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Nidec and Renesas Collaborate on Semiconductor Options for Subsequent-Technology E-Axle for EVs

Nidec and Renesas Collaborate on Semiconductor Options for Subsequent-Technology E-Axle for EVs

Posted Date: 2023-06-07

June 5, 2023 ― Nidec Company (TSE: 6594; OTC US: NJDCY) and Renesas Electronics Company (TSE:6723) have agreed to affix forces on the event of semiconductor options for a next-generation E-Axle (X-in-1 system) that integrates an EV drive motor and energy electronics for electrical autos (EVs).

As we speak’s EVs are more and more adopting the 3-in-1 unit known as E-Axle, which integrates a motor, inverter, and gearbox (discount gear). To understand high-performance and effectivity in addition to smaller dimension, mild weight and decrease value, and to speed up car improvement, EVs are additionally integrating energy electronics controls reminiscent of DC-DC converters and on-board chargers (OBCs). EV producers in superior markets reminiscent of China have developed an X-in-1 platform that integrates a number of capabilities, accelerating the adoption in lots of car fashions.

As X-in-1 integrates a number of capabilities and will increase in complexity, sustaining a high-level of high quality in autos turns into difficult. Thus, creating preventive security applied sciences reminiscent of diagnostic capabilities and failure prediction is essential for making certain security and safety in autos. To deal with this problem, the 2 firms agreed to mix Nidec’s motor know-how and Renesas’ semiconductor know-how to collectively develop a extremely dependable and high-performance proof of idea (PoC) for the X-in-1 system. The PoC is designed to assist the business’s highest efficiency and effectivity in addition to smaller dimension, mild weight and decrease value for the X-in-1 system.

The businesses plan to launch the primary PoC by the tip of 2023, which is able to function a 6-in-1 system with a DC-DC converter, OBC, and energy distribution unit (PDU) in addition to a motor, inverter, and gearbox. As a second part in 2024, Nidec and Renesas plan to develop a extremely built-in X-in-1 PoC that comes with a battery administration system (BMS) together with different elements. The primary PoC will embody energy gadgets primarily based on SiC (silicon carbide), and the second PoC will exchange the DC-DC and OBC energy gadgets with GaN (gallium nitride), providing glorious efficiency in high-frequency operation, to additional cut back dimension and price.

Constructing on the PoC developed via this collaboration, Nidec plans to quickly productize E-Axle methods so as to add to its portfolio and ramp as much as mass manufacturing to guide the E-Axle market.

Renesas plans to develop and ship turnkey options for more and more complicated X-in-1 methods by increasing the collectively developed PoC for E-Axle reference designs.

“As we have a good time Nidec’s fiftieth anniversary, we tackle a big problem of creating a world-class next-generation X-in-1 system, which fits again to our core precept of pioneering the world’s finest improvements,” stated Mitsuya Kishida, Government Vice President and Government Basic supervisor of Automotive Motor & Digital Management Enterprise Unit at Nidec. “By harnessing our strengths in automotive know-how and creating PoCs along with Renesas who's a pacesetter in automotive semiconductor options, we goal to guide the market as a world-leading E-Axle supplier.”

“We're very happy to announce our collaboration with Nidec, who has an distinctive observe document of success in E-Axle traction motors,” stated Vivek Bhan, Senior Vice President, Co-Basic Supervisor of Excessive Efficiency Computing, Analog and Energy Options Group at Renesas. “Our contribution to this collaboration extends past {hardware} design, encompassing software program improvement which is vital to enabling speedy improvement of PoCs for our clients.”

About Nidec Company
Nidec Company (TSE: 6594) (OTC US: NJDCY) specializes and handles motor utility merchandise primarily based on “all the things that spins and strikes,” centering round a motor enterprise that contains an expansive product line from small precision to supersized motors. These merchandise are utilized in all types of objects and gadgets round us which are vital to our lives and society.

About Renesas Electronics Company
Renesas Electronics Company (TSE: 6723) empowers a safer, smarter and extra sustainable future the place know-how helps make our lives simpler. The main world supplier of microcontrollers, Renesas combines our experience in embedded processing, analog, energy and connectivity to ship full semiconductor options. These Profitable Mixtures speed up time to marketplace for automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT purposes, enabling billions of linked, clever gadgets that improve the best way folks work and reside. Be taught extra at Observe us on LinkedIn, Fb, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.