PSDcast

PSDcast (also known as Podcast) by Power Systems Design are moderated and produced by PSD's editorial staff.

PSDcast are audio interviews on relevant topics to the power electronics industry and are conducted with subject matter experts from the power electronics industry, academic institutions and relevant industry associations.

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PSDcast – Reducing Emissions (and Range Anxiety) Through Electrification

Martin Schulz, Global Principal, Application Engineering, Littelfuse, Inc.

PSDcast – Reducing Emissions (and Range Anxiety) Through Electrification

Littelfuse just released a white paper called “Reducing Emissions Through Electrification: "A Path to Sustainable Energy Consumption in the Transportation Sector,” and since it’s relevant to both our December issue, which deals with transportation, and our January issue, which deals with EVs and the charging infrastructure, we thought it would make for a good discussion on the show.

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11/29/2021
PSDcast – Powercast Shows off RF Wireless Charging Applications

Powercast COO and CTO, Dr. Charles Greene.

PSDcast – Powercast Shows off RF Wireless Charging Applications

Just recently, Powercast put out the “Powered by Powercast” video series, where they show real-world examples of their over-the-air RF wireless charging technology, and we’re going to discuss that series, and one application in particular, today.

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Date:
11/12/2021
PSDcast – Qorvo Acquires UnitedSiC and Expands their Reach Dramatically

The former president and CEO of UnitedSiC, and Qorvo’s new general manager of Power Device Solutions, Dr. Chris Dries.

PSDcast – Qorvo Acquires UnitedSiC and Expands their Reach Dramatically

Two of the leading players in our industry just made a bombshell announcement – Qorvo, a leading provider of RF solutions, acquired United Silicon Carbide, a leading manufacturer of SiC power semiconductors.

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Date:
11/05/2021
PSDcast – Using Capacitors to Improve the Efficiency of Energy Storage

KYOCERA AVX’s Ron Demcko

PSDcast – Using Capacitors to Improve the Efficiency of Energy Storage

Today's topic is capacitors, or more specifically, their relation to energy storage which, in the age of electric vehicles and the monumental power requirements of the IoT, has become a universal concern.

KYOCERA AVX

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Date:
10/14/2021
PSDcast – The Future of Battery Energy Storage

CBI’s Senior Technical Director Manager, Matt Raiford

PSDcast – The Future of Battery Energy Storage

The Consortium for Battery Innovation just released their 2021 Technical Roadmap, and in their own words, “the opportunities for the global lead battery industry to provide sustainable, reliable and high-performing batteries to achieve global electrification and decarbonization targets are limitless.”

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Date:
10/08/2021
PSDcast – RF Wireless Tech Receives EU, UK Approvals w/ no Distance Limits

Ossia's CEO, Doug Stovall

PSDcast – RF Wireless Tech Receives EU, UK Approvals w/ no Distance Limits

Ossia has been making waves with its Cota over-the-air wireless technology, and just recently, they announced that they’ve successfully passed both EU and UK regulatory assessments for Cota-enabled products that send and receive power wirelessly without any distance limitation.

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Date:
09/15/2021
PSDcast – Long-Term Outlook of the Global Chip Shortage

CEO of Almonty Industries, Lewis Black

PSDcast – Long-Term Outlook of the Global Chip Shortage

One of the most lasting effects of Covid-19 for our industry – apart from the physical work environment – is the global semiconductor shortage. Almost everyone would agree that the coronavirus made semiconductors scarce, but the question is “To what degree?” Here to discuss that is our old friend from Almonty Industries, Lewis Black.

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Date:
09/08/2021
PSDcast – How High-Performance MCUs are Reshaping the Industry

Sonia Ghelani, Business Manager with TI’s Sitara MCUs

PSDcast – How High-Performance MCUs are Reshaping the Industry

Automated factories and smart vehicles require advanced networking capabilities, real-time processing, analytics at the edge, and more advanced motor-control topologies, and that necessitates high-performance microcontrollers. For more, check out this white paper from TI.

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Date:
09/03/2021
PSDcast – Capturing the Power of the Ocean

C-Power CEO Reenst Lesemann

PSDcast – Capturing the Power of the Ocean

Along with Vicor, C-Power helped develop a new version of their autonomous offshore power systems called SeaRay.

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Date:
08/26/2021
PSDcast – A New 120 kW Solar Inverter

Magnus Asbo, Senior Director of Technical Product Management at SolarEdge

PSDcast – A New 120 kW Solar Inverter

Today, we’re taking a closer look at a new development by SolarEdge, a leading global smart energy leader, whose Energy Hub Inverter previously won an Innovation Trophy at the 2021 Sustainability Awards.

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Date:
08/17/2021
PSDcast – How Much Power Does

Y. Charlie Hu, Michael and Katherine Birck Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.

PSDcast – How Much Power Does "Dark Mode" Really Save?

The generally accepted wisdom is that your phone’s “dark mode” saves a bunch of power. But according to a new study at Purdue University, for most people, the actual power savings are microscopic.

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Date:
08/09/2021
PSDcast – Guidelines for High Power Server and Telecom Power Supplies

Dr. Gerald Deboy with Infineon

PSDcast – Guidelines for High Power Server and Telecom Power Supplies

Our old friends at Infineon just completed a four-part article series with us on silicon and wide bandgap solutions, and today, we wanted to take a deeper dive into the last part on “Design Guidelines for High Power Server and Telecom Power Supplies Use-Cases”.

Infineon

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Date:
07/08/2021
PSDcast – Moving Towards Renewable Energy (and How it Effects Oil)

A petroleum engineer and consultant, Ian Palmer, PhD has worked at Los Alamos, The Department of Energy, BP, and Higgs-Palmer Technologies. He is a contributor at Forbes.com and the author of The Shale Controversy.

PSDcast – Moving Towards Renewable Energy (and How it Effects Oil)

As federal mandates and the natural march of technological progress cause the gradual wholesale transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy – and it’s not “if” but “when” – the only questions surround just how rapid those changes will be and how much of a disruption it’ll be to the oil and gas industries.

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Date:
06/30/2021
PSDcast – Mentoring the Next Generation of Female Engineers

Engineer, entrepreneur, teacher, and U.S. Navy Captain Jenn Donahue

PSDcast – Mentoring the Next Generation of Female Engineers

Whenever possible, we like to discuss the gender gap in STEM and engineering on this show and hash out possible solutions. The male-to-female ratio for engineering degrees is still about 4 to 1, but the real problem is that about 40% of women who earn engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field, leading to an engineering workforce that’s only about 13% female.

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Date:
06/07/2021
PSDcast – Bringing Inductive Wireless Charging to Larger Devices

Igor Spinella with Eggtronic.

PSDcast – Bringing Inductive Wireless Charging to Larger Devices

Eggtronic’s new E2Watt could bring inductive wireless charging to white goods, larger appliances, and even cars.

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Date:
06/01/2021
PSDcast – Does Nuclear Power have a PR Problem?

Ed Halpin, the CEO and namesake of Halpin Leadership Industries.

PSDcast – Does Nuclear Power have a PR Problem?

There appears to be at least a slight disparity between nuclear’s actual record and its perceived image....

 

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Date:
06/01/2021
PSDcast – The U.S. Ranks Very Low in the Battery Supply Chain

CEO of Almonty, Lewis Black

PSDcast – The U.S. Ranks Very Low in the Battery Supply Chain

A recent report put China atop the list of the lithium-ion battery raw material supply rankings, with 80% of global refining capacity for raw materials needed for batteries. While the U.S. comes in at a rather paltry 15th.

