Power Electronics

Semiconductor Vendor Increases Design Support for Motion Control

Fairchild Semiconductor is expanding its Global Power Resource power design and application lab in Europe to provide complete system power solutions for motion and motor control. Fairchild will invest in new equipment as well as motion and motor control engineers at its Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, site. The center has already completed more than 50 successful system power designs in its first 18 months, reducing part count requirements and increasing efficiency in customer applications.

"Customers value the total power system designs we are able to give them and are seeking the same level of solutions in other areas such as 2- and 3-phase motor control and motion control," said Ole-Petter Brusdal, Fairchild's vice president of sales and marketing, Europe. "These address industrial and consumer white goods applications—areas that are growing quickly in Europe."

To support the additional applications, Fairchild will significantly invest to increase staff levels by 15% and add new test instrumentation like additional 3-phase programmable power sources, power analyzers and electronic loads to support higher current levels and 3-phase applications, including inverter drives. The expanded team will offer customers specific design experience in the motion and motor control domain.

Fairchild's power design and application lab in Fuerstenfeldbruck is resourced with expertise and equipment targeted to provide comprehensive power design solutions for electronic applications in the principal European end markets—industrial, consumer and automotive. Led by Dr. Michael Weirich, a PhD engineering manager with significant power design experience, the center is supported by 16 highly qualified systems and applications engineers together with four component engineers.

Able to turn around designs in as little as two weeks, the center provides customers with fully engineered solutions, including demo boards; detailed reports that include information for “Bill-of-Materials” (BOMs) and turnkey designs, providing CAD files that can be incorporated into their own designs; and application notes. It is one of six such centers operated by Fairchild worldwide to develop complete system power solutions in the computing, communications, consumer, industrial, automotive and display segments.

For more information, visit www.fairchildsemi.com

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