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Robotics by Design

Power System Design

7/28: Powering the Future of Electric Vehicles

9/8: Expanding the RISC-V Ecosystem

10/27: Digital Revolution & Intelligent Plant Design

11/10: Device Security by Design

12/1: Challenges Remain in Taking IoT/IIoT to the Next Level

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Robotics by Design

Robotics have proven to be crucial to meet the need of manufacturing even before the pandemic. The strategic use of robotics has improved plant safety and productivity, and innovative deployments of robotics have helped address worker shortages and supply chain challenges. Yet there still are manufacturers who have hesitation about how to effectively deploy robots in their plants.

Industry experts will discuss the value of robotics deployment, how best to integrate those robots safely and efficiently with their human co-workers, and how robotics can deliver a return on the investment and provide a competitive advantage as manufacturing continues to grow and evolve.



Applications for Modern Robotics

Speaker: Jeff Burnstein, President, A3

How robotics will play a key role in manufacturing’s continued growth during the pandemic and will continue to be utilized in new ways.

Cobots and Robots in the Post-COVID Era

Speaker: Joe Campbell, Universal Robots

The introduction of more cobots and robots in response to manufacturing needs during the pandemic was acute. This session will look at case studies that focus on how manufacturers have successfully navigated the need for and effective use of cobots on the plant floor.

Integrating Robots into Your Plant’s Future

A panel of industry experts will answer pressing questions about how and when to deploy robots effectively for modern manufacturing.

Robotics and Automation

Industry experts discuss how manufacturing companies are adopting and incorporating robotics technologies to reduce overhead while staying productive in a global marketplace.

Motion Control Techniques for Non-Cartesian Motion Systems

Speaker: Prabh Gowrisankaran, Performance Motion Devices

Power System Design

Power supplies and power management systems are fundamental to any electronics solution. They are logically simple but can be challenging to design or select especially when one wants to minimize cost, optimize efficiency and improve robustness. They are also critical components in any system.

DC-DC converters are one aspect of power supply solutions that have become important in applications ranging from mobile devices using minute amounts of power to electric vehicles.

This event delves into DC-DC power supply design issues as well as power delivery and management solutions for embedded systems.



From Datasheet to Design: Thermal Design for Modern DC/DC Converters

This session will enable engineers to understand the thermal demands of high-power density designs for their next-generation products. We will examine how to read and interpret datasheet thermal metrics such as ΘJA andΨJT for TI’s Flipped Die on Lead Frame (HotRodTM) packages, and how to gather necessary information from efficiency and typical thermal performance curves. We will also highlight how to do effective thermal layouts and showcase studies of the tradeoffs for routing, layer count and thermal vias on thermal performance.

GaN Technology Driving Power Density in Data Centers

Space on a server board is extremely precious, and servers – especially those designed for performing high-end computation functions such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) – are demanding more and more power. These stringent power requirements have necessitated changes in basic power conversion architecture.

DC-DC Power Supply Design

DC-DC converters are one aspect of power supply solutions that have become important in applications ranging from mobile devices using minute amounts of power to electric vehicles.

Panel: Infineon, Microchip, Texas Instruments

Testing DC-DC Power Supplies

Digital power management, wide-bandgap semiconductors, and distributed power architectures are moving the power industry forward and are also placing pressure on the engineers responsible for testing and validating these new DC-DC power solutions. Converters are reaching levels of efficiency unthought-of in the past. This event will explore some of the issues and solutions involved with testing the latest DC-DC converters.

Speaker: Tom Neville, Technology Manager for Power Electronics, Rohde & Schwarz

Voltage Ratings: Find the Best Power Inductor for Your Application

Inductors once considered optimized for high current, low voltage applications are finding homes in new designs that apply higher voltage stress to the inductor. This session will discuss the technology trends that place voltage stress on inductors, the physical mechanisms that determine inductor operating voltage capacity, and the use of voltage ratings as a part of the inductor selection process.

Speaker: Len Crane, Senior Technologist, Coilcraft, Inc.

Powering the Future of Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are just down the road, and as designers and manufacturers work to transform the world’s vehicle fleet to electric, the development of smart and powerful motion systems will be at the center of it all.

From purely electric actuation to electro-hydraulic and electro-pneumatic applications to integrating traditional fluid power systems into an electric fleet, the EV evolution will have to deliver on all of the promises of electric vehicles of all sizes without sacrificing power or utility.

We’ll look at EV from both the day-to-day use of electric motion technology in passenger cars and trucks to how EV will impact the design and function of everything from autonomous vehicles (AGVs) to construction equipment and large earth-movers.

Live Date: July 28, 2022


How to Prepare for Electric Vehicle Adoption

A panel of industry experts will bring together perspectives on the various aspects which need to be taken into consideration when adopting electric vehicles and associated products into your product platform.

