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The Silicon Review Asia

Technology for Optimizing Power Generation, Transmission, and Consumption: Infineon

The Silicon Review
March, 2019

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Infineon is currently the only company in the market offering a full-spectrum portfolio of all power technologies – silicon (Si), silicon carbide (SiC) and GaN. It delivers solutions from microamps to megawatts with superior energy efficiency, offering highly reliable IGBTs, power MOSFETs, GaN e-mode HEMTs, power discretes, protected switches, Si drivers, GaN drivers, IGBT modules, intelligent power modules (IPMs), linear regulators, motor control solutions, LED drivers, and all forms of AC-DC, DC-DC, and digital power conversion.

Mission Statement

With entrepreneurial spirit: Through creativity and commitment, the company creates value for its customers, employees, and investors. It understands how semiconductors increase the performance of modern technology and enable solutions that will shape peoples’ lives today and tomorrow. Developed with passion and manufactured with precision, every single product proves its will to succeed. This is what makes Infineon a reliable partner and helps its customers to become even more successful.

By accepting responsibility for society: Infineon combines entrepreneurial success with responsible behavior. With efficient use of energy, environment-friendly mobility, and security in a connected world,it solves some of the most critical challenges that its society faces while taking a conscientious approach to the use of natural resources.

With a unique team: Men and women from more than 90 countries make Infineon a successful international company with their skills, their enthusiasm, and the courage to challenge the status quo and open up new horizons. Since the semiconductor was invented, the company has helped shape the future every single day.

Trademark Products

MOSFET: Infineon's n-channel and p-channel power MOSFETs are designed in a unique way to bring more efficiency, power density, and cost-effectiveness to clients’ products.AC-DC applications requiring high voltage blocking capability and fast switching with low losses take advantage of the revolutionary CoolMOS™ superjunction technology for more efficient power supplies.Infineon's whole range of n-channel and p-channel power MOSFETs and systems enable innovation and performance in clients’ application, including switch mode power supplies (SMPS),computing, motor control and drives, consumer, mobile devices, lighting solutions, automotive, and more.

IGBT: Infineon offers a broad portfolio of IGBT chips assembled in discrete plastic packages, called Discretes IGBTs, which are available as Single IGBTs and co-packed with freewheeling Diode. These devices are suitable for applications such as General Purpose Inverters, Solar Inverters, UPS, Induction Heating, Major Home Appliances, Welding and SMPS. Benefits of Discretes IGBT are high current density and low power dissipation resulting in higher efficiency and smaller heat sink to allow lower overall system cost.

Wide Bandgap Semiconductors (SiC/GaN): The key for the next essential step towards an energy-efficient world lies in the use of new materials, such as wide bandgap semiconductors which allow for greater power efficiency, smaller size, lighter weight, lower overall cost – or all of these together. Infineon Technologies with its unique position of being the only company currently offering silicon (Si), silicon carbide (SiC), insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) and gallium nitride (GaN) devices, is the customer’s first choice in all segments.

Smart Low-Side & High-Side Switches: All Industrial PROFET™ devices are extremely energy robust, making them ideal for switching inductive loads and driving relays. Their main application areas include high-voltage applications up to 58V, high-speed PWM applications (up to 1 kHz) and they are most notably capable of switching higher inductances smoothly. 

Meet the Leader

Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO: Ploss has been a member of the Management Board of Infineon Technologies AG since 2007. He has been CEO since 1 October 2012. Reinhard Ploss was born on 8 December 1955 in Bamberg. He studied process engineering at the Technical University of Munich and in 1986 received his doctorate. He began his career at Infineon (Siemens AG until 1999) in the same year.

“Semiconductor and system solutions from Infineon contribute to a better future – making our world easier, safer and greener.”

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