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Module Family for High-Density Computing and Datacenters
  • Product Release
  • 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.

Operation of IoT Devices Through Energy Harvesting
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  • Industry News
  • 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
  • Product Release
  • 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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  • Industry News
  • 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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  • Product Release
  • 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
  • Industry News
  • 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
  • Product Release
  • 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.

Device Optimized for Asymmetrical Topologies
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  • Product Release
  • 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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  • Product Release
  • 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
  • Industry News
  • 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
  • Product Release
  • 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
  • Product Release
  • 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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  • People
  • 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
  • People
  • 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
  • Industry News
  • 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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  • Industry News
  • 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

Takahiro Okazawa Appointed as President and CEO
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  • People
  • 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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  • Industry News
  • 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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  • Industry News
  • 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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  • Product Release
  • 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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  • Product Release
  • 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
  • Product Release
  • 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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  • Industry News
  • 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
  • Event News
  • 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
  • Product Release
  • 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
  • Industry News
  • 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.

Donation in Lieu of Sending Gifts
  • Industry News
  • 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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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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  • 2020-12-15

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.

Technologies for Advanced Automotive Applications
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  • 2020-12-15

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).

Demystifying EMC Conference Goes Virtual in 2021
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  • 2020-12-15

Rohde & Schwarz announced that the seventh edition of its Demystifying EMC conference will go virtual, offering participants the opportunity to engage with industry experts through Europe and beyond. In an expanded three-day digital event running from 9th to 11th February 2021, the conference will feature a mix of live, educational and interactive events, with a virtual exhibition running alongside. Originally a one-day seminar, Rohde & Schwarz has established Demystifying EMC as one of the premier industry events on EMC in the UK over the past seven years, and has previously attracted around 500 attendees. With the number of new and repeat delegates increasing year on year, the event's maximum capacity has continuously been raised to meet high demand thanks to the event's focus on knowledge sharing and providing an industry wide perspective. Demystifying EMC offers insightful presentations by experts from independent training partners and industrial partners, as well as by Rohde & Schwarz specialists. Each day of the online conference will start with an EMC fundamentals session from Lee Hill of Silent Solutions, who shares his 30 years of EMC teaching, problem-solving and electronic design experience. The afternoons will feature a wide range of live keynotes from Rohde & Schwarz experts in addition to educational streams throughout the three days covering the trends in the EMC industry, including aspects of product design, test, simulations, and regulations and standards from leading EMC partners.

Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Channel Strategy
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  • 2020-12-15

Vicor Corporation announced the appointment of David Krakauer as Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Channel Strategy. Mr. Krakauer will oversee all marketing activities including corporate branding, promotion, and communications, as well as channel marketing and sales enablement. Prior to joining Vicor, Mr. Krakauer was responsible for corporate marketing and customer experience at Analog Devices where he also held prior roles managing successful product lines. Mr. Krakauer has a BSEE and MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Vicor Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Phil Davies commented, "David brings extensive experience in driving profitable revenue growth through novel marketing strategies and practices. We are pleased to bring David on board as Vicor continues to build its brand in high-growth markets as the high-performance power module company."

MOSFETs for 48V Hot Swap Telecom Applications
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  • 2020-12-15

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor announced the release of, AOTL66518 and AOB66518L, a 150V MOSFET with low on-resistance and a high Safe Operating Area (SOA) capability designed for demanding applications in Telcom Hot Swap. AOS designed these MOSFETs with a low on state resistance and a robust linear mode performance with a wide Safe Operating Area (SOA) to manage Telecom's demanding application where performance, reliability, and quality are essential. AOTL66518 and AOB66518L have a max junction temperature up to 175°C and protects the load by limiting high in rush currents in soft-start, eFuse, and Hot Swap application conditions. AOTL66518 delivers high robustness with a 150V MOSFET in a TOLL package. The TOLL package offers a 30% smaller footprint than a TO-263 (D2PAK) package and has a higher current capability due to clip technology. AOTL66518 has a very low thermal resistance from silicon junction to the bottom of the package case (Rthjc) compared to TO-263. These features enable Telecom designers to reduce the number of MOSFETs in parallel. "High reliability and robust linear mode performance are critical metrics in Telecommunications. AOTL66518 and AOB66518L have high SOA with low on-resistance to meet these demanding requirements," said Peter H. Wilson.

Joining Ultra Wide Band Alliance
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  • 2020-12-14

STMicroelectronics has joined the UWB Alliance (UWBA) as a Promoter Class Member, accepting a seat on the Board of Directors. The Alliance's mission is focused on advocating a favourable regulatory environment to promote ultra-wideband (UWB) technology innovation and growth. This includes working to secure new advantageous updates to rulesets in the U.S. and Europe. Committed to accelerating the adoption of UWB technology by providing a centre of excellence for regulatory knowledge and guidance, it works with other international organizations to help members increase their market presence. "As a leader in the UWB space, ST feels a responsibility to contribute towards regulatory development in the EU and USA," commented Jean-Marie André, Head of the STM32 UWB wireless product line at STMicroelectronics. "With UWB being widely adopted in consumer products, we join the UWB Alliance to offer our 10-year experience in the field and play a significant role in continuing this trend." UWB has gained wide public attention in recent months. Three of the top-ten smartphone vendors have all introduced UWB into their latest mobile phones. UWB has also been rolled in PC and smart-wearable products from top OEMs. At the same time, many other technology companies are now deploying UWB for diverse applications such as passive keyless car entry, high resolution COVID-19 contact tracing, secure payment solutions, AR/VR, entertainment, medical, and many other smart IoT services.

EMV 2021 to be Held Digitally
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  • 2020-12-14

Due to the pandemic and its effects, the EMV trade fair and parallel workshops are to take place digitally starting March 23rd. The event is designed to once again give the EMC community a platform for exchange. Preparations for the online solution are already underway. "We assume that even in the spring of 2021, travel restrictions and further limitations can still be expected," explains Petra Haarburger, President of the event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt. "We are delighted to be able to offer the international EMC community a digital alternative. Due to the early switch to an online edition, we are glad to provide exhibitors, speakers and all other attendees time to plan their participation." As with the on-site event, the focus of the digital platform is on a practice-oriented exchange of knowledge and networking. Participants can use the chat and video call function, as well as discussion features and product presentations, to exchange information in a targeted manner. The matchmaking feature, based on areas of interests, offerings, and many other aspects, supports the community in quickly finding the right partner. "For the international EMC community in industry and science, this opens up new opportunities for efficient and sustainable networking," Petra Haarburger emphasizes.

DC-DC Buck Converters with Adjustable Output Voltage
  • Product Release
  • 2020-12-14

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda i7A series of 33A 500W rated non-isolated DC-DC converters, packaged with the industry-standard 1/16th brick pinout. The output voltage of these step-down converters can be adjusted from 3.3 to 24V and accept a wide range input voltage of 18 to 60V. The i7A 33A series can be used to derive additional high-power outputs from a 24V, 36V or 48V DC power supply, at a much lower cost than isolated DC-DC converters. These compact products are suited for use in medical, communications, industrial, test and measurement, broadcast and portable battery-powered equipment. Efficiencies of up to 98% minimise internal losses and allow the i7A to operate in ambient temperatures of -40°C to +125°C, even with low airflow conditions. The i7A's design provides low output ripple and excellent response to dynamic loads. Very few external components are required, compared to discrete solutions, saving cost and printed circuit board space. A choice of three mechanical configurations is available, measuring just 34mm wide and 36.8mm in length. The 11.5mm high open-frame model is suitable for applications requiring a very low profile. The baseplate version for conduction cooling to a cold plate is 12.7mm high. Models with an integral heatsink, which are for convection or forced air cooling, are 24.9mm high.

Joint Laboratory on SiC Technology
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  • 2020-12-14

ROHM, together with Chinese Tier 1 comprehensive automotive manufacturer United Automotive Electronic Systems Co., Ltd (UAES), held an opening ceremony announcing the establishment of a joint laboratory on SiC technology at UAES headquarters in Shanghai, China (Shanghai). Since 2015, UAES and ROHM have been collaborating and carrying out detailed technical exchanges on automotive applications utilizing SiC power devices. Finally, automotive products incorporating ROHM SiC power devices have been released earlier this year. The joint laboratory contains a number of important equipment required for device and application evaluation in automotive such as onboard chargers and DC/DC converters. This will allow to strengthen the partnership and accelerate the development of innovative power solutions centered on SiC. Says Dr. Kazuhide Ino, CSO and Senior Director of Power Device Business, ROHM Co., Ltd.: "We are pleased to have established a joint laboratory with UAES, a leading manufacturer of automotive applications. As a leading supplier of SiC power devices, ROHM develops industry-leading devices and has a proven track record of providing power solutions that combine peripheral components such as driver ICs. And in the rapidly expanding automotive sector, as research tailored to customer needs and market trends becomes an important factor, we will continue to strengthen our partnership through this joint research lab and contribute to technical innovation in the automotive sector with power solutions centered on SiC."

DC/DC Converters (DIP-16) for Industrial Applications
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  • 2020-12-11

The TEL 12 & TEL 12WI are two series of isolated 12 Watt converters which come in an ultra compact DIP-16 metal package. The design purpose of these series was to miniaturized low power DC/DC converters to the maximum without sacrificing high efficiency. They solidify the new standard for power density with 3,61 W/cm3 and effectively double the power density compared to 12 Watt converters in DIP-24 package. The TEL 12 and TEL 12WI offer wide 2:1 or 4:1 input voltage ranges respectively and feature a high efficiency of up to 88% which enables an operation temperature of up to +65°C at full load and up to 85°C with 50% load. The converters also have an internal input filter to comply with conducted emission standard EN 55032 class A. Overall they feature an economical solution for space critical and cost sensitive applications in instrumentation, IT and industrial electronics.

Accelerating Growth with Strategically Attractive Acquisition
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  • 2020-12-10

Electrocomponents has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Synovos, a leading player in integrated supply solutions in the Americas, for a total consideration of $145 million on a debt-free, cash-free basis. The Synovos acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including US anti-trust, and is expected to complete in Q1 calendar year 2021. Electrocomponents has the building blocks in place and is accelerating the execution of its growth strategy from strong foundations. There is continued momentum across the business as customer and industry trends fast track towards the Group's proposition. Synovos will accelerate delivery of a global integrated supply proposition and significantly strengthen the Americas business. Lindsley Ruth, Electrocomponents' Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Synovos is a very good business, aligned to our strategy of selectively adding high-quality, value-creating bolt-on acquisitions to the Group. Synovos enables us to expand our value-added solutions offer in the Americas, significantly enhancing our proposition for corporate customers. It is an excellent fit with our existing IESA business and will increase our ability to support clients in managing their procurement, inventory and maintenance needs globally. "In the past five years we have transformed Electrocomponents into a strong, focused, customer-centric organisation on a clear growth trajectory. We are now taking the business to the next level. Whilst driving organic growth will always be our primary focus, Synovos demonstrates how our disciplined approach to acquisitions can bring valuable capabilities and products into the Group."

EPE 2021: Deadline Extended
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  • 2020-12-10

The final deadline for synopsis submissions is now December 23rd, 2020. The synopsis should consist of a 3 to maximum 5 pages anonymous summary, including an abstract with no more than 50 words. The topic number(s) and your indication of preference for dialogue or lecture presentation must be clearly mentioned. (Be aware that, if your paper proposal is accepted, it will be the International Scientific Committee who decides upon dialogue or lecture presentation); key diagrams and a references list. The originality and the main technical improvements proposed in your paper must be clearly indicated. If the submitted abstract and summary do not meet the requirements detailed on this page, they may not be considered for selection. The synopses will be submitted over the internet, using the conference host website. Authors of papers provisionally selected for presentation will receive a notification, and will be able to download the instructions for preparing full/final papers as well as dialogue and/or lecture presentations from this website. The final programme will be based on a review of the full papers. The publication date of the accepted conference papers will be two weeks before the conference.

Powerful Fuseholder
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  • 2020-12-10

SCHURTER expands its portfolio of fuseholders with the CFO fuse clip series. The CFO series is designed for fuses with 10.3 mm diameter and is available as M3 version for screw and rivet mounting or alternatively for THT. The CFO fuse clip series is suitable for applications with voltages up to 1000 VDC / 600 VAC and currents up to 16 A (UL). The operating range extends from -40 ºC to 125 ºC. All variants of the CFO fuse clip series offer an excellent price-performance ratio. The clips are made of brass and are available with nickel or tin plating. Suitable for (almost) every application: Whether a classic THT or screw/rivet mounting is required, with the CFO series you will find your matching fuse clip. Also, thanks to their low mounting height, they can be installed anywhere. Due to its high voltage rating, the CFO fuse clips are suitable for a particularly wide range of applications: These include for example photovoltaic and DC high voltage applications in general. Furthermore, the CFO series is of course also suitable for classical industrial and consumer electronics, battery chargers and power distribution applications.

Inventory Helps Aerospace and Defense Electronics Companies
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  • 2020-12-09

Texas Instruments announced that it is making most of its high-reliability (HiRel) semiconductor products immediately available for online purchase on TI.com, helping aerospace and defense companies quickly get the authentic TI products they need for their next-generation space-grade and military-grade designs. Engineers and purchasing managers can now access TI's inventory of thousands of HiRel products on TI.com, including radiation-hardened and radiation-tolerant products in the qualified manufacturers list (QML) plastic, ceramic or metallic packages used in space, avionics and defense system designs. Additionally, purchasers now have multiple options to select date and lot codes before placing an order. "Increasingly, customers are developing highly sophisticated satellites and other advanced electronics that must operate in harsh conditions, and our customers expect shorter supplier lead times to meet mission-critical project timelines," said Gary Reichmuth, general manager for aerospace and defense systems at Texas Instruments. "With the vast inventory of our HiRel products available on TI.com, supported with lot selection options and associated documentation, customers will be able to obtain HiRel products and get to production faster than with other semiconductor suppliers." For over 60 years, TI integrated circuits have been used in many spacecraft and defense electronics in the United States, Europe and other regions. TI has a long track record of manufacturing HiRel products, helping assure a steady supply of parts to customers who develop space, commercial and military applications.

High Input Voltage Switching Regulator Range
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  • 2020-12-09

RECOM has extended the current rating of its RPMH range of non-isolated switching regulators from 0.5A to 1.5A, with no increase in size, leveraging the company's expertise in 3D power packaging. In a tiny 12.19 x 12.19 x 3.75mm package, the high-efficiency parts are available with trimmable outputs at nominal 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V, and 24V. Inputs for each type can range up to 60VDC, and operating temperature is as high as 100°C with no derating, or higher still at reduced power. Features include on/off control, remote sensing, a power good signal, and comprehensive protection against output short-circuits, over-current, and over-voltage. The products meet EN55032 class B EMI limits with a simple external filter. The advance in power handling of the RPMH-1.5 is enabled by RECOM's 3D Power Packaging techniques resulting in a 25-pad LGA package with six-sided shielding for optimal EMC and thermal performance. Evaluation boards are available which allow performance and all features to be tested. "We have increased the current rating of our RPMH series by a factor of three", commented Matthew Dauterive, DC/DC Productmanager of RECOM. "This improvement opens up a much wider range of applications for the product. The wide input range, up to 60V, will be particularly attractive for 48V systems or applications such as automotive where high voltage surges can occur".

Dual-MOSFET Devices for Automotive Solenoid Control Circuits
  • Product Release
  • 2020-12-09

Nexperia launched an AEC-Q101-qualified Repetitive Avalanche Application Specific FET (ASFET) portfolio focused on powertrain applications. The technology has been tested to one billion avalanche cycles and can be used to control automotive inductive loads such as solenoids and actuators. In addition to providing a faster turn-off time (up to 4X), designs can be simplified through a reduced BOM count. MOSFET-based power schemes for solenoid and actuator control in automotive powertrains are typically built around boost, free-wheel diode or active clamp topologies. A fourth option is a repetitive avalanche design that dissipates energy from the inductive load by making use of the MOSFET's ability to repeatedly handle current from the inductive load during switch off. Offering comparable efficiencies to active clamp alternatives, such designs eliminate the need for diodes and other devices to minimize component count and circuit complexity. They also support faster switch-off times, a factor that can extend the reliability of electromechanical components such as solenoids and relays. Until now this has only been possible using outdated planar technology. The Nexperia Automotive Repetitive Avalanche ASFET family of products have been specifically developed to address this issue, by guaranteeing repetitive avalanche functionality tested up to one billion cycles.  In addition, when compared to boost topologies, they can simplify designs by providing up to 30% component footprint efficiency due to a possible reduction of up to 15 board components.

Climate Leader on CDP's Annual 'A-List' for Global Water Stewardship
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  • 2020-12-09

TDK Corporation has been recognized for its leadership in corporate sustainability by global environmental non-profit CDP, securing a place on its prestigious 'A List' for focusing on water security. CDP is a global non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Over 9,600 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2020. This is the first time for TDK to be selected by CDP as an "A List Company" for water security. In addition, TDK has received an "A-"ranking in the climate change category. TDK has established the TDK Environmental Charter, consisting of the Basic Principle on the Environment and the Basic Policy on the Environment, which make up the entire group's environment policy aimed at contributing to the sustainable development of society. In line with the Charter, TDK formulated the Environmental Vision and Environmental Action Plan as a fundamental framework for implementing specific environmental activities and initiatives. To bring more awareness to the importance of water as a natural resource, TDK set a target for reducing water use and is striving to control water-related risks. Based on this principle, the TDK Group will carry out environmental protection activities quickly and effectively with special consideration for climate change, biodiversity and finitude of resources.

2020 Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Award
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  • 2020-12-07

Vicor won the 2020 Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Award for Analyst Favorite Semiconductor Company. Vicor high-efficiency, high-density power system solutions enable advances in artificial intelligence and other demanding applications. Vicor was among five companies nominated in this category including AMD, NVIDIA, Inphi Corporation and SiTime Corporation. Semiconductor financial analysts from two top-tier firms selected their favorite semiconductor company for this award. The analysts based their decision on historical as well as projected data such as stock price, earnings per share, revenue forecasts and product performance. The 2020 GSA Awards recognize leading semiconductor companies that have exhibited market growth through technological innovation and exceptional business management strategies.

Flat Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors 
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  • 2020-12-07

Cornell Dubilier Electronics has expanded its line of high performance flat electrolytic capacitors with the NHR Series. Able to withstand operating temperatures from –55 °C to 150 °C, NHR capacitors are constructed with rectangular stainless-steel cases and laser-welded covers that prevent dry-out. These capacitors have a 3,000-hour life at full-rated conditions and withstand up to 80g vibration to meet the most demanding military, aerospace, industrial, and down-hole applications. Type NHR is a spin-off of the company's Flatpack series that has been proven in military and aerospace applications for nearly 30 years. "Our NHR Flatpack technology offers exceedingly long life at high temperature for critical applications that previously have been the domain of wet-tantalum capacitors," said Mario DiPietro, Product Manager for Cornell Dubilier. "Their high-capacitance density at high voltage and temperature solves many of the problems faced by engineers designing circuits for extreme environments." continued DiPietro. The company claims it has had considerable success in helping its customers replace large series-parallel banks of wet tantalum capacitors with fewer components, saving them valuable space, weight and cost. Components within the NHR series are available from 75 Vdc through 300 Vdc with capacitance values ranging from 60 µF to 960 µF. There are four case lengths available in 0.5" increments from 1.5" to 3.0". All cases measure 0.5" thin by 1.0" wide.

Hassane El-Khoury Announced CEO  
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  • 2020-12-07

ON Semiconductor announced that Hassane El-Khoury has been named as the company's president, chief executive officer and member of its board of directors, effective Dec. 7, 2020. "Following a comprehensive internal and external search process, I want to welcome Hassane to ON Semiconductor," said Alan Campbell, chairman of the board of directors. "The focus of our search was to identify an experienced CEO who understands the transformation underway within our industry and to expand our leadership position in target secular growth markets, accelerate revenue, gross margin and earnings growth, and enhance stakeholder value. During the interview process, Hassane emerged as the clear leader to deliver on the company's immense potential for its customers, partners, employees and other stakeholders. We are thrilled to have found such a qualified leader." "I believe that a company is most successful when it leverages its people to solve customer challenges," El-Khoury said. "ON Semiconductor has developed a broad product portfolio that contains essential silicon building blocks to enable customer solutions in its target markets. I'm passionate about enabling customer success and excited to build on the company's foundation to provide superior systems solutions spanning the automotive, industrial, cloud power and IoT markets, while enhancing financial performance."

High-Temperature Rated PPTC Overcurrent Protectors
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  • Product Release
  • 2020-12-07

Bourns announced the expansion of its line of Multifuse high-temperature rated surface mount Polymer Positive Temperature Coefficient (PPTC) resettable fuse products. The MF-FSHT model family is designed to provide effective overcurrent protection in applications with higher ambient operating temperatures while also reducing the risk of generating nuisance tripping at elevated temperatures between 85°C and 125°C. These capabilities are particularly useful in applications that regularly experience elevated ambient temperatures, including, but not limited to, industrial equipment, outdoor security systems and computing/storage devices. The Multifuse MF-FSHT model family is available in a small EIA 0603 footprint, and further expands Bourns' leading line of high-temperature rated polymer PTCs that include the radial leaded MF-RHT model family and the surface mount MF-SMHT, MF-USHT, MF-NSHT and MF-PSHT model families. "Our latest MF-FSHT series of surface mount polymer PTCs allows designers to more confidently specify robust overcurrent protection into their higher temperature applications where long-life operation is a must," said Lee Bourns, Product Line Manager for Overcurrent Protection at Bourns. "Furthermore, these new models also provide enhanced thermal derating performance at higher temperatures, thereby allowing designers to benefit from higher Ihold and Itrip current ratings at elevated temperatures while using one of the industry's smallest SMD footprints."

