Infineon further strengthens SiC supply chain

Infineon further strengthens SiC supply chain

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Munich-based semiconductor manufacturer Infineon has signed a new multi-year supply and cooperation agreement with Resonac Corporation (formerly Showa Denko K.K.), which complements and expands a 2021 agreement.

The move deepens the companies’ long-term partnership in SiC materials. Under the agreement, Resonac will supply SiC material to Infineon for the production of SiC semiconductors. The companies did not disclose what Resonac’s share of Infineon’s SiC supply will be as a result – only that the deliveries are expected to cover a double-digit percentage share of the demand forecast for the coming decade.

The initial phase will involve the supply of 6-inch SiC material, but later Resonac will also help Infineon move to 8-inch wafer diameters. As part of the collaboration, Infineon will provide Resonac with expertise in SiC material technologies.

The partnership between the two companies contributes to supply chain stability and will support the rapid growth of the emerging SiC market. “Demand for SiC is growing rapidly and we are preparing for this development with a significant expansion of our production capacity,” said Angelique van der Burg, Chief Procurement Officer at Infineon.

“The growth opportunities in renewable energy generation and storage, electromobility and infrastructure are enormous in the coming years. Infineon is committed to further investing in SiC technology and the corresponding product portfolio to provide its customers with the most comprehensive product offering” commented Peter Wawer, President of Infineon’s Industrial Power Control Division.

Infineon is currently expanding its SiC manufacturing capacity to achieve a 30 percent market share by the end of the decade. According to current plans, Infineon intends to increase its SiC manufacturing capacity tenfold by 2027. A new plant in Kulim is scheduled to start production in 2024.

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