An OEM’s Perspective on Going Electric

In this session, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) developing various types of electric vehicles will offer their perspectives on designing electric vehicles, the technologies being utilized, and how they are working with industry suppliers.

Best Practices for Working with High Voltage Batteries and Systems

Speaker: Michael Terzo, Terzo Power Systems

Currently, there are no industry standards that exist for working with the high-voltage systems that are now prevalent in electric-powered vehicles and equipment. This session will dive into how best to work with these systems, what dangers there are if proper precautions are not taken and how the industry could go about standardizing methods for working with high voltage systems.

How to Leverage the Best of Hydraulics with Emerging Battery-Electric Technology for Mobile Equipment

Speaker: Jay Schultz, Parker Hannifin

This session will overview integration of hydraulics with electric power systems. It will offer an evaluation of what approaches to take when integrating these systems, best practices for doing so as well as a real-world example with a heavy equipment OEM.

Expanding the RISC-V Ecosystem

The open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA) has taken the development community by storm as more companies have implemented chips based on RISC-V. The architecture is empowering a generation of developers by giving everyone, regardless of size, an opportunity to compete. It has also fostered a level of customization that is driving innovations in areas from microcontrollers to artificial intelligence.

Those attending this event will learn about RISC-V aspects including chip and architecture designs through software development.

Live Date: September 8, 2022

Sponsorship Deadline: July 21, 2022


Expanding the RISC-V Ecosystem

An extensive conversation with a diverse panel of experts to explore how chip design will be enabled by the RISC-V ecosystem and how it can enable industry-wide collaboration to build solutions based on a common set of standards and specifications.

Panelists: Calista Redmond, CEO, RISC-V International; Dirk Akemann, Head of Marketing, SEGGER; Drew Barbier, Senior Director/Product Manager, SiFive; Rupert Baines, CMO, Codasip

RISC-V Architecture Considerations

The adoption of RISC-V and the expansion of accessible markets is directly related to how developed the design ecosystem and infrastructure is. We talk to Jeff Hancock at Siemens Embedded about how that ecosystem is being developed.

Speaker: Jeff Hancock, Software Product Manager, Siemens Embedded

RISC-V from the Chip Perspective

RISC-V is promising a lot of things, but you still have to be able to build a chip with it. In this tech session we talk about the RISC-V ecosystem from the point of view of IP cores and ISAs.

Speaker: Drew Barbier, Senior Director/Product Manager, SiFive

Reference Models for RISC-V Processor Verification and Software Development

The open standard ISA of RISC-V gives new degrees of design freedom to system designers, software developers and processor hardware implementers. Supporting the ISA specification is the growing ecosystem of partners that provide the essential infrastructure that developers can rely on from project inception to production. The discussion will cover adaptable verification methods that complement the design innovations of RISC-V, plus the use of virtual platforms for software development and architectural exploration with RISC-V custom instructions.

Speaker: Simon Davidmann, Founder and CEO, Imperas

The Digital Revolution & Intelligent Plant Design

The partnership of man and machine that drove industrial productivity for the past 60 years now has a third member of the team: data-driven analytics that tells both the man and the machine about performance.

The explosion of sensors, artificial intelligence, machine learning and portable, flexible data management have put new tools literally in the hands of the operations team. Machine designers must integrate these new data tools to augment the traditional motors and drives powered, PLC-managed manufacturing operation.

This virtual event will call on the top experts in the field to look at how to bring the data revolution to even the most traditional operation, how to find the most relevant operational data, and how to under the greatest return on investment from the digital revolution.

Live Date: October 27, 2022

Sponsorship Deadline: September 8, 2022

Device Security by Design

As engineers work to connect everything from thermostats to cars to the internet, the question of security has become impossible to ignore. But dialing in the right level of security for a new product is a tricky task, requiring you to test—or at least investigate—a wide array of hardware and software technologies, from secure enclaves that will sit on your PCB to cryptography accelerators in the SoC at the heart of your design.

Engineers need to ask themselves tough questions during the design phase. What’s the potential impact of a hack? Who will be harmed by a breach and what will the extent of the damage be? What can you do within your budget, form factor, and power envelope? How long will the device be in use? Can you send software fixes or patches wirelessly? We will discuss the ins and outs of security technologies that you can add to your toolbox and consult experts on the best way to navigate challenges.

Live Date: November 10, 2022

Sponsorship Deadline: September 22, 2022

Challenges Remain in Taking IoT/IIoT to the Next Level

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) not only bring benefits to a myriad of applications, including consumer, manufacturing, agriculture, energy, military, and many more, but it’s also one of the engines driving industry growth. Yet, however bright the promise of IoT/IIoT, challenges remain in the realms of security, design, and deployment. In this Engineering Academy event, we’ll delve into these challenges, touching on such topics as:

  • Design
  • Connectivity
  • Scalability
  • Security and Data Management

Live Date: December 1, 2022

Sponsorship Deadline: October 13, 2022

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