Technical Features

November 2015
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 implementation of 3-phase brush-less direct current (BLDC) motors is becoming increasingly widespread in contemporary automobile designs. There are now a multitude of different places inside the latest vehicles (from luxury right through to economy models) where they can be found - having proved themselves to
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Once limited to simple devices like walking or running step counters, wearable devices have become more advanced seemingly overnight. From vibration-from-speech generating vests for the deaf, to Google Glass, to advanced fitness activity trackers, to night vision equipment, to heads-up imaging displays, wearable de
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Despite the development of ultralow power integrated devices, the overall demand for power at a system level is only increasing. At the same time, OEMs remain under pressure to make their end-applications physically smaller, which continues to drive demand for smaller and more efficient power supplies. While improveme
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When the first generation of silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky diodes was introduced more than 10 years ago, their widespread adoption was somewhat challenged by unforeseen dV/dt limitations within certain manufacturers’ devices. In particular, devices with lower dV/dt capability were susceptible to failure from larg
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The longstanding worldwide trend in telecommunication has been away from fixed (wireline) service and towards wireless communication (see Figure 1). Meanwhile, as part of the convergence of tele- and data-communication, network traffic has been increasing by an order of magnitude roughly every four to five years. Fo
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The explosion of Internet applications and data usage has put a great deal of pressure on servers and their related infrastructures. This massive growth of resources poses questions on energy demand to the major Internet providers and server makers, increasing the demand for more efficient energy utilization. Every wasted wa
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Advanced technologies are driving innovations in mobile healthcare delivery - exciting diagnostic and monitoring telehealth and eHealth devices that allow physicians to reach more people more efficiently, even in remote regions of the world. Optimal patient comfort and mobility depends on packaging more features in
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