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Date:
05/20/2021
PSDcast – The World's First Holographic Hotel Check-In System

Glenn Imobersteg from Holo Industries

PSDcast – The World's First Holographic Hotel Check-In System

The global pandemic has fundamentally changed a number of societal norms – likely permanently. One of those changes is that people will take extra care to prevent the spread of infection, whether that’s using hand sanitizer, wearing masks in crowded social situations, or thinking twice about touching objects – say, touchscreen displays – that get a lot of traffic.

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Date:
05/11/2021
PSDcast – Rad-Hard ICs Aboard the Hayabusa2 Spacecraft

Renesas Power Management Marketing Engineer Kiran Bernard

PSDcast – Rad-Hard ICs Aboard the Hayabusa2 Spacecraft

On December 3, 2014, Japan’s space agency launched the Hayabusa2 spacecraft with a 6-year mission to retrieve asteroid samples from Ryugu. And throughout its mission, the Hayabusa2 had Renesas radiation-hardened ICs aboard.

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Date:
04/27/2021
PSDcast – The Biggest Solar Power Project in Texas

James Crisafulli with Rosendin

PSDcast – The Biggest Solar Power Project in Texas

As of 2020, Texas had a grid-connected photovoltaic capacity of nearly 8,000 megawatts, and just recently, Rosendin’s Renewable Energy Group (REG) began constructing the largest solar power project in the state.

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Date:
04/20/2021
PSDcast – Battery Storage for Residential Solar

Behnam Zakeri of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

PSDcast – Battery Storage for Residential Solar

Residential solar has one major problem – most of the energy generated by these systems is lost or transferred to the grid, with little benefit to the homeowner. So how do we solve this major inefficiency?

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Date:
04/08/2021
PSDcast – Is Energy Companies' Customer Data a Trade Secret?

Ashley Roybal-Reid, an associate, and Nate A. Garhart, special counsel, both with the law firm Farella Braun + Martel LLP.

PSDcast – Is Energy Companies' Customer Data a Trade Secret?

We often focus on the privacy issues involved in data collection – and they are critically important – while neglecting the idea of data as a tangible and valuable resource (and how to protect it).

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Date:
03/31/2021
PSDcast – Is Coal Headed Towards Early Obsolescence?

CEO of Almonty, Lewis Black

PSDcast – Is Coal Headed Towards Early Obsolescence?

These days, clean energy is the topic du jour, and on a recent interview with ABC’s “The View,” newly appointed DoE chief Jennifer Granholm discussed what the administration’s energy policies could mean for future job growth. Specifically, Granholm said that coal miners whose jobs were phased out – intentionally or otherwise – could mine the critical materials that go into batteries.

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Date:
03/24/2021
PSDcast – Formula E Gains World Championship Status

AVX’s Ron Demcko

PSDcast – Formula E Gains World Championship Status

Formula E is the world’s first and largest all-electric, single-seater racing series, and ahead of their 7th season, they’ve officially gained World Championship Status. This year also marks the third consecutive season that AVX has joined with Mouser Electronics and TTI in supporting the Dragon/Penske racing team....

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Date:
02/10/2021
PSDcast – A Wireless Battery Management System

Karl-Heinz Steinmetz, who leads TI’s hybrid and electric vehicle and powertrain sector team

PSDcast – A Wireless Battery Management System

Electric vehicles rely on battery management systems to maximize their power, range, and efficiency. Every battery cell in the EV has to be wired to a BMS, and since more cells means a higher charge capacity – leading to a longer electric range – manufacturers pack as cells in there as they can. And that many cells wired directly to the battery management system creates practicality issues, so a wireless battery management system is preferable....

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Date:
01/15/2021
PSDcast – USB Power Delivery Solutions

Infineon’s Tim Hu

PSDcast – USB Power Delivery Solutions

Infineon just did a 4-part article series for us on USB power delivery solutions, and we thought it’d be instructive to take a deeper dive.

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Date:
01/07/2021
PSDcast – Predictions for 2021

GaN Systems' Director of Business Development, Julian Styles.

PSDcast – Predictions for 2021

Since we’re always looking towards the future, we thought it’d be fun to try our hand at a few predictions for what we hope will be a far less catastrophic year. And to help with that, we’ve got our old friends at GaN Systems.

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Date:
12/21/2020
PSDcast – Solving Range Anxiety with Charging Stations

Mark Henderson with EVBox

PSDcast – Solving Range Anxiety with Charging Stations

For your average driver to feel comfortable taking an EV for anything but a short commute, they have to know that the electric equivalent to a gas station is right around the corner – or wherever they might take a road trip.

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Date:
12/11/2020
PSDcast – Correcting the Gender Disparity in Engineering

Holly Good, the National Distribution Manager for Cornell Dubilier Electronics and Founding Advisory Board Member for Women in Electronics.

PSDcast – Correcting the Gender Disparity in Engineering

Women in Electronics is a 501 c non-profit that’s dedicated to the professional and personal development of women in the electronics industry, and at their 4th Annual Leadership Conference, they recognized Holly Good with their “WE Recognizes” award.

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Date:
11/24/2020
PSDcast – A Solar System for PBS on top of a Mountain

COO of K12 Energy, Joel Harrison Carr

PSDcast – A Solar System for PBS on top of a Mountain

Every once in a while, we hear about a story that we just have to learn more about – so when we heard that K12 Energy installed a solar system for PBS on top of a California mountain, we had to investigate further!

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Date:
11/10/2020
PSDcast – Using RFID Tech to Help Fight COVID-19

Dr. Charles Greene, COO and CTO of Powercast.

PSDcast – Using RFID Tech to Help Fight COVID-19

Powercast’s RFID Temperature Scanning System lets businesses easily monitor their employees’ temperatures as most of us return to the office and some semblance of normalcy.

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Date:
10/22/2020
PSDcast – Do California Wildfires Emphasize Need for Green Energy?

Ed Khan, the Director of Protection Training at Doble Engineering

PSDcast – Do California Wildfires Emphasize Need for Green Energy?

As if 2020 couldn’t get any more FUBAR, wildfires have devastated California, with nearly 4 million acres destroyed and 30 deaths. Does this emphasize our need for renewable energy?

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Date:
10/20/2020
PSDcast – Promoting Wind Energy w/ a More Efficient Turbine

Kevin Wolf, President of Wind Harvest

PSDcast – Promoting Wind Energy w/ a More Efficient Turbine

The US lags far behind the rest of the world in renewables, with the one notable exception being wind power. So how do we move the renewable needle forward, and what role should government play vs. industry?

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Date:
09/29/2020
PSDcast – Using Optical Sensors to Fight COVID-19

Gabriele Fulco with Omron Electronic Components Europe

PSDcast – Using Optical Sensors to Fight COVID-19

Touchless solutions are both quicker and more efficient, and they happen to dovetail perfectly with our newfound appreciation for personal space and avoiding germs whenever possible .... 

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Date:
09/25/2020
PSDcast – How can the Smart Grid Benefit all of Society?

Dr. Matthew Lackner, Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

PSDcast – How can the Smart Grid Benefit all of Society?

Many feel that a successful smart grid rollout needs to be not only sustainable but beneficial to all members of society equitably. And just recently, the National Science Foundation awarded two grants totaling $6.3 million to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to help ensure that equitable distribution ...

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Date:
09/18/2020
PSDcast – Reliable Batteries for the Navy

George Cintra, Chief Technology Officer at EaglePicher

PSDcast – Reliable Batteries for the Navy

The Navy is working on a number of high-power projects, including directed-energy weapons. And for those systems to function properly, they need robust batteries and efficient use of power and intermittent power ...

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Date:
09/14/2020
PSDcast: Zinc Air Batteries and the Future of Energy Storage

Ron MacDonald, the President and CEO of Zinc8 Energy Solutions

PSDcast: Zinc Air Batteries and the Future of Energy Storage

It’s no exaggeration to say that more robust batteries will power the future. But how do we reach that new electronic renaissance? Will lithium ion fit the bill or should we consider alternatives?

