This is the week of academia and industry's big APEC 2010 power event, formally known as The Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition. If there's one aspect of design that is common to every application and system, of course, it's power–whether you are in a micro-energy harvest regime or have a big AC outlet handy (I mean "common" here in the figurative sense, not the literal "common" or "ground"). "Power"" is all its guises is the inescapable common denominator of electronics (note that I did not say "lowest common denominator", which it is most definitely is not).
I won't be there, but several EE Times editors will, and they'll be looking for new products, topologies, tools, design ideas, and more. As they post their stories, I'll collect them here at the Power Management DesignLine home page so you can see them all in one place. ♦