Cree Agrees to Supply STMicroelectronics with SiC Wafers

January 08, 2019 by Scott McMahan

Cree, Inc. announced that it agreed to produce and supply its Wolfspeed® silicon carbide (SiC) wafers to STMicroelectronics. The agreement relates to the supply of a quarter billion dollars of Cree's 150mm silicon carbide bare and epitaxial wafers to STMicroelectronics.

"ST is the only semiconductor company with automotive-grade silicon carbide in mass production today, and we want to press forward to grow our SiC business both in terms of volume and breadth of applications served, targeting leadership in a market estimated at more than $3B in 2025," said Jean-Marc Chery, president and CEO of STMicroelectronics. "This agreement with Cree will improve our flexibility, sustain our ambition and plans, and contribute to boosting the pervasion of SiC in automotive and industrial applications."

Gregg Lowe, CEO of Cree commented, "This is the third multi-year agreement that we have signed this past year in support of the industry's transition from silicon to silicon carbide. As the world leader in silicon carbide, Cree continues to expand capacity to meet the growing market needs, particularly in industrial and automotive applications. We are extremely pleased to continue to support STMicroelectronics as we both invest to accelerate this market."

According to Cree, the supply agreement enables silicon carbide applications in the broad automotive and industrial markets.