Posts Tagged: Power Electronics

Ricardo opens new power electronics and vehicle laboratories in California

Global engineering firm Ricardo sees Silicon Valley as the emerging capital of automotive technology and innovation, so it is expanding its Santa Clara Technical Center, investing in new power electronics and vehicle build facilities. The Santa Clara facility already serves Ricardo’s customers in California, such as Peloton Technology. “Improved driver safety is one of the… Read more »

Littelfuse SiC MOSFET provides fast switching for power electronics

Circuit protection specialist Littelfuse has introduced its first series of silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs. In March, Littelfuse made a majority investment in the SiC technology development company Monolith Semiconductor. The LSIC1MO120E0080 Series, with a voltage rating of 1,200 V and ultra-low (80 mΩ) on-resistance, is the first SiC MOSFET to be released by the new… Read more »

IAV says its new modular electric drive can boost range 5-10%

IAV’s new modular drive unit, presented at the recent Vienna Motor Symposium, combines an 80 kW (50 kW continuous) motor with a transmission, and can support electrification solutions in vehicle classes A to D. Many of today’s electric drives use a transmission with a fixed gear ratio. This has the advantage of simplicity, but is… Read more »

Copper industry expects EVs to spur ninefold rise in demand for copper by 2027

Big Oil may not be too happy with what’s going on, but Big Copper is all for it. A new report commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) finds that the growing market for EVs will significantly increase demand for copper over the next decade. According to Copper Intensity in the Electrification of Transport and… Read more »

Wolfspeed’s new SiC power module is built for harsh environments

Wolfspeed, a specialist in silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has released a new power module that’s designed to withstand high-humidity, high-temperature and high-voltage conditions. The new all-SiC module, rated for 300 A and 1.2 kV blocking, passed a reliability test that subjected it to an environment of 85% relative humidity and 85° C ambient temperature… Read more »

EV tech explained: What are the limiting factors of an EV’s regenerative braking force?

In many EVs, regenerative braking is limited by the manufacturer to a modest level, and usually offers little or no ability for the driver to adjust it (aside from the few cases in which regen is made proportional to the initial movement of the brake pedal). Is tepid regen braking the result of some sort… Read more »

Rogers introduces new materials for high-power circuits

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) has introduced curamik ADVANTAGE, a family of features and process enhancements for its curamik ceramic circuit substrate materials. curamik ADVANTAGE materials are designed to enable circuit designers to optimize the performance of high-power circuits through an assortment of services and processes, including several plating options for improved copper surface finish, two different… Read more »

Nexperia’s new compact automotive power MOSFET package

Nexperia is offering its automotive power MOSFETs in a new thermally-enhanced, loss-free package with a footprint that it says is 80% smaller than industry-standard devices. LFPAK33 MOSFETs enable the infrastructure that powers contemporary automotive subsystems such as radar and ADAS technology. In the industry, pressure is growing to reduce the size of modules in the… Read more »

Tesla’s chief motor engineer discusses the potential of next-generation motor technologies

Tesla spends a considerable amount of resources on basic research into EV systems – as well it should. EV technology is very young compared to that of ICE vehicles, so it’s safe to assume that, in a few short years, the aggregate of many incremental technology advances could lead to significantly better EVs. Of course,… Read more »