VinFast, the Vietnamese electric car maker, and semiconductor maker Infineon Technologies said they would extend their ‘partnership’ by setting up a joint application competence centre focusing on electromobility. Inauguration is planned for the first quarter of 2023.

Both companies will jointly engage in the early development phase of VinFast’s next vehicles and will also discuss future semiconductor requirements to achieve supply chain stability. VICC will focus initially on the development of a new electric drive train (EDT) for VinFast electrified platforms.

This is a part of VinFast’s strategy to connect intelligence globally and to ensure its competitive advantages in the global EV market.

Infineon will provide technical support and guidance on semiconductor selection including conventional technology and those based on WBG (Wide Bandgap) semiconductor materials, including silicon carbide (SiC).

The competence center will house a laboratory with testing and measuring equipment to provide fast product validation.

“The growth of electromobility is undisputed.” said Peter Schaefer, CMO of the automotive division at Infineon.

“Market research expects every second newly produced car to be fully or partially electrified in five years.”

VinFast and Infineon have worked together for three years prior to this newly extended agreement.

Many Infineon’s products have been used in VinFast vehicles such as the inverter for the electric motor and high voltage on board charger and DC-DC for ePowertrain, as well as in electrical and electronic architectures.