The D in DPF Now Stands for More Than Digital; Reflects Darnell Focus on Wider Power Electronics Industry

July 12, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

Darnell’s Power Forum (DPF ’10) is replacing the Digital Power Forum with an expanded focus and larger audience. The new DPF ’10 is an exciting new event building 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. DPF ’10 is 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 looks forward toward next generation solutions and advances. Some of the areas of focus for this important annual event are:

Advanced Components: Topics may include: Latest developments in power conversion components to support advanced designs such as, semiconductor devices, advanced packaging, interconnect, thermal management, magnetic devices, capacitors, batteries, ultracapacitors, sensors, new materials, integrated passives, and so on.

Digital Power: Topics may include: Technology-focused discussions including controllers and control loops, communications, power management, stability analysis, efficiency optimization, design tools, simulation and modeling, topologies, system partitioning between analog and digital, power quality and EMC, and so on.

Energy Harvesting: Topics may include: energy harvesting technologies, thin-film batteries, long-life secondary batteries, energy storage, advanced power conversion, micro fuel cells, optimizing system energy efficiencies, mesh networks, wireless sensor and control systems, industrial/building automation, system integration issues, RF powering considerations, system architectures, and so on.

High-Efficiency Power Conversion: Topics may include: High-frequency power conversion, high-temperature operation, power system-in-chip solutions, power system-in-package solutions, high-density packaging developments, optimizing converter efficiencies, new topologies, advanced (analog or digital) control techniques, parasitics, EMI/EMC considerations, and so on.

Innovation for the Smart Grid: Topics may include: Integration of distributed generation resources, micro grids, power systems communications, power quality, instrumentation and monitoring, enabling demand side management, supporting plug-in hybrid vehicles, large scale energy storage, advanced metering infrastructure, visualization technologies, real-time control methods, and so on.

Portable Power: Topics may include: next-generation rechargeable battery systems, dynamic power management, maximizing runtimes, advanced battery management, integration of micro fuel cells and energy harvesting, optimizing dc-dc converter efficiencies, subsystem power issues, wireless charging technologies, advanced architectures and efficient energy utilization, battery fuel gauging, high-performance thermal management, and so on.

In each case, the types of papers being sought include:

Case studies/industry examples

Design techniques and tools

Technology developments

Complete information on the Darnell Power Forum is available at .