VisIC Technologies and KYOCERA AVX Salzburg recently decided to expand their partnership within e-mobility and electric vehicle technology.
The former describes itself as a global leader in Gallium Nitride (GaN) solutions for high-voltage automotive applications, while the latter is an international manufacturer and supplier of electronic components for the automotive industry.
The partnership encompasses packaging, assembly, as well as GaN water technologies, with the intention to offer high current components for high-voltage applications like charging.
Ultimately, it is thought that the collaboration, and further expansion of the partnership, will help satisfy the demand within the automotive industry for reliable and efficient power solutions, thus saving costs with electric vehicles.
“With the best thermal resistance, discrete GaN devices and half-bridge modules will be essential for future On-Board-Chargers (OBC) and traction inverters, thus optimising weight, size, costs, and driving range,” a public statement explains.
A power module that offers strong power density and performance has already been developed thanks to the partnership. The module is based on VisIC Technologies’ lowest RDS (on) D3GaN (Direct Drive D-Mode) switches, and has been adopted for the next generation of models for an unnamed automotive manufacturer.
Along with said developments, VisIC Technologies and KYOCERA AVX Salzburg have also developed solutions for high-voltage battery disconnection. The solutions were developed using GaN power switches, and offer fast switching time. The current and the thermal stress of an electric vehicle’s battery and board net can be controlled, and said solutions will reportedly be available within lead projects later this year.
A public statement detailing the expansion of the companies’ partnership notes that D3GaN technology developed by VisIC Technologies is intended for the “high-reliability standards of the automotive industry and for the lowest losses.” The technology reportedly simplifies the system operations, allowing for efficient and affordable platform solutions. The companies claim that these solutions have earned praise from the automotive clients of VisIC Technologies.
“The electrification of the automotive industry has generated significant demand for power components, which we foresee continuing its strong growth for the next decade,” said Ran Klier, SVP of Sales & Marketing at VisIC Technologies.
“Together with KYOCERA AVX Salzburg, we will provide packaged discrete GaN devices and die-based power modules for major EV OEM and Tier 1 designs.”
“Gallium nitride semiconductors are the key to efficiency improvements and increasing the driving range of electrified vehicles. This technology offers significantly better switching speed and smaller and lighter package sizes, thereby reducing total system costs,” says Martin Knosp, Product Line Director at KYOCERA AVX Salzburg.
“We are happy to expand our cooperation with VisIC Technologies, leveraging our advanced design and manufacturing abilities to create more GaN products and devices to better serve the booming EV market demands.”
VisIC Technologies partners with ZF Friedrichshafen AG on research and development
VisIC Technologies’ expanding partnership with KYOCERA AVX Salzburg is just one of the many collaborations for the Israel-based company. VisIC also recently announced it was partnering with ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global technology company and supplier.
This partnership centres around the research and development of an electric vehicle inverter that is based on GaN semiconductor technology. Ultimately, the companies will work together to create “the next generation of high-performance and high-efficiency electric drivelines for vehicles.”
The two companies will focus on the development of 400 volt driveline applications, which apparently cover the largest segment of the electric vehicle market.
“Our partnership with ZF for the development of gallium nitride-based power inverters in electric vehicles illustrates the break-through of gallium nitride technology in the automotive industry,” said Tamara Baksht, CEO of VisIC.
”VisIC’s D3GaN technology was developed for the high reliability standards of the automotive industry and offers the lowest losses per RDS(on). It also simplifies the system solution and enables high-efficiency and affordable powertrain solutions. It is definitely the next step for the automotive electrical driveline.”