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As industry-wide innovation and competition from a diverse range of manufacturers has intensified, the modern power tool design has become a complex system. The current market is dictated by a demand for increasingly efficient systems that offer high consumer convenience and the exponential rise in cordless power tool popularity is a key indicator of this trend. Infineon offers best-in-class solutions for high- and low-voltage power tool applications in corded, cordless, and combustion configurations, addressing the diverse needs of a rapidly growing market.
Infineon’s portfolio of power tool solutions
Infineon empowers system designers to best address the expansive power tool market with end-to-end solutions for cordless, corded, and combustion designs.
BLDC commutation is a popular choice for many household power tools with low-voltage motor requirements owing to superior efficiency, lifetime expectancy, and smaller physical footprints. Brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller solutions from Infineon include intelligent MCUs, gate drivers and motor control switches, and a broad sensor portfolio for BLDC vector motor control. Comprehensive sensor solutions also allow for advanced safety features for applications such as drill motor speed control, device angle sensing, and direction detection.
Alternatively, brushed motor control is still widely adopted as a commutation method in power tool designs seeking to offer cost-optimized and straightforward solutions. Infineon is best placed to meet the needs of motor control at low-high voltage no matter the budget or application. In addition, broad HMI solutions are offered catering to a range of budgetary and technical specifications from LED indicators to switches/buttons and touchscreen interfaces.
Finally, Infineon directly addresses the rapidly expanding demand for wireless household power tools. Popular applications such as cordless drill motors are enriched with cutting-edge USB-C PD charging solutions, energy-efficient battery management, and device authentication for embedded security.
Infineon provides a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for applications offering cutting-edge technology, advanced robustness, and high cost efficiency.
Cordless consumer power tools represent the fastest growing sector in the industry, with no sign of slowing down. Low-voltage cordless devices such as power tool drill drivers, angle grinders, sanders, and multi-purpose tools are now commonplace in the modern household. The appeal is immediately apparent. Low-power cordless tools offer superior consumer convenience, safety, and lightweight usability and are suitable for most typical DIY jobs in and around the house.
Corded power tools, though less convenient than cordless, offer several distinct advantages: increased power, energy efficiency, and greater ergonomic use thanks to the absence of a battery pack. For those that frequently work with power tools they also negate dead-battery anxiety.
Make no mistake though, corded tools have still kept pace with their cordless counterparts in terms of innovation and customer expectations. Consumers expect the highest standards of energy efficiency and increased power density from ever-smaller power tool designs. A challenge compounded by the need for even greater heat dissipation and a comprehensive suite of safety measures. Meanwhile, manufacturers require a rapid-time-to-market and cost-effective production to meet the demand of a highly competitive market.
With such exacting expectations, every stage of the power tool system needs to be optimized. For example, modern corded BLDC drill motors require optimized MCUs, gate driver ICs and switches to implement the most efficient power stage and to remain competitive in today’s market. Infineon offers industry-leading solutions in all these critical areas and beyond.
Combustion power tools remain a popular choice for commercial and industrial use where low-power motors are not enough. Applications can range from pressure washers to power generators and garden tool motor designs for traditional lawnmowers and snow blowers, to name a few.
Though combustion power tools are certainly nothing new, a general trend toward electrified ignition and fuel injection systems is reshaping the non-automotive small engine sector. While these are welcome changes in terms of ecological impact, they can pose considerable challenges to system designers.
Always at the forefront of new and emergent technology, Infineon is well-placed to offer flexible and effective solutions to address this ever-evolving market. Readily available components from an international supply chain empower you to get your power tool design to market quicker and with a competitive edge over the rest of the industry.
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