Infineon signs six year power research deal with Zagreb

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By Nick Flaherty

Infineon Austria has teamed up with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) at the University of Zagreb in Croatia on a six year programme to develop more energy-efficient power technologies including machine learning and AI.

The cooperation focuses on research and development of systems to systematically reduce energy consumption as well as on training for these research fields. These include the development of theoretical concepts for the stability of power grids, research work into electro mobility, and the maximization of energy savings with intelligent control systems, for example through algorithms, artificial intelligence or machine learning.

The collaboration will also develop design and test methods for analog, digital and mixed-signal circuits for power electronics applications.

Prof. Dr. sc. Željko Jakopović at Zagreb is leading the project, which is funded by Infineon Austria’s participation in the EU Important Project of Common European Interest on Microelectronics (IPCEI ME).

The IPCEI project has been key for Infineon Austria’s focus on designing and manufacturing power devices. The company, based in Villach, has additional branches in Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Vienna with 4,820 employees from 73 countries, including 2,100 in research & development. It also has an annual research spend of E516m.

 “Concrete scientific and technological solutions in power electronics can contribute significantly to achieving the climate goals. To do this, expertise in the area of university research and teaching must be even more closely intertwined with existing industrial competencies, and that is exactly what we are doing now,” said said Sabine Herlitschka, Chief Executive Officer of Infineon Technologies Austria.

“This collaboration is a testament to the quality and potential of FER in the area of research and development of power electronics systems, as well as to our attractiveness for outstanding young talent. I am sure that this cooperation will be mutually beneficial and that together we will create new opportunities”, says the Dean of FER, Prof. Vedran Bilas.

 “I am certain that this academic collaboration project between Infineon and FER will significantly expand the competencies of the Power Electronics Group as well as the other departments at FER, both in the area of scientific research and in teaching. The expected involvement of prominent experts from Infineon in the teaching process through invited lectures and workshops will provide our students and researchers with direct access to the latest technological achievements in the field of microelectronics, power semiconductor components and related applications in the field of power electronics,” said Prof. Željko Jakopović.

The cooperation partners also plan educational programs at the FER Faculty of the University of Zagreb specifically focused on power electronics in the future. In parallel, Infineon Austria offers students a range of services, from subject-specific workshops and support for PhD students to industrial internships for Bachelor and Master students.

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