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SiC FETs for 800V Architectures
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unitedsic.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-11

Qorvo announced a series of 1200V Silicon Carbide (SiC) Field Effect Transistors (FETs). The UF4C/SC series of 1200V Gen 4 SiC FETs are ideally suited for mainstream 800V bus architectures in onboard chargers for electric vehicles, industrial battery chargers, industrial power supplies, DC/DC solar inverters, as well as welding machines, uninterruptible power supplies, and induction heating applications. Anup Bhalla, Chief Engineer – Power Devices, UnitedSiC/Qorvo, said: "Expanding our 1200V range with higher performance Gen4 options allows us to better serve the engineers who are moving their bus designs to 800V. In electric vehicles, this move to higher voltages is inevitable and these new devices, with four different RDS(on) classes, help designers select the best possible SiC choice for every design." All RDS(on) options (23, 30, 53 and 70 milliohm) are offered in the industry standard 4-lead kelvin source TO-247 package, providing cleaner switching at higher performance levels. The 53 and 70 milliohm devices are also available in the TO-247 3-lead package. This series of parts have excellent reliability, based on the well-managed thermal performance, which is a result of an advanced silver-sinter die attach and advanced wafer-thinning process. All 1200V SiC FETs are included in FET-Jet Calculator, a free online design tool that allows for instant evaluation of efficiency, component losses, and junction temperature rise of devices used in a wide variety of AC/DC and isolated/non-isolated DC/DC converter topologies. Single and paralleled devices may be compared under user-specified heat-sinking conditions to enable optimum solutions.

Clip-bonded FlatPower Packaged Diodes
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nexperia.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-11

Nexperia announced the release of 14 rectifiers for power applications in its CFP2-HP (Clip-Bonded FlatPower) packaging. Available in standard and AEC-Q101 versions, these include 45 V, 60 V and 100 V Trench Schottky rectifiers (with 1 and 2 A options) including the PMEG100T20ELXD-Q, a 100 V, 2 A Trench Schottky barrier rectifier. For applications requiring hyperfast recovery Nexperia has also added the 200 V, 1 A PNE20010EXD-Q rectifier to the portfolio. The vertical thermal design on multilayer PCBs enables designers to save up to 75% of board space with CFP2-HP compared to using a device in a SMA package, while still maintaining the same level of electrical performance. This rugged package design enables longer operating times and better board level reliability, while the new lead shape improves automatic optical inspection (AOI). "With the switch to smaller packages like CFP being now well underway, Nexperia is aiming to be the driving force that further accelerates this transition" according to Frank Matschullat, Product Group Manager Power Bipolar Discretes at Nexperia. "Nexperia has invested heavily to expand its capacity to serve the growing demand for CFP-packaged products stays well ahead of market projections for the next three years. These diodes are the latest additions to over 240 CFP-packaged products which Nexperia currently offers." Today, CFP packaging is used by different power diode technologies such as Nexperia's Schottky, silicon germanium and recovery rectifiers but can also be extended to bipolar transistors. It offers significant product diversity, covering single/dual configuration and currents between 1-20 A, simplifying board design.

65 W Active Clamp Flyback Reference Design with 30 W/in3 Power Density
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innoscience.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-11

Innoscience and Silanna Semiconductor demo'd a 65 W Active Clamp Flyback (AFC) reference design with 30 W/in3 uncased power density. The design achieves efficiency levels of greater than 94% @ 230 Vac and has a no-load power consumption of less than 25 mW. The design combines the performance of Innoscience's INN650D240A 650V GaN-on-silicon enhancement-mode power transistor with Silanna's SZ1131 Fully Integrated Active Clamp Flyback (ACF) controller. The GaN HEMT enables ultra-high switching frequency, has no reverse-recovery charge and low gate charge and low output charge. RDS(on),max is 240 m?. Silanna's CO2 Smart Power SZ1131 combines high integration and operational efficiency (95%) with no-load power consumption of under 20mW. The 65 W reference design on a PCBA measuring just 34 x 34.5 x30.5mm. It has an input voltage range of 90-265 VAC and offers USB-PD output voltages and current configurations of 5 V/3 A, 9 V/3 A, 15 V/3 A and 20 V/3.25 A. Innoscience and Silanna Semiconductor are also collaborating on higher power multi-port reference designs and will introduce them to the market soon. SZ1131, the latest addition to Silanna's family of CO2 Smart Power technologies, addresses the power management challenge facing engineers by simplifying design and improving performance while meeting environmental sustainability goals through more efficient energy use.

100 V, 2 mΩ GaN FET for Space-constrained Applications
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epc-co.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-10

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation expands the selection of low voltage, off-the-shelf gallium nitride transistors with the introduction of the EPC2071 (1.7 mΩ typical, 100 V) GaN FET. The EPC2071 is ideal for applications with demanding requirements for high power density performance including 48 V – 54 V input DC-DC for new servers and artificial intelligence. Lower gate charges, QGD, and zero reverse recovery losses enable high-frequency operations of 1 MHz and beyond and high efficiency in a tiny 10.2 mm2 footprint for state-of-the-art power density. The EPC2071 is ideal for BLDC motor drives, including e-bikes, e-scooter, robots, drones, and power tools. The EPC2071 is 1/3rd the size of a silicon MOSFET with the same RDS(on), QG is 1/4th that of the MOSFET, and the dead time can be reduced from 500 ns to 20 ns to optimize motor plus inverter efficiency and reduce acoustic noise. The EPC2071 is footprint compatible with EPC's prior Generation 4 family of products: EPC2021, EPC2022, EPC2206. The Generation 5 improvement in Area x RDS(on) gives the EPC2071 the same on-resistance as the prior generation with a 26% smaller size. "The EPC2071 makes the ideal switch for the primary side of the LLC DC-DC converter from 40 V – 60 V to 12 V- 5V. This 100-volt device offers improved performance and cost compared with previous-generation 100 V GaN FETs allowing designers to economically improve efficiency and power density", according to Alex Lidow, EPC's co-founder and CEO. "These parts are also suitable for telecom and server power supplies, and solar applications."

Memorandum of Understanding to Cooperate in the Field of SiC Power Module Technology
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mitsubishichips.eu
  • Industry News
  • 2022-05-10

Siemens Mobility and Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the field of SiC power module technology with the aim of enabling efficient and sustainable transportation and electrical energy savings in the transportation sector. With creation of the "European Green Deal", the EU has committed itself to being the first continent to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, meaning no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. At an intermediate stage, emissions are already to be reduced by 55 % by 2030 compared with 1990. The European Green Deal will result in binding directives for individual sectors regarding CO2 emissions. Mitsubishi Electric's SiC devices have proven long-term reliability in the most demanding of applications such as traction inverters in trains. The potential for energy savings through the use of Mitsubishi Electric's wide range of SiC power devices in railway technology exists particularly in the area of traction drives. In particular the full SiC 3300 V power modules contribute to energy saving and the downsizing of traction inverters. Siemens has always been a pioneer in the construction of electrically powered trains. Their 140 years of experience forms the basis for the new Mireo Plus regional train platform, which enables operators to run their operations efficiently and economically without local CO2 emissions. Using the innovative technology of the battery powered Mireo Plus, Siemens Mobility enables electrification of railway lines even without a continuous overhead contact line.

IGBT/SiC Module Driver Family Targets Bus, Truck and Con-Ag EVs
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power.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-10

Power Integrations announced the SCALETM EV family of gate-driver boards for Infineon EconoDUALTM modules. Suitable for original, clone and new SiC variants, the driver targets high-power automotive and traction inverters for EV, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles including buses and trucks as well as construction, mining and agricultural equipment. SCALE EV board-level gate drivers incorporate two reinforced gate-drive channels, associated power supplies and monitoring telemetry. The boards are automotive-qualified and ASIL B certified, enabling implementation of ASIL C traction inverter designs. The first SCALE EV family member to be released is the 2SP0215F2Q0C, designed for the EconoDUAL 900 A 1200-volt IGBT half-bridge module. The high level of integration provided by innovative driver ICs enables the entire driver board, including gate power, to fit onto the outline of the power module, while still providing the spacing necessary for reinforced isolation according to the IEC 60664 standard. The ASIC package provides 11.4 mm of creepage and clearance, specifically designed to meet the requirements for 800-volt vehicle system voltages. Input and output lines to the system microcontroller are connected via two independent on-board connectors to meet functional safety requirements. A single 5 V supply per channel is required, with other isolated voltages being generated on the board itself. The SCALE EV gate-driver family is rated at 1200 V for 400-volt and 800-volt systems and supports both silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs and silicon IGBTs.

TOLL-packaged 650 V Silicon Carbide MOSFET
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onsemi.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-10

onsemi announced a TO-Leadless (TOLL) packaged sillicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET. The transistor addresses the rapidly growing need for high-performance switching devices that are suitable for designs with high levels of power density. Until recently, SiC devices had been supplied in D2PAK 7-lead packages which required significantly more space. With a footprint of just 9.90 mm x 11.68 mm, the TOLL package offers 30% savings in PCB area over a D2PAK package. And at a profile of just 2.30 mm, it occupies 60% less volume than a D2PAK package. In addition to its smaller size, the TOLL package offers better thermal performance and lower package inductance (2 nH) than a D2PAK 7-lead. Its Kelvin source configuration ensures lower gate noise and lower switching losses – including a 60% reduction in turn-on loss (EON) when compared to a device without a Kelvin configuration, ensuring significant improvements in efficiency and power density in challenging power designs as well as improved EMI and easier PCB design. The first SiC MOSFET to be offered in the TOLL package is the NTBL045N065SC1 which is intended for demanding applications including switch-mode power supplies (SMPS), server and telecommunication power supplies, solar inverters, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and energy storage. The device is suitable for designs that are required to meet the most challenging efficiency standards including ErP and 80 PLUS Titanium. The NTBL045N065SC1 has a VDSS rating of 650 V with a typical RDS(on) of just 33 m? and a maximum drain current (ID) of 73 A. Based upon wide bandgap (WBG) SiC technology, the device has a maximum operating temperature of 175°C and ultra-low gate charge (QG(tot) = 105 nC) that significantly reduces switching losses.

Isolated DC and AC Current Measurement up to 200Arms
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danisense.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-10

Danisense is launching its DT series of fluxgate technology current transducers for isolated DC and AC current measurement up to 200Arms. Benefiting from a considerable reduced size with 60% less volume compared with the previous product generation, the devices feature a large frequency bandwidth of up to 2MHz and a primary current of ranging from 50A up to 200A. DT series current transducers use Danisense's Fluxgate, closed loop compensated technology with fixed excitation frequency and second harmonic zero flux detection for best in class accuracy and stability. Excellent linearity (better than 2 ppm), an industry standard DSUB 9-pin connection, a green diode for normal operation indication and a large aperture with a diameter of 20.7mm for cables and bus bars are further features of the components. DT series current transducers are Ideal for applications such as high precision power supplies for laboratories, accelerators and medical equipment where size is a key factor as designs for such power supplies are getting smaller and smaller to increase power density and reduce costs. Size is also very important for the embedded power measurement application for cars where placing the transducers in a compact motor and inverters environment is always a challenge. The large frequency bandwidth of the DT series is another advantage for such power measurement applications.

Platform for Developing GaN-Based Zero Voltage Switching Chargers
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eggtronic.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-10

Eggtronic and Navitas have announced a QuarEgg evaluation board that will speed the development and implementation of fast-chargers and power adapters. QuarEgg is an proprietary Zero Voltage Switching power architecture that has been designed to improve the efficiency and reduce the size of AC/DC converters. The architecture maximizes the performance, minimizes the form factor and improves the reliability of AC/DC power schemes in applications ranging from USB-C Power Delivery fast chargers and adapters for mobile devices and laptops to power supplies for loudspeakers and smart home assistants. The 35W AC/DC evaluation board brings together the QuarEgg ZVS architecture integrated in an Eggtronic EPIC101AFQE01 secondary side mixed-signal controller embedding USB Power Delivery 3.1, Synchronous Rectification, no-opto control of primary side FET, and Navitas' GaN technology. Compared to conventional silicon-based designs built using active clamp flyback (ACF) or quasi-resonant (QR) topologies, this combination offers improved AC/DC conversion performance and efficiency and much smaller product form factors. In addition, when compared to the silicon counterpart based on the same QuarEgg controller, GaN offers a further 8% energy savings. The AC/DC development board measures just 38.3 x 38.3 x 18.55 mm and incorporates all of the components needed for a USB-PD or fixed-output converter Peak efficiency is in excess of 94.1%, while a very flat efficiency curve ensures maximum efficiency and minimum power losses across the widest possible range of loads. This includes a 91% efficiency when in light load conditions (10% of maximum load), which is fundamental for devices that are always plugged in and draining power from the mains.

2 kV Silicon Carbide MOSFETs for 1500 VDC Applications
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infineon.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-10

Infineon Technologies introduced its expanded CoolSiC portfolio with high-voltage solutions to provide the foundation for next-generation photovoltaic, EV charging and energy storage systems. The extended CoolSiC portfolio offers 2 kV silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs, along with a 2kV SiC diode for applications up to 1500 V DC. The SiC MOSFET combines both low-switching losses and high-blocking voltage in one device that can optimally meet the requirements of 1500 V DC systems. The 2 kV CoolSiC technology offers a low drain-source on resistance (R DS(on)) value. In addition, the rugged body diode is suitable for hard switching. The technology enables sufficient overvoltage margin and offers ten times lower FIT rate caused by cosmic ray, compared to 1700 V SiC MOSFETs. Furthermore, the extended gate voltage operating range makes the devices easy to use. This SiC MOSFET chip is based on Infineon's SiC MOSFET technology named M1H which has recently been introduced. The latest advancements enable a significantly larger gate voltage window that improves the on-resistance for a given die size. Simultaneously, the larger gate voltage window provides a high robustness against driver- and layout-related voltage peaks at the gate, without any restrictions even at high switching frequencies. Infineon offers a range of EiceDRIVER gate drivers with functional isolation of up to 2.3 kV to support the 2 kV SiC MOSFETs.

Low Insertion Impedance Method of Measuring Alternating Currents
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pemuk.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-09

PEM's CWT 'HF' family of Rogowski current probes meet the challenges of measuring current in renewable and power electronic applications with attenuate interference from fast local voltage transients and retain a small size. They also feature optimised high frequency (HF) performance to measure rapidly changing AC currents. The CWTMini50HF is available with a coil size of just 100mm, 3.5mm thick with a rise-time capability of 12.5ns, ideal for the challenging environment of converters utilising power SiC semiconductor switches. At the other end of the scale, the CWTHF with coils from 300mm to 1000mm, or even longer, enable measurement in applications as diverse as high frequency bearing current in machine shafts, lightning strikes and pulsed power applications and power measurement in large motor drives. 

PLECS Conference 2022
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plexim.com
  • Event News
  • 2022-05-06

The PLECS Conference on "Real-Time Simulation of Power Electronics" will take place in Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20 and 21. The PLECS Conference offers participants from industry and academia the opportunity to exchange ideas with other PLECS and RT Box users. Practical use cases will be presented by a wide range of companies and universities, including ABB, Bosch, Daimler, Huawei, Schindler, EPFL, ETH, Hochschule Darmstadt and Hochschule München. In addition to the presentations, the PLECS Conference will provide opportunities to network during meals and breaks. Tabletop exhibits by the presenting groups will demonstrate their work and applications. For more information and to register, visit https://plexim.com/events/seminars/2101

Three Billion Motor Driver Integrated Circuits Shipped
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allegromicro.com
  • Industry News
  • 2022-05-04

Allegro MicroSystems announced that it has shipped its three billionth motor driver integrated circuit (IC), underpinning the strength of its motion control business. The company's motor drivers have helped customers around the world innovate safer, more robust motor-drive solutions with increased reliability. They can be found across automotive, industrial, and consumer applications in products ranging from electric vehicles to data center servers to cordless power tools. "We add value by helping our customers improve time to market and reduce development cycles; we win when they win, and that motivates us to continue developing new motor driver products," says Steve Lutz, Business Line Director for Motors (Automotive) at Allegro. "We continue to innovate with new products that reduce energy consumption, improve battery life, and minimize carbon footprints." The Allegro team has increased investments in motor driver R&D in recent years, yielding further advancements in its deep portfolio of embedded motion control IP. Introduced in 2019, the company's QuietMotionTM motor drivers include first-to-market field-oriented control (FOC) brushless DC (BLDC) electric motor controllers that are customer code-free. These devices are designed to provide reliable and efficient low-audible-noise performance while reducing design cycle times via simple parameter settings, which users can access using intuitive graphical user interfaces. "Many of our customers-especially ones in emerging growth markets-lack software development resources specifically for motor drivers, and often rely on freelancers and contractor programmers," says Andy Wang, Product Line Director for Motors (Industrial) at Allegro. "We're helping those customers significantly reduce development overhead by embedding code directly into the IC, which helps them get to market faster."

Drive Module for HVAC Motors
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q-p-t.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-03

Quantum Power Transformation (QPT) announced the launch of its qGaNDrive Module to unleash the full performance potential of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power transistors in motor drives for HVAC heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Commenting on the news, QPT Founder Rob Gwynne said, "GaN transistors have always promised the best performance and efficiency over Silicon MOSFETs and Silicon Carbide, but they are notoriously difficult to drive at speed. We have developed an entirely new and unique topology for driving GaN transistors allowing them to switch at speeds of up to 20MHz, delivering major benefits in power consumption and efficiency." Business Development Manager Richard Ord went on to add: "Electric motor driven systems (EMDS) consume 45% of the world's energy, and yet their efficiency at typical operating speeds can be as low as 50%. Our solution tackles performance across the range of operating speeds and could improve efficiency by up to 35%." The challenge of driving Gallium Nitride transistors has so far restricted broader adoption and compromised performance: QPT's solution fixes that problem and will accelerate GaN market share. The qGaNDrive Module from QPT integrates their core topology with GaN transistors in a fully EMC-screened turn-key power module. The company estimates that a typical 15kW domestic heat pump could deliver a return in energy savings in one hundred days or less.

Material Solutions for e-Mobility
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indium.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-03

Indium Corporation is announcing a line of material solutions for e-Mobility. The Rel-ion suite of electrical, mechanical, and thermal solutions are designed to be reliable, scalable, and proven materials, reducing electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers' time to market. "We at Indium Corporation have created a suite of products under the Rel-ion banner that must meet three very important criteria," said Brian O'Leary, global head of e-Mobility and infrastructure. "First-they're reliable. They are designed to meet the higher quality standards that meet the higher demands of automotive electrification. Second-they're scalable. They are readily available and capable of meeting supply chain expectations. Finally-they're proven. Most of Indium Corporation's Rel-ion products have more than a decade of running inside of EVs. Our customers have confidence that the product will work, confidence that they can get enough of it to meet demand, and the peace of mind that comes with using proven material solutions." Indium Corporation has also expanded its free InSIDER Series of webinars to include the "Driving e-Mobility: Rel-ion Technical Webinars". This series features global industry technical experts in advanced materials and the automotive market with all sessions moderated by O'Leary. This series of webinars is intended specifically for those involved in the field of e-Mobility, whether new to the industry or with several years of experience as the EV industry undergoes rapid growth and evolution.

Enhancing Its Digital Training Offerings Through Acquisition
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rohde-schwarz.com
  • Industry News
  • 2022-05-03

Rohde & Schwarz announces that it has acquired UK-based 'The Technology Academy', provider of online training courses in the fields of RF, wireless and microwave engineering technology. The Technology Academy is an ideal partner to expand the existing training offerings of Rohde & Schwarz and will play a significant role in increasing the company's future professional services. The Rohde & Schwarz Technology Academy combines the expertise and industry insights of the trusted T&M manufacturer – currently providing live and virtual trainings from their in-house training center as well as on-site trainings for existing customers – with the web training expertise of The Technology Academy. A holistic portfolio of on-demand courses is available 24/7 to technology professionals with different experience levels. They will have easy, immediate access to a range of certified trainings, which offer in-depth expert knowledge and industry insights. Content is delivered in a practical and application-oriented way, with a focus on clear explanations. Certificates are available for completed courses. The main objective of the training offerings is to support technical staff in managing new challenges as well as staying up-to-date with the latest technologies. The web-based training format also allows both flexible and scalable learning paths. This combination of high-quality training with insights from industry experts and simple access makes it easy for companies to find the right training options for staff while simultaneously addressing time and budget constraints.

Integrated Current Sensor with Sigma Delta Bitstream Output
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lem.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-05-03

LEM announced the launch of HMSR DA, an Integrated Current Sensor to offer a Sigma Delta bitstream output which provides significant benefits when used in applications that are prone to noise, distortion and interference. It has been designed to provide a solution to industries requiring clean signals and facing significant problems in case of vibrations, electric noise and electromagnetic noise, for example. Specific advantages of an Integrated Current Sensor with digital output include superior signal share and reduced noise as well as lower cost and a smaller mechanical footprint. HMSR DA will replace much more complex and costly alternative systems that would traditionally include a shunt resistor, a digital insulator and a power supply circuit. Having all these features incorporated into a single unit makes the HMSR DA a far more attractive option for applications where space is at a premium and minimal cost is essential. Typical applications for the digital output unit include standalone servo drives, robotics, sewing machines, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), CNC machine tools and a range of other applications that demand high resolution output. The HMSR DA sensor, which offers resolution of 11 to 13 bits and features a 10MHz clock, is LEM's first step toward building a digital Integrated Current Sensor roadmap. The company is already working on the next generation of digital Integrated Circuit Sensors which will offer a resolution of 14 to 16 bits and a clock operating above 20MHz.

Andreas Urschitz Appointed as Chief Marketing Officer
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infineon.com
  • People
  • 2022-05-02

Andreas Urschitz, currently President of the Power & Sensor Systems (PSS) Division, has been appointed as Helmut Gassels successor as Chief Marketing Officer of Infineon. Adam White, currently CMO of the PSS Division, is the designated President of the Division. "As a longtime companion, Helmut Gassel has played a decisive role in Infineon's great success. As CMO, he has driven forward the digitalization of marketing and sales and thus the alignment with the future. I view with great respect the fact that he wants to make a personal change and therefore leave Infineon. I welcome the Supervisory Board's decision in favor of Andreas Urschitz as the future CMO. He has achieved great success as Division President and has demonstrated a keen sense of market developments and our customers' needs," said CEO Jochen Hanebeck. "Together with our customers, Infineon employees are driving the decarbonization and digitalization of everyday life. I am very much looking forward to helping shape the path to a livable future now as part of the Management Board team," said Andreas Urschitz, President of the PSS Division and designated CMO of Infineon. Andreas Urschitz has been President of the Power & Sensor Systems (PSS) Division since 2012, which serves the market with a wide range of power semiconductor, radio frequency and sensor technologies. Prior to the role as head of the PSS Division, Mr. Urschitz held various management positions in production, marketing, development and sales. He began his career at Infineon (until 1999 Siemens AG) in Villach, Austria, after studying business economics and subsequently teaching at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Positive Outlook for the SPS 2022
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sps.mesago.com
  • Event News
  • 2022-04-28

With almost 700 exhibitors registered by the early booking deadline, the booking figures for the SPS 2022 are extremely positive. This is testament to the high level of interest in attending the exhibition for electric automation technology, which will take place in Nuremberg from 08 - 10 November 2022. In addition to the three-day event in Nuremberg, this year's automation exhibition concept also includes an online component. "The in-person event will certainly be the main focus of the SPS 2022. However, the last two years have shown the value of digital offerings both in the run-up and follow-up to an exhibition: to give a general overview of the industry, for initial discussions, for arranging appointments on site, sharing knowledge, or even finding out about current industry topics," summarizes Martin Roschkowski, President of Mesago Messe Frankfurt. The organizer thus wants to leverage the advantages of both the real and digital worlds to offer participants the best possible exhibition experience. It also means that those who may not be able or allowed to travel also have an opportunity to connect and interact with the SPS community online.

Power Module Suitable for 48 V Industrial Voltage Network
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we-online.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-28

Würth Elektronik extends its MagI³C-FDSM power module product range: The fixed step-down regulator modules now cover all bus voltages from 12 V up to 48 V. The modules facilitate development for applications with direct connection to bus voltages of 12 V, 24 V or 48 V. The wide input voltage range up to 74.5 V makes the FDSM module robust against voltage transients on the 48 V bus. The new power modules are implemented in a cost-effective SIP-3 package and provide fixed output voltages of 3.3 V, 5.0 V as well as 12 V, with an output current up to 0.5 A. The MagI³C-FDSM series are fully integrated DC/DC voltage converters with fixed output voltage. Besides the power stage, the modules consist of a regulator, inductor as well as input and output capacitors. The power modules are protected against short circuit and thermal overload. MagI³C-FDSM reduces the workload involved in circuit design to a minimum, as no external components are required for operation-this reduces development costs and time. For simple assembly, the MagI³C-FDSM family has been realized in a standard THT housing. Pre-compliance testing of our evaluation board has shown the conducted and radiated EMI is below limits established by relevant standards.

Partnership on Developing Power Devices for Power Supply Systems
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rohm.com
  • Industry News
  • 2022-04-28

ROHM and Delta Electronics have entered into a strategic partnership to develop and mass produce next-generation GaN (gallium nitride) power devices. Combining Delta's power supply device development technology with ROHM's power development and manufacturing expertise will make it possible to develop 600V breakdown voltage GaN power devices optimized for a wide range of power supply systems. ROHM has already established a mass production system for 150V GaN HEMTs featuring an 8V gate withstand voltage in March 2022. This will allow ROHM to expand its lineup of EcoGaNTM for power circuits in IoT communication and industrial equipment (i.e. base stations, data centers) while further improving device performance. Kazuhide Ino, Managing Executive Officer, CSO, ROHM: "ROHM is extremely pleased to enter into a strategic partnership for GaN power devices with Delta. As power semiconductors – a key area of focus for ROHM – play an increasingly important role in achieving a decarbonized society, ROHM will continue to develop advanced devices in a range of fields utilizing Si, SiC, and GaN, along with solutions that combine peripheral components such as control ICs that maximize their performance. Through this partnership, ROHM will mass produce GaN power devices that can contribute to the configuration of more efficient power supply systems as well as develop GaN IPMs that integrate analog ICs (one of ROHM's strengths) at an early stage, further expanding our lineup of easy-to-use products."

Battery Management ICs Enable Optimized Battery Lifetime
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infineon.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-26

Infineon Technologies introduces a family of battery management ICs, including TLE9012DQU and TLE9015DQU. The ICs enable an optimized solution for battery cell monitoring and balancing. Combining measurement performance with robustness, the battery management ICs are a competitive system-level solution for battery modules, cell-to-pack and cell-to-car battery topologies. The devices are suitable for a wide range of industrial, consumer and automotive applications such as mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery-powered electric vehicles (BEV). Additional applications include energy storage systems and battery management systems for electric two- and three-wheelers. "With the TLE9012DQU and TLE9015DQU, Infineon achieves an important milestone and completes its battery management system offering", says Finn Felsberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager Automotive Power Integration and Supply at Infineon. "Customers benefit from the interoperability of Infineon's components as well as from the broad software offering. As a result, development efforts can be minimized and time to market can be reduced." The battery management ICs can be used in safety relevant applications: the automotive BMS solutions meet safety requirements up to ASIL-D and are ISO26262 compliant. Furthermore, these products are optimized to work together with the AURIX family of microcontrollers and functional safety capable power management ICs thanks to the Complex Device Driver. This provides a full solution for voltage and temperature sensing, as well as balancing and communication across a variety of battery solutions.

Cooperation on Transforming PCB Order Processes
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-04-26

Würth Elektronik Circuit Board Technology and Luminovo are connecting their products to enable their customers to adapt a much simpler, faster and more accurate PCB prototype costing and quoting process. Using the Würth Elektronik API (application programming interface), Würth Elektronik's PCB online shop gets directly connected to LumiQuote, Luminovo's RfQ software. LumiQuote automatically extracts all relevant technical parameters of required PCBs using the modern PCB engine. The technical information is now sent directly to the PCB online shop via the interface and prices as well as delivery times are sent back to the users in real time. "This is a crucial value-add for users, as they can continue their quoting and ordering process without interruptions", explains Thomas Beck, managing director of Würth Elektronik Circuit Board Technology. "At Luminovo, we are rethinking the electronics value chain. The partnership with Würth Elektronik enables us to finally bring PCB procurement into the age of automated and connected processes", states Sebastian Schaal, founder of Luminovo. He adds, "In LumiQuote, our customers not only receive a price directly, but a plausibility check also tells them immediately whether or not the requested specifications are supported by Würth Elektronik". Luminovo is working on a software suite that aims to transform processes within and between the different companies in the electronics value chain in a modern way. In addition to Stackrate, Luminovo's software solution for PCB manufacturers, LumiQuote focuses on connecting, digitising and automating quoting and procurement processes for EMS, including material and manufacturing calculations.

Snap-in Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-25

Cornell Dubilier Electronics announced that it has expanded its signature series of 380LX and 381LX aluminum electrolytic capacitors to include voltages up to 600 Vdc. The ratings are designed to serve the company's industrial electronics customers who continue to push the application boundaries for these components into higher voltages. The 380LX and 381LX snap-in series are among the industry's top performers with a published load life of 3,000 hrs. when tested at rated voltage and ripple current at rated temperature. The 380LX series is designed for 85 °C operation, while the 381LX series meets the same load life at 105 °C. These components demonstrate exceptional life in real-life applications where conditions are typically lower than the capacitor's maximum specified ratings. Newly added capacitance values in the range of 150 µF to 330 µF are offered at 550 and 600 Vdc in the 380 LX series and 140 µF to 340 µF at 500, 550, and 600 Vdc in the 381LX series. Developed at CDE's technology center in Liberty, SC, these new ratings are offered with enhanced ripple current capability, up to 3.7A at full-rated conditions. The company's latest advances in electrolyte development, materials, and processing technology make their higher voltage ratings and excellent performance possible. The company expects these higher voltage snap-in capacitors to be used in the latest inverter circuits for renewable energy, UPS systems, battery chargers, motor drives, welders, and other applications that require the highest performance components to improve system reliability.

Acquisition of SL Power Expands Addressable Market
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-04-25

Advanced Energy Industries announced that it completed the previously announced acquisition of SL Power Electronics Corporation from Steel Partners Holdings L.P. The acquisition adds complementary products to Advanced Energy's medical power offerings and extends its presence in several advanced industrial markets. "The addition of SL Power expands our offerings for industrial and medical applications," said Steve Kelley, president and CEO of Advanced Energy. "I believe SL Power's strong customer base, complementary product portfolio, and highly skilled team make it an ideal fit for Advanced Energy." The acquisition of SL Power Electronics is expected to be accretive to 2022 earnings on a non-GAAP basis and to generate over $4 million of annualized cost synergies. Management intends to provide more detail on the forward-looking benefits of this acquisition when it announces the first quarter financial results.

New York-based 200mm Silicon Carbide Fab
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-04-25

Wolfspeed opened its Mohawk Valley Silicon Carbide fabrication facility in Marcy, N.Y. with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Federal and State Officials. The 200mm wafer fab will help lead the industry-wide transition from silicon to Silicon Carbide-based semiconductors. New York Governor Kathy Hochul was on site to officially welcome Wolfspeed to Mohawk Valley, in addition to Eric Bach, Senior Vice President of Product and Chief Engineer at Lucid Motors. As a key partner, Lucid Motors had the honor of "cutting the ribbon" with its Lucid Air, named the 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year. Wolfspeed recently announced a multi-year agreement with Lucid to supply Silicon Carbide devices. "We are honored to be joined by these government, community, and industry leaders to celebrate Wolfspeed's Mohawk Valley Fab, New York State's economic competitiveness and American chip manufacturing," said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO of Wolfspeed. "I am incredibly proud of the team, and all of our partners, who brought this monumental fab to life in such a short time. This fab will not only supply customers in 2022 but also support long-term American competitiveness." The automated Mohawk Valley facility is the world's first and largest 200mm Silicon Carbide fab providing uncompromised wafer quality and higher yield. The devices developed in Mohawk Valley will be critical in feeding Wolfspeed's $20B+ pipeline and the global semiconductor industry. More than 600 high-tech Mohawk Valley jobs will be created by 2029.

The 2022 IEEE VLSI Symposium on Technology & Circuits
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  • Event News
  • 2022-04-22

Now in its 42nd year of delivering convergence of technology and circuits for the microelectronics industry, the "Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits" will be merged into one Symposium to maximize the synergy across both domains. The newly merged 2022 IEEE VLSI Symposium on Technology & Circuits is organized around the theme: "Technology & Circuits for the Critical Infrastructure of the Future." The five-day hybrid event, combining both live sessions onsite at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, as well as on-demand access to selected presentations, is scheduled from June 12 – 17, 2022 in Honolulu, HI. The Symposium will feature advanced VLSI technology developments, innovative circuit design, and the applications they enable, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, wearable/implantable biomedical applications, big data, cloud / edge computing, virtual reality (VR) / augmented reality (AR), robotics, and autonomous vehicles. The weeklong Symposium will continue its reputation as the microelectronics industry's premiere international conference integrating technology, circuits, and systems with a range and scope unlike any other conference. In addition to the technical presentations, the Symposium program will feature a demonstration session, evening panel discussions, joint focus sessions, short courses, workshops, and a special forum session that provides a focused discussion on a specific topic relevant to the Symposium theme.

