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 – Combining Wastewater Energy Transfer with Geothermal

Chairman and CEO of Sharc Energy, Lynn Mueller

PSDcast – Combining Wastewater Energy Transfer with Geothermal

­SHARC Energy specializes in what’s called wastewater energy transfer (or WET), and we’ve recently learned that they’ll be supporting Egg Geo in the first proposed combined WET and geothermal system in the world.

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11/09/2022
PSDcast – Why Solar Inverters are so Critical

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Steve Oliver from Navitas

PSDcast – Why Solar Inverters are so Critical

­Few industries are simultaneously on the cutting edge of innovation and a bit stagnant quite like solar. And in order to really squeeze as much energy from panels as possible, you need reliable solar inverters, which is where Navitas comes in.

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Date:
11/03/2022
PSDcast – A Solar Canopy with 30x Faster Installation

Tom McCalmont, the CEO and co-founder of Paired Power

PSDcast – A Solar Canopy with 30x Faster Installation

­Paired Power has developed a solar canopy charging station for EVs that doesn’t require permitting and installs 30x faster than traditional solar canopies.

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Date:
09/27/2022
PSDcast – What's Holding EVs Back from the Mainstream?

Co-CEO of NexGen Power Systems, Dinesh Ramanathan.

PSDcast – What's Holding EVs Back from the Mainstream?

­Numerous factors are holding EVs back, namely range anxiety, lack of infrastructure, and adjusting to new norms, like possibly having to at least partially plan your day around a recharge (or not, if quick charge systems mature quickly). And on the line to discuss these matters is the Co-CEO of NexGen Power Systems, Dinesh Ramanathan.

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Date:
07/21/2022
PSDcast – Recovering Thermal Energy from Wastewater

CEO of Sharc Energy, Lynn Mueller

PSDcast – Recovering Thermal Energy from Wastewater

­Today, we’re talking about a form of renewable energy that doesn’t get near as much attention as, say, solar or wind power. That being wastewater energy — or to be more specific, recovering thermal energy from wastewater.

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Date:
07/15/2022
PSDcast – Using GaN to Improve Motor System Efficiency and Power Density in Robotics

Martin Wattenberg, Staff System Application Engineer for GaN-based systems, Infineon Technologies

PSDcast – Using GaN to Improve Motor System Efficiency and Power Density in Robotics

­Infineon recently authored a 3-part article series for us on service robotics, and we’d like to delve a little deeper with the author of the first piece, Martin Wattenberg, Staff System Application Engineer for GaN-based systems, Infineon Technologies.

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Date:
07/11/2022
PSDcast – TE's AI Cup Helps Solve Real-World Challenges

The founder of the TE AI Cup and Vice President Technology, TE Global Operations, Dr. Roberto Lu.

PSDcast – TE's AI Cup Helps Solve Real-World Challenges

­Held annually since 2018, the TE AI Cup connects talent from Asia, North America and Europe to help solve real-world challenges, and on the line to discuss this is the founder of the TE AI Cup and Vice President Technology, TE Global Operations, Dr. Roberto Lu.

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Date:
06/09/2022
PSDcast – GaN System Powers the Samsung Galaxy S22+

The CEO of GaN Systems, Jim Witham

PSDcast – GaN System Powers the Samsung Galaxy S22+

­One of the leaders in gallium nitride power semiconductors just announced an exciting deal with consumer giant Samsung – the company in question, GaN Systems, will see its high-efficiency semiconductor products power the flagship Samsung Galaxy S22+ and Ultra smartphones. On the line, we’ve got one of our longest-tenured guests and contributors, the CEO of GaN Systems, Jim Witham.

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Date:
05/24/2022
PSDcast – NASA Competition Presages a Sustainable Human Presence on the Moon

Mike IrIbeck from CSU’s NASA Robotic Mining Competition Team.

PSDcast – NASA Competition Presages a Sustainable Human Presence on the Moon

­NASA’s Annual LUNABOTICS Competition is a very cool Artemis Student Challenge designed to educate college students in the application of the NASA Systems Engineering. Throughout the multi-semester, university-level engineering exercise, teams are tasked with designing and constructing a prototype robot that demonstrates the technologies required for a sustainable human presence on the Moon and other off-world locations with the goal of Earth independence using In-Situ Resource Utilization technologies.

As they’ve done for several years now, Allied Electronics & Automation is sponsoring Colorado State University’s NASA Robotic Mining Competition Team in the 2022 LUNABOTICS Competition, and it’s a privilege to learn more about this very cool event.

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Date:
05/10/2022
PSDcast – Will Autonomous Air Taxis Deploy Before Autonomous Cars?