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Date:
08/06/2020
PSDcast – The H-1B Visa Restriction (Good for the Industry?)

Chris Dries, the President and CEO of UnitedSiC

PSDcast – The H-1B Visa Restriction (Good for the Industry?)

You’ve probably heard that President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security took actions with mammoth ramifications for our industry. To whit, Trump restricted H-1B visas for engineers, computer programmers and other technical workers through 2020. Is this a boon for domestic employment or a shackle for the industry?
 

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Date:
07/23/2020
PSDcast – A Wi-Fi System w/ 10x the Normal Range

Valid Manian, COO, Morse Micro

PSDcast – A Wi-Fi System w/ 10x the Normal Range

A startup by the name of Morse Micro is developing the smallest Wi-Fi HaLow system-on-chip, which supposedly provides 10 times the range, 100 times the area, and 1000 times the volume of traditional Wi-Fi ...

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Date:
07/14/2020
PSDcast – A Major Research Collaboration for Lead Batteries

Alistair Davidson, Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation

PSDcast – A Major Research Collaboration for Lead Batteries

With our big automotive electric and hybrid issue right around the corner, we thought it’d informative to revisit one of the most critical topics in that space – energy storage. And we can think of no better source for that topic than the Consortium for Battery Innovation ...

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Date:
07/09/2020
PSDcast – Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles

Ivana Ivanovska, Application Design Engineer at KEMET

PSDcast – Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles

Two of the hottest topics that we’ve been covering rather extensively on the PSDcast are wireless charging and electric vehicles. Not coincidentally, the two topics often intersect ...
 

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Date:
06/26/2020
PSDcast – Recharging Drones Wirelessly and Autonomously

WiBotic CEO and co-founder, Ben Waters.

PSDcast – Recharging Drones Wirelessly and Autonomously

As drones become more prevalent, they’re going to need more elegant charging solutions. And since many drones are made to function with minimal human interaction, the best way to charge them is autonomously and wirelessly ...
 

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Date:
06/24/2020
PSDcast – GaN in Space

EPC Space CEO, Bel Lazar

PSDcast – GaN in Space

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation has teamed up with VPT, Inc. to form “EPC Space,” and according to early PR, its mission is “designing and manufacturing radiation-hardened GaN-on silicon transistors and ICs packaged, tested, and qualified for satellite and high-reliability applications.”

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Date:
06/16/2020
PSDcast – Cooking the World's Fastest Pizza

Kanthal, which specializes in industrial heating technology, designed an oven that uses electromagnetic radiation to cook a whole pizza in 37 seconds, a world record.

PSDcast – Cooking the World's Fastest Pizza

One of the topics we cover on a regular basis is “thermal management,” and normally that means waste heat or cooling off electromechanical systems, but if we take it to the consumer side, it could refer to this neat story that crossed my desk about the world’s fastest pizza ... 

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Date:
06/03/2020
PSDcast -- Smart Control for At-Home Lighting Applications

Bruno Damien from On Semiconductor

PSDcast -- Smart Control for At-Home Lighting Applications

With most of us stuck inside, I'm sure many of you are catching up on personal projects, including smart home systems and connected lighting. So I thought it'd be instructive (and hopefully entertaining) to discuss the potential for these exciting technologies, and we're excited to have Bruno Damien from On Semiconductor on the line ...

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Date:
05/15/2020
PSDcast - An Open-Source Emergency Ventilator

Aaron Quitugua-Flores from MPS

PSDcast - An Open-Source Emergency Ventilator

Monolithic Power Systems has assembled an emergency ventilator inspired by the open-source MIT design, and their automated resuscitator mechanizes the human squeezing of the bag and helps where a full ICU ventilator isn't available. On today's show, we've got Aaron Quitugua-Flores from MPS to delve a bit deeper into their efforts to combat COVID-19 ...

 

 

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Date:
04/30/2020
PSDcast - Using 3D Printing to Support the COVID-19 Fight

Trevor Dowd from Texas Instruments

PSDcast - Using 3D Printing to Support the COVID-19 Fight

Texas Instruments is part of a growing worldwide movement to use 3D printing for medical gear and supplies. The team at TI Malaysia came up with a design for 3D-printed face shields that cuts printing time in half, and on today's show, we're chatting with Trevor Dowd from TI ...

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Date:
04/28/2020
PSDcast - The All-GaN Vehicle and GaN in the Auto

Jim Witham, the CEO of GaN Systems

PSDcast - The All-GaN Vehicle and GaN in the Auto

The All-GaN Vehicle was developed by Nagoya University, with tech from GaN Systems, and it demonstrates the viability of GaN in the automotive space and any applications calling for higher voltages, frequencies, temperatures, and efficiencies. On this edition of the PSDcast, we've got our old friend Jim Witham, the CEO of GaN Systems, and we're looking forward to chatting about the GaN vehicle and future GaN applications ...

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Date:
04/28/2020
PSDcast - The Load Dump TVS in the Auto Space

Kevin Parmenter, the FAE Director at Taiwan Semiconductor North America and author of PSD’s MarketWatch column.

PSDcast - The Load Dump TVS in the Auto Space

On today's PSDcast, we're doing things a little differently - we're going to give you a primer on the transient voltage suppressor (TVS) in what's become one of the most important application areas in our industry ... 

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Date:
04/15/2020
PSDcast - HIL Simulation for Electric Cars, Renewable Energy

Tony Lennon, Market Manager, Power Electronics Control Design, at MathWorks

PSDcast - HIL Simulation for Electric Cars, Renewable Energy

A crucial step in the engineering workflow is real-time testing with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation. It comes after system-level simulation but before a final hardware design is decided, and it's become especially important with the increased demand for renewable energy and electric and hybrid vehicles. On today's show, we've got Tony Lennon, Market Manager, Power Electronics Control Design, at MathWorks ...

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Date:
04/07/2020
PSDcast - Protecting Smart Cities from Cyber Attacks

Alan Grau, VP of IoT/Embedded Solutions for Sectigo

PSDcast - Protecting Smart Cities from Cyber Attacks

In addition to connecting every device, vehicle, home, and city in a massive network, the Internet of Things presents a plum target for hackers -- possibly the biggest and most tempting prize ever conceived for cyber criminals. Today's guest just wrote a blog on this very topic, and as the VP of IoT/Embedded Solutions for Sectigo, Alan Grau spends a lot of time dealing with the potential threats to smart cities ...

 

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Date:
02/17/2020
PSDcast - Off-Grid Solar for Work and Pleasure

GoSun's Portable Solar Oven.

PSDcast - Off-Grid Solar for Work and Pleasure

Today's guest on the PSDcast spent his career living off-the-grid, and his company, GoSun, develops off-grid, solar solutions for cooking, cooling, phone charging, lighting and they're now developing products for water purification and shelter ...

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Date:
02/10/2020
PSDcast - Lighting and Enhancing the Learning Environment

Ben Madsen, one of the Principle Executives with Midstate Energy

PSDcast - Lighting and Enhancing the Learning Environment

Today's PSDcast is on a topic we're happy to return to whenever given the chance. Midstate Energy just partnered with Flagstaff Unified School District (out of Flagstaff, Arizona) to provide infrastructure and lighting upgrades, leading to improved energy and operational efficiency, and - in a very literal sense - enhance the learning environment for students and faculty ...

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Date:
02/06/2020
PSDcast - Automotive Data Centers and AI

Rohith Pai, director business development for Dialog Semiconductor

PSDcast - Automotive Data Centers and AI

With the new year upon us, we'd like to try our hand at some predictions -- some forecasting, if you will. One of the more interesting developments is this idea of vehicles becoming their own data centers. And just like regular data centers, vehicular data centers need to mind their thermal management. That plus the continued evolution of automotive AI should make for an interesting year. Chatting about this is Rohith Pai, director business development for Dialog Semiconductor.

