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Inventronics Announces CEO Succession with Marshall Miles to Lead Company
Posted: 2017-8-15

Inventronics announced today that the board of directors unanimously chose Marshall Miles as the company’s new chief executive officer. Miles will succeed Gary Hua who is stepping down as CEO but will retain the position of chairman of the board and devote his time as chief technical officer.

“I am both humbled and honored by this opportunity. I have worked with Gary at various companies and in various capacities for over 18 years. It is exciting to continue this relationship even as the roles change yet again. We have a great team at Inventronics and I am going to be working to make sure they have every opportunity to succeed,” said Miles.

Miles joined Inventronics in 2009 as vice president of business development. During Inventronics formative years, he led the international business development while contributing to the strategic direction of the company. To meet the demands of rapidly growing global sales, he established subsidiaries in the United States and Europe to provide better customer service, technical support and local inventory in these key regions. His leadership and execution has helped establish the company as a premier supplier of LED drivers serving customers in over 50 different countries.

Hua noted, “With the company successfully going public, it was the right time for a smooth transition. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Marshall for many years and am confident in his ability to drive Inventronics’ success in the future.”

Miles has well over 30 years of experience in the technical sector. He has spent more than 25 years in the field of power electronics and is a past board member and president of the Power Sources Manufacturers Association. Miles earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Oklahoma, a master of business administration degree from Oklahoma City University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Clemson University.

ON Semiconductor Wins 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award
Posted: 2017-7-31
IoT Development Kit (IDK) Honored for Exceptional Innovation

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, announced today that the IoT Development Kit (IDK) has won a 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award from IoT Evolution magazine and IoT Evolution World, the leading magazine and website covering Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies.

The IDK is a fully configurable platform that enables engineers to design and offer differentiated IoT products and systems for a broad range of end applications, including smart home/building, smart city, industrial automation and mHealth.

"We are excited to have the IDK recognized as a top product of the year for IoT Evolution," said Wiren Perera, who heads IoT at ON Semiconductor. "ON Semiconductor continues to drive the progression of IoT by providing energy efficient hardware and software elements, coupled with the node to cloud platforms to enable design engineers to evaluate, prototype, and deploy IoT products and solutions to market with greater speed and efficiency, and with fewer design iterations."

The IDK baseboard features ON Semiconductor's advanced NCS36510 system-on-chip (SoC), with a 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M3 core running the ARM mbedTM OS. By attaching different daughter cards to the IDK baseboard, a wealth of connectivity (SIGFOX, Ethernet, 802.15.4 based radios enabling ZigBee and Thread protocols, etc.), sensor (motion, ambient light, proximity, heart rate, etc.) and actuator (stepper, brushless motor drivers, LED drivers) options can be added to the system. This means that compromises do not have to be made and the most suitable technology for a specific application can be chosen.

The hardware is complemented by an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that includes a C++ compiler, debugger and code editor. Design engineers are further supported in their evaluation and product development via a comprehensive set of application examples, use cases and related libraries. In addition to the default cloud software platform, support for industry standard cloud connectivity protocols (MQTT and REST) allow utilization of other widely used IoT cloud service providers.

"The solutions selected for the IoT Evolution Product of Year Award reflect the diverse range of innovation driving the machine to machine market today. It is my honor to congratulate ON Semiconductor for their innovative work and superior contribution to the rapidly evolving IoT industry," said Carl Ford, CEO of Crossfire Media, a co-publisher of IoT Evolution.

"It is my pleasure to recognize the IDK, an advanced solution that earned ON Semiconductor the 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "I look forward to seeing more innovation from ON Semiconductor in the future."

The winners of the 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award will be published in the next issue of IoT Evolution magazine.

Advanced Energy Acquires Excelsys Technologies, Strengthening its Specialty Power Portfolio
Posted: 2017-7-5

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., a global leader in precision power, today announced it has acquired Excelsys Holdings Limited (Excelsys), a privately held company based in Cork, Ireland. Excelsys designs and manufactures high efficiency and highly reliable power supplies for a variety of industrial markets. Its modular and user-configurable technology brings new and differentiated capabilities to Advanced Energy’s existing product portfolio. This new product line allows Advanced Energy® (AE®) to expand its addressable market ─ offering new applications and serving a larger worldwide customer base.

"Today's acquisition of Excelsys is part of our ongoing strategy to grow and diversify our industrial business by adding new power products and applications to our robust portfolio,” said Yuval Wasserman, President and CEO. "With a complementary platform of electronic power supplies for mission-critical applications, Excelsys joins our Specialty Power organization ─ increasing our presence in new areas within medical equipment, metrology, lasers and general industrial applications.”

“We are excited to join Advanced Energy, a global leader in precision power conversion,” said Gary Duffy Excelsys leader and former CEO. “Through the combined companies, our customers will now have access to a host of additional value-added products and services as we work together to expand Advanced Energy’s leading, competitive position worldwide and maintain the high levels of reliability and customer service.” 

Under the terms of the agreement, Advanced Energy has acquired Excelsys in an all-cash transaction for 15.5 million Euros. Excelsys’ 2016 audited revenues were 10.2 million Euros and the acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings. Further transaction terms were not disclosed.

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ON Semiconductor Wins Gold Stevie® American Business Award for Large Manufacturing Company of the Year
Posted: 2017-6-16

 ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ON), driving energy efficient innovations, is proud to announce that it is has been named the winner of the Gold Stevie® Award for Large Manufacturing Company of the Year in The 15th Annual American Business AwardsSM (ABAs). The ABAs are the premier business awards program in the United States, and open to all public and private organizations.

"This award highlights ON Semiconductor's ability to gain market share and to stay ahead of the industry growth curve," says Keith Jackson, president and CEO of ON Semiconductor. "In order to succeed in this fast-paced environment, we have scaled both in terms of our technology portfolio and ability to innovate with a solutions-based approach that allows customers to focus efforts on their own core competencies, providing them with faster time to market."

ON Semiconductor delivers high quality, energy efficient solutions to solve its customers' electronics designs challenges with a world-class supply chain and ethical culture committed to global corporate social responsibility. In 2016, the company shipped more than 55 billion units through its global logistics network and delivered products with greater than 95 percent average on time delivery to requested dates for all key customers.

More than 3,600 nominations from private and public organizations of all sizes were submitted this year.

"Each year the judges find the quality and variety of the nominations to be greater than the year before. The 2017 competition was intense and every organization that has won should be proud," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2017 Stevie winners are available at

Venable Instruments Awarded Patent for Digital Frequency Response Analyzer Technology
Posted: 2017-5-5
Venable Instruments, a leading provider of stability testing and measurement instruments for power supply design, has received a patent for its Digital Frequency Response Analyzer (DFRA) technology.

The new patent, US 9,562,951, is titled, “DIGITAL FREQUENCY RESPONSE ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD USEFUL FOR POWER SUPPLIES.” The technology is incorporated into Venable’s Model 8800 Series of DFRAs. The Model 8800 Series DFRAs are the only instruments commercially available that can measure the plant of a digitally-controlled feedback loop directly and accurately. 


