Centre for Power Electronics Conference Exhibitors 2021

This year for the 13th – 15th July blended Centre Conference we are pleased to have the support of the following exhibitors:

Conference sponsors will be giving presentations on each day of the conference, please see below further information on each sponsor.

Register for the 13th-15th July Conference here: CPE2021 – Centre for Power Electronics Annual Conference: 13-15 July 2021 – iMAPS-UK – UK Chapter of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society


  • Cupio Ltd – Non-Destructive Test Equipment and Failure Analysis

Cupio supplies and supports inspection from the Nordson Test and Inspection Group which
includes systems for X Ray of solder die attach both in line and stand alone and optical systems for the measurement of die bonds, bond attach, underfill and contamination. Cupio also provides failure analysis and inspection services at our facility in Basingstoke.

The newly formed Industrialisation Centres led by Newcastle University, will play a vital role in helping businesses capitalise on the net zero opportunities presented in the Power Electronics, Machines and Drives supply chain and provide businesses with the opportunity to:

  • develop manufacturing process technologies
  • industrialise the processes needed for power electronics, electric machines and drives scale up
  • reduce risk by sharing expertise, technical advice and facilities.

Together they will help businesses scale up the use of electric-powered vehicles and machines across a range of industries and transport systems to grow the UK supply chain, making the UK an industry world leader.

Find out more about the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres at the CPE Conference or visit www.der-ic.org.uk

A Global Business Unit of the Heraeus Group is one of the leading manufacturers of materials for the assembly and packaging of devices in the electronics industry. The company develops sophisticated materials solutions for consumer electronics and computing, automotive,
LED, power electronics and communications.
Core competences include bonding wires, assembly materials, thick film pastes as well as substrates, and their integration into perfectly matched systems.
The innovative product portfolio, the application knowhow and expertise in matching materials are qualifying Heraeus Electronics to support customers in a unique way. Heraeus Electronics does not only have the knowhow to integrate materials in a system, but also has a deep understanding of optimizing materials and material combinations and the possibility to test them under real conditions. This leads to higher speed, lower costs and above all to better devices.

  • Inseto Ltd – Manufacturing Equipment, assembly materials and adhesives

Inseto provides manufacturing equipment, plus assembly materials and adhesives for microelectronic research & production.
Products include: vacuum reflow systems, plasma cleaners/etchers, probers, dicing & scribing systems, die sort and bonders, wire bonders, pull/shear test equipment, in addition to complementary machine consumables and materials.

  • ipTest Ltd – Production testers for Power Semiconductors

ipTest designs and manufactures a range of high volume production testers for all types of discrete power semiconductors for both back end and wafer applications. We are an engineering based organisation located in Surrey, UK and focus on developing solutions for testing challenging new technologies such as GaN and SiC as well as for the latest generation of mosfets , IGBT’s, diodes, SCR’s and bipolars . We invest heavily in R&D and have a dedicated custom engineering team to design unique test systems for custom applications.
Our first Mostrak tester was introduced in 1987 and was the world’s first indexed parallel test system, offering production throughput increases between 2 and 4 times the output of competitive systems for wafer and back end. Our latest Mostrak 2 (M2) system provides comprehensive testing for power MOSFETs, in parallel at the fastest possible throughput rates, using test type specific resources. M2 has multiple test generators that can be used to perform static parameter tests, transient thermal tests, avalanche energy tests and dynamic switching tests. The module small footprint system gets the tester as close as possible to the handler interface so it can operate at the highest possible speeds and UPH.

The demand for energy and power is rising. Among the causes are the rapid growth in renewables,
electrification of transportation and industrial automation as well as the increasing storage, transmission and availability of data. Consequently, power electronics have become a key differentiator in electronic systems and services.
Engineers working in the fields of embedded power, power conversion and motor drive electronics often face contradictory design challenges. These include reliability and power efficiency, reduced size and weight, as well as compliance related matters. Rohde & Schwarz offers test and measurement solutions that will help you overcome these challenges meet your design goals and be faster to the market.

