5 January 2018
ON Semiconductor joins CharIN ecosystems in developing EV charging standards
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ON Semiconductor of Phoenix, AZ, USA – which supplies power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, system-on-chip (SoC) and custom devices for automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications – has joined the global Charging Interface Initiative e.V. (CharIN) ecosystem.
As a registered association founded in 2015 in Berlin, Germany and open to all interested parties (with more than 100 international members from the whole automotive value chain), CharIN aims to promote standards for charging systems in electric vehicles (EV), creating requirements for the evolution of EV charging systems and developing a certification system for manufacturers to implement charging systems into their products.
“Their broad portfolio of power, analog and communication silicon products, system design expertise, and relationships with leading companies in both the automotive and industrial markets complement and supplement the already-strong CharIN roster of members and partners,” comments CharIN chairman Claas Bracklo about ON Semiconductor.
ON Semiconductor says it has all the core technologies for vehicle electrification, particularly its automotive-qualified power management portfolio including: insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), high-voltage gate drivers, super-junction rectifiers, high-voltage MOSFETs, high-voltage DC-DC converters, as well as wide-bandgap (WBG) devices in silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) for next-generation solutions. Beyond silicon development, investments in advanced packaging include: high-power modules, single/dual-sided cooled and dual-sided direct cooled packages. With sensing, communication and analog solutions, ON Semiconductor reckons it has nearly all the components for current and future EV charging infrastructure needs.
“Our core business is power management, and we support virtually every requirement with products that range from low drop-out regulators, to switched-mode power supplies to sophisticated power management ICs (PMICs), positioning the company as an unrivaled supplier of power solutions for the rapidly emerging EV and hybrid electric vehicle market,” claims Ali Husain, senior manager, power conversion and motor control solutions. “We are seeing a ramp-up of our IGBT modules and FETs for electric vehicle charger designs,” he adds. “We expect next-generation semiconductor materials such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride to drive improving power density and efficiency. We look forward to bringing this expertise to the CharIN ecosystem and collaborating with other industry leaders to create a Combined Charging System [CCS, as a global standard for charging battery-powered electric vehicles of all kinds] and supporting the continued evolution of EV charging infrastructure.”
As automotive manufacturers turn to next-generation semiconductor materials to improve power density and efficiency in hybrid and electric vehicles, ON Semiconductor is providing 1200V SiC and 650V GaN power devices, offering higher power efficiency and power density while keeping weight to a minimum.