14 December 2021
onsemi Roznov wins Zlín Region manufacturing innovation award
Power semiconductor IC supplier onsemi of Phoenix, AZ, USA has been named ‘Innovative Company of the Zlín Region’ for its site in Roznov, Czech Republic, which won the award presented by the Technological Innovation Center for the project ‘Innovation of the manufacturing process of semiconductor wafers with implementation of world-new processes for polished silicon carbide (SiC) wafer manufacturing’.
The SiC-based project’s goal was to achieve world-class quality in the manufacture of SiC wafers within only three years. After extensive evaluation and testing, SiC wafers from the Rožnov facility were qualified for device manufacturing at the end of 2020. Production ramp-up began in early 2021, and in September the onsemi Rožnov facility joined the club of 200mm SiC wafer producers.
The award reflects “several years of hard work by our team at the Rožnov facility,” says Aleš Cáb, VP, onsemi Rožnov Operations.
onsemi was one out of 26 companies in the Czech Zlín region submitting its projects for the biennial award. The projects were assessed by a team of independent experts from business, research and academics, who provide participants with feedback on their technical progress.
onsemi in Rožnov has a long local tradition of manufacturing semiconductors, starting in 1949. The first silicon single crystal was manufactured in Rožnov in 1958, about eight years after the world’s first growth of single-crystal silicon. Today, onsemi’s high-volume wafer fab and raw silicon wafer and epitaxy production factory as well as its design center in Rožnov contribute to an effective semiconductor supply chain.