CDIL India’s First SiC Components Manufacturer, Signs MoU With SCL

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Left to Right - Prithvideep Singh, Pankaj Gulati, Inderdeep Singh, Tejveer Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, IT, Government of Punjab, and Amitesh Kumar Sinha, IRAS, Joint Secretary, MeitY
  • The expansion of assembly lines will increase CDIL’s total capacity at the facility to 600 million units annually
  • The company said it has already initiated pilot production in August with 50 million units and promptly delivered its inaugural batch to customers in both the domestic and international markets.

Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, virtually inaugurated the new Surface Mount Semiconductor Packaging Line at Continental Device India Private Limited’s (CDIL) Mohali plant today. With the new SMA and SMB package line, via the Government of India’s SPECS, CDIL has become India’s first Silicon Carbide components manufacturer, scaled to make auto-grade devices, including Silicon Carbide MOSFETs, Silicon Carbide Schottky Diodes, Rectifiers, Zeners and TVS Diodes among others for the global as well as the domestic market.

The expansion of assembly lines will increase CDIL’s total capacity at the facility to 600 million units annually. With the impending surge in electric vehicles (EVs), power management devices and solar-powered panels, globally as well as in India, and their increased reliance on wide band gap electronics, CDIL identified and laid focus on Silicon Carbide (SiC) products.

Commenting on the same, Prithvideep Singh, General Manager, CDIL said, “In line with our steadfast commitment to innovation and market diversification, CDIL Semiconductors has strategically positioned itself to meet the burgeoning demands of the automotive sector, both within India and on a global scale. Even though SiC devices are notoriously hard to manufacture at scale, we have spent effort and investment to master them. CDIL has been able to innovate on the brittleness and complexity around the production of SiC devices and has earned the resounding approval of large multinational customers in export markets.”

SiC is an emerging technology that allows for much-improved efficiencies and power-handling capabilities, especially in high-power charging applications and battery management systems. CDIL has also established an advanced testing and reliability laboratory at the Mohali plant according to the stringent standards stipulated by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC).

It also signed an MoU with the Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), a research institute in Mohali under MeitY, undertaking research and development in the field of semiconductor technology. Both parties will aim to establish a comprehensive framework wherein SCL’s specialised knowledge and wafer fabrication facilities are utilised to produce indigenised wafers for CDIL’s discrete semiconductor devices, using CDIL’s proprietary manufacturing processes.

The company said it has already initiated pilot production in August with 50 million units and promptly delivered its inaugural batch to customers in both the domestic and international markets.

The new line inauguration was also attended by Tejveer Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, IT, Government of Punjab, and Amitesh Kumar Sinha, IRAS, Joint Secretary, MeitY and other senior dignitaries of MeitY and Invest Punjab.

Speaking at the launch of the new assembly lines, Amitesh Kumar Sinha, IRAS, Joint Secretary, MeitY, said, “India’s Semiconductor mission is a key focus for both the Union and the State Governments, and there have been many developments in the sector. Yet, India still has much to catch up, with a projected surge in demand to approximately 110 billion by 2030.

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