Power Electronics

PowerSystems World 2006 Comes Ashore to Long Beach

The 2006 Power Electronics Technology Conference & Exhibition takes place Oct. 24-26 in Long Beach, Calif. The conference boasts an unsurpassed educational program, and the exhibit hall will be filled with the industry's leading manufacturers. Find out what's in store for this year’s show.

Members of the power electronics industry will be gathering Oct. 24-26, 2006, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California, the site of this year's PowerSystems World Conference. Along with the major shift in location from last year's Baltimore show, several new technical sessions at this year's event will cover emerging topics in power electronics. The West Coast boasts a critical mass of major manufacturing and technology companies, making it an excellent location for you to network with colleagues, meet with manufacturers and suppliers, and learn from leading industry authorities.

If you would benefit by seeing, trying and pricing the latest power electronics components and equipment, learning from leading authorities, and networking with peers and real leaders in the field, then you won't want to miss the Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference.

General Session and Keynote Speakers

On Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Christopher Calwell, vice president and director of Policy and Research for Ecos Consulting, will present the General Session on “Global Efforts to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Electronic Products.” Calwell will begin this session with a brief overview of the efforts to limit worldwide emissions of greenhouse gases. He will then go on to explore research projects, utility-funded incentive programs, government labeling programs and mandatory efficiency standards that are underway to accelerate the development and sale of energy-efficient electronics. The presentation will have important implications for designers and manufacturers of electronic components. These devices are essential to improving power-conversion efficiencies and enabling smarter control of the billions of electronic products now sold each year worldwide.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld, commissioner of the California Energy Commission (CEC), will present his keynote address, “Efficient Use of Electricity in California — Standby Losses, Appliance Standards, Incentives and Demand Response.” California has had a proactive and effective energy policy for the last 30 years that has held electricity use per person in the state constant since 1975, while the United States as a whole has grown at almost 2% per year. In his address, Rosenfeld will discuss the CEC's key initiatives that have saved the state billions of dollars annually. In addition to the efficiency of electronic products, another important initiative of the CEC is the installation of real-time meters and controls to facilitate demand response in buildings. The growing web of devices for home entertainment devices also needs to be engineered for efficiency and power control.

Innovative Education Sessions

This year's conference program will offer in-depth Technical Sessions focused on leading-edge applications; Professional Advancement Courses providing detailed information; and Special Interest Seminars covering digital power and emerging applications.

Power Electronics Technology (PET) Editorial Director Ashok Bindra and Editor David Morrison directed the content for this year's conference, so you can be sure it will be timely, leading edge and highly informative. See page 58 for the schedule of presentations.

In keeping with the launch of PET's digital power microsite (http://powerelectronics.com/digital_power/), PET01 is a new session devoted exclusively to topics relating to digital power control. Despite its potential for improved performance and flexibility, digital control has yet to penetrate the industry. This may be partly due to the complexity and cost, and partly due to the radical difference between digital and analog control solutions.

In addition to newly available controller architectures and techniques, PET01 will cover hardware issues with a presentation on difficulties with high-speed isolation barriers. Together, these presentations will shed some insight into the challenges, as well as the controversy, that surrounds the widespread adaptation of digital power control.

Also new on the block is PET03, which will address the issues of powering modern CPUs that require more power and current at lower voltages than previous generations. Complementing these capabilities, high-voltage power supplies present their own challenges, which will be discussed in the PET10 session. The latter will include presentations ranging from specialized components to entire power systems for data centers.

In session PET13, power electronics for applications outside these mainstream categories will be discussed. This includes the driver for the tubes of microwave ovens, dc-dc converters for fuel cells, controller ICs for LED light strings, and a unique wireless data system based on photovoltaic (PV) and RFID technology, as well as an interesting technique for transmitting data through the modulation of indoor lighting.

On Thursday, PET14 will discuss military and aerospace applications. These systems must not only be portable and robust, but also cost-effective. Reliability analysis and portable power sources are among the topics presented. The session also will explore the use of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) parts.

While many topics featured at PowerSystems World last year are also covered this year, some are now covered in their own exclusive sessions. For example, the topics of lighting and power factor correction (PFC) were combined in a single session last year. This year, PFC will be covered in PET15 featuring techniques and devices. PET17, the lighting session, will cover fluorescent lighting and the growing field of LED lighting, including an application driven by PV technology, for which the high efficiency of LEDs is well suited.

Exhibit Hall

Walk the Power Electronics Technology Exhibit Hall and meet with suppliers who have come to answer your power electronics questions and offer solutions to your challenges. There's no better way to make a product or supplier recommendation than meeting with vendors and inspecting, testing and pricing their products.

Products on display in the exhibit hall include: analog, mixed-signal and digital ICs; batteries and battery products; high-voltage products; magnetics products; passive components; power component and power-supply manufacturing equipment; power systems for RF/microwave equipment; sensors and transducers; test instruments and measurement systems; thermal management products; design software; and hardware/interconnects.

