As we enter into 2014 here are ten European startups in the power management sector that are worth keeping an eye on to see how they will progress (or slide backwards) this year.
EE Times Europe January 13, 2014
With Schottky diodes scheduled for next year and MOSFETs to follow, power semiconductor developer, Anvil Semiconductors, looks set to deliver what industry wants; efficient and cheap SiC devices. Power Electronics World reports.
Anvil Secures Funding To Develop Low Cost Silicon Carbide Power Devices
Following its recent $1.6M investment round, Anvil Semiconductors Ltd today announced the appointment of Martin Lamb as Chairman to lead the company as it commercialises its new technology that promises to open up high volume power device markets for silicon carbide (SiC). The unique SiC-on-silicon epitaxial technology opens up the prospect of devices offering SiC performance at the costs close to those of silicon.
Anvil Semiconductor has won the coveted Innovation in Power Electronics category at the 2013 NMI Electronic Systems Awards ceremony.
The Judges cited Anvil’s development of a unique and highly innovative technology to enable the production of high performance silicon carbide power switches at a similar cost to conventional silicon by growing the silicon carbide on silicon wafers.
Anvil Semiconductors has secured backing to develop and commercialise its silicon carbide (SiC)-on-silicon technology for power devices. The unique epitaxial technology opens up the prospect of devices offering silicon carbide performance at the cost of silicon.
The superior operating efficiencies of SiC-based devices, versus those based on conventional silicon, have long made it a material of promise to the industry. However, the high costs of producing devices in SiC has discouraged their widespread adoption, particularly in cost-competitive consumer applications. Use of SiC devices has been largely restricted to niche markets where system benefits justify the cost premium.