The Tech

Renesas to boost semiconductor production at Japanese factory

Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics is planning to restart a wafer fabrication operation at its Kofu factory in Kai City, Japan. The Kofu factory housed 150 mm and 200 mm wafer fabrication production lines before it was closed in October of 2014. Now Renesas Electronics is investing 90 billion yen ($705 million) to set up… Read more »

Britishvolt acquires German battery cell manufacturer EAS

Battery cell pioneer Britishvolt has agreed to buy Monbat Group subsidiary EAS, a cell manufacturer based in Nordhausen, Germany. The deal values EAS at €36 million. EAS has over 25 years of experience in developing and producing large-format cylindrical lithium-ion cells from 7.5 Ah to 50 Ah. Its products are used in aerospace, defense, marine… Read more »

Intertek expands service offerings at North American EV testing lab

Intertek, a Total Quality Assurance provider to industrial firms, has expanded the services on offer at its lab in Plymouth, Michigan in order to “meet the auto industry’s increasing demand for safe and reliable testing for evolving EV and EVSE technologies. The company says its Plymouth facility offers “some of the most extensive EV battery… Read more »

Power Integrations introduces new line of gate-driver boards

Integrated circuit maker Power Integrations has introduced a new line of gate-driver boards designed for electric buses and trucks as well as electric construction and agricultural equipment. The SCALE EV gate-driver boards are rated at 1,200 V for 400 V and 800 V systems. Each is composed of two reinforced gate-drive channels, associated power supplies and… Read more »

Infinitum Electric raises $80 million in funding for its air-core PCB-based motors

Infinitum Electric, creator of an innovative air-core motor, has secured $80 million in a Series D funding round led by Riverstone Holdings, bringing the company’s total funding to $135 million. Infinitum will use the new funds to scale up production—it plans to vertically integrate and automate production of its motors for the commercial and industrial… Read more »

Over 300 battery gigafactories in the global pipeline

As EV demand steadily grows, automakers and their suppliers are wisely hustling to increase battery production capacity—preferably close to their auto plants and markets. Benchmark Mineral Intelligence reports that there are currently over 300 battery gigafactories in the construction or planning stages around the world. This represents some 6,388 GWh worth of battery capacity, a… Read more »

RFID reader selection for EV charging: 14 considerations

Sponsored by Elatec Many businesses and property owners are adding EV charging facilities to their parking lots and garages to generate income, support fleet drivers or improve convenience for customers, employees, tenants or guests.  User authentication using RFID, Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) or Near-Field Communication (NFC) allows property owners to limit access to authorized tenants… Read more »

NI releases new Battery Test System analysis software for EVs

NI (formerly National Instruments) has released its latest Battery Test System (BTS) and introduced a new software analysis product line—both of which are designed to link data across the engineering workflow. The BTS is intended for the design and test groups within Tier 1 suppliers and automakers who encounter challenges when they routinely upgrade and… Read more »