MCUs for Industrial Applications
Industrial systems are mostly using semiconductor switches. These semiconductor switches are mainly converting electrical energy. The key requirement has recently always be the reduction of power loss across the involved semiconductor devices, which is directly linked to the efficiency of the system: new technologies are therefore continuously needed, and even more, considering the recent world wide discussions and debates related to CO2 emission and green energy.
Toshiba is continuously moving at the edge of technology required to achieve those goals:
Chip design: planar, trench, super junction
Connection technology: aluminium bonding wires, copper connector / Al strap structures
Package: bigger packages, smaller high efficient packages.
The main semiconductor devices are Power Mosfet, IGBT, Power IC, etc.
Using the new products will give smaller systems due to smaller heat sinks as well as lighter and therefore lower priced systems.
The industrial market on the other hand is including more and more intelligence into the systems. MCU based control is becoming a standard. Control loops can now be easily done and adapted by software. Man Machine interfaces are improving the safety and user friendly control of the high power industrial equipment.
Communication technology is being increasingly used in industrial systems. More and more data is transferred via optical links to the control unit of the system operators, even emails can be received via the screen of a control panel.
From the optical to the processor and finally to the Power devices TOSHIBA can offer attractive solutions to improve the overall performance of the systems