APEC

 
APEC 2023 Returns to Orlando

 

Planning is underway for APEC to return to Orlando, March 19-23, 2023. It will have been 11 years since APEC was last held in Orlando and a lot has changed over that time. APEC 2012 was one of the last to be held in a "hotel environment" as the event has since grown ever larger and now requires a "convention center" venue. APEC attendance has steadily increased from around 2,000 to over 5,000 in 2019.  Because of the COVID pandemic the APEC events have gone through a very difficult period as we strove to support our industry's need for information and education while not being able to meet in person. This year, APEC 2022 finally allowed us to get back together at an in-person event in Houston. While attendance was lower than in 2019, APEC 2022 still exceeded the attendance for the 2012 conference, and there was a palpable sense of excitement about finally returning to a face-to-face environment.

The expectations for APEC 2023 in Orlando, now that we better understand how to deal with this new environment, is that we will be back to increasing attendance. Exhibitors have already booked 80% of the exhibit hall space and the Conference Committee is planning for a full and exciting program.  Please visit https://www.apec-conf.org/ for the latest program updates. You can also see the latest list of exhibitors and have an opportunity to book one of the remaining exhibit booths.

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Technical Sessions - Opens June 15

Submissions of technical papers for consideration are due by mid-August. Prospective authors are asked to submit a digest explaining the problem that will be addressed by the paper, the major results, and how this is different from the closest existing literature. Technical Papers presented at APEC must be original material and not have been previously presented nor  published. The principal criteria in selecting digests will be the usefulness of the work to the practicing power electronic professional. Reviewers also value evidence of completed experimental work. 

Professional Education Seminars – Opens in Early July

Professional Education Seminars at APEC2023 will address the need for in-depth discussion of important and complex power electronics topics. Submissions are due by early September. Professional Education Seminars are three-and-a-half hours (including breaks) in length, the scope can range from broad to narrow, and can vary from introductory to advanced technical levels. Topics should address the practical issues of the specification, design, manufacture and marketing of power electronic components, products, and systems.

Industry Sessions – Opens in Early July

The Industry Sessions are run in parallel with the Technical Sessions and have proven to be very popular. Submissions are due in early September. Interested Speakers are not required to submit a formal paper – only a PowerPoint presentation. The target audience for the Industry Sessions include system engineers/designers/architects as well as business-oriented individuals such as purchasing agents, information technologists, regulatory agencies, and others who support the power electronics industry.

Make your plans now to be part of APEC2023. Be sure to mark this important event on your calendar and to include it in your budget for next year. You are also invited to consider volunteering to be on the peer-review panel in areas where you are technically qualified. 

See you in Orlando!

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2023 Publicity Chair

 

 
PSMA 2022 Annual Meeting

Over 40 PSMA members and guests attended the PSMA Annual Meeting, held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. The buffet breakfast before the meeting start provided attendees an opportunity for networking and meeting colleagues. The outgoing Chair Mike Hayes officially opened the meeting by welcoming all the attendees and asked each to briefly introduce themselves. Among those present were many of the recipients of the APEC Student Attendance Support. This is the eleventh year the support was provided jointly by IAS, PELS and PSMA.


Tim McDonald, Treasurer

After the introductions and approval of the 2021 PSMA Annual Meeting Minutes, Treasurer Tim McDonald reviewed the current financial status of PSMA with the current challenges resulting from the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic impacted on the revenue from PSMA sponsored workshops and conferences. As a result of the reductions in income, the Board of Directors have introduced a number of actions to minimize expenditures and generate additional income.

One new revenue generator introduced in 2021 is an Underwriting Program for the Power Technology Roadmap Webinars. To date the program has had moderate success and will be continued for the next Power Technology Roadmap Webinar series that will begin in third Quarter 2022. Meanwhile there has been a hold on financial support for Special Projects by the Technical Committees until the financial situation improves. In addition, the Board is considering an increase in Member Dues starting in 2023 as a way to increase revenues to support Special Projects.

Tim McDonald presented the assumptions for the six-quarter financial forecast and included two scenarios, with and without a dues increase, to show the potential financial impact to the Association. He emphasized that it is important to have the funding to support Special Projects for the benefit of the membership and industry.  

Next on the agenda was the election of four people to the Board of Directors. The following candidates were elected to the Board of Directors for the three-year term (2022-2025):

  • Thomas FoulkesPacergy LLC (Affiliate Member)
  • Reenu GargMicrochip Technology (Regular Member)
  • Trifon LiakopoulosEnaChip Inc. (Regular Member) – second term
  • Llew Vaughan-EdmundsNavitas Semiconductor  (Regular Member)

Mike thanked outgoing board members Stephen Oliver, Ralph Taylor and Matt Wilkowski. Mike Hayes and the attendees congratulated and welcomed all four members to the board.

Mike Hayes, reflected on the actives and progress of the Executive Committee over the past two years including more clearly defining the roles of each Executive Committee member, implementing the Power of the Pillars and strengthening our relationship with other industry organizations.
 
