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APEC 2022 Returns to In-Person Event after 2-Year Hiatus
Posted: 2021-9-20

The effects of COVID-19 on in-person technical conferences and trade shows have been nearly universal. APEC2020 was an early victim of the pandemic and APEC 2021 was held as a full virtual event in June. The energy and attendance at the Virtual-Only APEC 2021 event is a testament to the importance of our conference as the industry resource for learning of the latest in power electronics technology and new product developments. APEC 2021 attendees were offered a wide-ranging program including:

  • 6 Plenary Presentations
  • 3 Rap Sessions
  • 16 Professional Education Seminars
  • Almost 500 Technical Papers
  • Over 100 Industry Session Presentations

As the world makes progress toward stemming the impact of the pandemic, plans are now fully underway for a return to a live APEC 2022 in Houston next March.

Never in the history of electronics has power conversion been more in the forefront. Efficiency is a top priority of nearly every new design. And the latest advances in technology are touching virtually every aspect of our industry, from passive components to semiconductors and packaging. And there just isn't anywhere else on earth our industry comes together so completely to learn, connect and grow than at the Applied Power Electronics Conference.

Hundreds of digests have been submitted for the Technical Sessions and now the work of the peer-reviewers is underway to select the best for the APEC 2022 program.

Work continues in development of the Plenary Session program. The committee has put together an exceptional roster of candidates. The program will be finalized before the next edition of this newsletter. The Plenary Session typically beings in well over 2,000 attendees. In addition, IEEE.tv will, once again, be streaming the entire session, live, for those who can't make it to APEC by Monday afternoon.

By mid-September, all the submissions of proposals for both the very popular Industry Sessions as well as the highly informative Professional Education Seminars will be under consideration. The Industry Session tracks which will run in parallel with the Technical Sessions are expected to be as popular as ever.

Back at APEC 2019, over 1500 attendees arrived early to take advantage of the Sunday and Monday morning Professional Education Seminars. The committee is planning for a repeat of this attendance in 2022.

Booth selection for the APEC 2022 exhibit hall is now open and a fully booked and vibrant exhibition is in the works.

Registration opens in October.  Go to www.apec-conf.org to get all the information you need. In addition to making your reservation to attend, you will also be able to book your hotel accommodations. APEC has secured blocks of rooms at the close-in hotels to the convention center.  As usual, these rooms will sell out long before next March.

The entire APEC Conference Committee is excited about bringing our Premier Global Event in Applied Power Electronics to Houston, March 20-24, 2022.

APEC 2021: Virtual Format Provides All of the Traditional Content and Even More!
Posted: 2021-6-17
 

This year's APEC 2021 will be presented as a fully virtual event with live and on demand content and a full exhibit hall for the first time in its 36-year history. Although we'll miss the camaraderie of the in-person event we attend every year, you'll see from the description to follow that APEC 2021 will not be a scaled-back or limited version of this important annual technical conference and tradeshow.

Hosted on the robust event platform, Social27, with on-demand content available beginning June 9 and live sessions from June 14 to June 17, 2021, participants and exhibitors of APEC 2021 will have many different ways to network. The online event will afford power electronics professionals – especially those based abroad – the flexibility of participating live and/or accessing the recorded materials on-demand.

When announcing their decision to hold the event online, the APEC Conference Committee cited uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. Continuing global travel restrictions and unknown future guidance on large-scale gatherings made it impossible for the committee to predict that the event would be safe to attend in-person, by June. As a fully online conference and exhibition, APEC 2021 will ensure the safety of attendees and presenters alike.

I encourage you, whether you're a long-time APEC participant – or you are new to APEC – to take advantage of the opportunity to advance your professional growth. APEC 2021 is an unmatched resource for learning about the latest technologies and trends impacting the power electronics industry.

Conference Program

The complete schedule for the plenary sessionstechnical sessionsindustry sessionsrap sessions and professional education seminars are now available online. Registrants will have access to session content during the live sessions. They will also be able to access recorded content until late July (except for the live-only Rap Sessions).

Here is a summary of the program details for APEC 2021

Plenary Sessions

The APEC Plenary Sessions continue a long-standing tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics professional.

Unlike prior, in-person APEC events where "keynote" Plenary Sessions were held on the conference's opening day, APEC 2021 virtual Plenary Sessions will be distributed over the first three days of the conference.

This year's lineup includes seven distinguished invited professionals who will share their thoughts on six topics, ranging from automotive and wide bandgap technologies to energy storage and the future of power passives:

  • "Auxiliary Automotive Drives Revolutionized by Power Electronics"
              Monday, 6/14, 9:00 a.m., EDT

              Annette Muetze, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing, Graz University of Technology
  • "Wide Bandgap Technologies: Enabling a Broader Power Application Domain" 
              Monday, 6/14, 9:45 a.m., EDT

              Edoardo Merli, Power Transistor Macro-Division General Manager and Group Vice President, STMicroelectronics
  • "Native  a.m.erican Energy Sovereignty: Energy Storage and Power Electronics Benefits"
              Tuesday, 6/15, 9:45 a.m. EDT

              Stanley Atcitty, Distinguish Member of Technical Staff Sandia National Laboratories
  • "Maturing Wide Bandgap Semiconductors Fosters Standardization (JEDEC JC-70 addresses unique characteristics and behaviors of WBG)"
              Tuesday, 6/15, 9:00 a.m., EDT

              Stephanie Watts Butler, Texas Instruments; JC-70 Chair
              Peter Friedrichs, Infineon; JC-70.2 Co-Chair
  • "The Present and Future of Magnetics and Other Power Passives" 
              Wednesday, 6/16, 9:00 a.m. EDT

              Charles R. Sullivan, Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
  • "Quantum Computing - The New Computing Paradigm"
              Wednesday, 6/16, 9:45 a.m. EDT

              Heike Riel, IBM Fellow, Lead IBM Research Quantum Europe & Africa IBM Research

Technical Sessions

The Technical Program at APEC is peer-reviewed. Technical papers are carefully selected based on their ability to highlight the most innovative technical solutions at the highest quality possible. They cover all areas of technical interest for the practicing power electronics professional. Papers with broad appeal are presented during lecture sessions and those with a specialized focus are presented during dialogue sessions.

All sessions will be pre-recorded and available on-demand starting on June 9th. On the scheduled day of the session, a live Q&A will follow each presentation. In addition, "Office Hours" for presenters will be held in several time slots over the course of the conference.

The Technical Sessions and Q&A panels will take place over several timeslots on Monday, June 14th, Wednesday, June 16th and Thursday, June 17th. Technical Dialog (Poster) sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 15th. The timing of these sessions is designed to allow for maximum access by the worldwide APEC audience. The full schedule can be found at http://www.apec-conf.org/conference/schedule/.

Industry Sessions

Industry Sessions cover information on current topics in power electronics and are presented by industry sources. These sessions run in parallel with the traditional Technical Sessions track. Industry Sessions speakers are invited to give presentations only, without submitting a formal paper. This allows attendees to learn about up-to-the-minute information that otherwise might not be available in the published conference papers. While these sessions are technical in nature, they also target business-oriented topics of interest to purchasing agents, electronic system designers, regulatory engineers, and others supporting the power electronics industry.

All Industry Sessions and Industry Dialog Sessions will be presented in parallel with the Technical Session schedule, as detailed above. And, just as with the Technical sessions, all Industry Sessions will be pre-recorded and available on-demand starting on June 9th. On the scheduled day of the session, a live Q&A will follow each presentation. In addition, "Office Hours" for presenters will be held in several time slots over the course of the conference.

RAP Sessions

This year's RAP sessions, a perennial favorite at APEC, will be back in full force. RAP Sessions allow for more informal, and exciting, dialogue among attendees and presenters. While these sessions have always been held concurrently at in-person APEC events, this year's RAP sessions will take place in three separate time slots, so that interested attendees can participate in all three. And, as has always been the case, Rap Sessions are open to all registrants – but in this case, you'll need to provide you own cool drink and snacks. Here's the line-up:

  • RAP Session 1: Monday, June 14th, 2:00–3:00 p.m., EDT
    Distributed vs. centralized control for micro-grid and nano-grid
  • RAP Session 2: Wednesday, June 16th, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., EDT
    Does high level of integration make power converters more reliable or not?
  • RAP Session 3: Thursday, June 17th, 2:00–3:00 p.m., EDT
    Where does the expertise for the next generation of magnetics come from? The Magnetics companies or the engineer designing the power supply?

Professional Education Seminars

APEC Professional Education Seminars (PES focus on practical aspects of the power electronics profession and provide in-depth discussion of important and complex power electronics topics. Given by distinguished speakers and experts, each seminar combines practical application with theory, and is designed to further educate the working professional in power electronics or related fields. The list of seminar topics include:

  • Hybrid and Resonant Switched-Capacitor Power Converters: New Circuit Topologies and Control Techniques for High Power Density Designs
  • New Developments in Topologies and Magnetics to Reach 99% Efficiency Using the Latest Semiconductor Devices
  • Selecting the Best Power Semiconductor Device for Your Application
  • Isolated Gate Driver ICs in Power Electronics Systems – Insulation specifications, IC verification, Application Requirements and Design Optimization
  • Integrated PCB Winding Magnetic Components for High-Frequency Power Converters
  • Practical Considerations for the Application of High-Power Si and SiC Modules
  • Designing Compensators for the Control of Switching Power Supplies
  • Traditional and Emerging Digital Control Techniques in Power Electronics
  • EMC Design Fundamentals for Power Electronics Converters
  • Silicon Carbide (SiC) Power Converters: EMC Design Fundamentals, Layout Techniques, and Construction Methods
  • Reliability Analysis Methods and Tools for Power Electronic Components and Systems
  • Fundamentals of Switched Reluctance Motor Drives
  • Future Power Electronics 4.0 SiC/GaN 3-phase PWM Converter Concepts
  • A Practical Guide to SiC MOSFET and Schottky Applications
  • SiC Power Conversion and System Packaging Technologies for High Temperature High Pressure Harsh Environment Applications
  • Maximizing GaN FET & IC Performance

Professional Education Seminars will be presented in several time slots over the course of the conference. They will also be recorded and available on-demand. Please check the online schedule for details.

