APEC Returns to Southern California – See You in Anaheim, March 17-21, 2019
Posted: 2018-6-5

The 2019 Applied Power Electronics Conference, which will convene March 17-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center continues the longstanding tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics engineer. This annual event is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), and Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA). The event seems to set records every year for the number of papers, the size of the exhibit and the number of attendees. It must be noted that APEC continues to be an exceptional bargain with full registration for under $1,000. Registrations will be open right after Labor Day. In the meantime, please visit the website (https://www.apec-conf.org/) to find out about speaking opportunities for the technical sessions, industry sessions and other ways you can be part of APEC2019.

"APEC allows power electronics professionals from all sectors to gather annually and participate in a rewarding exchange of technical knowledge and gaining valuable industry connections," said APEC 2019 General Chairman, Ernie Parker. "I look forward to APEC every year as a time to meet colleagues, see what new directions are emerging in our field, and find new solutions to the problems or sometimes find new problems to solve."

The Call for Papers for APEC 2019 will open in June, check the APEC website for more information.

Meanwhile, APEC 2018 set an all-time record for the number of full-conference registrations. In addition, the Sunday and Monday Professional Education Seminars were exceptionally well attended, as were the two PSMA-sponsored pre-APEC daylong workshops on magnetics and capacitors.  What is clear is the rapid emergence of advanced technology power switching devices is adding to the need for knowledge and application insights. APEC is the ideal forum for engineers to acquire this valuable information.
A new feature of APEC2018 was the live-streaming of all six plenary sessions. An on-demand version of the plenary session is available here: https://ieeetv.ieee.org/event-showcase/apec-2018. Register here in order to receive PDF files of the speakers' slide decks.

With the conference returning to Southern California, we are expecting attendance to exceed 5,000. The tradeshow has already sold-out with 261 exhibitors signed up and over 100 others on the waiting list. It's not too early for you to make plans to attend…mark your calendars.

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2018 Publicity Chair


PSMA 2018 Annual Meeting
Posted: 2018-6-5

Over 50 PSMA members and guests attended the PSMA Annual Meeting, held at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.


The buffet breakfast before the meeting start provided attendees an opportunity for networking and meeting colleagues. The outgoing Chairman Eric Persson officially opened the meeting by welcoming all the attendees and asked each to briefly introduce themselves. Among those present were many of the 60 recipients of the APEC Student Travel Support. This support is provided jointly by IAS, PELS and PSMA and attracted 104 applicants from 54 different schools in 16 countries.

Eric then introduced the newly elected Executive Committee for the term 2018-2020:

  • Chairman Stephen Oliver
  • President Michael Hayes
  • Vice President Fred Weber
  • Secretary/Treasurer Michel Grenon

Stephen Oliver, Incoming Chair, thanked Eric Persson and acknowledged the leadership he has provided over the past two years as well as his contributions to APEC as the General Chair for APEC 2018 and support of the PSMA Power Technology Roadmap and Semiconductor Committees.

Next on the agenda was the election of five people to the Board of Directors. The following candidates were elected to the Board of Directors for the three-year term (2018-2021):

  • Alexander Gerfer (Würth Elektronik)
  • Michael Hayes (Tyndall National Institute) 
  • Tim McDonald (Infineon Technologies)
  • Kevin Parmenter (Excelsys Technologies, Ltd., an Advanced Energy Company)

Stephen Oliver of Navitas Semiconductor (Associate Member) was elected to fill the unexpired term (2018-2019) vacated by Dustin Becker.

Stephen Oliver and the attendees congratulated and welcomed Alexander Gerfer and Tim McDonald as new directors and Michael Hayes and Kevin Parmenter who were elected for their second terms. He also acknowledged George Slama, Würth Elektronik, who was not elected and thanked him for his continued support of PSMA.

The Chair recognized the contributions of Ed Herbert and Don Woodard whose terms as Directors expired at the meeting and presented each with a plaque to express the appreciation of PSMA for their service and continued contributions to the Association. The Chair also presented an award to Fred Weber in recognition of his outstanding contributions over the past two years to the Capacitor and the Transportation Power Electronics Technical Committees.

