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Infineon, Bosch to collaborate on power ICs

Posted: 25 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Infineon Technologies AG and Robert Bosch GmbH are widening their cooperation to include power semiconductors.

The collaboration between the companies has two key aspects. First, Bosch is to license from Infineon certain manufacturing processes for power semiconductorsspecifically, for low-voltage power MOSFETsalong with the requisite manufacturing technologies. Second, the collaboration contract between the two companies includes a second-source agreement. Parallel to Bosch's own semiconductor manufacturing in Reutlingen, Infineon will produce components developed on the basis of these processes and will supply Bosch with these components.

Going forward, the two companies will also work jointly on the development of enabling technologies for the production of power semiconductors.

Energy-saving targets
Environmental regulations and new limits on fuel consumption and carbon emissions mean that every subsystem in a motor vehicle needs to consume less energy while continuing to deliver the sameor betterperformance. This calls for the development of new breeds of generators, starter-generators, engine management systems, air-conditioning systems and power steering, for example. Power semiconductors play an important role in meeting automotive energy-saving targets. They are the components that control the power consumed by electrical loads and enable smart energy management in engines.

"Together with Bosch, we want to continue to enhance the energy efficiency of electronic components in the automotive sector," said Peter Bauer, spokesman for Infineon Technologies AG's management board.

"By working with Infineon, we are strengthening our position as a manufacturer of electronic components, modules and systems for high-power control applications," said Volkmar Denner, Bosch's board of management member responsible for automotive electronics.

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