GaN Systems seals distribution deal in Japan and Asia

GaN Systems Inc., a developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, today announced it has signed an agreement with Japanese semiconductor and electronic component distributor, Value Integrated Technology (Vitec). Vitec will distribute GaN Systems’ Island Technology high-power GaN devices to its customer base in Japan, Taiwan, and China, including many well-known consumer brand and enterprise equipment manufacturers.

Announcing the deal, Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems said: “We are delighted to have signed Vitec as a distributor in Japan. Vitec has a strong presence in the consumer and enterprise segments and has links with major brand name manufacturers. Demand for our GaN power switching transistors is growing very rapidly as manufacturers seek to design smaller, lighter and more power-efficient products in order to gain competitive edge. Multiple consumer and enterprise products designed with our GaN devices will be launched starting in 2015, and we’re excited that Vitec and GaN Systems will expand this reach substantially.”

Osamu Komaki, VP of Marketing for Vitec, comments: “We are fully committed to our partnership with GaN Systems and we are very excited about the growth of GaN E-HEMT power switch designs in consumer and enterprise applications. Additionally, Vitec is expanding into industrial and automotive markets and GaN Systems has a very strong portfolio of higher-current GaN power switches for high-power applications in these sectors. GaN Systems’ product portfolio also complements Vitec’s existing businesses in solar inverter and infrastructure power. Together, we will have very strong business growth for next-generation high-efficiency power designs.”

Charles Bailley, GaN Systems’ Senior Director, Marketing and Sales, Asia adds: “Vitec is a high-quality distributor and we are excited about this partnership. Vitec’s core businesses and customers complement our existing network in Asia and Vitec also has excellent potential to expand across multiple market sectorss. Vitec conducts business with great professionalism and has strong technical and FAE capabilities. GaN Systems has many existing design wins with our GaN E-HEMTs, and we are looking forward to accelerating this growth further with Vitec.”

GaN Systems is the first company to have developed and productised a comprehensive portfolio of GaN E-HEMT power devices with current ratings from 7A to 220A, in both 650V and 100V ranges. GaN Systems’ Island Technology die design, combined with the extremely low inductance and thermal efficiency of GaNPX packaging and Drive Assist technology, provides its GaN E-HEMTs with 40x improvement in switching and conduction performance over silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs.

Vitec Co. Ltd. is headquartered in Tokyo (www.vitec.co.jp) with major offices throughout Japan (Iwaki, Osaki, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka), in addition to sales and FAE staff in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taipei, and Singapore. Additionally, Vitec has a strategically-located logistics centre in Hong Kong.

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