Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio

Maurizio is an Electronic Engineer with a Ph.D in Physics. Maurizio enjoys writing and telling stories about technology and electronics. His main interests are Power, Automotive, IoT, Digital. Maurizio is currently editor-in-chief of Power Electronics News and European Correspondent for EE Times. He also oversees discussions on EEWeb.com.

Thermal Performance of Integrated Circuits

Understanding the thermal performance of integrated circuits, whether they are microcontrollers, FPGAs, or processors, has always been essential to avoid the overheating that can cause circuit malfunctions. The miniaturization of electronic systems and the diffusion of components that generate a lot of heat, such as LEDs, make the role of thermal analysis more and more…

Power-Device R&D Taps the Potential of Wide-Bandgap Properties

The quest for more-efficient electronics centers on power devices, and semiconductor materials are at the vanguard of the R&D activity. Silicon’s low cost and wide availability enabled it to overtake germanium years ago as the dominant power semiconductor material. Today, however, silicon is ceding its dominance in power devices to two higher-efficiency alternatives: silicon carbide…

A New Chip For Quantum Computing

The race for quantum technology is increasingly intriguing. Google and IBM are beginning to develop quantum computers that would revolutionize computing at speeds now inconceivable. A much-awaited strength of quantum technology lies in cryptography. With the proliferation of IoT and the next 5G, it is extremely important to create secure channels. In contrast, quantum channels…

Power Factor Correction Increases the Efficiency of Industry

Energy usage and efficiency levels are being placed under closer scrutiny than ever before, as consumers become more concerned about the size of their utility bills and business owners look to curb their spiraling operational expenses. All this is being further exacerbated by the increasingly important environmental aspect, with the widespread recognition that inefficient devices…

Why Medical Devices Need Security — and How to Achieve It

The internet of things (IoT) brings together billions of devices every day, with exponential growth that is changing the way we carry out our daily activities. Smart homes reduce overall energy consumption. New developments will allow cars to be connected with smart-city infrastructure to create an entirely different ecosystem for the driver. And connected health…

SiC Hits the Performance Marks for xEV Systems

The market for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and fully electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow. Vehicles in these categories, sometimes collectively referred to as xEVs, incorporate numerous power electronic devices, most of which are based on silicon technology today. The most advanced xEV designs, however, require power electronics solutions that can achieve higher efficiency…

GaN HEMTs Boost Electric Motor Applications

Emerging electronics applications require electric motor designs that squeeze higher performance from ever more compact platforms. Designers are hard-pressed to meet the new requirements with motor driver circuits based on traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs. As silicon technology reaches theoretical limits for power density, breakdown voltage, and switching frequency, it gets tougher for designers to…