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Power Electronics Uncovered

New power electronics knowledge platform goes online

Nuremberg, 05.09.2011: SEMIKRON, global leader in power electronic systems, goes live with its new power electronics knowledge platform. The knowledge platform provides excerpts, in both German and English, from the Power Electronics Application Manual, a valuable power electronics reference for amateurs and professionals alike.


The new knowledge platform provides basic information on semiconductor physics and power electronics, as well as detailed information on IGBT, MOSFET, diode and thyristor component selection and applications. The knowledge platform is to facilitate and make more efficient the work of development engineers.


The printed version of our application manual opens up the doors to a vast knowledge base that draws upon a wealth of expertise and years of field experience. Now, this vast knowledge base is being opened up to interested parties online, explains Gerlinde Stark, Head of International Communication at SEMIKRON.


The power electronics knowledge platform aims at both professional development engineers and professors and students of relevant subject areas. Besides containing examples of field applications and first-rate papers on technologies and innovations, this platform represents an endless knowledge base that draws upon many years of engineering experience and development expertise. Users can also post comments on a variety of subject areas, participate in online discussions, and subscribe to the latest chapters, e.g. by RSS feed.


Five publications dealing with power electronic basics will initially go online when the power electronics knowledge platform goes live, with more articles being published at regular intervals. In addition, the knowledge platform will be continually improved on with additional new features and functions.


SEMIKRON, leading innovator in semiconductor technology, already enjoys a strong position in the power electronics sector. The introduction of the knowledge platform is the company’s example of service in the digital age.


For those who would rather have the print version of the Application Manual, this is available for purchase from bookstores (ISBN No. 978-3-938843-56-7) or the Sindopower power electronics eCommerce portal at for a price of €9.90.


Photo: New power electronics knowledge base



Semikron is an internationally leading power semiconductor manufacturer. 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the German-based family enterprise which employs 3600 people worldwide. A global network of 35 companies with production plants in Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Slovakia, South Africa and USA guarantees fast and competent on-site customer care.


Semikron is a one-stop provider of chips, discrete semiconductors, transistor, diode and thyristor power modules, power assemblies and systems for markets such as industrial drives, wind and solar, hybrid and electric vehicles, the rail industry and power supplies. Globally Semikron technology powers nearly every second windmill. According to a survey carried out by BTM Consult ApS, the total wind power capacity installed until 2009 was 122 Gigawatt. 57 Gigawatt comprises power semiconductors from Semikron.


The dedication to the hybrid and electric vehicle market is evident in the development and production of power semiconductors for this market but also the majority take-over of Compact Dynamics GmbH, a development specialist for innovative control systems, the joint venture with drivetek, a provider for application-specific control technology, and the take-over of VePOINT, developing and producing inverters, DC/DC converters and chargers.


Semikron is the market leader in the field of diode/thyristor semiconductor modules, enjoying a 30% share of the worldwide market. (Source: IMS Research „The global power semiconductor market 2010”)


Press contact:

Gerlinde Stark

Head of International Communications


Sigmundstr. 200

90431 Nürnberg

Tel: +49-(0) 911-6559-217

Fax: +49-(0) 911-6559-77217

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