Active-Semi® Partners with University of Texas for Hydra-X Design Competition to Foster Innovative Power Electronics Design

Collaborative teams to develop prototypes that require a combination of creativity, social networking, project management and advanced microcontroller engineering techniques

Hydra-X Creation Contest 2014 UTD Logo

DALLAS, - September 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Active-Semi International, Inc. ( announced today a collaboration with University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) with the launch of Design Contest based on Active-Semis Hydra-X Development Platform. This Contest was designed to challenge the engineering students and makers at UT Dallas in developing working prototypes by extending their creativity and expertise in power control, motor control areas and system design areas, while also taking advantage of social media and networking.

At UT Dallas, we are always motivated to find ways to energize our students with the latest industry-leading technologies, says Rod Wetterskog, Assistant Dean of Corporate Relations for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas. We are excited to locally partner with Active-Semi, to bring their expertise and products to our students to experience innovative real-world product development.

We are very excited to work closely with a premier university such as UT Dallas, and support the growing maker/designer clubs to fertilize a creative process for superior product innovation, says Suribhotla Rajasekhar, Director of Marketing at Active-Semi. We are also happy to see an overwhelming enthusiasm and participation from student clubs, namely, IEEE, RAS, ACM and Makerspace towards this program.

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HYDRA-X Creation Contest 2014 poster

About Active-Semi

Founded in 2004 in Silicon Valley and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Active-Semi is a rapidly emerging leader in the multi-billion dollar power management IC and intelligent digital motor drive IC markets. The company's portfolio of analog and mixed signal SoCs (systems-on-chips) are scalable core platforms used in charging, powering and embedded digital control systems for end applications such as industrial, commercial and consumer equipment. The company offers power application microcontrollers, DC-DC, AC-DC and PMU products that significantly reduce solution size and cost, improve system reliability, and reduce system development cycle-time by over 50 percent.

Active-Semi ships about 50 million power ICs per quarter, and shipped over 1.5 billion ICs to-date. The multi-national company focuses on commercializing industry leading power management IC solutions and has over 150 patents granted and pending.

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About the Jonsson School at UT Dallas

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science is growing along with UT Dallas, where enrollment has reached more than 21,000 students. Strategically located in the heart of the Telecom Corridor, home to more than 600 high-tech companies, Jonsson School areas of expansion include programs in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, analog electronics, cybersecurity, systems engineering, robotics and control systems. Learn more at

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Suribhotla Rajasekhar
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