Inductive Coupler for Power Line Communication Technology
  • Product Release
  • 2020-12-04

PREMO announces the MICU devices family to cover a wide frequency range for power line communications in Smart-Grid applications and to use in the development of EV-charging stations for communication protocol diagnosis. Power line communications (PLC) is a global technology that is gaining interest worldwide due to the wide availability of power distribution lines. In smart grids inductive couplers are playing a big role. They transmit the communication signals between MV-Substations and MV-Sub to concentrators, avoiding other special transmission network, such as FO, Coaxial, Radio, etc., being a competitive solution compared with capacitive coupling. Smart Grids require the deployment of bidirectional communication links that interconnect the nodes of the grid. Power line communication (PLC) is a technology able to do that, and it potentially reduces the investment cost by exploiting the existing grid infrastructure. PLC can be used to offer a number of services in the grid through digital monitoring to control for fault detection, power quality and islanding effects. Energy management allows decentralized production and control of storage and electrical vehicles charge. Smart metering is the key component for demand side and demand response management. Smart building solutions can be put forth with automation and control inside buildings. PLCs are a natural choice to deliver bi-directional connectivity in the power delivery grid.

Automotive 40/60V MOSFETs are Tested for Key Specs
  • Product Release
  • 2020-12-03

Taiwan Semiconductor announces the introduction of the TQM… Family of single and dual N-channel automotive grade power MOSFETs. Offered with drain-to-source breakdown voltage (BVDSS) of either 40V or 60V, all of the 14 parts in this AEC-Q101 family feature a maximum operating temperature (Tj) of 175° C. And unlike many other products in this class, all are 100% tested for compliance with published maximum on resistance and UIS/Avalanche rating. The devices are all packaged in an industry compatible, wettable flank, 5x6 mm PDFN package. "The TQM Family combines Taiwan Semiconductor's MOSFET technology expertise with innovative, wettable flank packaging to offer automotive power electronics designers with exceptional value," reported Sam Wang, Vice President, TSC Products.

100V High-Speed, Half Bridge Evaluation Board
  • Product Release
  • 2020-12-03

GaN Systems announced a 100V High-Speed, Half-Bridge Evaluation Board (GS-EVB-HB-61008P-ON) in collaboration with ON Semiconductor. Available now through distribution partners, this solution is developed for existing and new PCB designs and allows power electronics designers to easily evaluate GaN for growing 48V market applications, including non-isolated step-down converters, non-isolated step-up converters, and half-bridge and full-bridge converters. The evaluation board includes an OnSemi NCP51810 GaN driver and two GaN Systems GS61008P E-mode GaN power transistors connected in a high-side, low-side configuration and all necessary drive circuitry. It provides the utmost flexibility of GaN transistor and driver combinations and can be applied in any topology that requires the use of a high-side/low-side FET combination. When connected into an existing power supply, it can replace HS/LS drives and MOSFETs. The evaluation board also offers configurable dead-time control and driver enable/disable functions. One of the major benefits is the evaluation board's small size and simplified yet robust design. Several pins are available to probe the circuit. HS and LS gate drives, as well as SWN are accessible. Additional benefits include fast propagation delay of 50 ns max, increased efficiency and allows paralleling, and control of rise and fall time for EMI tuning. 

Medical and Industrial Power Supplies with Integral Fan
  • Product Release
  • 2020-12-02

TDK Corporation announces the addition of models with an integral fan and enclosure to the 600W rated TDK-Lambda brand CUS600M series of AC-DC power supplies. The use of a fan simplifies cooling of the product and the enclosure reduces the risk of accidental contact by service personnel. The end mounted fan (/EF option) keeps the height profile to 42.5mm for mounting inside of a 1U high rack. The series is certified to medical and ITE (Information Technology Equipment) safety standards. Target applications include medical, home healthcare, dental, test and measurement, broadcast, professional audio and industrial equipment. Seven standard output voltages are available: 12V, 19V, 24V, 28V, 32V, 36V and 48V. The outputs can be adjusted by -2% to +8% of nominal to accommodate non-standard voltage requirements. The operating efficiency is up to 95%, the input voltage range is 85 to 265Vac and when the output is inhibited, the no-load power consumption is less than 0.5W. The CUS600M/EF version measures a compact 85 x 157 x 42.5mm (WxLxH). A 5V 1.5A standby voltage, remote on/off, remote sense and a power good signal are fitted as standard. The power supplies can deliver 600W in -10°C to +45°C ambient temperatures, derating linearly to 300W load at +60°C.

Digital Exchange Platform SPS Connect a Resounding Success
  • Event News
  • 2020-12-02

With high participant numbers and an impressive interaction rate, the SPS Connect, which took place from 24-26 November 2020, illustrated the continuing importance of a professional exchange between suppliers and users, and clearly demonstrated that technological progress in the automation industry cannot be stopped even in the midst of a pandemic. For organizer Mesago, the event has been a resounding success. SPS Connect saw a total of 239 exhibitors and their 4329 employees showcase more than 2,500 products. 9,008 active participants, including 27% from outside of Germany, accessed the virtual platform over the three-day event to discover the latest trends and innovations, and extend their professional network. The platform is to remain active until the end of the year to give interested parties the opportunity to connect with others and consume video content on-demand. Cooperation partner Siemens also commented on the digital event: "As the largest exhibitor at the physical SPS fair, it was important to us that the virtual format enjoys a positive image in the form of a strong partnership in this difficult situation. It was equally important for us to reach our customers and interested parties personally this year. For this purpose we created our own virtual format, the Siemens Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog, which was closely linked with the SPS Connect," stated Marcus Bliesze, Marketing Manager Factory Automation at Siemens Digital Industries.

AEC-Q101-Qualified CAN-FD Protection Diodes
  • Product Release
  • 2020-12-02

Nexperia has announced leadless ESD protection devices for CAN-FD applications. Devices are available in leadless packages with side-wettable flanks that enable AOI tools to be used. Fully AEC-Q101-qualified, the PESD2CANFDx series parts also offer industry-leading ESD and RF performance, and save PCB space. Nexperia offers silicon-based ESD protection for the CAN-FD bus in both leaded and leadless packages. The DFN1412D-3 and DFN1110D-3 leadless DFN packages with side-wettable flanks occupy 80% less PCB space than traditional SOT23 and SOT323 packages. Despite this, products assembled in this package feature improved thermal behaviour due to a larger internal lead frame that includes a heatsink and thermal pad. PESD2CANFDx diodes are also very ESD robust delivering excellent system level protection performance. This is because the parts have industry's lowest clamping voltages of only 33 V at IPP = 1 A and low dynamic resistance of 0.7 O. Nexperia ESD protection devices also offer very good RF switching parameters featuring a mixed mode insertion loss of just +20 dB at 300 MHz, leading to excellent signal integrity. Commented Nexperia's product manager Lukas Droemer: "CAN-FD is an important bus in automotive in-vehicle networks but devices must be protected against ESD. Another essential requirement for automotive applications is the ability to use AOI. Our new devices in leadless packages meet both these requirements, providing a high-performance alternative to leaded SMD packages."

Organisational and Personnel Changes
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  • 2020-12-02

Isabellenhütte is restructuring its management team. In future, three managing directors will be responsible for the respective areas as CFO, CTO and CEO. Dr Felix Heusler, managing partner in the eighth generation of Isabellenhütte, explains the reason behind this change: "We see our family business confronted with rapidly changing markets in an increasingly globalised world. We intend to continue on our path of sustainable growth that we have been following for several years by expanding our product portfolio and through an even more consistent and individualised focus on customers. We are taking this development into account in our management by dividing the management team even more clearly into three units and placing the responsibilities into the hands of each managing director." Moving forward, Isabellenhütte will be managed by a three-person team, consisting of a CFO, a CTO and a CEO. As CFO, Dr Felix Heusler will be responsible for human resources (HR), finance/controlling and IT. Holger Spiegel, 53, joined the management team in July 2020 and took over responsibility for sales and marketing from Dr Felix Heusler on 1 October 2020. In addition, Holger Spiegel will act as speaker for the management team (CEO) from 1 January 2021. Since 1 November 2020, Thilo Gleisberg, 51, has been the third and final member of the management team. In his role as CTO, he is responsible for production, R&D, procurement and logistics. The company would like to thank managing director Jürgen Brust, who will retire on 31 December 2020. During his time at the company, Isabellenhütte has developed into a globally recognised technology leader.

Production of Lithium-Ion Batteries
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  • 2020-12-01

KION Battery Systems (KBS), a joint venture between intralogistics provider KION GROUP and battery manufacturer BMZ Holding, has started production of lithium-ion batteries for industrial trucks. In the summer of 2019, the two companies announced a strategic partnership and the establishment of their own production facility in Karlstein am Main, where the BMZ Group is headquartered. The objective of the joint venture is to extend the lithium-ion product range of the KION Group's brand companies and to expand production capacity in order to meet the rapidly growing demand for lithium-ion battery systems in the intralogistics market, especially in the EMEA region. "Following the successful start of production, we will now focus on increasing capacity and developing new battery systems," says Carsten Harnisch, CEO of KION Battery Systems. The production lines in the new 4,000m² factory building are capable of manufacturing more than 12,000 batteries a year, mainly for heavy-duty and high-performance forklifts and industrial trucks made by the KION Group brand companies. There are also administration, research, and warehouse areas. "The new production facilities at KBS will allow us to meet the increasing demand for modern lithium-ion batteries and offer customers a highly reliable supply of products," says Christian Hasenstab, joint Managing Director of the new venture. The joint venture will benefit from the partners' many years of experience and extensive expertise, and from the pooling of purchasing activities, especially with regard to lithium-ion cells. By 2023, the workforce at KION Battery Systems is expected to grow to around 150 employees working primarily in research, development, and production.

Part of a High-Performance Power Supply
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  • Product Release
  • 2020-12-01

Würth Elektronik presents its WE-AGDT transformers for SiC MOSFET gate drivers. It makes a new SMT assembly transformer available, which, at the same time, is part of a power supply solution developed by Würth Elektronik for demanding gate control of SiC MOSFETs. The innovative WE-AGDT is a compact transformer in an EP7 package. It features a wide input voltage range from 9 to 36 V, a high saturation current of 4.5 A, as well as very low leakage inductance, and a very low capacitance of 6.8 pF between the windings. This gives rise to high common-mode transient immunity (CMTI) of the gate driver system. The WE-AGDT series comprises six transformers, each optimized for its respective reference design. Thanks to their two separate secondary windings, they allow both bipolar (+15 V, -4 V) and unipolar (+15 V to +20 V, 0 V) output voltages. The input voltage of 9 to 36 V achieves a maximum output power of 3 to 6 W. WE-AGDT transformers are optimized for SiC applications, but are also suitable for optimally controlling IGBT and power MOSFETs, and, given a suitable DC-DC converter, even for high-voltage GaN FETs. Würth Elektronik's reference design for a compact, galvanically isolated DC-DC converter for SiC MOSFET gate drivers is available at www.we-online.com/RD001.

SiC FET Devices Based on Advanced Gen 4 Technology
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  • 2020-12-01

UnitedSiC has launched the first four devices based on its advanced Gen 4 SiC FET technology platform. As the first and only 750V SiC FETs currently available on the market, these Gen 4 devices enable new performance levels, based on leadership Figures of Merit (FoM), that benefit power applications across automotive, industrial charging, telecom rectifiers, datacenter PFC, and DC-DC conversion as well as renewable energy and energy storage. Available in 18 and 60 mohm options, these new SiC FETs deliver unmatched FoMs with reduced on-resistance per unit area, and low intrinsic capacitance. In hard-switching applications, the Gen 4 FETs exhibit the lowest RDS(on) x EOSS (mohm-uJ) resulting in lower turn-on and turn-off loss. In soft-switching applications, their low RDS(on) x Coss(tr) (mohm-nF) specification provides lower conduction loss and higher frequency. These devices not only surpass existing competitive SiC MOSFET performance whether running cool (25C) or hot (125C), but also offer the lowest integral diode VF with excellent reverse recovery delivering low dead-time losses and increased efficiency. In expanding UnitedSiC's offering to 750V, the new devices offer more designer headroom and reduced design constraints. This higher VDS rating also makes these FETs beneficial for 400/500V bus voltage applications. With a widely compatible gate drive of +/-20V, 5V Vth, all devices can be driven with 0 to +12V gate voltages. This means they work with existing SiC MOSFET, Si IGBTs and Si MOSFET gate drivers.

SENSOR+TEST 2021: Real, Virtual and Hybrid
  • Event News
  • 2020-12-01

"Although the experts were not allowed to meet for a concentrated exchange at the worldwide most important industrial trade fair for sensor and measurement technologies this year, the SENSOR+TEST still is the leading fair of this branch of industry," says Holger Bödeker, the managing director of AMA Service. His team is already planning the next event to take place from 4 to 6 May 2021 for exhibitors and visitors to the innovation dialog at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center. Moreover, the SENSOR+TEST will boast hybrid configurations and a novel Digital Area. The program is supposed to be packed again: Thus, the special topic planned for 2020, Sensor and Measuring Technology for Condition Monitoring, will be held in 2021. The organizer and the exhibitors' committee approved this as the special forum was received with great interest for 2020 and booked out early. The second highlight is the presence and digital premiere of the SMSI – Sensor and Measurement Science International Conference, which is to open its doors the day before the SENSOR+TEST and will include the presentation of the AMA Innovation Award.

Technology for Spatial Recognition and Distance Measuring System
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  • 2020-11-30

The VCSEL module technology developed by ROHM makes it possible to modularize the VCSEL and MOSFET elements into a single package. By minimizing the wiring length between elements, the performance of each element is maximized, resulting in a light source capable of short pulse drive (under 10ns) that reduces susceptibility to external noise from sunlight while enabling up to 30% higher output over conventional solutions. As a result, when evaluating ROHM's VCSEL module technology in spatial recognition and ranging systems comprised of a control IC, TOF sensor (light receiving element), and laser light source (VCSEL module), the amount of light reflected to the TOF sensor is increased by 30% over conventional configurations, contributing to improved accuracy in TOF systems. ROHM plans on releasing its VCSEL module in March 2021 for AGVs in the industrial market and facial recognition systems for mobile devices requiring high accuracy sensing. The company will also continue to develop high output lasers for LiDAR in vehicles and other applications. To maximize element performance, the parasitic inductance between elements (which is proportional to the circuit wiring length) is minimized, enabling high-speed drive and higher output. This allows users to achieve both short pulse drive (under 10ns) that reduces the effects of external noise from sunlight along with approx. 30% higher output over conventional non-modular solutions.

Webinar "IGBT Modules: Insights into Design, Production and Manufacturing"
  • Event News
  • 2020-11-26

Proton-Electrotex is preparing a webinar «IGBT Modules: Insights into Design, Production and Manufacturing. 2021 Upcoming Products». The event will be held in English on December 3 at 12:00 (Moscow Time). This webinar offers detailed information about R&D and manufacturing of IGBT modules in Proton-Electrotex and shares some details about upcoming products like the IGBT module MIHA, the Press-pack disc IGBT module or the full-SiC module MCDA. You will have an opportunity to ask your questions about the power semiconductors portfolio, manufacturing process, IGBT modules and upcoming products during the webinar.

42 V Voltage Regulator with Fast Transient Response
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  • 2020-11-24

Ricoh Electronic Devices in Japan has launched a 300mA voltage regulator R1526, operating up to 42V input voltage. The regulator features significant advantages such as a wide input voltage range, fast transient response and an outstanding electromagnetic interference (EMI) noise immunity for use in applications that have strict noise requirements intended for consumer, industrial and automotive applications. Our internal car environment is nowadays equipped with numerous wireless applications, such as automotive aftermarket accessories but also future scheduled connected car systems (Vehicle to Everything) will extensively make use of wireless communication. Due to the vast increasing level of EMI noise caused by such systems, it becomes evident to take countermeasures to prevent that this can have a negative influence on the proper operation of other on-board electronics systems. The R1526 was especially tailored for this purpose and has the capability to reduce EMI noise in the high-frequency band from 10 MHz to 1 GHz, providing a stable output voltage. Compared to predecessor generation products the transient response has been significantly improved, only minor and short peaks will occur at the output voltage as a result of input or load transients.

PCIM Asia 2020 Concluded Successfully
  • Event News
  • 2020-11-20

PCIM Asia was successfully held from 16 – 18 November at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. The show welcomed a total of 69 exhibitors who presented the latest trends, developments and product innovations for all applications of power electronics on an exhibition area of 7,000 square meters. This year's fair saw the participation of well-known domestic and international companies such as Mitsubishi Electric, Semikron, Fuji Electric, Infineon, Beijing Sunking, Bronze, CRRC, Hangzhou Firstack, Heraeus, Keysight, Shanghai Eagtop, Toshiba and Wuxi CRE New Energy. What's more, the Korean Pavilion debuted at the fair and featured a number of South Korea's premier semiconductor companies, including Busan Techno Park Foundation, JMJ, PowerCubeSemi, SemiPowerEx and SIGETRONICS. Each of these companies' presence at PCIM Asia underlined the fair's position as one of the most significant trade platforms for power electronics in China. Fair's exceptional quality draws acclaim from participants Exhibitors were highly satisfied with the excellent quality of attendees and the plentiful networking opportunities that were offered, noting that the fair was an ideal platform to grow their businesses. Many of them also used their visit to PCIM Asia to learn more about the current market conditions and forward-looking trends and technologies in power electronics through the exhibition and conference. On the other hand, the fair attracted 4,348 trade visitors, with many praising the fair for offering them opportunities to source from a wide range of quality suppliers and gather the latest market intelligence.

Solar Inverter Uses SiC-technology
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  • 2020-11-20

A few weeks ago Fronius International launched the Symo GEN24 Plus solar inverter. Its Multiflow technology makes it suitable for a wide range of applications supporting energy self-sufficiency. Not only does it provide power for direct use in the household, but it also offers an interface for energy storage systems. In addition, the hybrid inverter is designed for water heating and the charging of electric cars, and can be connected to external systems. All this thanks to silicon carbide (SiC) from Infineon Technologies with an efficiency of over 98 percent. In combination with the high voltage storage from BYD, the Symo GEN24 Plus achieved a record value in the System Performance Index (SPI) of 94 percent in the 10 kW class. It was the only one in this combination to achieve Class A energy efficiency. "SiC modules can be used to build very energy-efficient, robust, and reliable inverters," said Andreas Luger, Head of R&D Power Electronics from the Solar Energy Business Unit at Fronius. "This technology enables a significant increase in switching frequency. Compared to the previous generation, the functionality is significantly improved, while its size remains comparable. Each device now also has an output for a secure power supply, and backup power, in addition to the standard connection options for a hybrid inverter."

Campaign for "Low-Cost" DC-DC Converter
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  • 2020-11-19

The TSR-E, TEA, TBA and TEC series are available from 1 to 3 watts covering 12 product families. They all focus on a simple and effective design approach which is unique to those Traco Power Products. By innovative engineering we have come up with an electrical design which minimises component and labour costs. Key focus of those designs was to maximise the amount of automatisation of the manufacturing process. With this innovative product design, we optimised the automation of the manufacturing process to the maximum. This enabled us to launch cost and quality optimised, low power dc- dc converters which are ideal for your high volume IoT projects. Florian Haas, Director of Global Marketing and Product Management states more precisely: "We have listened to the market and are pleased to launch the campaign of our new low-cost DC-DC converters. With the TSR 1E (non-isolated, regulated), TEA/TBA (isolated, unregulated) and TEC 2/3 (isolated, regulated) series models, we give designers a choice of high quality, cost-optimised DC-DC converters from 1-3 watts. Unlike our competitors, we focus in the campaign not only the price reduction, but also HOW we can achieve these low manufacturing costs and what benefits these products bring to the customer. "

RF Switch with 4 Channels and 25W Power Handling
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  • 2020-11-18

Menlo Microsystems announced the production release of the MM5130, the first high performance RF switch manufactured with their proprietary Ideal SwitchTM technology. The MM5130 is designed to handle 25W with ultra-low losses, in a miniaturized wafer-level chip-scale-package (WL-CSP). Historically, this level of performance has been reserved for large RF mechanical relays, which have major drawbacks. With its Ideal SwitchTM technology, Menlo Micro has eliminated the compromises that engineers have had to make when selecting between RF mechanical relays and solid-state switches. The MM5130 offers the power handling and RF performance of an electromechanical relay (compared below), with the size, reliability, and speed of a solid-state switch. These improvements make the MM5130 switch a very attractive solution for a multitude of applications including low loss switched filter banks, tunable filters, step attenuators, and even beam steering antennas for a variety of radio architectures in both commercial and military communications networks. The high-channel density and low losses also make the MM5130 ideal for ultra-compact switch matrices for test and measurement applications. "We are very excited to announce that the MM5130, and more importantly our Ideal SwitchTM manufacturing line, is ready for production," said Menlo Micro co-founder and SVP Marketing, Chris Giovanniello. "With this milestone, companies will begin to realize our vision of massive reductions in the size, weight, and power across a wide variety of RF subsystems. With over 30 customer design-ins to date for the MM5130 in 5G, aerospace & defense, and test & measurement applications, the number of companies taking advantage of the unique performance benefits of the Ideal SwitchTM continues to grow."

IC Featuring Internal Self-Discharge Monitoring and Protection
  • Product Release
  • 2020-11-18

The MAX17320 fuel-gauge and protection circuit from Maxim Integrated Products extends run-time on multi-cell battery-powered products while also monitoring against self-discharge hazards. The MAX17320 is a pack-side fuel gauge and protector IC for 2 to 4 series Lithium-ion (Li+) cells (2S-4S) and is part of a family of ICs equipped with Maxim Integrated's patented ModelGauge m5 EZ algorithm that delivers 40 percent more accurate state-of-charge (SOC) readings than competitive offerings, eliminating the need for battery characterization for most common Li+ cells. This fuel gauge also offers the industry's lowest quiescent current (IQ), which is 85 percent lower than the nearest competitor and features SHA-256 authentication to safeguard systems from counterfeit batteries. For hand-held devices with 2S-4S Li+ batteries in the computing, internet of things (IoT), power tool, consumer, healthcare and mobile device categories, ensuring customer safety is top of mind for designers. Damaged or defective batteries may develop an internal cell leakage which can progressively get worse and can result in dangerous outcomes, including fire or explosion. This can endanger consumers and tarnish brand value for manufacturers. Stringent factory screening may prevent leaky cells from getting shipped out of the factory. However, until now there were no solutions for detecting self-discharge that develops during normal usage of the battery. The MAX17320 warns the system and disables a leaky battery before a potentially hazardous outcome.

