Semiwise launches online power training course

Semiwise launches online power training course

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By Nick Flaherty

Semiwise has launched its online training course to boost skills across the supply chain of power electronics.

The project, “Virtual Manufacturing Based Power Electronics Design and Manufacturing Training Courses,” has been developed in collaboration with NMI and Synopsys.

“If you think that you know and understand power semiconductor devices, think again. The power electronics semiconductor devices are completely new world,” said Professor Asen Asenov CEO of Semiwise in Glasgow, Scotland. “Have you heard about conductivity modulation, reverse recovery, on state resistance, safe operating area? All these are essential for the design and the optimisation even of the simplest power electronics device – the silicon power PiN diode.”

Power electronic devices are in the heart of all power converter applications: power supplies, motors and drives, electric cars, solar panels, wind turbines. Better power electronic devices with as little power loses as possible determine the milage of the electric cars and the efficiency of the renewable energy sources.

The projected growth of the power electronics semiconductor industry exceeds the projected growth for the rest of the semiconductor industry and the current downturn of the semiconductor industry has not affected much the power electronics device manufacturers.

However, the design and the optimisation of power electronics devices are in many respects more complicated than the design of the metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) transistors in CMOS chips.

This requires a different approach to training, which is key to boosting UK skills as identified in the recently published national semiconductor strategy. Semi has also set up a global semiconductor skills academy to address the issue.

For the first time the training is entirely based on simulations and illustrations using the Synopsys TCAD tools, which are not only suited for design and optimization of power electronics devices but essential for the corresponding teaching. The lectures in the  power electronics course modules are complemented with TCAD laboratories using the industry leading TCAD simulator: Sentaurus Process and Device.;

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