EPCOS in Szombathely/ Hungary won the 2008 Innovation Prize of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The award was presented in recognition of the plant's development work on aluminum electrolytic capacitors and transponder coils, which are used primarily in automotive electronic systems.
EPCOS Hungary was awarded the prize for two products developed in collaboration between Szombathely and Heidenheim/ Germany. Aluminum electrolytic capacitors in the large-size series can withstand forces of up to 40 g and temperatures of up to 150 Celsius. They are thus suited for deployment in the engine compartments of vehicles. The special form developed by EPCOS for the capacitor can is one of the factors that makes these components so robust. This form stabilizes the windings inside the capacitors, making them more reliable and extending their operating life.
Transponder coils are inductors that are used in radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, for example. These installations use wireless links to identify goods and systems, among other things. Automatic immobilizers, in which the transponder coil deactivates the immobilizer, are another example of how these coils are applied in practice. Transponder coils are also critical components in tire pressure monitoring systems – systems that the European Commission hopes to make obligatory in all new cars as of 2012.