This allows the foundry to offer capacity from its silicon carbide (SiC) wafer fab in Lubbock, Texas.
Among the tools now added are a high-temperature anneal furnace, backgrind equipment for thinning SiC wafers, backside metal sputter and backside laser anneal tools. A high-temperature implanter is scheduled for installation later this year.
X-FAB expects to fully leverage the economies of scale that are already available in its established 30K wafer per month silicon line, to present the market with a capacity to produce large volumes of SiC devices on 6-inch wafers.
The company also hopes to play a role as a second source solution for IDMs with their own SiC manufacturing.
“Current SiC offerings are either IDMs creating their own products or relatively small foundry operations using 4-inch production facilities,” said Andy Wilson, X-FAB’s Director of Strategic Business Development in a company statement.
“X-FAB is bringing something different to the market, with a SiC capacity of 5k wafers/month ready to utilize and potential to raise this further. We can thus offer a scalable, high quality, secure platform that will enable customers to cost-effectively obtain discrete devices on SiC substrates and also safely apply vital differentiation.”
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