  • Zeiss Microscopy – Materials Characterisation and Failure Analysis Equipment

ZEISS has the most comprehensive portfolio of light, Xray, electron beam and ion beam imaging technologies in the industry and is a leading solution provider to the global semiconductor community. Solutions span semiconductor manufacturing from wafer fab through packaging and assembly. ZEISS materials characterization and non destructive failure analysis solutions deliver actionable information to both wafer fab and packaging/assembly processes to meet the semiconductor industry’s challenges for next generation devices.


Webinar series: Impact of High Frequency Switching on Electrical Machines

Date:  April 14, 2021

Please continue to check back in the coming weeks as this event is part of a series.  All information and registration for the three webinars can be found on https://webinars.on24.com/theIET/HighFrequency?partnerref=Committee


Jointly organised by the IET PEMD Technical Network and UK Centre for Power Electronics.


The fast switching speed, higher switching frequency of wide-bandgap (SiC, GaN)  power devices have brought in clear opportunities in achieving high-density, higher-efficiency, higher-frequency and highly-integrated motor drives. However, the high frequency switching can also negatively impact electric machines. For example, high dv/dt and high switching frequency can cause increased level of over-voltage at motor terminals and neutral, insulation and bearing degradation and electro-magnetic interference. Under the high dv/dt of SiC drives, motor terminals will see clear over-voltage with much shorter cables than that under Si IGBT motor drives and the voltage stress will mostly drop on the first several turns of the motor windings.


In this webinar series, the impact of high-frequency switching on electric machines will be investigated in terms of high-frequency modelling, high-speed measurement, insulation partial discharge and reliability analysis together with proposed mitigation solutions and experimental validation. An introduction and update on the Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub will also be provided.


This webinar series is suitable for both industrial and academic audience and will provide insight of the opportunities, challenges and solutions of the adoption of wide-bandgap motor drives, in comparison to existing Si based drive systems.


In Part 1, we’ll be joined by two excellent speakers:


Xibo Yuan, University of Bristol – Opportunities, challenges and potential solutions in fast-switching wide-bandgap (WBG) motor drives


Davide Barater, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy – WBG motor drives with very high voltage gradients: modelling and design solutions.


For more information visit: Impact of High Frequency Switching on Electrical Machines – Part 1 (on24.com)

Supply Chains for Net Zero – Competition Now Open

 Driving the Electric Revolution Supply Chains for Net Zero competition is now open and KTN want you and your community to get involved in the competition!

Innovate UK are making up to £22 million in funding available with an aim to help UK supply chains and manufacturing capability growth. The competition focuses on power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) to enable future improvements in productivity, capacity, quality or efficiency for sectors including energy, industrial and transport. You can find out more about the competition here.


Engage with…Electrified Automation

Thu 18th Mar 15:00 – 16:00 | Online

Engage with…Electrified Automation – automating e-machine manufacturing to accelerate electrification. Join this webinar to learn about how they are applying their processes in e-machine manufacturing and building a UK PEMD supply chain to support them.

Engage with…Equipmake

Thu 11th Mar 15:00 – 16:00 | Online

Engineering an electric future, Equipmake has more than 20 years’ experience designing, developing, prototyping and manufacturing state-of-the-art electric powertrain solutions for the global automotive, bus, commercial vehicle and aerospace markets.

Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) published technology roadmaps for automotive propulsion systems to 2040

Advance Propulsion Centre logoA rapidly evolving and dynamic sector for automotive propulsion technologies with inverters, DC-DC converters and on-board charger applications driving cost and performance improvements.

For more information visit: https://www.apcuk.co.uk/technology-roadmaps/

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Centre for Power Electronics Research Showcase 2021

“Recent Advances on Reliability and Gate Driving of WBG Power Electronics”

The Centre for Power Electronics Research Showcase addressed several of the key issues critical to the increased adoption of Wide Bandgap (WBG) Semiconductors within the growing power electronics industry.

This event was supported and organised by IMAPS UK and sponsored by Inseto Ltd.

