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Integrated Grade 0 BLDC Motor Driver Shrinks 48-V Systems
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  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-22

Texas Instruments introduced an integrated Grade 0 brushless DC (BLDC) motor driver for 48-V high-power motor control systems, such as traction inverters and starter generators in mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs). The DRV3255-Q1 can help designers shrink their motor system size by as much as 30%, while providing the industry’s highest gate-drive current for increased protection and output power. Meeting the most stringent safety requirements, the new motor driver was designed according to TI’s TÜV SÜD-certified functional safety development process, helping enable up to Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) D. To help decrease greenhouse gas emissions globally, automobile manufacturers are increasing the production of MHEVs, which use 48-V motor-drive systems to help reduce emissions from a vehicle’s internal combustion engine. The TI Functional Safety-Compliant DRV3255-Q1 allows manufacturers to design a motor-drive system to help enable MHEV systems up to ASIL D, supplying as much as 30 kW of motor power which can improve the response time of a 48-V motor-drive system in heavy vehicles. "A 48-V system is a step-change that original equipment manufacturers [OEMs] can implement to meet goals around reducing emissions, while also adding power for advanced driver-assistance system features and managing power-hungry loads such as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system," said Asif Anwar, director of the powertrain, body, chassis and safety service at Strategy Analytics. "Combining leading-edge performance characteristics with functional safety and Grade 0 translates to real-world, system-level operational benefits that will help OEMs achieve these goals."

Power Entry Module Now with Side Flange Mounting
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  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-19

SCHURTER’s proven power entry module, series DD11, provides a high level of functional integration in the most minimal of package dimensions. The power entry module is ideally suited for equipment with low profile panels. Consisting of an IEC appliance inlet (C14), which is compatible with cord retention, 1- or 2-pole fuseholder, and power ON/OFF switch, the DD11 is now available with side mounting flanges in addition to the existing model with top and bottom flanges. The new model is designed to minimize height when vertically mounted. The compact design of the DD11 makes the series ideal for use in devices with limited space, and where high electrical and mechanical loads are present at the same time. Especially suited for medical applications, the series is designed to comply with IEC 60601-2. The fusedrawer is offered as 1 or 2-pole and accepts 5 x 20mm fuses. An extra-safe feature prevents users from removing the fusedrawer while the power cord is plugged into the equipment. The cord retention feature protects against inadvertent disconnection. Other application areas include IT and telecom, office and household equipment, as well as automation systems. The DD11 is rated for current levels up to 10 A at 250 VAC according to IEC and UL / CSA and is ENEC and cURus approved. The series complements a compact unit for snap in and PCB mounting. Versions with EMC filters are also available. SCHURTER Power Entry Modules with fuseholders meet the enhanced requirements of glow wire tests according to IEC 60695-2-11 or -12 and – 13.

Customers Support in Spain & Portugal
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  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-18

Danisense has announced that MeasureIT of Spain will now be the company’s official distributor in the region. Based in Girona, Spain, and with a second office in Palmela, Portugal, MeasureIT is well-established within the test and measurement sector, targeting markets such as research laboratories and power electronics companies working in the e-mobility, electric motor and aerospace sectors. Comments Loic Moreau, VP marketing at Danisense: “MeasureIT’s experience and contacts within the Spanish and Portuguese markets mean that they will be able to support our products technically and commercially. We see strong interest in our products in this important region, and MeasureIT with its focus on the instrumentation and data acquisition markets is a perfect partner for us.” Adds Enrico Bello, Business Development Director at MeasureIT: “We are impressed by the technical innovation that Danisense brings to its current sense transducers. We are sure that the accuracy, repeatability and quality of products such as the DS ultra-stable, high precision (ppm class) current transducers for non-intrusive, isolated DC and AC current measurement up to 1100A, or the DM1200, a high-accuracy current transducer capable of measuring signals up to 1200Arms and 1500A DC, will be of great interest to customers in Spain and Portugal.”

Partnership for Power Module Solution
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  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-17

Silicon Labs introduced the Si823Hx Gate Driver Board, an all-in-one isolation solution perfectly suited for the recently launched Wolfspeed WolfPACK™ power module. Featuring the Si823Hx isolated gate driver and Si88xx digital isolator with integrated dc-dc converter, the board delivers excellent performance in a compact and cost-effective design, optimized for a wide range of modules. “Power electronics engineers face many challenges when designing high-power systems, from space constraints to safety requirements,” said Brian Mirkin, vice president and general manager of Power Products at Silicon Labs. “The Silicon Labs Si823Hx gate driver board is an efficient, high-performance solution designed to simplify the development of systems using power modules.” A complete suite of design resources, developed in partnership with Wolfspeed, are available to jump-start your Wolfspeed WolfPACK™ evaluation and development including a reference design, evaluation test fixture, and system test report.

650V Silicon Carbide MOSFETs
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  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-17

ON Semiconductor has announced a range of silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET devices for demanding applications where power density, efficiency and reliability are key considerations. By replacing existing silicon switching technologies with the SiC devices, designers will achieve significantly better performance in applications such as electric vehicles (EV) on-board chargers (OBC) , solar inverters , server power supply units (PSU) , telecoms and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). ON Semiconductor’s automotive AECQ101 and industrial grade qualified 650 volt (V) SiC MOSFETs are based upon a wide bandgap material that provides superior switching performance and improved thermals when compared to silicon. This results in improved efficiency at the system level, enhanced power density, reduced electromagnetic interference (EMI) and reduced system size and weight. The generation of SiC MOSFETs employ a novel active cell design combined with advanced thin wafer technology enabling best in class figure of merit Rsp (Rdson*area) for 650 V breakdown voltage. The NVBG015N065SC1 , NTBG015N065SC1, NVH4L015N065SC1 and NTH4L015N065SC1 have the lowest Rdson (12 mOhm) in the market in D2PAK7L and To247 packages. This technology is also optimized around energy loss figure of merits, optimizing performance in automotive and industrial applications. An internal gate resistor (Rg) allows more flexibility to designers eliminating the need to slow down devices artificially with external gate resistors. Higher surge, avalanche capability and short circuit robustness all contribute to enhanced ruggedness that delivers higher reliability and longer device lifetimes.

PCIM Europe 2021 to be Held Exclusively in Digital Form
  • Event News
  • 2021-02-17

At the beginning of February, the decision was made to postpone the PCIM Europe to late summer following talks with exhibitors and partners. In light of the ongoing pandemic and challenging situation, numerous industry players have been hesitant to commit to an on-site event. For this reason, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has decided to hold a digital event only. With the “PCIM Europe digital days”, an online format will be offered to the power electronics community enabling networking and knowledge transfer from 3 – 7 May 2021. Over five days, suppliers and users in the industry can receive information on key developments and connect in a variety of ways. In addition to extensive exhibitor profiles, the conference program will consist of outstanding presentations as a mix of live and video-on-demand presentations, followed by discussions with the speakers. The world’s leading exhibition and conference for power electronics and its applications will take place regularly again in Nuremberg in May 2022.

Current Monitoring in High-Temperature Automotive Applications
  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-16

Microchip Technology introduced its high-side current sense amplifiers. AEC-Q100 qualified, the MCP6C02 amplifier is offered in both a Grade 1 6-pin SOT-23 package and a Grade 0 8-pin 3x3 VDFN package. Delivering a maximum offset error of only 12 µV, the VDFN package offers the lowest offset voltage for any Grade 0 high-side current sense amplifier. Specified over a temperature range of -40°C to +150°C, its offset error allows the use of smaller value shunt resistors while also maintaining a high measurement resolution. This enables a more accurate and energy efficient current measurement solution for those applications exposed to extreme temperatures, like the motor within a vehicle’s water pump. In addition, the VDFN package is processed with wettable flank plating, allowing for visual inspection of the solder joints and removing the need for x-ray scanning as required for traditional DFN packages. Microchip’s MCP6C02 and MCP6C04 devices also feature an on-chip electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter and a zero-drift architecture. The EMI filter helps provide added protection against high-frequency electrical interference, such as wireless hotspots and radio frequencies, while the self-correcting architecture brings increased accuracy to current measurement. Together these features enable developers to create higher performance solutions in a wide variety of applications, such as creating a current controlled feedback loop for a power supply or motor, monitoring and charging batteries, or monitoring current levels for safety reasons.

4 kW Power Supply for OCP, CORD and Datacenters
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  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-16

Bel Power Solutions announced the TET4000-48-069RAH, a 4000 W power supply designed to provide the highest efficiency (Titanium) power conversion for datacenters being built to Open Compute Project (OCP), Open Data Center Committee (ODCC) or Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) standards. The TET4000-48-069RAH is the highest power 48 VDC model in Bel Power’s power supply portfolio and one of very few 4000 W 48 VDC server power supplies available as standard product. The adoption of 48V for datacenter power distribution is accelerating within the datacenter ecosystem as it can improve Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and boost computing density and rack utilization. The TET4000-48-069RAH is designed to provide peak efficiency over 97.5 percent, classified as Titanium level, the highest efficiency classification for power supplies. These new 48V datacenters and central offices are equipped with high performance servers and super computers running scalable and distributed computing of large volumes of data. Housed in a compact form factor (69 x 40.5 x 530 mm), Bel Power’s TET4000-48-69RAH 48 VDC is programmable from 42 to 58 VDC, with power-factor correction (PFC). The unit also allows for a DC input voltage range of 240-380 VDC, delivers power density of 44 W/in3, and incorporates soft-switching resonant techniques in conjunction with synchronous rectification, providing increased system reliability and very high efficiency.

100V GaN Gate Driver Evaluation Kit
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  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-15

MinDCet announces the introduction of the next generation GaN-based Half-Bridge Evaluation kit (MDC901-EVKHB), based on the MinDCet MDC901 GaN gate driver and two GaN Systems GS61008P (E-mode GaN HEMTs). This solution is developed to allow power electronics designers to easily design-in GaN for 48V market applications, including step-down converters, boost converters, and class D audio applications. The space technology-based MDC901 is a non-isolated 200V GaN gate driver with unprecedented gate drive strength exceeding 9 A, true floating programmable regulators, integrated charge pump, bootstrap diodes and extensive diagnostics. It is ideally suited for high-performance and high-reliability applications, where application diagnostics and GaN lifetime are key. The MDC901-EVKHB evaluation kit features a 100V input step-down converter providing up to 30A of output current. The complete and compact power stage consists of the MDC901 in combination with two GS61008P E-mode GaN HEMTs. The evaluation board allows control of all MDC901 control IO’s (internal/external dead-time control, programmable dead-time and programmable gate voltage), as well as verification of all diagnostic outputs (undervoltage detection, gate drive monitoring and temperature sensing). The evaluation kit contains all hardware to reliably connect the board to an external power source, as well as the required fan, heat sink, wiring and connectors to guarantee measurements under safe conditions. The evaluation kit is supported by GaN Systems and available for purchase through MinDCet.

25kW-Peak FB Transformer
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  • 2021-02-11

Payton introduces an unique high power design with 4 separate center tap secondaries each handling over 100Apeak. The total output peak power is 25kW at 200kHz and 400V input voltage. Four separate outputs each delivering 60V at 35Arms and close to 100Arms-peak. The topology is full bridge with -55°C to 150°C operation. Power dissipation is 90Watts at over 99.0% efficiency. The size is L:160mm, W:90mm, H:50mm.

Energy-Meter Evaluation Board Combines Low-Cost Sensors and Robust Galvanic Isolation
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  • 2021-02-10

The EVALSTPM-3PHISO evaluation board from STMicroelectronics combines the high-accuracy STPMS2 metering front-end IC and the advanced STISO621 digital isolator, with customizable turn-key firmware running on an STM32 microcontroller to compute metrology and power-quality data. The sensing circuitry and PCB layout are optimized to ensure robustness against EMI and a strong signal-to-noise ratio, for high-accuracy measurement and post-processing computation. The STPMS2, a two-channel 24-bit second-order sigma-delta modulator, measures voltage and current for each phase through an on-board voltage divider and a shunt current sensor. It then oversamples the signal using a synchronized 4MHz clock distributed by the microcontroller and multiplexes voltage and current sigma-delta bitstreams on a single output pin. Three STPMS2 are used in the 3-phase system to collect voltage and current data from each phase. The provided firmware leverages digital filters for sigma-delta modulators (DFSDMs) integrated in the chosen STM32 microcontroller to convert the six bitstreams into 24-bit voltage and current values and computes all metrology data in real-time every 200µs. The firmware also implements a virtual com port that provides access to internal parameters for reading metrology data, modifying the internal configuration, and calibrating the board. The STISO621 dual-channel digital isolator is the first in a new series of ICs that leverage ST’s 6kV thick-oxide galvanic-isolation technology to transfer data between isolated domains in a variety of industrial applications.

Chosen by Growing Semiconductor Company
  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-10

yieldHUB is a provider of data analysis and yield management solutions to the semiconductor industry. They work with innovative fabless and IDM companies worldwide, helping to successfully characterize and release new products into production and in-depth monitoring thereafter. Speaking about this, Karim Hamed, Senior Manager of Product Engineering, Empower Semiconductor said “We chose yieldHUB as it’s very powerful! It’s fast, secure and we can access it anywhere in the world. It’s exactly what we need for data analysis and yield management. 2021 is set to be a very busy year for us, and yieldHUB is the ideal data analysis partner for the journey”. yieldHUB’s suite of products are ideal for fabless startups in the New Product Introduction (NPI) phase and then leading into production. The characterization module speeds up a key part of NPI. The production capability helps increase yield, improve quality and enhance reliability. The system is scalable and cost-effective. The NPI and production phases are all supported in the same platform. John O’Donnell, Founder and CEO, yieldHUB said “Empower’s range of products are groundbreaking for the semiconductor industry. We’re looking forward to supporting them as they design new products and ramp up production.” Empower Semiconductor developed a breakthrough on-chip power management architecture that will redefine the cost, size and energy efficiency of voltage regulators for everything from low-power mobile applications to higher-powered storage and server systems.

Power Supply Engineering "Made in Black Forest“
  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-10

CAMTEC celebrates 25 years of precision and heavy-duty power supply technology made in Germany. For a quarter of a century, the "CAMTEC" brand is synonym for high-precision power supplies and laboratory power supplies now. The CAMTEC Power Supplies GmbH, based in the Black Forest in the Southwest of Germany, offers those up to the KW range, as well as other particularly robust power supply components and battery chargers. Whether tunnels, railroad signaling systems, power plants or refineries: the power supply components of Camtec Power Supplies GmbH from the Black Forest, are chosen worldwide, wherever the requirements are exorbitantly high. The power range of the long-term power-specialist company, goes from 10 Watt Din-Rail devices, to I- and U- programmable power supplies with up to 3 KW peak power. Arbitrarily scalable power modules for heavy-duty power requirements in even many times higher KW ranges, inrush current limiters, DIN rail DC charging rectifiers and completely wearless solid-state relays complete the portfolio. AC and DC input voltage ranges and variable frequencies between 47 and 63 Hz allow the 1 to 3-phase devices to be used worldwide. All CAMTEC devices are developed and manufactured by 20 experienced employees exclusively in Pfinztal near Karlsruhe. In order to be able to meet the high type and technical variant diversity in predominantly only three-digit lot sizes, a highly efficient and highly variable automated production was built up there. Sales are handled by 77 distribution partners in a total of 67 countries worldwide.

Fuel Cell Manufacturing Research Center to Go Up
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  • 2021-02-10

High hopes abound for fuel cells – particularly in the transportation sector – but these energy converters have yet to be mass-produced. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) at Ulm aims to change that. It has taken a decisive step toward mass manufacturing with a groundbreaking ceremony held on February 10, 2021, for HyFaB – A Research Fab for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. The ZSW is going to establish an open industry platform to look into automated production and quality assurance processes, factory acceptance testing and the commissioning of fuel-cell stacks at this facility. This factory will also serve to qualify skilled workers and learn more about industrial applications. HyFaB is open to partners. The automotive industry, fuel-cell vendors, and mechanical and plant engineering companies are very welcome. The only facility of its kind in Germany, it is to be up and running by early 2022. Fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) powered by green hydrogen are among the most ecofriendly and climate-sparing means of transportation, particularly for long-haul trips and short refueling stops. Costs will have to come down and production capacities go up for this technology to become a mainstream mass-market proposition.

Reference Design Enables Engineers to Simulate and Optimize SMPS Designs
  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-10

Keysight Technologies and Transphorm have announced the availability of a power supply reference design that enables engineers to identify and correct design errors before building hardware, thereby lowering product costs and speeding time to market. Switched-mode power supplies provide greater efficiency, increased power density and lower overall system costs when using GaN devices. However, GaN can produce voltage spikes that result in detrimental radiated electromagnetic interference. As a result, optimized layout design and placement of components before building hardware is critical when using GaN. The power supply reference design, available with Keysight's PathWave Advanced Design System, is a virtual prototype based on Transphorm's 4 kW high efficiency single-phase AC-DC conversion evaluation board. It consists of the component and board models needed for engineers to visualize and optimize the time and frequency domains' behavior of voltages, currents and electromagnetic fields. "The need for switch-mode power supplies is driving rapid adoption of wide bandgap semiconductors," said Tom Lillig, general manager of Keysight's PathWave Software Solutions division. "The new reference design of Transphorm's high voltage GaN solution will speed time to market of this technology, which is changing how the world powers electronic products." "Transphorm looks for partnerships that help our customers close skill gaps, increase design simplicity and reduce time to market," said Philip Zuk, vice president of Worldwide Technical Marketing and North American Sales, Transphorm. "With proper modeling, analysis of any design type prior to physical prototyping is a useful resource. Teaming with Keysight enables us to bring our 4 kW AC-DC power conversion board into a virtual design environment that will be advantageous to product designers."

Full Production Ramp of Flyback PWM Controllers
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  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-09

Silanna Semiconductor announced the full production release of the expanded portfolio of Active Clamp Flyback Controllers (ACF). First announced in April 2020, Silanna Semiconductor has achieved full production release of the SZ1110, a 33W Integrated Active Clamp Flyback Controller, delivering on the customer expectations and market penetration by dominating the ACF market. The SZ1110 devices are Active Clamp Flyback PWM Controllers that are rated for up to 33W output power and integrate an adaptive digital PWM controller and the following Ultra High-Voltage (UHV) components: An Active Clamp FET, Active Clamp Gate Driver and a Startup Regulator. This unprecedented level of integration facilitates designing efficient, high-power-density adapters with low BoM cost to satisfy power-hungry mobile phones, tablets, notebooks and video game consoles. The SZ1110 (33W) alongside the SZ1130 (65W) which was announced in full production last year has seen exceptional customer demand and continues to grow. The technical sales team has been working directly with customers’ designs demonstrating the ACF controllers, delivering over 94% efficiency from an all-silicon design, while achieving 30W/in3 power density at 65W using SZ1130 and 21.5 W/in3 power density at 30W using SZ1110, for universal input AC/DC power adapters. “In last September we announced the full production of the SZ1130 and after an incredible customer and industry response we focused on adding full production availability of the SZ1110,” said Mark Drucker, CEO of Silanna Semiconductor.

Strategy to Address Growing Demand for Power Semiconductors
  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-09

Nexperia has confirmed that it will be making significant additional global investments in manufacturing capacity and research and development during 2021. The investments are in line with a growth strategy that last year saw Wingtech Technology, Nexperia’s parent company, commit RMB12 billion ($1.85 billion) to building a 300mm (12-inch) power semiconductor wafer fab in Lingang, Shanghai. This factory, which will go live in 2022, will have an estimated annual output of 400,000 wafers. Nexperia’s plans for this year include improving production efficiency and implementing 200mm technologies at its European wafer fabs in Hamburg in Germany and Manchester in the UK. In Hamburg there will also be additional investment in technology for wide bandgap semiconductor manufacturing. New product development will be supported with a commitment to an increased R&D investment to approximately 9% of total sales. Nexperia recently opened global R&D centers in Penang in Malaysia and Shanghai in China and expanded the existing R&D sites in Hong Kong, Hamburg and Manchester. The company will also enhance test and assembly capabilities at Nexperia factories in Guangdong in China, Seremban in Malaysia and Cabuyao in the Philippines, including the implementation of advanced automation and system-in-package (SIP) capabilities. “Increased vehicle electrification, 5G communications, Industry 4.0 and the mainstream adoption of GaN-based designs will all drive increased demand for power semiconductors in 2021 and beyond,” says Achim Kempe, Nexperia’s Chief Operating Officer. “The additional global investment will ensure that we continue to provide the technology and manufacturing capacity needed to deliver products in volumes that support future demand.”

Drone Project for Medical Care
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  • 2021-02-08

As a manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components, Würth Elektronik actively promotes sustainable innovations, start-ups and young developers. In addition to providing components free of charge, the assistance includes, in particular, support from experienced electronics and design experts as well as the transfer of technical know-how. A current example is the support of the humanitarian project Yonah by the Würth Elektronik branch in Singapore. The start-up has developed a robust cargo drone for medicine deliveries to impassable areas. A hospital in the difficult-to-access highlands of Papua New Guinea and the fight against a rampant measles epidemic there were the impetus for the Yonah founders to develop an innovative cargo drone for transporting medicines. The portable, particularly robust and low-maintenance robotic aircraft has a long range and can take off and land vertically. An indispensable component in the electronics-hostile environment are particularly robust and vibration-insensitive connectors, which were provided to the developers by Würth Elektronik. The first operational drone from the Yonah development is a hybrid aircraft that combines the flexibility of a multi-rotor helicopter with the endurance performance of a fixed-wing aircraft. "The team at Wurth Electronics Singapore Pte.Ltd loves this wonderful project. It is a meaningful and peaceful use of unmanned aerial technology where electronics helps save lives," says a delighted Ching Man Lau, HR Manager at Würth Elektronik eiSos, who is coordinating the project with the University of Singapore and Team Yonah.

PCIM Asia Conference: Call for Papers now Open
  • Event News
  • 2021-02-08

Industry experts and academics are invited to submit their papers on the latest solutions and trends in the power electronics field for the PCIM Asia Conference 2021. Held alongside the PCIM Asia exhibition, the conference is a leading platform for knowledge sharing for the power electronics, intelligent motion technology, renewable energy and energy management sectors. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their abstracts by 15 March. The exhibition and conference will both run from 9 – 11 September 2021. Held at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center for the first time, PCIM Asia will once again gather industry professionals to showcase the latest trends and developments in the power electronics sector, covering a range of power electronics solutions and associated semiconductors, power devices, bus bars, capacitors and more. Recognised as a reputable platform, the exhibition and conference promote industry exchange and development in a professional, international and forward-thinking environment. The PCIM Asia Conference has long been renowned as a crucial and leading conference for the industry. Annually, experts in the power electronics field gather to share their insights on the latest market advancements and technologies. With an audience of around 500 industry peers, the conference is a rewarding and unrivalled platform in China for professionals to showcase their newest findings. As in previous years, all accepted papers will feature in the official PCIM Asia Conference proceedings, as well as the widely recognised libraries of IEEE Xplore, IET Inspec Direct and Scopus. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the PCIM Asia 2021 Advisory Board and Technical Committee.

Hybrid LIC Supercapacitors
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  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-08

Cornell Dubilier Electronics introduces two series of Hybrid LIC Supercapacitors in response to the growing need for ultra-high capacitance values at higher operating voltages. The VMF and VPF Series operate at 3.8 WVDC with capacitance values up to 220 Farads. The higher voltage results in increased energy density. With nearly eight times the energy density and a fraction of the leakage current of similar volume 2.7V supercapacitors, designers can use smaller or fewer components to achieve the desired amount of energy storage. In addition, VMF and VPF have an advantage in applications with long standby and run times. Both series can deliver quick bursts of energy that may be used to maintain voltage when power is interrupted, or they may be used to extend battery life by reducing peak repetitive current demands on the battery. Due to their high energy storage capacity, some applications can use these components in place of costly batteries. Unlike batteries, hybrid supercapacitors do not degrade with each charge/discharge cycle. They are also inherently safer than batteries, with no risk of thermal runaway. For applications requiring higher voltage or capacitance, CDE can design custom series-parallel banks of components, packaged into modules with the desired lead configuration. Standard components within the series are offered in a radial board-mount package. Sizes range from 8mm to 16mm in diameter with lengths from 16mm to 25mm. Life cycles are rated up to 500,000 charge/discharge cycles. Operating temperature ranges from -25 °C to 85 °C. Both series are fully RoHS compliant and UL recognized.

Shortages Drive Increased Demand for Capacitor Technology
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  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-08

Empower Semiconductor announced it is increasing production of its E-CAP silicon capacitor technology. E-CAP is a vastly superior performing capacitor, far exceeding the semiconductor industry’s previously leading Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC), which is amidst another significant supply chain shortage. Empower Semiconductor has made the significant advancement for capacitors as E-CAP enables new possibilities for today’s applications due to the size reduction, performance increase, and improved reliability. MLCC’s are also prone to material shortages and pricing volatility as witnessed most recently. The E-CAP silicon capacitor product platform can alleviate supply shortages with the added performance and reliability benefits. “Since we launched E-CAP in late 2020 there has been unprecedented demand for our technology by industry leaders in mobile and data center products. More recently we have received increased demand due to the supply shortage of MLCC products” said Steve Shultis, Senior Vice President WW Sales and Marketing at Empower Semiconductor. “We knew our performance was winning and the added benefit of our supply chain has created a tremendous surge in demand for E-CAP.” E-CAP can be an ideal replacement of MLCC products as a power supply bypass capacitor in low voltage DC/DC voltage regulators and in-package for SoC’s and Processors. Empower Semiconductor’s silicon capacitor technology features superior stability with no DC or AC bias de-rating, no temperature de-rating, and no significant effects of aging.

Flat Pack Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors
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  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-08

In the small world of Flat Packs, the Cubisic SLP is a real “game changer”! Providing twice as much capacitance as any other available flat packs on the market in the exact same volume, this series also offers more than twice the lifetime. Engineers tackling complex designing requirements and looking for an easily integrable product will save space and gain reliability thanks to the use of improved materials. Because the CUBISIC SLP can resist 50G vibrations and withstand 92,000 feet altitude, it is perfectly suitable for cockpits, actuation and power generation functions of commercial and military aircrafts, as well as radars and laser systems.

Joining Forces to Advance Global Leadership in Embedded Solutions
  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-08

Renesas Electronics and Dialog Semiconductor announced they have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash acquisition by Renesas of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Dialog (the “Acquisition”) for EUR 67.50 per share, representing a total equity value of approximately EUR 4.9 billion (approximately 615.7 billion yen). Dialog is an innovative provider of highly-integrated and power-efficient mixed-signal ICs for a broad array of customers within IoT, consumer electronics and high-growth segments of automotive and industrial end-markets. Centered around its low-power and mixed-signal expertise, Dialog brings a wide range of product offerings including battery and power management, power conversion, configurable mixed-signal (CMIC), LED drivers, custom mixed-signal ICs (ASICs), and automotive power management ICs (PMICs), wireless charging technology, and more. Dialog also offers broad and differentiated BLE, WiFi and audio system-on-chips (SoCs) that deliver advanced connectivity for a wide range of applications; from smart home/building automation, wearables, to connected medical. All these systems complement and expand Renesas’ leadership portfolio in delivering comprehensive solutions to improve performance and efficiency in high-computing electronic systems. “The transaction we announced today represents our next important step in catapulting Renesas’ growth plan to achieve substantial strategic and financial benefits, following our previous acquisitions,” said Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO of Renesas. “Dialog has a strong culture of innovation along with excellent customer relationships and serves fast growing areas including IoT, industrial and automotive. By bringing Dialog’s talented team and expertise into Renesas, together, we will accelerate innovation for customers and create sustainable value for our shareholders.”

650 V Hybrid IGBT Discrete Family
  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-05

Infineon Technologies has launched a 650 V CoolSiC™ Hybrid IGBT portfolio in a discrete package with 650 V blocking voltage. The CoolSiC hybrid product family combines key benefits of the 650 V TRENCHSTOP™ 5 IGBT technology and the unipolar structure of co-packed Schottky barrier CoolSiC diodes. The devices are especially suited for DC-DC power converters and power factor correction (PFC). These can typically be found in applications like battery charging infrastructure, energy storage solutions, photovoltaic inverters, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), as well as server and telecom switched-mode-power supplies (SMPS). Due to a freewheeling SiC Schottky barrier diode co-packed with an IGBT, the CoolSiC Hybrid IGBTs perform with significantly reduced switching losses at almost unchanged dv/dt and di/dt values. They offer up to 60 percent reduction of E on and 30 percent reduction of E off compared to a standard silicon diode solution. Alternatively, the switching frequency can be increased at least by 40 percent with unchanged output power requirements. A higher switching frequency will allow reducing passive components size and thus lower bill-of-material cost. The Hybrid IGBTs can be used as a drop-in replacement for TRENCHSTOP 5 IGBTs allowing an efficiency improvement of 0.1 percent for each 10 kHz switching frequency without redesign efforts. The product family creates a bridge between pure silicon solutions and high performing SiC MOSFET designs. Even more, in comparison to pure silicon designs, Hybrid IGBTs can improve electromagnetic compatibility and system reliability.

Transformers for DC/DC Converters
  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-04

TDK Corporation presents the EPCOS E10 EM series, a range of insulated SMT transformers that are suitable for various DC/DC converter topologies and gate driver circuits in e-mobility and industrial electronics. There are four models in the series, with basic winding insulation of a working voltage of 500 VRMS and reinforced insulation of 300 VRMS. The turns ratio is between 1:0.76 and 4:1, depending on the model. Measuring just 11.7 x 13.15 x 11.35 mm3, they are extremely compact. The compact design meets clearance and creepage requirements in accordance with the IEC 60664-1 standard (Np/Ns: min. 5.5 mm clearance, min. 6 mm creepage), due to the internal construction of the transformers. Outstanding reproducibility and reliability are ensured thanks to highly automated production with an AOI final inspection. The component in the EPCOS transformer series B78307A*A003 is qualified in accordance with AEC-Q200 Rev. D.