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Date:
02/05/2020
PSDcast - The Prospect of Regulating the IoT

Yossi Appleboum, the CEO of Sepio Systems

PSDcast - The Prospect of Regulating the IoT

We've spoken before on this show about how the Internet of Things creates a massive target for cybercrime, and even how hackers could use connected refrigerators and other white goods as a gateway into your home.  Is further regulation necessary to help safeguard the devices and systems connected to the IoT? Discussing these issues is Yossi Appleboum, the CEO of Sepio Systems ....

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Date:
01/21/2020
PSDcast - The Evolution of the Data Center

Today’s guest is Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager of Distributed Power Quality for Eaton

PSDcast - The Evolution of the Data Center

The data center is a cornerstone of most businesses, and with socio-economic uncertainties, cybercrime, distributed IT, and of course, the Internet of Things - both largescale and narrowband - the data center is undergoing dramatic changes.

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12/12/2019
PSDcast - The Narrowband Internet of Things

Ryne DeBoer, with Morey

PSDcast - The Narrowband Internet of Things

A number of markets worldwide still don't have proper LTE coverage, let alone 5G or support for larger IoT networks, so the Narrowband IoT has become a viable alternative for solutions that are low-cost with long battery life and that're primarily indoors, and these applications are ideal for transmitting small bits of data over time.

Today's guest is Ryne DeBoer, with Morey, a manufacturing company that works with major mobile network providers (including Verizon) ...

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Date:
12/04/2019
PSDcast - Responding to Cyber Threats with the Modern SOC

Jason Mical, the Cyber Security Evangelist at Devo

PSDcast - Responding to Cyber Threats with the Modern SOC

The IoT is on the horizon, and a world that's more connected is an even more tempting target for hackers and cyber criminals. So it goes without saying that the modern Security Operations Center has its work cut out for it. Here to talk about these issues is Jason Mical, who's the Cyber Security Evangelist at Devo ...
 

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Date:
11/19/2019
PSDcast -Comparing Capacitive, Magnetic, and Optical Encoders

PSDcast -Comparing Capacitive, Magnetic, and Optical Encoders

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing the versatile little device known as the encoder - specifically, we'll be covering capacitive, magnetic, and optical encoders and comparing and contrasting each. Today's guest is Jeff Smoot from CUI Devices, and he wrote a blog that acts as a great primer on the subject ...

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Date:
11/14/2019
PSDcast - RADAR for Autonomous Vehicles within the IoT

PSDcast - RADAR for Autonomous Vehicles within the IoT

The move to autonomous vehicles has given a number of technologies the chance to shine, including as it turns out, old standbys like RADAR. On today's show, we've got Zach Karas, an automotive engineer at Analog Devices.

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Date:
11/07/2019
PSDcast - Resilient Next-Gen Distribution Systems

PSDcast - Resilient Next-Gen Distribution Systems

Just recently, a company by the name of Anterix completed the first phase of a project with the DoE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Using Anterix's 900 MHz spectrum, NREL demonstrated increased reliability for distributed generation systems such as solar and wind using private LTE communications.

We've got Mike Brozek, Senior Vice Presidency of Technology and Engineering with Anterix, on the show today to discuss these issues ...

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Date:
10/30/2019
PSDcast - Too Many Competing Standards in the IoT

We spoke with Jeremy Ludyjan, Head of Lighting Solutions at Tuya Smart, to discuss the interoperability (or lack thereof) of various competing standards.

PSDcast - Too Many Competing Standards in the IoT

Our November print issue of PSD deals with the Internet of Things, and not coincidentally, we've been talking about the IoT a lot lately. But one aspect we haven't really discussed is the interoperability (or lack thereof) of various, competing standards.

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Date:
10/29/2019
PSDcast - Preparing for 5G Without Neglecting 4G

Marco Contento with Telit

PSDcast - Preparing for 5G Without Neglecting 4G

We've spoken a lot about 5G on the PSDcast, and for good reason - 5G is the undisputed future of telecommunications, and the industry is definitely trending in that direction. But...in the process of switching over, portions of the industry are neglecting what we already have - namely, 4G. On today's show, we're chatting with Marco Contento from Telit about treading this delicate balance of preparing for the future without jettisoning the present.

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10/17/2019
PSDcast - A Big Win at The Hyperloop Pod Competition

The winning team from the Technical University of Munich

PSDcast - A Big Win at The Hyperloop Pod Competition

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking about The Hyperloop Pod Competition and the future of transportation! For the fourth year in a row, the Technical University of Munich took home the top prize (in no small part due to 420 chips from Infineon), and we've got Mathias Kiele-Dunsche, Senior Manager Application Engineering from Infineon, on the show to discuss the big win.

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Date:
08/27/2019
PSDcast - Adding Bluetooth Support to the Samsung Galaxy Fit

PSDcast - Adding Bluetooth Support to the Samsung Galaxy Fit

Every consumer device invariably touches our industry at some point, and to that end, Dialog Semiconductor recently announced that they're adding Bluetooth low-energy connectivity to the latest Samsung Galaxy Fit.

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Date:
08/23/2019
PSDcast - Protecting your Refrigerator from Hackers

PSDcast - Protecting your Refrigerator from Hackers

One of the more interesting beneficiaries of the Internet of Things is white goods, especially as connected appliances become the norm. Unfortunately, this also provides an irresistible target for hackers ... 

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Date:
08/22/2019
PSDcast: Save Energy w/ Micromobility (+ Electric Scooters)

Josh Frisby, the founder of Electric Scooter Insider

PSDcast: Save Energy w/ Micromobility (+ Electric Scooters)

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with the founder of Electric Scooter Insider, Josh Frisby, about cutting back on fossil fuels through micromobility. Josh is fully in favor of alternative energy, but he wants to present an objective analysis of the true costs (and benefits) of plug-in EVs like electric scooters ... 

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Date:
08/20/2019
PSDcast - Maintaining one of the Largest Solar Power Plants

Cone Drive’s Global Director of Strategic Markets, Jacob Randall

PSDcast - Maintaining one of the Largest Solar Power Plants

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Cone Drive about the company's role in keeping one of the world's largest operational solar power plants going ...

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Date:
08/08/2019
PSDcast - The SiC Partner for Volkswagen's FAST Network

Cree’s Kenric Miller

PSDcast - The SiC Partner for Volkswagen's FAST Network

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Cree about Volkswagen's FAST (or Future Automotive Supply Tracks) supplier network. Cree was recently selected as the exclusive silicon carbide partner for FAST ...

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08/06/2019
PSDcast - The Global Deployment of 5G Technologies

Ken Bednasz at Telit

PSDcast - The Global Deployment of 5G Technologies

5G's the future of telecommunications, and as such, it's significantly faster and more reliable than the status quo. And in this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Ken Bednasz at Telit about 5G and its global rollout. Telit's one of the leading enablers of the IoT, so they have a rather unique perspective on these issues and 5G's potential ...

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Date:
07/31/2019
PSDcast - Qualifying SiC Devices to Stringent Standards

Avi Kashyap with Microchip.

PSDcast - Qualifying SiC Devices to Stringent Standards

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Avi Kashyap with Microchip about one of the biggest challenges for silicon carbide vendors - qualifying their SiC devices to stringent industrial, automotive, and harsh environment standards, one example being AEC- Q101, a stress test qualification for automotive-grade discrete semiconductors. And those challenges will escalate with GaN and SiC ballooning in popularity ...

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Date:
07/11/2019
PSDcast - A Design Win for Students in Massachusetts

PSDcast - A Design Win for Students in Massachusetts

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing an engineering design win that happens to benefit over 26,000 students.

