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Welcome to the PSMA Reliability Committee Survey!
Posted: 2017-11-14

This should only take 6-8 min to complete and we thank you in advance for your input. The survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSMA-Reliab-Comm-Survey. It is now open and will be closed by Fri, 12/8/17. NOW EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, 1/5/18! 

Do you have concerns with power supply reliability as a user, manufacturer, or OEM?  Have you ever wished there would be more industry-wide efforts to address the various issues of design, manufacturing, field use, etc.?  Well now is your chance to drive a direct impact to these kinds of initiatives so please help us help you.  Fill-out the survey and pass the link along to as many colleagues, customers, and competitors as appropriate since the more responses received, the more meaningful the Committee initiatives will be.

Historically, power supplies were frequently at the top of the list of causes of field failures of electronic systems. Component and design improvements reduced failures but that positive trend may be reversing. PSMA has formed a committee to assess this situation and identify ways to put power supply reliability back on a track of continuous improvement. Success will mean higher customer satisfaction and loyalty along with lower support costs for power supply manufacturers. The starting point for the Reliability Committee is to gather data on power supply reliability and the causes of failures, both in the factory and in the field. A simple survey will help set the priorities of the committee and establish the most appropriate next steps.

About the PSMA Reliability Committee

In alignment with the PSMA mission of bringing value and utility to members as well as the power electronics industry as a whole, the PSMA Reliability Committee aims to spearhead industry initiatives that identify and attempt to solve the pertinent industry challenges related to the reliability and performance of power supplies and associated products.  The scope of the Committee shall include anything that impacts the life and desired application of a power supply, including (but not limited to) interaction with a system and/or other power supplies.

This committee was newly formed in July 2017 and is looking for eager participants. Please contact one of the Co-Chairs or the Association Office if you'd like more information or to join.

PSMA Reliability Committee Co-Chairs
Tony O'Brien, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox, LLC
 

Reduce Risk and Time to Market with Microchip’s MPLAB® Mindi™ Analog Simulator with SPICE and SIMPLIS Environments
Posted: 2017-10-10
MPLAB Mindi Software Updated to Include Over 300 Device Models and Schematics

MPLAB® Mindi™ analog simulation software, which was updated to include more models and features, is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP). The MPLAB Mindi Analog Simulator is a circuit simulation tool that now supports more than 300 Microchip analog products, with SIMetrix’s enhanced SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) and SIMPLIS Technologies’ SIMPLIS (SIMulation of Piecewise LInear Systems) simulation environments. The updated Mindi analog simulation software is available as a free download by visiting: http://www.microchip.com/mindi.

Analog simulation is often a crucial step for circuit design, where complicated device interactions can be difficult to refine and debug in hardware. The proper simulation tools can help designers avoid significant risk—decreasing time to market and saving costly hardware revisions. The MPLAB Mindi Analog Simulator can test a circuit or sub-circuit, including transient and stability analyses, providing valuable estimation for the target circuit operation. Many applications require simulation before production. In the past, larger companies were often reliant on third-party providers or internal development for their analog component models, while many smaller companies wanted to run simulations but were not able to afford tool licenses for a full software package. The features and affordability of the MPLAB Mindi Analog Simulator make it an excellent option for customers of all sizes.

The MPLAB Mindi Analog Simulator allows for fast simulation of a wide variety of circuits, including closed-loop control systems like filters, power supplies and motor drive applications. Powered by SIMetrix/SIMPLIS simulation engines, and pre-loaded with Microchip’s analog device models, this analog simulation package allows for more accurate and faster simulation.

The updated software package now includes support for additional Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers, linear regulators, MOSFET drivers and LED drivers not present in previous software releases. In addition, it is based on the SIMetrix/SIMPLIS 8.1 software package, with added support for file-defined piecewise linear sources, Laplace transform transfer functions, arbitrary filters, Fourier analysis plots, transmission line modeling and improved convergence in the SIMetrix environment. The update also added convergence reporting to help with debug issues in the SIMetrix environment.

“Customers want a full solution, including software tools,” said Keith Pazul, director of marketing for Microchip’s Analog, Power and Interface Division. “The MPLAB Mindi Analog Simulator complements the compiler and integrated development environment Microchip is famous for, adding analog simulation capabilities. Now people can get the same industry-leading level of software support for analog and digital designs with Microchip’s full suite of design tools.”

 

iNEMI Names New Roadmap Manager
Posted: 2017-9-9
Linda Wilson has extensive experience in technology roadmapping and international collaboration

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) announced that Linda Steele Wilson has been named Roadmap Manager for the consortium. She replaces Chuck Richardson, who has headed iNEMI’s roadmapping efforts since 2006. Chuck will continue working with iNEMI as a roadmap consultant.
“With her impressive experience in technology roadmaps, as well consortium-based activities, Linda is a very strong addition to our team,” said Bill Bader, iNEMI CEO. “The roadmap is a critical and unique deliverable for iNEMI, both in terms of setting direction for our own activities and for supporting the electronics manufacturing supply chain. We welcome Linda’s leadership in this area as we begin ramping up for our next roadmap cycle.

“We want to thank Chuck for the way he has helped the roadmap grow and evolve over the past 11 years. The 2017 Roadmap was our largest deliverable ever. He has done an absolutely marvelous job of leading the iNEMI roadmap and of wrapping up the 2017 Technical Plan and Research Priorities, which are part of our roadmapping process.”

Wilson served as program manager and managing editor of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) for more than 20 years. She was a critical part of the committee to transform the national roadmap effort into the first international industry roadmap.

In addition to her work with the ITRS, Wilson successfully led an initiative to produce the CIGS (copper indium gallium di-selenide) Photovoltaic Roadmap, working with the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) and industry leaders. She most recently served as the program manager and team facilitator for a new roadmap initiative with BioPhorum Operations Group, a bio-pharmaceutical consortium, and serves as roadmap consultant for the IEEE roadmap initiatives for the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS), and the 5G and Beyond roadmap efforts.

“I am delighted to be on the team of this historically important roadmap,” said Wilson. “The highly regarded iNEMI roadmap continually guides the development of a strong industry ecosystem from research to end-user applications. My role is clear in continuing the evolution of this roadmap and it is terrific to be part of the effort.  My thanks especially to Chuck both as a roadmap colleague through the years and as instrumental in developing this successful process I hope to serve.”

Richardson joined the iNEMI staff in 2001. He began working on the roadmap as staff manager, starting with the 2002 Roadmap, and took over the reins completely in 2006. During that time, the roadmap grew significantly in size and scope, and became an international effort providing a truly global perspective. The 2002 Roadmap featured 23 chapters and approximately 1,000 pages, while the most recent edition (2017) had 28 chapters, more than 2,300 pages, and included new chapters on topics such as Internet of Things, flexible hybrid electronics, and ceramic substrates and photovoltaic technology. Participation in the roadmap also grew. In 2002, there were 365 participants from 165 organization, most of which were domestic. More than 500 individuals from at least 22 countries, and representing more than 350 organizations helped create the 2017 Roadmap.

For additional information about iNEMI, visit www.inemi.org.

Announcing the Formation of the PSMA Reliability Committee
Posted: 2017-9-4

T he Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) is proud to announce the formation of a new Technology Committee - the Reliability Committee. The PSMA Reliability Committee was formed to identify key industry initiatives related to the reliability and performance of power supplies and associated products and will be Co-chaired by Tony O'Brien of Cisco Systems and Brian Zahnstecher of PowerRox.

The Committee held an inaugural meeting on Thursday August 10. The committee already has 10 members representing a mix of industry professionals including power supply vendors, OEMs/customers and semiconductor component vendors, ensuring broad coverage of issues that affect the whole power electronics industry. The first action of the Committee is to survey selected industry veterans to develop a prioritized list of the most pertinent initiatives related to reliability. The output of this survey will be combined with a focus on the robustness of software/firmware in digital power solutions and will determine the initial, tangible issues and direction for the Committee efforts.

