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February 13, 2013

Jay Shah, Manager - Worldwide Marketing Operations, Keithley Instruments, Inc.

Jay Shah, Manager - Worldwide Marketing Operations, Keithley Instruments, Inc.
Jay Shah, Manager - Worldwide Marketing Operations, Keithley Instruments, Inc.
The growing demand for efficient energy production and management means power semiconductors will become even more important in 2013. As the volatility in fossil fuel prices increases, so does the focus on green sources of energy like solar panels and wind turbines.

The demand for efficiency management in motor drivers, lighting and power supplies is rising, which in turn drives the use of power semiconductor devices.

The use of power semiconductor devices in the transportation industry is expanding as well, with power control elements being applied in hybrid and electric vehicles. Silicon carbide (SiC) power modules are used in traction inverter systems to conserve energy in railcars by enhancing regenerative braking performance and reducing power losses in motors.

T&M suppliers must help their customers meet the challenges that come with researching (universities/labs) and building (fabs) power devices. Consumers of power semiconductor devices, including automotive and transportation companies, will also need T&M support.

Testing power semiconductor devices is increasingly challenging. Such devices often are fabricated of materials with higher power density and higher frequency response, like SiC and gallium nitride (GaN), which demand the ability to measure lower leakage currents and lower ON resistances than silicon devices.

Jay Shah, Manager - Worldwide Marketing Operations
Keithley Instruments, Inc.