The timing of the patent is pivotal, as forces driving digital adoption continue to accelerate.  Application-critical environments demand data accuracy, and until now, existing digital loop measurement techniques could only provide an estimated prediction, not a direct plant measurement.

The analyzer utilizes a digital “Sync” signal to provide synchronization between analog and digital hardware. The Model 8800 performs simultaneous analysis on both analog input channels and the digital target processor, reliably capturing all data. The Model 8800 Series offers a broad and growing range of supported processors, and is available in 5MHz, 20MHz and 40MHz options.Flexible by design, the Model 8800 Series digital interface can be disabled, via software, to use the analyzer in a standard two-channel, analog-only configuration.

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ON Semiconductor Named One of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute
Posted: 2017-4-22
Two-time recipient of designation signifying companies who lead with integrity and align principle with action

ON Semiconductor Corporation has been named a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This designation recognizes organizations that align principle with action by working tirelessly to make integrity part of their corporate DNA. These efforts shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today.

“As the landscape of the semiconductor industry remains fluid and continuously consolidating, the ability to consistently demonstrate ethical operations and culture remains critical to business operations,” said Keith Jackson, ON Semiconductor president and chief executive officer. “The key factor to outpacing competitors is to stay true to a foundation built on integrity and accountability. Leveraging our ethical practices is one of our biggest differentiators. I want to personally thank all of our employees for their dedication to maintaining a strong corporate culture of compliance and ethics and for embedding ethical standards in every aspect of their jobs.”

“I am proud of our achievements as a two-time designee of this honor,” said Sonny Cave, ON Semiconductor executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance and ethics officer, chief risk officer and corporate secretary. “This is a testament to the strength of our core values and steadfast dedication to our ethical foundation. Employees, customers and suppliers have seen the evidence of our actions, which continually reinforce the fact that they are doing business with a company that has high standards and a culture of compliance.”

ON Semiconductor is one of only six companies being honored in the Electronics and Semiconductors category, highlighting its leadership among global companies in ethical business standards and practices. ON Semiconductor attributes this prestigious recognition to its longstanding and active pursuit of the total alignment of all business objectives with exercising the utmost care and commitment to ethical stewardship, across the entire organization of more than 30,000 employees in 31 countries. Starting with the CEO and the chief compliance and ethics officer, spanning to the executive leadership team and to every employee, the principles of compliance, ethics and corporate social responsibility are modeled from the top and instilled in each employee, in accordance with ON Semiconductor’s core values of respect, integrity and initiative. A strong foundation in compliance and ethics stemming from the company’s Board of Directors that is echoed throughout an organization, results in trust from customers and partners, who count on the company to be honest and equitable, regardless of macroeconomic factors.

“Being recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company is important not only to ON Semiconductor’s employees and our corporate culture, but to our customers and suppliers as well,” said Paul Rolls, executive vice president global sales and marketing. “Awards such as this one further strengthen our company’s brand and reputation which further validates our customer’s decision to do business with us. As a World’s Most Ethical Company, we have a business advantage over others in our industry.”

Methodology and Scoring

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient ® (EQ) framework which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.

ON Semiconductor is also a full member, active participant and benchmarking leader of the Electronics Industry Citizens Coalition.


The full list of the 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at

About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at:

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit

Powerbox proudly joins the U.N. Global Compact Initiative
Posted: 2017-3-21
Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, and actively engaged in the development of sustainable power solutions, has become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. As such, Powerbox pledges to support and promote the Compact’s 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Powerbox’s environment, social and governance (ESG) commitment begins with the company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. By incorporating the Global Compact principles into Powerbox strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, it not only upholds its basic responsibilities to people and the planet, but is also sewing the seeds for long-term, sustainable success.

“The future is about power. Electrical power is the energy efficient infrastructure through which we create solutions for generations to come. We support everything from sustainable transportation and automation to tomorrow’s healthcare.” says Martin Sjöstrand, Powerbox’s C.E.O. “Joining the U.N. Global Compact reflects Powerbox’s commitment to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable future by solving demanding power challenges in selected segments.”

Powerbox places the environment and sustainable development at the forefront of everything that it does. In its product development, manufacturing, supply, sourcing and operations it is constantly implementing technologies and processes that reduce energy consumption and other environmental impacts.

“Our promise is that we will act as good global corporate citizens and actively contribute to the shaping of a better common future in every way, embracing environmental, social and governance aspects.” says Patrick Le Fèvre, C.M.C.O and Powerbox’s Sustainability Ambassador. “In our way of working we have changed our behavior and have implemented, from the very complex to the simple, activities to reduce our environmental impact and to contribute to a truly sustainable society.”

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

ON Semiconductor Appoints Osamu Takiguchi to Lead the Japan Sales and Marketing Organization
Posted: 2017-3-4
Takiguchi concurrently serves as the corporate vice president of Japan regional sales to accelerate deployment of the corporate global strategy in Japan

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, announced that Osamu Takiguchi joins the company as president and representative director of ON Semiconductor Japan, Ltd. to lead and manage the sales and marketing operations in Japan. Takiguchi is also concurrently serving as the corporate vice president of Japan regional sales in order to expand its Japan business and align with corporate strategies in key markets.

“Takiguchi brings more than 30 years of semiconductor industry experience to our company in design engineering and sales. He is effective in engaging in the global marketplace and will further strengthen our footprint in Japan with our valued customers,” said Paul Rolls, executive vice president sales and marketing for ON Semiconductor. “Takiguchi will be integral to our strategy in Japan and will further drive total solutions in our focus markets of automotive and industrial.”

The company has invested in the Japan market and the investment in Japan has played an important role in driving the company’s global strategy focusing on automotive, industrial, IoT and power conversion and motor control segments. The investment includes design centers for product development, manufacturing facilities, a solution engineering center and fault analysis capability in Japan to establish a reliable environment for its Japanese customers base.

“I look forward to strengthening the partnerships with our customers by continuing to demonstrate our value-add in the Japanese market,” said Takiguchi. “We have a strong, broad product portfolio and are a unique company in the country offering full solutions to our customers. Our strong customer service and responsive supply chain stand out in our industry.”

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Powerbox joins the Power Sources Manufacturers Association
Posted: 2017-3-2
Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has announced its membership to the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA).

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has announced its membership to the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA).

In this fast changing world, the power supply industry has had to become very dynamic, a situation requiring high levels of collaboration within the industry. Since it was founded in 1985, the Power Sources Manufacturers Association has striven to advance the interests of the power supply industry through educational programs, technical forums, networking, conference sponsorship and publications.

Developing very advanced products for demanding applications in medical, industrial, transportation and defense areas, Powerbox sees PSMA as a unique collaboration “hub” in which to share knowledge and to contribute to the development of future technologies, and in doing so decrease energy consumption and the global carbon footprint.

“IoT, Industry 4.0, new safety standards and energy efficiency regulations are just a few of the areas in which power supply manufacturers are challenged on a daily basis when developing new products” said Patrick Le Fèvre, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Powerbox. “In a global business environment, the sharing of knowledge and best practices is key to meeting customers’ expectations in order to arrive at the most efficient technology platforms that conform with the latest standards and regulations.”

As part of its membership to PSMA, Powerbox is an active member of the Energy Efficiency Committee.

