onsemi plans $2n Czech SiC expansion

onsemi plans $2n Czech SiC expansion

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By Nick Flaherty

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onsemi is planning a multi-year investment of up to $2 billion for end-to-end production of silicon carbide (SiC) power devices.

Onsemi already has a SiC wafer production plant in the Czech Republic and is working with the national government on subsidies via the EU Chips Act.

This investment would build on the company’s current operations in the Czech Republic, which include silicon crystal growth, silicon and silicon carbide wafer manufacturing (polished and EPI) and a 150mm (6in) silicon wafer fab. Today, the site can produce more than three million wafers annually, including more than one billion power devices.

The expansion would be one of the largest private sector investments in the Czech Republic’s history and one of the first investments in advanced semiconductor manufacturing in Central Europe. The company has a ten year deal with European automotive supplier Vitesco for SiC devices and Magna is buying equipment for the SiC fab.

Vertically integrated silicon carbide site brings advanced packaging capabilities to the region and positions onsemi to meet rising demand for clean, energy efficient power semiconductors. The site would produce the company’s intelligent power semiconductors that are essential for improving the energy efficiency of applications in electric vehicles, renewable energy and AI data centres.

“Our brownfield investment would establish a Central European supply chain to better service our customers’ rapidly increasing demand for innovative technologies that improve the energy efficiency in their applications,” said Hassane El-Khoury, president and CEO of onsemi. “Through a close collaboration with the Czech government, the expansion would also enhance our production of intelligent power semiconductors that are essential to helping ensure the European Union is able to achieve its ambitions to significantly reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact.”

“onsemi’s decision to expand in Czechia is a clear confirmation of our country’s attractiveness for foreign investment and will bring significant momentum for the development of our economy,” said Jozef Síkela, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. “This investment not only strengthens our position in the semiconductor field but can also contribute to the development of the automotive industry and help us with its adaptation to the rise of electromobility.”




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