Cree, Inc., the global provider in silicon-carbide technology through its Wolfspeed business, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor provider, announced the expansion of an existing multi-year, long-term silicon-carbide wafer supply agreement.
“This latest expansion to our long-term wafer supply agreement with Cree will continue to contribute to the flexibility of our global silicon-carbide substrate supply,” said Jean-Marc Chery, president and CEO of STMicroelectronics. “It will continue to contribute importantly to our global silicon-carbide supply, complementing the other external capacity we have secured and the internal capacity we are ramping.”
The adoption of silicon carbide-based power solutions is rapidly growing across the automotive market as the industry moves from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles, enabling greater system efficiencies that result in electric cars with longer range and faster charging while reducing cost, lowering weight, and conserving space.
“The agreement will help meet the high volumes required by our product manufacturing operations in the next years, with a large number of automotive and industrial customer programs in high volumes or ramping up,” addedChery.
In the industrial market, silicon carbide solutions enable smaller, lighter and more cost-effective designs, converting energy more efficiently to unlock new clean energy applications. To better support these growing markets, device manufacturers are interested in securing access to high-quality, silicon-carbide substrates to support their customers.
“We are very pleased that STMicroelectronics will continue to leverage Wolfspeed silicon carbide materials as part of their supply strategy for the next several years,” said Cree CEO Gregg Lowe. “Our long-term wafer supply agreements with device manufacturers now total more than $1.3 billion and help support our efforts to drive the industry transition from silicon to silicon carbide.”
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