Articles and blogs

May 03, 2022
Powering gate drives efficiently
Blog

Semiconductor switch technology promotions are a maze of claims for best efficiency and cost-effectiveness. There is a place for them all, from the humble IGBT through silicon- and silicon-carbide MOSFETs to GaN HEMT cells. Depending on your development schedule, application and budget, each technology can give excellent results. This includes the gate drive which is critical for best performance, both in losses and reliability for all the device types.

April 25, 2022
Serendipitous solution for data center power with switched capacitors
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There are established ways to generate power rails for end-loads in data centers, but a novel combination of conversion technologies can be used for efficiency, cost and power density gains.

March 15, 2022
What’s driving the need for ‘black box’ technology in power converters?
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Evaluating the reliability and availability of data center services hinges on performance monitoring. Latest power converters provide valuable real-time data with built-in ‘event data recorders’ - so called ‘black-box’ recording functions

February 03, 2022
What's driving the need for peak power in data centers?
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As data center capacity demands increase, the ratio of peak to average power requirements gets wider. This blog looks at the reasons and describes how latest generation DC/DC converters have evolved to provide the necessary power.

December 01, 2021
Immersive cooling - proving its compatibility with DC/DC converters
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Immersive cooling has been around for many years in demanding applications and is now becoming attractive in commericial and industrial applications. There is a natural concern about the compatibility of the available fluids with the materials used in mass-produced products such as DC/DC converters.

November 08, 2021
Isolated vs non-isolated power converters
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There is a huge number of DC/DC converters available these days – some provide isolation while others are non-isolated. In this article we will take a look at what this means to designers when putting together power solutions.

September 13, 2021
Meeting 5G's power challenges with digital DC/DCs for RFPA applications
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With the rapidly advancing 5G cellular wireless networks, high efficiency, reliability and power density are performance characteristics that remain vital for RF Power Amplifier applications.

September 06, 2021
The impact of AI on data centers and power designers
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is bringing science fiction to reality, as we all talk to our intelligent assistants, and let computers handle decision-making. Behind the scenes, this is putting big demands on the capabilities of data centers, both in processing performance and electricity consumption – but how significant is this for power designers?

August 17, 2021
Connecting Flex Power Modules’ solutions in parallel or series
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Here at Flex Power Modules we’re always keen to help our customers with pertinent advice and guidance. Today we tackle a topic that comes up frequently: the potential to connect our converters in parallel or series configurations.

June 17, 2021
Meeting the power demands of always-on data centers
Article

There is a requirement for power systems to provide higher power outputs, while minimizing the physical space they take, as well as increasing their efficiency.

May 25, 2021
Power modules versus discrete solutions - build or buy?
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Power modules versus discrete DC/DC solutions - a comparison of power modules with discrete solutions showing all the advantages and some disadvantages.

March 19, 2021
Thermal system design boosted by enhanced tools
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We are getting more requests to provide ever more sophisticated tools to help our customers to model the thermal performance of individual components