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Lear was founded in 1917 in Detroit, Michigan as American Metal Products, a manufacturer of tubular, welded and stamped assemblies for the automotive and aircraft industries. Today, Lear provides complete seating and electrical systems worldwide. With a total sale of $20.5 billion in 2017, the automotive seating (75%) and electrical (25%) business, Lear is a partner of choice to automakers around the globe.
Lear is one of only four global suppliers with the total systems capability in both traditional and high-power electrical distribution systems in every part of the world. Lear combines total systems knowledge with a low-cost footprint to bring its customers best-in-class products at an outstanding value.
The knowledge of the vehicle architecture and expertise in systems integration provide a natural advantage in designing and delivering power distribution and energy management systems that support a full range of complex functions. Lear is at the forefront of developing and integrating advanced power technologies critical to powering a new generation of conventional and hybrid and electric vehicles. Lear’s production proven wire harness and terminal & connector products, leading power distribution efficiency and multiple awards demonstrate Lear's commitment to meeting and exceeding our customer's expectations.
It is the Spanish R&D Centre located in Valls (Tarragona, Spain) that joins the UltimateGaN project with responsibilities over advanced engineering, research and new product development for certain product groups.
LEAR Corporation Engineering Spain
Lear main tasks will be within WP6 work package, together with some supportive activities in WP5 package:
WP5: GaN Reliability and Defect Research: WP5 focuses on the analysis of reliability-limiting mechanisms in advanced GaN devices. LEAR will contribute to this analysis by evaluating the reliability vs. performance of these components in a real application, the On-Board Charger used in PHEVs and EVs
WP6: GaN RF and Power Applications: The objective of this work package is to evaluate and quantify the benefits of the new developed devices in real RF and power applications. LEAR main task is the development of an On-Board Charger based on GaN devices for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle (PHEV/EV).
Development of an On-Board Charger based on GaN devices for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle (PHEV/EV).