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Alix Paultre

With a career that began over 30 years ago as an signals intelligence analyst, Alix Paultre has been a tireless journalist and advocate for the embedded electronics industry. From his days at Electronic Products, to running the award-winning Design Group at Advantage Business Media, to covering the European  electronics community today, Alix has been reporting on the international electronic design community with with a focus and zeal to bring the latest technology news and information to the marketplace with timeliness and accuracy.

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    Wireless charging: A wide-bandgap sweet spot?

    Wireless power transfer eliminates worries over compatible connectivity

    By Alix Paultre | June 28, 2017

    wireless chargingExcept for those closeted away in secure labs, working on top-secret projects, electronics engineers (EEs) know by now that wide-bandgap semiconductors outperform silicon devices in just about every way. But, figuring out what actual performance benefits might accrue to a specific application is still something of a mystery. A look at the challenging world of wireless charging might illustrate how next-generation solutions can deliver performance benefits unmatchable in silicon.

    Which is better? SiC or GaN?

    Proper device selection ensures optimal performance

    By Alix Paultre | June 17, 2017

     

    It is all well and good to point out that wide-bandgap materials like silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) are superior performers to legacy silicon, but what does that really mean to the designer? What application spaces can best benefit from the next generation of semiconductors? There is a difference between frequency-oriented applications like RF and LiDAR and energy-oriented applications like power electronics; wide-bandgap devices, properly chosen, can serve both well.

    What is the difference between GaN and SiC?

    Each material has its pluses and minuses

    By Alix Paultre | June 5, 2017

    Characteristics of SiC, GaN and Silicon

    The wide-bandgap revolution is still in its infancy, but we have finally reached the point where promise is being followed by product. Every major embedded manufacturer now has a wide-bandgap play, if only to demonstrate to the marketplace that they are players. Partnerships between the technology developers and mainstream semiconductor companies are coupling disruptive tech with trusted sources to ease migration pains.

    Why use wide-bandgap semiconductors?

    They're not one-for-one replacements for silicon

    By Alix Paultre | June 1, 2017

    Packaging is a critical issue in wide-bandgap semiconductor development.

    Buzz about the promise of wide-bandgap semiconductors abounds, but engineers are only just starting to look to them as real solutions, not mere hype. There are still birthing pains, but mainstream acceptance of the technology appears imminent.

    Still, it is relevant to ask why wide-bandgap is such a disruptive technology.

    Empowering the green revolution with wide-bandgap semiconductors

    Wide-bandgap semiconductors outperform traditional Silicon

    By Alix Paultre | May 23, 2017

    The electronic design industry is in the midst of a near-perfect storm of disruptive sea change, one sending ripples and waves large and small through our entire economy. Inter-related yet distinct, these challenges come from recent technological advances being commercialized and entering the marketplace. New topologies, methodologies, and materials have created opportunities, markets, and application spaces.