Unlock power for datacenters with ICE
Block/Switch

In
this video,
Mark Adams, Sr VP for CUI talks about software defined power
and the latest
introduction by CUI unlock power for datacenter applications. The new product
is called Intelligent Control of Energy or ICE Switch that is a follow-up to
its initial offering called ICE Block. The ICE Switch looks at the A and B
feeds to optimize it for non-critical applications.

 

The
company successfully deployed evaluation units with the ICE Block’s peak
shaving capabilities to Fortune 500 companies and data centers to bring the
benefits of what they call, elastic power
to data centers. Watch this interview at APEC 2017 for the latest information
about ICE Switch and how it can help you use stranded power for some other
applications.

 

 

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC)

 

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EPC GaN technology enables this entire surface to be a charging area.

 

As
wireless power gains popularity, there is a push for operation in the higher
frequency ISM bands of 6.78 MHz and 13.56 MHz where resonant systems allow high
spatial freedom at high efficiency. At these high frequencies, traditional
MOSFET technology is approaching its capability limit. The eGaN FETs from EPC
provide lower capacitance and inductance with zero reverse recovery charge
(QRR) in a smaller footprint for a given RDS(on) than comparable MOSFETs.

 

EPC_LiDAR_APEC2017

 

 

Visitors to the EPC booth are “lit up” with
LiDAR.

 

The
painting of the LiDAR (Light Distancing and Ranging) screen becomes possible only
with the power and speed of GaN technolo

gy. LiDAR uses pulsed lasers to rapidly
create a three dimensional image or map of a surrounding area. LiDAR technology
allows for high accuracy, larger coverage areas, and increased speed and
efficiency of data collection. The technology has traditional applications in
mapping, coastline management, geological surveys, meteorology, and natural
resource exploration.

 

EPC
offers its eGaN FETs that have the ability to switch ten times faster than the silicon-based
power MOSFET. That speed gives LiDAR systems superior resolution and faster
response time. These characteristics enable new and broader applications for
LiDAR such as real-time motion detection for video gaming, computers that
respond to hand gestures, and fully autonomous vehicles. Read
a review from Steve Taranovich
.

 

 

GaN
Systems Enables Wireless Power Transfer

 

Larry
Spaziani VP of Sales/Marketing for GaN Systems shows off a
drone demo
that was a collaboration between Imperial College in London, and
GaN Systems. The drone in the video has a
250 W, 13.56 MHz transmitter from the Imperial College London that wirelessly
powers a non-battery equipped airborne drone in real-time.

 

This wireless power transfer system
is AirFuel-compliant and can also be used to charge multiple phones, tablets,
and laptops. It is also scalable and adaptable for use in toolboxes and factory
robots.

 

The
primary applications driving the demand for wireless power transmission (WPT)
are integrated solutions for charging individual battery-enabled devices and
charging multiple devices simultaneously. The most effective WPT integrated
solutions are high-frequency (6.78 and 13.56 MHz) Class E and EF designs that
use GaN transistors to reduce systems size 2-3 times and to reduce charging
system cost. To satisfy the requirement for optimally performing GaN
transistors in Class E and EF designs, GaN Systems’ customers are using the
company’s family of 650 V, E-HEMTs. This family of transistors provides a
solution that enables efficient resonant wireless charging at power levels from
20 W to 2,500 W.

 

Renesas/Intersil

 

The
business news for Renesas Electronics was that the company completed the
acquisition of Intersil.
The transaction brings together the advanced technology and end-market
expertise of the two companies. Renesas also plans to continue operations at
Intersil’s production facility
in
Palm Bay, Florida, U.S
and Intersil’s home office in Milpitas. Also, Intersil becomes a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Renesas.

 

Renesas_motorcontrols_APEC2017

 

 

At APEC, Renesas featured an integrated motor
drive solution boards
. For example, it showed the Renesas motor drive solution board, which is a
single system-on-chip (SoC) that combines a microcontroller, analog front end,
and customized firmware to drive a motor with optimized efficiency and minimum
heating. This integrated motor drive solution can control and drive motors with
power levels to 1,500 W.

 

The booth also had on
display a micro-motor
solution board. These small BLDC motors need
very accurate position control over a wide operating range to provide both high
torque and very low RPM functionality (like a stepper motor) as well as smooth,
high-RPM performance. The company’s Micro-Motor Solution uses an SoC that
combines an MCU and a DSP to enable a small BLDC to provide both optimal
low-RPM, position-critical applications where engineers have traditionally used
a stepper motor, and also provide the high RPM performance of a BLDC.

 

 

Telcodium power supplies with Transphorm GaN
technology

 

 

 

Telecodium PoY at APEC2017

 

 

Telcodium’s President Gaetan Campeau, and CTO
Eric Morin proudly show off the Product of the Year award presented by
Electronic Products Magazine’s editor Paul O’Shea during APEC 2017 for its
GaN-based AC series of redundant power supplies.

 

Telcodium introduces the AC series of redundant power supplies
that replace the typical three-module power supply architecture (that have two
power supply bricks and an intermediate bus converter [IBC]) with a single
power module with redundant ac feeds. The power module operates at 94% true
system efficiency (TSE) — reducing average energy loss by 13% or more. To
achieve the same TSE with the typical three-module power supply, the bricks and
IBC would each need to yield a 97% efficiency — which exceeds the 80Plus
Titanium specification (95% x 95% = 90.25%). This has yet to be demonstrated by
any other power supply manufacturer. Additionally, the new module is 30%
smaller than the typical versions with two bricks and eliminates the standalone
IBC. The high efficiency and size reduction were made possible by the use of
JEDEC-qualified 650-V GaN FETs from Transphorm and also some innovative design
engineering. The smaller size is a big deal for the targeted market for this
power supply, which includes the data center, server, and telecom markets.

 

 

See APEC
observations – Part 1
for more insights.