Power Electronics


Who Will Advance to the Round of 4?


We are down to the final weeks of the Bracket Challenge. Only 8 of the top engineering universities remain in the competition.Head on over to the bracket and cast your vote to help push your favorites to the round of 4. read more

Read more >>> Who Will Advance to the Round of 4?


More and more electric vehicle (EV) charging points are sprouting up along highways, byways, and driveways. As availability becomes less of an issue, EV owners are starting to look closer at this equipment’s reliability and the energy costs associated with charging. Equipment vendors have to respond. Purely electric vehicles need to become more convenient for […]

Read more >>> Stationary Chargers for EVs — When Cost and Performance Matters


According to Morgan Stanley, Americans spend 75 billion hours a year driving. It estimates that self-driving vehicles could deliver $507 billion in annual productivity gains. IHS Markit forecasts as many as 21 million autonomous vehicles will be sold in the year 2035. That’s an awful lot of incentive to be a part of this undertaking. […]

Read more >>> Would You Bet That Autonomous Cars Will Succeed?


The LTM9100 µModule (micromodule) from Linear Technology accepts logic inputs that enable its internal isolated Power Switch Controller to drive an external-power MOSFET/IGBT switching at up to1000Vdc. It uses a galvanic isolation barrier to separate logic inputs from its Power Switch Controller, which can turn high-voltage power sources on and off. In doing so, the […]

Read more >>> Low-Voltage Logic Inputs Turn 1000Vdc Loads On/Off


600V Intelligent Power Module ON Semiconductor has launched new intelligent power modules for industrial power management and motor control applications. The company’s new STK57FU394AG-E (15A) and STK5MFU3C1A-E (30A) are advanced 600 V IPMs that integrate a power factor correction (PFC) converter, three-phase inverter output stage, pre-drive circuitry and protection in a single, compact package. High levels […]

Read more >>> Power Semiconductor Products of the Week (3/12-3/18)


Torex Semiconductor R&D Center in San Jose, Calif. (Image courtesy of Torex). Silicon Valley is maintaining its image as the center of the semiconductor universe. The latest example is Torex Semiconductor moving its R&D Center from Sunnyvale to larger headquarters in San Jose, Calif. Torex opened its R&D Center in Silicon Valley in April 2016. […]

Read more >>> Torex Semiconductor Expands its Silicon Valley R&D


Just like last year, 32 of the top engineering universities in U.S. will go head-to-head each week. It is up to you to decide which universities advance every week and ultimately win the whole thing. Check out the bracket landing page to learn about prizes you can win for participating in the voting. 

Read more >>> The Bracket Challenge is Back


(Image courtesy of EVgo). EVgo, the nation’s largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, and ABB announced that they will deploy the nation’s first High-Power fast charging station in Fremont, Calif, capable of delivering incredibly fast charging speeds. The High-Power fast charging system, manufactured by ABB, features a maximum charging rate of […]

Read more >>> High-Power Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station


Conductive Polymer Capacitor Series with New Case Size, Improved Energy Ratings AVX Corporation has extended its J-CAP Series conductive polymer capacitors with conductive polymer electrodes, which already delivered the highest energy per volume (Joules/cc) of any SMT capacitor available on the market. Now available in a large 7361-15 case with a low 1.5mm height profile, and […]

Read more >>> Power Electronics Products of the Week (3/5-3/11)


Figure 1. (Image courtesy of Bern University Hospital and the University of Bern). Our original January 27 article, “Subcutaneous Solar Cells Could Power Pacemakers,”  described a real-life study that looked at the potential of powering medical implants with solar cells. The study discussed the harvesting of data from subcutaneous solar cells, that is, a solar cell […]

Read more >>> Update: Subcutaneous Solar Cells Could Power Pacemakers


(Image courtesy of Thinkstock). The drive towards sustainability has never been more urgent – and technology will continue to play a crucial role. The Lloyd’s Register Technology Radar – Low Carbon, examines the outlook for renewables, nuclear, grid and infrastructure, and energy storage. The research sought the insights and opinions of leaders across the sector, […]

Read more >>> Report: Renewable Power Generation Technologies Are Now Cost Competitive with Fossil Fuels


Are humans taking more resources from Earth than the planet can safely produce? The answer lies partly in whether we can “dematerialize,” or reduce the amount of materials needed to produce goods and services. While some scientists believe that the world can achieve significant dematerialization through improvements in technology, a new MIT-led study finds that […]

Read more >>> Study: Technological Progress Alone Won’t Stem Resource Use


GM Executive Vice President Global Product Development Mark Reuss (left) and President Honda North America Toshiaki Mikoshiba announce a manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system. (Image courtesy of GM). General Motors and Honda announced establishment of the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass-produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system […]

Read more >>> General Motors Partners with Honda on Fuel Cell Manufacturing


Newly available SMD power semiconductors support fast switching and reduce the parasitic inductance associated with the long leads on packages like the TO‑220 or TO‑247. However, the thermal management challenge is historically difficult using SMDs. This is particularly true in high-power PFC (power factor correction) circuits and it is the main reason that TO‑220 and […]

Read more >>> Leadless MOSFET Power Package Achieves Near-GaN Switching Losses


The global market for power semiconductors used in cars and light passenger vehicles will grow by more than $3 billion in the next six years, according to new analysis released by IHS Markit. The report, entitled “Power Semiconductors in Automotive-2017,”  forecasts the total market for power semiconductors (discretes, power modules, and power ICs) to increase […]

Read more >>> Market for Power Semiconductors in Automotive to Rev Up by $3 Billion by 2022


There’s a known rule-breaker among materials, and a new discovery by an international team of scientists adds more evidence to back up the metal’s nonconformist reputation. According to a new study led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and at the University of California, Berkeley, electrons in vanadium […]

Read more >>> Electricity Flows Through This Metal, But Not the Heat


Critical to the operation of any electric vehicle (EV) is the energy stored in its battery, which determines the distance it can travel. The amount of charge stored in the battery is measured in coulombs or ampere-hours, with the total energy usually measured in watt hours. Determining the amount of energy available in a battery […]

Read more >>> EV Battery Sensing Module Yields Critical Measurement Data


A pacemaker is a device that is implanted in the abdomen or chest area to control abnormal heart rhythms. It utilizes electrical impulses to help the heart muscle maintain a proper rhythm and heart rate. Most pacemakers are usually powered with a primary battery that requires a replacement when it is depleted. Implant replacements due […]

Read more >>> Subcutaneous Solar Cells Could Power Pacemakers


Miniature 2 Watt DC-DC Converters for Use in Medical Applications XP Power announced the new IML02 & ISM02 miniature 2W rated DC-DC converters for use in medical device applications that require safety isolation between the input and output. These converters provide 4000 VAC reinforced isolation with 1 x MOPP at 300 VAC (250 VAC model […]

Read more >>> Power Electronics Products of the Week (1/22-1/28)


Industrial connectivity includes any component that is in the path of delivering power or control signals to do useful work. Typical connectivity components include connectors and terminal blocks, motor starters and relays. Industrial connectors are divided into four categories based on operating environments: commercial, industrial, military, and hermetic. In commercial applications, outside temperatures and atmospheric […]

Read more >>> The Basics of Industrial Connectivity

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