LIVE Master Class on Frequency Response Measurement Techniques
  • Event News
  • 2021-02-04

On March 10, 2021 at 10am PDT, Dr. Ray Ridley will host a FREE 2-hour masterclass on frequency response measurements for power systems. The LIVE format allows participants to learn from the safety of their own work or home environment. Designed for power supply design engineers at all levels of experience, this two-hour course will combine both theory and live measurements on power supplies made during the presentation. Dr. Ridley will also demonstrate how to verify measurements with simulation and modeling. “Once you learn these techniques, your development process will become far more efficient,” commented Dr. Ridley. “It’s incredibly important to understand how to validate and ruggedize a system for manufacturing.”

Power Supplies Address EV and Hydrogen Production Applications
  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-03

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of 50V, 400V and 500V output models to the TDK-Lambda GENESYS+™ series of programmable DC power supplies. With output power levels of 5kW, 10kW and 15kW in 1U, 2U and 3U high 19” rack-mount packages, the G50, G400, G500, GSP50, GSP400 and GSP500 models are fully compatible with the current series. The additional models are targeted at testing electric vehicle (EV) powertrains and other automotive sub-systems, and proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers for hydrogen production. These optimised output voltages enable the power supplies to deliver more current without needing to parallel two or more units. All models seamlessly transition between constant voltage and constant current modes and also have constant power operation. For higher power systems, multiple power supplies can be connected in parallel with a patented advanced master/slave system that provides dynamic load response and ripple and noise characteristics comparable with that of a single power supply. The GENESYS+™ products can be ordered with three phase input ranges of 170-264Vac, 342-460Vac or 342-528Vac. The 5kW GENESYS+™ units weigh less than 7.5kg for easy movement or installation. Where user access is not required or needs to be restricted, a blank front panel option (with no metering or control functions) is available. Snap-on dust filters can also be added to limit airborne contamination.

SiC MOSFETs Solve Design Challenges for Solar Energy Company
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  • 2021-02-03

ROHM Semiconductor announced that Midnite Solar, based in Arlington, WA, utilizes ROHM’s silicon carbide MOSFETs to drive efficiency and reduce system cost. Four products new to the US market – the Hawkes’s Bay 600VDC to 48VDC 6000W MPPT solar charge controller, powerful Barcelona dual MPPT charge controller, MNB17 advanced battery-based charger/inverter, and 120/240V Rosie inverter/charger – all benefit from the high performance and proven reliability of ROHM’s SiC technology. “SiC power devices offer vastly improved energy efficiency over the silicon parts they replace, and the cost premium has come down significantly, enabling a wider range of applications to benefit from these devices for better system performance and value. We are very happy to support Midnite Solar’s latest power conversion product design with our SiC MOSFET technology, and we are truly excited to see the advanced power devices and system solutions making a positive difference for our valued customers,” says Ming Su, Ph.D., Technical Marketing Manager at ROHM Semiconductor. “Silicon carbide solves a key challenge,” explains Robin Gudgel, Midnite Solar’s principal owner and engineering manager. “Regular silicon MOSFETs have a very slow body diode,” he details. “Therefore, trying to make an inverter work as a charger where it must run bidirectionally is very difficult. We were looking at an IGBT pair in combination with another diode, but silicon carbide is such a good solution, and ROHM’s devices did not require any significant design changes, so it was an obvious choice.”

Strategic Partnership for Driving Printed Electronics Solutions
  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-03

Henkel Adhesive Technologies and Quad Industries have announced the expansion of their strategic partnership to offer capacities and support for technological value creation and prototyping with printed electronics solutions across multiple industries. The companies started their collaboration in 2019 and since then successfully worked on different projects such as the development of the innovative COVID-19 smart health patch introduced by Byteflies that was launched in 2020. With the advancement of the partnership Quad Industries has become a strategic partner in Henkel´s ecosystem for design creation, prototyping and manufacturing of printed electronics via flatbed screen printing. With more than 35 years of experience in printed electronics across multiple industrial markets Henkel Adhesive Technologies offers a broad material expertise, market know-how and partner network to support the commercialization process for smart product solutions. The business unit is a leading provider of a broad portfolio of conductive inks and coatings that enable flexible, cost-efficient and high-performing applications. “At Henkel we believe in a differentiated partnership approach across the entire value chain,” explains Stijn Gillissen, Head of Printed Electronics at Henkel. “Our network enables us to provide customers not only with products and knowledge, but also connecting them with circuit designers, printing manufacturers or external IoT specialists. Together we can leverage the potential of digital transformations by utilizing the benefits of printed electronics.”  

Improving the Reliability of Electronic Components
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  • 2021-02-02

The Europe-wide research initiative Intelligent Reliability 4.0 (iRel40) aims to improve the reliability of electronic systems and microelectronic components. Coordinated by Infineon Technologies, 75 science and industry partners from 13 countries are pooling their forces to achieve this goal. “Enhancing electronics performance through miniaturization and integrating more and more functions is progressing steadily. Performance and complexity are increasing, as the costs per function go down,” says Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG. “Powerful electronics form the basis for forward-looking technologies such as electro-mobility, autonomous driving, renewable energies and energy-efficient connected solutions. However, they will only be successful if users can depend on reliable functionality, quality and lifetime. Reliability is a key differentiating factor in international competition.” iRel40 adopts a holistic approach to optimizing the reliability of microelectronic systems along the entire value chain – from the wafer to the chip and the packaging and finally to the system and hence the actual application. The aim is to significantly reduce failure rates and thus improve product quality and lifetime. This approach also contributes to more sustainable management of our natural resources. Experts from science and industry in Europe are working together to achieve this. They are relying on the latest insights and methods in material research and failure analysis, including modeling and simulation, as well as artificial intelligence. The project is divided into eight work packages that deal with aspects such as requirements, theoretical principles, materials, test methods, and pilot applications. Infineon will, in particular, contribute its expertise and skills in chip and packaging technology.

Switch Provides True Reverse Current Blocking for Type-C PD
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  • 2021-02-02

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor announced a Type-C Power Delivery (PD) high voltage source protection switch capable up to 28V absolute maximum voltage. The AOZ1374 is a smart protection switch in a small thermally enhanced 3mm x 3mm DFN package. AOS’s prowess in high-performance ICs combined with AOS’s high SOA MOSFETs using advanced co-packaging techniques. AOZ1374 supports a slew of protection features, including true reverse blocking in a small solution footprint with an industry-leading on-resistance of 36mOhm. While USB ports in consumer and computing equipment can receive up to 100W of power, power typically comes from an AC-DC adaptor supporting Type-C PD. The host device itself typically provides (sources) 5V @ 3A or up to 15W. This is the most common implementation in notebook applications and also in the majority of desktops. However, Type-C PD ports are gaining popularity in more devices such as smart monitors and power banks, and for such applications, a high voltage sourcing switch is required to deliver up to 100W power. Type C high voltage sourcing switches are also increasingly common in graphics cards or game consoles to power highend virtual reality gaming goggles. Similarly, a personal computer can connect to a monitor using one single Type-C cable providing both power and data. AOZ1374 uses a design IP developed for the AOZ1375DI high voltage bi-directional source/sink Type C protection switch with added integration features to eliminate the eternal current limiting resistor. The device features 28V absolute maximum voltage with the current limit capability, and startup safe operating area (SOA) management would be the ideal protection switch for the applications mentioned above.

Postponement of The smarter E Europe 2021
  • Event News
  • 2021-02-01

The smarter E Europe with its four exhibitions Intersolar Europe, ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power Europe will be moved back by six weeks to the second half of 2021. The innovation hub for the new energy world will now take place from July 21–23, 2021, at Messe München. The smarter E Europe is Europe’s largest platform for the energy industry and the most important meeting point for the new energy world. In close coordination with exhibitors and partners, the event’s organizers Solar Promotion GmbH and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG have decided to postpone the events by six weeks to July 21–23, 2021. The decision was made in close coordination with the registered exhibitors and Messe München. “We asked our exhibitors and partners how they felt about a possible postponement, and we would like to thank them for the overwhelming response and constructive discussions,” says Markus Elsässer, CEO of Solar Promotion GmbH. “The results revealed that a clear majority of the exhibitors were in favor of postponing the event to July 21–23, 2021. Six weeks can make a big difference in the current situation.” The event will now fall in the second half of 2021. The organizer’s decision is based on a number of potential advantages. They expect that by then, more progress will have been made in terms of vaccinations, that travel restrictions will be lifted further, including by companies, and that the summer will have contributed to further stem the pandemic.

Partnership Enhances Ability to Service RF and Low-Loss PCB customers
  • Industry News
  • 2021-02-01

Rogers Corporation’s Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) business unit announced the introduction of a new distribution channel with the addition of CCI Eurolam (CCI) to their sales and service team in the EMEA. ACS provides global customers with market-leading high performance and high reliability RF material solutions. CCI comes with over 50 years of sales and service experience in PCB processing and materials distribution. Rogers ACS’ continued expansion in the EMEA, combined with CCI’s extensive experience and distribution network, will provide the highest level of support to customers. Rogers and CCI, working closely as a team, will provide both sales and onsite service/support to PCB manufacturing customers throughout the EMEA. Dirk Lefelon, ACS Sales Manager Europe, noted, “I am pleased CCI and Rogers were able to form this relationship that focuses on enhancing our ability to service our customers in EMEA through improved service and local support.”

Acquisition of Magnetic Component Manufactorer
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  • 2021-02-01

Bourns announced that its newly-formed subsidiary has acquired all shares and interests of the various entities comprising the Kaschke Group with its headquarters in Göttingen, Germany. Kaschke was founded by Kurt Kaschke in 1955 and became known for its high competence in the development and production of application specific magnetic products. The Kaschke mission to use their ferrite core knowledge base for the development of solutions tailored to specific customer requirements matches Bourns' culture of innovative design. "As one of the few companies that has the capability to design and build ferrite core materials as well as manufacture complex inductive components, Kaschke will bring to Bourns the experience and creativity needed to solve customers' complex application challenges," said Gordon Bourns, Chairman and CEO of Bourns. "We are excited to welcome Kaschke to the Bourns organization to combine our capabilities and build stronger customer relationships." Al Yost, President and Chief Operating Officer at Bourns, said "This acquisition is an important element in Bourns' strategy to strengthen our inductive technology capability and broaden our portfolio of innovative magnetic products." "The combination of Kaschke and Bourns will enable the development of a full portfolio of products that will help our customers meet the challenging EMI filtering requirements of the next generation power supplies in the automotive, industrial and new energy markets," said Silke Baumgartner, President of Kaschke Components. "I'm delighted to form an alliance with Bourns, a company with a history and core values that are fully aligned with Kaschke's."

High Voltage Differential Probe
  • Product Release
  • 2021-02-01

The Teledyne LeCroy HVD3220 is ideal for measuring GaN- and SiC-based power conversion system outputs, line outputs, in-circuit device switching outputs, and voltages across other components. The 400 MHz bandwidth is more closely aligned with user needs for in-circuit GaN and SiC system testing than other HVD Series probes. Additionally, some users will also find the HVD3220 useful for gate-drive signal measurements, or for measurements on 60 V common-mode power conversion systems.

Series of Digital Eighth-Brick DC/DC Converters
  • Product Release
  • 2021-01-28

Flex Power Modules announces the launch of the BMR492 – a series of digital eighth-brick intermediate bus converters capable of delivering between 600 to 800W of continuous power along with a peak power of up to 1100 W for short periods <1s. This so-called ‘burst mode’ operation is commonly required for CPUs (such as Intel’s Ice Lake processor for example) for datacom and data center applications. The BMR4920302/861 converter, the first of three variants of the BMR492 family to be introduced, delivers a 12V output. Rated to a maximum 600W output over an input voltage range of between 40-60V, the DC/DC step-down solution is ideal for nominal 48 or 54 V input voltage systems commonly found in data center server applications. The through-hole mounted device is fully regulated and includes an input to output isolation voltage of 1500Vdc. This BMR492 variant delivers an extremely efficient operation evidenced by a peak efficiency of 96.7% at 48 Vin at half load. The output voltage is pre-programmed at 12 V as standard, but this can be adjusted across a wide range of 8 to 13.2 V via the incorporated PMBus interface. This feature is also useful to optimize system level efficiencies through dynamic bus voltage adjustment according to the supplied load.

Compact Oscilloscopes with up to 2GHz Bandwidth
  • Product Release
  • 2021-01-27

RIGOL Technologies EU introduces four high-end oscilloscopes which are possible to cascade different number of modules to increase channel counts. The DS8000-R series is a medium and high-end mixed signal digital oscilloscope with a compact size designed on the basic of the ASIC chip (RIGOL self-owns its intellectual property right) and UltraVisionII technical platform developed by RIGOL. It is compact and thin in design. It supports system integration of multiple devices. Its cascaded rack mount and remote system operation can meet the system requirements for industrial automation test system and high channel research application. With a sample rate of 10 GSa/s DS8000-R series oscilloscope has analog bandwidth from 350 MHz, 1 GHz and 2 GHz, supporting multiple-device synchronous triggering, available to be extended to 512 channels. The standard memory size is 500 Mpts for all channels. It provides an excellent solution for users to meet their high-speed requirement for the system integration test and synchronization requirement for multiple-channel data acquisition.

Data Center Professionals are Considering Power System Upgrades
  • Industry News
  • 2021-01-27

The events of 2020 rapidly accelerated a global, cross-industry digital transformation, underscoring the mission criticality of data centers as the backbone of the world’s virtual economy. In fact, the data center market is expected to grow by nearly 14% in 2021. ABB Power Conversion issued a data report, “Data Overload: Powering Data Centers in the New Normal,” that explores the unprecedented demand on data centers in 2020 as well as long-term impacts that will shape data center operations for years to come. Not surprisingly, 96% of data center professionals surveyed reported that demand on their data center increased in 2020, which could indicate why 53% of those surveyed are likely to consider power system upgrades to meet increased demand in the future. “The impact of COVID-19 fundamentally accelerated the concept of mission critical. Overnight, businesses became even more reliant on the cloud to enable operations, processes and remote collaboration. This immediate transition would not have been possible without data centers backed by efficient and reliable power systems,” said Jeff Schnitzer, president, ABB Power Conversion. “Power is the ultimate enabler. Not only for rapidly scaling data center operations to meet exponential demand, but for energizing the ongoing digital transformation that’s the beating heart of technology and smart societies of the future. And data center power architectures are core components of this.”

External Power Supplies with Interchangeable Plugs for International Compatibility
  • Product Release
  • 2021-01-27

Jasper Electronics has expanded its line of medical grade power supplies with 27 model series of external power adapters. The adapters are compliant with International Electromechanical Commission (IEC) standards for the safety and effectiveness of medical electrical equipment, including: IEC60601-3rd Edition, UL/cUL, TUV, and FCC certification. Several of the wall-mounted model series have interchangeable AC plugs for international compatibility, and all units have custom connector and cable options. “With this significant expansion of our IEC60601-certified external medical power supply product lines, we’ve provided our customers in the medical electronics industry with a wide range of high efficiency, reliable power options,” said Robert Nishimoto, president, Jasper Electronics. “With a selection that includes external fanless designs, a wide range of input and output power ratings, interchangeable AC plugs, and both standard and custom cable and connector options, customers will be able to select optimum specifications, performance, and price for their medical applications.” Jasper Electronics’ comprehensive range of medical-grade external power supplies includes both wall-mounted and desktop configurations with output power ratings from 4.5W to 310W. All models carry safety agency certifications (UL/cUL, TUV, CE, FCC, and IEC60601 -3rd Edition), and many feature multiple sets of interchangeable AC plugs for worldwide compliance. The HEMG Series devices feature universal input harmonic power factor correction (PFC) with high efficiency.

Stefan Schaffhauser Takes Over as CEO
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  • 2021-01-27

In keeping with a long-term succession plan, the previous CEO, Markus Dalla Monta, will retire as of July 2021, following a 35-year career at Traco Power. Stefan Schaffhauser will assume the CEO position with the beginning of the business year on April 1, 2021. As of this date, he will lead the Traco Power Group together with the CFO, Adrian Berger. As before, Rolf Caspar – company owner and Chairman of the Board – will continue to concentrate his efforts on strategic issues in the firm, in conjunction with the board of director members, Jennifer Caspar and Ueli Wampfler. During the past three years, Stefan Schaffhauser managed the international business team at Traco Power as their managing director, effectively contributing to a positive corporate development. Prior to his career at Traco Power, Schaffhauser was employed at various industrial enterprises in management positions and as a business consultant. Stefan Schaffhauser obtained a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management at the ETH (Confederated Technical University of Switzerland) in Zurich. “It is a great honor for me to assume the management of this outstanding company,” says Stefan Schaffhauser. “Traco Power is situated extremely well financially, and we can build on innovative products, a strong brand, and an excellent company culture. I look forward to further advancing Traco Power together with my management team and our staff members.”

Compact Inverter for Direct Connection to Medium-Voltage Grid
  • Industry News
  • 2021-01-25

As the energy transition progresses, the expansion of the electricity grids is becoming increasingly important. More and more renewable generation plants as well as electrical storage systems are being connected to the grid. This gives power electronics a decisive role, because it is essential to connect these systems to the grid. However, in addition to the mere feed-in or feed-back of electrical energy, power electronics must also perform other grid-supporting tasks. In the "SiC-MSBat" project, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, together with partners, have now developed and successfully commissioned a highly compact inverter for direct feeding into the medium-voltage grid. Currently, inverters mostly feed into the low-voltage grid. They are then coupled to the medium-voltage grid via large 50 Hz transformers. The use of new types of silicon carbide (SiC) transistors with very high blocking voltages now also makes it possible to connect the inverters directly to the medium-voltage grid. Thanks to the high control dynamics of SiC inverters, they can take on grid-stabilizing tasks and, for example, act as active power filters to compensate for harmonics in the medium-voltage grid. Furthermore, SiC inverters can achieve much higher power densities than conventional inverters. This results in a compact design, which is a particular advantage when plants are to be built in inner-city areas or existing old plants are to be retrofitted. In addition to the mere system costs, construction and infrastructure costs also play a very important role, especially in urban areas.

24 V Dual-Channel Low Side Driver
  • Product Release
  • 2021-01-25

Infineon Technologies broadens its EiceDRIVER portfolio with the 24 V dual-channel low side gate driver with an integrated thermal pad. It can be operated with high switching frequencies as well as highest peak output currents and offers an enable function. The gate driver is suitable for applications with higher switching frequencies such as power factor correction and synchronous rectification, as well as a transformer driver or a buffer driver for parallel MOSFET applications or high-current IGBT modules such as EasyPACK and EconoPACK. The EiceDRIVER 2ED24427N01F provides a symmetrical output stage with 10 A source and sink drive capability with integrated under-voltage lockout (UVLO) protection and logic level enable control. The gate driver is available in a DSO-8 package with a thermally efficient and exposed power pad. With 55 ns propagation delays and 450 m? (max) source and sink ON resistance per channel, the driver enables high switching frequencies with reduced switching losses of the power transistors. The integrated thermal pad offers very low thermal resistance to enable reliable operation at lower temperatures under high current conditions or at higher switching frequencies. 2ED24427N01F is rated for industrial temperature grade operation.

Agreement to Create a Centre of Excellence for Direct Current
  • Industry News
  • 2021-01-22

On Friday the 22nd of January, Xavier Piechaczyk, Chairman of the board of directors at RTE (Réseau de Transport d'Electricité) and Hubert de la Grandière, CEO of the Institute for Energy Transition (ITE) SuperGrid Institute, signed a partnership agreement to develop a centre of excellence for direct current and power electronics. This partnership makes it possible to develop new collaborations in order to meet the challenges involved in energy transition by bringing together R&D skills and cutting-edge technologies. Xavier Piechaczyk, Chairman of RTE's board of directors and Hubert de la Grandière, CEO of SuperGrid Institute, signed this partnership agreement with a view to creating a French centre of excellence for direct current, with its base in the Greater Lyon area. The aim is to share the R&D skills, high-voltage technological facilities and simulation resources of the two organisations; SuperGrid Institute, a research and technological innovation centre working on the energy transmission systems of the future, based in Villeurbanne (69), and the RTE Transfo Campus, a training and innovation centre in the field of electricity transmission, located in Jonage (69) in the Greater Lyon area. Among the targeted joint actions, RTE and SuperGrid Institute intend to work together on R&D projects for the development of a direct current meshed grid, notably in response to the increase in power generated by offshore wind farms. "This centre of excellence in the Greater Lyon area, the only one of its kind in Europe, is a major asset for sharing our expertise, test facilities and simulation platforms and offers us an optimal vantage point from which to prepare and train the European energy ecosystem for the future," said Hubert de la Grandière, CEO of SuperGrid Institute.

10:1 Ratio DC-DC Converters in Half- and Quarter-Brick Footprint
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  • 2021-01-21

Murata announces two ultra-wide 10:1 ratio DC-DC converters, the 250W IRH-W80 half-brick and the 150W IRQ-W80 quarter-brick from Murata Power Solutions. Both high power density modules feature efficiency levels above 91% with a 16 – 160 Vdc input voltage range. The 250W IRH-W80 and 150W IRQ-W80 modules are designed for embedded applications in the railway and industrial sectors. They comply with the requirements of EN50155, coming with qualification reports for shock, vibration, extreme temperatures and humidity. Typical applications include powering equipment on board trains, such as infotainment, communications and lighting, and from a wide range of battery voltages, that require a reliable DC source. The modules also can be used in other industrial applications that operate from batteries in harsh environments. The 250W IRH-W80 and 150W IRQ-W80 have a baseplate operating ambient temperature range of -40°C to 100°C. Single 12 V, 24 V, and 54 V output models are available with galvanic isolation between the input and output in excess of 4 kVdc. Features include remote enable on/off, a wide output voltage adjustment range of ±10%, remote sense, hold up function, pulse out feature, positive or negative enable and over current protection adjustment. The adjustable undervoltage lockout protection feature prevents deep discharge of supplying batteries. The modules also feature self-protection to external short circuits, over current protection, and over temperature protection with self-resetting ability.

4-Channel Window Voltage Detector IC
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  • 2021-01-21

Ricoh Electronics Devices has launched the R3500 series, a 4-channel high-voltage window voltage detector suitable for use in products required to meet functional safety standards. Today’s automotive and industrial equipment must meet increasing needs for functional safety and is required to have high-accuracy monitoring functions on supply voltages for MCUs and SoCs. Additionally, voltage monitoring functions must cover more power supplies than ever. To meet the needs above, the R3500 series has four voltage detectors in a single chip. Each detector can monitor not only under-voltage but also over-voltage of a targeted power supply, which contributes to high detection coverage. The detection voltage values are settable in 0.01 V step and will help construct a high-accuracy voltage monitoring circuit optimized for your system. Also, voltage monitoring systems combining the R3500 series with the R3152 series or the R3154 series, our conventional 1-channel voltage detector ICs, can cover a wider range of applications. A typical voltage detector has possibility of failing to operate properly when the voltage it monitors fluctuates largely, because it uses the monitored voltage stepped down to 3.3 V or 5 V as its source voltage. To ensure stable voltage monitoring even under large voltage fluctuations, the R3500 series has a high operating voltage range up to 42 V and separates its voltage monitoring pins from the power supply pin. For higher security, the R3500 series has a fault-diagnostic function which checks if the IC itself can operate properly, as the product is designed to enhance safety of systems. This function will help reduce latent faults.

Reliability Report Shows Field Experience of GaN-Devices
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  • 2021-01-21

EPC announces its 'Phase-12 Reliability Report', documenting the strategy used to achieve a remarkable field reliability record. eGaN devices have been in volume production for more than eleven years and have demonstrated very high reliability in over 226 billion hours of operation, most of which are in vehicles, LTE base stations, and satellites, to name just a few applications with rigorous operating conditions. This report presents the results of testing eGaN devices to the point of failure, which provides the information to identify intrinsic failure mechanisms of the devices. By identifying these intrinsic failure mechanisms, deep knowledge of the behavior of a device over time, temperature, electrical or mechanical stress can be developed and used to create physics-based models that accurately project the safe operating life of a product over a more general set of operating conditions.  According to Dr. Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of EPC, "The release of EPC's 12th reliability report represents the cumulative experience of millions of devices and five generations of technology. These reliability tests have been undertaken to continue our understanding of the behavior of GaN devices over a wide range of stress conditions." Dr. Lidow continues, "Standard power semiconductor qualification testing is inadequate since it only reports parts that pass a very specific test condition. By employing our test-to-fail methodology we have consistently produced more robust, higher performance, and lower cost products for power conversion applications and have amassed a reliability track record beyond what is achievable with traditional silicon MOSFET technology."

Wafer Handling Tool EFEM
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  • 2021-01-20

mechatronic systemtechnik announces the availability of the mWL.cs mechatronic calotte loader. A fully automated stand-alone system for transferring wafers between cassettes and calottes, the mWL.cs provides integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) an opportunity to increase yield and improve process traceability at a high throughput. Evaporation process tools often utilize spherical carriers and rings to meet uniformity and defectivity targets. However, the design of these tools has made it challenging to introduce automated wafer handling in this step of the manufacturing process. IDMs invariably default to manual wafer loading, which has resulted in yield degradation and an increased risk for misprocessing. "Automating the wafer loading and unloading system for evaporation type metal deposition is a step that bears much potential," shared Stefan Detterbeck, Sales Director. "By eliminating human error from the equation, our system enables manufacturers to achieve higher yield and reduce damage to wafers. Enhanced process traceability also supports quality improvement measures to meet the conformity requirements of critical customer industries." A specialist in fully automated handling systems for non-standard substrates and handling requirements, mechatronic recognizes and addresses the semiconductor industry's need for the handling of ultra-sensitive substrates used in modern new wafer fabrication technologies. The company's deep expertise and proprietary technologies provide manufacturers with safe, reliable systems that handle non-standard substrates with ease and confidence.

High-Temperature Capacitors Operate up to 125°C
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  • 2021-01-20

Even if water cooling is not possible or the cooling water temperature can only up to 45°C, the HTC high-temperature capacitors from Celem (sales: Eurocomp) are used safely and reliably. Various designs are offered in the HTC series, which are available for 550V or 1000V, depending on the capacitance. Depending on the design, the capacitance values range from 0.1 µF to 0.4 µF. The picture shows the designs CSM, C-Cap mini, CMPP and CSP with the different connection options. On request, these capacitors can be manufactured with UL-certified resin. Celem uses a high-quality high-temperature film for its HTC series which makes the series ideal for e.g. wireless power transmission in automotive applications, for example, as part of inductive wireless charging for EVs.

Flux-Cored Wire for Robotic and Laser Soldering
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  • 2021-01-19

Indium Corporation announces that it is now offering CW-232, a uniquely formulated flux-cored wire that combines superior wetting speed and spread with extremely low-spatter performance. Indium Corporation’s CW-232 is a highly activated rosin flux-cored wire developed to meet the demanding requirements of robotic and laser soldering applications by delivering additional wetting power in order to achieve higher throughput. CW-232 also works exceptionally well in hand soldering applications. Due to its “no-spatter” technology, CW-232 eliminates flux spattering that can burn operators’ hands, impair the vision system of the robotic soldering machines, or make finished products less aesthetically appealing.

Appointment of CEO and COO
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  • 2021-01-18

Powerex is pleased to announce the appointments of Joseph Wolf as President and Chief Executive Officer and Ronald Yurko as Chief Operating Officer, in connection with the retirement of John Hall from the company. Joseph has been with Powerex since 2008, most recently serving the role of Vice President and CFO. Ronald has been at Powerex since 2007, most recently in the role of Vice President of Value-Added Products. Powerex is a joint venture between General Electric and Mitsubishi Electric with corporate headquarters and manufacturing located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1986 and can trace its origins back to Westinghouse Electric, which established the facility at the current location in 1956. The 90,000 square feet of manufacturing space includes silicon wafer processing, diffusion, assembly, test,and high reliability screening. Powerex also features a semi-automated manufacturing power module line in a Class 10,000 cleanroom. Powerex is a leading domestic manufacturer of high-power semiconductor solutions. Its broad product line includes SiC MOSFETs (SiliconCarbide Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor), IGBTs (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors), HVIGBTs, rectifiers, thyristors, custom power modules and assemblies. These highly reliable electronic component solutions are designed for the Defense, Aviation, Traction, Mining, Medical, and Renewable Energy markets.

Expanding Production Capacity of SiC Power Devices
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  • 2021-01-18

ROHM has recently held an opening ceremony announcing the completion of a new building at ROHM Apollo's Chikugo plant to enhance the production capacity of SiC power devices. The building is a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly factory that introduces a number of energy-saving technologies to its production facilities, with 100% of its electricity coming from renewable energy sources. ROHM continues to lead the industry in technological development, such as by introducing the industry's first full SiC power modules and SiC trench MOSFETs. At the same time, boasting an integrated production system, ROHM is working to improve production efficiency by increasing wafer diameter and utilizing the latest equipment while also reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing. In addition to this new building, SiCrystal GmbH, a ROHM Group company that manufactures SiC wafers, is scheduled to start operating with 100% renewable energy from the next fiscal year, reducing CO2 emissions from purchased power at the plant to zero. As a result, all major production processes for SiC wafers will use environmentally friendly renewable energy. In response to the urgent need to address global energy issues, the ROHM Group will continue to improve SiC power device performance – expected to be key to achieving energy saving in electric vehicles and industrial equipment – contributing to reducing environmental impact by promoting the use of eco-friendly equipment and renewable energy in the production process.

