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Dr. Shahin Sharifzadeh, NexGen Power Systems

Reinventing Power Electronics: NexGen Power Systems with Vertical GaN

July 28 (Thursday), 2022
11:30 am to 12:30 pm (EDT)
Virtual via Zoom

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Abstract: As the world looks beyond silicon for the next-generation of power electronics, NexGen Vertical GaN™, the world’s first GaN-on-GaN power semiconductor, unlocks the full potential of Gallium Nitride (GaN). It is the only wide band gap power semiconductor that provides high-voltage capabilities up to 4kV, switching frequencies up to 10MHz, and avalanche and short-circuit robustness. This makes it an ideal power semiconductor for applications from LED Lighting and Computing to Data Centers and Electric Vehicles. NexGen is reinventing power electronics by leveraging this breakthrough technology and building a scalable, software configurable power platform that enables the smallest, lightest, and most efficient power systems.

Biography: Dr. Shahin Sharifzadeh is the Co-CEO of NexGen Power Systems. Prior to joining NexGen, Sharifzadeh was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Atmel Corporation.
Before Atmel Corporation, Dr. Sharifzadeh has served as the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing and Operations at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and its President of China Operations. He worked for Cypress Semiconductor from 1989 to 2012 in various capacities – EVP of Worldwide Wafer Fabrication and Technology, and VP of Process R&D. In these roles, Dr. Sharifzadeh directed Cypress Semiconductor Corporation’s process technology research and development, wafer manufacturing, assembly and test, and planning worldwide.
Dr. Sharifzadeh received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.