Category | April

Optimal Customer Support for a Diverse Power Management Product Portfolio

Posted on 01 April 2009

      Advanced settings ease fine tuning of the application A typical design process for power management applications requires a variety of steps and phases that can make the application of today’s complex power management ICs sometimes quite a challenge. The most important steps are product selection, application configuration, test and fine tuning. By [...]

Power Trends in Television

Posted on 01 April 2009

      New Power Solutions for HDTVs With growing attention on energy conservation around the world, auto companies are not the only ones making the move towards higher efficiency. Every Company in consumer electronics is doing their part in order to adapt to the changing times. As of November 1st, 2008, new Energy Star® [...]

GaN Based Power Technology Stimulates Revolution in Conversion Electronics

Posted on 01 April 2009

      Solution size can shrink by half due to reduced passives count and use of smaller inductors Envisioning a need for a change in paradigm, IR scientists have developed a ground-breaking gallium nitride (GaN) based power device technology platform that promises to deliver figure of merit (FOM) performance that is at least an [...]

Withstanding the Pressure

Posted on 01 April 2009

      How to pre-stress your press-pack power semiconductors To achieve optimum performance of press-pack power semiconductors, they must be mechanically clamped in a precise manner. This article explains a technique to verify that the pressure distribution is homogenous and the magnitude is appropriate during the design of the assembly. By Björn Backlund, ABB [...]

Main Switch Active Clamp Forward Converter Transition Examined

Posted on 01 April 2009

      Understanding the sequence of transitions lead to better design The active clamp topology is one of the more popular topologies in that it allows for efficient conversion of a buss voltage to a voltage needed at the logic ICs in an electronic subsystem. By John Bottrill, Texas Instruments   A review article [...]

Microcontrollers, delivering low cost solutions in closed loop control

Posted on 01 April 2009

      The control system design highlights a very straight forward approach Very often dynamic closed loop control is required for hydraulic powered motion control systems and especially those that are facilitating multiple points or degrees of freedom, i.e. motion bases, linear motion control, etc. By Scott Hopkins, NEC Electronics Europe   This article [...]

Interview with Michael Sleven from Infineon on Power Electronics in Wind Power Applications

Posted on 01 April 2009

      By Bodo Arlt, Editor BPS   Bodo Arlt: What influence does the growing wind energy market have on the development of power semiconductors at Infineon? Michael Sleven: Infineon has covered the special requirements for power semiconductors in wind turbines depending on the inverter and turbine concept in the last years. As a [...]