Panasonic displays new technical solutions and advanced technologies driving power innovation at PCIM 2017

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe is showcasing its latest technology portfolio at PCIM, the power electronics trade show taking place in Nuremberg from 16 – 18 May. PAISEU, the European supplier for industrial components and solutions, is highlighting its innovations on Booth 345 in Hall 6. Following its success at last year’s trade show, Panasonic has doubled the size of its booth to display its latest product portfolio that meets the growing demand for passive components, semiconductors and thermal management solutions. PAISEU’s products and solutions provide increased efficiency and reliability for a wide range of applications.


Portfolio overview:

  • X-GaN transistors, line-up expansion and design support resources
  • SiC MOSFETs with integrated diode DioMOS on 6inch wafers
  • SiC & Si power modules for automotive and industrial applications
  • GaN based application demonstrations from partners
  • Powerfuse for ultrafast active HVDC disconnect 
  • High reliability passive component solutions for better circuit design
  • Soft PGS graphite sheets as thermal interface material
  • High energy and power density Energy Polymer Capacitors


Johannes Spatz, EVP Industrial Business, Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe comments: “Panasonic has developed high efficiency, compact GaN power devices with low heat generation suitable for different applications such as power supplies, HEV/EV and PV inverters and many others. Our GaN transistors and applications have become mass production items, demonstrating our broad range of options for different applications and our position at the forefront of this fast-moving market.’


X-GaN Expansion 

After announcing the start of mass production of its first X-GaN power transistors at the end of 2016, Panasonic is now presenting its latest roadmaps and line-up expansion for higher power industrial power supplies and low power ultra-compact adapters and chargers. The company is showing related application examples, developed both in house or by lead customers and partners: a GaN-based ultra-efficient 3kW power supply unit for telecoms, a GaN-based inverter for motors, a compact AC adaptor and a PCB-integrated DCDC design. The GaN evaluation environment, including various evaluation boards will also be featured.


SiC & Power Modules

At PCIM, Panasonic is showcasing its original Diode-Integrated MOSFET (DioMOS) technology on a newly developed six-inch SiC wafer process. Panasonic will also show a line-up of power modules that maximise the performance of the built-in semiconductor chips, for both industrial and automotive applications. Visitors to the booth will experience a concept demo of an inverter unit, which demonstrates an optimised function block made possible by combining the capabilities of Panasonic’s active and passive components. 


SoftPGS – 28 W/mK Thermal Interface Material

Panasonic’s SoftPGS is the next step for the Pyrolytic Highly Oriented Graphite Sheet (PGS) portfolio, which is one of the thinnest thermal solutions in the world. Its industry-leading thermal conductivity of 1950 W/m K is five times higher than common materials like copper. SoftPGS has been developed as a thermal interface material (TIM) and boasts a high thermal conductivity of 28 W/m K, compressibility of 40 per cent, easy handling and high reliability over its whole product life. SoftPGS graphite sheet consists of a 2D carbon matrix only 200 µm thick, which effectively disperses and transfers heat along X, Y and Z axes, protecting sensitive electronics like server units, IGBT modules or common inventors from damage.


Energy Polymer Capacitors

Panasonic bridges the gap between batteries and super-capacitors with its newly developed Energy Polymer Capacitor reaching energy densities comparable to lead acid batteries while keeping the high power density of supercapacitors. Panasonic Energy Polymer Capacitor will enable new solutions for backup power, peak power assist and regenerative storage applications.


Automotive Power Electronics 

Panasonic provides comprehensive automotive power electronics solutions for HEVs/EVs dedicated to enhancing system efficiency, increasing power density, compacting design and minimising system costs. Key elements for hybrid and electric vehicles are offered such as innovative automotive power modules and state of the art DC link film capacitors with low ESR, low ESL and high ripple current capability. The challenge of thermal management is addressed by Panasonic’s Pyrolytic Graphite Sheet (PGS), which is a unique TIM with a thermal conductivity superior to copper.


High Reliability Passive Component Solutions

Further passive components on display from Panasonic include a wide variety of the company’s latest capacitors, inductors and resistors. Featured conductive polymer capacitors from Panasonic’s broad products portfolio include SP-Cap, POSCAP, OS-Con and Hybrid, which are unique to Panasonic and enable high power applications to achieve optimum performance through their low ESR, high ripple long life characteristics. Panasonic Metal Composite Power Inductors also offer a unique combination of features – high current capability, high reliability and good anti-vibration characteristics – which enable design flexibility. Panasonic Shunt Resistors are the widest product portfolio in the market, featuring high power and less heat, to assist design engineers in creating optimum designs.

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