SKYPER 12 press-fit for 17 mm modules with new generation of ASICs

Nuremberg, 18th November 2013 – easy assembly, electrical robustness and a long service life: The new SKYPER 12 press-fit half-bridge driver was developed with these aspects in mind. It is pressed directly onto the IGBT module, which means that there are no costs for an adapter board, cable splices, and associated assembly and soldering processes.
With 30% fewer components than available plug&play solutions, the driver reduces the failure rate of the individual components and achieves an MTBF (mean time between failures as per SN 29500) rate of over 5 million hours at full load. This means that safe IGBT control is ensured even for the long working lives of industrial drives.

A new generation of mixed-signal ASICs achieves a high level of integration. The ASIC chip set contains the power supply and protection and control functions, and the external components ensure optimum thermal spreading. The costs are reduced and the lower risk of failure increases reliability. Thanks to short pulse suppression and an interface ground concept, the usual good EMC stability of the SKYPER family is achieved. With square-wave signal transmission, the SKYPER 12 even switches without errors at a high dU/dt. The mixed-signal ASICs work in a stable manner over the entire temperature range with no transit time differences.

The SKYPER 12 sits on 17 mm press-fit modules without an overhang and safely controls the modules up to a 15 A peak current and a DC link voltage of up to 1,200 V. The soft turn-off function and VCE monitoring feature protect  against overvoltages in the case of a short circuit. Integrated temperature monitoring serves to avoid overload, so the external isolation of the temperature signal is not required. The ASICs developed by SEMIKRON thus monitor customer-side and internal voltage supplies. Thanks to adequately dimensioned buffer capacitors - the driver switches the IGBTs off safely in every kind of faults.


SEMIKRON is one of the world's leading manufacturers of power modules and systems. Its products are at the heart of modern energy efficient motor drives and industrial automation systems. Further application areas include power supplies, renewable energies (wind and solar power) and utility vehicles. SEMIKRON's innovative power electronic products enable its customers to develop smaller, more energy efficient power electronic systems. These systems in turn reduce the global energy demand.

SEMIKRON is a family owned business founded in 1951, headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany. Today it has more than 2,800 employees in 30 subsidiaries world-wide. The international network of operational companies with production sites in Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Slovakia, South Africa, and the US ensures fast and comprehensive service for customers. SindoPower as a SEMIKRON-Group company serves customers world-wide with a B2B power electronics online portal, multi-language sales and technical support and eCommerce.