08 Mar '17, 6pm

In Quiet Endorsement of Silicon Carbide, Littelfuse Invests $15 Million in Monolith

In Quiet Endorsement of Silicon Carbide, Littelfuse Invests $15 Million in Monolith

Littelfuse, a major supplier of circuit protection devices, invested $15 million to take majority ownership of Monolith Semiconductor, a startup that has developed power devices based on silicon carbide and targeting applications in renewable energy and electric vehicles. Monolith makes power diodes and switches out of silicon carbide, an advanced semiconductor that allows devices to switch faster, handle higher voltages, and suppress heat better than silicon chips. It also has the potential to significantly cut the energy lost in power conversion, making it a popular replacement for silicon. Though small, the investment shows how the center of gravity in power electronics is sliding away from silicon. The current generation of silicon carbide arrived with a more somber tone than previous years, but it has clearly matured. Tesla is using silicon carbide, more commonly know...

Full article: http://electronicdesign.com/power/quiet-endorsement-silic...

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