• 13:50 – 14:10

Transforming The Power World: The Wide-Bandgap Conversion

Silicon devices, the workhorse of power conversion in the past 70 years, are reaching their physical limits and slowing down growth in efficiency of power inverters and converters. To overcome the limitations of silicon, power semiconductor industry has started to adopt wide bandgap materials and devices. Their higher current densities, higher operating temperatures and frequencies, and more efficient switching position the performance of wide bandgap power transistors above and beyond their silicon predecessors. Their disruptive nature, however, creates new challenges which need to be addressed in a systematic way to enable high yielding volume manufacturing of reliable devices. Crystal growth, wafering, epitaxy, wafer processing, and packaging of wide bandgap devices require a paradigm shift and an introduction of novel approaches and techniques. Vertically integrated manufacturing addresses most of those challenges and enables fast growth of wide bandgap power semiconductor business. In addition, co-existence with silicon power switches will be discussed.

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Pavel Freundlich

Chief Technology Officer & Vice President, Power Solutions Group


Pavel Freundlich serves as a Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Power Solutions Group at onsemi in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. He leads development of semiconductor technologies for automotive and industrial power conversion, maintaining the company’s technological leadership by delivering novel and disruptive silicon and silicon carbide solutions for power switching devices. With the increasing requirements for high efficiency power conversion achievable only by means of wide bandgap materials, Pavel has focused on vertical integration of silicon carbide material and processes at onsemi to address supply chain challenges and to support adoption of wide bandgap semiconductor devices. Pavel holds a master’s degree in solid state physics, a PhD in materials science, and an MBA.

onsemi (Nasdaq: ON) is driving disruptive innovations to help build a better future. With a focus on automotive and industrial end-markets, the company is accelerating change in megatrends such as vehicle electrification and safety, sustainable energy grids, industrial automation, and 5G and cloud infrastructure. With a highly differentiated and innovative product portfolio, onsemi creates intelligent power and sensing technologies that solve the world’s most complex challenges and leads the way in creating a safer, cleaner, and smarter world.

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