AES Semigas


23 January 2024

Infineon and Wolfspeed expand and extend multi-year 150mm SiC wafer supply agreement

Infineon Technologies AG of Munich, Germany and Wolfspeed Inc of Durham, NC, USA — which makes silicon carbide (SiC) materials and power semiconductor devices — have expanded and extended their existing long-term 150mm silicon carbide wafer supply agreement, originally signed in February 2018 (when Wolfspeed was known as Cree). The extended partnership includes a multi-year capacity reservation agreement. It contributes to Infineon’s general supply chain stability, also with regard to the growing demand for silicon carbide semiconductor products for automotive, solar and electric vehicle (EV) applications and energy storage systems.

“As the demand for silicon carbide devices continues to increase, we are following a multi-source strategy to secure access to a high-quality, global and long-term supply base of 150mm and 200mm SiC wafers. Our prolonged partnership with Wolfspeed further strengthens Infineon’s supply chain resilience for the coming years,” says Infineon’s CEO Jochen Hanebeck. “We have been working with Wolfspeed for more than 20 years to bring the promise of silicon carbide to the automotive, industrial and energy markets, and to help customers leverage this energy-efficient technology to foster decarbonization.”

The adoption of SiC-based power solutions is rapidly growing across multiple markets. Silicon carbide solutions enable smaller, lighter and more cost-effective designs, converting energy more efficiently to unlock new clean energy applications. To better support these growing markets, Infineon is continuously diversifying its supplier base to secure access to high-quality silicon carbide substrates.

“We are the catalyst in the industry transition to silicon carbide, providing high-quality materials to key customers like Infineon, a leading supplier in both the automotive and industrial markets, while also scaling our capacity footprint,” says Wolfspeed’s president & CEO Gregg Lowe. “Industry estimates indicate demand for silicon carbide devices, as well as the supporting material, will grow substantially through 2030, representing a $20bn annual opportunity,” he adds. “We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Infineon and to serve as a major supplier of silicon carbide wafers in the years ahead.”

See related items:

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Infineon signs new SiC material multi-year supply and cooperation deal with Resonac

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Cree signs $100m long-term deal to supply 150mm SiC wafers to Infineon

Tags: SiC substrates Infineon Wolfspeed



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