Mike then reviewed some of PSMA's major successes over the past year including:

  • The 2022 Power Technology Roadmap publication
  • Improved branding (new logo, new web site, new PowerPoint templates)
  • Creation of the Energy Storage Committee and additional focus of the Industry-Education Committee
  • Successful conferences and workshops (APEC, 3D-PEIM, PwrSoC, WiPDA, and EnerHarv coming soon)
  • Publication of the Energy Harvesting White Paper
  • Prudential financial management that allowed PSMA to weather the Covid-19 storm to date.

Mike then discussed PSMA's strategic direction – IoT, Energy Storage and Smart Mobility. Mike underlined that PSMA's success comes mainly from the efforts of the technical committees. Volunteers are the greatest assets of PSMA and Mike thanked everyone for their contributions.

After his presentation, Mike introduced the newly elected Executive Committee for the term 2022-2024:

  • Chair                           Fred Weber
  • President                     Trifon Liakopopolos
  • Vice President             Renee Yawger
  • Secretary/Treasurer     Tim McDonald


Fred Weber and Mike Hayes

Fred Weber, Incoming Chair, thanked Mike for his excellent leadership during the difficult period of the pandemic and his innovations and expanded roles of the Executive Committee. Fred expressed his desire to continue the growth and progress made over the last two years. In his remarks, he highlighted that a number of the Technical Committees need additional leadership support going forward especially the Reliability and Safety & Compliance Committees that currently do not have chairs. He also discussed the need for increased cross collaboration between the Technical Committees.

Fred then briefly reviewed the Power of the Pillars noting that this will be continued as a key focus of the Executive Committee with Trifon Liakopoulos, President, leading the effort for the next 2 years.

Trifon Liakopoulos reported on the current efforts to create and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Focus areas include Membership Growth, with a target of 3% or more annually, Market Share to help to understand what areas should be targeted for increased growth, and member and industry engagement with PSMA Special Projects, Workshops and Webinars. Trifon reviewed membership trends since 2017, broken down by membership category. Renee Yawger, Vice-President, will be leading the KPI effort for the new Executive Committee.

The Chair recognized the contributions of Steve Carlsen, Frank Cirolia, Ed Herbert and Matt Wilkowski for their outstanding leadership and contributions to Technical Committees over the past several years and presented each with a plaque to express the appreciation of PSMA for their service and continued contributions to the Association. He also recognized and presented a Recognition Award to Stephen Oliver for his contributions and more than 10 years of service on the PSMA board. Finally, Mike Hayes was recognized and received a Special Recognition Award with Gavel for his contributions and leadership as the outgoing PSMA Chair.


Steve Carlsen and Fred Weber

 
Frank Cirolia and Fred Weber

 
Ed Herbert and Fred Weber

 


Matt Wilkowski and Fred Weber 


Stephen Oliver and Fred Weber

Each of the PSMA Committees presented their report for the past year and future plans. You can read more about these in the separate article.

Omer Onar, General Chair for APEC 2022, provided an update on the overall conference. APEC 2022 marks the return to an in-person conference, the first one since 2019. APEC 2022 has a full program of events. Paper submissions were down from previous years due to both that APEC 2021 was held in June rather than March and the continued impact of COVID-19.  The schedule includes 45 Technical Sessions, 30 Lecture Sessions and 15 Poster Sessions, 25 Industry Sessions and a full complement of Professional Educational Seminars as well as 3 Rap Sessions, 215 exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall and a Social Event. As of Sunday, there were 2600 total registrations with around 950 paid registrations, this represents about 60% of the most recent pre-pandemic attendance numbers. Pradeep Shenoy will be the General Chair for APEC 2023 which will be held at the March 19-23, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.


Omer Onar, APEC 2022 General Chair

The invited speaker at this year's Annual Meeting was Matt Kelly, Chief Technologist of IPC. The title of his presentation was "Factory of the Future and Advanced Packaging for Power Electronics: Needs and Collaboration Opportunities."  Matt introduced IPC to the attendees and highlighted their work in standards and how IPC and PSMA can work together for the betterment of the industry.  His presentation was very well received with an energetic Q&A session following the formal presentation.


Matt Kelly, IPC

Before adjourning, Chair Fred Weber 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. Fred 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 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 gave everyone a chance to relax and enjoy themselves.

 

There was a full exhibit hall at APEC 2022. 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 prizes donated by Passport Sponsors Rubadue Wire, Premier Magnetics, Microchip and Navitas Semiconductor as well as bonus prizes provided by Power Integrations. Traffic to members' booths was brisk and the lucky winners were very happy with the prizes.

 

 

 

 
Committee Chairs Report at PSMA 2022 Annual Meeting

Each of the PSMA Technical Committees provided updates on the recent activities of their committees at the Annual Meeting that was held at APEC 2022 in Houston, TX. In addition, each Committee also held individual face-to-face meetings during the week of APEC 2022.

Fred Weber, Capacitor Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee meets monthly with 10-12 people attending. The 3 Capacitor Committee co-chairs are each responsible for different activities: APEC Industry Sessions, webinars and organizing the annual Capacitor workshop.

The committee organized and held a successful in-person workshop prior to APEC2022 and has organized a4-Speaker APEC Industry Session The committee made contributions to the 2022 Power Technology Roadmap and to the associated Webinar Series. They plan to restart the Capacitor Fundamentals Educational Webinar series with updated material.

