You Are Invited to the 2017 PSMA Planning Meeting
Posted: 2017-9-4
All members of PSMA companies are invited to attend and to offer their inputs and suggestions for the projects and activities the Association should focus on in the coming year The 2017 PSMA Planning Meeting will take place on Saturday October 7 in Conference Room 17-18 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX.

The Board of Directors relies on the inputs generated at the Annual Planning Meetings to identify, consider and select programs for the following year that will bring benefits to the PSMA membership. For example, initiatives generated at recent Planning Meetings have resulted in the Power Supply in Package and Power Supply on Chip project and workshops, the Energy Efficiency and Safety & Compliance Database projects and the 3D Power Packaging projects and 3D-PEIM Symposium.

This year's meeting will begin with a brief review of the year to date accomplishments and a summary of ongoing activities by Eric Persson, Chairman of the PSMA. This will be followed by an update of the six-quarter financial forecast and brief status reports from the active PSMA committees.

Most of the meeting will feature an open forum to introduce and discuss possible special projects, initiatives, and priorities for the coming months. All members of PSMA Companies are encouraged to provide inputs. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, email suggestions to power@psma.com and they will be considered and included in the discussions. In the coming months, the PSMA Marketing Committee will summarize the results of the meeting and prioritize which projects and initiatives should be included in the focus for the next year.

All members and guests attending are invited to remain after the Planning Meeting to participate in the October meeting of the Board of Directors, which will take place immediately following. After the Board Meeting, interested individuals are invited to tour the exhibit area space in the Henry B. González Convention Center and the meeting room facilities planned for APEC 2018.

The APEC 2018 Technical Program Committee will meet the following day, Sunday October 8, to discuss the technical abstracts submitted and to organize the technical sessions, professional education seminars, rap sessions, and industry presentations for APEC 2018 in March. Since PSMA is a co-sponsor of APEC and all members are invited to participate and contribute in this important activity.

To make your room reservations at the Marriott call (888) 236-2427. Please reference APEC 2018 Planning Meeting to receive the group rate of $199.00 USD plus taxes. Room block reservations are available until September 15th.

If you plan to attend the 2017 PSMA Planning Meeting, please email the Association Office at power@psma.com. We look forward to seeing many of you at these important meetings.

Planning for APEC 2018 Hits Mid-Point
Posted: 2017-9-4

The Final Planning for APEC 2018 is well underway.  The Call-for-Papers closed in July with a near-record 1,167 digests submitted. Now the committee and over 100 volunteers have the task of peer-reviewing all the digests in preparation for the mid-year program meeting in October. At that time, the tough task will be to select the top 500+ papers for inclusion in the APEC 2018 Program.

By early September, all the submissions of proposals for both the very popular Industry Sessions as well as the highly-informative Professional Education Seminars will be reviewed for consideration in the Program. The Industry Session tracks will run in parallel with the Technical Sessions and are expected to be as popular as ever.

In 2017, over 2,000 APEC attendees arrived early to take advantage of the weekend and Monday morning Professional Education Seminars. The committee is planning a repeat of this attendance in 2018.

Exhibit reservations for APEC 2018 have hit an all-time high with 257 exhibitors and 42,000 square feet of exhibit space. A very limited number of spaces remain, far exceeded by the number of companies on the waiting list.

We are excited to announce the brand-new APEC Conference website.  The new website not only has a fresh look but it is designed to allow easy navigation to find the information you are looking for. Take a few minutes to go the site, www.apec-conf.org and look around.

Registration opens October 16th.  In addition to making your registration reservations to attend, you will also be able to book your hotel accommodations. As usual, APEC has secured blocks of rooms at the hotels close to the convention center.  Make sure to book your room early, as these rooms will sell out long before next March.

The entire APEC Conference Committee is excited about bringing our "premier global event in applied power electronics" to San Antonio, Texas, March 4-8.


Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2017 Publicity Chair



PSMA Annual Planning Meeting
Posted: 2017-8-24
October 7, 2017, San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX
The PSMA Annual Planning Meeting will address the future direction of the organization and will focus on the major issues facing PSMA member companies today to identify programs for the next year that will continue to bring benefits to the membership. 
All PSMA members are invited to attend and to participate in developing the programs for the coming year.  The meeting will take place on October 7, 2017 in Conference Room 17-18 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX. It will begin with a light lunch at 12 Noon Central Time. Attendees are also invited to remain after the Annual Planning Meeting to attend the October meeting of the Board of Directors, which will immediately follow. 
The call in number to make hotel reservations for the planning meeting is (888) 236-2427. Please reference APEC 2018 Planning Meeting to receive the group rate of $199.00 USD plus taxes. Room block reservations are available until September 15th, 2016. You may also book online here.

Please advise the PSMA office by September 29 if you do plan to attend and bring your ideas on the issues that should be considered. Even if you are unable to attend we are interested in your suggestions. Please email your suggested topics to the PSMA office at power@psma.com. 

We strongly encourage your participation in this planning meeting and look forward to receiving your inputs and recommendations either in person or via email. 
Please note that the APEC Program Committee meeting will take place on Sunday October 8. You are invited to attend and participate in planning the technical sessions, seminars and Special Presentations for APEC 2018.
APEC 2018 Call for Papers
Posted: 2017-7-17


33rd Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition
March 4-8, 2018 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX, USA

Announcement and Call for Technical Session Papers

Announcement and Call for Professional Education Seminar Proposals

Announcement and Call for Industry Session Presentations

APEC 2017 Sustains Record Growth; Plans Now Underway for APEC 2018 in San Antonio
Posted: 2017-7-14


After the very successful APEC 2016 in Long Beach, there were some concerns that the 2017 event in Tampa might slow the growth trend that we have experienced over the past ten years. Remarkably, Tampa continued the growth rates in virtually every category, with attendance exceeding Long Beach in full conference, technical session and education seminar registrations. Total registration was down by about 500, with nearly two-thirds of this lower count attributed to fewer exhibitor registrations – that in spite of the fact that we had more companies (266 vs. 263) and more booth spaces (432 vs. 394) than in Long Beach.

The reviews that have come in about Tampa have been universally positive. APEC 2017 retains its claim as “The Premier Global Event in Applied Power Electronics” with 574 Technical Papers, 18 Professional Education Seminars and 120 Industry Session presentations.

Plans are fully underway for APEC 2018 in San Antonio, March 4-8. As we close the books on APEC 2017, there are already 246 companies signed up to exhibit at APEC 2018. In addition, the big and important job of selecting the papers, seminars and industry sessions is just getting underway. Submissions for all categories of presentations are made via the Presenter Portal (www.apec-conf.org/speakers/).

Call for Papers for Technical Sessions - Now Open

Submissions of digests of technical papers for consideration are due by late July. Prospective authors are asked to submit a digest explaining the problem that will be addressed by the paper, the major results, and how this is different from the closest existing literature. Papers presented at APEC must be original material and not have been previously presented or published. The principal criteria in selecting digests will be the usefulness of the work to the practicing power electronic professional. Reviewers value evidence of completed experimental work. 

Call for Professional Education Seminar Proposals – Opens in Early July

Professional Education Seminars at APEC 2018 will address the need for in-depth discussion of important and complex power electronics topics. Submission are due by early September. Seminars are three-and-a-half hours (including breaks) in length, can range from broad to narrow in scope, and can vary from introductory to advanced in technical level. Topics are to address the practical issues of the specification, design, manufacture and marketing of power electronic components, products, and systems. 

Call for Presentations for Industry Sessions – Opens in Early July

The Industry Sessions run in parallel with the technical sessions and have proven to be very popular. Submissions for proposed presentations are due by early September. Speakers are invited to make a presentation only and are not required to submit a formal paper. The target audience for the Industry Sessions differs from typical technical sessions and includes system engineers/architects and business-oriented people such as marketing and sales, purchasing agents, information technologists, regulatory agencies, and others who support the power electronics industry.

Make your plans now to be part of APEC 2018 and add this important event on your calendar and in your budget for next year. And do your part to make it an even better conference by volunteering to be on the peer-review panel in areas where you are qualified. 
See you in San Antonio!

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2017 Publicity Chair



PSMA 2017 Annual Meeting
Posted: 2017-7-13

Over 60 PSMA members and guests attended the PSMA Annual Meeting, held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL during APEC 2017.

