In alignment with the PSMA mission of bringing value and utility to members as well as the power electronics industry as a whole, the PSMA Reliability Committee aims to spearhead industry initiatives that identify and attempt to solve the pertinent industry challenges related to the reliability and performance of power supplies and associated products. The scope of the Committee shall include anything that impacts the life and desired application of a power supply, including (but not limited to) interaction with a system and/or other power supplies.
A main motivator for the inception of the Committee was to address a major problem in the power supply industry related to software/firmware in supplies. As digital implementations (from telemetry to full loop control) have become more pervasive in power supplies designed with one or more digital signal processors (DSP), the robustness of this code along with Signal Integrity and interaction with the power supply and/or system has risen to become a frequent, critical path item in development schedules and field performance. We are proposing an initiative to deep-dive on this issue by identifying the current gaps in the development process and apply that to tangible outputs (i.e. whitepapers, functional specifications, test plans, etc.) that can serve as industry guidance to mitigate these gaps.
This committee was newly formed in July ’17 and looking for eager participants so please contact one of the Co-Chairs or the Association Office to join.