Innovative semiconductor solutions for sustainable mobility
People strive for mobility. However, climate change and dwindling fossil resources demand new transportation concepts. In particular, the burgeoning megacities need sustainable technologies for individual mobility.
Railway electrification is already underway. And the proportion of electronic components in the automobile is increasing in magnitude and importance. Sensors, microcontrollers and power semiconductors are used in the automotive body and convenience systems, safety and drive systems and raise the energy efficiency. Even as we speak, Infineon’s innovative semiconductor solutions are instrumental in significantly reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, enhancing automotive safety and in making cars affordable for all, including emerging nations.
The future will see electric cars conquering the road, powered by eco-friendly energy from sun, wind and water. Thanks to power electronics from Infineon, not only will high-speed trains become sustainable means of transportation but e-cars will become efficient, nippy runabouts. The chips deliver high performance at the touch of a button, performing battery management, brake energy regeneration and extending the travel range of electric cars.
Efficiently networked: Sustainable transportation concepts for megacities
The large cities of the future will be highly charged environments. E-cars, e-bicycles and e-scooters call for the development of smart grids. Infineon’s chip technology manages the energy systems of tomorrow’s world and guarantees efficient and safe mobility in the metropolises. Besides this, it makes e-ticket systems incredibly easy and enables secure e-payment systems.
The mobility of the future is based on innovative semiconductor technology: for climate-friendly use from the energy source to the consumer – efficient well-to-wheel.
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Plenty of car components – including windshield wipers, EPS and fuel pumps – are powered by electric motors. Now, Infineon’s innovative transistors are optimizing these electric motor controls – setting new standards for energy efficiency and fuel costs.
As the number of automotive functions controlled by sensors and chips continues to rise, so too does the complexity of the interplay between these parts. Led by Infineon, the RESCAR 2.0 project brings together various partners in the development chain to optimize the robustness and safety of braking and steering electronics, for example, and – ultimately – to also help advance electromobility.
China is undoubtedly the world's largest nation of cyclists. And millions of the bicycles gliding through the streets of China are now powered by electricity. Around one third of these e-bikes incorporate chips from Infineon. Recently, Infineon received the Bavarian State Award for Electric Mobility in the category "Drive Technology" in recognition of its innovative chip technology.
Quality standards in the automotive industry are increasingly stringent. What's more, carmakers are continually adding useful in-car services such as e-Call for emergencies, vehicle tracking and remote unlock. Innovative microcontrollers from Infineon now enable new forms of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication in today's automobiles.
The auto start-stop feature saves fuel at traffic lights and power-assisted steering facilitates parking. Electronic assistance systems such as these are supplied with current by transistors called MOSFETs. Infineon has developed a new class with world record data.
Microcontrollers always know the right moment: In an internal combustion engine they ensure the right air/fuel mixture and the perfect ignition timing. A new chip family from Infineon reduces fuel consumption – and also controls electric cars.
If the automotive electronics go haywire, tracing the fault can become an expensive matter. Infineon experts are now joining forces with partners from the automotive industry to design new diagnostic systems for making the on-board electronics more reliable and visits to the repair shop cheaper.
Tomorrow’s cars will fill up with electricity. Under the hood, Infineon’s power semiconductors, microcontrollers and sensors will manage the battery and drive systems. They are now assisting to reduce the cost of electric vehicles and increase their travel range.
Semiconductor technologies are the secret stars in battery-powered vehicles. Infineon’s high-performance modules are pivotal for the marketability and affordability of electromobility. Innovative chip solutions will also optimize the smart grids, the intelligent electricity networks of tomorrow’s world.
The E3Car (Energy Efficient Electrical Car) research project has now been launched with the goal of making Europe the world leader for electromobility. Under the leadership of Infineon, companies and research facilities are collaborating to boost the efficiency of electric vehicles by 35 percent.