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Ideal Power adds second B-TRAN product


SymCool IQ Intelligent Power Module integrates driver for bidirectional operation

Ideal Power Inc, developer of the B-TRAN bidirectional semiconductor power switch, has launched its second commercial product, the SymCool IQ Intelligent Power Module.

SymCool IQ builds on the bidirectional B-TRAN multi-die packaging design of the SymCool power module and adds an integrated intelligent driver optimised for bidirectional operation.

The SymCool IQ, rated at 1200V and 160A, is said to have significant advantages compared to IGBT modules, including lower losses and inherent bidirectionality. The addition of an integrated intelligent driver in the SymCool IQ provides protection features such as overcurrent protection, undervoltage protection and temperature sensing. OEM customers will also recognise its popular 62-millimeter package as it is a standard for industrial power semiconductor packaging.

“The introduction of our second product marks another commercialisation milestone for Ideal Power and our B-TRAN technology. The SymCool IQ product provides a low-loss, bidirectional solution complete with built-in intelligent controls for several of our key market segments including renewable energy, energy storage, UPS/data centre, electric vehicle charging and other industrial power control applications.

"These industrial markets typically have design cycles of about a year. We look forward to our first commercial sales from this product next year with sales ramping as customers incorporate SymCool IQ into their OEM product designs,” said Dan Brdar, president and CEO of Ideal Power.

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