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Infineon to expand share in car market with Dresden fab

26 Sep 2014  | Junko Yoshida

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Hanebeck said that 48V battery systems could help bridge the gap between gasoline engine cars and plug-in hybrids. Hanebeck said that medium-sized cars can use a small energy-storage system that can recover braking energy quickly and software that reuses it just as quickly to keep the internal-combustion engine working efficiently. That would help them meet Europe's 95g/km CO2 goal, he explained. Although the 48V system market "remains small today," it will prove to be an effective solution for volume cars, he added.

Historical national fleet emissions performance and future targets

(Source: The International Council for Clean Transportation)

Projects in Japan

"Back in the 90s, our automotive business in Japan was mostly based on power and sensor products," said Hanebeck. Fast forward to 2014, Infineon's customers are not just Japan's Tier One's, but the company has "a couple of projects going on with Japan's carmakers," according to Hanebeck. While declining to name names, he explained that such projects are technology collaboration with Japanese car manufacturers, something similar to the development of inverters both Infineon and BMW had collaborated on.

Infineon today holds the second largest share in the global automotive semiconductor market—after Renesas.

 Infineon is ranked second

Infineon is ranked second in the worldwide automotive electronics market (Source: Infineon)

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