Transphorm to offer cost-effective power conversion with Aixtron 6-inch GaN-on-Silicon system

May 14, 2011
Date Announced: 14 May 2011 [editor's note: Transphorm is not an LED manufacturer, but this story is of interest due to the growth of GaN material on silicon.]Aachen/Germany -– AIXTRON SE today announced a new order for an AIX 2800G4 HT system in a 6x6-inch wafer configuration from US start-up company Transphorm Inc. It will be used to ramp up Transphorm´s production capabilities of GaN devices for highly efficient and compact power conversion solutions by rapidly transferring the company´s GaN on Si material growth technology to large scale production. The system has been successfully installed and commissioned at Transphorm’s headquarters in Goleta, CA, USA by AIXTRON´s local support team. “AIXTRON’s reputation is second to none and we look forward to continuing our excellent working partnership as we develop materials for new applications and expand our capacity,” Primit Parikh, President of Transphorm comments. “The system we have selected meets all our needs and interests us for several reasons. An impressive feature is the scaled multiwafer platform that will give us forward process compatibility as well as enable a straightforward capacity upgrade when we need to further expand. With it we will be able to use multiwafer large area 6 inch GaN-on-Silicon technology in our proprietary GaN devices.We chose AIXTRON as our partner due to its advanced equipment having the capabilities and performance essential for a complex project such as ours. They also provided highly experienced, committed support engineers to work closely with our US team ensuring a smooth installation and commissioning.”Transphorm´s mission is to redefine electric power conversion through advanced III-nitride materials and devices, providing cost-competitive and easy-to-embed power conversion modules that reduce costly energy loss by up to 90 percent. These help simplify the design and manufacturing of motor drives, power supplies and inverters for solar panels and electric vehicles. From material technology and device fabrication to circuit design and module assembly, Transphorm designs and delivers its power conversion devices and modules to meet the needs of customers worldwide, helping them scale quickly and save money. By creating an ecosystem of electrical systems manufacturers powered by Transphorm, the company accelerates the adoption of application-specific power modules and paves the way for the next generation of electrical systems designed for optimal efficiency.

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