PwrSoC

PwrSoC2018 to be held in Hsinchu, Taiwan in Autumn/Fall 2018
Posted: 2017-9-11

In 2018, the International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) will be 10 years old. And to celebrate the 10th anniversary, PSMA, in partnership with IEEE PELS, is organizing the next workshop in Hsinchu, Taiwan in the autumn/fall of 2018 – a definite date will be announced shortly.

The workshop will focus on the integration of electrical power converters for multiple applications, and address a broad range of technologies. The complete integration on-die (PwrSoC) and integration within package (PwrSiP) are of prime interest.

Since the initial events, hosted by Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland in 2008 and 2010, the workshop has, under the joint leadership of PSMA and PELS, gone from strength to strength. From 100 attendees in Cork, the Workshops in the USA, in San Francisco and Boston, attracted 200 people, in both 2012 and 2014. In 2016, the workshop was hosted by UPM in Madrid and again attracted more than 150 people, coming from both industry and academia.

At the Madrid workshop in October 2016, the increasing commercial interest in integrated power was clearly evident. More than 150 participants were in attendance with more than fifty percent attending from companies across the broad microelectronics supply-chain from semiconductor equipment vendors to foundry and fabrication facilities and OSATs (outsourced assembly and test houses) to power converter and passive component suppliers, system-on-chip (SOC) and electronic system companies.

In 2018, the workshop will be hosted by the National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Professor Ke-Horng Chen, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in NCTU will take on the role of General Co-Chair together with Prof. Cian Ó Mathúna, Tyndall National Institute, the originator of the workshop. Given the aforementioned level of current industry interest in the commercialization of the technology, it is appropriate that the 10th anniversary workshop will be held in Taiwan, the global center of microelectronics production.

Preparations are well underway for the workshop with Prof. Chen having already hosted visits from both Matt Wilkowski and Cian Ó Mathúna, over the last few months with the objective of discussing logistics around venues and facilities.

The Technical Program Chair for the 2018 workshop is Prof. Hanh-Phuc Le, Dept. of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder. Prof. Le, who is a very familiar participant in PwrSoC events, will be starting to assemble a Technical Program Committee together over the coming months. Anyone interested in participating on the committee, please contact Prof. Le directly.

A great aspect of past PwrSoC workshops has been the manner in which it has attracted both industry and academia in equal numbers ensuring two and a half days (and nights!) of in-depth discussions focused on the technical and business opportunities and challenges associated with this emerging technology. The PwrSoC2018 Workshop will follow the successful formula from previous workshops with a single track of invited presentations and posters. Because of the intense and specific nature of this workshop, attendance will be limited to individuals actively involved with this emerging technology.

We are looking forward to delivering another successful event in 2018.

General Co-Chairs:
Professor Ke-Horng Chen. khchen@cn.nctu.edu.tw
Prof. Cian Ó Mathúna. Cian.omathuna@tyndall.ie

Technical Program Chair
Prof. Hanh-Phuc Le. hanhphuc@Colorado.edu

PwrSoC 2016, the International Workshop on Power Supply On Chip took place on October 3-5 in Madrid, Spain
Posted: 2016-12-8

PwrSoC 2016 brought together key players involved in the value chain of the integration of both modular and granular electronic power converters for multiple applications, by accessing a broad range of leading-edge technologies. There was an excellent mix of attendees with two-thirds from Industry and one-third from Academia.

Impressive and spirited discussions took place in the Q&A sessions, where current and next generation technologies were addressed in these invited, non-public, presentations.

Complete on-die integration and integration within package were of prime interest. System performance required by current and emerging applications demand ever-greater current density, voltage regulation and optimized control, form factor reduction, high efficiency, and cost reduction.

Awesome Program

“Fast moving technology”, was the general feeling in all the sessions, showing significant advances on the integration of power semiconductors, energy storage, inductive and capacitive components, topologies and control, and manufacturing technologies.

Attendees

The 156 attendees discussed and networked about next generation Power Supplies on Chip at the ETS Ingenieros Industriales de Madrid (UPM).

The attendees represented a very good balance between the sponsors — 26 percent from PSMA and 24% from IEEE-PELS. An additional 25 percent were non-members, and 13 percent were IEEE members from societies other than PELS.

 

 

 

 

E-Poster
A program of 32 excellent E-posters were presented by industry and academia, from Europe, Asia and America, covering a broad range of technologies and innovations. There were lively discussions during the over two hour session.

Welcome Party and Banquet
PwrSoC is unique in bringing together international experts with strong background in fundamentals and basic research, technology development, IC manufacturing and system integration. They all had the opportunity to socialize and network in the impressive welcome party organized by CEI students and sponsored by Qualcomm.

