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62Pak series of 1700V IGBT modules released for production.

Manufacturer ABB have announced that the 62Pak series of IGBT modules  is now officially released for mass production.   The 62Pak line-up consists of phase-leg modules in the 1,700V class available in either 300A, 200A or 150A current ratings. The state of the art SPT++ IGBT  diode chip-set offers best-in-class switching losses and ruggedness as well as a long lifetime in demanding applications thanks to high power cycling performance. These improvements have  been achieved by an optimized wire-bonding process, stamped spacers in the baseplate and main terminals plus a homogenous solder layer thickness.

Full switching performance up to 175°C

The 1,700V SPT++ chipset offers full switching performance up to 175 °C which allows higher over-load capability and/or improved safety margin to unexpected current surges.


The 62PAK is well suited for most power electronic applications such as:

  • Low-voltage and medium voltage drives
  • Static VAR compensators
  • Uninterruptable power supplies
  • Induction heating
  • Traction auxiliary converters.
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Thermal modelling now easier and quicker for IBGT modules

IGBT HiPak modules

Thermal modelling data now available for IBGT modules from ABB

Thermal descriptions for ABB’s IGBT power modules can  now be downloaded for use in the PLECS simulation platform. Engineers can save time and reduce the risk of errors by using preassembled thermal descriptions created by the manufacturer, replacing the need for time-consuming manual input of the product specification data.

New ABB IBGT 62Pak 1700V module with SPT++ chipset

ABB’s newest IBGT module is a 62Pak, 300A phase leg module  The SPT++ chipset offers a highly rugged and reliable solution, specified to 175 degrees C.

The ABB SEMIS web-based simulation tool

Engineers who don’t currently use PLECS can use ABB’s own web-based simulation tool SEMIS.  Available via the PPM High Power Semiconductors web page, using a series of simple steps, users can evaluate the performance of ABB products for common converter applications and make preliminary component selections for their design.

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Dean MOV modules now UL 1449 certified

The TPM series of thermally protected MOV modules from Dean Technology are now certified according to the UL 1449 4th edition standard which defines requirements related to testing, marking and construction. The standard helps ensure that suppression devices include a thermal fail-safe to provide extra assurance against risk of fire or similar negative events.

The TPM series have high surge current capability and provide floating remote signalling contact for fault indication. They are available with surge ratings from 22 to 50kA and voltages from 150V. The whole series is now approved for UL 1449 4th edition for Type 1 and 2, and CSA for Type 2. Specifications can be found here on the PPM Power website. All of the TPM series are available immediately.

“The updated approval of the TPM series not only means that DTI has some of the best thermally protected suppression products, it also lays the groundwork for the next protection products in our extensive roadmap,” says Raj Maharaj, product manager for the CKE product line. “We work very hard to ensure we are up to date with all of our product offerings, pushing the boundaries with new suppression technology, and maintaining products that meet historic needs. The TPM series is a perfect example of that commitment.”

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TPM-Series (2016.05.04)

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Choosing a programmable power supply (part 2)

In part one of choosing a programmable power supply we discussed voltage, current, cooling and power requirements for your application. Here, we explore some of the more subtle aspects of the specification. We discuss parameters such as accuracy and repeatability, the different between ripple and noise and show how power supplies can be connected in series or parallel to increase the maximum voltage or current whilst delivering the same technical performance.

Accuracy, stability & repeatability

Accuracy of display is how close to the voltage and current display reflect the actual voltage and current being supplied. Typically, these range from 0.001% through to 1% of full scale. Note that the analogue read-back accuracy won’t be the same as the display or RS-232 because different circuitry is used to present the value. e.g. LCD readouts will be limited by the number of digits it can display.
Accuracy of set point is the difference between the “demand”, to what is actually delivered. Again, these range from 0.001% to 1%. Power supplies that offer multiple programming interfaces, will specify different accuracy figures for each interface.
Stability is often quoted as the short-term drift of output voltage and current. A stable output will resist changes in ambient or internal temperatures and other aging effects over time e.g. stability over 8hrs = <0.5%.
Repeatability is the degree to which a user can leave one set point, perhaps due to a power cycling event, and achieve the same output values at a later point in time. The built-in monitoring of programmable power supplies makes this relatively easy to check.
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PLECS 3.7 – improved thermal modelling + processor-in-the-loop

PLECS – specialists in simulation software for power electronics – have released version 3.7 of their Blockset and Standalone products.

The updated products now feature:

    • Improved Thermal Modelling
      Semiconductor losses can now be described using functional expressions in addition to lookup tables. It is also possible to define custom parameters (such as gate resistance) and describe their influence on the device losses.

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Low cost, high accuracy digital high voltage meter available

HVM40B Digital High Voltage Meter


Manufactured by Dean Technology, the new HVM40B high voltage voltmeter can be relied upon for highly accurate measurement of positive or negative voltages up to 40,000 volts.
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New 30 kV Discrete Diodes

PPM Power has added two new Dean Technology discrete diodes – the UX-F30B and CL03-30 – to its comprehensive range.  The new axial lead diodes have a peak inverse voltage rating of 30kV and are higher voltage additions to the existing UX and CL03 series.
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IGBT HiPak Modules Enhanced – Improved Reliability

IGBT HiPak modules

ABB’s high power IGBT ‘HiPak module’ semiconductors have recently been revised to incorporate a number of benefits. These include:

  • Improved reliability
  • Enhanced processes
  • Better package design.

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Genesys Programmable Power Supplies now available up to 1500V

TDK Lambda Genesys Series programmable power supply

The TDK Lambda Genesys series of 10kW and 15kW programmable DC power supplies is now available with output voltages of 800V, 1000V, 1250V and 1500V. These new models have the same dimensions as the existing 7.5V to 600V models – 19” wide and 3U high.  The units can operate in either constant current or constant voltage modes and accept either three-phase 400V AC or 440V AC inputs.
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Why use a Film Capacitor?


The correct capacitor will reduce system failures therefore minimising costs and downtime.  Here we review film capacitors versus electrolytics and ceramics and outline the benefits of film capacitors from different vendors.
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