Jun 21, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- ROHM Semiconductor has announced a long-term silicon carbide (SiC) supply partnership (2024 to 2030) worth over $1 billion with Vitesco Technologies, a leading international manufacturer of modern drive technology and electrification solutions. The development partnership between the companies, which started in 2020, formed the basis for the supply partnership.

Vitesco Technologies’ advanced inverters with integrated ROHM SiC chips will be adopted by two customers, to be applied inside electric vehicle powertrains. Vitesco Technologies will start supplying a first series project as early as 2024, ahead of the originally targeted timeline.

SiC devices enable the design of particularly efficient power electronics, such as those needed for electric car inverters. SiC chips are a key technology, particularly for high voltages and for vehicles with demanding range targets and optimum overall efficiency. During the existing development partnership, with ROHM the relevant SiC chips were further optimized for use in automotive inverters starting in 2024.