To popularize smart energy equipment (solar power generation, wind power generation, electricity storage systems, electric vehicles, etc.), which is expected to grow rapidly, we commercialized general-purpose power converters using next-generation power semiconductors (SiC, GaN) for better conversion efficiency, more compact designs, and lower prices. We will create more market opportunities through globalization and horizontal specialization within the industry to popularize the smart energy equipment required by each country.
What we can fulfill with the power converter of Headspring
(i) Optimization of multiple requirements (size, cost, efficiency, response speed, noise, etc.) in a trade-off relationship;
(ii) Use of next-generation power semiconductors (SiC, GaN) to achieve higher conversion efficiency and miniaturization;
(iii); Through commercialization of a general-purpose power converter, promotion of horizontal specialization in the industry to contribute to the popularization of new energy products
Technical advantages of Headspring
Headspring’s technical advantages lie in the diverse technologies (strong/weak electric circuits, analog/digital circuits, electric power engineering, electromagnetism, control engineering, information communication, etc.) required for the development of power electronics and in its extensive achievements in the field of SiC power semiconductors. For the development of power electronics, it is crucial to combine a variety of different technologies and to optimize multiple requirements in a trade-off relationship for size, cost, efficiency, response speed, and noise. Our diverse technologies and abundant development accomplishments allow us to highly optimize such requirements in a short time to develop outstanding products. Because of our day-to-day theoretical approaches, we also have a distinct advantage in development projects utilizing next-generation power semiconductors, such as SiC, where the circuits do not work correctly through simple replacement of conventional power semiconductors with the new types, and instead the entire circuit needs to be redesigned and optimized.
Development in Headspring
With abundant development accomplishments in a variety of different fields and development phases, Headspring provides development widely ranging from the system design of electricity storage systems, motor drivers, and power conditioners to the detailed design of gate drive circuits, control circuits, and sensor circuits.
●Extensive knowledge for power conversion system design of power flow/noise
●Gate drive circuit applicable to SiC, GaN, etc.
●Development approach based on the theory applicable to circuit equations/control blocks.
Since we possess the technologies to solve the barriers to the development of power electronics under the condition where the circuits do not work correctly through simple replacement of conventional power semiconductors with new types, we can provide flexible proposals of advanced optimization, short development periods, and detailed design taking into consideration the entire system, regardless of the customer’s conditions.
-Power Conditioner for Solar Cell
・ Electricity Storage System for Household
・ Charge/Discharge System for EV
・ Motor Driver for Robot
・ Instantaneous-drop Compensation Inverter System
・ Experiment Equipment for Power Electronics Education
・ Experiment Equipment for Reactor Loss Evaluation
・ Experiment Equipment for SiC-MOSFET Characteristic Evaluation
・ Experiment Equipment for GaN-HEMT Characteristic Evaluation
・ Embedded Controller for Inverter Control
・ Library Dedicated for Embedded Controller
・ Tool for Embedded Software Debugging
About power electronics
What is power electronics?
Power electronics technology is referred to as semiconductor power conversion technology, which is a technology commonly applied to systems centered on power conversion and control using power semiconductor devices.
Power electronics can transform DC voltage (to a higher voltage or lower voltage) or converts DC to AC (inverter) through fast ON/OFF switching via power semiconductors.
The technology can be used in a very wide range of areas: the electrical power sector for power generation and power distribution; industrial equipment such as motors and pumps; power supply units for communication systems, factories, and other facilities; the electrical railroad sector for train drive units and power transformation; automobiles; and electronic household products. A large number of sectors can conserve energy via the utilization of power electronics technologies. Recent demand for greater energy conservation and lower carbon emissions has led to growing expectations for the potential of power electronics technologies.
Technologies required for power electronics
Power electronics technology is often described as a technological area where power, electronics, and control are unified.
Diverse technologies involved in power circuits, analog circuits, digital circuits, electric power engineering, electromagnetics, control engineering, microcomputer technology, and information and telecommunications technology are required for the development of power electronics products. In other words, the objective of power electronics technology is to pursue greater conservation of electrical power and energy by reducing power conversion loss in the use of those technologies.
Trend of next-generation power semiconductors
Power semiconductors generally refer to semiconductor devices that control electrical power and power supplies. They are used in a variety of equipment and components that include home appliances, computers, automobiles, and railroads. Conventional power semiconductors have used Si (silicon), though attention is currently focused on next-generation power semiconductors that utilize SiC (silicon carbide) and GaN (gallium nitride) instead. SiC-based semiconductors are starting to be used in power electronics (inverters) of high-voltage type for railroads, household appliances, and industrial equipment, while GaN, with its excellent high-frequency properties, is expected for use in power supply units for communications equipment.