Onsemi has bought GT Advanced Technologies, a producer of silicon carbide (SiC), for $415m in cash.
Founded in 1994, GTAT has significant experience in crystalline growth, including SiC. SiC is a key material for next-generation semiconductors that provide technical benefits in SiC power switching devices, significantly improving system efficiency in electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging and energy infrastructure.
The move is part of industry consolidation to secure supply of SiC materials. This includes deals by ST and Infineon with Cree and Rohm and II-VI buying European SiC wafer maker Ascatron
- Krysiak joins board of US SiC materials maker
- Infineon signs five year deal for SiC materials
- On Semi SiC modules for EV designs
- STMicroelectronics produces its first 200m SiC wafers
- II-VI buys Swedish SiC wafer maker Ascatron
- II-VI bets a billion dollars on SiC
onsemi plans to invest in expanding GTAT’s research and development efforts to advance 150mm and 200mm SiC crystal growth technology, while also investing in the broader SiC supply chain, including Fab capacity and packaging.
The transaction is expected to secure and grow supply of SiC and meet rapidly growing customer demand for SiC-based solutions in the sustainable ecosystem, including EVs, EV charging and energy infrastructure.
Combining onsemi’s manufacturing capabilities with GTAT’s technical expertise will accelerate SiC development and position onsemi to better serve customers as the sustainable ecosystem rapidly ramps up over the next decade. This enhanced SiC capability will allow onsemi to assure customers of supply of critical components and to further commercialize intelligent power technologies.
“This transaction reflects our confidence and stated commitment to meaningfully invest in silicon carbide solutions to support the creation of intelligent power and sensing technologies to help build a sustainable future,” said Hassane El-Khoury, president and chief executive officer of onsemi. “We are focused on deepening our leadership and innovation in game-changing technologies that support the automotive and industrial sectors, and GTAT brings outstanding technical capabilities and expertise in developing wafering-ready silicon carbide, which we