Onsemi opens European EV systems lab
Lab enables in-house testing to develop next-gen innovations for automotive and power conversion systems
Onsemi has opened an application test lab in Piestany, Slovakia, focused on the advancement of system solutions for battery/plug-in hybrid/electric vehicles (xEVs) and energy infrastructure (EI) power conversion systems.
The lab provides specialised equipment to develop and test next-generation silicon and SiC semiconductor solutions in collaboration with automotive OEMs, Tier 1s and EI providers.
The new facility consists of two high-voltage power labs that focus on systems and device level development as well as evaluation of SiC/Si traction inverters and ACDC/DCDC power converters. Laser welding facilities, mechanical clean rooms and workshops further enable fast prototyping and testing of next-generation system solutions.
Evaluation capabilities include: continuous 24/7 testing; software and hardware solutions to support high-voltage power cycling via space vector modulation (SVM) and sinusoidal pulse width modulation (SPWM); high-accuracy logging devices for assessing SiC and Si health and reliability; and simulation of the harsh conditions faced by inverters during operation, testing liquid-cooled devices at temperatures as low as minus 50 degC and up to 220 degC .