8 December 2022
Semikron Danfoss secure long-term agreement to supply SiC modules for Dana’s inverters
Semikron Danfoss of Nuremberg and Flensburg, Germany has announced a long-term agreement to supply silicon carbide (SiC) modules for use in the TM4 silicon carbide inverters of Dana Inc, a tier-1 manufacturer of propulsion solutions to power vehicles and mobile machines.
Semikron Danfoss’ eMPack platform is optimized for SiC technology, and the fully sintered ‘Direct Pressed Die’ (DPD) technology (which allows for extremely compact, scalable and reliable inverters) is said to be one of the crucial factors that clinched the deal between Dana and Semikron Danfoss.
“Our modular design, capable of utilizing SiC devices from multiple chip sources, is the ideal module platform for Dana’s broad inverter portfolio,” says Siegbert Haumann, senior VP, Semikron Danfoss Automotive Division.
Targeted for use across the light-vehicle, commercial-vehicle and off-highway mobility markets, Dana’s silicon carbide inverter designs can enable higher system efficiency and power density in a compact package for medium- and high-voltage inverter applications, resulting in the potential for increased range.
“This long-term supply agreement with Semikron Danfoss gives us a strong strategic advantage as we expand the use of silicon carbide technology and support our customers with innovative, efficient and powerful solutions,” says Dana’s chief technology officer Christophe Dominiak.
“The eMobility market is accelerating at a staggering pace,” notes Semikron Danfoss’ CEO Claus Petersen. “Combined with a major technology shift from silicon to silicon carbide, it creates an extremely dynamic market environment where close communication and fast decision making is essential. This is best executed in a close cooperation between two strong partners,” he adds.
The eMobility market is expected to remain one of the fastest-growing markets for power semiconductors in the years ahead. According to business intelligence and strategy research company BIS Research, the number of hybrid and electric vehicles will continue to grow by 23% a year until 2029.