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Ideal Power launches first bidirectional power switch

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1200V 100A module is designed to meet the low conduction loss needs of the solid-state circuit breaker market

Ideal Power Inc, a US company pioneering the development of its B-TRAN bidirectional semiconductor power switch, has announced the launch of its first commercial product, the SymCool Power Module.

The multi-die B-TRAN module, rated at 1200V 100A and incorporating double-sided cooling, is designed to meet the very low conduction loss needs of the solid-state circuit breaker (SSCB) market. Modules can be paralleled to achieve a wide range of high power SSCB ratings for utility, industrial and military applications.

“The introduction of our first commercial product marks a pivotal development for Ideal Power’s B-TRAN technology, and we could not be more excited,” stated Dan Brdar, president and CEO of Ideal Power. “The SymCool Power Module was designed specifically to enable SSCBs to deliver very low conduction losses. B-TRAN-enabled SSCBs are expected to be smaller and more efficient than SSCBs using traditional semiconductor switches while operating orders of magnitude faster than conventional electromechanical breakers.

“We believe our SymCool Power Module is well-suited for the large, growing circuit breaker market, with the market projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 6 percent to approximately $26 billion by 2027. With clear advantages over electromechanical, IGBT and MOSFET-based breakers, we believe B-TRAN enabled SSCBs are ideal for a range of utility, military and industrial power control applications. Today’s introduction is a tremendous achievement for our entire team and marks the realisation of our vision for our bidirectional, low loss power semiconductor architecture. We look forward to our first commercial sales later in 2023 as we execute our B-TRAN product roadmap,” concluded Brdar.


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