Wolfspeed and ZF announce partnership to develop SiC devices

Artist’s impression of the Wolfspeed SiC device fab which, part-funded by ZF, is planned to be the world’s largest and most advanced
(Courtesy of Wolfspeed)

Wolfspeed and ZF have announced a partnership that includes the creation of a lab to drive advances in silicon carbide (SiC) systems and devices for mobility, industrial and energy applications. The partnership includes the construction of a 200 mm SiC device fab.

Both facilities are planned as part of the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) for Microelectronics and Communication Technologies framework, and depend on state aid approval from the EC.

The goal of the collaboration is to develop innovations in SiC systems, products and applications, from chips to complete systems. Other partners will be invited to participate in the innovation process, to establish an end-to-end European SiC innovation network.

The lab will focus on SiC devices and systems to meet the requirements of mobility sectors such as consumer, commercial, agricultural and industrial vehicles, as well as the industrial and renewable energy markets. The SiC device fab is intended to support the lab.