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The Cost Of Energy Is The Key To Sustainability

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Developing economies are struggling to build energy infrastructure to support industry and bring electricity to far-flung villages. At the same time, industrialized economies are straining to balance conflicting demands for more power while decreasing the environmental impact. Finding ways to meet the rising demand for energy without plundering natural resources poses one of this century’s greatest global challenges.

As a graduate student, I had a life-changing conversation with a professor. He emphatically pointed out that, although supply and demand determine the price of goods, it is the total cost of the energy used to produce the goods that determines the cost of goods.

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Power Design with GaN for Space Apps: Q&A with EPC CEO Alex Lidow

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Unlike silicon, requiring custom manufacturing processes and packaging to insulate semiconductors from radiation effects, gallium nitride (GaN) devices are largely resistant to damage caused by radiation due to physical characteristics and structure.

Those attributes can be leveraged in the design of satellites. Orbiting electronics must withstand the effects of gamma rays, neutrons and heavy ions. Protons make up 85 percent of space radiation, while heavier nuclei make up the remainder. Radiation can deteriorate, interrupt knock out satellite electronic components.

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25 Autonomous Vehicles Influencers to Follow by 2020

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The ultimate aim of Artificial Intelligence is to provide machines the ability to operate autonomously. One such area which is projected to grow exponentially over the next decade is Autonomous Vehicles. With Artificial Intelligence coupled with the rapid advances in electronics and computer technology, the word driverless will soon take over the roads.

AI Time Journal
October, 2020
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Alex Lidow inducted into the ISPSD 2020 Hall of Fame

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For contributions to silicon and GaN power device technology, Alex Lidow inducted into the International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD) 2020 Hall of Fame: https://www.ispsd2020.com/page/hall-of-fame

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What’s New with Gallium Nitride?

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Alex Lidow is the CEO of Efficient Power Conversion, probably the most prominent advocate for gallium nitride, delivering the first GaN transistor in 2009. After a decade of selling products, DESIGN&ELEKTRONIK editor Ralf Higgelke met him to discuss some of the latest advances in that area.

DESIGN&ELEKTRONIK
February 20, 2020
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