Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (AE) recently announced a new partnership with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University that could hold the key to enabling higher performance and reliability in semiconductor manufacturing – the process that underlies today’s electrical and electronic devices.
“We are honored to partner with CSU, which is renowned for its nationally sponsored research by private industry and public organizations, on this important research for emerging process power, which we hope will have a positive impact on semiconductor performance and manufacturing,” said Dr. Isabel Yang, chief technology officer for Advanced Energy. “This sponsored research program is an extension of our relationship with CSU, where AE has been represented for years on the advisory board of CSU’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department.”
Leveraging CSU’s expertise in control systems
The one-year program will investigate the application of advanced control techniques to emerging process power applications. Peter Young, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is leading the project for CSU, working in close collaboration with fellow principal investigators at AE.
“Controlling the delivery of power to plasma is at the heart of semiconductor manufacturing. But as chips get smaller and more powerful, that process becomes more challenging and places stringent performance requirements on the power supply,” said Young, an internationally recognized leader in dynamic systems and controls research and education. Young and his team aim to develop enhanced control algorithms that can deliver increased performance and reliability in next-generation power supplies.
“It’s exciting to work on a real-world application and show students firsthand how our theories and techniques can lead to tangible advancements in industry,” said Young.
About Advanced Energy
Headquartered in Fort Collins, Advanced Energy is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement and control solutions for mission-critical applications and processes.