Imagine a charger that powers your laptop – but it’s the size of a cell phone charger. It’s smaller and lighter, but still packs the same power punch. This is just one way that new material being researched today could save energy – and impact your life.
TI has been working with students and professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on the use of the material gallium nitride (GaN) in powering devices in homes and offices, to name a few areas of use. “Everyone hopes it’s the next new material for power devices,” says Dave Freeman, a TI Fellow and chief technologist for power supply solutions in analog. “Right now, it has some attractive features, but there are some challenges with it. (Read more)