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EPC Exploits the Power of GaN Technology in a New Motor Drive Center

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

EPC has opened a new design application center near Turin, Italy, to focus on the growing motor drive applications based on GaN technology. These are technologies that are in the e-mobility, robotics, drone, and industrial automation industries.

The specialist team will support customers in accelerating their design cycles and define future Integrated Circuits for power management. This is done through state-of-the-art equipment to test applications from 400W to 10’s of kW.

The location is strategically chosen because Turin has a historic tradition of electric motors and motor drives, which offers EPC a wealth of local talents and abilities. The company’s engineers are helping customers reduce their design cycle times, as well as adopting GaN for more efficient, smaller, and less costly systems.

Furthermore, the center is exploring ways to exploit the potential of EPC’s GaN technology. These are focused on motor drive applications to enable a substantial increase in the efficiency of the motor. This leads to higher power densities in designs than what has been possible historically in MOSFET-based designs.

Also located in Turin is the Power Electronics Innovation Centre, a cross-department entity in the Politecnico di Torino, one of the most important technical Universities in Europe. EPC and PEIC are working together by investing in shared research and development.

Heading up the new facility is Marco Palma, EPC’s Director of Motor Systems and Applications. Commenting on the opening he said, “our new facility combines a comprehensive GaN product portfolio and design expertise offering customers a center of excellence that is unrivaled for motor drive applications. Its location is key too, as Europe is driving the green revolution in the e-mobility market, by using the Euro-7 standard in the short term and by banning internal combustion engines by 2035. This is absolutely the right time to invest in higher power density motor solutions that avoid unnecessary energy waste.”

To read further on EPC’s new Motor drive Center of Excellence and topics on the GaN technologies see their page here.

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