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Seeking Feedback on The Historically Low Number of Applications for Power-Focused Roadtests

Greetings. It's October already! For me the year has gone by real quickly! I hope you've had a great year!

 

As the year starts winding down, I typically begin an audit of roadtests. This is something I do every year as RoadTest Program manager. I look at the review completion rate, the number of applications per roadtest, and anything else that would be relevant for improving the element14 Roadtest program.

 

While I have just begun this task, I feel the program is in good shape as far as review completions go. Many thanks to all roadtesters who have completed reviews. Our sponsors value your input and what you write is read closely.

 

The number of applications seems to be an area that needs improvement. For example, I noticed that for our power-focused roadtests, there seems to be a historically lower number of applications:

 

MPS Four-Channel Output Power Module EVM   14 applicants

ROHM 8-Channel Multi-Rail DC/DC Converter Board  15 applicants

Summer of FPGAs: MAX77714 Multichannel PMIC EVM  21 applicants

Vishay Synchronous Buck Regulator EV Board  22 applicants

TI SWIFT™ Power Module EVM  14 applicants

Texas Instruments-DCDC Power:FPGA & Data Converter  15 applicants

 

Now, for DC Power Supplies, which are actually test equipment roadtests in my mind, the number of applications is much better:

R&S 4-Output Bench Power Supply, Prog (HMP4040.04)  33 applicants

Tenma Handheld DC Power Supply  238 applicants   (This is NOT a typo. It had 238 applicants.)

R&S NGP814 Power Supply 44 applicants

AIM-TTI Bench Power Supply  33 applicants

 

I peeked into some webinars to see if they corresponded to roadtests (since roadtests and webinars are complementary programs that are often cross-promoted). They seem to be similar. For example:

MPS Four-Channel Output Power Module EVM  14 applicants

Techniques and Technologies for Better Power Management Design (Win a Power Module!)  30 registrants

 

I was hoping to get some insights into the historically lower number of applicants for power-focused roadtests. This information can not only help me, but also help me work with our sponsors.

 

Poll Question: Why haven't you applied for power-focused roadtests?  Why do you think there is a historically lower number of applicants for power focused roadtests than other roadtests?

Poll Results
  • Lack of Need for Power Dev Boards; I don't design power supplies (18%)
    7/39
  • I am familiar with the product or technology being roadtested so I didn't need to roadtest it (3%)
    1/39
  • Other priorities. I have limited time for roadtests. Other roadtests were more important to me (28%)
    11/39
  • I'm not building or making anything that needs a new power supply designed. (13%)
    5/39
  • I'm new to engineering and felt I didn't know enough to roadtest the product (10%)
    4/39
  • I use or specify other supplies power chips, so I didn't need to learn another. (0%)
    0/39
  • Power is not my area of specialty (3%)
    1/39
  • Power roadtests don't interest me. (3%)
    1/39
  • I was not aware that the roadtests were being advertised. (0%)
    0/39
  • The roadtest closed before I had a chance to apply. (0%)
    0/39
  • Other; please explain in comments (23%)
    9/39

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