Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) has expanded its Global Power ResourceSM Center with the addition of a facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This new center—near the heart of the North American automotive market—responds to the burgeoning need for functional power solutions, including multi-die modules, for automotive power applications. The center is staffed by seasoned electrical engineers with extensive design experience and a thorough understanding of the application requirements for today’s automotive designs. The engineering staff has over sixty years of combined automotive product development experience.

“The growth of automotive power electronics and the higher growth rates for body electronics and emerging systems are driving the need for innovative functional power products as well as expertise in system-level understanding to optimize designs. Our new Michigan Global Power Resource Center provides customers with technical experts who can help them select or develop the right solutions for their designs,” said Paul Leonard, vice president of Automotive Products.

Fairchild’s unique capabilities in advanced process and packaging technologies, as well as its ability to integrate power analog, power discrete, and optoelectronic functionality into innovative packaging, enable Fairchild to develop energy-efficient solutions that continue to provide exceptional value in the automotive electronics market. Fairchild offers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of products, from 1 W to > 1200 W, to maximize energy efficiency in today’s automotive electronic applications such as power management, body control, motor control, ignition and engine management, and electric and hybrid electric vehicle systems. The Michigan center enables Fairchild engineers to work directly with customers to design and optimize the next generation of power management and control solutions.

Fairchild has 12 other Global Power Resource Centers located in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, China and the Americas. These centers are part of the company’s Global Power Resource initiative, offering not only system power design but also on-line design tools, evaluation boards, tutorials and joint research and development labs. To enhance and broaden support for its customers, Fairchild has integrated these resources on its web site with design, selection and educational tools for customers to access and optimize designs in real time. The goal of the Global Power Resource is to solve manufacturers’ design challenges while helping them speed their product’s time-to-market.