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Power Week: Power Management ICs on the Move
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10/23/2014   Post a comment
The global power management IC market is likely to grow by almost 8% annually over the next few years, but not without facing challenges, a new report says.
EEs Explore Life After CMOS
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10/22/2014   5 comments
Technologists at an IEEE event explored the technical and social challenges engineers face as Moore’s Law gradually comes to an end.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
First 2D Atomic Piezoelectric Discovered
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10/20/2014   5 comments
The world's first 2D monolayer material has been shown to be piezoelectric, enabling a new era of super-sensitive sensors, and when stacked, a new power source for wearables and IoT.
Nanotube Field Emitters Beat OLEDs
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10/16/2014   12 comments
Like a cathode ray tube of old, nanotube field emitters energize a phosphorous display for flat-panel lighting that uses 100 times less energy than LEDs and is brighter than OLED panels.
Power Week: Digital Power Consortium Aims for a Complete Power Ecosystem
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10/16/2014   Post a comment
A new digital power consortium formed by several leading power supply manufacturers aims to deliver technically advanced, end-to-end, distributed power solutions offering true plug-and-play multi-sourcing.
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids
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10/14/2014   7 comments
Solar panels are on the rise in microgrids bringing electricity to remote villages in Africa and India, sparking interest in designs for low-power DC-based homes.
Hybrid Solar Cells Promise More Than 95% Efficiency
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10/13/2014   15 comments
By coating normal silicon solar cells with an inorganic compound, researchers at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory hope to boost efficiency to more than 95%.
Cheap Fusion Beats Fossil Fuels
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10/10/2014   49 comments
A new fusion reactor design is based on a plasma configuration called a spheromak that is one tenth the size and a whole lot cheaper than alternative fusion reactor designs -- even cheaper than current-day fossil-fuel power plants.
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
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10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Cheap Solar Absorbs Entire Spectrum
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10/3/2014   5 comments
Two-step process first absorbs entire spectrum of light from the sun then reradiates it in the infrared spectrum where conventional photovoltaics can turn it into electricity.
Power Week: Add Your Mark to the Nikola Tesla Museum
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Efforts to renovate Nikola Tesla's original Wardenclyffe lab on Long Island have entered a new phase with an Indiegogo campaign allowing supporters to "buy a brick for Nik."
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
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9/26/2014   11 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
Infineon's Secret Weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V Car Battery
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9/25/2014   40 comments
Infineon is banking on its power semiconductors to expand its presence in the global automotive market while its 300mm "thin" wafers and 48V battery will help meet the CO2 emission target for EU cars.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish
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9/25/2014   20 comments
A solar disk cuts costs by using fiber-reinforced concrete, supporting polymer-backed aluminum foil mirrors concentrated on four-spectrum InGaAs photovoltaic cells cooled by water in IBM-fabricated micro-channels.
Power Week: Intel's Wireless Charging Bowl Is Imminent
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9/25/2014   4 comments
The smart wireless charging bowl that Intel unveiled at CES this year to great interest will be available on the market around the end of the year, Intel's CEO says.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS
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9/25/2014   Post a comment
ST's announcement that it is offering a piezo-MEMS manufacturing process catapults the company to the front of a wave of uptake for the technology.
Power Week: Did We Just Avoid an 'Electric Armageddon?'
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9/18/2014   6 comments
While a powerful solar storm this past week resulted only in enhanced auroras in the night skies for some earth residents, some worry of a potential EM pulse catastrophe that would virtually bring civilization to a halt.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds
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9/12/2014   3 comments
A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15%, even with available batteries.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight
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9/12/2014   22 comments
Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies Inc.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow
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9/11/2014   1 comment
The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Austria's AMS Shopping for Wafer Fab
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9/8/2014   6 comments
AMS, which manufactures analog circuits, MEMS and sensors in Austria on 200mm-diameter wafers, wants to buy another wafer fab.
Intel Core M Puts PC Back on Map
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9/5/2014   21 comments
Intel says its latest Core M features up to 700 percent boost in performance at just 25 percent of the power previously consumed by laptop PCs.
QuickLogic's Sub-150µW Smartphone/Wearable Sensor Hub
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9/4/2014   1 comment
Need to integrate accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, pressure, temperature, humidity, ambient light, gesture, proximity and heart rate monitor sensors? QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S2 has you covered.
Boston-Area EMC Seminar, Sept. 16
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9/4/2014   3 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt will give a practical EMC seminar at Bose Corp. in Framingham, Mass., on September 16, 2014.