Submerge
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  • 2020-11-18

The choice of a suitable switch for underwater applications or those with extremely high humidity is quite manageable. Only a few technologies are suitable for this. An overview. Anyone who wants to light up their swimming pool or sprinkle it with music, anyone who wants to make their whirlpool bubble with a tingling sensation needs a switch to activate these functions. Switches are available on the market in an almost unmanageable variety of shapes, colours and technologies. Look at the most important technologies.

DC-DC Converters for USB-PD Applications
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  • 2020-11-18

Silanna Semiconductor announced the launch of wide voltage, high frequency point of load converters targeting USB-PD applications. Silanna Semiconductor focuses on ultimate Power Management challenges with best in class power density and efficiency performance that delights customers with unprecedented BoM savings. SZPL3102A/3103A family of two DC-DC converters (Buck Regulators) operate up to 2MHz. Delivering industry leading wide input and output range converters that support up to 27VDC input in a tiny 3mm X 3mm QFN. Tim Wilhelm, Director of Marketing, explained, "Higher switching frequency means a smaller, lower cost output filter that has delighted the clients we have sampled. The SZPL3102/3103 have ground-breaking efficiencies in the smallest size and weight designs. Our support tools give customers the flexibility and confidence to quickly increase the performance efficiency which ultimately increases the power density in their designs approaching 12% of the volume required by low frequency competitive solutions. The SZPL3102/3103 significantly reduce BOM cost, design cycles and time to market." The SZPL3102A and SZPL3103A have unique features that optimize their performance in USB port power supply applications. Extremely low operating power dissipation enables very low no-load power that is an important specification for regulatory certification. Furthermore, the SZPL3102A contains a momentary internal feedback path that allows for clean and well controlled start-up operation until external USB-PD controllers can bias themselves and take over control of the output voltage.  

Automotive-Compliant Synchronous Buck Converters
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  • 2020-11-17

Diodes Incorporated has announced two highly integrated synchronous buck converters that simplify circuit design in automotive power systems with its Power Good output and its innovative EMI mitigation for noise-sensitive applications. The AP63356Q and AP63357Q are 3.5A converters with an input voltage range of 3.8V to 32V. Leveraging peak current mode control as well as high-side and low-side power MOSFETs on-chip, the converters minimize external components to reduce bill of materials (BOM) costs and board size. Both devices have a Power Good indicator with an internal 5MO pull-up resistor useful for power sequencing. To further aid sequencing, their enable pin has accurate voltage thresholds, which allows adjustment of the input voltage device power-on and undervoltage lockout (UVLO). The high-voltage capability of the EN pin allows direct connection to VIN to simplify the auto-start of the device. When disabled, the converter draws only 0.6µA shutdown current typical. Their proprietary gate-driver scheme ensures clean switching transitions while preventing switch-node ringing to minimize high-frequency radiated noise. Frequency spread spectrum (FSS) contributes further to quiet performance by dispersing switching-noise energy. The AP63356Q operates continuously in PWM mode at the nominal 450kHz switching frequency for all loads. The AP63357Q changes to PFM mode at light loads, keeping efficiency as high as 86% at 5mA load and drawing quiescent current of just 22µA under no load.

Strategic Partnership with Valuetronics
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  • 2020-11-17

Indium Corporation and Valuetronics International have formed a strategic partnership to serve customers in the Americas with its cored wire, rework fluxes, and bar solder products. The partnership with Valuetronics, a well-known distributor of test and laboratory equipment markets, will help bring Indium Corporation's proven materials to hand assembly and rework customers. "We are eager to work with Valuetronics to continue to deliver our high-quality products and technical expertise to our customers in the Americas," said Greg Hayes, Southeast Regional Manager and Americas Distributor Manager. Valuetronics was founded in 1992 as a seller and buyer of used test equipment and later grew to include several distribution lines of new equipment. A supplier of electronic test equipment to large, medium, and small businesses, Valuetronics stocks thousands of instruments at their Elgin, Ill. facility with a growing customer base of more than 100,000 global contacts. 

Continental "Supplier of the Year 2019 Award"
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  • 2020-11-17

The Continental Automotive Group honors ROHM Semiconductor with the "Supplier of the Year 2019 Award" in the category "Discrete Semiconductors" for particularly outstanding performance. Since 2008, Continental conducts an annual broad-based analysis to identify exceptional contributions in customer satisfaction and at all levels of quality, technology, commitment, costs and purchasing conditions. This is the fifth time within the last ten years that ROHM has received this prestigious award. This year, the award was presented in a virtual ceremony. "We are pleased to honor ROHM Semiconductor's commitment with the Supplier of the Year 2019 Award," says Elena Rasmussen, Vice President Purchasing Electronics Discretes at Continental Automotive Group. "With its focus on quality and excellent logistical support, the company is a reliable supplier to meet the challenges in a rapidly changing market. ROHM Semiconductor is both the preferred partner for SiC technology in high voltage inverters and the company of choice in terms of power supplies. We look forward to continuing our close and trustful cooperation with ROHM in the future," adds Rasmussen. "We are very proud to receive this award," states Toshimitsu Suzuki, President of ROHM Semiconductor Europe. "This award is a great acknowledgement of our efforts to always support our customers in achieving their business goals by providing high-quality, a stable supply of robust and advanced products as well as good services," concludes Suzuki.

Collaborating to Develop Battery Disconnect Switch
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  • 2020-11-16

VisIC Technologies is pleased to announce its collaboration with AB Mikroelektronik to develop a D³GaN based high voltage solid-state battery disconnect switch with Fast Short Circuit Detection (FSCD) for future e-mobility to fulfill the functional safety requirements. "We are happy to collaborate with AB Mikroelektronik, which is a major player in high power automotive applications with a strong experience in solid-state battery disconnect switches. This is a big advantage in developing the next step for a 400V battery switch" said Mr. Ran Soffer, VisIC VP Sales & Marketing. "our effort to constantly serve our customers is raising the bar for high voltage, high current solutions for the EV market. Our focus for the EV industry using the D3GaN technology is enabling the future electric-drive technology to be aligned with the market needs to reduce the electric drive cost and improve its efficiency with a reliable high voltage automotive-grade technology". The collaboration with AB Mikroelektronik in the field of high voltage battery disconnect switches will benefit from the D³GaN capability of fast switching in safety-critical applications. In the event of a short circuit in the high voltage bordnet, it is mandatory to detect and disconnect the battery as fast as possible. This requires a very fast power switch and manage the short current until the short circuit is detected and disconnected.

30W Medical and Industrial DC-DC Converters
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  • 2020-11-16

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the PXD-M30 series of medical and industrial certified 30W board mount DC-DC converters. With 5,000Vac reinforced isolation between the input and output, these wide input range board mount converters are ideal for use in medical, battery powered and industrial equipment. The PXD-M30 series, like other 3 to 20W models in the PX-M range, can operate from an input of 9 to 36Vdc or 18 to 75Vdc, and the range of output voltages covers 5, 12, 15, 24, ±5, ±12 and ±15Vdc. Operation from 12V and 24V, or 24V and 48V nominal inputs reduces inventory carrying costs and improves part availability through distribution. Packaged in industry standard 2x1" size, the PXD-M30 measures 50.8 x 25.4 x 10.2mm. The operating ambient temperature is -40°C to +105°C, with de-rating above 40°C for convection cooled environments, or above 73°C with forced air cooling. Over-current, over-voltage and over-temperature protection is standard on all models. Positive or negative logic remote on-off is optional. Off-load input current consumption is just 10mA or less, allowing battery powered products to remain functional longer in standby mode. The PXD-M30 series has an input to output isolation of 5,000Vac (2 x MOPPs) and less than 2.5µA touch current. Safety certification includes IEC/EN 60601-1, ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1 and IEC/EN/UL/CSA 62368-1 with CE marking for the Low Voltage and RoHS Directives. The EMI standards EN55011-A, EN55032-A can be met without the need for external components.

One of the Most Sustainable Companies Worldwide
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  • 2020-11-16

Infineon Technologies has again been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index. This was announced by the investment specialist RobecoSAM. Thus, Infineon was ranked among the top of the world's most sustainable companies for the 11th time in a row.  "We are pleased and proud of being acknowledged as one of the top sustainable companies in the world. At the same time, it is also an encouragement to continuously develop our processes and improve our sustainability," said Dr. Sven Schneider, Chief Financial Officer at Infineon. "At the beginning of the year, Infineon has committed itself to becoming CO 2-neutral by 2030, thus taking the next strategic step towards more climate protection. Forward-looking management, acting in an environmentally-friendly manner and social commitment are indispensable prerequisites for the resilience of Infineon and our long-term success". Infineon has been actively contributing to better resource management, energy efficiency and effective climate protection for years. With the help of Infineon's products and solutions, 35 times more CO 2-emissions can be saved over their lifetime than had been created during production. Setting a carbon-neutrality goal for its own activities is a consequent and important next step in the company's climate protection efforts. Infineon puts a clear focus on further enhancing energy efficiency and continuously reducing CO 2-emissions in its plants. The company aims to continuously reduce its footprint while growing production at the same time. Already by 2025, emissions are to be reduced by 70 percent compared with the base year 2019.

Expanded Supercapacitor Initiative
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  • 2020-11-13

Cornell Dubilier Electronics announces the expansion of its supercapacitor operations and personnel to meet the explosive growth in applications for this rapidly evolving technology. The company's supercapacitor strategy will be under the direction of their recently hired Business Unit Manager, Brendan Andrews, who previously led sales and marketing efforts for several of the major well-known brands in supercapacitors. The company plans to introduce new products in the coming year, including cutting-edge LiC hybrid types, which offer higher operating voltages and greater energy densities. With their massive storage capabilities, supercapacitors bridge the gap between conventional capacitors and batteries providing instantaneous bursts of power that are problematic for conventional capacitors or batteries. These components are typically used individually or in series-parallel banks for power hold-up during brief interruptions to line power. In some applications, they supplement batteries or are used in place of batteries for applications as diverse as solar and wind energy harvesting, mechanical actuators, AGV (Automated Guided Vehicles), EV transportation power, smart utility meters, IIoT, pulse battery pack alternatives, memory backup, battery/capacitor hybrids, UPS systems, emergency lighting, LED power and solar lighting. CDE is moving beyond stocked components by expanding capabilities in standard and custom packages to meet higher voltage and current application requirements. Some solutions use series-parallel banks of capacitor cells with active or passive balancing circuits. Included CDE's expansion plans are additional personnel and equipment for the advanced testing of these devices.

Power SiC: More Than US$4 Billion Invested
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  • 2020-11-12

"SiC technologies are gaining the confidence of many customers and are penetrating various applications," asserts Ezgi Dogmus, PhD. Team Lead Analyst, Compound Semiconductor & Emerging Substrates at Yole Développement (Yole). "Indeed, driven by EV related applications, SiC for power electronics applications will for sure, grow strongly in the next five years…". Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the SiC-based EV/HEV market has not slowed down. Numerous carmakers continue qualifying SiC discrete devices or modules in main inverters, OBC and DC/DC converters for their next generation models. In this context, the SiC automotive market is expected to grow to exceed US$1.5 billion in 2025, with a 38% CAGR. Along with EV applications, SiC is of great interest to the charging infrastructure market, which is growing significantly. Indeed, high power chargers can benefit from SiC's higher efficiency and higher frequency by offering more compact solutions than silicon IGBTs. The market size is expected to reach US$225 million in 2025 with a 90% CAGR between 2019 and 2025. Besides automotive, applications such as PV , rail and motor drives will also show double-digit CAGR in the 2019-2025 period. "SiC transistors still have some technical and commercial challenges to face, despite the value they add", comments Amine Allouche, Technology & Cost Analyst at System Plus Consulting. "These include the wafer price and the complexity of some process steps, specifically SiC etching and high temperature implantation. These challenges still hinder SiC adoption on a large commercial scale." In parallel, SiC diodes' performance and added value have been also demonstrated. Today, their price has become increasingly acceptable to end users as well.

Solar Energy Harvesting
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  • 2020-11-12

The ability of e-peas' to lead progression in energy harvesting technology has been further validated through a new customer project. The company's AEM10941 power management IC (PMIC) has been designed into battery-less monitoring hardware from Dutch firm Xeelas. Covering a 50mV to 5V input voltage range and with an ultra-low power up (from just a 3µW input), the AEM10941 is optimised for photovoltaic-based energy harvesting deployments of this kind. The IC can deliver two voltage-regulated outputs (1.2-1.8V and 1.8V-4.1V). It is shipped in a compact 28-pin QFN package and needs only minimal peripheral components to accompany it. The Xeelas Series S gateways, that include the AEM10941 PMICs, are intended for acquiring periodic data on the operational status of non-powered assets situated in remote locations. They will capture data from connected sensors and then transmit it to the cloud. Any issues that could cause malfunction may then be identified and responded to. Key uses for these gateway modules are in relation to diesel generators, fuel tanks, container units and various other kinds of mobile industrial assets. There are also prospects for them in waste management and smart agriculture. The gateways have 2 solar panels. Through Xeelas' pioneering approach to geolocation, which applies techniques employed in avionics, these panels are able to serve as GPS antennas in order to get a quick and accurate location fix. Cellular IoT (LTE-M and NB-IoT) plus GSM connectivity allow data transmission, as well as over-the-air updates. The first units have already be deployed in the field, with more currently in production.

Acquisition to Expand US Power Portfolio
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  • 2020-11-12

TT Electronics announces it has officially completed the acquisition of Torotel, a US-based designer and manufacturer of power and electromagnetic assemblies and components for the aerospace and defense markets. The acquisition increases TT's capability in the design and development of power management devices and marks the latest addition to the company's extensive global magnetics portfolio. The acquisition of the Torotel business broadens TT's power electronics capabilities and further expands the company's presence in the US aerospace and defense market building on the recently acquired Covina, California-based business unit from Excelitas Technologies earlier in the year. Torotel extends TT's list of blue-chip US aerospace and defense customers and provides access to growth programs with sole-sourced positions on major platforms. TT continues to be committed to investment that supports the acceleration of its growth prospects and increases the breadth and differentiation of its engineering capability. Richard Tyson, CEO, TT Electronics said: "We are delighted to complete the acquisition of Torotel. It represents a fantastic fit within our existing US power electronics business, strengthens our position in critical defense applications and further develops our global electromagnetics design and manufacturing capability. We're delighted to be able to welcome the Torotel team into the TT group."

AC Drives for Smart Technology Hub
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  • 2020-11-12

Finland-based Danfoss Drives and other Danfoss business segments will supply the technology company Wärtsilä's research, product development and production center Smart Technology Hub with a significant number of AC drives and other products. Wärtsilä's Smart Technology Hub will be completed in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa next year. In all, 192 pieces of Danfoss AC drives with a total power of 32 megawatts will be delivered from the Danfoss Vaasa factory to Wärtsilä's testing area for products and solutions. In addition, the delivery includes VACON AC drives for various building automation applications, as well as other building automation products from Danfoss' other business segments. As Wärtsilä's technology partner, Danfoss is co-designing and delivering systems for the new testing area. "This is a unique opportunity for Danfoss and in particular for us at Danfoss Drives in Vaasa to intensify our cooperation with Wärtsilä. We will be in an increasingly close dialogue with Wärtsilä's research and product development in the future, and in this way, we will be able to help one another with different business opportunities. In addition, Danfoss' customers will also be able to visit currently one of the most modern testing labs in the Smart Technology Hub," says Markus Forma, Global Key Account Manager for Wärtsilä at Danfoss Drives.

APEC 2021 Submission Reopened
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  • 2020-11-11

In light of the new APEC 2021 dates, submissions for Professional Education Seminars, Industry Sessions, and Technical Sessions have all been extended! The Professional Education Seminars at APEC 2021 provide in-depth discussion of important and complex power electronics topics. Seminars topics can range from broad to narrow in scope. They can vary from introductory to advanced in technical level, and may complement the technical papers, special presentations, and comprehensive exposition. New Submissions Timeline: - November 23, 2020: Updated deadline for proposal submission - January 11, 2021: Notification that a proposal was accepted or declined - March 26, 2021: Final presentation and author registrations are due

Building Dedicated to Customer Service
  • Industry News
  • 2020-11-11

Mouser Electronics is very pleased to announce the opening of the Customer Service Center building at its corporate headquarters, devoted entirely to customer service and support. "Mouser has been fortunate to see strong growth over the last several years, and we need more space for more people to provide our signature customer service," said Coby Kleinjan, Vice President of Americas Customer Service and Sales. "The idea is to allow room for additional staffing while boosting efficiency and collaboration. This additional capacity will strengthen our efforts to provide best-in-class customer service across the board." The new two-story, 50,000-square-foot building, located on Mouser's 78-acre campus of its worldwide headquarters in Texas, is designed to be energy efficient and can also expand to 100,000 square feet to meet demand. The building features state-of-the-art amenities, inside and outside eating areas and a large parking expansion. Including the new Customer Service Center building, Mouser offers 27 customer support locations located across three continents to provide customer support in local language, time zone and currency. The authorized global distributor provides customers with service and technical support via phone, email, and chat or through its industry-leading website, mouser.com. The company calls the approach "glocal" - giving localized service across the globe.

FET for 48 V Synchronous Rectification
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  • 2020-11-10

Efficient Power Conversion advances the performance capability while lowering the cost of off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2059 (6.8 m?, 170 V) eGaN FET. This device is the latest in a family of 100 V – 200 V solutions suitable for a wide-range of power levels and price points. They are designed to meet the increasing demands of 48 V – 56 V server and data center products as well as an array of consumer power supply applications for high end computing, including gaming PCs, LCD/LED TVs, and LED lighting. The EPC2059 is ideal for DC-DC secondary-side synchronous rectification in AC/DC adaptors, fast chargers, and power supplies with power ranges between 100 W and 6 kW. The performance advantage of gallium nitride devices helps designers achieve the demanding efficiency requirements for 80 Plus Titanium power supplies, while providing smaller, faster, cooler, and lighter systems with lower system costs then currently available solutions. According to Alex Lidow, EPC's co-founder and CEO, "There are very significant performance advantages gained from using GaN in the secondary-side synchronous rectification socket of AC/DC adaptors. In a 400 V to 48 V conversion, switching at 1 MHz, GaN has shown to have one-sixth the losses and run 10 degrees cooler than a silicon MOSFET with equivalent on resistance. This enables designers to meet the latest stringent energy efficiency standards for high-end computing, where growth is exploding for multiple applications, such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and high-end gaming systems."

Gallium Nitride Transistors for a Wide Range of Power Levels
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  • 2020-11-10

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation advances the performance capability while lowering the cost of off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2059 (6.8 m?, 170 V) eGaN FET. This device is the latest in a family of 100 V – 200 V solutions suitable for a wide-range of power levels and price points. They are designed to meet the increasing demands of 48 V – 56 V server and data center products as well as an array of consumer power supply applications for high end computing, including gaming PCs, LCD/LED TVs, and LED lighting. The EPC2059 is ideal for DC-DC secondary-side synchronous rectification in AC/DC adaptors, fast chargers, and power supplies with power ranges between 100 W and 6 kW. The performance advantage of gallium nitride devices helps designers achieve the demanding efficiency requirements for 80 Plus Titanium power supplies, while providing smaller, faster, cooler, and lighter systems with lower system costs then currently available solutions. According to Alex Lidow, EPC's co-founder and CEO, "There are very significant performance advantages gained from using GaN in the secondary-side synchronous rectification socket of AC/DC adaptors. In a 400 V to 48 V conversion, switching at 1 MHz, GaN has shown to have one-sixth the losses and run 10 degrees cooler than a silicon MOSFET with equivalent on resistance. This enables designers to meet the latest stringent energy efficiency standards for high-end computing, where growth is exploding for multiple applications, such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and high-end gaming systems."

DC Meter Solution for Electric Vehicle Chargers
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  • 2020-11-10

LEM launches its DC meter solution, a DC Billing Meter (DCBM) fully compliant with the German "Eichrecht" regulation. The DCBM is a smart and compact billing solution that will help electric vehicle charging stations take advantage of the benefits of DC charging. Offering a power measurement range from 25kW to 600kW, the DCBM is a legal and certified meter that provides accurate billing of DC chargers. The German "Eichrecht" regulations state that consumers should only be charged for the DC power supplied. Standards are being established not only at the European level but also at the international level and more particularly in the USA in the state of California. The DCBM has been developed to meet market demands for inter-operability and data security, easy and fast retrofitting of charging stations already deployed, and the ability to provide high power at up to 600A/1000V. Designed to meet future connectivity needs, the DCBM offers Ethernet communications, supporting the HTTPS/REST protocol to allow quick integration and deployment within charging stations. The DCBM also integrates the Signed billing data sets according to the S.A.F.E OCMF protocol, allowing billing data to be transmitted with an extremely high level of security and providing total interoperability for cloud service operators.

Fast Switching 600V Super Junction MOSFETs
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  • 2020-11-10

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor announced the release of a Fast Switching 600V aMOS5 Super Junction MOSFETs in SMD-type TOLL Package. aMOS5 is AOS's latest generation of high voltage MOSFET, designed to meet the high efficiency and high-density needs for Quick Charger, Adapter, PC Power, Server, Industrial Power, Telecom, and Hyperscale Datacenter applications. The aMOS5 TOLL product's footprint is only 115mm², which is 23% smaller than that of D2PAK. Its package thickness is 2.3mm, an almost 50% height reduction versus D2PAK. The reduced package inductance and parasitics of the TOLL package enable power designs to reach the next level of switching efficiency, EMI performance, and ease-of-use. The first Fast Switching aMOS5 TOLL product will be available as AOTL125A60, a 600V device of 125mOhm. Upcoming aMOS5 TOLL products will provide a much wider range of Rds(on), covering applications from 200W to 3kW. Furthermore, aMOS5 TOLL provides a current capability of up to 100A in a 125mohm device, supporting today's most demanding Server PFC and PV Inverter applications, which require both high current rating and small form factor. The Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) Capability and Enhanced Solder Contact Area of aMOS5 TOLL also help improve the system and board-level reliability of power supplies that need to serve long life cycles. Additionally, aMOS5 High Voltage TOLL package features Kelvin Source connection, which significantly improves switching performance by reducing switch-on loss through separate power and drive sources.

