Littelfuse Raises Funds To Bring Silicon Carbide Technology To Market

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To develop its portfolio with innovative and rapidly emerging Silicon Carbide technology, Littelfuse has made an investment in Monolith Semiconductor, a startup company developing silicon carbide technology. This is supposed to be a part of the company’s strategy to move more significantly into power semiconductors for industrial and automotive markets.

Silicon carbide is a rapidly emerging semiconductor material that enables power devices to operate at higher switching frequencies and temperatures versus conventional silicon. This allows inverters and other energy conversion systems to be built with significantly improved power density, energy efficiency and cost.

“Investing in and partnering with Monolith’s experienced team of silicon carbide and power semiconductor experts allows us to quickly evolve our portfolio with strategically relevant and innovative technology. Silicon carbide power technology is among the most promising advancements in the semiconductor market today. It will be an important tool in helping us solve complex problems for our customers”, said Ian Highley, Littelfuse Senior VP and GM, Semiconductor Products, and CTO.

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“Forming this strategic partnership with Littelfuse accelerates development and helps bring silicon carbide technology to the market. Littelfuse is an ideal partner for us. We are excited to dramatically increase our customer reach, gain access to global channels, and benefit from their sales and marketing depth and expertise”, said Sujit Banerjee, PhD, CEO of Monolith Semiconductor.

According to the deal, the company has committed to add to its investment once Monolith has achieved certain milestones. It is not a material investment for Littelfuse initially. This investment is not expected to have any material financial impact on Littelfuse in 2015 or 2016.

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