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What a Journey!

I have a lifetime in power electronics and am now celebrating 15 years publishing my magazine. Prior to this I enjoyed 42 years in electronics and before that I was educated by my electric model trains. I want to thank all of my friends and contributors for making this time a success for both the industry and for myself.

All of my train equipment is still on hand and is often brought back to life, piece by piece. For more than a quarter of a century I served as an advisory board member for PCIM helping to make the conference a success. The new organisers, Mesago, have a rule that states that you are not allowed to continue once you reach 67.

We have enjoyed two successful podium discussions at PCIM this year, with around 100 attendees for each event. Our first discussion was on SiC, followed by a GaN session and by the attendance and ...

What a Journey!

I have a lifetime in power electronics and am now celebrating 15 years publishing my magazine. Prior to this I enjoyed 42 years in electronics and before that I was educated by my electric model trains. I want to thank all of my friends and contributors for making this time a success for both the industry and for myself.

All of my train equipment is still on hand and is often brought back to life, piece by piece. For more than a quarter of a century I served as an advisory board member for PCIM helping to make the conference a success. The new organisers, Mesago, have a rule that states that you are not allowed to continue once you reach 67.

We have enjoyed two successful podium discussions at PCIM this year, with around 100 attendees for each event. Our first discussion was on SiC, followed by a GaN session and by the attendance and questions it is clear that these kinds of discussions are becoming very important to everybody.

Because of the corona pandemic these roundtables had to be virtual again this year and with this in mind we have created a virtual quarterly roundtable which is based on the published wide bandgap articles in my magazine. This is my contribution to help bridge the gap for missing face to face networking and discussion opportunities.

The first expert session was held at the end of March and our next is scheduled for the 30th June.
It is important that design engineers in the field can learn about the new technology of wide bandgap devices so they can create more efficient systems. This is the only way to get our future in line with the growing demand of the power hungry applications.
This is very similar to the mid-80s when I carried out design and application work, for RCA and finally Harris, getting the IGBTs and MOSFETs into European designs, which is about 35 years back in my journey.

We are all looking forward to getting back to normal whatever normal will be in the future.
The pandemic has taught us to use electronic communication more efficiently. Travel will be planned very carefully and knowing the risks will keep a lot of companies preferring to stay virtual to stay save.

It is not only the big events that are changing to virtual formats, so will Bodo’s Power Conference. The annual December event will be held virtually for the second time this year. The feedback we have received is that people still do not want to make travel plans at the moment. We too feel that this is not the time travel, and we don’t expect to for the rest of the year. So, mark your calendar for "Bodo’s Wide Bandgap Event" on December 1-2, 2021. We will once again bring together the experts for SiC, GaN and related topics.

Bodo’s magazine is delivered by postal service to all places in the world. It is the only magazine that spreads technical information on power electronics globally. We have EETech as a partner serving North America efficiently. If you are using any kind of tablet or smart phone, you will find all our content on the website eepower.com. If you speak the language, or just want to have a look, don’t miss our Chinese version: bodospowerchina.com

My Green Power Tip for the Month:
Explore the areas close to your home. You will be surprised what you have.
Also, you will save fuel if you walk or cycle.
Kind regards
Bodo

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