Technical Features

November 2014
Integration is What You Need

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Figure 1. WBG and silicon power switch Infineon brands positioning

Introduction Today’s switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) are smaller, more efficient, and lower-cost than ever. The key to their performance is the power switch technologies at their heart – but how should designers choose the right material for this and find the best component to meet their needs? While silicon is the most widely-known constituent of semiconductors, a new group of wide bandgap (WBG) materials is increasingly finding its way into applications. One example is gallium nitride (
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The increasingly high cost of energy is pushing data centers and other related computing businesses toward finding intelligent strategies for power management at all levels. The implementation of such strategies requires an accurate collection of data for consumed power down to the power supply level. Today, di
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11/22/2014

Switchmode battery chargers are popular choices in applications due to their topology flexibility, multi-chemistry charging, high charging efficiencies which minimize heat to enable fast charge times and wide operating voltage ranges. Nevertheless, some downsides of switching chargers include relatively high co
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11/22/2014
Various applications such as renewable energy generation and high power drives in the MW range have an increasing demand for high reliable power module concepts addressing the operation in a harsh environment. Next generation designs e.g. of wind turbine inverters need to be more reliable, more compact and less ex
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11/21/2014
For high-bay and outdoor lighting fixtures, the cost of the LED driver electronics is reported to be 17% of the total fixture cost. An additional 40% of the fixture cost is contributed by the mechanical, thermal, and electrical portions of the fixture [1], which, in part, help support the weight and volume of th
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11/19/2014
We expect utility services to be everywhere we are: charging our electronics in airports, flame-grilling our meals in restaurants, and filling drinking fountains in our public parks.  To provide this level of service and convenience, utilities build networks of wires and pipes and communications channels th
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Date:
11/19/2014
Big Data, a term that seems to encompass many of today’s technology buzzwords including the Internet of Things (IoT), machine to machine (M2M), wireless communication, cloud computing, and more is driving the need for increased bandwidth. Among the problems that became apparent even at 10Gbps is the power co
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Date:
11/19/2014