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Make engineering fun again
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
"Students are in great position to solve some problems because they are untainted by the knowledge of what can't be done," said Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect in Cairo, Egypt.
DAC votes for power management
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7/1/2009   Post a comment
Power management is being taken seriously by the design automation community. Design Automation Conference organizers have released the votes, and "Power Scavenging: Waste Not, Want Not" won as DAC's first "community-driven" DAC Pavilion panel.
'Green' is a journey, not a destination
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
In its case for "Green Tech Innovation" some companies will promise more than they can deliver. There may be one semiconductor company that can deliver what they promise. Maybe.
The color of white
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
There's a lot to be said about predictions. Color them red. Then there is a lot to be said about being part of a fad. Color that green. Sometimes it's better to start over on a white canvas.
Perspiration still beats innovation
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
Powervation, the fabless semiconductor spin-out from the Circuits & Systems Research Center (CSRC) at the University of Limerick in 2006, originally received $10 million Series A round of venture capital funding led by Intel Capital and Scottish Equity Partners with Venture Tech Alliance. Next week the results of that funding will be obvious.
Power managing analog/mixed-signals
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6/3/2009   Post a comment
There's nothing "black" about the art of analog/mixed-signal design and how to manage power during a design. Sometimes it's just matter of finding the needed information.
Web "fun-da-mentals"
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
David Wilson, a motion products specialist at Freescale Semiconductor for the past 30 years, has found the Web, and is making it a fun place to be.
Power integrity issues looming
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
A Mentor Graphics article mentions that designers assume that signal and power integrity are only of concern in high-performance designs, but the author says that isn't true, particularly for PI.
Plenty of power to manage
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
In a report just released the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that the deployment of semiconductor technologies since 1976 has generated a sizeable energy productivity benefit across the U.S. economy.
Go, innovate, young man!
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
In 2007 Premier Farnell plc found the perfect formula for grabbing attention when it launched LiveEdge, a competition among engineers for designs that address the energy and environmental conservation fields.
Less energy to turn transistors on
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
EE Times' advanced technology editor reports on new developments in ferroelectric transistors that seem to point to a lower energy level needed to turn a transistor on.
Don't pooh-pooh the PUE
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4/13/2009   Post a comment
IC power management engineers have their work cut out: the PUE metric requires complete knowledge and understanding of each component in the data center and its power consumption.
Go read a good book!
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4/8/2009   Post a comment
Professor Gabriel Alfonso Rincón-Mora of the Georgia Institute of Technology in his book covers the entire product development cycle, from defining objectives and selecting components to layout, assembly, fine-tuning performance, and tests.
Ever hear of CQC?
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Bernard Murphy, Chief Technology Officer of Atrenta Inc., wants to make chip designers aware of continuous quality control.
How's your job?
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
TechInsights, the company behind the Embedded Systems Conference and the publisher of EE Times, recently conducted a poll among people who will be attending the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose which begins on March 30th.
Semiconductors build 'smart ' power
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
There's a wealth of innovation that can be applied to power management as the job moves toward building out "smart grids".
Video: Digital power controller reference design
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3/11/2009   1 comment
Analog Devices designed the board both because a PFC stage in an AC/DC supply outputs a DC voltage around 380VDC, and as a design that might fit in a high-voltage DC distribution architecture.
Video: Freescale demonstrates DC/DC harvester
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
With a battery being charged at the output, the Freescale DC/DC converter outputs 3.8V, and delivers 63 mA to the load.
Google turns energy focus to home power usage
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2/11/2009   Post a comment
Google claims that consumers that have real-time access to energy usage data cut monthly bills by 5% to 15%.
Google leads industry in IT data center efficiency
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2/4/2009   Post a comment
While many IT data centers waste more energy than they effectively consume in IT processing, Google has trimmed losses to 12% in at least one instance.
Data center power consumption will skyrocket
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
The EPA reported in mid 2007 that data centers consumed 1.5% of all electricity used in the US and the escalation in energy usage is outpacing Moore's Law.
APEC 2009 conference preview
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1/14/2009   Post a comment
"Power as a systems issue" and "managing power as you manage bandwidth" themes will permeate APEC 2009 program
2008 year end review -- 1-10
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
We posted how-to articles weekly throughout the year, and these garnered the most traffic among readers.
2008 year end review -- 11-20
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
We posted how-to articles weekly throughout the year, and these garnered the most traffic among readers.
Cooling savings lead Supercomputer Green Grid mission
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
New designs such as the one at UCSD will allow room temperature to rise to 100 °. The new center will only cool the air immediately in front of and within the server racks.
