Infineon Technologies Launches CoolMOS CS Server Series High-Voltage Power Transistors for High-End Power Supplies; New MOSFETs Offer World`s Lowest On-State Resistance and Fastest Switching Speed
The CoolMOS CS Server series is being introduced at the 2005 Applied Power Electronics Conference, taking place this week. Based on a technical breakthrough that allows them to overcome the so-called silicon limit for performance, the new CoolMOS CS Server metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) have the worlds lowest on-state resistance of 99 mΩ (milliohms) in a standard TO 220 package, or 45 mΩ in a standard TO 247 package, coupled with the industrys fastest switching speeds of 150 V (volts) per nanosecond and a 600 V voltage blocking capability.
Our latest generation of high-voltage power MOSFETs will make AC/DC power supplies more efficient, more compact and easier to use worldwide, said Gerhard Wolf, director of marketing of Infineons power management division. With todays hunger for power, intelligent and efficient use of electrical power is a must.
Infineon is demonstrating a 1000 W (watt) reference design for a server power supply, with one 99 mΩ CoolMOS CS power transistor. It produces 1.5 per cent higher efficiency compared to a similar power supply made using two commonly available, standard 250 mΩ MOSFETs, placed in parallel. This increased efficiency results in more than 10 percent system cost reduction per watt. It also enables the designer to realize a smaller form factor for the system. In addition, Infineon is also demonstrating a 1500 W power factor correction design, which achieves 99 percent efficiency with a 99mΩ CoolMOS CS power transistor, an industry record.
The silicon limitThe ideal high-voltage switch (MOSFET) for use in a power supply should have no resistance in its on state, when it conducts electricity. Conversely, in its off state, it should block an infinitely high voltage and prevent any electricity from flowing through it. In reality, this proves to be impossible. Doubling the voltage blocking capability typically leads to an increase in the on-state resistance by a factor of five a physical law often referred to as the silicon limit for performance.
Infineons researchers overcame this fundamental barrier by clever design of their high-voltage CoolMOS switch family. To come as close as possible to zero resistance we add more and more charge in the device for current conduction, said Dr. Gerald Deboy, head of technical marketing for high-voltage discrete devices at Infineon Technologies, who led the development team. This charge is then counterbalanced by exactly the same amount of charge of the opposite type. The two charges are separated locally in the device by a very refined technology. In the end, we get a pattern with very fine pitch. The finer the pitch can be made, the lower the on-state resistance will be. With every CoolMOS generation, we increase the fineness of the pitch, moving ever closer to the zero resistance point without losing voltage blocking capability.
Additional technical details about the CoolMOS CS Server seriesThe CoolMOS CS Server series offers the lowest on-state resistance in every package at 600 V voltage blocking capability. This allows designers to lower the conduction losses of power supply designs, which increases efficiency. Higher efficiency allows the designer to have a smaller form factor for the system, or to increase the output power of the system without changing anything in the thermal management, directly driving down system costs per watt. The benefit of low conduction losses comes with very fast switching speed, which in turn will largely reduce switching losses of the system. This fast switching speed can be used to return from complex resonant power supply architectures to simple, easy-to-design hard-switching AC/DC supply topologies. Additionally, the new CoolMOS CS Server series requires very low gate-drive power, allowing the use of low power standard gate drivers and ICs. The overall result will be less-expensive, more compact systems, due to the reduction in size and cost of passive components.
Availability, packaging and pricingThe first products in the CoolMOS CS Server series are: 45 mΩ in a TO247 package and 99 mΩ in a TO220 package as well as TO247 package. Samples will be available next month, with volume production expected to start in May 2005. The unit price for 99 mΩ device in a TO220 package will be less than 4.00 Euro, for orders of more than 10,000 pieces.
Further information on Infineons power semiconductors is available at www.infineon.com/power