2022 CASPA Special Seminar I: Opportunities and Challenges of Power Semiconductors



The  power  semiconductor  market  is  rising  thanks  to  emerging  technologies  from  power  devices  to  power  management  ICs.  The  adoption  of  power  semiconductors  is  on  a  huge  rise  across  the  new  market  verticals  like  compact  consumer  electronics,  5G  communication,  Data  Center,  Automotive,  especially  fast  growing  Electric Vehicles, and more. 

In   the   wake   of   this   big   moment   for   the   power   semiconductors,   CASPA,   the   largest   Chinese  American  semiconductor   professional   association   worldwide,   carrying   the   mission   to   promote   the   technology  innovations  in  high-tech  community,  plans  to  organize  a  special  seminar  discussing  the  technology  trend  in  power  semiconductors, from wide band gap technology – GaN, SiC, to emerging power semiconductor technology, such as integrated voltage regulator, USB power delivery solutions, and system & applications. 

The seminar will be held on Saturday, Jan.29th, 4:00PM-6:45PM. It will be organized with 20 minutes speech with  5  min  Q&A  time  for   each   speaker,   followed   by   a   45   min   panel   discussion   session   by   the  speakers  and  panelist.


4:00pm – 4:10 pm Welcome Remarks
4:10pm – 4:20pm Introduction of CASPA
4:20pm – 4:45pm Dan Kinzer, CoFounder & CTO, Navitas
4:45pm – 5:10pm Pearl Cao, Director for Power Delivery, NXP
5:10pm – 5:35pm Steve Shultis, SVP of Sales & Marketing, Empower Semiconductor
5:35pm – 6:00pm Tony Huang, VP of MOSFET Power Division, Diodes Inc. 
6:00pm – 6:45pm Panel Discussion

Julu Sun, CTO, FSP-Powerland Technology

Llew Vaughan-Edmunds, Director of Strategic & Technical Marketing, Applied Materials 

Dan Kinzer, Founder & CTO, Navitas Semiconductor

Pearl Cao, Director for Power Delivery, NXP 

Steve Shultis, SVP of Sales & Marketing, Empower Semiconductor 

Tony Huang, VP of MOSFET Power Division, Diodes Inc

Moderator:  Mingyu Qu, Director of Strategic Marketing, Diodes Inc.

6:45pm  Closing Remarks and Prize Drawing


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Guest Speaker:

Dan Kinzer

For 30 years Dan has led R&D at semiconductor and power electronics companies at the VP level or higher. His experience includes developing advanced power device and IC platforms, wide bandgap GaN and SiC device design, IC and power device fabrication processes, advanced IC design, semiconductor package development and assembly processes, and design of electronic systems.

Before Co-founding Navitas, Dan served as VP R&D, VP Advanced Product Development, and Chief Technologist at International Rectifier (IR sold to Infineon for $3B), and SVP Product & Technology Development & CTO at Fairchild Semiconductor (Fairchild sold to onsemi for $2.4B).

In 2018, Dan was an inaugural inductee to the International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD) Hall of Fame.

Dan holds over 180 US patents, and a BSE degree in Engineering Physics from Princeton University.

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Guest Speaker:

Pearl Cao

Pearl Cao is Director for Power Delivery at NXP, focusing on USB-C Power Delivery and Fast Charging business. She has 10+ years’ experience in business development and engineering management covering multiple power technologies, which include wired and wireless charging. Prior to joining NXP in 2021, she was Business Director at Texas Instruments.

Pearl enjoys volunteer work and loves giving back to the community. She is driven to promote an environment that encourages inclusion and diversity. She has been very involved in the Chinese Initiative and the Women’s Initiative. Now she serves on the board for non-profit organizations, such as The GEMS Camp to prepare young women for successful STEM studies and careers. Her personal mission is to “Inspire and empower the next generation of science and engineering female leaders through education, mentorship and supporting network”.

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Guest Speaker:

Steve Shultis

SVP of Sales & Marketing at Empower Semiconductor

Steve Shultis has an outstanding track record of delivering results in both sales and business leadership positions over his more than 20 years in the semiconductor and electronics industries. His most recent roles included VP & GM at Foxconn Interconnect Technologies and Sr. Director of Marketing & Sales at Foxconn Optical Interconnect Technologies where he managed half a US$ billion in revenues. Steve has been recognized for his achievements in sales and marketing leadership roles at Avago Technologies, Lattice Semiconductor, and Future Electronics with extensive international experience in China, APAC, North America, and Europe. Steve holds a BSEE from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a veteran of the United States Navy.

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Panelist Speaker:

Llew Vaughan-Edmunds

Llew Vaughan-Edmunds is Director of Strategic & Technical Marketing – Power Technologies, within the ICAPS Group at Applied Materials. He has over 20 years of power semiconductor experience at Infineon, International Rectifier, and ON Semiconductor. He has been responsible for various product lines including Gate Drivers, IGBTs, Diodes, and Wide Band Gap (SiC/GaN).

He holds an MBA from Chapman University, BS in Applied Electronics from Liverpool University, and a patent in GaN device technology. He is currently Chairman for PowerAmerica and an advisory board member for a GaN semiconductor device company.

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Guest Speaker:

Tony Huang

Dr. Tony Huang received BSEE in 1986 from National Chiao-Tong University (NCTU) and attended the Graduate School of the University of Texas at Arlington and received his PhD degree in 1995. Before joining Diodes in 2007, he worked at Texas Instruments and other companies for more than 10 years. Recently, he served as the VP of MOSFET Power Division within Diodes, Inc. During his 14 years tenure of MOSFET BU manager, he helped to grow the business consecutively to 18x from a Small-signal MOSFET supplier to Power MOSFET player for key Automotive and Consumer manufacturer. Dr. Huang is looking forward to expanding more resources on the wideband gap device development, such as GaN and SiC.

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Panelist Speaker:

Julu Sun

Dr. Julu Sun received the B.S. degree from Zhejiang University in 1996, M.S. degree from Tsinghua University in 2001 and Ph. D degree from Virginia Tech in 2008, all in electrical engineering. From 2001 to 2003, he worked at Beijing research center of Liteon electronics. Starting from 2009, he serves as CTO of Powerland Technology in Nanjing, China, He leads several high-efficiency and high power-density power conversion projects, and contributes to the development of several innovative power supply products.

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Mingyu Qu

Mingyu Qu is Director of Strategic Marketing and Advanced Analog Business Unit, within the Analog Business Group at Diodes Incorporated. She has over 27 years of power electronics and power semiconductor experience at power system companies, STMicroelectronics, ON Semiconductor and Diodes Incorporated. She holds an MBA from UC Davis, BS in EE and served as secretary general for CASPA in 2022.

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