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About PSMA

With nearly 200 global company members, the PSMA encourages technological and marketing developments in power products, and educates the industry, academia and government agencies on the value and use of all types of power sources including power supplies, modules and transformers.

About Powerbox

Founded in 1974, with headquarters in Sweden and operations in 15 countries across four continents, Powerbox serves customers all around the globe. The company focuses on four major markets - industrial, medical, transportation/railway and defense - for which it designs and markets premium quality power conversion systems for demanding applications. Powerbox’s mission is to use its expertise to increase customers’ competitiveness by meeting all of their power needs. Every aspect of the company’s business is focused on that goal, from the design of advanced components that go into products, through to high levels of customer service. Powerbox is recognized for technical innovations that reduce energy consumption and its ability to manage full product lifecycles while minimizing environmental impact.


ON Semiconductor Image Sensor Powers Academy Award Winning ALEXA Camera from ARRI
Posted: 2017-2-14
Digital cinematography system used for award-winning professional motion picture and television productions around the world

Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI), the largest manufacturer of motion picture equipment in the world, accepted a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this weekend for the pioneering design and engineering of its Super 35 format ALEXA digital camera system. The ALEXA camera is powered by the ALEV III image sensor, which was designed and manufactured by ON Semiconductor specifically for ARRI.

Franz Kraus of the ARRI AG Executive Board commented, "We are honored to be recognized by the Academy for the ALEXA camera system. The high performance and image quality available from the ALEXA camera, which has driven adoption of this system by cinematographers around the world, begins with the design, performance, and image quality available from the ALEV III image sensor. Our success with ALEXA reflects directly on the strong partnership we continue to enjoy with ON Semiconductor for this critical imaging component."

"For almost 15 years, ON Semiconductor and ARRI have worked together to bring the highest quality digital capture to professional motion picture and television production," said Herb Erhardt, Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Solutions Division, Image Sensor Group at ON Semiconductor. "We congratulate ARRI on this prestigious award, which recognizes the pioneering position that the ALEXA camera system has had in the development of digital cinematography."

ALEXA digital cameras are widely used in professional motion picture and television production around the world, having been chosen for features and productions such as Rogue One, The Revenant, Gravity, Life of Pi, Skyfall, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, and more. Since 2011, every motion picture to win the Academy Award for Best Cinematography has been captured using an ALEXA camera, and 4 of the 5 nominees for this year's Best Cinematography award (Arrival, Lion, Moonlight, and Silence) were captured using this system as well.

ARRI has won several awards for its digital cameras and systems, all of which are based on image sensors from ON Semiconductor. In 2009, ARRI received a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy for the design and development of the ARRISCAN film scanner, which utilizes an ALEV II image sensor from ON Semiconductor. And in receiving a 2012 Technology and Engineering Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition broadcast Video Cameras, ARRI specifically pointed to their partnership with ON Semiconductor on the design and manufacture of these imaging devices.


Powerbox Group promotes Patrick Le Fèvre to Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Posted: 2016-12-17

Powerbox International AB has promoted Patrick Le Fèvre, its Marketing and Communication Director, to the role of Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (CMCO). In an extension of his responsibilities to promote Powerbox standard and custom products and solutions, starting 1stof January 2017, Le Fèvre will be responsible for marketing custom power solutions from Eplax, a German company acquired by Powerbox in May 2016, and for the products designed by the former Power Technics BV, the Dutch business whose assets were purchased by Powerbox in April 2016. He remains part of the Powerbox corporate business team and reports to the group CEO, Martin Sjöstrand.

Sjöstrand said, “Patrick’s experience and dedication to the power industry, and his passion for energy efficiency and environmental responsibility, have created outstandingly positive outcomes from his marketing work for Powerbox. In the view of the Board, his skills and commitment are going to prove equally valuable to the new assets we have acquired during 2016. I congratulate him on this advancement and I am confident that his success to date will be replicated across the group.”

Le Fèvre commented, “Working closely with product management and R&D over the last year has revealed a level of innovation in Powerbox that I’ve rarely experienced in my 25 years in the power industry. What’s more, the company directs these efforts to the two most important aspects of power conversion for our customers: energy efficiency and short time-to-market, even for the most complex, custom power solutions. This philosophy extends to all product development so I am looking forward to the challenge of consolidating our marketing efforts throughout the group.”

Patrick Le Fèvre is an international marketer and engineer who has worked in power electronics for over two decades. He’s a well-known and highly respected presenter at industry conferences and his writing, particularly with respect to clean energy, has been published over 200 times in leading trade media publications and web sites.

Patrick Le Fèvre held senior marketing and communication roles at Ericsson Power Modules for 20 years before joining Powerbox in November 2015.


ON Semiconductor Gains CES Recognition for Ingenuity in Both Internet of Things & Wireless Medical Technology
Posted: 2016-12-16
Ezairo® 7150 SL DSP-based System-on-Chip and Smart Passive Sensors named 2017 Innovation Award Honorees, demonstrating the company's extensive capabilities in advanced electronic engineering

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON), driving energy efficient innovations, has been chosen by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards honoree in two different categories. The announcement was made at the CTA's annual CES Unveiled New York event - with the company's Ezairo 7150 SL audio processing hybrid module being cited in the Tech for a Better World category, plus its Smart Passive SensorTM (SPS) solution doing the same in the Embedded Technology category. Having scored highly across all of the judging criteria, Ezairo 7150 SL and the SPS join a small, highly exclusive list of products to be honored this year.

These two accolades once again underline the breadth of engineering expertise present at ON Semiconductor - one product innovation focusing on improving the lives of hearing aid wearers through wireless technology, and the other addressing wireless sensor networking for Internet of Things (IoT) implementations.

Ezairo 7150 SL is a compact open-programmable digital signal processing (DSP)-based hybrid, which enables wireless connectivity in hearing aids and cochlear implants. By integrating an audio DSP, EEPROM memory and a radio IC into a single miniature package, the sophisticated hybrid module provides hearing aid manufacturers with the ability to incorporate advanced wireless features into their design without compromising overall system size. This provides the wearer with the convenience of controlling features (volume levels, program changes) of their hearing aid directly with their smartphone through a Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) connection. Using a 2.4 GHz proprietary protocol, Ezairo 7150 SL also allows the wearer to stream audio from any media source (such as a TV or music system) using a remote ancillary device. These features help greatly enhance the user experience and improve the wearer's quality of life.

The SPS1M and SPS2T Smart Passive Sensors dispense with the need to have a microcontroller or battery at each sensing node (with power, cost and space benefits all resulting). These ultra-thin devices are able to work autonomously to sense key parameters (temperature, moisture, pressure and proximity) in a highly energy efficient manner that allows for all power needs to be satisfied through energy harvesting. They can deliver battery-free wireless networking without requiring periodic maintenance, thereby reducing the associated operational costs.

"The upcoming CES exhibition in Las Vegas is regarded all across the world as a hotbed of activity for next generation electronics," stated Bob Klosterboer, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Analog Solutions Group, at ON Semiconductor. "For two of our products to be among the select few honored just prior to the show is, without question, a great honor. It is a testament to the wealth of engineering talent present at ON Semiconductor and the ongoing investment we have made to provide superior solutions for the connected world."

