IXYS Introduces a New Megapower 83mm Phase Control Thyristors with Rating of 2.2kV

BIEL, Switzerland — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 4, 2013 — IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ: IXYS) an international power and IC semiconductor company, today announced that its wholly owned UK subsidiary, IXYS UK Westcode Ltd., launched a new addition to its 83mm die phase control thyristors product group.

The thyristors, rated at 2200 volt, are the latest introduction to this new product group that uses an integrated die construction and improved package design for better electromechanical and thermal performances. The 2.2kV thyristor has an average current rating (Case temperature 55C) of 4340 amperes, with a junction to heat sink thermal resistance of 0.008 kelvins per watt. The new thyristor is constructed using an all diffused silicon wafer slice fused to a metal header and encapsulated in a fully hermetic package. This construction enhances the performance and provides excellent transient thermal and surge current ratings.

“This new addition to the product group offers exceptional current rating for this voltage class and package size, thereby maximising the power to package ratio. Older ‘alloy free’ technology is very limited in its application at lower voltage classes. This new introduction takes advantage of better silicon wafer technology and therefore reduced forward voltage drop to achieve the higher current rating and therefore higher power rating. Maximising performance through improved technology is core to IXYS’ strategy to produce the most power efficient devices,” commented Frank Wakeman, IXYS UK’s Marketing & Technical Support Manager.

The device is available in two industry standard capsule heights and two different voltage grades. Designations are: one inch thick package N4340TJ220 (2200 Volts), N4340TJ180 (1800 Volts); one and a half inch thick package N4340TE220 (2200 Volts), N4340TE180 (1800 Volts). Additional products with voltage ratings up to 6500 volts will be launched through 2013.

Typical applications for these devices include industrial drives, wind power converters, soft starters, excitation, utilities and controlled rectifiers.

For data sheets please go to the IXYS UK website at www.ixysuk.com or please contact us at (email: Email Contact) or telephone: +44 (0)1249 444524 for quotation.

About IXYS UK

Located in Chippenham, England, IXYS UK Westcode Ltd is the IXYS leading manufacturing site for very high power thyristors, SCRs and rectifiers ranging up to 6500 Volts and 15,000 Amps. IXYS UK continues to supply high technology components for a wide range of applications such as wind and solar energy, welding, AC and DC motor drives for oil, marine and water treatment facilities, uninterruptible power supplies, motor soft starters, transportation, induction heating, mining equipment and many other industrial applications.

About IXYS Corporation

Since its founding, IXYS Corporation has been developing power semiconductors and mixed signal ICs to improve power conversion efficiency, generate solar and wind power and provide efficient motor control for industrial applications. IXYS, and its subsidiary companies, offer a diversified product base that addresses worldwide needs for power control in the growing cleantech industries, renewable energy markets, telecommunications, medical devices, transportation applications, flexible displays and RF power.

Safe Harbor Statement

Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including the performance, additional product launches through 2013, features and suitability of products for various applications, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the results of IXYS to differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, including, among others, risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2012. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements.



Contact:

IXYS UK Westcode Limited
Frank Wakeman, +44 (0)1249 444524
or
IXYS Long Beach
Ray Segall, 562-296-6584 (US sales enquiries only)




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