At the social event, a cocktail hour was followed by a banquet, where all attendees enjoyed Spanish cuisine in the midst of the historical Madrid district.

The contribution and leadership of Arnold Alderman and Matt Wilkowski, the General and Program Chairs of PwrSoC 2014 was recognized.

 

Visit to CEI Lab
The students of the Center of Industrial Electronics (CEI-UPM) discussed with the PwrSoC attendees their recent activities in power electronics, ranging from a few mW to tens of kW, from wireless power to rectifiers and inverters for aerospace applications.

The local team
The Program and Organizing Committees worked hard and set up an excellent program to identify and invite the key individuals in the field. In the photo, the attendees gave public recognition to the students and staff who helped in the local organization of the event.
This latest event consolidates PwrSoC as the most challenging workshop in the integration of low power conversion. PwrSoC was started in Ireland in 2008 and 2010, and soon became a global event. PwrSoC was held in San Francisco in 2012 and in Boston 2014. After Madrid in 2016, it will be held Taiwan in 2018. Current plans are to rotate the workshops worldwide - Europe, America and Asia.

Further info
Information regarding the workshop can be found at www.pwrsoc2016.org, where all past presentations and e-posters are available to the public. PwrSoC 2016 presentations will also be available in April 2017.

 

 

 

Provided by José A. Cobos,
General Chair PwrSoC 2016

5th International PwrSoC 2016 Workshop on Power Supply on Chip to be Held October 3-5 in Madrid, Spain
Posted: 2016-8-31
Workshop will focus on technologies for creating power supply on chip (PwrSoC) devices to meet system performance requirements of present and emerging applications calling for ever greater current density, optimized control, form factor reduction and higher efficiency while reducing cost
PwrSoc 2016

The 5th International power supply on chip workshop, PwrSoC 2016, will be held at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, October 3-5, in Madrid, Spain. The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and IEEE Power Electronics Society (IEEE PELS) are jointly sponsoring the workshop and the Centro de Electrónica Industrial (CEI-UPM) is hosting the event.

PwrSoC 2016 is the leading international technical workshop dedicated to advancing integrated power conversion technologies. The workshop will focus on the integration of both modular and granular electronic power converters for multiple applications by accessing a broad range of leading-edge technologies. Complete on-die integration, as well as integration within the package, are of prime interest. The workshop also focuses on system performance requirements required by current and emerging applications that demand ever-greater current density, voltage regulation and optimized control, form factor reduction, high efficiency and cost reduction.

Technical Sessions and E-poster Presentations

The technical program includes oral presentations from Monday morning through Wednesday afternoon covering the most interesting and important topics from the point of view of systems and applications, topologies, passives and semiconductor technology. The prepared talks are designed to stimulate new ideas and to provoke discussions among attendees.

The workshop’s electronic poster, or E-poster, presentations offer another medium for authors to interact with attendees and share innovative ideas and research results. E-Poster presenters are representatives of leading companies and research centers who are invited to speak based on their expertise in integrated power converter technologies. E-poster presentations will be held on Tuesday at 17:30.

Registration

Because of the intense focus on PwrSoC, specifically, attendance will be limited to individuals actively involved with this emerging technology. For more information on the conference and registration, please go to the workshop website: www.pwrsocevents.com/.

Provided by
José A. Cobos,
General Chair PwrSoC 2016

  Jose Cobos

 

PwrSoC 2016, the International Workshop on Power Supply On Chip, is Taking Place on October 3-5 in Madrid, Spain
Posted: 2016-6-12

 

PwrSoC in Madrid Spain

The workshop focuses on the integration of both modular and granular electronic power converters for multiple applications, by accessing a broad range of leading-edge technologies. PwrSoC was hosted in Ireland (2008, 2010), San Francisco (2012) and Boston (2014). After Madrid (2016), it will be held Taiwan (2018). This rotation -Europe, America, Asia- reflects the ambition of PwrSoC to remain a global workshop.

  • Location: Escuela Technica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de Madrid, located on the “Paseo de la Castellana”, the main north to south street and financial district of the city
  • Registration: opens in June !

E-poster submission 
Please consider sharing your recent research on PwrSoC by presenting an E-poster during the workshop. This is a great opportunity to discuss your recent innovations and solutions, in a lively format, where you can show slides, photos, videos and simulations describing your research and directly respond to questions and receive feedback.
Call for E-Poster is open until June 15th!!

