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 celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA), in partnership with IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) is sponsoring the next workshop in Hsinchu, Taiwan October 17-19, 2018.

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), integration within package (PwrSiP), and the emerging wide-bandgap (WBG) devices for integrated power management are of prime interest. The workshop covers the integration of both modular and granular electronic power converters for multiple applications, by accessing a broad range of leading-edge technologies.

Since the initial events, hosted by Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland in 2008 and 2010, the workshop has, under the joint leadership of IEEE PELS and PSMA, grown from early initial concepts to present emerging commercial product. From 100 attendees in Cork, the Workshops in the USA, in San Francisco and Boston, attracted close to 200 people, in 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 greater than 50% from companies across the broad microelectronics supply-chain. Attendees were 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.

We are fortunate to have the National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Hsinchu hosting the 2018 workshop. The General Co-Chairs are Professor Ke-Horng Chen, Chair of the NCTU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Professor Cian Ó Mathúna, from Tyndall National Institute, the workshop series originator. Given the current level of industry interest in the technology commercialization and the monumental challenge that poses, it is appropriate that the 10th anniversary workshop should be held in Taiwan, the global center of microelectronics manufacturing.

Prof. Chen says, "I am honored to co-chair the 10th PwrSoC workshop in Taiwan. I believe Taiwan's successful experience in IC design, manufacturing, packaging and systems will surely bring more diversity to this year's workshop. The workshop will gather academics and industry experts from the United States, Europe and Asia with innovative and progressive technologies that provide a global breakthrough in PwrSoC and PwrSiP technologies. Professional attendees of this workshop will make it more successful. Wonderful PwrSoC organization will give participants a feeling of excitement with beautiful landscape and delicious foods in Hsinchu, Taiwan in addition to interesting technical discussions. Finally, academics and industry in Taiwan look forward to VIP participations from all over the world."

Technical Program & Call for Organizing Help

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 is a very familiar participant in past PwrSoC events, chairing several granular power sessions. He is organizing the Technical Program Committee over the coming months and still needs plenty of help. Anyone interested in participating, please contact Prof. Le directly.

Prof. Le explains, "Building upon previous successes, we are expecting a very insightful technical program this year, with a choice team of session chairs from both academia and industry from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. We will bring to our workshop experts with diverse innovations and technical advancements to address the critical needs in PwrSoC, including capabilities of higher input voltages and larger output currents, higher efficiency, while consuming smaller volume/conversion ampere. Particularly, we will focus one session on the challenges and possible solutions for more integrated Wide-bandgap devices that are expected to push the present limits in PwrSoC design. I believe this will be a great workshop, definitely worth attending for everyone concerned with energy efficiency, integrated power electronics design, manufacturing, and cost."

Our workshop will follow the successful formula from previous workshops with a single track of invited presentations and posters.



Plenary Session

Seth Sanders, Professor, UC Berkeley

Systems and Applications

Oliver Chen, Senior Engineer, Mediatek Inc.

Topologies and Control

Arnold Knott, Professor, Danish Technical University, Denmark

Wide-Band Gap Semiconductors and Integration

Eliot Chen, Director, Vanguard Semiconductor, Taiwan

Integrated Magnetics

Masahiro Yamaguchi, Professor, Tohoku University, Japan

Capacitors and Storage Devices

Mehdi Jatlaoui, IPDiA

System Integration, Packaging and Manufacturing

Hsiao-ching Tuan, Director, TSMC

Granular Power Supply

Vivek De, Fellow, Intel

Posters Session

Chung-Chih Hung, Professor, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Visit the PwrSoc website for more information:

General Co-Chairs:
Professor Ke-Horng Chen.
Prof. Cian Ó Mathúna.

Technical Program Chair
Prof. Hanh-Phuc Le.

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.


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.





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, 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

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 ( and 32 posters ( 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.


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.


Awards and Recognitions


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. ”

Provided by Matt Wilkowski, Altera Corporation, Program Chair 
and Arnold Alderman, Anagenesis Inc., General Chair

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