While the use of semiconductors is wide-ranging, emerging wide bandgap technologies (WBG) are providing significant promise to outperform and eventually replace traditional silicon-based (Si) power electronics (PE).

Traditional Si technologies can be found in anything from personal electronics to electric automobiles to  renewable energy systems, so utilizing more WBG semiconductor technologies such as Silicon Carbide and Gallium Nitride (SiC and GaN) will only increase efficiency and profitability for U.S. manufacturers.

SiC and GaN are the latest in advanced semiconductor technologies, having currently reached a development level to be utilized in PE technology. They have the power to be highly compact, as well as cost- and energy-efficient. They are able to work under higher temperature, voltage, and frequency conditions than traditional Si technology, allowing for an overall benefit to end-users.

Other PE technologies in the pipeline include diamond, aluminum nitride, and gallium oxide, so this is only the beginning of next wave of innovation in the semiconductor industry. Now is the time to invest in learning about these cutting-edge PE technologies.

In order to provide more education about these new and existing PE technologies, as well as collaborate with U.S. manufacturers on upcoming advancements, the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP), a member of the MEP National Network, has partnered with PowerAmerica. The professional resources brought together in this partnership set the stage for U.S. manufacturers to be at the forefront of the semiconductor industry.

If you or your company is interested in learning more about how to become a part of the anticipated semiconductor industry growth, start by visiting NCMEP.