Infineon Expands Silicon Carbide Wafer Supply Camp, Signs Supply Agreement with US Coherent
Infineon Technologies AG and Coherent have signed a multi-year silicon carbide (SiC) wafer supply agreement. The Germany-based semiconductor manufacturer is using this to further broaden the supply of silicon carbide, a strategic semiconductor material, and to meet strong customer demand in this area. The agreement will also support Infineon's multi-sourcing strategy and improve the company's supply chain resilience. The first shipments have already been delivered.
Silicon carbide, a compound of silicon and carbon, can be used to make particularly efficient, robust power semiconductors and reduce overall costs. Infineon's CoolSiC™ brand already has the largest portfolio in the industry for industrial power semiconductor applications. Infineon expects that the company's silicon carbide semiconductor sales will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 60 percent in the early 2020s, reaching about $1 billion by the mid-2020s.
Angelique van der Burg, Chief Procurement Officer of Infineon, said: "Silicon carbide compound semiconductors set new benchmarks in terms of power density and efficiency. Based on this, Infineon is also implementing its own decarbonization and digitalization strategies. In order to meet the Infineon is increasing its investment in silicon carbide manufacturing capabilities due to the rapidly growing needs of our customers. We are delighted to have Coherent join Infineon’s strategic supplier base and grow our business with Infineon.”
Sohail Khan, Executive Vice President of Coherent's New Ventures and Wide Bandgap Electronics Division, said: "Infineon, as a market leader in power semiconductors, is an important partner for us. Coherent's highly specialized products are helping Infineon serve key customers worldwide. Providing innovative electronic components." Coherent's silicon carbide materials meet high quality standards for industrial and automotive applications.
In addition to photovoltaic converters and industrial power supplies, the advantages of silicon carbide in the field of electric vehicles are also particularly prominent. Silicon carbide power semiconductors are used in main inverters for electric vehicle drivetrains as well as in on-board battery charging units and charging infrastructure. In addition, Coherent and Infineon, as strategic partners, are working together to drive the transition to 200mm diameter silicon carbide wafers.
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