Searching for the Newest Innovations in Power? Find Them at APEC

February 13, 2019 by Paul Shepard

In a recent blog posting, Pradeep Shenoy with Texas Instruments (TI) commented on TI's participation in APEC 2019: The Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) is a power engineer's dream - everyone in the industry attends and the blend of new technologies, new research and new connections creates an electric energy.

Last year, APEC had over 5,000 attendees making it one of the largest power conferences in the world. TI is proud to be a part of it - we're hosting five industry sessions, four poster sessions and three technical lectures; we're excited to share the experience with you!

Here is all you need to know about TI's involvement in the 2019 APEC conference, this blog will include everything required to plan your upcoming days at the conference and will be updated in real time with new content. Even if you can't make it to APEC this year, be sure to check back for live updates!

Attending APEC? Join us at booth #511 and at our technical presentations this year!

Demos you'll find at our booth:

  • More power, less space
    • Faster charging with USB Type-C™ technology: Learn how to experience faster charging with USB Type-C™ technology for both ac-dc and automotive applications using gallium nitride and silicon. See how our award-winning UCC28780 active clamp flyback controller enables industry-leading power density for ac-dc adapters.
    • Digitally-controlled adaptive peak current mode-controlled phase-shifted full bridge for onboard charging: This demo showcases a new reference design that leverages the differentiated on-chip control and protection features on the C2000™ F280049 microcontroller to enable adaptive peak current mode control of a phase-shifted full-bridge converter without the need for external hardware support circuitry.
    • 330-W, high efficiency at low line input, gaming notebook adapter: Improve the power density of your ac-dc 330-W gaming notebook adapter with this reference design. The design's efficiency is higher than 95% at full load, while the power density is higher than 18 W/in3, with natural cooling and power consumption lower than 0.5 W at no load. In order to reach this level of efficiency, the design uses advanced bridgeless power factor correction and a soft-switching inductor-inductor-capacitor topology.
    • Digitally-controlled high-voltage, power, efficiency and density bidirectional chargers with SiC FETs: A new 6.6-kW bidirectional CLLLC DAB isolated dc-dc reference design with 300- to 700-kHz switching features the C2000™ F280049 microcontroller and UCC21530-Q1 silicon carbide gate drivers. This design highlights advanced digital control techniques and wide band-gap technology to enable higher efficiency and higher density chargers. Pairing with the totem-pole PFC reference design provides a complete solution for high-voltage battery-charging applications for onboard chargers (conventional and vehicle-to-grid) and grid storage.
  • Extending battery life
    • Three functions in a single-chip solution: This demo features the BQ40Z80 battery pack manager as we demonstrate how it monitors and protects a battery pack cell by cell while using our patented Impedance Track™ technology for accurate gauging. Designed with ease of use in mind, this device enables eight multifunction pins for configurability in a single chip.
    • Accurate gauging and 50-µA standby current, 13S, 48-V Li-ion battery pack reference design: Optimize your e-bike 13S battery pack system design with extended run time and idle time and low current consumption with our accurate gauging reference design. This design features state-of-charge gauging based on the BQ34z100-G1 and this demo will show the two ways to improve energy utilization efficiency by increasing state-of-charge accuracy and reducing current consumption.

Where else can I find TI?

  • Learn by doing: Get a head start on solving your toughest application challenges
    • Join TI and Würth Elektronik for hands-on experimentation with the new TI-PMLK Buck Würth Elektronik edition. This new power management laboratory kit (PMLK) includes two distinct buck circuits with different operating conditions, six different inductors for testing, adjustable operating conditions, protection features and a temperature probe. Würth Elektronik's demo will include a full instrumentation setup, as well as the TI-PMLK's complete experiment book, so you can get a head start on investigating conditions that impact real-world applications.
  • +240-W dual-output step-down PMBus power module powering an FPGA core and I/O rails
    • See the world's first dual-output PMBus module, capable of >200 W of output power with tight load regulation. The TPSM831D31EVM evaluation module (EVM) is configured to evaluate the operation of the TPSM831D31 power module and has the industry's highest-current multiphase PMBus power module for two high-current step-down rails. This EVM provides high power density, efficiency, design programmability and system monitoring through PMBus in 720 mm2 of printed circuit board area, perfect for high-current field-programmable gate array and application-specific integrated circuit cores and input/output rail applications.