November 29, 2016,10:00 +0900(JST) SiC Power Semiconductor Devices Production Line

I attended a ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new production line at the Tsukuba Innovation Arena (TIA) Power Electronics Research Center. The production line, which enables mass production of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor devices, has been collaboratively constructed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and our company since last November.

To step further from basic research, we will develop technologies for mass production, reliability evaluation, and quality assessment of the world's most advanced and fastest SiC power semiconductors. This is the world's first open innovation base that achieved a manufacturing process of large 6-inch-diameter wafers.

I have always focused on SiC technology, which can help reduce energy loss, contribute to energy conservation, and lessen environmental loads, and together with superconducting technology, I place it at an extremely important position in our development and business strategies.

Since my time as an auditor at AIST, I also have felt that building a mutually complementary relationship with other companies is effective. I hope that the completion of this new production line becomes a critical milestone in the transition toward practical and widespread use of SiC power semiconductors by conducting meticulous research and development through close collaboration and cooperation.

  • With President Chubachi of AIST
    With President Chubachi of AIST
  • Together with staff members involved
    Together with staff members involved

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SUMITOMO ELECTRIC President CEO Masayoshi Matsumoto

Born in 1944 in Hyogo Prefecture, Masayoshi Matsumoto joined Sumitomo Electric in 1967. After serving as General Manager of Chubu District Office, Managing Director and Senior Managing Director, he assumed office of President and CEO in June 2004.

His leisure activities include jogging, reading and art appreciation. Also a seasoned athlete, he played baseball in junior high school and practiced judo in senior high school. In university, he threw the javelin competitively and participated in all-Japan inter-university competitions.

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