(May 25, 2021) GaN Systems, a maker of gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductors, is putting its fingerprints on the audio industry with its suite of highly versatile components. The future, says the company, is bright, as its GaN-related technologies equate to high-level power with less bulk and weight. This can be seen in its plug-and-play Class D Audio kit that's capable of pushing 200 watts per channel (8 ohms, 400 watts continuous), and companion power supplies.
Recently, Syng, a brand created by former Apple designer Christopher Stringer, unveiled its nifty triphonic Cell Alpha speaker. The Cell Alpha sports an eye-catching industrial design that houses dual-opposed woofers, a three-element two-way beamforming array, and three built-in microphones for room calibration purposes. Using onboard Wi-Fi, the speaker can be networked for surround sound configurations.
Cell Alpha’s design team needed a small, cool-running power supply capable of handling demanding peak transients. They turned to GaN Systems, recruiting a power supply equipped with the company’s GS61004B and GS-065-011-1-L Enhancement Mode GaN transistors. These transistors present extremely high switching speed, low on-resistance, and zero reverse recovery, eliminating the need for a heatsink while shrinking magnetic components. The result is a low-heat system that delivers peak transients reaching nearly 750 watts.
“The Cell Alpha is a new beginning for home audio and sets the standard for how we experience and engage with sound,” said Dave Turnbull, Head of Engineering at Syng. “With GaN power semiconductors, our designers were able to build something entirely new and revolutionary without being hindered by an inferior power supply.”
For more information about GaN Systems, visit https://gansystems.com.