WBG Materials Drive Semiconductor Research and Manufacturing for Future Technologies
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by Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio
21h ago
Nexperia recently revealed plans to invest USD 200 million (approximately 184 million Euros) in developing next-generation wide bandgap semiconductors (WBG), including silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN). Additionally, the company will establish production infrastructure at its Hamburg site and expand wafer fab capacity for silicon (Si) diodes and transistors. In an interview with Power Electronics News, Katrin Feurle, Senior Director Product Management SiC at Nexperia, and Carlos Castro, Vice President & General Manager GaN at Nexperia, will provide insights on this relevant ..read more
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Omron launches high-power PCB relay for faster and more compact EV charger wallboxes
Power Electronics News » Automotive
by Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio
21h ago
Omron Electronic Components Europe has introduced a new high-capacity printed circuit board (PCB) relay designed specifically for Mode 3 AC electric vehicle (EV) charging stations installed in AC wallboxes. The G9KC relay offers the most minimal contact resistance currently available on the market and generates considerably less heat at the load terminal during operation than similar devices. This presents novel prospects for designers and producers of electric vehicle (EV) chargers to develop systems that can facilitate faster and more efficient charging while ensuring greater dependability ..read more
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Sustainability, Copper Usage in EVs, Quantum Computing: Power Electronics Week Insights
Power Electronics News » Automotive
by Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio
5d ago
Here’s a RoundUp of this week’s must-read articles – we’ll delve into the latest developments on Sustainability, Copper Usage in EVs, Quantum Computing! Also, check News Archives – Power Electronics News and Technical Articles Archives – Power Electronics News for the complete list of news and articles from our website. NEWS Power Master Semiconductor launches 2nd-generation of 1200V eSiC MOSFET The 1200V eSiC MOSFETs meet the requirements of higher efficiency, high power density, robust reliability, and ruggedness in various applications. U.S. International Trade Commissi ..read more
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Nexperia releases 650V fast recovery rectifiers in D2PAK Real-2-Pin (R2P) packaging
Power Electronics News » Automotive
by Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio
6d ago
Nexperia has introduced 650 V ultra- and hyperfast recovery rectifiers in D2PAK Real-2-Pin (R2P) packaging. These rectifiers are designed for a wide range of applications in the automotive, industrial, and consumer sectors, including charging adapters, photovoltaic (PV) systems, inverters, servers, and switching mode power supplies (SMPS). By integrating planar die technology with a cutting-edge junction termination (JTE) design, these rectifiers provide a high power density, rapid switching speeds with smooth recovery, and exceptional reliability. The components are housed in a D2PAK Real-2 ..read more
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Infineon’s 1,200-V CoolSiC Series Optimized for Automotive OBCs, DC/DC Converters
Power Electronics News » Automotive
by Lori O?Toole
1w ago
According to Yole Group, a market research company focused on power semiconductors, the total silicon carbide market should reach $3.8 billion in 2024 and is projected to jump to $6.6 billion in 2028. Combining an electric vehicle’s main systems (traction inverter, on-board charger [OBC] and DC/DC converter), 74% of the market value goes into automotive. Lured by the growth prospects in battery-powered EVs, SiC manufacturers are thus investing heavily in new fabs, and some are also bringing in a new vertical-integration manufacturing model to safeguard their supply chain against possible disr ..read more
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Revolutionizing copper usage in electric vehicles
Power Electronics News » Automotive
by Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio
1w ago
Addionics, an Israeli startup, is gaining attention in the e-mobility industry due to its inventive approach to copper, a crucial material used in battery manufacturing. In conventional lithium-ion batteries, copper has traditionally served as the anode, which is the negative electrode. However, Addionics is revolutionizing this concept by introducing its 3D-designed Current Collectors. These 3D structures boast a porous, high-surface-area design that translates to several benefits for electric vehicles, including increased range, reduced material use, and recycling of materials. In an interv ..read more
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Allegro MicroSystems unveils compact, integrated, and efficient solutions for magnetic current sensing
Power Electronics News » Automotive
by Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio
1w ago
Allegro MicroSystems has introduced its latest high-power current sensor, the ACS37220, and the initial release of the industry’s most compact leaded magnetic current sensor, the ACS37041. Allegro’s most recent solutions offer better efficiency and dependability, improved system protection, and a reduced bill of materials compared to current sensing solutions that use separate shunt resistors and op-amps. Existing shunt solutions necessitate the use of several components, occupy a substantial amount of board space, and often demand the inclusion of extra PCB layers and heatsinks to maintain s ..read more
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Designing EV Auxiliary Power Supplies With Integrated Smart GaN ICs
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by Stefano Lovati
1w ago
The auxiliary power supply, referred to as the auxiliary power module (APM), is an essential element in electric vehicles. Its primary function is to transmit power efficiently from the traction battery to low-voltage electrical loads and the 12-V battery. With the ongoing development of the EV sector, the design of APMs is encountering more demanding challenges. These problems include the requirement for greater power ratings, wider voltage ranges, enhanced reliability and increased power density, all while maintaining efficient operation. This article discusses a high-voltage to low-voltage ..read more
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Meeting Automotive Functional Safety Requirements With ASIL-D–Compliant Gate Drivers
Power Electronics News » Automotive
by Lori O?Toole
1w ago
In recent years, the increase in the number of electronic systems and advanced features in motor vehicles has revolutionized driving comfort and safety (think, for example, of ADAS systems). At the same time, there has been a realization of how these capabilities can lead to end-user safety problems due to incorrect interactions between electronic systems, malfunction of the devices or incorrect uses of functionality by the user. For these reasons, the international standard ISO 26262 was published in 2011, introducing the concept of functional safety for vehicles intended for series producti ..read more
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GaN, EV Charging, Semiconductor Manufacturing: Power Electronics Week Insights
Power Electronics News » Automotive
by Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio
1w ago
Here’s a RoundUp of this week’s must-read articles – we’ll delve into the latest developments on GaN, EV Charging, Semiconductor Manufacturing! Also, check News Archives – Power Electronics News and Technical Articles Archives – Power Electronics News for the complete list of news and articles from our website. NEWS Infineon and Swoboda partner to develop electromobility’s high-performance current sensors Infineon and Swoboda are currently developing additional current sensing solutions to serve any kind of power devices. The CHIPS of Europe project will support the semico ..read more
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