Tower Semiconductor announced a newly developed galvanic capacitor technology integrated with its 0.18um power management and mixed signal platforms, enabling up to 12kV isolated gate driver and digital isolator ICs. The company said that its new in-chip high capacity capacitors, enhance safety and power efficiency for applications in the automotive, green power and industrial markets, addressing an estimated $1B market.
The new technology offers a cost and size advantage thanks to the integration of the galvanic isolator, saving the need for an additional device. Lead customers are prototyping initial products addressing applications such as battery chargers, power supplies and motor drivers for electric and hybrid vehicles, solar inverters and wind turbines power converters) and industrial applications.
“This new technology supports the needs of isolated power in high-growth markets such as electrical vehicles and other,” said Shimon Greenberg, Tower’s VP and General Manager of Mixed-Signal and Power Management Division. “The new technology augments our 0.18um power technology, supporting applications from 5V to 200V”.
TowerJazz is a manufacturing services provider of integrated circuits (ICs). Its technology is comprised of SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS image sensor, integrated power management (BCD and 700V), and MEMS. TowerJazz operates two manufacturing facilities in Israel (150mm and 200mm), two in the U.S. (200mm) and three facilities in Japan (two 200mm and one 300mm).