PowerUP EXPO 2020

Virtual Conference & Exhibition about Power Electronics — June 16–18, 2020
Open 24h a day with live presentations each day from 14:30 to 17:30 CEST / 8.30am to 11.30am EDT

The PowerUP EXPO is a three-day virtual conference and exhibition focusing on power electronics, open June 16–18.

The PowerUP EXPO works in the same way that a live exhibition and conference does: It provides fair grounds, an exhibition hall, and a conference area. Exhibitors present their products and solutions, and chat rooms allow for direct communication between visitors and exhibitors — all without the need for travel and at the fraction of the cost of a physical event.

Power electronics is playing an increasingly important role in various markets such as automotive, industrial, and consumer. It is also an enabling technology for a wide range of new functions that enhance automotive and smart grid performance, safety, and functionality. Wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, smart and renewable energies, and motion control will be significant topics covered by the PowerUP Virtual Conference.

Conference agenda for each day
(14:30 to 17:30 CEST / 8.30 to 11.30 EDT)

Focus Topics

June 16


Motor Control

The challenges of motion control will revolve around the concept of the smart factory. The answer will most likely come in the complete optimization and digitization of products and services. Despite the vast differences in application areas, these motion systems share a common aspect: Control is essential for achieving the speed, energy efficiency, and accuracy requirements. Semiconductor devices serve the needs for motor drive and power control, which offer a better position and torque, as well as much higher efficiency. The motor control circuit must quickly switch the current flow to the motor coils on and off quickly, with minimal switching time or conduction period losses. As efficiency standards for these applications continue to strengthen, cost-efficient and energy-efficient motor control solutions simplify the design and provide a high level of integration, along with enhanced safety features and certified isolation capabilities.

June 17


Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors

WBG semiconductor technologies such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) promise benefits in wide-ranging applications from universal wireless charging to power converters. New and future SiC/GaN power switches will fuel great advances for the next generation of renewable energy production and across many applications such as data centers, automotive, and many more. The recent availability on the market of wide-bandgap devices has allowed the adoption of new circuits for the implementation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers. WBG semiconductors are providing new solutions and answers to the challenges that power device designers face in an era in which the watchword is “efficiency.”

June 18


Smart/Renewable Energy

With a large number of countries racing to build reliable and long-term sustainable alternatives to curb fossil fuel emissions, wind energy and solar PV installations have recorded unparalleled growth over the past decade. Power semiconductor manufacturers believe that GaN- and SiC-based devices hold the key to addressing a primary hurdle for the expansion of renewable energy — lack of affordable and scalable power conversion and storage solutions. When developing energy systems, cybersecurity, interoperability, control, optimization, virtualization of network functions, and digital management of distributed energy resources (DERs) can all represent development challenges.