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AMS, Dialog Merger Talks Fail
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7/22/2014   Post a comment
Talks over a possible merger of mixed-signal chip companies AMS and Dialog Semiconductor plc have failed to reach agreement and been abandoned.
Power Week: Solar Roadways – Sci-Fi or Future Reality?
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7/17/2014   26 comments
This week, the concept of roadways paved with solar panels recently received a boost after a crowdfunding campaign in support of one such project raised more than double its $1 million goal.
Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear
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7/16/2014   4 comments
Imagination Technologies announced a new Android-compatible graphics core for wearables and the Internet of Things. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core is 0.55mm2 - what Imagination dubs the smallest chip in the industry - and designed for low-cost, area constrained applications.
Bluetooth Fights Back Against Thread
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7/16/2014   12 comments
If you thought the Thread group would bring harmony to the Internet of Things, think again.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
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7/10/2014   8 comments
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Inductive Charging Takes Shape at BMW & Daimler
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7/9/2014   8 comments
BMW plans to launch series production for inductive charging schemes for electric vehicles. The project is conducted along with competitor Daimler. Each company plans to provide a uniform charging technology for the garage at home.
HAMEG Name Ends, Lives On as Rohde & Schwarz
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
HAMEG operations to continue and expand. Products to be marketed as R&S value line.
Lowest Power MEMS Mic Cuts Noise
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7/6/2014   6 comments
At 200 microAmps, Knowles claims new low for MEMS mics making its microphone ideal for always-on circuitry.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
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7/3/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Murata Agrees to Digital Power Module Collaboration With Ericsson
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7/3/2014   1 comment
Murata Power Solutions has entered into a technical collaboration agreement with Ericsson that has the goal of accelerating the adoption of digital power products.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices
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7/3/2014   10 comments
This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
IBM Pledges Nanotube Transistor by 2020 or Bust
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7/2/2014   5 comments
After over two decades of work on carbon nanotube transistors, IBM finally thinks is may have a workable architecture -- if the kinks can be worked out by 2020.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks
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6/30/2014   6 comments
Mixed-signal, power, and RF chip companies AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor plc have announced that they are in discussions over a possible merger.
Bean Curd Component Could Slash Solar Panel Costs
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6/26/2014   32 comments
A researcher scores an almost perfect “free lunch” in discovering a cheaper, less toxic material substitute for the cadmium chloride used in solar panels.
Low-Power, Highly-Secure MCUs for the IoT
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6/26/2014   16 comments
Microchip's latest MCUs are ideally suited for a wide range of industrial, medical, and home automation applications, including things like IoT sensor nodes.
Power Week: Cheap, Organic Battery for Power Grid; Paper-Thin Battery for IoT & SiC News
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6/26/2014   4 comments
This week scientists announce a battery for grid electrical storage, German researchers demonstrate efficiency improvements in power electronics, and STMicroelectronics introduces a paper-thin lithium battery suited for ultra-low-profile applications.
Cirrus to Take Half Audio IC Market, Says Report
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6/26/2014   6 comments
Price pressure in the growing audio IC market is leading to consolidation and will continue, according to SensiAn Research. And it is happening top-down with the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics by Cirrus Logic.
GaN LEDs: Sputtering Cuts Costs on Larger Displays
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6/25/2014   7 comments
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a technology for creating GaN LEDs on glass substrate which could not only cut manufacturing costs but also help to develop OLED light panels.
Bosch 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit for Always-On Future
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6/25/2014   3 comments
Bosch's Sensortec aims its integrated low-power sensor platform for always-on applications in mobile and the Internet of Things.
Ultra-Low-Power FRAM-Based MCUs Target Next-Gen Applications
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6/24/2014   21 comments
TI's MSP430 FRAM-based MCUs, coupled with EnergyTrace++ technology, are designed from the ground up to enable the world’s lowest-power MCU systems.
Power Week: Superconducting Secrets Revealed, 660°F Circuits & Power Transistor Rebound
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6/19/2014   Post a comment
This week, a breakthrough in high-temperature superconductivity, a positive forecast for power semis, SiC circuits that can operate at 660°F, a shock-and-vibration resistant 3,400 F supercap, and more.
Next-Gen DSPs Target High-Performance Power-Constrained Apps
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6/17/2014   Post a comment
With up to 800 MMACs performance and 1 MB of embedded SRAM, the ADSP-BF70x processor family from ADI targets industrial imaging, audio, and automotive applications.
Power-Conscious Controllers Reduce Energy Consumption
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6/17/2014   1 comment
While a great deal of effort is put into reducing power consumption of memory, controllers are playing a key role in driving down energy needs of overall systems.
World's Highest-Performance MOSFET Is III-V
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6/13/2014   9 comments
The world's highest-performance metal-oxide-semiconductor-field-effect-transistor is no longer silicon. It's made from indium-gallium-arsenide on a indium-phosphide layer, which can be grown atop a standard silicon wafer.
Power Week: Wire/Supercap Hybrid, HV SiC & WEBENCH Power PCB Export
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6/12/2014   Post a comment
This week, a wire that both transmits and stores electricity; a transparent plastic or glass layer that sorts sunlight to boost solar cell efficiency; a 30-kW dc/dc converter that uses 10-kV SiC devices; and PCB creation and layout export come to WEBENCH Power Designer.
EV Battery Maker Claims 1,000 Miles per Charge
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6/12/2014   11 comments
An Israel-based battery company demonstrates an aluminum-air chemistry that it claims delivers as much as 1,000 miles per charge to electric cars.