The Program…
…is a selection of 30 excellent invited speakers, from industry and academia, from Europe, Asia and America, to cover a broad range of technologies and innovations, structured around the topics shown below:

  • Systems & Applications
  • Topologies and Control
  • Power Semiconductor Technology
  • Magnetics
  • Capacitors
  • System Integration, Packaging and Manufacturing
  • Granular Power
  • E-Poster session

Complete on-die integration and integration within package are of prime interest. System performance required by current and emerging applications are demanding ever-greater current density, voltage regulation and optimized control, form factor reduction, high efficiency, and cost reduction.

Do not miss the opportunity for networking with a broad diversity of companies and universities. The attendee statistics from the past workshop in Boston show a great balance of over 200 attendees with expertise in fundamentals & basic research, technology development, IC manufacturing and system integration. Discussion and interaction is guaranteed in the single track workshop during three complete days!!

Schedule your trip
There is a wide variety of hotels and restaurants near the university. The venue is very well connected with the rest of the city of Madrid by metro and bus, and there is a very good connection to the airport and the high speed train station to visit other cities in Spain.
October is a very popular and pleasant time to visit Madrid and the country. Weather is mild, and you can expect an average daytime temperature of around 20°C (68ºF), still very pleasant indeed.

Further info
Information regarding the workshop can be found at http://www.pwrsoc2016.org where the past presentations and posters from earlier workshops are now available to the public.

Provided by
José A. Cobos,
General Chair PwrSoC 2016

  Jose Cobos

 

PwrSoC 2016 E-Poster Announcement
Posted: 2016-5-21

The 5th edition of the International Workshop on Power Supply On Chip will be held at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, on October 3-5, 2016. This conference is organized by the Centro de Electrónica Industrial (CEIUPM).

PwrSoC 2016 is the leading international technical workshop dedicated to advancing important power conversion technologies. The workshop focuses on the integration of both modular and granular commercially successful electronic power converters for multiple applications, by accessing a broad range of leading-edge technologies.

Sessions

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Systems& Applications
  • Topologies and Control
  • Power Semiconductor Technology
  • Magnetics
  • Capacitors for Power Electronics
  • System Integration, Packaging and Manufacturing
  • Granular Power
  • Open Forum Discussion

Authors are now invited to submit the proposals for e-posters before June 15th 2016 by e-mail to pwrsoc2016@industriales.upm.es.
Detailed instructions for authors are given in the web page of the event http://pwrsocevents.com/e-poster/

Key dates

  • Call for E-Posters Opens March 15th 2016
  • Deadline for E-poster submission Extended to June 15th 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance June 22nd 2016
     

  

Plan to Attend PwrSoC 2016 in Madrid
Posted: 2016-3-9
October 3 – October 5 2016
 

PwrSoCPwrSoc 2016

The Workshop on Power Supply On Chip (PwrSoC) is the leading international technical workshop dedicated to advancing integrated power conversion technologies. The workshop focuses on the integration of both modular and granular electronic power converters for multiple applications, by accessing a broad range of leading-edge technologies. Complete on-die integration and integration within package are of prime interest. System performance requirements required by current and emerging applications demand ever-greater current density, voltage regulation and optimized control, form factor reduction, high efficiency, and cost reduction.

The 5th workshop, PwrSoC 2016, will be held at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, and is scheduled for October 3-5, 2016. This workshop is being organized by the Centro de Electrónica Industrial (CEI-UPM) with José A. Cobos as the General Chair and Bruno Allard as the Technical Program Chair. PwrSoC 2016 is being hosted at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales, located on the "Paseo de la Castellana" within the financial district of the city. There is a large variety of hotels and restaurants near the university, an area well connected to the rest of the city by metro and bus with good connections to the airport and the high speed train station. October is a very popular and a pleasant time to visit Madrid. The weather is generally mild with an average daytime temperature of around 20°C (68°F). Indeed, a very pleasant time to visit and to enjoy the surrounding area and beautiful Spain.

The Workshops on Power Supply On Chip were started by Dr. Cian Ó Mathúna of Tyndall Institute, in Ireland, which hosted the first 2 workshops in 2008 and 2010. In 2012, IEEE/PELS and PSMA became the co-sponsors of the workshop and strengthened its International scope with workshops in San Francisco (2012) and Boston (2014). In 2016 the workshop will be held in Madrid, and the plan is to hold the 2018 workshop in Taiwan. This rotation - Europe, America, Asia - reflects the ambition of the PwrSoC Organizing Committee and their intent to remain a global workshop.

