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14Next Generation of Precision Power Analyzer
16Precharger Solution for Railway Applications
18The High Performance Analog Leader
24The Successful Launch of the International Energy Harvesting Ecosystem - EnerHarv 2018 Workshop
30DCM™ Powers Electric Vehicles
40Tampering Protected Power Supply for E-Meters
42Too Fast to Handle for You? New Generation of Fast 650 V IGBT
46Achieving Increased Solder Joint Reliability and Low-Voiding in High Power Applications
50Smart Transformer
54Power Capacitors Toughen Up for Life with Wide Band Gap Semiconductors
56Easy Monitoring of Multiple Voltages
58Modern Electric Motor Technology & Applications

Back on Track

After a well-deserved summer vacation, we’re back at the desk - preparing for the conference season in fall 2018. Publishing a monthly magazine only allows a few days off, but that's better by far than working with few breaks, as Bodo has done for many years. That’s hard to imagine in these times when work/life-balance is getting more and more important, and for many good reasons. My destination for this year’s summer vacation was the North Africa region.
Lots of interesting impressions filled our days there, and I must admit that those weren't all positive! Seeing little kids playing on garbage left a lasting impression. A social challenge that endures, I'm afraid. It is pictures like these that dissuade decent people from demonstrating against refugees! Another challenge...

Regarding conferences, in September we had among others Innotrans in Berlin, EPE in Riga, and ECCE in Portland, Oregon (a summary by Gary Dolny will be part of an upcoming issue!). Looking at the exhibitor list of Innotrans I can see clearly that railway is an increasing field for our industry. In 1879, Werner Siemens introduced one of the first electrical trains - just in Berlin. Two years later, the world's first electrical tramcar started operating in today's capital of Germany. So, from my perspective there couldn't be a better place for the Innotrans technology fair than Berlin. Today, most busy metropolises would collapse without public transportation systems. Railway will surely play a big role in the future of mobility and contribute an important part to reducing emissions.

We're now counting the last days to the big event of electronica in Munich, co-located with Semicon Europa this year, and filling seventeen halls for the first time. This really makes planning ahead a necessity, as you will hardly be able to visit every booth. Semicon in hall A4 and the halls B4-5 and C3-6 (Semiconductors) are a must for us, but also Test & Measurement, Automotive and Wireless are on our list. I wish comfortable sneakers would be more sociably acceptable...

Mark your calendar for the Wide Band Gap Conference in Munich on December 4th at the Hilton Airport Hotel. Building on last year’s success, the program this year will continue, and be strengthened, with the cooperation with ICC Media / AspenCore. Visit for further information. The speakers program is finalized, and we look forward to interesting presentations and good networking!

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My Green Power Tip for October:
Give your local public transportation systems a chance, even when it’s only for a few times! There will always be limitations in terms of flexibility and comfort, but the environmental benefits should be worth it!

Best Regards
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