The APEC Conference is in full swing here in Fort Worth, Texas. I am, once again, very impressed with the lineup of Professional Education Seminars and Plenary Sessions so far. I will highlight a few presentations that I think are significant. If you could not attend this year, please try to do so next year if you have any involvement in power design. These courses are worth their weight in gold to greatly strengthen your design career.
Wireless EV charging is a hot topic in the industry. Chris Mi, PhD, an IEEE fellow, director of the DOE GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation, and University of Michigan-Dearborn professor, gave a talk on “Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles with Extremely High Efficiency and Misalignment Tolerance” on day one. His outline covered all the challenges of this growing field of EVs and their needs in the charging area:
EV charging: issues of conductive charging
Wireless charging: status and difficulties
Application of wireless charging
Analytical analysis: equivalent circuit and S-parameters
Simulation Study: FEM, HFSS
Experimental study, vehicle demonstration, and commercialization
@prabhakar_deosthali---I agree. The first item in the priority list needs to enable a fast charge, then improve the infrastructure by adding charging stations into the community as ubiquitous as parking meters, then wireless charging would be a last priority
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.