New growth forecasts are out for electric vehicle fast-charging stations and solar microinverters. Product announcements include MIPI RFFE power converters, a magnetic ballast replacement IC, and a tiny 4A step-down regulator.
According to a report from IHS Automotive, electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations are expected to reach 200,000 worldwide by 2020 -- up from a projected 5,900 in 2013. The growth is expected to be spurred by advances in DC-based fast-charging technologies such as the CHAdeMO and combined charging system (CCS) approaches, as well as the Tesla Supercharger.
EV fast-charging stations using fast-chargers such as this unit from Aker Wade/Coulomb Technologies are expected to grow in number to about 200,000 by 2020.
Another report from IHS offers a forecast for solar microinverters -- DC/AC units that are connected to individual solar-panel modules and which can be paralleled to combine capacity. According to IHS, global shipments of microinverters are expected to reach 2.1 GW in 2017, a fourfold increase from 2013, representing a shift of emphasis from the US residential market to commercial installations.
Leading off recent product news are power converters from Texas Instruments that integrate the MIPI Alliance's radio frequency front-end digital control interface (RFFE). The LM3263 buck converter and LM3279 buck-boost converter are designed to reduce heat and power consumption in RF power amplifiers while improving battery life and extending talk time in 2G/3G/4G LTE devices.
International Rectifier introduced the IRS2538DS magnetic replacement ballast control IC for fluorescent lamps. The device emulates a magnetic ballast control system, and eliminates the need for a PFC stage and an electrolytic capacitor at the input.
Linear Technology announced a tiny 4A step-down µModule regulator with a footprint of only 1 cm2. The LTM4624 operates from 4 to 14 V (or 2.375 V to 14 V with an external bias supply) and supports an output voltage range of from 0.6 to 5.5 V.
Finally, Vishay Intertechnology introduced a pair of 50-V high-current-density Trench MOS barrier Schottky rectifiers offering a low forward voltage drop in a slim TO-277A package. The V10PN50 and V15PN50 rectifiers feature a forward voltage drop-down to 0.40 V typical at 10 A and 0.41 V typical at 15 A.