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Online Short-Course on
“Emerging Power Management Solutions”
By Prof. Aleksandar Prodic (University of Toronto)

Dates: 3rd/5th/9th/12th/16th/19th/23rd/26th May 2022

Live-Virtual Zoom Lectures


Online Short-Course on
“Emerging Power Management Solutions”
By Prof. Aleksandar Prodic (University of Toronto)

Dates: 3rd/5th/9th/12th/16th/19th/23rd/26th May 2022

Live-Virtual Zoom Lectures


COURSE OUTLINE


Power supply systems for mobile devices, computers, consumer electronics, and numerous other applications are going through significant transformations. The changes are driven by numerous factors and, often, conflicting requirements. Those include requests for processing increasing amounts of power and operation with higher voltage conversion ratios while, at the same time, providing high power processing efficiency and improving power density. Also, compared to conventional solutions, emerging power management systems are expected to have improved functionality, increasing interactions with the loads and allowing for implementation of advanced power savings techniques.

To accommodate new requirements, novel solutions on multiple levels are being developed. Those include redefined system level architectures, novel digital and mixed-signal control methods, and replacement of conventional buck and boost converters with more advanced topologies. Also new components and packaging solutions are being developed.

This course will give a brief review of standard power management architectures in several applications and fundamental principles of the operation of their main functional blocks, i.e. switch-mode power supplies (SMPS). Also, the main design trade-offs involving size, power processing efficiency, and the cost of implementation will be reviewed. Then, the practical implementation challenges related to the changing requirements will be described and new solutions introduced.

A special focus will be given to three topics. First is the practical implementation of high-frequency digital and mixed-signal controllers replacing conventional analog counterparts. Challenges and solutions related to on-chip implementation of the main functional blocks of digital controllers will be presented. Also, digital control solutions for improving transient performance, efficiency, and functionality of the SMPS will be presented.

The second topic is related to emerging reduced voltage swing converter topologies (including multi-level converters) replacing conventional buck and boost-based solutions. Basic principles of operation that allow for simultaneous size reduction and power processing efficiency improvements will be presented. Then, specific design and control challenges will be addressed and solutions presented.

The third topic will review latest system-level architectures relying on digital control and utilization of the new topological solutions.

The course will also include hands-on simulation work, sometimes during the lectures and other times as homework assignments, where mathematical modeling methods/tools covered in the lectures will be applied to design and simulate, i.e. verify designs of several switch-mode power supplies (SMPS). The modeling methods/tools will be used for both steady-state analysis and the design of controllers. The simulations will be based on Typhoon – Xyce combination (temporary licenses will be provided), where Xyce is a SPICE-compatible high-performance simulator, and quite useful for power stage simulation and high frequency effects. Typhoon is a supporting graphical user, and model integration, interface. For more information, please see here.

This course is intended primarily for analog designers with some experience in traditional power management architectures who may or may not have experience with digital and mixed-signal controllers. We will assume no familiarity with these advanced power management topologies and introduce them as part of the course. The course will also be of great interest to power electronics engineers, system designers, as well as those with background in control and digital design. Some basic knowledge of circuit theory will be required.


Duration: 16 hrs

Format: 8 ‘Live-Virtual’ Sessions, scheduled over a 4-week period, with twice-weekly, 2-hour lectures, including interactive Q&A and some hands-on work during the lectures. 

Work: Homework assignments (optional) will consolidate the learning from the lectures.

Included: Course notes (PDF), homework assignments (PDF), temporary license to Typhoon-Xyce simulation tool, course home page, class forum, lecture playback (limited time) & attendance certificate.


Fees:


Early-Bird: €475 (Payment/PO Until 18th March 2022)

Standard: €635 (Payment/PO From 21st March 2022)

Flash Sale: €475 (Payment 4th-17th April 2022)


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Duration: 16 hrs

Format: 8 ‘Live-Virtual’ Sessions, scheduled over a 4-week period, with twice-weekly 2-hour lectures including interactive Q&A and hands-on work during the lectures. 

Work: Homework assignments (optional) will consolidate the learning from the lectures.

Included: Course notes (PDF), homework assignments (PDF), temporary license to Typhoon-Xyce simulation tool, course home page, class forum, lecture playback (limited time) & attendance certificate.


Fees:


Early-Bird: €475 (Payment/PO Until 18th March 2022)

Standard: €635 (Payment/PO From 21st March 2022)

Flash Sale: €475 (Payment 4th-17th April 2022)


For registration, more information or subscription to our newsletter



Online Short-Course on
“Emerging Power Management Systems”


Course Programme


All Lectures @ (15:00-17:00 WET) = (16:00-18:00 CET) = (10:00-12:00 ET) = (07:00-09:00 PT)


3rd May 2022


Lecture #1 – Power Management Systems
Topologies, SMPS, linear regulators, converters, SC circuits, design trade-offs, converter modeling.


5th May 2022


Lecture #2 – Controller Design – Analog vs. Digital

Analog controller design, motivation & challenges, high-frequency digital controllers.


9th May 2022


Lecture #3 – High-Frequency Digital Controllers

Practical implementation, limit cycling & resolution, design methods, compensator design, on-chip implementation.


12th May 2022


Lecture #4 – High-Performance Controllers

Advanced digital & mixed-signal controllers, time-optimal & minimum deviation control, on-line efficiency optimization, load-interactive features.


16th May 2022


Lecture #5 – Emerging Converter Topologies
Limitations of conventional solutions, reduced voltage swing principle, multi-level (ML) converter topologies, principles of operation & analysis.


19th May 2022


Lecture #6 – Control of Multi-Level Controllers – Part I
Design & control challenges, flying capacitor (FC) voltage control, start-up issues.


23rd May 2022


Lecture #7 – Control of Multi-Level Controllers – Part II
Practical mixed-signal controllers for ML-FC SMPS, advanced features, design example.


26th May 2022


Lecture #8 – Advanced Power Management Architectures
Hybrid architectures, design example, on-chip implementation of PM system for mobile applications.



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Alksandar Prodic obtained his Dipl. Ing. degree from the University of Novi Sad (Serbia) in 1994 and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado Power Electronics Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

In 2003 he joined the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where, in 2004, he formed Laboratory for Power Management and Integrated Switch-Mode Power Supplies (SMPS). Prof. Prodic’s general research interest is Power Electronics. Specific research interests include practical advanced control methods for power electronics, converter topologies, mixed-signal IC design for power electronics, low-power high-frequency switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) and power management systems. The applications of interest range from on-chip power supplies for portable devices to power management systems in vehicles. His research also covers use of power electronics in biomedical applications. In this area he has published more than 80 research papers. His research also resulted in more than 20 patents and patent applications, many of them have become commercial products.


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