GaN, SiC, and Si technologies in AC Adapters

Contributing Authors: Sinjin Dixon-Warren, PhD


美孚AC适配器不断提醒他们e devices that we have come to love are not quite as mobile as we would like to think. Every single mobile device needs to regularly revisit an AC Adapter to recharge its lithium ion battery.

Originally, most AC adapters were essentially a linear power supply that combined a transformer with a bridge rectifier and a capacitor filter to convert the AC mains voltage to a smooth low voltage DC current suitable for charging a battery. These adapters were limited to specific AC voltage input to create specific DC voltage outputs, and hence could generally not be used internationally. They were also heavy and cumbersome, and generally a different adapter was required for each device needing DC power. Finally, the linear transformer-based technology is inefficient, as unneeded power is dissipated as heat, and power is dissipated even when there is no load current.

Switch mode power supplies (SMPS) have been gradually displacing linear transformer-based technology since the 1980s. A variety of circuit topologies are used, but essentially, they are all based on the same principle. The AC voltage is rectified to a high DC voltage that drives a switching circuit, which contains a transformer operating at a high frequency, and outputs DC current at the desired low voltage. The great benefit of SMPS is that they can be used with various AC input voltages, thereby making “international” adapters possible. Furthermore, they can be configured to produce a variety of DC outputs. Voltage regulation is achieved by varying the ratio of on-to-off time of the high voltage switching circuit.

相对较新的USB-C电力传递标准旨在提供高达100 W(例如20 V和5 A)的可变充电电源,从而可以使用单个AC适配器来对各种设备充电。此外,电缆是双向的,因此相同的电缆可用于从监视器或来自笔记本电脑的智能手机对膝上型电脑充电。连接器件时,充电电源和电压在连接时动态配置。

用于消费者应用的SMP通常需要额定大约600 V的场效应晶体管(FET)。该FET用于高压驱动变压器在SMPS中的高电压的高频切换。合适的FET可以用宽的带隙氮化镓(GaN)或碳化硅(SiC)或硅(Si)制造。硅超接线MOSFET技术目前主导了移动设备AC适配器市场,但GAN和SIC设备承诺更高的效率和更低的形状因素。所提出的GaN设备是在GaN-on-Si基板上形成的横向高电子迁移率晶体管(HEMT)。在宽带隙市场空间中播放了几个AC适配器初创公司,但到目前为止,主要的原始设备制造商(OEM)都没有采用这项技术。在本文中,我们将审查我们对开放市场购买的AC适配器分析的一些结果。

Avogy Zolt

In 2016 TechInsights (formerly Chipworks) looked inside the Avogy Zolt Laptop Charger model number ZM070LTPX01-G. Avogy claimed to be a vendor of GaN devices; however, TechInsights found that the Zolt contained a SiC power FET, likely fabricated by Cree, but packaged with Avogy markings. Our colleagues at subsequently argued that Avogy used a SiC device for four reasons, the primary being that SiC was available and working at that time. Figure 1 shows the main PCB from the Zolt laptop charger, with the location of the AV150-00028 SiC device indicated.


Figure 1: Zolt Laptop Charger Main PCB

Table 1 below shows the full design-win list for the Zolt charger. The device is relatively complex and includes an Infineon 600 V CoolMOS devices, plus three lower voltage Infineon OptiMOS devices and the Avogy branded SiC power FET device.

