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October 2018
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. Consortium for Battery Innovation  Be sure to
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07/09/2020
PSDcast – Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles

Ivana Ivanovska, Application Design Engineer at KEMET

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. KEMET        Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotif
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06/26/2020
PSDcast – Recharging Drones Wirelessly and Autonomously

WiBotic CEO and co-founder, Ben Waters.

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. WiBotic    Be sure to catch us on iTunes    Be sure to catch us on
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06/24/2020

PSDcast – GaN in Space

EPC Space CEO, Bel Lazar

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.” EPC Space
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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.

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. Kanthal  Be sure to catch us on i
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06/03/2020
PSDcast -- Smart Control for At-Home Lighting Applications

Bruno Damien from On Semiconductor

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 Semic
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05/15/2020
PSDcast - An Open-Source Emergency Ventilator

Aaron Quitugua-Flores from MPS

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

Trevor Dowd from TI.

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes &n
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04/28/2020
PSDcast - The All-GaN Vehicle and GaN in the Auto

Jim Witham, the CEO of GaN Systems

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
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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.

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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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

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

Alan Grau, VP of IoT/Embedded Solutions for Sectigo

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

GoSun's Portable Solar Oven.

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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02/10/2020
PSDcast - Lighting and Enhancing the Learning Environment

Ben Madsen, one of the Principle Executives with Midstate Energy

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

Rohith Pai, director business development for Dialog Semiconductor

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

Yossi Appleboum, the CEO of Sepio Systems

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?
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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

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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12/12/2019
PSDcast - The Narrowband Internet of Things

Ryne DeBoer, with Morey

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

Jason Mical, the Cyber Security Evangelist at Devo

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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11/19/2019
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 sub
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11/14/2019
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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11/07/2019
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 Bro
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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.

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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10/29/2019
PSDcast - Preparing for 5G Without Neglecting 4G

Marco Contento with Telit

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 c
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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

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 Appli
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08/27/2019
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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08/23/2019
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.... For more information, visit https://sectigo.com/.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be s
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08/22/2019
PSDcast: Save Energy w/ Micromobility (+ Electric Scooters)

Josh Frisby, the founder of Electric Scooter Insider

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 s
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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

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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08/08/2019
PSDcast - The SiC Partner for Volkswagen's FAST Network

Cree’s Kenric Miller

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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08/06/2019
PSDcast - The Global Deployment of 5G Technologies

Ken Bednasz at Telit

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.    Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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07/31/2019
PSDcast - Qualifying SiC Devices to Stringent Standards

Avi Kashyap with Microchip.

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-gr
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07/11/2019
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
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07/03/2019
PSDcast -Adopting the 48 V Battery

Vicor’s Paul Yeaman

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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07/02/2019
PSDcast - Building out the 5G Infrastructure

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

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be s
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06/28/2019
PSDcast - Application Trends in SiC

UnitedSiC's President and CEO, Chris Dries

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 ).  Wide bandgap semiconductors, including SiC, just might be the most ubiquitous topic in the industry, and there's a good reason for tha
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06/25/2019
PSDcast - GaN FETs for Satellite Applications

Josh Broline from Renesas

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

Seoul Semiconductor’s Mark McClear

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

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

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

Infineon’s Stephan Zizala

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).  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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06/06/2019
PSDcast - LED No-UV lighting

White light visibility using Twister

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

Wi-Charge Chief Marketing Officer Yuval Boger

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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06/04/2019
PSDcast - A New Wireless Charging Alliance

Paul Wiener from GaN Systems

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with GaN Systems about a new wireless charging collaboration with NuCurrent.    Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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05/31/2019
PSDcast -Harvesting Wave Power

Christopher Ridgewell, CEO of AW-Energy Oy

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

Helix CEO Harold Blomquist

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.... Helix Semiconductors    Be
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05/01/2019
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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04/23/2019
PSDcast - Addressing GaN's Myths

Philip Zuk, Vice President, Worldwide Technical Marketing, Transphorm

In this episode of the PSDcast, we talk about several of the myths that have held gallium nitride back from wider market dissemination. Check out the article referenced in the PSDcast here: https://www.powersystemsdesign.com/articles/myth-or-reality/90/14205 Transphorm www.transphormusa.com    Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure
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04/22/2019
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.... Eaton  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be
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04/12/2019
PSDcast - Galvanic Isolation for Electric Vehicles

