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Freescale enhances powertrain portfolio with Fuji Electric IGBT technology

ABR Staff Writer Published 12 April 2011

Freescale Semiconductor has entered into a strategic alliance with Fuji Electric Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Electric Holdings, to collaborate on insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) technology and products for hybrid electric and electric vehicles (HEV and EV).

The company said the collaboration with Fuji Electric will add high-power IGBT products to its existing range of solutions for electronic powertrain applications, market those products to its automotive customers and define and produce new products based on customer input.

With the addition of IGBTs to its portfolio, the company will offer all of the major electronic components of EV systems, including microcontrollers, analog gate drivers, battery monitoring ICs, power IGBTs and modeling / simulation tools and software components/tools for motor control development.

The IGBT is a high-voltage, high-current switch connected directly to the traction motor in a hybrid electric or electric vehicle, which takes direct current energy from the car's battery and, through the inverter, converts the alternating current control signals into the high-current, high-voltage energy needed to commutate or turn the motor.

Freescale SVP and GM of RF, analog and sensor group Tom Deitrich said the company chose Fuji Electric's IGBT technology based on its high-performance characteristics and capability.

"Coupled with Freescale's automotive portfolio and pedigree, this alliance accelerates our ability to provide automotive customers with higher-efficiency inverter solutions," Deitrich said.