Grasp the breadth of low-power systems design
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Power-efficient systems need innovative chemical coatings, new power standards for chip design, and mandates to consumer electronics vendors.
Experiment with power-saving LED lighting with engineering kit
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10/29/2008   1 comment
LED lighting, used in widely-ranging applications from flashlights to sports fields, offers many advantages including long life and perhaps most importantly power savings.
So-called vampire power boosts power bills
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10/22/2008   6 comments
My family is indicative of the general public. We take one step forward and two steps back. I no longer allow a desktop computer to be left running 24/7, but we continue to add rechargeable battery-powered devices such as the recent addition of a weed whacker and leaf blower.
Vibration-based energy harvester delivers 60 μW
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10/15/2008   Post a comment
The harvester can be fabricated in a standard CMOS and works at a relatively low frequency range that's typical of target applications such as tire pressure sensors.
Solar will burn you if you don't turn it on
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9/28/2008   2 comments
Initiate a strong national effort right now for alternative energy, notably solar, that outdoes what Europe can do, and we might well reclaim our economic status.
What designers know, and don't, about batteries
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8/30/2008   Post a comment
Study by Nexergy advances designers' preferences, exposes gaps in knowledge
Energy report card: B for baffled
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8/5/2008   Post a comment
We've got a good handle on what it takes to solve the power management crisis; but how long will it take before it puts dollars and cents in your pocket?
Tips from Texas
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7/2/2008   Post a comment
The Power Tips! series of tutorial/how-to technical articles from Texas Instruments will be a regular feature of Power Management DesignLine
"Quad A" battery is a tickler
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6/21/2008   Post a comment
What's the future hold for the AAAA battery? It'll become more available but, to the critical eye, its technical justification is not yet clear.
Point of resistance
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5/6/2008   Post a comment
How often is the derivative of a variable, versus a variable itself, the major driver for the class of equations we deal with on a day-to-day basis; moreover, what does HP's invention of the "fourth passive element," the memristor, hold for power electronics?
Two nickels worth of battery power
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3/25/2008   Post a comment
Nickel-zinc batteries arrive to replace nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal-hydride for power tools and small vehicles
A watershed for silver-zinc?
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Smaller, lighter, safer, and longer running than lithium-ion batteries? We'll know in a few months.
Whose patent is this, anyway?
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12/24/2007   Post a comment
Lend an ear to the Europeans; they might be able to tell us a thing or two about reforming intellectual property laws
Look to the kids for solar, green solutions
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10/28/2007   Post a comment
High school and college students can make significant contributions to solar, green, and alternative power technologies through local programs and the Solar Decathlon Competition.
Old doesn't mean out of date
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10/8/2007   Post a comment
Very few power components become truly extinct, even today. "Obsolete" parts still have something to offer to your discrete designs.
I sense that simpler is better
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9/8/2007   Post a comment
Keep miniaturization in perspective. "Smaller is better" doesn't necessarily apply.
Not so fast on nuclear
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8/14/2007   Post a comment
Global power management is within our reach, but is the price too high to pay?
Digital power comes full circle
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8/4/2007   Post a comment
The architects of digital power see eye-to-eye in their efforts to solidify power management
When an on/off switch really does that
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7/20/2007   Post a comment
There are practical and psychological implications when on/off switches don't say what they mean, and don't mean what they say...
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The stewards of energy
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6/6/2007   Post a comment
Economics and eco-ethics drive the quest for energy-efficient power conversion techniques. It is our responsibility as engineers, as stewards of energy, to find the most innovative power management advances.
The critical mass of green
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Have we hit a critical mass in awareness about our use of energy? What are some of the efforts being made to reduce energy consumption and why will they succeed? Okay, so this blog only presents a few shining stars of the green movement - and why you should care.
It isn't easy powering deep sub-micron CMOS loads
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3/10/2007   Post a comment
The new, smaller, faster IC design has a dark side that can cause noise and cross talk. Enpirion's VP Paul Greenland takes a quick peak at the issue. It's about power management.
Implications of energy efficiency - we have work to do
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
A plenary session talk served as a wake-up call to consumers and designers of powered devices. We are making progress towards making more efficient products but we can do better.
Go green young designers
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
The need for energy is a constantly growing demand, especially as more countries become energy hogs like the US. Data centers are now prime targets for power management because energy demands are growing dramatically.
Solar-possibilities expand
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8/8/2006   Post a comment
The One Laptop Per Child initiative takes on a new twist with the addition of access to email and the Internet via solar Wi-Fi. Now all we need is a solar-powered laptop.
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