If you are interested in having a direct hand in identifying and addressing key industry issues that plague developments, inhibit customer applications, delay schedules, increase costs, and drive field infant mortality rates, then please join us. Monthly meetings will be held via teleconference on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11am Central Time, with the next scheduled call on September 13.

For more information and to join the membership list for the Reliability Committee , please contact the PSMA Association Office at power@psma.com.

About Our Members
Posted: 2017-9-2

ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) is a global consulting and technology services provider with more than 5,000 professionals focused on making big things possible for our clients. We are business analysts, policy specialists, technologists, researchers, digital strategists, social scientists and creatives. Since 1969, government and commercial clients have worked with ICF to overcome their toughest challenges on issues that matter profoundly to their success. Come engage with us at icf.com.

We are an affiliate member of PSMA, forming a crucial link between the industry and government agencies focused on energy efficiency such the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Natural Resources Canada. We support these clients' decision-making through industry relationships and technical insight and have been the lead consultant to the EPA ENERGY STAR program for over 20 years.

In addition to government programs, we also support private-sector clients, including more than 75 Fortune 500 companies for whom we provide support ranging from technical expertise in sustainable materials management (SMM) or lifecycle assessment (LCA) to comprehensive services that drive integrated sustainability programs.

The hallmarks of ICF's approach are experience and integration.  We recognize the need for credible, current data, and for consistent life-cycle boundaries and assumptions.  Having designed and implemented a framework to convert information on life-cycle processes into GHG and energy factors that are consistent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change guidance, we are uniquely well-qualified to apply our expertise to solve problems and identify opportunities for emission reductions for other firms. We have developed life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions factors for more than 50 materials types and have examined the implications of emissions abatement during production and recycling among the international electronics industry.

Our team is equipped with in-house and commercial LCA tools, including SimaPro and openLCA software, and a license to the ecoinvent v3 database. We can further help with:

  • Environmental Performance Case Studies
  • Corporate Baseline Environmental Footprint Analysis
  • Facility Attribute and Activity Data for Sustainability Analyses
  • External Reporting support
  • Tracking Contributions to UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Climate Risk Assessment and Mitigation

At ICF, our corporate philosophy is simple: Hire the best people. Reward their creativity and entrepreneurship. Maintain the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and quality. And do this always with a clear focus on our clients' needs. Let us know how we can help with your toughest sustainability challenges—please contact Matt Malinowski, Technical Specialist, electronics energy efficiency at Matt.Malinowski@icf.com or 202-862-2693 Bobby Renz, Manager, climate, sustainability, and materials management, at Bobby.Renz@icf.com or 212-656-9216.

Provided by Matt Malinowski, Technical Specialist, ICF

Demonstrating core competence for more than 65 years and a proven reliable partner in the magnetics industry, Micrometals Inc. is an engineering driven company striving to exceed our customers' requirements for catalog or custom magnetic components.  Headquartered in Anaheim, California with two factories in the United States and two factories in China, Micrometals offers application engineering and technical support from North America and China as well as stocking warehouses located in Germany and Hong Kong.

Micrometals materials are organized into 4 product groups: Radio Frequency, Power Conversion, 200C Series™ High Temperature and MicroCubes.  Micrometals Alloy Powder Cores, formerly Arnold Powder Core Division of Arnold Magnetic Technology, are organized into 6 material groups: Sendust, Molypermalloy, FluxSan™, Hi-Flux™, Optilloy™ and the recently introduced SH High Frequency Sendust.

This new SH Material has high frequency losses that are one third that of traditional Sendust material. The lower loss of High Frequency Sendust will enable it to be used with switching frequencies up to about 5 MHz. This new material was developed to meet the demands of the Power Conversion Industry's move to the latest in GaN and SiC switching technologies.

Power Conversion Engineers are pushing switching frequencies higher in an effort to reduce cost, minimize size and increase device efficiency.  As a result, magnetic component design engineers are challenged to find materials that can operate at 1-20 MHz or higher.  The SH Sendust material or traditional carbonyl iron powder materials can be considered as an alternate option for MnZn ferrites which may have increased core loss and the gap losses at this higher frequency or NiZn ferrites for high cost and high hysteresis loss.  Sample core kits of both SH Sendust or high frequency iron powder materials are available by contacting the Micrometals sales department or local representative.

The wide variety of material choices can be daunting.  In order to assist the design engineer in the selection process Micrometals has introduced an on-line Inductor Design Software and Inductor Analyzer.  This engineering tool is FREE for registered users and is a web-based service that can be located at the Micrometals APC website (www.MicrometalsAPC.com).

The software part database includes standard catalog parts from both Micrometals and Micrometals Alloy Powder Cores.  Additionally, the user can create custom heights to precisely meet the customer application specifications.

The inductor design calculator accepts inputs for DC inductors or PFC chokes and generates core and winding suggestions based on user defined design parameters.

The design software outputs can be exported for further analysis or individual winding suggestions can be transferred to the Inductor Analyzer feature.  The Analyzer feature allows users to start with a wound core and customize or optimize to change number of turns, wire gauge or consider alternate materials or part sizes and immediately output electrical and dimension characteristics.

Micrometals will gladly extend engineering and design assistance to aid in your core selection.  Please direct application questions to Applications@Micrometals.com.  Additional information about high frequency magnetics and the inductor design software is available at our websites:  www.Micrometals.com, www.MicrometalsAPC.com

Questions about samples, price and availability of all products above can be directed to Sales@micrometals.com.

Provided by Joseph Barbeito, Director of Sales & Marketing, Micrometals, Inc.

 

Meet Your Directors
Posted: 2017-9-2

 Four members of the Board of Directors are elected at the PSMA Annual Meeting held every year during the APEC conference. Each Director serves a three year term and is eligible to be reelected for one additional term.

At the PSMA Annual Meeting in March 2017, Alain Chapuis was elected to his second term and new board members Dhaval Dalal, Fred Weber and Brian Zahnstecher were elected. In the last issue we introduced you to Dhaval and Brian. In this issue, we will introduce you to Alain and Fred.

Alain Chapuis – CTO Power Solutions, Bel Power Solutions Inc.

Alain joined Melcher/Power-One, now part of Bel Power Solutions (based in Uster, Switzerland), as a Design Engineer in 1991 where he designed highly efficient single stage power factor corrected isolated rectifiers and fully hybridized DC/DC converters for the avionics market. He moved quickly into engineering management functions with a strong focus on the development of technology intense AC/DC and DC/DC products.  In 2002 he was instrumental in conceiving and implementing the first board level digital power converters providing a system level power solution allowing configuring, controlling and monitoring of an array of POL converters through a serial bus and a graphical user interface. More recently he pushed the deployment of full digital controls in AC/DC front-ends along with leading edge efficiency and power density improvements for the server and storage market by using enhanced power conversion topologies in conjunction with GaN and SiC power components. Alain has held the positions of VP Engineering, VP Digital Controls & Software and now CTO.  Alain holds an MS Electronics with honors from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and is inventor of more than 50 US patents in the domain of power conversion and control.

Provided by Alain Chapuis, CTO Power Solutions, Bel Power Solutions Inc.

Fred Weber is the President and owner of Future Technology Worldwide, LLC  (FTW) which is a Manufacturers' Representative organization. Fred has more than 30 years of technical sales, account management, and business development experience. FTW has created a well-balanced portfolio of cutting edge power products and services suppliers for its customers. FTW maintains for its principals the highest level of sales representation for business, market development, and growth in the Great Lakes Territory. Fred offers a high level of practical experience, technical know-how, and a solid reputation for opening doors, and building relationships with engineering, purchasing, and management.

