Mitsubishi Electric has developed a new intelligent power module (IPM) and transfer molded power module (T-PM) mainly for electric and hybrid vehicle applications. Power modules for automobiles offer even higher reliability than industrial-use modules due to the extremely high requirements for vehicle safety and durability. Mitsubishi Electric pioneered the mass production of power modules for hybrid vehicles in 1997, since which time the demand for these modules has grown in parallel with increasing concerns for the environment expanding global market for electric as well as hybrid vehicles.
Test samples shipments of four models of the J-Series IPM and two models of the J-Series T-PM will start June 21, 2011. Mass production is expected to begin in March 2013.