Infineon completes acquisition of GaN Systems
Infineon Technologies has completed the acquisition of GaN Systems in Canada to create a major supplier of gallium nitride power devices for consumer, industrial and automotive applications.
The $830m acquisition brings a broad portfolio of gallium nitride (GaN)-based power conversion devices and designs and leading-edge application know-how. All required regulatory clearances have been obtained and GaN Systems in Ottawa has now become part of Infineon, which has its own CoolGaN range of devices.
“GaN technology is paving the way for more energy-efficient and CO 2-saving solutions that support decarbonization,” said Jochen Hanebeck, CEO of Infineon (above). “The acquisition significantly accelerates our GaN roadmap and further strengthens Infineon’s leadership in power systems through mastery of all relevant power semiconductor technologies. We welcome our new colleagues from GaN Systems to Infineon.”
This means Infineon now has a total of 450 GaN experts and more than 350 GaN patent families, which expands the company’s leading position in power semiconductors and considerably speeds up time-to-market.
Both companies’ complementary strengths in IP and application understanding as well as a well-filled customer project pipeline put Infineon in an excellent position to address various fast-growth applications.
The GaN Systems deal brings to Infineon an island-based device structure that allows higher performance in power designs. This has been used by companies such as QPT for switching speeds up to 20MHz.
This also follows Infineon’s protracted acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor in 2020.