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Intelligent Reliability for Electronic Components and Systems (iREL40)

Innovative Hahn-Schickard sensor technology will be integrated directly into power electronics. The signal evaluation will use artificial intelligence to allow for an early detection of damage patterns. Thus, failure rates shall be reduced, leading to significantly improved reliability.

During each switching operation, strong thermal loads occur in power electronics, which over time can damage a module to such an extent that it fails. For this reason, special CMOS sensor chips from Hahn-Schickard are to be integrated into power-modules for the first time in the project. These sensor chips shall continuously monitor several signals that allow to detect the causes of damage during operation. The evaluation of the monitored signals by means of artificial intelligence (Embedded AI/Deep Learning) allows to detect damage patterns and material fatigue at an early stage (Predictive Maintenance). Together with a suitable simulation model (Digital Twin), the operating parameters of the modules are then to be optimised in such a way that damage is minimised (leading to an increase in the lifetime and a cost reduction).  The practical testing of this approach will be carried out in close cooperation with Schweizer Electronic AG and other project partners.

The project is part of the ECSEL Innovation Action iREL40 with 79 partners from 14 countries. The project brings together world-leading reliability experts and European manufacturing know-how to create a sustainable pan-European reliability community.

VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Funding Number
H2020-ECSEL-2019-1-IA GA 876659 (ECSEL) + FKZ 16MEE0091 (BMBF)
01.05.2020 to 30.04.2023
Cooperation Partner
77 partners from 14 contries. German partners comprise e.g.: Infineon (coordinator), Bosch, Elmos, X-FAB, and the Fraunhofer Association. International partners comprise e.g.: AVL, RISE IVF, VTT, Thales, Okmetic Oy, SIRRIS, Tekne srl, IK4-IKERLAN, and Nexperia BV
Maturity Level



Stephan Karmann

+49 7721 943 133 Contact


  • Initiation and maintenance of project partnerships
  • International Cooperation
  • Technology management
  • Technology transfer
  • Trend Scouting



Thorsten Hehn

+49 7721 943 163 Contact


  • Electronic system design
  • Smart sensor
  • Deformation measurement
  • Telemetry
  • Power management



  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Optimization
  • Data analysis
  • Deep learning