John Wilson, Silicon Labs’

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're chatting with Silicon Labs' John Wilson about signal and power isolation for electric vehicle systems.    Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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04/11/2019
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 techno
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03/26/2019
PSDcast - Getting Women Interested in STEM

Dr. Isabel Yang, CTO of Advanced Energy

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. Advanced Energy  Be sure to catch us
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03/08/2019
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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02/07/2019
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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02/05/2019
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. Be sure to check out our previous PSDcasts with Powercast here and here.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  B
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01/15/2019
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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01/04/2019
PSDcast – A Self-Powered Bluetooth Sensor at CES 2019

Troy Davis with EnOcean

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. EnOcean www.enocean.com
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01/03/2019
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. Be sure to check out the article referenced from Morgan Advanced Materials here: https://www.powersystemsdesign.com/articles/a-brush-with-the-future-of-wind-power-technolo
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12/18/2018
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, EcoCAR.
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12/17/2018
PSDcast - MEMS Oscillators for the Internet of Things

Piyush Sevalia from SiTime

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. SiT
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11/15/2018
PSDcast - GaN for Connected Vehicles

Alex Lidow from Efficient Power Conversion

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. And be sure to check out Alex's article for PSD, "The Power and Evolution of GaN": https://www.powersystemsdesign.com/articles/the-power-and-evolut
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10/23/2018
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to
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10/12/2018
PSDcast -  Solving issues affecting the wider rollout of electric and hybrid vehicles

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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10/04/2018
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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09/13/2018
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
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09/04/2018
PSDcast - Silicon Carbide Devices in Cascode Arrangements

Anup Bhalla, VP of Engineering from United Silicon Carbide.

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. See UnitedSiC's white paper referenced in the PSDcast here.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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08/09/2018
PSDcast - The Formula E Electric Racing Series

Mitch Van Ochten from ROHM Semiconductor

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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08/07/2018
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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07/25/2018
PSDcast - Hard vs Soft Switching

Bruce T Renouard, the CEO of Pre-Switch.

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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07/03/2018
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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06/07/2018
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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05/24/2018
PSDcast - Wi-Fi as-a-Service With AI Support

Huw Rees, Business Development Advisor at KodaCloud

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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05/17/2018
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."  Be sure to cat
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05/08/2018
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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05/01/2018
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
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04/18/2018
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
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04/03/2018
PSDcast - Using Silicon Carbide to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Silicon carbide

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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03/01/2018
PSDcast - LED Aerial Obstruction Lighting

Mexico City's Torre Latinoamericana.

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 struc
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02/26/2018
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?  Be sure to catch us on iTunes
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01/30/2018
PSDcast - Reference Designs for Wireless Charging Transmitters

Ralf Koedel from Infineon.

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. Be sure to check out the previous episodes in our wireless power PSDcast series here (Wireless Charging for Automobiles), here (Wireless P
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01/22/2018
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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01/17/2018
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. Don't forget to check out our previous episode on wireless power, and visit Powercast at CES 2018
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01/04/2018
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
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11/29/2017
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 t
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11/02/2017
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
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10/12/2017
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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10/04/2017
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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10/02/2017
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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09/27/2017
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 ... Read More  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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09/20/2017
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 ... Read More  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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08/30/2017
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  Read More  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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08/23/2017
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   Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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08/17/2017
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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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07/28/2017
PSDcast - Cree Discusses LED Street Lighting

Erik Milz with Cree

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 ... Read More  Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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07/25/2017
PSDcast - Robert A. McKeel on Industrial Automation

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

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) . . . Read More   Be sure to catch us on iTunes  Be sure to catch us on Spotify
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04/25/2017
PSDcast - Anthony Kongats on supercapacitor advancements and applications

Anthony Kongats, CAP-XX’s CEO

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

Les Crowder of Adesto Technologies

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

Robert Rozario of Dialog Semiconductor

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

Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis

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

Michael Heaven of Aurora Solar

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

Frans Scheper of Nexperia

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

Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment

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.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes &
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02/07/2017
PSDcast - Ian Lawee of Analog Devices on energy metering and the smart grid

