1. Semiconductor Strategic Alliance Japan-based ROHM Co Ltd and Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corp (TDSC) have announced a collaboration to enhance the manufacturing and upscale the production of silicon carbide (SiC) and silicon (Si) power devices. Supported by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), this initiative aims to fortify the semiconductor supply chain in an increasingly competitive market.
2. Technological Advances and Applications The demand for power devices continues to rise, essential for managing power supplies in various electronic devices, particularly in pursuit of a carbon-free society. In the automotive sector, the development of more efficient, compact, and lightweight electric powertrains is critical to vehicle electrification. In industrial applications, a stable supply of these devices is required to support growing automation and efficiency demands.
3. Investment and Innovation ROHM is focusing on its fourth-generation SiC MOSFETs, expected to be widely adopted in electric vehicles and industrial equipment. Meanwhile, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage has been a key supplier of silicon power devices, aiding in energy savings and equipment miniaturization. Both companies are ramping up their investments to increase production capacity and develop a broader range of SiC power devices, particularly for automotive and power transmission and distribution applications.