New 600V IGBT IPMs Deliver Class-Leading Low Noise with Low Loss
Reducing power consumption and design load in compact industrial equipment and home appliances
Willich-Münchheide, Germany, April 29, 2021 – ROHM developed four new 600V IGBT Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs) of its BM6437x series that deliver best-in-class low noise characteristics together with low loss ideal for power conversion in inverters. The devices are used in compact industrial equipment, such as small capacity motors for robots, as well as home appliances – including air conditioners and washing machines.
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In recent years, with the proliferation of IoT and increasing power consumption following the automation of industrial equipment and home appliances, there is a need for lower power consumption when considering power utilization and limited global resources. This requires higher efficiency IGBTs – one of semiconductors responsible for power conversion – along with modules equipped with them to further reduce power consumption.

However, in general, when developing IGBT IPMs, the noise characteristics often deteriorate as priority is placed on low loss to reduce power consumption, making it necessary to improve noise performance.

In response, ROHM developed a new 4-model lineup of IGBT IPMs that achieve class-leading characteristics by simultaneously reducing both radiated noise and power loss. Optimizing the built-in IGBT’s characteristics and soft recovery characteristics of the internal FRD (Fast Recovery Diode) allows the BM6437x series to decrease radiated noise by more than 6dB (at peak comparison) over standard products, making it possible to consider simplifying the noise filter that is typically required. Also, the latest low-loss IGBTs adopted in these IPMs reduce power consumption over ROHM’s conventional IPM products by 6% (fc=15kHz), achieve class-leading low loss, and contribute to reduction of various equipment power consumption. In addition, the new product dramatically improved the built-in temperature monitoring function, results in high ±2% accuracy (equivalent to 2°C). This makes it possible to consider eliminating the external thermistor required with existing high accuracy temperature monitors, reducing the number of external parts along with design load. Furthermore, a new function for identifying the product after mounting has been added to help prevent mounting errors. Error identification mode has also been added. This integrated function is helping to distinguish the failure status by applying “Short Current Protection”, “Under Voltage Protection” or “Thermal Shutdown Protection”.

ROHM is committed to further expand its lineup for a wide range of applications, including products optimized for the automotive sector. These products contribute to reducing application design load and power consumption while solving the social challenges such as environment protection.
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About ROHM Semiconductor

ROHM Semiconductor is a global company of 3.326 billion US dollars per March 31st, 2020 with 22,191 employees. The company develops and manufactures a very large product range from SiC Diodes and MOSFETs, Analog ICs such as Gate Drivers and Power Management ICs to Power Transistors and Diodes to Passive Components. The production of our high performing products is taking place in state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and China. LAPIS Technology and LAPIS Semiconductor (former OKI Semiconductor), SiCrystal GmbH and Kionix are companies of the ROHM Semiconductor Group. ROHM Semiconductor Europe has its Head Office near Dusseldorf serving the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). For further information, please contact www.rohm.com/eu
 
 
 
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