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July 22, 2010

Westcode to Equip Korean High-Speed Trains

Westcode Semiconductors has outfitted Korea's new high-speed train with its insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) and high-power fast recovery diode technology. The company developed the technology in collaboration with Hyundai Heavy Industry for Korea's national train operator, Kor

By cms admin

Westcode Semiconductors has outfitted Korea’s new high-speed train with its insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) and high-power fast recovery diode technology.

The company developed the technology in collaboration with Hyundai Heavy Industry for Korea’s national train operator, Korail.

The high-speed power converter enables the train to reach a top speed of 330km/h and a 0–300Km/h acceleration time of 316 seconds.

The IGBT also features an improved safe operating area and reduced on-state losses of approximately 25%, compared to the previous KTX I train.

Korail plans to introduce the 13 Korean-manufactured KTX-Sancheon train sets by the end of the year, with five more added during early 2011, according to IXYS Corporation.

IXYS international sales vice-president Bradley Green said the KTX Sancheon high-speed train is estimated to transport over 38 million passengers in 2010 at an estimated distance of 22 million kilometres.

Westcode Semiconductors is a subsidiary of IXYS Corporation.

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