Semilab Zrt. and Fraunhofer IISB establish a unique joint demo lab to develop advanced techniques for SiC process control within the heart of Europe

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Semilab is pleased to announce an agreement to form a long-term strategic partnership with Fraunhofer IISB. Within the framework of this cooperation, a demo lab will be opened with a strong focus on developing state-of-the-art metrology and inspection solutions for wide bandgap semiconductor materials.

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Over the years, developments in compound semiconductor materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) have been receiving increased attention. SiC devices show great promise in the future of wide bandgap semiconductors due to their superior material properties. The silicon carbide market’s growth shows no sign of slowing down due to the expansion in the industrial and automotive sectors. We believe in driving decarbonization by supporting the development of key SiC products and components.

Based in Budapest, Hungary, Semilab is a strategic metrology supplier and innovation partner of the leading wafer manufacturers, IC device makers in the More-than-Moore market segment. Semilab provides state-of-the-art metrology solutions for semiconductor device manufacturers, both in-line and R&D segments. The company is among the world leaders in non-contact CV metrology for SiC and its market share is growing for EPI thickness and resistivity monitoring.

The Fraunhofer IISB in Erlangen, Germany, specializes in wide-bandgap semiconductors and efficient power electronics. Here, device know-how merges with complex system development, especially for e-mobility and sustainable energy supply.

The institute bundles its activities in the two business units Power Electronic Systems and Semiconductors. In doing so, it comprehensively covers the entire value chain from basic materials, through semiconductor device, process and module technologies, to complete electronics and energy systems. As a unique center of excellence in Europe for the semiconductor material silicon carbide (SiC), the IISB is a pioneer in the development of highly efficient power electronics, even for extreme requirements. This spans from material, over process and to device development supported by providing innovative metrology solutions.

Considering the crucial role both players have in shaping of the European semiconductor scene, the strategic partnership between Semilab and Fraunhofer IISB will allow the utilization of their respective resources and global networks in order to develop new, innovative silicon carbide processes and metrologies.

Fraunhofer IISB

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB is one of Europe’s leading research institutions for wide-bandgap semiconductors and power electronics, covering the complete value chain. The spectrum ranges from basic materials, semiconductor devices and process technologies, power electronic modules and components to complete power electronic and energy systems.

Main target applications of the IISB are semiconductor manufacturing, electromobility, aerospace as well as sustainable energy supply. With its solutions, the institute has been setting benchmarks in energy efficiency and performance, even for extreme operating conditions. The integration of intelligent data-based functionalities also continuously opens up new application scenarios.

Fraunhofer IISB supports its customers and partners worldwide in transferring scientific results into commercial products. Its activities are organized in two business areas: Semiconductor Technology and Power Electronic Systems. A total of around 300 employees works at the headquarters in Erlangen, Bavaria, and at the Fraunhofer Technology Center High Performance Materials THM in Freiberg, Saxony.

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