Technical Exposition

At the first-ever APEC virtual exposition, exhibitors will showcase their latest advances in power electronics technology. Importantly for networking opportunities, they also will be available to discuss specifics with attendees, share contact data and request product literature and other information.

The Exposition will be open for live attendance and free to all registrants during the following hours:

Tuesday, June 15th (EDT)
          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
          2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
          9:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 16th (EDT)
          12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
          8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Please visit the APEC website https://apec-conf.org/ for additional information and updates.

Workshops

PSMA and PELS will again be sponsoring two workshops scheduled in conjunction with APEC. The sixth High Frequency Magnetics Workshop "Power Magnetics @ High Frequency" will be held virtually June 2&3 and the fourth Capacitor Workshop "Design Techniques for the 21st Century – Behind the Scenes, Make Sure You Choose & Use the Correct Capacitor" will be held virtually June 29&30. 

Register Today

The early registration deadline has been extended to Friday, May 7!

I look forward to seeing you at APEC "live and in-person" in 2022 when the pandemic is behind us. Until then, please register for APEC 2021 and join us in June for the virtual event. After all, we're fortunate to have this chance to network with our peers and learn about new products in the comfort of our local surroundings.

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2021 Publicity Chair

 

 

APEC Industry Session Explores New Magnetic Materials
Posted: 2021-6-10
Session will feature eight presentations by industry experts focusing on optimizing the design of high-frequency magnetics

The PSMA Magnetics Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2021. IS01 “High Frequency Magnetics, New Magnetic Materials” will address magnetics design applications for high-frequency power conversion. The presentations together with the audio recordings will be available to APEC attendees on demand beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. There will also be a live Q&A session Monday June 14 at 1:00 PM EDT where you will have the opportunity to interact with live speakers and follow up on any questions you have from the on-demand sessions.

Topics in this session include:

  • How Material Selection and Processing Affect the Final Magnetic Properties; J.C. Sun – Bs&T Frankfurt am Main GmbH
  • Equivalent Ferrite Materials, What Cross-Reference List Does Not Tell You; Marcos Luna – Frenetic
  • New Trends in High Efficiency Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Soft Magnetic Materials; Eric Theisen, Metglas, Inc.
  • Low Loss Powder Core Materials: Kool Mu HF for High Frequency and Edge for Compact Power; John Noble, Magnetics
  • New Iron Nitride Soft Magnetic Components; Todd Monson, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Recent Advances in Thin-Film Magnetics for Power Applications; Séamus O'Driscoll; Tyndall National Institute
  • Broadband Suppression Materials; Michael Arasim, Fair-Rite Products Corp.
  • Selecting Common Mode Core Materials; Sherrie Huo, Würth Elektronik

Ed Herbert and George Slama, Chairs of the Magnetics Industry Session, encourage everyone to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Magnetics Committee Invitation

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Magnetics Committee. Meetings are held monthly by webconference. Email power@psma.com for more information.

PSMA Announces APEC 2021 Capacitor Committee Industry Session
Posted: 2021-6-3
Session will focus on Capacitor solutions to support emerging technologies

The PSMA Capacitor Committee is sponsoring Industry Session IS11 at APEC2021. The session will focus on capacitor solutions for emerging technologies, featuring presentations delving into capacitor technologies including Wide Bandgap, Millimeter Wave, and Embedded Componentry that will impact the design and engineering of new products.

The presentations together with the audio recordings will be available to APEC attendees on demand beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. There will also be a live Q&A session Wednesday June 16 at 4:00 PM EDT where you will have the opportunity to interact with live speakers and follow up on any questions you have from the on-demand sessions.

The session features 7 presentations

  • Emerging Applications and Technologies for Film Capacitors; Steven Yializis – Polycharge
  • Silicon Based Supercapacitors - Evolution to Integrated Passives; René Kalbitz – Würth Electronik
  • Capacitor Solutions for Resonant Converter Applications; Eduardo Drehmer – TDK; Michael Cannon – TDK
  • MLCCs for New Power Conversion Solutions; Wilmer Companioni – KEMET Electronics
  • Advances in Embedded Componentry; René Kalbitz – Würth Electronik; Frank Puhane – Würth Elektronik
  • Introduction of Metal Foil-Based Capacitor for Embedding Solution; Tom Motoki – TDK
  • Aluminum Polymer as a Solution for Embedded Componentry; Wilmer Companioni – KEMET Electronics

Wilmer Companioni, session Co-Chair, stated, “Capacitor technology needs to continually change to support higher frequencies and higher reliability demanded by emerging applications.” Session Co-Chair Fred Weber continued, “This Industry Session will provide real-world insights into the performance challenges facing designers of high-performance power supplies that must withstand harsh environmental profiles.”

Wilmer and Fred encourage everyone to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Capacitor Committee Invitation

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Capacitor Committee. Meetings are held monthly by webconference. Email power@psma.com for more information.

