• Toshiba Announced New Board of Directors and Company’s Auditors

    Toshiba Announced New Board of Directors and Company’s Auditors

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    Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation announced new board of directors and the company’s auditors, with an effective date of June 27, 2024. The composition of the Board of Directors and the company’s Auditors, as of June 27, 2024, will be as follows.

    Directors and Officers of the Company

    Director, President & CEO – Taro SHIMADA (Toshiba Corporation)
    Director, Vice President – Noriyasu KURIHARA
    Director – Shin KUROSAWA
    Director – Hiroyuki SHINKI (Toshiba Corporation)
    Director – Masazumi TOMISHIGE (Toshiba Corporation)
    Director – Takanori NAKAZAWA (Toshiba Corporation)
    Auditor – Hiroki OKADA
    Auditor – Shigeki SUGIMOTO (new nominee)
    Auditor – Jun TSUJIMOTO
    (new nominee)

    Retiring Directors and Auditors as of June 27, 2024

    Seiichi MORI
    Yutaka SATA (Toshiba Corporation)
    Masami TAKAOKA
    Akira NAKANISHI (Toshiba Corporation)

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  • Maspower Semiconductor Pushes the Boundaries of High-Voltage Applications with a New Power MOSFET

    Maspower Semiconductor Pushes the Boundaries of High-Voltage Applications with a New Power MOSFET

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    In the current rapidly evolving electronics industry, there is an increasing demand for high-performance MOSFETs. With its superior specifications and robust design, the MS2N350HGC0 MOSFET stands out as an innovative solution for a wide range of high-voltage applications.

    The MS2N350HGC0 MOSFET has been designed to meet the rigorous specifications of contemporary electronics, offering an unparalleled combination of features and performance. This MOSFET is the ideal choice for high-voltage power supplies, capacitor discharge, pulse circuits and laser and X-ray generation systems. With a maximum drain-source voltage of 3500V and a continuous drain current of 2A, it is capable of withstanding the high voltage applications on the market.

    One of the standout features of the MS2N350HGC0 is its rapid intrinsic diode and minimized gate charge.. This enables the device to operate at high speeds, which is crucial for applications that necessitate rapid response times. Moreover, the MOSFET exhibits exceedingly low intrinsic capacitances, which further enhances its performance in demanding applications.

    The MS2N350HGC0’s on-state resistance (Rds) of 19Ω further enhances its performance, allowing for efficient energy transfer and minimal heat generation. This makes it an excellent choice for power supplies and other applications where efficiency and reliability are paramount.

    The product is packaged in accordance with the industry standard TO-247, thereby ensuring compatibility with a wide range of existing systems. Its compact size and lightweight design facilitate integration into any application.

    The MOSFET’s electrical ratings are noteworthy for their impressive nature. This product is capable of withstanding a continuous drain current of 2A at 25°C and 1.6A at 100°C, with a pulsed drain current of up to 6A. This makes it suitable for even the most demanding applications. Furthermore, its total dissipation of 463 watts at 25°C guarantees reliable operation even under heavy load conditions.

    The MS2N350HGC0 also offers excellent avalanche and thermal performance. It has an avalanche current of 1.3A and can withstand a single pulse avalanche energy of 81mJ. The operating junction temperature ranges from -55°C to 150°C, ensuring stable performance even in extreme environments.

    For ease of installation, the MS2N350HGC0 has a maximum lead temperature for soldering purposes of 300°C and a mounting torque of 1.13N·m. This ensures that the MOSFET can be securely mounted into any system with minimal effort.

    In conclusion, the MS2N350HGC0 MOSFET is a powerful and reliable solution for high-voltage applications. The superior performance, compact design, and excellent thermal stability of the product make it the optimal choice for a diverse range of applications. To gain further insight into this innovative new product, we invite you to contact our sales team. We encourage you to explore the potential of the MS2N350HGC0 MOSFET and discover how it can revolutionize your high-voltage applications.

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  • Semikron Danfoss and Headspring to Develop Advanced PCS Solutions for ESS

    Semikron Danfoss and Headspring to Develop Advanced PCS Solutions for ESS

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    As the deployment of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) accelerates, there is a critical need for compact and high-efficiency Power Conversion Systems (PCS) optimized for ESS applications. To address this requirement, Semikron Danfoss K.K. and Headspring Inc. have joined forces to develop advanced PCS solutions specifically for ESS, targeting mass production by 2026. This collaboration aims to enable more efficient and space-saving storage solutions.

