Cree of Durham, NC, USA and ABB’s power grids business have partnered to jointly expand the rollout of silicon carbide (SiC) in the rapidly growing high-power semiconductor market. The agreement incorporates the use of Cree’s Wolfspeed SiC-based semiconductors into ABB’s product portfolio, enabling Cree to broaden its customer base while accelerating ABB’s entry into the fast-expanding electric vehicle (EV) sector.
Cree’s products will be included as part of ABB’s power semiconductor product portfolio, across power grids, train and traction, industrial and e-mobility sectors. Specifically, Cree’s SiC devices will be assembled into ABB power modules.
“Cree is committed to the global semiconductor market’s transition to more energy-efficient, higher-performing silicon carbide-based solutions. ABB has a long-standing heritage as the world market in industrial power electrification solutions, so expanding our work with them will help increase the adoption of transformative and eco-friendly alternatives in the power and automotive sectors,” comments Cree’s CEO Gregg Lowe. “Together, this partnership delivers Wolfspeed silicon carbide into new markets, such as power grids and high-speed trains for the continued advancement of the power, traction, industrial and EV markets,” he adds.
“The partnership with Cree supports ABB’s strategy in developing energy-efficient silicon carbide semiconductors in the automotive and industrial sectors,” says Rainer Käsmaier, managing director of semiconductors at ABB’s Power Grids business.
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