Advanced MOSFET switching at the heart of automotive electronic advances

The growth of electronic technology in automotive applications has been an ongoing trend for decades, and has helped to make the cars we drive today more comfortable, economical, affordable, easier to service and more reliable. No longer is this restricted to luxury vehicles from the quality brands – just about any vehicle manufactured in the recent past has a high degree of electronics.

Small electric motors are everywhere and are powering accessories such as sunroofs and adjustable seats, positioning the mirrors and headlamps, managing the flaps and blowers of climate control systems, adjusting the aerodynamics to suit the driving style and conditions and taking on duties under the hood such as pumping coolant and oil to help eliminate unnecessary engine loads and so boost fuel economy.

Electrically based systems are also needed to meet the upcoming safety standards. They are less prone to wear and need less adjustment. Not only do they save weight and space but they present less load to the engine – all of which results in lower running costs through better fuel economy and lower maintenance costs.

In order to be valuable, this technology needs to be controlled and managed by sophisticated control systems. Power MOSFETs have a central role in switching the power to the multitude of components throughout the vehicle.

Constant product development by Toshiba continues to provide market-leading power MOSFETs what are optimized for the demanding world of automotive electronics. Recent innovations in packaging for better thermal performance, and electrical parameters such as conduction and switching performance as well as improved ringing characteristics make these devices ideal for motor control in automotive applications.

To learn more about how Toshiba MOSFETs can make a difference in automotive applications, please click here: http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/eu/design-support/innovationcentre/whitepapers/tcm0070_AutomotiveMOSFET.html

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