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PCIM Europe 2020 - virtually the same show

22nd June 2020
Caroline Hayes

 Covid-19 has put a stop to many events this year, but PCIM Europe continues in a virtual form, with the conference and exhibition accessible via a virtual platform over two days (Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th July). Here is a guide to what is available from exhibitors and conference speakers.

Begin your digital day at PCIM Europe 2020 with a virtual coffee break and network with colleagues at the Early Bird Café.  From 08.30 to 0900 (Central European Time), attendees can network using the talque platform for video calls to compare notes or catch up with those you would normally see in Nuremberg. You can also view the presentation timetable and browse the list of exhibitors.

Visitors can register now at to attend the virtual exhibition and conference. Registration is free of charge.

Here you will find over 250 conference presentations and a virtual lecture schedule for the Industry Forum and the E-mobility Forum.

Exhibitors include Broadcom, Efficient Power Conversion (EPC), Hy-Line, Infineon, Littelfuse, MagDev, Mitsubishi Electric, Murata, Nexperia, ON Semiconductor, Richardson RFPD, Rohde & Schwarz, Rohm, ST Microelectronics, Varta, Vincotech, Wolfspeed and Würth Elektronik.

The detailed programme of over 270 poster and oral presentations, keynotes and special sessions can be accessed at

Tuesday 7 July

There will be a keynote by Robert Plikat, head of Power Electronics, Volkswagen to open proceedings on Tuesday, entitled Trends in Automotive Power Electronics Discussed at Audi's first full Electric Drive Train.

The Industry Forum will run from 10am (CET) on Tuesday and Wednesday, with presentations covering a range of topics, including:

Functional safety of battery management systems, by David Marcos, Ikerlan;

How to unlock the potential for eV/PHEV fast charging solutions, by Milan Rosina of Yole Développement;

Batteries, the new kid on the block by Braham Ferreira, University of Twente,

PECTA – a new energy efficiency initiative of the international energy agency (IEA), byMarkus Makoschitz, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology,

Additive Fertigungsverfahren für leistungselektronische Substrattechnologien, by Thomas Stoll, FAPS (this will be in German);

New lifetime prediction for SiC power modules based on power cycling test, by Alexander Streibel, Danfoss Silicon Power;

Power GaN: past – present – future, by Achim Scharf, Power Electronics Europe magazine;

Magnetic Design Automation with Artificial intelligence, by Alfonso Martínez, Frenetic;

Performance evaluation of simulators for power electronics design automation, by Philipp Kappes,    PE-Systems

Design automation of power electronics converters: demands, current solutions and perspectives, by

Guillaume Fontes, Power Design Technologies

Using 3D printing for power electronics, by Lea Eiler, ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing

Wednesday 8 July

PCIM Europe will begin with a keynote by Roland Hümpfner, Vice President UPS and Inverter Product Line, Huawei Technologies, Germany, entitled Innovative Data Centre Power Solutions.

Other presentations throughout the day will cover a wide range of power-related topics, including:

SiC goes broad in industrial power electronics . . . by Peter Friedrichs, Infineon;

Wide bandgap devices in the ECPE network, by Thomas Harder, ECPE European Center for Power Electronics;

SiC and GaN impact on traditional Si power electronics industry, by Ezgi Dogmus, Yole Développement;

A novel and highly integrated gate driver solution for paralleling of SiC MOSFETs, by Sidharth Gupta, Power Integrations;

A step forward with SiC technology, by Aly Mashaly, Rohm Semiconductor;

Parallel operation of 3L NPC power modules, by Ingo Rabl, Semikron Elektronik;

SiC devices – the game changers, by Bodo Arlt, Bodo’s Power Systems

Gate driving solutions for GaN HEMT Switches enabling robust and high power density designs, by

Diogo Varajao, Infineon Technologies

The E-mobility forum

There will be a series of presentations on Tuesday and repeated on Wednesday from Rohm Semiconductor, Mersen France, Semikon, Infineon Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, ON Semiconductor and EBV Elektronik.

The full list of presentation topics and speakers is available here:

There will also be 30 minute sessions followed by a Q & A session for each. Tracks will cover SiC devices, control technologies in electric drives and themal management,  automotive DC/DC converters, GaN applications, high-voltage IGBT modules, gate drivers and control methodologies and energy storage technologies.

The conference proceedings, and all the manuscripts of all oral and poster presentations will be available for purchase.

Best papers

The PCIM Europe advisory board, led by Professor Dr Leo Lorenz, ECPE, Germany, has selected this year’s winning entries from over 370 papers submitted. The winner of the PCIM Europe Best Paper Award is So Tanaka, AIST, Japan for SiC Module Operational at 200 °C with High Power-Cycling Capability Using Fatigue-Free Chip Surface Packaging Technologies; the winners of the PCIM Europe Young Engineer Awards, recognising exceptional contributions by young professionals are: Patrick Hofstetter, University of Bayreuth, Germany for Parasitic Turn-On of SiC MOSFETs - Turning a Bug into a Feature;

Kirill Klein, Fraunhofer Institute IZM, Germany for Low Inductive Full Ceramic SiC Power Module for High-Temperature Automotive Applications and

Francesco Porpora, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy for Performance Analysis of Active and Passive Equalizer Circuits for Lithium-Ion Cells.

The engineers will hold their award-winning presentations online during the PCIM Europe digital days (7 to 8 July 2020)

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