Power Electronics

New Power Design Center Focuses on White Goods

Fairchild Semiconductor has expanded its Global Power Resource design centers with the addition of a facility in Qingdao, China. This new design center provides power system solutions for worldwide manufacturers of white goods and consumer applications, and specifically for local Chinese suppliers such as Haire, the world's third largest producer of refrigerators.

Fairchild selected Qingdao, China, in order to bring system experts close to industry leaders in the manufacturing of white goods and consumer applications. This is important because home appliance (air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines and microwave ovens) unit production in China is expected to grow 14% between 2004 and 2008, according to iSuppli (October 2005).

"Fairchild is able to identify opportunities to increase efficiency and functionality in power management systems and deliver innovative solutions by working closely with our customers. Our Global Power Resource design centers also minimize part count and total cost, and we partner with our customers to implement these solutions in end product designs," says Rexin Wang, vice president Technical & Applications Center, Asia Pacific.

The strength of the Qingdao power design center is its technical staff with years of experience in system design, extensive understanding of products and technologies, and solid experience in the industry working with customers to optimize system power.

Using Fairchild's power efficient products, the Qingdao Global Power Resource design center leverages its expertise to provide solutions that simplify motor design, energy efficiency and reduce board space for applications such as high definition and LCD TVs, inverter types of air conditioners, and cell phone designs.

Fairchild's worldwide Global Power Resource network consists of power design centers, system application experts, online design tools, evaluation boards, tutorials, and joint research and development labs. Fairchild's customer-centric Global Power Resource design centers are located in Germany; Korea; Taiwan; Shenzhen and Shanghai, China; as well as Texas and Illinois. In 2006, an additional center will be opened in China, and three more will be added in Brazil, Japan and Korea, bringing the total number of Global Power Resource design centers to 12 worldwide.

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