Joint project aims to enhance power supply designs

21 September 2007

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Lambda UK is investing $100,000 in a collaborative research project with The University of Sheffield. The initial 12-month project is with the Electrical Machines and Drives (EMD) Group at the University.

Robin Jeffery, Lambda's technical director, say: "We hope that this is just the start of a longstanding relationship that will demonstrate the capabilities of UK industry and academic research co-operation."

Despite specific details of the project remaining secret, it can be revealed that the aim of the project is to evaluate methods for substantially improving the power density of AC-DC power supplies that can be successfully commercialised in the next three to five years.

The collaboration between Lambda UK and The University of Sheffield's EMD Group has come about after an exhaustive search. Robin Jeffery scoured the country looking for educational establishments with the right facilities, attitude and experience to help advance Lambda's new product developments. The EMD Group impressed due to a number of factors including its experience working with world renowned leaders in aerospace and automotive industries across a broad range of relevant disciplines including advanced power semiconductor research, efficiency improvement in electrical and electronic systems and mechanical design.

This announcement from Lambda UK follows closely on the heels of one earlier in 2007 from its Japanese head office Densei-Lambda that it was enhancing its research and development framework for switching power supplies both in Japan and across the World. Commenting on the subject, Takeo Suzuki, President of Densei-Lambda, said: "The company intends to advance the development of leading-edge technologies by business-academia collaboration, thereby raising its development capability at the fundamental research level. Recently Densei Lambda has opened a new Advanced R&D Centre is Kyushu with close ties to the local university." The company intends to increase its R&D staff by at least 25 per cent in the next three years.

The collaborative research project with The University of Sheffield is another example of Lambda's investment in UK engineering, alongside its sponsorship of graduates and undergraduates, more details of which can be found at the company's website.

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