This week 氮化镓系统 (GaN Systems)‘ CEO Jim Witham appeared on the Energy Cast Podcast, a program focused on exciting technology and energy advancements. Listen to it here or on the podcast app of your choice.
I’ll admit, I didn’t really know the difference between microprocessor semiconductors (Intel/AMD) and the power semiconductors developed by this week’s guest. Both models have used silicon and in one case, both are used in data centers.
Ottawa-based 氮化镓系统 (GaN Systems) has developed next-generation power transistors using gallium nitride technology. First developed in the 1990s, GaN transistors helped usher in the LED era when blue LEDs where invented. This is also where Blu-ray players get their name.
GaN semiconductors are notable for their fast-switching capability. According to Jim Witham, our guest and 氮化镓系统 (GaN Systems) CEO, “Fast switching is important because it reduces power loss as it makes things more efficient.”