Safe and reliable power electronic systems for vehicle applications
SEMIKRON and hofer pool their expertise
Nuremberg, 5 August 2010 - SEMIKRON and hofer powertrain are developing a flexible inverter system for using in mass production in field of hybrid and electric vehicles. The new Semikron SKAI 2 IGBT system was presented in May this year which is now available as custom specific solution including control hardware, software and also safety functions from hofer. The portfolio covers a power range of 600V IGBTs for applications up to 150kVA and 1200V IGBTs for up to 230kVA.
The custom-specific SKAI systems fulfil current requirements and qualification standards as regards EMC, vibration, IP protection class, safety functions and lifetime in automotive industry. The verified safety functions enable the use of both asynchronous and synchronous motors and guarantee reliable operation. SKAI modules are also suitable for multi-electrical drive systems.
The platform solution is the most suitable way for test vehicles and a low-volume production. Furthermore hofer also develops and supplies entire electric powertrain systems including motor, transmission and full electric axle modules for hybrid and electric vehicles.
hofer electric drive systems is the specialist in electric drive systems and offers an extensive spectrum of products and services ranging from the necessary software to application-specific know-how and support. The company has many years of experience in development and application in the field of electric drive systems. hofer eds team was responsible for the electric drive systems used in hybrid and electric vehicles for Siemens VDO. They also developed and tested a full hybrid as well as a mild hybrid to series-production level.
SEMIKRON’s SKAI2 product platform is predestined for use in automotive applications owing to the use of pressure contact technology. The experience that Semikron has gained in the area of battery powered vehicles over two decades has been integrated in the SKAI product family. Users benefit from this long-time experience is the availability of the SKAI platform as a standard solution.
Photo: SKAI system featuring control hardware and hofer software for vehicle applications
Semikron is an internationally leading power semiconductor manufacturer. Founded in 1951, the German-based family enterprise employs 3200 people worldwide. Semikron comprises a global network of 35 companies with production plants in China, Korea, India, South Africa, Brazil, USA, Italy, France, Slovakia and Germany that guarantees fast and competent on-site customer care.
The products range from chips, discrete semiconductors, transistor, diode and thyristor power modules to customer specific solutions and integrated power electronic systems for applications from one kilowatt into the Megawatt range. Semikron is the market leader in the field of diode/thyristor semiconductor modules, enjoying a 37% share of the worldwide market. (Source: IMS Research “The worldwide market for power semiconductor discretes and modules” 2008).
Semikron technology powers nearly half of the globally installed wind power capacity. According to a survey carried out by BTM Consult ApS, the total wind power capacity installed until 2009 was 122 Gigawatt. 57 Gigawatt comprises semiconductors from Semikron. “Semikron inside” has become a trademark for markets such as industrial drives, power supplies, renewable energy, battery vehicles and the rail industry. As a significant innovator in the power electronics sector, many of Semikron’s progressive developments have been accepted as industrial standards
About hofer powertrain:
Established in 1980, hofer powertrain is an international system developer and supplier of vehicle drive trains with subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the USA. The company is specialised in the development, industrialisation and low-volume production of vehicle powertrain products. In process of developing alternative powertrains, hofer extended system know-how at the field of electric drivetrains – a strategic move, which ultimately led to the creation of hofer eds GmbH with HQ in Würzburg. An ever increasing number of highly qualified and experienced employees perform in research areas surrounding electric drivetrain development, in particular electrical machines, power electronics, machine control and functional safety. A particular focus is placed on hybrid and electric vehicles across a broad technological base which enables hofer offering synchronous and asynchronous technology coupled with intelligent solutions for power train integration and transmission technology. hofer is the development partner of key OEMs and offers a global network. The corporation has about 400 employees at 10 development sites worldwide. www.hofer.de
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hofer powertrain GmbH
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