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14Win a Microchip dsPIC33CH Curiosity Development Board
16IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo - ECCE 2018
20Successful eMove360° Europe 2018
24Avoid Designing Custom Inductors
287th Generation NX type (NX7) Converter Inverter Brake (CIB) Modules
32How Long is Your System Going to Last?
36Designing Safe and Fast DC Charging Stations with Optocouplers
40Next Generation IGBT Modules
44Driving SiC MOSFETs with IX6611 Gate Driver IC
48Cost Optimization of Wireless Power Transmission Systems
52Power Control at 27 MHz with Variable Reactance

Editorial
Freedom to Live

We are approaching Christmas - and our wish is for peace and freedom on earth. Many in public office are telling their supporters what they like to hear and thus creating confrontations. Demagogues who appeal to our fear of minorities have a long, well-known, history - always totally bad. It seems the lessons of the past have not reached the many people who continue to cast their vote for politicians of this nature. We must respect the individual and must behave humanely. The American Declaration of Independence of 1776 should be known world-wide to understand how tyranny exhibits itself: www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript – just follow the link and read it.
Now, 250 years later, it is up to us to realize what is changing in the present day and apply ourselves to righting wrongs. We of the technical community, trained to think objectively, should be masters at this.
We need to pass on to our children and grandchildren a good perspective on living. To influence such little ones to become strong persons who understand good social behavior, we must set our own example. Christmas is the time to share within the family, but also to donate to the less fortunate to help them realize some good perspective in their lives – we humans are all of one family after all.

SiC and GaN have reached a momentum in new designs that have overcome the first steps.
We see Wide Band Gap devices now widely used in all kind of applications. As I pioneered in getting IGBTs introduced to users in the 80’s, it is now my pleasure to have experts in Wide Band Gap devices presenting their technology.

Mark your calendar for the Wide Band Gap Conference in Munich on December 4th at the Hilton Airport Hotel. Building on last year’s success, the program this year will continue and be strengthened with the cooperation of ICC Media / AspenCore. Visit www.power-conference.com for further information. The speakers program is finalized, and we look forward to interesting presentations and good networking!

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My Green Power Tip for the Month:
Open the boxes and get out the trains and have fun playing with the grandchildren.
Having the trains for decades saves resources - these old toys entertain forever.

Merry Christmas
Bodo
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