Engineering 101

Turbo-Charge Your Designs with SiC (Without the Long Lead Times)

Sponsored by Microchip

In this video brief we’ll discuss the power of SiC. While SiC has been around for a while, we’re seeing now wide adoption. It’s solving challenges that Si couldn’t before. And as the world becomes electrified, we’re witnessing a need for smaller, faster, and higher efficiency. We’ll discuss key applications and benefits of SiC, as well as alert the audience to Microchip’s SiC capabilities—what sets the company apart, weaving in the message of adopt SiC with ease, speed and confidence along the way.

Today we’re seeing the electrification of everything. Even in your car where the old hydraulic systems are switching to electric (and your aircraft hydraulics, too). This move to electrification is creating a need for higher levels of power fidelity. Loads are becoming more sensitive and there’s need for higher levels of control. This has opened the door to the wide bandgap materials we hear so much about today, like Silicon Carbide (SiC). SiC switches much faster than silicon and can achieve higher voltages making it perfect for the next generation of power switches.

Early on, there were some challenges with the reliability of the material, or the robustness of the devices, but over time, they got better and better. Today, it’s gotten to a point where it’s adopted in multiple types of applications.

“For Microchip, we benchmarked our devices against basically all the competition and stress tests to wear out the devices, what we found was our devices perform much better. For instance, gate oxide was one of the areas where silicon carbide was somewhat weak, and our gate oxide now we have tests that show it lasts over 100 years. Most people’s applications aren’t going to last that long. So for them, that means it’s not an issue adopting silicon carbide.”

Perry Schugart, Technical Staff Engineer – Product Marketing, Microchip

What You’ll Learn:

  • What’s driving wide band gap interest?
  • How do we take full advantage of SiC?
  • Other key application areas of SiC.
  • Microchip’s testing processes.
  • What make SiC cost effective to implement?
  • What’s holding up SiC production and why Microchip is not succumbing to the lead times other manufacturers are experiencing.

Learn More About Microchip’s SiC Devices and Modules

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