PSMA to Offer APEC Industry Session on Isolation Barrier Technologies
Posted: 2017-2-23
Safety & Compliance Committee will host session featuring six industry experts comparing and contrasting new and existing technologies

At APEC 2017, the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Safety & Compliance Technical Committee will hold the Industry Session: “Isolation Barrier Technologies.” Offering speaker presentations by six industry experts, Session IS14, will take place on Thurs., March 30th, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center.

New isolation barrier technologies, including capacitive/semiconductor, magnetic and optical, are being developed for a wide range of power electronics applications. In addition, both existing and new technologies are being used in general-purpose isolation, industrial, motor drives, gate driver isolation applications – and all must meet a plethora of regulatory agency approvals that can include intrinsic safety barrier isolation in addition to IEC and UL requirements.

Co-chairs of the PSMA Safety & Compliance Committee, Kevin Parmenter of Excelsys Technologies and Jim Spangler of Spangler Prototype, put out this joint statement: “This will be a great forum for contrasting and comparing the differences of historical and recent developments of all the available isolation barrier technologies. We have assembled an impressive cadre of technical and applications experts from all the leading companies who will be able to answer questions on the spot.”

The PSMA Safety & Compliance Committee encourages attendees of APEC 2017 to attend this informative Industry Session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored meetings during the week.

PSMA Safety & Compliance Committee Meeting Notice
Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Safety & Compliance Committee meeting on Wed. March 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Tampa Convention Center, Room 32).

PSMA-Sponsored APEC 2017 Alternative Energy Industry Session to Focus on Transactive Energy
Posted: 2017-2-21
Timely discussion will provide expert insights from standards bodies, national labs and academic fields

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Alternative Energy Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2017 titled “Transactive Energy and the Electric Power Grid.” Its goal is to provide a broad overview of the challenges, standards and technologies related to transactive energy focusing on the issues of integrating power from distributed energy sources with the utility infrastructure. The session will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Tampa Convention Center.

Transactive energy refers to techniques for managing the generation, consumption or flow of electric power within an electric power system through the use of economic or market-based constructs while also considering grid reliability constraints. The Transactive Energy and the Electric Power Grid Session (IS08) will feature four invited speakers who have been chosen to provide different perspectives on this timely and important topic. These include experts from the IEEE standards committee, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as well as Case Western University. 

The Chair of the Alternative Energy Industry Session, Martin Fornage of Enphase Energy, encourages attendees to participate in the session to explore how energy is and will be transacted in the grid. The committee also urges power electronics professionals to register for the upcoming APEC 2017 conference, to make plans to attend the Industry Session on Alternative Energy, and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Alternative Energy Committee Meeting Notice
Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Alternative Energy Committee meeting on Tuesday March 28th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Room 32 to plan the committee program for the coming year.

PSMA Announces APEC 2017 Industry Session on Energy Harvesting
Posted: 2017-2-14
Prestigious industry and research experts will discuss moving energy harvesting solutions from the lab into real-life applications

At APEC 2017, the PSMA's (Power Sources Manufacturers Association’s) Energy Harvesting Committee will host an Industry Session featuring five industry experts who will cover such topics as real-world applications, conditional monitoring, energy harvesting systems, PMICs (Power Management ICs) and low-power IoT (Internet of Things) devices. The Energy Harvesting Session (IS16) will be held on Thursday, March 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Tampa Convention Center.

The key message of the session is that energy harvesting has moved out of the lab and into real life. Energy harvesting presents a major opportunity for the power electronics industry, from components (batteries, ICs, magnetics, semiconductors, etc.) to systems (e.g., wearable devices, building energy management, assisted living, environmental monitoring, security, transportation). But to fully exploit this opportunity, and to make energy harvesting more mainstream, stakeholders need to work more closely to get energy harvesting solutions working reliably in actual applications.

This industry session attempts to accelerate such engagement by providing an overview of the considerations, applications, constraints and trade-offs that need to be taken into account. The session will include a 30-minute slot for live and hands-on demonstrations, many of which will relate to the speaker presentations.

The PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Chair Mike Hayes and Co-Chair Doug Osterhout have geared the session for a wide audience, including potential collaborators and adopters of energy harvesting for the self-powering of ultra-low-power applications, as well as those want to eliminate the need for a battery or storage device replacement in low-power devices. Industrial and academic developers of material and devices (both active and passive) also will find this session helpful in understanding application requirements.

In addition to registering for the Energy Harvesting session, APEC attendees are encouraged to participate in the many other informative and timely PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions taking place during the show.

PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Meeting Notice

All APEC attendees are invited to attend the PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee meeting, scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 am. (Tampa Convention Center, Room 32) on Tuesday, March 29th.

PSMA Announces APEC 2017 Industry Session on Power Semiconductors
Posted: 2017-1-31
Prestigious industry and research experts will cover advances in silicon, GaN and SiC

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Semiconductor Committee is sponsoring the Industry Session at APEC 2017 called “Silicon and WBG Power Devices for High Frequency Topologies.” The APEC session will take place on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center.

Focusing on new and evolving technologies and applications that play important roles in power electronics, Industry Session (IS09) comprises seven technology presentations by experts from Texas Instruments, Efficient Power Conversion (EPC), Navitas Semiconductor, GeneSiC Semiconductor Inc., Wolfspeed, and Sarda Technologies.

The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of advanced topologies and applications operating at high frequencies – and how they are enabled by the latest silicon and wide bandgap power devices.  The session’s presentations will cover a wide representation of silicon (Si), Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC) topics. In addition to the discussion about how these semiconductor materials are enabling high energy efficiency, there will also be a presentation on the latest efforts being made by the community on standardization, which is critical for devices made using newer materials for a smooth adoption in a wider application base.

One of the key motivations of this session is to alert the community to new applications operating at high frequencies and to show them how these applications are being enabled by the latest semiconductor devices, particularly wide bandgap (WBG) devices. Also featured will be an update regarding the generation of reliability qualification and test standards for GaN power devices.

In addition to being very informative, the Power Semiconductors Industry Session will provide an opportunity for attendees to interact with other professionals who are active in this area and to learn about the present and future impact of power semiconductors on the power electronics industry. Ritu Sodhi and Ranbir Singh, co-chairs of the PSMA Semiconductor Committee, encourage APEC attendees to register and attend this valuable industry session, and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored meetings during the week.

PSMA Semiconductor Committee Meeting Notice
All APEC attendees are invited to attend the PSMA Semiconductor Committee meeting, scheduled for 10:00 am. to noon on Tuesday, March 28th.

PSMA-Sponsored APEC 2017 Magnetics Industry Session Addresses High-Frequency Considerations
Posted: 2017-1-28
Presentations from industry experts will deal with the materials, tools, and industry initiatives for high-frequency magnetics design

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Magnetics Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2017 titled, “High-Frequency Magnetics- Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering.”  Its goal is to address many of the challenges facing magnetics design in high-frequency switch mode power supply topologies. The session will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Room 1 of the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

The Magnetics Industry Session (IS01) will feature seven presentations by experts from Ridley Engineering, Micrometals, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Tyndall National Institute, Dartmouth College, Dexter, and Industry covering a wide range of topics in the field of high-frequency magnetics. Topics include the status and future of SMPS magnetics, vendor initiatives to standardize magnetics core loss specifications and measurements, modelling of core and winding losses, advancements in core materials, and tools geared towards high-frequency magnetics. 

Co-chairs of the Magnetics Industry Session, Stephen Carlsen of Raytheon and independent consultant Ed Herbert, encourage APEC attendees to register and attend this valuable industry session, and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored meetings during the week.

PSMA Magnetics Committee Meeting Notice

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Magnetics Committee meeting on Wednesday March 29th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Tampa Convention Center Room 31 to plan the committee program for the coming year.

PSMA Meeting Schedule during APEC 2017
Posted: 2017-1-13

APEC Comes to the Sunshine State — See You in Tampa, March 26-30, 2017
Posted: 2016-12-8


Tampa Convention Center, Florida The Applied Power Electronics Conference, which will convene March 26-30, 2017 at the Tampa, Florida Convention Center, continues the longstanding tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics engineer. The Conference Committee for APEC 2017 has put together the best program ever and one you really don't want to miss.
  • A Plenary Session on Monday, March 27 that will feature world-class presentations to keynote our week-long conference. You'll not want to miss these talks from technology visionaries from Google, Texas Instruments, GE Global Research, Jet Propulsion Labs and others. Plus, our PSMA Power Technology Roadmap Committee will present highlights of the latest edition of the roadmap.
  • Eighteen Professional Development Seminars on Sunday, March 26 and Monday, March 27 taught by world-class experts that are designed to bring you up to speed on critical power electronics design technologies and techniques.
  • A Technical Program from Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30 comprising 593 top-quality, peer-reviewed papers to choose from.
  • An Industry Session program running concurrently with the Technical Program with 20 topical areas and 124 timely presentations.
  • Three controversial topics will be covered in our annual Rap Sessions on Tuesday evening. Grab a cool beverage and bring your questions for the panelists.
  • A crowded exhibit hall packed with the latest power electronics products.
  • The annual MicroMouse contest pitting teams from around the world to solve the maze the fastest with their intelligent motorized mice.
  • A terrific social event that brings us all together on Wednesday evening.

