Fairchild’s Latest Automotive Innovations Give Automakers and Their Suppliers Multiple Options for Traction Inverters and Other Motor-Driving Components
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 17, 2016 — Fairchild (NASDAQ: FCS), a leading global supplier of high-performance semiconductor solutions, is today expanding its growing portfolio of automotive-grade semiconductor solutions for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV) with its new discrete and bare die IGBTs and diodes. These IGBTs and diodes are ideal for traction inverters, a core component of all HEVs, PHEVs and EVs that convert the batteries’ electricity from direct current into the three-phase alternating current required by the vehicles’ drive motors.
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Fairchild launches new automotive-grade IGBTs for electric vehicle applications (Graphic: Business Wire)
All of these new discrete and bare die IGBTs and diodes use advanced third generation Field Stop Trench IGBT technology and a soft fast recovery diode qualified to automotive-grade standards and have additional features and options. The combination of these technologies, features and options enables Fairchild to provide products with a very tight parametric distribution for both discrete and bare die solutions.
“Our new discrete and bare die IGBTs and diodes are compelling options for automakers and their suppliers that require performance, reliability and flexibility to build the traction inverters best suited to their specific requirements,” said Sergio Fissore, Vice President and General Manager of the Automotive Business Unit at Fairchild.
Fairchild’s new FGY160T65SPD_F085 and FGY120T65SPD_F085 discrete IGBTs are well-suited to traction inverters and other HEV/PHEV/EV powertrain components that require high power density and high reliability.
“An additional enhancement to their robustness is extra screening at final testing that addresses the specific needs of traction inverters applications and is applied to 100 percent finished goods,” explained Fabio Necco, Director of the H/EV product line at Fairchild. “Along with a best-in-class 650V breakdown voltage, which is 50V higher than existing solutions, this extra step provides further protection against electrical overstress.”
Complementing their performance and reliability is the flexibility these discrete IGBTs give designers to customize their products. Designers can simply add IGBTs in parallel to achieve the required system power rating, while also improving the overall efficiency of their traction inverter or other powertrain component designs.
Fairchild is also announcing availability of its PCGA200T65NF8, PCRKA20065F8, PCGA300T65DF8, and PCRKA30065F8 bare die IGBTs and diodes for automakers and automotive parts suppliers building their own power modules for high-performance traction inverters and other motor-driving components.
The bare die IGBTs are also available with integrated monolithic current sense and temperature sense to provide additional levels of protection.
The bare die IGBTs can be customized to meet special requirements. Options include changing the gate pad size and location to accommodate different diameters of aluminum wire, resizing the die, and customizing the breakdown voltage and other electrical parameters. A solderable top metal version is also available and is designed for advanced wire bondless assembly technologies such as soldering technologies as sintering.
Fairchild is also expanding its portfolio with a new automotive-grade module currently in development, which integrates IGBTs, freewheeling diodes and gate drivers in one electrically-isolated package. It is ideal for auxiliary motor control applications such as oil pumps and A/C compressors and it is the smallest solution in the market, simplifying the power stage design, assembly and improving the EMI performance. The power module is sampling now and will be available in production quantity in June.
Visit fairchildsemi.com/hev for more information on all of the new products along with samples and design resources. Read the blog comparing the merits of using discrete IGBTs or modules in new powertrain component designs.
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