Metal Power Inductors for In-Vehicle Applications
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-21

Murata announces the availability of the DFE32CAH_R0 series of metal power inductors for high-temperature applications of up to 150 °C. Intended for use in DC/DC converters and power management circuitry for automotive applications, these components are supplied in 1210 inch size (3.2 mm × 2.5 mm) metal cores. Covering a wide inductance value range, the components are suitable for in-vehicle applications beyond infotainment systems to the powertrain and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Meeting demands for high currents and the downsizing of system designs, the DFE32CAH_R0 delivers a DC superimposed current rating (Isat) of 8.7 A in the world's best for a 1210 inch size product with an inductance of 0.47 µH. "These new products support large currents by optimizing the internal coil structure design and utilizing original metal materials," explains Tomohiro Yao, General Manager of Marketing & Promotion for the EMI Division at Murata. "Thanks to these technological advances, we have succeeded in delivering a series of small metal power inductors that have a highly reliable design for a more diverse range of automotive applications, including the powertrain and ADAS, that require support for temperatures up to 150 °C and demand large current flows."

IGBT Module Will Reduce Size and Power Consumption of DC1500V Converters
  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-21

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it will begin shipping samples of its LV100-type T-series 2.0kV insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) Module for industrial use. The power-semiconductor product is expected to downsize and reduce the power consumption of power-conversion equipment for use with renewable-energy sources. Power semiconductors for efficiently converting electric power are being increasingly utilized as key devices that can help to lower the carbon footprint of global society. At the same time, efficient power conversion through the deployment of increasingly higher system-operating voltages is being demanded for power grids that use renewable-energy power sources, which has led to the development of power converters rated at DC1500V, the upper limit of the EU's Low Voltage Directive. Module samples that Mitsubishi Electric will start shipping soon have a blocking-voltage capability of 2.0kV, which is suitable for DC1500V power conversion equipment used mainly for large-capacity systems of several hundred kW to several MW, including renewable-energy power sources. Adopting 2.0kV withstand voltage semiconductors will enable customers to simplify the design of their DC1500V power-conversion equipment. Also, the latest 7th-generation IGBT and Relaxed Field of Cathode (RFC) diode will help to downsize and reduce the power consumption of power-conversion equipment for renewable-energy power supply. In addition, the module's industrial LV100-type package, which is suitable for large-capacity systems due to its easy-paralleling configuration, will help to simplify large-capacity system designs.

AEC Qualified Lidar Integrated Circuit
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-20

EPC announces the introduction of the EPC2221, a common source dual gallium nitride FET rated at 100 V, 58 mO, and 20 A pulsed current.  The EPC2221 can be used in lidar systems for robots, surveillance systems, drones, autonomous cars, and vacuum cleaners. The low inductance and capacitance of the EPC2221 allows fast switching (100 MHz) and narrow pulse widths (2 ns) for high resolution and high efficiency. Additionally, the ultra-small size of 1.35 mm x 1.35 mm reduces PCB cost and total solution size. The EPC2221 is the latest addition to a growing family of GaN transistors and integrated circuits designed to meet the performance and reliability standards of demanding automotive applications. The EPC2221 has completed rigorous automotive AEC Q101 qualification testing including humidity testing with bias (H3TRB), high temperature reverse bias (HTRB), high temperature gate bias (HTGB), and temperature cycling (TC), as well as several other tests. In addition to lidar in demanding automotive applications, the EPC2221 is perfectly suited for high-frequency DC-DC conversion, wireless power applications, and synchronous rectification. "This AEC certified product is the latest addition to a growing family of EPC gallium nitride-based transistors and integrated circuits designed to enable autonomous driving and improve safety," said Alex Lidow, CEO, and co-founder of EPC. "This integrated circuit improves the performance while reducing size and cost for time-of-flight lidar systems."

PEMD 2022: Power Electronics, Machines and Drives
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  • Event News
  • 2022-04-20

We're pleased to be a media partner of PEMD 2022 – the IET's Power Electronics, Machines and Drives conference. Bodo's Power readers can register at the IET member rate, saving you up to £200. You can book your ticket at the website: http://ow.ly/tOJE30rOobn

Fast Charging Solutions Using a Dual-Phase Switched-Capacitor Architecture
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-19

Halo Microelectronics announced the release of their HL7138 and HL7139, fast charging solution ICs using a dual-phase switched capacitor architecture for single-cell battery applications. The HL7138 and HL7139 offer charging efficiencies, which enable faster and cooler battery charging operations in a small total PCB solution size that allows for more system-level design flexibility. They offer charging efficiencies, which enable faster and cooler battery charging operations in a small total PCB solution size that allows for more system-level design flexibility. The faster-charging solution saves consumers time, and cooler charging means less energy is wasted in the form of heat, which is environmentally friendly. Furthermore, the smaller solution size gives device designers more leeway to choose between thinner and lighter form factors, larger batteries for longer battery life, more features, or lower BOM costs. "As the smartphone market becomes more saturated, product differentiation has become increasingly important to gaining market share. Fast charging is one of the few features that consumers can directly relate to and understand its benefits. Halo Microelectronics has seen switched capacitor-based fast-charging architectures quickly extend from high-end to mid-level smartphones. Therefore, we will continue to develop, innovate, and lead the ecosystem to stay ahead," stated David Nam, CEO of Halo Microelectronics.

Driving the Adoption of Wide Bandgap Technologies
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  • 2022-04-19

Navitas Semiconductor has announced its membership of PowerAmerica, the consortium working to accelerate the adoption of next generation GaN and silicon carbide (SiC) power electronics. As a member of PowerAmerica, Navitas will provide input into initiatives to help companies that use power semiconductors to upgrade beyond legacy silicon, and access resources and relationships contributing to business growth. "The upgrade from legacy silicon to WBG semiconductors is critical to supporting environmental goals by dramatically reducing power consumption and accelerating the adoption of sustainable technologies," said Dan Kinzer, Navitas' COO/CTO and co-founder. "The consortium's membership network of entrepreneurs, technologists and academic partners is helping to drive this revolution and we are excited to be part of this increasingly-important eco-system." Navitas Sr Director of Marketing, Llew Vaughan-Edmunds, is currently the chairman of PowerAmerica and will lead the MAC meeting during the PowerAmerica 2022 Summer Workshop on NC State Campus in Raleigh, NC on August 2nd. Navitas will host a technology seminar at the workshop to introduce leading-edge GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense technology, and stress high-quality, high-capacity manufacturing with over 40,000,000 units shipped and zero reported GaN-related field failures.

2W Medical Grade DC/DC Converter
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  • 2022-04-19

For the ever increasing demand for medical home care and medical equipment P-DUKE has extended its medical power conversion portfolio with a MPL02 board-mount DC/DC converter series. The MPL02 series is designed especially for compact medical applications and comes in a tiny SIP-8 industrial standard package (footprint only 9.9 x 21.8 mm) which saves space on the PCB. It offers 5000Vac isolation voltage, reinforced insulation of 2xMOPP (patient protection) / 250Vac working voltage with 8 mm clearance and creepage distance between input and output. The series delivers up to 2W output power and offers regulated single and dual outputs with a wide 2:1 input range of 4.5-13.2, 9-18 and 18-36V. It provides full-protection functions such as: over-current, short-circuit, under-voltage lockout as well as low 2µA leakage current. These are the main factors which assure a safe environment for operators and patients. The series also comes with a 5-year product warranty. The MPL02 series has been certificated to IEC/EN/ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1, IEC/EN/UL 62368-1 and MIL-STD 810F standards. With its compact casing, low 2µA leakage current and all the safety certifications makes this series the perfect choice for a variety of medical equipment such as; oxygen and heart rate monitors, brainwave monitors and oral caring equipment.

Global High Service Distributor of the Year
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-04-18

Mouser Electronics has been named the 2021 Global High Service Distributor by onsemi. This is the third year that Mouser has received this award. onsemi cited Mouser's high service distribution sales growth, market share growth, and high scores on overall process excellence. "The support of our worldwide distribution partners is essential to the success of our company as we continue to increase revenue, profit margins and market penetration," said Jeff Thomson, Senior Vice President of Global Channel Sales for onsemi. "Mouser grew product sales, generated significant new business, and effectively supported customer needs while demonstrating our company initiative of operational excellence. We thank them for their contributions in 2021." "We are honored to receive this recognition from onsemi, one of our valued partners and a leader in the industry," said Kristin Schuetter, Mouser Electronics' Vice President of Supplier Management, Semiconductors. "Mouser works to provide exceptional service to customers as well as our manufacturer partners, and it is gratifying to be acknowledged for our efforts." Mouser offers onsemi's broad portfolio of energy-efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, system-on-chip (SoC), and custom devices to help customers efficiently solve their design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace, and defense applications.

Embedded Control Module for Electric Power Grid Automation   
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-18

With complex requirements and typically low quantity manufacturing, rack-and-stack approaches have long dominated controls designs for high power electronics. While custom designs might be technically superior, allowing tailored features and compact integration, they often come with prohibitive engineering and manufacturing costs and schedules. Now it is possible to design controls electronics using sophisticated system-on-chip (SOC) and system-in-package (SIP) components to achieve custom results within a manageable design project. The Innova SCM21001 system-on-module (SOM) from Silicon Power Corporation was developed as an embedded computing platform specifically for electric grid automation applications. A dual core DSP SOC and directly connected FPGA are assembled as an independent real time processor subsystem. On the same module, an Octavo Systems embedded Linux computer SIP supports management of the real time processor and provides modern communication protocols for connection to external systems, all using readily available open-source software. The SOM serves as a control system component, allowing tight integration with application specific components such as power, analog sensor conversion, and actuator drives. A conduction cooled form factor supports deeply embedded, high reliability applications. The design was fully functional with the first prototype, so system development proceeded with no controls design delays. As a component or as a reference design, the SOM demonstrates that custom controls design is once again a viable option for power electronics. 

Celebrating 25 Years of High-tech from Nuremberg
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-04-14

SiCrystal is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Over the last two and a half decades, the company – which today employs over 200 people – has expanded its sphere of activity to an international level: a small but important piece of technology made in Franconia can be found in electric vehicles all over the world, for example. After all, it is often the little things that make big things happen. Based at Nordostpark industrial park in the north east of Nuremberg, Germany, the manufacturing company is one of the current global market leaders for single crystalline silicon carbide semiconductor wafers (SiC wafers). "25 years of company history really is something to celebrate," says CEO Robert Eckstein, looking back on the beginnings of SiCrystal. The company has been producing SiC wafers since April 1997. The wafers form the basis for modern electronic components and resemble "a CD without a hole". They are almost as hard as a diamond and very heat resistant. Without these discs – which are less than 1 millimeter thick – electric mobility and the digital world would be unthinkable. Research carried out at the University of Erlangen in the early 1990s laid the foundation for the company and, in 1997, SiCrystal AG was founded. Back then, it all began with the development and sampling of the first SiC wafers in Eschenfelden, Upper Palatinate. The semiconductor manufacturer then moved back to Erlangen in the early 2000s and was taken over by the Japanese ROHM Group – manufacturer of electronic components – in 2009.

Expanding Its Portfolio of Precision Measurement Solutions
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  • 2022-04-13

Vitrek announces the acquisition of MTI Instruments, a U.S.-based manufacturer of sophisticated test and measurement equipment. MTI Instruments' precision tools, systems and solutions are utilized in non-contact metrology, position, displacement and vibration applications within the design, QA/QC, manufacturing, production, test and research markets. MTI Instruments' products benefit a variety of industries and applications. For example, commercial aviation companies and the U.S. Military rely on vibration analysis and engine trim balance test solutions to identify any jet engine problems quickly, ensuring safety while saving both time and maintenance costs. Their custom capacitor sensors are designed to measure displacement and gap with non-contact force in applications including lens focusing, Piezo positioning, sheet metal thickness, gap measurement as well as flatness and alignment. "The acquisition of MTI Instruments represents a significant expansion of the range of precision instrumentation products Vitrek offers to our vital industries," said Don Millstein, Vitrek's president. "We welcome MTI Instrument's sales, engineering and manufacturing teams to the Vitrek family - as we continue providing both Vitrek and MTI customers with top level sales , technical support and product innovation." Moshe Binyamin, President and CEO of MTI Instruments, said: "Vitrek is a well-respected test and measurement company with products and a market focus that is perfectly in line with ours. We look forward to combining forces so we can further accelerate our collective growth objectives."

40 Years in the USA
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  • 2022-04-13

In 1982, Bruno Schurter, grandson of the company's founder Heinrich Schurter, launched the distribution company SCHURTER Inc in California. He was a mere 30 years old at the time. Bruno Schurter had the chance to live the "American Dream", as he himself says today. He was in the right place at the right time. Silicon Valley, the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, was in full bloom. In the 1960s and 1970s, the first high-tech companies settled in the immediate neighborhood of Stanford University. Primarily test and measurement equipment as well as computer technology. Computers large and small fascinated Bruno. During his brief engagement with Wersen, the latter handed him an Apple II and told him to somehow put the thing into operation and see if anything could be done with it. Schurter knuckled down, got the "thing" working and calculating. The world was about to be computerized. And Bruno was right at the epicenter. Read the full success story at https://www.schurter.com/en/Info-Center/News/Timeline/40-years-of-SCHURTER-in-the-USA.

Integrating Renewables and Stabilizing the Grid
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  • 2022-04-13

With more intermittent renewable energy generation on the world's power networks, and fossil fuel supplies experiencing major disruptions, distributed power reserves are becoming increasingly important to maintain grid stability and keep the power on 24/7. To support this transition, ABB is launching PowerExchanger, an innovative feature for its UPS products, which allows battery reserves to provide ancillary services to the grid, reducing costly downtime and cutting energy and operating costs. UPS equipment is used to provide back-up power in the case of a grid supply failure, and it can also eliminate brownouts, over-voltages, and electrical noise. The UPS' back-up power is drawn from its energy storage capacity, which often goes unused. With PowerExchanger fitted to new or existing ABB UPS systems, these batteries can be used to help the grid respond quickly to unexpected imbalances between power generation and demand, to reduce costly outages. By using PowerExchanger to join markets for grid ancillary services, for example Fast Frequency Response (FFR), operators can now generate a new revenue stream, which lowers the cost of operating this capital-intensive equipment. Ideal for Low and Medium Voltage data centers, PowerExchanger ensures a minimum energy reserve is retained by the UPS battery, so in the event of a complete grid outage, the critical load will always be protected. PowerExchanger can also deliver additional financial and performance benefits, thanks to peak shaving. When peak-time energy comes at a premium, PowerExchanger enables on-site UPS energy reserves to cover consumption peaks and keep costs low.

Measurement System for GaN and SiC Semiconductor Analysis
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-12

Teledyne LeCroy announced the launch of their DL-ISO High Voltage Optically Isolated 1 GHz Probe and Power-Device test software, which when combined with their High Definition Oscilloscopes (HDO) offer accurate electrical characterization of gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor devices. The DL-ISO High Voltage Optically Isolated Probe provides design engineers with the highest-confidence GaN and SiC power semiconductor device measurements. The probe has the best signal fidelity, lowest overshoot and best accuracy - 1.5% when combined with Teledyne LeCroy's 12-bit resolution HDOs. The 1 GHz bandwidth meets requirements to measure GaN device 1 ns rise times. HDOs also provide up to 20 GS/s sample rate at 12-bit resolution for the most faithful capture and display of high-speed GaN and SiC device signals. This combination of best signal fidelity, low overshoot, high accuracy, high bandwidth and high sample rate is critically important for successfully implementing GaN and SiC technologies in new designs. Teledyne LeCroy's Power-Device software package additionally simplifies the analysis of GaN and SiC devices with automated JEDEC switching loss and other measurements, and color-coded overlays to highlight the relevant, measured areas.

Expanding Backend Operations in Indonesia
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  • 2022-04-12

Infineon Technologies expands its existing backend operations in Indonesia: PT Infineon Technologies Batam to purchase real estate from PT Unisem, a member of Unisem Group. The premises close to Infineon's existing backend manufacturing site include manufacturing buildings that will double Infineon's production area in Batam when fully operational. In the course of this expansion, Infineon's Batam site will increase its focus on the assembly and test of automotive products. "Infineon is making another step in strengthening its global operations network. We are committed to investing into continued structural growth and to strengthen the resilience of our supply chain," said Alexander Gorski, Executive Vice President and responsible for Infineon's global Backend Operations. Dr. Thomas Kaufmann, Executive Vice President and COO of Infineon's Automotive Division, said: "In view of increasing demand for automotive semiconductors and to the benefit of our customers, this purchase is allowing us to add backend capacities faster than with the greenfield construction of a new site". Production is expected to start in 2024. The expansion in Batam is part of Infineon's long-term investment strategy, which foresees investments of approximately €2.4 billion for the 2022 fiscal year. PT Infineon Technologies Batam is a backend manufacturing site and employs over 2,000 employees. It is located within the Batamindo Industrial Park and part of the Indonesia-Singapore-Malaysia growth triangle.

Global Magnetics Powerhouse
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  • 2022-04-12

KAMIC Magnetics Group will present its magnetics portfolio at PCIM, and for the first time brings its three specialist magnetics components businesses, ETAL, SIGA Electronics and Talema together on one stand (6-349). This follows the Group's acquisition of Talema to ETAL in 2021. Each business in the KAMIC Group Magnetics business unit has its own strength, and together they form a global magnetics powerhouse with 1,100 employees, manufacturing in five countries and direct representation in the world's most significant economies. The Group is offering customers a comprehensive portfolio which supports them in designing exceptional, efficient power architectures for applications from portable electronics through mains powered systems to renewable energy sources and electric vehicles. Visitors to PCIM will be able to see examples from Talema's range of current transformers and toroidal components. These will include its in-house developed magnetic components such as transformers and inductors, which are used in AC/DC converters, DC/DC converters and signal applications. Most components are custom designed for specific applications, and the business unit also offers a range of standard components. ETAL's established range of magnetic components will also be fully represented at PCIM. These include chokes, air coils, coils, current transformers, power transformers and signal transformers. The company specialises in custom products and in optimising designs but also offers a range of standard components. Its' particular strength is high-end and reliable planar products such as custom designed transformers and inductors that combine superior performance with overall low cost. SIGA IEC conformant current transformer (CT) products will also be on show at PCIM. SIGA manufactures circular or rectangular type CTs, full block or split core, using a UL recognised semi rigid cast resin compound or an IP rated plastic box finish. Other finishes are available.

350 V Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power Transistor
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-07

EPC announces the production release of the EPC2050, a 350 V GaN transistor with a maximum RDS(on) of 80 m? and a 26 A pulsed output current. The EPC2050 measures just 1.95 mm x 1.95 mm. This tiny size enables power solutions that occupy ten times less area than comparable silicon solutions. Applications benefiting from the fast-switching speed and tiny size of the EPC2050 include DC-DC conversion from/to 120 V-160 V such as in aerospace applications, 120 V-150 V motor control for medical motors, DC-AC inverters, multi-level converters such as Totem Pole PFC and DC-DC solutions converting 400 V input to 12 V, 20 V or 48 V outputs. Additional applications include fast chargers, battery management systems, electric vehicle charging, solar power inverters, high power lidar for autonomous cars and delivery vehicles, LED lighting, RF switches, and consumer & industrial wirings like wall-mounted sockets and Class D Audio. The EPC2050 is also suitable for 120 VAC-only applications. A typical power supply bus voltage is between 170 V and 250 V. This includes applications specific to the Americas market, such as power tools and in-wall powered devices, seat-back airline 120 V inverters, and commercial LED lighting. "With the EPC2050, designers no longer have to choose between size and performance – they can have both and lower cost!" said Alex Lidow, EPC's CEO.

Partnership to Service Global R&D Engineers
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codaca.com
  • Industry News
  • 2022-04-07

CODACA has established a partnership with Digi-Key Electronics, expanding the channel for CODACA's high-current power inductor products. Available through Digi-Key's online Marketplace, CODACA now offers convenient stocking and immediate shipping options worldwide for its molding power choke CSAB series, high current power inductor CSBX series and CSCF series, and Class D amplifier inductor CPD and CSD series. Digi-Key Electronics provides R&D engineers access to unlimited adjacent products and technologies through its online Marketplace. The company offers more than 13 million components from over 2,200 quality name-brand manufacturers to support R&D activities globally. CODACA has been developing and manufacturing high quality power inductors for more than 20 years. With certifications including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, TÜV (GER), IATF 16949 and CNAS, CODACA products are developed and tested to provide applications with low DC resistance, high-current ratings, and low power consumptions.

GaN Power HEMT ICs for Chargers and Power
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tagoretech.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-04-05

At APEC 2022, Tagore highlighted how its GaN FETs are well suited for realizing a bridgeless totem-pole PFC where one half-bridge is composed of GaN FETs and the other half-bridge is composed of MOSFETs. The GaN FETs with drivers are ideally suited for DC/DC converter applications such as LLC or Phase Shifted Full Bridge (PSFB) topologies and for secondary side Synchronous Rectification when the output voltage is high, for example, in Electric Vehicle (EV) battery chargers. Tagore also showcased a live demonstration of the 65W Active Clamp Flyback (ACF) demo board; 65W Quasi-Resonant Flyback (QRF) demo board; 240W Totem POLE PFC + LLC demo board; Half-Bridge GaN Evolution Board (Multi-topology), and Phase shifted Full-Bridge Reference Design (800 W). Moreover, at an Industry Session (Session IS07) on March 22, 2021, Manish Shah, Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering Tagore Technology, United States, Chief Engineer, Rajesh Ghosh and Asif Iqbal, Manager Design, presented "Monolithically Integrated Protection Circuits in 650V Power GaN". The presentation discussed the benefits of a monolithically integrated HEMT-based GaN IC that delivers efficient and reliable operation in power supplies that lead to even higher power density in chargers and power supplies.

SiC Power Modules at PCIM Europe
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  • 2022-04-05

Wuxi Leapers Semiconductor (Leapers Semiconductor) will present full silicon carbide (SiC) power module portfolio during PCIM Europe 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany. On May 10-12, 2022, the representatives of the company will join the event to showcase their latest SiC power module portfolio designed for applications like new energy vehicles, smart grid, solar and wind power generation, motor drives, medical equipment, traction, etc. By using innovative advanced packaging material and processing technology, Leapers Semiconductor provides comprehensive module application solutions for miniaturization, efficiency and light weighting of electrical drive systems and inverters of new energy vehicles. Besides SiC product line Leapers Semiconductor will present IGBT modules portfolio in the industry recognized footprint designed for high power switching applications. All participants and visitors are invited to stop by Leapers Semiconductor booth 520 in Hall 7 to learn more about company, SiC and IGBT module portfolio, and future products under development. This year PCIM Europe will return to face-to-face format and welcome the visitors from around the world in the halls 6, 7 and 9 on the Messe Nürnberg event grounds. The international power electronics industry will meet again after nearly two years of predominantly digital exchange. As in previous years, visitors of the leading exhibition and conference for power electronics can expect product innovations and a top-class lecture program.

Dr. HongWen Zhang to Present InSIDER Series Webinar
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indium.com
  • Event News
  • 2022-04-05

Indium Corporation's Alloy Group R&D Manager Dr. HongWen Zhang will deliver a presentation on the company's award-winning Durafuse(TM) mixed-alloy technology as part of its popular InSIDER Series of webinars. The presentation, titled "Solder Challenges and Product Development with Durafuse Technology", will be given on Wednesday, April 27 at 8 a.m. San Francisco/11 a.m. New York/4 p.m. London/5 p.m. Germany. Dr. Zhang's presentation will focus on the shortcomings of traditional solder materials and examine the ability of Indium Corporation's Durafuse technology to provide a solution to these challenges. He will highlight the benefits of Durafuse LT, a patented, innovative, low-temperature, mixed-alloy technology that offers enhanced reliability with drop shock performance two orders of magnitude better than Bi-containing solders. He will also discuss Durafuse HT, a new patent-pending product designed as a drop-in solution to replace and outperform the traditional high-lead solders in die-attach and clip-bond applications.

Digital Capacitor Catalog
  • Industry News
  • 2022-04-04

The expanded CDE.com website features a Custom Catalog Generator that allows engineers to create their personalized PDF capacitor catalogs. A catalog can include just the product lines of interest, a product category, or even by application. Once the selection is made, it takes just seconds to build the catalog. The catalog is saved to a drive and can be printed by the user. The Catalog Generator is a convenient way to jump-start building detailed bill of materials documentation for a new project. Capacitors include a wide variety of aluminum electrolytic, film, aluminum polymer, supercapacitor, and mica types. Unlike traditional annually printed catalogs, the custom-built catalogs are kept up-to-date on an ongoing basis. Each catalog contains front and back cover pages, a table of contents, and live links to learn more. On most manufacturer websites, it is a tedious chore to select and print out a series of datasheets for multiple products. The CDE Catalog Generator makes it easy. No registration is required to access the Custom Catalog Generator or the website.

Honored for Supply Competence and Strategic Cooperation
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-04-04

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has honored Infineon Technologies as "Partner of the Year 2021" with the "Special Award for Supply Competence." The global automaker recognized Infineon's efforts to stabilize uncertain supply chains despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the global semiconductor shortage. In particular, Infineon was honored for its excellent risk management working with HMG. Infineon Korea and Infineon Headquarters have provided flexible and strategic cooperation to manage the difficult situation in the market. For example, by providing the silicon carbide (SiC) based power module HybridPACK CoolSiC Drive, Infineon demonstrated product quality and its ability to respond to new requirements. "Infineon is a reliable partner. We are honored that our efforts to maintain our delivery capabilities in a very challenging environment are valued and appreciated by our customers," said Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive Division at Infineon. "With the rapid momentum towards green mobility, semiconductor solutions are in high demand. We are driving the transformation toward electromobility with high-quality products, leading technology and system expertise, along with a global production network." HMG has been awarding the "Partner of the Year" award since 2002. In early 2019, Infineon was the first semiconductor manufacturer to receive this award. It was awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in just-in-time supply and contribution to strengthening the overall competitiveness of the Hyundai Motor Group.

Tatsuo Bizen Appointed CEO
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  • People
  • 2022-03-31

pSemi Corporation announced the appointment of Tatsuo Bizen as CEO effective April 1, 2022. Succeeding interim CEO Takaki Murata, Bizen joins pSemi from parent company Murata, where for more than 30 years he has served in a variety of global leadership roles in the United States, Japan and Europe. He brings an extensive background in RF and power management, and a passion for driving innovation. A Murata employee since 1985, Bizen served as vice president of the power module division. From 2012 to 2015, he was president and CEO of the Murata Power Solutions subsidiary headquartered in Massachusetts. Bizen spent the three years prior as head of Murata's global corporate marketing. From 2007 to 2009, he was president and CEO of SyChip, Inc., a Texas-based Murata subsidiary that provided RF chip-scale modules. His earlier experience includes involvement in the development of RF modules such as electronic TV tuners and circuit modules for wireless communication, and product management for RF components and modules in Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. "I am honored and eager to lead pSemi to new heights as CEO. Since the Murata acquisition in 2014, I have worked closely with pSemi employees, who have always impressed me with their hard work, can-do attitudes and inventive ideas. I look forward to working together with my pSemi colleagues to create innovative semiconductor solutions for the connected world." Tatsuo Bizen said. 

SiC Market, a Multi-Bllion-Dollar Prospect
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yole.fr
  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-31

Yole's compound semiconductor team released its technology and market study, "Power SiC 2022". The study analyzes the challenges and opportunities of this industry in detail. Yole's analysts provide a detailed overview of the technologies as well as accurate market data. The company also offers a valuable understanding of the value chain, the infrastructure, and the competitive landscape, including an analysis of the leading SiC companies' strategies. Poshun CHIU from Yole asserts: "Strongly driven by automotive applications, especially in the EV main inverter, there were multiple newly released EVs and announcements in 2020 and 2021, following Tesla's adoption of SiC. Moreover, Tesla's record shipments helped SiC devices to reach the order of US$1 billion in 2021. To fulfill the demand for a long driving range, an 800V EV is the solution to empower fast DC charging. This is where the 1200V SiC devices play crucial roles." As of 2022, BYD's Han-EV and Hyundai's Ioniq-5 have enjoyed good sales by offering fast charging. More OEMs - such as Nio, XPeng, etc. - plan to bring SiC EVs to the market in 2022. Apart from automotive, industrial and energy applications represent the markets with a higher than 20% growth rate in our forecast period. For example, the deployment of high-power charging infrastructure with SiC modules, and the growing installation of photovoltaics. In this context, the SiC device market is expected to grow beyond US$6 billion by 2027 – from a US$1 billion business in 2021 – in Yole's latest forecast. This multi-billion-dollar business is also appealing for players to grow their revenue.

700 Volt Threshold Vertical GaN Device Demonstrated
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-30

Odyssey Semiconductor Technologies announced it has reached a technology milestone in its development of vertical GaN power field-effect transistors (FETs). Odyssey was founded to commercialize vertical GaN FETs. FETs that can provide the conversion efficiency of GaN with the higher voltage rating of SiC. The approach will lead to breakthrough performance for the most demanding applications. Odyssey has now validated its approach at a 700 V rating while also providing industry-leading efficiency with and remarkably low on-resistance approaching 1mOhm-cm2. These devices also exhibit very low gate leakage and can be operated in a mode where they are normally "off". Technology validation can begin on these 700 V devices while an extension of the same architecture to the next milestone of a 1200 V rating or better is completed. Odyssey, with global headquarters in Ithaca, New York is developing this technology in their own manufacturing facility. As the U.S. needs to strengthen domestic semiconductor manufacturing, Odyssey is showing its commitment with its own wafer fabrication facility. This also streamlines the technology and product development processes with close collaboration between R&D and the fab. The Company is also announcing today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office recently approved U.S. Patent 11,251,295, which issued February 15th, 2022, with respect to key aspects of Odyssey's vertical GaN technology. The Patent is entitled "Vertical field effect transistor device and method of fabrication" and relates to a method of fabricating a high voltage switching device using GaN layers and materials.

Joining Forces
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-29

SEMIKRON and Danfoss Silicon Power announced a merger to create a joint business specialized in Power Electronics focusing on power semiconductor modules. With an existing workforce of more than 3,500 dedicated power electronic specialists, the new SEMIKRON-Danfoss will provide technology expertise as the leading partner in Power Electronics. The merger comes with a firm commitment to future investments, paving the way for green growth and a more sustainable, energy efficient and decarbonized future. SEMIKRON-Danfoss will be a central enabler of this transition. The newly formed SEMIKRON-Danfoss joint business will be owned by the current owner-families of SEMIKRON and the Danfoss Group, with Danfoss being the majority owner. The joint business SEMIKRON-Danfoss will be managed by one common leadership team. It will be operated in the accustomed manner, retaining existing production facilities, customer and supplier relationships and distribution channels. SEMIKRON-Danfoss will retain the two main locations in Germany, Nuremberg and Flensburg. The current factories and sales offices of Semikron and Danfoss Silicon Power will continue operations as usual. Danfoss President & CEO Kim Fausing, said: "The new SEMIKRON-Danfoss builds on a strong long-term partnership and more than 90 years of combined technology leadership in Power Module packaging, innovation, and customer application expertise. With electrification driving the green transition, SEMIKRON-Danfoss aims to become the preferred decarbonizing partner for customers. We have the passion, competences and technologies to more than double our business in five years." SEMIKRON CEO Karl-Heinz Gaubatz added: "This really is an exciting moment. Based on close, trusting conversations over the last months we have identified that SEMIKRON and Danfoss are a unique fit with complementing assets, a strong team and shared values. By combining SEMIKRON's expertise as a pioneer for semiconductor technology with more than 70 years of experience in the development of top-class power modules and systems and the strength, innovativeness and fast-paced operations of Danfoss Silicon Power and the Danfoss Group we are positioned ideally to become one of the strongest players in power electronics."

Production Site for Factory Automation Control System
  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-29

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has acquired 42,000 square meters of land in Owariasahi City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan to establish a production site for the manufacture of factory automation (FA) control system products from April 2025. Demand from the manufacturing industry for FA products is expected to show a medium- to long-term growth, particularly in digital sectors, such as semiconductors, electronic components and data centers, as well as for decarbonization-related areas such as lithium-ion batteries. To meet this increasing demand, Mitsubishi Electric will invest approximately 13 billion yen (approx. 110 million USD) to establish a new production site in Owariashi City, which neighbors Nagoya, where the company's main FA production site, Nagoya Works, is located. The factory will utilize several advanced technologies, such as 5G communication, allowing simultaneous connection of various machines, human workers and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) as they perform their manufacturing tasks. In parallel, high-speed, real-time data acquisition throughout the factory will provide data sets on all aspects of the production cycle for AI-based analysis to realize a safe and flexible production environment. Additionally, the factory, which will be a three-floor, earthquake-resistant building with a total floor area of 33,600 square meters, will incorporate Mitsubishi Electric's digital manufacturing solution "e-F@ctory". This advanced digital approach strongly impacts both the supply chain management (SCM) and engineering chain management (ECM) systems.

Qi 1.3 Wireless Charging with Authentication
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-03-29

In order to ensure high quality wireless charging power transmitters, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has released the Qi 1.3 specification with the extended power profile. This specification created demand for high security silicon authentication devices for full-service support. In response, Microchip Technology is announcing the industrial grade TrustFLEX ECC608 and the automotive grade Trust Anchor TA100 combined with Microchip secure key provisioning services for Qi 1.3 power transmitters. This offering is an all-in-one secure storage subsystem that includes key provisioning for consumer and automotive systems. The Qi 1.3 specification now mandates the addition of a secure storage subsystem with secure key provisioning including X.509 certificates to cryptographically verify the source and quality of the certified power transmitter. When a receiver, e.g. in a cell phone is placed on a Qi 1.3 power transmitter, it may initially accept a 5W charge or no charge at all. Then after a successful X.509 based ECC authentication proving the charger is an approved, "do no harm" device, the phone will then safely accept a 15W charge significantly reducing charging time. Microchip is now a WPC licensed manufacturing Certificate Authority (CA), not only offering pre-configured secure storage subsystem solutions that reduce complexity and development time, but also lowering the technical barrier of entry by handling the entire key ceremony with the WPC root certificate authority on behalf of Microchip customers.

