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Infineon Introduces OptiMOS™ 5 25V and 30V Product Family, Exceeding 95% Efficiency, Delivering Highest Power Density for Voltage Regulator Solutions

Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) today introduced the OptiMOS™ 5 25V and 30V product family, the next generation of Power MOSFETs in standard discrete packages, a new class of power stages named Power Block, and in an integrated power stage, DrMOS 5×5. Together with Infineon’s driver and digital controller products the company delivers full system solutions for applications such as server, client, datacom or telecom.
 
Megatrends such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things and Social Media drive an ever increasing demand for computing power in modern society. This is accompanied by a boost in energy consumption which, in return, triggers the need for energy efficiency within the power conversion chain. The newly introduced OptiMOS 25V and 30V product family offers benchmark solutions with efficiency improvements of around 1 percent across the whole load range compared to its previous generation, exceeding 95 percent peak efficiency in a typical server voltage regulator design. This improved performance is based for example on the reduction of switching losses (Qswitch) by 50 percent compared to the previous OptiMOS technology. Thus, implementing the new OptiMOS 25V would lead to energy savings of 26.3kWh per year for a single 130W server CPU working 365 days. Adding 50.000 servers working in a server farm on average this would amount to savings of 1.3GWh per year.
 
New Packaging Technology

The launch of the OptiMOS 25V and 30V product family is accompanied by the introduction of a new packaging technology offering a further reduction in PCB area consumption. It is used in the Power Block product family and in the integrated powerstage DrMOS 5×5 and offers a source down low-side MOSFET for improved thermal performance, with a reduction by 50 percent of the thermal resistance in comparison to standard package solution, such as SuperSO8.
 
Infineon`s Power Block is a leadless SMD package comprising the low-side and high-side MOSFET of a synchronous DC/DC converter into a 5.0×6.0mm2 package outline. With Power Block, customers can shrink their designs up to 85 percent by replacing two separate discrete packages, such as SuperSO8 or SO-8. Both, the small package outline and the interconnection of the two MOSFETs within the package minimize the loop inductance for best system performance.
 
OptiMOS 5 25V is also used in an integrated power stage, combining DrMOS 5×5, driver and two MOSFETs, for a total area consumption on the PCB equal to 25mm². The integrated driver plus MOSFETs solution results in a shorter design time and is easy to design-in. Additionally, the dovetailed power stage includes a high accurate temperature sense of +/-5°C (compared to +/-10°C of an external one) which enables higher system reliability and performance.
 
Offering Complete System Solution

“With the significant reduction in switching losses, the OptiMOS 5 products allow engineers to operate their designs at higher switching frequencies, reduce energy consumption and save overall system costs. Together with our digital IC and driver family we offer a broad range of complete solutions for DC/DC voltage regulation applications, where DrMOS 5×5 and Power Block products are the designers` choice for highest efficiency in industry standard footprints,” stated Richard Kuncic, Vice President and General Manager Power Management & Multimarket at Infineon Technologies.
 
Infineon at APEC 2015

Infineon will showcase the OptiMOS 5 25V and 30V product family as well as the Power Block and DrMOS 5×5 packages at theApplied Power Electronic Conference and Exposition (APEC) at Charlotte, North Carolina, from March 15 to 19 at Booth 509 and Booth 705.
 
Availability

Samples of the new OptiMOS 25V and 30V devices in SuperSO8, S3O8 and Power Block packages, with on-state resistances from 0.9m? to 3.3m? are available. Additional products with monolithic integrated Schottky-like diode and products in 30 V will be available from Q2 2015 onwards. DrMOS 5×5 will be released in Q2 2015. Samples are available. Further information is available at www.infineon.com/optimos5-25V30Vwww.infineon.com/powerblock and www.infineon.com/drmos.
 
About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductors. Infineon offers products and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2014 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 4.3 billion with about 29,800 employees worldwide. In January 2015, Infineon acquired US-based International Rectifier Corporation, a leading provider of power management technology, with revenues of USD 1.1 billion (fiscal year 2014 ending June 29) and approximately 4,200 employees.
 
Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).
 
Further information is available at www.infineon.com
This press release is available online at www.infineon.com/press

Crompton LEDs to Strengthen Power Ministry’s Energy Efficiency Projects

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India – Business Wire India

 

  • Won all three orders from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL)
  • Crompton LEDs to provide 50% energy savings


Crompton has won three prestigious orders from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), a joint venture set up by the Power Ministry comprising of four public sector undertakings – NTPC, PFC, REC and Power Grid, for the implementation of energy efficiency projects in the country.  Crompton was the only player in the entire lighting industry to qualify for all three orders for energy efficient LED lamps from EESL, as per their technical and commercial requirements.


Crompton will supply close to 4 million LED lamps to EESL for its different projects, the first of which was launched in Andhra Pradesh to distribute 7W LED lamps to consumers at an affordable price, followed by the project in Delhi. The move is part of the government’s plan to boost energy efficiency through widespread use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology-based lighting solutions in the country. This initiative will help to promote extensive use of LEDs as an energy efficient option, leading to high savings on energy bills for the end consumer. This will also help the Government to offset the power deficit in the country through energy conservation.

LEDs are emerging as the energy-efficient source of lighting as they use one-tenth of the energy compared to a normal incandescent bulb and half that of a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) for the same amount of light.  Crompton also offers a range of LED fixtures with unique features and functionalities that are environment friendly with negligible maintenance and a long life of over 50,000 burning hours. Crompton’s LED lamps and Luminaires offer 50-60% advantage in energy savings and better value for money.

The domestic LED market has grown by 35-40% in India. With Government’s focussed initiatives in driving energy efficient practices, the LED market will get a new impetus. Projects such as these reinforce Crompton’s position in providing LED solutions through indigenous technology and competitive pricing.  As the domestic demand increases, mass scale localised production has enabled Crompton to achieve cost competitiveness.

Commenting on this win, Avantha Group Company CG’s CEO and Managing Director, Laurent Demortier, said: “We are honoured to receive this opportunity from the Power Ministry to partner with EESL and look forward to working with them in driving energy conservation and efficiency in the country. Our strategy to localise the production and increasing the scale of manufacturing has been the key lever for our success in this highly competitive market. We see ourselves as an active participant in the ‘Make in India’ drive that will foster innovation and new manufacturing processes. We envisage further localisation of critical manufacturing in India”.

About CG

Avantha Group Company CG is a global pioneering leader in the management and application of electrical energy. With more than 15,000 employees across its operations in around 85 countries, CG provides electrical products, systems and services for utilities, power generation, industries, and consumers. The company is organised into four business groups: Power, Industrial, Automation, and Consumer. 
For more information on CG, please visit: www.cgglobal.com 

About Avantha

The Avantha Group’s entities in diversified sectors include Crompton Greaves (power transmission and distribution equipment and services), BILT (paper and pulp), The Global Green Company Limited (food processing), Biltech Building Elements Limited (infrastructure), Avantha Power (energy), Avantha Business Solutions Limited (IT and ITES), Jg Glass (glass containers).

With a global footprint, the Group operates in 90 countries with more than 25,000 employees worldwide. 

For more information on Avantha, please visit: www.avanthagroup.com

Photo caption: Mr. Laurent Demortier, CEO and Managing Director, CG

Investment in Power, Infrastructure and Construction Sectors Fuels Middle East Power Cables Market

GCC interconnection power grid project to open up lucrative opportunities for market participants, says Frost & Sullivan

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Business Wire India

The Middle East power cables market has witnessed dramatic growth over the past decade due to large investments in the power, oil and gas, infrastructure and construction sectors. The market will continue its uptrend, as developing countries including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Iraq plan to spend significantly on the power sector. With the private sector’s contribution to power generation expected to grow from 7.4 per cent to over 17 per cent by 2020, the KSA alone will account for an investment of around USD 100 billion. Thus, significant opportunities are on the horizon for cable manufacturers in the region.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of the Middle East Power Cables Market (http://www.frost.com/p773), finds that the market earned revenues of USD 5.81 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach USD 9.22 billion in 2020.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://corpcom.frost.com/forms/EE_PCM.

