30 companies get SiC

SiC grew 38% in revenue terms last year to $75m, reports Yole Developpmente, with 30 companies now able to manufacture SiC devices in their own facilities.

Four companies have set up as SiC foundries: Fraunhofer, Ascatron, ISB and Raytheon.

Last year four companies ramped production aggressively – Rohm, ST, GeneSIC and MicroSemi – in a bid to close the gap with market leaders Infineon and Cree.

In Japan, Toshiba, Panasonic, Toshiba, Fuji Electric  and Mitsubishi have  all emerged as credible SiC contenders.

US SiC start-ups Global Power Devices and USCi have surfaced from stealth mode.

Yole reckons the SiC market will now move from being a discrete device business to a power module business.

Future SiC market growth may depend on whether the auto industry wants the high-frequency, high-temperature technology.  If it does, then the SiC-based power module market could be worth $800 million in 2020, says Yole.

The biggest current application is in PV inverters, but most power module manufacturers have SiC in their roadmaps.

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