    Energy Storage Systems are essential components for renewable energy and power grids, ensuring resilience and stable supply. The global ESS market is projected to grow by 20%-30% annually, with expectations to exceed 400 GWh of storage systems worldwide by 2030. This exponential growth is driven by the increasing share of renewable energy in the grid, necessitating the accelerated deployment of ESS solutions for stable grid operation.

    To address this rapidly growing market, Semikron Danfoss is developing a series of adaptable power solutions. Central to this initiative is the ANPC (Active Neutral Point Clamping) topology for ESS, which demonstrates a significant performance improvement by reducing power loss by over 50% compared to traditional NPC/MLI topologies. However, to fully harness the potential of ANPC technology, collaboration with Headspring is crucial. Headspring’s expertise in high-speed controller technology is vital for effectively controlling ANPC systems and ensuring optimal performance.

    Semikron Danfoss brings extensive expertise and innovation in power electronics to the ESS market. Their ANPC technology in LF/HF configuration, featuring a hybrid circuit of silicon IGBTs and silicon carbide MOSFETs, significantly enhances efficiency and cost performance. The availability of ANPC power modules in PCB-mountable, industry-standard housings reduces both material and assembly costs, making them ideal for high-volume production.

    The ANPC power modules provided by the SEMITOP E2 platform offer superior thermal performance, contributing to the downsizing and high-capacity PCS for ESS. Semikron Danfoss aims to set new benchmarks in ESS performance and value with their comprehensive design package that supports improvements in both hardware and software.

    Headspring excels in developing high-speed real-time controllers essential for power electronics applications. Headspring’s controllers combine commercial microcontrollers with FPGA technology, providing flexible programming tailored to the specific demands of power electronics applications. Headspring has participated in the Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) “Energy Systems for an IoT Society by Japan’s Cabinet Office,” leading the development of ultra-high-speed controllers for power electronics. These controllers, integrating high-speed multi-core CPUs, high-performance FPGAs, and high-speed AD converters, achieve a feedback control performance of 50MHz, approximately 1000 times faster than conventional systems.

    Semikron Danfoss and Headspring are collaborating to develop a compact, high-efficiency PCS tailored for large-scale, scalable ESS applications by integrating Semikron Danfoss’s ANPC technology-based power modules with Headspring’s advanced controller technology. Semikron Danfoss will offer the expertise for developing the power stack, which includes power modules, drive circuits, and coolers, while Headspring will be responsible for the controllers, peripheral circuits, software, and PCS integration.

    This synergy aims to create an ESS-specific PCS with optimized cost, efficiency, and size. A primary goal is to enable containerized ESS solutions to increase storage capacity per 20-foot container from 3.3MWh to 5MWh. This will establish a roadmap setting hardware and software benchmarks for ESS performance, delivering superior ESS solutions that promote the advancement of renewable energy technologies.

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  • Infineon Technologies Honored with German Brand Award

    Infineon Technologies Honored with German Brand Award

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    Infineon Technologies AG received the German Brand Award in the renowned “Best of Category” as “Excellent Brands – Corporate Brand of the Year”. The German Council of Design recognizes Infineon’s exceptional brand development, highlighting the company’s dedication to establishing a consistent brand that harmonizes seamlessly with its corporate strategy.

    “To receive the German Brand Award as Corporate Brand of the Year is a special recognition for Infineon’s brand development over the past years,” said Andreas Urschitz, Member of the Management Board and Chief Marketing Officer of Infineon. “We are a global technology and thought leader with a clear vision and decisive actions. As a company, we are dedicated to driving decarbonization and digitalization through our solutions and in our business areas, together with our customers and partners. This commitment is deeply rooted in our corporate strategy, our brand, and within the entire global Infineon team.”

    The award underlines Infineon’s commitment to excellence and innovation in brand strategy and design. It also reflects a strategic and decisive approach in the brand and corporate strategy, which ultimately enhances the company’s market presence with its audience.

    The jury of the German Brand Award, which consists of members of the German Council of Design, acknowledged Infineon’s brand identity that resonates with its target audience while continuously staying true to its core values and vision.

    The jury’s statement states: “Infineon has been a strong brand for 25 years – and also ‘Corporate Brand of the Year’ in 2024. The semiconductor manufacturer has decisively developed its strategy and design to link the brand even more closely with the corporate strategy. The close integration, including vision, mission and values, is exemplary and contributes to an outstanding positioning. Only a few companies in the competitive arena have such a consistent and distinctive brand. The dedicated 360-degree brand development and, above all, implementation is credible and has a high unique selling point.”

    The German Brand Award is the award for successful brand management, initiated by Germany’s design and brand authority. Judged by a top-tier jury of experts from brand management and brand science, the German Brand Award discovers, presents and honors unique brands and brand makers.

