Half bridge module

PEB8038

Silicon Carbide power module

Power electronic building block

  • – V/I Sensors outputs (analog)
  • – Gate drivers inputs (optical)
  • – Fault output
  • – Board-to-board link
  • – Power supply (5/12 V)
  • – Cooling fan (120 W)
  • – DC link terminals
  • – Power switches (2x SiC MOSFETs)

SiC half bridge power module for powerful inverters

PEB8038 half bridge modules contain two power semiconductors (Silicon Carbide MOSFETs) as well as gate drive and measurement circuits.

They enable engineers to rapidly implement powerful inverters to validate converter control techniques in realistic conditions.

These modules are often used for 230/400VAC applications such as in experimental microgrids or similar applications.

Similar power modules

800V/38A Silicon carbide module
DC voltage800V
Output current38A (RMS)
TopologyPhase-leg
SemiconductorsSiC MOSFETs
Typical power4-8 kVA
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Ready-to-use SiC half bridge

Embedded functions and features

The new PEB SiC half-bridge power modules are truly ready-to-use power electronic building blocks, featuring:

  •  SiC MOSFET half bridge (two power semiconductors)
  •  DC bus capacitors
  •  Current and voltage sensors (usable simultaneously)
  •  Integrated gate drivers
  •  Onboard logic and protection (desaturation, voltage, current, temperature, PSU)
  •  Speed regulated cooling fan (120 W TDP)
protection

Designed for research applications

Onboard protection mechanisms

As with all imperix power modules, PEB8038 half bridge modules embed protection mechanisms such as over-current/voltage detection, which block the SiC half-bridge in case of hazardous behavior and thus ensure that its capabilities are never exceeded.

Combined with the additional adjustable protections of our programmable controller, imperix power modules are the ultimate solution for safe and efficient power electronic prototyping in both teaching and research applications.

System-level integration

A modular approach for building power converter prototypes

Basic configuration example:

  • 1x B-Box RCP (digital controller)
  • 3x PEB8038 half bridge modules
  • 1x rack-mountable open chassis

Half-bridge power modules can be easily assembled together

When used to build power inverters, PEB8038 modules are ideally suited for 230/400VAC applications, thanks to their operating DC voltage up to 800VDC.

Typical operating parameters
  • Switching frequency: 1-20kHz.
  • AC grid. voltage: 230/400VAC.
  • Power rating (three-phase): 10-25kW.
Typical configurations
  • Three-phase power inverters
  • Programmable microgrid inverters
  • Three-phase motor drives
  • Synchronous buck/boost converters
  • etc.

Silicon carbide inverters

Application examples of SiC power modules

Most power converter topologies can be built using half-bridges, which can be considered as the basic building blocks of power electronic systems. Basic use case scenarios built with PEB half-bridge power modules include single-phase inverters and three-phase inverters, as well as isolated or non-isolated DC/DC converters.

Microgrid inverterThree-phase DC/AC converter, using:

Ultra-fast car chargerLLC resonant DC/DC converter, using:

Battery-power electric motor driveInterleaved boost with inverter, using:

Silicon Carbide half-bridge module

A powerful inverter module

PEB8038   VS  previous generation

Featuring powerful Silicon Carbide MOSFETs, PEB8038 modules offer the largest figure of merit among imperix power modules.

For instance, the new PEB8038 module can deliver above 8kW per phase into a 230/400V three-phase load. This corresponds to a total of 24kW for a three-phase inverter!

This level of performance is linked to the very low on-state resistance of the power semiconductors (RDS,on = 20mΩ). On the other hand, these modules are not optimized for fast switching operation; their typical operating frequency range is limited to 10-30kHz.

PEB8038   VS  previous generation

Reduced switching losses

PEB8038 offers slightly lower switching losses than the previous PEB8032 module. This broadens the range of their possible applications.

Reduced conduction losses

A drastic reduction of conduction losses can be observed between PEB8032 and PEB8038, with over 40% less energy lost during commutation!

Additional benefits for power electronic research

Our Silicon Carbide (SiC) half-bridge power modules – similarly to our Silicon-based modules – offer an excellent trade-off between ease of use and suitability to multiple applications. They are ideally suited for rapid control prototyping applications, where the quick implementation of the power stage is essential.

Versatile

With these building blocks, power inverters or any converter topology can be built rapidly. What’s more, power modules can be reused among multiple projects to save time and money.

Easy-to-use

The modules contain everything needed to start working right away (sensors, logic, cooling,…). Combined with the B-Box RCP controller, they form a truly plug-and-play solution.

Powerful

The PEB modules are sufficiently powerful to handle a few kW per phase. This makes them a perfect choice for demanding laboratory applications, microgrid inverters or pilot/demonstration systems.

Robust

PEB modules can be safely put in the hands of inexperienced engineers. This is ideal for teaching or student projects, or simply for those who enjoy the related peace of mind.

Power module accessories

Rack-mounting equipment

Imperix power electronic building blocks are best assembled within rack-mountable frames or enclosures. This guarantees the highest flexibility, thanks to the modular nature of the power converter modules.

Rack-mountable frame (3U)
PEB modules can be mounted within open rack-mountable frames. As such, modules remain easily accessible and can be easily put in (or taken out) of the chassis.

> Discover Open Frames

Rack-mountable enclosure (4U)
Imperix power modules can also be placed within enclosures that make use of 4mm laboratory safety plugs. This guarantees that no dangerous voltage can ever be reached.

> Discover 19” enclosures

Inductors and passive filters (4U)
For those interested to have a first configuration that is fully ready-to-use, imperix offers a standard box with inductors and LC filters. Components have reasonable, but fixed values.

> Discover the passive filters box

Other power modules

Imperix power electronic building blocks are best assembled within rack-mountable frames or enclosures. This guarantees the highest flexibility, thanks to the modular nature of the power converter modules.

PEB8024

  • 800V / 24A
  • Half-bridge topology

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> Read more on PEB8024

PEB4050

  • 400V / 50A
  • Half-bridge topology

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> Read more on PEB4050

PEH2015

  • 200V / 15A
  • Full-bridge topology

The PEH2015  modules use Silicon IGBTs. Their reduced voltage ratings make them preferred for multilevel converter applications

> Read more on PEH2015