TI, Delta open Taiwan GaN R&D lab

TI, Delta open Taiwan GaN R&D lab

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By Nick Flaherty

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Texas Instruments (TI) has opened a joint R&D lab with Delta Electronics today to develop next-generation electric vehicle (EV) onboard charging and power systems using gallium nitride (GaN) technologies.

The deal between TI and Delta will tap into the R&D of both companies in a joint innovation lab in Pingzhen, Taiwan. This lab will optimise power density, performance and size of the systems for  faster-charging and more affordable EVs.

There are three phases of development for the collaboration.

Phase one for the collaboration focuses on Delta’s development of a lighter-weight, cost-effective 11kW onboard charger, using TI’s latest C2000 real-time microcontrollers (MCUs) and TI’s proprietary active electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter products. These can reduce the charger’s size by 30% while achieving up to 95% power conversion efficiency.

In phase two, TI and Delta will use the C2000 for ASIL D safety applications with highly integrated automotive isolated gate drivers to boost the power density of onboard chargers, and reduce the overall size.

In phase three, the two companies will collaborate on designs using GaN technology.

“The transition to electric vehicles is key to helping achieve a more sustainable future, and through years of collaboration with Delta Electronics, we have a solid foundation to build upon,” said Amichai Ron, senior vice president for Embedded Processing at TI.

“Together with Delta, we will use TI semiconductors to develop EV systems like onboard chargers and DC/DC converters that are smaller, more efficient and more reliable, increasing vehicle driving range and encouraging more widespread adoption of electric vehicles.”

“Delta has been developing highly efficient automotive power products, systems and solutions since 2008 to help reduce transportation-related carbon emissions,” said James Tang, executive vice president of Mobility and head of the Electric Vehicle Solutions business group at Delta Electronics.

“Through the establishment of this joint innovation laboratory with TI, Delta intends to leverage TI’s abundant experience and advanced technology in digital control and GaN to enhance the power density and performance of our EV power systems. With more leading-edge product development and design capabilities, we aim to achieve closer collaboration to accelerate product development and improve product safety and quality.”;


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