Power Modules - Empowering a New Era of Healthcare

The world is transforming, and our generation is seeking advancements that can help save time and ensure productivity. The healthcare industry remains a major focus as most countries are seeking support from technology giants. We need technology and innovations that can plan, scan, and diagnose issues faster; thereby ensuring precision healthcare to support the growing needs in less time. The access and availability of quality radiology and laboratory services have been a key challenge for the healthcare system.

On the technology front, semiconductors and devices are changing the healthcare industry. Many of the devices used in healthcare are in-built with semiconductors. Semiconductor-enabled equipment includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems, radiography, blood pressure monitors, pacemakers, etc. A pioneer in the industry, Mitsubishi Electric India has a range of semiconductors and devices designed with cutting edge technology that provides energy-saving solutions for various devices. Whether in appliances, railcars, EVs, or industrial systems, our power modules are the key elements in changing the way energy is utilized.

Evolution of IGBT Modules

The IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) module is used in power electronic applications such as inverters and the power supply in many types of industrial equipment. Mitsubishi Electric India has a long history of setting trends in providing high currents and high voltage IGBT modules since 1990. Over the years, the chip structure has evolved from a flat planar structure to a trench gate structure, and from the 5th generation onwards, low loss CSTBT™ (Mitsubishi Electric India's unique IGBT that makes use of the carrier cumulative effect) modules are being offered. Medical power supply is one of the key applications where the 5th generation high frequency modules find use.

From the 5th generation IGBT, the lineup has further been extended with a thin profile (NX type) package, in addition to the former (standard type) package in the S series (6th generation IGBT). We are now offering the T/T1 series (7th generation IGBT) as the latest line up. We have developed the IGBT module technology, both chip structure and packaging, over the years. The introduction of a new generation, every time helped achieve low power loss and compacter features, which enables better efficiency and size reduction in the customers’ equipment.

Amplifying Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Systems

The need for advanced MRI systems is growing as we need to read more cases in less time. For seamless operations, the application of IGBT modules in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems requires power modules assembly. It acts as a switching device that starts fast switching with high efficiency. The efficient power supply provides amplifiers for switching/processing complex wave patterns with pulse width modulation. As a result, these systems can capture everything from the minute details of a torn ligament to diagnosing tumours in a patient.

Powering Radiography Systems

The advanced radiography systems provide excellence in imaging and the optimization of workflow. IGBT modules help turn on the device and maintain a regular power supply to the system. The regular supply of the power and amount of the voltage delivered ensures low power loss and the maintenance of effective resistance of the circuit currents, delivering better quality images.

Mitsubishi Electric India will continue to support the healthcare systems in the country. The aim is to provide equipment with the best semiconductor technology that acts like a heart for the machines and effectively powers the systems.

23 July 2020

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