GaN FET with Integrated Driver, Protection and Power Management
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  • 2020-11-09

Texas Instruments expanded its high-voltage power management portfolio with the next generation of 650-V and 600-V gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistors (FETs) for automotive and industrial applications. With a fast-switching, 2.2-MHz integrated gate driver, the families of GaN FETs help engineers deliver twice the power density, achieve 99% efficiency and reduce the size of power magnetics by 59% compared to existing solutions. TI developed these FETs using its proprietary GaN materials and processing capabilities on a GaN-on-silicon (Si) substrate, providing a cost and supply-chain advantage over comparable substrate materials such as silicon carbide (SiC). Using TI's automotive GaN FETs can help reduce the size of electric vehicle (EV) onboard chargers and DC/DC converters by as much as 50% compared to existing Si or SiC solutions – enabling engineers to achieve extended battery range, increased system reliability and lower design cost. In industrial designs, the new devices enable high efficiency and power density in AC/DC power-delivery applications where low losses and reduced board space are important – such as hyperscale and enterprise computing platforms as well as 5G telecom rectifiers. "Wide-bandgap semiconductor technologies like GaN inherently bring firmly established capabilities to power electronics, especially for high-voltage systems," said Asif Anwar, director of the Powertrain, Body, Chassis & Safety Service at Strategy Analytics. "Texas Instruments leverages over a decade of investment and development to deliver a uniquely holistic approach – combining internal GaN-on-Si device production and packaging with optimized Si driver technology to successfully implement GaN in new applications."

Expanding Supply Base for Silicon Carbide
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  • 2020-11-09

Infineon Technologies and GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) have signed a supply agreement for silicon carbide (SiC) boules. The contract has an initial term of five years. With this supply contract, the German semiconductor manufacturer adds a further element to secure its growing base material demand in this area. SiC is the basis for power semiconductors that are particularly efficient, robust, and cost-effective at the system level. Under the brand name CoolSiC Infineon now already markets the industry's largest product portfolio for industrial applications and is rapidly expanding its offerings towards consumer and automotive products. "We are seeing a steadily increasing demand for SiC-based switches, especially for industrial applications," says Peter Wawer, President of Infineon's Industrial Power Control Division. "However, it has become clear that the automotive sector is quickly following suit. With the supply agreement we have now concluded, we ensure that we will be able to meet the rapidly growing demand of our customers with a diversified supplier base. GTAT's high-quality boules will provide an additional source for competitive SiC wafers fulfilling the best-in-class material standards now and in the future. This supports our ambitious SiC growth plans, making good use of our existing in-house technologies and core competencies in thin-wafer manufacturing."

German Branch Becomes CharIN-Member
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  • 2020-11-09

Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. German Branch is pleased to announce its acceptance as a member of the Charging Interface Initiative e. V. (CharIN). From the perspective of a manufacturer covering the supply of Power Semiconductors for a broad range of applications, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. is glad to be able to contribute to the existing broad base of experts from different industries in CharIN to support the definitions of the requirements of combined charging systems and the future developments. Mitsubishi Electric is a leading manufacturer of Power Semiconductors as key parts of the control systems of electric power, in e-mobility as well as in renewable energies, energy storage, power transmission and distribution, railway technology and others. Mitsubishi Electric pioneered the mass production of power modules for hybrid vehicles in 1997 and is today a supplier of power semiconductors to the various categories of xEV. In industrial applications related to e-mobility, Mitsubishi Electric supplies power devices to manufactures of charging stations to ensure efficient High Power DC charging. The environmental statement of the Mitsubishi Electric Group "Eco Changes" expresses the ambition to work together with our partners on technology leading to CO2 reduction to globally change the environment for the better.

High Power and High Current CW Diode Driver Platform
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  • 2020-11-08

Schulz-Electronic (SE), and the Swiss laser electronics specialist Meerstetter Engineering just announced to start sales and joint development of versatile and very cost-efficient premium laser diode driver solutions in early 2021. The highly flexible, high power solution will be based on Meerstetter's powerful LDD-1137 GaN-FET diode driver platform. The experts for individual, professional power supply solutions from Schulz-Electronic offer many years of experience in the field of laser power supplies. With LDD-1137 they are expanding their DC/DC driver portfolio in the high-power and high-current range - as well as in the segment of fast, pulsed CW applications and analogue modulations into up to Kilohertz rate. The laser diode driver LDD-1137 is footprinted on small 171 x 118 mms. It is designed to serve as a universal platform for a vast number of new driver models. The basic parameters of the pulsable CW multi-phase driver range up to max. 70 amps output current and max. 70 volts output voltage. Thanks to the latest GaN-FET technology, rise times in pulsed operation of < 500 nanoseconds at output powers of up to several kilowatts can be realised. Up to three LDD-1137s can already be connected in parallel to increase the output current.

Automotive Primary DC/DC Converters
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  • 2020-11-06

ROHM has developed a lineup of twelve automotive primary DC/DC converters. The BD9P series are optimized for ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) sensors, cameras, and radars, along with car infotainment and instrument clusters. The need for fast response to provide stable operation and higher power conversion efficiency are crucial, which have been difficult to meet with conventional power supply ICs. The product adopts an original advanced power supply technology, Nano Pulse ControlTM* which enables high speed operation at 2.2MHz that will not interfere with the AM radio band (1.84MHz max.) while achieving high step-down ratio. The BD9P series ensures stable operation during battery input voltage fluctuation, reducing output overshoot to less than 1/10th of that of conventional products. This eliminates the need for additional output capacitors typically required as countermeasure against overshoot. Additionally, adopting a new control method makes it possible to achieve both high efficiency and fast response (which typically represent a tradeoff). Not only does this provide a 92% power conversion efficiency at heavy loads (at 1A output current), but 85% efficiency at light loads (1mA) as well, ensuring leading-class efficiency across the entire load range. As a result, low power consumption is enabled both when driving and when the engine is stopped (standby current can be reduced). Furthermore, combining the product with the BD9S series of secondary DC/DC converters connected to the subsequent stage leads engineers to faster design of more efficient automotive power supply circuits.

Automotive Primary DC/DC Converters
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  • 2020-11-06

ROHM has developed a lineup of twelve automotive primary DC/DC converters. The BD9P series are optimized for ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) sensors, cameras, and radars, along with car infotainment and instrument clusters. The need for fast response to provide stable operation and higher power conversion efficiency are crucial, which have been difficult to meet with conventional power supply ICs. The product adopting original advanced power supply technology, Nano Pulse ControlTM*, enables high speed operation at 2.2MHz that will not interfere with the AM radio band (1.84MHz max.) while achieving high step-down ratio. It is an optimum technology for automotive applications. The BD9P series ensures stable operation during battery input voltage fluctuation, reducing output overshoot to less than 1/10th of that of conventional products. This eliminates the need for additional output capacitors typically required as countermeasure against overshoot. Additionally, adopting a new control method makes it possible to achieve both high efficiency and fast response (which typically represent a tradeoff). Not only does this provide a 92% power conversion efficiency at heavy loads (at 1A output current), but 85% efficiency at light loads (1mA) as well, ensuring leading-class efficiency across the entire load range. As a result, low power consumption is enabled both when driving and when the engine is stopped (standby current can be reduced). Furthermore, combining the new product with the BD9S series of secondary DC/DC converters connected to the subsequent stage leads engineers to faster design of more efficient automotive power supply circuits.

50W Qi Wireless-Charging IC
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  • 2020-11-05

STMicroelectronics has introduced a Qi wireless charging IC, STWLC88. Delivering as much as 50W of power, the device enables consumers to charge smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other personal electronic devices without cables as safely and nearly as quickly and efficiently as they could by plugging them in. With its fully integrated ultra-low impedance, high-voltage synchronous rectifier, and low drop-out linear regulator, the STWLC88 achieves high efficiency and low power dissipation, critical for applications that are highly sensitive to unnecessary heat buildup. The power-charger chip features dedicated hardware and advanced algorithms that were developed to address challenges in ASK and FSK communication during high power delivery. Moreover, the STWLC88 comes with highly accurate Foreign Object Detection (FOD) and an integrated accurate current-sensing system to ensure high power delivery is performed safely and in a controlled manner. The STWLC88 can also operate in high-efficiency transmitter mode to allow high-power charge-sharing mode. This is coupled with the STWLC88's industry-first Q factor detection in a receiver device to ensure safe operation and protection to end-users. An I2C interface allows firmware and platform developers to customize parameters in the device and the configuration can be programmed into the embedded FTP, which allows for more than 1000 times of re-programming. Additional firmware patching improves the IC's application flexibility.

Driving e-Mobility Forward with Renewable Energy 
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  • 2020-11-05

Power2Drive Europe and the German Federal Association for eMobility (BEM) are working together more intensely than ever before and intend to continue their cooperative efforts over the long term. Together, they are seeking to restructure the transportation sector in Germany using renewable energies and switch over to sustainable mobility. The partners are well on their way, as proven by the current numbers of registered electric vehicles. E-mobility is booming in Germany. According to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), a record 21,188 electric vehicles were registered in September 2020 alone. The market share of e-cars – battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) – is expected to rise to 10.7 percent by the end of the year, with an anticipated 300,000 new registrations (108,600 in 2019) according to a forecast by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). The Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020 published by BloombergNEF predicts that by 2030 nearly a third of all vehicles with an electric drive sold worldwide could be on the roads in Europe – a market second only to China. The associated market potential in Europe – for intelligent charging solutions and mobility services as well – is enormous and is bolstered by political programs that promote sustainability and future-oriented technologies. For instance, in combination with other factors such as reduced tax rates, the German government's innovation bonus manifestly contributed to increasing the price competitiveness of electric cars and broadening acceptance of e-mobility in general.

GSA Appoints Hidetoshi Shibata to Board of Directors
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  • 2020-11-05

As the semiconductor industry navigates an unprecedented year with projections of steady growth, the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) expands its board of directors with the appointment of Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO of Renesas Electronics Corporation. "As the voice of the global semiconductor industry, GSA offers leaders a neutral platform to collaborate and advance technology for a positive societal and economic impact. Our board's vision, dedication and passion has led to the GSA being a strong, influential association representing companies across the world," said Jodi Shelton, CEO of GSA. "We are pleased to welcome Hidetoshi as our newest board member and look forward to his contributions as we further progress our industry." "Semiconductors are essential technology enablers that power most of the intelligent devices we use today," said Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO at Renesas. "I am proud to join the GSA Board of Directors and add our expertise to the development of innovative solutions in the global collaboration effort, with industry leaders of GSA, which is critical for success in today's fast-paced and competitive markets." The GSA welcomes Renesas, a global leader in the semiconductor industry focused on the IoT, industrial, infrastructure and automotive markets, onto its board of directors with the collective goal of increasing the profitability and sustainability of the global semiconductor ecosystem and improving the worldwide economy.

Cylindrical Hybrid Supercapacitors
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  • 2020-11-05

More power and high reliability: The HS/ HSL Hybrid Supercapacitors impress with a power density that is up to three times higher than that of lithium-ion batteries. In a 3.8 V hybrid cell, they have an energy density up to eight times higher than conventional EDLCs (Electric Double Layer Capacitor). Hybrid supercapacitors are energy storage devices that combine the advantages of electric double layer capacitors and lithium-ion technology to achieve higher energy densities and longer life. In the hybrid supercapacitors, a lithium-doped carbon electrode replaces one of the carbon-based electrodes. With more than 250,000 charging cycles at 20°C ambient temperature and a maintenance-free service life of up to 20 years, the hybrids score points over conventional batteries. At operating temperatures of down to -25°C (HSL) and up to +85°C (HS), the hybrid supercapacitors work without any problems. While HSL supercapacitors are optimized for lower temperatures down to -25 °C, HS supercapacitors have an extended range up to +85 °C and are optimized for higher temperatures. Thanks to their low self-discharge, they act as stand-alone energy storage devices or are used in addition to battery systems to optimize system costs, service life and runtimes. This makes them particularly suitable for emergency power supplies in server rooms or in medical environments, IoT energy storage, smart metering, tracking of commercial vehicles / containers, but also for impulse and hybrid power supply systems.

Stefan Werkstetter Appointed as Director of Sales for EMEA
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To support the continued adoption of gallium nitride (GaN) FETs and Integrated Circuits in the European market, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stefan Werkstetter as Director, Sales EMEA. Based near Munich, Germany, Stefan brings many years' experience working in the power electronics market, particularly the automotive and industrial automation sectors. In his new role he will focus on developing new and existing accounts with major OEM and key account customers based in Europe. Stefan holds a degree in electrical engineering and joins EPC from Skeleton Technologies where he was Head of Strategy and prior to that spent many years working at Maxwell Technologies. His experience includes strategy, product management, business development, sales and applications engineering. "Working with EPC and GaN is really exciting and I am looking forward to developing both new and existing business in EMEA. There is great potential to assist customers in choosing to adopt GaN and I'll be focussed on increasing these application and sales opportunities," commented Stefan on joining EPC.

Testing Methodology to Power Stamp DC-DC Direct Power Conversion
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  • 2020-11-04

The Power Stamp Alliance (PSA), which is creating collaborative solutions for 48V-to-low-voltage on-board DC-DC power converters, announced that LoadSlammer, designers and manufacturers of transient load testing devices, has joined the Alliance to bring the option for a consistent, standardized testing methodology to users of power stamps. This is the first time that a multi-vendor alliance around dc-dc power conversion has agreed a testing methodology and tools. Design engineers will be able to use a common, consistent, and repeatable load to significantly reduce validation and integration time, speeding their end-product to market and reducing risk in the design process. LoadSlammer estimates up to 30 per cent saving in development time depending on the user's specific configuration. Power Stamp Alliance Founding Members, Advanced Energy, Bel Power Solutions, Flex, and STMicroelectronics  have created and shared a specification for a standard product footprint and functions to create a multi-vendor ecosystem. This assures practical levels of alternate source capability to server and storage system manufacturers, while encouraging a competitive supply chain through differentiation in topology, circuitry, and performance from multiple, independent manufacturers. Power Stamp Alliance 48V direct conversion DC-DC modules – or 'power stamps' – primarily target advanced IT and supercomputing equipment and large data processing installations.


