18 July 2023
BorgWarner to integrate onsemi’s EliteSiC 1200V and 750V power devices into VIPER power modules
Intelligent power and sensing technology firm onsemi of Scottsdale, AZ, USA and BorgWarner Inc of Auburn Hills, MI, USA (which provides sustainable mobility solutions for the vehicle market) are expanding their strategic collaboration for silicon carbide (SiC), making the total agreement worth over $1bn in lifetime value. BorgWarner plans to integrate onsemi’s EliteSiC 1200V and 750V power devices into its VIPER power modules. The EliteSiC devices join a broad portfolio of onsemi products that are part of the long-standing strategic relationship between the two companies.
onsemi notes that it provides high-performance EliteSiC technology while maintaining the standards of quality, reliability and supply assurance needed for the electric vehicles (EV) traction market. The firm adds that its decades of experience in the design, development and manufacturing of power semiconductor products support adoption in high-volume automotive applications.
“First and foremost, onsemi’s continuous and strategic investment in ramping SiC manufacturing capacity across its end-to-end supply chain gives us confidence in our ability to support the increasing demand for our solutions, now and in the future,” comments Stefan Demmerle, VP of BorgWarner and president & general manager, PowerDrive Systems.
BorgWarner’s silicon carbide traction inverters are claimed to already offer higher efficiency, better cooling performance, and faster-charging rates in a more compact package than other options for EVs. By using EliteSiC technology, BorgWarner’s solutions are expected to benefit from increased power density and higher efficiency, increasing the range and overall performance of EVs.
“The integration of EliteSiC technology in the traction inverter enables increased gas-equivalent miles per gallon (MPGe), which helps alleviate range anxiety — one of the key barriers to EV adoption,” says Simon Keeton, executive VP & general manager, Power Solutions Group, onsemi. “With onsemi’s chip-to-system-level support and a track record of execution, we are able to provide industry-leading SiC-based solutions to BorgWarner at an accelerated pace to support its go-to-market requirements.”