APEC 2021 Industry Session “PwrSoC for Next-Generation Power Delivery and Management”
Posted: 2021-5-27
Session will present an overview of key topics planned for the 2021 Power Supply on Chip Workshop

The organizers of the 2021 Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) Workshop with the support of the PSMA Packaging & Manufacturing Committee have organized an Industry Session at APEC 2021 that will present an overview of key topics in the upcoming Power Supply on Chip Workshop scheduled for  October 24-27, 2021 at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The presentations in this Industry Session will cover current trends in magnetic and capacitor components, silicon packaging and manufacturing processes, circuit topologies with a vision towards the applications and systems that will be required for future power delivery.

All of the presentations, together with the audio recordings, will be available to APEC attendees on demand beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. There will also be a live Q&A session Thursday June 17 at 10:00 AM EDT where you will have the opportunity to interact with live speakers and follow up on any questions you have from the on-demand sessions.

The Industry Session includes six presentations:

  • PwrSoC at an Inflection Point: From R&D to Market Relevance
    Francesco Carobolante; IoTissimo
  • eGaN ICs and FETs Enable Next-Generation Motor Drives for Robots, Drones, eBikes and eScooters
    Alex Lidow; Efficient Power Conversion Corporation
  • Package Integration for High Efficiency and High Power Density
    Baoxing Chen, Analog Devices, Inc.
  • Si-IPD: Review of Continuous Improvements with Regard to the New Challenges in PwrSoC
    Mohamed Mehdi Jatlaoui, Murata
  • Multi-Phase Integrated Voltage Regulators Using Discrete & Integrated Coils for Microprocessor Power Delivery
    Santosh Kulkarni, Dialog Semiconductor
  • A History and Prospective View of Integrated Inductors (A MEMS Perspective)
    Mark Allen, University of Pennsylvania

Hanh-Phuc Le, Session Co-Chair, stated “The presentations in this session discuss recent advances in the technologies in moving PwrSoC to marketplace availability.”  Session Co-Chair, Matt Wilkowski, continued, “The session will provide attendees an appreciation on the background and insight on the applications of this technology.”

Hanh-Phuc and Matt encourage everyone to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

About PwrSoC

PwrSoC started by the initiative of Tyndall Institute, in Cork, Ireland, where the first 2 editions were hosted in 2008 and 2010. IEEE/PELS and PSMA became co-sponsors of the workshop, strengthening its international scope in San Francisco (2012), Boston (2014), and Madrid (2016). In 2018 the Workshop was held in Hsinchu, Taiwan a center of world leading microelectronics development and manufacturing. This rotation - Europe, America, Asia - reflects the ambition of PwrSoC to remain a global workshop.  The workshop is sponsored by the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and the Power Electronics Society (PELS).

 

PSMA Packaging & Manufacturing Committee to Host APEC 2021 Industry Session
Posted: 2021-5-20
Session will present innovative packaging, component and manufacturing solutions for the next generation of power electronics

The PSMA Packaging & Manufacturing Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2021 titled, “Packaging for Next Generation Power Electronics.” Featuring speakers from leading industry and research organizations, the session (IS03) will present innovative power packaging for thermal management and embedded power modules as well as the innovative manufacturing methods needed to produce them.

The presentations together with the audio recordings will be available to APEC attendees on demand beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. There will also be a live Q&A session Monday June 14 at 4:00 PM EDT where you will have the opportunity to interact with live speakers and follow up on any questions you have from the on-demand sessions.

The session includes eight presentations:

  • Reliability of Thermally Integrated 3D Power Packaging
    Patrick McCluskey, University of Maryland
  • Thermal Management Challenges and Opportunities for Heterogeneous Integration
    Madhu Iyengar, Google LLC
  • Factory of the Future Technologies and Approaches Applied to Solve Today's Power Density Challenges
    Matt Kelly, IPC
  • Innovative IGBT & SiC Busbar Technology for Improved Temperature, Partial Discharge Inception Voltage and Power Density
    John Mills, Amphenol
  • Embedded Die Power Modules Penetrating the Automotive Sector
    C.T. Chiu, ASE Group
  • Chiplet Integration on Active Silicon Interposer
    Perceval Coudrain, LETI Technology Research Institute
  • PCB Embedding of Magnetic Material for Inductor-Based Applications
    Gerald Weis, AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG
  • Advanced Dual-Sided Half-Bridge Packaging with Epoxy Insulated Metal Substrates (eIMS)
    Douglas C. Hopkins, North Carolina State University

John Bultitude, Session Co-Chair, commented, “The presentations in this session address some of the reliability and thermal management considerations to satisfy the higher density packaging demands for emerging applications. The session will also discuss recent advances in semiconductor integration and packaging options.”  Session Co-Chair, Brian Narveson, continued, “This session will provide valuable insights to anyone involved in design, manufacture or application of power electronics where decreased size and improved efficiencies are required.”

John and Brian encourage everyone to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Packaging & Manufacturing Committee Meeting Notice

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Packaging & Manufacturing Committee. Meetings are held monthly by webconference. Email power@psma.com for more information.

 

PSMA to Sponsor APEC 2021 Industry Session - “Next Steps for Transportation Electronics Technologies”
Posted: 2021-5-18
Session will focus on new and evolving technologies that are critical for power electronics in electric drive vehicles.