The buffet breakfast before the meeting start provided attendees an opportunity for networking and meeting colleagues. Chairman Eric Persson officially opened the meeting by welcoming all the attendees and asked each to briefly introduce themselves. Among those present were many of the 40 recipients of the APEC Student Travel Support. This support is provided jointly by IAS, PELS and PSMA and attracted 130 applicants from 64 different schools in 21 countries.

The first item on the agenda was the election of four people to the Board of Directors. The following candidates were elected to the Board of Directors for the three-year term (2017-2020):

  Alain Chapuis Bel Power Solutions (second term)
  Dhaval Dalal ON Semiconductor
  Fred Weber Future Technology Worldwide
  Brian Zahnstecher PowerRox

The attendees congratulated and welcomed Dhaval Dalal, Fred Weber and Brian Zahnstecher as new directors and director Alain Chapuis who was elected for his second terms.

The Chair recognized the contributions of Ernie Parker, Eric Persson and Steven Oliver whose terms as Directors had expired and expressed the appreciation of PSMA for their service and continued contributions to the Association. As provided in the Bylaws, Steven Oliver and Eric Persson will remain as members of the Executive Committee until their terms expire in 2018.

In the Chairman’s Report following the election, Eric Persson briefly reviewed some of the major accomplishments of the Association for the year including:

  • The Association is financially sound and membership is growing
  • There are increased activities in sponsoring workshops and working with IEEE PELS as technical and financial sponsors for workshops and events
  • There is continuing cooperation and expanded partnership with CPSS
  • Publication of the 2017 Power Technology Roadmap and Plenary Presentation at APEC 2017
  • The Technical Committees organized 8 Industry Sessions at APEC 2107.

Eric discussed his vision for the Association going forward and encouraged all members to pick one or two of the Technical Committees and to participate in their activities as being the best way for people to increase the benefits of membership. He also focused on expanding PSMA cooperation with CPSS and EPSMA and encouraged the Technical Committees to increase their efforts to Support Webinars and Workshops that address emerging technologies and applications

Finally Eric also presented Special Recognition Awards to the following individuals for their contributions to the Association in the past year:

  • Dhaval Dalal and Conor Quinn for their leadership as Co-Chairs of the 2017 Power Technology Roadmap. 
  • Doug Hopkins for his leadership as General Chair of the 3D-PEIM Symposium.
  • Jose Cobos for his leadership as General Chair of the PwrSoC 2016 workshop.
  • Matt Wilkowski for his overall leadership and contributions as Chair in organizing the second very successful Magnetics workshop.

Following the Chairman’s Report was the financial Report prepared by Michel Grenon, Secretary/ Treasurer. Since Michel was unable to attend APEC 2017, Joe Horzepa, Executive Director, reviewed the current financial status of the Association and presented the six quarter forecast. The financial status and outlook for the Association continues to be good with sufficient funds to support a number of Special Projects that can be of benefit of the membership.

Each of the PSMA Technical Committees presented a report. You can read more about these on page 3 of this issue. 

Jonathan Kimball, General Chair for APEC 2017, provided an update on the overall conference which is expected to be a very busy and successful event. He recognized the efforts of the Organizing and Steering Committees and presented some summary statistics:

  • 18 Professional Education Seminars
  • 269 Exhibitors in the exposition
  • 16 Micromouse competitors
  • 574 Technical Papers in 8 parallel lecture sessions (312) and dialogue session (262)
  • 120 Industry Session presentations in 4 parallel sessions
  • 3 Rap Sessions

Eric Persson, Program Chair for APEC 2017 and General Chair for APEC 2018, reported that planning for APEC 2018 is well underway and will be held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio TX March 4-8, 2018. The Call for Papers is included in this issue of the Update and more information will be available in coming weeks.

The invited speaker at this year’s Annual Meeting was Dr. Keiichi Hirose, from the Data Center Business Unit of NTT Facilities, Inc. Japan, reviewed the benefits of a 380 VDC distribution system architecture compared to the AC and 48 VDC distribution system architectures commonly used in telecom and data center server system installations. He reviewed some recent installations and NTT’s plans to promote and replace existing AC and 48 VDC installations.

Before adjourning, Chairman Eric Persson asked the attendees for their comments and any suggestions for the future directions and activities for Association that would increase the value of membership. A number of areas were discussed and will be considered by the Board.

