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CoolSiC MOSFET and TRENCHSTOP IGBT in easy 2B package boosts system efficiency

When compared with traditional 3-level neutral-point-clamped topologies, the advanced neutral-point-clamped (ANPC) inverter design is able to support an even loss distribution between semiconductor devices.

Infineon Technologies is using the ANPC topology for its hybrid SiC and IGBT power module EasyPACK 2B in the 1200V family.

Optimising for sweet spot losses of the CoolSiC MOSFET and the TRENCHSTOP IGBT4 chipsets respectively, the module features increased power density and a switching frequency of up to 48kHz. This is especially suited for the needs of new generation 1500V photovoltaic and energy storage applications.

The ANPC topology supports a system efficiency of more than 99 percent. Implementing the hybrid Easy 2B power module in e.g. the DC/AC stage of a 1500V solar string inverter allows for coils to be smaller than with devices with a lower switching frequency. It therefore weighs significantly less than a corresponding inverter with purely silicon components.

In addition, the losses with silicon carbide are smaller than with silicon. For this reason, less heat must be dissipated so that the heat sink can also shrink. Overall, this leads to smaller inverter housings and costs savings at system level. Compared to 5-level topologies, the 3-level design reduces complexity of the inverter design.

The Easy 2B standard package for power modules is characterized by an industry-leading low stray inductance. Additionally, the integrated body diode of the CoolSiC MOSFET chip ensures a low-loss freewheeling function without the need for another SiC diode chip. While the NTC temperature sensor facilitates the monitoring of the device, the PressFIT technology reduces assembly time for mounting the device.

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Neil Tyler

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