Power Semiconductors

Avent to accelerate silicon carbide deployment

17 June 2021

Avnet Inc. will collaborate over the next year and beyond to accelerate the deployment of silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors.

SiC semiconductors potentially offer advantages over traditional use cases of silicon with higher voltage operation, wider operating temperature ranges and higher switching frequencies.

Infineon and Avnet will collaborate over the next year and beyond to accelerate the deployment of power devices using Infineon’s CoolSic technology.

This SiC technology can be used for a variety of power applications such as battery charging, photovoltaic inverters, motor drives, energy storage and power supplies. Currently, the CoolSiC portfolio ranges from SiC-based diodes and discrete MOSFETs to hybrid and full SiC modules.

Avnet will sell an entry-level evaluation board from Infineon that is designed to provide engineers and developers to try the CoolSiC technology.

The board can evaluate the performance of the 650 V or 1200 V CoolSic MOSFETs that require soldering to the board depending on the user application.

Features of the board include the CoolSiC MOSFETs organized in a half-bridge configuration along with onboard optimized 1ED-X3 family of single-channel galvanically isolated 10 A gate drivers and isolated power supply circuitry for required voltages.

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