In­fi­neon de­vel­ops in­no­va­tive elec­tronic so­lu­tions for au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try

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In­fi­neon, a lead­ing player and pi­o­neer in au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics with 40 years of very suc­cess­ful track record, con­tin­ues to in­no­vate in this mar­ket with a broad port­fo­lio of out­stand­ing qual­ity so­lu­tions. The com­pany finds sig­nif­i­cant growth op­por­tu­ni­ties in the up­com­ing leg­is­la­tions in the ar­eas of safety and emis­sion con­trol along with the chang­ing In­dian de­mo­graph­ics.

The plan to go all elec­tric by 2030 will re­quire sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment from the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, not just in the in­fra­struc­ture but also in prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. The en­tire value chain will have to bring in ideas rang­ing from change in busi­ness par­a­digms to ef­fi­cient and scal­able tech­nolo­gies. In­fi­neon is com­mit­ted to sup­port green tech­nolo­gies with ef­fi­cient sys­tem so­lu­tions.

“We help cre­ate more sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity choices by low­er­ing emis­sions and fuel con­sump­tion. We develop semi­con­duc­tor so­lu­tions for a wide range of pow­er­train ap­pli­ca­tions such as trans­mis­sion, multi-port and di­rect in­jec­tions, al­ter­na­tor reg­u­la­tor, and pumps. For hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cles, we of­fer so­lu­tions in the main and aux­il­iary in­vert­ers, HV/ LV DC-DC and AC-DC (bat­tery charger). We help make cars safer with so­lu­tions for airbag sys­tem, brake ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol (VSC), elec­tric brake booster, EPS, ac­tive sus­pen­sion con­trol sys­tem, radar sys­tem, TPMS and in-cabin sens­ing ap­pli­ca­tions,” Girish Ka­mala, Di­rec­tor and Coun­try Head of Au­to­mo­tive SMD, In­fi­neon Tech­nolo­gies, said.

In­fi­neon of­fers so­lu­tions for HVAC con­trol mod­ule, front light, LED rear light, in­te­rior and am­bi­ent light con­trol, roof con­trol, seat con­trol, smart win­dow lift and power dis­tri­bu­tion for start-stop sys­tems.

“Our de­vel­op­ment strat­egy fo­cuses on the in­te­gra­tion of func­tion­al­ity in semi­con­duc­tor so­lu­tions with an ex­cel­lent price-per­for­mance ra­tio. Our tech­nolo­gies are con­tribut­ing to a greener fu­ture by re­duc­ing fuel con­sump­tion, emis­sions and cost. And that’s not all – we are also help­ing to im­prove safety and per­for­mance,” Girish said.

Re­cent trends and in­no­va­tions in or­der to meet the higher ex­pec­ta­tions of the cus­tomers on re­li­a­bil­ity and qual­ity, In­fi­neon re­places me­chan­i­cal and electro­mechan­i­cal com­po­nents by semi­con­duc­tor so­lu­tions. Some good ex­am­ples are the re­place­ment of starter re­lays, con­ven­tional bulbs with LED lights, mo­tors with brush­less mo­tors, and bat­tery with lithium-Ion tech­nol­ogy.

Girish said it was an ex­cit­ing time for the In­dian au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try as the new reg­u­la­tions on safety and emis­sions and the mar­ket de­mand for new car fea­tures of­fered nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties for au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics. “We ex­pect to see in­creas­ing fo­cus on green tech­nolo­gies – elec­tric twowheeler and pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle; safety fea­tures like airbags, an­tilock brak­ing; in-ve­hi­cle elec­tron­ics such as light­ing, pas­sive key­less en­try, body con­trol mod­ules and com­fort so­lu­tions along with trends in au­to­mo­tive light-weight­ing and engine down­sis­ing. In­fi­neon is very well po­si­tioned to serve this mar­ket with our tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions,” he said.

Sev­eral new reg­u­la­tions like BS VI, au­to­matic head­lamp, and ABS for two-wheelrs ( above 125cc), front and side airbags in four-wheel­ers, fuel econ­omy star rat­ing, ABS for all mod­els of four-wheel­ers, that are go­ing to be ef­fec­tive by 2020 will re­quire elec­tronic so­lu­tions. As a tech­ni­cal leader, In­fi­neon will

be able to help sup­pli­ers gear­ing up to cus­tomise or develop new so­lu­tions.

Pow­er­train so­lu­tions

The au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is work­ing to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions to re­duce cost. In­fi­neon steps in to help this process by of­fer­ing af­ford­able and ef­fi­ciency- en­hanc­ing in­no­va­tions in pow­er­train so­lu­tions. Con­crete mea­sures in­clude right­sis­ing en­gines, im­prov­ing fuel in­jec­tion ac­cu­racy and in­creas­ing af­ter treat­ment ef­fi­ciency. On the trans­mis­sion side, car­mak­ers are look­ing to op­ti­mise both the gear ra­tio and gear shift­ing. Other ef­fi­ciency-en­abling ac­tiv­i­ties of the com­pany in­clude re­duc­ing fric­tion and hy­draulic losses.

