A EUREKA PENTA project, GaNext, will have a major impact on global efforts to save energy and cut CO2 emissions by creating highly efficient, compact and reliable GaN power modules for power systems. Today, every electronic or electrical device contains at least one power system –for instance, to convert mains AC electricity to DC current to drive a motor.
From laptops to industrial machines, power systems are everywhere. The partners in GaNext aim to deliver a technology breakthrough by developing a next generation of intelligent ‘power modules’ (electronic components in power systems) based on a semiconductor called gallium nitride (GaN). These will significantly increase energy efficiency over existing modules most of which are based on silicon