July 18, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- ROHM announced that it has entered into a basic agreement with Solar Frontier K.K. to acquire Solar Frontier's Kunitomi plant in Japan.

The acquisition is scheduled to take place in October 2023. After the acquisition, the plant will become the main production base of the Rohm Group's SiC power device capacity.

The plant covers an area of 400,000 square meters and the total building floor area is 230,000 square meters. After the acquisition, it is planned to start operations at the end of 2024, and it is planned to expand the SiC production capacity of the Rohm Group by 35 times in fiscal year 2030 compared with fiscal year 2021.

The automotive and industrial equipment markets are experiencing technological innovations such as electrification to reduce environmental impact and achieve carbon neutrality. Therefore, the demand is increasing, especially for power and analog semiconductors.

With the further expansion of the semiconductor market, the ROHM Group intends to continuously expand production capacity, especially for silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, and to secure stable supply to ROHM customers.