The minutes from the PSMA Annual Meeting have been posted in the Members Only area of the PSMA web site together with the charts from the presentations.

The Sunday prior to the Annual Meeting PSMA hosted a reception with members of the China Power Supply Society (CPSS). This provided a great opportunity for members of both organizations to network and discuss options and activities that will benefit members of both organizations over the next year. Several members of CPSS also attended the PSMA Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting, PSMA Committee meetings, as well as the technical sessions, seminars, Industry Presentations, exhibits and other events kept PSMA members busy all the week. The APEC social event, Little Havana in the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, gave everyone a chance to relax and enjoy themselves. 


There was a full exhibit hall at APEC 2017. Many of the PSMA member companies exhibiting participated in a “Passport” game in which attendees who visited their booths had their passport booklets stamped. Attendees turned in their completed passports for a chance to win one of 2 prizes, an iPad mini and bluetooth headphones. Traffic to members’ booths was brisk and the lucky winners were very happy with their prizes.

The lucky Passport winners claim their prizes


Committee Chairs Report at PSMA 2017 Annual Meeting
Posted: 2017-7-12


Each of the PSMA Technical Committees provided updates on the recent activities of their committees at the Annual Meeting at APEC 2017 in Tampa, FL. Each of the Technical Committees also held individual committee meetings during the week of APEC 2017.

Martin Fornage, Alternative Energy Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has been meeting monthly and has organized a four speaker Industry Session that will be presented during APEC 2017 with the theme of “Transactive Energy”. The committee plans to merge with the Energy Efficiency Committee and the new committee will be named Energy Management.

Fred Weber, Capacitor Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has organized a seven speaker Industry Session with the theme of “Capacitor Technologies For Evolving Power Electronics Applications”. The committee is meeting during the week and will discuss the possibility of sponsoring a workshop the day prior to APEC 2018.

Ed Herbert, Energy Efficiency Committee Co-Chair, reported the committee organized a seven speaker Industry Session for APEC 2017. The committee continues to support the effort to update the Energy Efficiency Data Base available on the PSMA web site. Arnold Alderman presented a summary on the status of the Energy Efficiency Data Base for the past year. As indicated in the report from the Alternative Energy Committee, the Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Committees will merge into a new Energy Management Committee.

Mike Hayes, Energy Harvesting Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee which was reactived in 2015 has been meeting monthly via teleconference and now has 19 enthusiastic members. The committee supported the 2017 PSMA Power Technology Roadmap and has presented two webinars as part of the Roadmap effort. The committee has expanded and updated the Energy Harvesting forum on the PSMA web site and organized a six presentation Industry Session at APEC 2017 with the theme “Energy Harvesting is Real and Useful for PE Community”. In addition, the Energy Harvesting Industry Session will include table top demonstrations of selected products.

Brian Cheng, Industry-Education Committee Co-Chair, reviewed the objectives of the committee which are to promote interaction between power electronics students and industry and to promote power electronics to university and pre-university students. The committee has spearheaded a joint program with PELS and IAS for Travel Support for students to attend APEC. For APEC 2017, 40 students from 18 countries will share a total of $40,000. An on-going initiative of the PSMA Industry-Education Committee is posting resumes that students submit on the Members Only area of the PSMA website.

Steve Carlsen, Magnetics Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has held monthly meeting this past year and organized a seven presentation Industry Session for APEC 2017. Under the leadership of Matt Wilkowski and Ed Herbert, the committee, with technical support from IEEE PELS, organized their second very successful one-day workshop the day prior to APEC2017. Steve Carlsen presented a brief summary report on the “Power Magnetics@ High Frequency – Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering” workshop held on March 25. The workshop was attended by 150 people – 85% were from Industry and 15% were from Academia. A brief survey of the attendees indicated they were very pleased with the format and content of the workshop and reported they would support a third workshop prior to the start of APEC 2018.

