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Infineon upbeat on next-gen power chips as broader market struggles

Gallium nitride and silicon carbide promise small, efficient and fast devices

Adam White, president of power and sensor systems at Infineon, told Nikkei Asia that Infineon is particularly optimistic about gallium nitride chips. (Photo by Cheng Ting-Fang)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Leading European chipmaker Infineon is betting on next-generation power semiconductors -- used in everything from superfast phone chargers to electric vehicles -- to spur growth amid a downturn in the broader chip market.

Power semiconductors are part of power management systems and are able to withstand high voltages and currents. Infineon is targeting advanced materials that promise even greater capacity and efficiency than conventional silicon-based power chips.

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