Super fast Navitas ICs drive new Xiaomi Redmi K50 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Gaming Phone

Navitas Semiconductor – a leader in gallium nitride power integrated circuits – has announced that its next-generation GaNFast ICs with GaNSense technology are “driving” the special edition Redmi smartphone recently launched in China.

Dubbed a “cold-blooded flagship, firing on all cylinders”, the K50 Champion Edition gaming phone is a joint-release by Redmi and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, celebrating their 2021-season Formula 1 constructors’ championship victory, according to a statement from Navitas Semiconductor.

Being associated with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, the Redmi K50 gaming phone is “built for power and speed”, and can fully charge in just 17 minutes, Navitas says.

Even under full-speed, intense gaming use, 0-100% charging can be achieved in a record 37 minutes, Nativas says, and this improvement on traditional phones is delivered by its next-gen GaN power ICs, the company claims.

The Redmi K50 Champion Edition has 6.67-inch flexible OLED screen, with DisplayMate A+ certification, and Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 processor, plus dual Sony cameras on front and rear.

It features a powerful 4700mAh battery is squeezed into the slimline 8.5mm body, with “dual heat source separation” to separate processor heat from the charging circuit. Double vapour-chamber (VC) liquid cooling, with a total area of up to 4,860 sq mm keeps the phone cool and the gaming at top-speed.

Design-wise, fans of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team will recognise the colour scheme, as the phone features the team’s exclusive green mid-waistline, green breathing lights, carbon fibre textured two-wing design, and the F1 checkered flag.

Driven by Navitas, the K50’s 120W “ultra-fast” charger measures a tight 55 x 55 x 28.4 mm (86 cc), a light-weight 138 g, and achieves what the manufacturer describes as an industry-leading power density of 1.4 W/cc.

According to Navitas, its next-gen GaN operates 20x faster than traditional silicon, and can deliver up to 3x more power and 3x more charging speed in half the size and weight.

GaNFast ICs with GaNSense technology integrate real-time, accurate sensing of system parameters, the company claims, including current and temperature to increase energy savings by 10% and improve system reliability with a ‘detect-to-protect’ performance of only 30 ns – 6x faster than discrete implementations.

Wang Xiang, President and Partner of Xiaomi Group, commented: “We are very pleased to see the cooperation happen once again between Xiaomi and Navitas Semiconductor. Our newly-released Redmi K50 Champion Edition gaming phone comes with an in-box 120W GaN charger, enabling an industry-leading charging experience.

“We look forward to continuing our in-depth collaboration with Navitas and continue to bring a faster and lighter consumer charging experience to our mobile phone customers with superior products and leading technologies.

“We are excited that Redmi selected Navitas for this high-profile K50 Champion ‘in-box’ ultra-fast charger, adding to our long, successful partnership,” said Gene Sheridan, Navitas’ CEO and co-founder. “It’s a perfect match of GaNFast charging, Redmi gaming passion and Formula 1’s incredible speed.”

Key Selling Points

  • Navitas GaNFast integrated conductors
  • Record-breaking 0-100% charging can be achieved in 37 minutes
  • Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 processor

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