Configurable AC/DC Power Supply with 24 Isolated Outputs
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  • 2021-01-14

Components Bureau is pleased to offer Advanced Energy's Excelsys CoolX3000 series. The small sized configurable power supply offers an incredible 3000W in a small package of 300 x 131 x 120mm, addressing the requirement for smaller power supplies offering the same power but in a smaller footprint. The CoolX3000 series offers an impressive 24 outputs; all outputs are isolated (1850 VAC) and the power supply has PMBus digital communications for monitoring and control capability.  Features include plug and play power along with series and parallel outputs for higher voltage and currents. The 3000 series offer up to 91% efficiency with variable fan speed control.  It has level 4 input surge protection with a MTBF of 150,000 hours and comes with 5-year warranty. With an Input voltage range of 180 to 264 VAC (300VAC for 5secs), output voltage of 1 to 696V and ripple and noise 1% of nominal. Operating temperature range  -25 to +60°C with an interface of 8-way connector, voltage control via potentiometer. This intelligent modular power supply is suitable for Medical, Industrial and Harsh Industrial applications.

Validity of Patent Relating to a Separator for Lithium Ion Secondary Batteries
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  • 2021-01-14

The Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board issued a decision to dismiss a patent invalidation petition and confirmed the validity of Asahi Kasei's Korean patent (Patent No. 10-0977345) relating to a separator for lithium-ion secondary batteries. Asahi Kasei filed a patent infringement lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Court against W-SCOPE Corporation (Head Office: Shinagawa-ku Tokyo) and its subsidiary, W-SCOPE KOREA CO., LTD. (hereinafter "W-SCOPE Corporation, etc."), which manufacture and sell separators for lithium ion secondary battery, as joint defendants. The lawsuit claims infringement of Asahi Kasei's patent. It seeks an injunction restraining W-SCOPE Corporation, etc., from manufacturing and selling their polyolefin microporous membrane products (including separator products for lithium ion secondary battery with product names such as "SB12D," "SB16D," "single-layer W-scope," etc.) in Korea, and compensation for damages. After Asahi Kasei filed the lawsuit, one of the defendants, W-SCOPE KOREA CO., LTD., filed a patent invalidation petition with the Korean IPTAB seeking the invalidation of Asahi Kasei's patent on March 11, 2020. After sufficiently examining the arguments of both parties, the Korean IPTAB issued a decision to dismiss the invalidation petition and confirmed the validation of Asahi Kasei's patent. Asahi Kasei will pay close attention to issues concerning intellectual property rights, and if deemed necessary, take specific measures proactively against any infringement.

Module Family for High-Density Computing and Datacenters
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  • 2021-01-14

Monolithic Power Systems announced the launch of a new family of 48V to 6V digital DC/DC power modules for 48V Datacenter Solutions, utilizing eGaN transistors from Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Corporation. These power modules target applications for high-density computing and datacenters, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and multi-user gaming. The MPC1100-54-0000 is the first in the new product family that will include modules in an LLC topology that utilize eGaN FETs to achieve an overall efficiency above 97% in a footprint of only 27mmx18mmx6mm for 48V to 6V conversion. A key advantage of 48V to 6V front-end conversion includes the enabling of a high-frequency secondary stage that is small enough to be placed much closer to the xPU/ASIC/GPU to reduce the power distribution loss by 4X compared to the commonly used STC topology for 48V to 12V conversion. For high-density server applications, record power density and efficiency can be achieved with simple, low-cost topologies such as an LLC DC/DC converter. eGaN FETs are well-suited for LLC converters due to their combined low gate charge with 5V gate operation that yields very low gate power consumption, ultra-low on resistance, and low output capacitance charge.

Certified Components for Automotive Electronics
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  • 2021-01-14

Würth Elektronik has published a catalog of AEC-Q200 certified components for automotive electronics. Product highlights include ferrites, inductors and particularly robust electromechanical components. Design kits from many product groups are available for developers-as sample sets with free refill service. With WE-TEMA, Würth Elektronik offers an innovative series of ferrites for cable assembly, some variants of which use new, innovative materials like nanocrystalline and manganese-zinc. The range of high-frequency inductors is now complemented with the WE-MCI product family. With their inductance ranging from 1 nH up to 470 nH, the multilayer ceramic inductors cover a wide variety of application areas. The WE-MAIA SMT series of storage chokes has been extended with package sizes 1610, 5020, 5030, 4020HT. Würth Elektronik presents its new WE-SCFA contact fingers, certified for the special requirements in automotive applications and with WE-SMSA SMT spacer bolts. Besides detailed product information in several chapters, the new automotive catalog also provides extensive background and design knowledge as well as a series of practical application examples. The Würth Elektronik Automotive Components Catalog is now available in English at http://www.we-online.de/aspcatalogue21.

125°C Operation Compatible EEPROMs
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  • 2021-01-14

ROHM's 125°C operation compatible I2C bus EEPROMs, BR24H-5AC series targets applications that require data storage under harsh environments, such as factory settings for onboard cameras and sensors, airbag operating history, and data logging for always-on operating industrial automation systems and servers. The BR24H-5AC series of 125°C operation compatible EEPROMs is the first in the industry to achieve a writing time of 3.5ms by implementing original data writing and reading circuit technology, reducing writing time by 30% compared to the 5ms of conventional products. Additionally, in contrast to standard products capable of just 1 million rewrites, the BR24H-5AC series guarantees up to four million writing cycles by data endurance, which not only extends application service life, but is ideal for data loggings requiring frequent data rewrites. In the automotive and industrial equipment sector, safety and traceability requirements make it necessary to store the operating history in non-volatile memory in the system. Among these, EEPROMs are typically adopted over other types of non-volatile memory such as flash memory in applications that require high reliability, including onboard cameras, airbags, industrial automation systems and servers, due to their ability to reliably write and store data under harsh conditions.

20 Watt DC/DC Converter in a 1”x1” Metal Package
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  • 2021-01-13

The TRACO THN 20WIR series is a family of ruggedized 20 Watt DC/DC converters for highest reliability in harsh environments, expanding our existing railway range in the 1” x 1” package up to 20 Watt. The THN 20WIR has a wide 4:1 input range and increased resistance against electromagnetic interference, shock/vibration and thermal shock and come in a compact six-side shielded 1” x 1” metal package. The innovative design provides high efficiencies up to 91% and thus enables an operating temperature range from -40 to +65°C without derating. The approvals according to standards EN 50155 and EN 61373 qualify them for railway and transportation systems. Additional qualification for the fire behavior of components according to EN 45545-2 and the safety approval according IEC/EN 62368-1, UL62368-1 support a potential compliance test of the application. Built-in features like an internal EN 55032 class A filter, input under-voltage-lockout, short circuit protection, remote On/Off and output voltage trim make this series suitable for almost any application demands and thus facilitate the design-in process.

Portfolio of Source/Measure Units for Test Applications
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  • 2021-01-13

Keysight Technologies announced three Source Measure Units (SMUs) for test applications that require high accuracy, high resolution and measurement flexibility, including current-voltage (I-V) characterizing and testing semiconductors, as well as other non-linear devices and materials. SMUs are electronic instruments capable of sourcing and measuring at the same time. They can precisely force voltage or current and simultaneously measure precise voltage and/or current.  Keysight offers a wide range of SMU instruments, which are categorized into four areas: precision, application specific, general-purpose and basic. "Keysight has provided high precision source-measurement-units (SMUs) for decades, and our enhanced bench B2900B series SMU instruments continue to set the bar for accuracy, precision and measurement throughput," said Christopher Cain, vice president of Keysight Technologies Electronic Industrial Products. "We have leveraged our deep SMU expertise and the latest electronic technologies to create a family of high precision PXIe modular SMUs.  These high-density measurement SMU modules can be scaled in a PXIe system to reduce overall test time by up to 25 percent, which is crucial in vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser device and quantum computing measurements."

Solid State Relay with Integrated Current Limiting and Thermal Shutdown
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  • 2021-01-13

Littelfuse announced the CPC1561B Solid State Relay (SSR). The CPC1561B is the highest current (1 A, 60 V) normally-open SSR currently available on the market to integrate both current limiting and thermal shutdown circuits. The small, surface-mount CPC1561B SSR's dual fault protection benefit provides a rugged solution for demanding applications that is not possible when using electro-mechanical relays and standard SSRs. "The CPC1561B is ideal for markets and applications that cannot be down for long periods of time due to over current, over temperature and electrical stress," said Steve Andrezyk, Director of Marketing for Littelfuse-IXYS Integrated Circuits. "The CPC1561B output relay can survive harsh conditions and resume normal operation once the fault is removed, thus reducing product down time and potentially eliminating service call time as the SSR both protects itself and resets to resume normal operation." The CPC1561B is available in tape and reel format. Sample requests can be placed through authorized Littelfuse distributors worldwide.

PCIM Asia Celebrates its 20th Anniversary and Relocates to Shenzhen
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  • 2021-01-13

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of PCIM Asia which will move to the brand new Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, from 9 – 11 September. The fair's relocation will create greater business opportunities for the power electronics industry within the South China region and beyond. Despite challenges resulting from the pandemic, the 2020 edition received positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors, reconfirming the fair's position as one of the industry's leading trade platforms. The three-day show will showcase products and solutions applied in the areas of frequency conversion, electrified transportation, energy storage technologies and silicon carbide materials. Buyers can look forward to seeing a diverse range of products including power semiconductor components and modules, integrated circuits, passive components, magnetics & core materials, thermal management, sensors, assemblies and subsystems, electrical drives, power converters, power quality & energy storage, test & measurement, development software as well as information and services. PCIM Asia Conference 2021 will be held concurrently with the exhibition, covering a wide array of hot industry topics. These include Packaging and Reliability, Digital Power Conversion, Motor Drive & Motion Control, Smart Grid Power Electronics and Power Electronics in Transmission Systems. Industry experts and academics will be able to share their latest findings and knowledge to an international audience through a programme of seminars, tutorials, and oral and poster presentations. Interested professionals from industry and academia are cordially invited to submit an abstract until 15 March 2021.

80 V RETs for 48 V Automotive and Other Higher Voltage Bus Circuits
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  • 2021-01-12

Nexperia announced a 80 V RET (Resistor-Equipped Transistor) family. These RETs or 'digital transistors' provide enough headroom for use in 48 V automotive board net (e.g. mild hybrid and EV cars) and other higher voltage circuits which are often subject to large spikes and pulses that previous 50 V parts cannot handle. RETs save space and reduce manufacturing costs by combining the bias resistor and bias-emitter resistor in the same SOT23 (250 mW Ptot) or SOT323 (235 mW Ptot) package as the transistor. Double RETs (two transistors and two matching bias resistors and bias-emitter resistors) are also available in the SOT363 package with a Ptot of 350 mW for even greater integration and savings. The series (NHDTx and NHUMx) includes 42 parts with PNP / NPN combinations. These come with the same bias resistor combinations as Nexperia's 50 V parts. Devices have a 100 mA current capability and are AEC-Q101-approved. Frank Matschullat, product group manager at Nexperia comments: "Design engineers working on new EV applications can future-proof their systems with confidence by using Nexperia's new RETs to simplify circuit design, save PCB space, reduce pick and place time and increase reliability. As well as 48 V automotive circuit driver applications, general-purpose switching and amplification and other digital systems will benefit from these new high voltage devices."

Lidar Sensor for Near-Range Applications
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  • 2021-01-12

Cepton Technologies has announced its path-breaking miniature lidar sensor – the Nova - priced at less than $100 for high volume automotive applications. The Nova is a wide angle near-range lidar sensor intended to address major gaps in proximity detection of objects with current sensor technologies. Featuring best-in-class, high resolution 3D imaging with a high field of view (FOV) of 90-120° (H) and 60-90° (V), depending on configuration, Nova sets a worldwide benchmark with its unprecedented combination of compactness, FOV coverage and affordability. Powered by Cepton's patented and proven Micro Motion Technology (MMT), the non-rotational, mirrorless, and frictionless Nova lidar can be hidden all around a vehicle to provide a complete 360° view of its immediate surroundings.  With a lidar target size of 3.5 cm (W) x 3.5 cm (H) x 7.5 cm (D), and weighing less than 350 g, the ultra-small Nova is an easily embeddable lidar sensor that not only enables optimal styling choices but demonstrates the scalability of MMT to the smallest form factors. Nova has an angular resolution of up to 0.3°, with a maximum range of up to 30 m and is therefore ideal for automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle (AV) applications such as blind spot detection, small object detection, automated park assist and free space estimation around the vehicle. For vehicles, a multi-lidar architecture can be facilitated, thereby creating a virtual safety zone all around while minimizing disruption to vehicle design aesthetics.

EMC-Scanner for Measurement Over Wide Bandwith
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  • 2021-01-12

Pendulum Instruments announces the release of the SCN-500 EMC-Scanner. The Swedish EMC-Scanner company Detectus AB was acquired by Pendulum Instruments in July 2020. The SCN-500 EMC-Scanner is the first Detectus product after the acquisition. The Detectus SCN-500 measures the electromagnetic emission of components, boards, cables, and products over a wide bandwidth. Emphasize is put on ease-of-use via the powerful and easy-to-use DSS SW, so that any engineer, not only EMC experts, can easily view EMC hot spots and make comparative measurements. SCN-500 offers a flexible solution for early detection of EMC hot spots in the product development phase, so that potential problems can be remedied easier and with lower cost, than in the final product. Pre-compliance EMC measurements can be made in 4D (3D xyz movement of field probe plus rotation), with a step size of 0.1 mm on test volumes up to 600x400x300 mm. Options include e.g., immunity measurement SW, and a laser distance meter for automatic 3D-modeling of the Device-under-Test. The performance/price ratio is claimed to be higher than any competitive solution, with prices starting below 10k€. "The SCN-500 is an important addition to our product portfolio, where we offer our customers a powerful EMC hot-spot test solution, at an affordable cost, that allows the designers to make early corrections of the design, and to avoid costly re-visits to the accredited EMC test lab", says Harald Kruger, Global Sales Director of Pendulum Instruments.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powers Drones
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  • 2021-01-12

Developing a hydrogen fuel cell for mobile devices requires overall technological innovation from materials science to full system-level design optimization. The key to mobility is miniaturization, increasing efficiency and lowering system weight. Moreover, high energy output and durability should be incorporated for a long, stable flight. Therefore, it is necessary to reduce the weight of the stack, configure a powertrain with high power density and simplify the design of the overall power pack, including peripheral components, to fully optimize the system. Core to these design goals is the architecture and implementation of the systems power delivery network (PDN). The DP30 power pack has two main powertrains that supply power to the drone's rotors and to the controller for the two stacks. Because of the wide range and variable output voltage of the DP30 power pack, from 40 to 74V, the powertrains were designed to ensure a tightly regulated 48V, 12A output to the rotor motors of the drone, plus a 12V, 8A output to the stack controller board and fans. To achieve high efficiency and high energy density in the PDN, DMI selected Vicor PRM buck-boost regulators and a ZVS buck regulator. The PRMs support the up to 74V open circuit voltage (OCV) of the hydrogen fuel cell stack and perform a stable voltage regulation to 48V. In the drone's rotor-side PDN, two PRM buck-boost regulators are configured in parallel to supply the 12A required by the rotors. The PDN for the digital controller board in the stack, uses a lower-power PRM followed by a 48V-to-12V ZVS buck regulator.

ECPE Award Cooperation - EPCIA Student Award
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  • 2021-01-12

The EPCIA Student Award is jointly presented by the European Passive Component Industry Association (EPCIA), the European Center for Power Electronics (ECPE), and the European Passive Components Institute (EPCI). Passive components, such as capacitors, resistors, inductors or filters, are crucial to make the (electronics) world “go round”. There is no semiconductor component and no electronic circuitry which can work properly without passive components. It has been decided to offer an Award to all students, graduate students and PhD candidates who participate in an ECPE event and / or Passive Components Networking Symposium (PCNS) and have addressed issues related to passive components in their respective thesis or paper subject (see conditions on the website www.ecpe.org/infocentre/awards/epcia-student-award/). The EPCIA Student Award program grants maximum six Awards per year and will run for 3 years (starting from 1 January 2021). Each Award is granted with € 1,000, subject to the provision that it may be split amongst more than one applicant.

GaN Power Stage with Programmable Source Current and Overcurrent Protection
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  • 2021-01-12

GaN Systems announced the release of two 650V half-bridge daughter cards (30A and 60A), which provide an ultra-versatile platform to evaluate GaN drivers and transistors. The evaluation cards are available in two power levels, up to 3kW (GS-EVB-HB-66508B-RN) and up to 6kW (GS-EVB-HB-66516T-RN) and include the Renesas RAA226110 low-side GaN FET driver. These cards are the industry’s first to provide programmable overcurrent protection with adjustable thresholds and programmable source current for adjustable turn-on slew rate.  “GaN transistors have established themselves as a fundamental building block in power electronics. The introduction of Renesas’ low-side GaN FET driver with its best-in-class features and performance are a confirmation that GaN transistors have become the preferred tool of choice for power design engineers,” said Paul Wiener, Vice President of Strategic Marketing at GaN Systems. “Renesas is committed to the development of innovative power products that support GaN transistors,” said Philip Chesley, Vice President of the Industrial and Communications Business Unit at Renesas. “One example is our new RAA226110 low-side GaN FET driver, which provides all of the features customers are looking for in a high-performance driver.” These power stage designs can be utilized in a wide range of applications from enterprise 1U power supplies (up to 5kW), high-power density bridgeless totem pole PFCs, PV inverters, energy storage systems, motor drives, and automotive DC/DC converters and onboard chargers. 

Fast Recovery AEC-Q Rectifiers in Two Compatible Packages
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  • 2021-01-12

Taiwan Semiconductor announces the availability of the RS2x family of fast recovery rectifiers. These 2A-rated diodes are available with reverse voltage ratings of 200V and 1 KV, each available in either SOD-128 or Thin SMA package. These two surface mount packages align with standard pc-board solder pads facilitating interchangeability, with the Thin SMA offering a lower profile and the SOD-128 improved thermal dissipation. "The RS2x Family offers industry leading forward voltage drop, switching speed, low profile and industry standard thermally-efficient packaging," said Vice President, TSC Products, Sam Wang. "The combination of medium (200V) and high (1KV) ratings and identical performance in a pair of compatible packages enables design efficiency and manufacturing flexibility." Rectification, blocking and freewheeling uses for the RxBS Family include enclosed and open frame power supplies and power electronic conversion systems used in automotive, industrial, telecom-datacom-networking systems, LED lighting, battery charging systems, UPS and inverters. Design resources include comprehensive datasheets (https://bit.ly/3jl7fPz https://bit.ly/3o7GJgh ) and spice models for each component in the series.

Operation of IoT Devices Through Energy Harvesting
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  • 2021-01-11

e-peas and Sequans Communications announced the demonstration of a joint solution combining e-peas' AEM energy harvesting IC (integrated circuit) with Sequans' Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT platform to provide a self-powered cellular IoT connectivity solution, in a very small footprint, that can operate indefinitely without batteries. The Sequans/e-peas demonstration shows the e-peas AEM10941 IC transferring energy from a photovoltaic harvester to a storage element and then to Sequans' Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT module where it powers a sensor device measuring power, light, and humidity. The demo kit is supplied with a small indoor DSC photovoltaic cell that can power many types of IoT applications using indoor light and LTE connectivity. In an outdoor environment, the size of the photovoltaic cell can be reduced to allow for energy-autonomous devices in an even smaller form factor. In a typical application, such as in farming or industry, device sensors collect data (humidity, temperature, air quality) while the lighting environment is loading the capacitor. With the combination of the e-peas IC and Sequans' Monarch module, the collected data can be sent up to 8 times a day, with no need of batteries using a 15 cm2 indoor PV cell under 500 Lux, making the devices completely energy self-sufficient and CO2 neutral.

Increase of Runtime with Solar Harvesting Solution
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  • 2021-01-11

Designers of space-constrained designs can now significantly increase runtime with the MAX20361 single-/multi-cell solar harvester with maximum power point tracking (MPPT) from Maxim Integrated Products. The solar harvesting solution is ideal for space-constrained applications such as wearables and emerging internet of things (IoT) applications. Designers are often challenged with the tradeoff between small size and long runtime for wearable and IoT applications. By enabling solar charging in these highly space-constrained products, the MAX20361 can extend the runtime of those devices by providing a supplemental power source. This solar harvester reduces solution size by at least half compared to the closest competitor. In addition, the MAX20361 increases harvested energy with up to 5 percent better boost efficiency than the closest competitor, coupled with an adaptive MPPT approach which can improve the overall system level efficiency even further. "This device offers exciting possibilities for a new supplemental power source to continually charge the battery of a device," said Frank Dowling, director of the Industrial and Healthcare Business Unit at Maxim Integrated. "For example, if you can harvest just 30mW of solar power per day on a 300mAHr battery system which typically runs for three weeks, you can as a result extend that runtime by over 50 percent."

SiC-Power Modules for Electric Vehicle Fast Charging and Solar Markets
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  • 2021-01-11

Cree announced the launch of its Wolfspeed WolfPACK power modules, extending its range of solutions and ushering in a new era of performance for a diverse range of industrial power markets, including electric vehicle fast charging, renewable energy and energy storage, and industrial power applications. Using 1200V Wolfspeed MOSFET technology, the modules deliver maximum efficiency in easy-to-use packages that allow designers to significantly increase efficiency and performance with smaller, more scalable power systems. Compared to silicon, the use of silicon carbide-based power solutions enable faster, smaller, lighter and more powerful electrical systems for a wide range of industrial applications. The silicon carbide modules maximize power density while simplifying designs in a standard form factor to significantly accelerate the production and rollout of next-generation technology for a wide range of rapidly growing industrial markets, including off-board charging and solar energy solutions. The offering bridges the gap between single die discrete components and high-ampacity module solutions, giving today's design engineers a wide breadth of portfolio options for design requirements using Wolfspeed silicon carbide. "The introduction of the Wolfspeed WolfPACK power modules extends our power portfolio to cover the broad spectrum of high voltage power applications, which will help an array of high-growth industries transform as the global transition from silicon to silicon carbide continues to accelerate," said Jay Cameron, senior vice president and general manager, Wolfspeed Power. "Maximizing power density while minimizing design complexity is essential for engineers working in the mid-power range, and the new modules simplify layouts to help accelerate production of EV fast charging and solar infrastructures."

GDTs Improve Standard Surge Current
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  • 2021-01-11

Bourns introduced its gas discharge tube (GDT) Model GDT25 series that offers a 40 percent improvement in standard surge current ratings from existing Bourns models. These devices have been designed using Bourns' proprietary, advanced computer simulation techniques and offer industry-leading maximum impulse voltage limiting specifications. The performance delivered in Bourns' latest generation GDT25 series helps to significantly heighten protection against induced voltage transients such as lightning and AC induction. Plus, the enhanced level of protection with tighter voltage limiting provided during fast-rising events should reduce stress on downstream components compared to current standard GDT designs. Offering superior current handling capabilities, specific Bourns GDT25 series models are available in several voltages that exceed the industry standard lightning surge current rating of 5 kA for a 5 mm surface mount GDT. In addition, these next-generation Bourns GDTs provide excellent performance across a wide temperature range, low capacitance and low insertion loss making them an ideal protection solution for high-speed information and communication technology (ICT) equipment such as set top boxes, Ethernet, DSL and G.Fast-based applications. "The speed and robustness we designed into our Model GDT25 series presents a new standard for 5 mm overvoltage surge arrestors, as demonstrated by featured ratings of 7 kA, 8/20 surge and 7 A AC with one second power cross. Our new GDT series continues our legacy of delivering the quality, innovation and engineering excellence customers have come to expect from Bourns," said Tomaz Bojko, Product Line Manager at Bourns.

Maximizing Power Resilience for Uninterrupted Operations
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  • 2021-01-08

Silicon Power Corporation announces the installation of an Innova STS sub-cycle transfer switch at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO. The Innova STS monitors the power quality of two distinct and redundant feeders to the NIST facility, and provides sub-cycle transfer from the utility preferred source to the utility alternate source in the event of a momentary interruption or disruption in power quality. This effectively protects NIST's critical systems and keeps uninterrupted operations in the event of a disturbance. "We are excited to be part of a more intelligent and resilient electric grid solution connecting critical facilities with utilities," said Perry Schugart, Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Silicon Power. "Our Innova STS quickly transfers power (in less than a quarter cycle) from multiple feeds to the load when the power supporting the load fails or has insufficient power quality. Mechanical transfer switches are too slow for many power sensitive loads."

60W Wireless Power Receiver IC
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  • 2021-01-07

Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the world's first 60W wireless power receiver, the P9418, to deliver faster wireless charging experiences for smartphones, laptops and notebook devices in the industry's highest power density solution. Featuring Renesas' exclusive WattShare technology, the highly integrated P9418 wireless power receiver delivers up to 60W of power in a single chip. This enables quick and convenient charging on the go beyond smartphones, including device charging for a variety of portable computing devices. Based on Renesas' proprietary WattShare technology, the P9418 is a highly-integrated single-chip wireless power transmitter/receiver IC (TRx) that can be configured to transmit or receive an AC power signal through magnetic induction. The P9418 builds on the proven P9415 wireless power receiver and provides an easy upgrade path for existing customers. The new P9418 also delivers advanced telemetry and proprietary charging protocols required for high-power applications.Customers can also combine the P9418 wireless charging receiver with Renesas' power management portfolio, including its USB Type-C power delivery and battery charging solutions, to accelerate the development of their applications.

New Managing Directors in 3 Group Companies
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  • 2021-01-07

With the beginning of the new year, three SCHURTER Group companies have experienced a change in management. In Germany, Austria and Italy, these key positions were filled with proven internal experts. The new Managing Director, Stefan Theiler, has already proven himself over several years in various positions within the Group (Switzerland, China, among others). Most recently, he was head of development at SCHURTER GmbH. Since 1 January 2021, he has now assumed responsibility as Managing Director of SCHURTER GmbH. Also as of 1.1.2021, Hellmar Adler has taken over the management of BURISCH ELEKTRONIK BAUTEILE GMBH, Austria. Adler has worked for Burisch for 15 years and has contributed a great amount to the development of the company during this time. Ferdinand Lang previously led the company as Managing Director for 23 years, pushing and leading the transformation into the SCHURTER Group. With this generational change, Ferdinand Lang will in future fully concentrate on the development of the business in the Eastern Europe region as "Regional Head Eastern Europe". Antonello Martegani has headed the fortunes and business of SCHURTER in Italy for almost 40 years. In order to initiate a smooth generation change at an early stage, Martegani has handed over the management of SCHURTER Electronics S.p.A. on 31 December 2020. Marcelo Soares, an experienced SCHURTER manager, took over. From 2006 to 2019, he built up and managed the joint venture "SCHURTER + OKW do Brasil Componentes Electronicos Ltda." in Brazil. Since January 2020, he has been involved in the business development in Italy and has now taken over responsibility as Managing Director at the beginning of the new year.

Device Optimized for Asymmetrical Topologies
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  • 2021-01-07

Building upon the advantages of STMicroelectronics' MasterGaN platform, MasterGaN2 is the first in the new family to contain two asymmetric gallium-nitride (GaN) transistors, delivering an integrated GaN solution suited to soft-switching and active-rectification converter topologies. The 650V normally-off GaN transistors have on-resistance (RDS(on)) of 150mO and 225mO. Each is combined with an optimized gate driver, making GaN technology as easy to use as ordinary silicon devices. By combining advanced integration with GaN's inherent performance advantages, MasterGaN2 further extends the efficiency gains, size reduction, and weight savings of topologies such as active clamp flyback. The MasterGaN power system-in-package (SiP) family combines the two GaN High-Electron-Mobility Transistors (HEMTs) and associated high-voltage gate drivers in the same package with all necessary protection mechanisms built-in. The designer can easily connect external devices including Hall sensors and a controller such as a DSP, FPGA, or microcontroller directly to the MasterGaN device. The inputs are compatible with logic signals from 3.3V to 15V, which helps simplify the circuit design and bill of materials, permits a smaller footprint, and streamlines assembly. This integration helps raise the power density of adapters and fast chargers. GaN technology is driving the evolution toward fast USB-PD adapters and smartphone chargers. ST's MasterGaN devices enable these to become up to 80% smaller and 70% lighter, while charging three times faster compared to ordinary silicon-based solutions.

High-Accuracy Battery Monitor and Balancer
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  • 2021-01-07

Texas Instruments introduced an automotive battery monitor and balancer that reports high-accuracy voltage measurements in systems up to 800 V. In addition, the BQ79616-Q1 streamlines Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) D compliance in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). Filtering system-level noise to accurately measure battery-cell voltage and temperature and reliably reporting this information to the microcontroller (MCU) are key design challenges for automotive manufacturers. The device addresses both of these challenges to help engineers achieve battery safety goals and maximize distance per charge in wired and wireless battery management systems. The BQ79616-Q1 battery monitor and balancer is the industry's first to include a patented wake-up-at-fault feature. When paired with the BQ79600-Q1 SPI/UART communication interface, it enables total system shutdown when the vehicle is parked or turned off. This helps design engineers conserve battery power, improve cell balancing and support safety requirements. It is the first in a next-generation family of TI battery monitors and balancers to support high-accuracy monitoring for a broad spectrum of battery chemistries, including lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4). This enables automotive manufacturers to more precisely measure battery state-of-charge and state-of-health, thereby reducing cost. The BQ79616-Q1's integrated digital low-pass filter and high-precision analog-to-digital converter optimize signal measurement accuracy, delivering cell-voltage measurements with less than 2 mV of error.

