Optimizing the layout to get a nearly isothermal temperature distribution is a given these days in power conversion. The industry has evidenced a good pace of progress in this area not only in X-Y but also in the Z-direction as well. With that accomplished, thermal simulations and experimental measurements must therefore demonstrate whether encapsulating the power converter components is really a value-adding effort. The data sheet for the BCM module shows heatsink for the BCM, so one must wonder whether cooling requirement is less for the open frame version with / wiithout heatsink than that for the encapsulated one!
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.