IXYS Introduces New Phase Control Thyristor for Rotating Generators in Renewable Energy Applications

IXYS Introduces New Phase Control Thyristor for Rotating Generators in Renewable Energy Applications

BIEL, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- IXYS Corporation (NAS: IXYS) an international power and IC semiconductor company, today announced that its wholly owned UK subsidiary, IXYS UK Westcode Ltd., launched a new phase control thyristor in a specially designed package suitable for rotating applications.

The thyristor rated at 3000 volt is based on IXYS UK's world class all diffused silicon process with the silicon slice fused to a metal disc for optimum thermal and mechanical durability. The device has average current rating of 1436A at a heat sink temperature of 55C and is suitable for line frequency applications up to 400Hz. The fully hermetic package has been especially designed to withstand movement of the silicon die when rotated tangential to the plane of the electrodes. The new package design is suitable for applications with acceleration of up to 620 metres per second squared, when the device is mounted with the anode electrode facing the centre of rotation.

"Rotating diode technology has been established for many years, however, this new thyristor allows for the additional option of incorporating a controlled rectifier directly onto the rotating parts of a machine armature. This has great potential in the development of more efficient machine control in important renewable energy application such as hydro generators," commented Frank Wakeman, IXYS UK's Marketing & Technical Support Manager.

The device is available in two different voltage grades. Designations are: N1479NC24R (2400 Volts) and N1479NC30R (3000 Volts). In addition to these two products, devices with other voltages from 1200V to 3600V can be quickly produced from IXYS UK's standard phase control product lines. Also other voltages from 600V to 6.5kV could be developed, should these be required. For these and other product options please consult factory.

Devices are suitable as controlled rectifiers for all rotating applications including hydro power and generator sets.

For data sheet please go to the IXYS UK website at www.ixysuk.com or please contact us at (email: sales@ixysuk.com) or telephone: +44 (0)1249 444524 for quotation.


Located in Chippenham, England, IXYS UK Westcode Ltd is the IXYS leading manufacturing site for very high power thyristors, SCRs and rectifiers ranging up to 6500 Volts and 15,000 Amps. IXYS UK continues to supply high technology components for a wide range of applications such as wind and solar energy, welding, AC and DC motor drives for oil, marine and water treatment facilities, uninterruptible power supplies, motor soft starters, transportation, induction heating, mining equipment and many other industrial applications.

About IXYS Corporation

Since its founding, IXYS Corporation has been developing power semiconductors and mixed signal ICs to improve power conversion efficiency, generate solar and wind power and provide efficient motor control for industrial applications. IXYS, and its subsidiary companies, offer a diversified product base that addresses worldwide needs for power control in the growing cleantech industries, renewable energy markets, telecommunications, medical devices, transportation applications, flexible displays and RF power.

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Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including the performance, features and suitability of products for various applications, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the results of IXYS to differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, including, among others, risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2012. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements.

IXYS UK Westcode Limited
Frank Wakeman, +44 (0)1249 444524
IXYS Long Beach
Ray Segall, 562-296-6584 (US sales enquiries only)

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