Navitas Semiconductor is expected to solicit orders from Apple in 2021 for fast charging solutions based on gallium nitride or “GaN” technology, according to the Taiwanese industry publication. DigiTimes. The report claims that Apple’s chipmaking partner TSMC will supply Navitas with GaN chips as part of an existing partnership.
This supply chain innovation suggests that Apple is planning GaN versions of its USB-C power adapters so that they can be smaller and lighter, more power efficient and less heat conductive compared to current silicon – based chargers. Many other brands such as Anker and Belkin have introduced GaN chargers in recent years. It is unclear whether Apple’s first GaN chargers will be ready for release this year.
Navitas is the creator of GaNFast, a gallium nitride solution that the company says is found in some of the most popular fast chargers in the world. GaNFast has been adopted by several brands, such as Aukey, Dell, Lenovo and Xiaomi. Last year, the company said that GaNFast-based solutions include wall chargers from 24W to 300W.
Apple no longer includes power adapters in the box with the iPhone and Apple Watch models they sell, but it continues to sell a range of standalone power adapters, including 5W and 12W USB-A options and 20W, 30W, 61W and 96W USB-C options.