Innovation for Power & Energy Management from Rohm

October 31, 2016 by Power Pulse1595211359

At the world's leading show for electronics, electronica in Munich Rohm Semiconductor will showcase cutting-edge power management solutions for numerous applications in the automotive, industrial and residential/home arenas. Utilizing the latest SiC and Si technologies, proprietary processing and packaging technologies, these devices maximize efficiency and compactness, paving the way for cost and component reduction while delivering optimum performance. Combining Rohm's knowhow in analogue and digital power technology, they represent the most advanced developments of Rohm's global R&D centers and joint designs with industry partnerships.

All these products are manufactured in the company’s fully owned, vertically integrated production sites. Among others, key topics will include 3rd Gen SiC MOSFETs, Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) and Modules, LED-Drivers for exterior Lighting, Design Kits for wireless power delivery and the technology partnership with Formula E-car developer Venturi. Highlights include:

SiC Technology –3rd Generation SiC MOSFETs, SiC SBDs and Modules Utilizing a proprietary double trench gate structure, Rohm’s new generation of SiC MOSFETs reduces ON-resistance by 50% and input capacitance by 35% in the same chip size compared with planar-type SiC MOSFETs. Optimum performance is achieved by combining exceedingly low loss with high-speed switching performance. As a result, conversion efficiency is improved, contributing to increased miniaturization, weight reduction, and greater energy efficiencies.

The 3rd Gen of SiC Schottky Barrier Diodes (SBD) realize lowest forward voltage (VF) and lowest reverse leakage current (lR) over the entire temperature range among all of the SiC SBDs currently available on the market. In addition to this, they feature high surge current capability which is ideal for power supply applications. Adding to the recently announced TO220AC devices at 650V/6, 8 and 10A, ROHM will introduce D2pak devices also adding lower current options, 2A and 4A to the family. Rohm’s new full SiC modules including a chopper type module for converters integrating both, Trench SiC MOSFETs and SiC SBDs.

Automotive Exterior LED Lighting Rohm’s broad range of LED drivers is deployed in many automotive applications for interior as well as exterior lighting. High/Low Beam LED headlights, Matrix/Pixel LED dynamic front lights and dynamic sequential turn indicators mark the latest developments in exterior lighting. The company supplies LED drivers for rear lamps and Day Running Lights. Several application examples demonstrate the benefits, for example a high beam/low beam demo, a DRL example, a Matrix Headlamp and finally 2 different matrix drivers for a sequential turn system (a stand-alone matrix driver and a matrix driver controlled by an MCU).

Medium Power Design Kit for Wireless Charging Application in Cooperation with Würth Elektronik Interest in wireless power technology is rapidly growing as it provides a simple, convenient, reliable and safe way to charge and power electronic devices, for example mobile phones and portable computing devices in the home, car and workplace. Rohm Semiconductor is a technology leader with a full family of products targeting low and medium power applications with solutions based on the Qi standard. To showcase its Qi certified medium power solutions, Rohm in collaboration with Würth Elektronik is offering a design kit to demonstrate the advantages of wireless power charging. This gives engineers the opportunity to test and integrate wireless power solutions in their applications whilst accelerating the adoption of new technology in power applications. The kit is built according to the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi specification 1.2. as the next-generation standard for fast and safe inductive power transmission.

Technology Partnership with Venturi Formula E Through the recently announced technical Partnership with Venturi who are contesting the FIA “Formula E series” for all-electric powertrain single-seater racing cars, Rohm will display the car and it’s inverter as an application example to demonstrate advances in e-mobility. Under the agreement, the Venturi e-car will be fitted with SiC devices. From season three, this vehicle will include Rohm-manufactured SiC Schottky Barrier Diodes (SBDs) within its inverter system. The goal is to significantly enhance the performance of the powertrain by exploiting the characteristics of SiC to improve energy efficiency and increase power density.