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Minmax Releases MTQZ50 and MTQZ75 Series of Converters for Advanced Railway Applications

11 July 2018

Taiwan-based power solution provider Minmax Technology has released its new range of industry standard quarter brick DC-DC converter modules — the MTQZ50 and the MTQZ75 — specifically designed for advanced railway applications.

Minmax's next-generation DC-DC converter modules, the MTQZ50 and the MTQZ75, conform to railway Source:  MINMAX TechnologySource: MINMAX Technologyemission standard EN 50121-3-2, as well as railway safety standards EN50155 and IEC 60571. In addition, the new DC-DC converters also adhere to vibration and shock standards specified by EN 61373, environmental standards IEC/EN 60068-2-1,2,30, and fire protection standards EN45545-2.

The MTQZ50 and MTQZ75 DC-DC converter series, comprised of eight models, integrate an I/O isolation of 3,000 VAC, offering ultra-wide input voltage ranges of 72 (43-101 VDC) and 110 (66-160 VDC) with outputs of 5 V, 12 V, 15 V and 24 V.

The next-generation DC-DC converters, providing a high-efficiency level of up to 92 percent, incorporate cutting-edge features like remote on/off control, remote sense, output voltage trim, overload/voltage/temperature protection circuits and convection cooled ambient temperatures.

EN50155 (IEC 60571) Approved

Minmax's industrial standard quarter brick DC-DC converter modules, the MTQZ50 and the MTQZ75 series, comply with the specification requirements of international railway certification “EN50155 (IEC 60571): Railway Application Electronic Equipment Used on Rolling Stock.” The certification covers humidity, cooling, dry heat and damp heat tests, mechanical requirement tests, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) tests, insulation tests, rugged environmental tests and I/O voltage isolation tests.

EN50155 Railway Certification Input Voltage Specification

As required by the EN50155 Railway Certification, Minmax's railway certified MTQZ50 and MTQZ75 DC-DC converters draw power directly from the train’s battery power source, operating in the same range as the storage battery voltage without the requirement of any additional voltage stabilizing device. Further, the industry-leading DC-DC converters cover input ranges, voltage spikes, transients and brown-outs specified by the EN50155 standard for railway electronic equipment system, integrating the capacity to withstand input voltage drops of 0.6 VN for 100 ms, and over-voltage surges of 1.4 VN for 1 s, with tight insulation to ensure safety.

EN50155-compliant Voltage Isolation

The MTQZ50 and MTQZ75 series of industrial standard quarter brick DC-DC converters conform to the 3000 VAC I/O isolation requirements of EN50155 Railway Certification. The 3KVAC I/O isolation with reinforced insulation presents a strong electrical barrier, which protects sensitive circuits from noise, power bus fluctuations, electromagnetic disturbances, electric shocks, surges, transient voltage spikes, mechanical damages, insulation breakdown of power architectures and shorts between the ground loop, air gaps, PCB tracks and arcing.

Product Overview

MINMAX MTQZ50 Series

The high-performance MTQZ50 series of 50W DC-DC converters are specially designed for critical railway applications. Consisting of eight models, the series is available in traditional railway input voltages of 72 (43-101) VDC and 110 (66-160) VDC. The MTQZ50 converter modules, incorporating an advanced circuit topology, provide a high-efficiency level of up to 92 percent. Product features include overload and over-temperature protection, reinforced insulation, remote on/off control as well as under-voltage shutdown.

MINMAX MTQZ75 Series

The MINMAX MTQZ75 series of industrial standard quarter brick 75W DC-DC converters are available in input voltages of 72 (43-101) VDC and 110 (66-160) VDC. The next-generation DC-DC converter series integrates high-grade features, such as reinforced insulation, overload and over-temperature protection, under-voltage shutdown, as well as remote on/off control. The high-performance series, specifically designed for complex railway applications, provides efficiency of up to 92 percent.

Key Features of MINMAX MTQZ50 and MTQZ75 Series of Industrial Standard Quarter Brick DC-DC Converters

* Industrial standard quarter brick package

* Wide input voltage range

* High efficiency up to 92 percent

* I/O isolation 3,000 VAC with reinforced insulation

* No minimum load requirement

* Overload/voltage/temperature/short circuit protection

* Remote on/off, output voltage trim, output sensing

* Vibration and shock meets EN 61373

* Cooling, dry and damp heat test meet IEC/EN 60068-2-1,2,30

* Fire protection test meets EN 45545

* Railway EMC standard meets EN 50121-3-2

* Railway certified meets EN 50155 (IEC 60571)

* UL/cUL/IEC/EN 60950-1 safety approval and CE marking

MINMAX's MTQZ50 and MTQZ75 series of industrial standard quarter brick DC-DC converters, backed by a three-year warranty, is Reach compliant, RoHS compliant and conflict mineral free.

For more information about the MINMAX MTQZ250 and MTQZ275 series, please visit the website.

To contact the author of this article, email engineering360editors@ieeeglobalspec.com


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