Frank Cirolia, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, provided an overview of the committee and highlighted some of the activities on its current agenda. The committee developed updated graphics for the PSMA display booth which will be debuted at during the exhibits at APEC. He also reviewed the ongoing activities to increase the membership base and the value of membership

Brian Narveson, Power Electronics Packaging Committee Co-Chair, reviewed the activities and results of the committee this past year. It has been an outstanding year with the organizing of a 7-presentaion Industry Sessions for APEC 2017, organizing the 3D PEIM Symposium in June, providing financial and technical support for IWIPP 2017 and providing support for the 2017 Roadmap. The committee also co-sponsored with IEEE PELS the 5th workshop on PwrSoC 2016 that was held in Madrid Spain October 3-6, 2016. A full report on the PwrSoC 2016 workshop will be presented during the PSMA Board of Directors meeting following the Annual Meeting. For the coming year, the committee plans to organize a Special Project on components for 3D Power Packaging

Kevin Parmenter, Safety & Compliance Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee is active and organizing two Industry Sessions at APEC2017. The first is on Power Supply Safety and EMC and the second Industry Session is on Isolation Technologies. The committee has also supported the Power Technology Roadmap and has presented two webinars on Safety and Compliance issues. Finally the committee continues to promote and support the Safety and Compliance Data base on the web site. The data base content is updated on a continuing basis as well as adding additional agencies that are tracked.

Ritu Sodhi, Co-Chair of the Semiconductor Committee, reported the committee has been very active this past year and has organized a 7 presentation Industry session focusing on how silicon and wide bandgap power devices enable advanced topologies and applications at high frequencies. The committee has also supported the 2017 PSMA Power Technology project and organized webinars for the project. The committee will also participate and sponsor the 2017 WIPDA (Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications) workshop that will be held in Albuquerque October 30 to November 1, 2017. In addition, during the current year, the committee is considering organizing a Special Projects that would be of benefit to the industry. 

Dhaval Dalal, Power Technology Roadmap Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has issued the 2017 Power Technology Roadmap Report and will present an overview of the report at the 2017 APEC Plenary Session. The 537 page report is the result of technical inputs from 82 participants and the 13 Webinars that were held this cycle. The Roadmap subtitle is “Empowering the Electronics Industry – A Power Technology Roadmap”. The committee began their webinar series in support of the 2017 roadmap in February of 2016 and held a total of 13 webinars. The webinar series was presented by recognized industry experts discussing Power Architectures, Technology and Market Forces, and Components. Every webinar presentation is included in the roadmap publication together with the electronic copy which also includes the recording with the Q&A. The committee is currently seeking volunteers to join the committee and contribute to the 2019 PSMA Power Technology Roadmap effort. Planning will begin in September at the PSMA Annual PSMA Planning Meeting to be held in San Antonio TX.

Ralph Taylor, Transportation Power Electronics Committee Co-Chair, reported the committee has been very active this past year and organized a 7-Presentation Industry Session with a theme entitled: “Electrification, It’s Not Just About the Powertrain”. The presenters are from the major automotive manufacturers and experts from the industry. 

More information about the PSMA committees was made available during the week at the individual committee meetings. PSMA members and guests were encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more about the committees and to help plan activities for the coming year.

All of the PSMA Technical Committee meetings are held via teleconferencing and are open to individuals interested in learning about and participating in the work of the committees. This is an excellent way to network with others and to influence the technical direction of the committees.


APEC 2017 Recap Video
Posted: 2017-4-14


Additional videos from APEC are available at https://ieeetv.ieee.org/event-showcase/apec-2017

You are Invited to Attend the PSMA Annual Meeting at APEC 2017
Posted: 2017-3-3

The 2017 PSMA Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with APEC 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL on Monday March 27. A buffet breakfast at 7:30 a.m. will precede the meeting and individuals from member companies as well non-member guests are invited to attend and participate in a full agenda of topics of interest to the industry. At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with many of the students who received APEC Travel Support to present their papers at the Technical Sessions. Regular member company representatives will participate in the election of four new Directors to serve on the PSMA Board for a three-year term beginning immediately and ending at APEC 2020. The detailed agenda for the meeting will be on the PSMA web site and will include reports from each of the technical committees and stimulating discussions on new PSMA initiatives for 2017 and beyond.

Members and guests are also invited to remain for the Board of Directors meeting that will immediately follow the Annual Meeting. Participation in these meetings will provide you with the opportunity to network with colleagues from other companies and to influence the direction of the PSMA and the power sources industry.