Stephen Oliver presenting award to Ed Herbert


Stephen Oliver presenting award to Don Woodard
Stephen Oliver presenting award to Fred Weber

Stephen Oliver briefly reviewed some of the major accomplishments of the association for the past year including:

  • Organizing 9 Industry Sessions for APEC2018
  • Organizing the Second Magnetics Workshop the day prior to APEC2017
  • Planning Capacitor, Magnetics, EnerHarv, PwrSoC and 3D-PEIM workshops for 2018
  • Joint workshop with CPSS in China
  • Continuous updating of the Energy Efficiency and Safety and Compliance Data Bases
  • Planning for 2019 Power Technology Roadmap
  • Joint sponsorship of APEC Student Travel Awards

Stephen also reviewed the Membership Statistics since APEC 2017 which currently shows a total of 192 Members.

The new Chairman then discussed his vision for the organization which were to continue the amazing growth of the activities of the Technical Committees to make PSMA the relevant source for technology and market trends, to increase collaborations with selected partners, to have an increased presence on social media, and to increase the Regular Membership by focusing on emerging markets. Stephen also encouraged all the membership to pick one or two of the Technical Committees of personal interest and to actively participate in their activities as being the best way for people to increase the benefits of membership.

Following the Chairman's Report was a financial Report. Michel Grenon, Secretary/ Treasurer, was unable to attend the meeting, but provided a report on the current financial status of the Association and a six-quarter financial forecast. Joe Horzepa reviewed the report which supported that the financial status and outlook for the Association is good.  The surpluses from APEC conference together with the PSMA sponsored and co-sponsored workshops and events should generate sufficient funds to support a number of Special Projects that can be of benefit for the membership and the power sources industry.

Each of the PSMA Committees presented their report for the past year and future plans. You can read more about these on page 3 of this issue.

Eric Persson, General Chair for APEC 2018, provided an update on the overall conference. APEC2018 is expected to be a financial success with a full program of events. The schedule includes 18 Professional Educational Seminars, 561 Technical Papers in 8 parallel sessions and Dialog session, 129 Industry Sessions in 5 parallel sessions, 3 Rap Sessions, 290 exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall and a Social Event.

Ernie Parker will be the General Chair for APEC 2019 which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California March 17 – 21, 2019.



The invited speaker at this year's Annual Meeting was Chris Whaling from Synthesis Partners LLC of Reston, VA. The title of his presentation was: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles: A Technology Base Being Discovered by Disruptive Business Models. Chris reviewed the growth and current market estimate of Electric passenger vehicles worldwide and by country. The global market is forecast to continue its rapid growth with the emergence of autonomous vehicles expected by 2021. This potential opportunity is being addressed by major companies worldwide. He briefly reviewed some of the technology and materials gaps that need to be solved to bring the technology to market.

Before adjourning, Chairman Oliver asked the attendees for their comments and any suggestions for the future directions and activities for Association that would increase the value of their membership. A number of areas were discussed and will be considered by the Board. Stephen Oliver thanked all presenters and attendees for their participation and invited interested individuals to attend the March meeting of the PSMA Board of Directors, which immediately followed.

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.

The Sunday prior to the Annual Meeting PSMA hosted a reception with members of the China Power Supply Society (CPSS). This provided a great opportunity for members of both organizations to network and discuss options and activities that will benefit members of both organizations over the next year. Several members of CPSS also attended the PSMA Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting, PSMA Committee meetings, as well as the technical sessions, seminars, Industry Presentations, exhibits and other events kept PSMA members busy all the week. The APEC social event, featuring live music and several Texas themed activities, gave everyone a chance to relax and enjoy themselves.


There was a full exhibit hall at APEC 2018. Many of the PSMA member companies exhibiting participated in a "Passport" game in which attendees who visited their booths had their passport booklets stamped. Attendees turned in their completed passports for a chance to win an iPad and a Samsung Smartwatch. Traffic to members' booths was brisk and the lucky winners were very happy with the prizes.

Committee Chairs Report at PSMA 2018 Annual Meeting
Posted: 2018-6-5

Each of the PSMA Technical Committees provided updates on the recent activities of their committees at the Annual Meeting at APEC 2018 in San Antonio, TX. In addition, each Committee also held individual meetings during the week of APEC 2018.