Acquisition of OCP Group
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  • 2021-01-06

Interplex has announced the successful acquisition of OCP Group, Inc (OCP), a custom connector and cable assembly design and manufacturer based in San Diego, California. "OCP has a solid track record of over 30 years in the design and manufacturing of highly reliable custom connectors and cable assemblies for key major OEMs. The acquisition of OCP is a strategic investment in expanding Interplex's fast-growing Medical & Life Sciences product portfolio in the customized interconnect and cable assembly solutions. They also bring valuable opportunities in specialized sensors as well as harsh environment applications.  This acquisition will complete our company-wide strategy for accelerated growth by enabling our focus on key megatrends such as "Decarbonization of Transportation", "Future Mobility", "Increase Longevity" and "Digitalization", where Interplex has established a strong position over the last 5 years," said Alessandro Perrotta, CEO, Interplex. "OCP is very excited to become a part of the Interplex family," said Treacy Sommer, General Manager of OCP. "By joining Interplex, we will be a part of a global team that offers mid to top-tier OEMs in the Medical, Automotive, Data Centers and Industrial markets, responsive and technical competence. More interestingly, we will be able to offer competitively priced alternatives to other larger interconnect industry companies. Our team is truly unique in that we have the right people, scale and ability for the next growth phase; I see good things coming."

Design Enables a Secondary Side Microcontroller to Control Primary Power
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  • 2021-01-06

In modern offline AC-DC power solutions, programmability and adaptive control offer the flexibility and intelligence needed by smart home devices to better interface with their power systems. In these systems, a secondary side microcontroller (MCU) is typically not capable of starting a system without the use of a separate bias power supply. The reference design from Microchip Technology solves this problem using the MCP1012 high voltage auxiliary AC-DC controller, demonstrating the ability to remove the independent bias power supply in many applications. The MCP1012 offline auxiliary device enables the system to transfer control of the power and duty cycle to a secondary MCU. The control between the system and the load can be more precise and purposefully coupled, through a design that can be simplified, reducing size and cost. The reference design uses a patented isolation technique for isolated feedback. This patented isolation technique called Inde-Flux transformer technology is being licensed to Würth Elektronik eiSos. Inde-Flux technology is used in the Inde-Flux Transformer, the first transformer made by Würth Elektronik eiSos using this IP and sold as part of Microchip's 15W MCP1012 offline reference design. This transformer combines the signal power and signal communication into one device, eliminating the need for optical feedback or an independent signal transformer. The option is also available to use more traditional approaches with a planar pulse transformer on the reference design, as well as the ability of the design to work with more traditional optocouplers and signal transformers. The secondary-side control is then enabled through a combination of the transformer and Microchip's newly released MCP1012 AC-DC controller along with the SAM D20 series 32-bit MCU.

IC Integrates Power, Voltage, and Current Monitoring
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  • 2021-01-06

Allegro MicroSystems announced the launch of the ACS37800, a Hall-effect power monitoring IC for single-phase AC and DC solutions in a small PCB footprint. It is an integrated power monitoring chip that allows simultaneous measurement of power, voltage, and current for AC and DC signals with an isolation rating of up to 1480 Vpk in a small SOIC16W package, reducing the solution BOM size, cost, and complexity. "Our newest power monitoring chip is a gamechanger for IoT devices, smart lighting, data centers, and telecom applications, in particular," says Shaun Milano, Business Unit Director for Current Sensors at Allegro. "We've improved on our first-generation integrated solution by adding the ability to measure voltage, current and power in AC as well as DC at the same time – and with reinforced isolation, our customers can eliminate many expensive components on their PCBs. The ACS37800 dramatically simplifies measuring power in a unique single-chip solution." The ACS37800 allows devices to easily track power consumption and to optimize energy use by detecting reduced power efficiency for predictive maintenance. This makes the ACS37800 ideal for motor control, building automation, and a variety of green industrial applications. Offered in an efficient SOIC16 footprint, the ACS37800 further reduces PCB size and significantly reduces bill of materials (BOM) cost and complexity by eliminating the need for many components that competitive solutions require in similar conditions. For example, the integrated 517 Vrms reinforced isolation enables current sensing without expensive opto-isolators, Rogowski coils, oversized current transformers, isolated operational amplifiers, or shunt resistors.

"IEC 1906 Award" for Jonas Bachmann
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  • 2021-01-05

With the "IEC 1906 Award", the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) honours people who have made outstanding achievements in the technical or organisational field of a current standards project. Among the award winners this year was Jonas Bachmann, Head Engineering of SCHURTER AG. The "IEC Award 1906" - named after the year in which the IEC was founded - honours achievements in connection with the IEC's activities which contribute significantly to the further development of the commissions' work. The award was established in 2004 by the IEC Executive Committee. The award has a high status, as only about 160 of the more than 20,000 standards experts working in the IEC are honoured annually. This year's "IEC 1906 Award" was ceremonially presented on 19 November 2020 by the Swiss CES President Samuel Ansorge, assisted by CES Secretary Mario Schleider. Despite the COVID 19 pandemic, two of the four awardees found their way to Fehraltorf to the headquarters of the CES (Comité Électrotechnique Suisse), the national "mirror face" of the IEC.

Vice President Engineering for EMEA Components Business
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  • 2021-01-05

Arrow Electronics has announced the appointment of Margit Tischler as vice president engineering of its components business for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In her new role, Tischler will be responsible for Arrow's engineering teams in EMEA. Engineering services are a core part of Arrow's business and deliver expertise that enables customers to accelerate product development and deployment. Arrow has built on its strong technology relationships with suppliers by establishing an ecosystem of companies with whom it can deliver additional engineering support. This support includes development boards and tools, which can kickstart a development project, through to bespoke services and solutions that help customers to reduce time-to-market significantly. Margit Tischler brings with her over 20 years' experience in technical sales and marketing roles in the high technology sector. She joins from Intel where she was director, corporate and worldwide channel sales for PSG (Programmable Solutions Group). She spent seven years with Altera and managed the EMEA channel teams prior to its acquisition by Intel in 2015. Before this, Tischler spent almost 15 years with Xilinx and led a team of account managers and field application engineers (FAEs).

EMEA Distribution Award in the Category of Volume Partners
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  • 2021-01-05

TTI has been awarded with the Distributor of the Year Award by Bourns. The annual awards celebrate Bourns' best performing distribution partners in the EMEA region. TTI was named winner in the Volume Partners category by Al Yost, COO and President of Bourns. In addition, Marc Opitz, Senior Manager Strategic Product Marketing at TTI, became the first person to receive a new award; the Bourns MVP award. This new category was created to recognise individuals who have gone the extra mile to achieve exceptional levels of sales for Bourns. "We are pleased to receive this prestigious award for the fifth time in Europe. Despite challenging market conditions, we have grown our business together by investing in broad and deep inventory, new project development activities and new product introductions", said Felix Corbett, Director Supplier Marketing at TTI in Europe. "Our long-term partnership with Bourns and its investment in high quality products and service continues to enable us to support our customers across the full portfolio of passive and discrete technologies, helping us to meet customer needs on time and with the most reliable quality." "Bourns is delighted to announce TTI Europe has won the "Distributor of the year award" for 2019, in the category of Bourns Volume Partners EMEA. Following a buoyant 2018, 2019 was challenging with corrections in the market, but TTI continued to provide excellent customer service. This was instrumental in TTI increasing its customer count and achieving the highest customer count among our volume distributors," commented Ferdinand Leicher, Vice President Sales EMEA at Bourns.

2021 Technology Predictions
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  • 2021-01-05

Vicor Corporation released its industry predictions for 2021, covering 4 areas: Automotive, High-Performance Computing, Aerospace & Defense and Robotics. Buried in the tumult of 2020 was a rapid acceleration in the speed of innovation. Nowhere was this more evident than in the record-breaking development of not one, but many, COVID-19 vaccines. The accelerating speed of innovation is also happening in other fields, driven by changing habits and reset priorities due to the pandemic. The following are examples where existing trends will significantly accelerate and place greater stress on the use and development of efficient, compact, modular-based power delivery networks (PDNs).
- Prediction #1 for Automotive – Covid has accelerated move to Electric Vehicles and Migration to 48V systems by Nicolas Richard, Vicor's Director of EMEA Automotive Business Development
- Prediction #2 for High-Performance Computing – Data Center Capacity Demand Will Exceed Physical Plant Space by Lev Slutskiy, Vicor's Regional Manager
- Prediction #3 for Military and Aerospace – The big three drivers of change for 2021 will be the pandemic, hypersonic missiles, and asymmetric warfare by Teo DeLellis, Vicor's Business Development for Aerospace
- Prediction #4 for Robotics – European Drone and robot sightings set to reach 747 Million in 2021 by Henryk Dabrowski, VP Sales for Vicor in EMEA

Book About Modern Power Electronic Devices
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  • 2021-01-01

Power devices are key to modern power systems, performing essential functions such as inverting and changing voltages, buffering, and switching. The increasing complexity of power systems, with distributed renewable generation on the rise, is posing challenges to these devices. In recent years, several new devices have emerged, including wide bandgap devices, each with advantages and weaknesses depending on circumstances and applications. With a device-centric approach, this book addresses power device technology at the design level, by bridging the gap between semiconductor- and materials science, and power electronic applications. It provides key information for researchers working with power electronic devices and for power electronic application designers, and it is also a useful resource for academics and industrial researches working on power electronics at the system level, such as industrial-machine- and robot designers. https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Power-Electronic-Devices-applications/dp/1785619179

Takahiro Okazawa Appointed as President and CEO
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  • 2021-01-01

Hioki E.E. Corporation has appointed Takahiro Okazawa as President and CEO from 1st January 2021. He succeeded Kazutoshi Hosoya, who has headed the company from 2017 to 2019. Okazawa emphasised the international growth for HIOKI as one major objective for the future of the company.

Reseller in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg
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  • 2020-12-21

Danisense has announced that AR Benelux has been appointed as a reseller covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Part of the AR Europe group of companies, AR Benelux is a provider of test and measurement equipment covering AC and DC power, electrical safety, EMC, oscilloscopes, RF and microwave and SatCom equipment. The company is stocking Danisense's wide range of high-quality AC/DC current sensors ranging up to 3000A and beyond. Comments Loic Moreau, VP marketing at Danisense: "AR Benelux is an excellent partner for the 'Measure To Analyze' market sector.  Now, our customers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg will be serviced by an experienced, local company that is able to support our products technically and commercially. AR Benelux is already actively selling instrumentation and laboratory equipment that is complementary to our current sense transducers." Mark Vloemans, business manager of AR Benelux' Test & Measurement division also sees good synergies with existing and new customers. "Danisense's current sensors fit very well with solutions we currently offer in the field of power supplies, power analyzers and high-power AC/DC (bidirectional) testing systems. Innovative Zero Flux technology and sturdy metal enclosures ensure that Danisense's current sensors the most stable and accurate devices currently available on the market", he adds.

Capacitor Division Acquired
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  • 2020-12-21

Cornell Dubilier Electronics announced that its subsidiary, CD Snow Hill, LLC, has acquired the capacitor producing assets of NWL, Inc. Now possessing greater capabilities in custom high-voltage film capacitors for pulsed power and power conversion applications, the company is poised to expand its solutions for industrial, military, and medical customers. "NWL has long been an industry leader in the design and manufacture of high voltage AC and DC film capacitors for applications where we see opportunities for growth.", says Jim Kaplan, CEO of Cornell Dubilier. "This acquisition greatly expands our capabilities in custom capacitors needed for high-power lasers, military propulsion systems, inverters and more.", continued Kaplan. According to Robert Seitz, President of NWL, the sale of their capacitor operations will allow NWL to focus on its other core business segments: transformers, electrostatic precipitators, and power supplies.  Cornell Dubilier plans to assume operations at NWL's former plant in Snow Hill, NC. Employees of the Snow Hill operation, many of them highly experienced, will be employed by Cornell Dubilier, ensuring the same high-level of service enjoyed by NWL's customers over many decades. With the addition of custom, high-voltage DC and AC film capacitors, CDE now offers one of the most extensive portfolios of power capacitors available to the global marketplace. The added capabilities complement the company's core strength in power capacitors across multiple dielectric technologies including aluminum electrolytic, film, mica, and supercapacitors. 

FET for USB-C Battery Chargers and Point-of-Load Converters
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  • 2020-12-17

Efficient Power Conversion advances the performance capability of low voltage, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2055 (3 m?, 40 V) eGaN FET. This device is ideal for applications with demanding requirements for performance in space-constrained form factors including USB-C batter chargers and ultra-thin point-of-load (POL) converters. Other low-voltage applications benefiting from the fast-switching speeds and ultra-high efficiency of the EPC2055 include LED lighting, 12 V – 24 V input motor drivers, and lidar systems for robotics, drones, and autonomous cars. According to Alex Lidow, EPC's co-founder and CEO, "The EPC2055 is a very good example of the rapid evolution of GaN FET technology. This 40 volt device offers both smaller size and reduced parasitics compared with previous-generation 40 V GaN FETs and at lower cost; thus, offering designers both improved performance and cost savings." The EPC90132 development board is a 40 V maximum device voltage, 25 A maximum output current, half bridge with onboard gate drives, featuring the EPC2055 eGaN FETs. This 2" x 2" (50.8 mm x 50.8 mm) board is designed for optimal switching performance and contains all critical components for easy evaluation of the EPC2055.  

Buck-Boost Battery Charging Controller
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  • 2020-12-17

Analog Devices introduced the LT8491 buck-boost battery charging controller that features Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), temperature compensation and I2C interface for telemetry and control. The device operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated battery float voltage. The LT8491 offers three selectable Constant Current Constant Voltage (CC-CV) charging profiles, making it ideal for charging a variety of battery chemistry types including sealed lead acid, gel and flooded cells, and Li-Ion. All charge termination algorithms are provided onboard, eliminating the need for software or firmware and thus reducing design cycle time. The LT8491 operates over a 6V to 80V input range and can produce a 1.3V to 80V battery float voltage output using a single inductor with 4-switch synchronous rectification. The device is capable of charging currents as high as 10A depending on the choice of external components. The LT8491 may be paralleled with multiple LT8705 (80V buck-boost controller) devices for higher power operation. The LT8491 can perform automatic temperature compensation by sensing an external thermistor thermally coupled to the battery. The I2C interface provides complete control of the charger as well as input/output voltage, current, and power values. The LT8491 is available in a low profile (0.75mm) 64-pin 7mm x 11mm QFN package and is guaranteed for operation from -40°C to 125°C.

Multi-Port 65W Fast Charger with GaN-Transistors
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  • 2020-12-17

GaN Systems announced that the Philips SPS2316G/93, a 2C1A 65W GaN charger, features GaN Systems power transistors. This novel charger includes three AC outlets and three USB ports eliminating the need for multiple chargers. Performance tests show it can charge three digital devices simultaneously while also supplying power to three 220V devices, such as speakers, TVs, fans, ultra-high-power chargers, and more, making it an essential gadget for home use and business travel. The Philips charger highlights a modern hexagonal design and presents major improvements from the previous product model (Philips 2C1A 18W) in size, power, and charging times. GaN has become the technology of choice to deliver these benefits. The charger meets high-power needs of multiple device charging in a small form factor. It is 75% smaller than legacy solutions at 61x65X65 mm with a maximum output power of 2500W. USB interfaces support a wide range of voltages and 65W (USB-C) and 60W (USB-A) high-power fast charging protocols. To achieve high performance and power density, the Philips charger uses GaN Systems' 650V E-mode GaN power transistor (GS-065-011-1-L). This high performance, low-cost FET is in a small 5×6 mm PDFN package and offers low junction-to-case thermal resistance, which results in ultra-high switching frequency and efficiency output. With the GaN Systems EZDrive implementation combined with the ON Semiconductor NCP1342 controller, the charger power design is simplified, a "double-drive" is avoided, and low cost is achieved.

Design Expertise to Produce Converters for eMotorsport Vehicles
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  • 2020-12-16

BrightLoop Converters has reduced the size, cost and improved reliability of its latest BB SP DC-DC buck converters thanks to Efficient Power Conversion Corporation's (EPC) EPC2029 enhancement-mode gallium nitride (eGaN) FET transistors. By switching from silicon (Si) transistors to gallium nitride (GaN), BrightLoop was able to increase the switching frequency of their design from 200 kHz to 600 kHz, while keeping the same efficiency. This design change increased the power density of the solution by a factor of approximately two and this resulted in lower cost by enabling the implementation of a smaller enclosure. BrightLoop's converters are used primarily in motorsports and supercars with other applications including commercial and off-highway vehicles. Future higher power versions are coming next year to address the mild hybrid applications such as electrical starting assistance. The BB SP is relevant in any dual voltage architecture (14 V / 48 V or 14 V / 24 V), or where a certain load is available only with a voltage that is different from the regular network (for example a 48 V pump on a 14V car), in which case the conversion can be done by the BB SP locally, just in front of the load. To make the use of BB SP interesting, it needs to have negligible losses and weight compared with the rest of the system. This is possible thanks to EPC's eGaN FETs. For example, a 48V actuator plus BB SP using GaN can be lighter weight than the equivalent 12 V actuator.

Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications
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  • 2020-12-16

The organizing committee for the 8th Annual IEEE / PMSA Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA) is cautiously optimistic that the conference will be permitted to be held as an in-person event November 7 – 9, 2021. The organizing committee remains committed to provide engineers and scientists with opportunities to share their expertise in wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor technology. The workshop will feature tutorials as well as keynote sessions, panel sessions, technical sessions, and a poster session that covers four technical tracks: silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, SiC applications, gallium nitride (GaN) power devices, GaN applications, and new this year, Gallium Nitride (GaN) RF devices and applications and International Technology Roadmap for Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductors) (ITRW).  Topics in emerging WBG materials will also be solicited. The workshop is brought to you by the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA), and the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS). The General Chair is Sameh Khalil, Senior Principal Engineer, GaN Device Reliability and Product Engineering Management at Infineon Technologies. The abstract submission portal will open mid spring to accept authors' manuscripts. Researchers are encouraged to submit their latest findings on the design and fabrication of WBG power devices, their insertion in power electronics circuits/systems, and on technology of SiC, GaN, their reliability and other emerging, high performance WBG power semiconductors. 

Small Footprint Gate Driver for Fast Design-ins
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  • 2020-12-16

Infineon Technologies adds a generation to its most versatile and simple to use EiceDRIVER 1ED Compact isolated gate driver family: the X3 Compact (1ED31xx) family. This gate driver provides separate output options together with active shutdown and short circuit clamping in DSO-8 300 mil package. The active Miller clamp option is best suited for silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET 0 V turn off. The X3 Compact offers a benchmark CMTI of 200 kV/µs, and typical 5, 10, and 14 A output current. It is aiming at industrial drives, solar systems , EV charging, uninterruptible power supplies, commercial air conditioning as well as other applications. The EiceDRIVER X3 Compact is recognized under UL 1577 with an insulation test voltage of 5.7 kV RMS. Its 14 A high output current is well suited for high switching frequency applications as well as for IGBT 7, which requires a much higher gate driver output current compared to IGBT 4. With the same exceptional CMTI robustness as the X3 Enhanced of more than 200 kV/µs, the X3 Compact also avoids faulty switching patterns. The tight propagation delay matching of 7 ns (max.) leads to shorter deadtime. All variants integrate input filters, which reduces the need for external filters, provides accurate timing, and leads to lower BOM cost. The EiceDRIVER X3 Compact is the perfect driver for superjunction MOSFETs such as CoolMOS, SiC MOSFETs such as CoolSiC, and IGBT modules.

GaN Power Amplifier for C-Band Applications
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  • 2020-12-16

Qorvo introduced a GaN MMIC power amplifier (PA) that delivers up to 100 watts of saturated power in a small, 7 mm x 7 mm QFN package. The PA is internally matched and requires no additional external RF components, enabling designers and system integrators to maximize design by reducing size and weight while offering better performance. The integrated Surface Mount Technology (SMT) package design enables customers to manufacture at a lower cost compared to die or bolt-down flange package alternatives. The Qorvo QPA2309, built on the company's patented QGaN25HV wafer process, operates between 5-6 GHz (C-band) and delivers an industry-best power added efficiency (PAE) of 52%. This GaN PA provides defense radar customers with two times higher saturated power, higher large signal gain and improved PAE in the same package size as the previous generation product. Qorvo also offers customers the option of a 50-watt version (QPA2310) in the same package configuration. Dean White, senior director of Qorvo's Defense and Aerospace business said, "The QPA2309 gives defense customers the ability to dramatically increase their power density output in the same design footprint, to increase radar range and sensitivity without adding size or weight."

Overcoming Challenges to Making GaN Power-Electronics Devices
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  • 2020-12-16

Two complementary research papers from CEA-Leti confirmed that the institute's approach to gallium-nitride (GaN) technologies is on track overcome challenges in the architecture and performance of advanced GaN devices embedding a MOS gate, and targeting the fast-growing global market for power-conversion systems. In papers presented at IEDM 2020, scientists recounted experiments with variations of high-electron- mobility transistors (HEMT) based on gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si), called GaN-on-Si HEMT. GaN-based semiconductors improve both performance and reliability of increasingly compact power converters compared to silicon, and AIGaN/GaN HEMTs have shown potential to replace power-conversion solutions based on Si or SiC for high-frequency applications with high power and low noise. This technology is therefore expected to be a cost-effective, power-conversion solution for many end-user applications, ranging from smartphones to kitchen appliances and e-vehicles and from battery loaders to DC/DC or AC/DC converters. Considered together, the two papers provide a novel understanding of the gate stack of the GaN MOS-c HEMT developed at CEA-Leti in the IRT Nanoelec framework. They demonstrate the complexity of GaN MOS stack characterization as well as the requirement for deep expertise to report and analyze reliable parameter values. The work presented in these papers will also help to solve detrimental effects occurring in GaN devices to improve reliability, which is one of CEA-Leti's key missions during an industrial transfer.

EV Charging Solution in Partnership with AFC Energy
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  • 2020-12-16

ABB has announced the launch of a strategic partnership with AFC Energy to create the next generation of high power sustainable electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for grid constrained locations. Utilizing ABB’s energy storage solution and market leading DC electric vehicle fast chargers along with AFC Energy’s zero emission, high efficiency hydrogen fuel cell, the strategic collaboration will deliver a fully autonomous, high power EV charging system, to provide an end-to-end solution for high power charging sites with limited grid connection. With predictions suggesting that by 20401 there will be just under 500 million EVs on the road and 58 percent of all new passenger vehicle sales and 47 percent of the global fleet will be electric, getting the right infrastructure in place to fuel this, regardless of grid limitations, will be key. The Global EV charging market is expected to reach US$140bn by 20302, growing at an estimated CAGR of 31.2%, and power network upgrades will be critical to facilitate this level of deployment. The collaboration between ABB and AFC Energy aims to support the delivery of the charging infrastructure required to meet this increasing demand. It will result in a new solution that will provide a secure, efficient, flexible and reliable local power supply, with zero emissions, and will be ready for deployment initially in the UK, Europe, United States and elsewhere, by the second half of 2021.

Donation in Lieu of Sending Gifts
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  • 2020-12-16

Vincotech has pledged to continue its holiday tradition of donating to a good cause in lieu of sending Christmas gifts to customers. The company's partner in philanthropy is again Plan International Germany. This aid organization will receive a €12,000 grant, provided in the name of the company and its customers, to fund vocational training for disadvantaged young Bolivians. The youth unemployment rate in Bolivia is high with 30 percent of 20-to-24-year-olds lacking any sort of gainful employment. Some work on family farms, but inequality is an issue. Young women are likely to have fewer educational and job opportunities, which are particularly scarce in rural regions. And the few jobs available are often exploitative, paying less than minimum wage and subjecting workers to harsh conditions. Many of the young seek work abroad, leaving their families behind. This project affords this younger generation, and women especially, the opportunity to acquire marketable job skills and set up businesses of their own. An education in agriculture, tourism or catering is the first step towards a steady income that will enable youngsters to support their families and contribute to their communities. "Fund-raising is hard for charities when times are tough," says Vincotech CEO Eckart Seitter. "We don't want to be a fair-weather friend to a partner we've worked with for nearly ten years. This is why Vincotech is very happy to be supporting Plan International Germany's initiative to help these young people to a brighter future. What a wonderful project."

Nanocrystalline Single-Phase Filters
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  • 2020-12-15

KEMET announces the launch of the GTX series plastic box single-phase filters. These filters suppress excess electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated from power lines within 250VAC single-phase electrical systems. Conducted electromagnetic noise is a common occurrence, but if left unchecked it may cause disruptions in the operation of a circuit or other electronic components used in power supply systems. According to a February 2020 report by Stratistics Market Research Consulting, the global industrial power supply market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% to reach USD 15 billion by 2027 from USD 8 billion in 2018. The GTX series filter uses a unique material and design which provides superior EMI attenuation performance. The filter contains a nanocrystalline core, which offers higher permeability and lower losses than ferrite material cores found in other EMI filters. This nanocrystalline core allows for a compact, lightweight, and high-density design resulting in the highest attenuation capability and smallest volumetric package compared to other EMI filters now available in the market. As a result, GTX's design not only uses less circuit board space but also improves performance in single-phase power supply systems for commercial, industrial, and medical applications. Additionally, the GTX series offers five rated current ranges (6 – 30 A) which can be paired with six Class-Y capacitors, resulting in 30 different component combinations supporting general-purpose inverters in machine tools, welders, 3D printers, and other industrial applications.

AC-DC Open Frame Power Supplies
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Bel Power Solutions announces the ABC601 Series of open frame power supplies which are ideal for both industrial and medical applications and are available in a variety of single output voltages. The ABC601 Series provides a steady 600 W of regulated DC power through the full 85 to 305 VAC input range with 800 W, 10 s peak capability. The series comes in 24, 28, 36 and 48 VDC standard output voltages and in two packages, U-frame chassis or enclosed, with a front-mounted fan, offering 12 and 5 VSB standby outputs and a full set of protection features. The ABC601 Series features a built-in I-share circuit for parallel operation between power units to enhance total power. An optional OR-ing external circuit can be provided for N+1 redundant operation. Ideal applications include video wall displays, solid-state lighting, industrial process control and automation, telecommunications, laboratory/analysis equipment, test and measurement equipment and medical applications. The ABC601 Series is medical safety approved to IEC 60601-1 3rd edition, including Risk Management Assessment, 2x MoPP rated and BF appliances compatible, IEC 60601-1-2 4th edition EMC compliant, LED lighting safety approval to UL8750 and RoHS 3 compliant.

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AVX Corporation has joined the OPEN (One-Pair Ethernet) Alliance, a non-profit special interest group (SIG) comprised of automotive industry and technology providers dedicated to encouraging the widespread adoption of single-pair Ethernet solutions as the standard for automotive networking applications. Similar to the SPE Industrial Partner Network, which supports the development, standardization, and widespread adoption of single-pair Ethernet in industrial automation applications to hasten the realization of Industry 4.0 and also counts AVX as an active member, the more than 340 members of the OPEN Alliance collaborate to help automotive OEMs leverage the scalability, flexibility, reduced complexity, and cost-effectiveness of single-pair Ethernet communication networks to support the continued evolution of connected vehicle and autonomous driving technologies. As an OPEN Alliance member, AVX will collaborate with other member companies to fulfill one of the SIG's key goals: enabling the deployment of existing IEEE 100BASE-T1, 1000BASE-T1, and 1000BASE-RH physical layer specifications with complementary specifications for conformance and interoperability. To help fulfill this initiative, AVX has been qualified to develop multilayer varistors (MLVs) that meet IEEE 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 testing requirements and deliver low capacitance and low leakage in a compact and lightweight design. Varistors and other transient voltage suppression (TVS) devices are used to protect the data lines in automotive Ethernet networks from electrostatic discharge (ESD), which can damage sensitive components like integrated circuits (ICs) in networked applications including engine control units (ECUs), advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS), and heads up displays (HUDs).


