Nexperia and United Automotive Electronic Systems sign partnership agreement

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Nexperia has announced the signing of a comprehensive partnership covering gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor devices with United Automotive Electronic Systems Co. (UAES).

The program will focus on power systems for EVs, with the aim of jointly developing automotive applications using GaN technology.

UAES has already started using Nexperia GaN FETs in R&D and collaborative projects including vehicle-mounted chargers and high-voltage DC-to-DC converters for electric cars. Nexperia's GaN technology has extremely good figures of merit (RDS(on) x QGD) and reverse recovery charge (Qrr) metrics that support high switching frequencies and efficient power conversion.

Nexperia produces GaN based on mature and reliable mass production techniques, largely in its own global production facilities, to manufacture products according to automotive AEC-Q101 standards.

UAES provides car manufacturers with advanced and comprehensive automotive powertrain and body control system solutions and it specialises in the development, production, and sales of gasoline engine management systems, transmission control systems, vehicle body electronics, and hybrid and electric drive control systems.

The company operates five technology centres in China that focus on entire vehicles, engines, automatic transmissions, and electric drive performance development. The advanced equipment effectively provides high-quality engineering services including system development, component development, and calibration for various Chinese car manufacturers.

Paul Zhang, SVP Sales & Marketing and General Manager, Nexperia, China said, "The power density and efficiency of silicon-based GaN field-effect transistors will play key roles in the electrification of cars. We recognise the broad offering, industry position, and customer basis that UAES has in the automotive industry and we believe that our intensified collaboration in GaN will help both companies to deliver more advanced and efficient EV power system solutions to our customers.

"Earlier this month, we announced an increase in global production and R&D investment to fully support new product development. We intend to expand our investments and jointly to create a laboratory to develop automotive GaN technology applications."