APEC 2018 Call for Papers
Posted: 2017-4-17


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 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


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