Renewable Energy

March 2022
Module Lifetime Estimation Tool
Estimating the useable lifetime of electronic components has always been an important task for design engineers, especially for critical applications where the design might see service for several decades. Although manufacturers do specify a lifetime on datasheets, that is under ideal conditions at normal operati
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03/30/2022
Electrothermal models cover MOSFET operating temperature range
Semiconductor manufacturers commonly provide simulation models for their MOSFETs, but these usually only include a limited number of device parameters which have been modelled at typical operating temperatures. Nexperia’s new advanced models capture the thermal interdependency of the complete set of device pa
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03/28/2022
 60V, 70dB PSRR LDOs Deliver Industry-Leading Quiescent Current
The DIODES AP7387 devices are used in applications such as cordless vacuum cleaners, smoke detectors, power tools, and various other household appliances.   The devices have an input voltage range spanning from 5V to 60V, which gives them the flexibility to be connected to 5V, 9V, 12V, 24V, and 48V rai
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03/28/2022
ROHM starts production of 150V GaN HEMTs
The components will ideally be applied in power supply circuits for industrial equipment such as base stations and data centers along with IoT communication devices.   In recent years – due to the rising demand for server systems in response to the growing number of IoT devices – improving powe
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03/28/2022
High-Efficiency Quasi-Resonant PFC IC with 750 V GaN Switch
Power Integrations announced the HiperPFS™-5 family of power-factor-correction (PFC) ICs with an integrated 750 V PowiGaN gallium-nitride switch. With efficiency of up to 98.3 percent, the new ICs deliver up to 240 W without a heat sink and can achieve a power factor of better than 0.98. HiperPFS-5 ICs are i
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Date:
03/28/2022
10W and 15W units added to low profile open frame power supplies
Benefiting from the latest power switching technologies, the LHA10F and LHA15F are 15% smaller and offer a leakage current 50% lower than conventional products on the market. Designed for use in a wide range of applications, the LHA10F and LHA15F are able to operate in a wide temperature range from -10 to +70 degr
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03/28/2022
Navitas Announces World’s First 20-Year Warranty for GaN ICs
Navitas Semiconductor has announced a breakthrough 20-year limited warranty for its GaNFast technology – 10x longer than typical silicon, SiC or discrete GaN power semiconductors – and a critical accelerator for GaN’s adoption in data center, solar and EV markets.   GaN is a next-generation semiconductor te
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Date:
03/28/2022
Infineon releases new EiceDRIVER 2EDN product family
Aiming at space-limited designs, the next-generation devices complement the existing 2EDN driver ICs by providing higher system-level efficiencies, excellent power density, and consistent system robustness with fewer external components. Building upon this expansion, the 2EDN family is now able to drive the power s
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Date:
03/28/2022
Infineon is launching EDT2 IGBTs in a TO247PLUS package
The devices are optimized for automotive discrete traction inverters and expand Infineon's portfolio of discrete high-voltage devices for automotive applications. Due to their high quality, the IGBTs meet and exceed the industry standard AECQ101 for automotive components. As a result, the devices can significantly increa
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Date:
03/28/2022
PSDcast – Virginia Tech's Self-Powered Autonomous Robot

Andrew Choi, graduate research assistant and captain of the winning Virginia Tech student team.

The Energy Tech University Prize is an ongoing student competition to identify an innovative energy technology, assess its market potential, and propose a strategy for commercialization. For the Carolinas regional portion of the contest, the overall winner was a team from Virginia Tech, with a self-powered autonomous ro
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Date:
03/22/2022
Industry-Leading 3.3 kV SiC Power Devices Enabling New Levels of Efficiency and Reliability
System designers of traction power units (TPUs), auxiliary power units (APUs), solid-state transformers (SSTs), industrial motor drives and energy infrastructure solutions require high-voltage switching technology to increase efficiency, reduce system size and weight and enhance reliability. Microchip Technology In
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03/21/2022
650 V SiC MOSFETs Deliver Reliable, Easy-to-Use, and Cost-Effective Top Performance
Megatrends like digitalization, urbanization, and electromobility lead to increased power consumption. At the same time, energy efficiency is getting more and more important. Infineon Technologies AG responds to these megatrends and resulting demands by offering a new family of CoolSiC 650 V silicon carbide (S
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Date:
03/21/2022
Gate Driver ICs set a new Benchmark for Form-Factor
Infineon Technologies AG releases a new EiceDRIVER 2EDN product family. Aiming at space-limited designs, the next-generation devices complement the existing 2EDN driver ICs by providing higher system-level efficiencies, excellent power density, and consistent system robustness with fewer external components. Bu
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Date:
03/18/2022
PSDcast – Do we Need Fossil Fuel Backup for Grid Stability?

Eric Powell, the Director for North America at Partners in Performance

In order to achieve the advanced smart grid we’re all pining for, we need stable, reliable sources of power. Renewable energy will certainly fill that role to some extent. But a strong possibility remains that we’ll still need fossil fuel backup in order to maintain grid stability for the foreseeable future. An
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Date:
03/15/2022
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