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ON Semiconductor Chairman J. Daniel McCranie to Retire in 2017
Posted: 2016-11-22

ON Semiconductor Corporation announced that chairman J. Daniel McCranie has informed the company of his decision to retire from the Board of Directors and not stand for re-election at the annual meeting of the company's stockholders in 2017. Mr. McCranie has served as a director since November 2001 and as chairman since August 2002. Mr. McCranie will continue to serve as chairman of the Board of Directors, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and a member of the Science and Technology Committee until the election of directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

"For the past 15 years as Board chair at ON Semiconductor, I've had the great pleasure of working with both an extraordinary management team as well as an exceptionally talented, collegial and hard working group of men and women serving on the ON Semiconductor Board. Through their combined efforts, our company has transitioned from a relatively small and narrow semiconductor supplier to a large, diverse global leader in discrete power management, as well as a broad-based supplier of analog and power semiconductors. Keith Jackson and his team have accomplished this through a series of well executed acquisitions, coupled with a continuous focus on our superior corporate competencies surrounding quality, customer support and, of course, strong cost control. The recent acquisition of Fairchild will drive our revenue and earnings growth to even higher levels, and I am both proud and honored to have been a small part of this effort. As I will continue to serve as chairman until my retirement, I remain committed to support management in building even more shareholder value as the company integrates Fairchild Semiconductor into the fabric of the company," said Mr. McCranie.

"Dan has been an exceptional leader for ON Semiconductor through periods of opportunity and times of challenge," said Teresa M. Ressel, chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. "His extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, along with his deep board and leadership experience, is truly appreciated by all of our directors. The Board of Directors will announce succession plans for the Chairman role prior to the company's 2017 annual meeting."

"For the company, I extend our sincere thanks to Dan for his long service, dedication and leadership," said Keith Jackson, president and chief executive officer. "Dan's oversight, advice and guidance have been and will continue to be essential to our strategic planning. ON Semiconductor Corporation reaps great benefits from his vast and unique knowledge of our industry. I enjoy working with Dan both professionally and personally, and I wish him and his family the very best after his retirement at the 2017 annual stockholders meeting."

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Wolfspeed Wins 2016 R&D 100 Award
Posted: 2016-11-9

 Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, a leading global supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power products — including best-in-class SiC MOSFETs, Schottky diodes, and modules — won a 2016 R&D 100 Award for its high temperature, wide bandgap (WBG) underhood inverter for electric vehicles.

“It’s a great accomplishment to win an R&D 100 Award, so we’re very honored to have earned recognition for one of our latest innovations in the commercial SiC device industry,” said John Palmour, Wolfspeed’s chief technology officer. “Our SiC inverter is the first traction drive optimized for wide bandgap devices that utilizes a commercially available SiC power module. By increasing power in a smaller footprint, Wolfspeed is enabling hybrid and electric vehicles to become more attractive to end consumers, contributing further to a reduction in the domestic use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, through our partnerships with other industry leaders, Wolfspeed ensures that our technology is readily adoptable in vehicle applications.”

Wolfspeed’s high-temperature, WBG underhood inverter was developed in response to the need for smaller, lighter, and more efficient systems with higher power density in the electric vehicle market, and in collaboration with: the Toyota Research Institute of North America, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the University of Arkansas National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, and the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office.

Underhood inverters convert the DC power stored in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or all-electric vehicle battery packs to three-phase AC power that can be used to energize one or more electrical loads, and traditionally employ industry standard silicon semiconductors. Utilizing Wolfspeed’s WBG semiconductor devices and advanced packaging techniques in an underhood inverter allowed engineers to achieve faster switching with reduced system-level losses during high ambient temperature operation (140°C). This WBG-based system significantly outperforms silicon technology and meaningfully extends the realm of possibility for vehicle inverters, for which it has been earned the achievement of being named one of the top technical breakthrough products released in 2015.

The core of Wolfspeed’s WBG underhood inverter consists of three commercial Wolfspeed CAS325M12HM2 SiC half-bridge power modules, which are rated for 1200V and 325A of continuous RMS current at high temperatures. The inverter assembly also includes: a liquid-cooled cold plate, which provides the thermal conduction path for energy losses; low inductance power bussing, which minimizes parasitic losses and maximizes switching efficiencies; snubber and filter components, which dampen over-voltage and over-current spiking and dampens resonances; control and drive circuitry, which performs the dynamic switching and provides users with feedback, control signals, and high current gate drive signals; and an enclosure, which provides the unit with EMI shielding, electrical cabling, and liquid cooling inlet/outlet connections.

By utilizing WBG materials, Wolfspeed eliminated the need for the secondary radiator and thermal management system in the vehicle. This inverter allows the onboard power electronics to be cooled by the same coolant loop as the primary radiator and combustion engine, which significantly decreases the overall mass and volume of the system. In addition to reducing the system footprint within the car, Wolfspeed’s WBG technology also increases the peak power delivery of the unit by 2–3x what is currently achievable, while operating at overall higher ambient temperatures.

Presented by the R&D 100 Awards Committee and R&D Magazine, the 54th annual R&D 100 Awards honors the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. Selected by an independent panel of more than 50 judges, the award winners are recognized for their contributions to advancing science and technology across five primary categories: analytical/test, IT/electrical, mechanical devices/materials, processes/prototyping, and software/services, and four special recognition categories: market disrupter services, market disruptor products, corporate social responsibility, and green technology.

This year’s R&D 100 Award Winners were announced at a black-tie awards dinner during the R&D 100 Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland on November 3, 2016.

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Wolfspeed Wins 2016 ECN Impact Award
Posted: 2016-10-28
1200V SiC half-bridge module awarded for efficiency and power density

Wolfspeed, a Cree company, has won the 2016 ECN (Electronic Component News) Impact Award in the Passive Components and Discrete Semiconductors category for its CAS325M12HM2 high performance, 1200V, 325A, 62mm SiC half-bridge module.

ECN Impact Awards honour excellence and innovation in engineering by recognising top products and services in 17 categories.

Released to market in May of this year, Wolfspeed's CAS325M12HM2 62mm module offers high efficiency and power density for high current power electronics, including converters/inverters, motor drives, industrial electronics, and high performance electric vehicle systems.

Configured in a half-bridge topology with seven 1.2kV 25mΩ C2M SiC MOSFETs and six 1.2kV 50A Z-Rec Schottky diodes per switch position, the module allows systems designers to realise lighter weight systems that are up to 67 percent smaller, achieving efficiencies of over 98 percent, and up to ten times higher power density compared to systems built with silicon-based technologies.

The module’s ability to operate at a higher switching frequency without any compromise in system efficiency enables a reduction in both the number and size of magnetic and passive components required for the balance of the system, says Wolfspeed. Additionally, its superior thermal characteristics, combined with SiC-optimized packaging design and materials, allow the module to operate at 175degC.

The module’s optimised package allows end users to achieve the benefits of SiC technology, specifically a 66 percent reduction in module inductance: 5.5nH compared to competitive power products' 15nH.

"Winning an ECN  Impact Award for the year's top product introduction in the passive components and discrete semiconductors category is a significant tribute to the ground-breaking innovation and engineering excellence that we strive for as a company," said John Palmour, Wolfspeed's chief technology officer.

