Category | August

IGCTs: Benchmark Performance with Developments on Many Fronts

Posted on 07 August 2013

      The Integrated Gate-Commutated Thyristor (IGCT) was introduced about 15 years ago and has established itself as a preferred solution for a number of high power electronics applications. These applications have in common that the rated power level is in the megawatts (MW) and they range from industrial drives and track-side supplies to [...]

Moving to a New Direction

Posted on 07 August 2013

      The Photovoltaic market suffers in Europe but fares better in the MENA region What will the future bring for the solar industry? Definitely severe changes. Photovoltaic will be an important pillar of our future energy supply, but on the way to this, the industry has to face lots of challenges, especially in [...]

Designing-Out High-Power Automotive Relays

Posted on 07 August 2013

      The Last Frontier for Advanced Vehicle Electrification The electromechanical relay – at one time the power switch of choice for all automotive electrical systems – is progressively becoming replaced throughout the vehicle by lighter, smaller, more reliable and longer lasting semiconductor switches. Advanced fabrication processes such as BCDMOS, allowing power and logic [...]

Control Loop Modulation Applied to Programmable DC Power Supplies

Posted on 07 August 2013

      Characteristics of laboratory quality, dc power supplies have changed greatly over the past two decades. Application demands have moved from the ideal voltage source with no series impedance or the ideal current source with infinite parallel impedance to user programmable output characteristics; these new applications allow for power source emulation with higher [...]

Optimising Power Design Through MOSFET Efficiency and Integration

Posted on 07 August 2013

      Choosing advanced MOSFET technologies for enhanced efficiency through improved performance of intrinsic Diode MOSFETs and fast recovery diodes are fundamental elements of power switching applications ranging from photovoltaic inverters to HID lamp ballasts and power supplies for telecoms and servers. Designers of these applications are under pressure to continually improve performance at [...]

Create Embedded Power Designs Online

Posted on 07 August 2013

      Online development environments are becoming increasingly sophisticated. This article describes the operation and use of a new tool, Embedded Systems Power Designer, that enables web-based design of the power supply for Embedded microcontrollers and FPGAs. The application uses the processing power of cloud-based servers and an intuitive user interface based on the [...]

Innovative Solution to Connect Stator Main Windings in Rotating Machines via Circular Laminated Busbars

Posted on 07 August 2013

      To cope with the global challenges of competition, the growing needs of electricity and the strengthening of energy efficiency reglementations, rotating machines manufacturers need to optimize their designs and production processes in order to both improve the energy efficiency of their motors and generators and reduce their costs. A major axis to [...]

Optimizing of Power Sources for Use with Fuel Cell Technology

Posted on 07 August 2013

      With energy demands ever increasing, fossil fuels being depleted and concerns about climate change continuing to rise, the ways in which modern society is being powered are now under close scrutiny. International legislation is being passed to curb carbon emissions and greater emphasis is being put on the utilisation of renewable energy [...]

Implementation of Low Inductive Strip Line Concept in a IGBT Module

Posted on 06 August 2013

      The low inductive strip line concept offers several benefits regarding the switching behavior of IGBT modules. But for the implementation in real packages a lot of boundary conditions have to be considered. The article describes a possible implementation of low inductive strip line concept for symmetric switching in a new high power [...]