Soitec (Euronext Paris), a manufacturer of innovative semiconductor materials, has acquired NOVASiC, an advanced technology company specialized in polishing and reclaiming wafers on silicon carbide (SiC). The acquisition will allow Soitec to drive the development of semiconductors for power supply systems in electromobility and industrial applications. The closing of the transaction is expected before the end of the calendar year 2021.
In a strategic move to address the need of the automotive and industrial markets for performance and energy efficiency, Soitec is expanding its product portfolio beyond Silicon on Insulator (SOI) with Silicon Carbide. This crystal material unlocks greater performance, optimized design and lower environmental impact for power electronics, making it a perfect fit in particular for electric vehicles and other power efficient applications.
SmartSiC substrates, resulting from the application of Soitec’s unique and patented proprietary technology SmartCut to SiC, will enable new levels of performance and energy efficiency compared to traditional bulk silicon carbide, through higher donor wafer re-usability, improved yields and lower die sizes. In addition to reducing silicon carbide’s environmental impact in its production process, SmartSiC will be a catalyst to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. SmartSiC is currently at the prototyping level for devices with several key partners.
Established in 1995, NOVASiC provides state-of-the-art wafering, reclaiming and polishing services for high performance semiconductors and industrial crystals to laboratories and industrial customers, with a particular focus on silicon carbide. The company has developed innovative polishing processes allowing enhanced device performance with a scratch free, low roughness, ultra-clean epiready surface, and no damaged layers.
With the acquisition, Didier Marsan, CEO of NOVASiC and an international expert will become senior technical advisor for Soitec.
“Soitec’s SmartSiC substrates will be the backbone of energy-efficient electromobility,” said Bernard Aspar, COO of Soitec. “The acquisition of NOVASiC and the integration of its expertise in wafering, polishing and reclaiming brings the latest technology building block for Soitec to deliver an optimal final product and prepare the industrialization phase of our SmartSiC product line. The expertise of NOVASiC will help us further accelerate the go-to-market and adoption of our smart silicon carbide applications in the promising and demanding automotive and industrial markets.”
“We are very pleased to join a world leader in semiconductor materials like Soitec,” said Didier Marsan, CEO of NOVASiC. “We look forward to providing our expertise to support the roadmap of Soitec’s new, very promising product line, and to contribute to the adoption of Soitec´s smart silicon carbide solutions.”