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  • Crystal IS Announced Production of 100 mm Single-Crystal Aluminum Nitride Substrates with 99% Usable Area

    Crystal IS Announced Production of 100 mm Single-Crystal Aluminum Nitride Substrates with 99% Usable Area

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    Crystal IS, an Asahi Kasei company, announced production of 100 mm diameter single-crystal aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates with 99% usable area, based on current requirements for UVC LEDs. This improved quality is steadily approaching that of Crystal IS’ existing 2-inch substrates used in the production of its UVC LEDs. The ultra-wide bandgap and high thermal conductivity of AlN helps improve device reliability and performance in both UVC LEDs and other next generation RF and power devices.

    “The improvement of our large diameter substrate quality over the last nine months showcases the expertise of our team in aluminum nitride innovation,” said Eoin Connolly, President and CEO of Crystal IS. “The inherent benefits of aluminum nitride are unlocking new applications in RF and power devices—we are excited to work with our partners to further develop this material to meet their needs.”

    This achievement follows the company’s announcement of the first ever recorded 100 mm diameter in August 2023, which won an excellence award at Semiconductor of the Year in electronic materials for the Semiconductors Category. The Semiconductor of the Year Awards are organized by Electronic Device Industry News, an industry journal published in Tokyo by SangyoTimes Inc.

    Crystal IS manufactures bulk aluminum nitride substrates at its headquarters in Green Island, New York and began selling 2-inch diameter substrates for research and development in RF and power devices in late 2023. This 100 mm diameter milestone accelerates the development of new applications on aluminum nitride substrates as it integrates into existing fabrication lines for power and RF devices using alternative materials. The company plans to offer 100 mm diameter substrates manufactured in its US facility to key partners this year as they expand their focus beyond UVC LEDs.

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  • EPC Space Introduced Two New Rad-Hard GaN Discretes

    EPC Space Introduced Two New Rad-Hard GaN Discretes

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    EPC Space announced the introduction of two new rad-hard GaN discretes with low on-resistance and extremely low gate charge for high power density solutions that are lower cost and more efficient than the nearest comparable radiation-hardened silicon MOSFET.

    The EPC7001BSH is a Rad-Hard eGaN® 40 V, 50 A, 11 mΩ Surface Mount (FSMDB) and the EPC7002ASH is a Rad-Hard eGaN 40 V, 15 A, 28 mΩ Surface Mount (FSMDA). Both devices have a total dose radiation rating greater than 1,000K Rad(Si) and SEE immunity for LET of 83.7 MeV/mg/cm2 with VDS up to 100% of rated breakdown. These devices come packaged in hermetic packages in very small footprints. 

    EPC’s eGaN FETs and ICs offer a higher performing alternative to conventional rad hard silicon devices for high reliability and space applications. EPC’s Rad hard devices are significantly smaller, have 40 times better electrical performance, and lower overall cost than rad hard silicon devices. Moreover, EPC Space’s rad hard devices exhibit superior resistance to radiation, supporting higher total radiation levels and SEE LET levels compared to traditional silicon solutions.

    Part NumberDrain to Source Voltage (VDS)Drain to Source Resistance (RDS(on))Single-Pulse Drain Current (IDM)Package Size (mm)Total Dose  (TID)Heavy Ion Single Event Effects (SEE)
    EPC7001BSH4011 mΩ1205.7 x 3.91 MradSEE immunity up to LET of 83.7 MeV/mg/cm2 with VDS up to 100% of rated Breakdown
    EPC7002ASH4028 mΩ403.4 x 3.41 MradSEE immunity up to LET of 83.7 MeV/mg/cm2 with VDS up to 100% of rated Breakdown

    With higher breakdown strength, lower gate charge, lower switching losses, better thermal conductivity, and lower on-resistance, power devices based on GaN significantly outperform silicon-based devices and enable higher switching frequencies resulting in higher power densities, higher efficiencies, and more compact and lighter weight circuitry for critical spaceborne missions.

    Applications benefiting from the performance of these products include DC-DC power supplies for satellites and space mission equipment, motor drives for robotics, instrumentation and reaction wheels, deep space probes, and ion thrusters.

    “These two new additions to our rad-hard product line offer designers high power and low on-resistance solutions enabling a generation of power conversion and motor drives in space operating at higher efficiencies, and greater power densities than what is achievable with traditional silicon-based rad-hard solutions,” said Bel Lazar, CEO of EPC Space.

