Category | Power Modules

A High Current, Low Inductance Wide Bandgap Power Module for High Performance Motor Drive Applications

Posted on 09 April 2015

      Over the past decade, substantial effort has been devoted to mature and commercialize wide bandgap power devices [1,2] for discrete and multi-chip power modules (MCPMs) meeting the demands of power electronic systems which include high speed motor drives [3], down-hole drilling [4], hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicle chargers [5], and solar/ wind inverters [...]

Power Modules Win Out, but Choose Wisely

Posted on 02 April 2015

      Power modules are the way to go when it comes to leveraging the expertise of power experts and getting your design to market quickly, but choose wisely. Power-module architecture choices can greatly affect your power supply’s performance. By Jian Yin, Intersil Corporation Whether evaluating step-down switching regulators at the silicon-level (controller with [...]

4in1 400A/1200V Module with T-type Topology for 3-Level Applications

Posted on 02 March 2015

      A growing demand for 3-level inverter technology combining reduced power loss and increased power capacity is originating from power conversion applications like wind and PV inverter as well as from industrial equipment such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and recently active front ends of 4-quadrant drives. By Marco Honsberg and Thomas Radke, [...]

Power Semiconductor Development

Posted on 25 February 2015

      The Influence of Power, Power Density and Lifetime Demands In 1983, GROWIAN, the world’s largest wind energy conversion system of its era went live with an output power of 3MW and an overall conversion efficiency of about 80%. With the absence of suitable power electronics, the necessary energy conversion was achieved by [...]

Going Mini

Posted on 15 September 2014

      Another step towards small power applications Vincotech goes mini with the next smaller housing size, taking another step towards small power applications where discrete components have figured so prominently in the past. Various topologies featuring diodes, IGBTs and MOSFETs may be implemented with the new housing to help miniaturize devices, minimize stray [...]

Power Modules for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Posted on 04 June 2014

      This article presents 2 new Mitsubishi Electric power module series for Electric Vehicle (EV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) power-train inverter and converter applications. By Mikio Ishihara, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. Power Device Works, Fukuoka, Japan and Seiichiro Inokuchi, Marco Honsberg and Eckhard Thal Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Ratingen, Germany The J1-Series First [...]

New Packaging Technology enabling High Density Low Inductance Power Modules

Posted on 08 May 2014

      While chip technology (IGBT, SiC MOSFET) is evolving step by step allowing for higher current densities, faster switching and higher junction temperatures, the applications become more and more limited by the power module packaging technology itself. By using a multilayer flex foil applied in a sintering process vs. traditional bond wires, current [...]

SiC at its Best…! or Customer Specific SiC Modules

Posted on 27 November 2013

      While the speed of development for power electronics is increasing and possibilities of technology are exponentiating, today developers have various choice of which device to choose. The following article intends to get an overview for the various technologies and innovations in packaging technologies for customer specific SiC power modules. By C. Rocneanu, [...]

Highly Efficient UPS Topologies with Regenerated Switching Losses

Posted on 05 November 2013

      High efficiency is a must for solar applications. Now other applications are emerging with equally challenging demands for efficiency. With the experience gained in high-efficiency solar applications, it is possible to exploit synergetic effects for next-generation UPS topologies. And in contrast to the solar market, system costs have been a focus topic [...]

Industry’s First Reliable All-SiC Power Module for High-Efficiency Power Conversion Solutions

Posted on 05 November 2013

      Nowadays, applications like solar and wind inverters, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), motor drives, welding and induction heating as well as high power auxiliary converters are becoming more and more energy-hungry. Therefore, the use and demand for power modules will increase accordingly. In addition, application efficiency or lower losses at high-switching frequencies become [...]