Power Semiconductors

February 2022
Infineon Invests Over €2 Billion in New Frontend Fab
There was a time where the trend in the semiconductor industry was to move to a fabless strategy. Why bother with the expense of a fab and gaining the expertise in-house to take care of complex manufacturing, when you could easily subcontract to a specialist who’d make your chips cheaply and with higher yields t
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02/22/2022
System solutions for battery-powered applications: Part 3 of 4 Editorial Series sponsored by Infineon; Maximizing integration and addressing EMI challenges in low-voltage motor drive/control applications

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Introduction Now that the era of the IoT, AI, and 5G has arrived, intelligent, lightweight, and miniaturized motor drives are essential to the next generation of power tools. According to a forecast provided by Grandview Research [1], the global power tool market is projected to reach 40.9 billion US dollars
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02/18/2022
System solutions for battery-powered applications: Part 2 of 4 Editorial Series sponsored by Infineon; High power density and thermal management for compact low-voltage (LV) motor drive/control designs

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The challenge Heat management is one of the biggest challenges for motor control and drive designs as it affects the efficiency and lifetime of the solution. In battery-powered applications, more sophisticated cooling mechanisms are adopted, requiring smaller heatsinks as well as different approaches other than PCB cooling. Power MOSFET package innovation is moving towards these new industry´s needs by developing products overcoming thermal challenges. Current state-of-the-art solutions Today most of the power MOSFET
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02/11/2022
The Largest GaN Start-up in the World
The above title was ostensibly a throwaway remark by Peter Rogerson, the Senior Director of Marketing at Innoscience for North America and Europe on a call last week, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed appropriate. While not many start-ups have the backing of industry giants such as Arm and SK Hyn
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02/08/2022
System solutions for battery-powered applications: Part 1 of 4 Editorial Series sponsored by Infineon; System solutions for robots and cordless power tool applications A move towards the future

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Introduction Very often we hear that today’s world is moving faster. Let’s take a moment to think about what this really means. We see things changing around us, no doubt about it. New apps, solutions, behaviors, habits, discoveries, implementations – there are plenty of innovative ideas that one cou
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02/04/2022
It’s All About Voltage Ratings

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Figure 1: Voltage distributes equally across inductor turns

Yes, voltage ratings for inductors. The popularity of molded composite core inductors has placed new emphasis on voltage ratings to ensure safe and reliable inductor operation. Molded-core inductors place the core material in direct contact with the windings, changing the way inductor windings are insulated. New circuit
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02/02/2022