Infineon First Semiconductor Supplier to Offer “80 PLUS® Platinum” Compliant Computing Silver Box Reference Design

Apr 20, 2011 | Technology Media

Neubiberg, Germany – April 20, 2011 – Infineon Technologies has developed the first marketable silver box reference design that enables PC and server power supply units to achieve up to 92.35 percent efficiency, while significantly reducing the material costs. Infineon’s solution IFX90ATX300W is based on the latest generation of three ICs (Integrated Circuits) and meets the industry’s highest energy efficiency standard: “80 PLUS® Platinum”. Efficiency indicates what share of the power drawn is actually used. The difference between power input and power output is the power loss, which is converted into heat. High efficiency, therefore, translates into a reduction in power consumption and lowering of electricity bills.

Infineon’s new solution contains three components and sets the benchmark for energy efficiency requirements in PC and server power supplies. The focus is on reproducibility and reliability, especially in mass production: The third generation of CCM PFC (Continuous-Conduction Mode-Power-Factor-Control) ICs – ICE3PCS01G – provides the highest efficiency available today for the power range of approximately 150 to 500 Watt typical of PC power supplies accompanied by the best cost-performance ratio of the PFC stage. Infineon’s second generation of half bridge driver ICs – ICE2HS01G – contributes to optimizing the efficiency of LLC half bridge converters with synchronous rectification by optimizing the interplay between half bridge driver operation and synchronous rectification, hence preventing unnecessary switching losses. In addition, Infineon’s ICE2QR2280Z – a quasi-resonant CoolSET™ Current Mode Controller with digital frequency reduction – minimizes the switching losses in the auxiliary supply typically taking the form of a fly back converter, thereby achieving high efficiency especially in low load and standby mode.

Samples of the whole chip set and demo boards are now available to qualified customers. Each IC is available in high-volume quantities.

Further information about the three components of the Infineon Silver Box Solution IFX90ATX300W is available at

Background information on “80 PLUS® certification”
“80 PLUS®” is an initiative to promote the manufacture and use of energy-efficient power supplies in desktop computers and servers. For “80 PLUS®" certification, power supply units have to achieve at least 80 percent energy efficiency at various load levels. In the further categories – “80 PLUS® Bronze”, “80 PLUS® Silver”, “80 PLUS® Gold” and “80 PLUS® Platinum” – correspondingly higher values apply. To acquire Platinum certification, a power supply has to achieve efficiency of 89 percent at 100 percent load, 92 percent at 50 percent load and 90 percent at 20 percent load. Infineon’s solution goes so far as to exceed this value by at least 0.35 percentage points (at 50 percent load), making it reproducible in high-volume quantities.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2010 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 3.295 billion with approximately 26,650 employees worldwide. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the U.S. from Milpitas, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).

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