At APEC 2021, the Power Sources Manufacturers Association's (PSMA) Transportation Power Electronics Technical Committee will sponsor an APEC Industry Session titled: “Next Steps for Transportation Electronics Technologies.” The session (IS09) will feature three talks delivered by expert speakers from industry, government and academia who will discuss the new and evolving technologies shaping the transportation market.

The presentations together with the audio recordings will be available to APEC attendees on demand beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. There will also be a live Q&A session June 17 at 5 PM EDT where you will have the opportunity to interact with live speakers and follow up on any questions you have from the on-demand sessions.

The presentations in this session include:

  • “Batteries and Electrification Program Overview,” Steven Boyd, U.S. Department of Energy
  • “Solid-State-Transformer Technology Implemented Medium Voltage Input Extreme” & “Fast Charger for EV Charging Applications,” Charles Zhu, Delta
  • “Discussion of SiC/GaN Power Semiconductor Devices Technical and Market Trends for Next Generation Automotive Applications from Model 3 (Tesla) Disassembled Analysis,” Yamamoto Masayoshi, Nagoya University

Session Co-Chair Ralph Taylor commented, “This session will provide attendees information on the new technologies being used to satisfy the product applications for next generation designs as well as an opportunity to gain insight into the evolving trends which will impact the requirements for future products.” Fred Weber, Session Co-Chair added, “Transportation Industry Sessions have been one of the highest attendee-rated sessions at APEC and this session promises to continue this distinction”.

Both Ralph and Fred encourage all of you to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Transportation Electronics Committee Invitation

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Transportation Electronics Committee. Meetings are held monthly by webconference. Email power@psma.com for more information.

PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Hosts APEC Industry Session
Posted: 2021-5-13
Session explores energy harvesting technologies advancing IoT

The Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC2021) will feature an Industry Session sponsored by the Energy Harvesting Committee of the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA).  This Industry Session, “Energy Harvesting State-of-the-Art with Functional Demos,” features three timely presentations plus a capstone hands-on demonstration period. The session will address the latest developments in this rapidly emerging technology ecosystem that is disruptively increasing in relevance for a wide variety of power electronic applications, particularly IoT where the grand challenge is to get the battery to outlive the IoT edge device.

The presentations together with the audio recordings will be available to APEC attendees on demand beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. There will also be a live Q&A session Wednesday June 16 at 4:00 PM EDT where you will have the opportunity to interact with live speakers and follow up on any questions you have from the on-demand sessions.

The session includes four presentations:

  • "Energy Harvesting Powered Sensors/IoT Devices," Lorandt Foelkel, Wurth Elektronik eiSos
  • "Intrinsically Self-Powered, Battery-Free and Sensor-Free Ambient Light Control System," Roberto La Rosa, STMicroelectronics
  • "Energy Harvesting for a Green Internet of Things: A White Paper," Michalis Kiziroglou, Imperial College London
  • "Energy Harvesting Demonstration Session," Lorandt Fölkel, Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH; Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox LLC; Dan Stieler, PowerFilm; Paul Dhillon, Xidas, Inc.  

Mike Hayes, Energy Harvesting Industry Session Co-Chair, remarked “This is a unique Industry Session that not only addresses the challenges but also some of the latest advances being realized to support the rapid growth for a variety of IoT applications.” Session Co-Chair Brian Zahnstecher continued “This session will not just be theoretical, there will also be a series of real-life demonstrators showing where such technologies are in development and in some cases currently in commercial usage.”

Brian and Mike encourage everyone to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Invitations

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee. Meetings are held monthly by webconference. Email power@psma.com for more information.

PSMA Semiconductor Committee Hosting Four APEC 2021 Industry Sessions
Posted: 2021-5-11
Committee responds to attendee demand for more information as wide bandgap semiconductor devices capture rapidly increasing share of power conversion system designs

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Semiconductor Committee is sponsoring a total of four Industry Sessions at APEC 2021 that address the rapid emergence of wide bandgap semiconductors as a significant power conversion technology.

The presentations together with the audio recordings will be available to APEC attendees on demand beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. There will also be live Q&A for each session the week of June 14 where you will have the opportunity to interact with live speakers and follow up on any questions you have from the on-demand sessions.

The series of Industry Sessions will address topics of both interest and concern as designers address the decision to apply GaN and SiC technologies, with each session focusing on one aspect of the topic: The four sessions are as follows:

  • IS04: “Integration in WBG Semiconductors”
    • Session Chairs: Stephanie Watts Butler, Texas Instruments and Jaume Roig, ON Semiconductor
    • Live Q&A: Monday June 14, 4:00 PM EDT
  • IS08: “WBG High Performance Switches”
    • Session Chairs: Tirthajyoti Sarkar, Adapdix Corp. and Reenu Garg, Microchip
    • Live Q&A: Monday June 14, 8:00 PM EDT
  • IS16: “Are SiC and GaN Reliable?”
    • Session Chairs: Tim McDonald, Infineon Technologies AG and Philip Zuk, Transphorm
    • Live Q&A: Thursday June 17, 10:30 PM EDT
  • IS20: “Wide Bandgap Semiconductors in Production: How Advanced Power Converters Influence End Product Innovation”
    • Session Chairs: Primit Parikh, Transphorm and Tim McDonald, Infineon Technologies AG
    • Live Q&A: Thursday June 17, 5:00 PM EDT