Since 2009, Generac Industrial Power has held its Engineering Power Symposium, and the highlight of the event is its Project of the Year Award. And this year, Generac gave the prestigious honor to the Authorized Services of New England and the Springfield School District for their 1,500 kilowatt Modular Power System which supports a culinary center in Springfield, Massachusetts ... 

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Date:
07/03/2019
PSDcast -Adopting the 48 V Battery

Vicor’s Paul Yeaman

PSDcast -Adopting the 48 V Battery

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Vicor about vehicle electrical requirements. The modern automobile - especially EVs and hybrids - has fostered the adoption of the 48 V battery ...

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Date:
07/02/2019
PSDcast - Building out the 5G Infrastructure

Paul Hart, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Radio Frequency, at NXP Semiconductors

PSDcast - Building out the 5G Infrastructure

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing 5G and what it'll take to build out the infrastructure. It's no exaggeration to say that 5G will transform telecommunications as we know it and further enable the Internet of Things, but a lot of work remains ...

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Date:
06/28/2019
PSDcast - Application Trends in SiC

UnitedSiC's President and CEO, Chris Dries

PSDcast - Application Trends in SiC

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting silicon carbide with UnitedSiC (that's United Ess-Eye-See - no one on this podcast is "sick," pronunciations notwithstanding smiley).  Wide bandgap semiconductors, including SiC, just might be the most ubiquitous topic in the industry, and there's a good reason for that. Listen for more ...

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Date:
06/25/2019
PSDcast - GaN FETs for Satellite Applications

Josh Broline from Renesas

PSDcast - GaN FETs for Satellite Applications

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Renesas about GaN FETs for satellites. Wide-bandgap semiconductors have enabled a host of applications, or boosted their efficiency, and for gallium nitride field-effect transistors, one of the more interesting applications is literally out of this world.

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Date:
06/18/2019
PSDcast - Natural Spectrum LEDs at the Grevin Wax Museum

Seoul Semiconductor’s Mark McClear

PSDcast - Natural Spectrum LEDs at the Grevin Wax Museum

Most of us intuitively feel that natural sunlight is better than artificial light, whatever the color temperature. And the science backs it up. But today, we're focusing on the aesthetic qualities, and just last month, Seoul Semiconductor  announced that their natural spectrum LEDs had been adopted for use at the Grevin Wax Museum in Paris ... 

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Date:
06/14/2019
PSDcast - The World's First Quantum Dot LED

Dr. Juanita Kurtin, Director of Materials Research at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

PSDcast - The World's First Quantum Dot LED

At Lightfair 2019, OSRAM showed off the world's first quantum dot LED brought to market. And in this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Dr. Juanita Kurtin, Director of Materials Research at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors about this new development ...
 

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Date:
06/13/2019
PSDcast - Infineon's Electric Vehicle Alliance w/ Volkswagen

Infineon’s Stephan Zizala

PSDcast - Infineon's Electric Vehicle Alliance w/ Volkswagen

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing an electric vehicle partnership between Infineon and Volkswagen, specifically the latter's "FAST" supplier network (or Future Automotive Supply Track) ...

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Date:
06/06/2019
PSDcast - LED No-UV lighting

White light visibility using Twister

PSDcast - LED No-UV lighting

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing LED no-UV lighting. In our May issue, we published an article with the apt title "The Future of No-UV Lighting is LED", and the author from Access Fixtures mentions some of the intrinsic disadvantages of UV light in a manufacturing environment and why this has brought about a new solution ...

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Date:
06/06/2019
PSDcast - Wireless Power with Infrared Light

Wi-Charge Chief Marketing Officer Yuval Boger

PSDcast - Wireless Power with Infrared Light

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing a unique approach to wireless power - Israeli start-up Wi-Charge uses infrared light to transmit usable energy ...

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06/04/2019
PSDcast - A New Wireless Charging Alliance

Paul Wiener from GaN Systems

PSDcast - A New Wireless Charging Alliance

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with GaN Systems about a new wireless charging collaboration with NuCurrent ...
 

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Date:
05/31/2019
PSDcast -Harvesting Wave Power

Christopher Ridgewell, CEO of AW-Energy Oy

PSDcast -Harvesting Wave Power

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're examining wave power - and why no one has managed to harness it properly for well over a century. Over in Finland, AW Energy just earned a prestigious manufacturing certification from Lloyd's Register for their WaveRoller technology, and we're chatting with Christopher Ridgewell, CEO of AW-Energy Oy ...
 

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05/14/2019
PSDcast - Transformer-Less AC-DC Converters

Helix CEO Harold Blomquist

PSDcast - Transformer-Less AC-DC Converters

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Helix Semiconductors about the idea of transformer-less AC-DC Converters. We're all familiar with transformers and their role in ac-dc conversion circuits, but lately, their disadvantages have become a lot more blatant ...
 

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05/01/2019
PSDcast - A Solar Energy Parking Canopy

PSDcast - A Solar Energy Parking Canopy

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with AVX Corporation about a solar energy parking canopy they recently installed at their corporate headquarters in Fountain Inn, South Carolina ...

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04/23/2019
PSDcast - Addressing GaN's Myths

Philip Zuk, Vice President, Worldwide Technical Marketing, Transphorm

PSDcast - Addressing GaN's Myths

In this episode of the PSDcast, we talk about several of the myths that have held gallium nitride back from wider market dissemination ...

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04/22/2019
PSDcast - Hybrid Cloud Computing

PSDcast - Hybrid Cloud Computing

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Jeff Kennedy from Eaton about hybrid cloud computing. In recent years, companies have increasingly begun relying on a combination of public and private cloud services known as the hybrid cloud ...

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04/12/2019
PSDcast - Galvanic Isolation for Electric Vehicles

John Wilson, Silicon Labs

PSDcast - Galvanic Isolation for Electric Vehicles

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Silicon Labs' John Wilson about signal and power isolation for electric vehicle systems ...

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Date:
04/11/2019
PSDcast - The Future of Energy Storage

PSDcast - The Future of Energy Storage

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with one of the leading voices on lead battery innovation about the future of energy storage. Energy storage has become vitally important in recent years, and for more than 25 years, the Consortium for Battery Innovation has helped develop advanced lead battery technologies ...

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Date:
03/26/2019
PSDcast - Getting Women Interested in STEM

Dr. Isabel Yang, CTO of Advanced Energy

PSDcast - Getting Women Interested in STEM

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're celebrating Women's History Month by addressing the gender imbalance in STEM and what can be done to attract more women to the engineering fields. Dr. Isabel Yang, the CTO of Advanced Energy, provides some fascinating insights ...

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Date:
03/08/2019
PSDcast - Promoting Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics

PSDcast - Promoting Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing the past, present, and future of wide bandgap semiconductors. For the last four years, one of the biggest advocates for wide bandgap devices has been PowerAmerica, a Department of Energy institute with the stated goal of accelerating commercialization of wide bandgap in the U.S. ...

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Date:
02/07/2019
PSDcast - Watch Recharges from Body Heat or the Sun

PSDcast - Watch Recharges from Body Heat or the Sun

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Matrix Industries about the PowerWatch 2, a smartwatch that harvests energy from body heat and includes solar capabilities ...

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02/05/2019
CES 2019 - Wireless Charging Grips for the Nintendo Switch

CES 2019 - Wireless Charging Grips for the Nintendo Switch

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're recapping CES 2019 with a cool wireless charging application - wireless charging grips for the Nintendo Switch - courtesy of our old friends at Powercast ...

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Date:
01/15/2019
PSDcast - Wearables and the Future of Healthcare

PSDcast - Wearables and the Future of Healthcare

In today's episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Maxim about wearables and their vital importance to the future of healthcare ...