In­fi­neon is the in­no­va­tion leader in the pow­er­train elec­tron­ics, with indepth sys­tem ex­per­tise and broad ap­pli­ca­tion com­pe­tence through long-term part­ner­ships with OEMs, Tier 1, and en­gi­neer­ing ser­vice providers. It has an ex­ten­sive range of op­ti­mised, com­pet­i­tive and scal­able pow­er­train prod­ucts and chipset so­lu­tions. “Our port­fo­lio cov­ers the full sen­sor spec­trum from po­si­tion, over an­gle and speed to baro­met­ric and man­i­fold pres­sure, sup­ple­mented by a strong 8 bit, 16 bit and 32 bit pow­er­train mi­cro­con­troller port­fo­lio. In ad­di­tion to the nec­es­sary volt­age sup­plies, MOSFETs and IGBTs, smart low­side and high­side switches, CAN/LIN and FlexRay trans­ceivers, our prod­uct range is rounded off by a mul­ti­tude of highly in­te­grated au­to­mo­tive sys­tem ICs, such as engine man­age­ment ICs, al­ter­na­tor reg­u­la­tors, Sys­tem Ba­sis Chips (SBC) and con­stant cur­rent con­trol ICs for trans­mis­sion con­trol,” Girish said.

In ad­di­tion to pow­er­train elec­tron­ics, In­fi­neon is tar­get­ing safety so­lu­tions for airbag sys­tem, brake ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol (VSC), elec­tric brake booster, EPS, ac­tive sus­pen­sion con­trol sys­tem, radar sys­tem, TPMS and in-cabin sens­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We are also of­fer­ing so­lu­tions for HVAC con­trol mod­ule, front light, LED rear light, in­te­rior and am­bi­ent light con­trol, roof con­trol, seat con­trol, smart win­dow lift and power dis­tri­bu­tion for start-stop sys­tems,” he said.

Im­me­di­ate pri­or­i­ties

The pri­or­ity of In­fi­neon is to help OEMs and Tier-1 sup­pli­ers achieve reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance with com­pet­i­tive so­lu­tions. “We aim to part­ner with our cus­tomers to de­liver the right tech­nol­ogy at the op­ti­mum price at the right time,” he said.

In­fi­neon’s tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions and a wide prod­uct port­fo­lio in the ar­eas of bat­tery man­age­ment, charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture, mo­tor con­trol, AC-DC con­ver­tor so­lu­tions, IGBT mod­ules and 24V/48V so­lu­tions will be of great sup­port for OEMs that are con­sid­er­ing hy­brids and EVs. “Our Hy­bridPACK so­lu­tions are known to the lo­cal tier 1’s and OEMs,” he said.

For the in­dus­try work­ing on to reach the de­sired Au­to­mo­tive Safety In­tegrity Level (ASIL) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, In­fi­neon has in­tro­duced its own PROSIL con­cept. “This trade­mark clearly iden­ti­fies the prod­ucts which con­tain `SIL sup­port­ing’ fea­tures. The In­fi­neon PROSIL con­cept in­cludes safety fo­cused or­gan­i­sa­tion and busi­ness pro­cesses for the gen­er­a­tion of hard­ware and soft­ware safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing safety doc­u­men­ta­tion. We can sup­port op­ti­mi­sa­tion of on­go­ing ap­pli­ca­tion in­clud­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new fea­tures to meet strin­gent safety re­quire­ments. The ISO 26262 safety stan­dard is one ex­am­ple of the ex­act­ing stan­dards that ap­ply to­day,” Girish said.

In­fi­neon has a global foot­print to sup­port cus­tomers world­wide. The com­pany has no plans to in­stall man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties in In­dia right now. But it would eval­u­ate this op­tion in line with the `Make in In­dia’ cam­paign.

“The In­dian auto In­dus­try is likely to see a higher sin­gle digit growth in the com­ing years across all seg­ments. The af­ford­abil­ity fac­tor and value for money will drive the mass mar­ket. Higher dis­pos­able in­come will also lead to in­crease in the off­take of high-end vari­ants with in­creased elec­tronic con­tent. Reg­u­la­tions tend to cre­ate a more level play­ing field for all OEM’s that will see much faster in­tro­duc­tion of newer tech­nolo­gies in au­to­mo­biles. In the long-term we will see a greater pen­e­tra­tion of smarter, greener and safer tech­nolo­gies,“Girish said.

In­fi­neon has its R&D cen­tre in the cen­tral busi­ness district of Ban­ga­lore with over 300 engi­neers. They sup­port ap­pli­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment, global soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and post sil­i­con val­i­da­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Girish Ka­mala, Di­rec­tor and Coun­try Head of Au­to­mo­tive SMD, In­fi­neon Tech­nolo­gies

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