Mentor Graphics is lining up alongside industrial giants such as ABB, Siemens, Bosch, and Daimler to help develop more reliable power electronics systems.
It has joined the European Centre for Power Electronics (ECPE), a network founded in 2003 that now consists of 150 organisations, including 75 companies and 76 universities and research institutions.
ECPE’s mission is to provide global research on power electronics systems, educate the ECPE member network and the wider industry on advancements using workshops and tutorials, and serve as a voice for the European power electronics industry.
Mentor was selected as an ECPE member for its expertise in both thermal simulation and test solutions, including electronic components power cycling for reliability prediction. Mentor recently announced its MicReD Industrial Power Tester 1500A, a power-cycling and thermal testing system for power electronics components used in the automotive, transportation, generation and renewable-energy sectors.
John Parry, electronics industry manager for Mentor Graphics’ mechanical analysis division, has been appointed to represent the company within ECPE.
Thomas Harder, general manager of ECPE, said: “Mentor’s Power Tester detects changes in the thermal stack together with relevant electrical properties during cycling, allowing the evolution of the competing damage mechanisms to be understood.”
Roland Feldhinkel, general manager of Mentor Graphics’ mechanical analysis division, added: “Ultimately, from our collaboration with both commercial and research ECPE members, manufacturers will be able to create longer lasting electronics products that will minimize warranty costs.”