Hunan Sanan secures $524M SiC order from NEV brand
SiC chips will be manufactured in Hunan Sanan's mega fab in Changsha
Hunan Sanan, a subsidiary of Sanan Optoelectronics, will supply SiC chips to a prominent automaker's new electric vehicle product line in the next few years
Tony Chiang, general manager of Hunan Sanan, said: "Our agreement with this strategic partner further demonstrates the automotive industry's commitment to providing innovative electrification experience to the market and leveraging the advantages of wide bandgap semiconductors to improve overall vehicle performance. The agreement ensures a long-term supply of SiC to our customer to help them realise their promise of low-carbon, smart mobility. "
The SiC chips in the agreement will be manufactured in the Hunan Sanan's mega fab in Changsha, said to be the first vertically integrated SiC wafer manufacturing service platform in China, providing in-house supply chain from SiC crystal, substrate, epitaxy, chip manufacturing, packaging and testing, with a committed annual production capacity of 500,000 SiC 6-inch wafers.
Hunan Sanan has recently obtained IATF 16949 system certification while the automotive-grade SiC MOSFETs have been verified with the cooperation of strategic partners, and are expected to be released in production in 2024.
Sike Semiconductor, a company jointly established by Hunan Sanan and Li Auto, also officially started construction this past August and is expected to start production in 2024 with a planned annual production capacity of 2.4 million half-bridge SiC power modules.
Hunan Sanan's SiC technology will provide energy for the NEV power system for medium and high voltage platforms.