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Infineon Ready for Strong Growth in Automotive 48 V Systems

Infineon Technologies expects significant growth in automotive 48 V systems in the coming years and is expanding its portfolio of suitable power devices.

InfineonThe chip manufacturer is launching new packages for its 80 V and 100 V MOSFETs with OptiMOS 5 technology to meet the different requirements of different 48 V applications.

In view of the expected increase in demand, Infineon has set up a new manufacturing process to now produce the chips on its line for 300-millimeter thin-wafers in Dresden, Germany.

“In this decade, we will reach the point where the majority of all newly produced cars worldwide have a partially or fully electric powertrain,” said Stephan Zizala, Vice President and General Manager Automotive High Power at Infineon. “According to market research, production of models with 48 V power supply and a mild hybrid drive is likely to increase more than tenfold between 2020 and 2030. In addition to our portfolio for high-voltage systems in battery-electric drives as well as full and plug-in hybrids, we therefore also strengthen our offering for 48 V systems with new devices and expanded supply capacities.”

Portfolio expansion at both ends of the power spectrum

Infineon offers a variety of 80 V and 100 V MOSFETs in OptiMOS 5 technology with very low, scalable on-state resistances down to 1.2 mΩ. For the core applications of a mild hybrid, for example starter generators, battery switches and DC-DC converters, where high power densities are required, Infineon is expanding its TOLx package family. This is based on the established TOLL (TO-Leadless, 10 mm x 12 mm) product for standard copper substrate PCBs and currents up to 300 A.

In addition, the family comprises the TOLG (TO Leads Gullwing Design) package with identical footprint for Insulated Metal Substrates (IMS) with aluminum core. Since the thermal expansion coefficients of copper and aluminium differ, the use of IMS boards under high thermo-mechanical stress leads to increased stress on the soldered connections between package and PCB. In order to mitigate this stress, the TOLG package is equipped with gullwing leads.

New package for top-side cooling

In the next step, Infineon will expand the TOLx family with a third member that is unique among the competition: the TOLT (TO Leads Top-Side Cooling) package. It enables heat dissipation through top-side cooling via the top of the package instead of via the PCB. This allows an increase in power of more than 20 percent and reduces the necessary cooling effort on the board. The start of volume production of TOLT products is planned for 2021.

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