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Aukey’s new GaN chargers are smaller, faster, smarter
Popular accessory maker Aukey debuted a new line of fast chargers at CES 2020.
Called Omnia, the chargers feature gallium-nitride (GaN) technology to deliver fast charging speeds in smaller form factors compared to traditional silicon-based technology.
Gallium-nitride integrated circuits can sustain higher voltages than silicon chips, meaning manufacturers can pack more performance in smaller form factors. The technology is still pretty new, and relatively expensive, but as more manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon prices are bound to go down.
Thanks to the use of GaN chips, Aukey’s new Omnia chargers are up to 66% smaller than the stock 13-inch MacBook chargers. The new chargers are powered by OmniaChip, a custom piece of circuitry developed together with GaN pioneer Navitas. All of the models feature the USB Power Delivery 3.0 standard. Aukey says in its press release that the new products are “some of the world’s fastest,” without providing more details.
The Omnia lineup consists of:
- PA-B2: 61W PD Wall Charger
- PA-B3: 65W Dual-Port PD Wall Charger
- PA-B4: 65W Dual-Port PD Wall Charger
- PA-B5: likely 100W PD Wall Charger
- PA-B6: likely 100W Dual-Port PD Wall Charger
The chargers are compatible with a wide range of devices that support Power Deliver over USB-C, including smartphones like the Pixel 4 and laptops like MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 13, Nintendo Switch, and iPads.
Aukey has not announced the price of the new Omnia series. The products will go on sale from Q2 2020.