Fred Weber, Capacitor Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has organized a seven speaker Industry Session with the theme of "Capacitor Technologies for Emerging Power Conversion Applications". The committee also held a successful workshop on the Saturday prior to start of APEC2018 with over 50 registrations. The committee is meeting during the week to review the workshop, plan for a follow-up workshop at APEC2019 and discuss the theme and subjects for the upcoming year.

Mike Hayes and Brian Zahnstecher, Energy Harvesting Committee Co-Chairs, reported that the committee now has 34 members and been meeting monthly via teleconference. The committee supported the 2017 PSMA Power Technology Roadmap and has organized a seven presentation Industry Session at APEC 2018 with the theme "Energy Harvesting and Ultra-Low Power Management is Real and of Fast Growing Relevance for the PE Community". The Industry Session will includes a Live Demo with hardware, models and systems. The committee is also planning for EnerHarv 2018 – the Inaugural International Energy Harvesting Workshop to be held in Cork, Ireland May 29 – 31. The workshop will follow the successful format used by the PwrSoC workshops to grow their events.


Patrick Le Fevre, Energy Management Committee Co-Chair, reported the committee is the result of the merger of the Alternate Energy and Energy Efficiency committees. Because of personal circumstances, both of the past Committee co-chairs had to withdrew from the committee in the past month. As a result, the committee was not able to support their planned Industry Session for APEC 2018 but continues to support the efforts to update the Energy Efficiency Data Base that is available on the PSMA web site. Arnold Alderman, provided a brief update of the current status of the Energy Efficiency Data Base.

The Industry-Education Committee has primarily focused for the last several years on the APEC Student Travel Support, initiated by PSMA and now jointly sponsored with IAS and PELS.  Joe Horzepa reviewed the objectives of the committee which are to promote interaction between power electronics students and industry and to promote power electronics to university and pre-university students. He discussed the need for PSMA members to take a more active role in encouraging students at the high school levels to consider the opportunities for a career in power electronics and to encourage qualified candidates to pursue a degree in the field. He challenged the attendees to join the Industry Education Committee and to initiate special projects focused on middle and high school students that highlight the potential of a career in the power electronics industry.

Steve Carlsen, Magnetics Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has held monthly meeting this past year and organized a seven presentation Industry Session for APEC 2018. Under the leadership of Matt Wilkowski and Ed Herbert, the committee, with technical support from IEEE PELS, organized a third very successful one-day workshop the day prior to APEC2018. Steve presented a brief summary report on the "Power Magnetics@ High Frequency – Eliminating the Smoke and Mirrors" workshop. The workshop was attended by 160 people – 85% were from Industry and 15% were from Academia. A fourth workshop is being planned for APEC 2019.

Greg Evans, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, provided an overview of the committee and highlighted some of the activities on its current agenda. The committee updated and printed a new Membership Brochure and continued the Passport program at APEC2018. The Board approved the expenditure for a PSMA Exhibit Booth at PCIM 2018. He also briefly reviewed a study to categorize Semiconductor Companies as Regular Members and reduce the number of membership levels. This issue will be further discussed at this month's BOD meeting.

Power Electronics Packaging Committee Co-Chair, Brian Narveson, reviewed the activities and results of the committee this past year. It has been an outstanding year with the publication of a Phase 3 Technology Report on Embedded Power Components, organizing of a 7-presentaion Industry Sessions for APEC 2018, organizing the Second 3D PEIM Symposium in June, providing financial and technical support for PwrSoC 2018. The committee is also providing support for the 2019 Power Technology Roadmap. Brian presented a brief overview of the Phase 3 Technology Report which will be a Plenary Presentation at APEC 2018. Finally, he provided an update on the Second PEIM Symposium scheduled for June 27 – 27, 2018 at University of Maryland in College Park.

