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High-Power Current Sensors Primed for Automotive, Industrial Power Apps

March 17, 2023
1.5-MHz current sensors support fast-switching SiC and GaN power stages in data centers, motor drives and inverters, and EV batteries and charging infrastructure.

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In its Booth #863 at APEC 2023, ACEINNA is unveiling its latest high-power current-sensing devices. The company’s MCx2101 (AEC-Q100 qualified automotive) and MCx1101 (industrial) isolated AMR current sensors are said to maximize the benefits of using SiC/GaN and help further increase the overall power-conversion efficiency while improving the safety thanks to their industry-leading high accuracy, high bandwidth, and fast response time.

The sensors are used in broad number of applications ranging from solar-panel inverters, wind turbines, data-center power supplies, motor drivers in industrial and on-board chargers and fast dc chargers, traction inverters and various power-supply and conversion applications in automotive use cases. In many such applications, silicon-carbide (SiC) and gallium-nitride (GaN) power transistors are replacing silicon MOSFETs. These new transistors are enabling higher-frequency systems with better efficiency and smaller size.

When developing power solutions using these higher frequencies, engineers require a higher-bandwidth current sensor for the current-control loop. Totem-pole power-factor correction (PFC) requires fast-switching ripple current measurements, as do motor and inverter applications. Higher-bandwidth sensors also enable fast step response in protection circuits.

The 1.5-MHz frequency response of ACEINNA’s current sensors enables SiC/GaN advantages such as higher frequency, smaller system size, and better system efficiency. Their benchmark step-response time (300 ns) minimizes protection timing budget for current sensors and enables the protection of higher-frequency SiC/GaN switches. Benchmark accuracy (0.6% typical) over temperature for ICs provides better control and regulation to improve efficiency and reliability. The sensors’ low offset and low noise provides high accuracy across the dynamic range.

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