In recent years, the technological trend in Drive Systems for 48V mild hybrids is mechanical integration, in which the motor and peripheral circuits are combined into a single module. This demands high efficiency and high voltage SBDs capable of stable operation at high temperatures. At the same time, higher voltage SBDs are required in systems utilizing conventional 150V components to increase functionality and reliability.
ROHM has been offering the RBxx8 lineup of ultra-low IR SBDs that withstand up to 150V compatible with high temperature automotive environments. This latest series adds 200V models to meet the new automotive requirements. ROHM will continue to enhance its lineup and contribute to lower power consumption and greater space savings in a wide range of applications in the industrial and automotive fields.
SBDs featuring superior efficiency are expected to replace conventional rectifier diodes and FRDs in automotive power supply exposed to high temperature. However, one drawback of SBDs is degraded IR characteristics at higher operating temperatures that can lead to thermal runaway, requiring products that provide stable operation at higher temperatures.
The RBxx8 series utilizes a barrier metal optimized for high temperature that significantly improves the IR characteristics (which is perhaps the most important challenge when using SBDs in automotive power supply). This ensures safe operation at high temperatures in automotive and industrial applications, eliminating the possibility of thermal runaway.
1. Replacing FRDs decreases application power consumption
Ultra-low IR allows ROHM to achieve high withstand voltage of 200V. This enables replacing 200V FRDs used in automotive systems with high efficiency SBDs. Therefore, the RBxx8BM/NS200 series reduces VF characteristics by 11% over conventional FRDs, contributing to lower application power losses.
2. Low heat generation reduces package size, contributing to greater space savings in a variety of applications
Reducing VF minimizes heat generation, enables users to adopt one smaller package size vs conventional solutions. ROHM is currently developing medium power packages, with plans to decrease mounting area by as much as 71% by replacing 5.9mm × 6.9mm FRDs with compact 2.5mm × 4.7mm products.
The addition of these eight new 200V models brings the total number of products in the RBxx8 lineup to 212.
Automotive applications (i.e. xEVs) such as powertrain, industrial inverters, and various types of power supplies