Design Center Launched in Dallas, TX
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-25

Nexperia announced the official launch of its new design center in Dallas, Texas. Having recently celebrated its 5th anniversary as an independent company, this development marks another major step towards Nexperia's stated goal of becoming a world leader in essential semiconductors by 2030. The Dallas design center is Nexperia's first research and development facility in North America and will focus on the development of analog signal conversion and power management ICs. According to Irene Deng, general manager business group, Power and Signal Conversion at Nexperia, who will head up the new center: "The Dallas design center represents an important company milestone for several reasons. It demonstrates Nexperia's commitment to establishing R&D activity in North America and it will also enable Nexperia to expand and strengthen the analog IC portfolio, power management ICs and signal conditioning ICs." Nexperia has ambitious plans for its new center and is aiming for a sixfold increase in the numbers of employees located there by the end of 2023. "Upon presenting this investment proposal to the CEO of Nexperia, Xuezheng Zhang, it received near immediate approval, as entering the analog market delivers on our strategy to transition the Nexperia portfolio towards more differentiated, unique and combined products. Having worked in the semiconductor industry for over 30 years, I have seldom encountered such ambitious growth plans" says Dan Jensen, general manager of Nexperia's business group, Analog & Logic ICs.

ISPSD 2022 Will Bring Together Authorities on Power Devices and ICs
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ispsd2022.com
  • Event News
  • 2022-03-25

The 34th International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD 2022) will be held in hybrid format with the in-person portion held in Vancouver, Canada from May 22 – 25, 202. ISPSD brings together the experts on power devices and power integrated circuit technologies and applications. The conference venue rotates annually through regions of the world with an average attendance of about 450 engineers, scientists, students, and professors. ISPSD 2022 will open with an all-day short-course lecture series on May 22 with six exciting topics. This will be followed by three full days of technical sessions (May 23 – 25). A total of 84 oral and poster technical papers will be presented. Sessions will run sequentially, with no parallel sessions, enabling participants to listen to, and to ask questions of, every presenter. In recognition of the reality that not all authors will be able to attend in person, the conference has been shortened by one day for 2022 and we will modify the format of the conference to include video-on-demand presentations as well as two extended roundtable discussion sessions with on-line authors to enhance the experience for in-person attendees. All oral and poster presentations will be pre-recorded and available on-demand for all attendees. The technical program will consist of more than 84 presentations on novel power device concepts, process integration, device modeling, power ICs, packaging and integration, and power electronics applications. In addition, exhibition booths will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about the equipment and services of companies that support the power electronics industry.

High-Voltage Flat Wire Inductors
  • Product Release
  • 2022-03-24

ITG Electronics has introduced a line of High Current Flat Wire Inductors for industrial and rugged environments, including automotive applications. Offering a vastly superior power rating – higher inductance and current – compared with conventional flat wire inductors, the box-shaped item features denser magnetic materials allowing custom-level power in a standardized product. Among other benefits, the result is reduced weight and saved space. For example, one of the series' inductors, the ITG L201316Q, offers an inductance range from 1.00H to 105uH, and high-power capabilities of 11.6uH 75 Amp / 105uH 25 Amp. This represents 2-4 times the power capabilities offered by leading competitors. The L201316Q is an alloy powder-based DIP Inductor with lower core loss and no thermal aging concerns. Comprising AEC-Q200 compliant components for automotive applications, the ITG L201316Q utilizes exceptionally high-power density magnetics materials to achieve a the most powerful density inductor available in a standard product offering. Custom designs also are available. The series also is RoHs & HF compliant, and has a consistency-minded operating temperature range of -55°C to 150°C.

Reducing Power Supply Circuit Design Resources
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  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-24

ROHM established QuiCur, a power supply technology that improves the load transient response characteristics (response performance involving response speed, and voltage stability of subsequent stage) of DC/DC converter ICs (Switching regulators) and LDOs (Linear regulators). In recent years, the continuing electrification of applications in all areas has increased the number of electronic components along with design resources required. As such there is a rising demand to reduce the number of capacitors used for a variety of purposes, such as stabilizing electronic circuits. What's more, to reduce the design load for power supply circuits when changing specifications, high quality power supply ICs that deliver excellent response performance and the capability to provide stable operation are required. QuiCur solves the two problems of conventional power supply IC feedback circuits when pursuing maximum response performance, namely, (1) the unusable region generated in the frequency range lower than the unstable area, and (2) variations in the zero-cross frequency (f0) due to the output capacitance, by fully dividing the roles of signal processing for response speed (control system) and voltage stability (compensation system). The first problem was solved by utilizing a dedicated error amp that does not generate an unusable area in the feedback circuit. And for the second problem, ROHM adopted a dedicated second-stage error amp and introduced technology that allows the amplification factor (gain) to be adjusted by current drive.

Bidirectional and Regenerative Programmable DC Power Products
  • Product Release
  • 2022-03-24

Elektro-Automatik introduces its 10000 series enhanced and expanded line of EA-PS and EA-PSI programmable DC power supplies, EA-PSB bidirectional DC power supplies, and EA-ELR regenerative DC electronic loads. The 10000 series includes over 180 models offering a greater range of power from 0 – 600 W to 0 – 30 kW. The models provide extended voltages from 0 – 10 V to 0 – 2000 V, a significant increase over prior 9000-series power instruments, and provide output current as high as 1000 A. All 10000 series instruments operate on the same firmware and have the same touchscreen user interface. The physical layout is the same, and all instruments have similar input and output characteristics. The common programming and user interface saves test development and setup time when building test systems that have requirements for multiple power instrumentation. All 10000 series instruments employ an autoranging output (input if an electronic load) characteristic. Autoranging enables the instrument to have a higher voltage capability at lower currents and a higher current capability at lower voltages than a power supply or load with a conventional rectangular output/input characteristic. Furthermore, an instrument with autoranging output/input can deliver/accept full power output over a significant portion of the instrument's operating range. This is in contrast with an instrument with a rectangular output characteristic which has maximum power only at its maximum voltage and current.

Facility in Switzerland Houses High-tech R&D and Product Development
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power.com
  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-24

Power Integrations opened its newly constructed facility in Biel, Switzerland at a ceremony hosted by the company's CEO, Balu Balakrishnan, and attended by Biel mayor Erich Fehr. The 4,600-square-meter, $20 million facility is the new home for about 60 engineers and other technology professionals, a number that is expected to rise as the company continues to grow in the years ahead. In addition to modern office and laboratory space, the contemporary building houses a surface-mounted-technology (SMT) line used to develop prototypes for the company's gate-driver products. The facility also features a 25-kilowatt rooftop solar array. Power Integrations' presence in Switzerland dates to its 2012 acquisition of CT-Concept Technologie AG. Its Biel operation specializes in gate drivers for high-power applications such as solar and wind energy, electric locomotives and efficient DC transmission lines, and is an integral part of the company's efforts in the electric-vehicle market. Commented Mr. Balakrishnan: "We are delighted to open our new, permanent home in Biel, bringing all of our local employees under one roof and giving us ample room for the growth we expect in the years ahead. Our presence here is an essential part of our company's efforts to develop innovative products for a low-carbon future. We are grateful to the city's leaders for their support of this project, and we look forward to a long and productive future together."

Inductors Meet Requirements in EMI Filtering, DC-DC Converter and Power Supply Applications
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-03-24

Bourns announced the expansion of its power inductor line with three semi-shielded power inductor model series, Model SRN3030HA, SRN4030HA, and SRN5030HA. The AEC-200 compliant power inductors are designed with high current capacity, compact size, low loss, high operating frequency, and high operating temperature. The high temperature-graded materials employed in all three series achieve a 150 °C operating temperature rating and provide a wide operating temperature range of –55 to +150 °C. These features and capabilities make Bourns' latest power inductors ideal, high reliability power conversion solutions for EMI filtering, DC-DC converters and power supplies in consumer, industrial, and telecom electronics. A magnetic-silica based coating applied to the perimeter of the inductor winding enhances the inductors' shielding and reduces magnetic field radiation compared to non-shielded options. Additionally, semi-shielded construction contributes to a lower component cost compared to similarly-sized conventional ferrite-shielded inductors. Each series offers different heating current ratings with saturation currents from 5 A to 10 A. Both Model SRN3040HA and SRN4030HA series have inductance ranges of 1-100 µH, and the SRN5030HA has a range of 0.47-100 µH. High Q values of 13 to 33 are possible in these compact power inductors, which provide high impedance at resonance frequency in combination with low loss operation.

Electrothermal Models Cover Entire MOSFET Operating Temperature Range
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  • Product Release
  • 2022-03-24

Nexperia announced the release of enhanced Electrothermal models for its MOSFET devices, which capture the thermal interdependency of the complete set of device parameters right across the full operating temperature range from -55 °C to 175 °C. Overall accuracy is further enhanced by the inclusion of reverse diode recovery time and device electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance in these advanced models. These enable engineers to create accurate circuit and system level simulations and assess the electrical, thermal and EMC performance before committing to build a prototype. These models also help save time and resources because engineers, who were previously required to ensure that their designs could operate under (unlikely) worst-case conditions, can now simulate their designs across specific temperatures ranges. Nexperia developed these models in close partnership with a Tier 1 OEM whose requirements could not be satisfied by any others currently available. "These advanced electrothermal models are intended to give designers the ultimate degree of confidence in the results of their circuit simulations" according to Andy Berry, applications engineer with Nexperia. "Their unprecedented level of precision is evidenced by how accurately the models predict real device behaviour during double pulse testing. Initial feedback from our collaborative partner indicates that these models are the most exact they have ever seen."

50W GaN Converter for Consumer and Industrial Applications
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st.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-03-23

The STMicroelectronics VIPerGaN50 simplifies building single-switch flyback converters up to 50 Watts and integrates a 650V gallium-nitride (GaN) power transistor for superior energy efficiency and miniaturization. With its single-switch topology and high integration, including current-sensing and protection circuitry also built-in, the VIPerGaN50 comes in a compact and low-cost 5mm x 6mm package. The speed of the integrated GaN transistor allows a high switching frequency with a small and lightweight flyback transformer. Minimal additional external components are needed to design an advanced, high-efficiency switched-mode power supply (SMPS). The VIPerGaN50 helps designers leverage GaN wide-bandgap technology to meet increasingly stringent ecodesign codes that target global energy savings and net-zero carbon emissions. It is suited to consumer and industrial applications such as power adapters, USB-PD chargers, and power supplies for home appliances, air conditioners, LED-lighting equipment, and smart meters. The converter operates in multiple modes to maximize efficiency at all line and load conditions. At heavy load, quasi-resonant (QR) operation with zero-voltage switching minimizes turn-on losses and electromagnetic emissions (EMI). At reduced load, valley skipping limits switching losses and leverages ST's proprietary valley lock to prevent audible noise. Frequency foldback with zero-voltage switching ensures the highest possible efficiency at light load, with adaptive burst mode operation to minimize losses at very low load. In addition, advanced power management cuts standby power to below 30mW.

"All-GaN" Design for Universal Input USB PD3.1 Ultra-Fast Charger Reference Design
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epc-co.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-03-22

EPC announces the availability of the EPC9171, a 90 V – 260 V universal AC input to 15 V – 48 V DC output power supply designed for USB PD3.1 ultra-fast chargers. This reference design can deliver 240 W maximum output power at 48 V output voltage and 5 A load current. A power density of about 1.1 W/cm3 is achieved by employing gallium nitride (GaN) power switches operating at high switching frequencies in both the primary and secondary circuits. This 240 W reference design measures a mere 83.7 mm by 83.7 mm and shows 79% higher power density, which is more than recently released 140 W USB PD3.1 slim chargers, while providing 240 W of output power – 100 W more power! The power supply topology used in the design of the EPC9171 consists of a two-phase interleaving boost converter power factor correction (PFC) stage and an isolated LCC resonant power stage. Unlike the well-known LLC resonant power stages, which suffer from limited output voltage range, the LCC resonant converters are ideal for wide output voltage range multi-point applications. The EPC9171 is an "all-GaN" solution using GaN devices for PFC, LCC and secondary synchronous rectification. The GaN solution switches at two to three times the frequency of standard silicon MOSFET solutions, which enables the very high-power density.  

Fiftieth Anniversary of Foundation
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avnet.com
  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-22

Avnet Abacus announced its 50th year in business, since the setup of its forerunner company Abacus Electronics, which was founded in 1972 with headquarters at Newbury, Berkshire in the UK. Abacus Electronics grew quickly over the decades from an embryonic start-up to become a $500 million UK stock-exchange listed electronics distribution company, building up via a combination of organic growth and acquisitions of other specialist component distributors. By the time of its merger with Avnet Time in 2009, Abacus Electronics had approximately 1100 employees based in 44 offices in 11 European countries, an office in Hong Kong and five distribution warehouses. "This year marks our fiftieth in the electronics business, growing from a small start-up company to become one of the largest component distributors across Europe and the EMEA region," said Rudy Van Parijs, President at Avnet Abacus. "It is a moment to take stock and celebrate our 50 years in business and to look at how our company has met the many challenges in our target markets over the past five decades, largely driven by global external forces from the oil crises of the 1970s to the financial crisis of the late 2000s and the global pandemic of the past two years from which we are still slowly emerging. But it also a moment to consider how we will continue to drive forward within the Avnet umbrella of its family of companies, and how we can best channel our past endeavours and our resources to better serve our customers, suppliers, partners and, very importantly, our employees, and drive forward to continued success in the coming years." 

Airborne Base Stations Enable Life-Saving Communications
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vicorpower.com
  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-22

Fukaden Corporation is enabling this humanitarian effort by providing power for mobile communication base stations that are designed into their high-powered tethered drones. These lightweight, portable drones can be deployed by first responders to deliver near-instant communication capabilities once onsite. This provides first responders the support they need to make decisions and communicate swiftly. In collaboration with major telecommunications carriers in Japan, Fukaden has conducted demonstration tests of its Power Control BOX II Main Power Supply Unit, which delivers power via a tether to the drone. It enables 1kW of power to be delivered up to 150 meters. Also, power can be scaled easily by using units in parallel to triple the power to 3kW, which provides cellular service to a 10km diameter. Running 370V up to the drone requires a high density, lighter DC-DC converter module to be installed in the drone to step the power down to DC 24V, which is needed to drive the motor. The initial Fukaden high-voltage DC-DC converter design was heavy and consumed too much space. So, the company searched for a small, lightweight DC-DC converter and replaced the large converter with a Vicor DCM power module. The Vicor DCM is an isolated DC-DC converter module that uses high-frequency, zero-voltage switching (ZVS) technology and is characterized by high conversion efficiency and high output-power density. Using the DCM reduced the volume by 75 percent and cut the weight by more than 50 percent.

GaN HEMTs Featuring 8V Withstand Gate Voltage
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rohm.com
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  • 2022-03-22

ROHM 150V GaN HEMTs, GNE10xxTB series (GNE1040TB) increase the gate withstand voltage (rated gate-source voltage) to 8V – ideally to be applied in power supply circuits for industrial equipment such as base stations and data centers along with IoT communication devices. These products utilize an original structure that raises the rated gate-source voltage from the conventional 6V to 8V. As a result, degradation is prevented, even if overshoot voltages exceeding 6V occurs during switching - contributing to improved design margin and higher reliability in power supply circuits. The GNE10xxTB series is offered in a highly versatile package featuring superior heat dissipation and large current capability, facilitating handling during the mounting process. ROHM has trademarked GaN devices that contribute to greater energy conservation and miniaturization under the name EcoGaN, and is working to expand the lineup with devices that improve performance. Going forward, ROHM will continue to develop control ICs that leverage analog power supply technology such as Nano Pulse Control and modules that incorporate these ICs, along with power solutions that contribute to a sustainable society by maximizing the performance of GaN devices. EcoGaN refer to GaN devices that contribute to energy conservation and miniaturization by maximizing the low ON resistance and high-speed switching characteristics of GaN, with the goals of reducing application power consumption, miniaturizing peripheral components, and reducing design load along with the number of parts required.

Oscilloscope Days Return for 2022
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  • 2022-03-22

This live two-day online event will feature application-oriented presentations from Rohde & Schwarz and partners, based on the day to day challenges electronics engineers face when using oscilloscopes and related test and measurement equipment to achieve their testing goals. Rohde & Schwarz has announced details of Oscilloscope Days 2022, taking place on April 27 and 28. Building on the success of the previous events, the two-day program consists of webinars presented by technical experts, in a multi-lingual format. Free to attend and delivered live, the webcasts will be streamed in English, German, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. The sessions include direct interaction with presenters and experts from Rohde & Schwarz and event partners Würth Elektronik and PE Systems. The application-oriented presentations are designed to advise engineers with regard to best practice using oscilloscopes in general, and deliver the latest updates on test fundamentals. Over the two days, the topics covered will include probing fundamentals and probe selection, developing power systems containing wide-bandgap semiconductors (SiC and GaN), measuring jitter, and using an oscilloscope for EMC fault-finding. The presentations will be available to watch on-demand after the event, for those unable to join the live sessions. Andreas Grimm, Sales Director for Oscilloscopes at Rohde & Schwarz, said: "Our presenters will get straight to the point in two 90-minute sessions on each day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We have made attending as easy as possible. A small commitment in time will deliver a large return in valuable knowhow and insights." For further information and to register for the free event, please go to: https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/_255400.html

140W Power Supply Design Using High- and Low-Voltage GaN Switches
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  • 2022-03-22

Innoscience Technology announced an 140W power supply demo that uses the company's high- and low-voltage GaN HEMT devices to achieve efficiencies of over 95% (230VAC; 5V/28A). Measuring just 60x60x22mm (2.4x2.4x0.9in) the PSU has a power density of 1.76W/cm3 (29W/in3). Dr. Denis Marcon, General Manager of Innoscience Europe and Marketing Manager for the USA and Europe, explained: "By using GaN switches for both the high- and low-voltage functions on this design, we are maximizing efficiency rather than compromising it with lossy silicon devices. This is possible thanks to Innoscience's cost-effective and high-volume manufacturing processes and capabilities." The 140W 300kHz AC/DC adapter uses a CRM Totem Pole PFC + AHB topology. It features Innoscience's INN650DA140A, a 650V /140mO GaN HEMT in the 5x6mm DFN package, for switches S1 and S2, the 650V/240mO, 8x8mm DFN-packaged INN650D240A for S3, and the INN650DA240A, a 5x6mm DFN 650V/240mO device for S4. S5 and S6 are delivered by the INN150LA070A, a 150V/7mO, 2.2x3.2mm LGA part within Innoscience's low-voltage GaN HEMT range. Yi Sun, General Manager of Innoscience America and Sr VP of Product and Engineering adds: "This design, which targets USB PD3.1 notebooks and power tools, is a full 2% more efficient than silicon designs; this proves what can be achieved if GaN FETs are used everywhere, even in a relatively simple design."

Power Density in Compact Surface-Mount Package
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apexanalog.com
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  • 2022-03-22

Created with Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology the SA111 is expanding the boundaries of thermal efficiency and power density in analog modules. In a surface mount package and with a body of just 20mm x 20mm, the SA111 can provide continuous output currents of 32A, manage supply voltages of up to 650V, and achieve switching frequencies of up to 1MHz. This thermally efficient package utilizes top-side heat sinking, allowing the user to maximize board layout. The SA111's Silicon Carbide MOSFETs enable the device to withstand higher thermal stress, managing junction temperatures of up to 175°C. The SA111 SiC power module offers a fully integrated solution allowing for increased device control and protec­tion, featuring an integrated gate driver, under-voltage lockout, and active Miller clamping. "The SA111 underlines again Apex Microtechnology's ability to provide leading-edge high power solutions in a very compact footprint.", says Director of Business Development, Jens Eltze. "Apex's patented PQ package addresses the demand from the market for surface mountable devices with top-side cooling." With the surface mount package style and exceptionally compact size, designers are afforded the ability to maximize board real estate, allowing for the use of multiple devices in circuit designs with high power requirements. A wide range of target applications include MRI gradient coil-drive, magnetic bearings, motor drive, test equipment, server-fans, Power Factor Correction (PFC), and AC/DC and DC/DC converters.

MOSFETs 650 V in D²PAK for Lowest Losses
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  • 2022-03-21

Infineon Technologies introduces a family of CoolSiC 650 V silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs to deliver reliable, easy-to-use, and cost-effective top performance. The devices build on Infineon's SiC trench technology and come in a compact D 2PAK SMD 7-pin package with .XT interconnection technology. They target high power applications including servers, telecom, industrial SMPS, fast EV charging, motor drives, solar energy systems, energy storage, and battery formation. The products offer improved switching behavior at higher currents and 80 percent lower reverse recovery charge (Q rr) and drain-source charge (Q oss) than the best silicon reference. The reduced switching losses allow high-frequency operations in smaller system sizes, enabling higher efficiency and power density. The trench technology is the basis for superior gate oxide reliability. Together with an improved avalanche and short-circuit robustness this ensures the highest system reliability even in harsh environments. The SiC MOSFETs are suitable for topologies with repetitive hard commutation as well as for high temperature and harsh operations. Thanks to a very low on-resistance (R DS(on)) dependency with temperature they show an excellent thermal behavior. Featuring a wide voltage from gate to source (V GS) range from -5 V up to 23 V and supporting 0 V turn-off V GS and a gate-source threshold voltage (V GS(th)) greater than 4 V, the family also works with standard MOSFET gate driver ICs. Additionally, the products support bi-directional topologies and full dv/dt controllability, offering reduced system cost and complexity, as well as ease of adoption and integration.

Collaboration on In-Wall 65W GaN Charger
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powerdensity.com
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  • 2022-03-21

Silanna Semiconductor and smart socket outlet specialist Smarter Living, have announced a 65W in-wall GaN (gallium nitride) fast charger. Measuring just 42mm x 42mm x 30mm, the 3510PDFE charger is built around Silanna's SZ1131 active clamp flyback (ACF) controller and is the first in a series of small form factor wall sockets that Smarter Living will be providing for global markets. Discussing the launch of the charger, Smarter Living CEO Jean-Paul Otto, comments: "The demand for wall-mounted USB charging outlets is growing rapidly and customers are expecting increasingly higher output powers in the smallest form factors. Partnering with Silanna Semiconductor allows us to rapidly develop a series of charging sockets that address these requirements by offering high-performance, efficient and compact charging solutions that can quickly and easily be deployed across a variety of markets." Mark Drucker, Silanna Semiconductor's CEO, adds: "The SZ1131 ACF controller is designed to help manufacturers deliver the high-performance fast charging demanded by power-hungry mobile phones, tablets, notebooks and gaming consoles with the smallest form factor and the lowest energy requirements. By working closely with Smarter Living, we have been able to bring these benefits to the world's smallest wall-mounted 65W GaN charger."

SiC MOSFETs and Schottky Barrier Diodes for High-Voltage Power Electronics
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  • 2022-03-21

Microchip Technology announced the expansion of its SiC portfolio with the release of a 3.3 kV SiC MOSFETs and high current-rated SiC SBDs, enabling designers to take advantage of ruggedness, reliability and performance. With the expansion of Microchip's SiC portfolio, designers are equipped with the tools to develop smaller, lighter and more efficient solutions for electrified transportation, renewable energy, aerospace and industrial applications. Many silicon-based designs have reached their limits in efficiency improvements, system cost reduction and application innovation. While high-voltage SiC provides a proven alternative to achieve these results, until now, the availability of 3.3 kV SiC power devices was limited. Microchip's 3.3 kV MOSFETs and SBDs join the company's comprehensive portfolio of SiC solutions that include 700V, 1200V and 1700V die, discretes, modules and digital gate drivers. Microchip's 3.3 kV SiC power devices include MOSFETs with RDS(on) of 25 mOhm and SBDs with current rating of 90 amps. Both MOSFETs and SBDs are available in die or package form. These levels of performance enable designers to simplify their design, create higher-power systems and use fewer paralleled components for smaller, lighter and more efficient power solutions. The expanded SiC portfolio is supported by a range of SiC SPICE models compatible with Microchip's MPLAB Mindi analog simulator modules and driver board reference designs. The Intelligent Configuration Tool (ICT) enables designers to model efficient SiC gate driver settings for Microchip's AgileSwitch family of configurable digital gate drivers.

20-Year Warranty for GaN ICs
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  • 2022-03-21

Navitas Semiconductor has announced a 20-year limited warranty for its GaNFast technology – 10x longer than typical silicon, SiC or discrete GaN power semiconductors – and a critical accelerator for GaN's adoption in data center, solar and EV markets. GaN is a semiconductor technology that runs up to 20x faster than legacy silicon chips. Navitas' proprietary GaNFast power ICs integrate GaN power (FET) and GaN drive plus control, sensing and protection. The result is easy-to-use, high-speed, high-performance 'digital-in, power-out' building blocks that deliver up to 3x faster charging in half the size and weight, and with up to 40% energy savings compared with earlier silicon solutions. The unprecedented 20-year limited warranty is founded on Navitas' holistic approach to product reliability through design, testing, characterization and certification. As the pioneer in GaN power ICs and a founding member of the industry's JEDEC JC-70.1 GaN standards committee, Navitas developed proprietary high-speed production and qualification testing to set new standards in GaN reliability. "As leading-edge customers like Enphase (solar), Brusa (EV) and Compuware (data center) confirm GaN's technical and environmental benefits over legacy silicon chips, they are laser-focused on critical, long-term reliability," said Gene Sheridan, CEO and co-founder of Navitas. "GaN power ICs have a 6x-lower FIT rate (failures in time) than silicon, and this 20-year limited warranty puts Navitas front and center in the next-generation semiconductor revolution."

High Power Totem Pole PFC Controller
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onsemi.com
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  • 2022-03-21

onsemi introduced its latest mixed-signal controller dedicated to bridgeless totem pole PFC (TP PFC) topology. The NCP1681 targets ultra-high density offline power supplies. Building upon the success of theNCP1680, which is suited for designs up to 350 W, the controller extends the power capability into the kilowatt range. In the past, TP PFC designs required the use of an MCU that added design complexity and the need for coding. However, with the NCP1681, only a few external components and no coding is needed to be added for a fully-featured TP PFC solution, thereby saving time, cost and space. Commenting on the release, Robert Tong, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Computing and Cloud Division at onsemi said "The NCP1681 extends the benefits of code-free TP PFC design into higher power. This allows our customers to continue to enhance the efficiency of their design while reducing design time and cost, thereby delivering solutions to market quickly." The NCP1681 can be configured to work in either fixed frequency continuous conduction mode (CCM) or multi-mode operation, where the controller naturally transitions between CCM and critical conduction mode (CrM) for optimal performance across power levels.

Debut with First Commercial Products at APEC
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  • 2022-03-21

Fabless semiconductor company Cambridge GaN Devices Ltd. (CGD) has emerged from stealth mode to announce the launch of its first portfolio of products capable of reducing power losses by up to 50%. Marking the company's debut appearance at APEC, CGD has launched the ICeGaN 650 V H1 series comprising four 650 V products that utilise the power of Gallium Nitride-based technology. Spun out of Cambridge University, CGD has spent the past six years in R&D to design, develop and commercialise products that tackle some of the world's most pressing energy consumption challenges. Since 2016 the company has built a portfolio of 39 patents and applications, 20 of which are distinctive inventions, focused on faster, smaller and more economical devices designed to drive widespread adoption of GaN technology in consumer electronics and beyond. The 650 V H1 product series represents CGD's commercial launch, enabling the use of standard MOSFET drivers and no external components needed for protection. Engineers will be able to use CGD's GaN-based technology in applications currently run with silicon-based devices or with other GaN solutions, while CGD is set to tap into a power semiconductor market estimated to be worth over $50 billion by 2027. 

Collaboration on Power Module to Accelerate Silicon Carbide Adoption
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nxp.com
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  • 2022-03-21

NXP Semiconductors has announced a collaboration with Hitachi Energy to accelerate the adoption of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor modules in e-mobility. The project aims to provide SiC MOSFET-based solutions for powertrain inverters comprised of NXPs GD3160 isolated HV Gate Drivers and Hitachi Energy's RoadPak automotive SiC MOSFET power modules. Hitachi Energy's high-performance automotive power semiconductor module RoadPak delivers excellent heat dissipation, low stray inductances, and long-term ruggedness to withstand the challenging automotive environment; a key to unleashing the full capabilities and benefits of SiC MOSFETs. To attain optimal performance, the power module is paired with NXP's GD3160 high-voltage, isolated gate driver which enables fast and reliable switching and fault protection. "Working with Hitachi Energy has allowed us to highlight the efficiency and range benefits of SiC MOSFETs for e-mobility. By pairing the GD3160 with the Hitachi Energy's RoadPak SiC module, we've delivered a solution that aims to reduce the transition time from evaluation to performance optimization of SiC MOSFETs used in traction inverters." Said Robert Li, Vice President and General Manager of NXP's Drivers & Energy Systems Product Line. Hitachi Energy has been leveraging its technology and the experience gained in the industrial and transportation segments to develop its high-density RoadPak automotive SiC power modules for e-mobility applications. The RoadPak half-bridge power module incorporates 1200V SiC MOSFETs, integrated cooling pin-fins and low inductance connections all in a small form factor. It can support applications from e-buses and electric passenger vehicles to high-performance Formula-E race cars.

Chipset Delivers 250 W with Over 98 Percent Efficiency
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power.com
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  • 2022-03-21

Power Integrations announced the HiperLCS-2 chipset, an IC family that simplifies the design and manufacture of LLC resonant power converters. The dual-chip solution features an isolation device with a high-bandwidth LLC controller, synchronous rectification driver and FluxLink isolated control link, alongside a separate half-bridge power device utilizing Power Integrations' unique 600 V FREDFETs with lossless current sensing and high- and low-side drivers. Both devices are housed in low-profile InSOP-24 packages. This integrated, energy-efficient architecture eliminates heatsinks and reduces component count by up to 40 percent compared to discrete designs. Edward Ong, senior product marketing manager at Power Integrations said: "Resonant converters using separate controllers and discrete MOSFETs can be incredibly bulky and are notoriously difficult to manufacture due to their complexity and high component count. We have applied our advanced FREDFETs and magneto-inductive FluxLink technology to the LLC topology, yielding 98 percent efficiency and reducing component count by 40 percent, while eliminating bulky heatsinks and unreliable optocouplers. This enables designers to create compact adapters and open-frame power supplies for TVs, monitors with USB PD ports, all-in-one PCs, game consoles and battery chargers for power tools and e-bikes."

Quasi-Resonant PFC IC with 750 V GaN Switch
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power.com
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  • 2022-03-21

Power Integrations announced the HiperPFS-5 family of power-factor-correction (PFC) ICs with an integrated 750 V PowiGaN gallium-nitride switch. With efficiency of up to 98.3 percent, the ICs deliver up to 240 W without a heat sink and can achieve a power factor of better than 0.98. HiperPFS-5 ICs are ideal for high-power USB PD adapters, TVs, game consoles, all-in-one computers and appliances. The capacitors and inductors used in power supplies generate a phase change between current and voltage, causing losses in the power lines and potentially disrupting other equipment connected to the AC mains. Many countries require power supplies over 75 W to adjust for this effect with so-called power factor correction, or PFC. While there are many PFC solutions available, HiperPFS-5 ICs with PowiGaN technology and a quasi-resonant (QR) control scheme represent the pinnacle of the art and science of off-line power quality enhancement. HiperPFS-5's innovative QR discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) control technique adjusts the switching frequency across output load, input line voltage and input line cycle. QR DCM control ensures low switching losses and permits the use of a low-cost boost diode. The variable frequency engine allows the reduction of boost inductor size by more than 50 percent compared to conventional critical-conduction-mode (CRM) boost PFC circuits.

Innovation Award and Young Engineer Award 2022
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semikron.com
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  • 2022-03-18

This year the jury has decided to give the SEMIKRON Innovation Award to Stephan Wirths and the SiC R&D group of Hitachi Energy Ltd. Semiconductors team led by Lars Knoll in Lenzburg, Switzerland for their innovation regarding 'High-k SiC Power MOSFETs for the Next Generation of E-mobility Power Modules'. The team has developed a novel MOS gate stack technology based on high-k dielectrics for SiC Power MOSFETs replacing today´s SiO2 gate oxides. The conventional gate oxide is a weak point of today´s SiC MOSFETS as it suffers from highly defective oxide/SiC interfaces and the intense electric field across the gate oxide negatively impacts device performance as well as reliability. The innovation has been successfully verified and demonstrated by fabricating fully functional vertical high-k power SiC MOSFETs for several voltage classes, namely 1.2kV, 1.7kV and 3.3kV. The on-state performance could be improved by 35% compared to devices with SiO2 gate oxide, and improved threshold voltage stability could be demonstrated. This year's SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award is given to Michael Basler from Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF in Freiburg, Germany for his work on 'Monolithic Integration for GaN Power ICs'. The researcher has pushed the GaN-on-Si technology by pioneering concepts and demonstrated two innovative monolithic-integrated GaN power ICs with outstanding performance, a synchronous buck converter with half-bridge, driver and control for highly-compact DC-DC conversion as well as an active rectifier diode with power switch, control and auxiliary power supply for highly-compact AC-DC rectification.

