Microsemi Corporation has unveiled the company’s new solar technology portfolio which include products for renewable energy applications include SmartFusion and IGLOO FPGAs; analog, mixed signal devices such as bypass diodes/switches, MOSFETs, FREDs and IGBTs; DC-DC converters, and pulse width modulation (PWM) modules.

The extensive portfolio enables the efficient, reliable and cost-sensitive implementation of the entire range of photovoltaic (PV) applications, including power harvesting, power management, power switching and power monitoring.

“As PV designers strive to keep up with the demands for continuous innovation while meeting the cost and performance pressures of the solar industry, access to the latest technology is vital,” said Russ Garcia, Microsemi SoC Group General Manager and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “The availability of Microsemi’s comprehensive toolbox, from programmable devices and standard off-the-shelf parts to full custom ASICs, gives designers of photovoltaic applications a strategic partner that shares their technical and business goals.”

Microsemi has decades of experience in delivering innovative and highly reliable devices coupled with long product lifecycle availability. Continued product development focuses on flexibility, security and cost effectiveness, and provides the growing community of PV application designers with everything they need to quickly take their designs to market.

Solar Bypass Diodes for Power Harvesting

The LX2400 IDEAL™  Solar Bypass Device with Microsemi’s patented CoolRUN technology provides a bypass path in PV module applications. With the industry’s lowest forward voltage drop, resulting in negligible heat generation and temperature rise during operation, the LX2400 claims to be best in class for reliability and robustness, in applications that require currents on the order of 10 A or more through a module’s junction box.

At only 0.74 mm high, Microsemi’s new Schottky Barrier PV bypass diodes claim to be the thinnest in the world, allowing customers to integrate them under the glass, eliminating the need for junction boxes. Alternatively, the ultra thin dimensions can be used to shrink the size of the junction box. Designed specifically for solar panels, the SFDS series of 10 amp diodes are packaged with unique flexible copper leads that offer satellite-proven reliability.