IQE plc, the leading supplier of compound semiconductor wafer products and advanced material solutions to the global semiconductor industry, announced a strategic collaboration with VisIC Technologies, a global leader in the provision of GaN (Gallium Nitride) power solutions to the automotive sector, to develop the highest reliability gallium nitride D-Mode (D-Mode GaN) power products for use in electric vehicles inverters.

IQE and VisIC Technologies will collaborate to develop 200mm (8”) D-Mode GaN power epiwafers that will be developed at IQE’s UK facilities, leveraging IQE’s well-established expertise in GaN technology.

VisIC Technologies, with its ground-breaking D3GaN technology (Direct Drive D-Mode GaN), brings the future of EV inverters into focus. This technology promises to reduce power consumption, increase reliability and enhance performance in electric vehicles. By combining VisIC Technologies’ innovative Power Electronics solutions with IQE’s epitaxy excellence, this partnership aims to accelerate the adoption of GaN-on-Silicon technology in EVs, significantly contributing to the evolution of sustainable transportation.

The collaboration marks another important milestone in IQE’s strategy of diversification into the high-growth Power market, first announced at its 2022 Capital Markets Day. IQE sees significant opportunities in the GaN Power epiwafer market in particular, which is forecast to reach a $632m value by 2027.

Original – VisIC Technologies