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Dartmouth partners with electric tech companies on new NSF Industry-University Collaborative Research Center

By David Schwartz
Published: February 11th, 2020

Dartmouth is partnering with four leading electrical tech companies to form the first NSF-funded Industry-University Collaborative Research Center (IUCRC) focusing on integrated power management and delivery for a wide range of electrified systems.

The participating companies are GE Research, Analog Devices, Empower Semiconductor, and Ampt. They’ll get access to Dartmouth’s R&D expertise, facilities, and intellectual property via  the new Power Management Integration Center (PMIC), which will address a range of challenges facing next-generation power electronics.

“Power is in almost everything,” says Dartmouth engineering professor and PMIC co-director Jason Stauth. “We want to remove technology bottlenecks and help make electronics smaller, more efficient, and cheaper for both industry and consumers.”

Micro-electronics and integrated circuits have brought major advances in shrinking the size of electronic devices, but power management hardware remains a key obstacle to further reducing  size and cost in virtually all applications, from mobile communications and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices to electrified systems in automobiles, aircraft, and spacecraft.

PMIC will focus on integrated power management circuits and systems on a chip in its quest to develop new ways of achieving extreme power density and efficiency. Innovations in this area can bring significant improvements to a wide variety of technologies, including battery life for mobile platforms, solar and electrochemical energy storage, electric cars. Other benefits include reductions in overall cost and carbon emissions, as well as improved national energy security.

“Companies want to create products that use less energy without increasing cost,” says Dartmouth engineering professor and PMIC director Charles Sullivan. “Researchers here are exploring and developing the technology to help them do that. PMIC will bring Dartmouth researchers and companies together.”

Member companies will share in both the cost and benefit of cutting-edge R&D and gain a higher return on investment through jointly funded research. Membership comes with up to 12 votes on the IAB which steers the Center and provides input into plans for PMIC expansion.

Source: Vermont Business Magazine

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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