Market Focus: Digital Isolation 101- Usage, Features, and Portfolio
Electrification continues to transform the automotive, industrial, and energy industries. High voltage motors and batteries make electric vehicles viable. Industrial manufacturing and plants rely on similar high voltage systems and electronics that can safely operate in hazardous environments. Solar and wind energy systems use high voltages and digital control to gain as much efficiency as possible. Galvanic isolation is the linchpin of all these
systems. Learn how modern, digital isolation devices allow unprecedented levels of communication across the isolation barrier, even at extreme voltage levels.
Technical Focus: Safety Certification Standards and Recent Transitions
There are currently four primary standards that govern the safety requirements of a capacitive-based isolator. These are UL 1577 for the US, VDE0884-11 for Europe, GB4943.1 for China, and IEC62368-1 for Canada. Currently, there is no governing international component standard that unites all these standards. Furthermore, a couple of the aforementioned standards are in reality end system standards. This will change in early 2021 when IEC60747-17 releases the international safety requirements for capacitive and magnetic component-based isolators. We will discuss the technical implications that suppliers and designers will encounter when transitioning from legacy standards to IEC 60747-17. In addition, we will discuss the recent transition of IEC60747-5-5 optocoupler component standard.
45 Minute Presentation
15 Minute Q&A
Senior Product Manager
Charlie Ice has over 10 years of experience managing microcontrollers, digital motor control, digital power supply control, and test and measurement equipment. Prior to joining Silicon Labs, Charlie managed the hardware resell program at National Instruments after marketing digital motor control MCUs at Texas Instruments and Microchip Technology. Charlie holds a BSEE and MSEE, both from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Keith Coffey has 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in Applications and Product Marketing. He joined Silicon Labs in 2003 and has spent the last 15 years defining, characterizing and productizing Silicon Labs’ Digital Isolators and Isolated Gate Drivers. Keith has been issued two US patents and holds a BSEE from The University of Texas at Austin.
Silicon Labs, Isolation
Kevin has 17 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and 3 years of experience in telecom product design. He has been working for Silicon Labs since 2004 starting out as a Field Applications Engineer in China for the Wireless, MCU, and Isolation products.
Kevin moved to Austin, Texas in 2015 to become a dedicated Isolation Apps Engineer. Overall, Kevin has 15 years of experience in Isolation Products where he has provided not only customer design-in support but also product definition and product validation support
Prior to joining Silicon Labs, Kevin worked at HUAWEI technology as a system hardware engineer for their optical network products. Kevin holds a master degree of Measuring Technology & Instruments from Jinlin University, China.
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