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Addressing advanced automotive power systems

It’s easy to appreciate the benefits of the electronics that power the many functions in a modern vehicle, the heated seats, air conditioning, navigation, infotainment, and safety systems designed to increase comfort and our overall driving experience. It’s hard to imagine wh...

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Video – OnSemi describes their latest flyback LED controller demo at APEC 2018

In this video an engineer from On Semiconductor explains their live demo of their latest LED controller demo at APEC 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The dimmable NCL30386 is a power factor corrected flyback controller targeting isolated constant-current LED drivers, operating in a qu...

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A brief history of Silicon Carbide

The adoption of Silicon Carbide (SiC) power semiconductors in everything from electric vehicles to solar PV and industrial motors is accelerating, but where does the material come from? What’s so special about it? And why has it taken so long for SiC to gain traction in the sem...

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What Passive Components can do to improve Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors

Lately there have been so many things said about wide-bandgap semiconductors, so now, it's the turn to speak about passives and what passives can do to improve material technology like silicon carbide. What can a capacitor manufacturer do to improve silicon carbide (SiC) technolo...

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Video – Infineon demonstrates their latest motor drive solution at Embedded World

In this video Infineon shows how their EiceDRIVER family of single- and dual-channel automotive IGBT Driver IC’s can integrate with their HybridPACK family to serve hybrid and electric vehicles with six different packages that enable maximum scalability across voltage and power...

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Driving Silicon Carbide Power Modules

When it comes to wide-bandgap semiconductors like Silicon Carbide (SiC), the markets that usually come to mind are traction, solar and wind inverters, electric vehicles, and military applications, basically any needing high-performance power modules. An often overlooked aspect of...

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Video – GaN Systems’ Jim Witham walks Alix Paultre through their booth at APEC 2018

In this video Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems, walks Alix Paultre through their booth at APEC 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Among the solutions on display are improved packaging for GaN-based power devices, design-ins from major power supply manufacturers showing the increased power...

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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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Video – On Semi demonstrates their latest wireless power and signal technology

In this video Bruno Damien from On Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre about their latest wireless and batteryless energy-harvesting technology at embedded World 2018 in Nuremnberg, Germany. The live demonstrations included a wireless and batteryless sensor, memory with NFC EEPRO...

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The mechanicals of Silicon Carbide

In the last few years, silicone carbide (SiC) MOSFET technologies have advanced significantly. When designing a power module with SiC, it is important to get the best out of the relatively high material cost. For example, Danfoss has equipped over 25 million cars and served over ...

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Video – Navitas talks about their GaN power IC solution at APEC 2018

In this video Navitas' Steven Oliver talks to Alix Paultre at the Navitas booth at APEC 2018 in San Antonio about their integrated GaN power IC solution. The examples shown include the smallest claimed 27-watt USB power supply, a high-frequency power solution for laptops and othe...

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Alex Lidow walks Alix Paultre through the EPC booth at APEC 2018

In this video, Alex Lidow, founder and CEO of EPC, talks to Alix Paultre, editor-in-chief of Power Electronics News, about the various demonstrations of GaN-based solutions at the EPC booth at APEC 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The high-frequency operation and other advanced perfor...

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A look at silicon carbide in industrial auxiliary power

Let’s begin by pointing out that there are some myths associated with silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET technology today. One is that it's taken as an expensive technology, and it may be true that in some voltage classes, SiC MOSFETs are more expensive than similar silicon devices. ...

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Addressing thermal management of GaN semiconductors

There will always be innovation barriers which make it quite hard and complicated to use novel technologies and materials like GaN. But  let's assume that these obstacles can be overcome. Which brings us to the next question, which is "What are the major challenges using this Ga...

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Video – Infineon discusses its latest GaN solutions at APEC 2018

In this video, Tim Moran of Infineon talks to Alix Paultre about some of the GaN-based power solutions at its booth at APEC 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The various solutions emphasize the benefits of high switching speed and performance of the wide-bandgap semiconductor. w...

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Integrated GaN devices take performance to the next level

Recent industry developments, such as the significant growth in wide-bandgap semiconductor commercialization, have underscored the fact that GaN, for example, is available today from several companies in high volume manufacturing. Although it is not yet mature, GaN devices are al...

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Switching challenges in power modules

Current designs using wide-bandgap semiconductors are driving switching speeds through the roof, with significant impacts across the board. What are the challenges on standard power modules, and how can we actually optimize these standard power modules to be working well enough w...

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AVX’s space-grade X7R BME MLCCs meet MIL-PRF-32535

AVX introduced the first space-level, X7R base metal electrode (BME) MLCCs with “M” and “T” reliability levels approved to the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA’s) MIL-PRF-32535 specification. Exhibiting high CV capabilities superior to those of precious metal electrode...

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Video – ROHM Semi explains its new power design lab in Germany

In this video, Bastian Lang of ROHM Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre about its new power electronics design lab in Wittlich (near Dusseldorf) in Germany. The lab is intended to help European customers design advanced power electronic systems using the latest wide-bandgap s...

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Growing the infrastructure for wide-bandgap designs

There is a quiet revolution going on in the field of power electronics. In a massive effort to improve the efficiency of power transfer devices, and to reduce the electrical energy they consume, engineers and scientists are turning to entirely new materials, new device configurat...

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