Ian Lawee of Analog Devices

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 An
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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

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

Eaton's Nick Klus

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

Dr. Giulio Corradi of Xilinx

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, ma
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01/16/2017
PSDcast - Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays on the user interface

Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays

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

Charlie Swiontek

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

Alix Paultre

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

Sani Ronen of Microsemi

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

Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment

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 an
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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

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 mis
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Date:
12/06/2016
PSDcast - Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity on Open Compute Project hardware

Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity

In this PSDcast, Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the Open Compute project and the hardware infrastructures involved. The company recently designed a new family of bus bar clip and cable assemblies to meet the Open Compute Project (OCP) distribution architecture, pr
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Date:
12/01/2016
PSDcast - Linear's Alison Steer on energy metering

Linear's Alison Steer

In this PSDcast Alison Steer, Product Marketing Manager at Linear Technology, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the art in energy metering. The company recently released the LTC2947, a 30A Power/Energy monitor with an integrated sense resistor that can measure current, voltage, pow
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Date:
11/29/2016
PSDcast - Akhil Docca of Future Facilities on thermal simulation

Akhil Docca of Future Facilities

In this PSDcast Akhil Docca of Future Facilities talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about thermal simulation, important in the light of the fact that power management and thermal management are directly related. Future Facilities' 6SigmaET has developed into a go-to tool in thermal simulation, and
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Date:
11/17/2016
PSDcast - Mike Demasi of Phononic on advanced cooling technology

Mike Demasi of Phononic

In this PSDcast Mike Demasi, Phononic's Vice President and General Manager of Cold Products, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced cooling technology. Phononic is bringing medical facilities to the next level with eco-friendly refrigeration that meets exact precision temperature control req
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Date:
11/14/2016
PSDcast - Neil Cannon of EnOcean on energy harvesting in smart devices

Neil Cannon of EnOcean

In this PSDcast,EnOcean's new President for North America, Neil Cannon talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about using energy harvesting technology to drive intelligent embedded systems. From wearables to smart lighting, the IoT will involve a lot of remote systems that may not have access to ready pow
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Date:
11/05/2016
PSDcast - Diana Goehringer of TULIPP on next-gen energy-efficient embedded image processing

Diana Goehringer of TULIPP

In this PSDcast, Diana Goehringer of TULIPP talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about next-gen energy-efficient embedded image processing. TULIPP's focus is to develop a reference platform for vision-based system designers that defines a set of guidelines for the selection of relevant combinations of
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Date:
11/03/2016
PSDcast - Eaton's Jason Lee on supercapacitors

Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design

In this PSDcast Eaton's Jason Lee talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about supercapacitors and their expanding role in today's engineering systems. Eaton recently unveiled a family of 3V supercapacitors offering a 20% increase in power and one of the highest ESRs available.  Be sure to catch us on iTunes &n
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Date:
11/01/2016
PSDcast - Mike Holt of gridComm on smart city development

Mike Holt of gridComm

In this PSDcast Mike Holt of gridComm talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about creating smart cities. Like most municipal infrastructures, any technology used must be accessable and scalable. gridComm transforms urban streetlights into dynamic, resource-efficient platforms by using proprietary se
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10/24/2016
PSDcast - Tomas Moreno of Dialog Semi on wide-bandgap semiconductors

Tomas Moreno of Dialog Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Tomas Moreno of Dialog Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre about wide-bandgap semiconductors. A disruptive technology finally becoming established in the marketplace, Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices will permanently change the industry. The company recently demonstratied it
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Date:
10/21/2016
PSDcast - Mike Noonen of Silego on advanced mixed-signal ICs

Mike Noonen, VP Sales and Business Development

In this PSDcast Mike Noonen, Silego's VP Sales and Business Development, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the marketplace in advanced mixed-signal devices. Silego has an intgeresting perspective on the space, as they recently shipped two billion units since the introduction of
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Date:
10/17/2016
PSDcast - Jorg Hantschel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos on wireless power

Jörg Hantschel of Würth Elektronik eiSos

In this PSDcast Jörg Hantschel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of wireless power development. Long ignored due to complexity, cost, and efficiency, wireless power transmission is starting to take off. Important for applications beyond the field of sm
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Date:
10/14/2016
PSDcast - Ryan Peusch of Zentility on enterprise energy consumption

