December 1st, 2016
Micropower Group to sign long term agreement with United Silicon Carbide Inc. for supplying SiC Cascode devices into their new 10kW battery chargers.
Micropower uses UnitedSiC’s innovative SiC Cascodes for industrial battery chargers, enabling higher efficiency, smaller system size and cost reduction without having to change the gate drive requirements.
Växjö, Sweden – The Micropower Group, a global supplier of battery chargers for automotive, material handling, and floor cleaning equipment, has finalized an agreement with United Silicon Carbide Inc (UnitedSiC), an innovative leader in Silicon Carbide (SiC) components, to begin receiving production shipments of UnitedSiC’s breakthrough Silicon Carbide Cascode devices.
Through this agreement, UnitedSiC will supply Micropower Group’s production facility located in Växjö, Sweden with SiC Cascode devices. These devices will be used in a family of new 10kW battery chargers that are capable of charging both traditional Lead-Acid and state of the art Lithium batteries. “We selected UnitedSiC SiC Cascodes because we could gain up to 1.5% higher efficiency, are able to get 30% more power from a given system size and its standard gate drive capability was crucial to be able to drop in replace from a conventional Si device and its gate driver requirement” says Magnus Pihl who is R&D Project Manager at Micropower AB,” further the cascode has been proven to be very robust in our field test”.
“With the industry’s lowest RDS,ON per area and an integrated body-diode with an unmatched, close to SiC Diode performance our cascode technology has significant advantages in performance and increasing efficiency”, explains Christopher Rocneanu, Director Sales EMEA at UnitedSiC. ”As one only drives a low voltage Si MOSFET, our devices enable designers to save cost using standard gate drivers with no penalty in performance. At the same time we have the only device in the world which supplies cutting edge SiC performance while being dual source capable to both Si and SiC devices.”
About Micropower Group
With R&D and production facilities in Sweden and Finland and a worldwide sales and service network Micropower Group acts in three segments – Motive, Automotive and Custom Power. Our vision is to be international market leaders in high frequency chargers and innovative power supply units. The products are top quality and based on advanced technology.
For more information on Micropower Group visit Micropower at www.micropower-group.com
About United Silicon Carbide Inc.
United Silicon Carbide, inc. is a semiconductor company specializing in the development of high efficiency Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices and customized products with process expertise in Schottky Barrier Diodes and SiC switches. UnitedSiC technology and products enable affordable power efficiency in key markets that will drive the new and greener economy.
These include: wind and solar power generation, energy storage, electrification of transportation, emerging Smart Grid technologies, motor control, and numerous other applications that require higher efficiency, compact designs, and demanding thermal constraints.
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