Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announced that its CEO Alex Lidow was selected as the recipient of the 2015 SEMI Award for North America for the innovation of power device technology, enabling the commercialization of GaN. Dr. Lidow was honored for his work in the area of Process and Technology Integration.
Established in 1979, the SEMI Award was designed to recognize significant technological contributions to the semiconductor industry and to demonstrate the industry's high esteem for the individuals or teams responsible for those contributions.
Gallium Nitride (GaN) transistors and integrated circuits, which EPC sells to almost every major electronics company in the world, allow companies to make smaller, faster and more power-efficient products compared with those made from silicon. The use of GaN enables entirely new technologies and the advancement of existing technologies in a variety of areas, including 4G and 5G wireless communications, wireless charging, augmented reality glasses, autonomous vehicles and wireless medical technology, to name a few.
"Semiconductors fuel innovation, creating the backbone of technology advancement and subsequently, the economy at large," said CEO and founder Alex Lidow. "It has been my driving passion to save energy by developing more efficient semiconductors and am honored to be recognized with this esteemed award. The innovative team at EPC has delivered the industry's first off-the-shelf enhancement-mode gallium nitride transistors and ICs and will continue to partner with our customers to use GaN to change the way we live."
Dr. Lidow was formally presented the SEMI Award at the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) banquet on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California.