Programme Literature

Download the Recent Advances on Reliability and Gate Driving of WBG Power Electronics (8 downloads)

Day One Conference Presentations: Monday 11 January 2021


Day Two Conference Presentations: Tuesday 12 January 2021

Day 1 recording: 

Recent Advances on Reliability and Gate Driving of WBG Power Electronics Day 1 – 2 hours 19 mins (You Tube)

Day 2 recording: 

Recent Advances on Reliability and Gate Driving of WBG Power Electronics Day 2 (10 downloads) – 2 hours 24 mins – 164MB

For more information on this event hosted by IMAPs UK please visit: Research Showcase – Recent Advances on Reliability and Gate Driving of WBG Power Electronics – Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 January 2021

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CDT recruitment for cohort 3 is now underway

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training for Sustainable Electric Propulsion (CDT SEP)

Recruitment for cohort 3 is now underway and interested applicants should visit How to apply | Sustainable Electric Propulsion CDT | Newcastle University (ncl.ac.uk) for further details.

The Centre currently has 2 cohorts consisting of 20 students progressing through the stages of their PhD journey.  The disciplines that CDT SEP covers are diverse and include electrical and mechanical engineering, physics, manufacturing, big data, and materials.

Please contact Amanda Lane, CDT Manager via email amanda.lane@newcastle.ac.uk for more information.

Professor Martin Kuball named as Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies

Professor Martin Kuball, Director of the Centre for Device Thermography and Reliability (CDTR) in the HH Wills Physics Laboratory, has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies.

Professor Martin Kuball

Professor Kuball was involved in the Tranche 1 ”Devices” theme of the Centre and is one of eight engineering academics across the UK to receive support from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s largest research funding scheme—the Chairs in Emerging Technologies – which has allocated a total of £22 million to support these innovative researchers and global leaders in their fields whose projects made it through the rigorous selection process in the face of stiff competition.

For his project as Chair, ‘Ultra-wide bandgap emerging power electronics for a low-carbon economy’, Professor Kuball aims to develop a new class of semiconductor power electronic devices using ultra-wide bandgap materials such as gallium oxide, boron nitride and aluminium nitride. Thanks to the outstanding properties of these materials, the new devices will be compact, highly versatile and energy efficient. This new generation of power electronics is the key to transforming a wide range of real-life applications, from data centres and motor drives to electric vehicle chargers to smart grids, all contributing to the realisation of a greener society.

Almost all low-carbon technology presently relies on Silicon (Si) based power electronic devices. However, some is starting to be replaced with wide bandgap semiconductors based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC) to enable our daily lives. While these devices are serving us well, the unequivocal need to accelerate the reduction of our carbon footprint and to reduce the ongoing climate changes demonstrates the clear urgency to do much more, which this new class of materials and devices will enable.

Continue reading “Professor Martin Kuball named as Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies”

Professor William Drury elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation William Drury joins the Royal Academy of Engineering as a Fellow.

All the new Fellows were formally admitted to Fellowship at the Academy’s online AGM on Tuesday 22 September, and they will add their expertise to a Fellowship of almost 1,600 eminent engineers from both industry and academia.

Congratulations to Professor Bill Drury for being elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Bill has made great contribution to the power electronics centre from the very beginning and provided invaluable steering to the Centre’s operation and direction.

Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “As the UK’s National Academy for engineering and technology, we bring together an unrivalled community of leading business people and industrialists, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics from every part of engineering and technology. The new Fellows who join us today are among the most talented and successful engineers working in the field today, leaders in areas from transport and our essential data infrastructure to lifesaving developments in medical research.”

Professor Drury became a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester in 1997, and is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation at Bristol and a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University.

Professor Drury has worked for over 40 years in the engineering industry and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology Academic Accreditation Committee. He has chaired several International Conferences in the field of power electronics, machines and drives and has more than 70 publications.

CDT in Power Electronics for Sustainable Electric Propulsion

The universities of Nottingham and Newcastle are delivering an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Power Electronics for Sustainable Electric Propulsion.

It will train a new generation of power electronics specialists to meet the future demands of society and industry for clean, electric propulsion systems. The CDT will also  benefit from the involvement of more than 20 industrial partners.

Further information on the Sustainable Electric Propulsion CDT

“We aim to create a new school of thinking amongst engineers and scientists, capable of leading the transformation from fossil fuel transport to sustainable and environmentally-friendly electric transport.”