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CISSOID collaborates with Tsinghua University

CISSOID and the Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University cooperate on the development of systems based on silicon carbide power modules

CISSOID和清华大学电机系达成技术合作意向, 共同研发基于碳化硅功率模块的系统


Two parties work together to broaden the applications of silicon carbide power devices in the field of new energy vehicles.

Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium and Beijing, China - April 08, 2019 - CISSOID, the leader in high-temperature and extended lifetime semiconductor solutions, announced that it has reached a technical cooperation intention with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Applied Electronics Technologies of Tsinghua University (DoEE). The two parties will jointly develop systems based on the silicon carbide (SiC) power modules for achieving its potential advantages in high efficiency and high power density after jointly overcoming technical problems. And the cooperation are expected to vigorously support the wide applications of these systems based on SiC power modules in the field of new energy vehicles.


Based in Belgium, CISSOID is a leader in high temperature semiconductor solutions. It provides standard products and custom solutions for power management, power conversion and signal conditioning in extreme temperatures and harsh environments. The DoEE of Tsinghua University was founded in 1932. Since its establishment, it has always adhered to the concept of aiming at the international frontier of fundamental research and the major needs of national economic development. DoEE has superior contribution in related areas in China by being focused on the scientific researches in both electrical and electronic engineerings. This alliance between the two strong parties will help to utilize their respective advantages and promote the development of systems based on silicon carbide power devices, eventually to enable the rapid development of new energy vehicles.


“Today, the designs of new energy vehicles are becoming more and more sophisticated with higher and higher requirements for power density and efficiency. SiC devices have the advantages of fast switching speed and small on-resistance, which can fully improve energy conversion efficiency. But in real applications, where the switching frequency of the SiC device is hugely increased, the driver devices are required to be as close as possible to the power module. Plus the impact from the sealed environment of the in-vehicle converter, the temperatures of the driver devices are increased to a quite higher level, so we need driver circuit with high temperature resistance and with high temperature packaging for the system development," said Associate Professor Mr. Lu Haifeng, DoEE of Tsinghua University. “I am very pleased to work together with CISSOID, whose high temperature devices and high temperature packaging technologies can be well matched with the application of SiC devices to achieve high temperature resistance and high power density in the overall design. This helps to achieve the potential high efficiency of SiC devices. Especially, their especially proven, industry-leading high-temperature driver products have excellent performance that can help us quickly realize the applications of SiC power modules in new energy vehicles.

“清华大学电机系是中国顶级科研单位,承担了很多重要的新能源汽车国家项目,持续推动新能源汽车先进技术的研发。CISSOID有非常强的高温驱动芯片和高温封装设计团队,此次与清华大学电机系在研发方面展开合作,希望可以共同解决碳化硅器件应用的技术难题。”CISSOID首席执行官Dave Hutton先生表示。“CISSOID非常注重与中国半导体产业的融合发展,我们已经融入了来至中国的投资,并在芯片制造、封装测试等方面,已开始了与中国公司进行广泛的合作。此次我们与中国顶级科研单位共同开发则进一步体现了CISSOID以求广泛融入中国的半导体产业链的战略。”

“The DoEE of Tsinghua University is a top research institute in China, and it has undertaken many important national new energy vehicle projects, which continuously boost the research and development of advanced technologies for new energy vehicles. CISSOID has a very strong team for designs of high-temperature driver chip and high-temperature packaging technologies. For this collaboration on research and development with DoEE of Tsinghua University, we expect that we shall work together to solve the tough technical problems in applications of SiC," said Mr. Dave Hutton, CEO of CISSOID. “CISSOID is highly focused on the integration with China's semiconductor industrial ecosystem. We have already absorbed investment from China, and we have started extensive cooperation with China companies in the areas of chip fabrication, packaging and testing. The joint development with a top research institute in China further confirms CISSOID’s strategy of broad integration into China's semiconductor industrial chain."


