Press Release


Power Semiconductor Application Manual

464 pages of power semiconductor knowledge - Now in English

Nuremberg, 21 November 2011 - Semikron presents the English version of its Application Manual - just in time for the fair SPS / IPC / Drives. The German version is already available.  The 464-page-long manual provides electronics experts with detailed information on the selection and use of IGBT, MOSFET, diode and thyristor components.  


The Application Manual contains detailed application-related information such as electrical configuration for key operating conditions, driver and protection elements for semiconductors, thermal dimensioning and cooling, tips on parallel and series connection, assembly tips for optimised power layouts with regard to parasitic elements, as well as notes to help users better understand datasheets and the requirements that arise from specific ambient conditions. Assembly and connection technologies which have a major impact on the properties of semiconductor modules and the limits in field applications are also described, as are reliability data, life cycle analyses and key test processes.   The German and English Application Manual is available for €9.90 under the ISBN No. 978-3-938843-56-7 (German) and  under ISBN-No. 978-3-938843-66-6 (English) and via the Sindopower power electronics eCommerce portal at Based on the Power Electronics Application Manual, excerpts are published on the knowledge platform and, in both German and English. 20 articles are already available and a valuable power electronics reference for amateurs and professionals alike.   “The affordable price makes this work accessible to a multitude of users”, comments Dr. Arendt Wintrich, one of the four authors of the manual and specialist for applications and simulations at Semikron. The three co-authors are Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Nicolai, Dr. techn. Werner Tursky from Semikron, and university professor Dr.-Ing. Tobias Reimann, head of Industrial Electronics at the Technical University of Ilmenau.    


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Semikron is an internationally leading power semiconductor manufacturer. 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the German-based family enterprise which employs 3600 people worldwide. A global network of 35 companies with production plants in Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Slovakia, South Africa and USA guarantees fast and competent on-site customer care.   Semikron is a one-stop provider of chips, discrete semiconductors, transistor, diode and thyristor power modules, power assemblies and systems for markets such as industrial drives, wind and solar, hybrid and electric vehicles, the rail industry and power supplies. Globally Semikron technology powers nearly every second windmill. According to a survey carried out by BTM Consult ApS, the total wind power capacity installed until 2009 was 122 Gigawatt. 57 Gigawatt comprises power semiconductors from Semikron.   The dedication to the hybrid and electric vehicle market is evident in the development and production of power semiconductors for this market but also the majority take-over of Compact Dynamics GmbH, a development specialist for innovative control systems, the joint venture with drivetek, a provider for application-specific control technology, and the take-over of VePOINT, developing and producing inverters, DC/DC converters and chargers.   Semikron is the market leader in the field of diode/thyristor semiconductor modules, enjoying a 30% share of the worldwide market. (Source: IMS Research „The global power semiconductor market 2010”)  


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