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19 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
GaN Devices for Space Applications
GaN power devices should be the ideal choice for power conversion applications in space because they are more robust than hard rad MOSFETs when exposed to various forms of radiation. The electrical and thermal performance of GaN has also demonstrated superior operation in a space environment. In this podcast, Bel Lazar, Chief Executive Officer of EPC Space, will analyze the importance of GaN for the space industry. Bel Lazar brings 30+ years of experience in the semiconductor, aerospace, and defense technology fields. In addition to his role as CEO of EPC Space, Bel currently serves as COO of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC).
40 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
electronica 2022: Let’s Get Started!
From Nov. 15 to 18, electronica 2022 will bring the international electronics industry together at the Munich exhibition grounds. Wide Bandgap Semiconductors, Renewable Energies, Smart Grid, and Energy Storage will be the major topics covered by the Power Electronics Forum at electronica 2022. Here is the full agenda. In this podcast, onsemi president and CEO Hassane El-Khoury, Silanna Semiconductor North America CEO Mark Drucker, and of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) CEO Alex Lidow will introduce the Power Electronics Forum.
28 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
GaN Devices Design for High Voltages
Power-switching transistors built with gallium nitride (GaN) are superior to those built with silicon (Si). Odyssey Semiconductor has developed a method to achieve area-selective doped regions in GaN, opening the door to the realization of vertical-conduction devices. In this podcast with Mark Davidson, CEO of Odyssey Semiconductor, we will analyze the structure of GaN for high voltages.
29 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
Fusion Energy: What’s next?
The anticipated global energy goals cannot be met with current clean technology. Perhaps the only clean, abundant energy source that can meet the anticipated demand gap is fusion. But for us to succeed, a lot of R&D is required. In this podcast with Todd Ditmire co-founder of Focused Energy, we will discover the current situation and the next challenges for fusion energy.
32 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Battery Technology Boosts Electrification and Sustainability
In this podcast we will analyze battery technology with Vincent Pluvinage, CEO and co-founder of OneD Battery Sciences which has developed SINANODE, a set of technologies that “supercharge” the amount of energy stored, speed of charging, power delivered to EV batteries. This proprietary and patented technology increases energy density and lifetime while reducing costs of EV batteries. Let’s talk with Vincent.
35 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Highlights from Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022
The Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. in June saw 200,000 car enthusiasts and motorsports fans spend four days ogling over a vast array of both combustion engine and electric Formula 1 cars, supercars, hypercars, and vintage cars, as well as watching their favorite cars aim to break the record on the famous Goodwood 1.16 mile hill climb. In this podcast, Nitin Dahad, editor of embedded.com, will tell us about his experience at the Goodwood festival. He interviewed executives of some relevant OEMs, such as Lamborghini and Mercedes.
21 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
The road ahead for e-mobility
Replacing fuel combustion vehicles with electric vehicles is one of the best alternatives in order to reduce CO2 emissions. Electric mobility is a crucial driver of the energy revolution, and it is predicted to boost demand for renewable energy. Today’s biggest challenge is to recharge the battery in the shortest time. In this talk with John De Souza, president and co-founder of Ample, we will discuss the main challenges occurring in e-mobility and the next step.
40 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
PowerUP Virtual Conference: All together now!
PowerUP Expo is a Virtual Conference and Exhibition with the goal of envisioning the future of power electronics. It will take place June 28–June 30. The main topics are wide bandgap, low power and other semiconductors, and energy trends. Let’s listen to the voices of the speakers who are supporting us in this upcoming event!
25 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Powering Electric Vehicles
Vehicle electrification is a key part of the plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from road transport. Wide-bandgap semiconductors provide various advantages over conventional silicon alternatives, and, as such, can improve EVs and hybrids. In this podcast with Alexandre Cosneau, co-founder and CTO of FTEX, we will discover the powertrain technology and the advantages of GaN for EVs. Cosneau is finding ways of optimizing power conversions, from battery design to motor efficiency, which are paramount to FTEX technology and solutions.