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Full Production Ramp of Flyback PWM Controllers Silanna Semiconductor announced the full productio...9115Industry NewsFull Production Ramp of Flyback PWM Controllers Silanna Semiconductor announced the full production release of the expanded portfolio of Active Clamp Flyback Controllers (ACF). First announced in April 2020, Silanna Semiconductor has achieved full production release of the SZ1110, a 33W Integrated Active Clamp Flyback Controller, delivering on the customer expectations and market penetration by dominating the ACF market. The SZ1110 devices are Active Clamp Flyback PWM Controllers that are rated for up to 33W output power and integrate an adaptive digital PWM controller and the following Ultra High-Voltage (UHV) components: An Active Clamp FET, Active Clamp Gate Driver and a Startup Regulator. This unprecedented level of integration facilitates designing efficient, high-power-density adapters with low BoM cost to satisfy power-hungry mobile phones, tablets, notebooks and video game consoles. The SZ1110 (33W) alongside the SZ1130 (65W) which was announced in full production last year has seen exceptional customer demand and continues to grow. The technical sales team has been working directly with customers’ designs demonstrating the ACF controllers, delivering over 94% efficiency from an all-silicon design, while achieving 30W/in3 power density at 65W using SZ1130 and 21.5 W/in3 power density at 30W using SZ1110, for universal input AC/DC power adapters. “In last September we announced the full production of the SZ1130 and after an incredible customer and industry response we focused on adding full production availability of the SZ1110,” said Mark Drucker, CEO of Silanna Semiconductor. 09.02.2021 09:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-03-01_4.jpghttps://powerdensity.com/2021/02/09/silanna-semiconductor-expands-leading-position-in-integrated-active-clamp-flyback-controller-market-with-sz1110-full-production-announcement/powerdensity.com
Strategy to Address Growing Demand for Power SemiconductorsNexperia has confirmed that it will be making sign...9113Industry NewsStrategy to Address Growing Demand for Power SemiconductorsNexperia has confirmed that it will be making significant additional global investments in manufacturing capacity and research and development during 2021. The investments are in line with a growth strategy that last year saw Wingtech Technology, Nexperia’s parent company, commit RMB12 billion ($1.85 billion) to building a 300mm (12-inch) power semiconductor wafer fab in Lingang, Shanghai. This factory, which will go live in 2022, will have an estimated annual output of 400,000 wafers. Nexperia’s plans for this year include improving production efficiency and implementing 200mm technologies at its European wafer fabs in Hamburg in Germany and Manchester in the UK. In Hamburg there will also be additional investment in technology for wide bandgap semiconductor manufacturing. New product development will be supported with a commitment to an increased R&D investment to approximately 9% of total sales. Nexperia recently opened global R&D centers in Penang in Malaysia and Shanghai in China and expanded the existing R&D sites in Hong Kong, Hamburg and Manchester. The company will also enhance test and assembly capabilities at Nexperia factories in Guangdong in China, Seremban in Malaysia and Cabuyao in the Philippines, including the implementation of advanced automation and system-in-package (SIP) capabilities. “Increased vehicle electrification, 5G communications, Industry 4.0 and the mainstream adoption of GaN-based designs will all drive increased demand for power semiconductors in 2021 and beyond,” says Achim Kempe, Nexperia’s Chief Operating Officer. “The additional global investment will ensure that we continue to provide the technology and manufacturing capacity needed to deliver products in volumes that support future demand.”09.02.2021 07:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-03-01_2.jpghttps://www.nexperia.com/about/news-events/press-releases/nexperia-announces-plans-to-grow-global-production-and-increase-rd-spend.htmlnexperia.com/press-releases
Drone Project for Medical CareAs a manufacturer of electronic and electromechani...9122Industry NewsDrone Project for Medical CareAs a manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components, Würth Elektronik actively promotes sustainable innovations, start-ups and young developers. In addition to providing components free of charge, the assistance includes, in particular, support from experienced electronics and design experts as well as the transfer of technical know-how. A current example is the support of the humanitarian project Yonah by the Würth Elektronik branch in Singapore. The start-up has developed a robust cargo drone for medicine deliveries to impassable areas. A hospital in the difficult-to-access highlands of Papua New Guinea and the fight against a rampant measles epidemic there were the impetus for the Yonah founders to develop an innovative cargo drone for transporting medicines. The portable, particularly robust and low-maintenance robotic aircraft has a long range and can take off and land vertically. An indispensable component in the electronics-hostile environment are particularly robust and vibration-insensitive connectors, which were provided to the developers by Würth Elektronik. The first operational drone from the Yonah development is a hybrid aircraft that combines the flexibility of a multi-rotor helicopter with the endurance performance of a fixed-wing aircraft. "The team at Wurth Electronics Singapore Pte.Ltd loves this wonderful project. It is a meaningful and peaceful use of unmanned aerial technology where electronics helps save lives," says a delighted Ching Man Lau, HR Manager at Würth Elektronik eiSos, who is coordinating the project with the University of Singapore and Team Yonah. 08.02.2021 16:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-03-01_11.jpghttps://www.we-online.de/web/en/wuerth_elektronik/news_weg/News_Detail_WE_Gruppe_117439.phpwe-online.de/news
PCIM Asia Conference: Call for Papers now OpenIndustry experts and academics are invited to subm...9093Event NewsPCIM Asia Conference: Call for Papers now OpenIndustry experts and academics are invited to submit their papers on the latest solutions and trends in the power electronics field for the PCIM Asia Conference 2021. Held alongside the PCIM Asia exhibition, the conference is a leading platform for knowledge sharing for the power electronics, intelligent motion technology, renewable energy and energy management sectors. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their abstracts by 15 March. The exhibition and conference will both run from 9 – 11 September 2021. Held at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center for the first time, PCIM Asia will once again gather industry professionals to showcase the latest trends and developments in the power electronics sector, covering a range of power electronics solutions and associated semiconductors, power devices, bus bars, capacitors and more. Recognised as a reputable platform, the exhibition and conference promote industry exchange and development in a professional, international and forward-thinking environment. The PCIM Asia Conference has long been renowned as a crucial and leading conference for the industry. Annually, experts in the power electronics field gather to share their insights on the latest market advancements and technologies. With an audience of around 500 industry peers, the conference is a rewarding and unrivalled platform in China for professionals to showcase their newest findings. As in previous years, all accepted papers will feature in the official PCIM Asia Conference proceedings, as well as the widely recognised libraries of IEEE Xplore, IET Inspec Direct and Scopus. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the PCIM Asia 2021 Advisory Board and Technical Committee.08.02.2021 14:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_9.jpghttps://pcimasia-expo.cn.messefrankfurt.com/shanghai/en/press/press-releases/2021/PCIM21_PR2.htmlpcimasia-expo.cn/press
Hybrid LIC Supercapacitors Cornell Dubilier Electronics introduces two series...9104Product ReleaseHybrid LIC Supercapacitors Cornell Dubilier Electronics introduces two series of Hybrid LIC Supercapacitors in response to the growing need for ultra-high capacitance values at higher operating voltages. The VMF and VPF Series operate at 3.8 WVDC with capacitance values up to 220 Farads. The higher voltage results in increased energy density. With nearly eight times the energy density and a fraction of the leakage current of similar volume 2.7V supercapacitors, designers can use smaller or fewer components to achieve the desired amount of energy storage. In addition, VMF and VPF have an advantage in applications with long standby and run times. Both series can deliver quick bursts of energy that may be used to maintain voltage when power is interrupted, or they may be used to extend battery life by reducing peak repetitive current demands on the battery. Due to their high energy storage capacity, some applications can use these components in place of costly batteries. Unlike batteries, hybrid supercapacitors do not degrade with each charge/discharge cycle. They are also inherently safer than batteries, with no risk of thermal runaway. For applications requiring higher voltage or capacitance, CDE can design custom series-parallel banks of components, packaged into modules with the desired lead configuration. Standard components within the series are offered in a radial board-mount package. Sizes range from 8mm to 16mm in diameter with lengths from 16mm to 25mm. Life cycles are rated up to 500,000 charge/discharge cycles. Operating temperature ranges from -25 °C to 85 °C. Both series are fully RoHS compliant and UL recognized.08.02.2021 12:30:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_20.jpghttps://www.cde.com/news/2021/2/vmf-vpf-supercapacitorscde.com/news
Shortages Drive Increased Demand for Capacitor TechnologyEmpower Semiconductor announced it is increasing p...9117Industry NewsShortages Drive Increased Demand for Capacitor TechnologyEmpower Semiconductor announced it is increasing production of its E-CAP silicon capacitor technology. E-CAP is a vastly superior performing capacitor, far exceeding the semiconductor industry’s previously leading Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC), which is amidst another significant supply chain shortage. Empower Semiconductor has made the significant advancement for capacitors as E-CAP enables new possibilities for today’s applications due to the size reduction, performance increase, and improved reliability. MLCC’s are also prone to material shortages and pricing volatility as witnessed most recently. The E-CAP silicon capacitor product platform can alleviate supply shortages with the added performance and reliability benefits. “Since we launched E-CAP in late 2020 there has been unprecedented demand for our technology by industry leaders in mobile and data center products. More recently we have received increased demand due to the supply shortage of MLCC products” said Steve Shultis, Senior Vice President WW Sales and Marketing at Empower Semiconductor. “We knew our performance was winning and the added benefit of our supply chain has created a tremendous surge in demand for E-CAP.” E-CAP can be an ideal replacement of MLCC products as a power supply bypass capacitor in low voltage DC/DC voltage regulators and in-package for SoC’s and Processors. Empower Semiconductor’s silicon capacitor technology features superior stability with no DC or AC bias de-rating, no temperature de-rating, and no significant effects of aging. 08.02.2021 11:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-03-01_6.jpghttps://www.empowersemi.com/mlcc-world-wide-shortages-drive-increased-demand-for-empower-semiconductor-e-cap-capacitor-technology-the-highest-performance-smallest-size-and-most-configurable-capacitor-technology-platf/empowersemi.com
Flat Pack Aluminum Electrolytic CapacitorsIn the small world of Flat Packs, the Cubisic SLP ...9100Product ReleaseFlat Pack Aluminum Electrolytic CapacitorsIn the small world of Flat Packs, the Cubisic SLP is a real “game changer”! Providing twice as much capacitance as any other available flat packs on the market in the exact same volume, this series also offers more than twice the lifetime. Engineers tackling complex designing requirements and looking for an easily integrable product will save space and gain reliability thanks to the use of improved materials. Because the CUBISIC SLP can resist 50G vibrations and withstand 92,000 feet altitude, it is perfectly suitable for cockpits, actuation and power generation functions of commercial and military aircrafts, as well as radars and laser systems.08.02.2021 08:30:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_16.jpghttps://exxelia.com/en/group/news/detail/165/exxelia-unveils-new-flat-pack-electrolytic-capacitorsexxelia.com/news
Joining Forces to Advance Global Leadership in Embedded SolutionsRenesas Electronics and Dialog Semiconductor annou...9087Industry NewsJoining Forces to Advance Global Leadership in Embedded SolutionsRenesas Electronics and Dialog Semiconductor announced they have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash acquisition by Renesas of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Dialog (the “Acquisition”) for EUR 67.50 per share, representing a total equity value of approximately EUR 4.9 billion (approximately 615.7 billion yen). Dialog is an innovative provider of highly-integrated and power-efficient mixed-signal ICs for a broad array of customers within IoT, consumer electronics and high-growth segments of automotive and industrial end-markets. Centered around its low-power and mixed-signal expertise, Dialog brings a wide range of product offerings including battery and power management, power conversion, configurable mixed-signal (CMIC), LED drivers, custom mixed-signal ICs (ASICs), and automotive power management ICs (PMICs), wireless charging technology, and more. Dialog also offers broad and differentiated BLE, WiFi and audio system-on-chips (SoCs) that deliver advanced connectivity for a wide range of applications; from smart home/building automation, wearables, to connected medical. All these systems complement and expand Renesas’ leadership portfolio in delivering comprehensive solutions to improve performance and efficiency in high-computing electronic systems. “The transaction we announced today represents our next important step in catapulting Renesas’ growth plan to achieve substantial strategic and financial benefits, following our previous acquisitions,” said Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO of Renesas. “Dialog has a strong culture of innovation along with excellent customer relationships and serves fast growing areas including IoT, industrial and automotive. By bringing Dialog’s talented team and expertise into Renesas, together, we will accelerate innovation for customers and create sustainable value for our shareholders.”08.02.2021 08:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_3.jpghttps://www.renesas.com/eu/en/about/press-room/renesas-and-dialog-semiconductor-join-forces-advance-global-leadership-embedded-solutionsrenesas.com/press-room
650 V Hybrid IGBT Discrete Family Infineon Technologies has launched a 650 V CoolSiC...9105Product Release650 V Hybrid IGBT Discrete Family Infineon Technologies has launched a 650 V CoolSiC™ Hybrid IGBT portfolio in a discrete package with 650 V blocking voltage. The CoolSiC hybrid product family combines key benefits of the 650 V TRENCHSTOP™ 5 IGBT technology and the unipolar structure of co-packed Schottky barrier CoolSiC diodes. The devices are especially suited for DC-DC power converters and power factor correction (PFC). These can typically be found in applications like battery charging infrastructure, energy storage solutions, photovoltaic inverters, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), as well as server and telecom switched-mode-power supplies (SMPS). Due to a freewheeling SiC Schottky barrier diode co-packed with an IGBT, the CoolSiC Hybrid IGBTs perform with significantly reduced switching losses at almost unchanged dv/dt and di/dt values. They offer up to 60 percent reduction of E on and 30 percent reduction of E off compared to a standard silicon diode solution. Alternatively, the switching frequency can be increased at least by 40 percent with unchanged output power requirements. A higher switching frequency will allow reducing passive components size and thus lower bill-of-material cost. The Hybrid IGBTs can be used as a drop-in replacement for TRENCHSTOP 5 IGBTs allowing an efficiency improvement of 0.1 percent for each 10 kHz switching frequency without redesign efforts. The product family creates a bridge between pure silicon solutions and high performing SiC MOSFET designs. Even more, in comparison to pure silicon designs, Hybrid IGBTs can improve electromagnetic compatibility and system reliability. 05.02.2021 13:30:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_21.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/market-news/2021/INFIPC202102-034.htmlinfineon.com/market-news
Transformers for DC/DC ConvertersTDK Corporation presents the EPCOS E10 EM series, ...9108Product ReleaseTransformers for DC/DC ConvertersTDK Corporation presents the EPCOS E10 EM series, a range of insulated SMT transformers that are suitable for various DC/DC converter topologies and gate driver circuits in e-mobility and industrial electronics. There are four models in the series, with basic winding insulation of a working voltage of 500 VRMS and reinforced insulation of 300 VRMS. The turns ratio is between 1:0.76 and 4:1, depending on the model. Measuring just 11.7 x 13.15 x 11.35 mm3, they are extremely compact. The compact design meets clearance and creepage requirements in accordance with the IEC 60664-1 standard (Np/Ns: min. 5.5 mm clearance, min. 6 mm creepage), due to the internal construction of the transformers. Outstanding reproducibility and reliability are ensured thanks to highly automated production with an AOI final inspection. The component in the EPCOS transformer series B78307A*A003 is qualified in accordance with AEC-Q200 Rev. D.04.02.2021 16:30:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_24.jpghttps://www.tdk-electronics.tdk.com/en/373388/company/press-center/press-releases/press-releases/transformers-tdk-offers-compact-transformers-for-dc-dc-converters/2937528tdk-electronics.tdk.com/press-center
LIVE Master Class on Frequency Response Measurement TechniquesOn March 10, 2021 at 10am PDT, Dr. Ray Ridley will...9092Event NewsLIVE Master Class on Frequency Response Measurement TechniquesOn March 10, 2021 at 10am PDT, Dr. Ray Ridley will host a FREE 2-hour masterclass on frequency response measurements for power systems. The LIVE format allows participants to learn from the safety of their own work or home environment. Designed for power supply design engineers at all levels of experience, this two-hour course will combine both theory and live measurements on power supplies made during the presentation. Dr. Ridley will also demonstrate how to verify measurements with simulation and modeling. “Once you learn these techniques, your development process will become far more efficient,” commented Dr. Ridley. “It’s incredibly important to understand how to validate and ruggedize a system for manufacturing.”04.02.2021 13:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_8.pnghttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2561471079323407888gotowebinar.com/register
Power Supplies Address EV and Hydrogen Production ApplicationsTDK Corporation announces the introduction of 50V,...9111Product ReleasePower Supplies Address EV and Hydrogen Production ApplicationsTDK Corporation announces the introduction of 50V, 400V and 500V output models to the TDK-Lambda GENESYS+™ series of programmable DC power supplies. With output power levels of 5kW, 10kW and 15kW in 1U, 2U and 3U high 19” rack-mount packages, the G50, G400, G500, GSP50, GSP400 and GSP500 models are fully compatible with the current series. The additional models are targeted at testing electric vehicle (EV) powertrains and other automotive sub-systems, and proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers for hydrogen production. These optimised output voltages enable the power supplies to deliver more current without needing to parallel two or more units. All models seamlessly transition between constant voltage and constant current modes and also have constant power operation. For higher power systems, multiple power supplies can be connected in parallel with a patented advanced master/slave system that provides dynamic load response and ripple and noise characteristics comparable with that of a single power supply. The GENESYS+™ products can be ordered with three phase input ranges of 170-264Vac, 342-460Vac or 342-528Vac. The 5kW GENESYS+™ units weigh less than 7.5kg for easy movement or installation. Where user access is not required or needs to be restricted, a blank front panel option (with no metering or control functions) is available. Snap-on dust filters can also be added to limit airborne contamination.03.02.2021 19:30:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_27.jpghttps://www.emea.lambda.tdk.com/de-en/news/article.aspx?cid=16692emea.lambda.tdk.com/news
SiC MOSFETs Solve Design Challenges for Solar Energy CompanyROHM Semiconductor announced that Midnite Solar, b...9096Industry NewsSiC MOSFETs Solve Design Challenges for Solar Energy CompanyROHM Semiconductor announced that Midnite Solar, based in Arlington, WA, utilizes ROHM’s silicon carbide MOSFETs to drive efficiency and reduce system cost. Four products new to the US market – the Hawkes’s Bay 600VDC to 48VDC 6000W MPPT solar charge controller, powerful Barcelona dual MPPT charge controller, MNB17 advanced battery-based charger/inverter, and 120/240V Rosie inverter/charger – all benefit from the high performance and proven reliability of ROHM’s SiC technology. “SiC power devices offer vastly improved energy efficiency over the silicon parts they replace, and the cost premium has come down significantly, enabling a wider range of applications to benefit from these devices for better system performance and value. We are very happy to support Midnite Solar’s latest power conversion product design with our SiC MOSFET technology, and we are truly excited to see the advanced power devices and system solutions making a positive difference for our valued customers,” says Ming Su, Ph.D., Technical Marketing Manager at ROHM Semiconductor. “Silicon carbide solves a key challenge,” explains Robin Gudgel, Midnite Solar’s principal owner and engineering manager. “Regular silicon MOSFETs have a very slow body diode,” he details. “Therefore, trying to make an inverter work as a charger where it must run bidirectionally is very difficult. We were looking at an IGBT pair in combination with another diode, but silicon carbide is such a good solution, and ROHM’s devices did not require any significant design changes, so it was an obvious choice.”03.02.2021 17:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_12.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=sic-mosfets-solve-design-challenges-for-midnite-solar&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com/news
Strategic Partnership for Driving Printed Electronics SolutionsHenkel Adhesive Technologies and Quad Industries h...9095Industry NewsStrategic Partnership for Driving Printed Electronics SolutionsHenkel Adhesive Technologies and Quad Industries have announced the expansion of their strategic partnership to offer capacities and support for technological value creation and prototyping with printed electronics solutions across multiple industries. The companies started their collaboration in 2019 and since then successfully worked on different projects such as the development of the innovative COVID-19 smart health patch introduced by Byteflies that was launched in 2020. With the advancement of the partnership Quad Industries has become a strategic partner in Henkel´s ecosystem for design creation, prototyping and manufacturing of printed electronics via flatbed screen printing. With more than 35 years of experience in printed electronics across multiple industrial markets Henkel Adhesive Technologies offers a broad material expertise, market know-how and partner network to support the commercialization process for smart product solutions. The business unit is a leading provider of a broad portfolio of conductive inks and coatings that enable flexible, cost-efficient and high-performing applications. “At Henkel we believe in a differentiated partnership approach across the entire value chain,” explains Stijn Gillissen, Head of Printed Electronics at Henkel. “Our network enables us to provide customers not only with products and knowledge, but also connecting them with circuit designers, printing manufacturers or external IoT specialists. Together we can leverage the potential of digital transformations by utilizing the benefits of printed electronics.”  03.02.2021 16:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_11.jpghttps://www.henkel.com/press-and-media/press-releases-and-kits/2021-02-03-henkel-expands-strategic-partnership-with-quad-industries-for-driving-printed-electronics-solutions-1147318?wt_mc=pressmailshenkel.com/press-and-media
Improving the Reliability of Electronic ComponentsThe Europe-wide research initiative Intelligent Re...9089Industry NewsImproving the Reliability of Electronic ComponentsThe Europe-wide research initiative Intelligent Reliability 4.0 (iRel40) aims to improve the reliability of electronic systems and microelectronic components. Coordinated by Infineon Technologies, 75 science and industry partners from 13 countries are pooling their forces to achieve this goal. “Enhancing electronics performance through miniaturization and integrating more and more functions is progressing steadily. Performance and complexity are increasing, as the costs per function go down,” says Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG. “Powerful electronics form the basis for forward-looking technologies such as electro-mobility, autonomous driving, renewable energies and energy-efficient connected solutions. However, they will only be successful if users can depend on reliable functionality, quality and lifetime. Reliability is a key differentiating factor in international competition.” iRel40 adopts a holistic approach to optimizing the reliability of microelectronic systems along the entire value chain – from the wafer to the chip and the packaging and finally to the system and hence the actual application. The aim is to significantly reduce failure rates and thus improve product quality and lifetime. This approach also contributes to more sustainable management of our natural resources. Experts from science and industry in Europe are working together to achieve this. They are relying on the latest insights and methods in material research and failure analysis, including modeling and simulation, as well as artificial intelligence. The project is divided into eight work packages that deal with aspects such as requirements, theoretical principles, materials, test methods, and pilot applications. Infineon will, in particular, contribute its expertise and skills in chip and packaging technology.02.02.2021 10:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_5.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/press-releases/2021/INFXX202102-033.htmlinfineon.com/press
Switch Provides True Reverse Current Blocking for Type-C PDAlpha and Omega Semiconductor announced a Type-C P...9098Product ReleaseSwitch Provides True Reverse Current Blocking for Type-C PDAlpha and Omega Semiconductor announced a Type-C Power Delivery (PD) high voltage source protection switch capable up to 28V absolute maximum voltage. The AOZ1374 is a smart protection switch in a small thermally enhanced 3mm x 3mm DFN package. AOS’s prowess in high-performance ICs combined with AOS’s high SOA MOSFETs using advanced co-packaging techniques. AOZ1374 supports a slew of protection features, including true reverse blocking in a small solution footprint with an industry-leading on-resistance of 36mOhm. While USB ports in consumer and computing equipment can receive up to 100W of power, power typically comes from an AC-DC adaptor supporting Type-C PD. The host device itself typically provides (sources) 5V @ 3A or up to 15W. This is the most common implementation in notebook applications and also in the majority of desktops. However, Type-C PD ports are gaining popularity in more devices such as smart monitors and power banks, and for such applications, a high voltage sourcing switch is required to deliver up to 100W power. Type C high voltage sourcing switches are also increasingly common in graphics cards or game consoles to power highend virtual reality gaming goggles. Similarly, a personal computer can connect to a monitor using one single Type-C cable providing both power and data. AOZ1374 uses a design IP developed for the AOZ1375DI high voltage bi-directional source/sink Type C protection switch with added integration features to eliminate the eternal current limiting resistor. The device features 28V absolute maximum voltage with the current limit capability, and startup safe operating area (SOA) management would be the ideal protection switch for the applications mentioned above. 02.02.2021 06:30:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_14.jpghttp://www.aosmd.com/res/news/news-article-1612287339229/AOZ1374DI_PR.pdfaosmd.com/news.pdf
Postponement of The smarter E Europe 2021The smarter E Europe with its four exhibitions Int...9097Event NewsPostponement of The smarter E Europe 2021The smarter E Europe with its four exhibitions Intersolar Europe, ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power Europe will be moved back by six weeks to the second half of 2021. The innovation hub for the new energy world will now take place from July 21–23, 2021, at Messe München. The smarter E Europe is Europe’s largest platform for the energy industry and the most important meeting point for the new energy world. In close coordination with exhibitors and partners, the event’s organizers Solar Promotion GmbH and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG have decided to postpone the events by six weeks to July 21–23, 2021. The decision was made in close coordination with the registered exhibitors and Messe München. “We asked our exhibitors and partners how they felt about a possible postponement, and we would like to thank them for the overwhelming response and constructive discussions,” says Markus Elsässer, CEO of Solar Promotion GmbH. “The results revealed that a clear majority of the exhibitors were in favor of postponing the event to July 21–23, 2021. Six weeks can make a big difference in the current situation.” The event will now fall in the second half of 2021. The organizer’s decision is based on a number of potential advantages. They expect that by then, more progress will have been made in terms of vaccinations, that travel restrictions will be lifted further, including by companies, and that the summer will have contributed to further stem the pandemic.01.02.2021 18:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_13.jpghttps://www.thesmartere.de/news/postponement-of-the-smarter-e-europe-2021?ref=m5f5b217f76a8001b5153a033-s5fc4d6810046ed031f529995-t1612861913-ca81fec12thesmartere.de/news
Partnership Enhances Ability to Service RF and Low-Loss PCB customersRogers Corporation’s Advanced Connectivity Solutio...9102Industry NewsPartnership Enhances Ability to Service RF and Low-Loss PCB customersRogers Corporation’s Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) business unit announced the introduction of a new distribution channel with the addition of CCI Eurolam (CCI) to their sales and service team in the EMEA. ACS provides global customers with market-leading high performance and high reliability RF material solutions. CCI comes with over 50 years of sales and service experience in PCB processing and materials distribution. Rogers ACS’ continued expansion in the EMEA, combined with CCI’s extensive experience and distribution network, will provide the highest level of support to customers. Rogers and CCI, working closely as a team, will provide both sales and onsite service/support to PCB manufacturing customers throughout the EMEA. Dirk Lefelon, ACS Sales Manager Europe, noted, “I am pleased CCI and Rogers were able to form this relationship that focuses on enhancing our ability to service our customers in EMEA through improved service and local support.” 01.02.2021 10:30:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_18.jpghttps://rogerscorp.com/power-electronics-solutionsrogerscorp.com/power-electronics-solutions
Acquisition of Magnetic Component ManufactorerBourns announced that its newly-formed subsidiary ...9088Industry NewsAcquisition of Magnetic Component ManufactorerBourns announced that its newly-formed subsidiary has acquired all shares and interests of the various entities comprising the Kaschke Group with its headquarters in Göttingen, Germany. Kaschke was founded by Kurt Kaschke in 1955 and became known for its high competence in the development and production of application specific magnetic products. The Kaschke mission to use their ferrite core knowledge base for the development of solutions tailored to specific customer requirements matches Bourns' culture of innovative design. "As one of the few companies that has the capability to design and build ferrite core materials as well as manufacture complex inductive components, Kaschke will bring to Bourns the experience and creativity needed to solve customers' complex application challenges," said Gordon Bourns, Chairman and CEO of Bourns. "We are excited to welcome Kaschke to the Bourns organization to combine our capabilities and build stronger customer relationships." Al Yost, President and Chief Operating Officer at Bourns, said "This acquisition is an important element in Bourns' strategy to strengthen our inductive technology capability and broaden our portfolio of innovative magnetic products." "The combination of Kaschke and Bourns will enable the development of a full portfolio of products that will help our customers meet the challenging EMI filtering requirements of the next generation power supplies in the automotive, industrial and new energy markets," said Silke Baumgartner, President of Kaschke Components. "I'm delighted to form an alliance with Bourns, a company with a history and core values that are fully aligned with Kaschke's."01.02.2021 09:00:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_4.jpghttps://www.bourns.com/news/press-releases/pr/2021/02/03/bourns-acquires-kaschke-componentsbourns.com/news
High Voltage Differential ProbeThe Teledyne LeCroy HVD3220 is ideal for measuring...9099Product ReleaseHigh Voltage Differential ProbeThe Teledyne LeCroy HVD3220 is ideal for measuring GaN- and SiC-based power conversion system outputs, line outputs, in-circuit device switching outputs, and voltages across other components. The 400 MHz bandwidth is more closely aligned with user needs for in-circuit GaN and SiC system testing than other HVD Series probes. Additionally, some users will also find the HVD3220 useful for gate-drive signal measurements, or for measurements on 60 V common-mode power conversion systems. 01.02.2021 07:30:00Feb\images\news_2021-02-15_15.jpghttps://teledynelecroy.com/probes/high-voltage-differential-probes/hvd3220teledynelecroy.com/probes
Series of Digital Eighth-Brick DC/DC ConvertersFlex Power Modules announces the launch of the BMR...9107Product ReleaseSeries of Digital Eighth-Brick DC/DC ConvertersFlex Power Modules announces the launch of the BMR492 – a series of digital eighth-brick intermediate bus converters capable of delivering between 600 to 800W of continuous power along with a peak power of up to 1100 W for short periods <1s. This so-called ‘burst mode’ operation is commonly required for CPUs (such as Intel’s Ice Lake processor for example) for datacom and data center applications. The BMR4920302/861 converter, the first of three variants of the BMR492 family to be introduced, delivers a 12V output. Rated to a maximum 600W output over an input voltage range of between 40-60V, the DC/DC step-down solution is ideal for nominal 48 or 54 V input voltage systems commonly found in data center server applications. The through-hole mounted device is fully regulated and includes an input to output isolation voltage of 1500Vdc. This BMR492 variant delivers an extremely efficient operation evidenced by a peak efficiency of 96.7% at 48 Vin at half load. The output voltage is pre-programmed at 12 V as standard, but this can be adjusted across a wide range of 8 to 13.2 V via the incorporated PMBus interface. This feature is also useful to optimize system level efficiencies through dynamic bus voltage adjustment according to the supplied load.28.01.2021 15:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-15_23.jpghttps://flexpowermodules.com/bmr492-series-of-digital-eighth-brick-dc-dc-converters-deliver-up-to-1100-w-power-capabilityflexpowermodules.com
