We just concluded another successful week at PCIM – Europe’s premier power electronics event – where we continued living up to our “History of Innovation” theme with demonstrations of our latest best-in-class solutions.

WP_20160510_16_21_54_RichOur most popular demo was of a prototype induction cooktop, featuring our latest FS4 IGBT. We didn’t merely boil water faster; our technology cooked sausages faster. Not just any sausages, but traditional weisswurst, the famed Bavarian sausages which date back to the early 14th century.

PCIM is an action-packed show with long show floor hours, so at 4 p.m. each day, we had plenty of hungry engineers lining up ready to dine. Our “chefs” expertly cooked the sausages and the ample beer made up for any lack of culinary skill – we didn’t get any complaints!

Other illuminating demos included our latest LED lighting solutions, most notably the new FL77944, the first member of our LED Direct AC Drive (DACD) family of solid-state lighting solutions. Unlike competitors’ DACD solutions, the FL77944 uniquely overcomes flicker – the bane of all LED lighting products – while maintaining a high PF and a low THD. Our latest blog on defeating this challenge provides more detail on how to achieve excellent flicker, PF and THD performance in DACD-based designs and how we accomplished this with the FL77944.

Also on display was our 60W smart LED lighting reference design that we developed with Atmel. This “turnkey” design enables manufacturers to speed the time-to-market of high-end lighting products for commercial and industrial lighting applications. It combines advanced wireless dimming capabilities with high efficiency, making it ideal for lighting products used in office buildings, malls and other retail spaces, campuses, restaurants and other large spaces.

IMG_5491Another popular demo focused on the TriDrive – a unique three-phase reference of paralleled PowerTrench® MOSFETs based on the FDMD85-series designed for high current density and optimized layout. The TriDrive reference design was created to help address the challenges and shortcomings of parallel power device operation. It allows quick implementation and testing of the FDMD85 devices in small, demanding motor drive applications.


Our latest solutions for electric vehicle (EV) applications also generated a lot of interest from PCIM attendees, in particular our recently announced discrete IGBTs and modules, which are ideal for traction inverters, a critical component at the heart of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) and all other EVs. Offering both discretes and modules gives automakers maximum flexibility in designing traction inverters optimized for their specific application requirements and production needs. You can learn more about the distinct advantages of both discrete and module IGBTs in our blog.

Our 1200V silicon carbide (SiC) diodes were also a hit with attendees. This wasn’t surprising as these best-in-class diodes achieve superior reliability and ruggedness over competitors thanks to advanced design techniques and new manufacturing processes that dramatically reduce defects common in other SiC wafers.

The superior performance and efficiency of our latest 100V PowerTrench MOSFET was demonstrated against one of its top competitors. This head-to-head demo showed that we’re still at the top our game as a PowerTrench MOSFET pioneer and innovator for 25 years.

The excellent efficiency and enhanced system stability of our Motion SPM® modules were highlighted in several motion control demos. Efficiency and reliability were also the hallmarks of the building automation and server applications we showed, which utilize Fairchild’s state-of-the-art offline power solutions.

PCIM 2016 was a busy show for us and clearly demonstrated to everyone who came by the booth that Fairchild’s nearly 60-year tradition of innovation continues without interruption.