Fred Weber has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Evansville, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He continues to actively improve his technical knowledge and place himself in positions to be aware of technology trends and advancements. Fred is very active in PSMA (Power Sources Manufacturers Association) and also AEC (Automotive Electronics Council). He is co-chair of the Capacitor Committee and the Transportation Power Electronics Committee at PSMA, and is an active participant of the Magnetics committee. Fred is also working on the AEC team that is updating the AEC-Q200 specification (passive components) for Automotive products.

Fred enjoys many outdoor activities including, scuba diving, sport clay shooting, and running. His wife, Tina, is a Purchasing Manager for GM, and they have two daughters, Jessica is working towards her PhD in Organic Chemistry at MIT, and Samantha is working as a Pediatric Nurse for Detroit Children's Hospital.

Provided by Fred Weber, President and owner of Future Technology Worldwide, LLC

 

 

PSMA's Power Technology Roadmap 2017
Posted: 2017-7-21
Will Power Empower the Electronics Industry?

The Power Sources Manufacturers' Association (PSMA) published its tenth and latest edition of  the Power Technology Roadmap (PTR 2017).  PSMA undertakes this project, where participants from respective fields analyze trends in key power supply parameters, applications, components and emerging technologies, once every two years. From its early days in 1994, when the first PSMA Power Technology Roadmap was released, it has gone through significant evolution in its scope and content. 

This edition of the Roadmap is a product of two-year effort involving 82 participants that includes online webinars, technical articles and online surveys that provided inputs for forecasting. The webinar topics are wide-ranging and all-encompassing, covering as many aspects of power supply technology as possible. Webinars in this edition of the Roadmap include wireless transfer, component technologies, passive devices, high frequency magnetics, isolation technologies and many others. The technical articles are very focused in their pre-defined subject matter and the online surveys are designed to gather information to project future trends in key parameters. Such a unique combination of subjects and scope prepared with the inputs of knowlegable participants from the industy, makes this report unique and highly comprehensive.

The Roadmap provides both a quantitative and a qualitative analysis of technology. While the online surveys are used to gather quantitative data, the qualitative analysis is provided by industry experts who have contributed to the report either by presenting a webinar or by writing an article on a specific topic.

At the core, the PTR provides a three-dimensional overview of three key aspects of power technology:

  • Trends in key metrics in following power supplies and converters:
    • Ac-dc front-end power supplies (200 W – 2000 W)
    • External ac-dc power supplies (10 W – 100 W)
    • Isolated dc-dc converters (100 W, regulated)
    • Non-isolated dc-dc converters (subdivided into the standard non-isolated dc-dc and power supply in a package (PSiP) converters)

These products were selected because they are widely used in the industry. The same products were used in the past, thus making a comparative analysis easy. The key metrics used for trend analysis include efficiency, cost, power density and reliability. With 2016 as the base year, the projections were done for 2019 and 2021. In addition, the report provides some retrospective analysis that checks past forecasts, to see if they were accurate or inaccurate. This analysis will be used to make any future adjustments.

  • Component technology that includes, power semiconductors, ICs and magnetic materials  
  • Applications trends and emerging Technologies:

Application trends are included for automotive, computing, consumer, lighting, medical, motor control, battery changing and energy harvesting. The emerging technologies are associated with magnetics, integrated magnetics, 3D power packaging, additive manufacturing and nanofluids.

The Roadmap is an important report that can provide companies with information about various technologies, data for benchmarking their current products and technology trends for strategic planning.

The organizers for the 2017 PSMA Power Technology Roadmap have made an interesting argument that the Roadmap is designed to "Empower the Electronics Industry". It is stated in the title of the report. At first glance, the concept that power supply technology will empower the electronics industry seems like wishful thinking or even preposterous, but it should not be rejected out of hand. Dr. Conor Quinn, Co-Chair of the organizing committee gave a plenary presentation at APEC 2017 in Tampa that focused on this stream of thought.

Dr. Quinn stated, that in the past the power supply industry was technology-responsive to all established and traditional markets such as consumer, computers and networking. Companies or industries engaged in these markets did not much care about the development of power supplies as these markets designed their own products and then purchased a power supply as an afterthought to fulfill their specific needs. However, this may not be the case in the development of emerging new markets including automotive, solar inverters, variable frequency drives and LEDs. These markets are power-technology driven markets. Power is not a secondary after-thought, but is central to the development of these markets. Many new applications are power-centric as alternative energy and efficient use of energy takes center stage in the development of future markets. For companies participating in such new products, knowledge of the power supply technology and its evolution will be essential for their successful development. The new 2017 Power Technology Roadmap will provide that information, knowledge and insight. It is designed to empower the electronics industry.

 

 

Provided by Mohan Mankikar,
President, Micro-Tech Consultants

 
 

 

PSMA Magnetics Committee Magnetics Workshop
Posted: 2017-7-12

Power Magnetics @ High Frequency- Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering
Date: Saturday March 25 2017
APEC 2017 Tampa Florida

The "Power Magnetics @ High Frequency – Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering" workshop sponsored by the PSMA Magnetics Committee and IEEE PELS was held on the day before APEC 2017, Saturday March 25, 2017 from 7:00 AM thru 6:00 PM in Tampa Florida.

This second workshop continued the tradition of the inaugural workshop by bringing together experts from all aspects of the magnetics industry, from research and academic organizations, world renowned consultants and the everyday heroes of magnetics design who are responsible for commercializing magnetic products on a regular basis. The number of workshop attendees increased to over 150 with about 85% of the attendees from industry and 15% of the attendees from academia/research. The agenda of the workshop included panel discussions and technology demonstrations to supplement invited lecture type presentations which led to high energy dialogue between the attendees and the invited experts throughout the workshop.

The purpose and the focus of the workshop was to

  • identify the latest improvements in areas of magnetic materials, coil (winding) design, construction and fabrication, 
  • identify, discuss and demonstrate evaluation and characterization techniques as well as modelling and simulation tools needed to meet the technical expectations and requirements for power magnetics operating at higher frequencies
  • identify and discuss the technical expectations and requirements of higher application frequencies and emerging topologies that are being driven by continuous advances in circuits topologies, semi-conductor devices driven by new market applications.

Many thanks to the invited presenters and panelists who included Dr. Johann Kolar (ETH), Donna Kepcia (Magnetics), Dr Ray Ridley (Ridley Engineering), Dr. Charles Sullivan (Dartmouth), Bruce Carsten, Zoran Pavlovic (Tyndall), Ed Herbert (PSMA), Chuck Wild (Dexter Magnetics), J. C. Sun (Bs&T Technologies), Andreas Muesing (Gecko-Simulations), Rodney Rogers (Allstar Magnetics), Ryu Nagahama (IWATSU), Lorandt Foelkel (Wurth Elektronik), Chris Oliver (Micrometals), Dr. Bernard Michuad (EPCOS), Jan Simecek (EPCOS), Laili Wang (Xi'an Jiaotong University), John Lynch (Fair Rite Products).Based on post workshop survey results, the High Frequency Magnetics workshop series will continue to be held the Saturday before APEC. The third workshop will be in conjunction with APEC 2018 in San Antonio Texas. To increase the interactions during the third workshop, an increased emphasis on the technology demonstration sessions will be pursued to increase the "hands on" and "how to" dialogue. The third workshop will also continue to drive efforts to improve the characterization and specification of magnetic materials and magnetic cores to support the power electronics industry, addresses technical issues such as fringing as well as identify efforts to move the industry forward in terms of magnetic material and magnetic structure development.

