Silicon carbide semiconductors: Bosch leads a consortium to create a European supply chain

The aim is to play a leading role for the Old Continent.  Bosch is poised to lead a consortium to form a European supply chain for the development and production of silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors . 34 companies, universities and research institutes from seven European countries have decided to join forces to give a concrete answer to the problem of the Old Continent's dependence on Asian suppliers.  SiC, the semiconductors of the future The new consortium was born as part of the “Transform” project with which the European authorities are pushing to ensure Europe a leadership role in the most advanced technologies in the microelectronics sector. Silicon carbide semiconductors, considered the future of microprocessors, as they are up to 30% more efficient than current pure silicon ones , will be a key component in various areas such as electric mobility, renewable energy and cloud computing.   Demand destined to explode in the next few years The objective of the consortium, which at the starting phase will be able to count on public funding of 89 million euros allocated with the Transform project, is to create a supply chain capable of controlling all the production phases, starting from raw materials up to electronic applications. A rapid increase in demand is also expected for the next few years , given that we are talking about semiconductors that find application on electric vehicles, charging stations and distribution infrastructures.   Consortium members Among the members of the consortium promoted by Bosch there are several actors active in the creation of the "value chain" in Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Spain and Sweden, as well as scientific organizations such as the Fraunhofer Institute and companies related to the sector cars, including Saint-Gobain, STMicroelectronics and Valeo-Siemens Automotive.

The aim is to play a leading role for the Old Continent.

Bosch is poised to lead a consortium to form a European supply chain for the development and production of silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors . 34 companies, universities and research institutes from seven European countries have decided to join forces to give a concrete answer to the problem of the Old Continent's dependence on Asian suppliers.

SiC, the semiconductors of the future

The new consortium was born as part of the “Transform” project with which the European authorities are pushing to ensure Europe a leadership role in the most advanced technologies in the microelectronics sector. Silicon carbide semiconductors, considered the future of microprocessors, as they are up to 30% more efficient than current pure silicon ones , will be a key component in various areas such as electric mobility, renewable energy and cloud computing. 

Demand destined to explode in the next few years

The objective of the consortium, which at the starting phase will be able to count on public funding of 89 million euros allocated with the Transform project, is to create a supply chain capable of controlling all the production phases, starting from raw materials up to electronic applications. A rapid increase in demand is also expected for the next few years , given that we are talking about semiconductors that find application on electric vehicles, charging stations and distribution infrastructures. 

Consortium members

Among the members of the consortium promoted by Bosch there are several actors active in the creation of the "value chain" in Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Spain and Sweden, as well as scientific organizations such as the Fraunhofer Institute and companies related to the sector cars, including Saint-Gobain, STMicroelectronics and Valeo-Siemens Automotive.

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