Another way to get more out of your company membership in PSMA is to get involved with one of our active technical committees. The Capacitor, Energy Harvesting, Energy Management, Industry-Education, Magnetics, Marketing, Power Electronics Packaging, Power Technology Roadmap, Safety & Compliance, Semiconductor and Transportation Power Electronics committees all plan to hold open meetings during the week of APEC 2017. All are invited to participate or to just drop in any of these committee meetings to hear and provide input as the committee activities are being planned for the coming year. Visit the PSMA website to see the schedule of PSMA meetings and events at APEC 2017.

The Magnetics Committee is co-sponsoring with PELS a second workshop"Power Magnetics @ High Frequency- Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering" the Saturday before APEC 2017 – March 25 at the Tampa Convention Center. Information on this workshop is available in a separate article in this issue of the Update and at www.psma.com/technical-forums/magnetics/workshop.

Be sure to visit us at the PSMA booth in the exhibition area during APEC. PSMA is again sponsoring the popular PSMA/ APEC Passport Program. Visit the booths of participating PSMA members in the exhibit hall to enter your name into a raffle drawing.

We look forward to a good turnout at the PSMA meetings and a very exciting week.

For the latest information on all of the activities planned during APEC 2017, visit us at www.psma.com.

APEC Comes to the Sunshine State - See You in Tampa, March 26-30, 2017
Posted: 2017-3-3


The Applied Power Electronics Conference, will be held March 26-30, 2017 at the Tampa, Florida Convention Center and continues the longstanding tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics engineer. This annual event is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), and Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA). Each APEC event seems to set records every year for the number of papers, the size of the exhibit and the number of attendees. And APEC 2017 continues to be an exceptional bargain with full registration for as little as $825. Check the APEC website for details (www.apec-conf.org).

APEC 2017 General Chairman, Jonathan Kimball  stated "APEC allows power electronics professionals from all sectors to gather annually and participate in a rewarding exchange of technical knowledge while gaining valuable industry connections and I look forward to APEC every year as a time to meet colleagues, see what new directions are emerging in our field, and find new solutions to problems or sometimes find new problems to solve."

APEC 2017 has put together the best-ever program, one you that you really don't want to miss.

  • The Plenary Session on Monday, March 27 will feature world-class presentations to keynote the week-long conference. You'll not want to miss the talks from these technology visionaries:
    • Dr. Ahmad Bahai, TI Chief Technologist and Senior VP, will present "Power Semiconductor Technology – Flexibility for Tomorrow's Solutions."
    • Conor Quinn, Artesyn Embedded Technologies and the PSMA Power Technology Roadmap Co-Chair, will present "Empowering the Electronics Industry: A Power Technology Roadmap".
    • Vataché Vorperian, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Principal Engineer and Fellow of the IEEE, will present "A Historical Perspective on the Development of the PWM Switch Model."
    • Dr. Shaui Jiang and Xin Li, Google, Technical Lead Manager for Power Team (Li) and Senior DC-DC Power Architect for Data Centers (Jiang), will discuss "Google 48V Power Architecture".
    • Hamish Laird, ELMG Digital Power Inc, CTO, will present "The Gap Between High Power and Low Power Converters and How it is Closing".
    • Dr. Ljubisa Stevanovic, GE Global Research, CTO Silicon Carbide Works, will present "From SiC MOSFET Devices to MW-scale Power Converters".

      As many as 2000 registrants are expected to attend the APEC Plenary Session
  • There will be eighteen Professional Development Seminars on Sunday, March 26 and Monday, March 27 given by world-class experts that are designed to bring you up to speed on critical power electronics design technologies and techniques.  These sessions are divided into three tracks:
    • Power Supply Design, with sessions on bi-directional dc-dc converters, digital LLC resonant converters and the interaction between switching regulators and input filters.
    • Silicon Carbide design issues, including sessions on accelerating new designs, practical implementation of SiC and SiC device fabrication.
    • Control topics covering digital compensators, stability in distributed systems and current mode control and modeling.
  • The Technical Program will run from Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30 and is packed with 593 top-quality, peer-reviewed papers.
  • The popular Industry Session program will run concurrently with the Technical Program. These sessions will cover 20 topical areas with 124 timely presentations of current industry developments.