Anyone interested in participating as a presenter as part of the technology demonstration session during the next workshop planned for March 3, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas should contact Matt Wilkowski (matt.wilkowski@intel.com). We are looking forward to the third workshop and driving the industry forward to meet the expectations of the workshop attendees.

Organizing Committee 
Steve Carlsen Raytheon
Ed Herbert Independent Inventor
Rodney Rogers Allstar Magnetics
Chuck Wild Dexter Magnetics
Fred Weber Future Technology Worldwide
Matt Wilkowski Intel

 
International Workshop on Integrated Power Packaging (IWIPP) 2017
Posted: 2017-7-2

The 2017 International Workshop on Integrated Power Packaging (IWIPP), which was held at the Technical University of Delft from April 5-7, was a great event focused on upcoming developments in packaging from the device to the system, with 80 total attendees across industry, research, and academic institutions in the fields of power packaging and system design. This year's attendees were exposed to three days of inter-disciplinary technical content focused on the enhanced understanding of the major issues within the power packaging industry. On both Wednesday and Thursday morning, the conference agenda was opened with curated tutorials – one on Packaging & Thermal Management by Dr. Patrick McCluskey of the University of Maryland, and one on Electrical Insulation by Dr. Thierry Lebey of the University of Toulouse. Friday morning introduced a Modeling & Reliability Panel Session with leaders from different simulation and modeling fields across both academic and industry organizations. This year's technical sessions addressed Systems & Circuits,  Power Modules, Packaging & Interconnects, Thermal Management, and Sensors, Passives, & EMI. In addition to the technical sessions, tutorials, and panel sessions, each day also included invited keynote presentations selected to discuss the future of the wide bandgap and power packaging industry.


Wolfspeed's Brice McPherson, a power module design engineer, presenting on how innovative thermal management techniques can improve the Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Market.
 
Second day of Technical Sessions.

The 2017 IWIPP Student Travel Grant Award winner was Andrea Wallace of the University of Arkansas, who presented on her research group's work with Thermo-Mechanical Reliability of Silicon Carbide Schottky Diode Flip-Chip packaging. Andrea is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Space & Planetary Sciences Department, pursuing research in the field of Power Packaging for High Temperature Applications under Dr. Alan Mantooth. Andrea's Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, coupled with her career goal to work with space-bound systems, lead her to choose the power packaging research field and to attend the 2017 IWIPP event, due to its inter-disciplinary nature.


General Chair, Dr. Ty McNutt, of Wolfspeed presenting IWIPP's 2017 Student Travel Grant Award Winner, Andrea Wallace, with her conference stipend.
 
View from Wolfspeed's Conference Banquet activity, which was a guided tour through the historic canals of Delft.

While the conference was heavy with technical sessions, there were also plenty of networking opportunities available to attendees. On Wednesday, upon conclusion of the technical sessions, attendees were invited to a Poster, Lab Tour, & Exhibition Reception, sponsored by Murata. There were three posters, which represented technical papers included in the proceedings, and five technical demonstrations from TU Delft researchers; a tour of TU Delft's famous High Voltage laboratory was also provided during Murata's Welcome Reception. On Thursday evening, the conference attendees celebrated a successful event with a boat trip through the historic canals of Delft, followed by the Wolfspeed Conference Banquet where prizes from IWIPP's industrial sponsors were raffled off. Winners received: an Apple Watch, courtesy of Wolfspeed; an Apple iPad, courtesy of Murata; a Lego® Mindstorms® set, courtesy of Littelfuse; and Holland's famous Stroopwafels, courtesy of ISP Systems.

The 2017 event brought together a multi-faceted group of supporting technical organizations; in addition to the Power Sources Manufacturers Associations (PSMA), the event also included: the IEEE Components, Packaging & Manufacturing Technology Society; the IEEE Dielectric & Electrical Insulation Society; the IEEE Power Electronics Society; and the European Center for Power Electronics. These societies all remain committed to expanding the future development of the International Workshop on Integrated Power Packaging. The next International Workshop on Integrated Power Packaging is currently being planned, and the 2019 location will be announced on the website in the coming months. For 2019, the IWIPP Steering Committee plans to expand its commitment to bringing together inter-disciplinary thought leaders in the field of power packaging to discuss innovative solutions to the industry's biggest challenges. Please stay tuned for more information about the event from PSMA and to learn how you can become involved in the 2019 event.

Provided by Lauren Kegley, IWIPP 2017 Sponsorship & Publications Chair

 

Call for Papers: The 5th Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA 2017)
Posted: 2017-7-1

 

Monday, October 30 – Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Albuquerque, NM USA

The IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA, www.wipda.org ), sponsored by IEEE and PSMA, is a fast-growing yearly event which provides a forum for device scientists, circuit designers, and application engineers to share technology updates, research findings, development experience, and application knowledge. The 5th WiPDA will be held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2017, at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Albuquerque, NM.

What to see in Albuquerque?

Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM), Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande river flows through the city, north to south. Albuquerque is also the home of the International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest gathering of hot-air balloons from around the globe. The event takes place during the first week of October. The workshop venue is the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort just north of Albuquerque. It offers a perfect combination of luxurious amenities, culture, history, and stunning landscapes that create a one-of-a-kind experience. Visitors can play a round of championship golf at the Twin Warriors golf course, ride a rescue horse, or watch a radiant sunset while dining on fresh, regional cuisine at the Corn Maiden restaurant. This year's poster session and banquet will be held at the Cottonwoods Pavilion, located on the Tamaya grounds along the banks of the Rio Grande river.

This year's event will have a similar structure as previous years, including an extensive program of tutorials; keynote, technical, and poster sessions; a panel discussion; an exhibition; and a banquet.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Heteroepitaxial and bulk materials growth
  • Gate dielectrics and surface passivation
  • Device structures and fabrication techniques
  • Device characterization and modeling
  • Very high efficiency and compact converters
  • SOAs including short-circuit, spike, and transient tolerance
  • Harsh environment (e.g. high temperature) operation and reliability
  • Packaging, power modules, and ICs
  • Hard-switched and soft-switched applications
  • Common-mode and EMI management
  • Gate drive and other auxiliary circuits
  • High-performance passive components
  • Applications in renewable energy and storage, transportation, industrial drives, and grid power systems

Technical Papers: Technical papers addressing all aspects of wide-bandgap power electronics are welcome. Technical oral sessions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, and a poster session will be held Tuesday night. All presented papers will be included in the conference proceedings and submitted to the IEEExplore database.

Tutorials, Keynote Sessions, Panel Session, and Exhibitions

WiPDA 2017 will offer tutorials covering both device and application topics on Monday afternoon. Keynote sessions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, in which leading experts from academia, industry, and research institutes will share their insights on technology developments and future trends. A panel session with leading experts from US federal agencies, industry, and academia will be part of the meeting. Also, a number of booths will be available for exhibition.

Student Travel Grants

The organizing committee anticipates being able to fund 16 student travel grants at $625 each, supported equally by PELS and PSMA.

Key dates for this year's event: 

Two-page abstract deadline: June 16, 2017
Notification of acceptance: July 21, 2017
Final paper submission: August 25, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact the organizing committee:

Robert Kaplar, Sandia National Labs (rjkapla@sandia.gov )
Maryam Saeedifard, Georgia Tech (maryam@ece.gatech.edu)
Sameh Khalil, Infineon (sameh.khalil@infineon.com)
Mike Mazzola, Mississippi State (mazzola@ece.msstate.edu)
Fang Luo, University of Arkansas (fangluo@uark.edu)

We are looking forward to meeting you in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

 

Lincoln International's Solar Energy Stock Index: Q1 2017
Posted: 2017-7-1
 

Lincoln International is pleased to present you with the latest Solar Energy Stock Index from our Global Renewable Energy Group. This will provide you with:

The Solar Energy Stock Index Report, published by our Renewable Energy team each quarter, provides you with information on the following:

  • Quarterly performance of the Solar Energy Stock Index versus the S&P Index
  • Relative market valuations of each Solar Energy sector
  • Current financial data for each company in the index
 solar_energy_stock_index_q1_2017.pdf
(498k pdf)
 

This data is included with the permission of Lincoln International. For more information, you may contact John McManus (jmcman@optonline.net) or the Association Office.

