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Navitas celebrates its ten-year milestone

15th February 2024
Harry Fowle

Navitas marks 10 years of innovation and growth in a broad range of fast-growing markets from ultra-fast mobile charging to AI data centres, renewable energy and EVs.

The name ‘Navitas’ is from the Latin, meaning ‘energy’, ‘zeal’, or ‘get-up-and-go!’, and signifies the company’s passion and rate of innovation to replace legacy silicon power chips and accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to a carbon-neutral, renewable-energy world, enabling and exploiting a $1.3 trillion electrification opportunity.

Commenting on the ten-year milestone, CEO and co-founder Gene Sheridan stated: “From a trailer to a $1B+ IPO in record time and a worldwide presence with a 300-strong, highly-skilled team, we’ve so far delivered over 150 million devices and saved over 200,000 tons of CO2. Growth awards from Deloitte and Forbes highlight our revenue growth, and long-term guidance to grow many times faster than the market.”

Dan Kinzer, co-founder and COO / CTO added: “From our founding in 2014 as a next-generation power semiconductor pioneer, Navitas has amassed over 250 patents across ‘wide band-gap’ technologies gallium nitride and silicon carbide, as well as patented, enabling high-speed controller and digital isolators. Leading-edge technology, key talent and a passion for innovation are critical factors in Navitas’ success to-date, and a strong foundation for further technology and continued market leadership.”

With each new generation of GaN IC in only 15-18 months, GaN technology milestones during Navitas’ first decade include the launch of the world’s first integrated GaNFast power IC; GaNSense - the world’s first integrated precision current-sensing GaN chip; GaNSafe- the world’s most protected GaN power device for high-reliability systems; and the unveiling of a revolutionary new bi-directional GaN power IC platform with up to 9x smaller chip size than legacy silicon MOSFETs or IGBTs.

For higher voltages and higher power applications, Navitas offers the industry’s broadest range (650-6,500V) of SiC bare die and packaged devices, with best-in-class efficiency, ruggedness and high-frequency operation, based on GeneSiC technology. This assures Navitas’ position as a leading supplier of both SiC and GaN power semiconductors to markets ranging from consumer electronics, AI data centres and electric vehicles to renewable energy and industrial automation.

In 2021 the company went public with a $1B+ IPO on the Nasdaq exchange, and 2023 marked the shipment of over one hundred million GaN shipments. In the same year the company was recognised by Forbes as one of America’s top 50 most successful small companies and was ranked 72nd in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ of fast-growing North American companies. Along the way the business has also offered the industry’s first 20-year warranty for its technologies and become the world’s first semiconductor company to achieve CarbonNeutral-company certification from the leading experts on carbon-neutrality and climate finance, Climate Impact Partners.

Last year Navitas officially opened its new headquarters in Torrance, Ca. Around 100 highly-skilled Navitas staff are employed in Torrance for all aspects of GaN and SiC design, applications, test, characterisation and quality, alongside specialists in finance, marketing and HR.

Navitas will celebrate 10 years of innovation and growth in a series of events during 2024, beginning with the APEC 2024 conference and “GaNFast Blast!” celebration in Long Beach from February 26th.

Navitas will celebrate 10 years of innovation and growth in a series of events during 2024, beginning with the APEC 2024 conference and “GaNFast Blast!” celebration in Long Beach from February 26th.

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