Higher power efficiency with Wide Bandgap Technology
Over the last couple of years new innovative semiconductor technologies emerged that generate a paradigm shift in the power management market. Silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) now offer much more efficient power conversion properties. Especially used for applications in the industrial, automotive and consumer electronics markets. These technologies are collectively known as wide bandgap (WBG) solutions as they offer a larger bandgap than traditional solutions. Along with their energy-saving credentials, they also can provide significant weight, volume and lifecycle cost reductions across all devices.
2021 will be the year of WBG technology. Together with leading suppliers EBV bundles up all you need to know about state of the art SiC and GaN solutions and there benefits in different applications.
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Wide bandgap technology: Get ready for the next step
Over the last couple of years, we have seen new, innovative semiconductor technologies emerging that will generate a paradigm shift in the power management market. Silicon had been deployed and trusted for decades, but silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) now offer much more efficient power conversion properties. Especially used for applications in the industrial, automotive and consumer electronics markets. These technologies are collectively known as wide bandgap (WBG) solutions as they offer a larger bandgap than traditional solutions – 3.3 and 3.4 respectively for SiC and GaN, compared to just 1.1 for silicon.
The heightened awareness of the urgent need to protect our planet’s resources means that the time for SiC and GaN technologies has come. Along with their energy-saving credentials, they also can provide significant weight, volume and lifecycle cost reductions across all devices.
Here is an overview of the two technologies and why EBV Elektronik is your first port of call for a wide product range as well as an expert advice on the suitability of technologies and products for your proposed application.
The SiC products we have available today include diodes, MOSFETs and modules that are ideal for high-voltage and high-power applications, such as those prevalent in the industrial market - drives, solar solutions, DC/DC converters and DC chargers. Another key market is automotive, with its requirement for on-board chargers, DC/DC converters, drive train inverters and more.
SiC technology delivers higher switching speeds together with lower energy losses, enabling you to produce smaller and cooler designs with higher working voltages. SiC is already emerging as the go-to solution for high-power applications running in a limited space, such as automotive traction drives. At EBV, you can choose from a range of proven SiC products from leading suppliers like Broadcom, Infineon, ON Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics, Microchip and WeEn.
GaN products comprise transistors and switches. These are used in high voltage, high power DC/DC converters as well as in audio amplifiers, inverters and other applications. They’re particularly interesting for companies seeking solutions for server and telecom supply, wireless charging, and automotive traction drives. GaN is already one of the key technologies behind LED lighting and is being increasingly pinpointed as a crucial contributor to reliability in power-hungry 5G networks.
Like SiC, GaN enables faster switching and lower power losses, enabling smaller magnetics and cooling devices for space-constrained applications. It has lower production costs than SiC, making it potentially more cost-effective for some applications. EBV provides products from several top names in the GaN market, including Broadcom, Infineon, Nexperia and Power Integrations. ST Microelectronics will be added to this list shortly.
EBV: Power efficiency that drives the future
Benefit from our wide range of WBG products and solutions. But that’s not all! Our specialists throughout Europe are eager to listen to your requirements and help you to choose the right solution from the right supplier tailored to your application’s needs. Plus: at EBV, you get an extensive range of products to choose from – we work with nine key suppliers and dozens of products. The result? You can be totally sure our power-efficient WBG solutions will drive your future forward.
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