    Technical and Industry Sessions provide attendees with the latest developments in power electronics technology
  • Three controversial topics will be covered in the annual "Rap Sessions" on Tuesday evening. These sessions present pro vs. con arguments about important issues. Topics this year will be "Power Electronic Architectures: Do We Need More or Have all the Topologies been Invented?",  "Do We Need to Progress Towards GHz Switching in High Power Systems and Applications?" and "3D Printing and Power Supply on Chip (PSoC)/Power Supply in Package (PSiP) vs. Discrete Designs". Plan to get there early to be sure to get a seat.
  • The exhibit hall (once again a sell-out) is packed with the latest power electronics products.

    The busy tradeshow opens with a Monday evening reception
  • The annual MicroMouse contest pits teams from around the world to solve the maze in the fastest time with their intelligent motorized mice. This is always a very entertaining event.

    A university team sets up its entry in the annual MicroMouse competition
  • All attendees are invited to "Escape to Little Havana!" at the Wednesday evening event that offers a wonderful opportunity for socializing with colleagues from across the globe.

When asked about this year's venue, Dr. Kimball said, "Tampa is a stunning location which I'm sure you will enjoy as you experience all the city has to offer. I hope you take advantage of this by visiting Busch Gardens, the New York Yankees spring training facility, or one of the nearby world class beaches. Your families will have endless options to explore, including the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, SS American Victory, Henry B. Plant Museum, and Glazer Children's Museum. In addition, there are extensive dining destinations and entertainment venues for you to visit with old friends and new colleagues at the conclusion of each day's programming."

Provided by Greg Evans, 
APEC 2017 Publicity Chair



2016 PSMA Planning Meeting in Tampa Florida
Posted: 2016-12-8


The 2016 PSMA Planning Meeting was held on September 25 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in Tampa, FL with 23 members attending. The purpose of the Planning Meeting was to review where the Association is today, discuss outstanding issues and to identify possible programs and projects that promise to bring value to the membership.

PSMA Chairman Eric Persson led the meeting and reviewed his vision for the organization and summarized the general health of the organization as well as membership statistics and the changes since the 2015 Planning Meeting. He listed organizations PSMA interacts with, reviewed recent sponsored conference and workshops and emphasized that the technical committees are the heart of the organization. It is in these committees that the real work of PSMA is done.

In discussing some of the areas of concern to the organization he highlighted the need to continue to invest in special projects that will bring value to our members, increase the effort to develop more and deeper involvement within member companies and the continued commitment to bring more industry content to APEC.

Michel Grenon, Secretary/Treasurer, prepared a 6-Quarter financial forecast which indicated that the Association will remain in reasonable financial position over the period which will allow funding to support Special Projects that promise to bring value to the membership.

There was a report from each of the technical committees that summarized their accomplishments over the past year and focused on ongoing programs and projects. Eight of the technical committees have submitted proposals to organize Industry Sessions at APEC 2017. In addition:

  • Ed Herbert, Energy Efficiency Committee Co-Chair reviewed the recent activities on the Energy Efficiency Database (EEDB) and reported that more than 300 people have opted in to receive announcements on current activities in this area.
  • Judy Horzepa reported that the Industry-Education Committee supported the Student Travel Grants for APEC 2016 and, together with PELS and IAS, provided up to a total of $40,000. The Student Travel Grants will be supported again for APEC 2017 to provide up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement per student whose technical abstract was selected for presentation and who will be attending the conference.
  • Frank Cirolia, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, reviewed the recent activities of the committee including plans for APEC 2017. For the fourth year, the committee will sponsor the “PSMA Passport Game” to increase visibility and traffic to PSMA member exhibit booths during APEC. The committee will continue to issue news releases for PSMA events and activities.
  • Brian Narveson, Power Electronics Packaging Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has been very active in 2016 and sponsored the first 3D-PEIM Symposium at North Carolina State in June and the fifth PwrSoC Workshop to be held in Madrid Spain in October 2016. In addition, the committee has also expanded its activities and will support the support the 2017 International Workshop on Integrated Power Packaging (IWIPP) with IEEE to be held in Delft, Netherlands.
  • Kevin Parmenter, Safety and Compliance Committee Co-Chair, reported that a major accomplishment in 2016 was the development of the Safety and Compliance Data Base which is now available to all PSMA members as well as to individuals in the power sources industry. Interested individuals can register to access the data base and sign up for notifications of current activities and changes in the area.
  • Conor Quinn and Dhaval Dalal, Co-Chairs for the Power Technology Roadmap Committee reported the committee held a working meeting just prior to the Planning Meeting to discuss the activities and schedules needed to publish the 2017 Power Technology Roadmap before APEC 2017. The committee will also present a report on the 2017 Power Technology Roadmap at the Plenary session at APEC 2017.
  • The Safety and Compliance Committee is a new committee organized by Kevin Parmenter who is serving as committee Co-Chair. At the meeting Jim Spangler

During the Committee Reports a number of issues and possible future activities were identified and discussed. These issues will be the focus for PSMA over the next year (and beyond).

