US semiconductor manufacturer Onsemi has inaugurated an application test laboratory in Piestany, Slovakia, focused on the ongoing development of system solutions for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids. The facility is equipped with specialized tools for the development and testing of forthcoming silicon and silicon carbide semiconductor components, fostering collaboration with car manufacturers and suppliers, according to the company.
The laboratory's capabilities extend to the development of semiconductors for energy infrastructure applications. The announcement did not specify the number of personnel working at the site.
Featuring two high-voltage laboratories, the facility concentrates on system and device development, as well as the assessment of SiC/Si traction inverters and ACDC/DCDC power converters. These laboratories not only enable precise measurements and recording but also simulate conditions experienced by vehicles, including tests within a temperature range from -50 to +220 degrees Celsius.
Onsemi has incorporated laser welding facilities, clean rooms, and workshops in Piestany, facilitating rapid prototyping and testing of next-generation system solutions.
Semiconductor components play a crucial role in achieving highly efficient power conversion in EV powertrains and charging stations. Enhanced efficiency leads to reduced losses during conversion, lowering cooling requirements and contributing to overall system efficiency. Additionally, efficient semiconductors can find applications in renewable energy fields.