Power Electronics

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…

The Future of Power Conversion Is Now, and SiC and GaN Are the Enablers

The latest generation of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphones based on Infineon’s unique sealed dual membrane technology defines a new benchmark for high-end applications, enabling a whole new audio experience for a large range of consumer devices. Silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors have advantages over traditional silicon semiconductors that make them the new…

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…

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…

Bosch Outlines Importance of Silicon Carbide in e-mobility

At a press event in Dresden, Germany, this month, Bosch outlined the importance of silicon carbide (SiC) in its electromobility vision, and how it would help overcome ‘range anxiety’ for electric vehicles. Bosch said SiC will set the pace in the power electronics in electric and hybrid vehicles. A major benefit of silicon carbide’s characteristics…

USB Type-C Power Management for Portable Devices

Energy consumption is one of the biggest challenges for the mobile technology sector. USB-C was supposed to be primarily a connectivity option, but it is increasingly finding favor because it is also a useful means of managing power in portable devices.  In this ever-evolving mobile ecosystem, devices become more and more intelligent and powerful, which…

Technological Innovation at the Maker Faire

The Maker Faire has always been a great technological event. It stimulates the inventiveness of everyone to create a market opportunity through a fun and innovative formula, combining moments of business with a series of professional workshops. During the three-day event, there were over 100 thousand total attendances,and more than 28 thousand students participated in…

Lithium-ion Battery is Powering the Future

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino “for the development of lithium-Ion batteries.” Their research has made a fundamental contribution to the development of rechargeable batteries that we use in many consumer products. Lithium-ion batteries are also considered a possible solution for the development of…