Professor Naira Hovakimyan from the University of Illinois’ Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering department

PSDcast – Will Autonomous Air Taxis Deploy Before Autonomous Cars?

­Because of the imperfection of the autonomous systems, but more importantly, the unpredictability of human drivers, fully self-driving vehicles have been slow to deploy in larger numbers. But what about an arena – the sky – with no pedestrians and no other vehicles aside from low-flying planes? Take all that unpredictably out of the equation, and you have a much more attractive prospect – which is likely why autonomous air taxis have gained so much traction as of late. Here to discuss that is professor Naira Hovakimyan from the University of Illinois’ Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering department.

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Date:
05/05/2022
PSDcast – The Basics of Solar Clothing

Pvilion CEO Colin Touhey

PSDcast – The Basics of Solar Clothing

­One area of renewable energy we haven’t really covered, at least as of yet, is the wearable sort – including and especially solar clothing that generates power while you go about your daily routine. But it’s still a technology with a ton of potential, and here to discuss that is Pvilion CEO Colin Touhey.

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Date:
04/19/2022
PSDcast – The Growth and Market for Silicon Carbide

Infineon’s VP of Silicon Carbide, Peter Friedrichs

PSDcast – The Growth and Market for Silicon Carbide

We’re all familiar with GaN and SiC at this point, and they’ve begun to infiltrate nearly every corner of the market. But several questions remain, and here with us to talk about wide bandgap devices is Infineon’s VP of Silicon Carbide, Peter Friedrichs.

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Date:
03/23/2022
PSDcast – Virginia Tech's Self-Powered Autonomous Robot

Andrew Choi, graduate research assistant and captain of the winning Virginia Tech student team.

PSDcast – Virginia Tech's Self-Powered Autonomous Robot

The Energy Tech University Prize is an ongoing student competition to identify an innovative energy technology, assess its market potential, and propose a strategy for commercialization. For the Carolinas regional portion of the contest, the overall winner was a team from Virginia Tech, with a self-powered autonomous robot (SPAR) for overhead powerline inspection, and we’re chatting with Andrew Choi, graduate research assistant and captain of the winning Virginia Tech student team.

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Date:
03/22/2022
PSDcast – Liability with Semi- and Fully-Autonomous Vehicles

Kevin Vincent, the Director of Coventry University’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research

PSDcast – Liability with Semi- and Fully-Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles are continuing to progress, and as they do, some thorny issues are beginning to crop up – like liability…who pays the piper when a self-driving car causes an accident? The occupants or the manufacturer? Here to discuss these issues and several related ones is Kevin Vincent, the Director of Coventry University’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research.

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Date:
03/16/2022
PSDcast – Do we Need Fossil Fuel Backup for Grid Stability?

Eric Powell, the Director for North America at Partners in Performance

PSDcast – Do we Need Fossil Fuel Backup for Grid Stability?

In order to achieve the advanced smart grid we’re all pining for, we need stable, reliable sources of power. Renewable energy will certainly fill that role to some extent. But a strong possibility remains that we’ll still need fossil fuel backup in order to maintain grid stability for the foreseeable future. And on the line to discuss these issues is Eric Powell, the Director for North America at Partners in Performance.

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Date:
03/15/2022
PSDcast – Redefining how Electricity is Distributed

Luke Getto, VoltServer’s director of product management

PSDcast – Redefining how Electricity is Distributed

It’s not often that we come across a technology…or a concept that could reinvent the very way electricity is distributed. But that’s exactly what the good folks at Voltserver are promising with their Digital Electricity method.

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Date:
03/10/2022
PSDcast -- System Solutions for Robots and Cordless Power Tool Applications

Nenad Belancic – Global Application Manager Robots & Drones, Infineon Technologies

PSDcast -- System Solutions for Robots and Cordless Power Tool Applications

We’ve been running an article series from Infineon on “System solutions for battery-powered applications,” and we thought it was worth delving a little deeper – specifically, part 1, or “System solutions for robots and cordless power tool applications: A move towards the future,” by Infineon’s Nenad Belancic.

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Date:
03/03/2022
PSDcast – A Potentially Revolutionary Battery Recycling Technology

Roger Lin, Vice President, Global Marketing &
Government Relations, Ascend Elements

PSDcast – A Potentially Revolutionary Battery Recycling Technology

Ascend Elements and Koura just announced the launch of a proprietary process technology yielding battery-grade graphite material from spent lithium-ion batteries.

