Selected Topics-0025_Market for Automotive SiC Components Enjoys Soaring Growth as Evolution of New Energy Vehicles Gains Speed
The automotive market is witnessing a surge of interest in silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor devices. Presently, SiC power devices still lag behind traditional silicon-based IGBTs in terms of cost and reliability. Nonetheless, nearly all automotive OEMs and tier-1 suppliers have either begun adopting SiC for the components used their electrified vehicle models, or they are developing related products. On the whole, the activities of OEMs and suppliers demonstrate the growing importance of SiC-related technologies within the automotive industry.
In terms of applications, SiC power devices are mainly intended for the main traction inverter, onboard charger, DC/DC converter, and compressor within the HVAC system. In particular, SiC power devices are regarded as critical for the performance of the main
Table of Contents
1. Upgrading of NEV Platforms to 800V Has Contributed to Rapid Market Growth for SiC Automotive Components
2. Major Suppliers for Power Semiconductor Devices Are Focusing Their Investments on SiC and Sign LTAs with Carmakers
3. As Competition in Automotive Market Intensifies, Carmakers Have Become Deeply Involved in Designing SiC Modules and Developing Related Packaging Technologies
4. TRI’s View
Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) is recognized in the industry as the most mature compound semiconductor material after silicon. It possesses superior characteristics such as high frequency, high electron mobility, high output power, low noise, and good linearity, making it one of the most important support materials for microwave radio frequency and optoelectronics.
In recent years, a surge in applications like 5G communications, autonomous driving, advanced displays, and AI has driven an increased demand for GaAs. Consequently, manufacturers are fully committed to capturing a significant share of this growing market.
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Power semiconductors are the core of energy conversion and circuit control in electronic devices, playing vital roles in power conversion, amplification, switching, circuit protection, and rectification in electronic circuits. They are primarily used for altering voltage and frequency, as well as converting DC to AC in electronic devices. Power semiconductors have a key and extensive role in fields such as automobiles, industry, railway transportation, and power. As the new energy sector grows, particularly in solar energy and electric vehicles, power semiconductors such as IGBT and MOS are also becoming increasingly important in the realm of sustainable energy.
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