Zentility co-founder Ryan Peusch

In this PSDcast Zentility co-founder Ryan Peusch talks to Power System Design's Alix Paultre about the ever shifting energy market and regulatory environment, and things businesses can do to mitigate their disruption. Zentility is Baltimore-based proprietary energy technology provider of an automated service (ap
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Date:
10/10/2016
PSDcast - Arrow's Anderson on Indiegogo, makers, and entrepreneurs

Matt Anderson of Arrow

In this PSDcast, Arrow's Chief Digital Officer Matt Anderson talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their collaboration with Indiegogo, and the impact the maker movement and community collaboration have on design and development. Entrepreneurs can apply for certification on the Indiegogo platform, whe
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10/05/2016
PSDcast - Eric Glatfelter of ON Semi talks about Fairchild and other things

Eric Glatfelter of ON Semi

In this PSDcast Eric Glatfelter of ON Semiconductor talks about the Fairchild acquisition and other things going on in the electronics industry with Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design. The company recently completed its previously-announced $2.4 billion cash acquisition of Fairchild, and Eric talks about th
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Date:
10/03/2016
PSDcast - HITEC's David Johnson on backup power systems

HITEC’s David Johnson

In this PSDcast, HITEC's David Johnson talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues in the area of backup and uninterruptible power systems. Depending opn the processes involved, a power failure of any duration can cost thousands of dollars or more to a facility. The kind of UPS system one
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Date:
09/29/2016
PSDcast - Jude Fischer & Len Crane of Coilcraft on developing the next generation of EEs

Jude Fischer (left) & Len Crane (right) of Coilcraft

In this PSDcast Jude Fischer & Len Crane of Coilcraft talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about education and creating the next generation of electronic and electric engineers. Among the different ways Coilcraft treis to help is by making it easy for students to get free samples of their parts, wi
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09/28/2016
PSDcast - Brian White of TrendPoint on smart power in data centers

Brian White of TrendPoint

In this PSDcast Brian White of TrendPoint talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the smart energy space and how it applies to data center efficiency. TrendPoint Systems designs and engineers flexible, scalable and cost-effective power metering devices for the critical facility, enabling customers
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09/27/2016
PSDcast - Guy Barnhart-Magen of Nation-E on cybersecurity for smart buildings

Guy Barnhart-Magen of Nation-E

In this PSDcast Guy Barnhart-Magen of Nation-E talks about cyber protection for smart buildings with Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design. Today, billions of smart devices interconnected through the Internet of Things (IoT). Smart buildings are facing significant threats that are exacerbated by two major factors: Fi
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Date:
09/21/2016
PSDcast - Tony Astley of GaN Systems on the future of the GaN marketplace

Tony Astley of GaN Systems

In this PSDcast Tony Astley, Director EMEA Sales Operations for GaN Systems, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the future of the GaN marketplace. Between the unstable nature of adoption of a disruptive technology to the more real-world issues of consolidation in the semiconductor industry, th
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Date:
09/09/2016
PSDcast - Michele Grieshaber of Silicon Labs on the state of the embedded electronics industry

Michele Grieshaber of Silicon Labs

In this PSDcast Michele Grieshaber, Chief Marketing Officer of Silicon Labs, talks to Alix Paultre about the situation electronic design engineers find themselves in today. There are so many pressures and demands on the designer to create devices and products that are not only state of the art in power management, fu
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Date:
09/06/2016
PSDcast - Semitech CEO Zeev Collin on next-gen smart wireless systems

Semitech CEO Zeev Collin

In this PSDcast Semitech CEO Zeev Collin talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on next-gen smart wireless systems. Between the Smart Grid, Indutry 4.), and the Internet of Things, the issue isn't really what to call it but how to give devices and systems the wireless functinoality needed to acheive the
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Date:
09/01/2016
PSDcast - Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard on smart green cities

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard

In this PSDcast Jim Brainard, the six-term mayor of Carmel, Indiana, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the needs of municipalities as we move forward into a smart grid/smart city environment. A city with a population of 86,000,Carmel is a suburb of Indianapolis Carmel is leading in the eff
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Date:
08/30/2016
PSDcast - Dwight Stewart of Igor Tech on smart lighting

