January 26, 2017
Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the formal opening of an Applications Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. This center will increase the reach of EPC to support research and development for the applications of enhancement-mode gallium nitride transistors and ICs. In addition to traditional FET and IC power conversion applications, GaN technology has enabled emerging applications such as wireless power transfer, LiDAR for autonomous vehicles, and envelope tracking for high bandwidth 4G and 5G communications.
In support of the center’s opening, Suvankar Biswas, Ph.D. has been appointed as senior applications engineer. Dr. Biswas’ experience includes work involving converter topology for integration of photovoltaic modules, grid-tied inverters, and storage. Additionally, Suvankar has research experience in the integration of harvested power in mobile devices, power delivery architecture in mobile platform-level systems, and plug-in hybrid vehicles and their connectivity with the Smart Grid. He is an active member of IEEE with numerous peer-reviewed published articles. Dr. Biswas obtained his bachelor of electrical engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and his doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota.
“The opening of the Blacksburg Applications Center is an important component of our continuous efforts to focus on customer partnerships when designing eGaN technology-based solutions and demonstrating eGaN transistors’ superior performance over MOSFETs and LDMOS. We are very pleased to have Dr. Biswas joining us at this time of widespread, fast growing adoption of gallium nitride-based solutions,” said Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion Corporation.
“Dr. Biswas joins Dr. David Reusch as the second employee at our Blacksburg Applications Center, and we have a current opening for a third applications engineer. We have had a long-standing, strong relationship with Virginia Tech and this center is well positioned to continue that relationship, as well as continue applications research and customer support for our GaN FETs and ICs,” Lidow concluded.