生产商名称 Model Number Device Type 突出的标记
Texas Instruments LP2951-50DRG Voltage Regulator ZUF
Texas Instruments UCC27511DBV Logic IC 7511
Texas Instruments TL431AQDBZ Voltage Regulator TAQS
法制罗密 FODM121C Photocoupler (logo)
Texas Instruments LMC555CMMX Other 4AT6
Infineon IPL60R199CP 600 V COOLMOS. (logo)
Unitrode UC3842D8 PWM Controller 你36.
Texas Instruments sn74ahct1g32dck Logic IC BGG
Texas Instruments sn74ahct1g32dck Logic IC BGG
Texas Instruments SN74AHC1GU04DCK Logic IC AD3
Infineon BSC010NE2LSI. 25.V OptiMOS 01.0NE2LI
Infineon BSC010NE2LSI. 25.V OptiMOS 01.0NE2LI
Alpha & Omega AOZ1232QI-01 DC-DC Converter (logo)
Maxim MAX14667 Other AETH
Maxim MAX9938WEBS. Power Amplifiers AGI
Infineon Teardown Power MOSFET 0902NSI.
H1F 521
Comchip Technology Z4DGP406L-HF Power Rectifier Z4GP.
微芯片技术 pic32mx270f256d-v / tl 微控制器 (logo) PIC 32
Infineon BSZ0902NSI. 30.V OptiMOS 0902NSI.
Texas Instruments UCC27512 Logic IC 27.512
TI 57I
Avogy Inc AV150-00028 SiC Power FET 15.0-00028

Table 1: Avogy Zolt Design Wins

Avogy has apparently ceased to exist as an independent company, but the Avogy Zolt still seems to be available from Amazon, although based on some customer comments it may have reliability issues. A die photo of the SiC die extracted from the Avogy AV150-00028 is shown in Figure 2. The die was likely made by Cree Inc.

Avogy AV150-00028 SIC DIE

Figure 2: Avogy AV150-00028 SiC Die

RACPower RP-PC104

Since 2016 GaN has made considerable progress in the commercial market and there are an increasing number of vendors that are now offering AC adapters based on GaN, including RAVPower, Anker, FINsix and Made in Mind (Mu One) and others. A large number of vendors are offer GaN FET devices, ranging from small startups like GaN Systems and Navitas to large established players like Infineon and Panasonic.

Recently, TechInsightspublished一些结果RAVPower RP-PC104 45 W USB-C充电器which was advertised to contain GaN and is also available from Amazon. We found the RP-PC104 contained two Navitas NV6115 GaN power IC’s, as shown in Table 2 below. Figure 3 presents a photograph of the RP-PC104 main PCB with the location of the Navitas NV6115 annotated.

Avogy AV150-00028 SIC DIE

Figure 3: RAVPower RP-PC104 Main PCB

TechInsights随后发现Navitas设备s in, the Made in Mind Mu One 45 W charger, and in the Aukey PA-U50 24W USB charger. The Mu One charger had essentially the same design as the RavPower charger, both apparently being based on Navitas reference designs. The Aukey PA-U50 was of particular interest, since it was found to contain the new Navitas NV6250 integrated half bridge IC. TechInsights is presently working on a complete analysis of the Navitas NV6250. Figure 4 shows a photograph of the NV6115 integrated GaN HEMT die from the RP-PC104.

生产商名称 Model Number Device Type 突出的标记
Navitas Semiconductor NV6115. GaN Power IC (商标)Navitas
Navitas Semiconductor NV6115. GaN Power IC (商标)Navitas
Diodes Inc. MSB30M Power Rectifier - +
Vanguard International. VS3506AE -30 V P-Channel FET VS
Silicon Laboratories SI8610BB-B-是 Digital Isolator Si8610BB
(e3) L0KU
Everlight EL1018-G. Photocoupler EL
Texas Instruments UCC28780RTE Other Controllers U28780
TI 858
Infineon BSC098N10NS5 10.0 V OptiMOS 09.8N10NS
Weltrend Semiconductor WT6615F USB Controller WT6615F

Table 2: RAVPower RP-PC104 Design Wins

Navitas半导体NV6115集成GaN Hemt Die

Figure 4: Navitas Semiconductor NV6115 Integrated GaN HEMT Die

Innergie 60 C

TechInsights.recently purchased an Innergie 60C USB-C 60 W Adapter, which is manufactured by the Delta Electronics Group, and which was anticipated to contain a GaN device. Internet rumors suggested that the device actually contained a 600 V Infineon CoolMOS super junction MOSFET and that Delta had obscured the markings with security paint. TechInsights teardown of the Innergie 60C confirmed the presence of the 600 V Infineon IPL60R185C7 CoolMOS device and the use of security paint and furthermore did not find a GaN component. Figure 5 shows a photograph of one several small PCB’s found inside the Innergie 60C. The location of the Infineon IPL60R185C7 600 V CoolMOS, with the markings obscured, is annotated.

