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Apple is using 20% of worldwide sapphire capacity – and that may be just the beginning

Sapphire is the key material for LED manufacturing. But in 2015, 20% of sapphire will be used in Apple’s iPhone, for the camera lens, fingerprint readers and heart rate monitors covers, and the Apple watch’s window. The new Yole Développement report on Sapphire Applications & Market 2015: from LED to Consumer Electronic provides a complete update of all sapphire uses, from LED substrates to consumer applications.


Preparing SiC wafer growth for SiC industry growth

The need for high voltage and high current devices for multiple applications, particularly electric and hybrid vehicles, trains, in electricity transport and distribution and smart grid, is pushing changes that suit a new semiconductor material: SiC.
In 2014, the SiC chip business was worth more than $133M. As diode penetration keeps increasing and transistors start to be implemented in different applications, SiC market value is expected to grow steadily at a 14.3% CAGR from 2015–2020.


The confidence of the Wide Band Gap industry

In a competitive landscape, Yole Développement (Yole) points out the serenity of the Wide Band Gap (WBG) market and the confidence of its players: WBG companies are slowly but surely reshaping the industry and accelerate the market adoption with numerous strategic mergers and acquisitions (Cree, Infineon Technologies…) and the development of disruptive solutions…


II-VI Advanced Materials demos first 200mm SiC wafer

II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA says that the Advanced Materials Division of its Performance Products Segment in Pine Brook, NJ, which supplies single-crystal silicon carbide (SiC) substrates and CVD-grown polycrystalline diamond materials, exhibited what is said to be the first 200mm-diameter SiC wafer at the 2015 Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (CS MANTECH) conference in Scottsdale, AZ, USA and the International SiC Power Electronics Applications Workshop (ISiCPEAW 2015) in Stockholm, Sweden in late May.


ROHM semiconductor acquires Powervation

Strategic acquisition of digital power IC Pioneer to expand market position in digital power solutions.

ROHM Co., a global leader in analog power IC solutions, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Powervation Ltd., a privately held digital power IC company that develops Digital Power Management system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for approximately $70M, in an all-cash transaction.


AlN Schottky barrier diode makes its debut

A team of researchers based in Japan and the US is claiming to have fabricated the first vertical Schottky barrier diodes made from AlN.

These devices promise to deliver a superior performance to existing wide bandgap devices, due to their much higher bandgap that leads to a far higher electric breakdown field.



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