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Fuji Electric Introduces Space-Saving IGBT Module Series

Fuji Electric has announced the addition of a new IGBT Module Series to their Semiconductor product portfolio, with the latest modules featuring advanced T-type neutral point clamped (AT-NPC) 3-level 12-in-1 circuit systems to significantly reduce power loss. This latest innovation comes three years after the manufacturer originally developed the AT-NPC 3-level circuit system, which they used in IGBT modules one year later in 2011. The company’s new IGBT modules contain essential circuitry to drive power electronic equipment in a single package, which enables reductions in the size of power electronic equipment by taking up less space than the sum of three conventional models.

“Through the use of Fuji Electric’s proprietary RB-IGBTs, we were able to eliminate reverse blocking diodes,” said Steve Bottari, General Manager of Fuji Electric’s Semiconductor Department. “These improvements significantly reduce power loss and achieve high efficiency power conversion, both of which are key for applications such as inverters, UPS, and power conditioners for residential photovoltaic systems.”

The size reductions made possible by the single module are substantial, taking up 60% less mounting space in equipment such as inverters and uninterruptible power system [UPS] equipment than using a combination of conventional modules. Using Fuji Electric’s RB-IGBT technology, power loss is reduced by 50%*. In addition, there are two types of terminal pins available, accommodating product lineups equipped with solder pin or press-fit pins, depending on customer’s assembly lines.

“We continue to invest in research and development so that we can maintain our position as a global leader in power electronics manufacturing,” said Phil Charatz, President and CEO of Fuji Electric Corp. of America. “This ground-breaking technique has been received accolades around the world, and was awarded the 60th OHM Technology Award of The Promotion Foundation for Electrical Science and Engineering.”

*Compared with 2-level IGBT under the following conditions: 20kVA inverter operating at 7kHz carrier frequency, 700V power supply, and 30A output current (effective value).

To download a free white paper on Fuji Electric’s Advanced T-Type NPC 3-Level Modules, click HERE

About Fuji Electric Corp. of America

Fuji Electric Corp. of America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., and has been responsible for sales and distribution of the company’s products since 1970. Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. has been developing power electronics equipment since 1923, and is a global leader in industrial products ranging from semiconductors, power supply, and power generation equipment to AC drives and electric vehicle charging stations. For more information please visit www.americas.fujielectric.com or follow us on Twitter @FujiElectricFEA.

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