Electronics: Challenges and Careers in Passive Component Technology for IoT, EV, and Energy Harvesting


IEEE Toronto invites you to a talk by Ron Demko of AVX Corp. on the Growth and Challenges in Passive Component Technology for IoT, EV, and Energy Harvesting.

Food and refreshments will be provided.


33 minute duration
The past year has been historic in the world of passive components: Component shortages reached a historical high, resulting in dramatically extended product lead times. The extremity of these shortages necessitated that suppliers work with end users to find ceramic capacitor alternatives that would keep end product assembly on relatively normal schedules.

In recent years, new passive component technologies emerged to address growing markets such as consumer energy harvesting; IoT; automotive V2V,V2X communication; automobile safety/autonomous systems; private space transport; electric vehicles; and distributed generation/alternate energy sources.

This talk will recap market conditions from 4Q 2018 to the present, and the solutions capacitor manufacturers offered. We will discuss the high level outlook for new market sectors and the pressure they will put on component suppliers to meet component volume demand/order rate while achieving high quality high performance components. Reliability expectations will be outlined.

Based on predictions of passive component market trends we aim to offer insight into areas of passive component technology in need of R&D in forthcoming years, as well as probable areas of supplier employment.

Speaker Bio:

Ron Demcko, AVX Fellow and Manager of TSG Team at AVX Head Quarters in Fountain Inn S.C.

Ron graduated with a BSEE from the Clarkson College of Technology in 1982.

Before joining AVX Corp., Ron started as a Product Engineer and later became Product Engineering Manager at Corning Glass Works, Electronics Division. In this role, he supported production, sales, and development of pulse resistant capacitors, high temperature capacitors, and radiation resistant capacitors. He developed high frequency test methods and co-developed high temperature test systems and products.

From 1987 to 1994, Ron joined AVX as an Application Engineer, where his work included product development of integrated passive components, EMI filters, and transient voltage suppression devices. Between 1994 and 1999 Ron was EMC Lab Manager at AVX Raleigh N.C. The lab concentrated on sub-assembly testing and passive component fixes for harsh electrical environments.

Currently, as Fellow and Manager of TSG Team at AVX, Ron’s role spans projects ranging from interface with all major IC foundries to product support, new product identification, and applied development.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 22 Jan 2020
  • Time: 12:10 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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  • Bahen Centre for Information Technology
  • 40 St George St
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Canada M5S 2E4
  • Room Number: BA B024
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