EPC design tools reduce time to market for GaN-based power system designs

Article from: Efficient Power Conversion

EPC’s GaN Power Bench design tools help engineers achieve optimal performance from their GaN-based designs.

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) GaN Power Bench is a suite of design tools to help engineers achieve optimal performance from their Gallium Nitride (GaN) designs.

FETs and eGaN ICs offer fast switching, high efficiency, and small size that can meet the stringent power density requirements of today’s edge applications. GaN Power Bench tools help designers select the best GaN device for the application, simulate and optimize the thermal performance of the design, and provide sample applications with all the necessary documentation to quickly and easily replicate the design guidance optimal. necessary for ideal performance.

GaN Power Bench tools include:

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GaN FET Selection Tool for Buck Converters

the GaN FET Selection Tool for Buck Converter Calculator is an enhanced product selection tool that uses estimation and calculation for a hardware-switched buck converter. Designers can enter specific design parameters to receive a selection of devices classified by power dissipation to determine possible parameter trade-offs. The purpose of this selection tool is to help find the best GaN FETs to meet specific power system design needs. Additional topologies will be added later.

GaN FET Thermal Calculator

the GaN FET Thermal Calculator provides quick estimates of thermal performance parameters of PCB-mounted GaN devices subjected to both board-side cooling by forced convection and back-side cooling using a thermal solution consisting of a heat sink and a heat sink. This thermal calculator accounts for PCB construction (size, stackup, and via density), die sizes, power losses, TIM materials, and heatsink solution.

Cross-reference search

the Cross-reference search provides instant access to cross-reference and replacements for many silicon-based power management devices with eGaN FETs. This tool allows easy comparison of parametric differences without opening a single datasheet to identify the optimal eGaN FET to increase design efficiency. Simply enter a competitor’s part number to find a GaN device replacement suggestion.

Device models

EPC has developed a comprehensive list of third-order device models so engineers can quickly design and implement circuits with minimal wasted time. Model availability for each device includes PSpice, LTSpice, TSpice, Spectre, Altium, 3DStep, and Thermal models.

Reference designs

EPC offers an ever-expanding offering of reference designs for applications such as DC-DC conversion, motor control, lidar, and Class-D audio. Each reference design includes all supporting documentation necessary to reproduce quick and easy advice on optimal design for ideal performance.

“Our eGaN FETs and ICs offer designers using any power conversion topology the ability to significantly improve performance over silicon devices. User-friendly tools like the GaN Power Bench make it easy for designers to extract optimal performance from their GaN-based designs,” said Andrea Gorgerino, director of field application engineering at EPC.

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