"Our high-performance 62mm SiC half-bridge module, which was the first fully qualified commercial power product released by Wolfspeed's Fayetteville operation, represents a new generation of all-SiC power modules that - by enabling unprecedented efficiency and power density for high current power electronics - will meaningfully contribute to the continued advancement of the power electronics industry."

"ECN has a legacy heavily steeped in recognising the best products on the market for engineers and companies, and the tradition continues today in print and online," said Janine Mooney, the editorial director of Advantage Media's Design Engineering Group and the editor in chief of both ECN and Wireless Design & Development. "The 2016 ECN Impact Awards are the culmination of a Product Technology Awards history stretching back 60 years, and seek to honour ingenuity and creativity among companies large and small who are making a difference in the industry and in the lives of engineers."

Telcodium Partners with Transphorm to Introduce First-Ever Redundant Power Supplies Using Gan Fets
Posted: 2016-9-14
AC Series Sets New Industry Benchmark: 94 Percent “True System Efficiency” Within A More Than 30 Percent Smaller Footprint

Telcodium, a leader in power supply design, in collaboration with Transphorm Inc. today released the industry’s first redundant power supplies using gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistors (FETs).

Telcodium’s AC Series replaces a typical three-module power supply architecture (two power supply bricks and one intermediate bus converter (IBC)) with a single power module with redundant AC feeds. Telcodium’s power module operates at 94 percent True System Efficiency (TSE)* or higher—reducing average energy loss by 13 percent or more. To achieve the same TSE with the typical three-module power supply, the bricks and IBC would each need to yield a 97 percent efficiency—which exceeds the 80Plus Titanium specification and has yet to be demonstrated by any power supply manufacturer. 

Further, the new module is 30 percent smaller than the abovementioned two bricks and eliminates the standalone IBC—freeing considerable, critical space inside a host system.   

The high TSE and size reduction are made possible by Telcodium’s innovative design. This design pairs patented front-end circuitry with the market’s only JEDEC-qualified 650V GaN FET, available from GaN semiconductor design and manufacturing leader Transphorm. The resulting AC Series enables data center, server and telecommunication manufacturers to develop smaller, high-performing systems that can virtually eliminate power supply-related failures. For Series details, see

Highlighted Features and Benefits

The following features combined with others not highlighted here can potentially reduce an average system’s total cost of ownership by 19 percent. 




Patented front-end circuit design integrated with 650V GaN FETs

  • Over 94 percent true system efficiency
  • Over 80 percent standby power reduction (to less than 1W)

Over 30 percent size reduction + standalone IBC elimination

  • Internal circuitry and system components reduction
  • Increased airflow
  • Reduced floor space

Reduced internal system temperature

  • Increased mean time between failure (MBTF)

Internal supply monitoring (voltage, current and frequency)

  • Cleanest power selection
  • Automatic extreme event logging
  • Supplemental device reduction (e.g., power line monitors)

ORing function elimination

  • Reduced mechanical parts for greater reliability and reduced maintenance over time

Machine assembly (no hand-soldering)

  • High-quality assembly


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About Transphorm

Transphorm is a global semiconductor company that designs and manufactures gallium nitride (GaN) devices for high-voltage power conversion applications. Built on an industry-leading IP portfolio and over 300 years of combined GaN engineering expertise, Transphorm delivers the highest performance and highest reliability GaN devices and best-in-class system-level design support to a growing customer base. Transphorm creates innovations that move beyond the limitations of silicon to achieve over 99 percent efficiency and reduce energy loss by more than 40 percent. Learn more at

About Telcodium

Telcodium produces the world’s most efficient and most reliable line of redundant power supplies. Designed and made in North America to ensure product quality that customers deserve and delivery delays they demand, Telcodium’s power supply products offer unmatched performance and reduced total cost of ownership. Learn more at

*True System Efficiency is defined by power supply module efficiency plus IBC efficiency. 

Celestica Recognizes ON Semiconductor with a 2015 Total Cost of Ownership Supplier Award
Posted: 2016-7-16
ON Semiconductor is Only Company Recognized for All Nine Years of Awards Program

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficiency innovations, today announced it has been awarded a 2015 Total Cost of Ownership (TCOOTM) Supplier Award from Celestica, a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions. Celestica's awards program recognizes suppliers that provide the best TCOOTM performance to Celestica and support the company's overall business objectives. ON Semiconductor is the only company to receive an award in each of the nine years since Celestica began this program.

"ON Semiconductor is proud to be recognized by Celestica," said Jeff Thomson, vice president of Global Channel Sales at ON Semiconductor. "Celestica is one of our highly influential electronics manufacturing services customers. Once again receiving their 'Best Sustainability Partner Award' is a testament to our long-term commitment to provide the electronics marketplace with a broad range of innovative, energy efficient semiconductor products that offer industry-leading levels of performance and reliability. Celestica's steadfast collaboration and support enables us to maximize the effectiveness of our global supply chain network for meeting customers' operational and engineering goals."

Celestica's TCOO Supplier Awards program evaluates and recognizes the top performers in Celestica's global network of over 4,000 suppliers. Celestica's TCOO system is focused on evaluating supplier performance by measuring the total cost to produce, deliver and support products and services beyond the supplier invoice price. As such, it considers the following supplier attributes: quality, delivery, price, flexibility, innovation and technology.


ON Semiconductor Named 2016 World's Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute
Posted: 2016-3-7
One of Six Electronic Components and Semiconductors Companies Honored

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficiency innovations, today announced it has been named a 2016 World's Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the 10th anniversary of Ethisphere and the World's Most Ethical Companies designation, which recognizes organizations that align principle with action by working tirelessly to make integrity part of their corporate DNA. These efforts shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow's best practices today.

ON Semiconductor is one of only six companies being honored in the Electronic Components and Semiconductors category, highlighting its leadership among global companies in ethical business standards and practices. The company attributes this prestigious recognition to its longstanding and active pursuit of the total alignment of all business objectives with exercising the utmost care and commitment to ethical stewardship, across the entire organization of more than 24,000 employees in 26 countries. Starting with the CEO and the chief compliance and ethics officer, the principles of compliance, ethics and corporate social responsibility are modeled from the top and instilled in each employee, in accordance with ON Semiconductor's core values of integrity, respect and initiative. That results in trust from customers and partners, who count on the company to be honest and equitable, even in the toughest of times.

"Given our competitive marketplace and the rapid consolidation occurring in our industry, the ability to consistently demonstrate ethical operations and culture is more critical than it has ever been," said Keith Jackson, ON Semiconductor president and chief executive officer. "Companies who build their organizations on a foundation of integrity and accountability will outpace their competitors. In the current global environment, one of the biggest differentiators that companies can leverage is their ethical practices. I want to personally thank all of our employees for their dedication to maintaining a strong corporate culture of compliance and ethics."

"Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behavior," said Timothy Erblich, Ethisphere CEO. "Those that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees, thus solidifying a sustainable business advantage. Congratulations to everyone at ON Semiconductor for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company."

