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Vishay buys SiC MOSFET firm for $50m

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By Nick Flaherty


Vishay Intertechnology has acquired MaxPower Semiconductor, a supplier of silicon carbide MOSFETs in San Jose, California, for $50.0m.

MaxPower, which has an IP portfolio of over 100 patents, will be incorporated into Vishay’s MOSFET segment. The company has proprietary device structures and process techniques for silicon and SiC MOSFETs, including both trench and planar technologies from 650V to 1,700V targeting automotive and industrial applications.        

This follows Alpha and Omega and II-VI/Coherent also launching SiC MOSFETs.

“As Vishay orients the company for growth, innovation will play an important role, and we plan to intensify business development activities focused on acquiring technologies that offer attractive opportunities to expand our product portfolio and strengthen our competitive positioning,” said Marc Zandman, Executive Chair of the Board. “Importantly, this acquisition will enable Vishay to support customers’ advanced development of high voltage electrification applications thereby opening the door for us to provide them with our entire portfolio of products.”

“MaxPower’s team of world-renowned power semiconductor experts brings extensive experience in R&D, design and application of power devices and we look forward to working with the team to develop product offerings that will serve fast-growing markets such as electric vehicles and enhance our leadership in MOSFETs,” said Dr. Gerald Paul, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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