Department seminar: System Benefits of Advances in Power Electronics November 29th 1-2pm

Dr Darryl Tschirhart

Intel Canada

System Benefits of Advances in Power Electronics

Date: Friday November 29th 1-2pm

Location: LAS 3033

Lunch bites will be provided.


Power electronics is an enabling technology required by all modern electronic systems.  In most cases, the power distribution network is quite complex and usually composed of a number of power converters that sequentially condition the energy from the source to a form required by the load.  The end goals of maximum system functionality with low energy cost are only possible through high power density of the power converters.  Additionally, high power density translates to a lower bill of material cost at the component and system level; which gives financial incentive for adoption.  This presentation is a composition of ideas focused on promoting converter miniaturization and more efficient operation through novel circuit design and control strategies.  The ideas will be discussed, and their benefits to consumer electronics and Datacom systems quantified.


Darryl Tschirhart received the B.Sc. (with honours), M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, in 2003, 2006, and 2012 respectively.

In May 2010 he joined Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) where he was responsible for power requirement roadmaps and new product development of high performance single and multiphase voltage regulators for next generation graphical- and central processing units.  In February 2013 he joined the digital IC design group at Infineon Technologies as a Concept Engineer where he initially defined functional blocks within multi-loop, multi-phase VR controller ICs for Intel server platforms.  He went on to lead the development of a digital controller for isolated dc/dc converters.  Since October 2018 he has been a Power Architect and designer in the System Engineering team at Intel Canada.

Dr. Tschirhart has received the Best Presentation Award at the International Symposium on Industrial Electronics in 2006 (ISIE’06), and twice at the Applied Power Electronics Conference in 2010 (APEC’10).  He has 19 peer-reviewed publications; 35 granted US and international patents; and many pending applications covering: integrated circuits, power converter topology, control, and protection; and system-level power management.

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