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X-FAB Further Expands its SiC Capacity and Adds New In-House Epitaxy Capabilities
Positioning itself as the first foundry to offer high-volume manufacturing so that rapidly growing SiC demands can be met(PresseBox) ( Tessenderlo, Belgium, )
By offering an in-house epitaxy capability, X-FAB is taking control of an additional part of the process chain. This will result in better lead times, meaning that customers’ products are quicker to market. Through the new epitaxy toolset, which comes with an option for dual epi-layer implementations, X-FAB will be able to achieve higher uniformity of the epitaxial layer – thereby increasing device performance parameters and the overall yield significantly. The company is also undertaking further investments in state-of-the-art characterization tools to improve the epi-layer quality, and is working with the leading substrate manufacturers to ensure the long-term continuity of supply for essential raw materials.
With X-FAB’s site in Lubbock focused on serving the SiC market, the company is fully prepared for the expected acceleration of SiC device shipments – enabling key applications, such as electric vehicles and advanced power management systems. It will allow customers to import their SiC projects into a stable and trusted, fully automotive-qualified fab environment which supports output levels that are comparable with those of IDMs.
“X-FAB’s commitment to wide bandgap technology is truly unmatched, and we have already demonstrated our SiC onboarding credentials, with numerous high-volume projects for diodes, MOSFETs and JFETs all currently running, and these are paving the way towards mass market adoption,” states Ed Pascasio, CFO at X-FAB Texas. “By making even more capacity available for SiC, we will be able to keep up with demand requirements as this technology matures. Also, with all the necessary epitaxy expertise now located internally, X-FAB is in a unique position to control every aspect of SiC production. Our engineering team has direct influence across the whole process, and this will translate into best-value performance and quality as well as more attractive price points,” Pascasio concludes.
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