In recent years, new energy vehicles have been growing rapidly around the world. It boosts the rapid expansion of the market for SiC devices. At present, the world's leading players including Tesla and Toyota already started the early adoption of SiC power devices in the field of new energy vehicles. In order to make the SiC devices fully exert its advantages of high temperature resistance, high voltage resistance, high power density, high efficiency, etc., however, there are also many technical problems to be solved. For example, in automotive, aviation and aerospace, oil and gas, and other applications, SiC devices need drivers to fully support high temperature resistance and exceptional demanding protection mechanisms. CISSOID has a portfolio of driver products, which have been proven in the mission critical applications for more than 10 years for their high-temperature resistance, high-reliability, and high robustness. These products enables SiC power modules to fully release their performance in the systems, then help new energy vehicles to increase their power operation level and cruising mileages.


According to the data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the production and sales volumes of new energy vehicles in China increased by 59.9% and 61.7% year-on-year in 2018. They respectively reached 1.27 million units and 1.256 million units – both of which exceeded 1.25 million units. New energy vehicles have high demands on high-efficiency, small-size, high-temperature-resistance SiC devices and their auxiliary devices. The high-quality driver products can provide good support for SiC devices in these characteristics, which can greatly improve the overall reliability of the electronic control system. Through this collaboration, CISSOID and DoEE of Tsinghua University will generate powerful synergy to jointly develop high-quality systems based on SiC power modules. It will eventually help China's new energy vehicle industry to achieve faster and better development.



CISSOID公司是各个行业中所需高温半导体解决方案的领导者。 专注在汽车领域,我们提供高效的功率转换和精巧的电机驱动方案:适用于SiC和 GaN 开关管的高压门驱动,具低电感及增强热性能的功率模块,以及超越AEC-Q100 0级质量标准的175°C工作温度的汽车级元器件。 为航空、工业和石油及天然气市场,我们专为极端温度与恶劣环境提供信号调节、电机控制、时钟及电源管理方面的解决方案。CISSOID产品性能可靠,可在-55~225℃温度范围的条件下工作。

CISSOID is the leader in high temperature semiconductors for the most demanding markets. With a focus on the Automotive Market we deliver solutions for efficient power conversion and compact motor drives: high voltage gate drivers for SiC & GaN transistors, Power Modules featuring low inductances and enhanced thermal performance, and automotive grade components rated at 175°C in excess of the AEC-Q100 Grade 0 qualification standard. For the Aviation, Industrial & Oil & Gas Markets we provide solutions for harsh environment signal conditioning, motor control, timing and power supplies that provide reliable operation from -55℃ to +225℃.


About DoEE of Tsinghua University

清华大学电机系创立于1932年,是清华大学最早成立的3个工程系之一,也是国家首批一级学科博士学位授权试点单位,包含“电气工程”一级学科的全部5个二级学科点,学科评估中电气工程学科保持全国第一。2010 年国际学科评估中被评价为“One of the top such departments in the world”,2018年电气与电子工程(Electrical & Electronic Engineering)专业排名世界第8(QS Ranking).

The Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University was founded in 1932. It is one of the first three engineering departments established by Tsinghua University. It is also one of the first group pilot organizations granting first-level PHD degree in China. DoEE of Tsinghua University consists of all five secondary disciplines including the first-level discipline of "Electrical Engineering". It has retained the top position in the discipline assessment of electrical engineering. In 2010, DoEE was awarded as “one of the top such departments in the world” in an international discipline assessment. And in 2018, QS Ranking listed DoEE of Tsinghua University at the 8th in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in the world.

电机系的科学研究面向电气和电工两大行业,近二十年共获国家科技三大奖27 项,省部级奖110 项,拥有电力系统及大型发电设备安全控制和仿真国家重点实验室。电机系现有专职教师及研究人员120 余人,其中在职教授34 人,正副高级职称73 人(中国科学院和工程院院士各1位,国家“千人计划”教授2名)。