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Date:
02/25/2022
PSDcast – Scholarship Program aims to Diversify STEM

Randy Heckman, Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Energy

PSDcast – Scholarship Program aims to Diversify STEM

For all the strides we’ve made trying to open up this industry to a more diverse array of talent, the world of STEM is still very homogenous. To help fix that, Advanced Energy has taken the initiative with their 2022 Scholarship Program Strives to Promote Diversity in STEM.

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Date:
02/15/2022
PSDcast –

John Vernacchia from Eaton

PSDcast – "Everything as a Grid"

We’ve heard a lot of chatter about the smart grid and the renewable energy transition, but it’s not often we hear about a collective approach that combines both ideas. And yet that’s pretty much exactly what Eaton’s done with their "Everything as a Grid" approach.

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Date:
02/08/2022
PSDcast – World's First GaN IC Design Center Dedicated to EVs

Stephen Oliver, the VP of Corporate Marketing & Investor Relations at Navitas

PSDcast – World's First GaN IC Design Center Dedicated to EVs

Navitas Semiconductor has opened the world’s first GaN IC design center dedicated to EVs. This is a monumental bit of news with ripples that could spread across the globe, and we’re eager to learn more.

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Date:
01/27/2022
PSDcast – The Advantages of Lithium Titanate Batteries

Charlie Welch, the co-founder and CEO of ZapBatt

PSDcast – The Advantages of Lithium Titanate Batteries

Lithium titanate batteries have emerged as a serious alternative to lithium-ion batteries, even if the former is actually a modified version of the latter. And here to talk about the…rebirth of lithium titanate batteries is Charlie Welch, the co-founder and CEO of ZapBatt, which has used its proprietary software and hardware to extend the cycle life of their Lithium Titanate battery systems up to 15,000+ cycles!

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Date:
01/26/2022
PSDcast – Complying with International Standards for EVs

Mourad Chergui, senior product manager at Delta-Q Technologies

PSDcast – Complying with International Standards for EVs

One of the biggest challenges for electric vehicle manufacturers is ensuring compliance with a growing list of global regulations. Delta-Q discussed that and a whole lot more in a recent white paper.

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Date:
01/20/2022
PSDcast – Thermal Management for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Ron Dutt, the CEO of Flux Power

PSDcast – Thermal Management for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Thermal management is one of THE most critical recurring themes in our space, especially on the automotive side where it’s absolutely vital for EV charging. But battery temperature control is no less important in the industrial side....

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Date:
01/14/2022
PSDcast – Charging EVs Directly from the Circuit Breaker

CEO of Atom Power, Ryan Kennedy

PSDcast – Charging EVs Directly from the Circuit Breaker

Atom Power announced the launch of an EV charging solution called PURPL, and according to their press release, it “charges vehicles directly from the circuit breaker and incorporates unique energy management technology to keep electricity costs low.”

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Date:
01/04/2022
PSDcast – Wolfspeed's Silicon Carbide Deal with General Motors

Jay Cameron, who leads the power business over at Wolfspeed

PSDcast – Wolfspeed's Silicon Carbide Deal with General Motors

Wolfspeed just signed a momentous agreement with General Motors to leverage SiC for GM’s electric vehicle programs. And given the gravity of the news, we’d like to delve a little deeper, talk about what it means for the industry and the general state of silicon carbide in electric vehicles.

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Date:
12/17/2021
PSDcast – Using the IoT to Create a Cleaner Post-COVID Office

The new CEO of EnOcean, Raoul Wijgergangs

PSDcast – Using the IoT to Create a Cleaner Post-COVID Office

One of the caveats for many people returning to the office post-Covid was employers giving the work environment a thorough cleansing, and many companies have taken to using IoT technology to create a safer atmosphere for everyone. And today, we're speaking with the new CEO of EnOcean, Raoul Wijgergangs.

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Date:
12/14/2021
PSDcast – The Benefits of Silicon Carbide in EV On-Board Charging

Infineon’s Dr. Gerald Deboy

PSDcast – The Benefits of Silicon Carbide in EV On-Board Charging

We’ve covered EVs on this show a fair bit lately and that’s not exactly a coincidence, and today, we’re discussing the benefits of silicon carbide in EV on-board charging.

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Date:
12/08/2021
PSDcast – The $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill's Impact on Small Businesses

Ben Johnston, the COO at Kapitus

PSDcast – The $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill's Impact on Small Businesses

A $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill just passed, with President Biden calling it "a once-in-generation bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create millions of jobs…." And today, we’ll be discussing the bill’s impact on small businesses and renewable energy in general with Kapitus.

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Date:
12/06/2021
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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Date:
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.

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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.

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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”.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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