Freescale Semiconductor says it’s teaming up with Fuji Electric Systems Co. Ltd. on the development of insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) for hybrid vehicles and electric cars. Working with Fuji, Freescale will market existing IGBTs to its automotive customers and will develop new IGBT products.
With the addition of IGBTs to its product portfolio, Freescale says it now offers all major electronic components of EVs, including microcontrollers, analog gate drivers, battery monitoring ICs, power IGBTs, simulation tools and software.
An IGBT is a high-voltage, high-current switch connected directly to an EV’s traction motor. It serves as a motor inverter switch for EV motors ranging from 20 kW to 120 kW due to its high efficiency and fast switching.
There's good news and bad news regarding the sub-systems of today's late-model vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment and DVD players are still prone to be "buggy."
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
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