Dhaval Dalal and Conor Quinn, Power Technology Roadmap Committee Co-Chairs, reported that the committee has begun work on the 2019 Power Technology Roadmap Report and will hold a planning meeting later this week to review and assign champions for the major segments in the next report as well as identifying possible Webinars topics and presenters in support of the report.  The committee is planning to contract with a qualified industry consultant on Surveys to organize, administer and provide a summary of the effort that will also include input from Asia (China) organizations. The committee is currently seeking volunteers to join the committee and contribute to the 2019 PSMA Power Technology Roadmap effort.

Tony O'Brien and Brian Zahnstecher, Reliability Committee Co-Chairs, reported that the new committee has monthly meetings and has 19 members from the industry. The initial focus of the committee has been to conduct a survey to identify and rank the major concerns relative to reliability and quality. Based on analysis of survey results the committee will consider sponsoring a Special Project that addresses the key issues. The committee has agreed to contribute to the next Power Technology Roadmap effort and to sponsor a Webinar on one or more Quality/Reliability topics.

Safety & Compliance Committee Co-Chairs, Kevin Parmenter and Jim Spangler, reported that the committee is active and organizing a 7 Presentation Session and a 4 Presentations Session at APEC2018. The committee has also supported the 2019 Power Technology Roadmap with a webinar on TUV standards. The committee continues to promote and support the Safety and Compliance Data base on the web site which is updated on a continuing basis as well as adding additional agencies that are tracked.

Tim McDonald, Co-Chair of the Semiconductor Committee, reported the committee has been very active this past year and has organized two Industry Sessions -the first is a 7-presentation Industry session focusing on latest advancements in device and package technology for high power, high frequency switching devices. The second 6-presentation Industry Session is titled "Reliability and Ruggedness – How to Address These Challenges in Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Devices". The committee has been supporting the 2019 PSMA Power Technology project and is organizing webinars for the project. The committee will also participate and sponsor the 2018 WIPDA (Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications) workshop.to be held in Atlanta, GA October 31 to November 2, 2018. In addition, during the current year, the committee is considering organizing a Special Projects that would be of benefit to the industry.

Ralph Taylor and Fred Weber, Transportation Power Electronics Committee Co-Chairs, , reported the committee has been very active this past year and organized a 7-Presentation Industry Session with a theme entitled: "Vehicle Batteries; It's more than just stacking cells together and an EVI Retrospective". The presenters are from the major automotive manufacturers and experts from the industry. The committee has begun to identify possible themes for APEC 2019 and is discussing means to generate more awareness of PSMA to the automotive industry

More information about the PSMA committees was made available during the week at the individual committee meetings. PSMA members and guests were encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more about the committees and to help plan activities for the coming year.

All of the PSMA Technical Committee meetings are held via webconference and are open to individuals interested in learning about and participating in the work of the committees. This is an excellent way to network with others and to influence the technical direction of the committees.


You are Invited to Attend the PSMA Annual Meeting at APEC 2018
Posted: 2018-2-19


The 2018 PSMA Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with APEC 2018 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas on Monday March 5. A buffet breakfast at 7:30 a.m. will precede the meeting and individuals from member companies as well non-member guests are invited to attend and participate in a full agenda of topics of interest to the industry. At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with many of the students who received APEC Travel Support to present their papers at the Technical Sessions. Regular member company representatives will participate in the election of four Directors to serve on the PSMA Board. The detailed agenda for the meeting will be on the PSMA web site and will include reports from each of the technical committees and stimulating discussions on new PSMA initiatives for 2018 and beyond.

Members and guests are also invited to remain for the Board of Directors meeting that will immediately follow the Annual Meeting. Participation in these meetings will provide you with the opportunity to network with colleagues from other companies and to influence the direction of the PSMA and the power sources industry.

Another way to get more out of your company membership in PSMA is to get involved with one of our active technical committees. The Capacitor, Energy Harvesting, Energy Management, Industry-Education, Magnetics, Marketing, Power Electronics Packaging, Power Technology Roadmap, Reliability, Safety & Compliance, Semiconductor and Transportation Power Electronics committees all plan to hold open meetings during the week of APEC 2018. All are invited to participate or to just drop in any of these committee meetings to hear and provide input as the committee activities are being planned for the coming year. Visit the PSMA website to see the schedule of PSMA meetings and events at APEC 2018.

