Early adopters are already receiving significant volumes of SiC devices as we are ramp up to very high volumes for the broader automotive industry. SiC wide-bandgap characteristics enable extraordinary efficiency in electric vehicle traction systems, on-board chargers, and DC-DC converters, with imminent implementation in new applications like climate compressors, e-heating, battery switches, fuel cell power DC-DC, and high-speed air compressor pumps. By 2025, most European carmakers will have transitioned to the 800V DC bus domain for faster charging and more powerful traction inverters, where the high-voltage efficiency and thermal performance of SiC is even more appealing.
Manuel Gärtner joined STMicroelectronics Munich in 1999 and is Director of Wide bandgap & Electrification for automotive applications. He has worked as a development engineer for smart power products and as a research engineer at the university of Berlin.He has published over 35 articles and conference speeches on automotive power electronics and holds five different patents. He is member of the EEHE Scientific Advisory Board, the SIA POWER TRAIN & ELECTRONICS scientific committee for Power Electronics, and he represents STMicroelectronics as principal partner in ECPE.