onsemi, top player in intelligent power and sensing technologies, has announced the signature of a strategic agreement with Volkswagen AG (VW) to provide modules and semiconductors that enable a complete electric vehicle (EV) traction inverter solution for VW’s next-generation platform family. Semiconductors are part of a general optimization of the system that supports front and rear traction inverters of VW models.
In the ambit of this agreement, in a first time onsemi will supply its modules for 1200 V traction inverters of the EliteSiC line; they are pin to pin compatible so that it is possible to adapt problem-free the solution for different power levels and various motor types. The two companies’ teams have collaborated for over one year at the optimization of power modules for next-generation platforms and samples for the pre-production are in development and assessment phase.
Karsten Schnake, head of the operative and strategic semiconductor taskforce Compass at Volkswagen AG, said: «The superior performance and quality of onsemi’s traction inverter modules together with our joint efforts to create the best system solution enable us to deliver the outstanding driving experience and quality customers expect from a VW group vehicle. onsemi’s broad portfolio of intelligent power and sensing solutions further allows us to offer cutting-edge technologies and features in our EVs, from the traction inverter and beyond. Besides this milestone, onsemi with its balanced production facility layout in the U.S., Asia and Europe, including the plant in the Czech Republic, is the perfect match to support our strategic markets with all high-voltage solutions and more».