 

Lincoln International's Solar Energy DealReader: Q1 2017
Posted: 2017-7-1

Lincoln InInternational is pleased to present you with the latest DealReader from our global Renewable Energy Industry group. This will provide you with:

  • Q1 2017 deal volume comparison by total transactions, deal type, geography, and target company sector
  • Recent Solar Energy transaction announcements
  • Global Solar Energy ratio analysis
 solar_dealreader_q1_2017.pdf
(460k pdf)
 

This data is included with the permission of Lincoln International. For more information, you may contact John McManus (jmcman@optonline.net) or the Association Office.

 

Lincoln International's EMS Stock Index: Q1 2017
Posted: 2017-7-1

 

 

Lincoln International is pleased to present you with the latest EMS Stock Index from our Global Electronics Industry Group. This report will provide you with:

  • Quarterly performance of the EMS Stock Index versus the S&P Index
  • Relative market valuations of each EMS sector
  • Current financial data for each company in the index
 ems_stock_index_q1_2017.pdf
(648k pdf)
 

This data is included with the permission of Lincoln International. For more information, you may contact John McManus (jmcman@optonline.net) or the Association Office.

 

Lincoln International's EMS DealReader: Q1 2017
Posted: 2017-7-1

 

 

 

Lincoln International is pleased to present you with the latest EMS DealReader from our Global Electronics Industry Group. This will provide you with:

  • Q1 2017 deal volume comparison by total transactions, deal type, geography and size
  • Recent EMS transaction announcements
  • Terms & Turns: Revisiting the Cash Cycle
 dealreader_ems_q1_2017.pdf
(529k pdf)
 

This data is included with the permission of Lincoln International. For more information, you may contact John McManus (jmcman@optonline.net) or the Association Office.

 

2017 iNEMI Roadmap
Posted: 2017-5-5

The complete 2017 iNEMI Roadmap is now available. The final chapters are in, and the full roadmap document plus 100-page executive summary are ready for download. 

With 28 chapters and 2000+ pages, this is the largest roadmap we’ve published to date. It includes:

  • A new chapter on Internet of Things
  • Four chapters not updated or included last cycle:
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Information Management 
    • Packaging & Component Substrates 
    • Test, Inspection & Measurement 
  • Expanded scope for two chapters:
    • Connectors now includes electronic and photonic connectors
    • Interconnect Substrates-Ceramic is now Ceramic Substrates & Photovoltaic Technology

For more information, visit www.inemi.org.

 

The Trump Administration's Impact on the Power Electronics' Industry
Posted: 2017-3-2

Even though the free market rules the business world, government policies and regulations on trade can shape the industry structure. Usually companies prefer more free trade and less government regulation. Companies like access to markets that provide higher revenues and higher profits, while governments like higher employment for its citizens. Sometimes these intentions can be contradictory. 

The electronic trade is vastly global. Although products from US companies are prominent and highly visible, most of these products, especially hardware, are manufactured in China. In addition, many components including active and passive devices are manufactured by multi-national companies located in Europe and Japan. From a trade perspective, the United States generally remains the most open country with the least restrictions. The new Trump administration has taken a staunch protectionist stance with its “America First” policy. It has promised to restrict trade by forcing companies to manufacture products in the U.S. to increase domestic employment. 

So, what will be the impact of the Trump administration’s policies on the electronics industry? The electronics industry, primarily hardware manufacturing, has moved to China; President Trump has consistently mentioned China as a currency manipulator that is engaged in unfair trade practices and has gamed the system for its own gains resulting in America’s loss. It is true that despite having original and superior product design, America has failed to “scale up the products.” America designs products but China manufactures them. Thus, China’s employment in electronic manufacturing has increased significantly. Though Mr. Trump is addressing this issue today, America’s weakness in mass scale manufacturing was succinctly addressed by the late Mr. Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel. He wrote a landmark article, “How America Can Create Jobs”, in Bloomberg Businessweek almost 7 years ago. Dr. Grove, argued that just having R&D is not sufficient, scaling or mass manufacturing of the product is also important and necessary. He mentioned that “scaling is hard work but necessary to make innovation matter.” In addition, Mr. Grove stated that job creation must be the Number 1 objective of state economic policy. This has been Mr. Trump’s slogan all along, and many will be surprised to find that Mr. Grove’s views expressed in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek article were quite similar to that of Mr. Trump’s today. 

On February 8, 2017, Intel’s CEO Mr. Brian Krzanich announced that the company will invest $7 billion in an Arizona plant that will employ 3,000 people. Mr. Krzanich made the announcement during a White House visit with Mr. Trump- but NPR’s Marketplace reported that this decision was 4 years in the making. Though Intel can manufacture its chips in the US, due to its highly-automated processes, most of the electronic hardware manufacturing has moved to China and is not expected to shift back to the United States anytime soon. China remains the global manufacturing center for the electronic hardware, including power supplies.

Will President Trump change this global order with tariffs, duties or quotas?

Apple’s iPhone provides an insight into the strength of Chinese manufacturing. It is not just about low-labor costs, rather China seems to have the entire manufacturing infrastructure in place together with strong government support and fire-in-the-belly attitude when it comes to manufacturing iconic electronic products like Apple’s iPhone.

For insight into Chinese manufacturing, one has to read an excellent article written by Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher of the New York Times, about why Apple makes iPhones and iPads in China instead of the United States. The essence of the article is that when Steve Jobs wanted to change iPhone’s screen from plastic to glass, only Foxconn in China could scale up and deliver the product in six weeks in very large quantities. Though the glass itself was made by Corning, a US company, there was no US company that could deliver the product in such high quantities in such a short timeframe. Duhigg and Bradsher reported that the end-to-end process of building the iPhones required 8,700 mid-level engineers. In the United States, Apple estimated it would have taken 9 months to hire these many engineers; in China, it took 15 days. The United States just could not match China’s manufacturing and infrastructure prowess. Within 3 months, Apple sold a million iPhones. Today iPhones are considered one of the greatest products of 21st century that have changed lives of millions of people.

At least in electronics hardware, the US has lost its super mass scale manufacturing to China. Power supplies also reflect this situation with about 70% of power supplies being manufactured in China. Mr. Trump wants to impose a 35% tariff on Chinese goods coming to US. China said it will retaliate. Will this increased tariff suddenly make the US into a mass-manufacturing haven for the electronic goods or just create a devastating trade war?

On February, 9, 2017, in a letter to President Xi Jinping, President Trump called for constructive US-China relationship. The future awaits in suspense.

 

Provided by Mohan Mankikar,
President, Micro-Tech Consultants

 

 

Industry’s First ‘zigbee PRO with Green Power Certified Platform’ Unveiled by Microchip
Posted: 2017-2-14
BitCloud 4.0 Complete zigbee Software Development Kit is Available Now

The industry’s first zigbee alliance certified zigbee® platform with zigbee PRO and Green Power features (formerly known as zigbee 3.0) from a semiconductor company is now available from Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. With greater interoperability and lower latency than ever before, this software stack, and corresponding BitCloud 4.0 software development kit, is ideal for the design of home automation, commercial lighting, smart energy and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. For more information about the complete software development kit, visit: www.microchip.com/bitcloud.