Power Week: Tesla Gigafactory Will Fail to Meet Li-ion Price Goals, Says Report
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9/4/2014   5 comments
Just as the location of Tesla's planned Gigafactory is being announced, a new report casts doubt on whether the giant battery factory will be able to achieve its targeted cost-reduction goals for lithium ion cells.
Always-On Touch Gestures Save Time & Battery
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9/3/2014   3 comments
New touchscreen controller allows you to open apps by drawing a user-defined symbol on the blank screen.
MIPS Moves Multicore Battle to Clustering
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9/2/2014   4 comments
Imagination Technologies launches its I-class I6400 MIPS 64-bit processor with a focus on multi: multithreading, multicore, and multicluster coherent processing.
Power Week: RF Charging Startup & Dialog Semi Team Up for Over-the-Air Power
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8/28/2014   1 comment
This week, "over-the-air" power got a boost when RF charging startup Energous and Dialog Semiconductor agreed to jointly develop a proof-of-concept reference design to help develop the market for a remote, wire-free charging technology.
White Goods Consolidation Drives Power Deals
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8/27/2014   3 comments
The power semiconductor industry has seen two key announcements this week, highlighting some serious consolidation, all driven by agitation in the white goods market.
Fairchild to Close 2 Manufacturing Facilities
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8/26/2014   7 comments
Fairchild is eliminating its internal 5-in wafer fabrication lines and shuttering its fabs in West Jordan, Utah and Penang, Malaysia.
JEDEC Unveils Low-Power Memory Standard
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8/26/2014   5 comments
JEDEC published its LPDDR4 specification, which, with a redesigned architecture, operates twice as fast as LPDDR3, while still saving power.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
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8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Power Week: IRF Only One of Many Rumored Infineon Targets
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8/21/2014   Post a comment
Prior to this week's big announcement of Infineon's agreement to buy International Rectifier, speculation swirled over several other chipmaker names as possible acquisition targets.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier
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8/21/2014   12 comments
Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
Semiconductor Funding Deals Dip
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8/16/2014   1 comment
Venture capitalists are still a bit wary about investing in the semiconductor industry. The GSA reports that, despite a 2.4% drop, companies are receiving more financing on average.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race
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8/14/2014   6 comments
Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.
Power Week: FAA - Lithium Batteries Pose More Danger Than Thought
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8/14/2014   5 comments
New FAA tests on lithium batteries show that the devices pose more dangers to planes than previously thought.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits
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8/13/2014   20 comments
Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.
Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required
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8/11/2014   14 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed WiFi Backscatter, a technology that culls energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals to connect low-energy devices to the Internet without the need for batteries.
Qi Won’t Go for Distance
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8/7/2014   2 comments
The Wireless Power Consortium announced an update to its wireless charging spec Qi and while it may seem like an incremental change, officials say the new resonant option is on the right track for the safest method of charging.
Power Week: Student-Designed EV a Tesla Beater?
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8/7/2014   1 comment
This week, a student-designed hybrid solar electric car has moved a step closer to becoming the world's first street-legal solar-powered vehicle.
Wireless Charging Startup Taps RF
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8/4/2014   13 comments
As products using coil-based wireless charging standards roll out, Bay Area-based startup Energous hopes radio frequency charging will take hold in the burgeoning wearables market targeting devices with relatively modest needs up to 10 Watts.
Is Tesla's Gigafactory a Gigablunder for Panasonic?
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7/31/2014   27 comments
Panasonic signed a deal with Tesla on a large-scale battery plant, known as Gigafactory. The question inside and outside the Japanese company is this: how big an albatross might the Gigafactory become for Panasonic.
Power Week: Google's $1M Power Inverter Challenge – How Small Is Possible?
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7/31/2014   6 comments
This week, Google, along with the IEEE, is offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can build a kilowatt-scale power inverter roughly the size of a laptop. A full list of technical requirements is available.
Massive Job Cuts: Dark Clouds Over Lighting Business
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7/30/2014   8 comments
Amid the decline of conventional illuminants like incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes, the lighting manufacturer Osram said it will cut 7,800 jobs worldwide, or 22% of its global workforce.
Power Week: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting's Bright Future
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7/24/2014   9 comments
This week, the future of sub-watt thermoelectric energy harvesting as a battery replacement in various markets -- including infrastructure, transportation and consumer -- is looking promising.
Energy Harvesting Chip Demonstrated
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7/24/2014   8 comments
Imec and Omron have collaborated on a tiny 5x6 cm energy harvester for sensors in hard-to-reach locations.
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer
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7/23/2014   30 comments
There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam Joire. The chief project evangelist discussed the past, present, and future of smartwatches at Wearable Tech Expo.
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