Low Compliance Voltage Ohmmeter
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saelig.com
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  • 2022-03-17

Saelig has introduced the AltoNovus OR-01 OhmRanger-LCV Low Compliance Voltage Ohmmeter, an accurate, affordable, portable meter which can measure a wide range of resistances simply and quickly. Individually factory-calibrated, this meter measures resistances from greater than 100Mohms down to 10 Ohms. Additional built-in features include a signal-to-noise measurement, which indicates how much noise, variation, and AC elements are in the signal, as well as maximum and minimum current samples during the reading. Higher resistances (lower currents) are more susceptible to noise errors. The maximum regulated stimulus voltage that can be supplied by OhmRanger-LCV can be selected as 206mV or 380 mV to prevent harming a device under test. The maximum stimulus current is limited to approximately 30mA.  A backlit 128 x 64 LCD display provides a wealth of information about the resistance readings, which are displayed every 400mS and built from 160 averaged samples to eliminate 50/60 Hz line noise. Factory set calibration compensation is applied to both current and voltage, in order to give an accurate reading of resistance. A configurable audible signal informs the operator that a stable reading has been achieved.

Small Cell Solutions Provide Reliability and Efficiency
  • Product Release
  • 2022-03-17

To help power its customers' 5G transition, ABB Power Conversion has expanded its solution offerings with its CC1600 rectifier, CC1600 high-voltage DC/DC converter, and a line power solution – its QS200 downstream converter. According to ABB's recent survey of 204 Fortune 1000 CIOs and CTOs, of the criteria being used to evaluate 5G infrastructure providers, the highest priorities identified were product features (including power levels and efficiency) at 34% and reliability at 23% – further emphasizing the need for new power solutions to help enable the 5G transition. The CC1600-SC55 conduction-cooled rectifier provides reliable power in a sealed and weatherized enclosure that can be mounted on a pole, the side of a building, or various other outdoor locations that are vulnerable to the elements, making it ideal for powering 5G equipment. The 1600-watt (W) power supply also is available as a high-voltage DC/DC converter (CC1600SC54HV) that offers similar outdoor installation capabilities but is fed by a +/- 190-volt (V) DC input instead of the 240V AC input found on the CC1600 rectifier. It also can remotely power small cells from a centralized location with battery backup. The QS200 is a sealed, 380V-to-48V submersible downstream line power converter that extends from a centralized power location to the load device through a twisted pair of copper cables. Designed for outdoor operation, the four-circuit converter can be strand, pole, or ground-mounted regardless of potential water saturation, making it ideally suited for low-power, outdoor distributed loads such as DSL-type broadband applications as well as small cell and 5G applications.

Expansion of AC-DC GaN Power Module Family
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transphormusa.com
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  • 2022-03-15

Transphorm confirmed that power supply manufacturer TDK-Lambda has expanded its GaN-based PFH500F product line. As with their GaN-based predecessor, these latest supplies deliver various GaN benefits to end applications including a six percent efficiency increase in a 13 percent smaller device package. Combined, these advantages yield a 38 percent power density improvement when compared to the PFE500SA-12 and PFE500SA-48, TDK-Lambda's incumbent silicon-based 12V and 48V modules. The PFH500F series uses 72 mO, 8×8 PQFN GaN FETs from Transphorm. These power transistors' high power density enabled TDK to cool the GaN power supplies via thin baseplates. In turn, TDK was able to produce a leaner, tightly contained power module capable of supporting a wide variety of broad industrial applications operating in harsh environments. The 12V and 48V modules were designed by the TDK-Lambda Americas Dallas, TX team and deploy a bridgeless totem pole PFC configuration. While the flagship 28V GaN power supply took about three plus years to design, TDK's engineering team was able to adapt its learning to produce these latest models in a year. "TDK's decision to launch the PFH500F product line as a GaN line was the result of carefully considering what our customers want and need," said Jin He, Vice President of Engineering at TDK-Lambda Americas. "And, what our customers require are reliable power systems for use in rugged applications that can't afford to fail. By using Transphorm's GaN, we are able to confidently deliver that in increasingly smaller, higher performing PSUs that can also inspire end system innovation."

Heading Into the Future of Electronics - Sustainably
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electronica.de
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  • 2022-03-15

electronica 2022, which takes place from November 15 to 18, will once again bring the international electronics industry together at the Munich exhibition grounds under the motto "Driving sustainable progress." Through their products and solutions, exhibitors at the world's leading trade fair, ranging from start-ups to global corporations, will show what role electronics plays in paving the way for sustainable technologies for future societal topics. A comprehensive supporting program with conferences and forums offers room for personal and professional exchange. After electronica 2020 took place as a purely virtual event, electronica 2022 is once again registering high interest from exhibitors and will fill 13 halls on the Munich exhibition grounds. As a co-located event, SEMICON Europa will take up an additional hall. "The exhibitors, top decision makers and thought leaders want to discuss innovations and trends in person again at last and they're already looking ahead to the fall with confidence," says Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München. "For them, electronica is the world's most important industry get-together and the only one this year that seamlessly covers the complete spectrum of electronics." To ensure a secure visit to the trade fair, the organizers are relying on a detailed safety and hygiene concept which has already been proven at the likes of productronica in fall 2021.

High Performance Impedance Measurements
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rohde-schwarz.com
  • Product Release
  • 2022-03-15

With a family of high performance LCR meters, the frequency range of impedance measurements provided by Rohde & Schwarz test equipment is extended to cover AC components operating from 4 Hz to 10 MHz, supporting all practical applications. The R&S LCX family of LCR meters serves all established impedance measurements plus specialized measurements for selected component types and provides both, the high accuracy required in R&D, and the high speed needed in production test and quality assurance. For engineers selecting suitable capacitors, inductances, resistors, and analog filters to match the device application, the R&S LCX models provide high precision impedance values with high accuracy. Equally, higher speed measurements at production-use accuracy for quality control and monitoring are also supported. All the essential software and hardware required for production environments is available, including remote control and result logging, as well as rack mounting for the instrument, and a full range of test fixtures for handling components. The auto-balancing bridge technology used by the R&S LCX supports conventional impedance measurements by measuring the AC voltage and current for the device under test, including the phase shift. This is then used to calculate complex impedance at any given operational point. As a general purpose LCR meter, the R&S LCX covers many applications, such as the measurement of equivalent series resistance (ESR) and equivalent series inductance (ESL) of electrolytic capacitors and DC-link capacitors.

Congress Shows Solutions for More Safety and Sustainability in Supply Chains
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theiiom.org
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  • 2022-03-15

Under the guiding theme "Obsolescence Management - how to exceed your customers' expectations", the fifth international obsolescence conference and associated trade fair will be held in Munich from 17 to 19 May 2022 at the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre. The organiser is the renowned International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM), to which the COGD Component Obsolescence Group Deutschland e.V. also belongs. The focus of the congress is on the management of obsolescence as a significant influence on the value chain. In numerous presentations, more than 30 experts will present new ideas, methods and integrated approaches to obsolescence management that make value chains safer and more sustainable. Manufacturers and users particularly of durable economic goods have been struggling for some time with the fact that components, systems or materials urgently needed for the production or maintenance of their assets or equipment are increasingly being discontinued after a short time or are no longer available for other reasons. However, the Covid19 pandemic and other influences have now massively exacerbated already existing supply chain problems. They illustrate the effects that persistent obsolescence will have on manufacturing companies in general: significant loss of flexibility in the procurement of goods, higher inventory costs, more redesigns and, in the worst case, possibly even serious loss of sales if supply bottlenecks persist.

'Tech for Good' Award Celebrates Women in Technology
  • Industry News
  • 2022-03-10

RS Components (RS) has sponsored the 'Tech for Good' category at the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards 2022, which celebrate the achievements of women in technology. This sponsorship showcases the company's commitment to developing a sustainable and inclusive future through people and innovation. The annual RS 'Tech for Good' award is presented to a woman who is driving forward an initiative that uses technology to make a positive difference, whether as part of a social enterprise, diversity and inclusion, a focus on sustainability, or any other area of impact. This year, 'Tech for Good' category finalists showed a clear focus on developing applied, innovative, technology-led solutions to real world problems, using technology for good in the world. The everywoman in Technology Awards 2022 were held in London. Claire Rose, Director of New Venture Development at RS, commented: "The strength of applications in the 'Tech for Good' category this year was remarkable. It was great to see ambitious game-changing technologies being developed, delivered, and advocated with passion, intellect, compassion, and intelligence; aiming to deliver technology for good on a global scale and with impact. Well done to all the applicants. "RS is a strong advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion. As a global engineering and technology-led business, we are proud to support everywoman and applaud their movement for gender parity in the workplace."

Reference Design Uses Controller Optimized to Drive GaN FETs
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  • 2022-03-09

EPC announces the availability of the EPC9160, a dual output synchronous buck converter reference design board operating at 2 MHz switching frequency that converts an input voltage of 9 V to 24 V to a 3.3 V or 5 V output voltage and delivers up to 15 A continuous current for both outputs. Thanks to the high switching frequency the converter size is very small, only 23 mm x 22 mm for both outputs, and the inductor height is only 3 mm. The high density and thickness of the design plus the 2 MHz switching frequency make this solution ideal for automotive console applications, where 2 MHz switching frequency is preferred, and computing, industrial, consumer, and telecom power systems requiring small size and a very thin profile. eGaN FETs provide the fast switching, high efficiency and small size that can meet the stringent power density requirements of these leading-edge applications. The EPC9160 reference design uses the EPC2055 enhancement-mode GaN FET and the LTC7890 two-phase analog buck controller with integrated GaN drivers. The LTC7890 100 V low Iq, dual, 2-phase synchronous step-down controller is fully optimized to drive EPC eGaN FETs and integrates a half bridge driver and smart bootstrap diode. It offers optimized near-zero deadtime or programmable deadtime and programmable switching frequency up to 3 MHz. The quiescent current of 5 uA (VIN = 48 V, VOUT = 5 V, CH1 only) enables very low standby power consumption and excellent light load efficiency.

Series C Funding and Scale-up of Product Portfolio
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  • 2022-03-09

Menlo Microsystems announced its $150 million Series C, bringing Menlo Micro's total cumulative funding to over $225 million. Vertical Venture Partners and Tony Fadell's Future Shape led the round with participation from new investors Fidelity Management & Research Company, DBL Partners and Adage Capital Management along with existing investors, Standard Investments, Paladin Capital Group, Piva Capital, and PeopleFund. Menlo Micro will use the funding to expand the company's domestic manufacturing and supply chain for the Ideal Switch, the most disruptive technological innovation in the electronics industry since the advent of the transistor. "Today's funding milestone underscores the confidence our investors have in Menlo Micro's transformative technology to fuel the electrification of everything and modernize the  $100+ billion market for RF communications, power switching and protection devices in the 21st century," said Russ Garcia, Menlo Micro CEO. "It will enable us to expand our manufacturing in the U.S. and accelerate the development of our power roadmap to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges. We're positioned to enable the upgrade of the world's aging power grids, modernize smart buildings and factories, and eliminate many of the inefficiencies in our legacy electrical infrastructure."

3000 Watt DC/DC Converter for Electric Vehicles
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  • 2022-03-09

Green Watt Power announces the EVD3000 Series of fully encapsulated, ruggedized DC/DC converters for Electric Vehicle applications. The EVD3000 has an input range from 280 to 880V with output voltages of either 27.5Vdc or 48Vdc to power auxiliary EV functions such as air conditioning, lights, instruments, accessories, etc. or to act as a distribution voltage for subsystems. The EVD3000 is fully isolated input to output and protected by Over Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Protection, Input Reverse Polarity Protection and Over Temperature Protection. Efficiencies for the EVD3000 run as high as 96% and the unit features a metal baseplate for excellent heat transfer to a metal mounting surface. Customers can choose either the IP67 or IP54 models for protection against water intrusion. The EVD3000 provides a cost-effective solution for higher power requirements.  All models feature Remote ON/OFF and are ROHS compliant. Line and Load Regulation for the EVD3000 is +/-1%.  Output Ripple and Noise is 500mV peak to peak typical. The working temperature range of the EVD3000 is -40 to +850C. The case size is 260x180x62mm. The EVD3000 weight is 3.5kg and designed to meet IEC, UL, and CSA requirements with EMC Emission: EN12895, EN55022; EMC Immunity: EN12895, and ESD: EN12895 (±4KV Contact, ±15KV Air).

Fuse Provides 1000Vdc Automotive Grade Protection
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  • 2022-03-08

Littelfuse announced the EV1K Series Fuses, an Automotive Grade fuse with a rating of 1000 Vdc. They are designed and tested to meet the overcurrent circuit protection needs of the eMoblilty market, specifically Electric Vehicle (EV) applications. There is a clear need for more robust safety solutions as the eMobility market transitions from 500 Vdc to 800 Vdc pack voltages," said Juergen Scheele, Vice President, Business Development xEV/AEB at Littelfuse. "The EV1K series fuses are designed to withstand severe automotive environments, providing 1,000 Vdc rated Automotive Grade solutions with amperages from 60 A to 125 A. Fuses up to 600 A are also under development." The EV1K series fuse is provided in bulk package of 60pcs per box.

SiC MOSFETs Chosen by Lucid for On-board Charging of Luxury EV
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  • 2022-03-08

ROHM Semiconductor has announced that Lucid is using its silicon carbide metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (SiC MOSFET) in the Lucid Air. The Wunderbox, the main on-board charging unit in the Lucid Air, integrates a DC-DC converter and the Bi-directional On-Board Charger (OBC), where an advanced power factor correction circuit is capable of operating at high switching frequencies thanks to the performance of the SiC MOSFET. The improved performance at high frequency and high temperature of ROHM's SCT3040K and SCT3080K SiC MOSFETs have helped Lucid to reduce the size of the design, and to reduce power losses, which results in high charging efficiency. Lucid's mission is to inspire the adoption of sustainable energy by creating the most captivating electric vehicles, centered around the human experience. The company's first car, Lucid Air, is a luxury sedan with a California-inspired design underpinned by race-proven technology. Customer deliveries of Lucid Air, which is produced at Lucid's new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, are underway. Kazuhide Ino, ROHM's Managing Executive Officer, CSO and Director of Accounting & Finance Headquarters: "We are excited to help Lucid develop systems for electric vehicles that maximize the potential of ROHM's SiC MOSFETs. ROHM will continue to strengthen its SiC device lineup, delivering power solutions - such as the charging systems featured in the Lucid Air - that contribute to technological innovation in next-generation automobiles. New products soon to be added, include gate driver ICs that maximize device performance."

Investment in Europe Operations Accelerate Collaborative Innovation
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  • 2022-03-04

Analog Devices announced it will invest €100 million over the next three years in ADI Catalyst, a 100,000 square foot custom-built facility for innovation and collaboration located at its campus in the Raheen Business Park in Limerick, Ireland. This latest phase of expansion will also see the creation of 250 new jobs in the Irish market by 2025 as a reflection of ADI's continued commitment to expansion in Europe. ADI Catalyst is a collaboration accelerator where ecosystems of customers, business partners, and suppliers engage with ADI to rapidly develop solutions. Utilizing technologies in simulated environments and real-world end applications accelerates the development and adoption of these innovative solutions. The newly created jobs at ADI Catalyst will primarily focus on the development of software-enabled solutions and artificial intelligence (AI) innovations in areas such as Industry 4.0, sustainable energy, automotive electrification, and next generation connectivity. As an example, one of the current Catalyst projects is focused on supporting healthcare's exciting migration from a mass market approach to one of customized treatment and therapies. ADI is working closely with its customers and their larger ecosystem to create flexible, next generation modular manufacturing systems that enable the rapid changeover of production lines needed for personalized treatments like CAR T-cell therapies and human implants.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2022 Returns to Penang
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  • 2022-03-04

Semiconductor supply chain sustainability and resilience will come into sharp focus 21-23 June 2022 as SEMICON Southeast Asia returns to the Setia SPICE Convention Centre & Arena in Penang, Malaysia following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. "The rise of the cloud, 5G deployment, connected vehicles, and digitization have created unprecedented demand for high-perfor­mance computing," said Linda Tan, president of SEMI Southeast Asia. "As the backbone of the connected world, the semi­conductor industry must maintain a sustainable balance of demand and supply to ensure the resiliency and flexibility of its supply chain. SEMICON Southeast Asia 2022 will commemorate Malaysia's 50th Year of Manufacturing Excellence and celebrate Penang's reputation as the Silicon Valley of the East, built on decades of manufacturing excellence and industrial experience.

AC/DC Power Supplies for Industrial & Medical Applications
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  • 2022-03-04

The TPI 300 (industrial grade) & TPP 300 (medical grade) series are a set of encapsulated AC/DC power supplies coming as open frame and encased versions. They feature a reinforced double I/O isolation (3000 VAC) system according to latest medical or industrial safety standards respectively. With focus on the medical market the TPP series also has a low leakage current of <100 µA which makes the units suitable for BF (body floating) applications. The efficiency of up to 93% allows a high power-density and compact design (4" x 2" for open frame and 4.6" x 2.44" for encased version). The operating temperature range is –40°C to +85°C with derating above 50°C. In natural convection operation these power supplies deliver 180 Watt going up to 300 Watt with forced air cooling. Additionally, they can deliver 360 Watt peak power for 5s. The EMC characteristic is dedicated for applications in industrial and medical fields. High reliability is provided by using high quality components and an excellent thermal management making the TPI 300 & TPP 300 an ideal solution for industrial and medical devices and for demanding safety and space critical applications.

Acquiring Tantalum and Polymer Capacitor Business Assets
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  • 2022-03-04

KYOCERA AVX is set to acquire ROHM Semiconductor's tantalum and polymer capacitor business assets. The two companies recently reached a final agreement, which states that ROHM Semiconductor will transfer its tantalum and polymer capacitor business assets - including all of its tantalum and polymer capacitor manufacturing lines and relevant intellectual property - to KYOCERA AVX. The transfer is scheduled to be executed on August 5, 2022, and ROHM will continue to produce tantalum and polymer capacitor products and supply them to KYOCERA AVX until all relevant production lines have been successfully transferred to the KYOCERA AVX manufacturing site. This will ensure a continuous supply for ROHM customers and immediately increase the already extensive selection of electrolytic capacitor solutions available to KYOCERA AVX customers. "KYOCERA AVX is excited to announce the acquisition of ROHM Semiconductor's tantalum and polymer capacitor business assets and to further expand our already extensive portfolio of electrolytic capacitor solutions," said Johnny Sarvis, CEO of KYOCERA AVX. "KYOCERA AVX is the leading global supplier of tantalum capacitors, as well as the largest supplier of high-reliability manganese dioxide (MnO2) solid tantalum capacitors for medical, military, and aerospace applications. In addition, we have four global manufacturing plants to ensure we can deliver the flexibility and capacity required by these demanding markets."

Automotive IGBTs for Discrete Traction Inverters
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  • 2022-03-03

Infineon Technologies is launching the EDT2 IGBTs in a TO247PLUS package. The devices are optimized for automotive discrete traction inverters and expand Infineon's portfolio of discrete high-voltage devices for automotive applications. Due to their high quality, the IGBTs meet and exceed the industry standard AECQ101 for automotive components. As a result, the devices can significantly increase the performance and reliability of inverter systems. With the automotive micro-pattern trench-field-stop cell design, the IGBTs are based on a technology that has already been successfully utilized in several inverter modules such as the EasyPACK 2B EDT2 or the HybridPACK. As required for the target applications, the product family is short-circuit-robust. In addition, the TO247PLUS package offers a greater creepage distance for easy design-in. EDT2 technology is optimized for traction inverter and has a breakdown voltage of 750 V, supporting battery voltages up to 470 V DC, and significantly lower switching and conduction losses. The rated currents of the discrete EDT2 IGBTs are 120 A and 200 A at 100°C, each with a very low forward voltage, reducing conduction losses by up to 13 percent compared to the previous generation. With a rated current of 200 A, the AIKQ200N75CP2 is also the best-in-class discrete IGBT in a TO247Plus package. Thus, for a defined target power class, fewer devices are needed in parallel. Additionally, power density increases and system costs decrease.

Innovation Center Focuses on Electric Vehicle System Development and Market Enablement
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  • 2022-03-03

Tata Elxsi and Renesas Electronics Corporation announced their collaboration on a design center in Bangalore that will develop targeted solutions for electric vehicles (EV). The Next Generation EV Innovation Center (NEVIC) was opened in January of this year. Tata Elxsi and Renesas will bring together their deep domain expertise, intellectual property, and assets to the NEVIC and collaborate to create reference designs and solution accelerators for critical EV subsystems like Battery Management Systems and Motor Control Units, among others. With the electric vehicle market, especially the Light EV segment, at an inflection point, the companies aim to provide key enablers for the market, starting with India and expanding globally to optimize development time and effort. ''Renesas is pleased to work with Tata Elxsi," said Taizo Hayashi, Vice President of Automotive New Business Creation Division, Renesas. ''this collaboration demonstrates our commitment to support the 'Make in India' government initiative and we look forward to generating future business growth in India. The NEVIC Solution Center will be a turning point as OEMs and Tier 1s will now have access to secure system solutions and can leverage Tata Elxsi's Electrification expertise for use case specific customizations."


