May 31, 2018 - 5:30:02 PM
X-FAB Silicon Foundries SE, the leading analog/mixed-signal and specialty foundry, has announced the availability of a new galvanic isolation process technology that enables the fabrication of robust and reliable high voltage signal isolation solutions. The new process achieves best-in-class isolation performance, allowing X-FAB’s customers to design their own capacitive or inductive couplers for a wide range of applications.
The 12 VDC auxiliary systems in electric vehicles require galvanic isolation from the hundreds of volts powering the vehicle’s traction systems in order to protect against ground loops, signal noise and the risk of dangerous electric shocks. Another common application is medical diagnostic equipment, where it is important to safely isolate the electronic circuitry – which is plugged into the AC mains – from the low voltage sensor element in contact with the patient’s skin. Power supplies such as DC/DC converters and switched-mode converters also need cost-effective high voltage isolation to ensure proper voltage regulation while maintaining reliability and operator safety.
X-FAB now offers galvanic isolation technology on a foundry basis for robust and reliable couplers that need to withstand high voltages. For companies interested in the new galvanic isolation technology, X-FAB offers packaged evaluation samples. Both packaged single-channel inductive and capacitive coupler samples are available. The capacitive coupler test chip, designated G3-C1, has an isolation layer thickness of 11µm and was able to withstand up to 6,000 Vrms, the maximum limit of the test setup. Isolation layers thicker than the test chip’s 11µm are also available if a higher withstand voltage is required.
The new isolation process technology has been developed at X-FAB’s Dresden manufacturing site which is now certified for automotive manufacturing according to the new IATF-16949:2016 International Automotive Quality Management System (QMS).
Galvanic isolation design kits are available for all major EDA platforms and can be downloaded from X-FAB’s customer web portal. Samples can be supplied on request. These chips are for evaluation purposes only and are not available for commercial resale.
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