Architectures, Topologies, Materials or Applications?

August 16, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

You will hear diverse opinions about "What will be the Most Important Driver for the Power Electronics Industry in the Future: Architectures, Topologies, Materials or Applications?" during the Roundtable discussion at the 2010 edition of Darnell’s Power Forum (DPF ’10) on Monday September 13 in Chicago. Panelists will include:

– Alex Lidow, CEO, Efficient Power Conversion

– Chris Young, Sr. Manager Digital Power Technology, Intersil Zilker Labs

– Mark Buccini, Director, Texas Instruments

– Arnold Alderman, Principle, Anagenesis Inc.

– Bob White, Chief Engineer, Embedded Power Labs

– Jim MacDonald, Marketing Director, Infrastructure Power, National Semiconductor

"This will be a high-energy, animated and interactive discussion with delegates in the audience joining our outstanding group of panelists to try and determine the answer to this complex question," stated Jeff Shepard, President of Darnell Group. "Power electronics technologies are undergoing more rapid evolution today than at any time in the past 30 years with the introduction of new materials such as GaN, new system-on-chip packaging options, a rapidly expanding applications universe and even new topologies enabled by digital power techniques," Shepard concluded.

DPF ’10 is an exciting new international event that builds on the success of the Digital Power Forum and the nanoPower Forum. There is tremendous synergy possible from discussions broadly focused on power management, energy efficiency, advanced components, energy storage, smart grid innovations and more. Speakers at DPF ’10 will represent the broad scope of advanced power conversion technologies. Companies and organizations represented will include: Anagenesis Inc, CHiL Semiconductor, Cymbet, Efficient Power Conversion, Electric Power Research Institute, Ericsson, Excellatron Solid State LLC, Fairchild Semiconductor, Fraunhofer Institute, GE Digital Energy, IBM, Illinois Capacitor, Intersil Zilker Labs, Johnson Research and Development Co. Inc., Lineage Power, Luna Innovations, Microchip Technology, Powercast, Powervation, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Tyco Electronics, Tyndall National Institute, and more.

DPF ’10 will be hosted at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago, Oak Brook, mid-way between O’Hare and Midway airports. There is tremendous synergy possible from discussions broadly focused on power management, energy efficiency, advanced components, energy storage, smart grid innovations, and more. DPF ’10 will be a solutions-oriented event, with a strong emphasis on practical advances in power electronics. In addition to a strong focus on today’s "best practices," DPF ’10 will look forward toward next-generation solutions and advances.

The exhibition area will include a full range of active and passive electronic components, energy harvesting devices, batteries and energy storage components, ac-dc power supplies, dc-dc converters, uninterruptible power supplies, power management ICs, and cooling equipment. Exhibitors will have an opportunity to network with key technical personnel in a relaxed and positive atmosphere. DPF will maximize exhibitors’ productivity. The Exhibit Hall will only be open when there are no technical sessions. Focused exhibit hours will maximize productivity and efficiency, and the addition of food and drink during the exhibits ensures that the Exhibit Hall is THE place to be during exhibit hours. A Welcome Reception and Lunch are served for all delegates in the Exhibit Hall.

The DPF ’10 web site is at .