31 Jul '13, 11pm

Japanese Seek High-Voltage, High-Current Power in Numbers

MADISON, Wis. -- As the demand for both HEV/EV is growing, the chip industry's expectation for power electronic market is also ballooning. Energized by demand from power supplies, photovoltaic (PV) inverters and industrial motor drives, “the emerging market for Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) power semiconductors is expected to grow a remarkable factor of 18 during the next 10 years,” reported market research company IHS earlier this year. The firm's forecast on the annual double digit growth in the power device market revenue has escaped hardly anyone's notice. Many semiconductor companies are "pinning their hopes on the future of power devices," said Yoshiaki Yoshida, board member of Tokyo-based Advantest Corp., in a recent phone interview with EE Times. Advantest is a leading manufacture of automatic test equipment for the semiconductor industry. Power c...

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