Improving the energy efficiency of power supply units


Dr. Wolfgang ZiebartMunich, Germany — (METERING.COM) — October 26, 2006 – Infineon Technologies, a global provider of integrated circuits for power electronics, has unveiled an innovative product that will further improve the energy efficiency of power supply units (PSUs), thus helping to meet the requirements of the European Commission’s recently-released Energy Action Plan.

A good portion of all the electrical energy used in the world today flows through PSUs into electrical equipment such as computers, TVs and consumer electronics. This is where the new OptiMOS®3 will be used. The new semiconductor’ properties include one-third fewer components, up to two-thirds less space in the PSU, and one-third less resistance. According to Infineon’s calculations, the power generated by an entire 360 MW power plant could be saved if OptiMOS 3 was fitted to deliver the right efficiency to all the computer server power systems in use.

“I welcome the plan of action announced a few days ago by the European Commission to improve energy efficiency,” says Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Infineon. “The plan marks an important step toward mastering the huge energy policy challenges that face Europe today. Our innovative semiconductors are making a major contribution to increasing energy efficiency and conserving ever more scarce resources.”
The plan presented by the European Commission cites a series of measures that make up a broad spectrum of cost-efficient initiatives to improve energy efficiency. They include measures to make energy-consuming products, buildings and means of transport more efficient, and to do the same for power generation. Products from Infineon are deployed at every link in the energy value chain, from generation through distribution to the efficient use of electrical energy. Data from market research organization IMS Research indicates that Infineon’s sales of power semiconductors rose from US$950 million in 2004 to US$1.06 billion in 2005.