“SiC and GaN continue to be among the most popular topics at APEC. and their promised benefits in size and efficiency gains are now realized,” said Tirthajyoti Sarkar, Co-Chair of the PSMA Semiconductor Committee. Reenu Garg, Committee Co-Chair remarked, “These 4 sessions include over 20 presentations by industry experts from 14 companies, giving APEC attendees an opportunity to learn more about these technologies with a wide range of topics and perspectives.” Tim McDonald, Committee Co-Chair, expressed his appreciation for all of the Semiconductor Committee members whose expertise and enthusiasm have enabled the committee to expand their Industry Session offerings each year. 

Reenu, Tim and Tirtha encourage everyone to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Semiconductor Committee Invitation

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Semiconductor Committee. Meetings are held monthly by webconference. Email power@psma.com for more information.

PSMA 2021 Annual Meeting
Posted: 2021-5-6

The PSMA Annual Meeting, traditionally held in person during APEC, was held virtually for a second year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 60 PSMA members and guests attended the meeting to elect four individuals to the Board of Directors, to get an update on  the current activities of PSMA, to ask questions and to join in the open discussion.


Ajay Hari

Tim McDonald

George Slama

Renee Yawger

Mike Hayes opened the meeting at 10 a.m. CDT welcomed all attendees andintroduced the other members of the Executive Committee - Fred Weber, President; Trifon Liakopoulos, Vice-President; and Tim McDonald, Secretary/Treasurer.

The first item of business was the approval of the minutes from the 2020 Annual Meeting. This was followed by the election of four people to the Board of Directors. Each candidate nominated introduced themselves and provided a brief summary of their background and reasons for wanting to serve on the board. Ballots had been distributed in advance of the meeting to the designated representative from all Regular Member companies and additional votes were accepted during the first half of the meeting.

After all ballot were received. the following candidates were elected to the Board of Directors for the three-year term (2021-2024):

  • Ajay Hari, ON Semiconductor
  • Tim McDonald, Infineon Technologies
  • George Slama, Wurth Electronics
  • Renee Yawger, Efficient Power Conversion (EPC)

Mike Hayes and the meeting attendees congratulated Tim McDonald who was elected for his second term and congratulated and welcomed the three new directors and thanked nominee John Bultitude of KEMET Corporation for his continued contributions to the Packaging & Manufacturing Committee and to PSMA.

The Chair recognized the contributions of Alexander Gerfer and Kevin Parmenter whose terms as Director expired at the meeting.

Chair's Report

On behalf of the Executive Committee, Mike Hayes briefly reviewed and discussed his vision and objectives that had been presented last year and outlined the 4 pillars for sustenance and smart growth, each championed by a member of the Executive Committee:

  • Keeping and Nurturing the Good Stuff – Tim McDonald,
  • Becoming more Applications and Problems oriented – Fred Weber,
  • Define and integrate metrics to monitor the parameters that matter – Trifon Liakopoulos,
  • Engage more with stakeholders – Mike Hayes

 

The PSMA Strategic Direction continues to include focus on IoT, Energy Storage and Smart Mobility. Mike highlighted the importance of providing educational resources to encourage students to enter the industry and inform and motivate professionals, especially younger professionals and thanked everyone who is involved with expanding the Industry-Education Committee initiatives.

In his summary Mike Hayes discussed some of the major Next Steps for the Association which include careful planning and financial monitoring to get back to stability from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic; further building links with other Industry Associations, including iNEMI, IPC, IEEE PELS, EPSMA and CPSS; focusing on KPIs; and using the Pillars to build  growth, succession planning  and sustainability Mike highlighted the great progress that has been made in the past year and the opportunities in the coming year. Mike recognized the contributions of the many volunteers who contribute to PSMA and, welcomed others to get involved.

Power of the Pillars

Fred Weber provided a brief update of the Power of the Pillars by first reviewing the status of the Tiger Team initiatives and giving a brief overview of those that have been accomplished, those that are in progress, and those that are currently tabled. Tiger Teams were introduced in the fall of 2018 by previous PSMA Chair Stephen Oliver and have had great success over the last few years in turning words into actions.

Fred then outlined the longer-term goals which currently include inter-committee interactions, becoming more application and solution focused, and growing the PSMA eco-system. He briefly reviewed the progress and current status of these initiatives.

Financial Update

Tim McDonald, Secretary/Treasurer, presented the Financial Report which included the current financial status of the Association and a seven-quarter financial forecast. Tim reviewed the background and assumptions used in developing the forecastand emphasized the forecast is based on the best-known data available - which may, and probably will, change as more becomes known on the results of APEC2021 and the several workshops scheduled over the next several months.

Tim highlighted the inherent risks in the forecast and the critical need to increase revenue from membership and other activities. All of the events PSMA sponsors over the past year have been postponed or switched to virtual and it is unknown when in-person events will resume. This has had and will continue to have a negative financial impact on PSMA. He set a goal to identify an additional revenue by the end of calendar year 2022 to make up for the losses experienced due to the impact of Covid-19.