Mike Hayes and Brian Zahnstecher, Energy Harvesting Committee Co-Chairs, reported that committee membership continues to grow, and they now have over 50 members from 4 continents, including adding 8 new members in the past year. One of the key activities for the committee this year was the publication of a White Paper, Energy Harvesting for a Green Internet of Things, which was published  in September of 2021. The White Paper was very well received and has been cited in several industry publications since being released.

The Committee also provided several contributions to the 2022 Power Technology Roadmap Report and associated Webinar Series. For APEC2022 they have organized an Industry Session including both presentations and live demos. Finally, the Energy Harvesting Committee has organized and will host the 2022 EnerHarv Workshop in Raleigh, NC two weeks after the conclusion of APEC.

 


David Chen, PSMA Energy Management Committee Chair

David Chen, Energy Management Committee Chair, reported that the committee meets monthly and has 35 people on the distribution list, with about 12 active members. The committee supported and contributed a webinar to the 2022 Power Technology Report and has organized a six presentation Industry Session for APEC 2022.

The Committee is currently working on an Appliance Energy Efficiency Regulations Roadmap project which is intended to be a slide-deck presentation with staged releases as part of a 2022 webinar series. Committee collaborations include the PSMA Transportation Electronics Committee and the Emerge Alliance. In addition, the Committee oversees both the Energy Efficiency Database and the Safety and Compliance Database which have had continued growth.

Energy Storage Committee Co-Chair Ed Herbert reported the committee began as a subcommittee of the Capacitor and Energy Management Committees and became an official stand-alone Technical Committee in 2021. The Committee organized Industry Sessions for APEC 2021 and APEC 2022. Committee meetings include participation from IEEE PELS TC 5 and Tyndall National Institute which help strengthen PSMA's relationships with other organizations involved with Energy Storage.

John Horzepa reviewed the objectives of the Industry-Education Committee to promote interaction between students and the power electronics industry, to promote opportunities in power electronics to university and pre-university students, and to support young power electronics professionals entering the industry. The committee has been very active over the past year with activities including the APEC Student Attendance Support Program and providing resources on the PSMA website including Student Resumes, University Resources, and Educational courses. The committee initiated a Seminar Series in 2021 with IEEE PELS, with 3 sessions held to date focused on providing helpful information geared to young professionals and more planned for 2022. The Committee will also participate in Young Professionals outreach at APEC 2022 including the IEEE PELS and IAS Young Professionals Social Event and the Women in Engineering Breakfast sponsored by IEEE PELS. 

Ed Herbert, Magnetics Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has held monthly meetings this past year with an about 15 committee members attending. The Committee provided several contributions to the 2022 Power Technology Roadmap Report including 3 webinars. The committee has organized an Industry Session for APEC 2022. 

Under the leadership of Matt Wilkowski, George Slama and Ed Herbert, the committee, with technical support from IEEE PELS, organized the seventh pre-APEC high frequency magnetics workshop. The workshop returned to an in-person format in 2022 after holding virtual workshops the past 2 years. An eighth workshop is being planned for APEC 2023.


Greg Evans, PSMA Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Greg Evans, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, provided an overview of the committee and highlighted some of the activities on its current agenda. The main focus of the committee recently has been to increase PSMA membership. Chris Whaling, Committee Co-Chair, is leading a sub-committee focused on this effort. The Committee has been leveraging social media to promote PSMA events and activities without incurring the expense for press releases. The committee has also been involved in giving input and review for the new PSMA website. The committee updated and printed a new PSMA Membership Brochure and continued the Passport Program for Exhibitors at APEC2022.

 

Power Packaging and Manufacturing Committee Co-Chair, John Bultitude, reported that the committee has about 25 active members, with 10-15 attending each monthly meeting. The Committee has organized a seven presentation Industry Session for APEC 2022 and is also supporting several upcoming Workshop events, including IWIPP 2022, 3D-PEIM 2023 and PwrSoC 2023. Committee members continue to participate in the collaborative efforts between PSMA and IPC and iNEMI. The Committee also contributed to the 2022 Power Technology Roadmap Report and Webinar Series.

The Packaging and Manufacturing Committee sees a need in the industry for a Special Project Technology Report focused on Integrated and Embedded Magnetics for Power Sources. This Special Project could be a done in conjunction with the Magnetics Committee when financial resources become available.


Dhaval Dalal and Conor Quinn,
PSMA Power Technology Roadmap Committee Chairs

Dhaval Dalal and Conor Quinn, Power Technology Roadmap Committee Co-Chairs, reported that the committee has completed work on the 2022 Power Technology Roadmap Report which has been published and will be distributed to the membership. In support of the Roadmap, the committee organized a record 22 Technical Webinars with excellent attendance. The 2022 Report includes a new section on DC-AC inverters and some existing sections were revamped.

At APEC2022, there will be a Plenary Presentation presented by Ritu Sodhi on the evolution of the PSMA Power Technology Roadmaps. Conor and Dhaval extended their appreciation to all who helped make the 2022 Power Technology Roadmap a success. The committee will be meeting during APEC2022 to discuss plans for the next Roadmap effort.

