2020 Virtual WBG Summer Workshop

August 4-5, 2020

Learn about the advances made in the Silicon Carbide and Gallium Nitride power electronics ecosystem.

PowerAmerica invites you to our annual Wide Bandgap summer workshop. We’re delivering the updates on technology advances, market trends, education, and networking you’ve to come to expect, in an all online format.

The workshop will include:

• Keynote address by Balu Balakrishnan, President and CEO of Power Integrations, Inc.
• SiC and GaN market update by Ezgi Dogmus of Yole Developpement
• JEDEC 70 update
• Updates on PowerAmerica member-funded projects focusing on specific SiC and GaN innovations and applications
• Interactive panel discussions with technology leaders
• Student poster sessions with meet and greet opportunities to learn from the next generation of SiC and GaN innovators
• PowerAmerica tutorials—learn from industry experts and apply to your work
• Networking sessions with virtual  interaction and private chat capabilities
• Access to video presentations

Please note: The meeting is for employees of PowerAmerica member organizations and invited guests. If you are interested in a guest invitation, please contact Membership & Industry Relations Manager Jim LeMunyon.

2020 WBG Summer Workshop

FEATURED SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS

Dr. Victor Veliadis
Executive Director and CTO
PowerAmerica

BIO >

Welcome Address

Balu Balakrishnan
President and CEO
Power Integrations

BIO >

“Weathering the Perfect Storm: Delivering More Power and Functionality Without Increasing the Size or Cost of USB PD and Rapid-Charge Adapters”

Ezgi Dogmus, PhD
Technology and Market
Analyst
Yole Developpement

BIO >

“Growing Market Opportunities and Ecosystem Evolution for SiC and GaN”

Tim McDonald
Industry Consultant
Infineon

BIO >

JEDEC – 70: Update on SiC and GaN standards

Jim Cooper
President
Sonrisa Research

BIO >

“SiC Power Devices: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?”

Laszlo Balogh
Senior Technologist, DMTS
Texas Instruments

BIO >

“Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Ecosystem in Power Supply Designs”

WORKSHOP AGENDA

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (all times EDT)

10:45 AM

Attendees may begin logging into the meeting.

11:00 AM

Welcome, review Remo video conferencing platform, and introduction of keynote speaker

Dr. Victor Veliadis, Executive Director and CTO, PowerAmerica

11:15 AM

Keynote Remarks:

Weathering the Perfect Storm: Delivering More Power and Functionality Without Increasing the Size or Cost of USB PD and Rapid-Charge Adapters 

Smart phones, tablets, notebooks and other handheld devices must be charged more and more quickly to meet evolving consumer expectations. To accomplish this, smart chargers must deliver ever-more power; but need do so without increasing size or solution cost—features that are also important to users. To accomplish this, system designers are turning to GaN-based switches which significantly improve conversion efficiency. We will see how to use PowiGaN™ switch technology to raise efficiency and smart integration can increase power density and deliver more power without impacting solution cost.

Balu Balakrishnan, President and CEO of Power Integrations, Inc.

12 noon

Panel Discussion:

Grid and microgrid applications: What more does wide bandgap technology need to deliver?

Panelists:

Rajib Datta, Senior Principal, General Electric Global Research
Stephen Kelley, Research Engineer, Power Delivery, Southern Company
Subhashish Bhattacharya, Professor, NC State University
Fred Wang, Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Tobias Keller, Vice President, Head of Global Product Management, ABB Power Grids Switzerland Ltd, Semiconductors

 

 

1:00 PM

Intermission and instructions on virtual networking

1:10 PM

Online Networking Break to include private and group networking on Remo. Also, short videos of 30 PowerAmerica-funded SiC and GaN projects and student posters from PowerAmerica many member universities can be viewed during the break here. Be sure to click on Playlists to find a specific video by Focus Area. 

1:40 PM

Featured Member-Initiated Project (MIP) presentation:

Prototyping and Evaluation of High-Speed 10 kV SiC MOSFET Power Modules with High Scalability and Partial Discharge Inception Voltage

Christina DiMarino, Virginia Tech (teamed with NREL and Wolfspeed)

2:10 PM

Featured Member-Initiated Project (MIP) presentation:

Packaging a Top-cooled 650V/>150A GaN Power Module with Insulated Thermal Pads and Gate-Drive Circuit

Kevin Bai, University of Tennessee-Knoxville (teamed with GM, GaN Systems and Hella)

2:40 PM

Featured Member-Initiated Project (MIP) presentation:

Surge Energy Robustness of GaN Power Devices and Modules: Application-driven Evaluation and Physics-of-Failure Modeling

Yuhao Zhang, Virginia Tech (teamed with Lockheed Martin)

3:10 PM

Intermission and instructions on virtual networking

3:20 PM

Online Networking Break to include private and group networking on Remo.
Also, short videos of 30 PowerAmerica-funded SiC and GaN projects and student posters from PowerAmerica’s many member universities can be viewed during the break here.

3:50 PM

Overview of PowerAmerica’s DoE-funded, on-going 30+ project portfolio

Victor Veliadis, Executive Director and CTO, PowerAmerica

4:10 PM

Day One concludes/Online Networking Break

4:30 PM

PowerAmerica Member Advisory Committee Meeting
(Members only)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (all times EDT)

10:45 AM

Attendees may begin logging into the meeting.

11:00 AM

Welcome to Day Two and introduction of keynote speaker

Victor Veliadis, Executive Director and CTO, PowerAmerica

11:05 AM

Keynote:

Growing Market Opportunities and Ecosystem Evolution for SiC and GaN

Ezgi Dogmus, Technology and Market Analyst, Compound Semiconductors, Yole Developpement

11:50 AM

Panel discussion:

Introduction to the Wide Bandgap Programs of PowerAmerica’s Newest Academic Members

Panelists:
Mark Scott, Miami University
Mohamed Badawy, San Jose State University
Juan Carlos Balda, University of Arkansas

12:35 PM

Intermission and instructions on virtual networking

12:45 PM

Online Networking Break to include private and group networking on Remo. Also, short videos of 30 PowerAmerica-funded SiC and GaN projects and student posters from PowerAmerica many member universities can be viewed during the break here. Be sure to click on Playlists to find a specific video by Focus Area. 

1:30 PM

Review of Valuable Information on PowerAmerica Members Only Portal

Jim LeMunyon and Julia Casadonte, PowerAmerica

1:50 PM

JEDEC – 70 update on SiC and GaN standards

Tim McDonald, JEDEC-70 Vice Chair

2:20 PM

Intermission and instructions on virtual networking

2:30 PM

Online Networking Break to include private and group networking on Remo.

Also, short videos of 30 PowerAmerica-funded SiC and GaN projects and student posters from PowerAmerica’s many member universities can be viewed during the break here.

3-6:00 PM

PowerAmerica Technical Tutorials:

SiC power devices: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?

Jim Cooper, Sonrisa Research

Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Ecosystem in Power Supply Designs

Laszlo Balogh, Texas Instruments

For more information, contact Julia Casadonte or Jim LeMunyon