Power Electronics

Disruptive End Products Shift Priorities for Power Management

In virtually all segments of the power supply market, disruptive end-product technologies continue to move the goalposts on the common aims of increased power efficiency, higher power density, and lower cost. Many markets require efficient systems for DC/DC converter power management — notably the automotive industry, as it transitions to electric vehicles, and the medical…

The Challenges for SiC Power Devices

Silicon-carbide (SiC) devices offer several advantages over commonly used silicon devices in high-power applications. SiC power devices still face some mass-production challenges, including limiting factors for scaling, heat-dissipation issues related to SiC devices’ smaller die size, packaging-related strain on the die, and substrate availability. But solutions for these challenges are being evaluated and entering production,…

Powering the Next Generation of Automotive Systems

The automobile has been a force in society ever since Carl Benz fired up his first one-cylinder two-stroke engine in 1879. Benz and Wilhelm Maybach started their business with the firm goal of creating a self-propelled wheeled conveyance. They commercialized motorized transport and changed the way people saw the world. Notably, their success lay in…

The Changing State of Industrial Power

It is obvious that all of society is traveling the learning curve of new technologies and their attendant functionalities, but the business-driven industrial sector differs from the consumer segment in its motivations for upgrading the technologies it deploys. One doesn’t buy a new process line because it is what all the cool factory owners are…