On March 3, 2018, the Saturday prior to the start of APEC 2018, PSMA and PELS will be sponsoring two workshops, the third High Frequency Magnetics Workshop - "Power Magnetics @ High Frequency – Eliminating the Smoke and Mirrors" and the first Capacitor Workshop – "Everything You Wanted to Know About Capacitors But Were Afraid to Ask". Information on these workshops are available in separate articles in this issue of the Update.

Be sure to visit us at the PSMA booth, #420, in the exhibition area during APEC. PSMA is again sponsoring the popular PSMA/ APEC Passport Program in the Exhibit Hall. Visit the booths of participating PSMA members to enter your name into a raffle drawing.

We look forward to a good turnout at the PSMA meetings and a very busy and exciting week.

APEC 2018: The World's Best Power Electronics Event Comes Early This Year!
Posted: 2018-2-19

The 2018 Applied Power Electronics Conference – APEC2018 – is literally right around the corner. It's been a number of years since APEC has come so early in the year. This year's edition of APEC will take place March 4-8 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas. If you haven't already registered for the conference and made your travel arrangements, you better get moving - local hotels are filling up.

The Conference Committee for APEC 2018 has put together:

  • A Plenary Session on Monday, March 5 that will feature world-class presentations to keynote our week-long conference. And new this year, if you can't make to the Monday plenaries, you can watch them on streaming video, courtesy of IEEE.tv.
  • Eighteen Professional Development Seminars on Sunday, March 4 and Monday, March 5, presented by world-class experts, that are designed to bring you up to speed on critical power electronics design technologies and techniques.
  • A Technical Program from Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 8 will include an astounding 40 Presentation Sessions plus a Dialog (Poster) event held during the Thursday hosted lunch. Nearly 600 high-quality, peer-reviewed papers will be presented.
  • The Industry Session program will be running concurrently with the Technical Program and has been expanded to 23 sessions, in response to the demands for more about the latest developments from the industry's leading innovators.
  • Three controversial topics will be covered in our annual Rap Sessions on Tuesday, right after the exhibits close at 5:00 p.m. Grab a cool beverage and bring your questions for the panelists.
  • A crowded exhibit hall packed with the latest power electronics products.
  • The annual MicroMouse contest pitting teams from around the world to solve the maze the fastest with their intelligent motorized mice.
  • A terrific social event with several western-themed activities, along with live entertainment from a country band, trick roper and line dancers will bring us all together on Wednesday evening.

In addition, on Saturday, March 3, prior to the start of APEC 2018, PSMA and PELS will be sponsoring two full day workshops. The third High Frequency Magnetics Workshop - "Power Magnetics @ High Frequency – Eliminating the Smoke and Mirrors" and the first Capacitor Workshop – "Everything You Wanted to Know About Capacitors But Were Afraid to Ask". For more information see the articles on each workshop in this issue of the UPDATE.

Speaking for all of us on the APEC Conference Committee, I invite you to come to San Antonio to be part of our annual gathering. You really don't want to miss it. Check the APEC website for details (www.apec-conf.org).

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2018 Publicity Chair 

PSMA 2018 Annual Meeting
Posted: 2018-2-14

Monday March 5, 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 008AB


7:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast – Meet the Board of Directors
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

  • Introduction of Students receiving APEC grants (bulk)
  • Introduction of attendees (name and company)

8:10 a.m. Approval of Minutes of 2017 Annual Meeting
8:15 a.m. Introduction of Nominees for the Board of Directors
8:30 a.m. Election of Directors
8:40 a.m.  Introduction of Officers 2018-2020
8:45 a.m.  Chairman’s Report
9:00 a.m. Financial Report
9:10 a.m. Committee Reports (5 minutes each)

  • Capacitor
    • 2018 Capacitor Workshop
  • Energy Harvesting
    • EnerHarv 2018
  • Energy Management
  • Industry Education
  • Magnetics
    • 2018 High Frequency Magnetics Workshop
  • Marketing
  • Power Electronics Packaging
    • 3D-PEIM 2018
    • PwrSoC 2018
  • Power Technology Roadmap
  • Reliability
  • Safety & Compliance
  • Semiconductor
  • Transportation Power Electronics

10:35 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Report on APEC 2018 and Plans for APEC 2019
10:55 a.m. Invited Presentation - Chris Whaling, Synthesis Partners
11:15 a.m. Open Discussion
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

All attendees are invited to remain for the March 2018 meeting of the Board of Directors, which will immediately follow the Annual Meeting.

