Infineon has reached a long-term agreement with Cree for the supply of silicon-carbide (SiC) wafers. A secured long-term supply of SiC wafers will strengthen Infineon in today’s high-growth areas such as photovoltaic inverters and electro-mobility. The agreement also said that Cree will supply only 150mm SiC wafers as Infineon has already converted all its SiC manufacturing lines to the most advanced 150 mm SiC wafers.
“We have known Cree for a long time as a strong and reliable partner with an excellent industry reputation,” said Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon. “Based on the secured long-term supply of SiC wafers, we strengthen our strategic growth areas in automotive and industrial power control. As a consequence we will create additional value for our customers.”
“Infineon is a longstanding, valuable commercial partner with an excellent reputation,” said Gregg Lowe, CEO of Cree. “This agreement validates the quality of Cree’s SiC wafer technology and our capacity expansion, as well as the accelerated adoption of SiC-based solutions that are critical to enabling faster, smaller, lighter and more powerful electronic systems.”
Infineon notes SiC semiconductors are used for power conversion and electric cars. They have shown a strong increase over the last years due to their benefits over silicon-based power semiconductors. SiC products are expected to be used in more applications such as for robotics, industrial power supplies, traction and variable speed drives.