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Infineon partners with REE Automotive to foster sustainable mobility

8th November 2022
Sheryl Miles

Disruptive technologies are driving the mobility transformation: to accelerate green and smart mobility, Infineon Technologies, the market innovator in automotive and power semiconductors, is collaborating with REE Automotive.

The automotive technology company developed the REE modular Electric Vehicle platform which serves as a foundation for a wide variety of electric vehicles types, from robotaxis and commercial vans all the way to electric passenger shuttles.

Infineon and REE will showcase the REEcorner technology at electronica 2022 in Munich in Hall C3. An overview of Infineon’s contribution to decarbonisation and digitalisation is available on Infineon’s website.

REEcorner packs critical vehicle components into a compact module positioned between the chassis and the wheel, enabling REE to build fully flat EV platforms. REE’s flagship P7 EV platform is based on four REEcorners with REE’s x-by-wire technology. The ultra-modular P7 EV platform offers superb interior space for passengers, cargo and batteries as compared to vehicles with an internal combustion engine (ICE) or EVs of similar size.

REE’s design and technology affords auto manufacturers, delivery and logistic companies and new technology players vast design freedom allowing them to build vehicles tailored to their exact needs.

“Infineon is an important forerunner in the mobility transformation. The REEcorner technology demonstrates the breadth and flexibility of our high-quality semiconductor technologies and system expertise,” said Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive Division of Infineon. “Innovative and modular EV platform designs add new options for both established and emerging industry players to further accelerate electromobility.”

Daniel Barel, REE Co-Founder and CEO: “REE provides customers with full design freedom to create the broadest range of EVs and autonomous vehicles for current and future applications. Electric vehicles powered by REE are geared to deliver substantial benefits to customers, including significantly reduced Total Cost of Ownership, enhanced manoeuvrability and safety with x-by-wire steering and drive and operational efficiencies.”

To increase safety and cybersecurity – especially with regard to fail-operational drive-by-wire requirements – the REE platform uses as many as 11 AURIX microcontrollers (TC3xx). There are two in each corner module in the platform’s design to actuate all the native driving functions like steering and braking. Two additional microcontrollers are located in the centre module, where they function as domain controllers, collecting and controlling data and synchronising the four corner modules.

Another AURIX is responsible for vehicle chassis management in a separate ECU. In addition, the platform also contains numerous other automotive components from Infineon including MOSFETs, power supply ICs (DC/DC) and magnetic sensors.

Infineon is a specialist in automotive semiconductors, pairing the broadest automotive semiconductor product portfolio with system-level competence. The offering ranges from sensors, microcontrollers, high-performance memory for specific applications to power semiconductors based on silicon and silicon-carbide (SiC), as well as components for human-machine interaction and vehicle connectivity.

Infineon is at the core of the transformation of the automotive industry towards green mobility and partners with established Tier1s, OEMs and new automotive players.

Electromobility is showing strong growth driven by emission regulations placed on manufacturers as well as environmental consciousness of consumers. Cars with fully or partially electrified drivetrains will account for more than 50% of cars produced in 2027, as per analyst forecasts.

Already in 2021, approximately every second of the BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicle) and PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) produced had integrated Infineon semiconductors in the inverter, the ‘heart’ of an electric drivetrain. Furthermore, Infineon’s AURIX microcontroller fosters the trends of electromobility, advanced driver assists systems (ADAS) and automated driving, automotive electric-electronic (E/E) architectures and affordable artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

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