Silicon Carbide for Rapidly Growing Markets
Silicon carbide (SiC) is a high-demand crystal material that can efficiently handle voltages and temperatures far exceeding those of silicon. With decades of experience producing high-quality crystal materials, GT Advanced Technologies is meeting this demand with its ‘Prime Grade Plus’ 150mm SiC crystal for high-growth applications such as EV and Photovoltaics.
Key product attributes include a target usable height (UH) of 20 mm or greater and with fewer than 0.5 micropipes per square centimeter.
GT has two parallel focus points for silicon carbide: making the material affordable, and making it available in high volume. GT does this by ‘dialing in’ the process and then perfecting it. GT’s long-standing global experience in producing crystal-growth equipment represents a core competency that will allow it to meet cost and volume demands for silicon carbide across rapidly expanding markets.
Silicon Carbide for Electric Vehicles
The electric vehicle market is surging. You can see it everywhere you look. Car and truck makers have impressive models on the road now and many more soon to come. Silicon carbide will play a huge role in advancing the mass adoption of EVs because it enables circuits and modules to be extremely small and light, which in turn boosts battery efficiency and range.
Charging stations are also evolving. Widespread deployment of 350kW chargers is a reality now, and 475kW versions are close at hand. This can provide a range boost of anywhere from 220 to 300 miles after only ten minutes of charging time!
Silicon carbide is the substrate material allowing this to happen, and GT Advanced Technologies is scaled to meet demand!