APEC 2021

Conor Quinn, APEC 2021 General Chair, provided an overview of the strong Technical Program planned for APEC 2021 with six Plenary speakers lined up, 3 rap sessions, 16 Professional Education Seminars, and a full schedule of Technical and Industry Sessions. Thirteen of the Industry Sessions for APEC2021 have been organized by PSMA Committees.

Conor noted that the APEC Steering Committee and Sponsors are monitoring the ongoing uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and a final decision on whether the conference will take place in-person or virtually is expected in the coming weeks. The safety of attendees and ability for the international APEC community to attend are key factors being considered. With the unexpected shift to virtual last year, APEC 2020 was a limited virtual event. Planning for APEC 2021 has included virtual contingencies to ensure that the quality of the conference will be maintained in either format. If the conference is held virtually, a platform provider has been selected with excellent capabilities, including live and on demand content and an interactive Expo Hall.

Note: APEC 2021 has since announced that the conference will be held virtually. For more information, see the article on page 1 of this issue.

Committee Reports

Each of the PSMA Committees provided updates on their recent activities. All of the committees are supporting the 2022 Power Technology Roadmap, with most planning to provide at least one webinar for the roadmap webinar series. Nine committees have organized Industry Sessions for APEC 2021. In addition, several committees are collaborating to organize a paid virtual Vehicle Electrification Workshop in the fall of 2021. The full reports are available in the Members Only area of the PSMA web site.

Invited Speaker

The invited speaker at this year's Annual Meeting was Liuchen Chang, Power Electronics Society (PELS) President (2021-2022). PELS is one of the 46 IEEE Societies. He reviewed the organization of IEEE and PELS, membership, list of major sponsored conferences, technical committees, and current initiatives.

Luichen discussed the PELS 5-Year Strategic Plan and their interest in further strengthening the partnership with PSMA. He also identified a number of specific areas for collaboration that would be of benefit to both organizations and the power electronics community.

Mike Hayes thanked Luichen for his presentation and affirmed that PSMA will continue to work with and expand the areas of mutual benefits.

Open Discussion

Chair Mike Hayes then opened the floor for discussion of the major issues facing the Association and suggestions for future initiatives. Several attendees provided ideas and input on the need for PSMA to identify new revenue sources. It was noted that PSMA dues are relatively low when compared to other industry associations but some expressed concern that a large dues increase may result in the loss of members. Suggestions offered included recognizing the largest member companies do receive more benefits than smaller companies based on their number of employees and locations. It was also pointed out that the dues revenue can be increased by expanding the membership. Other suggestions included identifying sponsorship opportunities for webinars and events, as long as it can be accomplished while avoiding commercial influence or the appearance of such on the activities. The Board of Directors will consider all of the suggestions discussed.

Before adjourning, Chair Mike Hayes noted that this was the second year that the meeting was held as a virtual event and expressed hope that we can resume the face-to-face meeting at APEC2022. Mike Hayes thanked all presenters and attendees for their participation and suggestions.

The minutes from the PSMA Annual Meeting have been posted in the Members Only area of the PSMA web site together with the charts from the presentations.

 

APEC Industry Session Explores Rapid Growth Markets
Posted: 2021-4-27
The Market Trends Industry Session will focus on IoT, Automotive, 5G, Medical, Robotics, Renewable Energy, & Semiconductors

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Marketing Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2021 addressing the trends within fast growing market sectors. The presentations and audio recordings will be available to APEC registrants ON DEMAND beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. There will also be a live Q&A session during the week of June 14 where you will have the opportunity to interact with live speakers and follow up on any questions you have from the on-demand sessions.

The Market Trends Industry Session (IS02) will feature eight presentations by industry leaders focusing on important aspects of a number of dynamic and rapidly growing market sectors. Presentations and presenters in this session include:

  • “IoT: Data, Energy and Electrification of Everything,” Sonja Glavaski, Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • “Automotive Chip Shortage: Don’t We Ever Learn?” Jeremie Bouchaud, IHS Markit
  • “Breaking the Energy Curve of Mobile Networks,” Ove Persson, Ericsson
  • “Aging & Longevity Trends & Opportunities,” Richard Sweet, Infineon
  • “Robotics from Yesterday to Tomorrow,” Andra Keay, Silicon Valley Robotics
  • “Gallium Nitride’s Penetration into the Power Silicon Market,” Stephen Oliver, Navitas Semiconductor
  • “State of the Art SiC Power Devices: Technology and Cost Overview,” Elena Barbarini, System Plus Consulting
  • “Trends and Emerging Requirements for Power-Electronic Converters in Renewable Energy Applications,” Jovan Bebic, Achillea Research

Ada Cheng and Marijana Vukicevic, Co-Chairs of the Market Trends Industry Session, commented “We are excited that the PSMA Marketing Committee is organizing this year’s Market Trends Industry Session. This cohesive session features knowledgeable and respected representatives from industry who will focus on issues that impact the future growth of key industry market segments.” Ada and Marijana encourage everyone to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Marketing Committee Invitation

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Marketing Committee meetings on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and June 23, 2021 to plan the committee program for the coming year. Email power@psma.com for more information.

