Electronics Production | October 28, 2008
Autoliv selects Infineon semiconductors
Autoliv has selected Infineon as sole supplier of power semiconductors for its next-generation seatbelt pretension systems, called Active Seatbelts.
The Infineon power chip, capable of controlling an electrical motor with a relatively high current for a very short period of time, is a member of the NovalithIC family recently launched in volume quantities. Autoliv, the world’s largest automotive safety system supplier, uses an electrical motor and electronics to improve occupant safety by starting to tighten the seatbelt a few milliseconds before an imminent crash. Infineon’s chip has a crucial role in controlling and powering the electrical motor. Autoliv is ramping up production of these active seatbelt systems which are currently used in premium cars.