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Infineon makes modules suitable for smart grids

Steve Rogerson
March 28, 2018



German electronics company Infineon Technologies has optimised its high-power intelligent power module (IPM) to make it more suitable for energy storage and smart grids.
 
The Mipaq Pro provides complete monitoring and scalability. Additional features comprise higher power density, true real-time junction temperature detection and secure authentication.
 
An upgraded smart protection and design flexibility reduce efforts for the power-stage development and the running system. Thus, small and medium enterprises are also empowered to implement semiconductors for existing and emerging applications.
 
No matter the application, users often face limitations in available space. The intelligent wiring of the Mipaq Pro helps overcome this restriction. With its smart feature-set, it allows for replacing power units and sub-systems which are nominally 50 per cent higher rated. Thus, the real-time condition monitoring makes safety buffers towards, for example, +150°C semiconductor junction temperature just a surplus.
 
Installing the IPM at the heart of an inverter makes changing topology easier. At the end of their production line, users can choose between chopper- and half-bridge modes via Modbus. This is helpful for manufacturers of inverters for the energy storage and smart grid industry.
 
The software adaption helps in optimising the supply chain. The safe operation area of the IPM has also been improved with more robust boards and a software upgrade leading to higher system availability. This is supported by different warning levels that can easily be adapted to specific use-cases helping system-operators generate counter-measures before a potential fault-triggered system shutdown.