Speaking for all of us on the APEC Conference Committee, I invite you to come to Tampa to be part of our annual gathering. You really don't want to miss it. Check the APEC website for details (www.apec-conf.org).

If you haven't already made plans to attend, don't wait any longer. Be sure you have it in your 2017 budget to attend this exceptional event — truly The Premier Event in Applied Power Electronics™.

In addition, on the Saturday prior to the start of APEC2017, the PSMA Magnetics Technical Committee and PELS will be sponsoring the second High Frequency Magnetics Workshop, "Power Magnetics @ High Frequency — Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering". For more information and to register for the workshop visit www.psma.com/technical-forums/magnetics/workshop.

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2017 Publicity Chair


  Greg Evans


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.


Planning for APEC 2017 is in Full Swing
Posted: 2016-8-31


APEC 2017

Plans for APEC 2017 are well underway. The Call-for-Papers closed in July with well over 1,000 digests submitted. Now the committee and over 100 volunteers have been addressing the task of peer-reviewing all of the digests in preparation for the Technical Planning meeting on September 25, 2016 in Tampa Florida. At that time, the tough task will be to select the top 500+ papers for the program and assign each to a specific Technical Session.

The next important deadlines, in late August and early September, are for submission of proposals for both the very popular Industry Sessions as well as the highly-informative Professional Education Seminars. All the information you need to submit your proposal for either of these tracks can be found at apec-conf.org/conference/speakers.

We are excited to announce the brand-new APEC Conference website. The new website not only has a fresh new 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 and take a look around.www.apec-conf.org. Conference Registration will open on September 17th and in addition to making your reservation to attend, you will also be able to book your hotel accommodations. As usual, APEC has secured blocks of rooms at the closet hotels to the convention center and as usual, 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 Tampa, March 26-30, 2017. Tampa is a great place for the conference with excellent restaurants and recreational opportunities and a full Spouse and Guest Program is planned.

You do not want to miss this conference so make your plans now to attend APEC 2017!

Provided by:
Greg Evans,
APEC 2017 Publicity Chair

  Greg Evans


PSMA 2016 Annual Meeting
Posted: 2016-6-12

Over 60 PSMA members and guests attended the PSMA Annual Meeting, held at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA during APEC 2016.

The buffet breakfast before the meeting start provided attendees an opportunity for networking and meeting colleagues. Outgoing Chairman Ernie Parker officially opened the meeting by welcoming all the attendees and asked each to briefly introduce themselves. Among those present were many of the 43 recipients of the APEC Student Travel Support. This support is provided jointly by IAS, PELS and PSMA and attracted 126 applicants from 58 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 (2016-2019):

  Dustin Becker   Emerson Network Power (Regular Member) – second term
  Michel Grenon   Gaia Converter Inc. (Regular Member)
  Brian Narveson   Narveson’s Innovative Consulting (Affiliate Member) – second term
  Conor Quinn   Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Regular Member)

The Chair recognized the contributions of outgoing directors, Aung Thet Tu and John McManus, and expressed the appreciation of PSMA for their service and continued contributions to the Association.

The Chairman’s Report followed the election. Ernie Parker, Outgoing Chair, briefly reviewed some of the major accomplishments of the association for the past two years including that the Association is financially sound and membership is growing. In addition, membership has moved into emerging areas of Alternate energy, transportation power electronics, energy harvesting and safety and compliance. Ernie also discussed the cooperation and partnering with CPSS on industry session, standards and manufacturing.

Ernie introduced the newly elected Executive Committee for the term 2016 – 2019:

  Chairman   Eric Persson
  President   Stephen Oliver
  Vice President   Mike Hayes
  Secretary/Treasurer   Michel Grenon

Eric Persson, Incoming Chair, acknowledged the leadership provided by Ernie Parker the past two years and his contributions to the Power Technology Roadmap and Packaging Committees and support of the PSMA workshops. He presented Ernie with a Special Recognition award.