PSMA Announces APEC 2018 Industry Session: “Capacitors for Emerging Power Conversion Applications”
Posted: 2018-1-30
Industry experts will discuss important applications for major capacitor technologies and their roles in power electronics

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Capacitors Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2018 titled, “Capacitors for Emerging Power Conversion Applications.” The session (IS03) will take place Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The session will feature seven experts from capacitor companies that serve the power electronics industries, including TDK-Epcos, KEMET, Cornell Dubilier Electronics, NWL and W. L. Gore and Associates, Wurth Electronik and AVX.

The Industry Session on capacitors will feature presentations covering the latest applications for capacitors in power electronics and how technologies have been developed to meet them. The future needs for capacitors to work with wide band gap (WBG) semiconductors are addressed such as higher voltages, higher temperatures and increased power densities. This valuable session will help attendees gain a better understanding of various component configurations and factors shaping capacitor component technologies. By attending the sessions, OEM designers, system designers, and component developers will gain an awareness of new options; therefore helping component developers to provide more effective configurations and system designers to better optimize their power electronics.

The Industry Session will be co-chaired by NWL’s Ralph Kerrigan, who also co-chairs the PSMA Capacitor Technical Committee, and Fred Weber from Future Technology Worldwide. “Clearly, power-electronics designers value practical application information and the APEC Industry Sessions are the perfect forum,” stated Kerrigan. “This Industry Session will give the latest performance information and roadmap for capacitors and allow attendees to interact with other professionals who are active in the design and application of capacitors.”

PSMA Capacitor Committee Meeting Notice

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Capacitor Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 7th from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Gonzales Convention Center Room 008A to plan the committee program for the coming year.

PSMA Meeting Schedule during APEC 2018
Posted: 2018-1-12

APEC Returns to Texas – See You in San Antonio, March 4-8, 2018
Posted: 2017-12-1


Be sure to make your calendars. APEC is early this year! The Applied Power Electronics Conference, which will convene March 4-8, 2018 at the San Antonio Convention Center, continues the longstanding tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics engineer.  The Conference Committee for APEC 2018 has put together an expansive program that covers the key technology developments that are driving power electronics innovation.

  • The Plenary Session on Monday, March 5, is still being established but the list of potential speakers is exciting, indeed. Please check back soon for the complete schedule.
  • Eighteen Professional Development Seminars on Sunday, March 4 and Monday, March 5, taught by world-class experts are designed to bring you up to speed on critical power electronics design technologies and techniques. Each year, the attendance at these exception seminars continues to grow and many are sold-out in advance. 
  • A Technical Program from Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 8, comprises nearly 600 top-quality, peer-reviewed papers to choose from.
  • The very popular Industry Session program running concurrently with the Technical Program has been expanded this year to five tracks and 140 presentations.
  • Three controversial topics will be covered in our annual Rap Sessions on Tuesday evening. Grab a cool beverage and bring your questions for the panelists.
  • Exhibitor Seminars conducted on the show floor will again allow attendees to hear presentations about the latest products on display.
  • The crowded exhibit hall has also been expanded and will be packed with the latest power electronics products.
  • The always popular annual MicroMouse contest pitting teams from around the world to solve the maze the fastest with their intelligent motorized mice will again be held on Monday evening after the exhibits close.
  • A terrific social event is in the planning stages that will bring us all together on Wednesday evening. This committee has its work cut out to match the great event we had last year in Tampa.

In addition, on the Saturday prior to the start of APEC2017, PSMA and PELS will be sponsoring two workshops, the third High Frequency Magnetics Workshop -"Power Magnetics @ High Frequency – Eliminating the Smoke and Mirrors" and the first Capacitor Workshop – "Everything You Wanted to Know About Capacitors But Were Afraid to Ask". For more information see the articles on each workshop in this issue of the UPDATE.

