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Tesla Model 3 Inverter with SiC Power Module from STMicroelectronics

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STMicroelectronics Tesla 3 flyer cover

The first SiC power module in commercialized electric vehicles.

Pushed by aggressive legislation, CO² reduction is one of the key challenges in the 21st century. The best solution currently available to the automotive industry is the electrification of vehicles, with different levels of electrification depending on the strategies of different car manufacturers. 780,000 battery electric vehicles were shipped in 2017, a number expected to grow to almost 2.8M by 2022. Standard inverter power modules integrate silicon IGBTs, but in electric vehicles the available space in the engine compartment is often so limited that it is difficult to accommodate a power control unit (PCU).

Thus, it is necessary that the PCU, which controls electric vehicles’ traction motors, has a higher power density and therefore is smaller. Thanks to higher thermal and electrical performance, SiC is the new competitor to silicon at high voltages. Nevertheless, high power densities need high thermal dissipation and thus new packages are needed to improve device performance. To achieve these targets, manufacturers have developed different solutions, such as limiting wire bonding or using overmolded structures to efficiently cool the power semiconductor chips.

SP18413 Tesla3 STM

Tesla is the first high-class car manufacturer to integrate a full SiC power module, in its Model 3. Thanks to its collaboration with STMicroelectronics the Tesla inverter is composed of 24 1-in-1 power modules assembled on a pin-fin heatsink.

The module contains two SiC MOSFETs with an innovative die attach solution and connected directly on the terminals with copper clips and thermally dissipated by copper baseplates.

The SiC MOSFET is manufactured with the latest STMicroelectronics technology design, which allows reduction of conduction losses and switching losses. Based on a complete teardown analysis, the report also provides an estimation of the production cost of the SiC MOSFET and package.

Moreover, the report includes a technical and cost comparison with the Mitsubishi J-Series TP-M power module. It highlights the differences in design of the packaging and the material solutions adopted by the two companies.


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Table of contents


> Executive Summary

> Reverse Costing Methodology

> Thermal Issues and Solutions in Automotive Power Modules



Company Profile

> STMicroelectronics



Physical Analysis


Overview of the Physical Analysis

> Package Analysis

- Package opening

- Package cross-section


- MOSFET die view and dimensions

- MOSFET die process

- MOSFET die cross-section

- MOSFET die process characteristics

















































Manufacturing Process 

> MOSFET Die Front-End Process

> MOSFET Fabrication Unit

> Final Test and Fabrication Unit



Cost Analysis

> Overview of the Cost Analysis

> Yields Explanation and Hypotheses


- MOSFET die front-end cost

- MOSFET die probe test, thinning and dicing

- MOSFET wafer cost

- MOSFET die cost

> Complete Module

- Packaging cost

- Final test cost

- Component cost



Price Analysis

> Estimation of Selling Price

> Comparison with Mitsubishi J-Series TP-M power module

About the authors


System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems.

Created more than 20 years ago, System Plus Consulting has developed a complete range of services, costing tools and reports to deliver in-depth production cost studies and estimate the objective selling price of a product.

System Plus Consulting engineers are experts in:

  • Integrated Circuits 
  • Power Devices & Modules 
  • MEMS & Sensors
  • Photonics 
  • LED 
  • Imaging 
  • Display 
  • Packaging 
  • Electronic Boards & Systems.

Through hundreds of analyses performed each year, System Plus Consulting offers deep added-value reports to help its customers understand their production processes and determine production costs. Based on System Plus Consulting’s results, manufacturers are able to compare their production costs to those of competitors.

System Plus Consulting is a sister company of Yole Développement.

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  • Detailed photos

  • Precise measurements

  • Material analysis

  • Manufacturing process flow

  • Supply chain evaluation
  • Manufacturing cost analysis

  • Selling price estimation

  • Comparison with Mitsubishi J-Series TP-M power module