Methodology and Scoring

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute's Ethics QuotientTM framework, developed over years of research and vetted and refined by the expert advice from Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel. This EQ offers a quantitative method for assessing a company's performance that is objective, consistent and standardized. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria for core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%), and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%). These scores are then provided to all companies who participate in the process.

"It is truly an honor to be awarded the World's Most Ethical designation," said Sonny Cave, ON Semiconductor executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance and ethics officer, chief risk officer and corporate secretary. "This honor is a further testament of our steadfast dedication to the core values and the ethical foundation upon which we have built our company. Employees, customers and suppliers have seen the evidence of our actions, which continually reinforce the fact that they are doing business with a company that has high standards and a culture of compliance."

ON Semiconductor is also a full member, active participant and benchmarking leader of the Electronics Industry Citizens Coalition.


The full list of the 2016 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at The Ethisphere Institute plans to release best practices and insights from the 2016 honorees, in the form of a whitepaper and infographics, over the next few months.

Excelsys Technologies Joins Growing Ranks of PMBus™ Adopters
Posted: 2016-2-18
As full member of System Management Interface Form (SMIF), company adds its expertise to promote adoption of the PMBus™ open-architecture communications protocol; plans to extend PMBus interface beyond existing offering on its Xsolo product line

February 16, 2016—Excelsys Technologies, a leader in high-efficiency power supply design, has signed the PMBus adopter agreement and is now a full member of the Systems Management Interface Forum (SMIF). Excelsys currently offers the PMBus interface on its Xsolo series of 1U, single-output power supply units (PSUs). In becoming a full member, the company aims to expand its role in the development of future standardized digital power management platforms.
“We are excited to become a SMIF member, which allows us to join forces and share ideas with other top electronics companies and customers who have adopted the PMBus standard,” says Gary Duffy, Excelsys Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer.  “Adopting this open industry standard will facilitate power management at the systems level and will enable us to offer new features and functionality in upcoming product introductions."

Typical applications for Excelsys power supplies include industrial applications, such as test and measurement, automation, semiconductor production, robotics, printing equipment and lasers, and medical imaging and diagnostic equipment. As a world-class power supply manufacturer, Excelsys has a global applications team to support and assist customers with their specific system needs.

About PMBus

The Power Management Bus (PMBus) is an open-standard digital power management protocol: simple, standard, flexible, extensible, and easy to program for. The PMBus command language enables communication between components of a power system: CPUs, power supplies, power converters, and more.  For more information, please go to the website and download an Introduction to PMBus

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Wolfspeed Powers Gruppo PBM Battery Chargers Enabling Faster Charge while Consuming Less Energy
Posted: 2016-2-18
Wolfspeed SiC MOSFETs provide innovative power solutions for industrial battery chargers, enabling a 40 percent reduction in size and a 20 percent reduction in system cost

February 3, 2016 — Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, announced today that Gruppo PBM, a leader in industrial battery chargers, is using Wolfspeed™ SiC MOSFETs in its new HF9 battery charger family to enable higher efficiency and power density at a lower overall system cost.

Demand for safe, efficient, and fast-charging industrial batteries has increased exponentially along with the proliferation of power electronics. The HF9 product family is designed to provide the highest possible efficiency while achieving easy scalability for power ranging from six to 16 kilowatts. These benefits are made possible in part by Wolfspeed 1200V SiC MOSFET technology.

“We selected Wolfspeed SiC Planar MOSFETs for our new HF9 battery charger family because they enabled us to improve our battery chargers while achieving operational savings, increased productivity and increased safety. This was not possible with the best IGBTs in the market,” said both Marco Mazzanti and Giancarlo Ceo, who respectively serve as CTO and R&D engineer at Gruppo PBM.

Based in Italy, Gruppo PBM specializes in rugged high-frequency battery chargers, dischargers, and testers. By using Wolfspeed SiC MOSFETs in its latest HF9 family, Gruppo PBM not only achieves improved efficiency, but also a reduction in component count, improving the overall reliability in the system by lowering the operating temperatures and—most importantly—reducing overall system cost.

“Wolfspeed’s SiC MOSFETs, especially our new C3M 900V family, are enjoying rapid adoption in the growing battery charger market segment,” explained Edgar Ayerbe, Wolfspeed’s power MOSFET marketing manager. “Our products increase power density and dramatically lower switching losses, making it possible to introduce smaller, cooler, and lower cost chargers for the automotive and industrial markets.”

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TI’s TPS65982 wins CES innovation honor
Posted: 2016-1-29

There is no bigger stage for technology than the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). One TI device has received one of the coveted awards that are given to companies who develop innovative leadership products. The winners are center stage for hundreds of thousands of people to see.
The TPS65982 USB Type-C and power delivery controller has been recognized as innovative among technologies that will be displayed at the massive tradeshow in Las Vegas. It will be on display at CES next to dozens of other award winning technologies. A three-member judging team, including an industrial designer, an engineer and a member of the trade press, used a variety of judging criteria from engineering qualities, to the product’s intended use/function, and user value to select the winners. At the end of judging, TI walked away an honoree in "Best of Innovations" for Computer Hardware and Components.

The TPS65982 is the only USB Type-C™ and USB Power Delivery device in the market that manages not only the power delivery communication, but fully integrates the needed power paths to complete a full featured design. For faster and easier time to market, designers should also consider the USB Type-C & USB PD Controller Power Switch & High Speed Multiplexer Reference Design as an additional resource.

ON Semiconductor Named to Board of Directors of AirFuel Alliance, the Industry Leader in Wireless Charging Technologies
Posted: 2015-11-5
Representing the company on the board will be Robert Klosterboer, executive vice president and general manager of ON Semiconductor's Application Products Group

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has been elected to the board of directors (BOD) of the newly announced AirFuel Alliance. The new consortium is focused on establishing a single, core, wireless charging standard to support a wide range of consumer, industrial, medical and military applications. Robert Klosterboer, executive vice president and general manager of the ON Semiconductor's Application Products Group, will represent the company on the board.

"AirFuel Alliance is positioned as the industry leader in wireless power technologies and poised to drive the significant shift from traditional wall plug powering to the comprehensive adoption of a wireless charging ecosystem," said Klosterboer. "Wireless charging is expected to become widely adopted for the convenient powering of devices ranging from smartphones and wearables, to tablets, notebooks, hearing aids, power tools and more. I applaud the alliance's dedication to establishing one global standard for wireless charging. Supporting this effort and representing ON Semiconductor on the board of directors will be a privilege."

AirFuel Alliance currently has more than 195 member companies. The board member companies include AT&T, Broadcom, Flextronics, Gill Electronics, Integrated Device Technologies, Intel, MediaTek, Powermat Technologies, Duracell, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Starbucks, WiTricity, Semtech, and ON Semiconductor.

"ON Semiconductor brings to the Board a depth of expertise in power electronics and breadth of customer and market knowledge," said Dr. Kamil Grajski, chairman of the board of AirFuel Alliance. "These are critical inputs to the delivery of timely, high quality technical specifications, backed by a world-class certification program, that support members' innovative power solutions in consumer, commercial and industrial applications."

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Excelsys Awarded Engineers Ireland CPD Accreditation
Posted: 2015-2-20
World-class power supply manufacturer awarded the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) standard in recognition of its investment in maintaining in technology and sustainability.