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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
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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
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
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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
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
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
Demystifying EMC Conference Goes Virtual in 2021Rohde & Schwarz announced that the seventh edition...9021Event NewsDemystifying EMC Conference Goes Virtual in 2021Rohde & Schwarz announced that the seventh edition of its Demystifying EMC conference will go virtual, offering participants the opportunity to engage with industry experts through Europe and beyond. In an expanded three-day digital event running from 9th to 11th February 2021, the conference will feature a mix of live, educational and interactive events, with a virtual exhibition running alongside. Originally a one-day seminar, Rohde & Schwarz has established Demystifying EMC as one of the premier industry events on EMC in the UK over the past seven years, and has previously attracted around 500 attendees. With the number of new and repeat delegates increasing year on year, the event's maximum capacity has continuously been raised to meet high demand thanks to the event's focus on knowledge sharing and providing an industry wide perspective. Demystifying EMC offers insightful presentations by experts from independent training partners and industrial partners, as well as by Rohde & Schwarz specialists. Each day of the online conference will start with an EMC fundamentals session from Lee Hill of Silent Solutions, who shares his 30 years of EMC teaching, problem-solving and electronic design experience. The afternoons will feature a wide range of live keynotes from Rohde & Schwarz experts in addition to educational streams throughout the three days covering the trends in the EMC industry, including aspects of product design, test, simulations, and regulations and standards from leading EMC partners.15.12.2020 09:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_4.jpghttps://www.rohde-schwarz.com/uk/about/news-press/all-news/demystifying-emc-conference-goes-virtual-in-2021-press-release-detailpage_229356-1000640.html?change_c=truerohde-schwarz.com/news
Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Channel StrategyVicor Corporation announced the appointment of Dav...9020PeopleVice President of Corporate Marketing and Channel StrategyVicor Corporation announced the appointment of David Krakauer as Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Channel Strategy. Mr. Krakauer will oversee all marketing activities including corporate branding, promotion, and communications, as well as channel marketing and sales enablement. Prior to joining Vicor, Mr. Krakauer was responsible for corporate marketing and customer experience at Analog Devices where he also held prior roles managing successful product lines. Mr. Krakauer has a BSEE and MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Vicor Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Phil Davies commented, "David brings extensive experience in driving profitable revenue growth through novel marketing strategies and practices. We are pleased to bring David on board as Vicor continues to build its brand in high-growth markets as the high-performance power module company."15.12.2020 08:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_3.jpghttp://www.vicorpower.com/press-room/krakauer-vpvicorpower.com/press-room
MOSFETs for 48V Hot Swap Telecom ApplicationsAlpha and Omega Semiconductor announced the releas...9030Product ReleaseMOSFETs for 48V Hot Swap Telecom ApplicationsAlpha and Omega Semiconductor announced the release of, AOTL66518 and AOB66518L, a 150V MOSFET with low on-resistance and a high Safe Operating Area (SOA) capability designed for demanding applications in Telcom Hot Swap. AOS designed these MOSFETs with a low on state resistance and a robust linear mode performance with a wide Safe Operating Area (SOA) to manage Telecom's demanding application where performance, reliability, and quality are essential. AOTL66518 and AOB66518L have a max junction temperature up to 175°C and protects the load by limiting high in rush currents in soft-start, eFuse, and Hot Swap application conditions. AOTL66518 delivers high robustness with a 150V MOSFET in a TOLL package. The TOLL package offers a 30% smaller footprint than a TO-263 (D2PAK) package and has a higher current capability due to clip technology. AOTL66518 has a very low thermal resistance from silicon junction to the bottom of the package case (Rthjc) compared to TO-263. These features enable Telecom designers to reduce the number of MOSFETs in parallel. "High reliability and robust linear mode performance are critical metrics in Telecommunications. AOTL66518 and AOB66518L have high SOA with low on-resistance to meet these demanding requirements," said Peter H. Wilson.15.12.2020 06:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_13.jpghttp://www.aosmd.com/res/news/news-article-1608050907983/AOTL66518_AOB66518L_PR.pdfaosmd.com/news.pdf
Joining Ultra Wide Band AllianceSTMicroelectronics has joined the UWB Alliance (UW...9025Industry NewsJoining Ultra Wide Band AllianceSTMicroelectronics has joined the UWB Alliance (UWBA) as a Promoter Class Member, accepting a seat on the Board of Directors. The Alliance's mission is focused on advocating a favourable regulatory environment to promote ultra-wideband (UWB) technology innovation and growth. This includes working to secure new advantageous updates to rulesets in the U.S. and Europe. Committed to accelerating the adoption of UWB technology by providing a centre of excellence for regulatory knowledge and guidance, it works with other international organizations to help members increase their market presence. "As a leader in the UWB space, ST feels a responsibility to contribute towards regulatory development in the EU and USA," commented Jean-Marie André, Head of the STM32 UWB wireless product line at STMicroelectronics. "With UWB being widely adopted in consumer products, we join the UWB Alliance to offer our 10-year experience in the field and play a significant role in continuing this trend." UWB has gained wide public attention in recent months. Three of the top-ten smartphone vendors have all introduced UWB into their latest mobile phones. UWB has also been rolled in PC and smart-wearable products from top OEMs. At the same time, many other technology companies are now deploying UWB for diverse applications such as passive keyless car entry, high resolution COVID-19 contact tracing, secure payment solutions, AR/VR, entertainment, medical, and many other smart IoT services.14.12.2020 13:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_8.jpghttps://newsroom.st.com/media-center/press-item.html/t4326.htmlnewsroom.st.com
EMV 2021 to be Held DigitallyDue to the pandemic and its effects, the EMV trade...9024Event NewsEMV 2021 to be Held DigitallyDue to the pandemic and its effects, the EMV trade fair and parallel workshops are to take place digitally starting March 23rd. The event is designed to once again give the EMC community a platform for exchange. Preparations for the online solution are already underway. "We assume that even in the spring of 2021, travel restrictions and further limitations can still be expected," explains Petra Haarburger, President of the event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt. "We are delighted to be able to offer the international EMC community a digital alternative. Due to the early switch to an online edition, we are glad to provide exhibitors, speakers and all other attendees time to plan their participation." As with the on-site event, the focus of the digital platform is on a practice-oriented exchange of knowledge and networking. Participants can use the chat and video call function, as well as discussion features and product presentations, to exchange information in a targeted manner. The matchmaking feature, based on areas of interests, offerings, and many other aspects, supports the community in quickly finding the right partner. "For the international EMC community in industry and science, this opens up new opportunities for efficient and sustainable networking," Petra Haarburger emphasizes.14.12.2020 12:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_7.jpghttps://emv.mesago.com/stuttgart/en/press/press-releases/emv-press-releases/held-digitally.htmlemv.mesago.com/press
DC-DC Buck Converters with Adjustable Output VoltageTDK Corporation announces the introduction of the ...9036Product ReleaseDC-DC Buck Converters with Adjustable Output VoltageTDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda i7A series of 33A 500W rated non-isolated DC-DC converters, packaged with the industry-standard 1/16th brick pinout. The output voltage of these step-down converters can be adjusted from 3.3 to 24V and accept a wide range input voltage of 18 to 60V. The i7A 33A series can be used to derive additional high-power outputs from a 24V, 36V or 48V DC power supply, at a much lower cost than isolated DC-DC converters. These compact products are suited for use in medical, communications, industrial, test and measurement, broadcast and portable battery-powered equipment. Efficiencies of up to 98% minimise internal losses and allow the i7A to operate in ambient temperatures of -40°C to +125°C, even with low airflow conditions. The i7A's design provides low output ripple and excellent response to dynamic loads. Very few external components are required, compared to discrete solutions, saving cost and printed circuit board space. A choice of three mechanical configurations is available, measuring just 34mm wide and 36.8mm in length. The 11.5mm high open-frame model is suitable for applications requiring a very low profile. The baseplate version for conduction cooling to a cold plate is 12.7mm high. Models with an integral heatsink, which are for convection or forced air cooling, are 24.9mm high.14.12.2020 11:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_19.jpghttps://www.emea.lambda.tdk.com/uk/news/article.aspx?cid=16620emea.lambda.tdk.com/news
Joint Laboratory on SiC TechnologyROHM, together with Chinese Tier 1 comprehensive a...9019Industry NewsJoint Laboratory on SiC TechnologyROHM, together with Chinese Tier 1 comprehensive automotive manufacturer United Automotive Electronic Systems Co., Ltd (UAES), held an opening ceremony announcing the establishment of a joint laboratory on SiC technology at UAES headquarters in Shanghai, China (Shanghai). Since 2015, UAES and ROHM have been collaborating and carrying out detailed technical exchanges on automotive applications utilizing SiC power devices. Finally, automotive products incorporating ROHM SiC power devices have been released earlier this year. The joint laboratory contains a number of important equipment required for device and application evaluation in automotive such as onboard chargers and DC/DC converters. This will allow to strengthen the partnership and accelerate the development of innovative power solutions centered on SiC. Says Dr. Kazuhide Ino, CSO and Senior Director of Power Device Business, ROHM Co., Ltd.: "We are pleased to have established a joint laboratory with UAES, a leading manufacturer of automotive applications. As a leading supplier of SiC power devices, ROHM develops industry-leading devices and has a proven track record of providing power solutions that combine peripheral components such as driver ICs. And in the rapidly expanding automotive sector, as research tailored to customer needs and market trends becomes an important factor, we will continue to strengthen our partnership through this joint research lab and contribute to technical innovation in the automotive sector with power solutions centered on SiC."14.12.2020 07:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_2.jpghttp://www.rohm.com/eurohm.com
DC/DC Converters (DIP-16) for Industrial ApplicationsThe TEL 12 & TEL 12WI are two series of isolated 1...9061Product ReleaseDC/DC Converters (DIP-16) for Industrial ApplicationsThe TEL 12 & TEL 12WI are two series of isolated 12 Watt converters which come in an ultra compact DIP-16 metal package. The design purpose of these series was to miniaturized low power DC/DC converters to the maximum without sacrificing high efficiency. They solidify the new standard for power density with 3,61 W/cm3 and effectively double the power density compared to 12 Watt converters in DIP-24 package. The TEL 12 and TEL 12WI offer wide 2:1 or 4:1 input voltage ranges respectively and feature a high efficiency of up to 88% which enables an operation temperature of up to +65°C at full load and up to 85°C with 50% load. The converters also have an internal input filter to comply with conducted emission standard EN 55032 class A. Overall they feature an economical solution for space critical and cost sensitive applications in instrumentation, IT and industrial electronics.11.12.2020 16:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-15_21.jpghttps://www.tracopower.com/de/tel-12wi-series-ultra-compact-12-watt-dcdc-converterstracopower.com
Accelerating Growth with Strategically Attractive AcquisitionElectrocomponents has announced that it has reache...9003Industry NewsAccelerating Growth with Strategically Attractive AcquisitionElectrocomponents has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Synovos, a leading player in integrated supply solutions in the Americas, for a total consideration of $145 million on a debt-free, cash-free basis. The Synovos acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including US anti-trust, and is expected to complete in Q1 calendar year 2021. Electrocomponents has the building blocks in place and is accelerating the execution of its growth strategy from strong foundations. There is continued momentum across the business as customer and industry trends fast track towards the Group's proposition. Synovos will accelerate delivery of a global integrated supply proposition and significantly strengthen the Americas business. Lindsley Ruth, Electrocomponents' Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Synovos is a very good business, aligned to our strategy of selectively adding high-quality, value-creating bolt-on acquisitions to the Group. Synovos enables us to expand our value-added solutions offer in the Americas, significantly enhancing our proposition for corporate customers. It is an excellent fit with our existing IESA business and will increase our ability to support clients in managing their procurement, inventory and maintenance needs globally. "In the past five years we have transformed Electrocomponents into a strong, focused, customer-centric organisation on a clear growth trajectory. We are now taking the business to the next level. Whilst driving organic growth will always be our primary focus, Synovos demonstrates how our disciplined approach to acquisitions can bring valuable capabilities and products into the Group."10.12.2020 14:00:00Dec\images\news_electrocomponents.jpghttps://www.electrocomponents.com/media/press-release/2020/10122020aelectrocomponents.com/media
EPE 2021: Deadline ExtendedThe final deadline for synopsis submissions is now...9001Event NewsEPE 2021: Deadline ExtendedThe final deadline for synopsis submissions is now December 23rd, 2020. The synopsis should consist of a 3 to maximum 5 pages anonymous summary, including an abstract with no more than 50 words. The topic number(s) and your indication of preference for dialogue or lecture presentation must be clearly mentioned. (Be aware that, if your paper proposal is accepted, it will be the International Scientific Committee who decides upon dialogue or lecture presentation); key diagrams and a references list. The originality and the main technical improvements proposed in your paper must be clearly indicated. If the submitted abstract and summary do not meet the requirements detailed on this page, they may not be considered for selection. The synopses will be submitted over the internet, using the conference host website. Authors of papers provisionally selected for presentation will receive a notification, and will be able to download the instructions for preparing full/final papers as well as dialogue and/or lecture presentations from this website. The final programme will be based on a review of the full papers. The publication date of the accepted conference papers will be two weeks before the conference.10.12.2020 12:00:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_7.jpghttps://epe-ecce-conferences.com/epe2021/guidelines-to-submit-a-synopsis/epe-ecce-conferences.com/epe2021
Powerful FuseholderSCHURTER expands its portfolio of fuseholders with...9034Product ReleasePowerful FuseholderSCHURTER expands its portfolio of fuseholders with the CFO fuse clip series. The CFO series is designed for fuses with 10.3 mm diameter and is available as M3 version for screw and rivet mounting or alternatively for THT. The CFO fuse clip series is suitable for applications with voltages up to 1000 VDC / 600 VAC and currents up to 16 A (UL). The operating range extends from -40 ºC to 125 ºC. All variants of the CFO fuse clip series offer an excellent price-performance ratio. The clips are made of brass and are available with nickel or tin plating. Suitable for (almost) every application: Whether a classic THT or screw/rivet mounting is required, with the CFO series you will find your matching fuse clip. Also, thanks to their low mounting height, they can be installed anywhere. Due to its high voltage rating, the CFO fuse clips are suitable for a particularly wide range of applications: These include for example photovoltaic and DC high voltage applications in general. Furthermore, the CFO series is of course also suitable for classical industrial and consumer electronics, battery chargers and power distribution applications.10.12.2020 09:37:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_17.jpghttps://www.schurter.com/Info-Center/News/Timeline/CFO-powerful-fuseholderschurter.com/News
Inventory Helps Aerospace and Defense Electronics CompaniesTexas Instruments announced that it is making most...9004Industry NewsInventory Helps Aerospace and Defense Electronics CompaniesTexas Instruments announced that it is making most of its high-reliability (HiRel) semiconductor products immediately available for online purchase on TI.com, helping aerospace and defense companies quickly get the authentic TI products they need for their next-generation space-grade and military-grade designs. Engineers and purchasing managers can now access TI's inventory of thousands of HiRel products on TI.com, including radiation-hardened and radiation-tolerant products in the qualified manufacturers list (QML) plastic, ceramic or metallic packages used in space, avionics and defense system designs. Additionally, purchasers now have multiple options to select date and lot codes before placing an order. "Increasingly, customers are developing highly sophisticated satellites and other advanced electronics that must operate in harsh conditions, and our customers expect shorter supplier lead times to meet mission-critical project timelines," said Gary Reichmuth, general manager for aerospace and defense systems at Texas Instruments. "With the vast inventory of our HiRel products available on TI.com, supported with lot selection options and associated documentation, customers will be able to obtain HiRel products and get to production faster than with other semiconductor suppliers." For over 60 years, TI integrated circuits have been used in many spacecraft and defense electronics in the United States, Europe and other regions. TI has a long track record of manufacturing HiRel products, helping assure a steady supply of parts to customers who develop space, commercial and military applications.09.12.2020 15:00:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_10.jpghttps://news.ti.com/texas-instruments-makes-high-reliability-products-immediately-available-for-purchase-on-ti.comnews.ti.com
High Input Voltage Switching Regulator RangeRECOM has extended the current rating of its RPMH ...9059Product ReleaseHigh Input Voltage Switching Regulator RangeRECOM has extended the current rating of its RPMH range of non-isolated switching regulators from 0.5A to 1.5A, with no increase in size, leveraging the company's expertise in 3D power packaging. In a tiny 12.19 x 12.19 x 3.75mm package, the high-efficiency parts are available with trimmable outputs at nominal 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V, and 24V. Inputs for each type can range up to 60VDC, and operating temperature is as high as 100°C with no derating, or higher still at reduced power. Features include on/off control, remote sensing, a power good signal, and comprehensive protection against output short-circuits, over-current, and over-voltage. The products meet EN55032 class B EMI limits with a simple external filter. The advance in power handling of the RPMH-1.5 is enabled by RECOM's 3D Power Packaging techniques resulting in a 25-pad LGA package with six-sided shielding for optimal EMC and thermal performance. Evaluation boards are available which allow performance and all features to be tested. "We have increased the current rating of our RPMH series by a factor of three", commented Matthew Dauterive, DC/DC Productmanager of RECOM. "This improvement opens up a much wider range of applications for the product. The wide input range, up to 60V, will be particularly attractive for 48V systems or applications such as automotive where high voltage surges can occur".09.12.2020 14:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-15_19.jpghttps://recom-power.com/en/company/newsroom/news/rec-n-switching-regulators-have-3-x-output-current-135.html?6recom-power.com/newsroom
Dual-MOSFET Devices for Automotive Solenoid Control CircuitsNexperia launched an AEC-Q101-qualified Repetitive...9038Product ReleaseDual-MOSFET Devices for Automotive Solenoid Control CircuitsNexperia launched an AEC-Q101-qualified Repetitive Avalanche Application Specific FET (ASFET) portfolio focused on powertrain applications. The technology has been tested to one billion avalanche cycles and can be used to control automotive inductive loads such as solenoids and actuators. In addition to providing a faster turn-off time (up to 4X), designs can be simplified through a reduced BOM count. MOSFET-based power schemes for solenoid and actuator control in automotive powertrains are typically built around boost, free-wheel diode or active clamp topologies. A fourth option is a repetitive avalanche design that dissipates energy from the inductive load by making use of the MOSFET's ability to repeatedly handle current from the inductive load during switch off. Offering comparable efficiencies to active clamp alternatives, such designs eliminate the need for diodes and other devices to minimize component count and circuit complexity. They also support faster switch-off times, a factor that can extend the reliability of electromechanical components such as solenoids and relays. Until now this has only been possible using outdated planar technology. The Nexperia Automotive Repetitive Avalanche ASFET family of products have been specifically developed to address this issue, by guaranteeing repetitive avalanche functionality tested up to one billion cycles.  In addition, when compared to boost topologies, they can simplify designs by providing up to 30% component footprint efficiency due to a possible reduction of up to 15 board components.09.12.2020 13:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_21.jpghttps://www.nexperia.com/about/news-events/press-releases/rugged-aec-q101-mosfets-from-nexperia-offer-guaranteed-repetitive-avalanche-performance-tested-to-one-billion-cycles.htmlnexperia.com/press-releases
Climate Leader on CDP's Annual 'A-List' for Global Water StewardshipTDK Corporation has been recognized for its leader...9002Industry NewsClimate Leader on CDP's Annual 'A-List' for Global Water StewardshipTDK Corporation has been recognized for its leadership in corporate sustainability by global environmental non-profit CDP, securing a place on its prestigious 'A List' for focusing on water security. CDP is a global non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Over 9,600 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2020. This is the first time for TDK to be selected by CDP as an "A List Company" for water security. In addition, TDK has received an "A-"ranking in the climate change category. TDK has established the TDK Environmental Charter, consisting of the Basic Principle on the Environment and the Basic Policy on the Environment, which make up the entire group's environment policy aimed at contributing to the sustainable development of society. In line with the Charter, TDK formulated the Environmental Vision and Environmental Action Plan as a fundamental framework for implementing specific environmental activities and initiatives. To bring more awareness to the importance of water as a natural resource, TDK set a target for reducing water use and is striving to control water-related risks. Based on this principle, the TDK Group will carry out environmental protection activities quickly and effectively with special consideration for climate change, biodiversity and finitude of resources.09.12.2020 13:00:00Dec\images\news_tdk.jpghttps://www.tdk.com/corp/en/news_center/press/20201209_01.htmtdk.com/press
2020 Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) AwardVicor won the 2020 Global Semiconductor Alliance (...9000Industry News2020 Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) AwardVicor won the 2020 Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Award for Analyst Favorite Semiconductor Company. Vicor high-efficiency, high-density power system solutions enable advances in artificial intelligence and other demanding applications. Vicor was among five companies nominated in this category including AMD, NVIDIA, Inphi Corporation and SiTime Corporation. Semiconductor financial analysts from two top-tier firms selected their favorite semiconductor company for this award. The analysts based their decision on historical as well as projected data such as stock price, earnings per share, revenue forecasts and product performance. The 2020 GSA Awards recognize leading semiconductor companies that have exhibited market growth through technological innovation and exceptional business management strategies.07.12.2020 11:00:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_6.pnghttp://www.vicorpower.com/press-room/gsa-awardvicorpower.com/press-room
Flat Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors Cornell Dubilier Electronics has expanded its line...9011Product ReleaseFlat Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors Cornell Dubilier Electronics has expanded its line of high performance flat electrolytic capacitors with the NHR Series. Able to withstand operating temperatures from –55 °C to 150 °C, NHR capacitors are constructed with rectangular stainless-steel cases and laser-welded covers that prevent dry-out. These capacitors have a 3,000-hour life at full-rated conditions and withstand up to 80g vibration to meet the most demanding military, aerospace, industrial, and down-hole applications. Type NHR is a spin-off of the company's Flatpack series that has been proven in military and aerospace applications for nearly 30 years. "Our NHR Flatpack technology offers exceedingly long life at high temperature for critical applications that previously have been the domain of wet-tantalum capacitors," said Mario DiPietro, Product Manager for Cornell Dubilier. "Their high-capacitance density at high voltage and temperature solves many of the problems faced by engineers designing circuits for extreme environments." continued DiPietro. The company claims it has had considerable success in helping its customers replace large series-parallel banks of wet tantalum capacitors with fewer components, saving them valuable space, weight and cost. Components within the NHR series are available from 75 Vdc through 300 Vdc with capacitance values ranging from 60 µF to 960 µF. There are four case lengths available in 0.5" increments from 1.5" to 3.0". All cases measure 0.5" thin by 1.0" wide.07.12.2020 10:30:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_17.jpghttps://www.cde.com/news/2020/12/nhr-slimpackcde.com/news
Hassane El-Khoury Announced CEO  ON Semiconductor announced that Hassane El-Khoury ...8999PeopleHassane El-Khoury Announced CEO  ON Semiconductor announced that Hassane El-Khoury has been named as the company's president, chief executive officer and member of its board of directors, effective Dec. 7, 2020. "Following a comprehensive internal and external search process, I want to welcome Hassane to ON Semiconductor," said Alan Campbell, chairman of the board of directors. "The focus of our search was to identify an experienced CEO who understands the transformation underway within our industry and to expand our leadership position in target secular growth markets, accelerate revenue, gross margin and earnings growth, and enhance stakeholder value. During the interview process, Hassane emerged as the clear leader to deliver on the company's immense potential for its customers, partners, employees and other stakeholders. We are thrilled to have found such a qualified leader." "I believe that a company is most successful when it leverages its people to solve customer challenges," El-Khoury said. "ON Semiconductor has developed a broad product portfolio that contains essential silicon building blocks to enable customer solutions in its target markets. I'm passionate about enabling customer success and excited to build on the company's foundation to provide superior systems solutions spanning the automotive, industrial, cloud power and IoT markets, while enhancing financial performance."07.12.2020 10:00:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_5.jpghttps://www.onsemi.com/PowerSolutions/newsItem.do?article=1000836onsemi.com
