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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Cree Announces First Power Switch and Diode Co-Pack

via PRNewswire

DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE),a market leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, today announced sample availability of its first power-device combination pack (co-pack). The new Cree co-pack solution is designed specifically to reduce costs and increase efficiency of inverters used in solar, UPS and motor-drive power applications.

The new Cree CID150660 co-pack features a 6-amp/600-volt Cree SiC Schottkydiode combined with a 15-amp silicon insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT)from International Rectifier. It is available in an industry-standard TO-220-3package.

"Cree's new co-pack provides inverter designers with the potential to achieve new levels of efficiency at power levels up to 3 kW," said StuartHodge , Cree manager of applications engineering for power devices. "This isthe first in a series of co-pack products targeted to reduce IGBT switchinglosses up to 50 percent and reduce overall inverter losses up to 25 percent. When compared with traditional silicon-based pn diodes, Cree's SiC-based Schottky diodes and co-pack solutions provide lower switching losses, higherfrequency operation, and higher power densities."

Additional information about Cree power devices and co-pack solutions, including device specifications and application notes, may be obtained bycalling Cree at 919-313-5300 or by visiting

About Cree, Inc.

Cree is a market-leading innovator and manufacturer of semiconductors and devices that enhance the value of solid-state lighting, power and communications products by significantly increasing their energy performance and efficiency.

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