In order to remain the premier 6-inch SiC wafer foundry X-FAB is going to double its SiC process capacity, demonstrating its commitment to SiC technology and the SiC foundry business model. In preparation for this step the company has purchased a second heated ion implanter for use in manufacturing 6-inch SiC wafers. Delivery of this heated ion implanter is expected by the end of 2018, and production release is planned during the first quarter of 2019 in time to meet projected near-term demand.
“With the rising popularity of SiC we understood, early on, that increasing our ion implant capability would be critical to our continued manufacturing success in the SiC marketplace,” notes Lloyd Whetzel, CEO of X-FAB Texas. He adds: “This is just the first step in our overall capital plan for SiC-specific manufacturing process improvements.”
X-FAB's 6-inch SiC process capabilities are available at its Lubbock, Texas manufacturing site which is certified for automotive manufacturing according to the new IATF-16949:2016 International Automotive Quality Management System (QMS).