Compact Oscilloscopes with up to 2GHz BandwidthRIGOL Technologies EU introduces four high-end osc...9109Product ReleaseCompact Oscilloscopes with up to 2GHz BandwidthRIGOL Technologies EU introduces four high-end oscilloscopes which are possible to cascade different number of modules to increase channel counts. The DS8000-R series is a medium and high-end mixed signal digital oscilloscope with a compact size designed on the basic of the ASIC chip (RIGOL self-owns its intellectual property right) and UltraVisionII technical platform developed by RIGOL. It is compact and thin in design. It supports system integration of multiple devices. Its cascaded rack mount and remote system operation can meet the system requirements for industrial automation test system and high channel research application. With a sample rate of 10 GSa/s DS8000-R series oscilloscope has analog bandwidth from 350 MHz, 1 GHz and 2 GHz, supporting multiple-device synchronous triggering, available to be extended to 512 channels. The standard memory size is 500 Mpts for all channels. It provides an excellent solution for users to meet their high-speed requirement for the system integration test and synchronization requirement for multiple-channel data acquisition.27.01.2021 17:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-15_25.jpghttps://www.rigol.eu/products/oscillosopes/DS8000-R.htmlrigol.eu/oscillosopes
Data Center Professionals are Considering Power System Upgrades The events of 2020 rapidly accelerated a global, c...9094Industry NewsData Center Professionals are Considering Power System Upgrades The events of 2020 rapidly accelerated a global, cross-industry digital transformation, underscoring the mission criticality of data centers as the backbone of the world’s virtual economy. In fact, the data center market is expected to grow by nearly 14% in 2021. ABB Power Conversion issued a data report, “Data Overload: Powering Data Centers in the New Normal,” that explores the unprecedented demand on data centers in 2020 as well as long-term impacts that will shape data center operations for years to come. Not surprisingly, 96% of data center professionals surveyed reported that demand on their data center increased in 2020, which could indicate why 53% of those surveyed are likely to consider power system upgrades to meet increased demand in the future. “The impact of COVID-19 fundamentally accelerated the concept of mission critical. Overnight, businesses became even more reliant on the cloud to enable operations, processes and remote collaboration. This immediate transition would not have been possible without data centers backed by efficient and reliable power systems,” said Jeff Schnitzer, president, ABB Power Conversion. “Power is the ultimate enabler. Not only for rapidly scaling data center operations to meet exponential demand, but for energizing the ongoing digital transformation that’s the beating heart of technology and smart societies of the future. And data center power architectures are core components of this.”27.01.2021 15:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-15_10.jpghttps://electrification.us.abb.com/news/powering-new-normal-abb-survey-finds-53-data-center-professionals-are-considering-power-system?utm_source=media&utm_medium=release&utm_campaign=datareportelectrification.us.abb.com/news
External Power Supplies with Interchangeable Plugs for International CompatibilityJasper Electronics has expanded its line of medica...9103Product ReleaseExternal Power Supplies with Interchangeable Plugs for International CompatibilityJasper Electronics has expanded its line of medical grade power supplies with 27 model series of external power adapters. The adapters are compliant with International Electromechanical Commission (IEC) standards for the safety and effectiveness of medical electrical equipment, including: IEC60601-3rd Edition, UL/cUL, TUV, and FCC certification. Several of the wall-mounted model series have interchangeable AC plugs for international compatibility, and all units have custom connector and cable options. “With this significant expansion of our IEC60601-certified external medical power supply product lines, we’ve provided our customers in the medical electronics industry with a wide range of high efficiency, reliable power options,” said Robert Nishimoto, president, Jasper Electronics. “With a selection that includes external fanless designs, a wide range of input and output power ratings, interchangeable AC plugs, and both standard and custom cable and connector options, customers will be able to select optimum specifications, performance, and price for their medical applications.” Jasper Electronics’ comprehensive range of medical-grade external power supplies includes both wall-mounted and desktop configurations with output power ratings from 4.5W to 310W. All models carry safety agency certifications (UL/cUL, TUV, CE, FCC, and IEC60601 -3rd Edition), and many feature multiple sets of interchangeable AC plugs for worldwide compliance. The HEMG Series devices feature universal input harmonic power factor correction (PFC) with high efficiency.27.01.2021 11:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-15_19.jpghttp://www.jasperelectronics.com/products/medical-external/jasperelectronics.com/medical-external
Stefan Schaffhauser Takes Over as CEO In keeping with a long-term succession plan, the p...9086PeopleStefan Schaffhauser Takes Over as CEO In keeping with a long-term succession plan, the previous CEO, Markus Dalla Monta, will retire as of July 2021, following a 35-year career at Traco Power. Stefan Schaffhauser will assume the CEO position with the beginning of the business year on April 1, 2021. As of this date, he will lead the Traco Power Group together with the CFO, Adrian Berger. As before, Rolf Caspar – company owner and Chairman of the Board – will continue to concentrate his efforts on strategic issues in the firm, in conjunction with the board of director members, Jennifer Caspar and Ueli Wampfler. During the past three years, Stefan Schaffhauser managed the international business team at Traco Power as their managing director, effectively contributing to a positive corporate development. Prior to his career at Traco Power, Schaffhauser was employed at various industrial enterprises in management positions and as a business consultant. Stefan Schaffhauser obtained a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management at the ETH (Confederated Technical University of Switzerland) in Zurich. “It is a great honor for me to assume the management of this outstanding company,” says Stefan Schaffhauser. “Traco Power is situated extremely well financially, and we can build on innovative products, a strong brand, and an excellent company culture. I look forward to further advancing Traco Power together with my management team and our staff members.”27.01.2021 07:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-15_2.jpghttps://www.tracopower.com/de/stefan-schaffhauser-takes-over-new-ceo-traco-power-grouptracopower.com
Compact Inverter for Direct Connection to Medium-Voltage GridAs the energy transition progresses, the expansion...9071Industry NewsCompact Inverter for Direct Connection to Medium-Voltage GridAs the energy transition progresses, the expansion of the electricity grids is becoming increasingly important. More and more renewable generation plants as well as electrical storage systems are being connected to the grid. This gives power electronics a decisive role, because it is essential to connect these systems to the grid. However, in addition to the mere feed-in or feed-back of electrical energy, power electronics must also perform other grid-supporting tasks. In the "SiC-MSBat" project, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, together with partners, have now developed and successfully commissioned a highly compact inverter for direct feeding into the medium-voltage grid. Currently, inverters mostly feed into the low-voltage grid. They are then coupled to the medium-voltage grid via large 50 Hz transformers. The use of new types of silicon carbide (SiC) transistors with very high blocking voltages now also makes it possible to connect the inverters directly to the medium-voltage grid. Thanks to the high control dynamics of SiC inverters, they can take on grid-stabilizing tasks and, for example, act as active power filters to compensate for harmonics in the medium-voltage grid. Furthermore, SiC inverters can achieve much higher power densities than conventional inverters. This results in a compact design, which is a particular advantage when plants are to be built in inner-city areas or existing old plants are to be retrofitted. In addition to the mere system costs, construction and infrastructure costs also play a very important role, especially in urban areas.25.01.2021 15:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_10.jpghttps://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/press-media/press-releases/2021/fraunhofer-ise-develops-highly-compact-inverter-for-direct-connection-to-medium-voltage-grid.html?utm_source=mailing&utm_campaign=2021-pi-01-enise.fraunhofer.de/press-releases
24 V Dual-Channel Low Side DriverInfineon Technologies broadens its EiceDRIVER port...9077Product Release24 V Dual-Channel Low Side DriverInfineon Technologies broadens its EiceDRIVER portfolio with the 24 V dual-channel low side gate driver with an integrated thermal pad. It can be operated with high switching frequencies as well as highest peak output currents and offers an enable function. The gate driver is suitable for applications with higher switching frequencies such as power factor correction and synchronous rectification, as well as a transformer driver or a buffer driver for parallel MOSFET applications or high-current IGBT modules such as EasyPACK and EconoPACK. The EiceDRIVER 2ED24427N01F provides a symmetrical output stage with 10 A source and sink drive capability with integrated under-voltage lockout (UVLO) protection and logic level enable control. The gate driver is available in a DSO-8 package with a thermally efficient and exposed power pad. With 55 ns propagation delays and 450 m? (max) source and sink ON resistance per channel, the driver enables high switching frequencies with reduced switching losses of the power transistors. The integrated thermal pad offers very low thermal resistance to enable reliable operation at lower temperatures under high current conditions or at higher switching frequencies. 2ED24427N01F is rated for industrial temperature grade operation.25.01.2021 11:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_16.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/market-news/2021/INFIPC202101-030.htmlinfineon.com/market-news
Agreement to Create a Centre of Excellence for Direct CurrentOn Friday the 22nd of January, Xavier Piechaczyk, ...9066Industry NewsAgreement to Create a Centre of Excellence for Direct CurrentOn Friday the 22nd of January, Xavier Piechaczyk, Chairman of the board of directors at RTE (Réseau de Transport d'Electricité) and Hubert de la Grandière, CEO of the Institute for Energy Transition (ITE) SuperGrid Institute, signed a partnership agreement to develop a centre of excellence for direct current and power electronics. This partnership makes it possible to develop new collaborations in order to meet the challenges involved in energy transition by bringing together R&D skills and cutting-edge technologies. Xavier Piechaczyk, Chairman of RTE's board of directors and Hubert de la Grandière, CEO of SuperGrid Institute, signed this partnership agreement with a view to creating a French centre of excellence for direct current, with its base in the Greater Lyon area. The aim is to share the R&D skills, high-voltage technological facilities and simulation resources of the two organisations; SuperGrid Institute, a research and technological innovation centre working on the energy transmission systems of the future, based in Villeurbanne (69), and the RTE Transfo Campus, a training and innovation centre in the field of electricity transmission, located in Jonage (69) in the Greater Lyon area. Among the targeted joint actions, RTE and SuperGrid Institute intend to work together on R&D projects for the development of a direct current meshed grid, notably in response to the increase in power generated by offshore wind farms. "This centre of excellence in the Greater Lyon area, the only one of its kind in Europe, is a major asset for sharing our expertise, test facilities and simulation platforms and offers us an optimal vantage point from which to prepare and train the European energy ecosystem for the future," said Hubert de la Grandière, CEO of SuperGrid Institute.22.01.2021 10:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_5.jpghttps://www.supergrid-institute.com/en/2021/01/22/rte-supergrid-institute-partnership-agreement-centre-excellence-direct-current/supergrid-institute.com
10:1 Ratio DC-DC Converters in Half- and Quarter-Brick FootprintMurata announces two ultra-wide 10:1 ratio DC-DC c...9080Product Release10:1 Ratio DC-DC Converters in Half- and Quarter-Brick FootprintMurata announces two ultra-wide 10:1 ratio DC-DC converters, the 250W IRH-W80 half-brick and the 150W IRQ-W80 quarter-brick from Murata Power Solutions. Both high power density modules feature efficiency levels above 91% with a 16 – 160 Vdc input voltage range. The 250W IRH-W80 and 150W IRQ-W80 modules are designed for embedded applications in the railway and industrial sectors. They comply with the requirements of EN50155, coming with qualification reports for shock, vibration, extreme temperatures and humidity. Typical applications include powering equipment on board trains, such as infotainment, communications and lighting, and from a wide range of battery voltages, that require a reliable DC source. The modules also can be used in other industrial applications that operate from batteries in harsh environments. The 250W IRH-W80 and 150W IRQ-W80 have a baseplate operating ambient temperature range of -40°C to 100°C. Single 12 V, 24 V, and 54 V output models are available with galvanic isolation between the input and output in excess of 4 kVdc. Features include remote enable on/off, a wide output voltage adjustment range of ±10%, remote sense, hold up function, pulse out feature, positive or negative enable and over current protection adjustment. The adjustable undervoltage lockout protection feature prevents deep discharge of supplying batteries. The modules also feature self-protection to external short circuits, over current protection, and over temperature protection with self-resetting ability.21.01.2021 14:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_19.jpghttps://www.murata.commurata.com
4-Channel Window Voltage Detector IC Ricoh Electronics Devices has launched the R3500 s...9127Product Release4-Channel Window Voltage Detector IC Ricoh Electronics Devices has launched the R3500 series, a 4-channel high-voltage window voltage detector suitable for use in products required to meet functional safety standards. Today’s automotive and industrial equipment must meet increasing needs for functional safety and is required to have high-accuracy monitoring functions on supply voltages for MCUs and SoCs. Additionally, voltage monitoring functions must cover more power supplies than ever. To meet the needs above, the R3500 series has four voltage detectors in a single chip. Each detector can monitor not only under-voltage but also over-voltage of a targeted power supply, which contributes to high detection coverage. The detection voltage values are settable in 0.01 V step and will help construct a high-accuracy voltage monitoring circuit optimized for your system. Also, voltage monitoring systems combining the R3500 series with the R3152 series or the R3154 series, our conventional 1-channel voltage detector ICs, can cover a wider range of applications. A typical voltage detector has possibility of failing to operate properly when the voltage it monitors fluctuates largely, because it uses the monitored voltage stepped down to 3.3 V or 5 V as its source voltage. To ensure stable voltage monitoring even under large voltage fluctuations, the R3500 series has a high operating voltage range up to 42 V and separates its voltage monitoring pins from the power supply pin. For higher security, the R3500 series has a fault-diagnostic function which checks if the IC itself can operate properly, as the product is designed to enhance safety of systems. This function will help reduce latent faults.21.01.2021 10:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-03-01_16.pnghttps://www.n-redc.co.jp/en/about/info/20210121.htmln-redc.co.jp/info
Reliability Report Shows Field Experience of GaN-DevicesEPC announces its 'Phase-12 Reliability Report', d...9065Industry NewsReliability Report Shows Field Experience of GaN-DevicesEPC announces its 'Phase-12 Reliability Report', documenting the strategy used to achieve a remarkable field reliability record. eGaN devices have been in volume production for more than eleven years and have demonstrated very high reliability in over 226 billion hours of operation, most of which are in vehicles, LTE base stations, and satellites, to name just a few applications with rigorous operating conditions. This report presents the results of testing eGaN devices to the point of failure, which provides the information to identify intrinsic failure mechanisms of the devices. By identifying these intrinsic failure mechanisms, deep knowledge of the behavior of a device over time, temperature, electrical or mechanical stress can be developed and used to create physics-based models that accurately project the safe operating life of a product over a more general set of operating conditions.  According to Dr. Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of EPC, "The release of EPC's 12th reliability report represents the cumulative experience of millions of devices and five generations of technology. These reliability tests have been undertaken to continue our understanding of the behavior of GaN devices over a wide range of stress conditions." Dr. Lidow continues, "Standard power semiconductor qualification testing is inadequate since it only reports parts that pass a very specific test condition. By employing our test-to-fail methodology we have consistently produced more robust, higher performance, and lower cost products for power conversion applications and have amassed a reliability track record beyond what is achievable with traditional silicon MOSFET technology."21.01.2021 09:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_4.jpghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/2967/EPC-Releases-Physics-Based-Models-That-Project-eGaN-Device-Lifetime-in-New-Reliability-Report.aspxepc-co.com/News
Wafer Handling Tool EFEMmechatronic systemtechnik announces the availabili...9075Product ReleaseWafer Handling Tool EFEMmechatronic systemtechnik announces the availability of the mWL.cs mechatronic calotte loader. A fully automated stand-alone system for transferring wafers between cassettes and calottes, the mWL.cs provides integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) an opportunity to increase yield and improve process traceability at a high throughput. Evaporation process tools often utilize spherical carriers and rings to meet uniformity and defectivity targets. However, the design of these tools has made it challenging to introduce automated wafer handling in this step of the manufacturing process. IDMs invariably default to manual wafer loading, which has resulted in yield degradation and an increased risk for misprocessing. "Automating the wafer loading and unloading system for evaporation type metal deposition is a step that bears much potential," shared Stefan Detterbeck, Sales Director. "By eliminating human error from the equation, our system enables manufacturers to achieve higher yield and reduce damage to wafers. Enhanced process traceability also supports quality improvement measures to meet the conformity requirements of critical customer industries." A specialist in fully automated handling systems for non-standard substrates and handling requirements, mechatronic recognizes and addresses the semiconductor industry's need for the handling of ultra-sensitive substrates used in modern new wafer fabrication technologies. The company's deep expertise and proprietary technologies provide manufacturers with safe, reliable systems that handle non-standard substrates with ease and confidence.20.01.2021 09:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_14.pnghttps://www.mechatronic.at/mechatronic.at
High-Temperature Capacitors Operate up to 125°CEven if water cooling is not possible or the cooli...9072Product ReleaseHigh-Temperature Capacitors Operate up to 125°CEven if water cooling is not possible or the cooling water temperature can only up to 45°C, the HTC high-temperature capacitors from Celem (sales: Eurocomp) are used safely and reliably. Various designs are offered in the HTC series, which are available for 550V or 1000V, depending on the capacitance. Depending on the design, the capacitance values range from 0.1 µF to 0.4 µF. The picture shows the designs CSM, C-Cap mini, CMPP and CSP with the different connection options. On request, these capacitors can be manufactured with UL-certified resin. Celem uses a high-quality high-temperature film for its HTC series which makes the series ideal for e.g. wireless power transmission in automotive applications, for example, as part of inductive wireless charging for EVs.20.01.2021 06:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_11.jpghttps://eurocomp.de/products/celem-power-capacitors/eurocomp.de/celem
Flux-Cored Wire for Robotic and Laser SolderingIndium Corporation announces that it is now offeri...9106Product ReleaseFlux-Cored Wire for Robotic and Laser SolderingIndium Corporation announces that it is now offering CW-232, a uniquely formulated flux-cored wire that combines superior wetting speed and spread with extremely low-spatter performance. Indium Corporation’s CW-232 is a highly activated rosin flux-cored wire developed to meet the demanding requirements of robotic and laser soldering applications by delivering additional wetting power in order to achieve higher throughput. CW-232 also works exceptionally well in hand soldering applications. Due to its “no-spatter” technology, CW-232 eliminates flux spattering that can burn operators’ hands, impair the vision system of the robotic soldering machines, or make finished products less aesthetically appealing.19.01.2021 14:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-15_22.jpghttps://www.indium.com/corporate/media-center/news/indium-corporation-introduces-new-fast-wetting-low-spatter-flux-cored-wire-for-robotic-and-laser-soldering/indium.com/news
Appointment of CEO and COOPowerex is pleased to announce the appointments of...9063PeopleAppointment of CEO and COOPowerex is pleased to announce the appointments of Joseph Wolf as President and Chief Executive Officer and Ronald Yurko as Chief Operating Officer, in connection with the retirement of John Hall from the company. Joseph has been with Powerex since 2008, most recently serving the role of Vice President and CFO. Ronald has been at Powerex since 2007, most recently in the role of Vice President of Value-Added Products. Powerex is a joint venture between General Electric and Mitsubishi Electric with corporate headquarters and manufacturing located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1986 and can trace its origins back to Westinghouse Electric, which established the facility at the current location in 1956. The 90,000 square feet of manufacturing space includes silicon wafer processing, diffusion, assembly, test,and high reliability screening. Powerex also features a semi-automated manufacturing power module line in a Class 10,000 cleanroom. Powerex is a leading domestic manufacturer of high-power semiconductor solutions. Its broad product line includes SiC MOSFETs (SiliconCarbide Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor), IGBTs (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors), HVIGBTs, rectifiers, thyristors, custom power modules and assemblies. These highly reliable electronic component solutions are designed for the Defense, Aviation, Traction, Mining, Medical, and Renewable Energy markets.18.01.2021 07:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_2.pnghttps://www.pwrx.com/LibrarySearch.aspx#8326pwrx.com
Expanding Production Capacity of SiC Power DevicesROHM has recently held an opening ceremony announc...9062Industry NewsExpanding Production Capacity of SiC Power DevicesROHM has recently held an opening ceremony announcing the completion of a new building at ROHM Apollo's Chikugo plant to enhance the production capacity of SiC power devices. The building is a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly factory that introduces a number of energy-saving technologies to its production facilities, with 100% of its electricity coming from renewable energy sources. ROHM continues to lead the industry in technological development, such as by introducing the industry's first full SiC power modules and SiC trench MOSFETs. At the same time, boasting an integrated production system, ROHM is working to improve production efficiency by increasing wafer diameter and utilizing the latest equipment while also reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing. In addition to this new building, SiCrystal GmbH, a ROHM Group company that manufactures SiC wafers, is scheduled to start operating with 100% renewable energy from the next fiscal year, reducing CO2 emissions from purchased power at the plant to zero. As a result, all major production processes for SiC wafers will use environmentally friendly renewable energy. In response to the urgent need to address global energy issues, the ROHM Group will continue to improve SiC power device performance – expected to be key to achieving energy saving in electric vehicles and industrial equipment – contributing to reducing environmental impact by promoting the use of eco-friendly equipment and renewable energy in the production process.18.01.2021 06:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_1.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=rohm-apollo-chikugo-plant&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com/news
Configurable AC/DC Power Supply with 24 Isolated OutputsComponents Bureau is pleased to offer Advanced Ene...9082Product ReleaseConfigurable AC/DC Power Supply with 24 Isolated OutputsComponents Bureau is pleased to offer Advanced Energy's Excelsys CoolX3000 series. The small sized configurable power supply offers an incredible 3000W in a small package of 300 x 131 x 120mm, addressing the requirement for smaller power supplies offering the same power but in a smaller footprint. The CoolX3000 series offers an impressive 24 outputs; all outputs are isolated (1850 VAC) and the power supply has PMBus digital communications for monitoring and control capability.  Features include plug and play power along with series and parallel outputs for higher voltage and currents. The 3000 series offer up to 91% efficiency with variable fan speed control.  It has level 4 input surge protection with a MTBF of 150,000 hours and comes with 5-year warranty. With an Input voltage range of 180 to 264 VAC (300VAC for 5secs), output voltage of 1 to 696V and ripple and noise 1% of nominal. Operating temperature range  -25 to +60°C with an interface of 8-way connector, voltage control via potentiometer. This intelligent modular power supply is suitable for Medical, Industrial and Harsh Industrial applications.14.01.2021 16:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_21.jpghttps://www.componentsbureau.com/latest-news/new-products/3000w-configurable-acdc-power-supply-offering-intelligent-digital-power-with-24-isolated-outputscomponentsbureau.com/latest-news
Validity of Patent Relating to a Separator for Lithium Ion Secondary BatteriesThe Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal ...9069Industry NewsValidity of Patent Relating to a Separator for Lithium Ion Secondary BatteriesThe Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board issued a decision to dismiss a patent invalidation petition and confirmed the validity of Asahi Kasei's Korean patent (Patent No. 10-0977345) relating to a separator for lithium-ion secondary batteries. Asahi Kasei filed a patent infringement lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Court against W-SCOPE Corporation (Head Office: Shinagawa-ku Tokyo) and its subsidiary, W-SCOPE KOREA CO., LTD. (hereinafter "W-SCOPE Corporation, etc."), which manufacture and sell separators for lithium ion secondary battery, as joint defendants. The lawsuit claims infringement of Asahi Kasei's patent. It seeks an injunction restraining W-SCOPE Corporation, etc., from manufacturing and selling their polyolefin microporous membrane products (including separator products for lithium ion secondary battery with product names such as "SB12D," "SB16D," "single-layer W-scope," etc.) in Korea, and compensation for damages. After Asahi Kasei filed the lawsuit, one of the defendants, W-SCOPE KOREA CO., LTD., filed a patent invalidation petition with the Korean IPTAB seeking the invalidation of Asahi Kasei's patent on March 11, 2020. After sufficiently examining the arguments of both parties, the Korean IPTAB issued a decision to dismiss the invalidation petition and confirmed the validation of Asahi Kasei's patent. Asahi Kasei will pay close attention to issues concerning intellectual property rights, and if deemed necessary, take specific measures proactively against any infringement.14.01.2021 13:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_8.jpghttps://www.asahi-kasei.com/news/2020/e200511_1.htmlasahi-kasei.com/news
Module Family for High-Density Computing and DatacentersMonolithic Power Systems announced the launch of a...9057Product ReleaseModule Family for High-Density Computing and DatacentersMonolithic Power Systems announced the launch of a new family of 48V to 6V digital DC/DC power modules for 48V Datacenter Solutions, utilizing eGaN transistors from Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Corporation. These power modules target applications for high-density computing and datacenters, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and multi-user gaming. The MPC1100-54-0000 is the first in the new product family that will include modules in an LLC topology that utilize eGaN FETs to achieve an overall efficiency above 97% in a footprint of only 27mmx18mmx6mm for 48V to 6V conversion. A key advantage of 48V to 6V front-end conversion includes the enabling of a high-frequency secondary stage that is small enough to be placed much closer to the xPU/ASIC/GPU to reduce the power distribution loss by 4X compared to the commonly used STC topology for 48V to 12V conversion. For high-density server applications, record power density and efficiency can be achieved with simple, low-cost topologies such as an LLC DC/DC converter. eGaN FETs are well-suited for LLC converters due to their combined low gate charge with 5V gate operation that yields very low gate power consumption, ultra-low on resistance, and low output capacitance charge.14.01.2021 12:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_17.jpghttps://www.monolithicpower.com/en/mpc1100-54.htmlmonolithicpower.com
Certified Components for Automotive ElectronicsWürth Elektronik has published a catalog of AEC-Q2...9068Industry NewsCertified Components for Automotive ElectronicsWürth Elektronik has published a catalog of AEC-Q200 certified components for automotive electronics. Product highlights include ferrites, inductors and particularly robust electromechanical components. Design kits from many product groups are available for developers-as sample sets with free refill service. With WE-TEMA, Würth Elektronik offers an innovative series of ferrites for cable assembly, some variants of which use new, innovative materials like nanocrystalline and manganese-zinc. The range of high-frequency inductors is now complemented with the WE-MCI product family. With their inductance ranging from 1 nH up to 470 nH, the multilayer ceramic inductors cover a wide variety of application areas. The WE-MAIA SMT series of storage chokes has been extended with package sizes 1610, 5020, 5030, 4020HT. Würth Elektronik presents its new WE-SCFA contact fingers, certified for the special requirements in automotive applications and with WE-SMSA SMT spacer bolts. Besides detailed product information in several chapters, the new automotive catalog also provides extensive background and design knowledge as well as a series of practical application examples. The Würth Elektronik Automotive Components Catalog is now available in English at http://www.we-online.de/aspcatalogue21.14.01.2021 12:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_7.jpghttps://www.we-online.com/web/en/wuerth_elektronik/news_weg/News_Detail_WE_Gruppe_116862.phpwe-online.com/news
125°C Operation Compatible EEPROMsROHM's 125°C operation compatible I2C bus EEPROMs,...9076Product Release125°C Operation Compatible EEPROMsROHM's 125°C operation compatible I2C bus EEPROMs, BR24H-5AC series targets applications that require data storage under harsh environments, such as factory settings for onboard cameras and sensors, airbag operating history, and data logging for always-on operating industrial automation systems and servers. The BR24H-5AC series of 125°C operation compatible EEPROMs is the first in the industry to achieve a writing time of 3.5ms by implementing original data writing and reading circuit technology, reducing writing time by 30% compared to the 5ms of conventional products. Additionally, in contrast to standard products capable of just 1 million rewrites, the BR24H-5AC series guarantees up to four million writing cycles by data endurance, which not only extends application service life, but is ideal for data loggings requiring frequent data rewrites. In the automotive and industrial equipment sector, safety and traceability requirements make it necessary to store the operating history in non-volatile memory in the system. Among these, EEPROMs are typically adopted over other types of non-volatile memory such as flash memory in applications that require high reliability, including onboard cameras, airbags, industrial automation systems and servers, due to their ability to reliably write and store data under harsh conditions.14.01.2021 10:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_15.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=br24h-5ac-series-eeproms&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com/news
20 Watt DC/DC Converter in a 1”x1” Metal PackageThe TRACO THN 20WIR series is a family of ruggediz...9110Product Release20 Watt DC/DC Converter in a 1”x1” Metal PackageThe TRACO THN 20WIR series is a family of ruggedized 20 Watt DC/DC converters for highest reliability in harsh environments, expanding our existing railway range in the 1” x 1” package up to 20 Watt. The THN 20WIR has a wide 4:1 input range and increased resistance against electromagnetic interference, shock/vibration and thermal shock and come in a compact six-side shielded 1” x 1” metal package. The innovative design provides high efficiencies up to 91% and thus enables an operating temperature range from -40 to +65°C without derating. The approvals according to standards EN 50155 and EN 61373 qualify them for railway and transportation systems. Additional qualification for the fire behavior of components according to EN 45545-2 and the safety approval according IEC/EN 62368-1, UL62368-1 support a potential compliance test of the application. Built-in features like an internal EN 55032 class A filter, input under-voltage-lockout, short circuit protection, remote On/Off and output voltage trim make this series suitable for almost any application demands and thus facilitate the design-in process.13.01.2021 18:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-15_26.jpghttps://www.tracopower.com/de/thn-20wir-new-ruggedized-20-watt-railway-certified-dcdc-convertertracopower.com
Portfolio of Source/Measure Units for Test ApplicationsKeysight Technologies announced three Source Measu...9078Product ReleasePortfolio of Source/Measure Units for Test ApplicationsKeysight Technologies announced three Source Measure Units (SMUs) for test applications that require high accuracy, high resolution and measurement flexibility, including current-voltage (I-V) characterizing and testing semiconductors, as well as other non-linear devices and materials. SMUs are electronic instruments capable of sourcing and measuring at the same time. They can precisely force voltage or current and simultaneously measure precise voltage and/or current.  Keysight offers a wide range of SMU instruments, which are categorized into four areas: precision, application specific, general-purpose and basic. "Keysight has provided high precision source-measurement-units (SMUs) for decades, and our enhanced bench B2900B series SMU instruments continue to set the bar for accuracy, precision and measurement throughput," said Christopher Cain, vice president of Keysight Technologies Electronic Industrial Products. "We have leveraged our deep SMU expertise and the latest electronic technologies to create a family of high precision PXIe modular SMUs.  These high-density measurement SMU modules can be scaled in a PXIe system to reduce overall test time by up to 25 percent, which is crucial in vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser device and quantum computing measurements."13.01.2021 12:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_17.jpghttps://www.keysight.com/de/de/about/newsroom/news-releases/2021/0113-nr21007-keysight-expands-portfolio-of-source-measure-units-.htmlkeysight.com/newsroom