Dwight Stewart of Igor Tech

Dwight Stewart, Founder & CTO of Igor Technology talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the exploding world of smart lighting. Smart lighting is far, far more than intelligent control, it can be the backbone of a building or facility's smart infrastructure for both monitoring and managment. Igor's inno
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08/26/2016
PSDcast - Virgil Beaston of Powin Energy on batteries and renewable energy

Virgil Beaston of Powin Energy

In this PSDcast Virgil Beaston of Powin Energy talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about batteries and other renewable energy sources in the industry. Batteries are currently one of the bottlenecks in the wider expression of the Internet of Things, and creating better and smarter batteies are key. Th
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Date:
08/23/2016
PSDcast - Dan Carnovale of Eaton on their Experience Centers and Young Guns program

Dan Carnovale of Eaton

In this PSDcast Dan Carnovale of Eaton talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Deisgn about their Experience Centers and Young Guns program. It is pretty obvious that the electronics sector will need thousands of skilled workers to replace those who will be retiring the coming years, and is working to help train th
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Date:
08/16/2016
PSDcast - Lorandt Fölkel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos talks about Energy Harvesting

Lorandt Fölkel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos

In this PSDcast Lorandt Fölkel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos talks about Energy Harvesting with Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design. A very hot area of the industry, energy haervesting will empower devices from industrial sensors to advanced medical wearables. The company is currently partnering with (among others) Silicon La
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Date:
08/11/2016
PSDcast - EpiGaN's Marianne Germain & Domenica Visalli on wide-bandgap semiconductors

EpiGaN’s CEO Marianne Germain

In this PSDcast EpiGaN's CEO and co-founder Dr. Marianne Germain, and GaN Project Engineer and Quality Manager Domenica Visalli,Ph.D., talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems design about the state of the market in wide-bandgap semiconductors. EpiGaN recently signed a global representation agreement for its 150
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Date:
08/09/2016
PSDcast - Matt Watson of Tanaka on precious metals in electronics

Matt Watson of Tanaka

In this PSDcast Matt Watson, Director of Business Development at Tanaka, a provider of precious metals and related services, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the use of exotic materials in applications from touchscreens to bond wires. Tanaka's precious metals serve the electronics marketplace wit
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Date:
08/04/2016
PSDcast - John Day of Anord on advanced power distribution

John Day of Anord

In this PSDcast John Day of Anord talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about critical power systems, and the need for advanced control and increased efficiency in data centers. The company recently unveiled the Anord Modular Product (AMP) Power Distribution Unit (PDU). This offering is presented as th
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Date:
08/03/2016
PSDcast - Mauricio Esguerra of MAGMENT on their magnetizable concrete tech

Mauricio Esguerra of MAGMENT

In this PSDcast Mauricio Esguerra of MAGMENT talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on their magnetizable concrete technology. MAGMENT power inductors and transformers are based on a disruptive technology for both a novel material and an innovative magnetic design. The material is a patented co
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Date:
07/29/2016
PSDcast - Keith Evans of the PEIC on the state of the US power industry

Keith Evans of USPEIC

In this PSDcast Keith Evans, CEO of Kyma Technologies and member of the US Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC), talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems DEsign about the state of the electronics industry and how it is dealing with disruptive technologies like wide-bandgap semiconductors. The PEIC is
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Date:
07/26/2016
PSDcast - Alex Lidow of EPC on the state of GaN development

Alex Lidow of EPC

In this PSDcast Alex Lidow, CEO and Co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of GaN development. Now that the industry has finally embraced what GaN can do with multiple vendors and solutions, we are now seeing real design-ins and products based on
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Date:
07/19/2016
PSDcast - Mark Moffat of Peregrine on their advanced GaN FET driver

Mark Moffat of Peregrine Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Mark Moffat, Peregrine Semiconductor's director of power management, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about wide-bandgap semiconductors and Peregrine's new GaN FET driver, the PE29100. Built on Peregrine's UltraCMOS technology, this new GaN driver empowers design engineers to extra
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Date:
07/14/2016
PSDcast - Wenjun Sheng of Telink Semi on IoT connectivity