Brian Zahnstecher, Reliability Committee Chair, reported that the committee meets monthly with 17 members on the committee distribution list. Brian announced that he is stepping down as Chair and a new Chair is needed.  He thanked everyone on the Committee and the PSMA Board for their support during his time as Chair. The Committee recently sponsored an EPSMA webinar that was very well attended and has facilitated the collaboration with IPC for a new Standard (IPC 2701) with and in person meeting scheduled for the week of APEC. The Committee also contributed to the 2022 Power Technology Roadmap Report and Webinar Series.

John Horzepa reported that the Safety & Compliance Committee is currently dormant and in need of new leadership. The Committee hosted two webinars in 2021on EMC that were presented by Recom Power which were well received with excellent attendance.  A Committee meeting is scheduled during APEC to see if there is interest in reviving the committee.


Reenu Garg, PSMA Semiconductor Committee Co-Chair

Reenu Garg, Co-Chair of the Semiconductor Committee, reported the committee meets monthly and has been very active this past year. The committee has organized three Industry Sessions for APEC 2022, "Integration in WBG Semiconductors: Increased Power Density and Advanced Functionalities at Application Level," "SiC and GaN Product and Technology Reliability, Robustness and Qualification" and "Power Devices – Performance, Achievements and Road Ahead" The sessions include a total of 18 presentations.

The committee has also provided support to the 2022 Power Technology Roadmap including organizing a component section and contributing several webinars to the Roadmap Webinar Series. The committee supports the Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA) which was held virtually in 2021 and plans an in-person workshop in Redondo Beach, CA in 2022.

Fred Weber, Transportation Electronics Committee Co-Chair, reported the committee meets monthly with 12-15 people attending each meeting. The committee has been very active this past year and has organized an Industry Session for APEC 2022 "Transportation Electronics, Faster, Cheaper, Lighter." The Committee is currently planning a virtual Workshop on Vehicle Electrification to be held in 2022. The workshop is collaborating with IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference (ITEC) to cross promote both events. A critical focus for the Committee is to extend their reach into Autonomous Vehicle Technology.

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 PSMA Technical Committee meetings are held via a monthly one hour webconference and are open to individuals interested in learning about and participating in the work of the committees. You can see the schedule of upcoming meetings at https://www.psma.com/news/meeting-schedule. This is an excellent way to network with others and to influence the technical direction of the committees.

 
PSMA and IEEE Engage with Young Professionals, Women in Engineering at APEC 2022

PSMA and IEEE Engage with Young Professionals, Women in Engineering at APEC 2022

APEC 2022 marked a return from the pandemic to an in-person event, and PSMA partnered with IEEE PELS and IEEE IAS to engage with Young Professionals and Women in Engineering during the conference. On Tuesday, March 22 representatives of several PSMA Technical Committees and the PSMA Office attended the IEEE IAS/PELS Young Professionals Reception.  The event provided an opportunity for IAS, PELS and PSMA committee representatives to interact with young professionals excited to attend the in-person conference. PSMA was represented by Mike Hayes, Energy Harvesting Committee; Frank Puhane, Capacitor Committee; Jaume Roig, Semiconductor Committee, Brian Zahnstecher, Reliability Committee; and John Horzepa, PSMA Office.  On behalf of PSMA, Mike Hayes provided attendees with an introduction to PSMA at the beginning of the event.  After the introductions of each organization, the reception provided the Young Professionals an informal opportunity to network and mingle. All of the PSMA representatives were impressed by the Young Professionals they met and felt they had good conversations with this next generation of Power Electronics Professionals. They look forward to future engagements in the PSMA committees with these Young Professionals.

The next morning, March 23, PSMA was invited to attend the Women in Engineering (WiE) breakfast sponsored by IEEE PELS.  John Horzepa of the PSMA office and PSMA Vice President Renee Yawger represented PSMA.  Stephanie Watts-Butler, WiE Steering Committee Member, introduced the various organizations represented and encouraged the attendees to talk to as many groups as possible.  John and Renee had several good conversations with the women (and men!) attending the breakfast and encouraged all of them to become active in PSMA committees and activities.  There was a lot of interest in what PSMA is doing and how the attendees can engage.

Both events were a welcome opportunity to be out and interacting with new potential members in a live face-to-face setting instead of via a Zoom call.  There was a lot of excitement from the attendees to understand what PSMA is doing and how PSMA can help them advance their careers.

We look forward to continuing the interactions with these groups during APEC2023.

 
APEC 2022 Industry Session “PwrSoC for Next-Generation Power Delivery and Management”

Session will present an overview of key topics discussed during the 2021 Power Supply on Chip Workshop and a preview of the topics to be discussed during the next workshop in 2023.

The organizers of the Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) Workshop Series with the support of the PSMA Packaging & Manufacturing Committee have organized an Industry Session at APEC 2022 that will present an overview of key topics discussed during the most recent  Power Supply on Chip Workshop that was held  October 2021 at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania and a preview of the topics planned to for the next workshop  in 2023. 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 required for future power delivery.

