Freescale turns to Fuji for electric vehicle IGBTs
Steve Bush Tuesday 12 April 2011 10:11
“Freescale has entered into a strategic alliance with Fuji to collaborate on insulated-gate bipolar transistor technology and products for hybrid electric and electric vehicles,” said Freescale. “Working with Fuji, Freescale will add high-power IGBT products to its existing portfolio of solutions for electronic power train applications, market those products to its automotive customers and define and produce new products based on customer input.”
IGBTs are currently the largest segment of the market for electric vehicle (EV) power systems, according to Freescale.
“The IGBT is an ideal motor inverter switch for 20 to 120kW EV motors due to its high efficiency and fast switching.
With the addition of IGBTs, the firm will offer all of the major electronic components of EV systems, including microcontrollers, analogue gate drivers, battery monitoring ICs, power IGBTs, simulation tools, software components, and software tools for motor control development.
“We are pleased to work with Freescale on IGBT technology and draw on their automotive capability,” said Fuji Electric Systems’ corporate v-p Kuniaki Yanagisawa.