PwrSoC is a unique, workshop sense that attracts a great diversity of both commercial companies and academic universities. The statistics from PwrSoC 2014, which attracted over 200 attendees, show a good balance of attendees with expertise in fundamentals & basic research, technology development, IC manufacturing and system integration. We expect PwrSoC 2016 to continue this mix.

PwrSoc 2016

The technical program for PwrSoC 2016 will focus on the major challenges in the path to integration and form factor reduction of dc-dc converters and the roadblocks and possible solutions of integrating energy handling power passive components with conventional silicon processes. Other topics will address advanced technologies for the design and manufacture of passives and strategies at both the circuit and system levels.

Invited presentations from experts in the field and in academic research will cover the topics below. These presentations will be complemented by an electronic poster session in which a broad range of topics and innovations will be discussed.

  • Systems & Applications
  • Topologies and Control
  • Power Semiconductor Technology
  • Magnetics
  • Capacitors
  • System Integration, Packaging and Manufacturing
  • Granular Power
  • E-Poster session

For the latest information regarding the invited speakers, workshop program and accommodations for PwrSoC 2016 are available atwww.pwrsoc2016.org . The site also provides access to the presentations and posters from PwrSoC 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Make your plans now to attend PwrSoC2016 and enjoy the attractions in Madrid.

Provided by José A. Cobos
General Chair PwrSoC 2016

  Jose Cobos

 

Power Supply On Chip (PwrSoC 2016)
Posted: 2016-2-3

The 5th edition of the International Workshop on Power Supply On Chip (PwrSoC 2016) will be held at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, scheduled for October 3-5, 2016. This conference is organized by the Centro de Electrónica Industrial (CEI-UPM).

PwrSoC 2016 is the leading international technical workshop dedicated to advancing important power conversion technologies. The workshop focuses on the integration of both modular and granular electronic power converters for multiple applications, by accessing a broad range of leading-edge technologies. Complete on-die integration and integration within package are of prime interest. System performance requirements presented by present day and emerging applications demand ever-greater current density, voltage regulation and optimized control, form factor reduction, high efficiency, and cost reduction.

A major challenge on the path to integration and form factor reduction of dc-dc converters is the difficulty of integrating energy handling power passive components with conventional silicon processes. Advanced technologies for the design and manufacture of these passives are focal topics for the workshop. Strategies at circuit and system levels are of fundamental importance.

Sessions

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Systems & Applications
  • Topologies and Control
  • Power Semiconductor Technology
  • Magnetics
  • Capacitors for Power Electronics
  • System Integration, Packaging
  • and Manufacturing
  • Granular Power
  • Open Forum Discussion

Conference Site

The site of the conference is the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. It is located on the “Paseo de la Castellana”, main north to south street and financial district of the city. There is a large variety of hotels and restaurants near the university.

It is very well connected with the rest of the city by metro and bus. Also, there is a very good connection to the airport and the high speed train station.

For more information, visit pwrsocevents.com.

Report From PowerSoc2014 - 4th International Workshop On Power Supply On Chip
Posted: 2014-12-26

Workshop on little power supplies a BIG success!

The 4th International Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) Workshop convened October 6, 7, and 8 in Boston MA. The PwrSoC Events are sponsored by PSMA Power Electronics Packaging Committee and IEEE/PELS and have been held every two years since the first workshop in Cork, Ireland in 2008. We are pleased to report that the 2014 Workshop was a splendid success with a record 190 attendees. A majority 72% of attendees were from US/Canada, 20% from Europe and 7% from Asia. It was great to see many commercial companies contributing to our Workshop with a 65/35 balance between industry and academia participants.

Hosted by NUCOE

Arnold Alderman of Anagenesis, this year’s General Chair, opened the Workshop with a welcome to the attendees and stated that, “We are fortunate to have Northeastern University College of Engineering (NUCOE) host our Workshop. Our activities will be held on multiple levels of the Curry Student Center in the heart of the university campus.” Professors Nian Sun and Brad Lehman both of NUCOE provided additional opening remarks to welcome the participants to hospitality and diverse activities of Boston and to take advantage of the enthusiasm of the university environment. The workshop opening was highlighted by a welcome from NUCOE Dean Nadine Aubry, wishing us a very creative and exciting three days at Northeastern University. We expressed our delight to have the additional support from Platinum Partner Altera Corporation, and Silver Partner Mag Layers, Inc.