Eric Persson presents award to outgoing chair Ernie Parker
Incoming Chair Eric Persson presenting award to
Outgoing Chair Ernie Parker

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

  • Michel Grenon for his oversight and contributions serving as the Association as Treasurer/ Secretary for the past four years on the Executive Committee. 
  • Matt Wilkowski for his overall leadership and contributions as Chair in organizing the very successful “Power Magnetics@ High Frequency – Solving the Black Magic” workshop.
  • Kevin Parmenter for his leadership in organizing the new PSMA Safety and Compliance Technical Committee and sponsoring the first APEC Industry Session on Safety and Compliance.
  • Mike Hayes for his leadership in organizing and attracting people to participate in the PSMA Energy Harvesting Technical Committee which had gone dormant for the past years. The new PSMA Energy Harvesting Technical Committee also presented a Power Technology webinar on energy harvesting technology and trends.
Eric Persson presenting award to Michel Grenon
Eric Persson presenting award to Michel Grenon
  Eric Persson and Mike Hayes
Eric Persson presenting award to Mike Hayes

Eric then 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 is focused on expanding PSMA cooperation with CPSS and EPSMA and on encouraging the Technical Committees to sponsor workshops that address emerging technologies and applications. He also acknowledged the many contributions from the PSMA Technical Committees in organizing seven Industry Sessions for APEC 2016.

Following the Chairman’s Report was a financial Report presented by Michel Grenon, Secretary/ Treasurer who reviewed the current financial status of the Association and presented a 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.

Alireza Khaligh, General Chair for APEC 2016, provided an update on the overall conference. APEC2016 will set a number of records for this annual event. These include:

• Number of Digests submitted (1212) and accepted (563)
• Number of Industry Session Presentations (119)
• Number of Registrations (4670 as of Monday morning)
• Number of companies exhibiting (268) and number of Exhibition Booths (408)

APEC 2016 is expected to be a financial success in addition to providing the attendees with an outstanding program of Professional Seminars, Plenary Presentations, Technical and Industry Sessions and provocative Rap Session topics.

Jonathan Kimball, Program Chair for APEC 2016 and General Chair for APEC 2017, reported that planning for APEC 2017 is well underway. The conference will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL from March 26 through March 30, 2017. 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 Paul Lee, the Vice Chairman and Secretariat of the European Power Sources Manufacturers Association (EPSMA). He reviewed the current membership and focus of the organization. He reported that the organization currently has 26 member companies and work to influence international standards. EPSMA has an active Technical committee that publish technical papers that share best practice and design guides amongst the member companies.

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 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, featuring the music of the Beach Toys, gave everyone a chance to relax and enjoy themselves.

Band   Social Event

There was a full exhibit hall at APEC 2016. 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 an iPad mini. Traffic to members’ booths was brisk and the lucky winner was very happy with his prize.

The lucky winner of an iPad mini claims his prize


Committee Chairs Report at PSMA 2016 Annual Meeting
Posted: 2016-6-12


Each of the PSMA Technical Committees provided updates on the recent activities of their committees at the Annual Meeting and each Technical Committee also held individual committee meetings during the week of APEC 2016.

Michael Harrison, 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 2016 with the theme of “Alternate Energy in High Penetration Areas”.

Fred Weber, Capacitor Committee Co-Chair, reported that the Committee has been meeting monthly via teleconference is planning to organize an Industry Session at APEC 2017.

Ed Herbert, Energy Efficiency Committee Co-Chair, reported the committee has organized an Industry Session for APEC 2016 titled “Smart Products for the Smart Grid”. The committee continues to support the effort to update the Energy Efficiency Data Base available on the PSMA web site. He briefly reviewed the annual report on the Energy Efficiency Data Base which in the past year, the data base summarized the activities from 5 regions, covering 30 countries and 48 Agencies. The data base includes 236 regulations from 35 application categories and 99 sub-applications.

Mike Hayes, Energy Harvesting Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has been reactivated and meeting monthly via teleconference since October 2015 and now has 11 enthusiastic members. The committee is supporting the 2017 PSMA Power Technology Roadmap effort and presented a webinar entitled “Synergies Between Power Electronics and Energy Harvesting” in February. The committee has also expanded and updated the Energy Harvesting forum on the PSMA web site and plans to organize an Industry Session for APEC2017.

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 2016, a total of 128 applications from 21 countries were received and 43 students 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 an Industry Session for APEC 2016 “High Frequency Magnetics; Black Magic, Art or Science?”. Under the leadership of Matt Wilkowski and Ed Herbert, the committee with technical support from IEEE PELS organized and ran a very successful one-day workshop the day prior to APEC2016.

Matt Wilkowski, Workshop Co-Chair, presented a summary report on the “Power Magnetics@ High Frequency – Solving the Black Magic” workshop held on March 19. The workshop was very well received with an overflow of registrants. A follow-up workshop is being considered for 2017.

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 and printed a new Membership Brochure which is being included in the package provided with all APEC conference registrations. He also reviewed the ongoing activities to increase the membership base and the value of membership.

