IGBT Market Projected to Reach $6.48 Billion and Thyristor Market Projected to Reach $3.20 Billion by 2018

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According to the new market research report “IGBT and Thyristor Market by Application (Power, Renewable Energy, Motor Drives and Others) and by Geography (North America, Europe, APAC and ROW) – Analysis and Forecast 2013 – 2018”, the global IGBT market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.92% from 2013 to 2018. On the other hand, global thyristor market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 9.52% from 2013 to 2018.

The Global IGBT and Thyristor Market by application is in its growth stage; however, it contains a great potential across many industry verticals. The IGBT is gaining attention due to lower switching losses that reduces thermal stress on the electric devices and leads to longer life cycle and greater reliability. The highlighting features like high efficiency, external thermal performance and soft switching operations have made IGBT the best suited device in electronic market. The aging power infrastructure in developed geographical regions demands replacement, increasing number of offshore wind farm, increase in the government incentivization to establish HVDC grid. De-carbonization of power system and deployment of smart grid will boost IGBT and Thyristor market which would be the captivating essentials for new entrants as well as winning opportunities for the established players.

This report describes the market trends, drivers, and challenges with respect to the Global IGBT and Thyristor Market and forecasts the market to 2018, based on applications and geography. This global report gives a detail view of the market across geographies – North America (U.S., Canada, and others), Europe (U.K., Germany, and others), the Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, and others), and ROW (Russia, and others). Europe is the largest geography in terms of the IGBT and Thyristor Market value. APAC has been identified as the fastest growing region, with China and Japan leading the way. North America and ROW are also very promising markets, with Germany and the U.K. in Europe, and the Middle-East and Latin America in ROW providing impetus to the growth. The report profiles more than 10 promising players in the IGBT and Thyristor market ecosystem.
The competitive landscape of the market presents a very interesting picture, where large number of small players has become a force to reckon with. The market is witnessing large scale collaboration and partnership across the value chain with number of tier-one players around the globe.


3 Must-Have Tools for PROFIBUS/PROFINET Automation Networks [icnweb]

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Future manufacturing networks will combine time-tested industrial automation systems running fieldbus protocols with sophisticated enterprise-level business IT systems that run on Ethernet. Of the many fieldbus and Ethernet protocols currently used in automation networks, PROFIBUS and PROFINET are notable for being maintained by the same standards authority. Consequently, PROFIBUS/PROFINET proxies are a convenient way to bridge between fieldbus and Ethernet gateways.

Simply installing a proxy may be enough to establish communications between the two networks, but a communications link is not the same thing as true integration. To be truly integrated, this combined field level and management level must both be able to use the same advanced IT tools that are used to manage office environments. IT engineers rely on management technologies to optimize the performance of their IT networks, and the true benefit of systems integration will only be achieved when these same management functions can be used to optimize the industrial field level automation devices. The conclusion is clear: beyond simply establishing communications, the proxy must also provide the essential management tools that will truly optimize the integrated network.

The Typical Integration Solution

When using PROFIBUS and PROFINET, the first step to fieldbus/Ethernet integration is a proxy. A proxy integrates intelligent devices in the field layer with the information layer of the network, such as the SCADA and HMI system. In effect, the proxy works as a translation agent—it is a PROFIBUS master in the device network, and a PROFINET I/O slave in the PROFINET network, and transfers data between the two networks, as illustrated below.

The Industrial Network of the Future: Integration of Automation and IT


The Three Must-Have Management Tools for Automation

System Logs for Regular Analysis : In any network, the top priority is system reliability. Any network issues will cause substantial losses. Just like any complex system, the best way to maintain network health is to conduct regular check-ups. A proxy that records an event log will record all system issues for later review, so any potential problem areas can be resolved. For example, the proxy might record login failures that suggest attempts at unauthorized access, or IP conflicts that represent incorrect new device configuration. With a proxy event log, the network operator has the tool to identify these potential problems on the automation network.