Speaking for all of us on the APEC Conference Committee, I invite you to come to San Antonio to be part of our annual gathering. You really don't want to miss it.  Check the APEC website for details (www.apec-conf.org).

If you haven't already made plans to attend, don't wait any longer. Be sure you have it in your 2018 budget to attend this exceptional event – truly The Premier Event in Applied Power Electronics™.

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2017 Publicity Chair



2017 PSMA Planning Meeting in San Antonio Texas
Posted: 2017-12-1


The 2017 PSMA Planning Meeting was held on Saturday October 7 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX with 23 members attending. The purpose of the Planning Meeting was to review where the Association is today, discuss outstanding issues and to identify possible programs and projects that promise to bring value to the membership.

PSMA Chairman Eric Persson led the meeting and reviewed his vision for the organization and summarized the general health of the association as well as membership statistics and the changes since the 2016 Planning Meeting. He listed organizations PSMA interacts with, reviewed recent sponsored conferences and workshops and emphasized that the technical committees are the heart of the organization. It is in these committees that the real work of PSMA is done.

In discussing some of the areas of concern to the organization he highlighted the need to continue to invest in special projects that will bring value to our members, increase the effort to develop more and deeper involvement with more individuals within member companies and the continued commitment to bring more industry content to APEC.

Michel Grenon, Secretary/Treasurer, prepared a 6-Quarter financial forecast which indicated that the Association will remain in a reasonable financial position over the period which will allow funding to support Special Projects that promise to bring value to the membership.

There was a report from each of the technical committees that summarized their accomplishments over the past year and focused on ongoing programs and projects. Eight of the technical committees have submitted proposals to organize Industry Sessions at APEC 2018 and all technical committees are supporting the 2019 Power Technology Roadmap effort. In addition:

  • James Lewis, Capacitor Committee member, reported that the committee is planning a workshop, Everything You Wanted to Know about Capacitors but Were Afraid to Ask, the Saturday before APEC.
  • Energy Harvesting Committee member Brian Zahnstecher reported that the committee is planning a 2-3 day workshop the week of May 28, 2018 at Tyndall in Cork Ireland.
  • The Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency Committees have merged since the 2016 Planning Meeting to form the Energy Management Committee which focuses on addressing all forms of the management of energy from generation to consumption. Martin Fornage, Committee Co-Chair, was unable to attend the meeting in person but provided a report on the committee's activities, including continued support of the Energy Efficiency Database (EEDB) on the PSMA website.
  • Joe Horzepa reported that the Industry-Education Committee supported the Student Travel Support for APEC 2017 and, together with PELS and IAS, provided up to a total of $40,000. The 3 sponsors have increased the Student Travel Support for APEC 2018 to provide up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement per student for 60 students whose technical abstracts were selected for presentation and who will be attending the conference.
  • Ed Herbert, Magnetics Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee held a very successful Magnetics Workshop at APEC 2017 and is organizing a third High Frequency Magnetics Workshop, Power Magnetics @ High Frequency -  Eliminating the Smoke and Mirrors, for APEC 2018.
  • Frank Cirolia, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, reviewed the recent activities of the committee including plans for APEC 2018. For the fifth year, the committee will sponsor the "PSMA Passport Game" to increase visibility and traffic to PSMA member exhibit booths during APEC. The committee will continue to issue news releases for PSMA events and activities. He also identified a number of activities for consideration, including PSMA exhibiting at PCIM and classification of Semiconductor companies as Regular Members.
  • The Power Electronics Packaging Committee has been very active in 2017, as reported by committee Co-Chair, Brian Narveson. The committee has been holding up to 6 meetings each month with 10-12 people attending. For the coming year major projects include a Phase 3 Technology Report on Embedded Power Components being conducted by Georgia Tech as a Special Project and organizing the second 3D-PEIM Symposium at University of Maryland.  
  • Conor Quinn, Power Technology Roadmap Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee published the 2017 Power Technology Roadmap that was released at APEC 2017 and has already begun planning for the 2019 Power Technology Roadmap. The first meeting of the 2019 Power Technology Roadmap Technical Committee is scheduled this month and planning is underway to host a number of Webinars starting this year.
  • The Reliability Committee is PSMA's newest committee, formed in July 2017 and held its first meeting on August 10 with 9 attendees. The committee has since gained 7 more members and is working to increase the diversity of the committee membership. Committee Co-Chairs Tony O'Brien and Brian Zahnstecher, reviewed recent activities and planning for the coming year. The committee has distributed a survey to help prioritize their initiatives.
  • Kevin Parmenter, Safety and Compliance Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee continues to support and works to enhance the Safety and Compliance Data Base which was launched in 2016 and is available to all PSMA members as well as to individuals in the power sources industry. Committee members have presented at external events to build awareness and contributes a monthly column in How2Power.
  • Semiconductor Committee member Eric Persson reported that the committee is supporting as technical and financial co-sponsor together with IEEE PELS the WiPDA Workshop in Albuquerque, NM. Members of the committee are also working as part of a team that is putting together a standardization guideline for wide bandgap devices in terms of datasheets, testing and reliability.
  • The Co-Chairs of the Transportation Power Electronics Committee, Ralph Taylor and Fred Weber, were unable to attend in person, but submitted a report reviewing the committee's activities. The committee typically has 5-7 participants at their monthly meetings, but participation has increased to up to 10 members as the prepare for their Industry Session at APEC 2018.