February 19, 2015 — Excelsys Technologies is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Accredited Employer standard by Engineers Ireland. Excelsys, a leading power supply manufacturer and designer of high efficiency, low profile power supplies for a variety of markets, recognizes the value of CPD as essential in achieving growth and success.

Commenting on the achievement, John Power, Chartered Engineer and Director General of Engineers Ireland said, “Investment in professional development is essential for engineering organizations to gain a competitive edge and achieve results on both a local and international level. Well done to all those at Excelsys who have dedicated time and resources into securing the CPD Accredited Employer status.”

Speaking about the award, Gary Duffy, Excelsys CEO said, “We have an uncompromising commitment to maintaining technology leadership and ensuring employees are equipped with training in sustainability issues. Our employees play a vital role in the organization’s success and it is important that they are fully involved in delivering the group’s organizational vision and goals. The Engineers Ireland CPD framework provides support to assist us in achieving these goals. And we are proud to be accredited.”

Excelsys Technologies is a world-class power supply manufacturer supplying best-in-class products to the world’s leading OEM’s. They are market leaders in high efficiency, high reliability, AC/DC power supplies serving medical, industrial and hi rel industry segments.

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Cree SiC MOSFET Wins EDN Hot 100 Products Award
Posted: 2015-1-3

December 3, 2014 – Cree, Inc., a leading global supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) wafers and devices, announces that EDN has named its 1200V, 25mΩ SiC MOSFET (C2M0025120D) as one of the “100 Hot Products of 2014.” The 2014 EDN Hot 100 Award recognizes the electronics industry’s most significant products of the year based on innovation, significance, usefulness, and popularity.

Cree’s C2M0025120D is the industry’s first commercially available 1200V SiC MOSFET with an RDS(ON) of 25mΩ in an industry standard TO-247-3 package. Based on Cree’s proven C2M™ SiC MOSFET technology, the new device has a pulsed current rating (IDS Pulse) of 250A, which makes it suitable for pulsed power applications, and a positive temperature coefficient, which allows the devices to be paralleled to achieve even higher power levels. Additionally, the higher switching frequency of the new MOSFET can help design engineers reduce the size, weight, cost, and complexity of power systems in applications including: PV inverters, high voltage DC/DC converters, induction heating systems, EV charging systems, and medical CT applications. The new MOSFET has already been proven to provide a 5X reduction in switching losses, higher power density, and improved thermal characteristics in medical CT applications, as well as to reduce installation costs for rooftop PV inverters by enabling a compact and highly efficient 50kW grid-tied solar inverter with an impressive power to weight ratio of 1kW/kg.

“Cree is honoured to have been recognized by the industry veterans that comprise EDN’s editorial staff and audience for developing and introducing one of the 100 most innovative, significant, useful, and popular electronic products of 2014,” said Edgar Ayerbe, Cree Power Marketing. “One of the most important objectives for power engineers is to build smaller, cooler and lower cost power conversion solutions. Our new 1200V, 25mΩ SiC MOSFET can help achieve these goals.

“Of the many thousands of products announced during the past year, the EDN Hot 100 are the products that especially caught the attention of our editors and readers. We are pleased to share the tradition of showcasing these technologies as we celebrate the 21st anniversary of this program,” said Rich Pell, Executive and Chief Technical Editor, EDN.

For more information about Cree’s award-winning 1200V, 25mΩ SiC MOSFET, please visit to access specifications and supporting documentation, including datasheets and application notes. To view the complete list of EDN’s Hot 100 products, please visit

Ericsson’s digital power module wins awards from Electronic Products China
Posted: 2014-11-4

Ericsson has won the Best Application award and Best Non-Isolated Digital Power Module categories in the Top 10 Power Product Awards run by the media outlet Electronics Products China. The prizes were awarded to Ericsson’s BMR461, the company’s advanced digital POL point-of-load (POL) regulator that features Dynamic Loop Compensation (DLC) based on ‘state-space’ or ‘model-predictive’ control, guaranteeing stability and achieving the optimum dynamic performance without requiring any external components.

Electronics Products China, which celebrates the very best of innovation in power electronics, has run its prestigious awards event for several years. In 2014, the judging panel included a professor from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics alongside a senior engineer from China Power Supply Society with a close affiliation to Shanghai Association for Science and Technology.

The Dynamic Loop Compensation circuitry built into the BMR461 negates the requirement for external components such as RC networks to adjust control loop compensation parameters. As some board designs employ 30 or more 12A POL regulators, the BMR461 significantly simplifies the design and maintenance process for power designers. Additionally, the BMR461 represents significant savings both in terms of cost and time while also improving reliability.

“The successfully launched BMR461 came to fruition as a result of close cooperation between Ericsson R&D and product development teams based in Sweden and China,” commented Patrick Le Fèvre, Marketing and Communication Director, Ericsson Power Modules. “We have won several awards within the Chinese electronics industry in just a couple of years, which demonstrates the highly efficient and innovative products being developed by Ericsson.”

Based on the ‘state-space’ mathematical model rather than traditional proportional-integral-derivative (PID) regulation, the BMR461 uses closed-loop pole placement and a model based on the resonant frequency of the output filter, thereby reducing the number of output capacitors required for filtering and stability. This technology is highly suitable for FPGA and processor applications where low-ESR decoupling capacitors are currently being used.

The BMR461 features several algorithms that optimize efficiency across a wide range of operating conditions. Compared to the conventional technology that is currently implemented in analog and digital-hybrid POL regulators, the device’s combination of energy optimization algorithms and low bias technology requires up to five times lower current, and therefore further improving overall efficiency.

Huawei’s Bold Data Center Play
Posted: 2014-6-17

Huawei may not exactly be a household name in the United States, but it is a massive company.  In 2013 it had global sales of $39.5 billion, a 13% increase from 2012. Most of its revenue comes from the sale of equipment used to build out telecommunication networks. It also has more consumer-facing efforts. Huawei is the 3rd ranked smartphone vendor globally. More recently, it has started to focus on data center products and services.  Just how much can Huawei shake up an industry that has been dominated by incumbents?

Huawei has two groups of offerings for data centers residing within their “Enterprise” segment, which turned over $2.5 billion itself last year. The first group is their IT product line that includes servers, storage, and networking. The second group, called Network Energy, offers power and cooling systems. The name of the latter section bears a striking resemblance to Emerson’s Network Power division, a longtime leader in critical power systems.

Huawei’s Network Energy business arose very quickly. In less than five years it has gone from nothing to having full lines of UPS, row and rack cooling, power distribution and rack enclosures. Huawei is also betting on the emergence of future markets like data center infrastructure management software (DCIM) where it joins a crowded supplier environment. While it is just ramping up these product lines, Huawei has gotten off to a fast start as a major manufacturer of containerized data center systems; to the extent that it will likely race into the upper echelon of vendor ranks in the next containerized data center market analysis produced by IHS. Such containers not only benefit from pre-engineered and tested designs, but also from low cost labor when assembled in China.

