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Renesas Introduces 100kW Class Inverter Solution for HEV/EV

published: 2017-04-11 15:47

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced its new 100 kW class inverter solution that offers small design class of 3.9 liter (L) for high-power 100 kW class motors in mid- to large-sized hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) including SUVs, and mid- to small-sized electric vehicles (EVs).

Renesas will provide the new solution as a solution kit that includes software that maximizes the HEV/EV motor performance and hardware components such as microcontrollers (MCUs), Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and fast recovery diode (FRD), and other power semiconductor devices.

The new solution enables system developers to reduce development time for various development steps: from specifications analysis to hardware/software development and motor characteristic adjustments. This shortens, for example, the prototyped inverter system development period from two- to three years to just one year, a reduction of over 50 percent, thereby significantly contributing to the reduction of the development cycle and costs.

CO2 emissions are rising due to abnormal weather events caused by global warming and increased levels of environmental pollution. For the automotive industry, this is driving increasing demand for broad adoption of electrically powered systems, such as HEV and EVs, at an earlier stage to reduce these emissions.

In an electrically powered system, the inverter plays a key role converting direct current (DC) power to alternating current and sends out optimum current to the motor whose rotation speed varies according to the driving conditions. Therefore, to realize an inverter system with higher fuel and electric power efficiency, high precision and high efficiency of the motor drive in addition to miniaturization of the inverter is required to allow mounting of the electric unit in the limited space of the engine room for every type and size of vehicle model. Renesas’ new inverter solution addresses these needs.

Renesas has been releasing inverters and solution kits with various capacity designs. In 2014, Renesas developed a solution that realized a size of 2.9 L in the 50 kW class. To respond to the growing needs for large-output motors for use in large vehicles, Renesas has expanded its lineup to support these large-output motors with its new 100 kW class inverter solution included with a motor calibration tool.

Key features of the new 100 kW class inverter solution:

(1) Small design class of 3.9 L and reduced inverter system weight enable mounting in even smaller spaces

(2) Shortens development period by more than 50 percent with software that allows quick evaluation in actual cars

(3) Higher fuel and electric power efficiency with devices optimized for HEV/EV applications

By using IGBT/FRD devices for reduced low conduction loss and low switching loss, the new inverter solution achieves a current loss reduction of approximately 12%.

By including Renesas main devices that are specialized for HEV and EVs, the new solution reduces the inverter’s power loss by approximately 10%. This enables increased motor efficiency, which ultimately contributes to increased fuel and electric power efficiency of the inverter system. The new solution is equipped with the RH850/C1H MCU Series, which has an industry-proven resolver-to-digital converter (RDC) function to convert the motor's rotation angle from analog to digital. The RH850/C1H achieves high-precision motor control of up to 12 to 16 bits. The solution also includes the R2A25110 driver IC with micro-isolator technology enabling high-speed switching.

Renesas will be introducing the 100 kW class inverter solution, including presenting demonstrations using the new solution, at Renesas DevCon Japan 2017.

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