APEC 2019 shows importance of power – show roundup   

March 22, 2019 // By Nick Flaherty
APEC 2019 shows importance of power – show roundup   
The  IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) in Anaheim, California this week highlights the increasingly important role of power in the electronics industry. With power demands increasing for datacentres and 5G telecoms networks, power system developers are pushing the boundaries of power density, making converters ever smaller.

APEC 2019 saw TDK and Murata claiming the smallest converters for point of load and buck regulators, claims that are certain to be challenged and overtaken in the coming months. This is being driven by the need to fit more computing resource with more current requirements into existing racks. The same capabilities are also being applied to the aerospace industry.

Wide bandbap technologies such as gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) have emerged as mainstream devices, and the exposition was showing the latest 48V devices and the eco-system that provides higher efficiencies and power densities.

The conference and exposition makes it clear that silicon for power still evolving and has plenty of headroom. Engineers are producing new architectures and new designs to improve the efficiency and performance of power systems  

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