13 December 2017: At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (9-12 January), Efficient Power Conversion Corp (EPC) of El Segundo, CA, USA – which makes enhancement-mode gallium nitride on silicon (eGaN) power field-effect transistors (FETs) for power management applications – is demonstrating the power of eGaN technology to enhance two consumer applications – wireless power and LiDAR for self-driving cars.
As a partner within the AirFuel Alliance booth #40140 at CES, EPC will display a GaN-based wirelessly powered system embedded in a desktop that can power multiple devices anywhere on the surface up to a total power consumption of 300W. This level of power makes it possible to simultaneously power a computer, run a monitor, power a lamp, communicate via a talking digital assistant, and charge a cell phone – without running a single power cord to any of the devices.
In its Palazzo hospitality suite at The Venetian hotel, EPC will have multiple wirelessly powered surfaces on display to demonstrate the myriad of consumer uses in the home such as running a blender in the kitchen, powering a radio and baby monitor while charging a wearable on a nightstand, and powering both a computer and lamp while charging a phone on a desktop.
Also on show in the EPC suite will be an eGaN FET-based LiDAR system. Since LiDAR technology is emerging as the leading technology to act as the ‘eyes’ for self-driving autonomous vehicles, EPC is demonstrating how GaN technology is enabling such higher-resolution and lower-cost LiDAR systems.