Solid State Relay with Integrated Current Limiting and Thermal ShutdownLittelfuse announced the CPC1561B Solid State Rela...9074Product ReleaseSolid State Relay with Integrated Current Limiting and Thermal ShutdownLittelfuse announced the CPC1561B Solid State Relay (SSR). The CPC1561B is the highest current (1 A, 60 V) normally-open SSR currently available on the market to integrate both current limiting and thermal shutdown circuits. The small, surface-mount CPC1561B SSR's dual fault protection benefit provides a rugged solution for demanding applications that is not possible when using electro-mechanical relays and standard SSRs. "The CPC1561B is ideal for markets and applications that cannot be down for long periods of time due to over current, over temperature and electrical stress," said Steve Andrezyk, Director of Marketing for Littelfuse-IXYS Integrated Circuits. "The CPC1561B output relay can survive harsh conditions and resume normal operation once the fault is removed, thus reducing product down time and potentially eliminating service call time as the SSR both protects itself and resets to resume normal operation." The CPC1561B is available in tape and reel format. Sample requests can be placed through authorized Littelfuse distributors worldwide.13.01.2021 08:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_13.jpghttps://www.littelfuse.com/about-us/news/news-releases/2021/01.13-littelfuse-introduces-1-amp-fault-protected-solid-state-relay.aspxlittelfuse.com/news
PCIM Asia Celebrates its 20th Anniversary and Relocates to Shenzhen2021 marks the 20th anniversary of PCIM Asia which...9064Event NewsPCIM Asia Celebrates its 20th Anniversary and Relocates to Shenzhen2021 marks the 20th anniversary of PCIM Asia which will move to the brand new Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, from 9 – 11 September. The fair's relocation will create greater business opportunities for the power electronics industry within the South China region and beyond. Despite challenges resulting from the pandemic, the 2020 edition received positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors, reconfirming the fair's position as one of the industry's leading trade platforms. The three-day show will showcase products and solutions applied in the areas of frequency conversion, electrified transportation, energy storage technologies and silicon carbide materials. Buyers can look forward to seeing a diverse range of products including power semiconductor components and modules, integrated circuits, passive components, magnetics & core materials, thermal management, sensors, assemblies and subsystems, electrical drives, power converters, power quality & energy storage, test & measurement, development software as well as information and services. PCIM Asia Conference 2021 will be held concurrently with the exhibition, covering a wide array of hot industry topics. These include Packaging and Reliability, Digital Power Conversion, Motor Drive & Motion Control, Smart Grid Power Electronics and Power Electronics in Transmission Systems. Industry experts and academics will be able to share their latest findings and knowledge to an international audience through a programme of seminars, tutorials, and oral and poster presentations. Interested professionals from industry and academia are cordially invited to submit an abstract until 15 March 2021.13.01.2021 08:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_3.jpghttps://pcimasia-expo.cn.messefrankfurt.com/shanghai/en/press/press-releases/2021/PCIM21_PR1_EN.html#downloadpcimasia-expo.cn.press
80 V RETs for 48 V Automotive and Other Higher Voltage Bus CircuitsNexperia announced a 80 V RET (Resistor-Equipped T...9083Product Release80 V RETs for 48 V Automotive and Other Higher Voltage Bus CircuitsNexperia announced a 80 V RET (Resistor-Equipped Transistor) family. These RETs or 'digital transistors' provide enough headroom for use in 48 V automotive board net (e.g. mild hybrid and EV cars) and other higher voltage circuits which are often subject to large spikes and pulses that previous 50 V parts cannot handle. RETs save space and reduce manufacturing costs by combining the bias resistor and bias-emitter resistor in the same SOT23 (250 mW Ptot) or SOT323 (235 mW Ptot) package as the transistor. Double RETs (two transistors and two matching bias resistors and bias-emitter resistors) are also available in the SOT363 package with a Ptot of 350 mW for even greater integration and savings. The series (NHDTx and NHUMx) includes 42 parts with PNP / NPN combinations. These come with the same bias resistor combinations as Nexperia's 50 V parts. Devices have a 100 mA current capability and are AEC-Q101-approved. Frank Matschullat, product group manager at Nexperia comments: "Design engineers working on new EV applications can future-proof their systems with confidence by using Nexperia's new RETs to simplify circuit design, save PCB space, reduce pick and place time and increase reliability. As well as 48 V automotive circuit driver applications, general-purpose switching and amplification and other digital systems will benefit from these new high voltage devices."12.01.2021 17:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_22.jpghttps://www.nexperia.com/about/news-events/press-releases/nexperia-leads-with-industrys-first-80-v-rets-for--48-v-automotive-and-other-higher-voltage-bus-circuits.htmlnexperia.com/news
Lidar Sensor for Near-Range ApplicationsCepton Technologies has announced its path-breakin...9081Product ReleaseLidar Sensor for Near-Range ApplicationsCepton Technologies has announced its path-breaking miniature lidar sensor – the Nova - priced at less than $100 for high volume automotive applications. The Nova is a wide angle near-range lidar sensor intended to address major gaps in proximity detection of objects with current sensor technologies. Featuring best-in-class, high resolution 3D imaging with a high field of view (FOV) of 90-120° (H) and 60-90° (V), depending on configuration, Nova sets a worldwide benchmark with its unprecedented combination of compactness, FOV coverage and affordability. Powered by Cepton's patented and proven Micro Motion Technology (MMT), the non-rotational, mirrorless, and frictionless Nova lidar can be hidden all around a vehicle to provide a complete 360° view of its immediate surroundings.  With a lidar target size of 3.5 cm (W) x 3.5 cm (H) x 7.5 cm (D), and weighing less than 350 g, the ultra-small Nova is an easily embeddable lidar sensor that not only enables optimal styling choices but demonstrates the scalability of MMT to the smallest form factors. Nova has an angular resolution of up to 0.3°, with a maximum range of up to 30 m and is therefore ideal for automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle (AV) applications such as blind spot detection, small object detection, automated park assist and free space estimation around the vehicle. For vehicles, a multi-lidar architecture can be facilitated, thereby creating a virtual safety zone all around while minimizing disruption to vehicle design aesthetics.12.01.2021 15:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_20.jpghttps://www.cepton.com/latest-news2/cepton-introduces-the-worlds-smallest-wide-field-of-view-lidar-sensor-for-near-range-applicationscepton.com/latest-news
EMC-Scanner for Measurement Over Wide BandwithPendulum Instruments announces the release of the ...9079Product ReleaseEMC-Scanner for Measurement Over Wide BandwithPendulum Instruments announces the release of the SCN-500 EMC-Scanner. The Swedish EMC-Scanner company Detectus AB was acquired by Pendulum Instruments in July 2020. The SCN-500 EMC-Scanner is the first Detectus product after the acquisition. The Detectus SCN-500 measures the electromagnetic emission of components, boards, cables, and products over a wide bandwidth. Emphasize is put on ease-of-use via the powerful and easy-to-use DSS SW, so that any engineer, not only EMC experts, can easily view EMC hot spots and make comparative measurements. SCN-500 offers a flexible solution for early detection of EMC hot spots in the product development phase, so that potential problems can be remedied easier and with lower cost, than in the final product. Pre-compliance EMC measurements can be made in 4D (3D xyz movement of field probe plus rotation), with a step size of 0.1 mm on test volumes up to 600x400x300 mm. Options include e.g., immunity measurement SW, and a laser distance meter for automatic 3D-modeling of the Device-under-Test. The performance/price ratio is claimed to be higher than any competitive solution, with prices starting below 10k€. "The SCN-500 is an important addition to our product portfolio, where we offer our customers a powerful EMC hot-spot test solution, at an affordable cost, that allows the designers to make early corrections of the design, and to avoid costly re-visits to the accredited EMC test lab", says Harald Kruger, Global Sales Director of Pendulum Instruments.12.01.2021 13:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_18.jpghttp://www.pendulum-instruments.com/pendulum-instruments.com
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powers DronesDeveloping a hydrogen fuel cell for mobile devices...9067Industry NewsHydrogen Fuel Cell Powers DronesDeveloping a hydrogen fuel cell for mobile devices requires overall technological innovation from materials science to full system-level design optimization. The key to mobility is miniaturization, increasing efficiency and lowering system weight. Moreover, high energy output and durability should be incorporated for a long, stable flight. Therefore, it is necessary to reduce the weight of the stack, configure a powertrain with high power density and simplify the design of the overall power pack, including peripheral components, to fully optimize the system. Core to these design goals is the architecture and implementation of the systems power delivery network (PDN). The DP30 power pack has two main powertrains that supply power to the drone's rotors and to the controller for the two stacks. Because of the wide range and variable output voltage of the DP30 power pack, from 40 to 74V, the powertrains were designed to ensure a tightly regulated 48V, 12A output to the rotor motors of the drone, plus a 12V, 8A output to the stack controller board and fans. To achieve high efficiency and high energy density in the PDN, DMI selected Vicor PRM buck-boost regulators and a ZVS buck regulator. The PRMs support the up to 74V open circuit voltage (OCV) of the hydrogen fuel cell stack and perform a stable voltage regulation to 48V. In the drone's rotor-side PDN, two PRM buck-boost regulators are configured in parallel to supply the 12A required by the rotors. The PDN for the digital controller board in the stack, uses a lower-power PRM followed by a 48V-to-12V ZVS buck regulator.12.01.2021 11:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_6.jpghttp://www.vicorpower.com/press-room/doosan-mobilityvicorpower.com/press-room
ECPE Award Cooperation - EPCIA Student AwardThe EPCIA Student Award is jointly presented by th...9116Event NewsECPE Award Cooperation - EPCIA Student AwardThe EPCIA Student Award is jointly presented by the European Passive Component Industry Association (EPCIA), the European Center for Power Electronics (ECPE), and the European Passive Components Institute (EPCI). Passive components, such as capacitors, resistors, inductors or filters, are crucial to make the (electronics) world “go round”. There is no semiconductor component and no electronic circuitry which can work properly without passive components. It has been decided to offer an Award to all students, graduate students and PhD candidates who participate in an ECPE event and / or Passive Components Networking Symposium (PCNS) and have addressed issues related to passive components in their respective thesis or paper subject (see conditions on the website www.ecpe.org/infocentre/awards/epcia-student-award/). The EPCIA Student Award program grants maximum six Awards per year and will run for 3 years (starting from 1 January 2021). Each Award is granted with € 1,000, subject to the provision that it may be split amongst more than one applicant.12.01.2021 10:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-03-01_5.pnghttps://www.ecpe.org/network/news/news-details/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=117&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detailecpe.org/news
GaN Power Stage with Programmable Source Current and Overcurrent ProtectionGaN Systems announced the release of two 650V half...9101Product ReleaseGaN Power Stage with Programmable Source Current and Overcurrent ProtectionGaN Systems announced the release of two 650V half-bridge daughter cards (30A and 60A), which provide an ultra-versatile platform to evaluate GaN drivers and transistors. The evaluation cards are available in two power levels, up to 3kW (GS-EVB-HB-66508B-RN) and up to 6kW (GS-EVB-HB-66516T-RN) and include the Renesas RAA226110 low-side GaN FET driver. These cards are the industry’s first to provide programmable overcurrent protection with adjustable thresholds and programmable source current for adjustable turn-on slew rate.  “GaN transistors have established themselves as a fundamental building block in power electronics. The introduction of Renesas’ low-side GaN FET driver with its best-in-class features and performance are a confirmation that GaN transistors have become the preferred tool of choice for power design engineers,” said Paul Wiener, Vice President of Strategic Marketing at GaN Systems. “Renesas is committed to the development of innovative power products that support GaN transistors,” said Philip Chesley, Vice President of the Industrial and Communications Business Unit at Renesas. “One example is our new RAA226110 low-side GaN FET driver, which provides all of the features customers are looking for in a high-performance driver.” These power stage designs can be utilized in a wide range of applications from enterprise 1U power supplies (up to 5kW), high-power density bridgeless totem pole PFCs, PV inverters, energy storage systems, motor drives, and automotive DC/DC converters and onboard chargers. 12.01.2021 09:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-15_17.pnghttps://gan-systems.reportablenews.com/pr/gan-systems-launches-world-s-first-gan-power-stage-with-programmable-source-current-and-overcurrent-protectiongan-systems.reportablenews.com
Fast Recovery AEC-Q Rectifiers in Two Compatible PackagesTaiwan Semiconductor announces the availability of...9073Product ReleaseFast Recovery AEC-Q Rectifiers in Two Compatible PackagesTaiwan Semiconductor announces the availability of the RS2x family of fast recovery rectifiers. These 2A-rated diodes are available with reverse voltage ratings of 200V and 1 KV, each available in either SOD-128 or Thin SMA package. These two surface mount packages align with standard pc-board solder pads facilitating interchangeability, with the Thin SMA offering a lower profile and the SOD-128 improved thermal dissipation. "The RS2x Family offers industry leading forward voltage drop, switching speed, low profile and industry standard thermally-efficient packaging," said Vice President, TSC Products, Sam Wang. "The combination of medium (200V) and high (1KV) ratings and identical performance in a pair of compatible packages enables design efficiency and manufacturing flexibility." Rectification, blocking and freewheeling uses for the RxBS Family include enclosed and open frame power supplies and power electronic conversion systems used in automotive, industrial, telecom-datacom-networking systems, LED lighting, battery charging systems, UPS and inverters. Design resources include comprehensive datasheets (https://bit.ly/3jl7fPz https://bit.ly/3o7GJgh ) and spice models for each component in the series.12.01.2021 07:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_12.jpghttps://www.taiwansemi.com/en/taiwansemi.com
Operation of IoT Devices Through Energy Harvestinge-peas and Sequans Communications announced the de...9050Industry NewsOperation of IoT Devices Through Energy Harvestinge-peas and Sequans Communications announced the demonstration of a joint solution combining e-peas' AEM energy harvesting IC (integrated circuit) with Sequans' Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT platform to provide a self-powered cellular IoT connectivity solution, in a very small footprint, that can operate indefinitely without batteries. The Sequans/e-peas demonstration shows the e-peas AEM10941 IC transferring energy from a photovoltaic harvester to a storage element and then to Sequans' Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT module where it powers a sensor device measuring power, light, and humidity. The demo kit is supplied with a small indoor DSC photovoltaic cell that can power many types of IoT applications using indoor light and LTE connectivity. In an outdoor environment, the size of the photovoltaic cell can be reduced to allow for energy-autonomous devices in an even smaller form factor. In a typical application, such as in farming or industry, device sensors collect data (humidity, temperature, air quality) while the lighting environment is loading the capacitor. With the combination of the e-peas IC and Sequans' Monarch module, the collected data can be sent up to 8 times a day, with no need of batteries using a 15 cm2 indoor PV cell under 500 Lux, making the devices completely energy self-sufficient and CO2 neutral.11.01.2021 15:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_10.pnghttps://e-peas.com/news/new-energy-harvesting-lte-m-nb-iot-connectivity-solution-by-sequans-and-e-peas/e-peas.com/news
Increase of Runtime with Solar Harvesting SolutionDesigners of space-constrained designs can now sig...9055Product ReleaseIncrease of Runtime with Solar Harvesting SolutionDesigners of space-constrained designs can now significantly increase runtime with the MAX20361 single-/multi-cell solar harvester with maximum power point tracking (MPPT) from Maxim Integrated Products. The solar harvesting solution is ideal for space-constrained applications such as wearables and emerging internet of things (IoT) applications. Designers are often challenged with the tradeoff between small size and long runtime for wearable and IoT applications. By enabling solar charging in these highly space-constrained products, the MAX20361 can extend the runtime of those devices by providing a supplemental power source. This solar harvester reduces solution size by at least half compared to the closest competitor. In addition, the MAX20361 increases harvested energy with up to 5 percent better boost efficiency than the closest competitor, coupled with an adaptive MPPT approach which can improve the overall system level efficiency even further. "This device offers exciting possibilities for a new supplemental power source to continually charge the battery of a device," said Frank Dowling, director of the Industrial and Healthcare Business Unit at Maxim Integrated. "For example, if you can harvest just 30mW of solar power per day on a 300mAHr battery system which typically runs for three weeks, you can as a result extend that runtime by over 50 percent."11.01.2021 10:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_15.jpghttps://www.maximintegrated.com/en/aboutus/newsroom.html/pr_277691401#.X_2Gibm477Y.mailtomaximintegrated.com/newsroom
SiC-Power Modules for Electric Vehicle Fast Charging and Solar MarketsCree announced the launch of its Wolfspeed WolfPAC...9043Industry NewsSiC-Power Modules for Electric Vehicle Fast Charging and Solar MarketsCree announced the launch of its Wolfspeed WolfPACK power modules, extending its range of solutions and ushering in a new era of performance for a diverse range of industrial power markets, including electric vehicle fast charging, renewable energy and energy storage, and industrial power applications. Using 1200V Wolfspeed MOSFET technology, the modules deliver maximum efficiency in easy-to-use packages that allow designers to significantly increase efficiency and performance with smaller, more scalable power systems. Compared to silicon, the use of silicon carbide-based power solutions enable faster, smaller, lighter and more powerful electrical systems for a wide range of industrial applications. The silicon carbide modules maximize power density while simplifying designs in a standard form factor to significantly accelerate the production and rollout of next-generation technology for a wide range of rapidly growing industrial markets, including off-board charging and solar energy solutions. The offering bridges the gap between single die discrete components and high-ampacity module solutions, giving today's design engineers a wide breadth of portfolio options for design requirements using Wolfspeed silicon carbide. "The introduction of the Wolfspeed WolfPACK power modules extends our power portfolio to cover the broad spectrum of high voltage power applications, which will help an array of high-growth industries transform as the global transition from silicon to silicon carbide continues to accelerate," said Jay Cameron, senior vice president and general manager, Wolfspeed Power. "Maximizing power density while minimizing design complexity is essential for engineers working in the mid-power range, and the new modules simplify layouts to help accelerate production of EV fast charging and solar infrastructures."11.01.2021 08:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_3.jpghttps://www.cree.com/news-events/news/article/new-wolfspeed-wolfpack-power-module-portfoliocree.com/news
GDTs Improve Standard Surge CurrentBourns introduced its gas discharge tube (GDT) Mod...9051Product ReleaseGDTs Improve Standard Surge CurrentBourns introduced its gas discharge tube (GDT) Model GDT25 series that offers a 40 percent improvement in standard surge current ratings from existing Bourns models. These devices have been designed using Bourns' proprietary, advanced computer simulation techniques and offer industry-leading maximum impulse voltage limiting specifications. The performance delivered in Bourns' latest generation GDT25 series helps to significantly heighten protection against induced voltage transients such as lightning and AC induction. Plus, the enhanced level of protection with tighter voltage limiting provided during fast-rising events should reduce stress on downstream components compared to current standard GDT designs. Offering superior current handling capabilities, specific Bourns GDT25 series models are available in several voltages that exceed the industry standard lightning surge current rating of 5 kA for a 5 mm surface mount GDT. In addition, these next-generation Bourns GDTs provide excellent performance across a wide temperature range, low capacitance and low insertion loss making them an ideal protection solution for high-speed information and communication technology (ICT) equipment such as set top boxes, Ethernet, DSL and G.Fast-based applications. "The speed and robustness we designed into our Model GDT25 series presents a new standard for 5 mm overvoltage surge arrestors, as demonstrated by featured ratings of 7 kA, 8/20 surge and 7 A AC with one second power cross. Our new GDT series continues our legacy of delivering the quality, innovation and engineering excellence customers have come to expect from Bourns," said Tomaz Bojko, Product Line Manager at Bourns.11.01.2021 06:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_11.jpghttps://www.bourns.com/news/press-releases/pr/2021/01/11/bourns-next-generation-gdts-deliver-state-of-the-art-performance-improve-standard-surge-current-ratings-by-40-percentbourns.com/news
Maximizing Power Resilience for Uninterrupted OperationsSilicon Power Corporation announces the installati...9041Industry NewsMaximizing Power Resilience for Uninterrupted OperationsSilicon Power Corporation announces the installation of an Innova STS sub-cycle transfer switch at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO. The Innova STS monitors the power quality of two distinct and redundant feeders to the NIST facility, and provides sub-cycle transfer from the utility preferred source to the utility alternate source in the event of a momentary interruption or disruption in power quality. This effectively protects NIST's critical systems and keeps uninterrupted operations in the event of a disturbance. "We are excited to be part of a more intelligent and resilient electric grid solution connecting critical facilities with utilities," said Perry Schugart, Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Silicon Power. "Our Innova STS quickly transfers power (in less than a quarter cycle) from multiple feeds to the load when the power supporting the load fails or has insufficient power quality. Mechanical transfer switches are too slow for many power sensitive loads."08.01.2021 06:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_1.pnghttps://siliconpower.com/news/SPCO_News_Release_NIST_01-08-2021.pdfsiliconpower.com/news.pdf
60W Wireless Power Receiver ICRenesas Electronics Corporation introduced the wor...9058Product Release60W Wireless Power Receiver ICRenesas Electronics Corporation introduced the world's first 60W wireless power receiver, the P9418, to deliver faster wireless charging experiences for smartphones, laptops and notebook devices in the industry's highest power density solution. Featuring Renesas' exclusive WattShare technology, the highly integrated P9418 wireless power receiver delivers up to 60W of power in a single chip. This enables quick and convenient charging on the go beyond smartphones, including device charging for a variety of portable computing devices. Based on Renesas' proprietary WattShare technology, the P9418 is a highly-integrated single-chip wireless power transmitter/receiver IC (TRx) that can be configured to transmit or receive an AC power signal through magnetic induction. The P9418 builds on the proven P9415 wireless power receiver and provides an easy upgrade path for existing customers. The new P9418 also delivers advanced telemetry and proprietary charging protocols required for high-power applications.Customers can also combine the P9418 wireless charging receiver with Renesas' power management portfolio, including its USB Type-C power delivery and battery charging solutions, to accelerate the development of their applications.07.01.2021 13:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_18.jpghttps://www.renesas.com/eu/en/about/press-room/renesas-unveils-industry-s-first-60w-wireless-power-receiver-icrenesas.com/press-room
New Managing Directors in 3 Group CompaniesWith the beginning of the new year, three SCHURTER...9091PeopleNew Managing Directors in 3 Group CompaniesWith the beginning of the new year, three SCHURTER Group companies have experienced a change in management. In Germany, Austria and Italy, these key positions were filled with proven internal experts. The new Managing Director, Stefan Theiler, has already proven himself over several years in various positions within the Group (Switzerland, China, among others). Most recently, he was head of development at SCHURTER GmbH. Since 1 January 2021, he has now assumed responsibility as Managing Director of SCHURTER GmbH. Also as of 1.1.2021, Hellmar Adler has taken over the management of BURISCH ELEKTRONIK BAUTEILE GMBH, Austria. Adler has worked for Burisch for 15 years and has contributed a great amount to the development of the company during this time. Ferdinand Lang previously led the company as Managing Director for 23 years, pushing and leading the transformation into the SCHURTER Group. With this generational change, Ferdinand Lang will in future fully concentrate on the development of the business in the Eastern Europe region as "Regional Head Eastern Europe". Antonello Martegani has headed the fortunes and business of SCHURTER in Italy for almost 40 years. In order to initiate a smooth generation change at an early stage, Martegani has handed over the management of SCHURTER Electronics S.p.A. on 31 December 2020. Marcelo Soares, an experienced SCHURTER manager, took over. From 2006 to 2019, he built up and managed the joint venture "SCHURTER + OKW do Brasil Componentes Electronicos Ltda." in Brazil. Since January 2020, he has been involved in the business development in Italy and has now taken over responsibility as Managing Director at the beginning of the new year.07.01.2021 12:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-15_7.jpghttps://www.schurter.com/Info-Center/News/Timeline/New-Managing-Directors-in-3-Group-companiesschurter.com/News
Device Optimized for Asymmetrical TopologiesBuilding upon the advantages of STMicroelectronics...9056Product ReleaseDevice Optimized for Asymmetrical TopologiesBuilding upon the advantages of STMicroelectronics' MasterGaN platform, MasterGaN2 is the first in the new family to contain two asymmetric gallium-nitride (GaN) transistors, delivering an integrated GaN solution suited to soft-switching and active-rectification converter topologies. The 650V normally-off GaN transistors have on-resistance (RDS(on)) of 150mO and 225mO. Each is combined with an optimized gate driver, making GaN technology as easy to use as ordinary silicon devices. By combining advanced integration with GaN's inherent performance advantages, MasterGaN2 further extends the efficiency gains, size reduction, and weight savings of topologies such as active clamp flyback. The MasterGaN power system-in-package (SiP) family combines the two GaN High-Electron-Mobility Transistors (HEMTs) and associated high-voltage gate drivers in the same package with all necessary protection mechanisms built-in. The designer can easily connect external devices including Hall sensors and a controller such as a DSP, FPGA, or microcontroller directly to the MasterGaN device. The inputs are compatible with logic signals from 3.3V to 15V, which helps simplify the circuit design and bill of materials, permits a smaller footprint, and streamlines assembly. This integration helps raise the power density of adapters and fast chargers. GaN technology is driving the evolution toward fast USB-PD adapters and smartphone chargers. ST's MasterGaN devices enable these to become up to 80% smaller and 70% lighter, while charging three times faster compared to ordinary silicon-based solutions.07.01.2021 11:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_16.jpghttps://newsroom.st.com/media-center/press-item.html/n4320.htmlnewsroom.st.com
High-Accuracy Battery Monitor and BalancerTexas Instruments introduced an automotive battery...9053Product ReleaseHigh-Accuracy Battery Monitor and BalancerTexas Instruments introduced an automotive battery monitor and balancer that reports high-accuracy voltage measurements in systems up to 800 V. In addition, the BQ79616-Q1 streamlines Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) D compliance in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). Filtering system-level noise to accurately measure battery-cell voltage and temperature and reliably reporting this information to the microcontroller (MCU) are key design challenges for automotive manufacturers. The device addresses both of these challenges to help engineers achieve battery safety goals and maximize distance per charge in wired and wireless battery management systems. The BQ79616-Q1 battery monitor and balancer is the industry's first to include a patented wake-up-at-fault feature. When paired with the BQ79600-Q1 SPI/UART communication interface, it enables total system shutdown when the vehicle is parked or turned off. This helps design engineers conserve battery power, improve cell balancing and support safety requirements. It is the first in a next-generation family of TI battery monitors and balancers to support high-accuracy monitoring for a broad spectrum of battery chemistries, including lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4). This enables automotive manufacturers to more precisely measure battery state-of-charge and state-of-health, thereby reducing cost. The BQ79616-Q1's integrated digital low-pass filter and high-precision analog-to-digital converter optimize signal measurement accuracy, delivering cell-voltage measurements with less than 2 mV of error.07.01.2021 08:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_13.jpghttps://news.ti.com/new-high-accuracy-battery-monitor-and-balancer-from-ti-improves-performance-wired-and-wireless-battery-management-systemsnews.ti.com
Acquisition of OCP GroupInterplex has announced the successful acquisition...9047Industry NewsAcquisition of OCP GroupInterplex has announced the successful acquisition of OCP Group, Inc (OCP), a custom connector and cable assembly design and manufacturer based in San Diego, California. "OCP has a solid track record of over 30 years in the design and manufacturing of highly reliable custom connectors and cable assemblies for key major OEMs. The acquisition of OCP is a strategic investment in expanding Interplex's fast-growing Medical & Life Sciences product portfolio in the customized interconnect and cable assembly solutions. They also bring valuable opportunities in specialized sensors as well as harsh environment applications.  This acquisition will complete our company-wide strategy for accelerated growth by enabling our focus on key megatrends such as "Decarbonization of Transportation", "Future Mobility", "Increase Longevity" and "Digitalization", where Interplex has established a strong position over the last 5 years," said Alessandro Perrotta, CEO, Interplex. "OCP is very excited to become a part of the Interplex family," said Treacy Sommer, General Manager of OCP. "By joining Interplex, we will be a part of a global team that offers mid to top-tier OEMs in the Medical, Automotive, Data Centers and Industrial markets, responsive and technical competence. More interestingly, we will be able to offer competitively priced alternatives to other larger interconnect industry companies. Our team is truly unique in that we have the right people, scale and ability for the next growth phase; I see good things coming."06.01.2021 12:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_7.jpghttps://interplex.com/newsroom/interplex-announces-the-acquisition-of-ocp-group-inc/?utm_source=pr-acquisition-ocpinterplex.com/newsroom
Design Enables a Secondary Side Microcontroller to Control Primary PowerIn modern offline AC-DC power solutions, programma...9054Product ReleaseDesign Enables a Secondary Side Microcontroller to Control Primary PowerIn modern offline AC-DC power solutions, programmability and adaptive control offer the flexibility and intelligence needed by smart home devices to better interface with their power systems. In these systems, a secondary side microcontroller (MCU) is typically not capable of starting a system without the use of a separate bias power supply. The reference design from Microchip Technology solves this problem using the MCP1012 high voltage auxiliary AC-DC controller, demonstrating the ability to remove the independent bias power supply in many applications. The MCP1012 offline auxiliary device enables the system to transfer control of the power and duty cycle to a secondary MCU. The control between the system and the load can be more precise and purposefully coupled, through a design that can be simplified, reducing size and cost. The reference design uses a patented isolation technique for isolated feedback. This patented isolation technique called Inde-Flux transformer technology is being licensed to Würth Elektronik eiSos. Inde-Flux technology is used in the Inde-Flux Transformer, the first transformer made by Würth Elektronik eiSos using this IP and sold as part of Microchip's 15W MCP1012 offline reference design. This transformer combines the signal power and signal communication into one device, eliminating the need for optical feedback or an independent signal transformer. The option is also available to use more traditional approaches with a planar pulse transformer on the reference design, as well as the ability of the design to work with more traditional optocouplers and signal transformers. The secondary-side control is then enabled through a combination of the transformer and Microchip's newly released MCP1012 AC-DC controller along with the SAM D20 series 32-bit MCU.06.01.2021 09:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_14.jpghttps://www.microchip.com/en-us/about/news-releases/products/power-control-reference-design-inde-fluxmicrochip.com/news-releases
