IC processes with a breakdown voltage well above 1000 Volts have become possible. This allows for the use of ICs in an environment which was not accessed by ICs up to now. Amongst these new application environments are systems in which the high voltage and currents from the mains are directly converted into the required signals for the load. A number of aspects are discussed which are relevant for the system and IC designer. The advantages of high-voltage IC technique are illustrated with a number of application examples.
KeywordsBreakdown Voltage Storage Capacitor Device Under Test Power Transistor High Breakdown Voltage
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