Anker latest charger uses GaN power devices

Anker is a very well known leader for cheap USB-C cables, chargers for smartphones and laptops, and battery solutions to charge electronics on-the-go. As all players in this field, they work on size reduction and power density. As electronics become smaller and it seems power supplies struggle in following the same path.

Anker held a product presentation event in New-York, where they presented their latest products. One of these being the Atom PD1. It’s a 27W USB-C charger with a very small form factor and the following specifications:

  • Total Output Wattage: 27W
  • Input: 100 – 240V ~ 1.2A 50 – 60Hz
  • Power Delivery Output: 5V – 3A / 9V – 3A / 15V – 1.5A / 20V – 1.1A
  • Size: 1.61 in x 1.37 in x 1.49 in (4.1 cm x 3.5 cm x 3.8 cm)
  • Weight: 2.2 oz (62 g)

Anker claims it’s using GaN power devices, in order to reach such form factor and density. No information has been given about who is supplying devices for this charger, and we do not have a ASRP for this product. We, at PntPower, extensively promised Gallium Nitride power devices would be used in chargers. We still believe it’s going to be the one market segment to kickstart production. We expect now to see more and more high-end chargers with a small form factor being released. It will help and build the base of a steady production need for commercial GaN power devices.

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