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Conference Schedule

The following is a tentative DPF conference schedule and is subject to change. Please visit our Call for Papers page if you are interested in presenting a paper at Darnell's Power Forum 2013.

Schedule (click here)

Schedule (click here)

Monday, September 9th - Pre-Conference Seminars
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Seminar Registration

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Seminar (optional)

GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion, Presented by: Alex Lidow, CEO, EPC Corporation and David Reusch, Director of Applications, EPC Corporation

For a complete description of this seminar please click here.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Seminar (optional)

Power Converter Design Using Modern Control Methods for Digital or Analog Implementation, Presented by: Louis R. Hunt, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and Co-founder of Cirasys, Inc.

For a complete description of this seminar please click here.

Tuesday, September 10th - Conference Schedule
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Scott Barbour
Executive Vice President, Emerson
Business Leader, Emerson Network Power (Systems)

The Evolution of Energy Management

We demand all information on every device we own, everywhere we go. Fast. To accommodate, industries are not only demanding more power than ever, but they are seeking new levels of efficiency in the power chain and new, more environmentally responsible sources of generation. Once disparate industries from IT to telecommunications to content delivery are converging at record pace. Energy delivery and management, too, has become a melting pot. Both AC and DC power are viable options in facilities of all types and are bringing new energy-saving possibilities to micro grids. And the intelligence to see and control that energy use doesn't stop at the outlet. Smart Grid innovations are magnifying the energy savings made possible by the visibility and control now possible within a building's walls. This session will look at today's rapidly changing energy management landscape and provide a glimpse into what may come next.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Plenary Session I

1.1: Enernet - The Big Picture, Brian Patterson, Chairman, EMerge Alliance and General Manager, Armstrong World Industries

1.2: IEEE's DC in the Home Investigation Project Accomplishments and Future Goals, Doug Houseman, EnerNex, VP of Technical Innovation, Vice Chair of the IEEE PES - Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee, and Founding Member of the IEEE DC in the Home initiative

1.3: DC Microgrids - Challenges and Opportunities, Kurt Yeager, Vice Chairman of the Galvin Project, Inc.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Plenary Session II

2.1: GaN: Crushing Silicon One Application at a Time, Alex Lidow, CEO, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation

2.2: Future Opportunities for Maximizing Efficiencies through the use of Advanced Digital Power Control and Management, Randy Malik, IBM Distinguished Inventor, IBM

2.3: Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings, Ronald J. Zimmer CAE, President & CEO, Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Networking Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Round Table Discussion

"What's the Way to the Energy Future?"

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open to Full Conference Delegates and "Exhibits Only" Delegates

Hosted Reception (hosted in exhibit hall)

Wednesday, September 11th
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Digital Control

DPF:3.1: High Performance Isolated DC/DC Converter Implementation Using Digital Control, Kevin Huang, Power Applications Engineer, Analog Devices, Inc.

DPF:3.2: Short-Cutting the Digital Converter Design Process with Advanced Control Methods, Paul Gregory, President, Cirasys, Inc.

DPF:3.3: Implementing Adaptive Algorithms for Enhanced Efficiency in Fully digital controlled AC/DC Power Supplies, Andreas Reiter, MicroChip Technology, Inc.

DPF:3.4: Automated Optimal Phase Spreading for POL Arrays, Andreas Larsson, R&D Head Designer, Ericsson Power Modules

Improving Energy Efficiency

DPF:8.1: Exploring Integration of a Generalized Predictive Energy Balancing Controller Suitable for Disparate Switched-Mode Power Converters, Tom Lawson, President, Cogni Power, Inc.

DPF:8.2: What is the Optimal Efficiency Target for Your System Design?, Brian Zahnstecher, Technical Global Account Manager, Emerson Network Power

DPF:8.3: Advanced Battery Charging to Address Battery Degradation, Dave Freeman, Yevgen Barsukov, Texas Instruments

DPF:8.4: Advanced Micro Power Solutions for System on Chip Designs, Steve Grady, Vice President, Cymbet

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open for Full Conference Delegates only

Hosted Lunch (hosted in exhibit hall)

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Digital Power Applications

DPF:4.1: Ericsson Loop Compensator and Capacitor Decoupling Design Tool, Magnus Karlsson, Electrical Design Engineer, Ericsson Power Modules

DPF:4.2: Advanced Components and Digital Power, Joe Julicher, Applications Manager, MicroChip Technology, Inc.

