Information Technology Association of Canada honours GaN Systems CTO John Roberts with Lifetime Contribution Award

  Information Technology Association of Canada honours GaN Systems CTO John
  Roberts with Lifetime Contribution Award

      ITAC confers highest accolade for outstanding service to Canada’s
                          microelectronics industry

Business Wire

OTTAWA, Ontario -- October 29, 2013

John Roberts, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at GaN Systems Inc, a
leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has won
the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)’s 2013 Lifetime
Contribution Award. The ITAC is the voice of Canada’s ICT industry and
represents Canada’s 33,000 high-technology companies, which together
contribute $67.2 billion to Canada’s economy.

Roberts was presented with the award during ITAC’s 19th National Executive
Forum and CMC’s 2013 Annual Microsystems Symposium on 16 October by Steve
Kovacic, Director, Technology, Skyworks Solutions Inc., who described him as
"Formidable and fearless, both a company builder and an industry builder".
Roberts has spent a lifetime in the semiconductor industry and his impressive
list of achievements include founding two Ottawa-based semiconductor
companies, Calmos (later Tundra) Semiconductor and SiGe Semiconductor. Other
career highlights include founding the Strategic Microelectronic Consortium,
an alliance of twenty-five industry companies including Nortel, PMC Sierra,
IBM, Gennum Corporation, c-MAC MicroTechnology and other leading hybrid and
semiconductor manufacturers.

Roberts’ co-founded his newest company, GaN Systems, with CEO Girvan
Patterson. The company is introducing new gallium nitride high power
transistors based on its proprietary Island Technology™, which offer
significant advantages over traditional silicon devices and will usher in
smaller, lighter and more efficient power electronics and clean technology to
next generation products. GaN devices are projected to secure a significant
portion of the silicon-based semiconductor market within the next three to
five years.

About GaN Systems

GaN Systems is the first place systems designers go to realize all of the
benefits of gallium nitride in their power conversion and control
applications. Its unique Island Technology™ addresses today’s cost,
performance, and manufacturability related challenges of gallium nitride
resulting in devices that are up to four times smaller and four times more
efficient than traditional design approaches. The Company also leverages
existing multi‐sourced manufacturing processes due to its transportable,
fabless model, and through additional innovations, makes it easy to
incorporate gallium nitride into any design. The Company stands to do more for
gallium nitride adoption in power conversion than any other. For more
information, please visit:


Tracy Jones
Corporate Communications
GaN Systems
+1-(613)-686-1996 ext. 149 (office)
Nick Foot
PR Director
BWW Communications
Tel.: +44-1491-636393
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