power components to jointly develop GaN applications for electric vehicles (EV).
As passenger vehicles become increasingly electrified, the demand for power semiconductors to provide efficient power conversion at increasingly higher power densities also grows. High voltage Power GaN FETs, when combined with innovative packaging technologies, can address the requirements for better efficiency, higher power density, and reduced system cost. GaN power devices not only offer superior performance in these applications but now also provide the reliability, robustness, and manufacturability expected of a mainstream technology serving a broad range of applications across multiple market segments. Nexperia manufactures GaN devices in its facilities using mature mass production techniques which have been proven to meet the highest reliability requirements for devices to achieve AEC-Q101 certification.
Thomas Rinschede, Deputy Vice President of Sensing and Control Division at KYOCERA AVX, states: “We are very pleased to finally turn our successful and long-lasting relationship into a real partnership to strengthen KYOCERA AVX’s strategy to provide high-quality automotive compliant modules. Nexperia is a trusted and reliable partner who can deliver high-performance GaN and has shown a strong record in producing devices for the automotive market.”
Carlos Castro, Vice President, and General Manager of GaN Nexperia, comments: "GaN devices bring many benefits to EV applications including increased power density, improved efficiency, and lower overall system cost. However, optimized packaging technology is required to more fully realize the benefits of GaN devices, especially in high power systems. Nexperia recognizes the advanced technology offering and leading position that KYOCERA AVX holds in the automotive industry and believes that this collaboration in the development of GaN automotive power modules will enable both companies to deliver superior EV power systems solutions to our customers."