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.
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
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