Wolfspeed and ZF to establish joint R&D center in Germany to further advance global Silicon Carbide system and device innovation leadership ZF invests in Wolfspeed to support construction of the world’s most advanced and largest Silicon Carbide device fab DURHAM, NC and ENSDORF, GERMANY – February 1, 2023 -- Wolfspeed, Inc. (NYSE: WOLF), the global leader in Silicon Carbide technology and ZF, a global technology company enabling next generation mobility, today announced a strategic partnership that includes the creation of a joint innovation lab to drive advances in Silicon Carbide systems and devices for mobility, industrial and energy applications. The partnership also includes a significant investment by ZF to support the planned construction of the world’s most advanced and largest 200mm Silicon Carbide device fab in Ensdorf, Germany. Both the joint innovation lab and the Wolfspeed device fab are planned as part of the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) for Microelectronics and Communication Technologies framework and are dependent upon state aid approval from the European Commission.
The strategic partnership includes a joint research facility in Germany that will focus on real world e-mobility and renewable energy system level challenges. The goal of the collaboration is to develop breakthrough innovations for Silicon Carbide systems, products, and applications, covering the full value chain from chip to complete systems. Additional collaboration partners will be invited to participate in the innovation process, establishing an end-to-end European Silicon Carbide innovation net.
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