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Innovative appliances: How to overcome today’s design challenges
There are three key challenges major home appliance manufacturers face today: meeting increasingly demanding energy-efficiency regulations, accommodating high power density in a slim, compact design, and enabling secured, software-based smart functions. While each can be tricky, every challenge can be overcome with the right component selection and our design support for your application.
Inverterization – not just a trend
Inverterization works using an intelligent combination of semiconductors, including microcontrollers, sensors, and power chips. Instead of always running at full speed, an inverterized motor is able to perform precisely as required. A digital inverter first uses sensors to gather data about environmental conditions (humidity, temperature) and the motor’s rotational speed. Then, a microcontroller determines the required power and the power chips execute the commands, making it a highly efficient and smart team.
Slim, smart and rich in features
The latest home appliance manufacturers are under pressure to offer an increasingly longer list of enhanced features and capabilities. What is great for consumers is a challenge for engineers who are limited by the PCB board’s size and space. The solution lies in smaller components. With no room to compromise on performance, semiconductors must exemplify higher power density and higher switching frequency.
Beyond the status-quo of the market
In the highly competitive home appliance market, one of the best ways for a manufacturer to succeed is through differentiation. Quiet, smooth-running products featuring smart, new energy-efficient solutions are also in high demand today. A small footprint, slim profile and a high degree of integration, at a low price point, round out the must-have list. With in-house smart appliances experts, Infineon is the go-to source of components and design support for those who want to effortlessly stand out from the competition.
Expertise you can count on for home appliance designs
To summarize, there is one way to ensure your designs meet the needs of manufacturers and consumers alike: use Infineon’s complete lineup of high-quality, reliable hardware and software products to engineer your home appliance projects. Infineon provides inverter power switches, IGBTs, MOSFETs, gate driver ICs, sensors, voltage regulators, microcontroller and high-performance sensorless motor controller ICs. To enable secure connectivity we provide transceivers, voice recognition and security chip solutions for appliances.
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