45 minutes | May 25, 2022
Power Electronics Insights at PCIM
PCIM has hosted a lot of companies that are playing to the sound of GaN and SiC, but not only. Semiconductors for electric vehicles, the energy revolution, all these are part of an ecosystem that is evolving at a fast speed. Let’s listen to some of the speakers I met at PCIM. Thank you for taking the time to show me your products and innovations. It has really been a pleasure to meet you all!
20 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
GaN Technology for Power Conversion
Power conversion systems are at the heart of every electronic device, from home appliances, laptops and data centers, but also electric vehicles. In this podcast with Thierry Bouchet, CEO of Wise-Integration, we will discover the advantages of GaN for power conversion solutions. Wise-Integration, a spin-off from CEA-LETI, is a company that develops GaN integrated solutions from TSMC to miniaturize power supplies and improve energy efficiency.
57 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
APEC 2022—Back in-person, finally!
Many people from academia and industry had the chance to discuss the most recent developments in GaN and SiC during the latest edition of APEC, which was held March 21–24, 2022 in Houston. During the conference, I had the opportunity to speak with so many experts and ventured further and further into this amazing power electronics ecosystem.
19 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
What would it take to get Commercial Fusion Running this Decade?
Global power demand is expected to double by 2040 and could increase fivefold by 2060 as electrification expands to new applications. In this podcast, we’ll hear from Glenn Weinreb, director of the Manhattan 2 project and Dr. Neil Mitchell, former director of the ITER magnet development initiative for Fusion Energy.
30 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Gallium nitride improves the efficiency of power-conversion stages. GaN is attractive because it has higher energy efficiency, smaller size, reduced weight, and cheaper total cost than silicon. In this podcast with Andrea Bricconi, VP of Business Development at Cambridge GaN Devices, we will analyze the latest technologies of this wide bandgap ecosystem that will drive the next improvements.
42 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
SiC’s Cost Competitiveness
In several energy industries, the silicon carbide (SiC) industry is expanding to provide highly efficient and Silicon carbide (SiC) is expanding in several energy industries to deliver extremely efficient and compact solutions. Many companies are evaluating and investing in wafer technology because of the importance of silicon carbide in fields such as e-mobility and new energy. In this podcast with Peter Gammon, Professor of SiC Power Devices at Warwick University and Founder of PGC Consultancy, we’ll look at the cost and technology of SiC. Peter Gammon is the author of over 100 publications and patents that have contributed to the increased efficiency of SiC transistors and diodes used in today’s electric vehicles.
21 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Design Contest – Motor Control Innovations
This contest challenges hardware designers from all over the world to develop an innovative design project for a motor control system with the Arduino Portenta H7 board. In this podcast with Anne-Francoise Pelè, Editor-in-Chief of EE Times Europe, we present the winners and the selected projects. In April, the winners will present their projects to the industry community.
25 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
GaN power devices are ideal for energy-efficient and compact power conversion systems. Vertical GaN technology could offer the full potential of GaN’s material properties as it is based on GaN substrates. Our guest is Robert Kaplar, Manager of the Semiconductor Material and Device Sciences Department at Sandia National Laboratories.
21 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
How to Solve the Climate Change Problem
On the PowerUp Podcast: Combatting climate change will require a restructuring of the power industry. The time has come to transition from fossil fuels to carbon-neutral energy generated by renewable sources. Our guest is Glenn Weinreb, director of The Manhattan 2 Project, and author of over 18 articles for Power Electronics News about ways to combat climate change.
47 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
PowerUP: Expecting Innovation
PowerUP Expo is a virtual conference and exhibition that envisions the future of power electronics. This PowerUp podcast includes Expo participants providing a sneak peak at keynotes, panel discussions, technical presentations, and tutorials from the event.
28 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Charging Stations Needed for the Coming EV Avalanche
Electric vehicles are going mainstream as EV charging infrastructures continue to expand. According to the World Economic Forum, 215 million electric passenger vehicles will be on the road by 2030. The rapid adoption of electric vehicles over the next decade will increase the demand for EV supporting technologies. In this powerUP podcast, we discuss with Gregorio Cappuccino, Associate Professor of Electronics in the department of electronics, computer science and systems at University of Calabria – Italy, and Thomas Michael Hogg, author of "Profitable Growth Strategy - 7 proven best practices from German companies".
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