Japanese conglomerates TDK and Toshiba have agreed to establish a joint venture to manufacture automotive inverters for hybrids, PHEVs and EVs.
With an eye on the global trend toward stricter emissions regulations, TDK is strengthening its energy unit business, which centers on power conversion hardware, and the controlling software, for electrified vehicles.
TDK’s line-up includes DC-DC converters, on-board chargers and wireless power transfer systems that are currently being developed. The DC-DC converter is one of the smallest in the industry, and has delivered over 2.5 million units to date.
Toshiba’s automotive inverters integrate power semiconductor modules that are designed to deliver high levels of heat dissipation, and to reduce space requirements. Toshiba aims to strengthen its competitiveness in the growing electromobility market by combining its automotive motors with inverters developed by the new joint venture and DC-DC converters developed by TDK, and offering them as a system for hybrid and electric vehicles.