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01/04/2019
PSDcast – A Self-Powered Bluetooth Sensor at CES 2019

Troy Davis with EnOcean

PSDcast – A Self-Powered Bluetooth Sensor at CES 2019

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re previewing CES 2019 with an industry first. EnOcean comes aboard the show to discuss the industry's first self-powered Bluetooth sensor for intelligent lighting control ...

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01/03/2019
PSDcast - Preventing Catastrophic Damage to Wind Turbines

PSDcast - Preventing Catastrophic Damage to Wind Turbines

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing wind power and solving one of the most common problems associated with the turbine generators ...

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Date:
12/18/2018
PSDcast - EcoCAR and the Future of Automotive Technology

PSDcast - EcoCAR and the Future of Automotive Technology

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing one of the coolest platforms for alternative energy vehicles ...

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Date:
12/17/2018
PSDcast - MEMS Oscillators for the Internet of Things

Piyush Sevalia from SiTime

PSDcast - MEMS Oscillators for the Internet of Things

In this episode of the PSDcast, we return to one of our favorite topics, the Internet of Things. All electronic products require one or more timing devices, and since size and power are critically important for the IoT, OEMs have begun to consider MEMS oscillators over the traditional quartz-based devices. SiTime comes aboard the show to discuss further ...

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Date:
11/15/2018
PSDcast - GaN for Connected Vehicles

Alex Lidow from Efficient Power Conversion

PSDcast - GaN for Connected Vehicles

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Alex Lidow from Efficient Power Conversion about gallium nitride's (GaN) application in connected automobiles ... 

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Date:
10/23/2018
PSDcast - A Wireless Charger That Works up to 80 Feet Away

PSDcast - A Wireless Charger That Works up to 80 Feet Away

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're following up on the PowerSpot power-over-distance wireless transmitter, which just recently shipped. The Powerspot sends RF energy over the 915-Megahertz ISM band, and it can charge devices up to 80 feet away ...

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10/12/2018
PSDcast - Solving issues affecting the wider rollout of electric and hybrid vehicles

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

PSDcast - Solving issues affecting the wider rollout of electric and hybrid vehicles

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Jim Witham with GaN Systems about "range anxiety," and we discuss the biggest issues affecting the wider rollout of electric and hybrid vehicles ...

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10/04/2018
PSDcast - RFID for Automated Vehicle Identification

PSDcast - RFID for Automated Vehicle Identification

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Michael Hrabina from FEIG Electronics about the perks of RFID for automated vehicle identification.

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Date:
09/13/2018
PSDcast - A 3D-Printed Robotic Fish

PSDcast - A 3D-Printed Robotic Fish

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're taking a very special look at an award-winning 3D-printing application.

Jefferson Talbot recently graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, and while there, he worked on a 3D Printed Robotic Fish, which won him the Jury Prize in an international competition over the summer.

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09/04/2018
PSDcast - Silicon Carbide Devices in Cascode Arrangements

Anup Bhalla, VP of Engineering from United Silicon Carbide.

PSDcast - Silicon Carbide Devices in Cascode Arrangements

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing wide band-gap semiconductors and talking to UnitedSiC about the idea of using silicon carbide devices in cascode arrangements ...

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Date:
08/09/2018
PSDcast - The Formula E Electric Racing Series

Mitch Van Ochten from ROHM Semiconductor

PSDcast - The Formula E Electric Racing Series

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing the premier electric racing series, the Formula E championship. In particular, we're exploring ROHM Semiconductor's official technology partnership with the Venturi team.

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08/07/2018
PSDcast - The New IEEE Power Over Ethernet Standard

PSDcast - The New IEEE Power Over Ethernet Standard

In this very special episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing the new IEEE standard, 802.3bt, and we're honored to speak with Texas Instruments' David Abramson, who toiled for six years to help create the new standard ...

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Date:
07/25/2018
PSDcast - Hard vs Soft Switching

Bruce T Renouard, the CEO of Pre-Switch.

PSDcast - Hard vs Soft Switching

On this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Pre-Switch about hard and soft switching and some of the fundamental differences between the two ...

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07/03/2018
PSDcast - Solar-Powered Workstations

PSDcast - Solar-Powered Workstations

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing an interesting photovoltaic application, the Velocity solar-powered workstation from Sunbolt. Sunbolt's COO, Fred Stampone, joins us to discuss it and greater trends within the marketplace ...

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Date:
06/07/2018
PSDcast - SiC MOSFETS for Automotive and Industrial Applications

PSDcast - SiC MOSFETS for Automotive and Industrial Applications

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Microsemi's Avi Kashyap about SiC MOSFETs and their use in automotive and industrial applications.

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Date:
05/24/2018
PSDcast - Wi-Fi as-a-Service With AI Support

Huw Rees, Business Development Advisor at KodaCloud

PSDcast - Wi-Fi as-a-Service With AI Support

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Huw Rees with KodaCloud about his company's Wi-Fi as-a-service, a model that uses proactive Artificial Intelligence (AI) support ...

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Date:
05/17/2018
PSDcast - The Perks of SiC MOSFETs

PSDcast - The Perks of SiC MOSFETs

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Levi Gant from Littelfuse about arguably the hottest topic in power electronics, silicon carbide. Littelfuse put out a comprehensive white paper titled "State of the SiC MOSFET: Device evolution, technology merit, and commercial prospects." ...

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Date:
05/08/2018
PSDcast - Smart Meters and Supercapacitors

PSDcast - Smart Meters and Supercapacitors

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Eric DeRose with AVX about smart meters and using supercapacitors to help with powering the system and during the transmission ...

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05/01/2018
PSDcast - Improving Building Efficiency With Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats

PSDcast - Improving Building Efficiency With Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking about Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and legacy cooling systems. Just recently, a 345,000 square-foot property in Phoenix, Arizona won the BOMA Green Building Committee Kilowatt Krackdown award after achieving the highest Energy Star score of 98 in the competition. The building's owners did so by upgrading their old-style pneumatic thermostats with CypressEnviro Systems' Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and with the company's SMARTPneumatics software.

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Date:
04/18/2018
PSDcast - AC/DC Rapid Charge Solutions

PSDcast - AC/DC Rapid Charge Solutions

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing AC/DC rapid charge solutions with Faisal Ahmad from Dialog Semiconductor. Our industry often intersects with the consumer world - after all, every proprietary technology eventually reaches some sort of end-user - and two of the most biggest challenges in that shared space are battery life and its associated topic, recharge speed ...

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Date:
04/03/2018
PSDcast - Using Silicon Carbide to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Silicon carbide

PSDcast - Using Silicon Carbide to Reduce Carbon Emissions

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking with Texas Instruments about a popular disruptive technology - silicon carbide gate drivers - and its potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in high-voltage applications ...

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Date:
03/01/2018
PSDcast - LED Aerial Obstruction Lighting

Mexico City's Torre Latinoamericana.

PSDcast - LED Aerial Obstruction Lighting

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Dialight about their recent LED upgrade of the Torre Latinoamericana's aerial obstruction lighting system. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Mexico's equivalent, the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) require obstruction lighting for structures over a certain height, and the Torre Latinoamericana's legacy incandescent system was showing its age.

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02/26/2018
PSDcast - Upgrading the Power Grid, Challenges and Roadblocks

PSDcast - Upgrading the Power Grid, Challenges and Roadblocks

In this episode of the PSDCast, we're talking with Allegro Development about the pending smart grid. What're some of the biggest problems plaguing our modern electrical grid, why is it so important to upgrade it, and what roadblocks stand in the way of modernizing it? ....

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Date:
01/30/2018
PSDcast - Reference Designs for Wireless Charging Transmitters

Ralf Koedel from Infineon.