This Industry Session titled “PwrSoC for Next Generation Power Delivery and Management” will be held on Tuesday March 22 from 8:00 AM to 11:55 AM in room 320C of the George Brown Convention Center in Houston Texas. The session includes seven presentations:

  •  Circuits and Topologies: Review and Trends; Bruno Allard; Univ Lyon
  • Integrated Capacitors and Energy Storage Devices for PwrSoC: Trends and Challenges; Mohamed Mehdi Jatlaoui; Murata Integrated Passive Solutions
  • Thin Film Magnetics for PwrSoC and Hybrid Integration; Martin Haug, Wurth Electronic.
  • Wide Bandgap Integration Trends and Opportunities; Bernhard Wicht, Lebiniz Universität Hanover
  • System Integrated Manufacturing and Packaging Trends and Roadmaps; Hongbin Yu, Arizona State University
  • New Architectures for High Performance Granular Power Supplies; Santosh Kulkarni, Renesas Electronics Corporation
  • PwrSoC: Industry Adoption in High-Volume Applications; Francesco Carobolante, IoTissimo

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

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 and Meetings 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), Madrid (2016) Hsinchu (2018) and Philadelphia (2021). 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 Announces APEC 2022 Capacitor Committee Industry Session

Session focuses on advancements in the capacitor industry to meet the demands of wide bandgap applications
The PSMA Capacitor Technical Committee is sponsoring Industry Session IS22 at APEC2022. The session titled “The Latest and Greatest Capacitor Technology Improvements for Wide Bandgap Applications” will be held on Thursday, March 24, from 1:45 to 3:25 p.m. in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. The goal of the session is to allow capacitor manufacturers and researchers a platform to present their developments on addressing the increased demands and adoption of wide bandgap applications in power applications.
 
The session features the following presentations:
  • Capacitor Technology Trends for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors; Daniel West, AVX
  • Multiple Capacitor Dielectrics Support Wide Bandgap Power Solutions; Phil Lessner, KEMET Electronics
  • Capacitor Solutions for Resonant Converter Applications; Eduardo Drehmer – TDK; Michael Cannon – TDK
  • Mind the Gap: E-Cap Technologies for Wide Bandgap Solutions; Stephan Menzel, CapXon
  • High-Density Low-Profile Capacitors Toward 3D Heterogeneous Integration; Raj Pulugurtha, Florida International University
Andrew Mikulski, 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 session gives attendees an opportunity to hear directly from Capacitor manufacturers and researchers about the advances  and products being developed to meet the demands of wide bandgap applications.”
 
Andrew and Fred encourage everyone to register for APEC and to attend this valuable industry session and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions being held during the week.
 
PSMA Capacitor Committee Meeting Notice
All APEC attendees are invited to participate in the PSMA Capacitor Committee meeting scheduled on Tuesday March 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 332B at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  APEC attendees are also encouraged to participate in the other PSMA Meetings being held throughout the week.

 
You are Invited to Attend the PSMA Annual Meeting at APEC 2022

The 2022 PSMA Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with APEC 2022 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX on Monday, March 21. For the first time in two years, the meeting will be held in person after meeting virtually in 2020 and 2021. 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 Attendance Support to present their papers at the Technical Sessions. The new Executive Committee will be introduced, and Regular member company representatives will participate in the election of four Directors to serve on the PSMA Board for a three-year term beginning immediately and ending at APEC 2025.

The detailed agenda for the meeting is available on the PSMA web site and includes reports from each of the technical committees and stimulating discussions on new PSMA initiatives for 2022 and beyond. The APEC 2022 Conference Chair will review the progress on APEC 2022 and there will be a report on plans for APEC 2023 in Orlando, FL There will also be an invited presentation from IPC to review their activities and opportunities to continue to strengthen the relationships between PSMA and IPC.

George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX
Photo: Courtesy of Visit Houston

Members and guests are also welcome 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.

The best way to get more out of your company membership in PSMA is to become involved with one of our active technical committees. The Capacitor, Energy Harvesting, Energy Management, Energy Storage, Industry-Education, Magnetics, Marketing, Power Electronics Packaging, Power Technology Roadmap, Reliability, Safety & Compliance, Semiconductor and Transportation Electronics committees all plan to hold open meetings during the week of APEC 2022. 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 2022.

On March 19, the Saturday prior to the start of APEC 2022, PSMA and PELS will be sponsoring two workshops, the seventh High Frequency Magnetics Workshop -"Power Magnetics @ High Frequency" and the fifth Capacitor Workshop –  How Materials and Environmental Effects Influence Capacitor Performance". Information on these workshops is available in separate articles in this issue of the Update.

Be sure to visit us at the PSMA booth in the APEC hub, at 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 a raffle drawing for some great prizes sponsored by PSMA members Rubadue Wire, Premier Magnetics, Microchip and Navitas Semiconductor.

