Philips Integrates GaN Systems’ Technology To Design A Multi-Port 65W GaN Fast ChargerJanuary 10, 2021 by Antonio Anzaldua Jr.
Philips and GaN Systems have created a new fast-charging, gallium nitride (GaN), power charger that is able to withstand 650V operating voltage while simultaneously charging multiple devices.
For power conversion and power adapters, Philips had gained a great deal of competition quickly, but recently Philips made headlines after making a partnership with GaN Systems.
Philips’ fast charger can be connected to seven devices simultaneously and still maintain operating temperatures. Image used courtesy of GaN Systems.
GaN Systems is a leading manufacturer of GaN-power transistors dedicated to making energy and power-efficient systems. GaN Systems has developed transistors for renewable energy, industrial, and consumer applications, their extensive portfolio allowed for Philips to dramatically leap ahead of its previous chargers. Now, Philips has its first charging device that is able to supply power to multiple devices, three of which rated at 220V.
The Fast Charging Solution
The next-generation charger that is presented by Philips was able to completely surpass its predecessor, Philips’ 2C1A-18W to become a 65W multi-port charger all thanks to GaN Systems’ technology.
GaN Systems’ GS-065-011-1-L is a 650V, enhancement mode GaN-on-Silicon power transistor that is seamlessly integrated within Philips’ fast charger. These transistors allow for high current, high voltage breakdowns, and high switching frequency to occur. It also features a low Rds(on) which will yield low power losses, all while providing low systems costs.
Integrating GaN System’s transistors allowed Philips to achieve a lighter product that is 5x smaller than its predecessor. Image used courtesy of GaN Systems.
GaN Systems’ power transistors create a robust system with its patented island technology. Traditional transistors have larger space taken up by busbars which limits current and thermal management. GaN Systems’ transistors grew metal vertically (island technology), which reduces inductance through each thick lateral metal layer and anticipates high current flow.
The robust new charger has the ability to support 2500W worth of charging output for mobile devices such as phones, laptops, speakers, and TVs. Based on Philips’ performance testing results, a standard Macbook Pro laptop is able to fully charge within 3-hours.
Philips fast charger features:
- (3) AC outlets
- (3) USB ports at 65W
- Charging capabilities for (3) 220V devices
- A small footprint of 61x65x65 mm
- Child Safety door sockets
With a non-conventional y-shaped, hexagonal design, the charging ports are suitable for various combinations of electronics — charging up to three digital devices at once and still supplying power to three 220V devices.
Before wrapping up 2020, GaN Systems released a prediction report for the upcoming 2021 year. GaN Systems predicts growth in multi-port chargers but not just for smart home devices but for industrial, medical, and portable testing equipment applications. GaN Systems plans to roll out a large number of devices for power conversion, adapters, and chargers. GaN-based chargers will help test engineers, researchers, and developers to continue working with portable equipment in the convenience of their own home.
Amongst the anticipated production lines of power chargers and adapters, a promising multi-port charger that utilizes GaN’s 650V enhancement transistors will launch through Philips at the start of the new year.