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BMW invests in GaN Systems

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2017-07-19
GaN Systems, the GaN power transistor specialist, has closed  an investment round led by BMW’s investment arm, BMW i Ventures.

Consistent with its investment strategy, BMW i Ventures recognizes that GaN Systems’ products maximize the efficiency of electronic systems while dramatically reducing size, weight and overall system cost.

The investment will be used to expand global sales and accelerate new product development. BMW i Ventures joins the existing investors: BDC Capital, Chrysalix Venture Capital, Cycle Capital Management, RockPort Capital and Tsing Capital.

“GaN Systems’ power transistors have created new possibilities,” says BMW i Ventures md Uwe Higgen, ” Gallium Nitride-based transistors have become the next big stepping stone in miniaturization. We have seen systems ¼ of the size while providing better efficiency than traditional silicon-based alternatives. With GaN, any system that needs power can become smaller, lighter and more efficient. These capabilities are particularly relevant in the automotive sector.”

“There are many examples of how GaN benefits power systems,” adds Higgen. “With autonomous cars, there will be the need to massively scale the data center infrastructure. Data center power consumption is one of the biggest cost drivers, and increasing the efficiency of power conversion will account for billions of dollars in cost savings and enable a more sustainable infrastructure around the globe.”