Preparing for a Digital PCIM

May 10, 2020 by Shannon Cuthrell

Originally set to take place this week, PCIM will now take place digitally in the second week of July. Here's a look at what PCIM had planned for the conference and what attendees can plan for before the digital version takes place in July.

PCIM Europe, one of the largest annual events convening the global power electronics community. This year's show was originally planned to take place this week before COVID-19 swept away many 2020 tradeshow and conference plans.

If the conference and tradeshow had gone on, as usual, around 12,000 experts, researchers, company executives, and industry enthusiasts attend each year to learn about the latest trends in power electronics, smart systems, and energy management. 


Photo Copyright: Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Uwe Mühlhäußer
Image courtesy of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.


Late last month, PCIM’s organizers at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH were forced to change plans due to governmental measures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. On April 22, the group announced the already-postponed event would be canceled and made to go digital July 7 through July 8. 

Since announcing the digital change, PCIM organizers have yet to announce their plans for a fully virtual exchange of information and digital presentations. However, the group has shared that the ability to sign up for the virtual event will be available soon. Organizers have shared this year's topics will be centered around e-mobility, energy storage, and power electronics.

Over 300 lectures and presentations will be shared, and attendees can check out the latest innovations from more than 500 exhibitors. The headlining keynote speakers hail from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, GE Global Research Center, Huawei Technologies, and Volkswagen. 

Here's a look at what you can still expect to learn and share at the digital version of this year's PCIM in July. 


Conference Topics and Trends

Exhibitors will showcase semiconductor modules, components, and devices including MOSFETs, SiC and GaN devices, analog and logic ICs, powertrain systems, magnetic materials, thermal management systems, development, and testing tools, and more.

An “E-Mobility Forum” features a series of 30-minute lectures and panel discussions taking place all three days of PCIM Europe 2020. Experts will cover topics like EV motor inverter applications, GaN for EV traction inverters, choosing an optimal busbar for EV battery systems, pyro-fuses, emergency power supply for battery-powered EVs, nanocrystalline materials, and high and low power AC-DC/DC solutions. 

In an “Industry Forum” portion of the program, experts will present 30-minute lectures and panels discussing the broader concepts, trends, and applications in the industry. Topics include unlocking the potential for EV/PHEV fast-charging solutions, magnetic design automation with AI, functional safety of battery management systems, how SiC and GaN impact the traditional Si power electronics sector, power devices for hybrid and EV OBC and traction applications, and 3D printing for power electronics. 


Other industry conferences and trade shows have canceled their spring and summer programs as well. Mobile World Congress was one of the first major international conferences to be canceled in February, sparking a wave of conference cancelations through March, including the Applied Power Electronics Conference. Those postponements and cancellations have already moved into the summer months. 


Keep checking back with EE Power to read updates on PCIM Europe's digital conference later this summer.