Stadium Power Opens R&D Center in Norwich

March 05, 2015 by Jeff Shepard

In support of a wider company strategy to become a leading design-led technology business, Stadium Power has opened a research and development center in Norwich as a stand-alone facility for the development of power products. Stadium Power's design facility in Norwich will design and develop 1-W to 2-kW custom and standard ac-dc and dc-dc converters, intelligent battery chargers and filters that utilize high efficient techniques and topologies.

Focuses of the activities at the new R&D Center will include: PMBus and power management utilizing USB/SPI/I2C/RS232/RS485/CanBus; Digital switching; Inverter technology; High efficiency to meet green initiatives; Higher density compact designs; and Wireless power. The design lab equipment will analyze EMC including generic emissions, conducted, radiated, conducted harmonics, PFC, susceptibility, immunity, ESD, fast transients, surge, voltage fluctuations, efficiency and general performance.

The new Regional Design Centre (RDC), located at Norwich Research Park, a world leading location for research, innovation and business in the East of England, is connected to the University of East Anglia and is well positioned to facilitate leading Stadium’s technology developments in power management, wireless connectivity, green products and miniaturization.

The facility features a 1000 square foot laboratory, exclusively for the design, prototype and test of power products and is home to the engineering team who are relocating from the Diss-based manufacturing facility.

The Norwich RDC for Stadium Power represents the first stage in a development plan to establish regional R&D operations in selected global locations to drive and support the wider Stadium Group businesses with design-led customer focused integrated technologies.

Steve Applegate, Commercial Director for Stadium Power commented: “The launch of the RDC in Norwich is a very exciting move for Stadium Power. We are already an established provider of customized power solutions, working with our customers to design, develop and innovate. However the RDC reflects the next stage in the execution of our strategy boosting our technology roadmap providing the power technologies of today and tomorrow, whilst ensuring that our development focus is tightly aligned to our customer’s needs.

“The RDC gives us access to a unique space for our engineers to flourish, in a location where we can attract and develop the best talent in our industry. We are in the process of a technical recruitment drive and our intentions are to develop Graduate schemes in electronics and power engineering, and we will work closely with the University on research programs to support our development plans,” Applegate concluded.