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The PowerChip research program is developing technologies to radically improve the size, integration, and performance of power electronics operating at up to grid-scale voltages (e.g., up to 200V) and low-to-moderate power levels (e.g., up to 50W) and demonstrating the technologies in a high-efficiency light-emitting diode driver, as an example application. This paper presents an overview of the program and of the progress toward meeting the program goals. Key program aspects and progress in advanced nitride power devices and device reliability, integrated high-frequency magnetics and magnetic materials, and high-frequency converter architectures are summarized.
Date of Publication: Sept. 2013