Must-Have Tool #1: System Logs


Alarm Notification for Instant Notification : Some events are so urgent that they demand immediate attention before they cause an interruption to operations. Emergencies such as power outages or Ethernet disconnection are examples of such extremely high priority events. In the case of a power outage, the network operator must be able to restore power before backup power supply is exhausted. The proxy can help achieve quicker response times by alerting network operators during emergencies, whether through relay alarms or email. The faster the network operator is notified, the faster the emergency can be resolved. This is why in addition to system logs, alarm notifications are an indispensable management tool.

Must-Have Tool #2: Alarm Notifications


Web-Based Console Access to Proxy : It’s impractical to expect network operators to physically access the proxies whenever they need to review the details of that proxy’s operations. So how best to provide access to the first two tools, the event log and alarm status? A web console interface is the ideal solution because it is convenient and accessible through any web browser. Through this web console, the proxy should also provide the latest data exchange information and connection status of each field device, for troubleshooting purposes. It’s also important that information in the web console is secure and only accessible by authorized users. This means the proxy should support the HTTPS protocol for security purposes and use SSL/TLS to encrypt data.

Must-Have Tool #3: Web Console


Moxa’s Solution: Complete Proxy Toolboxes

Moxa’s gateway solutions include PROFIBUS/PROINET gateways that come with complete toolboxes to give network operators everything they need to successfully and conveniently manage their integrated networks:

System logs for regular analysis : Moxa’s gateways keep detailed event logs that record all system or communication issues.

Alarm notification for instant notification: Moxa’s gateways leverage IT technology to send e-mails and trigger relay alarms in response to emergency events.

Web console access to proxy : Moxa’s gateways include powerful yet convenient web consoles that come complete with data import/export, log recording capabilities, and HTTPS/SSH security.


For further information on how industrial Ethernet gateways can optimize your industrial network integration, visit

POWERLINK Slave from B&R

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In addition to service providers such as IXXAT, Hilscher and port, B&R now also offers a POWERLINK Slave based on Altera and Xilinx FPGAs.

Thanks to steadily decreasing hardware prices and no license requirements, prices for POWERLINK Slaves interfaces are up to 45% lower than for ASIC-based Industrial Ethernet systems with a comparable performance.

Apart from reference designs, B&R also provides support during design, business level maintenance and a POWERLINK testing system. Due to its high performance and low production costs, the POWERLINK Slave solution from B&R is equally suited for cost-sensitive products, such as compact sensors with few electronics, and for high-performance servo drives or modular I/O systems.

The new reference design does not require manufacturers to have previous experience with POWERLINK technology. The complete package also includes a simple API which can be used via a serial connection (SPI) or via a 8/16 bit microprocessor interface, allowing for the connection of any host processor (such as ARM, x86 or DSPs) to a POWERLINK network.

Simple sensors do not require an external microcontroller and can be directly connected to the POWERLINK Slave FPGA, thereby further reducing overall costs.

IXXAT, Industrial Ethernet Module for POWERLINK

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Flexible and cost-effective solution for the integration of POWERLINK

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The Industrial Ethernet Module for POWERLINK provides the customer
with a complete controlled node in accordance with the POWERLINK standard. The area of application is wherever intelligent devices such as drives, frequency converters, IO-modules, valves and other components of automation technology are to be equipped with Powerlink and for which flexibility and extendibility in conjunction with transparent costs are important.

The compatibility to the POWERLINK standard was certified by the EPSG.

Description of functions
The basic functions of the Industrial Ethernet Module are described on the page “Industrial Ethernet Module“.

The Industrial Ethernet Module for POWERLINK provides customers with a complete controlled node for integration into their own device. The following functions are supported in accordance with the POWERLINK specification V2:

*  Controlled node with two active Ethernet interfaces and integrated hub 

  • Isochronous real-time data exchange with cycle times ? 500 µs and fast response times ? 3 µs
  • Asynchronous data exchange
  • Dynamically extendable object directory via the host interface and dynamic PDO mapping
  • Display of STATUS and ERROR

The exchange of IO data of the host application with the Industrial Ethernet Module for POWERLINK is performed separately for input and output data via a configurable memory image in the DPRAM of the module.

The technical details and functions of the Industrial Ethernet Module for POWERLINK (controlled node) may change.

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Flexible and cost-effective solution for the integration of POWERLINK