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The missing link: WBG tech integration with power electronics

Posted: 04 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Yole Developpement? wide band gap? power electronics? EV? HEV?

Wide band gap (WBG) technologies are just about ready for adoption by power electronics integrators, stated Yole Developpement. But the question is now is how? Accordingly, various industry players have also identified many module packaging challenges related to the technology.

"The expected rebound from electric and hybrid electric vehicle (EV/HEV) applications and the emergence of smart-grid projects did not occur in 2013," said Pierric Gueguen, business unit manager, power electronics, at Yole. "Indeed, the car market was still depressed and the industry segment not strong enough to sustain high volumes."

2006-2020 overall power electronics market size

But how will EV/HEV applications impact the power electronics industry in 2015?

And what about Chinese players? Over the last few years, their leadership has been confirmed among their local markets. According to Yole's analysis, these companies are now looking for international business opportunities. Such a strategy could reinforce their positioning and strongly modify the supply chain.

Yole presented this analysis at the annual meeting of Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA), a U.S.-based professional association that gathers the key players of the power electronics industry.

"WBG market shares are not directly linked to WBG component availability," noted Yole.

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