High power 36kW transient voltage suppression devices can be surface mounted

January 05, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
Microsemi has launched two new versions of its transient voltage suppressor (TVS) devices in its patented plastic large area device (PLAD) package that can be surface mounted.

The 18 kilowatt (kW) MPLAD18KP and 36kW  MPLAD36KP TVS families are aimed at lightning protection requirements in aircraft and cars, including the multi-strike lightning standard (RTCA DO-160E), which have grown in importance as a result of the introduction and growing use of composite body airframes.

Microsemi’s new products are high power TVS devices in low-profile surface-mount packages with design features to minimize thermal resistance and cumulative heating. The PLAD technology enables more effective surface-mount TVS packaging as it combines a large die size with an exposed bottom contact for heat sinking that improves power handling as compared to through-hole devices. In addition, the devices provide the capability of a bond wire-free part in high vibration environments, supporting high reliability in harsh conditions.

“Our new high power TVS devices are critical for addressing multiple-stroke and multiple-burst events on aircraft, and leverage our team’s deep expertise in this important area of protection for customers,” said Christophe Warin, director of strategic marketing for Microsemi. “In addition to enabling these customers to meet the rigorous RTCA DO-160 section 22 standard for aircraft design, the  MPLAD18KP and MPLAD36KP TVS families offer an efficient low-profile package design in standoff voltage selections of 14 volts (V) to 40 V in either unidirectional or bidirectional construction.” 

The TVS devices are designed in Ireland for a variety of applications within the aerospace market, including engine control units, actuator controls, power distribution, power density improvements, environmental controls, communications and instrumental systems. These TVS products, together with the recently launched aerospace power core module with integrated field programmable gate array (FPGA) and hybrid power drive, form an integral part of the power drive electronics architecture on more electric aircraft. The release of these products further emphasizes Microsemi’s continued development in intelligent power solutions to meet the demand for increased levels of reliability and integration in the area of power electronics. 

The two new devices are complementary to Microsemi’s transient voltage suppressor portfolio for avionics that features low capacitance TVS, standard unidirectional and bidirectional TVS (surface mount and through-hole), TVS array and low capacitance TVS