The zigbee certified solution enables cross-functional device support and will be backward-compatible with existing zigbee certified products for seamless interoperability. Along with the zigbee PRO (2015) feature set, developers can expect to find features such as low latency suitable for RF remote applications, mesh networking for large networks such as lighting applications, and the Green Power benefits of an energy harvesting switch.

The zigbee PRO Green Power feature, making its debut on the new certified software stack, enables battery-less devices to securely join a network while leveraging eco-friendly energy sources such as light, vibration or motion. Additionally, zigbee Light Link and zigbee Home Automation device types are now fully supported.

“We’re proud to be the first silicon manufacturer to offer a zigbee certified platform with zigbee PRO and Green Power features,” said Steve Caldwell, vice president of Microchip’s Wireless Solutions Group. “With both our hardware and SDK, we’re able to provide best-in-class functionality for a wide range of applications from large-scale commercial lighting to ultra-low power battery-less devices.” 

“Having a long-standing member company like Microchip continue to invest in the creation and commercialization of new platforms based on our latest standards shows the strength of the zigbee market,” said Victor Berrios, Vice President of Technology, zigbee alliance. “This zigbee platform enables developers to create new, ground-breaking and interoperable designs for connected applications.”

 

PSMA Offers Power Supply Safety & Compliance Database as Free Resource for All Industry Professionals
Posted: 2016-8-31
On-line database provides comprehensive review of international operational, environmental and safety standards; access offered free to PSMA members and non-members

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) announces the availability of a new on-line Safety & Compliance Database. The continually updated resource lists the many state, national and worldwide organizations currently active in establishing and maintaining safety, electromagnetic compatibility, material toxicity and environmental standards for power supplies used in commercial applications. Recognizing the database as an invaluable tool for power electronics industry professionals, the PSMA is offering it free of charge to both PSMA members and non-members alike.

Intended users of the Safety & Compliance Database are those who design power systems for products that will be offered in the global marketplace, and who therefore need to comply with current and evolving safety and standards for their target markets. The database can be searched by specific applications; giving the most recent status of standards, identifying key documents, meetings and milestones associated with each standard, and providing links to the appropriate websites of controlling organizations.

“As companies design their new products for global markets, they have to grapple with current, new – and sometimes conflicting – safety standards and regulations,” reported Kevin Parmenter and Jim Spangler, co-chairs of the PSMA Safety & Compliance Committee. “Our new Safety & Compliance Database provides a vital resource for engineers and product planners as they keep abreast of standards, including ongoing activities, proposed changes and updates, and information on the latest versions.”

The PSMA contracted with Anagenesis Inc. to create and provide continual updates to the database. Interested users can opt in to receive weekly email alerts about new information and changes. The database also features the ability for users to request permission to direct and track information on emerging standards, which enables the database to evolve and improve.

The Safety & Compliance Database is easily accessible from the Quick Links on the upper right of the PSMA homepage or the Safety Database tab of the Safety & Compliance Technical Forum. Anyone who already has an account on the PSMA website, just needs to log in to access the database. Those who have not yet registered must follow an easy registration process to request access.

PSMA Offers Power Supply Safety & Compliance Database as Free Resource for All Industry Professionals
Posted: 2016-7-1
On-line database provides comprehensive review of international operational, environmental and safety standards; access offered free to PSMA members and non-members

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) announces the availability of a new on-line Safety & Compliance Database. The continually updated resource lists the many state, national and worldwide organizations currently active in establishing and maintaining safety, electromagnetic compatibility, material toxicity and environmental standards for power supplies used in commercial applications. Recognizing the database as an invaluable tool for power electronics industry professionals, the PSMA is offering it free of charge to both PSMA members and non-members alike.

Intended users of the Safety & Compliance Database are those who design power systems for products that will be offered in the global marketplace, and who therefore need to comply with current and evolving safety and standards for their target markets. The database can be searched by specific applications; giving the most recent status of standards, identifying key documents, meetings and milestones associated with each standard, and providing links to the appropriate websites of controlling organizations.

“As companies design their new products for global markets, they have to grapple with current, new – and sometimes conflicting – safety standards and regulations,” reported Kevin Parmenter and Jim Spangler, co-chairs of the PSMA Safety & Compliance Committee. “Our new Safety & Compliance Database provides a vital resource for engineers and product planners as they keep abreast of standards, including ongoing activities, proposed changes and updates, and information on the latest versions.”

The PSMA contracted with Anagenesis Inc. to create and provide continual updates to the database. Interested users can opt in to receive weekly email alerts about new information and changes. The database also features the ability for users to request permission to direct and track information on emerging standards, which enables the database to evolve and improve.

The Safety & Compliance Database is easily accessible from the Quick Links on the upper right of the PSMA homepage or the Safety Database tab of the Safety & Compliance Technical Forum. Anyone who already has an account on the PSMA website, just needs to log in to access the database. Those who have not yet registered must follow an easy registration process to request access.

PSMA Safety & Compliance Committee
Posted: 2015-6-22
 

PSMA is pleased to announce the formation of a new technical committee, the Safety & Compliance Committee. If you or your company is involved with the design and marketing of power products it is critical that they comply with the safety and emission standards where they are sold. You are invited to participate in the Safety & Compliance Committee and benefit from the discussions and alerts on existing and changing standards. 

Mission

The PSMA Safety & Compliance Committee mission is to provide a resource for our members and the power electronics community in the dynamic area of safety, regulatory and compliance issues and requirements concerning power electronics. These include:

  • Monitor trends, developments and standards covering military, industrial, computing, telecom/datacom and medical aspects of power conversion electronic products 
  • A focus on US and global EMI-RFI, safety, surge- transients, hold-up time standards
  • Discussion of existing and evolving standards and trends that apply to power converters and to provide a resource to members and the industry

Database

The committee will support a comprehensive on line data base which will be a repository of standards and requirements that affect the power supplies and which will be periodically updated to include the status, trends and issues and upcoming changes by region and country. It is expected that the database would be updated and administrated using a similar process as for the PSMA Energy Efficiency database currently on the PSMA website. 

Membership activities

Members of the Committee are encouraged to participate in monthly calls – in general each of the PSMA technical committees meet once a month via teleconference. 
As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work” and participants are invited who are knowledgeable and can actively contribute or are interested in networking with others in the industry to share experiences or concerns. 
In addition to the database activities, other committee activities may include organizing an Industry Session for APEC on Safety and Compliance issues and contributing to the PSMA Power Technology Roadmap.

Membership

We would like to invite all parties interested in regulatory and safety aspects of power electronics to attend and participate. Help us to understand and to communicate the challenge and impact facing our industry in conforming to these evolving global standards. We encourage you to join our meetings or invite others in your organization involved in these areas.

So, let us know if you or others in your organization are interested in becoming an active member of the PSMA Safety & Compliance Committee. We expect you will find that you will get as much out or more than you put into it. 
If interested, please send contact information to power@psma.com.

Provided by Kevin Parmenter, Safety & Compliance Committee Chair

 

Why Should Your Company Be A Member Of PSMA?
Posted: 2014-12-21
 

The PSMA is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the state of California whose purpose is to enhance the stature and reputation of its members and their products, to improve their knowledge of technological and other developments related to power sources, and to educate the entire electronics industry, plus academia, as well as government and industry agencies as to the importance of, and relevant applications for, all types of power sources and conversion devices.