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Clip-bonded FlatPower Packaged DiodesNexperia announced the release of 14 rectifiers fo...9825Product ReleaseClip-bonded FlatPower Packaged DiodesNexperia announced the release of 14 rectifiers for power applications in its CFP2-HP (Clip-Bonded FlatPower) packaging. Available in standard and AEC-Q101 versions, these include 45 V, 60 V and 100 V Trench Schottky rectifiers (with 1 and 2 A options) including the PMEG100T20ELXD-Q, a 100 V, 2 A Trench Schottky barrier rectifier. For applications requiring hyperfast recovery Nexperia has also added the 200 V, 1 A PNE20010EXD-Q rectifier to the portfolio. The vertical thermal design on multilayer PCBs enables designers to save up to 75% of board space with CFP2-HP compared to using a device in a SMA package, while still maintaining the same level of electrical performance. This rugged package design enables longer operating times and better board level reliability, while the new lead shape improves automatic optical inspection (AOI). "With the switch to smaller packages like CFP being now well underway, Nexperia is aiming to be the driving force that further accelerates this transition" according to Frank Matschullat, Product Group Manager Power Bipolar Discretes at Nexperia. "Nexperia has invested heavily to expand its capacity to serve the growing demand for CFP-packaged products stays well ahead of market projections for the next three years. These diodes are the latest additions to over 240 CFP-packaged products which Nexperia currently offers." Today, CFP packaging is used by different power diode technologies such as Nexperia's Schottky, silicon germanium and recovery rectifiers but can also be extended to bipolar transistors. It offers significant product diversity, covering single/dual configuration and currents between 1-20 A, simplifying board design.11.05.2022 13:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_20.png\images\news_2022-05-15_20.pnghttps://www.nexperia.com/products/diodes/nexperia.com
65 W Active Clamp Flyback Reference Design with 30 W/in3 Power DensityInnoscience and Silanna Semiconductor demo'd a 65 ...9823Product Release65 W Active Clamp Flyback Reference Design with 30 W/in3 Power DensityInnoscience and Silanna Semiconductor demo'd a 65 W Active Clamp Flyback (AFC) reference design with 30 W/in3 uncased power density. The design achieves efficiency levels of greater than 94% @ 230 Vac and has a no-load power consumption of less than 25 mW. The design combines the performance of Innoscience's INN650D240A 650V GaN-on-silicon enhancement-mode power transistor with Silanna's SZ1131 Fully Integrated Active Clamp Flyback (ACF) controller. The GaN HEMT enables ultra-high switching frequency, has no reverse-recovery charge and low gate charge and low output charge. RDS(on),max is 240 m?. Silanna's CO2 Smart Power SZ1131 combines high integration and operational efficiency (95%) with no-load power consumption of under 20mW. The 65 W reference design on a PCBA measuring just 34 x 34.5 x30.5mm. It has an input voltage range of 90-265 VAC and offers USB-PD output voltages and current configurations of 5 V/3 A, 9 V/3 A, 15 V/3 A and 20 V/3.25 A. Innoscience and Silanna Semiconductor are also collaborating on higher power multi-port reference designs and will introduce them to the market soon. SZ1131, the latest addition to Silanna's family of CO2 Smart Power technologies, addresses the power management challenge facing engineers by simplifying design and improving performance while meeting environmental sustainability goals through more efficient energy use.11.05.2022 11:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_18.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_18.jpghttp://innoscience.com/innoscience.com
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Memorandum of Understanding to Cooperate in the Field of SiC Power Module TechnologySiemens Mobility and Mitsubishi Electric Europe B....9817Industry NewsMemorandum of Understanding to Cooperate in the Field of SiC Power Module TechnologySiemens Mobility and Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the field of SiC power module technology with the aim of enabling efficient and sustainable transportation and electrical energy savings in the transportation sector. With creation of the "European Green Deal", the EU has committed itself to being the first continent to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, meaning no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. At an intermediate stage, emissions are already to be reduced by 55 % by 2030 compared with 1990. The European Green Deal will result in binding directives for individual sectors regarding CO2 emissions. Mitsubishi Electric's SiC devices have proven long-term reliability in the most demanding of applications such as traction inverters in trains. The potential for energy savings through the use of Mitsubishi Electric's wide range of SiC power devices in railway technology exists particularly in the area of traction drives. In particular the full SiC 3300 V power modules contribute to energy saving and the downsizing of traction inverters. Siemens has always been a pioneer in the construction of electrically powered trains. Their 140 years of experience forms the basis for the new Mireo Plus regional train platform, which enables operators to run their operations efficiently and economically without local CO2 emissions. Using the innovative technology of the battery powered Mireo Plus, Siemens Mobility enables electrification of railway lines even without a continuous overhead contact line.10.05.2022 17:00:00Maynews_2022-05-15_12.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_12.jpghttps://www.mitsubishichips.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Joint-Press-Release_Siemens-Mobility_Mitsubishi-Electric-Europe_2022-1.pdfmitsubishichips.eu
IGBT/SiC Module Driver Family Targets Bus, Truck and Con-Ag EVsPower Integrations announced the SCALETM EV family...9828Product ReleaseIGBT/SiC Module Driver Family Targets Bus, Truck and Con-Ag EVsPower Integrations announced the SCALETM EV family of gate-driver boards for Infineon EconoDUALTM modules. Suitable for original, clone and new SiC variants, the driver targets high-power automotive and traction inverters for EV, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles including buses and trucks as well as construction, mining and agricultural equipment. SCALE EV board-level gate drivers incorporate two reinforced gate-drive channels, associated power supplies and monitoring telemetry. The boards are automotive-qualified and ASIL B certified, enabling implementation of ASIL C traction inverter designs. The first SCALE EV family member to be released is the 2SP0215F2Q0C, designed for the EconoDUAL 900 A 1200-volt IGBT half-bridge module. The high level of integration provided by innovative driver ICs enables the entire driver board, including gate power, to fit onto the outline of the power module, while still providing the spacing necessary for reinforced isolation according to the IEC 60664 standard. The ASIC package provides 11.4 mm of creepage and clearance, specifically designed to meet the requirements for 800-volt vehicle system voltages. Input and output lines to the system microcontroller are connected via two independent on-board connectors to meet functional safety requirements. A single 5 V supply per channel is required, with other isolated voltages being generated on the board itself. The SCALE EV gate-driver family is rated at 1200 V for 400-volt and 800-volt systems and supports both silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs and silicon IGBTs.10.05.2022 16:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_23.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_23.jpghttps://investors.power.com/news/news-details/2022/Power-Integrations-Launches-SCALE-EV-Automotive-Qualified-IGBTSiC-Module-Driver-Family-Targets-Bus-Truck-and-Con-Ag-EVs/default.aspxpower.com
TOLL-packaged 650 V Silicon Carbide MOSFETonsemi announced a TO-Leadless (TOLL) packaged sil...9827Product ReleaseTOLL-packaged 650 V Silicon Carbide MOSFETonsemi announced a TO-Leadless (TOLL) packaged sillicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET. The transistor addresses the rapidly growing need for high-performance switching devices that are suitable for designs with high levels of power density. Until recently, SiC devices had been supplied in D2PAK 7-lead packages which required significantly more space. With a footprint of just 9.90 mm x 11.68 mm, the TOLL package offers 30% savings in PCB area over a D2PAK package. And at a profile of just 2.30 mm, it occupies 60% less volume than a D2PAK package. In addition to its smaller size, the TOLL package offers better thermal performance and lower package inductance (2 nH) than a D2PAK 7-lead. Its Kelvin source configuration ensures lower gate noise and lower switching losses – including a 60% reduction in turn-on loss (EON) when compared to a device without a Kelvin configuration, ensuring significant improvements in efficiency and power density in challenging power designs as well as improved EMI and easier PCB design. The first SiC MOSFET to be offered in the TOLL package is the NTBL045N065SC1 which is intended for demanding applications including switch-mode power supplies (SMPS), server and telecommunication power supplies, solar inverters, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and energy storage. The device is suitable for designs that are required to meet the most challenging efficiency standards including ErP and 80 PLUS Titanium. The NTBL045N065SC1 has a VDSS rating of 650 V with a typical RDS(on) of just 33 m? and a maximum drain current (ID) of 73 A. Based upon wide bandgap (WBG) SiC technology, the device has a maximum operating temperature of 175°C and ultra-low gate charge (QG(tot) = 105 nC) that significantly reduces switching losses.10.05.2022 15:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_22.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_22.jpghttps://www.onsemi.com/products/discrete-power-modules/silicon-carbide-sic/silicon-carbide-sic-mosfets/ntbl045n065sc1onsemi.com
Isolated DC and AC Current Measurement up to 200ArmsDanisense is launching its DT series of fluxgate t...9821Product ReleaseIsolated DC and AC Current Measurement up to 200ArmsDanisense is launching its DT series of fluxgate technology current transducers for isolated DC and AC current measurement up to 200Arms. Benefiting from a considerable reduced size with 60% less volume compared with the previous product generation, the devices feature a large frequency bandwidth of up to 2MHz and a primary current of ranging from 50A up to 200A. DT series current transducers use Danisense's Fluxgate, closed loop compensated technology with fixed excitation frequency and second harmonic zero flux detection for best in class accuracy and stability. Excellent linearity (better than 2 ppm), an industry standard DSUB 9-pin connection, a green diode for normal operation indication and a large aperture with a diameter of 20.7mm for cables and bus bars are further features of the components. DT series current transducers are Ideal for applications such as high precision power supplies for laboratories, accelerators and medical equipment where size is a key factor as designs for such power supplies are getting smaller and smaller to increase power density and reduce costs. Size is also very important for the embedded power measurement application for cars where placing the transducers in a compact motor and inverters environment is always a challenge. The large frequency bandwidth of the DT series is another advantage for such power measurement applications.10.05.2022 09:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_16.png\images\news_2022-05-15_16.pnghttps://danisense.com/danisense.com
Platform for Developing GaN-Based Zero Voltage Switching ChargersEggtronic and Navitas have announced a QuarEgg eva...9819Product ReleasePlatform for Developing GaN-Based Zero Voltage Switching ChargersEggtronic and Navitas have announced a QuarEgg evaluation board that will speed the development and implementation of fast-chargers and power adapters. QuarEgg is an proprietary Zero Voltage Switching power architecture that has been designed to improve the efficiency and reduce the size of AC/DC converters. The architecture maximizes the performance, minimizes the form factor and improves the reliability of AC/DC power schemes in applications ranging from USB-C Power Delivery fast chargers and adapters for mobile devices and laptops to power supplies for loudspeakers and smart home assistants. The 35W AC/DC evaluation board brings together the QuarEgg ZVS architecture integrated in an Eggtronic EPIC101AFQE01 secondary side mixed-signal controller embedding USB Power Delivery 3.1, Synchronous Rectification, no-opto control of primary side FET, and Navitas' GaN technology. Compared to conventional silicon-based designs built using active clamp flyback (ACF) or quasi-resonant (QR) topologies, this combination offers improved AC/DC conversion performance and efficiency and much smaller product form factors. In addition, when compared to the silicon counterpart based on the same QuarEgg controller, GaN offers a further 8% energy savings. The AC/DC development board measures just 38.3 x 38.3 x 18.55 mm and incorporates all of the components needed for a USB-PD or fixed-output converter Peak efficiency is in excess of 94.1%, while a very flat efficiency curve ensures maximum efficiency and minimum power losses across the widest possible range of loads. This includes a 91% efficiency when in light load conditions (10% of maximum load), which is fundamental for devices that are always plugged in and draining power from the mains.10.05.2022 07:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_14.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_14.jpghttps://www.eggtronic.com/safe_v2/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Eggtronic_Navitas_35w.pdfeggtronic.com
2 kV Silicon Carbide MOSFETs for 1500 VDC ApplicationsInfineon Technologies introduced its expanded Cool...9818Product Release2 kV Silicon Carbide MOSFETs for 1500 VDC ApplicationsInfineon Technologies introduced its expanded CoolSiC portfolio with high-voltage solutions to provide the foundation for next-generation photovoltaic, EV charging and energy storage systems. The extended CoolSiC portfolio offers 2 kV silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs, along with a 2kV SiC diode for applications up to 1500 V DC. The SiC MOSFET combines both low-switching losses and high-blocking voltage in one device that can optimally meet the requirements of 1500 V DC systems. The 2 kV CoolSiC technology offers a low drain-source on resistance (R DS(on)) value. In addition, the rugged body diode is suitable for hard switching. The technology enables sufficient overvoltage margin and offers ten times lower FIT rate caused by cosmic ray, compared to 1700 V SiC MOSFETs. Furthermore, the extended gate voltage operating range makes the devices easy to use. This SiC MOSFET chip is based on Infineon's SiC MOSFET technology named M1H which has recently been introduced. The latest advancements enable a significantly larger gate voltage window that improves the on-resistance for a given die size. Simultaneously, the larger gate voltage window provides a high robustness against driver- and layout-related voltage peaks at the gate, without any restrictions even at high switching frequencies. Infineon offers a range of EiceDRIVER gate drivers with functional isolation of up to 2.3 kV to support the 2 kV SiC MOSFETs.10.05.2022 06:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_13.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_13.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/market-news/2022/INFIPC202205-079.htmlinfineon.com
Low Insertion Impedance Method of Measuring Alternating CurrentsPEM's CWT 'HF' family of Rogowski current probes m...9822Product ReleaseLow Insertion Impedance Method of Measuring Alternating CurrentsPEM's CWT 'HF' family of Rogowski current probes meet the challenges of measuring current in renewable and power electronic applications with attenuate interference from fast local voltage transients and retain a small size. They also feature optimised high frequency (HF) performance to measure rapidly changing AC currents. The CWTMini50HF is available with a coil size of just 100mm, 3.5mm thick with a rise-time capability of 12.5ns, ideal for the challenging environment of converters utilising power SiC semiconductor switches. At the other end of the scale, the CWTHF with coils from 300mm to 1000mm, or even longer, enable measurement in applications as diverse as high frequency bearing current in machine shafts, lightning strikes and pulsed power applications and power measurement in large motor drives. 09.05.2022 10:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_17.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_17.jpghttp://www.pemuk.com/pemuk.com
PLECS Conference 2022The PLECS Conference on "Real-Time Simulation of P...9816Event NewsPLECS Conference 2022The PLECS Conference on "Real-Time Simulation of Power Electronics" will take place in Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20 and 21. The PLECS Conference offers participants from industry and academia the opportunity to exchange ideas with other PLECS and RT Box users. Practical use cases will be presented by a wide range of companies and universities, including ABB, Bosch, Daimler, Huawei, Schindler, EPFL, ETH, Hochschule Darmstadt and Hochschule München. In addition to the presentations, the PLECS Conference will provide opportunities to network during meals and breaks. Tabletop exhibits by the presenting groups will demonstrate their work and applications. For more information and to register, visit https://plexim.com/events/seminars/210106.05.2022 16:00:00Maynews_2022-05-15_11.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_11.jpghttps://plexim.com/events/seminars/2101plexim.com
Three Billion Motor Driver Integrated Circuits ShippedAllegro MicroSystems announced that it has shipped...9810Industry NewsThree Billion Motor Driver Integrated Circuits ShippedAllegro MicroSystems announced that it has shipped its three billionth motor driver integrated circuit (IC), underpinning the strength of its motion control business. The company's motor drivers have helped customers around the world innovate safer, more robust motor-drive solutions with increased reliability. They can be found across automotive, industrial, and consumer applications in products ranging from electric vehicles to data center servers to cordless power tools. "We add value by helping our customers improve time to market and reduce development cycles; we win when they win, and that motivates us to continue developing new motor driver products," says Steve Lutz, Business Line Director for Motors (Automotive) at Allegro. "We continue to innovate with new products that reduce energy consumption, improve battery life, and minimize carbon footprints." The Allegro team has increased investments in motor driver R&D in recent years, yielding further advancements in its deep portfolio of embedded motion control IP. Introduced in 2019, the company's QuietMotionTM motor drivers include first-to-market field-oriented control (FOC) brushless DC (BLDC) electric motor controllers that are customer code-free. These devices are designed to provide reliable and efficient low-audible-noise performance while reducing design cycle times via simple parameter settings, which users can access using intuitive graphical user interfaces. "Many of our customers-especially ones in emerging growth markets-lack software development resources specifically for motor drivers, and often rely on freelancers and contractor programmers," says Andy Wang, Product Line Director for Motors (Industrial) at Allegro. "We're helping those customers significantly reduce development overhead by embedding code directly into the IC, which helps them get to market faster."04.05.2022 10:00:00Maynews_2022-05-15_5.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_5.jpghttps://www.allegromicro.com/en/about-allegro/news-room/2022/three-billion-motor-drivers-prallegromicro.com
Drive Module for HVAC MotorsQuantum Power Transformation (QPT) announced the l...9831Product ReleaseDrive Module for HVAC MotorsQuantum Power Transformation (QPT) announced the launch of its qGaNDrive Module to unleash the full performance potential of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power transistors in motor drives for HVAC heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Commenting on the news, QPT Founder Rob Gwynne said, "GaN transistors have always promised the best performance and efficiency over Silicon MOSFETs and Silicon Carbide, but they are notoriously difficult to drive at speed. We have developed an entirely new and unique topology for driving GaN transistors allowing them to switch at speeds of up to 20MHz, delivering major benefits in power consumption and efficiency." Business Development Manager Richard Ord went on to add: "Electric motor driven systems (EMDS) consume 45% of the world's energy, and yet their efficiency at typical operating speeds can be as low as 50%. Our solution tackles performance across the range of operating speeds and could improve efficiency by up to 35%." The challenge of driving Gallium Nitride transistors has so far restricted broader adoption and compromised performance: QPT's solution fixes that problem and will accelerate GaN market share. The qGaNDrive Module from QPT integrates their core topology with GaN transistors in a fully EMC-screened turn-key power module. The company estimates that a typical 15kW domestic heat pump could deliver a return in energy savings in one hundred days or less.03.05.2022 19:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_26.png\images\news_2022-05-15_26.pnghttps://www.q-p-t.com/news/qgandrive-boosts-hvac-motor-drive-efficiency-with-100-day-pay-backq-p-t.com
Material Solutions for e-MobilityIndium Corporation is announcing a line of materia...9829Product ReleaseMaterial Solutions for e-MobilityIndium Corporation is announcing a line of material solutions for e-Mobility. The Rel-ion suite of electrical, mechanical, and thermal solutions are designed to be reliable, scalable, and proven materials, reducing electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers' time to market. "We at Indium Corporation have created a suite of products under the Rel-ion banner that must meet three very important criteria," said Brian O'Leary, global head of e-Mobility and infrastructure. "First-they're reliable. They are designed to meet the higher quality standards that meet the higher demands of automotive electrification. Second-they're scalable. They are readily available and capable of meeting supply chain expectations. Finally-they're proven. Most of Indium Corporation's Rel-ion products have more than a decade of running inside of EVs. Our customers have confidence that the product will work, confidence that they can get enough of it to meet demand, and the peace of mind that comes with using proven material solutions." Indium Corporation has also expanded its free InSIDER Series of webinars to include the "Driving e-Mobility: Rel-ion Technical Webinars". This series features global industry technical experts in advanced materials and the automotive market with all sessions moderated by O'Leary. This series of webinars is intended specifically for those involved in the field of e-Mobility, whether new to the industry or with several years of experience as the EV industry undergoes rapid growth and evolution.03.05.2022 17:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_24.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_24.jpghttps://www.indium.com/corporate/media-center/news/indium-corporation-launches-relion-technology-for-e-mobility/indium.com
Enhancing Its Digital Training Offerings Through AcquisitionRohde & Schwarz announces that it has acquired UK-...9809Industry NewsEnhancing Its Digital Training Offerings Through AcquisitionRohde & Schwarz announces that it has acquired UK-based 'The Technology Academy', provider of online training courses in the fields of RF, wireless and microwave engineering technology. The Technology Academy is an ideal partner to expand the existing training offerings of Rohde & Schwarz and will play a significant role in increasing the company's future professional services. The Rohde & Schwarz Technology Academy combines the expertise and industry insights of the trusted T&M manufacturer – currently providing live and virtual trainings from their in-house training center as well as on-site trainings for existing customers – with the web training expertise of The Technology Academy. A holistic portfolio of on-demand courses is available 24/7 to technology professionals with different experience levels. They will have easy, immediate access to a range of certified trainings, which offer in-depth expert knowledge and industry insights. Content is delivered in a practical and application-oriented way, with a focus on clear explanations. Certificates are available for completed courses. The main objective of the training offerings is to support technical staff in managing new challenges as well as staying up-to-date with the latest technologies. The web-based training format also allows both flexible and scalable learning paths. This combination of high-quality training with insights from industry experts and simple access makes it easy for companies to find the right training options for staff while simultaneously addressing time and budget constraints.03.05.2022 09:00:00Maynews_2022-05-15_4.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_4.jpghttps://www.rohde-schwarz.com/about/news-press/all-news/rohde-schwarz-enhances-its-digital-training-offerings-through-acquisition-of-the-technology-academy-press-release-detailpage_229356-1211840.html?change_c=truerohde-schwarz.com
Integrated Current Sensor with Sigma Delta Bitstream OutputLEM announced the launch of HMSR DA, an Integrated...9820Product ReleaseIntegrated Current Sensor with Sigma Delta Bitstream OutputLEM announced the launch of HMSR DA, an Integrated Current Sensor to offer a Sigma Delta bitstream output which provides significant benefits when used in applications that are prone to noise, distortion and interference. It has been designed to provide a solution to industries requiring clean signals and facing significant problems in case of vibrations, electric noise and electromagnetic noise, for example. Specific advantages of an Integrated Current Sensor with digital output include superior signal share and reduced noise as well as lower cost and a smaller mechanical footprint. HMSR DA will replace much more complex and costly alternative systems that would traditionally include a shunt resistor, a digital insulator and a power supply circuit. Having all these features incorporated into a single unit makes the HMSR DA a far more attractive option for applications where space is at a premium and minimal cost is essential. Typical applications for the digital output unit include standalone servo drives, robotics, sewing machines, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), CNC machine tools and a range of other applications that demand high resolution output. The HMSR DA sensor, which offers resolution of 11 to 13 bits and features a 10MHz clock, is LEM's first step toward building a digital Integrated Current Sensor roadmap. The company is already working on the next generation of digital Integrated Circuit Sensors which will offer a resolution of 14 to 16 bits and a clock operating above 20MHz.03.05.2022 08:30:00Maynews_2022-05-15_15.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_15.jpghttps://www.lem.com/en/hmsr-serieslem.com
Andreas Urschitz Appointed as Chief Marketing OfficerAndreas Urschitz, currently President of the Power...9806PeopleAndreas Urschitz Appointed as Chief Marketing OfficerAndreas Urschitz, currently President of the Power & Sensor Systems (PSS) Division, has been appointed as Helmut Gassels successor as Chief Marketing Officer of Infineon. Adam White, currently CMO of the PSS Division, is the designated President of the Division. "As a longtime companion, Helmut Gassel has played a decisive role in Infineon's great success. As CMO, he has driven forward the digitalization of marketing and sales and thus the alignment with the future. I view with great respect the fact that he wants to make a personal change and therefore leave Infineon. I welcome the Supervisory Board's decision in favor of Andreas Urschitz as the future CMO. He has achieved great success as Division President and has demonstrated a keen sense of market developments and our customers' needs," said CEO Jochen Hanebeck. "Together with our customers, Infineon employees are driving the decarbonization and digitalization of everyday life. I am very much looking forward to helping shape the path to a livable future now as part of the Management Board team," said Andreas Urschitz, President of the PSS Division and designated CMO of Infineon. Andreas Urschitz has been President of the Power & Sensor Systems (PSS) Division since 2012, which serves the market with a wide range of power semiconductor, radio frequency and sensor technologies. Prior to the role as head of the PSS Division, Mr. Urschitz held various management positions in production, marketing, development and sales. He began his career at Infineon (until 1999 Siemens AG) in Villach, Austria, after studying business economics and subsequently teaching at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.02.05.2022 06:00:00Maynews_2022-05-15_1.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_1.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/press-releases/2022/INFXX202205-074.htmlinfineon.com
Positive Outlook for the SPS 2022With almost 700 exhibitors registered by the early...9814Event NewsPositive Outlook for the SPS 2022With almost 700 exhibitors registered by the early booking deadline, the booking figures for the SPS 2022 are extremely positive. This is testament to the high level of interest in attending the exhibition for electric automation technology, which will take place in Nuremberg from 08 - 10 November 2022. In addition to the three-day event in Nuremberg, this year's automation exhibition concept also includes an online component. "The in-person event will certainly be the main focus of the SPS 2022. However, the last two years have shown the value of digital offerings both in the run-up and follow-up to an exhibition: to give a general overview of the industry, for initial discussions, for arranging appointments on site, sharing knowledge, or even finding out about current industry topics," summarizes Martin Roschkowski, President of Mesago Messe Frankfurt. The organizer thus wants to leverage the advantages of both the real and digital worlds to offer participants the best possible exhibition experience. It also means that those who may not be able or allowed to travel also have an opportunity to connect and interact with the SPS community online.28.04.2022 14:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-15_9.jfif\images\news_2022-05-15_9.jfifhttps://sps.mesago.com/nuernberg/en/press/press-releases/sps-press-releases/update.htmlsps.mesago.com
Power Module Suitable for 48 V Industrial Voltage NetworkWürth Elektronik extends its MagI³C-FDSM power mod...9824Product ReleasePower Module Suitable for 48 V Industrial Voltage NetworkWürth Elektronik extends its MagI³C-FDSM power module product range: The fixed step-down regulator modules now cover all bus voltages from 12 V up to 48 V. The modules facilitate development for applications with direct connection to bus voltages of 12 V, 24 V or 48 V. The wide input voltage range up to 74.5 V makes the FDSM module robust against voltage transients on the 48 V bus. The new power modules are implemented in a cost-effective SIP-3 package and provide fixed output voltages of 3.3 V, 5.0 V as well as 12 V, with an output current up to 0.5 A. The MagI³C-FDSM series are fully integrated DC/DC voltage converters with fixed output voltage. Besides the power stage, the modules consist of a regulator, inductor as well as input and output capacitors. The power modules are protected against short circuit and thermal overload. MagI³C-FDSM reduces the workload involved in circuit design to a minimum, as no external components are required for operation-this reduces development costs and time. For simple assembly, the MagI³C-FDSM family has been realized in a standard THT housing. Pre-compliance testing of our evaluation board has shown the conducted and radiated EMI is below limits established by relevant standards.28.04.2022 12:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-15_19.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_19.jpghttps://www.we-online.com/web/en/wuerth_elektronik/news_weg/News_Detail_WE_Gruppe_133951.phpwe-online.com
Partnership on Developing Power Devices for Power Supply SystemsROHM and Delta Electronics have entered into a str...9808Industry NewsPartnership on Developing Power Devices for Power Supply SystemsROHM and Delta Electronics have entered into a strategic partnership to develop and mass produce next-generation GaN (gallium nitride) power devices. Combining Delta's power supply device development technology with ROHM's power development and manufacturing expertise will make it possible to develop 600V breakdown voltage GaN power devices optimized for a wide range of power supply systems. ROHM has already established a mass production system for 150V GaN HEMTs featuring an 8V gate withstand voltage in March 2022. This will allow ROHM to expand its lineup of EcoGaNTM for power circuits in IoT communication and industrial equipment (i.e. base stations, data centers) while further improving device performance. Kazuhide Ino, Managing Executive Officer, CSO, ROHM: "ROHM is extremely pleased to enter into a strategic partnership for GaN power devices with Delta. As power semiconductors – a key area of focus for ROHM – play an increasingly important role in achieving a decarbonized society, ROHM will continue to develop advanced devices in a range of fields utilizing Si, SiC, and GaN, along with solutions that combine peripheral components such as control ICs that maximize their performance. Through this partnership, ROHM will mass produce GaN power devices that can contribute to the configuration of more efficient power supply systems as well as develop GaN IPMs that integrate analog ICs (one of ROHM's strengths) at an early stage, further expanding our lineup of easy-to-use products."28.04.2022 08:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-15_3.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_3.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=2022-04-28_news_ecogan&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com
Battery Management ICs Enable Optimized Battery LifetimeInfineon Technologies introduces a family of batte...9803Product ReleaseBattery Management ICs Enable Optimized Battery LifetimeInfineon Technologies introduces a family of battery management ICs, including TLE9012DQU and TLE9015DQU. The ICs enable an optimized solution for battery cell monitoring and balancing. Combining measurement performance with robustness, the battery management ICs are a competitive system-level solution for battery modules, cell-to-pack and cell-to-car battery topologies. The devices are suitable for a wide range of industrial, consumer and automotive applications such as mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery-powered electric vehicles (BEV). Additional applications include energy storage systems and battery management systems for electric two- and three-wheelers. "With the TLE9012DQU and TLE9015DQU, Infineon achieves an important milestone and completes its battery management system offering", says Finn Felsberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager Automotive Power Integration and Supply at Infineon. "Customers benefit from the interoperability of Infineon's components as well as from the broad software offering. As a result, development efforts can be minimized and time to market can be reduced." The battery management ICs can be used in safety relevant applications: the automotive BMS solutions meet safety requirements up to ASIL-D and are ISO26262 compliant. Furthermore, these products are optimized to work together with the AURIX family of microcontrollers and functional safety capable power management ICs thanks to the Complex Device Driver. This provides a full solution for voltage and temperature sensing, as well as balancing and communication across a variety of battery solutions.26.04.2022 15:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_20.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_20.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/market-news/2022/INFATV202204-072.htmlinfineon.com
Cooperation on Transforming PCB Order ProcessesWürth Elektronik Circuit Board Technology and Lumi...9815Industry NewsCooperation on Transforming PCB Order ProcessesWürth Elektronik Circuit Board Technology and Luminovo are connecting their products to enable their customers to adapt a much simpler, faster and more accurate PCB prototype costing and quoting process. Using the Würth Elektronik API (application programming interface), Würth Elektronik's PCB online shop gets directly connected to LumiQuote, Luminovo's RfQ software. LumiQuote automatically extracts all relevant technical parameters of required PCBs using the modern PCB engine. The technical information is now sent directly to the PCB online shop via the interface and prices as well as delivery times are sent back to the users in real time. "This is a crucial value-add for users, as they can continue their quoting and ordering process without interruptions", explains Thomas Beck, managing director of Würth Elektronik Circuit Board Technology. "At Luminovo, we are rethinking the electronics value chain. The partnership with Würth Elektronik enables us to finally bring PCB procurement into the age of automated and connected processes", states Sebastian Schaal, founder of Luminovo. He adds, "In LumiQuote, our customers not only receive a price directly, but a plausibility check also tells them immediately whether or not the requested specifications are supported by Würth Elektronik". Luminovo is working on a software suite that aims to transform processes within and between the different companies in the electronics value chain in a modern way. In addition to Stackrate, Luminovo's software solution for PCB manufacturers, LumiQuote focuses on connecting, digitising and automating quoting and procurement processes for EMS, including material and manufacturing calculations.26.04.2022 15:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-15_10.png\images\news_2022-05-15_10.pnghttps://www.we-online.com/web/en/leiterplatten/news_leiterplatte/News_Detail_Leiterplatte_133758.phpwe-online.com
Snap-in Aluminum Electrolytic CapacitorCornell Dubilier Electronics announced that it has...9801Product ReleaseSnap-in Aluminum Electrolytic CapacitorCornell Dubilier Electronics announced that it has expanded its signature series of 380LX and 381LX aluminum electrolytic capacitors to include voltages up to 600 Vdc. The ratings are designed to serve the company's industrial electronics customers who continue to push the application boundaries for these components into higher voltages. The 380LX and 381LX snap-in series are among the industry's top performers with a published load life of 3,000 hrs. when tested at rated voltage and ripple current at rated temperature. The 380LX series is designed for 85 °C operation, while the 381LX series meets the same load life at 105 °C. These components demonstrate exceptional life in real-life applications where conditions are typically lower than the capacitor's maximum specified ratings. Newly added capacitance values in the range of 150 µF to 330 µF are offered at 550 and 600 Vdc in the 380 LX series and 140 µF to 340 µF at 500, 550, and 600 Vdc in the 381LX series. Developed at CDE's technology center in Liberty, SC, these new ratings are offered with enhanced ripple current capability, up to 3.7A at full-rated conditions. The company's latest advances in electrolyte development, materials, and processing technology make their higher voltage ratings and excellent performance possible. The company expects these higher voltage snap-in capacitors to be used in the latest inverter circuits for renewable energy, UPS systems, battery chargers, motor drives, welders, and other applications that require the highest performance components to improve system reliability.25.04.2022 13:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_18.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_18.jpghttps://www.cde.com/news/2022/4/380-381lxcde.com
Acquisition of SL Power Expands Addressable MarketAdvanced Energy Industries announced that it compl...9811Industry NewsAcquisition of SL Power Expands Addressable MarketAdvanced Energy Industries announced that it completed the previously announced acquisition of SL Power Electronics Corporation from Steel Partners Holdings L.P. The acquisition adds complementary products to Advanced Energy's medical power offerings and extends its presence in several advanced industrial markets. "The addition of SL Power expands our offerings for industrial and medical applications," said Steve Kelley, president and CEO of Advanced Energy. "I believe SL Power's strong customer base, complementary product portfolio, and highly skilled team make it an ideal fit for Advanced Energy." The acquisition of SL Power Electronics is expected to be accretive to 2022 earnings on a non-GAAP basis and to generate over $4 million of annualized cost synergies. Management intends to provide more detail on the forward-looking benefits of this acquisition when it announces the first quarter financial results.25.04.2022 11:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-15_6.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_6.jpghttps://ir.advancedenergy.com/news/advanced-energy-completes-the-acquisition-of-sl-power/3e26fee6-b539-46f0-8a0d-27d3e392d09f/advancedenergy.com
New York-based 200mm Silicon Carbide FabWolfspeed opened its Mohawk Valley Silicon Carbide...9807Industry NewsNew York-based 200mm Silicon Carbide FabWolfspeed opened its Mohawk Valley Silicon Carbide fabrication facility in Marcy, N.Y. with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Federal and State Officials. The 200mm wafer fab will help lead the industry-wide transition from silicon to Silicon Carbide-based semiconductors. New York Governor Kathy Hochul was on site to officially welcome Wolfspeed to Mohawk Valley, in addition to Eric Bach, Senior Vice President of Product and Chief Engineer at Lucid Motors. As a key partner, Lucid Motors had the honor of "cutting the ribbon" with its Lucid Air, named the 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year. Wolfspeed recently announced a multi-year agreement with Lucid to supply Silicon Carbide devices. "We are honored to be joined by these government, community, and industry leaders to celebrate Wolfspeed's Mohawk Valley Fab, New York State's economic competitiveness and American chip manufacturing," said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO of Wolfspeed. "I am incredibly proud of the team, and all of our partners, who brought this monumental fab to life in such a short time. This fab will not only supply customers in 2022 but also support long-term American competitiveness." The automated Mohawk Valley facility is the world's first and largest 200mm Silicon Carbide fab providing uncompromised wafer quality and higher yield. The devices developed in Mohawk Valley will be critical in feeding Wolfspeed's $20B+ pipeline and the global semiconductor industry. More than 600 high-tech Mohawk Valley jobs will be created by 2029.25.04.2022 07:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-15_2.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_2.jpghttps://www.wolfspeed.com/company/news-events/news/wolfspeed-opens-the-worlds-largest-200mm-silicon-carbide-fab-enabling-highly-anticipated-device-production/wolfspeed.com
