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Infineon forms power module JV in South Korea

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power module? Infineon JV? power electronics?

South Korea company LS Industrial Systems and Infineon Technologies AG have established the joint venture firm named LS Power Semitech Co. Ltd, which will focus on the development, production and marketing of molded power modules for white good applications.

The establishment of the JV paves the way for Infineon and LS Industrial Systems to more rapidly access the promising market for energy efficient household appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners, and also for other low-power consumer and standard industrial applications. The use of variable-speed motors to reduce the energy consumed by household appliances is growing in response to regulatory requirements and consumer demand. Concurrently, smart design of drive control electronics to make best use of these motors presents manufacturers with further opportunities for efficiency and savings.

LS Industrial Systems holds 54 percent and Infineon 46 percent of the JV with headquarters at LS Industrial Systems' site in the city of Cheonan, South Korea. Infineon will provide the joint venture with licenses to IP as well as technology and process know-how on its power module family CIPOS (Control Integrated Power System), and will transfer existing backend manufacturing equipment from Regensburg, Germany. Both companies will closely cooperate in terms of marketing, international sales and new product developments. LS Power Semitech expects to begin mass production for CIPOS modules by January 2010 in its Cheonan manufacturing site.

According to the current market report of the research firm IMS Research, Infineon holds the number one market position in semiconductor discretes and modules for power electronics having a 9.7 percent market share within the overall global market of $13.6 billion in 2007.

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