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Dynex Wins Grants to Collaborate in Developing High Power Semiconductor Devices

October 22, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Dynex Power Inc. announced that its wholly owned UK subsidiary, Dynex Semiconductor Ltd., has been awarded grants totalling £530,000 by the Department of Trade and Industry-led Technology Program to develop advanced high power semiconductor devices. The grants will support two collaborative projects concurrently over a period of 3 years. Although both projects are aimed at different power electronic components and applications, they are expected to deliver similar benefits of lower running costs and greater energy efficiency when applied to high power electronic systems.

The first project, named NEWTON, is to develop ultra-high power thyristor switches for applications in electric power Transmission and Distribution systems. It is a collaboration amongst Dynex, Areva T&D UK Ltd., Semefab (Scotland) Ltd., and Loughborough University. The second and separate project, named HIDRIVE, is to develop high power density transistor modules for use in high energy electric motor drive applications. It is a collaboration amongst Dynex, Converteam Ltd., Dudley Associates Ltd. and the Emerging Technologies Research Centre at De Montfort University.

Paul Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer stated "Dynex continues to focus its power device research and development on future high voltage semiconductor products for high power energy management. These DTI awards allow us to bring together strong UK industrial and academic groups to work with Dynex on power device development in this important sector."

These projects are part-funded by Collaborative R&D grants under the DTI's Technology Program. Launched in 2004, the program is investing directly in new and emerging technologies and has been designed to help businesses work collaboratively with each other or with academic partners to develop technologies that will underpin products and services of the future. The Technology Program provides funding using two of the DTI's business support products: Collaborative Research & Development and Knowledge Transfer Networks. Over the period 2005-2008, £370 million in grants is available to businesses to support research and development in technology areas identified by the Technology Strategy Board. The Technology Program has allocated over £330m to Collaborative R&D competitions, awarding grants ranging from 30,000 to £2.2 million. Around 450 projects have been funded across 40 technology areas. Nineteen Knowledge Transfer Networks have also been established with funding of around £40m over 3 years.