Updated: Apr 6
Japan has lately focused on power semiconductors as one important initiative which aims to reduce energy consumption.
According to Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, it will launch a new project which aims to "reduce the energy loss of power management devices by 50% while reducing the cost of mass-producing silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors to the same level as standard silicon-based chips by 2030," a local report mentioned.
It has been reported that this new initiative will lead to cheaper and more efficient electric vehicles, renewable energy, factory automation, computers and telecom equipment, data centers among others.
As per the authorities, the government will spend about 30.5 billion yen (US$260 million) on the project while there will be investment by the private companies as well.
As per reports, "power semiconductors are essential components for managing and reducing power consumption in every kind of electronic equipment, and for achieving a carbon-neutral society."
Recently, many of the Japanese companies are opening factories in Japan focusing on power semiconductors.
Rohm is Japan’s top producer of SiC power semiconductors, which has more than 10% of the global market for SiC power semiconductors. Rohm has a new factory in Japan that is large enough to increase its SiC power semiconductor production by five times over the next five years.
Similarly, Toshiba plans to increase production of silicon carbide power semiconductors by more than three times by 2024 and 10 times by 2026.