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…

Should Engineering Education be Reimagined Around AI?

Traditional electronic engineering degrees should be reimagined to embrace AI and machine learning, according to a prominent UK academic. Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and ARM Professor of Computer Engineering at Southampton University, proposed a new type of engineering degree which focuses on “engineering in the era of AI”. Speaking at…

Infineon’s Wawer: The Future Is All about Energy

Peter Wawer is a second-generation engineer. In the 1960s, his father worked on circuitry based on tubes and spent years pondering what lay ahead in the fields of electronics. What Wawer and his team do today at Munich-based Infineon Technologies AG, where he heads the company’s industrial power control business, would have been alchemy decades…

New Wave of Power Generation R&D Harnesses Water’s Energy

Alternative-energy discussions tend to focus on land-based technologies, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, but strategies for harnessing the power of water have been explored in recent decades and are commanding more attention and investment dollars. Energy companies and startups are harnessing the power-generation potential of tidal energy. (Image: Pixabay) Energy companies and startups are…

Energy Crisis? Yes and No

The world has an energy crisis. Demand is growing faster than supply, and overloaded electricity transmission grids are causing rolling blackouts in rich and poorer nations alike. The overloaded systems will require huge investments just to meet current demand amid swelling population numbers and surging power requirements. Meanwhile, geopolitical upheavals have crimped supply in several…

Technology Can and Will Circumvent Trade Wars

“Out of adversity comes opportunity,” states the adage widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin. An older proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” is often mistakenly credited to Plato. Both are relevant today as technology businesses wrestle with the supply-chain implications of the U.S.-China trade war. In the need of the hour, tech companies are finding…