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Packaging solution for GaN-on-200mm Si power devices

The wide-bandgap material gallium-nitride (GaN) has many advantages over silicon (Si) when it comes to applications in the area of power electronics. With a higher breakdown strength and lower on-resistance, GaN-based power devices can convert power more efficiently than today’...

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Perambulating PCIM

One of the biggest electronic events in the power industry, the Power Control and Intelligent Motion (PCIM) conference and exhibition is always a great event to attend. This year over eleven thousand visitors explored the goods and services of over five hundred exhibitors, learni...

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The DC-DC Boost Converter, Part 3 – Power Supply Design Tutorial Section 5-3

This is the last part of the series dedicated to the boost converter, where we walk through the PCB layout for a medium power boost with a synchronous MOSFET at the output instead of the more traditional output diode. You don't have to read sections 5-1 or 5-2 first to appreciate...

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The DC-DC Boost Converter, Part 2 – Power Supply Design Tutorial Section 5-2

This is a continuation of Section 5-1, and I recommend reading section 5-1 before this one. It may also be useful to read section 2 on the buck converter for some background information that I don't repeat here for the boost. Section 5-2 Agenda Output capacitors – for s...

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The DC-DC Boost Converter – Power Supply Design Tutorial Section 5-1

The boost is the second most common non-isolated typology, in terms of units sold and functioning, and a lot of that is thanks to LED drivers, especially mobile devices. The boost is a logical next step to analyze after the buck, and it's the second of the three most basic DC to ...

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APEC’s growth reflects the health of the power industry

This year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in San Antonio (Anaheim, CA next year) was larger than the last, and represents the new energy in the power industry (pun intended). Over 5,000 power electronics engineering professionals attended, and APEC broke records i...

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PCB Layout for EMC – Power Supply Design Tutorial Section 3-1

This is part 3-1, the beginning of my personal favourite session of the entire series, where we'll talk about PCB design for the best possible electromagnetic compatibility or EMC.  Section 3-1 Agenda  •       Electron “psychology” •       Inductors –...

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Evolving electronic engineering ecosystems

For the longest time, most of the attention in engineering was (and a lot still is) directed to a great extent to the digital parts of electronic design and the related intelligent subsystems. Power, at best, was given a space on the board to populate with a supply that met the s...

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Special Report: driving industriously forward

One of the criticisms of the term “Internet of Things” is that it is too damn broad. It was expected and predicted that the various application areas involved would become sub-cultures within the IoT, and industrial systems have come out strongly as one of those areas. The sp...

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The long gestation of Industry 4.0

Thirty years ago, Siemens ran a series of ads promoting computer-based systems for industrial applications using posters by a then-famous German cartoonist that made fun of corporations and how they performed industrial tasks like mechanical drafting, manufacturing measurement, a...

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Choosing the right switch for the job: a guide to switch selection in mission-critical devices

When it comes to the performance of mission-critical devices, such as medical products or factory equipment, it’s no secret that accuracy and reliability are key success factors. Whether it’s an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for a heart attack victim or a pressure tr...

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A further look at the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely lambasted as an acronym by many in the industry for reasons varying from inappropriateness to inadequacy. The reality is that the term is both of those things, yet neither, because the real issue is that the IoT space is so huge that it requ...

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Special Report: Energy harvesting for embedded processors

If it’s not a robot or machine tool, chances are that your Internet of Things project is (or incorporates) a remote sensor node. It will use miniaturized batteries to power itself. The goal of energy harvesting in IoT projects, ideally, is to eliminate batteries altogether. Mor...

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Intelligent power: Special Report

Power is a universal aspect of our industry (and the world), as there is no such thing as electronics without electricity (biotech notwithstanding). A significant amount of our ability to create advanced electronics lies in our ability to manage and deliver power exactly where ne...

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The Weekly Watt

August is always a tough month to fill the pages, so it’s always fun to take the time to ruminate on engineering issues that one would not worry about when deadlines are screaming at you. One way that I relax is by collecting antique gadgets. They help me understand technology ...

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The Weekly Watt

As we trudge through the heat of August, there are still a few news items out there during this notoriously slow news season. However, technology and business development never really stop.   One way to drum up interest is by promoting a given application space. Contin...

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The Weekly Watt

This has been an interesting week for power electronics if you are into motorsports, as Mercedes announced it was dropping the German DTM touring master’s competitive series and shifting those and other resources to Formula E. Porsche, who has already announced it is dropping o...

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The Weekly Watt

Summer is in full bloom, and one’s mind turns to leisure and the outdoors. An engineering mind may turn to all the electronics used in the outdoors and in harsh environments that have only come available because of the convergence of device integration, advanced packaging, and ...

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The Weekly Watt

There has been a lot of activity in the components space this week, with some interesting new products launched. In the area of power semiconductors, Infineon (www.infineon.com) expanded their IGBT module selection with the EconoPIM 3 package, with a current rating increased to 1...

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Automotive electronics and our continuing love affair with cars: Special Report

An AspenCore / Paul O’Shea Special Edition.   Power Electronics News dedicates this AspenCore Automotive Electronics Special Report to Paul O’Shea, who retired in July after more than 30 years in the business.   Industrialized culture is replete with sto...

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