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

 
APEC 2022 Taking Steps to Assure Safe and Healthy Conference Environment

Returning to an in-person event after two years requires taking special precautions; attendees will use the free CLEAR Health Pass app to confirm vaccination status or show proof of negative test to access to the conference

 

Clear Health Pass QR Code
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For the first time since 2019, APEC 2022, being held at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Tx, in March, will once again be held as a face-to-face conference and exhibition. To assure a safe and healthy environment for all APEC participants at the in-person event, the conference organizers are taking special precautions by requiring proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (obtained within 72 hours of attendance) as a condition of entrance. To facilitate this screening, APEC has partnered with CLEAR Health Pass, enabling attendees to show their vaccination using a free mobile app. According to local current guidelines, face masks while indoors also will be encouraged at the event. Attendees can use the QR Code (shown here) to download the CLEAR app.
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"Although conditions are improving," said Omer Onar, APEC 2022 General Chair, "the APEC 2022 Conference Committee recognizes the unique and changing impact the pandemic has had on our practices, families and plans over the last two years. Since the health and safety of APEC attendees is of utmost importance to us, we are providing a CLEAR Health Pass app free to all attendees. Additionally, we are working closely with the George R. Brown Convention Center, as well as federal, state and local public health officials, to incorporate best practices to ensure the highest level of protection at APEC 2022."

Health Pass by CLEAR provides secure, digital proof of COVID-related health insights via the CLEAR mobile app. Attendees are encouraged to download the CLEAR app* and complete the process at least 24 hours prior to arrival at the event. The QR Code and further details can be found at http://apec-conf.org/exposition/health-and-safety.

*  The CLEAR app is intended to speed attendee access to the conference and exhibit. To avoid delays in entering, all are encouraged to download the app. Please note that CLEAR is not able to read vaccination cards from places outside of the United States. For European attendees, we will ask that they present their digital vaccine passport to the registration personnel upon arrival. All other international guests and others who unable to use the CLEAR app will be asked to present their physical vaccine card and ID upon arrival.

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2022 Publicity Chair

 
 

 
PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Hosts APEC Industry Session

Session explores energy harvesting technologies advancing IoT and 5G deployment

The Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC2022), to be held in Houston, Texas, March 20-24, 2022, will feature an Industry Session sponsored by the PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee.  This Industry Session, “Energy Harvesting State-of-the-Art with Functional Demos,” features three timely presentations plus a hands-on demonstration period. The session will address the latest developments in this rapidly emerging technology ecosystem providing an insight not only into the enabling technologies but also many of the applications, including medical, smart mobility and industry 4.0, where they will be used.

The Energy Harvesting Session (IS24) will be held on Thursday, March 24, from 1:45 to 3:25 p.m. in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. 

The session includes four presentations:

  • EnABLES – Free of charge power IoT feasibility studies for real world applications; Mike Hayes, Tyndall National Institute
  • Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting System Enabling 20 mW Output Power for IoT Application; Dragan Dinulovic, Wurth Electronic
  • How to turbo charge the Internet of Things with Ultra Capacitors and Energy Harvesting; Ronald de Graaf, NAWA Technologies
  • Interactive Energy Harvesting Demo Session; Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox

Mike Hayes, Session Co-Chair, commented, “Retrofitting ultra-low power wireless sensors as part of the rapidly evolving internet of things (IoT) infrastructure offers huge potential to achieve a more efficient, healthy, green, safe and better-connected world. However, the limitations of battery life are a major challenge. Energy harvesting solutions offer an outstanding opportunity for the power electronics community.”  Session Co-Chair, Brian Zahnstecher, continued, “The presentations will highlight not just the potential of these technologies, but also the current applications. The presentations will include success stories and real-life demonstrations of several technologies in development and some that are already in commercial usage where battery life has not only been significantly extended, but in some cases provides complete power autonomy.”

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

PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Meeting Notice

All APEC attendees are invited to participate in the PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday March 23 from 8 – 10 a.m. in Room 332B at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Participants are also encouraged to participate in the other PSMA sponsored meetings being held throughout the week.

 
PSMA Energy Storage Committee to Host APEC 2022 Industry Session

Session targets Energy Storage topics of critical interest to the power electronics community

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Energy Storage Committee has organized  an Industry Session IS15 entitled  “The Ins & Outs of Energy Storage,” at APEC2022. This provocative and broad Industry Session focuses on a range of energy storage topics with specific emphasis on control and whole cycle efficiency.

The session will take place on Wednesday afternoon, March 23rd, 2022, from 2:30 - 5:45 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

The six presentations in this session include:

  • Thermal Management of Battery Systems; Justin Farrelly, Vercet
  • How Lithium Battery Technology is Powering Sustainable Development; Henrik Lundgren, Polarium
  • Ins and Outs of Commercially Available Supercapacitors; Nihal Kularatna, The University of Waikato
  • Control of Distributed Energy Storage Systems for Energy Communities; Shafi Khadem, The International Energy Research Center
  • Grid Systems Integration for Future Electric Charging Infrastructure; Brian Rowden, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Grid Energy Storage and Advanced Power Conversion Systems; Stanley Atcitty, Sandia National Laboratories

Eric Schneider, Energy Storage Industry Session Co-Chair, commented “This session will focus on topics of high current interest to the power electronics community. It is not a clone of the dozens of available battery and super-capacitor forums, rather these presentations are targeted to be of interest to the APEC audience. The topics that will be covered include many kinds of energy storage, as well as issues on control and protection, including cybersecurity.” Session Co-Chair Ed Herbert continued, “The invited experts presenting will focus on real world situations, such as the challenges to a small to medium sized power converter manufacturer with limited resources faced with the requirement of incorporating energy storage into their systems. What issues must they address, and what problems must they solve?”

