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A New Way to Defrost Food (.PDF Download)

Jan. 10, 2018
A New Way to Defrost Food (.PDF Download)

It’s time to defrost food from the freezer. Often, you’ll leave it on the counter or in the sink to let it thaw at room temperature. But that usually takes a decent amount of time. Or if there’s a need for speed, you’ll resort to using the microwave oven, or other similar methods (conventional oven). But using a microwave oven has its drawbacks, as it can result in food with hot and cold spots.

Now there’s another option. NXP Semiconductors believes it has developed a more effective solution for defrosting food—an automated frozen-food defrosting and thawing reference design. Known as the smart defrost solution, it is intended for consumer and commercial applications. In its own words, NXP says it can “enable healthier frozen-food options for consumers without sacrificing convenience.” Figure 1 shows the RF module that is incorporated into the reference design.

1. Shown is the RF module that is at the heart of the defrosting solution.

The smart defrost solution is based on NXP’s LDMOS (laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor) technology. “What we’ve done is taken our solid-state RF power devices and built a solution to create warming energy for food,” says Dan Viza, director of RF heating business at NXP.