Semiconductors have become an indispensable part of our rich lives. In addition to this, it also plays a major role in energy conservation and a decarbonized society. Until now, silicon has been the main material used for semiconductors, but in recent years, processing technology for energy-saving compound semiconductors has developed, and the power semiconductor field is expected to grow in particular.
We have been proposing transportation solutions for compound semiconductors, including next-generation SiC (silicon carbide) and GaN (gallium nitride) materials, by utilizing silicon wafer transportation and laser processing technology, and we are particularly active in the power semiconductor market. I am approaching. We have created a system to provide comprehensive solutions for semiconductor manufacturing equipment for energy conservation (electric vehicles, power control).
There is a growing global trend toward carbon neutrality, which means that emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) are virtually zero. This has led to strong demand for power semiconductors. This is because it is expected that electric vehicles, electrical components, and renewable energy products will continue to spread in the future. In particular, the Asian, North American, and European markets are expanding as demand areas, and the rise of power semiconductor manufacturers all over the world is attracting attention.
Along with the expansion of the market scale mentioned above, each semiconductor manufacturer is actively making capital investment. Our company, which manufactures robots, transport (transport equipment or transfer equipment, EFEM, SORTER), and automatic peeling and cleaning equipment that are indispensable for the semiconductor manufacturing process, is expanding and expanding production bases to meet strong demand. We are working on securing human resources and developing new markets in North America.
* "Silicon wafer" is a wafer of high-purity silicon (silicon). A silicon wafer is made by cutting a silicon ingot to a thickness of about 1 mm. Silicon wafers are most often used in the manufacture of integrated circuits (ICs, or LSIs). Silicon wafers are used as substrates for semiconductor products. Typical examples of using semiconductor products are listed below. Information and communication equipment fields such as smartphones, personal computers and 5G related fields, mobile equipment control parts such as automobiles, electrical equipment fields and aircraft, AI and robot internals, solar cells, etc.
* "Compound semiconductors" are semiconductors made of two or more elements, unlike semiconductors (single crystal semiconductors) made of one element, such as silicon semiconductors (Si), which are currently the most widely used semiconductors. is. There are various combinations such as SiC (silicon carbide), GaN (gallium nitride), InP (indium phosphide), and GaAs (gallium arsenide), and there are also differences in functionality.
*"Power semiconductors" are semiconductors that are used to control and supply electrical energy, such as converting alternating current to direct current and lowering voltage. It has a wide range of applications, and is used in electric vehicles, power generation equipment, railway vehicles, home appliances, etc. It is widely used in electric vehicle inverters (equipment that converts direct current to alternating current).