PSDcast - Reference Designs for Wireless Charging Transmitters

In this episode of the PSDCast, we're chatting with Infineon about the company's reference designs for wireless charging transmitters aimed at automotive and consumer applications ...

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Date:
01/22/2018
PSDcast - Wireless Charging for Automobiles

PSDcast - Wireless Charging for Automobiles

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're wrapping up CES 2018 with an exciting new collaboration between On Semiconductor and ConvenientPower Systems. Under the terms of that agreement, ConvenientPower would design, develop, and market in-vehicle wireless charging solutions using ON Semi's NCV6500 power management controller ...

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Date:
01/17/2018
PSDcast - Wireless Power and CES 2018

PSDcast - Wireless Power and CES 2018

In this episode of the PSDCast, we welcome Powercast's Dr. Charles Greene back to the show to help preview the Consumer Electronics Show and his company's RF-based consumer transmitter for power-over-distance wireless charging ...

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Date:
01/04/2018

PSDcast - The Advantages of Solid State Over Electromechanical Relays

In this episode of the PSDcast, we chat with Oscar Rivera and Rogelio Castaneda, both of Sensata Technologies, about solid state relays and their advantages over electromechanical relays. We also delve a bit into Sensata's new white paper, which discusses the technology and the company's proprietary solid state relays ...

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Date:
11/29/2017
PSDcast - Maintaining a Secure Power Infrastructure in the Aftermath of Maria

PSDcast - Maintaining a Secure Power Infrastructure in the Aftermath of Maria

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Tom Lewis, the President of the US Division of Louis Berger, a global professional services corporation that assisted in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. After the tropical storm hit Puerto Rico, Louis Berger shipped 200 commercial power generators to help with the nation's ailing infrastructure, and the company has since helped manage Puerto Rico's recovery efforts ...

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Date:
11/02/2017
PSDcast - Does the US have a STEM talent shortage?

PSDcast - Does the US have a STEM talent shortage?

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Keith Evans, President of the Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC), about workforce challenges and opportunities facing the power electronics industry. Does the US have a STEM talent shortage? And what role should the government and private sector play in promoting STEM?

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Date:
10/12/2017
PSDcast - The Importance of Safety Switches

PSDcast - The Importance of Safety Switches

In this episode of the PSDcast, we chat with Eaton's Nick Klus, who discusses the importance of safety switches, and specifically, the company's new double-door, line-side isolation switch ...

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Date:
10/04/2017
PSDcast - The World's First P-Channel Zero Threshold MOSFET Array

PSDcast - The World's First P-Channel Zero Threshold MOSFET Array

In this episode of the PSDcast, we talk with Robert Chao, CEO of Advanced Linear Devices, about his company's revolutionary new development -- the world's first P-Channel Zero Threshold MOSFET Array.

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Date:
10/02/2017
PSDcast - Saving Energy With Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats

PSDcast - Saving Energy With Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats

In this episode of the PSDcast, we talk with Harry Sim, CEO of Cypress Envirosystems, about his company's Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats. New York City recently saw a 20% reduction in oil consumption by retrofitting 69 city schools with the WPTs.

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Date:
09/27/2017
PSDcast - Industrial Power and Industry 4.0

PSDcast - Industrial Power and Industry 4.0

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing industrial power (more specifically, "Industry 4.0") with Anil Telikepalli of Maxim Integrated ...

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Date:
09/20/2017
PSDcast - An IoT Solution Utilizing Amazon Web Services

PSDcast - An IoT Solution Utilizing Amazon Web Services

In this episode of the PSDCast, we're chatting with Cory Vanderpool of Magnum Energy Solutions about their Cardinal IoT solution, which is built on Amazon Web Services' open platform ...

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Date:
08/30/2017
PSDcast - RF-Based Wireless Charging

PSDcast - RF-Based Wireless Charging

In this episode of the PSDCast, we're talking to Powercast about RF-based wireless charging, and we discuss their forthcoming consumer wireless charger, the Powerspot ... 

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Date:
08/23/2017
PSDcast - Protecting Transformers From Solar Storms

PSDcast - Protecting Transformers From Solar Storms

In this episode of the PSDCast, we're talking to Doble Engineering about space weather -- more specifically, protecting transformers from geomagnetically-induced currents triggered by solar storms 

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Date:
08/17/2017
PSDcast - The Industry's First GaN Power ICs

PSDcast - The Industry's First GaN Power ICs

In this episode of the PSDcast, we chat with industry luminary Gene Sheridan, whose company, Navitas, designed the industry's first Gallium Nitride power ICs ...

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Date:
07/28/2017
PSDcast - Cree Discusses LED Street Lighting

Erik Milz with Cree

PSDcast - Cree Discusses LED Street Lighting

In this PSDcast, Erik Milz, with Cree, discusses some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding LED street lighting. We also delve into some of the chief benefits of solid state lighting for motorists ...

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Date:
07/25/2017
PSDcast - Robert A. McKeel on Industrial Automation

Robert A. McKee, President and CEO Automation & Controls GE Energy Connections

PSDcast - Robert A. McKeel on Industrial Automation

In this PSDcast, Robert A. McKee, President and CEO Automation & Controls GE Energy Connections, dicsusses the advances in industrial automation and Internet of Things (IoT) ... 

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Date:
04/25/2017
PSDcast - Anthony Kongats on supercapacitor advancements and applications

Anthony Kongats, CAP-XX’s CEO

PSDcast - Anthony Kongats on supercapacitor advancements and applications

In this PSDcast, Anthony Kongats, CAP-XX's CEO discusses supercapacitor advancements and applications. As supercapacitors shrink, applications grow. CAP-XX's technology is now 600 microns, pushing down to 400 or 200 microns. Almost as thin as paper, prismatic supercapacitors as small as 45 millifarads are now used in smart credit cards, toll cards and IoT wearables to power transmissions for authentication and security, and in electronic shelf labels to power dynamic display changes. At the other end, large prismatic supercapacitors up to 6000 farads are being used in automotive applications for starting engines in large semis or buses in any condition when the battery is dead.  Kongats also reports that licensees Murata and AVX are doing well with CAP-XX's technology. Lastly, Kongats hints at CAP-XX's low-cost compact cylindrical supercapacitor line which has just launched. 

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Date:
04/24/2017
PSDcast - On control portion of power systems

Les Crowder of Adesto Technologies

PSDcast - On control portion of power systems

Les Crowder of Adesto discusses why control portion of power systems often requires a CPU that needs boot Flash to operate.  Adesto provides Serial Non-volatile Memory ICs that are optimized for modern applications.  These systems typically need to manipulate small data packets (20 to 200 Bytes) that standard SPI Flash is not made for.  Adesto application specific memory ICs have architectures and features that make the overall system operate faster, at lower power, and at a lower BOM and user-cost.

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Date:
04/24/2017
PSDcast - Freeman Ford of FAFCO on hybrid power in the Smart Grid

Freeman Ford of FAFCO

PSDcast - Freeman Ford of FAFCO on hybrid power in the Smart Grid

PSDcast - Freeman Ford, Founder and CEO of FAFCO, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about hybrid power in the Smart Grid, and how many many innovators working to address some of the pressing needs in solar technology for driving more cost effective energy output for users. FAFCO recently launched a commercially-viable, combined solar electric/thermal system, CoolPV. This advaced panel technology provides maximum energy output for residential and commercial customers allowing them both power their house or building with electricity and use energy to heat water using the exact same roof space.

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Date:
03/03/2017
PSDcast - Mauro Boldi of ETSI on 5G energy efficiency

PSDcast - Mauro Boldi of ETSI on 5G energy efficiency

In this PSDcast, Mauro Boldi, Vice-chairman, Eco Environmental Product Standards Group, Environmental Engineering Technical Committee, ETSI, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the importance of energy efficiency in next-generation wireless systems. 5G will increase the density of mobile network infrastructure, and power consumption will feature among the key performance indicators to a far greater degree than legacy wireless technologies.

