Nexperia & KYOCERA AVX partnership for Gallium Nitride (GaN) automotive power modules

19 May 2022

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Combining proven GaN (Gallium Nitride) technology with innovative packaging expertise for automotive EV (electric vehicle) power applications.

Semiconductor manufacturer, Nexperia has announced a partnership covering gallium nitride (GaN) automotive power modules with KYOCERA AVX Components (Salzburg) GmbH, a leading international supplier of advanced electronic components for the automotive industry. This partnership agreement is the next step in the long-lasting close relationship between both companies and will focus on power components with the aim of jointly developing GaN applications for electric vehicles (EVs).

As passenger vehicles become increasingly electrified, the demand for power semiconductors to provide efficient power conversion at increasingly higher power densities also grows. High voltage power GaN FETs (field-effect transistors), when combined with innovative packaging technologies, can address the requirements for better efficiency, higher power density and reduced system cost. GaN power devices not only offer superior performance in these applications, but now also provide the reliability, robustness and manufacturability expected of a mainstream technology serving a broad range of applications across multiple market segments. Nexperia manufactures GaN devices in its own facilities, using mature mass production techniques, which have been proven to meet the highest reliability requirements for devices to achieve AEC-Q101 certification.

Thomas Rinschede, Deputy Vice President Sensing & Control Division at KYOCERA AVX Components (Salzburg) GmbH, states: “We are very pleased to finally turn our successful and long-lasting relationship into a real partnership to strengthen KYOCERA AVX’s strategy to provide high-quality automotive compliant modules. Nexperia is a trusted and reliable partner who can deliver high-performance GaN and has shown a strong record in producing devices for the automotive market.”  

Carlos Castro, Vice President & General Manager, GaNm, Nexperia comments: "GaN devices bring many benefits to EV applications, including increased power density, improved efficiency and lower overall system cost. However, optimised packaging technology is required in order to more fully realise the benefits of GaN devices, especially in high power systems. Nexperia recognizes the advanced technology offering and leading position which KYOCERA AVX holds in the automotive industry and believes that this joint collaboration in the development of GaN automotive power modules will enable both companies to deliver superior EV power systems solutions to our customers."

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KYOCERA AVX is a leading global manufacturer of advanced electronic components engineered to accelerate technological innovation and build a better future. As a wholly owned subsidiary of KYOCERA Corporation, structured to capitalize on shared resources and technical expertise, KYOCERA AVX has an expansive global footprint comprised of several dozen research, development and manufacturing facilities spanning more than 15 countries and staffed with talented personnel dedicated to innovation, component quality, customer service, and enabling a brighter future through technology. KYOCERA AVX designs, develops, manufactures and supplies advanced capacitors, antennas, interconnects, circuit protection and timing devices, sensors, controls, filters, fuses, diodes, resistors, couplers, and inductors optimised for use in international 5G, IoT, aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, industrial, medical and military markets.

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