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Infineon Technologies has opened a new facility in China called Infineon Integrated Circuits (Beijing) Co., Ltd., located in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Area. In addition to sales and marketing, application R&D and central functions, the new entity houses an IGBT stack manufacturing facility and a technical center for automotive solutions. IGBTs (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors) are power semiconductors used to drive electric motors both in automotive applications and in trains.

IGBTs also play an important role in the use of renewable energies: here IGBTs enable the efficient conversion of variable frequency output such as from a wind turbine or solar plant to a fixed frequency appropriate for the grid in the region concerned.

Global energy demand is constantly increasing, particularly in emerging markets like China, one of the most important and fastest growing strategic markets for Infineon. Infineon has dedicated many years to develop state-of-the-art semiconductor solutions. This new entity will enable us to raise our output to meet the extremely expanding demand especially for energy efficiency and electromobility solutions in China and brings us closer to our customers in this region.

—Peter Bauer, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG

China plans to invest around US$700 billion until 2020 in renewable energy projects and expects to expand the high-speed rail network from today’s 7,500 to 13,000 kilometers by 2012. Infineon is engaged in many wind and solar power as well as high-speed train projects in China with its semiconductor solutions.

According to the government’s blueprint, China’s railway network will serve more than 90% of the population by 2020, with 16,000 kilometers of new lines. Furthermore, the Chinese government intends to make individual mobility more sustainable, investing in electric and hybrid cars. From 2020 onwards, one million hybrid and electric cars are planned to leave the assembly line in Chinese plants every year.

The new Infineon entity in Beijing will support all three Infineon business segments: Automotive, Industrial & Multimarket as well as Chip Card & Security.

Comments

Henry Gibson

Power semiconductors have allowed the largest locomotives, but have encouraged very expensive drives for very expensive electric automobiles for very high performance which is never needed by most drivers.

Power semiconductors have eliminated the line frequency transformers from desk computer power supplies and more recently from laptop and cellphone chargers. The new "wall warts" are now mostly filled with air, but the price of them require that they be bigger than an ordinary mains connector. The standard German and English connectors have far more than enough volume for any modern laptop supply that incorporates power semiconductors.

Perhaps the Chinese will be able to provide more cost effective electric automobile drives and motors with an infineon factory there. ..HG..

Henry Gibson

Sorry..But there is no renewable energy. The Sun should be extinguished and the Hydrogen saved to be burned at more than 0.0000000001 efficiency when nuclear fusion is perfected on the earth. ..HG..

HarveyD

Infineon technology and Chinese efficient lower cost mass production is a good match. It will succeed.

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