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  • Infineon Technologies Expands Portfolio of Next-Gen OptiMOS™ 7 MOSFETs for Automotive Applications

    Infineon Technologies Expands Portfolio of Next-Gen OptiMOS™ 7 MOSFETs for Automotive Applications

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    Infineon Technologies AG is expanding its portfolio of next-generation OptiMOS™ 7 MOSFETs for automotive applications: the portfolio of 40 V products now includes additional devices in robust, lead-free packages. In addition, 80 V and 100 V OptiMOS 7 MOSFETs are now also available.

    The MOSFETs are optimized for all standard and future automotive 48 V applications, including electric power steering, braking systems, power switches in new zone architectures, battery management, e-fuse boxes, DC/DC, and BLDC drives in various 12 V and 48 V electrical system applications. They are also suitable for other transportation applications such as light electric vehicles (LEV), e2wheelers, eScooters, eMotorcycles, and commercial and agricultural vehicles (CAV).

    “As a technology leader in power semiconductors, Infineon is committed to shape the future technology standards in automotive power MOSFETs in terms of power efficiency, innovative and robust power packaging with high quality,” said Axel Hahn, Senior Vice President and General Manager Automotive LV MOSFETs of Infineon. “We are providing our customers a diverse product portfolio and are addressing all their requirements to drive the development of modern automotive applications.”

    By combining 300 mm thin-wafer technology and innovative packaging, the new OptiMOS 7 technology enables significant performance advantages in all available voltage classes. As a result, the components are now available in various rugged automotive power packages, including Single SSO8 (5×6), Dual SSO8 (5×6), mTOLG (8×8) and sTOLL (7×8).

    The family offers high power density and energy efficiency with the industry’s lowest on-state resistance (e.g. 1.3 mΩ max in a single SSO8 (5×6) 80V package) in the smallest form factor. The devices also offer reduced switching losses, improved Safe Operating Area (SOA) robustness and high avalanche current capability. With this, they enable a highly efficient system design for tomorrow’s automotive applications.

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  • Siltronic Inaugurated One of the World’s Most Advanced Wafer Fabs

    Siltronic Inaugurated One of the World’s Most Advanced Wafer Fabs

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    June 12 marked a milestone in the history of Siltronic AG: after more than 500 construction days and roughly 23 million working hours, Siltronic inaugurated one of the world’s most advanced wafer fabs. The inauguration of the new production facility, which is one of the most modern and cost-efficient of its kind, took place in Singapore.

    The highly automated fab at JTC’s Tampines Wafer Fab Park was officially opened in the presence of around 150 guests, including numerous high-ranking representatives of the Singaporean government, customers and suppliers. Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat was the Guest of Honour to grace the occasion. The fab was commissioned at the beginning of 2024 and will now be ramped to full capacity over several years.

    “With our new fab, we will accompany the future growth of the wafer industry for many years to come and take Siltronic to a new level. What the entire team, including all business partners, has achieved is a masterpiece, and I would like to thank everyone for their outstanding contribution,” said Dr. Michael Heckmeier, CEO of Siltronic AG, in his speech.

    Ms. Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director of Singapore Economic Board (EDB) said: “We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Siltronic. As one of top 5 global wafer suppliers, Siltronic’s new fab is a significant expansion that not only supplies to Singapore’s semiconductor industry but also strengthens the resilience of the global semiconductor supply chain. This investment will create good jobs and further grow the existing collaboration that Siltronic has with local suppliers in automation and precision components.”

    The success story of Siltronic in Singapore began in 1997 with the founding of Siltronic Singapore Pte. Ltd. in JTC’s Tampines Wafer Fab Park. The first 200 mm wafers were produced as early as 1999. This was followed in 2006 by the establishment of a joint venture with Samsung and the start of construction of the first 300 mm fab, from which the first wafers were delivered to customers in 2008. The foundation stone for the second 300 mm fab was laid in 2021, and it was officially opened today. Singapore is Siltronic’s largest production site.

    Today’s inauguration of the state-of-the-art wafer fab in Singapore is not only the largest investment in Siltronic’s history, but also a milestone of which Siltronic is extremely proud. With its high level of automation and impressive efficiency, the fab sets new standards in our industry and strengthens Siltronic’s position as one of the world’s leading wafer manufacturers.

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  • Cambridge GaN Devices Launched Lowest Ever On-Resistance Parts

    Cambridge GaN Devices Launched Lowest Ever On-Resistance Parts

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    Cambridge GaN Devices has launched its lowest ever on-resistance (RDS(on)) parts which have been engineered with a new die and new packages to deliver the benefits of GaN to high-power applications such as data centres, inverters, motor drives and other industrial power supplies. New ICeGaN™ P2 series ICs feature RDS(on) levels down to 25 mΩ supporting multi kW power levels with the highest efficiency.


