Startup company partners with foundry for automotive power semis
Steifpower Technology has selected foundry SkyWater as its manufacturing partner for discrete power devices that are intended for tier one automotive customers.

Specifically, the companies will collaborate to design and manufacture power MOSFETs and IGBTs and related power discrete devices to automotive standards.

Steifpower, founded in 2018, is utilizing SkyWater’s Integrated process Flow Transfer (SWIFT) service with an initial goal of bringing in to production power MOSFET with low input capacitance for better switching frequency as well as low on resistance for applications up to 200V.

In addition SkyWater will manufacture Steifpower’s IGBTs with embedded backside diode for applications up to 1,700V.

According to Yole Développement, the total power MOSFET market continues to grow and is estimated to be worth US$7.5 billion in 2020, and enjoying a 3.4 percent CAGR over the period 2016 to 2020. Yole also sees substantial growth for the IGBT market, with Electronic vehicles and charging stations driving silicon IGBTs, estimating market growth of 10 to 12.5 percent per year between 2016 and 2022.

“SkyWater’s technology foundry model and expertise in developing custom process flows is well aligned with Steifpower’s needs to support new products on our technology roadmap,” said Domenico Lo Verde, founder and managing director, of Steifpower.