“The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) interconnection power grid project, which has been drawing huge investments from all participating countries, will drive the need for power cables,” said Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environmental ConsultantMohammed Faraz Khan. “The first phase of the project has brought in a capital of around USD 1.1 billion, indicating its potential to rejuvenate the Middle East power cables market.”

The expected boom in infrastructure and construction projects over the next decade with several GCC countries preparing for landmark events such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the 2020 Expo in UAE brightens the outlook for power cable manufacturers. With copper prices anticipated to continue to drop over the next two years, end-user industries in the region will be in a better position to demand superior discounts and purchase power cables.

However, the Oman and Bahrain power cable markets will not expand as quickly as the UAE and Qatar markets due to the lack of large-scale infrastructure development plans. Kuwait too will experience only moderate growth on account of delays in awarding long-pending projects.

Further, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ restrictions on oil output have led to surplus production capacity in the KSA, discouraging investment in the short term and adversely impacting the power cables market. While recent sanctions on Iran have created an oil supply gap, countries like the KSA have agreed to fill it, thus suppressing the need for power cables and other associated equipment. Along with these market dynamics, the limited success that the KSA has witnessed in the exploration of urgently-required non-associated natural gas to fuel power generation and for use as a feedstock in petrochemical plants has dampened market prospects.

“Competition in the Middle East power cables market has intensified and tier II and tier III suppliers have instigated price challenges,” noted Khan. “To rise above these competitive pressures, power cable suppliers should adopt best practices to improve production efficiencies and achieve economies of scale to reduce manufacturing costs and maintain profit margins.”

Strategic Analysis of the Middle East Power Cables Market is part of the Energy & Power (http://www.energy.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Distribution Automation Market, Global Gas Storage Market, and Global Solar Power Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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TE Connectivity Launches Helicase Solar Junction Box, Locally Developed and Manufactured in India

Bangalore, Karnataka, India – Business Wire India

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity, today announced the launch of its Helicase TM solar junction box. The junction box has been tested and certified by TUV Rheinland for the highest degree of safety as per EN 50548:2011+A1 and appropriate IEC Standards. TE’s industrial engineering team in India used significant research and customer feedback to innovate the Helicase, which was specifically developed for India to tap opportunities such as solar rooftop systems, water pumping, street lighting, traffic/railway signaling, etc. The product is efficient, long lasting, compact and safe.

Helicase is a compact miniaturized solution which is attractively priced and addresses a wide variety of customer challenges.  For example, faulty design of solar junction boxes can put solar panels at fire risk, and cheaper and substandard materials could be easily affected by ultraviolet (UV) rays leading to light absorbance reduction that significantly lowers the energy yield thus delivering lower return on investment. The box size in Helicase is minimized using UV-resistant material to maximize thermal performance and reduce the adhesive usage up to 50 percent at assembly stage. The result is a quality product that is cost-efficient to produce and effective and reliable in the field.

“With urban India’s increasing electricity requirements, the exhaustion of non-renewable resources and the adverse effect of non-renewable sources of energy on the environment, there is an increased emphasis on renewable energy. This has led to a worldwide oversupply of solar panels which has brought down the price and made the technology more affordable. TE’s Helicase is a quality product designed specifically for Indian market conditions,” said Puneet Mehrotra, director, Industrial Solutions at TE in India.

Helicase provides the following benefits for customers:

  • TUV certified, global standard quality
  • Reliability and extended life
  • Thermal and electrical efficiency leading to increased ROI

TE is a global leader with more than 20 years of experience in the solar market with strong manufacturing presence in India. This gives the company a competitive advantage to make quality products for customers at low cost.
 
Helicase, TE Connectivity and the TE connectivity (logo) are trademarks of the TE Connectivity Ltd. family of companies.
 
ABOUT TE CONNECTIVITY 

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $14 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today’s increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations – redefining what’s possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 80,000 people, including 7,500 design engineers, partner with customers in over 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS – www.TE.com.   

Photo CaptionJunction Box.

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