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Feb 8th, 2012
 
The future is bright for the power electronics industry – APEC Day 1
 
The plenary session for APEC 2012 featured keynote-style presentations from several industry leaders covering the future of power technology. Nobody was joined by any members of the Black Eyed Peas. Power is the meat and potatoes of the technical world. However there was no lack of vision.
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The plenary session for APEC 2012 featured keynote-style presentations from several industry leaders covering the future of power technology. Nobody was joined by any members of the Black Eyed Peas. Power is the meat and potatoes of the technical world.  However there was no lack of vision.

The main theme was aptly put by Tektronix President, Thomas Buzak  when he said, “we want to help you change the world”.  An industry that is based on driving motors and making our computers turn on and work is going to change the world.  Wow.

But this time, it isn’t all hyperbole. It is no secret that everything in the electronics and semiconductor worlds get smaller, better, and faster. However, with the global focus on power, the amount of R&D funding, and the pace of innovation some of the results of the “power technology industry’s” work is truly inspiring. Rather than tell you things are getting smaller(er), better(er), faster(er), we thought we would take a few pictures from the slides to show you.

Almost every presenter used some, or all, of three examples to show the impact of the power technology industry on our very planet.  Specifically, (a) new ways to generate power, (b) LED lighting, and (c) electric vehicles. As the most visible applications of power technology, it makes sense.

On the electric vehicle front, the oft criticized Chevrolet Volt was shown, as an illustrative example in a presentation by Dr. Babak Fahimi, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas. What we liked about it was the simple equation to explain it. Now that you know the math, you now know all you need to know about electric cars.  Now go out and buy one!

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