Wenjun Sheng, CEO of Telink Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Wenjun Sheng, CEO of Telink Semiconductor, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the infrastructure of the IoT, especially in the devices themselves. Connectivity is a part of the description of the IoT, yet device wireless protocols and systems are still in flux. Telink Semiconductor an
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Date:
07/11/2016
PSDcast - Francois Perraud of Panasonic on their wide-bandgap semiconductors

Francois Perraud of Panasonic

In this PSDcast, Francois Perraud of Panasonic's wide-bandgap semiconductor group talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems on their latest developments in the space. Now that Silicon Carbide and Gallium Nitride semiconductors are being developed for more and more application spaces, it is important to understand the
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Date:
07/08/2016
PSDcast - Edward Kohler of Intersil on the next generation of automotive systems

Edward Kohler of Intersil

In this PSDcast Edward Kohler, Strategic Marketing Manager for Intersil, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the next generation of automotive systems. Once an area of relatively slow change and old-school thinking, vehicle electronic subsystems are under more pressure than ever be
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Date:
06/30/2016
PSDcast - Kevin Speer of Littelfuse on their expanding semiconductor footprint

Kevin Speer of Littelfuse

In this PSDcast Kevin Speer, Business Development Manager for Semiconductor Products at Littlelfuse, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their relatively recent migration into semiconductor devices. In business for over 90 years in the fuses and circuit protection business, Littelfuse started wi
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Date:
06/24/2016
PSDcast - Subra Chandramouli of Lattice Semi on mobile device image & display integration

Subra Chandramouli of Lattice Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Subra Chandramouli, Director of Marketing, Mobile and Consumer Division at Lattice Semiconductor, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about integrating the various complex systems involved in a modern mobile device. The company recently announced the industry-first CrossLink programmable br
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Date:
06/21/2016
PSDcast- Mike Bruno of Phononic on next-gen thermal management

Mike Bruno of Phononic

In this PSDcast, Mike Bruno, VP & General Manager, Electronics Cooling at Phononic, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced cooling technologies and methodologies. With all of the pressure on power densities and shrinking package sizes, it is important to remember that managing heat ge
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Date:
06/17/2016
PSDcast - Pradeep Shenoy of TI on the latest in board-level power

Pradeep Shenoy of Texas Instruments

In this PSDcast Pradeep Shenoy of Texas Instruments talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the latest technologies in board-level DC/DC power systems. Between the often-conflicting requirements of power density, board real estate, and thermal management, today's engineer's are facing a daunting task.
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Date:
06/14/2016
PSDcast - Eaton's Art Mulligan on their PredictPulse remote grid monitoring and management system

Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design

IN this PSDcast Eaton Product Line Manager Art Mulligan discusses their new PredictPulse Service with Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design. 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 ri
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Date:
06/10/2016
PSDcast - Patrick Le Fèvre of Powerbox on medical power systems

Patrick Le Fèvre of Powerbox

In this PSDcast, Patrick Le Fèvre of Powerbox talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about medical power systems and the current issues facing gthe design engineer. Connected devices in medical applications, some powered by harvesting energy, are very sensitive to radio interference and other el
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Date:
06/08/2016
PSDcast - Lou Garofalo of NAI on military power supplies

Lou Garofalo of NAI

In this PSDcast Lou Garofalo, Product Manager of Power and Instrumentation for North Atlantic Industries (NAI), talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the demands involved in developing military power supplies. He discusses the need for more processing power and monitoring capabilities in power su
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Date:
05/17/2016
PSDcast - Ranbir Singh of GeneSIC on their latest Silicon Carbide tech

Ranbir Singh of GeneSIC

In this PSDcast Dr. Ranbir Singh, founder of GeneSiC, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their position and products in the wide-bandgap semiconductor space. GeneSiC is a pioneer and little-known IP leader in Silicon Carbide technology, and their Silicon Carbide Junction Transistor (SJT) de
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Date:
05/16/2016
PSDcast - Robert DeRobertis of Vicor describes their enhanced online design tool

Robert DeRobertis of Vicor

In this PSDcast, Robert DeRobertis of Vicor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the latestest updates to their online design tool at PCIM 2016. Enabling engineers to select components and simulate them online, the new additions to Vicor's PowerBench online design center include an interactive too
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Date:
05/13/2016