Eric and Ed 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 Storage Committee Meeting Notice

Interested individuals are also invited to participate in the PSMA Energy Storage Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Room 332B at the George R Brown Convention Center to plan the program for the coming year. 

 

 
APEC Industry Session Explores Dynamic Markets

The Market and Technology Trends Industry Session will provide an updated and long-term outlook in various sectors including Automotive, Energy Storage, Industrial, and Wireless Power
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Marketing Committee is organizing an Industry Session at APEC 2022 addressing the trends within fast growing market sectors impacting the power electronics industry. The session is targeted primarily towards professionals in marketing, sales, and business development. However, power electronics design and application engineers, professors and students will also benefit from learning about the context for their designs and how to prepare for the future.
 
The session will take place on Wednesday morning, March 23rd, 2022, from 8:30 - 11:55 a.m. in Room 360ABC at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.
 
The Market & Technology Trends Industry Session (IS06) will feature seven presentations by industry leaders focusing on dynamic and rapidly growing market sectors. Presentations and presenters in this session include: 
  • Driving Jobsite Productivity: Smart, Connected, Cordless Power Tools; Timothy Obermann, Milwaukee Tool
  • Electric Vehicles: Why the Sudden Acceleration and How Silicon Carbide is in Pole Position to Win; Llew Vaughan-Edmunds, Applied Materials
  • How Emerging Wireless Power Technologies are Set to Cut the Cords; Dinesh Kithany, Wired & Wireless Technologies (WAWT)
  • GaN Adoption, Market by Market; Stephen Oliver, Navitas Semiconductor
  • Advances in Energy Storages Technologies; Babu Chalamala, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Slaying Energy Vampires: A Regulatory Roadmap; David Chen, Power Integrations
  • Energy Harvesting powered sensors/IoT devices; Lorandt Foelkel, Wurth Elektronik eiSos
 
Ada Cheng and Dinesh Kithany, Co-Chairs of the Market Trends Industry Session, commented “We are excited that the PSMA Marketing Committee is again organizing this year’s Market & Technology 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 Dinesh 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 Meeting Notice
All APEC attendees are invited to participate in the PSMA Marketing Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Room 332C at the George R. Brown Convention Center to plan the program for the coming year.  
 

 

 
PSMA Semiconductor Committee Hosting Three APEC 2022 Industry Sessions

The Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC2022), to be held in Houston, Texas, March 20-24, 2022, will feature three Industry Sessions organized by the PSMA Semiconductor Committee. These sessions will address the rapid emergence of wide bandgap semiconductors as a significant power conversion technology.

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 three sessions are as follows:

  • IS07: “Integration in WBG Semiconductors: Increased Power Density and Advanced Functionalities at Application Level”
    Session Chairs: Jaume Roig, onsemi, and Andrea Bricconi, Cambridge GaN Devices
    Time: Wednesday March 23, 8:30 – 11:55 AM
  • IS11: “Power Devices – Performance, Achievements and Road Ahead”
    Session Chairs: Reenu Garg, Microchip Technology, and Renee Yawger, EPC
    Time: Wednesday March 23, 2:30 – 5:45 PM
  • IS21: “SiC and GaN Product and Technology Reliability, Robustness and Qualification”
    Session Chairs:
    Tim McDonald, Infineon Technologies AG and Darshan Gandhi, Navitas Semiconductor
    Time: Thursday March 24, 1:45 – 3:25 PM

“Wide bandgap semiconductors are achieving new milestones day after day as they enter new application arenas empowered by SiC and GaN technologies,” commented Reenu Garg, Co-Chair of the PSMA Semiconductor Committee. Jaume Roig, Committee Co-Chair continued, “Our three sessions provide a confluence point for the latest industrial achievements in SiC and GaN power devices and applications.” Tim McDonald, Committee Co-Chair, expressed his admiration and gratitude to the PSMA Semiconductor Committee members for their time, effort and expertise to organize three outstanding industry sessions.

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

PSMA Semiconductor Committee Meeting Notice

All APEC attendees are invited to participate in the PSMA Semiconductor Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 23 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Fort Bend Room at the Marriott Marquis Houston to plan the program for the coming year.  

 

 
PSMA Packaging & Manufacturing Committee to Host APEC 2022 Industry Session

Session will present innovative packaging, component and manufacturing solutions for more efficient and smaller power electronics

The PSMA Packaging & Manufacturing Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2022 titled, “Latest Improvements in 3D-Packaging of Power Electronics.” Featuring speakers from leading industry and research organizations, the session (IS10) will present innovative power packaging for thermal management and embedded power modules as well as the innovative manufacturing methods needed to produce them.

