Driven by the need for ever greater efficiency, lower cost, and improved safety, automobiles are undergoing a revolution in power distribution network (PDN) design. From architectures to semiconductor solutions and underlying processes, this one-hour EETimes University course will provide attendees with an overview of what’s changing, why, and what designers can do about it as they approach next-generation automotive PDN design.

The course will discuss:

  • The trends that are influencing PDN design
  • The use of split 12V/48V power rails
  • Typical PDN architectures (ICE, EVs, BEVs, HEVs)
  • Common PDN devices and their application
  • PDN design considerations and challenges
  • Managing the automotive environment (EMI and functional safety (ISO26262))
  • Trends and forecasts


Paul Pickering, Consultant

Paul Pickering has over 35 years of engineering and marketing experience, including stints in automotive electronics, precision analog, power semiconductors, flight simulation, and robotics. Originally from the North-East of England, he has lived and worked in Europe, the US, and Japan. He has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics & Electronics from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and has done graduate work at Tulsa University.

Patrick Mannion, Consultant, ClariTek, LLC

Engineer and technology analyst, writer and content development strategist focused on the electronics industry. Makes strategic content and editorial decisions to help the engineering community stay informed and manages design risk through live and online channels and events. Combines electronics engineering education and experience to provide the latest educational curriculum for engineers.