Global semiconductor company Transphorm Inc. continues its foray with GaN devices by securing a $15 million investment from Yaskawa Electric Corporation. According to Transphorm, the money received will be allocated to various areas of GaN product research and development.
“Transphorm has consistently prioritized the quality and reliability of our GaN platform,” says Dr. Umesh Mishra, chairman, CTO, and co-founder of Transphorm. “That focus leads to strong customer relationships with visionaries such as Yaskawa and companies that not only innovate, but also influence market growth by demonstrating GaN’s real-world impact. Receiving Yaskawa’s recent support illustrates the rising confidence in GaN while underscoring its reliability.”
This news comes off the heels of Yaskawa’s September announcement that its Σ-7 F servo motor relies on Transphorm’s high-voltage (HV) GaN. The integration allows for better performance in a smaller form factor, according to Transphorm.
“We’ve seen the benefits of working with gallium nitride from the R&D phases through to the application development phases of our products, such as photovoltaic converters and the integrated Σ-7 F servo motor,” Yaskawa General Manager of Corporate R&D Center Yukio Tsutsui says in a press release. “We look ahead to further developments from Transphorm and its cutting-edge technology.”
In addition to servo motors, the technology can also aid data center and industrial power supplies, automotive systems, renewable energy, and broad industrial applications.
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