EPC Addresses Global GaN Power Management Product Demand; Leverages Digi-Key for Global Distribution

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - October 10, 2013

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced new inventory of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power management products, available for immediate shipment as part of an exclusive global distribution agreement with Efficient Power Conversion (EPC).

EPC is the leader in enhancement mode Gallium Nitride based power management devices. EPC was the first to introduce enhancement-mode Gallium-Nitride-on-Silicon (eGaN®) FETs as power MOSFET replacements in applications such as point-of-load converters, Power over Ethernet (PoE), server and computer DC-DC converters, LED lighting, cell phones, RF transmission, solar micro-inverters, and class-D audio amplifiers with device performance many times greater than the best silicon power MOSFETs.

"Gallium Nitride shows tremendous promise within the semiconductor space, as the power density benefits over silicon provide a unique opportunity for designers," said Mark Zack, vice president, global semiconductor product at Digi-Key. "For the past three years, Digi-Key has partnered with EPC as the exclusive distributor of their GaN power management products. Through this joint venture, both companies are well positioned to continue to provide innovative GaN power management solutions and we are excited for the future of this exclusive partnership."

New eGaN products are being released frequently, from the EPC2016 and EPC2018 power transistors, to the EPC9017 development board. In addition, EPC has released the EPC800x family of high-speed, high performance products that are blurring the line between Power and RF Transistors. For designers interested in evaluating the new EPC800x family of devices, EPC has released the EPC9027 development board, which features the EPC8007 device and the LM5113 gate driver IC in a half bridge configuration. In addition, EPC will be participating in a Google Hangout with Digi-Key on October 11 where they will be discussing their newest additions.

"Digi-Key makes it easy for engineers to develop state of the art power conversion systems with our enhancement-mode GaN transistors as replacements for their less-efficient silicon transistors. Their ability to support our customers from prototype to production has been invaluable as the adoption rate of our pioneering technology continues to grow," said Alex Lidow, EPC's co-founder and CEO. "Digi-Key's innovative marketing capabilities reinforce our efforts and have helped establish EPC as a market and knowledge leader for GaN. We are excited about our latest joint initiative - a live Google Hangout where we will be discussing the evolution of semiconductor materials."

Check out the latest EPC products by visiting the EPC Supplier Marketing Center and check out the following link to view the Digi-Key/EPC Google Hangout.

About EPC

EPC is the leader in enhancement mode gallium nitride based power management devices. EPC was the first to introduce enhancement-mode gallium-nitride-on-silicon (eGaN) FETs as power MOSFET replacements in applications such as DC-DC converters, wireless power transfer, envelope tracking, RF transmission, solar micro inverters, remote sensing technology (LiDAR), and class-D audio amplifiers with device performance many times greater than the best silicon power MOSFETs. Visit our web site: www.epc-co.com.

About Digi-Key Corporation

Digi-Key Corporation, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than three million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available on the Digi-Key website.

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