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Tesla Motors adopts Infineon power ICs

Posted: 02 Dec 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power chips  Tesla  electric cars  EV 

A Bloomberg report quoting Infineon CEO Peter Bauer revealed that Tesla Motors Inc. is sourcing power chips from Infineon Technologies AG for its Tesla Roadster. Infineon power ICs are also being tested for use in the Model-S, which is under development and due to begin production in 2012, the report said.

Bauer revealed the design win when speaking to the International Club of Frankfurt Business Journalists on Wednesday (Nov. 24) evening, Bloomberg said.

Infineon is in the process of selling its wireless business group to Intel Corp. for Rs.6,253.82 crore ($1.4 billion) in cash leaving Infineon to focus on automotive, industrial and energy related applications for semiconductors. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

Bauer told the meeting that the wireless chip business is highly volatile and closely tied to the fluctuating US dollar. The automotive business is more stable and design wins achieved in the near future will generate sales for Infineon in 2015 and beyond, the report cited Bauer as saying.

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