Category | Application and Design

SiC: The Reliability Aspect and Practical Experience (Test)

Posted on 18 September 2014

      By Jochen Hüskens, Product Marketing Manager, ROHM Semiconductor GmbH Reliability of SiC SBDs Obviously, breakdown issues in the outer periphery structure of SiCSBD caused by high dV/dt were reported for conventional products but such breakdowns have not been observed in ROHM’s SiC SBDs at dV/dt up to 50 kV/us. In life tests, [...]

Practical, Efficient and Safe Power Device Thermal Characterisation

Posted on 17 September 2014

      By Hisao Kakitani, Koji Tokuno and Ryo Takeda; Keysight Technologies Japan Power devices are used in a wide range of applications such as; train, automotive, traction, power generation etc. that are operated in harsh and extreme environmental conditions. Robust design for reliability and safety are paramount in these applications. A key initial [...]

What to Watch for when Turning on a SMPS for the First Time

Posted on 10 September 2014

      In the near future, SMPS will completely displace conventional supplies, hence also engineers who are no specialists will have to cope with them. Turning on a new or unknown SMPS, especially offline - SMPS, can have unexpected and disastrous effects. This article describes some dangers, precautions and procedures for setting up and [...]

Comparing the Benefits of Using an Integrated Power Module versus a Discrete Regulator

Posted on 01 September 2014

      Today’s power systems for communications and computing infrastructure support high current loads from increasingly power hungry FPGAs, ASICs and microprocessors. To supply these high current circuits, equipment makers often rely on discrete power solutions that are complicated, take up valuable real-estate and may have significant power output limitations. By Chance Dunlap, Intersil [...]

Getting the Best Performance from AC to DC Power Supplies in Abusive Environments

Posted on 29 August 2014

      By Ira J. Pitel Ph.D., Magna Power Electronics INTRODUCTION Ac to dc power supplies can be found in applications where power needs to be processed from the ac power mains to loads requiring a fixed or variable dc voltage or current. While such equipment has few input and output connections, engineers frequently [...]

Unique PFC Controller for Design Challenges of Packaged Air Conditioner

Posted on 06 August 2014

      Air conditioners are an important appliance in almost every residential and commercial building. While both window-type and duct-type air conditioners are common in the market today, duct-type air conditioners are becoming more main stream today due to their ease of installation. By Wen Chien, BLDC Product Line Marketing Manager, Fairchild Semiconductor However, [...]

Decentralized Drive Technology Solution with MPU

Posted on 05 August 2014

      In factory automation, decentralized drive solutions have many benefits over centralized drive solutions. For the latter, the frequency inverter and control unit is mounted inside a control cabinet and it requires multiple cabinets as well as star cabling topology for each drive. By Thomas Mauer, Texas Instruments Decentralized drives have the frequency [...]

Feature-Rich Optocoupler Enables IGBT Driving Scalability

Posted on 04 August 2014

      High scalability of an IGBT driving solution and consistent protection measures are essential requirements for a power converter platform design. The ACPL-339J gate drive optocoupler uses dual outputs to drive a current buffer’s upper and lower MOSFETs separately, thus allowing delicate timing control techniques to be integrated in the optocoupler. This design [...]

Three Stability Assessment Methods Every Engineer Should Know About

Posted on 09 July 2014

      Many engineers are familiar with the Bode plot as an effective stability assessment method. However, some authors suggest and even teach that the Bode plot is the only method needed. This article shows why this thinking is short-sighted. A single, low cost instrument that can produce Bode plots, as well as two [...]

Sensor Module Ensures Optimum Battery Utilisation in Heavy-Duty Vehicles, called omniMoves

Posted on 08 July 2014

      Precise battery diagnostics makes maneuvering large, heavy-duty loads easier Isabellenhütte’s shunt-based IVT Modular sensor module measures the basic battery components’ current and voltage with an error rate of less than 0.1 per cent. This exceptional degree of accuracy provides for consistent power control and efficient utilisation, especially for high-capacity battery systems. This [...]