By joining with other leaders in the Industry, you and your company will have a greater voice and influence on the directions of the Power Sources Industry. Some specific benefits of membership include:

  • Networking: The opportunity to meet and interact with counterparts in other companies on an ongoing basis
  • Involvement: The opportunity to be involved with the planning and managing of APEC—the Applied Power Electronics Conference-- sessions that focus on the specific interest of members
  • Participation: The opportunity to participate in committees, workgroups and studies to derive a better understanding of market trends, industry trends and better operational procedures to improve performance
  • Discounts: Individuals from PSMA member companies receive discounts on registration fees for attending APEC
  • Industry Trends: Increase awareness and knowledge of trends and factors that can impact your career and provide valuable inputs for product planning
  • Company Profile: All member company profiles are listed on the PSMA Web Site together with a hyperlink directly to the company Web Site
  • PSMA Publications: Regular and Associate member companies receive a copy of all new PSMA publications and reports with discounts for additional copies. Affiliate member companies can purchase PSMA publications at a discount
  • Employment Resources: Post job openings on the PSMA website and browse student resumes
  • Benchmarking: The opportunity to participate in benchmarking studies with other companies in your industry
  • PSMA Newsletter: Receive “Update” the quarterly newsletter of the PSMA, with informative articles on activities in the industry and a calendar of upcoming industry events
  • Spotlight Banner: Your company’s products can be featured as a banner on the PSMA Home Page

PSMA membership dues are modest in comparison to the benefits offered. Is your company a member of PSMA? If not, why not? You can find the membership application on the PSMA web site at http://www.psma.com/webforms/psma-membership-application.

We look forward to receiving your application in the near future so you can take advantage of the registration discount at APEC. The 2015 Power Technology Roadmap will be available in mid March and all Regular and Associate members of PSMA will receive a free copy of the report as a benefit of membership. Affiliate members will receive a discount on the Roadmap and other PSMA reports.

 

Get More From Your PSMA Membership – Join A Committee
Posted: 2011-8-28

 

PSMA membership provides many benefits for you and your company. It gives you personally the opportunity to meet, network and interact with your counterparts in other companies on an ongoing basis. It also provides an opportunity to be involved with the planning and managing of APEC, as well as giving you and your colleagues a discount on registration fees for attending APEC.

 

Your company gets a listing on the PSMA web site with a hyperlink directly to your company web site. In addition, your company has an invitation to provide a Spotlight Banner to showcase its latest product on the PSMA Home Page

Your company also receives free or discounted copies of PSMA publications and reports,

An important membership benefit is the opportunity to join and participate in one or more of the PSMA Technical Committees. Participating in one or more committees is the best way to increase the benefits from your company and your personal PSMA membership. People involved in PSMA Technical Committees all agree that their investment returns multiple benefits that surpass the time spent participating – both for their company and for their own careers. Just ask someone who is a committee member. The committee provides the opportunity to network with knowledgeable people who are influencing the power sources industry.

You are encouraged to join a committee and get involved in their activities. Most committees meet about once a month for about one hour by teleconference. You are welcome to attend a committee meeting before making a decision to join the group. If you are interested in attending one of the meetings, please contact the Association Office for call-in information.

       

This is an open invitation to participate in or join any committee. Bring your experience, interest and enthusiasm. Currently PSMA has the following committees:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Capacitors
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Industry-Education
  • Magnetics
  • Membership
  • Marketing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Power Electronics Packaging
  •  Semiconductors
  • Technology Roadmap

Your participation will contribute added value to the subject and enhance your own knowledge.

It’s a great way to network with your colleagues.

For more information describing the committees and the dates for the next meetings, please view the PSMA web site or contact the PSMA office at power@psma.com.

 

 

Power Electronics Timeline DRAFT
Posted: 2011-6-29

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association has drafted a power electronics timeline and a "corporate" genealogy chart for the industry to review. As we get inputs, we will be updating these files on a periodic basis. Consequently these files are subject to change until we hear from all affected parties or until enough time has transpired at which time the files will be finalized.

If you have any inputs to share, please contact ada@adaclock.com or the PSMA office.
 

PSMA Provides On-Line Energy Efficiency Standards Database
Posted: 2010-5-1

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) has announced availability of its On-line Energy Efficiency Database (EEDB) as a service to the industry. The number of energy efficiency standards and the world wide agencies that generate them continue to grow daily. It is time consuming for an individual or company to keep track of the many actions and activities by government and industry groups. The PSMA on-line energy efficiency standards database provides one click access to the very latest global standards and initiatives.

Some of the useful features:

  • Quick access to world region, agency, or standards application
  • Expanded data includes list of specific standards generated by an agency and parametric specifications for each regulation
  • Expanded description of regulations and agencies
  • Enhanced descriptions that include html code for quick linking to agency site or database location
  • Latest schedule of standards meetings

Dusty Becker, PSMA Board Chairman and chair of the PSMA Energy Efficiency Committee, states that The PSMA On-line Energy Efficiency Data Base which incorporates a number of improvements suggested by product planners to keep current is a valuable resource for engineers. We are pleased to offer this resource free of charge to our membership and to the industry. 

PSMA Presentation
Posted: 2008-4-3

The PSMA Marketing Committee has prepared this presentation describing PSMA. You can use this presentation to inform your colleagues about the benefits of PSMA membership. You can also show this presentation at meetings you are attending on behalf of PSMA.

 
Handbook of Standardized Terminology now available on "Members Only"
Posted: 2008-1-4

The Handbook of Standardized Terminology For The Power Sources Industry-Third Edition - has been made available as a download on the Members Only area of the PSMA website. Revised and expanded, this unique publication includes definitions for more than 1200 terms related to power electronics which were especially selected for the power electronics professional. The Third Edition also contains illustrations and four new appendices, including a listing of EMI specifications, excerpts from international standards of units and symbols, along with guides for authors of technical papers. Many new magnetic terms are described in this new 126-page third edition that are of particular interest to the practicing designer and marketer of power supplies and related products. Valuable information regarding worldwide power sources, standards agencies, and military specifications has been retained, updated and expanded from the previous edition. Titles of the appendices are: Testing and Standards Agencies; Designer's Reference; World Voltages and Frequencies; Military Specifications; EMI Specifications; Writing Technical Papers for Archival Publications; Units, Symbols and Style Guide; A Brief Writing Guide. These added resources provide concise, easy-to-use references for engineeers involved in technical writing and presentations. If your company is a member of PSMA, you may register for the "Members Only" area using your email address. The registration form requires you to enter your company PSMA member number. You may contact the Association Office if you do not know the member number.

Getting More From Your PSMA Membership
Posted: 2005-9-27
A letter to the Membership from Chuck Mullett, PSMA Chairman March 18, 2003

In a recent monthly teleconference of our Membership Committee we had a lively discussion about how we are serving our membership, what projects we are doing, and how we might communicate better with you, our member companies. Realizing that communication is always a key ingredient, I volunteered to write to you and give you a personal snapshot of what’s going on.

Mission: To integrate the resources of the power sources industry to more effectively and profitably serve the needs of the power sources users, providers and PSMA members.