Attendees also won't want to miss the opening cocktail reception that will take place on the show floor Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

As in the past, the show floor will also be home to dynamic paper presentations. Authors will present their papers as Poster Sessions in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

As a bonus this year, the show committee has put together two new education features in the Exhibit Hall. Visit the “Ask the Experts Roundtables” for free guidance and instruction on such topics as digital power, power management and portable power. Or, stop by the “Product Solution Theater” to catch supplier presentions in a theater environment where you can learn more about practical applications for products and services on display.

For complete conference information on PowerSystems World, visit www.powersystems.com.

SUNDAY, October 22
PAC01 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PAC02 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PAC03 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PAC04 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PAC05 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PAC06 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
PAC07 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
High-Efficiency Power Supply Design
Motor Control Basics
Design Approaches to SMPS Control
IGBT Module Selection for Design
Integrated & Planar Power Magnetics Design Basics
Designing Electronic Control Circuits for Fluorescent Lighting Applications
Understanding Digital Power Control
Ernest H. Wittenbreder, Technical Witts Inc.
Dr. Aengus Murray, International Rectifier
Bruce Carsten, Bruce Carsten Associates Inc.
John F. Donlon, Powerex Inc.
Gordon “Ed” Bloom, e/j Bloom Associates Inc.
Thomas Ribarich, International Rectifier
David Caldwell, Fextek Electronics
MONDAY, October 23
PAC08 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PAC09 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PAC10 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PAC11 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PAC12 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PAC13 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
PAC14 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Advanced Materials for Power Electronics Thermal Management & Packaging
Control Design of PWM Converters: The User-Friendly Approach
Switchmode Design & Layout Techniques for Low EMI
Electronic Ballast Design
Expert Transformer Design Using Normalized Methods
Fundamentals of State-Plane Analysis of Converters
Power Conversion Reliability
Dr. Carl Zweben, Zweben Consulting Inc.
Dr. Shumel Ben-Yaakov, Ben-Gurion University
Bruce Carsten, Bruce Carsten Associates Inc.
Grigoriy Trestman, Osram Sylvania
Victor Quinn, Tabtronics Inc.
Prabjit Singh, IBM Corp.
Don Gerstle, C&D Technologies Inc.
TUESDAY, October 24
PES01 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
PES02 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
PES03 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
PES04 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
PES05 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
11 a.m.
PET01 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PET02 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PET03 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PET04 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PET05 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Achieving High-Performance, Reliable Digital Power Supplies
Emulated Current Mode Control for Buck Regulators Using Sample & Hold Technique Small Signal Linear Analysis
Power Measurements and Analysis: Challenges and Solutions
Power Design & Management
Adding Intelligence to Lighting Applications
Free General Session: “Global Efforts to Improve the Efficiency of Electronic Products
Exhibit Hall Opens

Digital Power Conversion
Power Electronic Components
Powering CPUs
Power Design & Management
Novel Power System Architectures
Reception on Show Floor
William Hutchings, Microchip Technology Inc.
Robert Sheehan, National Semiconductor Corp.
Selu Gupta, Tektronix Inc.
Chair: Paul Greenland, Enpirion
Steve Bowling, Microchip Technology Inc.
Christopher Calwell, Ecos Consulting
Chair: Ashok Bindra, Power Electronics Technology
Chair: Richard Baugh, ABS Inc.
Chair: Carl Blake, International Rectifier
Chair: Paul Greenland, Enpirion
Chair: David Morrison, Power Electronics Technology
WEDNESDAY, October 25
PES06 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
PES07 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
PES08 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
PES09 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
11 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

PET06 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PET07 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PET08 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PET09 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PET10 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Digital Power Conversion Opens the Door to Digital Power Management and, in Turn, to Innumerable System Advantages
Power Inductors: Component Selection, Efficiency & EMI
Post Regulation
What MOSFET Driver Can Do to Boost the Performance of VRM Design
Free Keynote Address: “Efficient Use of Electricity in California”
Exhibit Hall Opens
Poster Papers on Show Floor

