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APEC 2019 Workshops and Industry Sessions
January 23, 2019 - March 21, 2019


The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and PELS are co-sponsoring an all-day workshop "The Impact of Wideband Technologies on Application of Capacitors - A Deep Dive on Capacitor Technology" on March 16, the Saturday before APEC 2019.

Many consider that a capacitor is a capacitor, it can be charged and discharged, no more no less. In 2018 the first PSMA/ IEEE PELS pre-APEC Capacitor Workshop started to lift the curtain to show some of the magical behaviors that designers must understand in the capacitor world for use in their designs. In the 2019 workshop, we will do much more than that. The primary focus will be on applications to highlight the specific requirements that must be satisfied by capacitors. Not only are evolving GaN and SiC based topologies challenging designers, the worldwide tight market for certain capacitors limit designers when selecting available capacitors that will satisfy their applications.

The registration fee for the workshop is $375 per participant, reduced to $275 for PSMA members and IEEE PELS members. On February 1, 2019, the registration fee will increase to $425 reduced to $325 for PSMA members and IEEE PELS members. There will be a $25 surcharge for onsite registration, if seating is available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the workshop. Electronic copies of the technical lecture presentations and technology demonstration presentations will be made available to the workshop participants.

More http://www.psma.com/technical-forums/capacitor/workshop

 

PSMA and PELS are also co-sponsoring a "Power Magnetics @ High Frequency" all-day workshop on the Saturday before APEC 2019.

The purpose and focus of the workshop is to identify the latest improvements in magnetic materials, coil (winding) design, construction and fabrication, evaluation and characterization techniques and modelling and simulation tools so as to target the advancements that are deemed necessary by the participants for power magnetics to meet the technical expectations and requirements of higher application frequencies and emerging topologies that are being driven by continuous advances in circuits topologies and semi-conductor devices driven by new market applications.

The registration fee for the workshop is $375 per participant, reduced to $275 for PSMA members and IEEE PELS members. On February 1, 2019, the registration fee will increase to $425 reduced to $325 for PSMA members and IEEE PELS members. Previous workshops have sold out, so early registration is encouraged. There will be a $25 surcharge for onsite registration, if seating is available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the workshop. Electronic copies of the technical lecture presentations and technology demonstration presentations will be made available to the workshop participants.

More http://www.psma.com/technical-forums/magnetics/workshop


The PSMA Packaging Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session titled, “Making Power Sources Small with 3D Power Packaging.” Featuring speakers from leading industry and research organizations, the session (IS12) will present an up-to-date look at current and future component and manufacturing technologies utilizing high-density 3D packaging. The session will take place on Wednesday afternoon, March 20th, 2018, from 2:00 - 5:25 p.m. in Room 210A of the Anaheim Convention Center.

Manufacturers utilizing power sources in their products are continually asking for smaller solutions. The industry can deliver with new components, design and manufacturing techniques that support higher density, higher reliability, and higher frequency operation. A 3D packaging approach using embedded components (actives and passives) combined with advanced manufacturing technologies is proving to be the most reliable solution, offering the fastest time to market for achieving increased power density in a smaller footprint. This solution is already in production in semiconductor, component and power supply designs.

The 3D Power Packaging Industry Session will feature seven invited experts, offering application details, real-world examples of implementation and insights to help attendees identify potential opportunities for their companies and to explore the potential of applying this emerging technology to meet their market demands.

An other Industry Session sponsored by the Energy Harvesting Committee of the PSMA featuring seven industry experts, will address the latest developments in this rapidly emerging technology ecosystem that is disruptively increasing in relevance for a wide variety of power electronic applications, particularly IoT where the grand challenge is to get the battery to outlive the IoT edge device. The Energy Harvesting Session (IS15) will be held on Wednesday, March 20, from 2:00 pm to 5:25 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213B.

Following on the well-attended Industry Session at APEC2018, last March in San Antonio and the inaugural EnerHarv Workshop held in May in Cork, Ireland, the APEC2019 Energy Harvesting Industry Session reflects the global nature of the work being done in this area emphasizing the need to optimise power consumption of the load as well as collaborating to understand the industry application. There will also be a decided ‘non-presentation’ slot showing various energy harvesting and power management-related demos where attendees can talk directly with the developer and integrators in real-life applications and understand its potential use.

The PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Chair Mike Hayes (Tyndall National Institute) and Co-Chair Brian Zahnstecher (PowerRox) have geared the session for a wide audience, including potential collaborators and adopters of energy harvesting for the self-powering of ultra-low-power applications, as well as those who want to eliminate the need for a battery or storage device replacement in low-power devices. Industrial and academic developers of material and devices (both active and passive) also will find this session helpful in understanding application requirements.
 

WBG Power Semiconductor Industry Sessions

The PSMA Semiconductor Committee is also sponsoring three Industry Sessions that address the rapid emergence of wide bandgap semiconductors as a significant power conversion technology. The sessions will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-21, 2019, in the Anaheim Convention Center.

Taken as a whole, these Industry Sessions will address the “Coming of Age” of GaN and SiC power semiconductors, with each session focusing on one aspect of the topic as follows:

 

IS4: Tuesday March 19, 8:30 to 11:55 a.m
“Getting up to speed on switching: wide bandgap and other high-performance components”

 

IS11: Wednesday March 20 from 2:00 to 5:25 p.m.
“Current reliability and product qualification topics for SiC and GaN wide bandgap devices”

 

IS16: Thursday March 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
“Production use cases of wide bandgap semiconductors: systems in production today, drivers and controllers for tomorrow”

SiC and GaN have been the most popular topics at APEC over the past several years. It is clear that the promise that these devices have offered in size and efficiency gains are being realized,” said Tim McDonald, Chairman of the PSMA Semiconductor Committee. “This ‘Coming of Age’ series of Industry Sessions will serve to inform attendees on this vital technology area.” In addition to informative presentations, these Industry Sessions will afford attendees the opportunity to interact and network with industry colleagues engaged in power conversion system design. Tim McDonald further commented, “I encourage APEC attendees to register and attend these valuable industry sessions, and to consider participating in the other PSMA-sponsored meetings during the week.”

All APEC attendees are invited to attend the PSMA Packaging Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am in the Anaheim Marriott, Meeting Room Platinum 9. Participants are also encouraged to participate the other PSMA-sponsored meetings being held throughout the week. AS

 

 
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