Leading developer of gallium nitride power switching devices ready for worldwide growth

OTTAWA, Ontario – June 2014 – GaN Systems Inc, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has moved into its new headquarters and R&D facility at 1145 Innovation Drive, Ottawa, Canada.  Located at the heart of Kanata’s high technology community, the move was necessitated by the company’s expansion over the past twelve months and plans for continued rapid growth as GaN devices replace legacy silicon-based semiconductors in power conversion and control applications worldwide.

“We are committed to long term, fast-paced growth, and these new facilities will provide the resources and capabilities we need as we move rapidly from R&D to commercialisation this year.” said Jim Witham, CEO.  The new HQ and R&D facility is three times larger than GaN Systems’ previous premises, with a tenfold increase in laboratory space.  The labs have dedicated power and cooling, which is crucial, as Girvan Patterson, co-founder and President explains: “When you produce devices that can switch 200 Amps or more, it calls for some highly specialised facilities to fully test them.  The power available in this location and our custom-designed labs will enable us to fully explore higher power applications and substantially accelerate the long term reliability testing of our devices.” 

Headcount has already increased significantly over the past six months and GaN Systems has expanded its global team as its power conversion devices, based on its proprietary Island Technology®, are commercialized. GaN Systems is believed to be the first company in the market with a wide range of parts already available for sampling.   

About GaN Systems

GaN Systems is the first place systems designers go to realize all the benefits of gallium nitride in their power conversion and control applications.  To overcome silicon’s limitations in switching speed, temperature, voltage and current, the company develops the most complete range of gallium nitride power switching solutions for a variety of markets.  Its unique Island Technology® addresses today’s cost, performance, and manufacturability challenges of gallium nitride resulting in devices that are smaller and more efficient than traditional design approaches.  The Company also leverages existing multi-sourced manufacturing processes due to its transportable, fabless model, and makes it easy to incorporate gallium nitride into any design.  GaN Systems is run by a seasoned semiconductor team with decades of industry experience and a track record of repeated success.  The Company is leading the widespread adoption of gallium nitride into the power conversion industry. For more information, please visit: www.gansystems.com