High-Temperature Rated PPTC Overcurrent ProtectorsBourns announced the expansion of its line of Mult...9031Product ReleaseHigh-Temperature Rated PPTC Overcurrent ProtectorsBourns announced the expansion of its line of Multifuse high-temperature rated surface mount Polymer Positive Temperature Coefficient (PPTC) resettable fuse products. The MF-FSHT model family is designed to provide effective overcurrent protection in applications with higher ambient operating temperatures while also reducing the risk of generating nuisance tripping at elevated temperatures between 85°C and 125°C. These capabilities are particularly useful in applications that regularly experience elevated ambient temperatures, including, but not limited to, industrial equipment, outdoor security systems and computing/storage devices. The Multifuse MF-FSHT model family is available in a small EIA 0603 footprint, and further expands Bourns' leading line of high-temperature rated polymer PTCs that include the radial leaded MF-RHT model family and the surface mount MF-SMHT, MF-USHT, MF-NSHT and MF-PSHT model families. "Our latest MF-FSHT series of surface mount polymer PTCs allows designers to more confidently specify robust overcurrent protection into their higher temperature applications where long-life operation is a must," said Lee Bourns, Product Line Manager for Overcurrent Protection at Bourns. "Furthermore, these new models also provide enhanced thermal derating performance at higher temperatures, thereby allowing designers to benefit from higher Ihold and Itrip current ratings at elevated temperatures while using one of the industry's smallest SMD footprints."07.12.2020 07:30:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_14.jpghttps://www.bourns.com/news/press-releases/pr/2020/12/08/bourns-further-expands-its-multifuse-reg-line-of-high-temperature-rated-pptc-overcurrent-protectorsbourns.com/news
Inductive Coupler for Power Line Communication TechnologyPREMO announces the MICU devices family to cover a...9015Product ReleaseInductive Coupler for Power Line Communication TechnologyPREMO announces the MICU devices family to cover a wide frequency range for power line communications in Smart-Grid applications and to use in the development of EV-charging stations for communication protocol diagnosis. Power line communications (PLC) is a global technology that is gaining interest worldwide due to the wide availability of power distribution lines. In smart grids inductive couplers are playing a big role. They transmit the communication signals between MV-Substations and MV-Sub to concentrators, avoiding other special transmission network, such as FO, Coaxial, Radio, etc., being a competitive solution compared with capacitive coupling. Smart Grids require the deployment of bidirectional communication links that interconnect the nodes of the grid. Power line communication (PLC) is a technology able to do that, and it potentially reduces the investment cost by exploiting the existing grid infrastructure. PLC can be used to offer a number of services in the grid through digital monitoring to control for fault detection, power quality and islanding effects. Energy management allows decentralized production and control of storage and electrical vehicles charge. Smart metering is the key component for demand side and demand response management. Smart building solutions can be put forth with automation and control inside buildings. PLCs are a natural choice to deliver bi-directional connectivity in the power delivery grid.04.12.2020 14:30:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_21.pnghttps://www.grupopremo.com/content/290-premo-launches-the-micus-nb-and-bb-seriesgrupopremo.com/content
Automotive 40/60V MOSFETs are Tested for Key SpecsTaiwan Semiconductor announces the introduction of...9014Product ReleaseAutomotive 40/60V MOSFETs are Tested for Key SpecsTaiwan Semiconductor announces the introduction of the TQM… Family of single and dual N-channel automotive grade power MOSFETs. Offered with drain-to-source breakdown voltage (BVDSS) of either 40V or 60V, all of the 14 parts in this AEC-Q101 family feature a maximum operating temperature (Tj) of 175° C. And unlike many other products in this class, all are 100% tested for compliance with published maximum on resistance and UIS/Avalanche rating. The devices are all packaged in an industry compatible, wettable flank, 5x6 mm PDFN package. "The TQM Family combines Taiwan Semiconductor's MOSFET technology expertise with innovative, wettable flank packaging to offer automotive power electronics designers with exceptional value," reported Sam Wang, Vice President, TSC Products.03.12.2020 13:30:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_20.jpeghttps://www.taiwansemi.com/en/product_search/new/n-channeltaiwansemi.com/n-channel
100V High-Speed, Half Bridge Evaluation BoardGaN Systems announced a 100V High-Speed, Half-Brid...9007Product Release100V High-Speed, Half Bridge Evaluation BoardGaN Systems announced a 100V High-Speed, Half-Bridge Evaluation Board (GS-EVB-HB-61008P-ON) in collaboration with ON Semiconductor. Available now through distribution partners, this solution is developed for existing and new PCB designs and allows power electronics designers to easily evaluate GaN for growing 48V market applications, including non-isolated step-down converters, non-isolated step-up converters, and half-bridge and full-bridge converters. The evaluation board includes an OnSemi NCP51810 GaN driver and two GaN Systems GS61008P E-mode GaN power transistors connected in a high-side, low-side configuration and all necessary drive circuitry. It provides the utmost flexibility of GaN transistor and driver combinations and can be applied in any topology that requires the use of a high-side/low-side FET combination. When connected into an existing power supply, it can replace HS/LS drives and MOSFETs. The evaluation board also offers configurable dead-time control and driver enable/disable functions. One of the major benefits is the evaluation board's small size and simplified yet robust design. Several pins are available to probe the circuit. HS and LS gate drives, as well as SWN are accessible. Additional benefits include fast propagation delay of 50 ns max, increased efficiency and allows paralleling, and control of rise and fall time for EMI tuning. 03.12.2020 06:30:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_13.pnghttps://gan-systems.reportablenews.com/pr/gan-systems-and-on-semiconductor-release-100v-high-speed-half-bridge-evaluation-boardgan-systems.reportablenews.com
Medical and Industrial Power Supplies with Integral FanTDK Corporation announces the addition of models w...9016Product ReleaseMedical and Industrial Power Supplies with Integral FanTDK Corporation announces the addition of models with an integral fan and enclosure to the 600W rated TDK-Lambda brand CUS600M series of AC-DC power supplies. The use of a fan simplifies cooling of the product and the enclosure reduces the risk of accidental contact by service personnel. The end mounted fan (/EF option) keeps the height profile to 42.5mm for mounting inside of a 1U high rack. The series is certified to medical and ITE (Information Technology Equipment) safety standards. Target applications include medical, home healthcare, dental, test and measurement, broadcast, professional audio and industrial equipment. Seven standard output voltages are available: 12V, 19V, 24V, 28V, 32V, 36V and 48V. The outputs can be adjusted by -2% to +8% of nominal to accommodate non-standard voltage requirements. The operating efficiency is up to 95%, the input voltage range is 85 to 265Vac and when the output is inhibited, the no-load power consumption is less than 0.5W. The CUS600M/EF version measures a compact 85 x 157 x 42.5mm (WxLxH). A 5V 1.5A standby voltage, remote on/off, remote sense and a power good signal are fitted as standard. The power supplies can deliver 600W in -10°C to +45°C ambient temperatures, derating linearly to 300W load at +60°C.02.12.2020 15:30:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_22.jpghttps://www.emea.lambda.tdk.com/de-en/products/product-details.aspx?scid=1423lambda.tdk.com/cus600m
Digital Exchange Platform SPS Connect a Resounding SuccessWith high participant numbers and an impressive in...9026Event NewsDigital Exchange Platform SPS Connect a Resounding SuccessWith high participant numbers and an impressive interaction rate, the SPS Connect, which took place from 24-26 November 2020, illustrated the continuing importance of a professional exchange between suppliers and users, and clearly demonstrated that technological progress in the automation industry cannot be stopped even in the midst of a pandemic. For organizer Mesago, the event has been a resounding success. SPS Connect saw a total of 239 exhibitors and their 4329 employees showcase more than 2,500 products. 9,008 active participants, including 27% from outside of Germany, accessed the virtual platform over the three-day event to discover the latest trends and innovations, and extend their professional network. The platform is to remain active until the end of the year to give interested parties the opportunity to connect with others and consume video content on-demand. Cooperation partner Siemens also commented on the digital event: "As the largest exhibitor at the physical SPS fair, it was important to us that the virtual format enjoys a positive image in the form of a strong partnership in this difficult situation. It was equally important for us to reach our customers and interested parties personally this year. For this purpose we created our own virtual format, the Siemens Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog, which was closely linked with the SPS Connect," stated Marcus Bliesze, Marketing Manager Factory Automation at Siemens Digital Industries.02.12.2020 14:00:00Dec\images\news_2021-01-01_9.jpghttps://sps.mesago.com/nuernberg/en/press/press-releases/sps-press-releases/sps-connect-zwischenstand.htmlsps.mesago.com/press
AEC-Q101-Qualified CAN-FD Protection DiodesNexperia has announced leadless ESD protection dev...9012Product ReleaseAEC-Q101-Qualified CAN-FD Protection DiodesNexperia has announced leadless ESD protection devices for CAN-FD applications. Devices are available in leadless packages with side-wettable flanks that enable AOI tools to be used. Fully AEC-Q101-qualified, the PESD2CANFDx series parts also offer industry-leading ESD and RF performance, and save PCB space. Nexperia offers silicon-based ESD protection for the CAN-FD bus in both leaded and leadless packages. The DFN1412D-3 and DFN1110D-3 leadless DFN packages with side-wettable flanks occupy 80% less PCB space than traditional SOT23 and SOT323 packages. Despite this, products assembled in this package feature improved thermal behaviour due to a larger internal lead frame that includes a heatsink and thermal pad. PESD2CANFDx diodes are also very ESD robust delivering excellent system level protection performance. This is because the parts have industry's lowest clamping voltages of only 33 V at IPP = 1 A and low dynamic resistance of 0.7 O. Nexperia ESD protection devices also offer very good RF switching parameters featuring a mixed mode insertion loss of just +20 dB at 300 MHz, leading to excellent signal integrity. Commented Nexperia's product manager Lukas Droemer: "CAN-FD is an important bus in automotive in-vehicle networks but devices must be protected against ESD. Another essential requirement for automotive applications is the ability to use AOI. Our new devices in leadless packages meet both these requirements, providing a high-performance alternative to leaded SMD packages."02.12.2020 11:30:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_18.jpghttps://www.nexperia.com/about/news-events/press-releases/nexperia-launches-aec-q101-qualified-leadless-can-fd-protection-diodes-with-industry-leading-esd-performance.htmlnexperia.com/press-releases
Organisational and Personnel ChangesIsabellenhütte is restructuring its management tea...8998PeopleOrganisational and Personnel ChangesIsabellenhütte is restructuring its management team. In future, three managing directors will be responsible for the respective areas as CFO, CTO and CEO. Dr Felix Heusler, managing partner in the eighth generation of Isabellenhütte, explains the reason behind this change: "We see our family business confronted with rapidly changing markets in an increasingly globalised world. We intend to continue on our path of sustainable growth that we have been following for several years by expanding our product portfolio and through an even more consistent and individualised focus on customers. We are taking this development into account in our management by dividing the management team even more clearly into three units and placing the responsibilities into the hands of each managing director." Moving forward, Isabellenhütte will be managed by a three-person team, consisting of a CFO, a CTO and a CEO. As CFO, Dr Felix Heusler will be responsible for human resources (HR), finance/controlling and IT. Holger Spiegel, 53, joined the management team in July 2020 and took over responsibility for sales and marketing from Dr Felix Heusler on 1 October 2020. In addition, Holger Spiegel will act as speaker for the management team (CEO) from 1 January 2021. Since 1 November 2020, Thilo Gleisberg, 51, has been the third and final member of the management team. In his role as CTO, he is responsible for production, R&D, procurement and logistics. The company would like to thank managing director Jürgen Brust, who will retire on 31 December 2020. During his time at the company, Isabellenhütte has developed into a globally recognised technology leader.02.12.2020 09:00:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_4.jpghttps://www.isabellenhuette.de/en/isabellenhuette.de
Production of Lithium-Ion BatteriesKION Battery Systems (KBS), a joint venture betwee...9005Industry NewsProduction of Lithium-Ion BatteriesKION Battery Systems (KBS), a joint venture between intralogistics provider KION GROUP and battery manufacturer BMZ Holding, has started production of lithium-ion batteries for industrial trucks. In the summer of 2019, the two companies announced a strategic partnership and the establishment of their own production facility in Karlstein am Main, where the BMZ Group is headquartered. The objective of the joint venture is to extend the lithium-ion product range of the KION Group's brand companies and to expand production capacity in order to meet the rapidly growing demand for lithium-ion battery systems in the intralogistics market, especially in the EMEA region. "Following the successful start of production, we will now focus on increasing capacity and developing new battery systems," says Carsten Harnisch, CEO of KION Battery Systems. The production lines in the new 4,000m² factory building are capable of manufacturing more than 12,000 batteries a year, mainly for heavy-duty and high-performance forklifts and industrial trucks made by the KION Group brand companies. There are also administration, research, and warehouse areas. "The new production facilities at KBS will allow us to meet the increasing demand for modern lithium-ion batteries and offer customers a highly reliable supply of products," says Christian Hasenstab, joint Managing Director of the new venture. The joint venture will benefit from the partners' many years of experience and extensive expertise, and from the pooling of purchasing activities, especially with regard to lithium-ion cells. By 2023, the workforce at KION Battery Systems is expected to grow to around 150 employees working primarily in research, development, and production.01.12.2020 16:00:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_11.jpghttps://bmz-group.com/index.php/en/news/press-enbmz-group.com/news
Part of a High-Performance Power SupplyWürth Elektronik presents its WE-AGDT transformers...9010Product ReleasePart of a High-Performance Power SupplyWürth Elektronik presents its WE-AGDT transformers for SiC MOSFET gate drivers. It makes a new SMT assembly transformer available, which, at the same time, is part of a power supply solution developed by Würth Elektronik for demanding gate control of SiC MOSFETs. The innovative WE-AGDT is a compact transformer in an EP7 package. It features a wide input voltage range from 9 to 36 V, a high saturation current of 4.5 A, as well as very low leakage inductance, and a very low capacitance of 6.8 pF between the windings. This gives rise to high common-mode transient immunity (CMTI) of the gate driver system. The WE-AGDT series comprises six transformers, each optimized for its respective reference design. Thanks to their two separate secondary windings, they allow both bipolar (+15 V, -4 V) and unipolar (+15 V to +20 V, 0 V) output voltages. The input voltage of 9 to 36 V achieves a maximum output power of 3 to 6 W. WE-AGDT transformers are optimized for SiC applications, but are also suitable for optimally controlling IGBT and power MOSFETs, and, given a suitable DC-DC converter, even for high-voltage GaN FETs. Würth Elektronik's reference design for a compact, galvanically isolated DC-DC converter for SiC MOSFET gate drivers is available at www.we-online.com/RD001.01.12.2020 09:30:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_16.jpghttps://www.we-online.com/web/en/wuerth_elektronik/news_weg/News_Detail_WE_Gruppe_115905.phpwe-online.com/news
SiC FET Devices Based on Advanced Gen 4 TechnologyUnitedSiC has launched the first four devices base...9008Product ReleaseSiC FET Devices Based on Advanced Gen 4 TechnologyUnitedSiC has launched the first four devices based on its advanced Gen 4 SiC FET technology platform. As the first and only 750V SiC FETs currently available on the market, these Gen 4 devices enable new performance levels, based on leadership Figures of Merit (FoM), that benefit power applications across automotive, industrial charging, telecom rectifiers, datacenter PFC, and DC-DC conversion as well as renewable energy and energy storage. Available in 18 and 60 mohm options, these new SiC FETs deliver unmatched FoMs with reduced on-resistance per unit area, and low intrinsic capacitance. In hard-switching applications, the Gen 4 FETs exhibit the lowest RDS(on) x EOSS (mohm-uJ) resulting in lower turn-on and turn-off loss. In soft-switching applications, their low RDS(on) x Coss(tr) (mohm-nF) specification provides lower conduction loss and higher frequency. These devices not only surpass existing competitive SiC MOSFET performance whether running cool (25C) or hot (125C), but also offer the lowest integral diode VF with excellent reverse recovery delivering low dead-time losses and increased efficiency. In expanding UnitedSiC's offering to 750V, the new devices offer more designer headroom and reduced design constraints. This higher VDS rating also makes these FETs beneficial for 400/500V bus voltage applications. With a widely compatible gate drive of +/-20V, 5V Vth, all devices can be driven with 0 to +12V gate voltages. This means they work with existing SiC MOSFET, Si IGBTs and Si MOSFET gate drivers.01.12.2020 07:30:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_14.jpghttps://unitedsic.com/news/unitedsic-introduces-new-sic-fet-devices-based-on-advanced-gen-4-technology/unitedsic.com/news
SENSOR+TEST 2021: Real, Virtual and Hybrid"Although the experts were not allowed to meet for...8995Event NewsSENSOR+TEST 2021: Real, Virtual and Hybrid"Although the experts were not allowed to meet for a concentrated exchange at the worldwide most important industrial trade fair for sensor and measurement technologies this year, the SENSOR+TEST still is the leading fair of this branch of industry," says Holger Bödeker, the managing director of AMA Service. His team is already planning the next event to take place from 4 to 6 May 2021 for exhibitors and visitors to the innovation dialog at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center. Moreover, the SENSOR+TEST will boast hybrid configurations and a novel Digital Area. The program is supposed to be packed again: Thus, the special topic planned for 2020, Sensor and Measuring Technology for Condition Monitoring, will be held in 2021. The organizer and the exhibitors' committee approved this as the special forum was received with great interest for 2020 and booked out early. The second highlight is the presence and digital premiere of the SMSI – Sensor and Measurement Science International Conference, which is to open its doors the day before the SENSOR+TEST and will include the presentation of the AMA Innovation Award.01.12.2020 06:00:00Dec\images\news_2020-12-15_1.jpghttps://www.sensor-test.de/press/welcome-to-the-sensor-test-press-center/press-releases/sensor-test-2021-real-virtual-and-hybridsensor-test.de/press
Technology for Spatial Recognition and Distance Measuring SystemThe VCSEL module technology developed by ROHM make...9009Product ReleaseTechnology for Spatial Recognition and Distance Measuring SystemThe VCSEL module technology developed by ROHM makes it possible to modularize the VCSEL and MOSFET elements into a single package. By minimizing the wiring length between elements, the performance of each element is maximized, resulting in a light source capable of short pulse drive (under 10ns) that reduces susceptibility to external noise from sunlight while enabling up to 30% higher output over conventional solutions. As a result, when evaluating ROHM's VCSEL module technology in spatial recognition and ranging systems comprised of a control IC, TOF sensor (light receiving element), and laser light source (VCSEL module), the amount of light reflected to the TOF sensor is increased by 30% over conventional configurations, contributing to improved accuracy in TOF systems. ROHM plans on releasing its VCSEL module in March 2021 for AGVs in the industrial market and facial recognition systems for mobile devices requiring high accuracy sensing. The company will also continue to develop high output lasers for LiDAR in vehicles and other applications. To maximize element performance, the parasitic inductance between elements (which is proportional to the circuit wiring length) is minimized, enabling high-speed drive and higher output. This allows users to achieve both short pulse drive (under 10ns) that reduces the effects of external noise from sunlight along with approx. 30% higher output over conventional non-modular solutions.30.11.2020 08:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-15_15.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=new-vcsel-module-technology&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com/news
Webinar "IGBT Modules: Insights into Design, Production and Manufacturing"Proton-Electrotex is preparing a webinar «IGBT Mod...8994Event NewsWebinar "IGBT Modules: Insights into Design, Production and Manufacturing"Proton-Electrotex is preparing a webinar «IGBT Modules: Insights into Design, Production and Manufacturing. 2021 Upcoming Products». The event will be held in English on December 3 at 12:00 (Moscow Time). This webinar offers detailed information about R&D and manufacturing of IGBT modules in Proton-Electrotex and shares some details about upcoming products like the IGBT module MIHA, the Press-pack disc IGBT module or the full-SiC module MCDA. You will have an opportunity to ask your questions about the power semiconductors portfolio, manufacturing process, IGBT modules and upcoming products during the webinar.26.11.2020 21:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_21.jpghttps://en.proton-electrotex.com/registration-webinarproton-electrotex.com/webinar
42 V Voltage Regulator with Fast Transient ResponseRicoh Electronic Devices in Japan has launched a 3...9013Product Release42 V Voltage Regulator with Fast Transient ResponseRicoh Electronic Devices in Japan has launched a 300mA voltage regulator R1526, operating up to 42V input voltage. The regulator features significant advantages such as a wide input voltage range, fast transient response and an outstanding electromagnetic interference (EMI) noise immunity for use in applications that have strict noise requirements intended for consumer, industrial and automotive applications. Our internal car environment is nowadays equipped with numerous wireless applications, such as automotive aftermarket accessories but also future scheduled connected car systems (Vehicle to Everything) will extensively make use of wireless communication. Due to the vast increasing level of EMI noise caused by such systems, it becomes evident to take countermeasures to prevent that this can have a negative influence on the proper operation of other on-board electronics systems. The R1526 was especially tailored for this purpose and has the capability to reduce EMI noise in the high-frequency band from 10 MHz to 1 GHz, providing a stable output voltage. Compared to predecessor generation products the transient response has been significantly improved, only minor and short peaks will occur at the output voltage as a result of input or load transients.24.11.2020 12:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-15_19.pnghttps://www.n-redc.co.jp/en/about/info/20201117.htmln-redc.co.jp/info
PCIM Asia 2020 Concluded SuccessfullyPCIM Asia was successfully held from 16 – 18 Novem...8980Event NewsPCIM Asia 2020 Concluded SuccessfullyPCIM Asia was successfully held from 16 – 18 November at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. The show welcomed a total of 69 exhibitors who presented the latest trends, developments and product innovations for all applications of power electronics on an exhibition area of 7,000 square meters. This year's fair saw the participation of well-known domestic and international companies such as Mitsubishi Electric, Semikron, Fuji Electric, Infineon, Beijing Sunking, Bronze, CRRC, Hangzhou Firstack, Heraeus, Keysight, Shanghai Eagtop, Toshiba and Wuxi CRE New Energy. What's more, the Korean Pavilion debuted at the fair and featured a number of South Korea's premier semiconductor companies, including Busan Techno Park Foundation, JMJ, PowerCubeSemi, SemiPowerEx and SIGETRONICS. Each of these companies' presence at PCIM Asia underlined the fair's position as one of the most significant trade platforms for power electronics in China. Fair's exceptional quality draws acclaim from participants Exhibitors were highly satisfied with the excellent quality of attendees and the plentiful networking opportunities that were offered, noting that the fair was an ideal platform to grow their businesses. Many of them also used their visit to PCIM Asia to learn more about the current market conditions and forward-looking trends and technologies in power electronics through the exhibition and conference. On the other hand, the fair attracted 4,348 trade visitors, with many praising the fair for offering them opportunities to source from a wide range of quality suppliers and gather the latest market intelligence.20.11.2020 12:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_7.jpghttps://pcimasia-expo.cn.messefrankfurt.com/shanghai/en/press/press-releases/2020/PCIM20_FR_EN.htmlpcimasia-expo.cn.com/press
Solar Inverter Uses SiC-technologyA few weeks ago Fronius International launched the...8996Industry NewsSolar Inverter Uses SiC-technologyA few weeks ago Fronius International launched the Symo GEN24 Plus solar inverter. Its Multiflow technology makes it suitable for a wide range of applications supporting energy self-sufficiency. Not only does it provide power for direct use in the household, but it also offers an interface for energy storage systems. In addition, the hybrid inverter is designed for water heating and the charging of electric cars, and can be connected to external systems. All this thanks to silicon carbide (SiC) from Infineon Technologies with an efficiency of over 98 percent. In combination with the high voltage storage from BYD, the Symo GEN24 Plus achieved a record value in the System Performance Index (SPI) of 94 percent in the 10 kW class. It was the only one in this combination to achieve Class A energy efficiency. "SiC modules can be used to build very energy-efficient, robust, and reliable inverters," said Andreas Luger, Head of R&D Power Electronics from the Solar Energy Business Unit at Fronius. "This technology enables a significant increase in switching frequency. Compared to the previous generation, the functionality is significantly improved, while its size remains comparable. Each device now also has an output for a secure power supply, and backup power, in addition to the standard connection options for a hybrid inverter."20.11.2020 07:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-15_2.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/market-news/2020/INFIPC202011-015.htmlinfineon.com/press
Campaign for "Low-Cost" DC-DC ConverterThe TSR-E, TEA, TBA and TEC series are available f...8987Product ReleaseCampaign for "Low-Cost" DC-DC ConverterThe TSR-E, TEA, TBA and TEC series are available from 1 to 3 watts covering 12 product families. They all focus on a simple and effective design approach which is unique to those Traco Power Products. By innovative engineering we have come up with an electrical design which minimises component and labour costs. Key focus of those designs was to maximise the amount of automatisation of the manufacturing process. With this innovative product design, we optimised the automation of the manufacturing process to the maximum. This enabled us to launch cost and quality optimised, low power dc- dc converters which are ideal for your high volume IoT projects. Florian Haas, Director of Global Marketing and Product Management states more precisely: "We have listened to the market and are pleased to launch the campaign of our new low-cost DC-DC converters. With the TSR 1E (non-isolated, regulated), TEA/TBA (isolated, unregulated) and TEC 2/3 (isolated, regulated) series models, we give designers a choice of high quality, cost-optimised DC-DC converters from 1-3 watts. Unlike our competitors, we focus in the campaign not only the price reduction, but also HOW we can achieve these low manufacturing costs and what benefits these products bring to the customer. "19.11.2020 09:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_14.jpghttps://www.tracopower.com/de/dc-dc-converterstracopower.com