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Date:
03/02/2017
PSDcast - Robert Rozario of Dialog Semi on automotive systems

Robert Rozario of Dialog Semiconductor

PSDcast - Robert Rozario of Dialog Semi on automotive systems

In this PSDcast, Robert Rozario of Dialog Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre about the challenges facing designers of automotive systems. Today the car represents a confluence of multiple streams, from the Internet of Things to Smart Grid to autonomous systems. The company recently formed a partnership with Energous, the developer of WattUp, a wire-free charging technology that provides over-the-air power at a distance.

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Date:
02/24/2017
PSDcast -  Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis on next-gen lead-acid batteries

Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis

PSDcast - Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis on next-gen lead-acid batteries

In this PSDcast Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about next-generation lead-acid battery technology and what the company is doing to add value to the space. Gridtential has a proprietary advanced lead-acid battery that replaces the metal grid in current lead-acid battery designs with a silicon substrate for higher energy density, longer cycle life, and deeper depth-of-discharge than legacy products.

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Date:
02/22/2017
PSDcast - Michael Heaven of Aurora Solar on cell power and yield

Michael Heaven of Aurora Solar

PSDcast - Michael Heaven of Aurora Solar on cell power and yield

In this PSDcast Canadian-based solar energy expert, Michael Heaven, President, CEO and Co-Founder from Aurora Solar Technologies talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about solar cell manufacturing. Raw wafers go in one end and cells come out the other and are graded into 40-60 power level bins. This industry is in desperate need of a quality control system to eliminate variability and produce only one power level of cells. 

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Date:
02/16/2017
PSDcast - Frans Scheper of Nexperia talks discretes, logic, and MOSFETs

Frans Scheper of Nexperia

PSDcast - Frans Scheper of Nexperia talks discretes, logic, and MOSFETs

In this PSDcast, Nexperia CEO Frans Scheper, formerly EVP and GM of NXP's Standard Products Business Unit, talks to Alix Paultre from Power Systems Design about the spinoff of Nexperia from NXP. Nexperia, which will produce around 85 billion devices a year and in 2016 had revenues exceeding US$1.1B, addresses three key trends: power efficiency; protection and filtering; and miniaturization.

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Date:
02/10/2017
PSDcast - Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment on charging the Chevy Bolt

Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment

PSDcast - Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment on charging the Chevy Bolt

In this PSDcast, Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's infrastructure support for charging the Chevy Bolt. A critical aspect for market adoption of EVs in the marketplace is not only range anxiety, but chrarging security.

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Date:
02/07/2017
PSDcast - Ian Lawee of Analog Devices on energy metering and the smart grid

Ian Lawee of Analog Devices

PSDcast - Ian Lawee of Analog Devices on energy metering and the smart grid

In this PSDcast, Ian Lawee of Analog Devices talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on energy metering and the smart grid. In addition to their many initiatives, Analog Devices is also collaborating with the China Electric Power Research Institute to improve reliability of smart substations. The Analog Devices CEPRI team will engage in joint laboratory and field research to drive innovations advancing the reliability of the area.

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Date:
02/01/2017
PSDcast - Ed Cuoco of The Weather Company on Smart-Grid analytics

Ed Cuoco of The Weather Company

PSDcast - Ed Cuoco of The Weather Company on Smart-Grid analytics

In this PSDcast Ed Cuoco, Director of Data Science & Advanced Analytics of The Weather Company, an IBM business, talks to Alix Paultre from Power Systems Design about the Smart Grid and the required analytics infrastructure. Energy companies are increasingly turning to advanced new data analytics tools, and data scientists to improve their forecasts for electricity consumption in areas around the world.

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Date:
01/25/2017
PSDcast -  Eaton's Nick Klus on their Switching Device Flex Center

Eaton's Nick Klus

PSDcast - Eaton's Nick Klus on their Switching Device Flex Center

In this PSDcast Eaton's Nick Klus talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on their Switching Device Flex Center, an engineering solution development service. Eaton's Switching Device Flex Center designs and modifies safety switches, enclosed circuit breakers, and rotary disconnects for needs that are not met by standard products. Products are specially designed for harsh environments, enhanced safety and customer convenience, as well as custom products for specific customer applications.

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Date:
01/19/2017
PSDcast - Giulio Corradi of Xilinx on advanced transportation systems

Dr. Giulio Corradi of Xilinx

PSDcast - Giulio Corradi of Xilinx on advanced transportation systems

In this PSDcast, Dr. Giulio Corradi, Senior System Architect ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) at Xilinx, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about transporation systems. Always an energy-driven industry, transportation is being transformed by the latest advances in EV systems, motors, IGBTs, materials, and battery technology. Xilinx has recently released a family of SiC IGBT drivers specifically for motor control and vehicle systems. 

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Date:
01/16/2017
PSDcast - Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays on the user interface

Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays

PSDcast - Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays on the user interface

In this PSDcast, Scott Soong, Founder and CEO of Pervasive Displays talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the user interface and energy efficiency. The company is a leader in e-paper displays, and recently announced a newly-available e-paper shield starter kit to help makers and designers integrate e-paper easily into any project needing a display.

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Date:
01/13/2017
PSDcast - Charlie Swiontek of Murata on the Architects of Modern Power

Charlie Swiontek

PSDcast - Charlie Swiontek of Murata on the Architects of Modern Power

In this PSDcast, Charlie Swiontek of Murata talks to Alix Paulttre of Power Systems Design about the Architects of Modern Power consortium. Architects of Modern Power is a strategic partnership between CUI, Ericsson, and Murata  that will enable the power design community to benefit from world-class technology innovation and unrivaled supply chain security. 

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Date:
01/06/2017
PSDcast - Eaton's Art Mulligan on Cloud infrastructures

Alix Paultre

PSDcast - Eaton's Art Mulligan on Cloud infrastructures

In this PSDcast, Eaton's Art Mulligan talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on cloud infrastructures. For all the vaunted wireless functionality provided by the cloud, there needs to be a lot of hardware behind the scenes doing the heavy lifting. Eaton's PredictPulse is a a next-generation remote monitoring and management system that collects and analyzes data from connected power infrastructure devices to help reduce the risk of downtime.

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Date:
12/16/2016
PSDcast - Sani Ronen of Microsemi on enabling wireless infrastructures

Sani Ronen of Microsemi

PSDcast - Sani Ronen of Microsemi on enabling wireless infrastructures

In this PSDcast, Sani Ronen of Microsemi talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on enabling wireless infrastructures. The challenges when moving to higher bandwidths and frequencies place pressure on the related systems involved. In order to enable enterprises to migrate to these higher levels of performance, standards, systems, and services must modernize and coordinate.

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Date:
12/14/2016
PSDcast - Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment on grid-tied storage

Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment

PSDcast - Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment on grid-tied storage

In this PSDcast Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about grid-tied storage. The conversation covers ther recent Battery Show, Grid tied stationary energy storage for frequency response and load management, and how many small suppliers are focusing on battery subcomponents and their improvements.

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Date:
12/09/2016
PSDcast - Vesa Jokitulppo of GE Industrial Solutions on power design in the negative space

Vesa Jokitulppo of GE Industrial Solutions

PSDcast - Vesa Jokitulppo of GE Industrial Solutions on power design in the negative space

In this PSDcast, Vesa Jokitulppo of GE Industrial Solutions talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on power engineering. In today's engineering environment, space savings is among the strongest drivers. "Designing in the negative space" is a concept GE is pursuing to provide space-constrained mission-critical applications with end-to-end power solutions specifically designed to maximize uptime while improving energy efficiency.

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