    “The explosive growth of AI is leading to a significant increase in energy consumption, prompting data centre systems designers to prioritise the use of GaN for high-power, efficient power solutions. This new family of Power GaN ICs is a stepping stone for CGD to support our customers and partners on achieving and exceeding 100 kW/rack power density in Data Centres, required by most recent TDP (Thermal Design Power) trends for High-density computing. On the other hand, developers of motor control inverters are looking to GaN to reduce heat for smaller, longer-lasting system power. These are just two examples of markets that CGD is now aggressively targeting with these new high-power ICeGaN ICs. Simplified gate driver design and reduced system costs, combined with advanced high-performance packaging, make P2 series ICs an excellent choice for these applications.”

    Incorporating an on-chip Miller Clamp to eliminate shoot-through losses during fast switching and implementing 0 V turn off to minimise reverse conduction losses, ICeGaN Series P2 ICs outperform discrete e-Mode GaN and other incumbent technologies.

    The new packages offer improved thermal resistance performance as low as 0.28 K/W – again, equivalent or better than anything else currently available on the market – and the dual-gate pinout of the dual side DHDFN-9-1 (Dual Heat-spreader DFN) package facilitates optimal PCB layout and simple paralleling for scalability, enabling customers to address multi kW applications 6 with ease. The new packages have also been engineered to improve productivity, with wettable flanks to simplify optical inspection.

    New P2 ICeGaN GaN power ICs are sampling now. The P2 series includes four devices with RDS(on) levels of 25 mΩ and 55 mΩ, rated at 27 A and 60 A, in 10 x 10 mm footprint DHDFN-9-1 and BHDFN-9-1 (Bottom Heat-spreader DFN) packages. In common with all CGD ICeGaN products, the P2 series can be driven using any standard MOSFET or IGBT driver.

    Two demo boards feature the new P2 devices: a single leg of a 3-phase automotive inverter demo board, developed in partnership with the French public R&I institute IFP Energies , and a 3 kW totem-pole power factor correction demo board.

    The new P2 series ICeGaN GaN power ICs and demo boards were unveiled publicly at the PCIM exhibition on CGD’s booth # 7 643, Nürnberg Messe, Nuremberg, Germany, 11-13th June 2024.

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  • WeEn Semiconductors Introduced New SiC MOSFETs and SBDs in TSPAK Package

    WeEn Semiconductors Introduced New SiC MOSFETs and SBDs in TSPAK Package

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    WeEn Semiconductors unveiled new families of silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs and Schottky Barrier Diodes (SBDs) in TSPAK packaging at this year’s PCIM Europe exhibition and conference. The company has also used the event to showcase for the first time a comprehensive range of integrated SiC power modules in Nuremberg, from June 11-13, 2024. 

    WeEn Semiconductor’s new TSPAK MOSFET and SBD devices address the demand for high-performance, compact and reliable power management in applications ranging from automotive charging and on-board charger applications to photovoltaic (PV) inverters and high-power-density power supplies (PSUs).

    Offering a variety of configuration options for maximum design flexibility, the company’s new SiC modules are ideal for applications such as EV charging, energy storage systems, PV inverters, motor drives, industrial PSUs and test instrumentation.

    Originally developed for automotive applications, TSPAK devices combine innovative top-side cooling capability with low thermal impedance to deliver enhanced thermal performance. By removing the PCB thermal resistance from the thermal dissipating path, the Junction-Ambient thermal resistance improves by 16-19%.

    This supports high reliability by enabling a greater number of power cycles than conventional packaging as well as providing the increased power densities demanded by compact system designs. Low circuit inductance and low EMC noise help to improve performance and reduce filtering requirements. The WeEn Semiconductors family of TSPAK MOSFETs features 650V, 750V, and 1200V options with resistances ranging from 12mΩ to 150mΩ. TSPAK SBDs are available with current ratings of 10 to 40A in 650V, 750V, and 1200V variants.

    Visitors to WeEn’s stand in Hall 9, booth 538, will have the first opportunity to explore the company’s extensive range of SiC power modules. With a wide range of topology options, including half-bridge, four-pack, six-pack, and MPPT booster configurations, the power modules support voltages ranging from 650V to 1200V. Depending on the option chosen and special designs, modules incorporate a variety of advanced features including synchronized chip current sharing, integrated temperature sensors, topside cooling structures and the latest clip-bond technologies.

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