Power Semiconductor Manufacturer Builds R&D Centre in Germany

Power Semiconductor Manufacturer Builds R&D Centre in Germany

StarPower Europe AG, the European subsidiary of the power semiconductor manufacturer StarPower Semiconductor Ltd, is building a European development centre in Nuremberg, Germany. In doing so, StarPower is investing close to a million euros in the laboratory. The goal is to test new technologies and materials, and provide the gained know-how to the headquarters and transfer it to the production. StarPower is thereby setting a new milestone for its growth in Europe with high-quality semiconductor modules—with European development know-how. Christian Kroneder, formerly employed at Semikron, is responsible for building the R&D Centre and is simultaneously heading the development team in the headquarters. ‘We are testing prototypes and acquiring the respective production and testing equipment in Germany (from the bonder to the sintering press) in order to build and test modules’, says Christian Kroneder, Head of R&D Center Europe. New technologies, packages and materials are being tested, such as the sintering of semiconductor chips to substrates. All these technologies lead to greater power cycling and reliability of the modules. This in turn plays a major role in specific applications, such as the automotive area and wind energy. The R&D Centre ensures that innovations and trends within Europe are integrated into the development of future products. ‘We are primarily a Chinese company that is a player on the European level, and in the medium-term will go beyond the European level with the latest research trends’, says Christian Kroneder. 

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