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Microchip launches E-Fuse Demonstrator to protect power electronics in EVs

US IC manufacturer Microchip Technology has released a high-voltage circuit protection board for 400-800 V batteries with a current rating of up to 30 amps for hybrid and electric vehicles. Due to its high-voltage solid-state architecture and silicon carbide (SiC) technology, the six-variant E-Fuse Demonstrator Board can detect and interrupt fault currents in microseconds, which… Read more »

Microchip introduces hybrid power drive module for electric aviation applications 

US integrated circuit manufacturer Microchip Technology has announced its new comprehensive three-phase hybrid power drive module, which is the first of 12 variants in the company’s product line with either silicon carbide metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors or insulated-gate bipolar transistors.   Microchip says its new module helps meet the needs of electric aircraft designers who are looking… Read more »

Microchip Technology releases new inductive position sensor for EV motor control

Microchip Technology has introduced a new inductive position sensor designed for EV motor control applications. It’s part of a product line of inductive position sensors offered by the company, and is available now. The LX34070 IC uses printed circuit board traces and includes differential outputs and fast sample rates. “Microchip expects its LX34070 IC to… Read more »

Microchip Technology and Mersen collaborate on 150 kVA SiC power stack reference design

Microchip Technology is collaborating with Mersen on a new 150 kVA 3-phase silicon carbide power stack reference design. Mersen’s current offering provides designers with a compact, high-power silicon carbide system without the need for individual device sourcing, testing and qualification. The reference design includes Microchip’s SiC power modules and digital gate drivers and Mersen’s busbar,… Read more »

Microchip Technology releases new 1,200-volt digital gate driver

Microchip Technology has developed a new 1,200 V digital gate driver, providing system developers with multiple levels of control and protection. The 2ASC-12A2HP AgileSwitch gate driver provides multiple levels of control and a higher level of protection for silicon carbide MOSFET-based power systems.  The company says its new gate drivers have the ability to dampen… Read more »

Microchip releases new AEC-Q101-qualified 700 V and 1,200 V SiC SBDs

Microchip Technology is introducing its newly-qualified 700 V and 1,200 V SiC Schottky Barrier Diode (SBD) power devices, providing EV system designers with solutions that meet AEC-Q101 quality standards across a wide range of voltage, current and package options. Microchip says the SBD family’s avalanche performance allows designers to reduce the need for external protection… Read more »

Microchip expands SiC family of power electronics

Microchip Technology has expanded its portfolio of silicon carbide (SiC) power modules for high-power system control, gate drive and power stages. Microchip’s SiC family includes Schottky Barrier Diode (SBD)-based power modules in 700, 1,200 and 1,700 volt versions. The new power module family includes various topologies, including dual diode, full-bridge, phase leg, dual common cathode,… Read more »

A lesson in innovation: VW’s Herbert Diess invites Tesla’s Elon Musk to an internal conference

A few weeks ago, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess called 120 top-level executives to company HQ for a crisis meeting, at which he announced a series of measures to help his company catch up with Tesla. More recently, Diess went a step further, inviting Tesla CEO Elon Musk to address 200 Volkswagen executives via a… Read more »

Chip shortage forces Tesla to briefly idle Model 3 production line

Driving home the point that cars are computers, the global auto industry is reeling from a global shortage of microchips. Several major automakers have announced shutdowns or slowdowns because of the supply bottleneck. The shortage appears to have forced Tesla to briefly shut down its Model 3 production line at Fremont. An unnamed source told… Read more »

Continental’s new power module is designed for electric SUVs

Automotive supply giant Continental has launched a third-generation power module designed for a broad range of EVs, including electric SUVs and race cars. The new generation delivers six times the performance of the company’s first-generation power electronics and a reduction in weight from 12 kilograms to 8 kilograms. Continental produces its new power electronics using… Read more »