Market Trends
Thermal Management & Packaging
Innovative New Products
Circuit Protection Technologies & EMI/EMC
High Voltage Power Supplies
Lou Pechi, Power-One Inc.
Alexander Gerfer, Wurth Elektronik eiSos
Martin Moss, National Semiconductor Corp.
Rais Miftakhutdinov, Texas Instruments Inc.
Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld, California Energy Commission
Chair: Arnold Alderman, Anagenesis Inc.
Chair: Christopher A. Soule, Thermshield, LLC
Chair: Lou Pechi, Power-One Inc.
Chair: Bruce Carsten, Bruce Carsten Associates Inc.
THURSDAY, October 26
PET11 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
PET12 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
PET13 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
PET14 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
PET15 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
9 a.m.
PET16 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
PET17 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
PET18 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
PET19 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
PET20 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Medical Grade Converters
Power Modules
Emerging Applications
Military/Aerospace Power Supplies
Exhibit Hall Opens
Magnetics — Materials & Design
Portable Power Management
Motor Drives
Automotive Applications
Chair: Bruce Carsten, Bruce Carsten Associates Inc.
Chair: Alan Elbanhawy, Fairchild Semiconductor
Chair: Mark Valentine, Power Electronics Technology
Chair: Thomas Hopkins, STMicroelectronics
Chair: Ronald Lenk, Integration Associates Inc.
Chair: Gordon “Ed” Bloom, e/j Bloom Associates Inc.
Chair: Thomas Ribarch, International Rectifier
Chair: Jeff VanZwol, Micro Power Electronics
Chair: Howard Abramowitz, AirCare Automation Inc.
Chair: Joseph Notaro, STMicroelectronics
PowerSystems World Exhibitor List
Aavid Thermalloy, LLC 536
ABB Semiconductors Inc. 835
Actown Electrocoil Inc. 803
Adams Magnetic Products 514
Alfatech Kerafol GMBH 619
American Superconductor 618
Ametherm Inc. 821
Amulaire Thermal Technology Inc. 419
Ansoft Corp. 437
AOS Thermal Compounds 805
Asia Resistor 534
Avago Technologies 828
Avtron Manufacturing Inc. 321
AVX 527
Beckwith Electric 420
Cannon Technologies 416
Caton Connector Corp. 716
Central Semiconductor Corp. 826
CET Technology, LLC 614
Citel Inc. 315
Cobasys 424
Coilcraft 809
Component Distributors Power Solutions 616
ComRent International 302
Copper Development Association 331
Cornell Dubilier 731
CPS Technologies 529
Cramer Coil & Transformer 443
CREE Inc. 706
Danfoss Silicon Power Gmbtt 518
Dearborn Electronics 615
DEHN Inc. 300
Denka Corp. 819
Dent Instruments 317
Dranetz-BMI/Electrotek 408
Dua Thermal Solutions 721
EBG Resistors 719
ECN-Reed 738
ELDRE Corp. 509
Electro Technik Industries 801
Electrocube Inc. 530
Electronic Concepts 608
ERM Thermal Technologies 626
Ferroxcube 531
Filter Concepts Inc. 621
Fluke Corp. 329
Fuji Semiconductor Inc. 522
Fujipoly America Corp. 830
Global Power Source PTE. Ltd. 428
GMW Associates 431
Gowanda Electronics 535
Hengdian DMEGC Magnetics Co. Ltd. 736
Hioki USA 414
HVR Advanced Power Components 601
Iconopower Ltd. 434
Ideal Industries 320
Infineon 508
Integration 817
Intusoft 641
ITW Paktron 718
IXYS Corp. 600
Kaschke USA Inc. 734
Kestar Electronic Co. Ltd. 430
LeCroy Corp. 542
Lodestone Pacific 735
Magnetics 622
Marvenet Inc., a Mastech company 700
MCB Tech 635
Merry Electronics 533
Methode Network Bus Products & Cable Co. 625
M-flex 632
Micrometals Inc. 423
Mini-Systems Inc. 427
Mission Critical West Inc. 426
Multi-Contact USA 532
NEC Electronics America 523
NORWE Inc. 814
NWL 725
Ohmite Manufacturing Co. 730
Okaya Electric America 808
Origin Electric America Co., Ltd. 728
Payton America Inc. 543
Pearson Electronics 525
Plitron Manufacturing 816
Power Control Co. 307
Power Electronics Technology/EC&M 800
Power Measurement 314
Power Monitors Inc. 400
Power Standards Lab Inc. 330
Powerex Inc. 607
Proton-Electrotex, LLC 537
Rong Xin Power Electronic Co. Ltd. 335
R-Theta Thermal Solutions 429
Rubadue Wire Co. Inc. 425
S+C Electric Co. 418
SanRex Corp. 815
Semikron Inc. 829
Sienna Technologies Inc. 628
Sleek Co. Ltd 516
Solid State Devices Inc. 724
Stellar Industries 834
STMicroelectronics 500
Summit Technology Inc. 325
Sunrise E & E Inc. 737
Sypris Test + Measurement 528
Tabtronics Inc. 824
Tektronix 825
Teledyne Reynolds 810
The Bergquist Co. 820
Thermik Corp. 630
Thermshield, LLC 417
Tier Electronics, LLC 435
Tribotek Inc. 629
TYCO Electronics Power Systems 524
VAC Sales USA, LLC 634
Vishay Intertechnology 515
Voltage Multipliers Inc. 714
WebCom 726
Wurth Electronics Inc. 818
Xitron Technologies 439
Z Meters Inc. 327
Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co. Ltd. 624
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