ABB ( is a global leader in power and automation technologies.  Based in Zurich, Switzerland, the company employs 145,000 people and operates in approximately 100 countries.  According to IMS Research, ABB is a market leader in high power semiconductors, through its business unit ABB Switzerland Ltd., Semiconductor. In its state of the art fabrication facility, ABB Semiconductors offers a wide range of high power semiconductor products spanning from IGBTs to thyristors and diodes, with voltages up to 8.5kV.

ABB Switzerland Ltd, Corporate Research was founded in 1966 and it is one of the seven corporate research centers around the world. It presently employs about 170 persons to create innovative power and automation technologies. Since 2007, ABB Switzerland Corporate Research has been actively engaged in the R&D of next next generation power semiconductors together with ABB's semiconductor fabrication facility. In 2012, ABB announced a significant investment in a brand new research facility, part of which will be dedicated to the research and development of SiC power semiconductors for future energy efficient power electronic applications.