RF Switch with 4 Channels and 25W Power HandlingMenlo Microsystems announced the production releas...8993Product ReleaseRF Switch with 4 Channels and 25W Power HandlingMenlo Microsystems announced the production release of the MM5130, the first high performance RF switch manufactured with their proprietary Ideal SwitchTM technology. The MM5130 is designed to handle 25W with ultra-low losses, in a miniaturized wafer-level chip-scale-package (WL-CSP). Historically, this level of performance has been reserved for large RF mechanical relays, which have major drawbacks. With its Ideal SwitchTM technology, Menlo Micro has eliminated the compromises that engineers have had to make when selecting between RF mechanical relays and solid-state switches. The MM5130 offers the power handling and RF performance of an electromechanical relay (compared below), with the size, reliability, and speed of a solid-state switch. These improvements make the MM5130 switch a very attractive solution for a multitude of applications including low loss switched filter banks, tunable filters, step attenuators, and even beam steering antennas for a variety of radio architectures in both commercial and military communications networks. The high-channel density and low losses also make the MM5130 ideal for ultra-compact switch matrices for test and measurement applications. "We are very excited to announce that the MM5130, and more importantly our Ideal SwitchTM manufacturing line, is ready for production," said Menlo Micro co-founder and SVP Marketing, Chris Giovanniello. "With this milestone, companies will begin to realize our vision of massive reductions in the size, weight, and power across a wide variety of RF subsystems. With over 30 customer design-ins to date for the MM5130 in 5G, aerospace & defense, and test & measurement applications, the number of companies taking advantage of the unique performance benefits of the Ideal SwitchTM continues to grow."18.11.2020 20:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_20.jpghttps://menlomicro.com/newsroom/menlo-micro-announces-the-release-to-production-of-its-mm5130-the-worlds-highest-power-density-rf-switchmenlomicro.com/newsroom
IC Featuring Internal Self-Discharge Monitoring and ProtectionThe MAX17320 fuel-gauge and protection circuit fro...8991Product ReleaseIC Featuring Internal Self-Discharge Monitoring and ProtectionThe MAX17320 fuel-gauge and protection circuit from Maxim Integrated Products extends run-time on multi-cell battery-powered products while also monitoring against self-discharge hazards. The MAX17320 is a pack-side fuel gauge and protector IC for 2 to 4 series Lithium-ion (Li+) cells (2S-4S) and is part of a family of ICs equipped with Maxim Integrated's patented ModelGauge m5 EZ algorithm that delivers 40 percent more accurate state-of-charge (SOC) readings than competitive offerings, eliminating the need for battery characterization for most common Li+ cells. This fuel gauge also offers the industry's lowest quiescent current (IQ), which is 85 percent lower than the nearest competitor and features SHA-256 authentication to safeguard systems from counterfeit batteries. For hand-held devices with 2S-4S Li+ batteries in the computing, internet of things (IoT), power tool, consumer, healthcare and mobile device categories, ensuring customer safety is top of mind for designers. Damaged or defective batteries may develop an internal cell leakage which can progressively get worse and can result in dangerous outcomes, including fire or explosion. This can endanger consumers and tarnish brand value for manufacturers. Stringent factory screening may prevent leaky cells from getting shipped out of the factory. However, until now there were no solutions for detecting self-discharge that develops during normal usage of the battery. The MAX17320 warns the system and disables a leaky battery before a potentially hazardous outcome.18.11.2020 18:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_18.jpghttps://www.maximintegrated.com/en/aboutus/newsroom.html/pr_57248769maximintegrated.com/newsroom
SubmergeThe choice of a suitable switch for underwater app...8990Product ReleaseSubmergeThe choice of a suitable switch for underwater applications or those with extremely high humidity is quite manageable. Only a few technologies are suitable for this. An overview. Anyone who wants to light up their swimming pool or sprinkle it with music, anyone who wants to make their whirlpool bubble with a tingling sensation needs a switch to activate these functions. Switches are available on the market in an almost unmanageable variety of shapes, colours and technologies. Look at the most important technologies.18.11.2020 12:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_17.jpghttps://www.schurter.com/en/Info-Center/News/Timeline/Submergeschurter.com/News
DC-DC Converters for USB-PD ApplicationsSilanna Semiconductor announced the launch of wide...8984Product ReleaseDC-DC Converters for USB-PD ApplicationsSilanna Semiconductor announced the launch of wide voltage, high frequency point of load converters targeting USB-PD applications. Silanna Semiconductor focuses on ultimate Power Management challenges with best in class power density and efficiency performance that delights customers with unprecedented BoM savings. SZPL3102A/3103A family of two DC-DC converters (Buck Regulators) operate up to 2MHz. Delivering industry leading wide input and output range converters that support up to 27VDC input in a tiny 3mm X 3mm QFN. Tim Wilhelm, Director of Marketing, explained, "Higher switching frequency means a smaller, lower cost output filter that has delighted the clients we have sampled. The SZPL3102/3103 have ground-breaking efficiencies in the smallest size and weight designs. Our support tools give customers the flexibility and confidence to quickly increase the performance efficiency which ultimately increases the power density in their designs approaching 12% of the volume required by low frequency competitive solutions. The SZPL3102/3103 significantly reduce BOM cost, design cycles and time to market." The SZPL3102A and SZPL3103A have unique features that optimize their performance in USB port power supply applications. Extremely low operating power dissipation enables very low no-load power that is an important specification for regulatory certification. Furthermore, the SZPL3102A contains a momentary internal feedback path that allows for clean and well controlled start-up operation until external USB-PD controllers can bias themselves and take over control of the output voltage.  18.11.2020 06:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_11.jpghttps://powerdensity.com/2020/11/18/silanna-semiconductor-delivers-highest-efficiency-and-power-density-family-of-dc-dc-convertors-with-unheard-of-size-and-cost-reductions/powerdensity.com
Automotive-Compliant Synchronous Buck ConvertersDiodes Incorporated has announced two highly integ...8989Product ReleaseAutomotive-Compliant Synchronous Buck ConvertersDiodes Incorporated has announced two highly integrated synchronous buck converters that simplify circuit design in automotive power systems with its Power Good output and its innovative EMI mitigation for noise-sensitive applications. The AP63356Q and AP63357Q are 3.5A converters with an input voltage range of 3.8V to 32V. Leveraging peak current mode control as well as high-side and low-side power MOSFETs on-chip, the converters minimize external components to reduce bill of materials (BOM) costs and board size. Both devices have a Power Good indicator with an internal 5MO pull-up resistor useful for power sequencing. To further aid sequencing, their enable pin has accurate voltage thresholds, which allows adjustment of the input voltage device power-on and undervoltage lockout (UVLO). The high-voltage capability of the EN pin allows direct connection to VIN to simplify the auto-start of the device. When disabled, the converter draws only 0.6µA shutdown current typical. Their proprietary gate-driver scheme ensures clean switching transitions while preventing switch-node ringing to minimize high-frequency radiated noise. Frequency spread spectrum (FSS) contributes further to quiet performance by dispersing switching-noise energy. The AP63356Q operates continuously in PWM mode at the nominal 450kHz switching frequency for all loads. The AP63357Q changes to PFM mode at light loads, keeping efficiency as high as 86% at 5mA load and drawing quiescent current of just 22µA under no load.17.11.2020 11:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_16.jpghttps://www.diodes.com/about/news/press-releases/automotive-compliant-synchronous-buck-converters-from-diodes-incorporated-feature-innovative-noise-reduction-and-power-good-indicator/diodes.com/news
Strategic Partnership with ValuetronicsIndium Corporation and Valuetronics International ...8997Industry NewsStrategic Partnership with ValuetronicsIndium Corporation and Valuetronics International have formed a strategic partnership to serve customers in the Americas with its cored wire, rework fluxes, and bar solder products. The partnership with Valuetronics, a well-known distributor of test and laboratory equipment markets, will help bring Indium Corporation's proven materials to hand assembly and rework customers. "We are eager to work with Valuetronics to continue to deliver our high-quality products and technical expertise to our customers in the Americas," said Greg Hayes, Southeast Regional Manager and Americas Distributor Manager. Valuetronics was founded in 1992 as a seller and buyer of used test equipment and later grew to include several distribution lines of new equipment. A supplier of electronic test equipment to large, medium, and small businesses, Valuetronics stocks thousands of instruments at their Elgin, Ill. facility with a growing customer base of more than 100,000 global contacts. 17.11.2020 08:00:00Nov\images\news_indium2.jpghttps://www.indium.com/corporate/communications/news/indium-corporation-forms-strategic-partnership-with-valuetronics/indium.com/news
Continental "Supplier of the Year 2019 Award"The Continental Automotive Group honors ROHM Semic...8975Industry NewsContinental "Supplier of the Year 2019 Award"The Continental Automotive Group honors ROHM Semiconductor with the "Supplier of the Year 2019 Award" in the category "Discrete Semiconductors" for particularly outstanding performance. Since 2008, Continental conducts an annual broad-based analysis to identify exceptional contributions in customer satisfaction and at all levels of quality, technology, commitment, costs and purchasing conditions. This is the fifth time within the last ten years that ROHM has received this prestigious award. This year, the award was presented in a virtual ceremony. "We are pleased to honor ROHM Semiconductor's commitment with the Supplier of the Year 2019 Award," says Elena Rasmussen, Vice President Purchasing Electronics Discretes at Continental Automotive Group. "With its focus on quality and excellent logistical support, the company is a reliable supplier to meet the challenges in a rapidly changing market. ROHM Semiconductor is both the preferred partner for SiC technology in high voltage inverters and the company of choice in terms of power supplies. We look forward to continuing our close and trustful cooperation with ROHM in the future," adds Rasmussen. "We are very proud to receive this award," states Toshimitsu Suzuki, President of ROHM Semiconductor Europe. "This award is a great acknowledgement of our efforts to always support our customers in achieving their business goals by providing high-quality, a stable supply of robust and advanced products as well as good services," concludes Suzuki.17.11.2020 07:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_2.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=continental-honors-rohm-with-supplier-of-the-year-2019-award&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com/news
Collaborating to Develop Battery Disconnect SwitchVisIC Technologies is pleased to announce its coll...8982Industry NewsCollaborating to Develop Battery Disconnect SwitchVisIC Technologies is pleased to announce its collaboration with AB Mikroelektronik to develop a D³GaN based high voltage solid-state battery disconnect switch with Fast Short Circuit Detection (FSCD) for future e-mobility to fulfill the functional safety requirements. "We are happy to collaborate with AB Mikroelektronik, which is a major player in high power automotive applications with a strong experience in solid-state battery disconnect switches. This is a big advantage in developing the next step for a 400V battery switch" said Mr. Ran Soffer, VisIC VP Sales & Marketing. "our effort to constantly serve our customers is raising the bar for high voltage, high current solutions for the EV market. Our focus for the EV industry using the D3GaN technology is enabling the future electric-drive technology to be aligned with the market needs to reduce the electric drive cost and improve its efficiency with a reliable high voltage automotive-grade technology". The collaboration with AB Mikroelektronik in the field of high voltage battery disconnect switches will benefit from the D³GaN capability of fast switching in safety-critical applications. In the event of a short circuit in the high voltage bordnet, it is mandatory to detect and disconnect the battery as fast as possible. This requires a very fast power switch and manage the short current until the short circuit is detected and disconnected.16.11.2020 14:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_9.pnghttps://visic-tech.com/collaborate-to-develop-a-d%c2%b3gan-based-high-voltage-solid-state-battery-disconnect-switch-for-electric-drive-systems/visic-tech.com
30W Medical and Industrial DC-DC ConvertersTDK Corporation announces the introduction of the ...8988Product Release30W Medical and Industrial DC-DC ConvertersTDK Corporation announces the introduction of the PXD-M30 series of medical and industrial certified 30W board mount DC-DC converters. With 5,000Vac reinforced isolation between the input and output, these wide input range board mount converters are ideal for use in medical, battery powered and industrial equipment. The PXD-M30 series, like other 3 to 20W models in the PX-M range, can operate from an input of 9 to 36Vdc or 18 to 75Vdc, and the range of output voltages covers 5, 12, 15, 24, ±5, ±12 and ±15Vdc. Operation from 12V and 24V, or 24V and 48V nominal inputs reduces inventory carrying costs and improves part availability through distribution. Packaged in industry standard 2x1" size, the PXD-M30 measures 50.8 x 25.4 x 10.2mm. The operating ambient temperature is -40°C to +105°C, with de-rating above 40°C for convection cooled environments, or above 73°C with forced air cooling. Over-current, over-voltage and over-temperature protection is standard on all models. Positive or negative logic remote on-off is optional. Off-load input current consumption is just 10mA or less, allowing battery powered products to remain functional longer in standby mode. The PXD-M30 series has an input to output isolation of 5,000Vac (2 x MOPPs) and less than 2.5µA touch current. Safety certification includes IEC/EN 60601-1, ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1 and IEC/EN/UL/CSA 62368-1 with CE marking for the Low Voltage and RoHS Directives. The EMI standards EN55011-A, EN55032-A can be met without the need for external components.16.11.2020 10:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_15.jpghttps://www.emea.lambda.tdk.com/uk/news/article.aspx?cid=16544lambda.tdk.com/news
One of the Most Sustainable Companies WorldwideInfineon Technologies has again been listed in the...8977Industry NewsOne of the Most Sustainable Companies WorldwideInfineon Technologies has again been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index. This was announced by the investment specialist RobecoSAM. Thus, Infineon was ranked among the top of the world's most sustainable companies for the 11th time in a row.  "We are pleased and proud of being acknowledged as one of the top sustainable companies in the world. At the same time, it is also an encouragement to continuously develop our processes and improve our sustainability," said Dr. Sven Schneider, Chief Financial Officer at Infineon. "At the beginning of the year, Infineon has committed itself to becoming CO 2-neutral by 2030, thus taking the next strategic step towards more climate protection. Forward-looking management, acting in an environmentally-friendly manner and social commitment are indispensable prerequisites for the resilience of Infineon and our long-term success". Infineon has been actively contributing to better resource management, energy efficiency and effective climate protection for years. With the help of Infineon's products and solutions, 35 times more CO 2-emissions can be saved over their lifetime than had been created during production. Setting a carbon-neutrality goal for its own activities is a consequent and important next step in the company's climate protection efforts. Infineon puts a clear focus on further enhancing energy efficiency and continuously reducing CO 2-emissions in its plants. The company aims to continuously reduce its footprint while growing production at the same time. Already by 2025, emissions are to be reduced by 70 percent compared with the base year 2019.16.11.2020 09:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_4.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/press-releases/2020/INFXX202011-019.htmlinfineon.com/press
Expanded Supercapacitor InitiativeCornell Dubilier Electronics announces the expansi...8981Industry NewsExpanded Supercapacitor InitiativeCornell Dubilier Electronics announces the expansion of its supercapacitor operations and personnel to meet the explosive growth in applications for this rapidly evolving technology. The company's supercapacitor strategy will be under the direction of their recently hired Business Unit Manager, Brendan Andrews, who previously led sales and marketing efforts for several of the major well-known brands in supercapacitors. The company plans to introduce new products in the coming year, including cutting-edge LiC hybrid types, which offer higher operating voltages and greater energy densities. With their massive storage capabilities, supercapacitors bridge the gap between conventional capacitors and batteries providing instantaneous bursts of power that are problematic for conventional capacitors or batteries. These components are typically used individually or in series-parallel banks for power hold-up during brief interruptions to line power. In some applications, they supplement batteries or are used in place of batteries for applications as diverse as solar and wind energy harvesting, mechanical actuators, AGV (Automated Guided Vehicles), EV transportation power, smart utility meters, IIoT, pulse battery pack alternatives, memory backup, battery/capacitor hybrids, UPS systems, emergency lighting, LED power and solar lighting. CDE is moving beyond stocked components by expanding capabilities in standard and custom packages to meet higher voltage and current application requirements. Some solutions use series-parallel banks of capacitor cells with active or passive balancing circuits. Included CDE's expansion plans are additional personnel and equipment for the advanced testing of these devices.13.11.2020 13:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_8.jpghttps://www.cde.com/capacitors/ultracapacitorscde.com
Power SiC: More Than US$4 Billion Invested"SiC technologies are gaining the confidence of ma...9006Industry NewsPower SiC: More Than US$4 Billion Invested"SiC technologies are gaining the confidence of many customers and are penetrating various applications," asserts Ezgi Dogmus, PhD. Team Lead Analyst, Compound Semiconductor & Emerging Substrates at Yole Développement (Yole). "Indeed, driven by EV related applications, SiC for power electronics applications will for sure, grow strongly in the next five years…". Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the SiC-based EV/HEV market has not slowed down. Numerous carmakers continue qualifying SiC discrete devices or modules in main inverters, OBC and DC/DC converters for their next generation models. In this context, the SiC automotive market is expected to grow to exceed US$1.5 billion in 2025, with a 38% CAGR. Along with EV applications, SiC is of great interest to the charging infrastructure market, which is growing significantly. Indeed, high power chargers can benefit from SiC's higher efficiency and higher frequency by offering more compact solutions than silicon IGBTs. The market size is expected to reach US$225 million in 2025 with a 90% CAGR between 2019 and 2025. Besides automotive, applications such as PV , rail and motor drives will also show double-digit CAGR in the 2019-2025 period. "SiC transistors still have some technical and commercial challenges to face, despite the value they add", comments Amine Allouche, Technology & Cost Analyst at System Plus Consulting. "These include the wafer price and the complexity of some process steps, specifically SiC etching and high temperature implantation. These challenges still hinder SiC adoption on a large commercial scale." In parallel, SiC diodes' performance and added value have been also demonstrated. Today, their price has become increasingly acceptable to end users as well.12.11.2020 17:00:00Nov\images\news_yole.pnghttp://www.yole.fr/SiC_PowerEletronics_CompetitiveLandscape.aspxyole.fr
Solar Energy HarvestingThe ability of e-peas' to lead progression in ener...9017Product ReleaseSolar Energy HarvestingThe ability of e-peas' to lead progression in energy harvesting technology has been further validated through a new customer project. The company's AEM10941 power management IC (PMIC) has been designed into battery-less monitoring hardware from Dutch firm Xeelas. Covering a 50mV to 5V input voltage range and with an ultra-low power up (from just a 3µW input), the AEM10941 is optimised for photovoltaic-based energy harvesting deployments of this kind. The IC can deliver two voltage-regulated outputs (1.2-1.8V and 1.8V-4.1V). It is shipped in a compact 28-pin QFN package and needs only minimal peripheral components to accompany it. The Xeelas Series S gateways, that include the AEM10941 PMICs, are intended for acquiring periodic data on the operational status of non-powered assets situated in remote locations. They will capture data from connected sensors and then transmit it to the cloud. Any issues that could cause malfunction may then be identified and responded to. Key uses for these gateway modules are in relation to diesel generators, fuel tanks, container units and various other kinds of mobile industrial assets. There are also prospects for them in waste management and smart agriculture. The gateways have 2 solar panels. Through Xeelas' pioneering approach to geolocation, which applies techniques employed in avionics, these panels are able to serve as GPS antennas in order to get a quick and accurate location fix. Cellular IoT (LTE-M and NB-IoT) plus GSM connectivity allow data transmission, as well as over-the-air updates. The first units have already be deployed in the field, with more currently in production.12.11.2020 16:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-15_23.jpghttps://e-peas.com/product/aem10941/e-peas.com/aem10941
Acquisition to Expand US Power PortfolioTT Electronics announces it has officially complet...8983Industry NewsAcquisition to Expand US Power PortfolioTT Electronics announces it has officially completed the acquisition of Torotel, a US-based designer and manufacturer of power and electromagnetic assemblies and components for the aerospace and defense markets. The acquisition increases TT's capability in the design and development of power management devices and marks the latest addition to the company's extensive global magnetics portfolio. The acquisition of the Torotel business broadens TT's power electronics capabilities and further expands the company's presence in the US aerospace and defense market building on the recently acquired Covina, California-based business unit from Excelitas Technologies earlier in the year. Torotel extends TT's list of blue-chip US aerospace and defense customers and provides access to growth programs with sole-sourced positions on major platforms. TT continues to be committed to investment that supports the acceleration of its growth prospects and increases the breadth and differentiation of its engineering capability. Richard Tyson, CEO, TT Electronics said: "We are delighted to complete the acquisition of Torotel. It represents a fantastic fit within our existing US power electronics business, strengthens our position in critical defense applications and further develops our global electromagnetics design and manufacturing capability. We're delighted to be able to welcome the Torotel team into the TT group."12.11.2020 15:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_10.pnghttps://www.ttelectronics.com/news-events/news/tt-electronics-completes-torotel-acquisition/ttelectronics.com/news
AC Drives for Smart Technology HubFinland-based Danfoss Drives and other Danfoss bus...8976Industry NewsAC Drives for Smart Technology HubFinland-based Danfoss Drives and other Danfoss business segments will supply the technology company Wärtsilä's research, product development and production center Smart Technology Hub with a significant number of AC drives and other products. Wärtsilä's Smart Technology Hub will be completed in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa next year. In all, 192 pieces of Danfoss AC drives with a total power of 32 megawatts will be delivered from the Danfoss Vaasa factory to Wärtsilä's testing area for products and solutions. In addition, the delivery includes VACON AC drives for various building automation applications, as well as other building automation products from Danfoss' other business segments. As Wärtsilä's technology partner, Danfoss is co-designing and delivering systems for the new testing area. "This is a unique opportunity for Danfoss and in particular for us at Danfoss Drives in Vaasa to intensify our cooperation with Wärtsilä. We will be in an increasingly close dialogue with Wärtsilä's research and product development in the future, and in this way, we will be able to help one another with different business opportunities. In addition, Danfoss' customers will also be able to visit currently one of the most modern testing labs in the Smart Technology Hub," says Markus Forma, Global Key Account Manager for Wärtsilä at Danfoss Drives.12.11.2020 08:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_3.jpghttps://www.danfoss.com/en/about-danfoss/news/cf/danfoss-delivers-hundreds-ac-drives-to-wartsila-smart-technology-hub/danfoss.com/news
APEC 2021 Submission ReopenedIn light of the new APEC 2021 dates, submissions f...8972Event NewsAPEC 2021 Submission ReopenedIn light of the new APEC 2021 dates, submissions for Professional Education Seminars, Industry Sessions, and Technical Sessions have all been extended! The Professional Education Seminars at APEC 2021 provide in-depth discussion of important and complex power electronics topics. Seminars topics can range from broad to narrow in scope. They can vary from introductory to advanced in technical level, and may complement the technical papers, special presentations, and comprehensive exposition. New Submissions Timeline: - November 23, 2020: Updated deadline for proposal submission - January 11, 2021: Notification that a proposal was accepted or declined - March 26, 2021: Final presentation and author registrations are due11.11.2020 22:30:00Nov\images\news_apec2.jpghttp://www.apec-conf.org/news/apec-conf.org/news
Building Dedicated to Customer ServiceMouser Electronics is very pleased to announce the...8978Industry NewsBuilding Dedicated to Customer ServiceMouser Electronics is very pleased to announce the opening of the Customer Service Center building at its corporate headquarters, devoted entirely to customer service and support. "Mouser has been fortunate to see strong growth over the last several years, and we need more space for more people to provide our signature customer service," said Coby Kleinjan, Vice President of Americas Customer Service and Sales. "The idea is to allow room for additional staffing while boosting efficiency and collaboration. This additional capacity will strengthen our efforts to provide best-in-class customer service across the board." The new two-story, 50,000-square-foot building, located on Mouser's 78-acre campus of its worldwide headquarters in Texas, is designed to be energy efficient and can also expand to 100,000 square feet to meet demand. The building features state-of-the-art amenities, inside and outside eating areas and a large parking expansion. Including the new Customer Service Center building, Mouser offers 27 customer support locations located across three continents to provide customer support in local language, time zone and currency. The authorized global distributor provides customers with service and technical support via phone, email, and chat or through its industry-leading website, mouser.com. The company calls the approach "glocal" - giving localized service across the globe.11.11.2020 10:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_5.jpghttps://eu.mouser.com/publicrelations_mouser_customerservicebuilding_2020final/mouser.com/publicrelations