PSMA members can view the minutes of the Planning Meeting on the “Members Only” section of the PSMA web site.

The APEC Technical Program Committee for APEC 2017 met on Sunday and were joined by many of the PSMA members from the Planning Meeting. Based on the results of their work we can all look forward to a very interesting and a successful APEC 2017.


APEC 2016, Impressions of a Former Publicity Chair
Posted: 2016-6-12

Since APEC 2016 was being held in virtually our back yard, Cherokee International founder and president Ganpat Patel and I drove to Long Beach to attend the 30th annual Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC).

This year's event was held inside the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center (located adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Hotel). Having served as the APEC Publicity Chairman (1991-96 & 1998-2004) I wanted to meet some former committee colleagues and to see what new products are being developed and introduced. APEC, sponsored by the IEEE PELS and IEEE IAS Societies and the Power Sources Manufacturers Association, PSMA, is "recognized by many as the leading conference for practicing electronics professionals."
In addition to 21 3-1/2 half hour educational Seminars that commenced on Sunday, APEC 2016 offered over 500 technical papers in 45 different Sessions which started on Monday afternoon and concluded on Thursday March 24. 

APEC is truly an International Conference. 1212 Technical Session abstracts, received from 45 different nations, were peer reviewed last fall. Abstracts from 30 of these countries were selected for inclusion in this year’s record setting event. Case in point, engineers traveled from as far away as Australia and New Zealand to share their latest design concepts. Speakers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan represented Asia. Representing South and Central America, speakers travel from Brazil and Columbia. From the Middle East there were presentations from Egypt, Israel, and Qatar. Representing Europe were speakers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, German, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and the Ukraine. Let me not overlook the speakers from Canada, Ireland and the U.K.

Complementing the technical presentations, the APEC exhibit hall contained 370 booths with a wide array of products. “Feed them and they will come” always works. APEC set up multiple serving stations with great entrees and beverages as well as ice cream stations for the 5,100 plus attendees to keep them from leaving the exhibit hall at the Convention Center.

And what was happening with the PSMA you might ask? A lot. There were 24 two to three hour technical committee meetings scheduled, ranging from a workshop on High Frequency Magnetics that started at 7:30 on Saturday morning to a three-hour session addressing Safety and Compliance issues and another three-hour session on Semiconductors advances that were held on Thursday. I would be remiss not to point out that the very popular Power Technology Roadmap Committee met for two hours on Tuesday. We did look into the Packaging Technical Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday evening attendees could select from three desirable Rap sessions including: Future of Semiconductor Technology Development, Power Electronics for Internet of Things: Will it Happen and Advanced Refueling Technologies for EVs.

In quizzing some of the attendees we were told that the new hot item is Gallium Nitride semiconductors. Another area to be aware of is IoT. "Internet of things" where you will be told when you are running low on milk, your coffee is ready and other smart power alerts. "The Internet of Things” is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data."

Larry Gilbert, Mohan Mankikar, and Pat Patel
Larry Gilbert, Mohan Mankikar, and Pat Patel

Where is everyone from my past? We did find representatives from firms dating back to the 70s and 80s. Many of the others have merged, sold outright or folded in a very competitive environment.

The APEC 2017 conference will be held in Tampa from March 26-30. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration in the Technical Sessions or be a Trade Show exhibitor simply check the PSMA website for details.


Provided by Larry Gilbert, 
former APEC Publicity Chair 
(1991-96 & 1998-2004)
  Larry Gilbert


Site Design: David Fogle Design

Contact us:   Tel: (973) 543-9660   Fax: (973) 543-6207   power@psma.com
P.O. Box 418, Mendham, NJ 07945-0418
© 2017Power Sources Manufacturers Association.