Innergie 60C.PCB

Figure 5: Innergie 60C PCB

The design wins for the Innergie 60C are summarized in Table 3. TechInsights plans to complete a detailed analysis of the 600 V Infineon IPL60R185C7 CoolMOS device. Figure 6 shows a photograph of the Infineon IPL60R185C7 600 V CoolMOS die.

生产商名称 Model Number Device Type 突出的标记
Diodes Inc. MSB30KH Power Rectifier - +
Everlight EL1013 Photocoupler EL
Infineon BSZ086P03NS3-G -30 V Power MOSFET 086p3n.
在半. FDMS86150 10.0 V N-Channel FET (商标)DJ08AC
Gulf Semi GU1M-E Power Rectifier (商标)E
未知 t31.5a250vcqmst. Other t31.5a250vcqmst.
未知 DAP030H. Other Controllers DAP030H.
STMicroelectronics STM32F.07.2CBU7 微控制器 STM32F.
07.2CBU7 8205
GQ24L 15.
Infineon IPL60R185C7 600 V COOLMOS. (商标)

Table 3: Innergie 60C Design Wins

Infineon IPL60R185C7 600 V CoolMOS Die

Figure 6: Infineon IPL60R185C7 600 V CoolMOS Die

Concluding Remarks

TechInsights.analysis demonstrates that high power, compact AC adapters can be built using SiC, GaN and Si super junction devices. Inspection of several commercial charges from the major OEM, including the Google Pixel 3, Huawei Mate 200 Pro and the Nokia 9 PureView fast charger found silicon super junction MOSFET technology. Quite clearly, silicon technology continues to dominate this market space. TechInsights believes that SiC is unlikely to achieve market success in the AC adapter market, due to the relatively high cost of this technology. The SiC technology appears to be more suited the high voltage applications and is successfully displacing silicon IGBT technology in the electric and hybrid vehicle market.

好奇地,在这里讨论的三个AC适配器的情况下,Innergie 60C可以提供最佳的整体系统性能。移动充电器性能的指标之一是功率密度,即每立方厘米的体积产生的瓦特。Innergie 60c是通过该公制的清晰获奖者,功率密度最高。较旧的Avogy Zolt是具有最大的音量和最低功率密度。

Device 长度(英寸) Width (inches) 高度(英寸) Power (W) Volume (in3. Power Density(W/in3.
Innergie 60C. 2.4 1.2 1.2 60 3.。5 17.。4
RACPower RP-PC104 2.8 2.1 0.6 45 3.。5 12.。8
Avogy Zolt 3.。5 1.3 1.3 70 5.9 11.。8


Innergie 60C由Delta Electronics组制成,该AR AC适配器的制造商。他们声称每年制造8000万笔记本电脑适配器。Innergie 60c的设计可能高度优化。如果可以有效地竞争硅超接合MOSFET技术,则进一步优化,如果是GaN的设备,如果是有效的话。

Despite these finding which show that GaN AC adapters do not yet out-perform high quality super junction-based AC adapters in terms of power density, TechInsights believes that the known technological benefits of GaN will result in market success for GaN in the AC adapter market. It is likely GaN will be found in high efficiency, small form factor, higher power AC adapters. Quite clearly the market is betting that this will be the case. As mentioned, there are, at present, many players in the GaN HEMT power transistor market, including both relatively new start-ups and large established players such as Infineon. Infineon is presently the largest supplier of power electronics devices, and their portfolio the super junction CoolMOS devices, plus GaN-based CoolGaN devices and SiC-based CoolSiC devices. Infineon will be positioned to provide devices based on the material that is best able to meet the final requirements for each application, and they clearly believe that GaN HEMT devices have great potential in the AC adapter market, based on a White Paper on their web site.


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