During the Committee Reports a number of issues and possible future activities were identified and discussed. These issues will be the focus for PSMA over the next year (and beyond).

PSMA members can view the minutes of the Planning Meeting on the "Members Only" section of the PSMA web site.

The APEC Technical Program Committee for APEC 2018 met on Sunday and were joined by many of the PSMA members from the Planning Meeting. Based on the results of their work we can all look forward to a very interesting and a successful APEC 2018.



You Are Invited to the 2017 PSMA Planning Meeting
Posted: 2017-9-4
All members of PSMA companies are invited to attend and to offer their inputs and suggestions for the projects and activities the Association should focus on in the coming year The 2017 PSMA Planning Meeting will take place on Saturday October 7 in Conference Room 17-18 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX.

The Board of Directors relies on the inputs generated at the Annual Planning Meetings to identify, consider and select programs for the following year that will bring benefits to the PSMA membership. For example, initiatives generated at recent Planning Meetings have resulted in the Power Supply in Package and Power Supply on Chip project and workshops, the Energy Efficiency and Safety & Compliance Database projects and the 3D Power Packaging projects and 3D-PEIM Symposium.

This year's meeting will begin with a brief review of the year to date accomplishments and a summary of ongoing activities by Eric Persson, Chairman of the PSMA. This will be followed by an update of the six-quarter financial forecast and brief status reports from the active PSMA committees.

Most of the meeting will feature an open forum to introduce and discuss possible special projects, initiatives, and priorities for the coming months. All members of PSMA Companies are encouraged to provide inputs. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, email suggestions to power@psma.com and they will be considered and included in the discussions. In the coming months, the PSMA Marketing Committee will summarize the results of the meeting and prioritize which projects and initiatives should be included in the focus for the next year.

All members and guests attending are invited to remain after the Planning Meeting to participate in the October meeting of the Board of Directors, which will take place immediately following. After the Board Meeting, interested individuals are invited to tour the exhibit area space in the Henry B. González Convention Center and the meeting room facilities planned for APEC 2018.

The APEC 2018 Technical Program Committee will meet the following day, Sunday October 8, to discuss the technical abstracts submitted and to organize the technical sessions, professional education seminars, rap sessions, and industry presentations for APEC 2018 in March. Since PSMA is a co-sponsor of APEC and all members are invited to participate and contribute in this important activity.

To make your room reservations at the Marriott call (888) 236-2427. Please reference APEC 2018 Planning Meeting to receive the group rate of $199.00 USD plus taxes. Room block reservations are available until September 15th.

If you plan to attend the 2017 PSMA Planning Meeting, please email the Association Office at power@psma.com. We look forward to seeing many of you at these important meetings.

APEC 2017 Recap Video
Posted: 2017-4-14


Additional videos from APEC are available at https://ieeetv.ieee.org/event-showcase/apec-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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