In Volkswagen’s electrification platform Modular Drive Matrix (MEB), power modules from the Munich chip manufacturer control the electric drive. As part of FAST, Infineon will be more closely involved in the definition of Volkswagen semiconductors in the future.
“Cooperation with strong partners is an important success factor for our electrical offensive,” says Michael Bäcker, Head of Procurement Connectivity, eMobility and Driver Assistance for the Volkswagen Group. “Our e-models contain the technologies and ideas of the most innovative companies in our industry. Volkswagen has announced that it intends to launch almost 70 new e-models and build 22 million electric vehicles over the next ten years. Much of this is based on the MEB, including the new ID. family of the Volkswagen brand and models from Audi, Seat and Škoda.
Infineon claims the title of market leader in power semiconductors for electric mobility. In 2018, 15 of the world’s 20 best-selling electric cars and plug-in hybrids used its components. The chip manufacturer’s semiconductor portfolio includes integrated analog and digital circuits, discrete components, chips embedded in printed circuit boards, and complete modules. Infineon relies on both the semiconductor material silicon and silicon carbide.
In order to meet the growing demand for power electronics in the automotive industry and other industries, Infineon is expanding its production capacities at its existing plants in Dresden and Kulim (Malaysia). In addition, the company is investing 1.6 billion euros in a new power semiconductor manufacturing plant in Villach, Austria, over the next few years. It is scheduled to go into operation in 2021.
In addition, Infineon is investing a further €100 million in the expansion of its semiconductor production: In Cegléd (Hungary), Infineon plans to build a production facility for inverters for use in electric and hybrid vehicles. The chip manufacturer has now received a grant of HUF 6.4 billion (€20 million) from the Hungarian government. The new production line to be built complements an existing plant at the same location and will provide jobs for 275 skilled workers.