The fact that Huawei has these two groups relevant to data centers makes it unique. Their presence in IT puts them in competition with heavyweights like HP, IBM, and Cisco, while the DCI market is dominated by the likes of Schneider Electric, Emerson and Eaton. In many respects, the IT and facilities side of the data center business is highly segregated and the supplier landscape reflects this. Should Huawei create sufficient scale to their operations they would be one of the only vendors to be a major player on both sides. In the relentless quest of companies to become “one stop shops” for their customer bases, Huawei has quietly carved out a unique position.

This does not mean you should look for Huawei-badged gear on your next data center tour here in the states. Currently, Huawei’s distribution is regionalized and most of its sales in the data center area come from its home market in China or in developing markets like Africa, the Middle East, and South America. Penetrating mature markets is difficult where name recognition, long-standing reputation, and familiarity are tremendous barriers to entry into an industry that defines risk aversion.

Breaking into the US market is a particular challenge. Aside from the arduous and expensive UL certifications which must be obtained, rightly or wrongly, there is serious political opposition to the sale and use of Huawei gear in the United States. Facing congressional backlash, Huawei announced at the end of 2013 it would be exiting the US market in terms of telecommunication equipment. It is hard to imagine data center equipment would enjoy a better fate. In all likelihood, Huawei will not have access to the single largest data center market.

However, if Huawei has the patience to make a long term play, future growth in data centers reside outside of United Sates and Western Europe. Opportunity will come from “connecting the next 4.4 billion unconnected,” a reference Huawei used to highlight the fact that two-thirds of the world’s population does not have access to the internet. This was a recurring theme at their analyst summit this year. Huawei sees bringing connectedness to all as a moral cause and a shrewd strategic decision. We can only assume its data center appetites will follow this doctrine.

While its current presence in the data center market is limited, the scale and ambition of a company like Huawei means that it may be a formidable force in data centers of the future.


Jim Kaplan, Cornell Dubilier Earns ECIA Top Honor
Posted: 2013-11-22

The Gail S. Carter Award recognizes individuals who have made giant contributions to the industry over the course of their long careers. Each recipient is known for their consummate leadership, their long service, and their active role in the association. Past honorees include Brian McNally, Frank Flynn, Jim Bruorton, Phil Gallagher and Roy Vallee.

Jim Kaplan has had a long career in the industry. For over 50 years he has been a huge advocate for various industry trade associations including the EIA, the ECA and now the ECIA, for which he had a hand in forming. In recognizing Jim, ECIA Chairman Michael Knight said, “We are blessed to know and work with you, grateful for the role you have played in shaping the evolution of our industry, and the tremendous amount of time and energy you have given to industry associations, including this one. We are thrilled to add you to the short roster of Gail S Carter award winners.”

Ericsson Wins Product Awards for Power Technology from Electronic Products China
Posted: 2013-9-26
  • Industry’s first 750W Hybrid Regulated Ratio DC/DC converter wins two awards from Electronic Products China
  • High-power-density quarter-brick PKM-NH gains ‘2013 Top-10 Power Product’ and ‘2013 Technology Innovation Product’ awards
  • Quarter-brick module delivers high power density of 31.12W/cm3 per cm3 (508W per cubic inch)
  • Highly-innovative regulated-ratio topology module delivers high-efficiency flat-curve characteristics of up to 97%

Ericsson has been named as a winner in two categories in the annual Electronic Products China Top Product Awards. The industry’s first 750W Hybrid Regulated Ratio (HRR) DC/DC converter – the PKM-NH platform – was named in both the ‘2013 Top-10 Power Product’ and ‘2013 Technology Innovation Product’ award categories by the magazine. Implementing the new hybrid-regulated topology, the PKM-NH platform is optimized for datacom board applications that have a 52V/54V system bus distribution and require regulated high-power quarter-brick-format intermediate bus converters able to deliver up to 750W.

The awards are recognition of the company’s world-class expertise in consistently developing innovative and highly efficient products that significantly reduce the environmental impact of electronics equipment. Ericsson has finely honed the efficiency of its research and development activities across the company, implementing a lean and agile R&D methodology. This has resulted in shortened feedback loops, improved communication and rationalized processes across all the company’s product development, including its leading-edge technologies used in digital power modules.

“The development of the PKM-NH platform is a result of the extremely close cooperation between Ericsson R&D and product development centers in Sweden and China to deliver this innovative technology and product in an exceptional fast timeframe,” said Patrick Le Fèvre, Marketing and Communication Director, Ericsson Power Modules. “This is the first time that has Ericsson won two awards within the Chinese electronics industry, which is a clear recognition of the high level of innovation being demonstrated by Ericsson.”

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Lincoln International Completes Record Year in 2012
Posted: 2013-2-17

In 2012, Lincoln International’s team continued expansion in key global economies and developed additional capabilities and sector coverage to best serve our clients worldwide. Key figures for Lincoln international in 2012 include:

Through disciplined and passionate process execution, Lincoln International’s banking team was able to close more than 115 transactions in 2012. Additionally, over 50% of Lincoln International’s transactions in 2012 were cross-border, making Lincoln International the leading global independent mid-market investment bank.

A few highlights from 2012 include: 

  • Expanded geographic reach and completed coverage of the BRIC countries by opening new offices in São Paulo, Brazil and Beijing, China
  • Deepened industry expertise with addition of eight Managing Directors with extensive sector knowledge
  • Continued growth in the Lincoln International team both domestically and internationally, with an increase of nearly 20%

With an unmatched global reach in the mid-market, integrated deal teams and deep industry expertise, Lincoln International has the knowledge and experience to provide the best strategic advice and produce the best price and terms for our clients.

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President Obama Visits LED Leader Cree
Posted: 2011-6-17
President Obama Tours Cree’s Durham Manufacturing Facilities, Cree CEO Chuck Swoboda Participates in Jobs and Competitiveness Council Meeting

DURHAM, N.C., June 15, 2011 —President Barack Obama visited leading LED manufacturer Cree, Inc. on Monday, June 13, 2011, touring Cree’s Durham, N.C. manufacturing and speaking with Cree employees and other guests. During his visit, President Obama met with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council to discuss initiatives and policies to spur economic growth, promote job creation and accelerate hiring across the United States. 

President Obama made remarks to a crowd that included Senator Kay Hagan, Representatives David Price, Brad Miller, G.K. Butterfield and other local and state leaders as well as hundreds of Cree employees. In his remarks, President Obama stated, “So today the small business that a group of N.C. State engineering students founded almost 25 years ago is a global company…Next month, your new production line will begin running 24/7. So you’re helping to lead a clean energy revolution.  You’re helping lead the comeback of American manufacturing. This is a company where the future will be won.” 

Cree currently employs over 5,000 employees globally, keeping pace with a growing international market for energy-efficient LED lighting. Most recently, Cree has added LED fixture manufacturing lines in Durham, N.C.  President Obama joined Swoboda on a tour of these new production lines, which include world’s most efficient troffers, the CR series. These new lights are designed to replace fluorescent troffer lighting commonly seen in office and other commercial buildings, delivering higher quality light and increased efficiency at prices comparable to their fluorescent counterparts.

“President Obama’s visit yesterday highlighted topics critical to the success of the LED lighting revolution, including workforce training and education,” said Swoboda. “Cree remains committed to innovating, growing and successfully addressing the global appetite for energy-efficient technologies.”

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