27 July 2023
onsemi to supply EliteSiC MOSFET technology to Magna for EV traction inverters
Intelligent power and sensing technology firm onsemi of Scottsdale, AZ, USA has announced a long-term supply agreement (LTSA) for its EliteSiC intelligent power solutions to be integrated into the eDrive systems of mobility technology company Magna International Inc of Aurora, Ontario, Canada (one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers).
Magna’s eDrive systems will hence be able to offer better cooling performance and faster acceleration and charging rates, improving efficiency and increasing the range of electric vehicles (EVs). Additionally, onsemi’s end-to-end silicon carbide (SiC) manufacturing capability, combined with its ability to ramp production quickly, should improve Magna’s vertical integration and simplify its supply chain to meet the growing demand for its SiC-based products for EVs.
“With range anxiety still a top deterrent to EV adoption, our technology enables them to go further, easing the transition to an electrified future,” says Asif Jakwani, senior VP & general manager of onsemi’s Advanced Power Division. “Our latest EliteSiC MOSFET technology enables increased power density and higher efficiency in traction inverters, resulting in improved gas-equivalent miles per gallon without compromising driving dynamics and safety.”
In accordance with the terms of the agreement, Magna will also invest about $40m for the procurement of new SiC equipment at onsemi’s New Hampshire and Czech Republic facilities to ensure access to future supply. With a limited number of manufacturers and significant demand for SiC-based designs, OEMs and automotive suppliers are increasingly looking to secure long-term, reliable supply.
“We recognize the importance of securing a stable supply of SiC material in order to continue delivering innovative and efficient eDrive systems for our customers,” notes Diba Ilunga, president of Magna Powertrain. “As the electric vehicle market continues to grow, we are taking proactive steps to secure access to future SiC supply to help support our electrification strategy and outpace the competition.”