“Analog Building Blocks of DC-DC Converters”


The ACRC (Advanced Circuit Research Center) in cooperation with the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society continues the series of “ACRC Semiconductor Webinars”  – insightful and enriching workshops held by international leaders and professionals of the semiconductors sector.

This time we are inviting you to a free online seminar on “Analog Building Blocks of DC-DC Converters” given by Prof. Bernhard Wicht from Leibniz University Hannover.

System behavior and performance of power management strongly depend on the implementation on circuit level. This tutorial covers the design of DCDC converter building blocks like power switches, gate drivers and their supply, level shifters, error amplifier as well as control loop and current sensing techniques. Circuits for diagnostics and protection will also be addressed. Increasing switching frequency scales down passive components, but poses a challenge for the design of timing critical circuits. The lecture will highlight trade-offs between speed, efficiency, complexity, voltage and current capabilities.

Prof. Bernhard Wicht has 20+ years of experience in analog and power management IC design. He received the Dipl.‑Ing. degree in electrical engineering from University of Technology Dresden, Germany, in 1996 and the Ph.D. degree (Summa Cum Laude) from University of Technology Munich, Germany, in 2002. Between 2003 and 2010, he was with Texas Instruments, Freising, responsible for the design of automotive power management ICs. In 2010, he became a full professor for integrated circuit design and a member of the Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics at Reutlingen University, Germany. Since 2017, he has been heading the Chair for Mixed-Signal IC Design at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. His research interest includes IC design with focus on power management, gate drivers and high-voltage ICs. Dr. Wicht was co-recipient of the 2015 ESSCIRC Best Paper Award and of the 2019 First Prize Paper Award of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. In 2018, he received the faculty award for excellent teaching at his university. He invented seventeen patents with several more pending. He currently serves as a member of the Technical Program Committees of ESSCIRC and ISSCC.

Please sign up and join us on Tuesday, June 16 at 16:00 (Israel Day Time).

Link to the Zoom session will be provided after registration.

Important: The participation is free of charge, but registration is required /registration-bernhard-wicht/

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