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ON Semiconductor Announces Supplier Relationship With Mercedes Racing Teams on Electric Vehicles

By Ken Briodagh November 05, 2018

In a recent release, ON Semiconductor announced a new Supplier relationship with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and Mercedes EQ Formula E that reportedly will extend their automotive power solutions into Formula One and Formula E. The company’s technology is already in use on the energy recovery pack that controls ignition and injection drivers of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport race car, which has won four consecutive Formula One World Constructors’ championships and five consecutive Drivers’ titles. ON Semiconductor will now collaborate with the Mercedes EQ Formula E Team in developing electric powertrain innovations for cutting-edge performance and efficiency.

“ON Semiconductor is a market leader in innovative power management solutions for vehicle electrification. The powertrain systems within both a Formula 1 and Formula E vehicle not only possess an increased number of power semiconductors, these semiconductors must meet extremely demanding performance and efficiency requirements, while withstanding the harshest of automotive environments”, said David Somo, SVP, corporate strategy, marketing and solutions engineering, ON Semiconductor. “This partnership showcases our full range of power semiconductors and modules in supporting the continuing success of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport as part of a demanding and dynamic sport.”

“Formula E cars see massive power transfers during their running so it’s not a simple electrical problem,” said Dave Priscak, VP, global solutions engineering, ON Semiconductor. “Our comprehensive expertise that spans both mechanical and electrical engineering offers full solutions to the innovation of next generation electric vehicles. We look forward to continuing our work with Mercedes to further capitalize on this expertise in the development of technological advancements in power devices and electric vehicle technology.”

Race cars need technology that can withstand high levels of shock, vibration and extreme temperatures. The more efficient the semiconductor device, the less power is lost to wasted heat, resulting in better mileage or miles per watt of energy. At the same time, engineers also aim to make their cars’ components smaller to save weight and space. ON Semiconductor power products and solutions include IGBTs, high voltage gate drivers, super junction rectifiers, high voltage MOSFETs, high voltage DC-DC, as well as wide band gap (WBG) developments in Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) that can be used in next generation electric vehicles. These technologies provide longer driving range between charges, faster battery charging times and better thermal management.


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Edited by Ken Briodagh

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