Energy Efficient Power Solutions
Enabling smarter, more compact and energy efficient power solutions.
NXP's mission is for continuous investment in research and development allowing us to keep developing chips that perform improved energy savings than their predecessors. We will continue contributing to the sustainability of both our business and of the smarter world we are creating.
In the same way that we strive to deliver products that can improve life, we seek to minimize our impact on the environment. Our chips can make systems smarter and contribute to energy savings in multiple ways. In some cases, our chips are designed to consume less power themselves than previous versions. In other cases, our chips are tailored to minimize the energy consumption in the end-products in which they are embedded. The energy consumption in the end-products has the most impact on energy savings.
Hundreds of milions of electronic devices used by consumers worldwide use power adapters for converting grid voltage into a lower voltage level. NXP's latest resonant technology achieves up to 10% more energy efficiency at low loads than competing products. These NXP GreenChip resonant solutions enable our customers to comply with (existing and future) challenging emissions-reduction and energy-efficiency regulations.
Electric vehicles are growing in volume but their limited range is still cited as a main purchasing obstacle by many people. Battery control and energy management as well as extending the range of electric and hybrid cars, are key innovation areas of NXP. Our smart chip solutions enable the efficient use and regeneration of energy, resulting in extended efficiency and range as well as lower emissions in the case of hybrid vehicles.
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), enabled by NXP chip architectures, range from simple features like cruise control, up to fully self-driving vehicles. Autonomous driving can reduce fuel consumption and the on-board systems are more capable than humans to smoothen the ride and save fuel. Speed limits are automatically respected, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems help avoid traffic congestions.
Base-stations for wireless communication transmit huge amounts of data over long distances. The power amplifiers and antennas together typically consume kWatts of electric power per station, radiating energy in an omnidirectional way (360°). The upcoming superfast fifth generation mobile internet standard, 5G, is expected to further boost energy consumption, as many more base-stations will be required in a 5G network. As a consequence, a lot of energy is wasted. The crucial step here is to create focused beams between base station and the mobile device. This can be done through "beam steering" for which NXP is currently developing beamforming antenna devices. Deploying this technology saves energy for the wireless signal transmission between antenna and mobile device.
Electricity demand growth in buildings has been particularly rapid over the last 25 years, accounting for nearly 60% of total growth in global electricity consumption. Vast amounts of energy can be saved using smart control systems for air-conditioning, heating, lighting and other interior provisions. Improving the operational efficiency of buildings by using real-time data can lower total energy consumption by adapting the equipment's usage to human presence, activity and preference settings. Artificial Intelligence can make these systems self-learning, further minimizing energy consumption fully autonomously. NXP develops the systems and components to further the advancement of smart buildings and homes.