E-Mobility, 5G demand: Cree invests in further SiC production

May 09, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Cree expands silicon carbide capacity
Part of its long term growth startegy and to address 5G and EV demand, Cree, Inc., will invest up to $1 billion to expand its silicon carbide capacity with the development of a state-of-the-art, automated 200mm silicon carbide fabrication facility and a materials mega factory at its headquarters in Durham, N.C.

The expansion is expected to generate up to a 30-fold increase in silicon carbide (SiC) wafer fabrication capacity and 30-fold increase in SiC materials production to meet the expected market growth by 2024. Upon completion in 2024, the facilities will substantially increase the company’s silicon carbide materials capability and wafer fabrication capacity, allowing wide bandgap semiconductor solutions that enable the dramatic technology shifts underway within the automotive, communications infrastructure and industrial markets.

“We continue to see great interest from the automotive and communications infrastructure sectors to leverage the benefits of silicon carbide to drive innovation. However, the demand for silicon carbide has long surpassed the available supply. Today, we are announcing our largest-ever investment in production to dramatically increase this supply and help customers deliver transformative products and services to the marketplace,” said Gregg Lowe, CEO of Cree.

“This investment in equipment, infrastructure and our workforce is capable of increasing our silicon carbide wafer fabrication capacity up to 30-fold and our materials production by up to 30-fold compared to Q1 of fiscal year 2017, which is when we began the first phase of capacity expansion.  We believe this will allow us to meet the expected growth in Wolfspeed silicon carbide material and device demand over the next five years and beyond.”


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