The 2022 IEEE VLSI Symposium on Technology & CircuitsNow in its 42nd year of delivering convergence of ...9791Event NewsThe 2022 IEEE VLSI Symposium on Technology & CircuitsNow in its 42nd year of delivering convergence of technology and circuits for the microelectronics industry, the "Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits" will be merged into one Symposium to maximize the synergy across both domains. The newly merged 2022 IEEE VLSI Symposium on Technology & Circuits is organized around the theme: "Technology & Circuits for the Critical Infrastructure of the Future." The five-day hybrid event, combining both live sessions onsite at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, as well as on-demand access to selected presentations, is scheduled from June 12 – 17, 2022 in Honolulu, HI. The Symposium will feature advanced VLSI technology developments, innovative circuit design, and the applications they enable, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, wearable/implantable biomedical applications, big data, cloud / edge computing, virtual reality (VR) / augmented reality (AR), robotics, and autonomous vehicles. The weeklong Symposium will continue its reputation as the microelectronics industry's premiere international conference integrating technology, circuits, and systems with a range and scope unlike any other conference. In addition to the technical presentations, the Symposium program will feature a demonstration session, evening panel discussions, joint focus sessions, short courses, workshops, and a special forum session that provides a focused discussion on a specific topic relevant to the Symposium theme.22.04.2022 13:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_8.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_8.jpghttps://www.vlsisymposium.org/vlsisymposium.org
Metal Power Inductors for In-Vehicle ApplicationsMurata announces the availability of the DFE32CAH_...9800Product ReleaseMetal Power Inductors for In-Vehicle ApplicationsMurata announces the availability of the DFE32CAH_R0 series of metal power inductors for high-temperature applications of up to 150 °C. Intended for use in DC/DC converters and power management circuitry for automotive applications, these components are supplied in 1210 inch size (3.2 mm × 2.5 mm) metal cores. Covering a wide inductance value range, the components are suitable for in-vehicle applications beyond infotainment systems to the powertrain and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Meeting demands for high currents and the downsizing of system designs, the DFE32CAH_R0 delivers a DC superimposed current rating (Isat) of 8.7 A in the world's best for a 1210 inch size product with an inductance of 0.47 µH. "These new products support large currents by optimizing the internal coil structure design and utilizing original metal materials," explains Tomohiro Yao, General Manager of Marketing & Promotion for the EMI Division at Murata. "Thanks to these technological advances, we have succeeded in delivering a series of small metal power inductors that have a highly reliable design for a more diverse range of automotive applications, including the powertrain and ADAS, that require support for temperatures up to 150 °C and demand large current flows."21.04.2022 12:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_17.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_17.jpghttps://www.murata.com/en-eu/news/inductor/power/2022/0421murata.com
IGBT Module Will Reduce Size and Power Consumption of DC1500V ConvertersMitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it ...9796Product ReleaseIGBT Module Will Reduce Size and Power Consumption of DC1500V ConvertersMitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it will begin shipping samples of its LV100-type T-series 2.0kV insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) Module for industrial use. The power-semiconductor product is expected to downsize and reduce the power consumption of power-conversion equipment for use with renewable-energy sources. Power semiconductors for efficiently converting electric power are being increasingly utilized as key devices that can help to lower the carbon footprint of global society. At the same time, efficient power conversion through the deployment of increasingly higher system-operating voltages is being demanded for power grids that use renewable-energy power sources, which has led to the development of power converters rated at DC1500V, the upper limit of the EU's Low Voltage Directive. Module samples that Mitsubishi Electric will start shipping soon have a blocking-voltage capability of 2.0kV, which is suitable for DC1500V power conversion equipment used mainly for large-capacity systems of several hundred kW to several MW, including renewable-energy power sources. Adopting 2.0kV withstand voltage semiconductors will enable customers to simplify the design of their DC1500V power-conversion equipment. Also, the latest 7th-generation IGBT and Relaxed Field of Cathode (RFC) diode will help to downsize and reduce the power consumption of power-conversion equipment for renewable-energy power supply. In addition, the module's industrial LV100-type package, which is suitable for large-capacity systems due to its easy-paralleling configuration, will help to simplify large-capacity system designs.21.04.2022 08:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_13.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_13.jpghttps://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news/2022/0421.htmlmitsubishielectric.com
AEC Qualified Lidar Integrated CircuitEPC announces the introduction of the EPC2221, a c...9804Product ReleaseAEC Qualified Lidar Integrated CircuitEPC announces the introduction of the EPC2221, a common source dual gallium nitride FET rated at 100 V, 58 mO, and 20 A pulsed current.  The EPC2221 can be used in lidar systems for robots, surveillance systems, drones, autonomous cars, and vacuum cleaners. The low inductance and capacitance of the EPC2221 allows fast switching (100 MHz) and narrow pulse widths (2 ns) for high resolution and high efficiency. Additionally, the ultra-small size of 1.35 mm x 1.35 mm reduces PCB cost and total solution size. The EPC2221 is the latest addition to a growing family of GaN transistors and integrated circuits designed to meet the performance and reliability standards of demanding automotive applications. The EPC2221 has completed rigorous automotive AEC Q101 qualification testing including humidity testing with bias (H3TRB), high temperature reverse bias (HTRB), high temperature gate bias (HTGB), and temperature cycling (TC), as well as several other tests. In addition to lidar in demanding automotive applications, the EPC2221 is perfectly suited for high-frequency DC-DC conversion, wireless power applications, and synchronous rectification. "This AEC certified product is the latest addition to a growing family of EPC gallium nitride-based transistors and integrated circuits designed to enable autonomous driving and improve safety," said Alex Lidow, CEO, and co-founder of EPC. "This integrated circuit improves the performance while reducing size and cost for time-of-flight lidar systems."20.04.2022 16:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_21.png\images\news_2022-05-01_21.pnghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/3049/New-AEC-Qualified-Lidar-Integrated-Circuit-from-Efficient-Power-Conversion.aspxepc-co.com
PEMD 2022: Power Electronics, Machines and DrivesWe're pleased to be a media partner of PEMD 2022 –...9785Event NewsPEMD 2022: Power Electronics, Machines and DrivesWe're pleased to be a media partner of PEMD 2022 – the IET's Power Electronics, Machines and Drives conference. Bodo's Power readers can register at the IET member rate, saving you up to £200. You can book your ticket at the website: http://ow.ly/tOJE30rOobn20.04.2022 07:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_2.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_2.jpghttps://pemd.theiet.org/?utm_source=cross_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=pemd&utm_content=bodos_powerpemd.theiet.org
Fast Charging Solutions Using a Dual-Phase Switched-Capacitor ArchitectureHalo Microelectronics announced the release of the...9805Product ReleaseFast Charging Solutions Using a Dual-Phase Switched-Capacitor ArchitectureHalo Microelectronics announced the release of their HL7138 and HL7139, fast charging solution ICs using a dual-phase switched capacitor architecture for single-cell battery applications. The HL7138 and HL7139 offer charging efficiencies, which enable faster and cooler battery charging operations in a small total PCB solution size that allows for more system-level design flexibility. They offer charging efficiencies, which enable faster and cooler battery charging operations in a small total PCB solution size that allows for more system-level design flexibility. The faster-charging solution saves consumers time, and cooler charging means less energy is wasted in the form of heat, which is environmentally friendly. Furthermore, the smaller solution size gives device designers more leeway to choose between thinner and lighter form factors, larger batteries for longer battery life, more features, or lower BOM costs. "As the smartphone market becomes more saturated, product differentiation has become increasingly important to gaining market share. Fast charging is one of the few features that consumers can directly relate to and understand its benefits. Halo Microelectronics has seen switched capacitor-based fast-charging architectures quickly extend from high-end to mid-level smartphones. Therefore, we will continue to develop, innovate, and lead the ecosystem to stay ahead," stated David Nam, CEO of Halo Microelectronics.19.04.2022 17:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_22.jfif\images\news_2022-05-01_22.jfifhttps://halomicro.com/halo-microelectronics-introduces-two-new-fast-charging-solutions-using-a-dual-phase-switched-capacitor-architecture-for-single-cell-battery-applications/halomicro.com
Driving the Adoption of Wide Bandgap TechnologiesNavitas Semiconductor has announced its membership...9793Industry NewsDriving the Adoption of Wide Bandgap TechnologiesNavitas Semiconductor has announced its membership of PowerAmerica, the consortium working to accelerate the adoption of next generation GaN and silicon carbide (SiC) power electronics. As a member of PowerAmerica, Navitas will provide input into initiatives to help companies that use power semiconductors to upgrade beyond legacy silicon, and access resources and relationships contributing to business growth. "The upgrade from legacy silicon to WBG semiconductors is critical to supporting environmental goals by dramatically reducing power consumption and accelerating the adoption of sustainable technologies," said Dan Kinzer, Navitas' COO/CTO and co-founder. "The consortium's membership network of entrepreneurs, technologists and academic partners is helping to drive this revolution and we are excited to be part of this increasingly-important eco-system." Navitas Sr Director of Marketing, Llew Vaughan-Edmunds, is currently the chairman of PowerAmerica and will lead the MAC meeting during the PowerAmerica 2022 Summer Workshop on NC State Campus in Raleigh, NC on August 2nd. Navitas will host a technology seminar at the workshop to introduce leading-edge GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense technology, and stress high-quality, high-capacity manufacturing with over 40,000,000 units shipped and zero reported GaN-related field failures.19.04.2022 15:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_10.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_10.jpghttps://navitassemi.com/navitas-and-poweramerica-accelerate-next-gen-semiconductors-to-electrify-our-world/navitassemi.com
2W Medical Grade DC/DC ConverterFor the ever increasing demand for medical home ca...9795Product Release2W Medical Grade DC/DC ConverterFor the ever increasing demand for medical home care and medical equipment P-DUKE has extended its medical power conversion portfolio with a MPL02 board-mount DC/DC converter series. The MPL02 series is designed especially for compact medical applications and comes in a tiny SIP-8 industrial standard package (footprint only 9.9 x 21.8 mm) which saves space on the PCB. It offers 5000Vac isolation voltage, reinforced insulation of 2xMOPP (patient protection) / 250Vac working voltage with 8 mm clearance and creepage distance between input and output. The series delivers up to 2W output power and offers regulated single and dual outputs with a wide 2:1 input range of 4.5-13.2, 9-18 and 18-36V. It provides full-protection functions such as: over-current, short-circuit, under-voltage lockout as well as low 2µA leakage current. These are the main factors which assure a safe environment for operators and patients. The series also comes with a 5-year product warranty. The MPL02 series has been certificated to IEC/EN/ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1, IEC/EN/UL 62368-1 and MIL-STD 810F standards. With its compact casing, low 2µA leakage current and all the safety certifications makes this series the perfect choice for a variety of medical equipment such as; oxygen and heart rate monitors, brainwave monitors and oral caring equipment.19.04.2022 07:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_12.png\images\news_2022-05-01_12.pnghttps://www.pduke.com/news_detail.php?type=1&NewsNo=93pduke.com
Global High Service Distributor of the YearMouser Electronics has been named the 2021 Global ...9813Industry NewsGlobal High Service Distributor of the YearMouser Electronics has been named the 2021 Global High Service Distributor by onsemi. This is the third year that Mouser has received this award. onsemi cited Mouser's high service distribution sales growth, market share growth, and high scores on overall process excellence. "The support of our worldwide distribution partners is essential to the success of our company as we continue to increase revenue, profit margins and market penetration," said Jeff Thomson, Senior Vice President of Global Channel Sales for onsemi. "Mouser grew product sales, generated significant new business, and effectively supported customer needs while demonstrating our company initiative of operational excellence. We thank them for their contributions in 2021." "We are honored to receive this recognition from onsemi, one of our valued partners and a leader in the industry," said Kristin Schuetter, Mouser Electronics' Vice President of Supplier Management, Semiconductors. "Mouser works to provide exceptional service to customers as well as our manufacturer partners, and it is gratifying to be acknowledged for our efforts." Mouser offers onsemi's broad portfolio of energy-efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, system-on-chip (SoC), and custom devices to help customers efficiently solve their design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace, and defense applications.18.04.2022 13:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-15_8.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_8.jpghttps://eu.mouser.com/newsroom/publicrelations-onsemi-distyaward-2022final/mouser.com
Embedded Control Module for Electric Power Grid Automation   With complex requirements and typically low quanti...9797Product ReleaseEmbedded Control Module for Electric Power Grid Automation   With complex requirements and typically low quantity manufacturing, rack-and-stack approaches have long dominated controls designs for high power electronics. While custom designs might be technically superior, allowing tailored features and compact integration, they often come with prohibitive engineering and manufacturing costs and schedules. Now it is possible to design controls electronics using sophisticated system-on-chip (SOC) and system-in-package (SIP) components to achieve custom results within a manageable design project. The Innova SCM21001 system-on-module (SOM) from Silicon Power Corporation was developed as an embedded computing platform specifically for electric grid automation applications. A dual core DSP SOC and directly connected FPGA are assembled as an independent real time processor subsystem. On the same module, an Octavo Systems embedded Linux computer SIP supports management of the real time processor and provides modern communication protocols for connection to external systems, all using readily available open-source software. The SOM serves as a control system component, allowing tight integration with application specific components such as power, analog sensor conversion, and actuator drives. A conduction cooled form factor supports deeply embedded, high reliability applications. The design was fully functional with the first prototype, so system development proceeded with no controls design delays. As a component or as a reference design, the SOM demonstrates that custom controls design is once again a viable option for power electronics. 18.04.2022 09:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_14.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_14.jpghttps://siliconpower.com/siliconpower.com
Celebrating 25 Years of High-tech from NurembergSiCrystal is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Ove...9787Industry NewsCelebrating 25 Years of High-tech from NurembergSiCrystal is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Over the last two and a half decades, the company – which today employs over 200 people – has expanded its sphere of activity to an international level: a small but important piece of technology made in Franconia can be found in electric vehicles all over the world, for example. After all, it is often the little things that make big things happen. Based at Nordostpark industrial park in the north east of Nuremberg, Germany, the manufacturing company is one of the current global market leaders for single crystalline silicon carbide semiconductor wafers (SiC wafers). "25 years of company history really is something to celebrate," says CEO Robert Eckstein, looking back on the beginnings of SiCrystal. The company has been producing SiC wafers since April 1997. The wafers form the basis for modern electronic components and resemble "a CD without a hole". They are almost as hard as a diamond and very heat resistant. Without these discs – which are less than 1 millimeter thick – electric mobility and the digital world would be unthinkable. Research carried out at the University of Erlangen in the early 1990s laid the foundation for the company and, in 1997, SiCrystal AG was founded. Back then, it all began with the development and sampling of the first SiC wafers in Eschenfelden, Upper Palatinate. The semiconductor manufacturer then moved back to Erlangen in the early 2000s and was taken over by the Japanese ROHM Group – manufacturer of electronic components – in 2009.14.04.2022 09:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_4.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_4.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=2022-04-14_news_sicrystal25&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com
Expanding Its Portfolio of Precision Measurement SolutionsVitrek announces the acquisition of MTI Instrument...9792Industry NewsExpanding Its Portfolio of Precision Measurement SolutionsVitrek announces the acquisition of MTI Instruments, a U.S.-based manufacturer of sophisticated test and measurement equipment. MTI Instruments' precision tools, systems and solutions are utilized in non-contact metrology, position, displacement and vibration applications within the design, QA/QC, manufacturing, production, test and research markets. MTI Instruments' products benefit a variety of industries and applications. For example, commercial aviation companies and the U.S. Military rely on vibration analysis and engine trim balance test solutions to identify any jet engine problems quickly, ensuring safety while saving both time and maintenance costs. Their custom capacitor sensors are designed to measure displacement and gap with non-contact force in applications including lens focusing, Piezo positioning, sheet metal thickness, gap measurement as well as flatness and alignment. "The acquisition of MTI Instruments represents a significant expansion of the range of precision instrumentation products Vitrek offers to our vital industries," said Don Millstein, Vitrek's president. "We welcome MTI Instrument's sales, engineering and manufacturing teams to the Vitrek family - as we continue providing both Vitrek and MTI customers with top level sales , technical support and product innovation." Moshe Binyamin, President and CEO of MTI Instruments, said: "Vitrek is a well-respected test and measurement company with products and a market focus that is perfectly in line with ours. We look forward to combining forces so we can further accelerate our collective growth objectives."13.04.2022 14:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_9.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_9.jpghttps://vitrek.com/press-release-vitrek-acquires-mti-instruments-expanding-its-portfolio-of-precision-measurement-products/vitrek.com
40 Years in the USAIn 1982, Bruno Schurter, grandson of the company's...9790Industry News40 Years in the USAIn 1982, Bruno Schurter, grandson of the company's founder Heinrich Schurter, launched the distribution company SCHURTER Inc in California. He was a mere 30 years old at the time. Bruno Schurter had the chance to live the "American Dream", as he himself says today. He was in the right place at the right time. Silicon Valley, the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, was in full bloom. In the 1960s and 1970s, the first high-tech companies settled in the immediate neighborhood of Stanford University. Primarily test and measurement equipment as well as computer technology. Computers large and small fascinated Bruno. During his brief engagement with Wersen, the latter handed him an Apple II and told him to somehow put the thing into operation and see if anything could be done with it. Schurter knuckled down, got the "thing" working and calculating. The world was about to be computerized. And Bruno was right at the epicenter. Read the full success story at https://www.schurter.com/en/Info-Center/News/Timeline/40-years-of-SCHURTER-in-the-USA.13.04.2022 12:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_7.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_7.jpghttps://www.schurter.com/en/Info-Center/News/Timeline/40-years-of-SCHURTER-in-the-USAschurter.com
Integrating Renewables and Stabilizing the GridWith more intermittent renewable energy generation...9788Industry NewsIntegrating Renewables and Stabilizing the GridWith more intermittent renewable energy generation on the world's power networks, and fossil fuel supplies experiencing major disruptions, distributed power reserves are becoming increasingly important to maintain grid stability and keep the power on 24/7. To support this transition, ABB is launching PowerExchanger, an innovative feature for its UPS products, which allows battery reserves to provide ancillary services to the grid, reducing costly downtime and cutting energy and operating costs. UPS equipment is used to provide back-up power in the case of a grid supply failure, and it can also eliminate brownouts, over-voltages, and electrical noise. The UPS' back-up power is drawn from its energy storage capacity, which often goes unused. With PowerExchanger fitted to new or existing ABB UPS systems, these batteries can be used to help the grid respond quickly to unexpected imbalances between power generation and demand, to reduce costly outages. By using PowerExchanger to join markets for grid ancillary services, for example Fast Frequency Response (FFR), operators can now generate a new revenue stream, which lowers the cost of operating this capital-intensive equipment. Ideal for Low and Medium Voltage data centers, PowerExchanger ensures a minimum energy reserve is retained by the UPS battery, so in the event of a complete grid outage, the critical load will always be protected. PowerExchanger can also deliver additional financial and performance benefits, thanks to peak shaving. When peak-time energy comes at a premium, PowerExchanger enables on-site UPS energy reserves to cover consumption peaks and keep costs low.13.04.2022 10:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_5.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_5.jpghttps://new.abb.com/news/detail/89857/powerexchanger-integrates-renewables-and-stabilizes-the-grid-to-keep-the-power-on-247abb.com
Measurement System for GaN and SiC Semiconductor AnalysisTeledyne LeCroy announced the launch of their DL-I...9799Product ReleaseMeasurement System for GaN and SiC Semiconductor AnalysisTeledyne LeCroy announced the launch of their DL-ISO High Voltage Optically Isolated 1 GHz Probe and Power-Device test software, which when combined with their High Definition Oscilloscopes (HDO) offer accurate electrical characterization of gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor devices. The DL-ISO High Voltage Optically Isolated Probe provides design engineers with the highest-confidence GaN and SiC power semiconductor device measurements. The probe has the best signal fidelity, lowest overshoot and best accuracy - 1.5% when combined with Teledyne LeCroy's 12-bit resolution HDOs. The 1 GHz bandwidth meets requirements to measure GaN device 1 ns rise times. HDOs also provide up to 20 GS/s sample rate at 12-bit resolution for the most faithful capture and display of high-speed GaN and SiC device signals. This combination of best signal fidelity, low overshoot, high accuracy, high bandwidth and high sample rate is critically important for successfully implementing GaN and SiC technologies in new designs. Teledyne LeCroy's Power-Device software package additionally simplifies the analysis of GaN and SiC devices with automated JEDEC switching loss and other measurements, and color-coded overlays to highlight the relevant, measured areas.12.04.2022 11:30:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_16.png\images\news_2022-05-01_16.pnghttps://teledynelecroy.com/pressreleases/document.aspx?news_id=2153&capid=107&mid=554teledynelecroy.com
Expanding Backend Operations in IndonesiaInfineon Technologies expands its existing backend...9786Industry NewsExpanding Backend Operations in IndonesiaInfineon Technologies expands its existing backend operations in Indonesia: PT Infineon Technologies Batam to purchase real estate from PT Unisem, a member of Unisem Group. The premises close to Infineon's existing backend manufacturing site include manufacturing buildings that will double Infineon's production area in Batam when fully operational. In the course of this expansion, Infineon's Batam site will increase its focus on the assembly and test of automotive products. "Infineon is making another step in strengthening its global operations network. We are committed to investing into continued structural growth and to strengthen the resilience of our supply chain," said Alexander Gorski, Executive Vice President and responsible for Infineon's global Backend Operations. Dr. Thomas Kaufmann, Executive Vice President and COO of Infineon's Automotive Division, said: "In view of increasing demand for automotive semiconductors and to the benefit of our customers, this purchase is allowing us to add backend capacities faster than with the greenfield construction of a new site". Production is expected to start in 2024. The expansion in Batam is part of Infineon's long-term investment strategy, which foresees investments of approximately €2.4 billion for the 2022 fiscal year. PT Infineon Technologies Batam is a backend manufacturing site and employs over 2,000 employees. It is located within the Batamindo Industrial Park and part of the Indonesia-Singapore-Malaysia growth triangle.12.04.2022 08:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_3.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_3.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/press-releases/2022/INFXX202204-068.htmlinfineon.com
Global Magnetics PowerhouseKAMIC Magnetics Group will present its magnetics p...9784Industry NewsGlobal Magnetics PowerhouseKAMIC Magnetics Group will present its magnetics portfolio at PCIM, and for the first time brings its three specialist magnetics components businesses, ETAL, SIGA Electronics and Talema together on one stand (6-349). This follows the Group's acquisition of Talema to ETAL in 2021. Each business in the KAMIC Group Magnetics business unit has its own strength, and together they form a global magnetics powerhouse with 1,100 employees, manufacturing in five countries and direct representation in the world's most significant economies. The Group is offering customers a comprehensive portfolio which supports them in designing exceptional, efficient power architectures for applications from portable electronics through mains powered systems to renewable energy sources and electric vehicles. Visitors to PCIM will be able to see examples from Talema's range of current transformers and toroidal components. These will include its in-house developed magnetic components such as transformers and inductors, which are used in AC/DC converters, DC/DC converters and signal applications. Most components are custom designed for specific applications, and the business unit also offers a range of standard components. ETAL's established range of magnetic components will also be fully represented at PCIM. These include chokes, air coils, coils, current transformers, power transformers and signal transformers. The company specialises in custom products and in optimising designs but also offers a range of standard components. Its' particular strength is high-end and reliable planar products such as custom designed transformers and inductors that combine superior performance with overall low cost. SIGA IEC conformant current transformer (CT) products will also be on show at PCIM. SIGA manufactures circular or rectangular type CTs, full block or split core, using a UL recognised semi rigid cast resin compound or an IP rated plastic box finish. Other finishes are available.12.04.2022 06:00:00Aprnews_2022-05-01_1.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_1.jpghttps://kamicgroup.com/index.php/en/frontpage/kamicgroup.com
350 V Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power TransistorEPC announces the production release of the EPC205...9775Product Release350 V Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power TransistorEPC announces the production release of the EPC2050, a 350 V GaN transistor with a maximum RDS(on) of 80 m? and a 26 A pulsed output current. The EPC2050 measures just 1.95 mm x 1.95 mm. This tiny size enables power solutions that occupy ten times less area than comparable silicon solutions. Applications benefiting from the fast-switching speed and tiny size of the EPC2050 include DC-DC conversion from/to 120 V-160 V such as in aerospace applications, 120 V-150 V motor control for medical motors, DC-AC inverters, multi-level converters such as Totem Pole PFC and DC-DC solutions converting 400 V input to 12 V, 20 V or 48 V outputs. Additional applications include fast chargers, battery management systems, electric vehicle charging, solar power inverters, high power lidar for autonomous cars and delivery vehicles, LED lighting, RF switches, and consumer & industrial wirings like wall-mounted sockets and Class D Audio. The EPC2050 is also suitable for 120 VAC-only applications. A typical power supply bus voltage is between 170 V and 250 V. This includes applications specific to the Americas market, such as power tools and in-wall powered devices, seat-back airline 120 V inverters, and commercial LED lighting. "With the EPC2050, designers no longer have to choose between size and performance – they can have both and lower cost!" said Alex Lidow, EPC's CEO.07.04.2022 08:30:00Aprnews_2022-04-15_16.png\images\news_2022-04-15_16.pnghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/3047/EPC-Introduces-350-V-Gallium-Nitride-GaN-Power-Transistor-%e2%88%92-20-Times-Smaller-Than-Comparable-Silicon-and-Lower-Cost.aspxepc-co.com
Partnership to Service Global R&D EngineersCODACA has established a partnership with Digi-Key...9760Industry NewsPartnership to Service Global R&D EngineersCODACA has established a partnership with Digi-Key Electronics, expanding the channel for CODACA's high-current power inductor products. Available through Digi-Key's online Marketplace, CODACA now offers convenient stocking and immediate shipping options worldwide for its molding power choke CSAB series, high current power inductor CSBX series and CSCF series, and Class D amplifier inductor CPD and CSD series. Digi-Key Electronics provides R&D engineers access to unlimited adjacent products and technologies through its online Marketplace. The company offers more than 13 million components from over 2,200 quality name-brand manufacturers to support R&D activities globally. CODACA has been developing and manufacturing high quality power inductors for more than 20 years. With certifications including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, TÜV (GER), IATF 16949 and CNAS, CODACA products are developed and tested to provide applications with low DC resistance, high-current ratings, and low power consumptions.07.04.2022 06:00:00Aprnews_2022-04-15_1.png\images\news_2022-04-15_1.pnghttps://codaca.com/en/DesignTool/codaca.com
GaN Power HEMT ICs for Chargers and PowerAt APEC 2022, Tagore highlighted how its GaN FETs ...9781Product ReleaseGaN Power HEMT ICs for Chargers and PowerAt APEC 2022, Tagore highlighted how its GaN FETs are well suited for realizing a bridgeless totem-pole PFC where one half-bridge is composed of GaN FETs and the other half-bridge is composed of MOSFETs. The GaN FETs with drivers are ideally suited for DC/DC converter applications such as LLC or Phase Shifted Full Bridge (PSFB) topologies and for secondary side Synchronous Rectification when the output voltage is high, for example, in Electric Vehicle (EV) battery chargers. Tagore also showcased a live demonstration of the 65W Active Clamp Flyback (ACF) demo board; 65W Quasi-Resonant Flyback (QRF) demo board; 240W Totem POLE PFC + LLC demo board; Half-Bridge GaN Evolution Board (Multi-topology), and Phase shifted Full-Bridge Reference Design (800 W). Moreover, at an Industry Session (Session IS07) on March 22, 2021, Manish Shah, Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering Tagore Technology, United States, Chief Engineer, Rajesh Ghosh and Asif Iqbal, Manager Design, presented "Monolithically Integrated Protection Circuits in 650V Power GaN". The presentation discussed the benefits of a monolithically integrated HEMT-based GaN IC that delivers efficient and reliable operation in power supplies that lead to even higher power density in chargers and power supplies.05.04.2022 13:30:00Aprnews_2022-04-15_22.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_22.jpghttp://www.tagoretech.com/tagoretech.com
SiC Power Modules at PCIM EuropeWuxi Leapers Semiconductor (Leapers Semiconductor)...9780Product ReleaseSiC Power Modules at PCIM EuropeWuxi Leapers Semiconductor (Leapers Semiconductor) will present full silicon carbide (SiC) power module portfolio during PCIM Europe 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany. On May 10-12, 2022, the representatives of the company will join the event to showcase their latest SiC power module portfolio designed for applications like new energy vehicles, smart grid, solar and wind power generation, motor drives, medical equipment, traction, etc. By using innovative advanced packaging material and processing technology, Leapers Semiconductor provides comprehensive module application solutions for miniaturization, efficiency and light weighting of electrical drive systems and inverters of new energy vehicles. Besides SiC product line Leapers Semiconductor will present IGBT modules portfolio in the industry recognized footprint designed for high power switching applications. All participants and visitors are invited to stop by Leapers Semiconductor booth 520 in Hall 7 to learn more about company, SiC and IGBT module portfolio, and future products under development. This year PCIM Europe will return to face-to-face format and welcome the visitors from around the world in the halls 6, 7 and 9 on the Messe Nürnberg event grounds. The international power electronics industry will meet again after nearly two years of predominantly digital exchange. As in previous years, visitors of the leading exhibition and conference for power electronics can expect product innovations and a top-class lecture program.05.04.2022 12:30:00Aprnews_2022-04-15_21.png\images\news_2022-04-15_21.pnghttp://www.leapers-power.com/en/leapers-power.com
Dr. HongWen Zhang to Present InSIDER Series WebinarIndium Corporation's Alloy Group R&D Manager Dr. H...9762Event NewsDr. HongWen Zhang to Present InSIDER Series WebinarIndium Corporation's Alloy Group R&D Manager Dr. HongWen Zhang will deliver a presentation on the company's award-winning Durafuse(TM) mixed-alloy technology as part of its popular InSIDER Series of webinars. The presentation, titled "Solder Challenges and Product Development with Durafuse Technology", will be given on Wednesday, April 27 at 8 a.m. San Francisco/11 a.m. New York/4 p.m. London/5 p.m. Germany. Dr. Zhang's presentation will focus on the shortcomings of traditional solder materials and examine the ability of Indium Corporation's Durafuse technology to provide a solution to these challenges. He will highlight the benefits of Durafuse LT, a patented, innovative, low-temperature, mixed-alloy technology that offers enhanced reliability with drop shock performance two orders of magnitude better than Bi-containing solders. He will also discuss Durafuse HT, a new patent-pending product designed as a drop-in solution to replace and outperform the traditional high-lead solders in die-attach and clip-bond applications.05.04.2022 08:00:00Aprnews_2022-04-15_3.png\images\news_2022-04-15_3.pnghttps://www.indium.com/corporate/media-center/news/indium-corporations-dr-hongwen-zhang-to-present-insider-series-webinar/indium.com
Digital Capacitor CatalogThe expanded CDE.com website features a Custom Cat...9768Industry NewsDigital Capacitor CatalogThe expanded CDE.com website features a Custom Catalog Generator that allows engineers to create their personalized PDF capacitor catalogs. A catalog can include just the product lines of interest, a product category, or even by application. Once the selection is made, it takes just seconds to build the catalog. The catalog is saved to a drive and can be printed by the user. The Catalog Generator is a convenient way to jump-start building detailed bill of materials documentation for a new project. Capacitors include a wide variety of aluminum electrolytic, film, aluminum polymer, supercapacitor, and mica types. Unlike traditional annually printed catalogs, the custom-built catalogs are kept up-to-date on an ongoing basis. Each catalog contains front and back cover pages, a table of contents, and live links to learn more. On most manufacturer websites, it is a tedious chore to select and print out a series of datasheets for multiple products. The CDE Catalog Generator makes it easy. No registration is required to access the Custom Catalog Generator or the website.04.04.2022 14:00:00Aprnews_2022-04-15_9.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_9.jpghttps://www.capacitorcatalog.com/cornell-dubilier/capacitorcatalog.com
Honored for Supply Competence and Strategic CooperationHyundai Motor Group (HMG) has honored Infineon Tec...9763Industry NewsHonored for Supply Competence and Strategic CooperationHyundai Motor Group (HMG) has honored Infineon Technologies as "Partner of the Year 2021" with the "Special Award for Supply Competence." The global automaker recognized Infineon's efforts to stabilize uncertain supply chains despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the global semiconductor shortage. In particular, Infineon was honored for its excellent risk management working with HMG. Infineon Korea and Infineon Headquarters have provided flexible and strategic cooperation to manage the difficult situation in the market. For example, by providing the silicon carbide (SiC) based power module HybridPACK CoolSiC Drive, Infineon demonstrated product quality and its ability to respond to new requirements. "Infineon is a reliable partner. We are honored that our efforts to maintain our delivery capabilities in a very challenging environment are valued and appreciated by our customers," said Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive Division at Infineon. "With the rapid momentum towards green mobility, semiconductor solutions are in high demand. We are driving the transformation toward electromobility with high-quality products, leading technology and system expertise, along with a global production network." HMG has been awarding the "Partner of the Year" award since 2002. In early 2019, Infineon was the first semiconductor manufacturer to receive this award. It was awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in just-in-time supply and contribution to strengthening the overall competitiveness of the Hyundai Motor Group.04.04.2022 09:00:00Aprnews_2022-04-15_4.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_4.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/press-releases/2022/INFATV202204-067.htmlinfineon.com
Tatsuo Bizen Appointed CEOpSemi Corporation announced the appointment of Tat...9765PeopleTatsuo Bizen Appointed CEOpSemi Corporation announced the appointment of Tatsuo Bizen as CEO effective April 1, 2022. Succeeding interim CEO Takaki Murata, Bizen joins pSemi from parent company Murata, where for more than 30 years he has served in a variety of global leadership roles in the United States, Japan and Europe. He brings an extensive background in RF and power management, and a passion for driving innovation. A Murata employee since 1985, Bizen served as vice president of the power module division. From 2012 to 2015, he was president and CEO of the Murata Power Solutions subsidiary headquartered in Massachusetts. Bizen spent the three years prior as head of Murata's global corporate marketing. From 2007 to 2009, he was president and CEO of SyChip, Inc., a Texas-based Murata subsidiary that provided RF chip-scale modules. His earlier experience includes involvement in the development of RF modules such as electronic TV tuners and circuit modules for wireless communication, and product management for RF components and modules in Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. "I am honored and eager to lead pSemi to new heights as CEO. Since the Murata acquisition in 2014, I have worked closely with pSemi employees, who have always impressed me with their hard work, can-do attitudes and inventive ideas. I look forward to working together with my pSemi colleagues to create innovative semiconductor solutions for the connected world." Tatsuo Bizen said. 31.03.2022 11:00:00Marnews_2022-04-15_6.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_6.jpghttps://www.psemi.com/newsroom/press-releases/psemi-welcomes-new-ceo-tatsuo-bizenpsemi.com
SiC Market, a Multi-Bllion-Dollar ProspectYole's compound semiconductor team released its te...9789Industry NewsSiC Market, a Multi-Bllion-Dollar ProspectYole's compound semiconductor team released its technology and market study, "Power SiC 2022". The study analyzes the challenges and opportunities of this industry in detail. Yole's analysts provide a detailed overview of the technologies as well as accurate market data. The company also offers a valuable understanding of the value chain, the infrastructure, and the competitive landscape, including an analysis of the leading SiC companies' strategies. Poshun CHIU from Yole asserts: "Strongly driven by automotive applications, especially in the EV main inverter, there were multiple newly released EVs and announcements in 2020 and 2021, following Tesla's adoption of SiC. Moreover, Tesla's record shipments helped SiC devices to reach the order of US$1 billion in 2021. To fulfill the demand for a long driving range, an 800V EV is the solution to empower fast DC charging. This is where the 1200V SiC devices play crucial roles." As of 2022, BYD's Han-EV and Hyundai's Ioniq-5 have enjoyed good sales by offering fast charging. More OEMs - such as Nio, XPeng, etc. - plan to bring SiC EVs to the market in 2022. Apart from automotive, industrial and energy applications represent the markets with a higher than 20% growth rate in our forecast period. For example, the deployment of high-power charging infrastructure with SiC modules, and the growing installation of photovoltaics. In this context, the SiC device market is expected to grow beyond US$6 billion by 2027 – from a US$1 billion business in 2021 – in Yole's latest forecast. This multi-billion-dollar business is also appealing for players to grow their revenue.31.03.2022 11:00:00Marnews_2022-05-01_6.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_6.jpghttp://www.yole.fr/Power_SiC_March2022.aspxyole.fr
