Archive for April, 2016

APEC Professional Education Seminar Well Received

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

APEC 2016 at Long Beach, California

In March Dr Hamish Laird presented the High Performance Digital Control professional education seminar at this year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference in Long Beach California. Attendance at the seminar was high, with more than four hundred people coming to hear Dr. Laird speak. The large number of attendees asking questions at the end of the presentation showed how much demand there is for this type of knowledge and training.


The response to the presentation was very positive with a number of people asking if Dr. Laird could write a book containing information from the seminar.

Hamish Laird’s Reaction

Dr. Hamish Laird says, “As the power electronics design industry moves to digital control there is a great need to ensure that the quality of the digital control is high enough to ensure safe and reliable power supply operation. We at ELMG Digital Power hope to contribute to the constant improvement in the quality of the control”.

The ELMG Digital Power Chief Technology Officer also announced that “…as a result of the really large interest we are making the slides from the presentation available to download via our website. And we are working up a plan to present the three hour seminar content as a multipart webinar”.


Digital Modulators Explained

The first part of the APEC seminar covered how digital modulators such as Variable Period Oscillators (VPO) and Pulse Width Modulators PWM) differ from analogue modulators while the second part covered the other issues and know how to do with compensators, analogue to digital converters and anti-aliasing filters.

Dr. Laird again – “From the number of questions we received after the presentation it looks like digital control is well on the way to becoming established in the smaller switchmode power space. We look forward to helping achieve high quality digital control.”

Download the slides from the APEC presentation slides here.


PCIM Conference Europe 2016

Friday, April 8th, 2016

For those of you who do not know it, the Power Electronics, Intelligent Motion, Renewable Energy and Energy Management is a great power electronics component and technology show.  The show is know as PCIM and the European show is in Nuremberg in Bavaria in Germany.  I have been to the show for the last ten years an will attend this year.

PCIM  is scheduled for 10th – 12th May 2016 at Nuremberg.  Click here to register for the PCIM conference, if you haven’t already.

Last year it was clear that the large scale IPM (Intelligent Power Modules) was a significant new product in the market.  It is likely that this market technology will have moved forward.  Other areas where I am expecting some significant new product offering is in high voltage electrolytic capacitors.  It seems that an increase in the voltage rating and so the energy density should be happening about now.

The show is large and covers a large number of the the Messe halls.  It will be great to catch up with all our suppliers and customers in Nuremberg at PCIM.

Nuremberg is a great town and in May there is usually not so much rain, lots of good food especially spargel (asparagus) and pork.  It is a great time to be there.

This is the perfect opportunity to meet with me at PCIM.

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See you at PCIM


P. S. If you’re unable to attend the PCIM event but would like to meet, share your details with us here and we’ll get in touch with you to coordinate another time where we can meet.