VisIC and ZF create next-generation EV inverters

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VisIC Technologies and ZF Friedrichshafen are working together to create the next generation of electric drivelines for vehicles. The partnership is based on VisIC D3GaN semiconductor technology to develop 400V driveline applications.

Through the partnership, ZF and VisIC will extend their development of gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors for inverters.

Tamara Baksht, CEO of VisIC, said, “VisIC’s D3GaN technology was developed for the high reliability standards of the automotive industry and offers the lowest losses per Rds(on). It also simplifies the system solution and enables high-efficiency and affordable powertrain solutions. It is definitely the next step for the automotive electrical driveline.”

The companies say GaN semiconductors improve efficiency and performance for electric vehicles with better switching speed, range improvements and a smaller and lighter package size.

Dr Dirk Walliser, senior vice president, corporate research and development, ZF Friedrichshafen, said, “We are pleased about the cooperation with VisIC and are convinced that together we can further improve future electric drive systems based on gallium nitride technology.”

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