Outstanding Technical Program

The Workshop success can be attributed to our outstanding Technical Program of 33 invited presentations (http://pwrsoc2014.org/presentations.html) and 32 posters (http://pwrsoc2014.org/poster.html). This year we included a plenary session appropriately chaired by Cian O’Mathuna. We heard visionary talks by Bruno Allard from Ampere-Lab, Lyon, France; Seth Sanders from UC Berkeley, and Francesco Carobolante from Qualcomm. The technical sessions, led by Matt Wilkowski, Program Chair, started with identifying strategies that address system, topology and circuit approaches to meet the requirements of both present and emerging applications. It included responding to the demand ever-greater current density, optimized control, form factor reduction, higher efficiency, while reducing cost.

PwrSoC Capacitor Q&A  

Accordingly, the remainder of the workshop focused on the integration of both modular and granular commercially successful miniature power converters that include magnetic and capacitor power passive elements designed for multiple applications. Presentations on power semiconductors, device packaging, and manufacturing filled out the rest of the sessions with an eye towards on-die integration and integration within package.

The presentations and e-posters will be downloadable from a password protected section of the Power Supply on Chip Workshop website beginning in late November. After June 2015, the presentations and e-posters will be downloadable from a publically accessible section of the website.

We believe the workshop’s success was also largely derived by the incredible increasing global interest in power supply on chip development and commercialization. That interest level was validated by the boundless interactive dialogue during the Q&A portion of the technical sessions that spilled over into the breaks and the reception on Monday night.

New – E-posters

We always complement our technical sessions with a poster session that provides an opportunity for many more participants to share their ideas and work that encompasses all of the PwrSoC technical disciplines. This year we upgraded our poster session with interactive flat-panel displays. The posters session of the technical sessions allowing in-depth one-on-one dialogue between the attendees and the presenters using the synergy of e-posters as a vehicle to initiate discussion for thirty plus relevant topics over a three-hour period.

e-posters

Our Tour

Additionally, Professors Nian Sun and Brad Lehman organized tours of electrical engineering laboratories acquainting attendees with the many relevant and significant research programs ongoing at Northeastern University capably and enthusiastically presented by NUCOE’s next generation power electronics engineers and scientists.

Tour

Awards and Recognitions

Reception

The PwrSoC Workshop has had strong leadership from its beginning. The PwrSoC Events Steering Committee, fully recognizing this, surprised Dr. Cian O'Mathuna with the PwrSoC Events Founder's award for all of his effort to create the PwrSoC Workshop and nurture it into a mainstream event. The Steering Committee also presented an award of appreciation to Dr. Seth Sanders for his strong leadership as General Chair of PwrSoC 2012 Workshop. The success of PwrSoC 2014 is owed to the tireless efforts of the members of our Organizing and our Technical Program Committees. These committees were represented by Altera, Ampere–Lab, Anagenesis, Analog Devices, AT&S, Dartmouth University, GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, Infineon, Lion Semiconductor, LTEC, Maxim, MIT, Northeastern University, Qualcomm, Tyndall National Institute, UC Berkeley , University Polytechnic Madrid, University Polytechnic Catalunya, , University of Toronto, and the US Army Research Laboratory.

Making Our Next Workshop Even Better

At the end of the workshop technical sessions, the organizing committees completed an assessment of the current workshop based on feedback and comments from the attendees. The assessment would form a basis for improvements for future workshops. Past assessments led to: our having more networking time at various points throughout the workshop; a Monday evening reception; interactive dialogue during the Q&A portion of the technical sessions; continuing a bi-annual agenda; holding the workshop multiple global regions; and staying with the workshop format rather than moving on to a conference format.

To Madrid Next

Then, we started planning for our next workshop. The PwrSoC Events are alternately led by IEEE/PELS and PSMA. Accordingly, the next workshop will be held in the fall of 2016, in Madrid Spain led by IEEE/PELS, with José Cobos from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) as general chair. PSMA will be leading the PwrSoC Workshop in 2018. Location yet to be determined.

PELS Papers Opportunity

In the interim between the current workshop and the 2016 workshop, IEEE/PELS is organizing an editorial team to create an issue of the Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (JESTPE) dedicated to Power Supply on Chip focusing key papers written on the technologies enabling PwrSoC development. Although this journal is not directly associated with the PwrSoC workshop series, it complements the PwrSoC workshop series, allowing presenters and attendees the opportunity to formally publish their ideas and realizations.

We strongly believe that interest and participation in the PwrSoC workshop series will continue to grow as PwrSoC technologies are commercialized based on the ideas, interactions and networking that are cultivated by these workshops. Our thanks to both PSMA and PELS for their support in making these workshops possible and to all of the members of the steering, organizing and technical committees which is best expressed as the following quote from Cian O’Mathuna: “it was great to participate in the workshop again this year. It was an excellent event. Congratulations to everyone who made it happen. ”


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and Arnold Alderman, Anagenesis Inc., General Chair

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