If you're short on time but need a quick yet broad update on what's happening in system design, check out the first electronicaUSA (eUSA) with Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco on March 29 through April 1.
There's three additional concurrent conferences under the eUSA umbrella, including the first Power Electronics, Components, Systems and Applications Conference, sponsored by CMP Media; the Communications Design Conference; and the Emerging Technologies Forum. Take a little bit of knowledge home from this 4-day gathering, and it'll put you a few years ahead of where you would have been otherwise in your knowledge of total system design.
Some engineers will undoubtedly find the power systems part a bit awkward or just plain odd for a design gathering of this nature. But I won't be surprised if they come away with the feeling that this section is the one that delivers the bulk of the energy. Putting together a system without decent knowledge of how to get the power to its ports in the most efficient way is, in my view, akin to being a university math professor who never learned to count. That's why the conference organizers have brought together these seemingly disparate elements. For the best designers are those that have an understanding of each individual building block and how to tie those blocks together.
This year's focal topic for Power is the intermediate bus. It's a major element, yet one that's quickly evolving, more the reason to have that knowledge in your basic toolbox. A second thrust will be power management. Alex Lidow, CEO, International Rectifier, will deliver the keynote address on it on Tuesday; and Martin Gold, eeProductCenter executive editor, will chair the panel session "Managing Power in the 21st Century" on Wednesday. Top-notch representatives from Texas Instruments, Motorola, International Rectifier, and Artesyn will participate in an open-forum discussion to address the issues and next-generation power-management solutions for both telecom and portable electronics, where the need to conserve energy is most apparent. If time permits, attendees will also get to talk about alternative power sources, particularly fuel- and solar cells, as they apply to front-end backup power as well as handheld wireless applications. For those expert in power, there's still time to enter your conference paper on a DC/DC converter, power semiconductor, magnetics, or your advanced thermal package. Contact conference chairman Dan Jitaru (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Vincent Biancomano covers power products for eeProductWeek. Contact him at email@example.com. The views and opinions expressed in this column are strictly those of the author and should not be taken as an editorial position of EE Times or any of its other editors, publications or Web sites.