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Qorvo Acquires UnitedSiC

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Acquisition expands Qorvo’s reach into the fast-growing markets for electric vehicles (EVs), industrial power, circuit protection, renewables and data centre power.

RF semiconductor company Qorvo has acquired Princeton, New Jersey-based UnitedSiC, a manufacturer of SiC power semiconductors. The acquisition expands Qorvo’s reach into the fast-growing markets for electric vehicles (EVs), industrial power, circuit protection, renewables and data centre power.

UnitedSiC will become part of Qorvo’s Infrastructure & Defence Products (IDP) business and will be led by Chris Dries, who was formerly UnitedSiC’s president and CEO and is now general manager of Qorvo’s Power Device Solutions.

Philip Chesley, president of Qorvo IDP, said, “The addition of UnitedSiC to our IDP business significantly expands our market opportunities in high-power applications. This acquisition enables Qorvo to deliver high-value, best-in-class intelligent power solutions covering power conversion, motion control and circuit protection applications.”

Dries said: “Our team is thrilled to expand our SiC portfolio as part of Qorvo and continue to build the business with speed and scale, working to accelerate SiC adoption with the industry’s highest performance devices. Our SiC technology, together with Qorvo’s complementary Programmable Power Management products and world-class supply chain capabilities, enable us to deliver superior levels of power efficiency in advanced applications.”

UnitedSiC’s product portfolio now spans more than 80 SiC FETs, JFETs and Schottky diode devices. Based on a unique cascode configuration, the recently announced Generation 4 SiC FETs are specified at an industry-leading 750V at 5.9 milliohm RDS(on), enabling new levels of SiC efficiency and performance critical for EV chargers, DC-DC converters and traction drives, as well as telecom/server power supplies, variable speed motor drives and solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters.

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