Aveox to Launch Ultra-high Efficiency AC Power Conversion Modules with APFC Powered by GaN Systems

Aveox to Launch Ultra-high Efficiency AC Power Conversion Modules with APFC Powered by GaN Systems

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, March 18, 2019GaN Systems, the global leader in GaN (gallium nitride) power semiconductors, today announces a strategic partnership with Aveox, a leading provider of mission critical electro-mechanical power solutions, to significantly reduce the size and weight of their 3-phase AC power converters with Active Power Factor Correction (APFC). This partnership enables the development of the world’s most power-dense, Aerospace-Compliant power conversion modules for a wide variety of cockpit, galley and cabin equipment that utilizes 3 Phase power.  

Aveox’s high-efficiency power conversion modules for aerospace and defense systems are quickly becoming the go-to replacement for legacy Transformer Rectifier Units (TRUs) around the world. GaN Systems’ power devices allow the modules to be more than five times smaller than conventional units using silicon technology. GaN switches have very low losses which enable an efficiency of >97%, significantly reducing the amount of heat generated. Using compact GaNpx bottom-cooled devices, Aveox was able to combine both the semiconductor switches and surface-mounted magnetics onto a single Insulated Metal Substrate (IMS) board, making the converter smaller than before possible.  

By leveraging GaN Systems and the features of GaN, Aveox delivers:

  • World’s smallest 3-Phase APFC Modules for Defense and Aerospace Applications
  • Industry’s Highest Power Density of 10KW/Kg
  • Compliance with stringent RTCA DO-160 power quality requirements
  • “Simple electronics” architecture as defined per DO-254 and ABD Sec 1.8 which reduces certification costs
  • Higher power than a silicon-based system in a smaller footprint
  • Takes advantage of GaN System’s robust solutions showcasing its unique technology approach and packaging, which allows faster switching, high current and high yields, ultralow inductance, and small size  

“Running GaN Systems devices at high frequency has enabled us to significantly reduce the size and weight of our newest generation power conversion modules, said David Palombo, CEO of Aveox Inc. “Together with GaN Systems, we are excited to see our advanced technologies enable leading aerospace companies to develop some of the world’s most efficient and lightest weight power systems for safety critical applications.”

“We are excited to be working with leading companies like Aveox and seeing the growing number of innovative, state-of-the-art GaN-based products released in the market, especially in industries where durability and reliability count,” said Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems. “With this partnership, we are seeing how GaN Systems is playing a pivotal role in providing an innovative energy-efficient solution. Most noticeably, there is a significant amount of momentum in various markets, as more companies realize the outcomes with GaN to enable smaller, lower cost, energy-efficient power systems.”

 

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