eGaN FET Helps Time-of-Flight Lidar Systems 'See' Better

Date
10/15/2019

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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) expands AEC Q101 product family with the addition of the EPC2216, 15 V gallium nitride transistor.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— EPC announces successful AEC Q101 qualification of the 15 V EPC2216 designed for lidar applications where increased accuracy is vital such as in self-driving cars and other time-of-flight (TOF) applications including facial recognition, warehouse automation, drones and mapping.

The EPC2216, an 15 V, 26 mΩ, eGaN FET with a 28 A pulsed current rating in a tiny 1.02 mm2 footprint, is perfectly suited to use for firing the lasers in lidar systems because the FET can be triggered to create high-current with extremely short pulse widths.  The short pulse width leads to higher resolution, and the tiny size and low cost, make eGaN FETs ideal for time-of-flight applications from automotive to industrial, healthcare to smart advertising, gaming and security.  

To complete AEC Q101 testing, EPC’s eGaN FETs underwent rigorous environmental and bias-stress testing, including humidity testing with bias (H3TRB), high temperature reverse bias (HTRB), high temperature gate bias (HTGB), temperature cycling (TC), as well as several other tests.  Of note is that EPC’s WLCS packaging passed all the same testing standards created for conventional packaged parts, demonstrating that the superior performance of chip-scale packaging does not compromise ruggedness or reliability. These eGaN devices are produced in facilities certified to the Automotive Quality Management System Standard IATF 16949.

Price and Availability

The EPC2216 eGaN FET is priced at 2.5Ku/reel at $0.532 each and is available for immediate delivery from Digi-Key at http://www.digikey.com/Suppliers/us/Efficient-Power-Conversion.page?lang=en

For more information, visit www.epc-co.com.

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