25 January 2024
Navitas and SHINRY open joint R&D power labGallium nitride (GaN) power IC and silicon carbide (SiC) technology firm Navitas Semiconductor Corp of Torrance, CA, USA and SHINRY of Shenzhen, China (a tier-1 supplier of on-board power supplies to auto-makers such as Honda, Hyundai, BYD, Geely, XPENG, and BAIC) have opened a joint R&D power laboratory to accelerate the development of new-energy vehicle (NEV) power systems enabled by Navitas’ GaNFast technology. On 16 January, SHINRY’s chief operating officer Peter (Jingjun) Chen, along with Navitas’ CEO Gene Sheridan and VP & general manager Charles (Yingjie) Zha plus other senior executives, attended the joint lab’s opening ceremony at SHINRY headquarters. The joint lab is planned to accelerate development projects, with GaN technology combining with system-design skills and engineering talent to enable high-power-density, light-weight, efficient designs that translate to faster charging and extended range, with faster time-to-market. The joint lab brings together experienced engineers from Navitas and SHINRY to build efficient, collaborative R&D platforms. Navitas’ own dedicated EV system Design Center in Shanghai will provide technical support. The firm will not only supply SHINRY with power devices but will also engage in system-level R&D from the initial stages of product specification and design through to test platforms and customized packaging solutions. The result should be more efficient, higher-power-density, more reliable and cost-effective power systems for NEVs. “As early as 2012, SHINRY began applying silicon carbide (SiC) MOS, and in 2019 SHINRY initiated research on the application of GaN and has been actively seeking strategic partners,” notes Chen. “As an advanced supplier in the field, Navitas will assist in creating more advanced, energy-efficient and higher-efficiency power system products. I believe the establishment of this joint lab will comprehensively accelerate the design and market launch of SHINRY’s products and further enhance the market competitiveness of SHINRY products,” he adds. “Through our joint efforts, leading GaN technologies will enter the power systems of NEVs for more end-users, contributing to the vigorous growth of the new energy industry,” says Navitas’ co-founder & CEO Gene Sheridan.