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SemiSouth injects $18 million into developing SiC devices

The expansion, in its Mississippi plant is expected to drive the firm's silicon carbide fabrication facility. It will also improve customer service to those who are adopting the company’s diode and power transistor products

SemiSouth Laboratories is further expanding its facility in Starkville for the second time in the past 18 months.  With the extra investment of $18 million, the firm is hoping to increase the availability of energy-efficient SiC power devices for the solar, wind, traction-drive, and automotive industries. This move will help to drive the continued growth in the firm's SiC fabrication facility and improve customer service to those who are adopting the company’s diode and power transistor products. SemiSouth says its SiC technology enables ultra-efficient power conversion for solar and wind inverters, hybrid/electric vehicles, traction-drive and other applications that benefit from exceptionally high energy efficiency. “Today’s announcement is a testament to SemiSouth’s success with existing customers in solar inverter and industrial power supply market segments,” comments Jeff Casady, President of SemiSouth. “We are ramping with our customers’ demands for our industry-leading SiC power JFET and power diode products, and this new expansion will allow us to expand our volume another 50% for these customers and new ones starting up with us,” he continues. Dieter Liesabeths, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at SemiSouth, adds, “SemiSouth is continuously being recognised by its customers for having world-record, cost-effective, energy-efficient power semiconductor electronic products based on our proprietary SiC technology." "We have many customers in production with even more in development for our products in energy-sensitive markets such as solar inverters, server power supplies, wind inverters, and electric vehicle development,” concludes Liesabeths.

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