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ROHM expands its line-up of high-power low-ohmic shunt resistors

Ideal for automotive and industrial equipment, providing with high heat dissipation and superior reliability.

 

For current detection in high-power applications in the automotive, industrial and large-scale consumer electronics sectors ROHM has announced the development and mass production of high-power low-ohmic shunt resistors of the GMR100 Series. The new shunt resistors are characterised by a high rated power of 3 W and a resistance range from 5 mΩ to 220 mΩ. Their resistance tolerance is specified with F (±1 %). The temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) is ±20 ppm/°C. The GMR100 series measures just 6.4 mm x 3.2 mm x 0.4 mm (L x W x H). The operating temperature range is between -55 °C and +170 °C.

A greater demand for compact shunt resistors that support high-power applications has been produced through the increasing number of small motors and ECUs in response to the continued electronification and motorisation of automotive systems. In response to this development, 2016 saw ROHM commence mass production of the PSR series, which has since become widely accepted within the industry.

ROHM is now offering its GMR series with resistances from 5 mΩ to 220 mΩ and as such much higher resistance than the PSR series to meet the demands for a wider resistance range.

By using special materials and structures ROHM was able to successfully reduce surface temperature rise by 45% compared with conventional products. As a result, the shunts achieve stable resistance not only during normal operation but at overcurrent loads as well. In addition, the use of a high-performance alloy as the resistive metal results in excellent temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) even in the low resistance region, which in turn ensures greater accuracy and reliability. A special structure supports a lower profile form factor of just 0.4 mm, making the new GMR100 series 47% thinner than existing solutions. This provides greater scope in applications with strict temperature requirements, such as automotive systems and industrial equipment, helping to reduce design load and contribute to further end-product miniaturisation.

Key features

  1. The GMR series features a broad line-up with higher resistances than the PSR series (5 mΩ to 220 mΩ compared with 0.1 mΩ to 3 mΩ).

  2. Proprietary materials and a special structure reduce surface temperature rise by 45% compared with conventional products. Typical shunt resistors are subject to thermal destruction when used under high power. ROHM has succeeded in significantly reducing surface temperature by using a special structure and proprietary materials. As a result, when using a 10 mΩ resistor at 3 W, the GMR100 limits the temperature rise to 100 °C. By comparison, a conventional resistor reaches 181 °C, which equates to a reduction of 45%.
    Achieving superior heat dissipation makes it possible to maintain stable characteristics without a change in resistance value during both normal operation and at overload currents.

  3. Superior temperature coefficient of resistance - even in the low-ohmic range:
    In general, the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) increases as the resistance value decreases. The GMR series, however, ensures excellent TCR even in the low-ohmic region by using a high-performance alloy as the resistive metal. This permits highly accurate current detection, which is not susceptible to heat, thus contributing to greater application reliability.

  4. Compact size with reduced height. The GMR100 series is available in the standard 6432 (2512 inch) package, which facilitates easy replacement. Thanks to the special structure, ROHM has succeeded in reducing the height of the shunt resistors by 50% compared with conventional products, decreasing the total volume by 47% as a result.

Application examples and availability

The GMR100 series presents the ideal solution for applications in the automotive sector such as ECUs, EPS systems, inverters, etc., in industrial equipment, for example in UPS, general-purpose inverters and consumer goods, such as inverters for refrigerators, air conditioning units and washing machines.

The shunt resistors are now available in sample and OEM quantities.

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ROHM Semiconductor is a global company of 352,010 million yen (3,23 billion US$) revenue per March 31th, 2017 with 21,308 employees. ROHM Semiconductor develops and manufactures a very large product range from the Ultra Low Power Microcontroller, Power Management, Standard ICs, SiC Diodes, MOSFETs and Modules, Power Transistors and Diodes, LEDs to passives components such as Resistors, Tantalum Capacitors and LED display units, thermal Printheads in state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, China and Europe. LAPIS Semiconductor (former OKI Semiconductor), SiCrystal AG, Kionix are companies of ROHM Semiconductor Group. ROHM Semiconductor Europe has its head office near Dusseldorf serving the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). For further information please contact www.rohm.com/eu