700 Volt Threshold Vertical GaN Device DemonstratedOdyssey Semiconductor Technologies announced it ha...9767Industry News700 Volt Threshold Vertical GaN Device DemonstratedOdyssey Semiconductor Technologies announced it has reached a technology milestone in its development of vertical GaN power field-effect transistors (FETs). Odyssey was founded to commercialize vertical GaN FETs. FETs that can provide the conversion efficiency of GaN with the higher voltage rating of SiC. The approach will lead to breakthrough performance for the most demanding applications. Odyssey has now validated its approach at a 700 V rating while also providing industry-leading efficiency with and remarkably low on-resistance approaching 1mOhm-cm2. These devices also exhibit very low gate leakage and can be operated in a mode where they are normally "off". Technology validation can begin on these 700 V devices while an extension of the same architecture to the next milestone of a 1200 V rating or better is completed. Odyssey, with global headquarters in Ithaca, New York is developing this technology in their own manufacturing facility. As the U.S. needs to strengthen domestic semiconductor manufacturing, Odyssey is showing its commitment with its own wafer fabrication facility. This also streamlines the technology and product development processes with close collaboration between R&D and the fab. The Company is also announcing today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office recently approved U.S. Patent 11,251,295, which issued February 15th, 2022, with respect to key aspects of Odyssey's vertical GaN technology. The Patent is entitled "Vertical field effect transistor device and method of fabrication" and relates to a method of fabricating a high voltage switching device using GaN layers and materials.30.03.2022 13:00:00Marnews_2022-04-15_8.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_8.jpghttps://www.odysseysemi.com/news-media/press-releases/detail/29/odyssey-semiconductor-announces-technology-developmentodysseysemi.com
Joining ForcesSEMIKRON and Danfoss Silicon Power announced a mer...9736Industry NewsJoining ForcesSEMIKRON and Danfoss Silicon Power announced a merger to create a joint business specialized in Power Electronics focusing on power semiconductor modules. With an existing workforce of more than 3,500 dedicated power electronic specialists, the new SEMIKRON-Danfoss will provide technology expertise as the leading partner in Power Electronics. The merger comes with a firm commitment to future investments, paving the way for green growth and a more sustainable, energy efficient and decarbonized future. SEMIKRON-Danfoss will be a central enabler of this transition. The newly formed SEMIKRON-Danfoss joint business will be owned by the current owner-families of SEMIKRON and the Danfoss Group, with Danfoss being the majority owner. The joint business SEMIKRON-Danfoss will be managed by one common leadership team. It will be operated in the accustomed manner, retaining existing production facilities, customer and supplier relationships and distribution channels. SEMIKRON-Danfoss will retain the two main locations in Germany, Nuremberg and Flensburg. The current factories and sales offices of Semikron and Danfoss Silicon Power will continue operations as usual. Danfoss President & CEO Kim Fausing, said: "The new SEMIKRON-Danfoss builds on a strong long-term partnership and more than 90 years of combined technology leadership in Power Module packaging, innovation, and customer application expertise. With electrification driving the green transition, SEMIKRON-Danfoss aims to become the preferred decarbonizing partner for customers. We have the passion, competences and technologies to more than double our business in five years." SEMIKRON CEO Karl-Heinz Gaubatz added: "This really is an exciting moment. Based on close, trusting conversations over the last months we have identified that SEMIKRON and Danfoss are a unique fit with complementing assets, a strong team and shared values. By combining SEMIKRON's expertise as a pioneer for semiconductor technology with more than 70 years of experience in the development of top-class power modules and systems and the strength, innovativeness and fast-paced operations of Danfoss Silicon Power and the Danfoss Group we are positioned ideally to become one of the strongest players in power electronics."29.03.2022 20:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_24.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_24.jpghttps://www.danfoss.com/en/about-danfoss/news/cf/semikron-and-danfoss-silicon-power-join-forces/danfoss.com
Production Site for Factory Automation Control SystemMitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it ...9766Industry NewsProduction Site for Factory Automation Control SystemMitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has acquired 42,000 square meters of land in Owariasahi City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan to establish a production site for the manufacture of factory automation (FA) control system products from April 2025. Demand from the manufacturing industry for FA products is expected to show a medium- to long-term growth, particularly in digital sectors, such as semiconductors, electronic components and data centers, as well as for decarbonization-related areas such as lithium-ion batteries. To meet this increasing demand, Mitsubishi Electric will invest approximately 13 billion yen (approx. 110 million USD) to establish a new production site in Owariashi City, which neighbors Nagoya, where the company's main FA production site, Nagoya Works, is located. The factory will utilize several advanced technologies, such as 5G communication, allowing simultaneous connection of various machines, human workers and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) as they perform their manufacturing tasks. In parallel, high-speed, real-time data acquisition throughout the factory will provide data sets on all aspects of the production cycle for AI-based analysis to realize a safe and flexible production environment. Additionally, the factory, which will be a three-floor, earthquake-resistant building with a total floor area of 33,600 square meters, will incorporate Mitsubishi Electric's digital manufacturing solution "e-F@ctory". This advanced digital approach strongly impacts both the supply chain management (SCM) and engineering chain management (ECM) systems.29.03.2022 12:00:00Marnews_2022-04-15_7.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_7.jpghttps://emea.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/newsmitsubishielectric.com
Qi 1.3 Wireless Charging with AuthenticationIn order to ensure high quality wireless charging ...9777Product ReleaseQi 1.3 Wireless Charging with AuthenticationIn order to ensure high quality wireless charging power transmitters, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has released the Qi 1.3 specification with the extended power profile. This specification created demand for high security silicon authentication devices for full-service support. In response, Microchip Technology is announcing the industrial grade TrustFLEX ECC608 and the automotive grade Trust Anchor TA100 combined with Microchip secure key provisioning services for Qi 1.3 power transmitters. This offering is an all-in-one secure storage subsystem that includes key provisioning for consumer and automotive systems. The Qi 1.3 specification now mandates the addition of a secure storage subsystem with secure key provisioning including X.509 certificates to cryptographically verify the source and quality of the certified power transmitter. When a receiver, e.g. in a cell phone is placed on a Qi 1.3 power transmitter, it may initially accept a 5W charge or no charge at all. Then after a successful X.509 based ECC authentication proving the charger is an approved, "do no harm" device, the phone will then safely accept a 15W charge significantly reducing charging time. Microchip is now a WPC licensed manufacturing Certificate Authority (CA), not only offering pre-configured secure storage subsystem solutions that reduce complexity and development time, but also lowering the technical barrier of entry by handling the entire key ceremony with the WPC root certificate authority on behalf of Microchip customers.29.03.2022 09:30:00Marnews_2022-04-15_18.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_18.jpghttps://www.microchip.com/en-us/about/news-releases/products/microchip-enables-qi-1-3-wireless-charging-with-authenticationmicrochip.com
Design Center Launched in Dallas, TXNexperia announced the official launch of its new ...9764Industry NewsDesign Center Launched in Dallas, TXNexperia announced the official launch of its new design center in Dallas, Texas. Having recently celebrated its 5th anniversary as an independent company, this development marks another major step towards Nexperia's stated goal of becoming a world leader in essential semiconductors by 2030. The Dallas design center is Nexperia's first research and development facility in North America and will focus on the development of analog signal conversion and power management ICs. According to Irene Deng, general manager business group, Power and Signal Conversion at Nexperia, who will head up the new center: "The Dallas design center represents an important company milestone for several reasons. It demonstrates Nexperia's commitment to establishing R&D activity in North America and it will also enable Nexperia to expand and strengthen the analog IC portfolio, power management ICs and signal conditioning ICs." Nexperia has ambitious plans for its new center and is aiming for a sixfold increase in the numbers of employees located there by the end of 2023. "Upon presenting this investment proposal to the CEO of Nexperia, Xuezheng Zhang, it received near immediate approval, as entering the analog market delivers on our strategy to transition the Nexperia portfolio towards more differentiated, unique and combined products. Having worked in the semiconductor industry for over 30 years, I have seldom encountered such ambitious growth plans" says Dan Jensen, general manager of Nexperia's business group, Analog & Logic ICs.25.03.2022 10:00:00Marnews_2022-04-15_5.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_5.jpghttps://www.nexperia.com/about/news-events/press-releases/Nexperia-officially-launches-new-Dallas-design-center.htmlnexperia.com
ISPSD 2022 Will Bring Together Authorities on Power Devices and ICsThe 34th International Symposium on Power Semicond...9741Event NewsISPSD 2022 Will Bring Together Authorities on Power Devices and ICsThe 34th International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD 2022) will be held in hybrid format with the in-person portion held in Vancouver, Canada from May 22 – 25, 202. ISPSD brings together the experts on power devices and power integrated circuit technologies and applications. The conference venue rotates annually through regions of the world with an average attendance of about 450 engineers, scientists, students, and professors. ISPSD 2022 will open with an all-day short-course lecture series on May 22 with six exciting topics. This will be followed by three full days of technical sessions (May 23 – 25). A total of 84 oral and poster technical papers will be presented. Sessions will run sequentially, with no parallel sessions, enabling participants to listen to, and to ask questions of, every presenter. In recognition of the reality that not all authors will be able to attend in person, the conference has been shortened by one day for 2022 and we will modify the format of the conference to include video-on-demand presentations as well as two extended roundtable discussion sessions with on-line authors to enhance the experience for in-person attendees. All oral and poster presentations will be pre-recorded and available on-demand for all attendees. The technical program will consist of more than 84 presentations on novel power device concepts, process integration, device modeling, power ICs, packaging and integration, and power electronics applications. In addition, exhibition booths will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about the equipment and services of companies that support the power electronics industry.25.03.2022 10:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_5.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_5.jpghttps://www.ispsd2022.com/ispsd2022.com
High-Voltage Flat Wire InductorsITG Electronics has introduced a line of High Curr...9783Product ReleaseHigh-Voltage Flat Wire InductorsITG Electronics has introduced a line of High Current Flat Wire Inductors for industrial and rugged environments, including automotive applications. Offering a vastly superior power rating – higher inductance and current – compared with conventional flat wire inductors, the box-shaped item features denser magnetic materials allowing custom-level power in a standardized product. Among other benefits, the result is reduced weight and saved space. For example, one of the series' inductors, the ITG L201316Q, offers an inductance range from 1.00H to 105uH, and high-power capabilities of 11.6uH 75 Amp / 105uH 25 Amp. This represents 2-4 times the power capabilities offered by leading competitors. The L201316Q is an alloy powder-based DIP Inductor with lower core loss and no thermal aging concerns. Comprising AEC-Q200 compliant components for automotive applications, the ITG L201316Q utilizes exceptionally high-power density magnetics materials to achieve a the most powerful density inductor available in a standard product offering. Custom designs also are available. The series also is RoHs & HF compliant, and has a consistency-minded operating temperature range of -55°C to 150°C.24.03.2022 15:30:00Marnews_2022-04-15_24.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_24.jpghttps://www.itg-electronics.com/index.phpitg-electronics.com
Reducing Power Supply Circuit Design ResourcesROHM established QuiCur, a power supply technology...9745Industry NewsReducing Power Supply Circuit Design ResourcesROHM established QuiCur, a power supply technology that improves the load transient response characteristics (response performance involving response speed, and voltage stability of subsequent stage) of DC/DC converter ICs (Switching regulators) and LDOs (Linear regulators). In recent years, the continuing electrification of applications in all areas has increased the number of electronic components along with design resources required. As such there is a rising demand to reduce the number of capacitors used for a variety of purposes, such as stabilizing electronic circuits. What's more, to reduce the design load for power supply circuits when changing specifications, high quality power supply ICs that deliver excellent response performance and the capability to provide stable operation are required. QuiCur solves the two problems of conventional power supply IC feedback circuits when pursuing maximum response performance, namely, (1) the unusable region generated in the frequency range lower than the unstable area, and (2) variations in the zero-cross frequency (f0) due to the output capacitance, by fully dividing the roles of signal processing for response speed (control system) and voltage stability (compensation system). The first problem was solved by utilizing a dedicated error amp that does not generate an unusable area in the feedback circuit. And for the second problem, ROHM adopted a dedicated second-stage error amp and introduced technology that allows the amplification factor (gain) to be adjusted by current drive.24.03.2022 14:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_9.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_9.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=rohm-establishes-quicur-that-maximizes-the-response-performance-of-power-supply-ics&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com
Bidirectional and Regenerative Programmable DC Power ProductsElektro-Automatik introduces its 10000 series enha...9754Product ReleaseBidirectional and Regenerative Programmable DC Power ProductsElektro-Automatik introduces its 10000 series enhanced and expanded line of EA-PS and EA-PSI programmable DC power supplies, EA-PSB bidirectional DC power supplies, and EA-ELR regenerative DC electronic loads. The 10000 series includes over 180 models offering a greater range of power from 0 – 600 W to 0 – 30 kW. The models provide extended voltages from 0 – 10 V to 0 – 2000 V, a significant increase over prior 9000-series power instruments, and provide output current as high as 1000 A. All 10000 series instruments operate on the same firmware and have the same touchscreen user interface. The physical layout is the same, and all instruments have similar input and output characteristics. The common programming and user interface saves test development and setup time when building test systems that have requirements for multiple power instrumentation. All 10000 series instruments employ an autoranging output (input if an electronic load) characteristic. Autoranging enables the instrument to have a higher voltage capability at lower currents and a higher current capability at lower voltages than a power supply or load with a conventional rectangular output/input characteristic. Furthermore, an instrument with autoranging output/input can deliver/accept full power output over a significant portion of the instrument's operating range. This is in contrast with an instrument with a rectangular output characteristic which has maximum power only at its maximum voltage and current.24.03.2022 13:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_18.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_18.jpghttps://elektroautomatik.com/en/latest-news/ea-elektro-automatik-introduces-its-10000-series-of-enhanced-performance-autoranging-bidirectional-and-regenerative-programmable-dc-power-products/elektroautomatik.com
Facility in Switzerland Houses High-tech R&D and Product DevelopmentPower Integrations opened its newly constructed fa...9812Industry NewsFacility in Switzerland Houses High-tech R&D and Product DevelopmentPower Integrations opened its newly constructed facility in Biel, Switzerland at a ceremony hosted by the company's CEO, Balu Balakrishnan, and attended by Biel mayor Erich Fehr. The 4,600-square-meter, $20 million facility is the new home for about 60 engineers and other technology professionals, a number that is expected to rise as the company continues to grow in the years ahead. In addition to modern office and laboratory space, the contemporary building houses a surface-mounted-technology (SMT) line used to develop prototypes for the company's gate-driver products. The facility also features a 25-kilowatt rooftop solar array. Power Integrations' presence in Switzerland dates to its 2012 acquisition of CT-Concept Technologie AG. Its Biel operation specializes in gate drivers for high-power applications such as solar and wind energy, electric locomotives and efficient DC transmission lines, and is an integral part of the company's efforts in the electric-vehicle market. Commented Mr. Balakrishnan: "We are delighted to open our new, permanent home in Biel, bringing all of our local employees under one roof and giving us ample room for the growth we expect in the years ahead. Our presence here is an essential part of our company's efforts to develop innovative products for a low-carbon future. We are grateful to the city's leaders for their support of this project, and we look forward to a long and productive future together."24.03.2022 12:00:00Marnews_2022-05-15_7.jpg\images\news_2022-05-15_7.jpghttps://investors.power.com/news/news-details/2022/Power-Integrations-Unveils-New-Office-Facility-in-Switzerland/default.aspxpower.com
Inductors Meet Requirements in EMI Filtering, DC-DC Converter and Power Supply ApplicationsBourns announced the expansion of its power induct...9751Product ReleaseInductors Meet Requirements in EMI Filtering, DC-DC Converter and Power Supply ApplicationsBourns announced the expansion of its power inductor line with three semi-shielded power inductor model series, Model SRN3030HA, SRN4030HA, and SRN5030HA. The AEC-200 compliant power inductors are designed with high current capacity, compact size, low loss, high operating frequency, and high operating temperature. The high temperature-graded materials employed in all three series achieve a 150 °C operating temperature rating and provide a wide operating temperature range of –55 to +150 °C. These features and capabilities make Bourns' latest power inductors ideal, high reliability power conversion solutions for EMI filtering, DC-DC converters and power supplies in consumer, industrial, and telecom electronics. A magnetic-silica based coating applied to the perimeter of the inductor winding enhances the inductors' shielding and reduces magnetic field radiation compared to non-shielded options. Additionally, semi-shielded construction contributes to a lower component cost compared to similarly-sized conventional ferrite-shielded inductors. Each series offers different heating current ratings with saturation currents from 5 A to 10 A. Both Model SRN3040HA and SRN4030HA series have inductance ranges of 1-100 µH, and the SRN5030HA has a range of 0.47-100 µH. High Q values of 13 to 33 are possible in these compact power inductors, which provide high impedance at resonance frequency in combination with low loss operation.24.03.2022 10:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_15.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_15.jpghttps://bourns.com/news/press-releases/pr/2022/02/25/bourns-expands-line-with-three-new-semi-shielded-power-inductor-series-featuring-high-operating-temperaturebourns.com
Electrothermal Models Cover Entire MOSFET Operating Temperature RangeNexperia announced the release of enhanced Electro...9748Product ReleaseElectrothermal Models Cover Entire MOSFET Operating Temperature RangeNexperia announced the release of enhanced Electrothermal models for its MOSFET devices, which capture the thermal interdependency of the complete set of device parameters right across the full operating temperature range from -55 °C to 175 °C. Overall accuracy is further enhanced by the inclusion of reverse diode recovery time and device electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance in these advanced models. These enable engineers to create accurate circuit and system level simulations and assess the electrical, thermal and EMC performance before committing to build a prototype. These models also help save time and resources because engineers, who were previously required to ensure that their designs could operate under (unlikely) worst-case conditions, can now simulate their designs across specific temperatures ranges. Nexperia developed these models in close partnership with a Tier 1 OEM whose requirements could not be satisfied by any others currently available. "These advanced electrothermal models are intended to give designers the ultimate degree of confidence in the results of their circuit simulations" according to Andy Berry, applications engineer with Nexperia. "Their unprecedented level of precision is evidenced by how accurately the models predict real device behaviour during double pulse testing. Initial feedback from our collaborative partner indicates that these models are the most exact they have ever seen."24.03.2022 07:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_12.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_12.jpghttps://www.nexperia.com/about/news-events/press-releases/Advanced-Electrothermal-models-from-Nexperia-cover-entire-MOSFET-operating-temperature-range.htmlnexperia.com
50W GaN Converter for Consumer and Industrial ApplicationsThe STMicroelectronics VIPerGaN50 simplifies build...9776Product Release50W GaN Converter for Consumer and Industrial ApplicationsThe STMicroelectronics VIPerGaN50 simplifies building single-switch flyback converters up to 50 Watts and integrates a 650V gallium-nitride (GaN) power transistor for superior energy efficiency and miniaturization. With its single-switch topology and high integration, including current-sensing and protection circuitry also built-in, the VIPerGaN50 comes in a compact and low-cost 5mm x 6mm package. The speed of the integrated GaN transistor allows a high switching frequency with a small and lightweight flyback transformer. Minimal additional external components are needed to design an advanced, high-efficiency switched-mode power supply (SMPS). The VIPerGaN50 helps designers leverage GaN wide-bandgap technology to meet increasingly stringent ecodesign codes that target global energy savings and net-zero carbon emissions. It is suited to consumer and industrial applications such as power adapters, USB-PD chargers, and power supplies for home appliances, air conditioners, LED-lighting equipment, and smart meters. The converter operates in multiple modes to maximize efficiency at all line and load conditions. At heavy load, quasi-resonant (QR) operation with zero-voltage switching minimizes turn-on losses and electromagnetic emissions (EMI). At reduced load, valley skipping limits switching losses and leverages ST's proprietary valley lock to prevent audible noise. Frequency foldback with zero-voltage switching ensures the highest possible efficiency at light load, with adaptive burst mode operation to minimize losses at very low load. In addition, advanced power management cuts standby power to below 30mW.23.03.2022 09:30:00Marnews_2022-04-15_17.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_17.jpghttps://newsroom.st.com/media-center/press-item.html/n4433.htmlst.com
"All-GaN" Design for Universal Input USB PD3.1 Ultra-Fast Charger Reference DesignEPC announces the availability of the EPC9171, a 9...9757Product Release"All-GaN" Design for Universal Input USB PD3.1 Ultra-Fast Charger Reference DesignEPC announces the availability of the EPC9171, a 90 V – 260 V universal AC input to 15 V – 48 V DC output power supply designed for USB PD3.1 ultra-fast chargers. This reference design can deliver 240 W maximum output power at 48 V output voltage and 5 A load current. A power density of about 1.1 W/cm3 is achieved by employing gallium nitride (GaN) power switches operating at high switching frequencies in both the primary and secondary circuits. This 240 W reference design measures a mere 83.7 mm by 83.7 mm and shows 79% higher power density, which is more than recently released 140 W USB PD3.1 slim chargers, while providing 240 W of output power – 100 W more power! The power supply topology used in the design of the EPC9171 consists of a two-phase interleaving boost converter power factor correction (PFC) stage and an isolated LCC resonant power stage. Unlike the well-known LLC resonant power stages, which suffer from limited output voltage range, the LCC resonant converters are ideal for wide output voltage range multi-point applications. The EPC9171 is an "all-GaN" solution using GaN devices for PFC, LCC and secondary synchronous rectification. The GaN solution switches at two to three times the frequency of standard silicon MOSFET solutions, which enables the very high-power density.  22.03.2022 16:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_21.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_21.jpghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/3043/Benchmark-Power-Density-Achieved-Using-%e2%80%9cAll-GaN%e2%80%9d-Design-for-Universal-Input-USB-PD31-Ultra-Fast-Charger-Reference-Design-Delivering-240-W.aspxepc-co.com
Fiftieth Anniversary of FoundationAvnet Abacus announced its 50th year in business, ...9769Industry NewsFiftieth Anniversary of FoundationAvnet Abacus announced its 50th year in business, since the setup of its forerunner company Abacus Electronics, which was founded in 1972 with headquarters at Newbury, Berkshire in the UK. Abacus Electronics grew quickly over the decades from an embryonic start-up to become a $500 million UK stock-exchange listed electronics distribution company, building up via a combination of organic growth and acquisitions of other specialist component distributors. By the time of its merger with Avnet Time in 2009, Abacus Electronics had approximately 1100 employees based in 44 offices in 11 European countries, an office in Hong Kong and five distribution warehouses. "This year marks our fiftieth in the electronics business, growing from a small start-up company to become one of the largest component distributors across Europe and the EMEA region," said Rudy Van Parijs, President at Avnet Abacus. "It is a moment to take stock and celebrate our 50 years in business and to look at how our company has met the many challenges in our target markets over the past five decades, largely driven by global external forces from the oil crises of the 1970s to the financial crisis of the late 2000s and the global pandemic of the past two years from which we are still slowly emerging. But it also a moment to consider how we will continue to drive forward within the Avnet umbrella of its family of companies, and how we can best channel our past endeavours and our resources to better serve our customers, suppliers, partners and, very importantly, our employees, and drive forward to continued success in the coming years." 22.03.2022 15:00:00Marnews_2022-04-15_10.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_10.jpghttps://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/abacus/about-us/about-avnet-abacus/news/avnet-abacus-celebrates-fiftieth-anniversary-of-foundation/avnet.com
Airborne Base Stations Enable Life-Saving CommunicationsFukaden Corporation is enabling this humanitarian ...9746Industry NewsAirborne Base Stations Enable Life-Saving CommunicationsFukaden Corporation is enabling this humanitarian effort by providing power for mobile communication base stations that are designed into their high-powered tethered drones. These lightweight, portable drones can be deployed by first responders to deliver near-instant communication capabilities once onsite. This provides first responders the support they need to make decisions and communicate swiftly. In collaboration with major telecommunications carriers in Japan, Fukaden has conducted demonstration tests of its Power Control BOX II Main Power Supply Unit, which delivers power via a tether to the drone. It enables 1kW of power to be delivered up to 150 meters. Also, power can be scaled easily by using units in parallel to triple the power to 3kW, which provides cellular service to a 10km diameter. Running 370V up to the drone requires a high density, lighter DC-DC converter module to be installed in the drone to step the power down to DC 24V, which is needed to drive the motor. The initial Fukaden high-voltage DC-DC converter design was heavy and consumed too much space. So, the company searched for a small, lightweight DC-DC converter and replaced the large converter with a Vicor DCM power module. The Vicor DCM is an isolated DC-DC converter module that uses high-frequency, zero-voltage switching (ZVS) technology and is characterized by high conversion efficiency and high output-power density. Using the DCM reduced the volume by 75 percent and cut the weight by more than 50 percent.22.03.2022 15:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_10.png\images\news_2022-04-01_10.pnghttps://www.vicorpower.com/press-room/fukadenvicorpower.com
GaN HEMTs Featuring 8V Withstand Gate VoltageROHM 150V GaN HEMTs, GNE10xxTB series (GNE1040TB) ...9749Product ReleaseGaN HEMTs Featuring 8V Withstand Gate VoltageROHM 150V GaN HEMTs, GNE10xxTB series (GNE1040TB) increase the gate withstand voltage (rated gate-source voltage) to 8V – ideally to be applied in power supply circuits for industrial equipment such as base stations and data centers along with IoT communication devices. These products utilize an original structure that raises the rated gate-source voltage from the conventional 6V to 8V. As a result, degradation is prevented, even if overshoot voltages exceeding 6V occurs during switching - contributing to improved design margin and higher reliability in power supply circuits. The GNE10xxTB series is offered in a highly versatile package featuring superior heat dissipation and large current capability, facilitating handling during the mounting process. ROHM has trademarked GaN devices that contribute to greater energy conservation and miniaturization under the name EcoGaN, and is working to expand the lineup with devices that improve performance. Going forward, ROHM will continue to develop control ICs that leverage analog power supply technology such as Nano Pulse Control and modules that incorporate these ICs, along with power solutions that contribute to a sustainable society by maximizing the performance of GaN devices. EcoGaN refer to GaN devices that contribute to energy conservation and miniaturization by maximizing the low ON resistance and high-speed switching characteristics of GaN, with the goals of reducing application power consumption, miniaturizing peripheral components, and reducing design load along with the number of parts required.22.03.2022 08:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_13.png\images\news_2022-04-01_13.pnghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=150v-gan-hemts&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com
Oscilloscope Days Return for 2022This live two-day online event will feature applic...9739Event NewsOscilloscope Days Return for 2022This live two-day online event will feature application-oriented presentations from Rohde & Schwarz and partners, based on the day to day challenges electronics engineers face when using oscilloscopes and related test and measurement equipment to achieve their testing goals. Rohde & Schwarz has announced details of Oscilloscope Days 2022, taking place on April 27 and 28. Building on the success of the previous events, the two-day program consists of webinars presented by technical experts, in a multi-lingual format. Free to attend and delivered live, the webcasts will be streamed in English, German, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. The sessions include direct interaction with presenters and experts from Rohde & Schwarz and event partners Würth Elektronik and PE Systems. The application-oriented presentations are designed to advise engineers with regard to best practice using oscilloscopes in general, and deliver the latest updates on test fundamentals. Over the two days, the topics covered will include probing fundamentals and probe selection, developing power systems containing wide-bandgap semiconductors (SiC and GaN), measuring jitter, and using an oscilloscope for EMC fault-finding. The presentations will be available to watch on-demand after the event, for those unable to join the live sessions. Andreas Grimm, Sales Director for Oscilloscopes at Rohde & Schwarz, said: "Our presenters will get straight to the point in two 90-minute sessions on each day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We have made attending as easy as possible. A small commitment in time will deliver a large return in valuable knowhow and insights." For further information and to register for the free event, please go to: https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/_255400.html22.03.2022 08:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_3.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_3.jpghttps://www.rohde-schwarz.com/about/news-press/all-news/rohde-schwarz-oscilloscope-days-return-for-2022-press-release-detailpage_229356-1192512.html?change_c=truerohde-schwarz.com
140W Power Supply Design Using High- and Low-Voltage GaN SwitchesInnoscience Technology announced an 140W power sup...9774Product Release140W Power Supply Design Using High- and Low-Voltage GaN SwitchesInnoscience Technology announced an 140W power supply demo that uses the company's high- and low-voltage GaN HEMT devices to achieve efficiencies of over 95% (230VAC; 5V/28A). Measuring just 60x60x22mm (2.4x2.4x0.9in) the PSU has a power density of 1.76W/cm3 (29W/in3). Dr. Denis Marcon, General Manager of Innoscience Europe and Marketing Manager for the USA and Europe, explained: "By using GaN switches for both the high- and low-voltage functions on this design, we are maximizing efficiency rather than compromising it with lossy silicon devices. This is possible thanks to Innoscience's cost-effective and high-volume manufacturing processes and capabilities." The 140W 300kHz AC/DC adapter uses a CRM Totem Pole PFC + AHB topology. It features Innoscience's INN650DA140A, a 650V /140mO GaN HEMT in the 5x6mm DFN package, for switches S1 and S2, the 650V/240mO, 8x8mm DFN-packaged INN650D240A for S3, and the INN650DA240A, a 5x6mm DFN 650V/240mO device for S4. S5 and S6 are delivered by the INN150LA070A, a 150V/7mO, 2.2x3.2mm LGA part within Innoscience's low-voltage GaN HEMT range. Yi Sun, General Manager of Innoscience America and Sr VP of Product and Engineering adds: "This design, which targets USB PD3.1 notebooks and power tools, is a full 2% more efficient than silicon designs; this proves what can be achieved if GaN FETs are used everywhere, even in a relatively simple design."22.03.2022 07:30:00Marnews_2022-04-15_15.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_15.jpghttps://www.innoscience.com/site/product?el=a1innoscience.com
Power Density in Compact Surface-Mount PackageCreated with Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology the ...9773Product ReleasePower Density in Compact Surface-Mount PackageCreated with Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology the SA111 is expanding the boundaries of thermal efficiency and power density in analog modules. In a surface mount package and with a body of just 20mm x 20mm, the SA111 can provide continuous output currents of 32A, manage supply voltages of up to 650V, and achieve switching frequencies of up to 1MHz. This thermally efficient package utilizes top-side heat sinking, allowing the user to maximize board layout. The SA111's Silicon Carbide MOSFETs enable the device to withstand higher thermal stress, managing junction temperatures of up to 175°C. The SA111 SiC power module offers a fully integrated solution allowing for increased device control and protec­tion, featuring an integrated gate driver, under-voltage lockout, and active Miller clamping. "The SA111 underlines again Apex Microtechnology's ability to provide leading-edge high power solutions in a very compact footprint.", says Director of Business Development, Jens Eltze. "Apex's patented PQ package addresses the demand from the market for surface mountable devices with top-side cooling." With the surface mount package style and exceptionally compact size, designers are afforded the ability to maximize board real estate, allowing for the use of multiple devices in circuit designs with high power requirements. A wide range of target applications include MRI gradient coil-drive, magnetic bearings, motor drive, test equipment, server-fans, Power Factor Correction (PFC), and AC/DC and DC/DC converters.22.03.2022 06:30:00Marnews_2022-04-15_14.png\images\news_2022-04-15_14.pnghttps://www.apexanalog.com/applications/applications_overview.htmlapexanalog.com
MOSFETs 650 V in D²PAK for Lowest LossesInfineon Technologies introduces a family of CoolS...9759Product ReleaseMOSFETs 650 V in D²PAK for Lowest LossesInfineon Technologies introduces a family of CoolSiC 650 V silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs to deliver reliable, easy-to-use, and cost-effective top performance. The devices build on Infineon's SiC trench technology and come in a compact D 2PAK SMD 7-pin package with .XT interconnection technology. They target high power applications including servers, telecom, industrial SMPS, fast EV charging, motor drives, solar energy systems, energy storage, and battery formation. The products offer improved switching behavior at higher currents and 80 percent lower reverse recovery charge (Q rr) and drain-source charge (Q oss) than the best silicon reference. The reduced switching losses allow high-frequency operations in smaller system sizes, enabling higher efficiency and power density. The trench technology is the basis for superior gate oxide reliability. Together with an improved avalanche and short-circuit robustness this ensures the highest system reliability even in harsh environments. The SiC MOSFETs are suitable for topologies with repetitive hard commutation as well as for high temperature and harsh operations. Thanks to a very low on-resistance (R DS(on)) dependency with temperature they show an excellent thermal behavior. Featuring a wide voltage from gate to source (V GS) range from -5 V up to 23 V and supporting 0 V turn-off V GS and a gate-source threshold voltage (V GS(th)) greater than 4 V, the family also works with standard MOSFET gate driver ICs. Additionally, the products support bi-directional topologies and full dv/dt controllability, offering reduced system cost and complexity, as well as ease of adoption and integration.21.03.2022 18:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_23.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_23.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/market-news/2022/INFPSS202203-065.htmlinfineon.com
Collaboration on In-Wall 65W GaN ChargerSilanna Semiconductor and smart socket outlet spec...9772Industry NewsCollaboration on In-Wall 65W GaN ChargerSilanna Semiconductor and smart socket outlet specialist Smarter Living, have announced a 65W in-wall GaN (gallium nitride) fast charger. Measuring just 42mm x 42mm x 30mm, the 3510PDFE charger is built around Silanna's SZ1131 active clamp flyback (ACF) controller and is the first in a series of small form factor wall sockets that Smarter Living will be providing for global markets. Discussing the launch of the charger, Smarter Living CEO Jean-Paul Otto, comments: "The demand for wall-mounted USB charging outlets is growing rapidly and customers are expecting increasingly higher output powers in the smallest form factors. Partnering with Silanna Semiconductor allows us to rapidly develop a series of charging sockets that address these requirements by offering high-performance, efficient and compact charging solutions that can quickly and easily be deployed across a variety of markets." Mark Drucker, Silanna Semiconductor's CEO, adds: "The SZ1131 ACF controller is designed to help manufacturers deliver the high-performance fast charging demanded by power-hungry mobile phones, tablets, notebooks and gaming consoles with the smallest form factor and the lowest energy requirements. By working closely with Smarter Living, we have been able to bring these benefits to the world's smallest wall-mounted 65W GaN charger."21.03.2022 18:00:00Marnews_2022-04-15_13.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_13.jpghttps://powerdensity.com/2022/03/21/silanna-semiconductor-and-smarter-living-collaborate-on-worlds-smallest-in-wall-65w-gan-charger/powerdensity.com
SiC MOSFETs and Schottky Barrier Diodes for High-Voltage Power ElectronicsMicrochip Technology announced the expansion of it...9758Product ReleaseSiC MOSFETs and Schottky Barrier Diodes for High-Voltage Power ElectronicsMicrochip Technology announced the expansion of its SiC portfolio with the release of a 3.3 kV SiC MOSFETs and high current-rated SiC SBDs, enabling designers to take advantage of ruggedness, reliability and performance. With the expansion of Microchip's SiC portfolio, designers are equipped with the tools to develop smaller, lighter and more efficient solutions for electrified transportation, renewable energy, aerospace and industrial applications. Many silicon-based designs have reached their limits in efficiency improvements, system cost reduction and application innovation. While high-voltage SiC provides a proven alternative to achieve these results, until now, the availability of 3.3 kV SiC power devices was limited. Microchip's 3.3 kV MOSFETs and SBDs join the company's comprehensive portfolio of SiC solutions that include 700V, 1200V and 1700V die, discretes, modules and digital gate drivers. Microchip's 3.3 kV SiC power devices include MOSFETs with RDS(on) of 25 mOhm and SBDs with current rating of 90 amps. Both MOSFETs and SBDs are available in die or package form. These levels of performance enable designers to simplify their design, create higher-power systems and use fewer paralleled components for smaller, lighter and more efficient power solutions. The expanded SiC portfolio is supported by a range of SiC SPICE models compatible with Microchip's MPLAB Mindi analog simulator modules and driver board reference designs. The Intelligent Configuration Tool (ICT) enables designers to model efficient SiC gate driver settings for Microchip's AgileSwitch family of configurable digital gate drivers.21.03.2022 17:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_22.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_22.jpghttps://www.microchip.com/en-us/about/news-releases/products/microchip-unveils-industry-leading-3-3-kv-silicon-carbide-power-devicesmicrochip.com