APEC 2021 Industry Session on Reliability
Posted: 2021-4-22
Session presentations will analyze power supply reliability from multiple perspectives, since Reliability is Everyone’s Responsibility

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Reliability Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2021 that will address the reliability of power electronics design and overall systems architecture performance including considerations for EMC, EMI and devices. The presentations together with the audio recordings will be available to APEC attendees on demand beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. There will also be a live Q&A session during the week of June 14 where you will have the opportunity to interact with live speakers and follow up on any questions you have from the on-demand sessions.

The Reliability is EVERYONE'S Responsibility Industry Session (IS23) includes four presentations:

  • “Wide Bandgap EMI Pre-compliance for Reliability and Optimization,” Mike Schnecker, Rohde & Schwarz
  • “Keeping Electronics Reliable When Disinfecting Factories for COVID-19,” Julie Silk, Keysight Technologies/ iNEMI
  • “IPC-9592B:  What is it?  What isn't it?” Eric Swenson, IBM Corporation/ IPC
  • “Reliability of Large-Scale Power Delivery Systems for Maritime Applications,” Crystal Yannarella, L3Harris

Ed Massey, Reliability Industry Session Co-Chair, commented “Keeping up with the increasingly stringent reliability requirements, while also expanding factory automation requires participation by all stakeholders on the development team. This session will cover some of the latest advancements driving these increasingly challenging targets.” Brian Zahnstecher, Industry Session Co-Chair, continued “We are excited to have presentations by representatives from iNEMI and IPC, Industry Associations that address electronics manufacturing and training standards.” They encourage everyone to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Reliability Committee Invitation

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Reliability Committee. Meetings are held monthly by webconference. Email power@psma.com for more information.

 

 

APEC 35th Anniversary Presentation
Posted: 2020-6-2

APEC 2016, Impressions of a Former Publicity Chair
Posted: 2016-6-12

Since APEC 2016 was being held in virtually our back yard, Cherokee International founder and president Ganpat Patel and I drove to Long Beach to attend the 30th annual Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC).

This year's event was held inside the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center (located adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Hotel). Having served as the APEC Publicity Chairman (1991-96 & 1998-2004) I wanted to meet some former committee colleagues and to see what new products are being developed and introduced. APEC, sponsored by the IEEE PELS and IEEE IAS Societies and the Power Sources Manufacturers Association, PSMA, is "recognized by many as the leading conference for practicing electronics professionals."
In addition to 21 3-1/2 half hour educational Seminars that commenced on Sunday, APEC 2016 offered over 500 technical papers in 45 different Sessions which started on Monday afternoon and concluded on Thursday March 24. 

APEC is truly an International Conference. 1212 Technical Session abstracts, received from 45 different nations, were peer reviewed last fall. Abstracts from 30 of these countries were selected for inclusion in this year’s record setting event. Case in point, engineers traveled from as far away as Australia and New Zealand to share their latest design concepts. Speakers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan represented Asia. Representing South and Central America, speakers travel from Brazil and Columbia. From the Middle East there were presentations from Egypt, Israel, and Qatar. Representing Europe were speakers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, German, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and the Ukraine. Let me not overlook the speakers from Canada, Ireland and the U.K.

Complementing the technical presentations, the APEC exhibit hall contained 370 booths with a wide array of products. “Feed them and they will come” always works. APEC set up multiple serving stations with great entrees and beverages as well as ice cream stations for the 5,100 plus attendees to keep them from leaving the exhibit hall at the Convention Center.

And what was happening with the PSMA you might ask? A lot. There were 24 two to three hour technical committee meetings scheduled, ranging from a workshop on High Frequency Magnetics that started at 7:30 on Saturday morning to a three-hour session addressing Safety and Compliance issues and another three-hour session on Semiconductors advances that were held on Thursday. I would be remiss not to point out that the very popular Power Technology Roadmap Committee met for two hours on Tuesday. We did look into the Packaging Technical Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday evening attendees could select from three desirable Rap sessions including: Future of Semiconductor Technology Development, Power Electronics for Internet of Things: Will it Happen and Advanced Refueling Technologies for EVs.

In quizzing some of the attendees we were told that the new hot item is Gallium Nitride semiconductors. Another area to be aware of is IoT. "Internet of things" where you will be told when you are running low on milk, your coffee is ready and other smart power alerts. "The Internet of Things” is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data."

Larry Gilbert, Mohan Mankikar, and Pat Patel
Larry Gilbert, Mohan Mankikar, and Pat Patel

Where is everyone from my past? We did find representatives from firms dating back to the 70s and 80s. Many of the others have merged, sold outright or folded in a very competitive environment.

The APEC 2017 conference will be held in Tampa from March 26-30. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration in the Technical Sessions or be a Trade Show exhibitor simply check the PSMA website for details.

 

Provided by Larry Gilbert, 
former APEC Publicity Chair 
(1991-96 & 1998-2004)
  Larry Gilbert

 

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