Silicon carbide wide bandgap power electronics have gained application spaces in hybrid electric vehicle and electrical vehicles. The Department of Energy has set target performance goals for 2025 to promote electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles as a means of carbon emission reduction and long term sustainability. Silicon carbide technology is well suited to reach these goals. Challenges include higher expectations on power density, performance, efficiency, thermal management, compactness, cost, and reliability. This study will benchmark state of the art silicon and silicon carbide technologies. Power modules of commercial traction inverters are analyzed for their within-package interconnect scheme, module architecture, and cooling methods. A few power module package architectures from both industry adopted standards and proposed patented technologies are compared for modularity and scalability for integration into inverters. The within package interconnect schemes are crucial elements to support power module design. Current trends of power module architectures and their integration into inverter are discussed. The development of an eco-system to support the transition from silicon-based to silicon carbide-based power electronics is additionally discussed as an ongoing challenge.

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