Present semiconductor circuit elements have made it possible to produce frequency converters for speed-controlled three-phase drives from the k'' range to the MW range at low cost. Line-powered frequency converter circuits are already in the standardisation stage while the development trends in the field of speed-controlled frequency converter circuits are not foreseeable as yet. Recent developments in the field of electronics have made the circuits simpler and able to implement an increasing number of functions. There is a trend towards programmable digital control systems with microcomputers. Of the 8 articles in the publication, the contribution by M. Wild and R. Wetzl (Synchronous motors with frequency converters drive boiler feed pumps at Bergkamen power plant) has been entered in the data base as a separate citation.