Dynex Wins Grants to Collaborate in Developing High Power Semiconductor Devices


Lincoln, England, October 20th 2006 -- Dynex Power Inc., a leading, independent power semiconductor company, today announced that its wholly owned UK subsidiary, Dynex Semiconductor Ltd., has been awarded grants totalling £530,000 by the Department of Trade and Industry-led Technology Programme to develop advanced high power semiconductor devices.

The grants will support two collaborative projects concurrently over a period of 3 years. Although both projects are aimed at different power electronic components and applications, they are expected to deliver similar benefits of lower running costs and greater energy efficiency when applied to high power electronic systems.

The first project, named NEWTON, is to develop ultra-high power thyristor switches for applications in electric power Transmission and Distribution systems. It is a collaboration amongst Dynex, Areva T&D UK Ltd., Semefab (Scotland) Ltd., and Loughborough University.

The second and separate project, named HIDRIVE, is to develop high power density transistor modules for use in high energy electric motor drive applications. It is a collaboration amongst Dynex, Converteam Ltd., Dudley Associates Ltd. and the Emerging Technologies Research Centre at De Montfort University.

Paul Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer stated “Dynex continues to focus its power device research and development on future high voltage semiconductor products for high power energy management. These DTI awards allow us to bring together strong UK industrial and academic groups to work with Dynex on power device development in this important sector.”

Welcoming the new partnerships, Science and Innovation Minister, Lord Sainsbury said, “These initiatives provide a real opportunity to harness the world class expertise that we possess in the UK and direct it towards the task of wealth creation. By providing a focus for collaboration and delivery, these partnerships should establish British industry as the world leader in this area and be an attractive proposition for investors.”

These projects are part-funded by Collaborative R&D grants under the DTI’s Technology Programme.

Launched in 2004, the programme is investing directly in new and emerging technologies and has been designed to help businesses work collaboratively with each other or with academic partners to develop technologies that will underpin products and services of the future.

The Technology Programme provides funding using two of the DTI's business support products: Collaborative Research & Development and Knowledge Transfer Networks. Over the period 2005-2008, £370 million in grants is available to businesses to support research and development in technology areas identified by the Technology Strategy Board. The Technology Programme has allocated over £330m to Collaborative R&D competitions, awarding grants ranging from £30,000 to £2.2 million. Around 450 projects have been funded across 40 technology areas. Nineteen Knowledge Transfer Networks have also been established with funding of around £40m over 3 years.

For more information:

Dr. Paul Taylor
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bob Lockwood
Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer
Dynex Power Inc.
Tel: UK +44 1522 500 500
Email: paul_taylor@dynexsemi.com