FET for 48 V Synchronous RectificationEfficient Power Conversion advances the performanc...8992Product ReleaseFET for 48 V Synchronous RectificationEfficient Power Conversion advances the performance capability while lowering the cost of off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2059 (6.8 m?, 170 V) eGaN FET. This device is the latest in a family of 100 V – 200 V solutions suitable for a wide-range of power levels and price points. They are designed to meet the increasing demands of 48 V – 56 V server and data center products as well as an array of consumer power supply applications for high end computing, including gaming PCs, LCD/LED TVs, and LED lighting. The EPC2059 is ideal for DC-DC secondary-side synchronous rectification in AC/DC adaptors, fast chargers, and power supplies with power ranges between 100 W and 6 kW. The performance advantage of gallium nitride devices helps designers achieve the demanding efficiency requirements for 80 Plus Titanium power supplies, while providing smaller, faster, cooler, and lighter systems with lower system costs then currently available solutions. According to Alex Lidow, EPC's co-founder and CEO, "There are very significant performance advantages gained from using GaN in the secondary-side synchronous rectification socket of AC/DC adaptors. In a 400 V to 48 V conversion, switching at 1 MHz, GaN has shown to have one-sixth the losses and run 10 degrees cooler than a silicon MOSFET with equivalent on resistance. This enables designers to meet the latest stringent energy efficiency standards for high-end computing, where growth is exploding for multiple applications, such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and high-end gaming systems."10.11.2020 19:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_19.jpghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/2955/EPC-Launches-170-V-eGaN-FET-Offering-Best-in-Class-Synchronous-Rectification-Performance-and-Cost-to-Seize-High-End-Server-and-Consumer-Power-Supply-Applications.aspxepc-co.com/News
Gallium Nitride Transistors for a Wide Range of Power LevelsEfficient Power Conversion Corporation advances th...8966Product ReleaseGallium Nitride Transistors for a Wide Range of Power LevelsEfficient Power Conversion Corporation advances the performance capability while lowering the cost of off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2059 (6.8 m?, 170 V) eGaN FET. This device is the latest in a family of 100 V – 200 V solutions suitable for a wide-range of power levels and price points. They are designed to meet the increasing demands of 48 V – 56 V server and data center products as well as an array of consumer power supply applications for high end computing, including gaming PCs, LCD/LED TVs, and LED lighting. The EPC2059 is ideal for DC-DC secondary-side synchronous rectification in AC/DC adaptors, fast chargers, and power supplies with power ranges between 100 W and 6 kW. The performance advantage of gallium nitride devices helps designers achieve the demanding efficiency requirements for 80 Plus Titanium power supplies, while providing smaller, faster, cooler, and lighter systems with lower system costs then currently available solutions. According to Alex Lidow, EPC's co-founder and CEO, "There are very significant performance advantages gained from using GaN in the secondary-side synchronous rectification socket of AC/DC adaptors. In a 400 V to 48 V conversion, switching at 1 MHz, GaN has shown to have one-sixth the losses and run 10 degrees cooler than a silicon MOSFET with equivalent on resistance. This enables designers to meet the latest stringent energy efficiency standards for high-end computing, where growth is exploding for multiple applications, such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and high-end gaming systems."10.11.2020 16:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_21.pnghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/2955/EPC-Launches-170-V-eGaN-FET-Offering-Best-in-Class-Synchronous-Rectification-Performance-and-Cost-to-Seize-High-End-Server-and-Consumer-Power-Supply-Applications.aspxepc-co.com/News
DC Meter Solution for Electric Vehicle ChargersLEM launches its DC meter solution, a DC Billing M...8962Product ReleaseDC Meter Solution for Electric Vehicle ChargersLEM launches its DC meter solution, a DC Billing Meter (DCBM) fully compliant with the German "Eichrecht" regulation. The DCBM is a smart and compact billing solution that will help electric vehicle charging stations take advantage of the benefits of DC charging. Offering a power measurement range from 25kW to 600kW, the DCBM is a legal and certified meter that provides accurate billing of DC chargers. The German "Eichrecht" regulations state that consumers should only be charged for the DC power supplied. Standards are being established not only at the European level but also at the international level and more particularly in the USA in the state of California. The DCBM has been developed to meet market demands for inter-operability and data security, easy and fast retrofitting of charging stations already deployed, and the ability to provide high power at up to 600A/1000V. Designed to meet future connectivity needs, the DCBM offers Ethernet communications, supporting the HTTPS/REST protocol to allow quick integration and deployment within charging stations. The DCBM also integrates the Signed billing data sets according to the S.A.F.E OCMF protocol, allowing billing data to be transmitted with an extremely high level of security and providing total interoperability for cloud service operators.10.11.2020 12:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_17.jpghttps://www.lem.com/en/dc-meter-evslem.com/dc-meter-evs
Fast Switching 600V Super Junction MOSFETsAlpha and Omega Semiconductor announced the releas...8985Product ReleaseFast Switching 600V Super Junction MOSFETsAlpha and Omega Semiconductor announced the release of a Fast Switching 600V aMOS5 Super Junction MOSFETs in SMD-type TOLL Package. aMOS5 is AOS's latest generation of high voltage MOSFET, designed to meet the high efficiency and high-density needs for Quick Charger, Adapter, PC Power, Server, Industrial Power, Telecom, and Hyperscale Datacenter applications. The aMOS5 TOLL product's footprint is only 115mm², which is 23% smaller than that of D2PAK. Its package thickness is 2.3mm, an almost 50% height reduction versus D2PAK. The reduced package inductance and parasitics of the TOLL package enable power designs to reach the next level of switching efficiency, EMI performance, and ease-of-use. The first Fast Switching aMOS5 TOLL product will be available as AOTL125A60, a 600V device of 125mOhm. Upcoming aMOS5 TOLL products will provide a much wider range of Rds(on), covering applications from 200W to 3kW. Furthermore, aMOS5 TOLL provides a current capability of up to 100A in a 125mohm device, supporting today's most demanding Server PFC and PV Inverter applications, which require both high current rating and small form factor. The Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) Capability and Enhanced Solder Contact Area of aMOS5 TOLL also help improve the system and board-level reliability of power supplies that need to serve long life cycles. Additionally, aMOS5 High Voltage TOLL package features Kelvin Source connection, which significantly improves switching performance by reducing switch-on loss through separate power and drive sources.10.11.2020 07:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_12.jpghttp://www.aosmd.com/res/news/news-article-1605028736779/HV%20aMOS5_TOLL_PR.pdfaosmd.com/news
GaN FET with Integrated Driver, Protection and Power ManagementTexas Instruments expanded its high-voltage power ...8967Product ReleaseGaN FET with Integrated Driver, Protection and Power ManagementTexas Instruments expanded its high-voltage power management portfolio with the next generation of 650-V and 600-V gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistors (FETs) for automotive and industrial applications. With a fast-switching, 2.2-MHz integrated gate driver, the families of GaN FETs help engineers deliver twice the power density, achieve 99% efficiency and reduce the size of power magnetics by 59% compared to existing solutions. TI developed these FETs using its proprietary GaN materials and processing capabilities on a GaN-on-silicon (Si) substrate, providing a cost and supply-chain advantage over comparable substrate materials such as silicon carbide (SiC). Using TI's automotive GaN FETs can help reduce the size of electric vehicle (EV) onboard chargers and DC/DC converters by as much as 50% compared to existing Si or SiC solutions – enabling engineers to achieve extended battery range, increased system reliability and lower design cost. In industrial designs, the new devices enable high efficiency and power density in AC/DC power-delivery applications where low losses and reduced board space are important – such as hyperscale and enterprise computing platforms as well as 5G telecom rectifiers. "Wide-bandgap semiconductor technologies like GaN inherently bring firmly established capabilities to power electronics, especially for high-voltage systems," said Asif Anwar, director of the Powertrain, Body, Chassis & Safety Service at Strategy Analytics. "Texas Instruments leverages over a decade of investment and development to deliver a uniquely holistic approach – combining internal GaN-on-Si device production and packaging with optimized Si driver technology to successfully implement GaN in new applications."09.11.2020 17:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_22.jpghttps://news.ti.com/ti-introduces-industrys-first-automotive-gan-fet-with-integrated-driver-protection-and-active-power-managementnews.ti.com
Expanding Supply Base for Silicon CarbideInfineon Technologies and GT Advanced Technologies...8947Industry NewsExpanding Supply Base for Silicon CarbideInfineon Technologies and GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) have signed a supply agreement for silicon carbide (SiC) boules. The contract has an initial term of five years. With this supply contract, the German semiconductor manufacturer adds a further element to secure its growing base material demand in this area. SiC is the basis for power semiconductors that are particularly efficient, robust, and cost-effective at the system level. Under the brand name CoolSiC Infineon now already markets the industry's largest product portfolio for industrial applications and is rapidly expanding its offerings towards consumer and automotive products. "We are seeing a steadily increasing demand for SiC-based switches, especially for industrial applications," says Peter Wawer, President of Infineon's Industrial Power Control Division. "However, it has become clear that the automotive sector is quickly following suit. With the supply agreement we have now concluded, we ensure that we will be able to meet the rapidly growing demand of our customers with a diversified supplier base. GTAT's high-quality boules will provide an additional source for competitive SiC wafers fulfilling the best-in-class material standards now and in the future. This supports our ambitious SiC growth plans, making good use of our existing in-house technologies and core competencies in thin-wafer manufacturing."09.11.2020 07:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_2.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/press-releases/2020/INFXX202011-014.htmlinfineon.com/press
German Branch Becomes CharIN-MemberMitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. German Branch is p...8974Industry NewsGerman Branch Becomes CharIN-MemberMitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. German Branch is pleased to announce its acceptance as a member of the Charging Interface Initiative e. V. (CharIN). From the perspective of a manufacturer covering the supply of Power Semiconductors for a broad range of applications, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. is glad to be able to contribute to the existing broad base of experts from different industries in CharIN to support the definitions of the requirements of combined charging systems and the future developments. Mitsubishi Electric is a leading manufacturer of Power Semiconductors as key parts of the control systems of electric power, in e-mobility as well as in renewable energies, energy storage, power transmission and distribution, railway technology and others. Mitsubishi Electric pioneered the mass production of power modules for hybrid vehicles in 1997 and is today a supplier of power semiconductors to the various categories of xEV. In industrial applications related to e-mobility, Mitsubishi Electric supplies power devices to manufactures of charging stations to ensure efficient High Power DC charging. The environmental statement of the Mitsubishi Electric Group "Eco Changes" expresses the ambition to work together with our partners on technology leading to CO2 reduction to globally change the environment for the better.09.11.2020 06:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_1.jpghttps://www.mitsubishichips.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Press-release-Mitsubishi-Electric-Europe-BV-German-Branch-becomes-a-member-of-CharIN-eV.pdfmitsubishichips.eu/Press-release
High Power and High Current CW Diode Driver PlatformSchulz-Electronic (SE), and the Swiss laser electr...8971Product ReleaseHigh Power and High Current CW Diode Driver PlatformSchulz-Electronic (SE), and the Swiss laser electronics specialist Meerstetter Engineering just announced to start sales and joint development of versatile and very cost-efficient premium laser diode driver solutions in early 2021. The highly flexible, high power solution will be based on Meerstetter's powerful LDD-1137 GaN-FET diode driver platform. The experts for individual, professional power supply solutions from Schulz-Electronic offer many years of experience in the field of laser power supplies. With LDD-1137 they are expanding their DC/DC driver portfolio in the high-power and high-current range - as well as in the segment of fast, pulsed CW applications and analogue modulations into up to Kilohertz rate. The laser diode driver LDD-1137 is footprinted on small 171 x 118 mms. It is designed to serve as a universal platform for a vast number of new driver models. The basic parameters of the pulsable CW multi-phase driver range up to max. 70 amps output current and max. 70 volts output voltage. Thanks to the latest GaN-FET technology, rise times in pulsed operation of < 500 nanoseconds at output powers of up to several kilowatts can be realised. Up to three LDD-1137s can already be connected in parallel to increase the output current.08.11.2020 21:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_26.jpghttps://www.meerstetter.ch/company/news/preannouncement-laser-diode-driver-ldd-1137meerstetter.ch/news
Automotive Primary DC/DC ConvertersROHM has developed a lineup of twelve automotive p...8963Product ReleaseAutomotive Primary DC/DC ConvertersROHM has developed a lineup of twelve automotive primary DC/DC converters. The BD9P series are optimized for ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) sensors, cameras, and radars, along with car infotainment and instrument clusters. The need for fast response to provide stable operation and higher power conversion efficiency are crucial, which have been difficult to meet with conventional power supply ICs. The product adopts an original advanced power supply technology, Nano Pulse ControlTM* which enables high speed operation at 2.2MHz that will not interfere with the AM radio band (1.84MHz max.) while achieving high step-down ratio. The BD9P series ensures stable operation during battery input voltage fluctuation, reducing output overshoot to less than 1/10th of that of conventional products. This eliminates the need for additional output capacitors typically required as countermeasure against overshoot. Additionally, adopting a new control method makes it possible to achieve both high efficiency and fast response (which typically represent a tradeoff). Not only does this provide a 92% power conversion efficiency at heavy loads (at 1A output current), but 85% efficiency at light loads (1mA) as well, ensuring leading-class efficiency across the entire load range. As a result, low power consumption is enabled both when driving and when the engine is stopped (standby current can be reduced). Furthermore, combining the product with the BD9S series of secondary DC/DC converters connected to the subsequent stage leads engineers to faster design of more efficient automotive power supply circuits.06.11.2020 13:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_18.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=automotive-primary-dc%2Fdc-converters-offer-stable-output&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com/news
Automotive Primary DC/DC ConvertersROHM has developed a lineup of twelve automotive p...8986Product ReleaseAutomotive Primary DC/DC ConvertersROHM has developed a lineup of twelve automotive primary DC/DC converters. The BD9P series are optimized for ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) sensors, cameras, and radars, along with car infotainment and instrument clusters. The need for fast response to provide stable operation and higher power conversion efficiency are crucial, which have been difficult to meet with conventional power supply ICs. The product adopting original advanced power supply technology, Nano Pulse ControlTM*, enables high speed operation at 2.2MHz that will not interfere with the AM radio band (1.84MHz max.) while achieving high step-down ratio. It is an optimum technology for automotive applications. The BD9P series ensures stable operation during battery input voltage fluctuation, reducing output overshoot to less than 1/10th of that of conventional products. This eliminates the need for additional output capacitors typically required as countermeasure against overshoot. Additionally, adopting a new control method makes it possible to achieve both high efficiency and fast response (which typically represent a tradeoff). Not only does this provide a 92% power conversion efficiency at heavy loads (at 1A output current), but 85% efficiency at light loads (1mA) as well, ensuring leading-class efficiency across the entire load range. As a result, low power consumption is enabled both when driving and when the engine is stopped (standby current can be reduced). Furthermore, combining the new product with the BD9S series of secondary DC/DC converters connected to the subsequent stage leads engineers to faster design of more efficient automotive power supply circuits.06.11.2020 08:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-12-01_13.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=automotive-primary-dc%2Fdc-converters-offer-stable-output&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com/news
50W Qi Wireless-Charging ICSTMicroelectronics has introduced a Qi wireless ch...8970Product Release50W Qi Wireless-Charging ICSTMicroelectronics has introduced a Qi wireless charging IC, STWLC88. Delivering as much as 50W of power, the device enables consumers to charge smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other personal electronic devices without cables as safely and nearly as quickly and efficiently as they could by plugging them in. With its fully integrated ultra-low impedance, high-voltage synchronous rectifier, and low drop-out linear regulator, the STWLC88 achieves high efficiency and low power dissipation, critical for applications that are highly sensitive to unnecessary heat buildup. The power-charger chip features dedicated hardware and advanced algorithms that were developed to address challenges in ASK and FSK communication during high power delivery. Moreover, the STWLC88 comes with highly accurate Foreign Object Detection (FOD) and an integrated accurate current-sensing system to ensure high power delivery is performed safely and in a controlled manner. The STWLC88 can also operate in high-efficiency transmitter mode to allow high-power charge-sharing mode. This is coupled with the STWLC88's industry-first Q factor detection in a receiver device to ensure safe operation and protection to end-users. An I2C interface allows firmware and platform developers to customize parameters in the device and the configuration can be programmed into the embedded FTP, which allows for more than 1000 times of re-programming. Additional firmware patching improves the IC's application flexibility.05.11.2020 20:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_25.jpghttps://newsroom.st.com/media-center/press-item.html/p4305.htmlnewsroom.st.com
Driving e-Mobility Forward with Renewable Energy Power2Drive Europe and the German Federal Associat...8955Event NewsDriving e-Mobility Forward with Renewable Energy Power2Drive Europe and the German Federal Association for eMobility (BEM) are working together more intensely than ever before and intend to continue their cooperative efforts over the long term. Together, they are seeking to restructure the transportation sector in Germany using renewable energies and switch over to sustainable mobility. The partners are well on their way, as proven by the current numbers of registered electric vehicles. E-mobility is booming in Germany. According to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), a record 21,188 electric vehicles were registered in September 2020 alone. The market share of e-cars – battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) – is expected to rise to 10.7 percent by the end of the year, with an anticipated 300,000 new registrations (108,600 in 2019) according to a forecast by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). The Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020 published by BloombergNEF predicts that by 2030 nearly a third of all vehicles with an electric drive sold worldwide could be on the roads in Europe – a market second only to China. The associated market potential in Europe – for intelligent charging solutions and mobility services as well – is enormous and is bolstered by political programs that promote sustainability and future-oriented technologies. For instance, in combination with other factors such as reduced tax rates, the German government's innovation bonus manifestly contributed to increasing the price competitiveness of electric cars and broadening acceptance of e-mobility in general.05.11.2020 15:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_10.jpghttps://www.powertodrive.de/en/news-press/for-journalists/press-releases/press-release/power2drive-europe-and-the-german-federal-association-for-emobility-continue-their-long-term-cooperation-their-common-objective-driving-e-mobility-forward-with-renewable-energy-4200powertodrive.de/news-press
GSA Appoints Hidetoshi Shibata to Board of DirectorsAs the semiconductor industry navigates an unprece...8954PeopleGSA Appoints Hidetoshi Shibata to Board of DirectorsAs the semiconductor industry navigates an unprecedented year with projections of steady growth, the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) expands its board of directors with the appointment of Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO of Renesas Electronics Corporation. "As the voice of the global semiconductor industry, GSA offers leaders a neutral platform to collaborate and advance technology for a positive societal and economic impact. Our board's vision, dedication and passion has led to the GSA being a strong, influential association representing companies across the world," said Jodi Shelton, CEO of GSA. "We are pleased to welcome Hidetoshi as our newest board member and look forward to his contributions as we further progress our industry." "Semiconductors are essential technology enablers that power most of the intelligent devices we use today," said Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO at Renesas. "I am proud to join the GSA Board of Directors and add our expertise to the development of innovative solutions in the global collaboration effort, with industry leaders of GSA, which is critical for success in today's fast-paced and competitive markets." The GSA welcomes Renesas, a global leader in the semiconductor industry focused on the IoT, industrial, infrastructure and automotive markets, onto its board of directors with the collective goal of increasing the profitability and sustainability of the global semiconductor ecosystem and improving the worldwide economy.05.11.2020 14:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_9.jpghttps://www.renesas.com/eu/en/about/press-center/news/2020/news20201105.htmlrenesas.com/news
Cylindrical Hybrid SupercapacitorsMore power and high reliability: The HS/ HSL Hybri...8959Product ReleaseCylindrical Hybrid SupercapacitorsMore power and high reliability: The HS/ HSL Hybrid Supercapacitors impress with a power density that is up to three times higher than that of lithium-ion batteries. In a 3.8 V hybrid cell, they have an energy density up to eight times higher than conventional EDLCs (Electric Double Layer Capacitor). Hybrid supercapacitors are energy storage devices that combine the advantages of electric double layer capacitors and lithium-ion technology to achieve higher energy densities and longer life. In the hybrid supercapacitors, a lithium-doped carbon electrode replaces one of the carbon-based electrodes. With more than 250,000 charging cycles at 20°C ambient temperature and a maintenance-free service life of up to 20 years, the hybrids score points over conventional batteries. At operating temperatures of down to -25°C (HSL) and up to +85°C (HS), the hybrid supercapacitors work without any problems. While HSL supercapacitors are optimized for lower temperatures down to -25 °C, HS supercapacitors have an extended range up to +85 °C and are optimized for higher temperatures. Thanks to their low self-discharge, they act as stand-alone energy storage devices or are used in addition to battery systems to optimize system costs, service life and runtimes. This makes them particularly suitable for emergency power supplies in server rooms or in medical environments, IoT energy storage, smart metering, tracking of commercial vehicles / containers, but also for impulse and hybrid power supply systems.05.11.2020 09:30:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_14.jpghttps://www.rutronik24.com/product/eaton/hs1625-3r8227-r/13925364.htmlrutronik24.com/eaton
Stefan Werkstetter Appointed as Director of Sales for EMEATo support the continued adoption of gallium nitri...8948PeopleStefan Werkstetter Appointed as Director of Sales for EMEATo support the continued adoption of gallium nitride (GaN) FETs and Integrated Circuits in the European market, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stefan Werkstetter as Director, Sales EMEA. Based near Munich, Germany, Stefan brings many years' experience working in the power electronics market, particularly the automotive and industrial automation sectors. In his new role he will focus on developing new and existing accounts with major OEM and key account customers based in Europe. Stefan holds a degree in electrical engineering and joins EPC from Skeleton Technologies where he was Head of Strategy and prior to that spent many years working at Maxwell Technologies. His experience includes strategy, product management, business development, sales and applications engineering. "Working with EPC and GaN is really exciting and I am looking forward to developing both new and existing business in EMEA. There is great potential to assist customers in choosing to adopt GaN and I'll be focussed on increasing these application and sales opportunities," commented Stefan on joining EPC.05.11.2020 08:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_3.pnghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/2954/Efficient-Power-Conversion-EPC-Strengthens-European-Sales-Team.aspxepc-co.com/News
Testing Methodology to Power Stamp DC-DC Direct Power ConversionThe Power Stamp Alliance (PSA), which is creating ...8951Industry NewsTesting Methodology to Power Stamp DC-DC Direct Power ConversionThe Power Stamp Alliance (PSA), which is creating collaborative solutions for 48V-to-low-voltage on-board DC-DC power converters, announced that LoadSlammer, designers and manufacturers of transient load testing devices, has joined the Alliance to bring the option for a consistent, standardized testing methodology to users of power stamps. This is the first time that a multi-vendor alliance around dc-dc power conversion has agreed a testing methodology and tools. Design engineers will be able to use a common, consistent, and repeatable load to significantly reduce validation and integration time, speeding their end-product to market and reducing risk in the design process. LoadSlammer estimates up to 30 per cent saving in development time depending on the user's specific configuration. Power Stamp Alliance Founding Members, Advanced Energy, Bel Power Solutions, Flex, and STMicroelectronics  have created and shared a specification for a standard product footprint and functions to create a multi-vendor ecosystem. This assures practical levels of alternate source capability to server and storage system manufacturers, while encouraging a competitive supply chain through differentiation in topology, circuitry, and performance from multiple, independent manufacturers. Power Stamp Alliance 48V direct conversion DC-DC modules – or 'power stamps' – primarily target advanced IT and supercomputing equipment and large data processing installations.04.11.2020 11:00:00Nov\images\news_2020-11-15_6.jpghttp://www.powerstamp.org/psa-news/loadslammer-brings-standardized-testing-methodology-to-power-stamp-dc-dc-direct-power-conversion/powerstamp.org/psa-news