DPF:4.3: Dynamic Performances Comparison of Digital Feed-forward Controls for Input Voltage Transience, Sean Xu, Texas Instruments Corp.

DPF:4.4: Modern Control Solutions for Challenging Power Converter Problem, Paul Gregory, President, Cirasys, Inc.

GaN and GaAs

Chaired by: Bodo Arlt, Dipl.-Ing., Publishing Editor,
Bodo’s Power Systems®

DPF:9.1: Long-term Reliability of 600V GaN, Test Results and Conclusions, Carl Blake, Vice President Marketing, Transphorm, Inc.

DPF:9.2: GaAs-based PowerStage Module Enables Disruptive Power Densities, Greg Miller, VP Engineering, Sarda Technologies

DPF:9.3: The Impact of GaN FETs on the Future of Energy and Power Conversion, Eric Persson, International Rectifier Corp.

DPF:9.4: Improving eGaN®FET performance through PCB layout optimization, David Reusch, Director of Applications Engineering, Efficient Power Conversion

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Converter Design Tools & Techniques I

DPF:5.1: A new approach to tuning for load transient in power supply applications for high power CPUs, Salvatore Galati, STMicroelectronics

DPF:5.2: Optimized EP13plus Transformer Design Increases Transformer Efficiency by 25%, Geoffrey Wildman, Pulse Engineering

DPF:5.3: Eliminating Power Waste in Embedded Applications, Keith Curtis, Technical Staff Engineer, MicroChip Technologies, Inc.

GaN and SiC

Chaired by: Bodo Arlt, Dipl.-Ing., Publishing Editor,
Bodo’s Power Systems®

DPF:10.1: Silicon Carbide MOSFETs Provide Simple, Rugged, Low Cost Solutions to High Voltage Auxiliary Power Supplies, Paul Kierstead, VP, Cree, Inc.

DPF:10.2: eGaN®FETs for High Frequency Hard-Switching Converters, Johan Strydom, V.P. Applications Engineering, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation

DPF:10.3: The Silicon Carbide Bipolar Advantage, Dan Kinzer, Chief Technology Officer, Fairchild Semiconductor

Thursday, September 12th
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Apps & Case Studies

DPF:6.1: Primary Regulation Technology for Offline Application, Jianwen Shao, Applications Manager, STMicroelectronics

DPF:6.2: Integrated Common Mode and Differential Mode (CMDM) Choke Improves Efficiency and Reduces Cost, Geoffrey Wildman, Pulse Engineering

DPF:6.3: Updating Digital Power Supply Firmware with Uninterrupted Power Supply Output, Ian Bower, Senior Firmware Designer, Texas Instruments, Inc.

Converter Design Tools & Techniques II

DPF:7.1: Qspeed Diodes Improve Topology and Performance of PFCs, Klaus Pietrczak, Marketing Director, Automotive & Industrial, Power Integrations

DPF:7.2: Performance Evaluations of Hard-Switching Interleaved DC-DC Boost Converter with New Generation Silicon Carbide MOSFETs, Paul Kierstead, Vice President, Jimmy Liu, SiC Application Engineering, and Kin Lap Wong, SiC Application Engineering, Cree Inc.

DPF:7.3: An Insight into the Development of a Digital Control ACDC Server Power Supply, Richard Daniel Caubang, Emerson

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Release and Discussion of PMBus™ V1.3

DPF:11.1: I2C™ Physical Layer, the Basis for SMBus and PMBus™, Keith Curtis, Technical Staff Engineer, MicroChip Technologies, Inc.

DPF:11.2: Introduction to the Preliminary Specifications for PMBus™ v1.3 Including new AVS Features, Michael Jones, Applications Engineer, Linear Technology Corporation, and Travis Summerlin, Director Mixed Signal Design, SMTS, Texas Instruments Inc; both representing PMBus™ Working Group

DPF:11.3: Open Discussion of PMBus™ v1.3 and Future Opportunities

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