Opportunities, Progress and Challenges in High-Frequency Power Conversion - APEC 2024

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Advances in the performance of power electronics – including their size, efficiency and control bandwidth – are essential to reducing energy consumption and increasing functionality in myriad applications. Increases in switching frequency into the high-frequency (HF, 3-30 MHz) range and beyond offers the potential to reduce energy storage requirements, achieve higher bandwidth and greater miniaturization, and advance applications. At the same time, there are numerous challenges to design at HF, including in devices and passive components, circuits, controls and packaging. This talk will explore opportunities, challenges and progress in the design of HF power electronics. Examples will be provided illustrating high-performance HF power components and systems and their application.
 

David Perreault received the B.S. degree from Boston University and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Electrical Engineering. He is presently the Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT. His research interests include design, manufacturing, and control techniques for power electronic systems and components, and in their use in a wide range of applications. Dr. Perreault is a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of many awards including the IEEE R. David Middlebrook Achievement Award for his work in power electronics. He is co-author of sixteen IEEE prize papers in the area, and of the textbook “Principles of Power Electronics, 2nd Edition” (Cambridge University Press, 2023). Dr. Perreault also co-founded startup companies Eta Devices (acquired by Nokia in 2016) and Eta Wireless (acquired by Murata in 2021).

Advances in the performance of power electronics – including their size, efficiency and control bandwidth – are essential to reducing energy consumption and increasing functionality in myriad applications. Increases in switching frequency into the high-frequency (HF, 3-30 MHz) range and beyond offers the potential to...