Category | Industry Outlook

Interview about High Power Device Technology with Dr. Thomas Neyer, Vice President and Fellow of Fairchild Semiconductor

Posted on 29 June 2019

      By Bodo Arlt, Editor BPS   Bodo Arlt: RCA had been at the leading edge in December 14th 1982 having Hans W. Becke and C. Frank Wheatley receiving the Patent No 4,364,073 the basic of all IGBT patents. RCA became GE Solid State and continued to become Harris and Harris became Intersil [...]

VIP Interview with Manfred Kraxenberger, Bipolar Production Line Manager of ABB Switzerland Ltd., Semiconductors

Posted on 29 June 2019

      by Bodo Arlt editor BPS   Bodo Arlt: Mr. Kraxenberger, please let my readers know about ABB Semiconductors' motivation behind the expansion of their bipolar line in Switzerland and the most important features of the new line. Manfred Kraxenberger: In order to meet the global power markets' increasing demands, ABB made a [...]

Searching for the Golden Fleece

Posted on 29 June 2019

      By Werner Bresch, GvA In the middle of January, I received a "call for help" from Bodo Arlt, who said that the author of the cover story for the March 2012 issue had deserted him. He asked me whether I might be able to help out. I would love to have written [...]

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

Posted on 01 April 2019

      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 [...]

Interview with Robert Wiatr from Mitsubishi on Wind Power Electronics Applications

Posted on 01 October 2019

      By Bodo Arlt, Editor BP   Bodo Arlt: What influence does the growing wind energy market have on the development of power semiconductors at Mitsubishi? Robert Wiatr: The fast growth of the wind energy market confirms our development strategy which we have been following since years. Customised solutions which fit exactly to [...]

Interview on Power Technology with Dan Kinzer, Senior VP of Analog, MOSFET, and Packaging Technology

Posted on 01 October 2019

      By Bodo Arlt, Editor BP   Bodo Arlt: What end markets will drive power semiconductor technology? Dan Kinzer: Power device technology is largely driven by the mobile, computing, communications, and industrial markets. Each market drives different portions of the entire range of devices. Mobile applications drive highly integrated solutions and very low [...]

Interview on High Voltage Power Supply Technology

Posted on 01 August 2019

      with James Morrison, CEO UltraVolt By Bodo Arlt, Editor BP   Bodo Arlt: How did UltraVolt start and what was the founder’s vision? James Morrison: Filippo Galluppi and I cofounded UltraVolt in 1990 after he sold his custom, military hvps company to a defence contractor. Our vision was to be the world’s [...]

Interview on International Patent Subjects

Posted on 01 June 2019

      with James Babineau, Patent Lawyer at Fish & Richardson By Bodo Arlt, Editor BP   Bodo Arlt: Where do we see differentiation between Europe and America in patent law? James Babineau: One very significant difference is that the US grants a patent to the first person to invent, not necessarily to the [...]

Interview on Power Electronics for Windmill Applications

Posted on 01 March 2019

       with Dejan Schreiber, Senior Application Manager, Semikron By Bodo Arlt, Editor BP    Bodo Arlt: What influence does the growing wind energy market have on the development of power semiconductors at Semikron? Dejan Schreiber: We achieve our biggest growth rate in the renewable energy market. 31GW of the 72.6 GW of total [...]

Interview on Power Module Technology

Posted on 01 September 2019

      with Peter Ingram, President of European Operations, IXYS By Bodo Arlt, Editor BPS   Bodo Arlt: What future end markets will drive IXYS for power module technology? Peter Ingram: The traditional market for power modules, drives and UPS will continue to have a very high priority. Variations and adaptions of electric drive [...]