“Today, over 80% of the energy that becomes electricity is based on fossil fuels,” said Navitas’, Stephen Oliver. “One of the ways that we can improve that and shift from 20% renewables and electrical loads to 80% is by using GaN, which is a big push toward the electrification of our world.”

“When we look at the small size of a GaN component and how we can integrate features and functions and reduce components from legacy systems, we can have up to a 10× smaller CO2 footprint than a silicon equivalent,” he said.

AspenCore’s PowerUP Expo 2021 devoted a full day to wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, specifically gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC). The WBG panel discussion focused on “the next wave of GaN and SiC,” taking its cue from the day’s topic presentations, including new product developments, technology challenges, and wafer manufacturing.