VW boost for Infineon's power chip production

May 13, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
VW boost for Infineon's power chip production
The Volkswagen Group has included Infineon as a new partner in its strategic supplier network FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks), boosting the cooperation with the chip maker. At the same time, Infineon is further expanding its production of power semiconductors.

In VW's electrification platform Modular Drive Matrix (MEB), power modules from the Munich chip manufacturer control the electric drive. As part of FAST, Infineon will be more closely involved in the definition of Volkswagen semiconductors in the future.

"Cooperation with strong partners is an important success factor for our electrical offensive," said Michael Bäcker, Head of Procurement Connectivity, eMobility and Driver Assistance for the Volkswagen Group. "Our e-models contain the technologies and ideas of the most innovative companies in our industry. VW intends to launch almost 70 new e-models and build 22 million electric vehicles over the next ten years. Much of this is based on the MEB, including the new VW ID family and models from Audi, Seat and Škoda.  

Infineon claims the title of market leader in power semiconductors for electric mobility. In 2018, 15 of the world's 20 best-selling electric cars and plug-in hybrids used its components. The chip manufacturer's semiconductor portfolio includes integrated analog and digital circuits, discrete components, chips embedded in printed circuit boards, and complete modules. Infineon relies on both the semiconductor material silicon and silicon carbide.

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