IC Integrates Power, Voltage, and Current MonitoringAllegro MicroSystems announced the launch of the A...9052Product ReleaseIC Integrates Power, Voltage, and Current MonitoringAllegro MicroSystems announced the launch of the ACS37800, a Hall-effect power monitoring IC for single-phase AC and DC solutions in a small PCB footprint. It is an integrated power monitoring chip that allows simultaneous measurement of power, voltage, and current for AC and DC signals with an isolation rating of up to 1480 Vpk in a small SOIC16W package, reducing the solution BOM size, cost, and complexity. "Our newest power monitoring chip is a gamechanger for IoT devices, smart lighting, data centers, and telecom applications, in particular," says Shaun Milano, Business Unit Director for Current Sensors at Allegro. "We've improved on our first-generation integrated solution by adding the ability to measure voltage, current and power in AC as well as DC at the same time – and with reinforced isolation, our customers can eliminate many expensive components on their PCBs. The ACS37800 dramatically simplifies measuring power in a unique single-chip solution." The ACS37800 allows devices to easily track power consumption and to optimize energy use by detecting reduced power efficiency for predictive maintenance. This makes the ACS37800 ideal for motor control, building automation, and a variety of green industrial applications. Offered in an efficient SOIC16 footprint, the ACS37800 further reduces PCB size and significantly reduces bill of materials (BOM) cost and complexity by eliminating the need for many components that competitive solutions require in similar conditions. For example, the integrated 517 Vrms reinforced isolation enables current sensing without expensive opto-isolators, Rogowski coils, oversized current transformers, isolated operational amplifiers, or shunt resistors.06.01.2021 07:30:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_12.jpghttps://www.allegromicro.com/en/about-allegro/news-room/2020/acs37800-prallegromicro.com/news-room
"IEC 1906 Award" for Jonas BachmannWith the "IEC 1906 Award", the International Elect...9049People"IEC 1906 Award" for Jonas BachmannWith the "IEC 1906 Award", the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) honours people who have made outstanding achievements in the technical or organisational field of a current standards project. Among the award winners this year was Jonas Bachmann, Head Engineering of SCHURTER AG. The "IEC Award 1906" - named after the year in which the IEC was founded - honours achievements in connection with the IEC's activities which contribute significantly to the further development of the commissions' work. The award was established in 2004 by the IEC Executive Committee. The award has a high status, as only about 160 of the more than 20,000 standards experts working in the IEC are honoured annually. This year's "IEC 1906 Award" was ceremonially presented on 19 November 2020 by the Swiss CES President Samuel Ansorge, assisted by CES Secretary Mario Schleider. Despite the COVID 19 pandemic, two of the four awardees found their way to Fehraltorf to the headquarters of the CES (Comité Électrotechnique Suisse), the national "mirror face" of the IEC.05.01.2021 14:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_9.jpghttps://www.schurter.com/Info-Center/News/Timeline/Awardedschurter.com/News
Vice President Engineering for EMEA Components BusinessArrow Electronics has announced the appointment of...9045PeopleVice President Engineering for EMEA Components BusinessArrow Electronics has announced the appointment of Margit Tischler as vice president engineering of its components business for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In her new role, Tischler will be responsible for Arrow's engineering teams in EMEA. Engineering services are a core part of Arrow's business and deliver expertise that enables customers to accelerate product development and deployment. Arrow has built on its strong technology relationships with suppliers by establishing an ecosystem of companies with whom it can deliver additional engineering support. This support includes development boards and tools, which can kickstart a development project, through to bespoke services and solutions that help customers to reduce time-to-market significantly. Margit Tischler brings with her over 20 years' experience in technical sales and marketing roles in the high technology sector. She joins from Intel where she was director, corporate and worldwide channel sales for PSG (Programmable Solutions Group). She spent seven years with Altera and managed the EMEA channel teams prior to its acquisition by Intel in 2015. Before this, Tischler spent almost 15 years with Xilinx and led a team of account managers and field application engineers (FAEs).05.01.2021 10:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_5.jpghttps://news.fiveyearsout.com/news-releases/news-details/2021/Arrow-Electronics-Appoints-New-Vice-President-Engineering-for-EMEA-Components-Business/default.aspxnews.fiveyearsout.com
EMEA Distribution Award in the Category of Volume PartnersTTI has been awarded with the Distributor of the Y...9044Industry NewsEMEA Distribution Award in the Category of Volume PartnersTTI has been awarded with the Distributor of the Year Award by Bourns. The annual awards celebrate Bourns' best performing distribution partners in the EMEA region. TTI was named winner in the Volume Partners category by Al Yost, COO and President of Bourns. In addition, Marc Opitz, Senior Manager Strategic Product Marketing at TTI, became the first person to receive a new award; the Bourns MVP award. This new category was created to recognise individuals who have gone the extra mile to achieve exceptional levels of sales for Bourns. "We are pleased to receive this prestigious award for the fifth time in Europe. Despite challenging market conditions, we have grown our business together by investing in broad and deep inventory, new project development activities and new product introductions", said Felix Corbett, Director Supplier Marketing at TTI in Europe. "Our long-term partnership with Bourns and its investment in high quality products and service continues to enable us to support our customers across the full portfolio of passive and discrete technologies, helping us to meet customer needs on time and with the most reliable quality." "Bourns is delighted to announce TTI Europe has won the "Distributor of the year award" for 2019, in the category of Bourns Volume Partners EMEA. Following a buoyant 2018, 2019 was challenging with corrections in the market, but TTI continued to provide excellent customer service. This was instrumental in TTI increasing its customer count and achieving the highest customer count among our volume distributors," commented Ferdinand Leicher, Vice President Sales EMEA at Bourns.05.01.2021 09:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_4.jpghttps://www.ttieurope.com/content/ttieurope/en/manufacturers/a-b/bourns.htmlttieurope.com/bourns
2021 Technology PredictionsVicor Corporation released its industry prediction...9042Industry News2021 Technology PredictionsVicor Corporation released its industry predictions for 2021, covering 4 areas: Automotive, High-Performance Computing, Aerospace & Defense and Robotics. Buried in the tumult of 2020 was a rapid acceleration in the speed of innovation. Nowhere was this more evident than in the record-breaking development of not one, but many, COVID-19 vaccines. The accelerating speed of innovation is also happening in other fields, driven by changing habits and reset priorities due to the pandemic. The following are examples where existing trends will significantly accelerate and place greater stress on the use and development of efficient, compact, modular-based power delivery networks (PDNs).<br>- Prediction #1 for Automotive – Covid has accelerated move to Electric Vehicles and Migration to 48V systems by Nicolas Richard, Vicor's Director of EMEA Automotive Business Development<br>- Prediction #2 for High-Performance Computing – Data Center Capacity Demand Will Exceed Physical Plant Space by Lev Slutskiy, Vicor's Regional Manager<br>- Prediction #3 for Military and Aerospace – The big three drivers of change for 2021 will be the pandemic, hypersonic missiles, and asymmetric warfare by Teo DeLellis, Vicor's Business Development for Aerospace<br>- Prediction #4 for Robotics – European Drone and robot sightings set to reach 747 Million in 2021 by Henryk Dabrowski, VP Sales for Vicor in EMEA05.01.2021 07:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_2.jpghttp://www.vicorpower.com/vicorpower.com
Book About Modern Power Electronic DevicesPower devices are key to modern power systems, per...9070Industry NewsBook About Modern Power Electronic DevicesPower devices are key to modern power systems, performing essential functions such as inverting and changing voltages, buffering, and switching. The increasing complexity of power systems, with distributed renewable generation on the rise, is posing challenges to these devices. In recent years, several new devices have emerged, including wide bandgap devices, each with advantages and weaknesses depending on circumstances and applications. With a device-centric approach, this book addresses power device technology at the design level, by bridging the gap between semiconductor- and materials science, and power electronic applications. It provides key information for researchers working with power electronic devices and for power electronic application designers, and it is also a useful resource for academics and industrial researches working on power electronics at the system level, such as industrial-machine- and robot designers. https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Power-Electronic-Devices-applications/dp/178561917901.01.2021 14:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-02-01_9.pnghttps://digital-library.theiet.org/content/books/po/pbpo152edigital-library.theiet.org
Takahiro Okazawa Appointed as President and CEOHioki E.E. Corporation has appointed Takahiro Okaz...9048PeopleTakahiro Okazawa Appointed as President and CEOHioki E.E. Corporation has appointed Takahiro Okazawa as President and CEO from 1st January 2021. He succeeded Kazutoshi Hosoya, who has headed the company from 2017 to 2019. Okazawa emphasised the international growth for HIOKI as one major objective for the future of the company.01.01.2021 13:00:00Jan\images\news_2021-01-15_8.jpghttps://www.hioki.comhioki.com
Reseller in Netherlands, Belgium and LuxembourgDanisense has announced that AR Benelux has been a...9027Industry NewsReseller in Netherlands, Belgium and LuxembourgDanisense has announced that AR Benelux has been appointed as a reseller covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Part of the AR Europe group of companies, AR Benelux is a provider of test and measurement equipment covering AC and DC power, electrical safety, EMC, oscilloscopes, RF and microwave and SatCom equipment. The company is stocking Danisense's wide range of high-quality AC/DC current sensors ranging up to 3000A and beyond. Comments Loic Moreau, VP marketing at Danisense: "AR Benelux is an excellent partner for the 'Measure To Analyze' market sector.  Now, our customers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg will be serviced by an experienced, local company that is able to support our products technically and commercially. AR Benelux is already actively selling instrumentation and laboratory equipment that is complementary to our current sense transducers." Mark Vloemans, business manager of AR Benelux' Test & Measurement division also sees good synergies with existing and new customers. "Danisense's current sensors fit very well with solutions we currently offer in the field of power supplies, power analyzers and high-power AC/DC (bidirectional) testing systems. Innovative Zero Flux technology and sturdy metal enclosures ensure that Danisense's current sensors the most stable and accurate devices currently available on the market", he adds.21.12.2020 15:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_10.jpghttps://www.danisense.com/about-us/news/31-single-news/181-danisense-adds-ar-benelux-as-reseller-in-netherlands-belgium-and-luxembourgdanisense.com/news
Capacitor Division AcquiredCornell Dubilier Electronics announced that its su...9022Industry NewsCapacitor Division AcquiredCornell Dubilier Electronics announced that its subsidiary, CD Snow Hill, LLC, has acquired the capacitor producing assets of NWL, Inc. Now possessing greater capabilities in custom high-voltage film capacitors for pulsed power and power conversion applications, the company is poised to expand its solutions for industrial, military, and medical customers. "NWL has long been an industry leader in the design and manufacture of high voltage AC and DC film capacitors for applications where we see opportunities for growth.", says Jim Kaplan, CEO of Cornell Dubilier. "This acquisition greatly expands our capabilities in custom capacitors needed for high-power lasers, military propulsion systems, inverters and more.", continued Kaplan. According to Robert Seitz, President of NWL, the sale of their capacitor operations will allow NWL to focus on its other core business segments: transformers, electrostatic precipitators, and power supplies.  Cornell Dubilier plans to assume operations at NWL's former plant in Snow Hill, NC. Employees of the Snow Hill operation, many of them highly experienced, will be employed by Cornell Dubilier, ensuring the same high-level of service enjoyed by NWL's customers over many decades. With the addition of custom, high-voltage DC and AC film capacitors, CDE now offers one of the most extensive portfolios of power capacitors available to the global marketplace. The added capabilities complement the company's core strength in power capacitors across multiple dielectric technologies including aluminum electrolytic, film, mica, and supercapacitors. 21.12.2020 10:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_5.jpghttps://www.cde.com/news/2020/12/cornell-dubilier-acquires-capacitor-division-from-nwlcde.com/news
FET for USB-C Battery Chargers and Point-of-Load ConvertersEfficient Power Conversion advances the performanc...9035Product ReleaseFET for USB-C Battery Chargers and Point-of-Load ConvertersEfficient Power Conversion advances the performance capability of low voltage, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2055 (3 m?, 40 V) eGaN FET. This device is ideal for applications with demanding requirements for performance in space-constrained form factors including USB-C batter chargers and ultra-thin point-of-load (POL) converters. Other low-voltage applications benefiting from the fast-switching speeds and ultra-high efficiency of the EPC2055 include LED lighting, 12 V – 24 V input motor drivers, and lidar systems for robotics, drones, and autonomous cars. According to Alex Lidow, EPC's co-founder and CEO, "The EPC2055 is a very good example of the rapid evolution of GaN FET technology. This 40 volt device offers both smaller size and reduced parasitics compared with previous-generation 40 V GaN FETs and at lower cost; thus, offering designers both improved performance and cost savings." The EPC90132 development board is a 40 V maximum device voltage, 25 A maximum output current, half bridge with onboard gate drives, featuring the EPC2055 eGaN FETs. This 2" x 2" (50.8 mm x 50.8 mm) board is designed for optimal switching performance and contains all critical components for easy evaluation of the EPC2055.  17.12.2020 10:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_18.jpghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/2961/Efficient-Power-Conversion-EPC-Launches-40-V-eGaN-FET-Ideal-for-High-Power-Density-Solutions-for-USB-C-Battery-Chargers-and-Ultra-thin-Point-of-Load-Converters.aspxepc-co.com/News
Buck-Boost Battery Charging ControllerAnalog Devices introduced the LT8491 buck-boost ba...9033Product ReleaseBuck-Boost Battery Charging ControllerAnalog Devices introduced the LT8491 buck-boost battery charging controller that features Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), temperature compensation and I2C interface for telemetry and control. The device operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated battery float voltage. The LT8491 offers three selectable Constant Current Constant Voltage (CC-CV) charging profiles, making it ideal for charging a variety of battery chemistry types including sealed lead acid, gel and flooded cells, and Li-Ion. All charge termination algorithms are provided onboard, eliminating the need for software or firmware and thus reducing design cycle time. The LT8491 operates over a 6V to 80V input range and can produce a 1.3V to 80V battery float voltage output using a single inductor with 4-switch synchronous rectification. The device is capable of charging currents as high as 10A depending on the choice of external components. The LT8491 may be paralleled with multiple LT8705 (80V buck-boost controller) devices for higher power operation. The LT8491 can perform automatic temperature compensation by sensing an external thermistor thermally coupled to the battery. The I2C interface provides complete control of the charger as well as input/output voltage, current, and power values. The LT8491 is available in a low profile (0.75mm) 64-pin 7mm x 11mm QFN package and is guaranteed for operation from -40°C to 125°C.17.12.2020 09:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_16.jpghttp://www.analog.com/LT8491analog.com/LT8491
Multi-Port 65W Fast Charger with GaN-TransistorsGaN Systems announced that the Philips SPS2316G/93...9032Product ReleaseMulti-Port 65W Fast Charger with GaN-TransistorsGaN Systems announced that the Philips SPS2316G/93, a 2C1A 65W GaN charger, features GaN Systems power transistors. This novel charger includes three AC outlets and three USB ports eliminating the need for multiple chargers. Performance tests show it can charge three digital devices simultaneously while also supplying power to three 220V devices, such as speakers, TVs, fans, ultra-high-power chargers, and more, making it an essential gadget for home use and business travel. The Philips charger highlights a modern hexagonal design and presents major improvements from the previous product model (Philips 2C1A 18W) in size, power, and charging times. GaN has become the technology of choice to deliver these benefits. The charger meets high-power needs of multiple device charging in a small form factor. It is 75% smaller than legacy solutions at 61x65X65 mm with a maximum output power of 2500W. USB interfaces support a wide range of voltages and 65W (USB-C) and 60W (USB-A) high-power fast charging protocols. To achieve high performance and power density, the Philips charger uses GaN Systems' 650V E-mode GaN power transistor (GS-065-011-1-L). This high performance, low-cost FET is in a small 5×6 mm PDFN package and offers low junction-to-case thermal resistance, which results in ultra-high switching frequency and efficiency output. With the GaN Systems EZDrive implementation combined with the ON Semiconductor NCP1342 controller, the charger power design is simplified, a "double-drive" is avoided, and low cost is achieved.17.12.2020 08:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_15.jpghttps://gan-systems.reportablenews.com/pr/philips-new-multi-port-65w-fast-charger-reaches-new-levels-with-gan-systems-transistorsgan-systems.reportablenews.com
Design Expertise to Produce Converters for eMotorsport VehiclesBrightLoop Converters has reduced the size, cost a...9029Industry NewsDesign Expertise to Produce Converters for eMotorsport VehiclesBrightLoop Converters has reduced the size, cost and improved reliability of its latest BB SP DC-DC buck converters thanks to Efficient Power Conversion Corporation's (EPC) EPC2029 enhancement-mode gallium nitride (eGaN) FET transistors. By switching from silicon (Si) transistors to gallium nitride (GaN), BrightLoop was able to increase the switching frequency of their design from 200 kHz to 600 kHz, while keeping the same efficiency. This design change increased the power density of the solution by a factor of approximately two and this resulted in lower cost by enabling the implementation of a smaller enclosure. BrightLoop's converters are used primarily in motorsports and supercars with other applications including commercial and off-highway vehicles. Future higher power versions are coming next year to address the mild hybrid applications such as electrical starting assistance. The BB SP is relevant in any dual voltage architecture (14 V / 48 V or 14 V / 24 V), or where a certain load is available only with a voltage that is different from the regular network (for example a 48 V pump on a 14V car), in which case the conversion can be done by the BB SP locally, just in front of the load. To make the use of BB SP interesting, it needs to have negligible losses and weight compared with the rest of the system. This is possible thanks to EPC's eGaN FETs. For example, a 48V actuator plus BB SP using GaN can be lighter weight than the equivalent 12 V actuator.16.12.2020 17:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_12.jpghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/2960/Efficient-Power-Conversion-EPC-and-BrightLoop-Converters-Combine-Design-Expertise-to-Produce-Smaller-Lighter-Converters-for-Performance-eMotorsport-Vehicles.aspxepc-co.com/News
Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and ApplicationsThe organizing committee for the 8th Annual IEEE /...9028Event NewsWorkshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and ApplicationsThe organizing committee for the 8th Annual IEEE / PMSA Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA) is cautiously optimistic that the conference will be permitted to be held as an in-person event November 7 – 9, 2021. The organizing committee remains committed to provide engineers and scientists with opportunities to share their expertise in wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor technology. The workshop will feature tutorials as well as keynote sessions, panel sessions, technical sessions, and a poster session that covers four technical tracks: silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, SiC applications, gallium nitride (GaN) power devices, GaN applications, and new this year, Gallium Nitride (GaN) RF devices and applications and International Technology Roadmap for Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductors) (ITRW).  Topics in emerging WBG materials will also be solicited. The workshop is brought to you by the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA), and the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS). The General Chair is Sameh Khalil, Senior Principal Engineer, GaN Device Reliability and Product Engineering Management at Infineon Technologies. The abstract submission portal will open mid spring to accept authors' manuscripts. Researchers are encouraged to submit their latest findings on the design and fabrication of WBG power devices, their insertion in power electronics circuits/systems, and on technology of SiC, GaN, their reliability and other emerging, high performance WBG power semiconductors. 16.12.2020 16:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_11.pnghttps://www.psma.com/HTML/newsletter/page13.htmlpsma.com/newsletter
Small Footprint Gate Driver for Fast Design-insInfineon Technologies adds a generation to its mos...9060Product ReleaseSmall Footprint Gate Driver for Fast Design-insInfineon Technologies adds a generation to its most versatile and simple to use EiceDRIVER 1ED Compact isolated gate driver family: the X3 Compact (1ED31xx) family. This gate driver provides separate output options together with active shutdown and short circuit clamping in DSO-8 300 mil package. The active Miller clamp option is best suited for silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET 0 V turn off. The X3 Compact offers a benchmark CMTI of 200 kV/µs, and typical 5, 10, and 14 A output current. It is aiming at industrial drives, solar systems , EV charging, uninterruptible power supplies, commercial air conditioning as well as other applications. The EiceDRIVER X3 Compact is recognized under UL 1577 with an insulation test voltage of 5.7 kV RMS. Its 14 A high output current is well suited for high switching frequency applications as well as for IGBT 7, which requires a much higher gate driver output current compared to IGBT 4. With the same exceptional CMTI robustness as the X3 Enhanced of more than 200 kV/µs, the X3 Compact also avoids faulty switching patterns. The tight propagation delay matching of 7 ns (max.) leads to shorter deadtime. All variants integrate input filters, which reduces the need for external filters, provides accurate timing, and leads to lower BOM cost. The EiceDRIVER X3 Compact is the perfect driver for superjunction MOSFETs such as CoolMOS, SiC MOSFETs such as CoolSiC, and IGBT modules.16.12.2020 15:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-15_20.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/market-news/2020/INFIPC202012-026.htmlinfineon.com/market-news
GaN Power Amplifier for C-Band ApplicationsQorvo introduced a GaN MMIC power amplifier (PA) t...9037Product ReleaseGaN Power Amplifier for C-Band ApplicationsQorvo introduced a GaN MMIC power amplifier (PA) that delivers up to 100 watts of saturated power in a small, 7 mm x 7 mm QFN package. The PA is internally matched and requires no additional external RF components, enabling designers and system integrators to maximize design by reducing size and weight while offering better performance. The integrated Surface Mount Technology (SMT) package design enables customers to manufacture at a lower cost compared to die or bolt-down flange package alternatives. The Qorvo QPA2309, built on the company's patented QGaN25HV wafer process, operates between 5-6 GHz (C-band) and delivers an industry-best power added efficiency (PAE) of 52%. This GaN PA provides defense radar customers with two times higher saturated power, higher large signal gain and improved PAE in the same package size as the previous generation product. Qorvo also offers customers the option of a 50-watt version (QPA2310) in the same package configuration. Dean White, senior director of Qorvo's Defense and Aerospace business said, "The QPA2309 gives defense customers the ability to dramatically increase their power density output in the same design footprint, to increase radar range and sensitivity without adding size or weight."16.12.2020 12:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_20.jpghttps://www.qorvo.com/newsroom/news/2020/qorvos-newest-gan-power-amplifier-offers-industry-leading-saturated-power-for-c-band-applicationsqorvo.com/newsroom
Overcoming Challenges to Making GaN Power-Electronics DevicesTwo complementary research papers from CEA-Leti co...9046Industry NewsOvercoming Challenges to Making GaN Power-Electronics DevicesTwo complementary research papers from CEA-Leti confirmed that the institute's approach to gallium-nitride (GaN) technologies is on track overcome challenges in the architecture and performance of advanced GaN devices embedding a MOS gate, and targeting the fast-growing global market for power-conversion systems. In papers presented at IEDM 2020, scientists recounted experiments with variations of high-electron- mobility transistors (HEMT) based on gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si), called GaN-on-Si HEMT. GaN-based semiconductors improve both performance and reliability of increasingly compact power converters compared to silicon, and AIGaN/GaN HEMTs have shown potential to replace power-conversion solutions based on Si or SiC for high-frequency applications with high power and low noise. This technology is therefore expected to be a cost-effective, power-conversion solution for many end-user applications, ranging from smartphones to kitchen appliances and e-vehicles and from battery loaders to DC/DC or AC/DC converters. Considered together, the two papers provide a novel understanding of the gate stack of the GaN MOS-c HEMT developed at CEA-Leti in the IRT Nanoelec framework. They demonstrate the complexity of GaN MOS stack characterization as well as the requirement for deep expertise to report and analyze reliable parameter values. The work presented in these papers will also help to solve detrimental effects occurring in GaN devices to improve reliability, which is one of CEA-Leti's key missions during an industrial transfer.16.12.2020 11:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-15_6.pnghttps://www.leti-cea.com/cea-tech/leti/english/Pages/What%27s-On/Press%20release/CEA-Leti-Papers-at-IEDM-2020-Highlight-Progress.aspxleti-cea.com/Papers
EV Charging Solution in Partnership with AFC EnergyABB has announced the launch of a strategic partne...9090Industry NewsEV Charging Solution in Partnership with AFC EnergyABB has announced the launch of a strategic partnership with AFC Energy to create the next generation of high power sustainable electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for grid constrained locations. Utilizing ABB’s energy storage solution and market leading DC electric vehicle fast chargers along with AFC Energy’s zero emission, high efficiency hydrogen fuel cell, the strategic collaboration will deliver a fully autonomous, high power EV charging system, to provide an end-to-end solution for high power charging sites with limited grid connection. With predictions suggesting that by 20401 there will be just under 500 million EVs on the road and 58 percent of all new passenger vehicle sales and 47 percent of the global fleet will be electric, getting the right infrastructure in place to fuel this, regardless of grid limitations, will be key. The Global EV charging market is expected to reach US$140bn by 20302, growing at an estimated CAGR of 31.2%, and power network upgrades will be critical to facilitate this level of deployment. The collaboration between ABB and AFC Energy aims to support the delivery of the charging infrastructure required to meet this increasing demand. It will result in a new solution that will provide a secure, efficient, flexible and reliable local power supply, with zero emissions, and will be ready for deployment initially in the UK, Europe, United States and elsewhere, by the second half of 2021.16.12.2020 11:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-02-15_6.jpghttps://new.abb.com/news/detail/72204/abb-to-develop-high-power-ev-charging-solution-in-partnership-with-afc-energynew.abb.com
Donation in Lieu of Sending GiftsVincotech has pledged to continue its holiday trad...9018Industry NewsDonation in Lieu of Sending GiftsVincotech has pledged to continue its holiday tradition of donating to a good cause in lieu of sending Christmas gifts to customers. The company's partner in philanthropy is again Plan International Germany. This aid organization will receive a €12,000 grant, provided in the name of the company and its customers, to fund vocational training for disadvantaged young Bolivians. The youth unemployment rate in Bolivia is high with 30 percent of 20-to-24-year-olds lacking any sort of gainful employment. Some work on family farms, but inequality is an issue. Young women are likely to have fewer educational and job opportunities, which are particularly scarce in rural regions. And the few jobs available are often exploitative, paying less than minimum wage and subjecting workers to harsh conditions. Many of the young seek work abroad, leaving their families behind. This project affords this younger generation, and women especially, the opportunity to acquire marketable job skills and set up businesses of their own. An education in agriculture, tourism or catering is the first step towards a steady income that will enable youngsters to support their families and contribute to their communities. "Fund-raising is hard for charities when times are tough," says Vincotech CEO Eckart Seitter. "We don't want to be a fair-weather friend to a partner we've worked with for nearly ten years. This is why Vincotech is very happy to be supporting Plan International Germany's initiative to help these young people to a brighter future. What a wonderful project."16.12.2020 06:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_1.jpghttps://www.vincotech.net/seasonsgreetings/vincotech.net/seasonsgreetings
Nanocrystalline Single-Phase FiltersKEMET announces the launch of the GTX series plast...9040Product ReleaseNanocrystalline Single-Phase FiltersKEMET announces the launch of the GTX series plastic box single-phase filters. These filters suppress excess electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated from power lines within 250VAC single-phase electrical systems. Conducted electromagnetic noise is a common occurrence, but if left unchecked it may cause disruptions in the operation of a circuit or other electronic components used in power supply systems. According to a February 2020 report by Stratistics Market Research Consulting, the global industrial power supply market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% to reach USD 15 billion by 2027 from USD 8 billion in 2018. The GTX series filter uses a unique material and design which provides superior EMI attenuation performance. The filter contains a nanocrystalline core, which offers higher permeability and lower losses than ferrite material cores found in other EMI filters. This nanocrystalline core allows for a compact, lightweight, and high-density design resulting in the highest attenuation capability and smallest volumetric package compared to other EMI filters now available in the market. As a result, GTX's design not only uses less circuit board space but also improves performance in single-phase power supply systems for commercial, industrial, and medical applications. Additionally, the GTX series offers five rated current ranges (6 – 30 A) which can be paired with six Class-Y capacitors, resulting in 30 different component combinations supporting general-purpose inverters in machine tools, welders, 3D printers, and other industrial applications.15.12.2020 15:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_23.png  
AC-DC Open Frame Power SuppliesBel Power Solutions announces the ABC601 Series of...9039Product ReleaseAC-DC Open Frame Power SuppliesBel Power Solutions announces the ABC601 Series of open frame power supplies which are ideal for both industrial and medical applications and are available in a variety of single output voltages. The ABC601 Series provides a steady 600 W of regulated DC power through the full 85 to 305 VAC input range with 800 W, 10 s peak capability. The series comes in 24, 28, 36 and 48 VDC standard output voltages and in two packages, U-frame chassis or enclosed, with a front-mounted fan, offering 12 and 5 VSB standby outputs and a full set of protection features. The ABC601 Series features a built-in I-share circuit for parallel operation between power units to enhance total power. An optional OR-ing external circuit can be provided for N+1 redundant operation. Ideal applications include video wall displays, solid-state lighting, industrial process control and automation, telecommunications, laboratory/analysis equipment, test and measurement equipment and medical applications. The ABC601 Series is medical safety approved to IEC 60601-1 3rd edition, including Risk Management Assessment, 2x MoPP rated and BF appliances compatible, IEC 60601-1-2 4th edition EMC compliant, LED lighting safety approval to UL8750 and RoHS 3 compliant.15.12.2020 14:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_22.pnghttps://belfuse.com/news-detail/bel-power-solutions-announces-600-w-abc601-ac-dc-open-frame-power-suppliesbelfuse.com/news
Technologies for Advanced Automotive ApplicationsAVX Corporation has joined the OPEN (One-Pair Ethe...9023Industry NewsTechnologies for Advanced Automotive ApplicationsAVX Corporation has joined the OPEN (One-Pair Ethernet) Alliance, a non-profit special interest group (SIG) comprised of automotive industry and technology providers dedicated to encouraging the widespread adoption of single-pair Ethernet solutions as the standard for automotive networking applications. Similar to the SPE Industrial Partner Network, which supports the development, standardization, and widespread adoption of single-pair Ethernet in industrial automation applications to hasten the realization of Industry 4.0 and also counts AVX as an active member, the more than 340 members of the OPEN Alliance collaborate to help automotive OEMs leverage the scalability, flexibility, reduced complexity, and cost-effectiveness of single-pair Ethernet communication networks to support the continued evolution of connected vehicle and autonomous driving technologies. As an OPEN Alliance member, AVX will collaborate with other member companies to fulfill one of the SIG's key goals: enabling the deployment of existing IEEE 100BASE-T1, 1000BASE-T1, and 1000BASE-RH physical layer specifications with complementary specifications for conformance and interoperability. To help fulfill this initiative, AVX has been qualified to develop multilayer varistors (MLVs) that meet IEEE 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 testing requirements and deliver low capacitance and low leakage in a compact and lightweight design. Varistors and other transient voltage suppression (TVS) devices are used to protect the data lines in automotive Ethernet networks from electrostatic discharge (ESD), which can damage sensitive components like integrated circuits (ICs) in networked applications including engine control units (ECUs), advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS), and heads up displays (HUDs).15.12.2020 11:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_6.jpghttps://www.avx.com/news/avx-joins-the-open-alliance/avx.com/news