As it is with many trade organizations, membership can be a spectator sport. The organization appreciates your support in the form of dues, because there’s always overhead that must be paid. But, what good is an organization that simply collects dues, pays the phone bills and mailing costs, and tries to survive until the next wave of dues submittals? Clearly, this would be a waste of time. In organizations like PSMA, the worth of the group is directly and totally a result of the efforts of its members. This is not a new concept. Service organizations around the world have always operated in just this way. Think about Rotary International, comprised of business leaders who volunteer their time in an environment of fellowship to help each other succeed in their businesses and help students with scholarships, etc. They take on meaningful projects in their communities, help their communities, and have fun doing it. It is possible to maintain membership in Rotary by simply paying dues and attending meetings. But---it is clear that those who get the most out of their membership are the ones who get involved in the projects. They get to know the other members, gaining friendships and insight into their own businesses. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, they have a lot of fun. When people ask us about PSMA, we usually recite a couple of sentences about the organization, its membership and mission, and then we’re bragging joyfully about the projects recently completed and the ones in process. For me, personally, the projects are exciting, as they give me valuable insight It has become a tradition over the past few years to make use of the Saturday preceding APEC (usually in late February or early March) to hold a major workshop, taking advantage of the presence of the leaders of the power electronics industry. Two years ago Lou Pechi culminated the work of his Low Voltage Workshop team in an all-day meeting that resulted in the book that’s probably on you bookshelf. Leaders from several end users and power supply manufacturing companies spent countless hours preparing papers and presentations, and then more volunteers transcribed the workshop and edited the final report. If you’re involved in the move toward lower voltage power delivery, I hope you’ve had a chance to use it. Last year that pre-APEC Saturday was spent in PSMA’s Integration Workshop, organized by Arnold Alderman. We hope this project saved many of our member companies tens of thousands of dollars trying to figure out how to advance their power supply technology by the use of semi-custom or fully-custom ICs. The question, “Should I go into the silicon design business, joint venture with a semiconductor manufacturer or simply wait for the next wave of ICs” can be difficult to answer. Your Association decided that tackling this question rigorously and publishing the answers would be of considerable value to the membership. We enlisted the help of our colleagues in Ireland, PEI Technologies, after a bidding process involving several candidate organizations. Both volumes of this report have been sent to PSMA Regular and Associate member companies as a benefit of membership. This study cost under $35,000, because of the hundreds of volunteer hours spent by several PSMA members. Prior to this, we had spent well over a year and around $40,000 on the Status of Power Electronics Packaging (StatPEP) project, also using the crew in Ireland to analyze ten dc-dc converters and ten 500-watt ac-dc power supplies. They dissected these units after a battery of electrical measurements, took countless photos and x-rays, and reported the findings in the now-famous “StatPEP Report” that we hope is in your possession and has been of benefit to your company. Again, hundreds of hours were spent by PSMA volunteers overseeing the PEI work, writing papers, presenting them at the workshop and also presenting a half-day summary seminar at APEC 2000. We have now held the fourth Power Technology Roadmap Workshop, which took place on the Saturday preceding APEC 2003 in February. Don Staffiere started this triennial study in 1994 and faithfully repeated it in 1997 and 2000. It involves heavy effort of over 20 volunteers, not only from PSMA but also from other companies. The final product will be a comprehensive publication containing trending of all aspects of power electronics technology---design, manufacturing, components technology, marketing, sales and in-depth information from the users about their needs over the next five years. This exercise will be done without any outside contracts, except the printing of the reports. So---what else has PSMA done for me? Well, let me introduce you to the PSMA Web site! It’s hard to believe, but it consistently receives over 16,000 hits per month! If you supplied the requested information, there’s a link to your Web site, and your company name scrolls by continuously on the home page. Please, if you haven’t done so, drop by and give your mouse a little exercise---you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Be sure to look at the quarterly newsletter, UPDATE. The current edition goes on for 18 pages; including many APEC 2003 pictures and scenes of your PSMA team at work (Joe Horzepa has one of those wonderful digital cameras with the cheap film!) What MORE can PSMA do for me? Plenty! We’re strong, eager and capable. Over half of the sales revenue of the power supply manufacturers in the US is represented in PSMA’s membership. Membership from the components community is also very strong, and so is our membership from academia and leading consultants. As one of the three sponsors of APEC, we share in the financial outcome of the conference, and it’s been very positive over the past few years. Our financial net worth is over $70,000. As a non-profit organization, we simply return our revenues from APEC, member dues and publication sales, to our membership as efficiently and effectively as we can. In addition to the present system of value exchange here’s how you can “milk” much more out of your membership. I thought I would make a list, but as the thoughts rolled around in my head, I realized they all comprised a single theme. It’s extremely simple. “Get involved.” I can tell you, and so can my colleagues, that the benefits from being truly active in an organization like PSMA far outstrip all of the many publications that attempt to summarize its activities. There’s much more in store for you than simply hearing what goes on in our committee meetings, workshops and research projects. What happens in these activities is (and I’ll be the first to admit it doesn’t happen all the time) almost magical. After many years of sticking my neck out and getting involved in these activities I’ve come to some revelations. As I wrote in my paper for APEC 2000 about “Defining your own excellence,” these volunteer organizations have an unusually high population density of effective people. It’s partly because the volunteer aspect acts as an input filter---everyone had to exercise some initiative to be there in the first place. 1. They had to “show up” (it’s been written that this is 80% of success). 2. They had to say, “I’ll do that,” when the discussion rolled around to figuring out how to organize the project. 3. They had to deliver. The level of performance is extremely high, because the people are “turned on” about what they’re doing. Some valuable friendships are formed while working together on these projects. As many of them involve research about power supply technology, components, reliability, marketing and sales, this work may uncover valuable information that you might otherwise not find. More important than the content of the work, in my opinion, is the interaction with exciting colleagues who are really enjoying their careers. I can’t tell you how many times my life has been enriched by these experiences. One of the reasons I’m taking the time to write this is to share this with you. I hope you’ll accept my invitation to get involved yourself. I hope, even more, that you will pick one or two of your co-workers to get involved with us. Please pick up your phone and call me at my office in California, 805 933-4607, or drop an email to me at chuck.mullett@onsemi.com. We can chat further about how your membership in PSMA can become much more valuable to you and your company. Sincerely, Chuck Mullett Chairman, PSMA

An Engineer's Guide to using Google by Chuck Mullett
Posted: 2005-8-23

Years ago we had to surround ourselves with printed reference material to provide the data on components used in our designs and applications papers to help in their use. Many of these were free, but some others cost over $100 each and became obsolete almost as fast as we obtained them. Today, the picture has changed dramatically. Most of this information is available at no cost through the Internet; the amount of information is so huge that the new challenge is sorting it out. When the semiconductor committee of PSMA began to study the problem of helping engineers find the information needed, the change in the way we do our jobs became blatantly obvious. Even this task has been made easier, because of help from the Internet.

Here is our conclusion: Google is perhaps the most advanced search engine in the world at this time. Surprisingly, it’s not just for lay people who are looking for new recipes or ways to remodel their bedrooms. Its capability to provide us with the sophisticated technical help we need is astounding. It has the capacity to improve its performance, on its own, as it is used. Our job in helping our members and others in the industry has been reduced from one of searching, rating and cataloging materials to one of simply providing a few hints about using Google. We suggest you try it for yourself, get familiar with its capability, and use it the next time you need information. Here are some examples for you to try:

1. Go to Google.com and type in power factor correction. Our result was that 2,190,000 references were retrieved in 0.23 seconds. Now, type in “power factor correction” and see the difference. We got 155,000 references in about the same amount of time. What is even more amazing is that the references were valid! Even in the first case---we looked through the first 120 on the list, and didn’t find even one irrelevant citing.

2. Try “mag amp” and retrieve 8,870 references. All were valid until we got down to the 29th one on the list, which referred to a slow-release garden fertilizer. 28 out of 29 is a validity score of 96.6%---not bad for software!!!

In Example 1 we saw the difference of enclosing the phrase in quotation marks. Doing so causes the search engine to look for precisely that phrase. Without this, the search engine will find hits on each of the words individually, inviting irrelevant references.

To the right of the search window on the home page you will find “Advanced Search.” Clicking on it will produce a page full of easy-to-use tricks to improve the search, including “Advanced Search Tips” on the top line of the page. This gives even more useful information to produce more effective results. Google is so easy that if you’ll spend only 5 minutes with it, you’ll be producing better results than you can find in a world-class library, without leaving your desk. Try it first, then try other search engines. We did this, and found a plethora of irrelevant “hits.” We invite your comments.

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Posted: 2003-1-24

A discussion of criteria to consider when deciding whether you should make or buy power supplies when creating equipment.


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Technical Writing Guides
Posted: 2003-1-24

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