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The lowest on-resistance 100 V GaN FET shipping from Efficient Power Conversion

13th May 2022
Paige West

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation expands the selection of low voltage, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2071 (1.7 mΩ typical, 100 V) GaN FET.

The EPC2071 is ideal for applications with demanding requirements for high power density performance including 48 V – 54 V input DC-DC for new servers and artificial intelligence. Lower gate charges, QGD, and zero reverse recovery losses enable high frequency operations of 1MHz, and beyond, and high efficiency in a tiny 10.2mm2 footprint for state-of-the-art power density. 

The EPC2071 is also ideal for BLDC motor drives, including e-bikes, e-scooter, robots, drones, and power tools. The EPC2071 is 1/3rd the size of a silicon MOSFET with the same RDS(on), QG is 1/4th that of the MOSFET, and the deadtime can be reduced from 500ns to 20ns to optimise motor plus inverter efficiency and reduce acoustic noise.

The EPC2071 is footprint compatible to EPC’s prior Generation 4 family of products: EPC2021, EPC2022, EPC2206. The Generation 5 improvement in Area x RDS(on) gives the EPC2071 the same on-resistance as the prior generation with 26% smaller size.

“The EPC2071 makes the ideal switch for the primary side of the LLC DC-DC converter from 40 V – 60 V to 12 V- 5V. This 100-volt device offers improved performance and cost compared with previous-generation 100 V GaN FETs allowing designers to economically improve efficiency and power density,” according to Alex Lidow, EPC’s Co-Founder and CEO. “These parts are also suitable for telecom and server power supplies, and solar applications. Additionally, EPC2071 is less expensive than comparable silicon devices and in stock!”

Reference design

The EPC9174 reference design board is a 1.2kW, 48V input to 12V output LLC converter. It features the EPC2071 for the primary side full bridge. The EPC2071 enables 1 MHz switching frequency and 1.2kW of power in a very small 22.9mm x 58.4mm x 10mm size (power density 1472 W/in3). The peak efficiency is 97.3% at 550W and the full load efficiency of 96.3% at 12 V delivering 100 A output.

Price and availability

The EPC2071 eGaN FET is priced at 1K u/reel at $3.81 each

The EPC9174 development board is priced at $498.00/each

Both the EPC2071 and EPC9174 demonstration board is available for immediate delivery from Digi-Key.

Designers interested in replacing their silicon MOSFETs with a GaN solution can use the EPC GaN Power Bench’s cross reference tool to find a suggested replacement based on their unique operating conditions.  The cross reference tool can be found at: https://epc-co.com/epc/DesignSupport/GaNPowerBench/CrossReferenceSearch.aspx

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