Intel Goes Wireless With Resonant Power
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6/12/2014   13 comments
Intel announced a technology licensing agreement with wireless charging company WiTricity, further driving adoption of magnetic resonance technology. While consumer acceptance of wireless charging currently suffers because of a lack of standardization, Intel may provide the big name appeal to push loosely coupled coil charging.
Thin-Film Device Eyed as Power Source for Wearable Tech
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6/11/2014   2 comments
Researchers are exploring ways to provide small, flexible power sources. Rice University has approached the problem by using nickel-based electrodes to develop a flexible supercapacitor that acts much like a battery without the need for lithium.
Analog Engineers: Too Few or Too Many?
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6/11/2014   66 comments
After years spent encouraging engineering students to focus on digital electronics, many analog mixed-signal design jobs now stay open longer or are simply going unfilled, while some senior analog designers can't find work.
IoT, Wearables Drive Lower Power Memory Innovation
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6/10/2014   8 comments
As the functionality of smartphones begins to get squeezed into smaller form factors, new pressures are being put on memory power consumption for wearables and other devices
Power Week: Simple Home Fuel Cell & Wireless Charging Spec Triples Power Delivery
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6/5/2014   Post a comment
This week, a simple fuel cell for home use, a wireless charging spec is expanded to enable charging of tablets and laptops, and a USB power delivery controller that enables a single USB cable to deliver data and up to 100 W of power simultaneously.
MEMS Clock Cuts Wearable Power in Half
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6/4/2014   10 comments
SiTime Corp. has created world's most accurate MEMS real-time clock with just plus or minus five parts per million of a TCXO class part.
Intel & Georgia Tech Advance Spintronics
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6/3/2014   9 comments
Intel and Georgia Tech, with funding from the Semiconductor Research Corp., have created a platform that can be used to develop spintronic interconnects with standard Spice simulators.
Can Graphene Make Large-Scale Electricity Storage Viable?
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5/29/2014   3 comments
Researchers are exploring different ways to reduce the size and weight of batteries and extend their lifespan by adding graphene as a component material.
Fire Risk Makes Panasonic Recall Laptop Battery Packs
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5/29/2014   3 comments
More than 43,000 laptop battery packs have been recalled by Panasonic following three of the packs in Asia overheating and providing a fire. The company has also declared a separate recall in Europe as a safety precaution.
Power Week: Smaller EV Power Module, SiC Rectifiers & Battery Monitors
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5/29/2014   Post a comment
This week, a power module from Infineon for EV inverters has a 30% smaller form factor than previous devices. Also: new SiC Schottky rectifiers from Cree and multi-cell battery monitors from Texas Instruments.
Counterfeit DC/DC Converters in the Supply Chain
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5/28/2014   2 comments
Power converter maker Recom has issued an advisory that it has identified numerous counterfeit copies of its products in the market and is seeking to protect its brand value.
Supercaps Breakthrough: Phone Case to Replace Battery
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5/28/2014   19 comments
Say goodbye to your phone battery and charger. A new structural material could transform a mobile device's entire case into a hybrid super-capacitor/battery, making traditional batteries obsolete.
B'com Powers 3 Wireless Charging Approaches
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5/28/2014   3 comments
Hoping to further interest in wireless charging among mainstream mobile consumers, Broadcom introduced a multi-standard smartphone charging chip. The new chi[ puts the Association for Wireless Power resonant standard on the forefront while allowing for inductive specifications as well.
Superconductor Discovery Points to Energy-Efficient Power Transmission
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5/27/2014   9 comments
Scientists have discovered a unknown phase in a class of superconductors called iron arsenides that may be able to harness their energy efficient power transmission capabilities for a wide range of new technologies.
Bel Fuse to Buy Emerson’s Power Connectivity Unit for $98M
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5/24/2014   2 comments
Interconnect vendor Bel Fuse Inc. continued to pursue its aggressive acquisition strategy with a $98 million cash deal to acquire the Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions (ECS) business of Emerson Inc.
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2
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5/23/2014   3 comments
Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
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5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More
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5/22/2014   1 comment
Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
Cyborg-Like Bionics Harness Sunlight
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5/21/2014   2 comments
Terminator cyborgs may be on the horizon as a result of bionics supra-particles invented at the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh.
Broadcom Rides Bluetooth to IoT
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5/21/2014   3 comments
Broadcom is shipping new Bluetooth Smart SoCs for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices developer platform. The company hopes to make integrated Bluetooth, integrated security, and resonant wireless charging a mainstay in the Internet of Things.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
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5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Power Week-in-Review: Carbon Battery Trumps Lithium & Solar EV Carport
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5/15/2014   1 comment
This week, a new carbon-based battery technology claiming advantages over lithium, BMW presents a sustainable solar carport for its EVs, Cree launches a 1200V/25mΩ SiC MOSFET in a TO-247, and an industrial power component tester that simulates lifetime performance.
Fiber Supercapacitor Aims to Power Wearable Devices
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5/13/2014   1 comment
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Tsinghua University in China, and Case Western Reserve University in the USA claim to have developed a fiber supercapacitor that can be woven into clothing and power wearable medical monitors and communications.
Power Week-in-Review: EM-Field Safety in EVs & Power Device Analyzer for Circuit Design
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5/8/2014   2 comments
This week, confirmation that EM fields from electric vehicles pose no dangers, an alcohol-powered micro fuel cell that could replace smartphone batteries, and a single-box power device analyzer for power circuit design.
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