Germany: Bosch plans to produce new silicon carbide chips at Reutlingen factory
According to German newspaper FAZ, electronics giant Bosch is planning to manufacture new silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors at its factory in Reutlingen. For deploying a pilot line for new SiC chip at the factory, Bosch has reportedly planned an initial investment in the “three-digit million range.”
The first sample of the new SiC chip will be officially presented by Bosch in 2020.
About the new chips, a press statement released by the Bosch headquarters has revealed that the SiC chips are made of a “miracle material.” Bosch has also asserted that the SiC chips have more electrical conductivity as compared to regular silicon chips.
Going by Bosch’s claims, the new SiC chips can lead to an increase of up to 6% in the driving range of an electric vehicle. Moreover, the advantage of the new chips in terms of power electronics is that they can ensure 50% lower energy loss in the form of heat. The reduced heat loss of the new SiC chips and their capability to work at much higher operating temperatures can yield significant cost savings for manufacturers, because they can downsize their expenditure on the cooling of the powertrain components.
With regard to the potential savings enabled by the new SiC chips, Bosch said in its press release: “This saving translates into more efficient power electronics and more energy for the electric motor and therefore for the battery range.”