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About PowerAmerica

PowerAmerica is a private-public partnership between the US Department of Energy, industry, and academia. It aims to accelerate the adoption of advanced semiconductor components made with silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) into a wide range of products and systems. PowerAmerica is working to make these wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with silicon-based power electronics and reduce the perceived risk in their adoption in numerous industries. PowerAmerica brings many of the world's leading wide bandgap semiconductor manufacturers and end-users together with experts from top research universities and government agencies to accomplish its objective.

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930 Main Campus Drive Suite 200

Raleigh, North Carolina, 27606,

United States

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Navitas COO/CTO presenting tutorial at PowerAmerica 2022

Jul 29, 2022

Gallium nitride (GaN) power integrated circuit firm Navitas Semiconductor of El Segundo, CA, USA and Dublin, Ireland says that, on 2 August (1pm eastern time), its chief operating officer/chief technology officer & co-founder Dan Kinzer is presenting the 75-minute tutorial ‘Advancing GaN Power Integration: Efficiency, Reliability & Autonomy’ at the 2022 Wide Band-gap (WBG) Summer Workshop (2–4 August) on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC, of PowerAmerica, a public–private research initiative established in 2014 between industry, government, national labs and academia dedicated to accelerating the adoption of WBG silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power electronics. The presentation covers GaN device fundamentals and Navitas’ proprietary AllGaN process design kit (PDK), before detailing practical applications, and the benefits of integrating GaN power with drive, plus control, sensing and protection, to enable the highest power density, efficiency and reliability. Established in 2014, PowerAmerica (a member of Manufacturing USA) brings together leading innovators in WBG semiconductors. As a member of PowerAmerica, Navitas provides technical and material input for initiatives to help companies using power semiconductors to upgrade beyond legacy silicon. In return, Navitas has access to resources and relationships contributing to business growth. The tutorial workshop is being held in conjunction with PowerAmerica’s 2022 Annual Meeting. Since GaN is reckoned to run up to 20x faster than silicon, GaNFast power ICs are said to deliver up to 3x faster charging or 3x more power with up to 40% energy savings in half the size and weight for mobile, consumer, enterprise, eMobility and new energy markets. Founded in 2014, Navitas introduced what it claimed to be the first commercial GaN power ICs. Its proprietary GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense technology integrate GaN power and drive plus sensing, protection and control circuitry to deliver simple, small, fast and efficient power conversion performance. “GaNSense technology is optimized for revolutionary high-speed, soft-switching topologies such as totem-pole PFC [power factor correction], asymmetric half-bridge and active-clamp flyback,” notes Kinzer. “Loss-less current-sensing delivers the efficiency boost, and 6x faster fault-detection – with ‘detect-to-protect’ in only 30ns – means that systems can now be made as reliable as the GaN power ICs themselves.” Over 50 million GaN ICs have shipped (with zero reported GaN field-failures) to mobile and consumer customers including Samsung, Dell, Xiaomi, Lenovo, OPPO, Amazon, LG, and Belkin, and GaNFast ICs are now available with a 20-year limited warranty - a critical accelerator for GaN’s adoption into high-reliability data-center, solar and EV markets. See related items:

PowerAmerica Investments

1 Investments

PowerAmerica has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in Transphorm as part of their Unattributed on April 4, 2017.

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4/12/2017

Unattributed

Transphorm

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4/12/2017

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Unattributed

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Transphorm

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Yes

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2

PowerAmerica Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

PowerAmerica has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Transphorm on March 03, 2020.

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3/3/2020

Reverse Merger

$99M

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3/3/2020

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Reverse Merger

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$99M

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2

PowerAmerica Partners & Customers

2 Partners and customers

PowerAmerica has 2 strategic partners and customers. PowerAmerica recently partnered with Navitas Semiconductor on April 4, 2022.

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4/19/2022

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United States

Navitas and PowerAmerica Accelerate Next-Gen Semiconductors to “Electrify our World™”

As a member of PowerAmerica , Navitas Semiconductor will provide input into initiatives to help companies that use power semiconductors to upgrade beyond legacy silicon , and access resources and relationships contributing to business growth .

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8/8/2017

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Navitas and PowerAmerica Accelerate Next-Gen Semiconductors to “Electrify our World™”

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