Brian Narveson, 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 2016 entitled “3D Power Packaging”. The committee is organizing a “3D Power Electronics Integration and Manufacturing (PEIM) Symposium” that will be held at North Carolina State University June 13 – 15, 2016 to bring together circuit, packaging and manufacturing engineers. The committee is also co-sponsoring with IEEE PELS the 5th workshop on PwrSoC 2016 that will be held in Madrid Spain October 3-6, 2016. A full report on the PwrSoC 2016 workshop was presented during the PSMA Board of Directors meeting following the Annual Meeting.

Kevin Parmenter, Safety and Compliance Committee Co-Chair, reported that the Board of Directors approved the Safety and Compliance Technical Committee in 2015 and the committee is actively seeking members from the industry. In spite of being a new PSMA Technical Committee, they have organized a six presentation Industry Session at APEC 2016. In addition, the committee will support the 2017 PSMA Power Technology project and prepare a webinar on the trends and impact of Safety and Compliance issues.

Carl Blake, member of the Semiconductor Committee, reported the committee has been very active this past year and has organized a 6-presentation Industry session entitled “Power Semiconductor Enabling Next Generation Applications”. The committee is also supporting the 2017 PSMA Power Technology Roadmap and will prepare a webinar for the project. The committee will also participate and sponsor the 2016 WIPDA (Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications) workshop that will be held at the University of Arkansas November 7 – 9, 2016.

Conor Quinn, Power Technology Roadmap Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has been very active in working on the 2017 Power Technology Roadmap. The committee held their organizing meeting at the PSMA Annual Planning Meeting in September and is holding additional meetings via teleconference. The committee have already started their webinar series in support of the 2017 roadmap in February and have webinars scheduled every 2 weeks. The webinar series are presented by recognized industry experts discussing Power Architectures, Technology and Market Forces, and Components. Every webinar presentation will be included in the 2017 Power Technology Roadmap publication and the electronic copy will include a recording of each webinar together with the Q&A. The committee continues to seek volunteers to join the committee and contribute to the 2017 PSMA Power Technology Roadmap effort.

Fred Weber, Transportation Power Electronics Committee Co-Chair, reported the committee has been very active this past year and organized a 7-Presentation Industry Session that focuses on new and evolving technologies critical for power electronics in planes, material handling and electric drive vehicles.

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, to increase the benefits of membership and to influence the technical direction of the committees.



APEC 2016 Smashes Record for Attendance
Posted: 2016-6-12


Long Beach has historically been the most popular venue for the Applied Power Electronics Conference and APEC 2016 lived up to and even exceeded our expectations. Over the 10 years since I first became involved as Publicity Chair for APEC, I have seen attendance grow from around 2,000 to this years’ record attendance of over 5,000! A significant part of this phenomenal growth has been movement of power electronics into a position of prominence in electronic systems design. Power was once an after-thought in the design process. Today, power electronics is an enabling technology.

The quality and nature of the papers presented at this year’s conference reinforced the principal considerations in power conversion technology – efficiency and packaging. Our industry is now at the forefront of advances in telecommunications, transportation and consumer electronics.

For APEC 2016, a record number of digests were submitted for consideration. Out of the over 1,200 submissions, 563 papers were accepted. In addition, 119 Industry Session presentations added insights into the latest product developments. The challenge for attendees was in selecting which of the nearly 700 papers to explore.

A record number of Professional Education Seminars (21) were conducted at the start of the week-long event. These seminars were selected form the over 50 submissions!

As always, the APEC exhibit hall was a vibrant and busy venue. A record high of 228 companies had booths at the show. And nearly 30 others were on the wait list and unable to exhibit at the sold-out venue.

Nearly 1800 attendees were present for the open Plenary Session on Monday afternoon. The Tuesday evening Rap sessions were. As always, standing-room only events. And the always-popular Micromouse competition drew entries from Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, China, the United Kingdom and the US.

Thanks to the continued sponsorship of the PSMA-initiated Student Travel Grants program, $40,000 in support helped 43 students from around the globe to attend this year’s event.

So now, we turn our attention to APEC 2017. Planning for the event, to be held in Tampa, March 26-30 is well underway. APEC 2017 will continue the long-standing tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics engineer. Our conference and exposition fills a critical role in delivering education and information as well as an opportunity to network with our industry peers. Information about presenting a paper at APEC 2017 can be found here -www.apec-conf.org/speakers/

Provided by:
Greg Evans (right),
APEC 2017 Publicity Chair

  Greg Evans





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


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