By Paul O’Shea
The Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) continues to buck the trends of many other trade shows by increasing the number of participants year-over-year and selling out, with a long waiting list, of companies that want to exhibit at the show. Now, this is a very focused show, as the name implies, so it doesn’t have the mass appeal or number of visitors as CES or Electronica have – but it does bring the best and the brightest of power engineers as well as the company decision makers (they are not mutually exclusive).
The show always features some of the best cutting-edge professional education seminars, so you can keep you design chops of with the latest technologies, including digital control, battery management, EMI surge protection, sustainable energy, and components. The amount of education sessions is always impressive but I have to admit the walking done every day to get between where you are staying and the show events is more like the distance travelled at the German trade shows. You have to allow for walking time to make your appointments. It’s not a bad thing to get the exercise but we have become spoiled by having trade shows in hotels with convention facilities attached. This show is also significant because many companies hold introductions of new products just for this show. I will be releasing these as soon as I can stop long enough from walking, hurrying between meetings.