Category | Application and Design

Optimized Core and Bobbin Allow for more than 25 Percent Increase in Power Handling

Posted on 15 October 2014

      DC/DC SMT transformer for PoE+, datacom, and industrial are the applications There are a wide variety of applications, including Power over Ethernet (PoE and PoE+), datacom/telecom and industrial, operating from a 12v, 24v or 48v input, that require an isolated switch mode power supply solution to convert the available input voltage to [...]

Thermal Efficiency of Chipscale Packaging for eGaN® FETs

Posted on 08 October 2014

      Semiconductor packaging has been saddled with four key complaints since the advent of the solid state transistor; (1) packages have too much resistance, (2) they have too much inductance, (3) they take up too much space, and (4) they have poor thermal properties that limit heat extraction. By David Reusch, Johan Strydom, [...]

Analysing Thermal Performance of Intelligent Power Modules for Better PCB Design

Posted on 02 October 2014

      Intelligent power modules are the designer’s choice for low-power motor-drive applications, particularly where cost and size constraints are tight. A new study of module thermal performance under various operating conditions helps designers to predict operating temperature, power and PCB design accurately for optimum reliability, cost and size. By Stefano Ruzza & Marco [...]

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 [...]