Farnell ships Nexperia’s power GaN FET range

Farnell is shipping Nexperia’s power GaN FETs. The distributor explains that GaN technology overcomes limitations of technologies, such as silicon-based IGBTs and SiC, in power conversion, which is popular in EV design where GaN reduces power losses that can impact the range of a vehicle. Increased efficiency in power conversion also reduces the need for cooling systems to dissipate generated heat, reducing the vehicle’s weight and system complexity, benefitting range or allowing for the same range from a smaller battery.

GaN FETs can also be used in data centres, telecoms infrastructure and industrial applications.

The Nexperia FETs can be used in hard switching for AC-DC totem pole power factor correction (PFC) applications, LLC phase shift full-bridge (resonant or fixed frequency) for soft-switching applications, as well as all DC-AC inverter topologies and AC-AC matrix converters using bidirectional switches.

They provide low RDS(on) and fast switching, low Vf and low Qrr. They are also rugged and deliver stable switching with a rugged gate bounce immunity, making them suitable for reduced power loss applications in 5G equipment and IoT devices as well as EVs, adds Farnell, an Avnet company.

The Nexperia Gan FET range is available from Farnell in EMEA, Newark in North America and element14 in APAC.

Lee Turner, global head of semiconductors and SBCs at Farnell said: “We are pleased to further support our customers with the addition of the power GaN FETs to the Farnell range. GaN technology is at the cutting edge of efficient power design and these new products will be a key component to innovative IoT, automotive and communication designs of the future”.

To support customers seeking to adopt GaN FET technology, Farnell and the element14 community is hosting a webinar with a Ilian Bonov, GaN International product marketing engineer, from Nexperia. Entitled “Designing High-Efficiency and Robust Industrial Power Supplies with Nexperia GaN FETs” the webinar will take place on 16th September, 2020 at 2:00 PM BST. It will cover Nexperia cascode technology, benefits in hard and soft switching topologies and include a 4kW Totem Pole PFC case study. Registration is via the company website.


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