The Roles of Capacitors in EV Traction Inverter Topologies

Posted by Jordan Yates on Dec 13, 2023 8:15:00 AM

The power electronic systems in an electric vehicle (EV) feature a wide variety of capacitors. From DC-link capacitors to safety capacitors and snubber capacitors, these components play a critical role in stabilizing and safeguarding the electronics from factors like voltage spikes and electromagnetic interference (EMI). Here, we’ll focus on the capacitors used in the EV traction inverter.  

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Topics: Capacitor, Electric Vehicles

Resonant Wireless Power Transfer in Implantable Medical Devices

Posted by Peter Matthews on Dec 6, 2023 8:15:00 AM

With the rising prevalence of cardiovascular, orthopedic, and other chronic conditions, and an increase in the number of patients needing care, the demand for implantable medical devices continues to increase. 

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Topics: Capacitor, Medical

Contextualizing Q Factor

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 29, 2023 8:30:00 AM

Quality factor, or Q factor, is a common shorthand figure of merit (FOM) for RF filters. It’s typically expressed as the ratio of stored versus lost energy per oscillation cycle. Steepness of skirts, selectivity, and insertion loss are all specifications that can be described in terms of Q factor. While this FOM feels ubiquitous in RF, truly understanding how Q factor is determined and how it relates to other specifications is a complex endeavor because it’s contextual. 

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Topics: RF and Microwave

Combining Filter Technologies to Create Higher-Value Compact Filters

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 21, 2023 8:15:00 AM

There are hundreds of filter applications operating across a wide range of frequencies, which presents a challenge for filter designers since most filter designs don't inherently operate across these wide ranges. Size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) are also important considerations, so simply adding more filters to address different frequency ranges is not an attractive solution. There is, however, an alternative way of designing filters: combining filter technologies to meet the specific frequency, bandwidth, and size requirements of your application.

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Topics: Filtering

Gain Equalizer Basics

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 15, 2023 8:09:00 AM

Passive gain equalizers are designed to rectify or flatten the frequency response of an RF amplifier. RF amplifiers are known to cause a non-uniform gain over the operational bandwidth of a device, which results in distortion and other unwanted effects. Equalizers generate a counter-gain profile to offset that uneven response. Pairing equalizers and amplifiers is critical in applications like broadband systems where consistent performance over a wide frequency range enhances signal fidelity and system performance.

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Topics: RF and Microwave

What Are Bias Filter and Self-Bias Networks?

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 8, 2023 8:15:00 AM

Bias filter networks and self-bias networks are two types of biasing components developed by Knowles Precision Devices for use in high-frequency microwave and RF applications.

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Topics: Filtering

Non-Magnetic Trimmer Capacitors for In-Suite or Portable MRI Machines

Posted by Jordan Yates on Nov 1, 2023 8:15:00 AM

MRI systems are so robust and require so much infrastructure that they need their own dedicated room—until recently.

A portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, or point of care (POC) MRI machine, is a compact, traveling device that’s designed for patient imaging outside of the traditional MRI suite (e.g., emergency rooms, ambulances, rural clinics, field hospitals, etc.)

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Topics: Capacitor, Medical

Power Divider Basics

Posted by Peter Matthews on Oct 25, 2023 8:15:00 AM

Radio frequency (RF) power dividers are designed to split an incoming signal into multiple outputs such that there’s a portion of the original signal’s power in each output. Given their critical function, power dividers play a particularly important role in antenna systems, telecommunications, and signal processing.

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Topics: Capacitor, Military and Aerospace, High Reliability

How Gallium Nitride (GaN) Semiconductors in Defense Power Supplies Affect Capacitor Selection

Posted by Jordan Yates on Oct 18, 2023 8:30:00 AM

Defense applications tend to operate at high voltages and wide temperature ranges. They require components with increased efficiency, reduced size, and high power density. Because a wideband gap (WBG) semiconductor embodies these characteristics, defense and aerospace systems are increasingly using Gallium Nitride (GaN) for power conversion. 

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Topics: Capacitor, Military and Aerospace, High Reliability

The Role of Resonant Capacitors in Power Electronics

Posted by Jordan Yates on Oct 11, 2023 8:23:00 AM

At a foundational level, the ability to store electric charge and more easily pass higher-frequency AC currents are two of the most identifiable properties of capacitors. However, at very high frequencies, the ideal behavior of a capacitor can be compromised. In those situations, the parasitic, resistive and inductive components of a capacitor have an outsized influence on its behavior. 

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Topics: Capacitor

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