German engineering and technology company Robert Bosch (ROBG) is launching a production of silicon carbide automotive chips, to address the anxiety that deters many drivers from switching to electric vehicles, according to Reuters.
Silicon carbide is more conductive than more widely-used silicon which makes it possible for the chips that manage the motors in battery-powered vehicles to have higher switching frequencies and throw off less heat.
Bosch will make the silicon carbide chips at its existing plant in Reutlingen, near its Stuttgart headquarters, executives said at a recent event.
The event gave an update on the company’s progress of its largest single investment - a new, 1 billion euro ($1.1 billion), chip fabrication plant in Dresden, Eastern Germany.
The Dresden ‘fab’ will use wafers with a diameter of 300 mm - making it possible to cram more chips onto a single wafer than existing production methods using diameters of 150-200 mm.
Bosch ranked as the sixth-largest supplier on the $38 billion automotive semiconductor market last year with a share of 5.4%, according to Strategy Analytics.