VisIC, ZF jointly develop GaN inverters for electric cars

May 17, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
VisIC, ZF jointly develop GaN inverters for electric cars
The automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG and the Israeli power electronics company VisIC Technologies Ltd have signed an agreement to jointly develop power electronics components for electric vehicles. For ZF, the focus is on a highly efficient driveshaft; VisIC will contribute its GaN expertise.

The partnership is expected to strengthen the partners’ development efforts based on VisIC's D3GaN semiconductor technology. The activities will focus on 400-volt driveshaft applications covering the largest segment of the electric vehicle market.

According to VisIC CEO Tamara Baksht, the development marks nothing less than the breakthrough of GaN technology in the automotive industry. "VisIC's D3GaN technology is designed to meet the high reliability standards of the automotive industry and offers the lowest losses per R ds(on). It also simplifies system solution development and enables highly efficient and cost-effective powertrain solutions," said Baksht.

The adoption of wide band gap semiconductor technology, which includes silicon carbide and gallium nitride materials, would significantly strengthen ZF's competitive position in the development of the most cost-effective and efficient electric drive axles.

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