The TUM pod was equipped with over 420 Infineon chips when reaching 463.5 km/h – a rate that would shorten the trip from Munich to Hamburg to around an hour and a quarter. The TUM pod was over 200 km/h faster than the second placed competitor.
The pod is driven by eight electric motors that are controlled by 288 Infineon semiconductors. The chips control the flow of current into the motor. The thousands of switches each second creates quickly changing magnetic fields that drive the motor. 24 Infineon sensors monitor the rotor position in the motors, which is needed for precise switching timing.
The TUM Hyperloop also uses 112 power components from Infineon in the main battery switches to halt the flow of current in a fraction of a second for maintenance work or in case of accidents.
The TUM Hyperloop team – previously called WARR Hyperloop – has had the fastest pod each of the four times that the competition has run. This year, it beat 20 other teams from the U.S., Asia, Australia, and Europe. Three other teams qualified for the final run: Delft Hyperloop from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), EPFLoop from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and Swissloop from ETH Zurich (Switzerland).