Philips Introduces New Power MOSFETs for Motor Control Applications

7/6/2004 - Leveraging its expertise in power semiconductors and automotive electronics, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) introduced a portfolio of power Trench MOSFETs for controlling the speed and direction of DC motors. With several key features to enhance power-efficiency, including low on resistance [Rds(on)] for minimal power loss, these new MOSFETs are ideally suited to provide efficient and reliable motor control in a broad variety of applications, ranging from electric vehicles to industrial robotics.

Designers of motor control applications are seeking even more efficient, cost effective, power management for their applications. Philips is meeting these demands by bringing to market a range of more than 25 MOSFETs, packaged in the industry standard D˛PAK and TO220, with a range of Rds(on) options optimized for different 12V and 24V motor control applications. Offering highly efficient electrical performance, these new Trench devices can extend the battery life of motor applications such as electric vehicles or hospital beds, enabling the end user to get more use out of their product.

"Philips has been working closely with our customers to ensure that our new family of MOSFETs for DC motor control meet a wide variety of application needs," said John Miller, manager of marketing strategy and innovation for Philips Semiconductors' power management business. "As a result, we are offering a portfolio of more than fifty devices designed to meet the technical and cost considerations of our customers."

Philips' MOSFETs, already approved for use in the automotive industry for their robust design, have several features that make them suitable for operation in DC motor control circuits. These include fast switching for low-loss operation to increase battery life and, in some cases, to reduce the need for an external heatsink. In addition, the robust construction of the devices allows the MOSFETs to handle large current spikes without incurring any damage, and to work in parallel with excellent current sharing capabilities.

Philips' portfolio of MOSFETs for DC motor control applications is available now. The portfolio includes the following MOSFETs in both TO220 and D2PAK packaging:

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patients monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 164,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at

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