SiC has reached the industrialization stage, but it’s still a small market with only ~$70M in revenue forecasted in 2012 for SiC chips (defense-related apps excluded).
However, expectations remain very high: SiC MOSFET is now available at a lower market price thanks to 6" wafer introduction, and provides faster epitaxy and better yield, among other advantages.
Another positive sign relates to the large ramp-up of SiC device usage in the PV inverter industry: full-SiC products are now available with a great value proposition (higher yield, which can help generate huge earnings on electricity sales with feed-in tariffs), especially in the commercial and solar farm segments.
The next big jump could be the adoption of SiC technology by auto makers for EV/HEV applications. However, it remains unclear as to when and how this will happen.
Join our live webcast to learn more about:
. The latest SiC news and a “status report” on the power electronics industry
. Examples of Bill-of-Material comparisons between SiC and Si for some selected applications
. The impact on the epi and bulk SiC wafer market
Philippe Roussel, Ph.D holds a Ph-D in Integrated Electronics Systems from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in LYON. He joined Yole Développement in 1998 and is Business Unit Manager of the Compound Semiconductors and Power Electronics department.
Mike McLaughlin has been working with emerging technologies for over 12 years at IBM and Cisco and was a principal analyst at Gartner. He now leads all of Yole Développement's activities and business development for North America. Mike is a graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA