Intelligent power and sensing technology provider onsemi and BorgWarner are expanding their strategic collaboration for silicon carbide (SiC), now making the total agreement worth more than US$1bn in lifetime value.
Plans revealed by BorgWarner will see the company integrate the onsemi EliteSiC 1200V and 750V power devices into its Viper power modules. The EliteSiC devices will form part of onsemi’s product range.
“First and foremost, onsemi’s continuous and strategic investment in ramping SiC manufacturing capacity across its end-to-end supply chain gives us confidence in our ability to support the increasing demand for our solutions, now and in the future,” commented Stefan Demmerle, vice president of BorgWarner and president and general manager, PowerDrive Systems.
Despite BorgWarner’s silicon carbide traction inverters already benefitting from a higher efficiency, enhanced cooling performance and faster charging rates in a more compact package than other EV options, it is anticipated that through the use of the EliteSiC technology, the company’s solutions will benefit from increased power density and higher efficiency, resulting in increased range and performance.
“The integration of EliteSiC technology in the traction inverter enables increased gas-equivalent miles per gallon (MPGe), which helps alleviate range anxiety – one of the key barriers to EV adoption,” said Simon Keeton, executive vice president and general manager, Power Solutions Group, onsemi. “With onsemi’s chip-to-system level support and a track record of execution, we are able to provide industry-leading SiC-based solutions to BorgWarner at an accelerated pace to support its go-to-market requirements.”