How GaN is gaining speed
When first introduced in 2009, GaN transistors faced a number of challenges, such as reliability, ease of use and maximum power – not to mention high cost and low availability. However, the industry has worked quickly to improve the GaN transistor.
Today, the manufacturing process, which is similar to making a silicon transistor, has been refined to improve GaN transistor reliability. More powerful GaN transistors are becoming readily available, capable of handling the power requirements of electric vehicles and industrial motors, as well as consumer products like wireless chargers. The latest generation of GaN transistors has been developed to be robust, more cost competitive and compatible with the latest electronics