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Virginia Tech Takes Top Honors at the 2020 Future Technologies Symposium

Virginia Tech Takes Top Honors at the 2020 Future Technologies Symposium

The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) announced today that Virginia Tech’s Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) has been recognized as the winner of the 2020 OCP Future Technologies Symposium. The Symposium brings together investors, startups, academics, and analysts to foster innovation, growth and collaboration via open source research and development. The full-day virtual event will be held on May 15 in association with the 2020 OCP Virtual Summit taking place May 12-15

Members of the Virginia Tech CPES will receive a reward of $10,000 for their paper titled “3kW Power Supply Design with Easy Manufacturability for 48 V Bus Power Architecture.” The paper explores easier and lower-cost methods of design for the DC-DC unit of the 3kW power supply for the 48V architecture in data centers, and includes a demonstrated prototype for 400V/48V 3kW 1MHz.

“It’s indeed a pleasure to be part of the OCP Future Technologies Symposium,” states Fred C. Lee, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech. “Our research team at Virginia Tech – CPES has been working on advancing power electronics technologies for decades. The Symposium is a great opportunity for us to share timely our latest research related to the next generation of Data Center power delivery architecture and power conversion technologies to the leading industry organizations. Being recognized as the top paper award for our paper entitled 3kW Power Supply Design with Easy Manufacturability for 48 V Bus Power Architecture means a great deal to our students and motivates them to continue working on further improvement.”

“We continue to be impressed with the level of engagement and the quality of topics coming from Academia and Startup communities to the Future Technologies Symposium,” adds Allan Smith, Chair, OCP Future Technologies Symposium and Facebook Area 404 Lab Manager. “This year’s winner (Va Tech) has challenged the industry to rethink its power architectures going forward.”

Click here to register for the OCP Virtual Summit and the Future Technologies Symposium.  Registration is free for all attendees and the full schedule can be found here.

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