20-Year Warranty for GaN ICsNavitas Semiconductor has announced a 20-year limi...9770Industry News20-Year Warranty for GaN ICsNavitas Semiconductor has announced a 20-year limited warranty for its GaNFast technology – 10x longer than typical silicon, SiC or discrete GaN power semiconductors – and a critical accelerator for GaN's adoption in data center, solar and EV markets. GaN is a semiconductor technology that runs up to 20x faster than legacy silicon chips. Navitas' proprietary GaNFast power ICs integrate GaN power (FET) and GaN drive plus control, sensing and protection. The result is easy-to-use, high-speed, high-performance 'digital-in, power-out' building blocks that deliver up to 3x faster charging in half the size and weight, and with up to 40% energy savings compared with earlier silicon solutions. The unprecedented 20-year limited warranty is founded on Navitas' holistic approach to product reliability through design, testing, characterization and certification. As the pioneer in GaN power ICs and a founding member of the industry's JEDEC JC-70.1 GaN standards committee, Navitas developed proprietary high-speed production and qualification testing to set new standards in GaN reliability. "As leading-edge customers like Enphase (solar), Brusa (EV) and Compuware (data center) confirm GaN's technical and environmental benefits over legacy silicon chips, they are laser-focused on critical, long-term reliability," said Gene Sheridan, CEO and co-founder of Navitas. "GaN power ICs have a 6x-lower FIT rate (failures in time) than silicon, and this 20-year limited warranty puts Navitas front and center in the next-generation semiconductor revolution."21.03.2022 16:00:00Marnews_2022-04-15_11.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_11.jpghttps://navitassemi.com/navitas-announces-worlds-first-20-year-warranty-for-gan-ics/navitassemi.com
High Power Totem Pole PFC Controlleronsemi introduced its latest mixed-signal control...9782Product ReleaseHigh Power Totem Pole PFC Controlleronsemi introduced its latest mixed-signal controller dedicated to bridgeless totem pole PFC (TP PFC) topology. The NCP1681 targets ultra-high density offline power supplies. Building upon the success of theNCP1680, which is suited for designs up to 350 W, the controller extends the power capability into the kilowatt range. In the past, TP PFC designs required the use of an MCU that added design complexity and the need for coding. However, with the NCP1681, only a few external components and no coding is needed to be added for a fully-featured TP PFC solution, thereby saving time, cost and space. Commenting on the release, Robert Tong, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Computing and Cloud Division at onsemi said "The NCP1681 extends the benefits of code-free TP PFC design into higher power. This allows our customers to continue to enhance the efficiency of their design while reducing design time and cost, thereby delivering solutions to market quickly." The NCP1681 can be configured to work in either fixed frequency continuous conduction mode (CCM) or multi-mode operation, where the controller naturally transitions between CCM and critical conduction mode (CrM) for optimal performance across power levels.21.03.2022 14:30:00Marnews_2022-04-15_23.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_23.jpghttps://www.onsemi.com/company/news-media/press-announcements/en/onsemi-unveils-new-high-power-totem-pole-pfc-controller-meeting-challenging-efficiency-standardonsemi.com
Debut with First Commercial Products at APECFabless semiconductor company Cambridge GaN Device...9744Industry NewsDebut with First Commercial Products at APECFabless semiconductor company Cambridge GaN Devices Ltd. (CGD) has emerged from stealth mode to announce the launch of its first portfolio of products capable of reducing power losses by up to 50%. Marking the company's debut appearance at APEC, CGD has launched the ICeGaN 650 V H1 series comprising four 650 V products that utilise the power of Gallium Nitride-based technology. Spun out of Cambridge University, CGD has spent the past six years in R&D to design, develop and commercialise products that tackle some of the world's most pressing energy consumption challenges. Since 2016 the company has built a portfolio of 39 patents and applications, 20 of which are distinctive inventions, focused on faster, smaller and more economical devices designed to drive widespread adoption of GaN technology in consumer electronics and beyond. The 650 V H1 product series represents CGD's commercial launch, enabling the use of standard MOSFET drivers and no external components needed for protection. Engineers will be able to use CGD's GaN-based technology in applications currently run with silicon-based devices or with other GaN solutions, while CGD is set to tap into a power semiconductor market estimated to be worth over $50 billion by 2027. 21.03.2022 13:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_8.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_8.jpghttps://camgandevices.com/camgandevices.com
Collaboration on Power Module to Accelerate Silicon Carbide AdoptionNXP Semiconductors has announced a collaboration w...9798Product ReleaseCollaboration on Power Module to Accelerate Silicon Carbide AdoptionNXP Semiconductors has announced a collaboration with Hitachi Energy to accelerate the adoption of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor modules in e-mobility. The project aims to provide SiC MOSFET-based solutions for powertrain inverters comprised of NXPs GD3160 isolated HV Gate Drivers and Hitachi Energy's RoadPak automotive SiC MOSFET power modules. Hitachi Energy's high-performance automotive power semiconductor module RoadPak delivers excellent heat dissipation, low stray inductances, and long-term ruggedness to withstand the challenging automotive environment; a key to unleashing the full capabilities and benefits of SiC MOSFETs. To attain optimal performance, the power module is paired with NXP's GD3160 high-voltage, isolated gate driver which enables fast and reliable switching and fault protection. "Working with Hitachi Energy has allowed us to highlight the efficiency and range benefits of SiC MOSFETs for e-mobility. By pairing the GD3160 with the Hitachi Energy's RoadPak SiC module, we've delivered a solution that aims to reduce the transition time from evaluation to performance optimization of SiC MOSFETs used in traction inverters." Said Robert Li, Vice President and General Manager of NXP's Drivers & Energy Systems Product Line. Hitachi Energy has been leveraging its technology and the experience gained in the industrial and transportation segments to develop its high-density RoadPak automotive SiC power modules for e-mobility applications. The RoadPak half-bridge power module incorporates 1200V SiC MOSFETs, integrated cooling pin-fins and low inductance connections all in a small form factor. It can support applications from e-buses and electric passenger vehicles to high-performance Formula-E race cars.21.03.2022 10:30:00Marnews_2022-05-01_15.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_15.jpghttps://www.nxp.com/company/about-nxp/nxp-and-hitachi-energy-collaborate-on-power-module-to-accelerate-silicon-carbide-adoption-in-e-mobility:NW-NXP-AND-HITACHI-ENERGY-COLLABORATE-ON-POWERnxp.com
Chipset Delivers 250 W with Over 98 Percent EfficiencyPower Integrations announced the HiperLCS-2 chipse...9794Product ReleaseChipset Delivers 250 W with Over 98 Percent EfficiencyPower Integrations announced the HiperLCS-2 chipset, an IC family that simplifies the design and manufacture of LLC resonant power converters. The dual-chip solution features an isolation device with a high-bandwidth LLC controller, synchronous rectification driver and FluxLink isolated control link, alongside a separate half-bridge power device utilizing Power Integrations' unique 600 V FREDFETs with lossless current sensing and high- and low-side drivers. Both devices are housed in low-profile InSOP-24 packages. This integrated, energy-efficient architecture eliminates heatsinks and reduces component count by up to 40 percent compared to discrete designs. Edward Ong, senior product marketing manager at Power Integrations said: "Resonant converters using separate controllers and discrete MOSFETs can be incredibly bulky and are notoriously difficult to manufacture due to their complexity and high component count. We have applied our advanced FREDFETs and magneto-inductive FluxLink technology to the LLC topology, yielding 98 percent efficiency and reducing component count by 40 percent, while eliminating bulky heatsinks and unreliable optocouplers. This enables designers to create compact adapters and open-frame power supplies for TVs, monitors with USB PD ports, all-in-one PCs, game consoles and battery chargers for power tools and e-bikes."21.03.2022 06:30:00Marnews_2022-05-01_11.jpg\images\news_2022-05-01_11.jpghttps://investors.power.com/news/news-details/2022/Power-Integrations-HiperLCS-2-Chipset-Boosts-LLC-Converter-Efficiency-Slashes-Component-Count-by-40-Percent/default.aspxpower.com
Quasi-Resonant PFC IC with 750 V GaN SwitchPower Integrations announced the HiperPFS-5 family...9747Product ReleaseQuasi-Resonant PFC IC with 750 V GaN SwitchPower Integrations announced the HiperPFS-5 family of power-factor-correction (PFC) ICs with an integrated 750 V PowiGaN gallium-nitride switch. With efficiency of up to 98.3 percent, the ICs deliver up to 240 W without a heat sink and can achieve a power factor of better than 0.98. HiperPFS-5 ICs are ideal for high-power USB PD adapters, TVs, game consoles, all-in-one computers and appliances. The capacitors and inductors used in power supplies generate a phase change between current and voltage, causing losses in the power lines and potentially disrupting other equipment connected to the AC mains. Many countries require power supplies over 75 W to adjust for this effect with so-called power factor correction, or PFC. While there are many PFC solutions available, HiperPFS-5 ICs with PowiGaN technology and a quasi-resonant (QR) control scheme represent the pinnacle of the art and science of off-line power quality enhancement. HiperPFS-5's innovative QR discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) control technique adjusts the switching frequency across output load, input line voltage and input line cycle. QR DCM control ensures low switching losses and permits the use of a low-cost boost diode. The variable frequency engine allows the reduction of boost inductor size by more than 50 percent compared to conventional critical-conduction-mode (CRM) boost PFC circuits.21.03.2022 06:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_11.gif\images\news_2022-04-01_11.gifhttps://investors.power.com/news/news-details/2022/Power-Integrations-Unveils-High-Efficiency-Quasi-Resonant-PFC-IC-with-750-V-GaN-Switch/default.aspxpower.com
Innovation Award and Young Engineer Award 2022This year the jury has decided to give the SEMIKRO...9738Industry NewsInnovation Award and Young Engineer Award 2022This year the jury has decided to give the SEMIKRON Innovation Award to Stephan Wirths and the SiC R&D group of Hitachi Energy Ltd. Semiconductors team led by Lars Knoll in Lenzburg, Switzerland for their innovation regarding 'High-k SiC Power MOSFETs for the Next Generation of E-mobility Power Modules'. The team has developed a novel MOS gate stack technology based on high-k dielectrics for SiC Power MOSFETs replacing today´s SiO2 gate oxides. The conventional gate oxide is a weak point of today´s SiC MOSFETS as it suffers from highly defective oxide/SiC interfaces and the intense electric field across the gate oxide negatively impacts device performance as well as reliability. The innovation has been successfully verified and demonstrated by fabricating fully functional vertical high-k power SiC MOSFETs for several voltage classes, namely 1.2kV, 1.7kV and 3.3kV. The on-state performance could be improved by 35% compared to devices with SiO2 gate oxide, and improved threshold voltage stability could be demonstrated. This year's SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award is given to Michael Basler from Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF in Freiburg, Germany for his work on 'Monolithic Integration for GaN Power ICs'. The researcher has pushed the GaN-on-Si technology by pioneering concepts and demonstrated two innovative monolithic-integrated GaN power ICs with outstanding performance, a synchronous buck converter with half-bridge, driver and control for highly-compact DC-DC conversion as well as an active rectifier diode with power switch, control and auxiliary power supply for highly-compact AC-DC rectification.18.03.2022 07:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_2.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_2.jpghttps://www.semikron.com/about-semikron/news-press/detail/semikron-foundation-and-ecpe-honour-sic-rd-group-of-hitachi-energy-ltd-semiconductors-with-the-innovation-award-2021-while-this-years-young-engineer-award-goes-to-michael-basler.htmlsemikron.com
Low Compliance Voltage OhmmeterSaelig has introduced the AltoNovus OR-01 OhmRange...9753Product ReleaseLow Compliance Voltage OhmmeterSaelig has introduced the AltoNovus OR-01 OhmRanger-LCV Low Compliance Voltage Ohmmeter, an accurate, affordable, portable meter which can measure a wide range of resistances simply and quickly. Individually factory-calibrated, this meter measures resistances from greater than 100Mohms down to 10 Ohms. Additional built-in features include a signal-to-noise measurement, which indicates how much noise, variation, and AC elements are in the signal, as well as maximum and minimum current samples during the reading. Higher resistances (lower currents) are more susceptible to noise errors. The maximum regulated stimulus voltage that can be supplied by OhmRanger-LCV can be selected as 206mV or 380 mV to prevent harming a device under test. The maximum stimulus current is limited to approximately 30mA.  A backlit 128 x 64 LCD display provides a wealth of information about the resistance readings, which are displayed every 400mS and built from 160 averaged samples to eliminate 50/60 Hz line noise. Factory set calibration compensation is applied to both current and voltage, in order to give an accurate reading of resistance. A configurable audible signal informs the operator that a stable reading has been achieved.17.03.2022 12:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_17.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_17.jpghttps://www.saelig.com/pr/ohmranger.htmlsaelig.com
Small Cell Solutions Provide Reliability and EfficiencyTo help power its customers' 5G transition, ABB Po...9752Product ReleaseSmall Cell Solutions Provide Reliability and EfficiencyTo help power its customers' 5G transition, ABB Power Conversion has expanded its solution offerings with its CC1600 rectifier, CC1600 high-voltage DC/DC converter, and a line power solution – its QS200 downstream converter. According to ABB's recent survey of 204 Fortune 1000 CIOs and CTOs, of the criteria being used to evaluate 5G infrastructure providers, the highest priorities identified were product features (including power levels and efficiency) at 34% and reliability at 23% – further emphasizing the need for new power solutions to help enable the 5G transition. The CC1600-SC55 conduction-cooled rectifier provides reliable power in a sealed and weatherized enclosure that can be mounted on a pole, the side of a building, or various other outdoor locations that are vulnerable to the elements, making it ideal for powering 5G equipment. The 1600-watt (W) power supply also is available as a high-voltage DC/DC converter (CC1600SC54HV) that offers similar outdoor installation capabilities but is fed by a +/- 190-volt (V) DC input instead of the 240V AC input found on the CC1600 rectifier. It also can remotely power small cells from a centralized location with battery backup. The QS200 is a sealed, 380V-to-48V submersible downstream line power converter that extends from a centralized power location to the load device through a twisted pair of copper cables. Designed for outdoor operation, the four-circuit converter can be strand, pole, or ground-mounted regardless of potential water saturation, making it ideally suited for low-power, outdoor distributed loads such as DSL-type broadband applications as well as small cell and 5G applications.17.03.2022 11:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_16.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_16.jpghttps://www.abbpowerconversion.com/about/news/press-releases/abb-small-cell-solutions-provide-reliability-efficiency-needed-to-power-the-5g-transitionabbpowerconversion.com
Expansion of AC-DC GaN Power Module FamilyTransphorm confirmed that power supply manufacture...9743Industry NewsExpansion of AC-DC GaN Power Module FamilyTransphorm confirmed that power supply manufacturer TDK-Lambda has expanded its GaN-based PFH500F product line. As with their GaN-based predecessor, these latest supplies deliver various GaN benefits to end applications including a six percent efficiency increase in a 13 percent smaller device package. Combined, these advantages yield a 38 percent power density improvement when compared to the PFE500SA-12 and PFE500SA-48, TDK-Lambda's incumbent silicon-based 12V and 48V modules. The PFH500F series uses 72 mO, 8×8 PQFN GaN FETs from Transphorm. These power transistors' high power density enabled TDK to cool the GaN power supplies via thin baseplates. In turn, TDK was able to produce a leaner, tightly contained power module capable of supporting a wide variety of broad industrial applications operating in harsh environments. The 12V and 48V modules were designed by the TDK-Lambda Americas Dallas, TX team and deploy a bridgeless totem pole PFC configuration. While the flagship 28V GaN power supply took about three plus years to design, TDK's engineering team was able to adapt its learning to produce these latest models in a year. "TDK's decision to launch the PFH500F product line as a GaN line was the result of carefully considering what our customers want and need," said Jin He, Vice President of Engineering at TDK-Lambda Americas. "And, what our customers require are reliable power systems for use in rugged applications that can't afford to fail. By using Transphorm's GaN, we are able to confidently deliver that in increasingly smaller, higher performing PSUs that can also inspire end system innovation."15.03.2022 12:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_7.png\images\news_2022-04-01_7.pnghttps://www.transphormusa.com/en/news/tdk_pfh500f_series_expansion/transphormusa.com
Heading Into the Future of Electronics - Sustainablyelectronica 2022, which takes place from November ...9742Event NewsHeading Into the Future of Electronics - Sustainablyelectronica 2022, which takes place from November 15 to 18, will once again bring the international electronics industry together at the Munich exhibition grounds under the motto "Driving sustainable progress." Through their products and solutions, exhibitors at the world's leading trade fair, ranging from start-ups to global corporations, will show what role electronics plays in paving the way for sustainable technologies for future societal topics. A comprehensive supporting program with conferences and forums offers room for personal and professional exchange. After electronica 2020 took place as a purely virtual event, electronica 2022 is once again registering high interest from exhibitors and will fill 13 halls on the Munich exhibition grounds. As a co-located event, SEMICON Europa will take up an additional hall. "The exhibitors, top decision makers and thought leaders want to discuss innovations and trends in person again at last and they're already looking ahead to the fall with confidence," says Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München. "For them, electronica is the world's most important industry get-together and the only one this year that seamlessly covers the complete spectrum of electronics." To ensure a secure visit to the trade fair, the organizers are relying on a detailed safety and hygiene concept which has already been proven at the likes of productronica in fall 2021.15.03.2022 11:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_6.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_6.jpghttps://electronica.de/en/newsroom/press-material/press-releases/detail/heading-into-the-future-of-electronics-sustainably.htmlelectronica.de
High Performance Impedance MeasurementsWith a family of high performance LCR meters, the ...9750Product ReleaseHigh Performance Impedance MeasurementsWith a family of high performance LCR meters, the frequency range of impedance measurements provided by Rohde & Schwarz test equipment is extended to cover AC components operating from 4 Hz to 10 MHz, supporting all practical applications. The R&S LCX family of LCR meters serves all established impedance measurements plus specialized measurements for selected component types and provides both, the high accuracy required in R&D, and the high speed needed in production test and quality assurance. For engineers selecting suitable capacitors, inductances, resistors, and analog filters to match the device application, the R&S LCX models provide high precision impedance values with high accuracy. Equally, higher speed measurements at production-use accuracy for quality control and monitoring are also supported. All the essential software and hardware required for production environments is available, including remote control and result logging, as well as rack mounting for the instrument, and a full range of test fixtures for handling components. The auto-balancing bridge technology used by the R&S LCX supports conventional impedance measurements by measuring the AC voltage and current for the device under test, including the phase shift. This is then used to calculate complex impedance at any given operational point. As a general purpose LCR meter, the R&S LCX covers many applications, such as the measurement of equivalent series resistance (ESR) and equivalent series inductance (ESL) of electrolytic capacitors and DC-link capacitors.15.03.2022 09:30:00Marnews_2022-04-01_14.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_14.jpghttps://www.rohde-schwarz.com/uk/about/news-press/all-news/new-r-s-lcx-strengthens-rohde-schwarz-portfolio-for-high-performance-impedance-measurements-press-release-detailpage_229356-1187841.htmlrohde-schwarz.com
Congress Shows Solutions for More Safety and Sustainability in Supply ChainsUnder the guiding theme "Obsolescence Management -...9761Event NewsCongress Shows Solutions for More Safety and Sustainability in Supply ChainsUnder the guiding theme "Obsolescence Management - how to exceed your customers' expectations", the fifth international obsolescence conference and associated trade fair will be held in Munich from 17 to 19 May 2022 at the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre. The organiser is the renowned International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM), to which the COGD Component Obsolescence Group Deutschland e.V. also belongs. The focus of the congress is on the management of obsolescence as a significant influence on the value chain. In numerous presentations, more than 30 experts will present new ideas, methods and integrated approaches to obsolescence management that make value chains safer and more sustainable. Manufacturers and users particularly of durable economic goods have been struggling for some time with the fact that components, systems or materials urgently needed for the production or maintenance of their assets or equipment are increasingly being discontinued after a short time or are no longer available for other reasons. However, the Covid19 pandemic and other influences have now massively exacerbated already existing supply chain problems. They illustrate the effects that persistent obsolescence will have on manufacturing companies in general: significant loss of flexibility in the procurement of goods, higher inventory costs, more redesigns and, in the worst case, possibly even serious loss of sales if supply bottlenecks persist.15.03.2022 07:00:00Marnews_2022-04-15_2.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_2.jpghttps://www.theiiom.org/SharedContent/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=7d8f7f01-223e-41c5-b976-d9dec5d9676a&iSearchResult=true&WebsiteKey=418a030b-b65c-476a-90cf-c1c61e2a5ccatheiiom.org
'Tech for Good' Award Celebrates Women in TechnologyRS Components (RS) has sponsored the 'Tech for Goo...9740Industry News'Tech for Good' Award Celebrates Women in TechnologyRS Components (RS) has sponsored the 'Tech for Good' category at the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards 2022, which celebrate the achievements of women in technology. This sponsorship showcases the company's commitment to developing a sustainable and inclusive future through people and innovation. The annual RS 'Tech for Good' award is presented to a woman who is driving forward an initiative that uses technology to make a positive difference, whether as part of a social enterprise, diversity and inclusion, a focus on sustainability, or any other area of impact. This year, 'Tech for Good' category finalists showed a clear focus on developing applied, innovative, technology-led solutions to real world problems, using technology for good in the world. The everywoman in Technology Awards 2022 were held in London. Claire Rose, Director of New Venture Development at RS, commented: "The strength of applications in the 'Tech for Good' category this year was remarkable. It was great to see ambitious game-changing technologies being developed, delivered, and advocated with passion, intellect, compassion, and intelligence; aiming to deliver technology for good on a global scale and with impact. Well done to all the applicants. "RS is a strong advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion. As a global engineering and technology-led business, we are proud to support everywoman and applaud their movement for gender parity in the workplace."10.03.2022 09:00:00Marnews_2022-04-01_4.jpg\images\news_2022-04-01_4.jpghttps://everywomanforum.com/mpage/everywoman-in-technology-awards-tech-for-good-awardeverywomanforum.com
Reference Design Uses Controller Optimized to Drive GaN FETsEPC announces the availability of the EPC9160, a d...9735Product ReleaseReference Design Uses Controller Optimized to Drive GaN FETsEPC announces the availability of the EPC9160, a dual output synchronous buck converter reference design board operating at 2 MHz switching frequency that converts an input voltage of 9 V to 24 V to a 3.3 V or 5 V output voltage and delivers up to 15 A continuous current for both outputs. Thanks to the high switching frequency the converter size is very small, only 23 mm x 22 mm for both outputs, and the inductor height is only 3 mm. The high density and thickness of the design plus the 2 MHz switching frequency make this solution ideal for automotive console applications, where 2 MHz switching frequency is preferred, and computing, industrial, consumer, and telecom power systems requiring small size and a very thin profile. eGaN FETs provide the fast switching, high efficiency and small size that can meet the stringent power density requirements of these leading-edge applications. The EPC9160 reference design uses the EPC2055 enhancement-mode GaN FET and the LTC7890 two-phase analog buck controller with integrated GaN drivers. The LTC7890 100 V low Iq, dual, 2-phase synchronous step-down controller is fully optimized to drive EPC eGaN FETs and integrates a half bridge driver and smart bootstrap diode. It offers optimized near-zero deadtime or programmable deadtime and programmable switching frequency up to 3 MHz. The quiescent current of 5 uA (VIN = 48 V, VOUT = 5 V, CH1 only) enables very low standby power consumption and excellent light load efficiency.09.03.2022 17:30:00Marnews_2022-03-15_23.jpg\images\news_2022-03-15_23.jpghttps://epc-co.com/epc/EventsandNews/News/ArtMID/1627/ArticleID/3041/EPC-and-Analog-Devices-Collaborate-to-Deliver-up-to-2-MHz-Switching-Frequency-for-the-Highest-Density-DC-DC-Converters-Using-GaN-FETs.aspxepc-co.com
Series C Funding and Scale-up of Product PortfolioMenlo Microsystems announced its $150 million Seri...9771Industry NewsSeries C Funding and Scale-up of Product PortfolioMenlo Microsystems announced its $150 million Series C, bringing Menlo Micro's total cumulative funding to over $225 million. Vertical Venture Partners and Tony Fadell's Future Shape led the round with participation from new investors Fidelity Management & Research Company, DBL Partners and Adage Capital Management along with existing investors, Standard Investments, Paladin Capital Group, Piva Capital, and PeopleFund. Menlo Micro will use the funding to expand the company's domestic manufacturing and supply chain for the Ideal Switch, the most disruptive technological innovation in the electronics industry since the advent of the transistor. "Today's funding milestone underscores the confidence our investors have in Menlo Micro's transformative technology to fuel the electrification of everything and modernize the  $100+ billion market for RF communications, power switching and protection devices in the 21st century," said Russ Garcia, Menlo Micro CEO. "It will enable us to expand our manufacturing in the U.S. and accelerate the development of our power roadmap to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges. We're positioned to enable the upgrade of the world's aging power grids, modernize smart buildings and factories, and eliminate many of the inefficiencies in our legacy electrical infrastructure."09.03.2022 17:00:00Marnews_2022-04-15_12.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_12.jpghttps://menlomicro.com/newsroom/menlo-micro-announces-150-million-in-series-c-funding-as-ideal-switch-technology-accelerates-the-electrification-of-everythingmenlomicro.com
3000 Watt DC/DC Converter for Electric VehiclesGreen Watt Power announces the EVD3000 Series of f...9779Product Release3000 Watt DC/DC Converter for Electric VehiclesGreen Watt Power announces the EVD3000 Series of fully encapsulated, ruggedized DC/DC converters for Electric Vehicle applications. The EVD3000 has an input range from 280 to 880V with output voltages of either 27.5Vdc or 48Vdc to power auxiliary EV functions such as air conditioning, lights, instruments, accessories, etc. or to act as a distribution voltage for subsystems. The EVD3000 is fully isolated input to output and protected by Over Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Protection, Input Reverse Polarity Protection and Over Temperature Protection. Efficiencies for the EVD3000 run as high as 96% and the unit features a metal baseplate for excellent heat transfer to a metal mounting surface. Customers can choose either the IP67 or IP54 models for protection against water intrusion. The EVD3000 provides a cost-effective solution for higher power requirements.  All models feature Remote ON/OFF and are ROHS compliant. Line and Load Regulation for the EVD3000 is +/-1%.  Output Ripple and Noise is 500mV peak to peak typical. The working temperature range of the EVD3000 is -40 to +850C. The case size is 260x180x62mm. The EVD3000 weight is 3.5kg and designed to meet IEC, UL, and CSA requirements with EMC Emission: EN12895, EN55022; EMC Immunity: EN12895, and ESD: EN12895 (±4KV Contact, ±15KV Air).09.03.2022 11:30:00Marnews_2022-04-15_20.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_20.jpghttps://greenwattpower.com/product-category/electric-vehicle-products/dc-dc-converters/greenwattpower.com
Fuse Provides 1000Vdc Automotive Grade ProtectionLittelfuse announced the EV1K Series Fuses, an Aut...9733Product ReleaseFuse Provides 1000Vdc Automotive Grade ProtectionLittelfuse announced the EV1K Series Fuses, an Automotive Grade fuse with a rating of 1000 Vdc. They are designed and tested to meet the overcurrent circuit protection needs of the eMoblilty market, specifically Electric Vehicle (EV) applications. There is a clear need for more robust safety solutions as the eMobility market transitions from 500 Vdc to 800 Vdc pack voltages," said Juergen Scheele, Vice President, Business Development xEV/AEB at Littelfuse. "The EV1K series fuses are designed to withstand severe automotive environments, providing 1,000 Vdc rated Automotive Grade solutions with amperages from 60 A to 125 A. Fuses up to 600 A are also under development." The EV1K series fuse is provided in bulk package of 60pcs per box.08.03.2022 15:30:00Marnews_2022-03-15_21.jpg\images\news_2022-03-15_21.jpghttps://www.littelfuse.com/about-us/news/news-releases/2022/littelfuse-ev1k-series-fuse-first-to-provide-1000vdc-automotive-grade-protection-for-next-gen-passenger-cars-and-commercial-evs.aspxlittelfuse.com
SiC MOSFETs Chosen by Lucid for On-board Charging of Luxury EVROHM Semiconductor has announced that Lucid is usi...9717Industry NewsSiC MOSFETs Chosen by Lucid for On-board Charging of Luxury EVROHM Semiconductor has announced that Lucid is using its silicon carbide metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (SiC MOSFET) in the Lucid Air. The Wunderbox, the main on-board charging unit in the Lucid Air, integrates a DC-DC converter and the Bi-directional On-Board Charger (OBC), where an advanced power factor correction circuit is capable of operating at high switching frequencies thanks to the performance of the SiC MOSFET. The improved performance at high frequency and high temperature of ROHM's SCT3040K and SCT3080K SiC MOSFETs have helped Lucid to reduce the size of the design, and to reduce power losses, which results in high charging efficiency. Lucid's mission is to inspire the adoption of sustainable energy by creating the most captivating electric vehicles, centered around the human experience. The company's first car, Lucid Air, is a luxury sedan with a California-inspired design underpinned by race-proven technology. Customer deliveries of Lucid Air, which is produced at Lucid's new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, are underway. Kazuhide Ino, ROHM's Managing Executive Officer, CSO and Director of Accounting & Finance Headquarters: "We are excited to help Lucid develop systems for electric vehicles that maximize the potential of ROHM's SiC MOSFETs. ROHM will continue to strengthen its SiC device lineup, delivering power solutions - such as the charging systems featured in the Lucid Air - that contribute to technological innovation in next-generation automobiles. New products soon to be added, include gate driver ICs that maximize device performance."08.03.2022 10:00:00Marnews_2022-03-15_5.jpg\images\news_2022-03-15_5.jpghttps://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=news_lucid&defaultGroupId=falserohm.com
Investment in Europe Operations Accelerate Collaborative InnovationAnalog Devices announced it will invest €100 milli...9723Industry NewsInvestment in Europe Operations Accelerate Collaborative InnovationAnalog Devices announced it will invest €100 million over the next three years in ADI Catalyst, a 100,000 square foot custom-built facility for innovation and collaboration located at its campus in the Raheen Business Park in Limerick, Ireland. This latest phase of expansion will also see the creation of 250 new jobs in the Irish market by 2025 as a reflection of ADI's continued commitment to expansion in Europe. ADI Catalyst is a collaboration accelerator where ecosystems of customers, business partners, and suppliers engage with ADI to rapidly develop solutions. Utilizing technologies in simulated environments and real-world end applications accelerates the development and adoption of these innovative solutions. The newly created jobs at ADI Catalyst will primarily focus on the development of software-enabled solutions and artificial intelligence (AI) innovations in areas such as Industry 4.0, sustainable energy, automotive electrification, and next generation connectivity. As an example, one of the current Catalyst projects is focused on supporting healthcare's exciting migration from a mass market approach to one of customized treatment and therapies. ADI is working closely with its customers and their larger ecosystem to create flexible, next generation modular manufacturing systems that enable the rapid changeover of production lines needed for personalized treatments like CAR T-cell therapies and human implants.04.03.2022 16:00:00Marnews_2022-03-15_11.jpg\images\news_2022-03-15_11.jpghttps://www.analog.com/en/about-adi/news-room/press-releases/2022/3-4-2022-analog-devices-invests-100million-in-europe-operations-with-adi-catalyst-launch.htmlanalog.com
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2022 Returns to PenangSemiconductor supply chain sustainability and resi...9721Event NewsSEMICON Southeast Asia 2022 Returns to PenangSemiconductor supply chain sustainability and resilience will come into sharp focus 21-23 June 2022 as SEMICON Southeast Asia returns to the Setia SPICE Convention Centre & Arena in Penang, Malaysia following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. "The rise of the cloud, 5G deployment, connected vehicles, and digitization have created unprecedented demand for high-perfor­mance computing," said Linda Tan, president of SEMI Southeast Asia. "As the backbone of the connected world, the semi­conductor industry must maintain a sustainable balance of demand and supply to ensure the resiliency and flexibility of its supply chain. SEMICON Southeast Asia 2022 will commemorate Malaysia's 50th Year of Manufacturing Excellence and celebrate Penang's reputation as the Silicon Valley of the East, built on decades of manufacturing excellence and industrial experience.04.03.2022 14:00:00Marnews_2022-03-15_9.jpg\images\news_2022-03-15_9.jpghttps://www.semiconsea.org/semiconsea.org
AC/DC Power Supplies for Industrial & Medical ApplicationsThe TPI 300 (industrial grade) & TPP 300 (medical ...9778Product ReleaseAC/DC Power Supplies for Industrial & Medical ApplicationsThe TPI 300 (industrial grade) & TPP 300 (medical grade) series are a set of encapsulated AC/DC power supplies coming as open frame and encased versions. They feature a reinforced double I/O isolation (3000 VAC) system according to latest medical or industrial safety standards respectively. With focus on the medical market the TPP series also has a low leakage current of <100 µA which makes the units suitable for BF (body floating) applications. The efficiency of up to 93% allows a high power-density and compact design (4" x 2" for open frame and 4.6" x 2.44" for encased version). The operating temperature range is –40°C to +85°C with derating above 50°C. In natural convection operation these power supplies deliver 180 Watt going up to 300 Watt with forced air cooling. Additionally, they can deliver 360 Watt peak power for 5s. The EMC characteristic is dedicated for applications in industrial and medical fields. High reliability is provided by using high quality components and an excellent thermal management making the TPI 300 & TPP 300 an ideal solution for industrial and medical devices and for demanding safety and space critical applications.04.03.2022 10:30:00Marnews_2022-04-15_19.jpg\images\news_2022-04-15_19.jpghttps://www.tracopower.com/de/tpi-300-and-tpp-300-new-300-watt-open-frame-and-encased-acdc-power-suppliestracopower.com
Acquiring Tantalum and Polymer Capacitor Business AssetsKYOCERA AVX is set to acquire ROHM Semiconductor's...9716Industry NewsAcquiring Tantalum and Polymer Capacitor Business AssetsKYOCERA AVX is set to acquire ROHM Semiconductor's tantalum and polymer capacitor business assets. The two companies recently reached a final agreement, which states that ROHM Semiconductor will transfer its tantalum and polymer capacitor business assets - including all of its tantalum and polymer capacitor manufacturing lines and relevant intellectual property - to KYOCERA AVX. The transfer is scheduled to be executed on August 5, 2022, and ROHM will continue to produce tantalum and polymer capacitor products and supply them to KYOCERA AVX until all relevant production lines have been successfully transferred to the KYOCERA AVX manufacturing site. This will ensure a continuous supply for ROHM customers and immediately increase the already extensive selection of electrolytic capacitor solutions available to KYOCERA AVX customers. "KYOCERA AVX is excited to announce the acquisition of ROHM Semiconductor's tantalum and polymer capacitor business assets and to further expand our already extensive portfolio of electrolytic capacitor solutions," said Johnny Sarvis, CEO of KYOCERA AVX. "KYOCERA AVX is the leading global supplier of tantalum capacitors, as well as the largest supplier of high-reliability manganese dioxide (MnO2) solid tantalum capacitors for medical, military, and aerospace applications. In addition, we have four global manufacturing plants to ensure we can deliver the flexibility and capacity required by these demanding markets."04.03.2022 09:00:00Marnews_2022-03-15_4.jpg\images\news_2022-03-15_4.jpghttps://www.kyocera-avx.com/news/kyocera-avx-acquires-rohm-co-ltd-tantalum-and-polymer-capacitor-business-assets/kyocera-avx.com
Automotive IGBTs for Discrete Traction InvertersInfineon Technologies is launching the EDT2 IGBTs ...9731Product ReleaseAutomotive IGBTs for Discrete Traction InvertersInfineon Technologies is launching the EDT2 IGBTs in a TO247PLUS package. The devices are optimized for automotive discrete traction inverters and expand Infineon's portfolio of discrete high-voltage devices for automotive applications. Due to their high quality, the IGBTs meet and exceed the industry standard AECQ101 for automotive components. As a result, the devices can significantly increase the performance and reliability of inverter systems. With the automotive micro-pattern trench-field-stop cell design, the IGBTs are based on a technology that has already been successfully utilized in several inverter modules such as the EasyPACK 2B EDT2 or the HybridPACK. As required for the target applications, the product family is short-circuit-robust. In addition, the TO247PLUS package offers a greater creepage distance for easy design-in. EDT2 technology is optimized for traction inverter and has a breakdown voltage of 750 V, supporting battery voltages up to 470 V DC, and significantly lower switching and conduction losses. The rated currents of the discrete EDT2 IGBTs are 120 A and 200 A at 100°C, each with a very low forward voltage, reducing conduction losses by up to 13 percent compared to the previous generation. With a rated current of 200 A, the AIKQ200N75CP2 is also the best-in-class discrete IGBT in a TO247Plus package. Thus, for a defined target power class, fewer devices are needed in parallel. Additionally, power density increases and system costs decrease.03.03.2022 13:30:00Marnews_2022-03-15_19.jpg\images\news_2022-03-15_19.jpghttps://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/market-news/2022/INFATV202203-060.htmlinfineon.com
Innovation Center Focuses on Electric Vehicle System Development and Market EnablementTata Elxsi and Renesas Electronics Corporation ann...9718Industry NewsInnovation Center Focuses on Electric Vehicle System Development and Market EnablementTata Elxsi and Renesas Electronics Corporation announced their collaboration on a design center in Bangalore that will develop targeted solutions for electric vehicles (EV). The Next Generation EV Innovation Center (NEVIC) was opened in January of this year. Tata Elxsi and Renesas will bring together their deep domain expertise, intellectual property, and assets to the NEVIC and collaborate to create reference designs and solution accelerators for critical EV subsystems like Battery Management Systems and Motor Control Units, among others. With the electric vehicle market, especially the Light EV segment, at an inflection point, the companies aim to provide key enablers for the market, starting with India and expanding globally to optimize development time and effort. ''Renesas is pleased to work with Tata Elxsi," said Taizo Hayashi, Vice President of Automotive New Business Creation Division, Renesas. ''this collaboration demonstrates our commitment to support the 'Make in India' government initiative and we look forward to generating future business growth in India. The NEVIC Solution Center will be a turning point as OEMs and Tier 1s will now have access to secure system solutions and can leverage Tata Elxsi's Electrification expertise for use case specific customizations."03.03.2022 11:00:00Marnews_2022-03-15_6.jpg\images\news_2022-03-15_6.jpghttps://www.renesas.com/eu/en/about/press-room/tata-elxsi-and-renesas-establish-next-generation-ev-innovation-centerrenesas.com