The session will take place on Wednesday morning, March 23rd, 2022, from 8:30 - 11:55 a.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

The session includes seven presentations:

  • Meet the New Aluminum...Busbars
    Mike Wingard, Amphenol Global Interconnect Systems
  • A Drop-in High-Temperature Lead-free Solder Solution that Outperforms High-Lead
    Hongwen Zhang, Indium Corporation
  • Application of Soft Magnetic Metal-Flake Composite Material to High Frequency Inductive Components
    Ken'Ichi Chata'ni, TOKIN, A KEMET Company
  • Addressing Solder Hierarchy Issues in Power Module Packaging with TLPS Pastes
    Catherine Shearer, EMD Electronics Inc.
  • Micro-Magnetics based on Single-Litho Core Laminations
    Kamyar Admadi, EnaChip Inc.
  • Advanced Interconnection Technologies in Power Electronics for Improved Reliability and Performance
    Aarief Syed-Khaja, Heraeus Electronics.
  • Highly Thermally Conductive Epoxy Substrates as Ceramic Replacement with High Volume Manufacturing
    Douglas C. Hopkins, North Carolina State University

John Bultitude, Session Co-Chair, commented, “Power source manufacturers’ have to consider employing the latest 3-D packaging technologies to fully exploit the benefits of improved performance, such as with WBG semiconductors, to meet the needs of their customers and this session will thoroughly explore new technologies to facilitate this.”  Session Co-Chair, Brian Narveson, continued, “This session will provide valuable insights to system and design engineers, program managers and researchers working on projects where decreased size and improved efficiency are required.”

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

PSMA Packaging & Manufacturing Committee Meeting Notice

All APEC attendees are invited to participate in the PSMA Packaging Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 22 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Fort Bend Room at the Marriott Marquis Houston to plan the program for the coming year.  

 
PSMA Energy Management Committee to Host APEC 2022 Industry Session: Are You Throwing Energy Away? Don't, or Recover It!

Session provides solutions to achieve higher system efficiency

The PSMA Energy Management Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC2022 on Thursday, March 24th, at 8:30 a.m. in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Featuring speakers from leading industry and research organizations, the session (IS18) will explore a variety of energy recovery options for different applications.

The session will feature 6 presentations:

  • Grid Integration of Sustainable EV Charging Systems
    Adel Nasiri, University of South Carolina
  • Energy Storage System for Land Drilling and Mine Sites
    Dachuan Yu, Caterpillar
  • V2G and Wireless Charging for EVs: Perfect Partners
    Milisav Danilovic, WiTricity
  • Energy Storage Systems and Application
    Omar Abdel-baqi, Eaton
  • Emerging Zero-Standby Solutions for Miscellaneous Electric Loads
    Daniel Gerber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Using Leakage Energy to Achieve Zero-Voltage Switching
    Bala Sudhakar Singamaneni, Power Integrations

David Chen, Session Chair, commented, “Energy recovery can take many forms, ranging from small to big. Whether recycling leakage energy in a flyback transformer in a cell phone charger, or using stationary storage to handle transient energy from mining equipment, or integrating EV charging with the grid, the fundamental principles of energy recovery remain the same. The presentations in this session will show the attendees clever ways to avoid wasting excess energy as heat, and instead allow that energy to be recovered for higher system efficiency. Many of these techniques can also reduce stress and improve reliability”

David encourages everyone to register for APEC and attend this valuable industry session and to consider attending the other PSMA-sponsored Industry Sessions during the week.

PSMA Energy Management Committee Meeting Notice

All APEC attendees are invited to participate in the PSMA Energy Management Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 22 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Montgomery Room at the Marriott Marquis Houston to plan the program for the coming year.  

 
APEC 2022 – On the Houston Launchpad for March 20-24 Event


 

Attendees of the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC 2022) will converge on Houston, TX, March 20-24, 2022, returning to an in-person event after two years. The conference and exhibition will continue the long-standing tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronic engineer. Outstanding technical content, including Technical Program Papers, Industry Sessions and Professional Education Seminars, is offered at one of the lowest registration costs of any IEEE conference. APEC 2022 promises to provide attendees with a truly significant professional experience. Complete details for registering and hotel booking can be found at APEC Registration.


 
Photo courtesy of Space Center Houston

APEC has secured discounted rates at two hotels near the Houston Convention Center. Attendees are encouraged to secure their hotel reservations early, as these hotels are expected to book up well in advance of the conference. Hotel reservations can only be made following conference registration. Links to APEC's contracted hotels will be sent via an automatic registration confirmation email.  For more details, please visit the Travel Information page.

A special highlight of APEC 2022 will be the Wednesday evening Social Event at the NASA Space Center. The entire facility, including the Johnson Space Center Park, will be open exclusively to APEC Conference Registrants. The event will be catered by Wolfgang Puck, and it might even include surprise appearances by former astronauts.

On the Saturday prior to the start of APEC2022, PSMA and PELS will again be sponsoring two workshops, the seventh High Frequency Magnetics Workshop and the fifth Capacitor Workshop. 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 Houston 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 2022 budget to attend this exceptional event – truly The Premier Event in Applied Power Electronics

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2022 Publicity Chair

 

 

 

 
APEC 2022 Returns to In-Person Event after 2-Year Hiatus


 

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.

 
PSMA 2021 Annual Meeting

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 35th Anniversary Presentation

 
APEC 2016, Impressions of a Former Publicity Chair

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