WebRTC Solutions Industry News

TMCNet:  Virginia Tech to Be University Partner in Semiconductor Innovation Institute

[January 31, 2014]

Virginia Tech to Be University Partner in Semiconductor Innovation Institute

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 30 -- Virginia Tech issued the following news release: Virginia Tech is one of seven university or laboratory partners in the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute announced recently by President Barak Obama.

The $140 million institute, headquartered at North Carolina State University, is charged with inventing the technology and manufacturing processes for power electronics devices based on wide bandgap semiconductors.

Power electronics devices are used by almost all modern electrical devices -- from cell phones to electric cars -- and by the equipment controlling the power grid. Using inverters and converters, power electronics converts electricity into the voltage and current needed by the device.

Today's power electronics devices are not 100 percent efficient and some energy is lost as heat during the conversion process. Improving power electronics efficiency could cut U.S. electrical energy consumption significantly, according to Fred Lee, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of Virginia Tech's Center for Power Electronics Systems.

For more than 50 years, electronics devices have been built using silicon. As devices have shrunk and become faster, the technology is reaching the limits of silicon and researchers are seeking alternative materials and technologies.

A promising technology for improving power electronics efficiency is wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor devices. WBG semiconductors operate at high temperatures, frequencies, and voltages and could significantly increase the switching frequency and reduce power losses in power conversion processes.

Virginia Tech will lead the power electronics research and applications thrust of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Lee, center co-director Dushan Boroyevich, associate professor Rolando Burgos, and assistant professor Qiang Li, also of electrical and computer engineering, will tackle wide bandgap applications in power electronics systems involving silicon carbide (SiC) and Gallium nitride (GaN).

Virginia Tech will receive $3 million across a five-year period.

The institute is the first of several that will form the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation. Each institute will serve as a regional hub designed to bridge the gap between applied research and product development, by serving as a "teaching factory" to train students and workers and providing shared assets to companies.

In addition to university and laboratory participants, 18 different industrial partners will contribute expertise and resources to the effort.

Alex Huang, professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, led the successful proposal effort. Huang currently serves as director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, the FREEDM Systems Center.

From 1994 to 2004, Huang was on the electrical and computer engineering faculty at Virginia Tech and served as a technical lead at the Center for Power Electronics Systems.

The institute will receive $70 million from the Department of Energy in the next five years, an amount that will be matched through a combination of funds from the businesses and schools involved, along with at least $10 million from the state of North Carolina.

In addition to North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, the partner universities and laboratories are Arizona State University, Florida State University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

The 18 company partners include ABB, APEI, Avogy, Cree, Delphi, Delta Products, DfR Solutions, Gridbridge, Hesse Mechatronics, II-VI, IQE, John Deere, Monolith Semiconductor, RF MicroDevices, Toshiba International, Transphorm, USCi, and Vacon.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college's 6,000 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a "hands-on, minds-on" approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong Cooperative Education Program. With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 2,000 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

TNS 30TagarumaMar-140131-4621553 30TagarumaMar (c) 2014 Targeted News Service

[ Back To WebRTC Solutions's Homepage ]


Featured Podcasts

Delivering First Class Communications With WebRTC

This webcast captures a recent discussion about WebRTC between Jim Donovan, Director of Product Management at Oracle and Larry Hettick, Editorial Director and Senior Research Fellow at Webtorials. The topics cover WebRTC reliability, interoperability, and security--looking at how Oracle addresses these issues.

Oracle in Enterprise Communications

Most in the industry have heard of the acquisition of Acme Packet by Oracle. What you may not know is that Oracle has a number of telecommunications products including a UC suite, WebRTC Session Controller, and Operations monitoring tools. Oracle is pursuing both the enterprise and service provider.

Featured Whitepapers

ConnectCare & Unified Contact Manager

SPAN's ConnectCare is a WebRTC-based telemedicine app, which allows consumers to easily and instantly avail clinical healthcare from the providers, regardless of their location. This app is extremely useful to healthcare providers, patients and their caregivers alike.

WebRTC Security Concerns

This whitepaper covers two of the most relevant topics in communications industry today: WebRTC and security. We will introduce the problem of security in WebRTC including those traditional VoIP attacks that are going to be present in WebRTC services. Later we will mention ad-hoc WebRTC attacks and protection mechanisms, to close with an overview of identity management solutions.

Migrating Real Time Communications Services to the Web

In the Internet age, businesses that own fixed and mobile communication networks, including traditional Communications Service Providers (CSPs) of all kinds, are being challenged with some tough questions: How do we stay relevant to our customers?

Delivering Enterprise-Class Communications with WebRTC

WebRTC is an emerging industry standard for enabling Web browsers with real-time communications capabilities. It enables enterprises to enhance Web sites, empower BYOD users, and improve video collaboration and on-line meetings, to name but a few examples.

WebRTC Report Extract Reprint

This document examines the growing important of WebRTC, both generally and for telecom service providers. It considers the expanding range of use-cases, the multiple layers of interoperability likely to be desired by telcos, and some implications in terms of network integration and mobility.


Robust Enterprise Grade WebRTC Systems and Services

The emerging WebRTC standard has become one of the industry's hottest topics – and with good reason. Being able to "communications enable the web" has Communications Service Providers as well as Enterprises busily making plans for deployment. But, as these plans unfold, reality is starting to intrude on those plans. Our expectations of telephony services are much higher than web browsing. We expect the phone to connect instantly, operate with minimal disruption, and work seamless across any network, anywhere, at any time. There is also an understanding that phone service is inherently secure. With WebRTC, the expectation is for these applications to behave in the same manner.

This session looks at the user experience and expectations of a WebRTC Enterprise service. It will also cover how a WebRTC enterprise handles security, reliability, and interoperability within browsers and networks.


The Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller enables communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises to offer WebRTC services – from virtually any device, across virtually any network – with carrier-grade reliability and security.

Sales Presentation: Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller

- WebRTC Market and Opportunities
- WebRTC Challenges
- Oracle Communication WebRTC Session   Controller
- Summary


Communication Service Provider (CSP) voice service revenues continue to face pressure due to shifts in communication preferences and competition from non-traditional service providers. Voice communications are now often embedded into applications outside the domain of traditional telephony voice usage. CSPs have been challenged to effectively leverage and monetize new web-oriented communications technologies.