Advanced PFC controller brings more power management Product News 2/7/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' L6563 advanced PFC controller, for use with the pre-regulator circuitry of high-end AC/DC adapters and chargers for laptop PCs and game consoles, desktop PCs and servers, and switched-mode power supplies up to 250 watts, adds safety and efficiency functions. These features include brownout and feedback disconnect protection and additional power management facility.
Multiplexers expand video input and output capabilities for consumer electronics Design How-To 2/6/2006 Post a comment Although most video codec chips have integrated analog multiplexers, the number of inputs may not be sufficient to accommodate today's variety of video sources available to consumers. The same applies to the serial digital stream, where signal routing may be required to connect multiple devices to the same bus. A cost-effective solution to this problem is to use external multiplexers to increase the number of inputs to the existing video codec.
Off-line switcher IC extends flexibility, power range Product News 2/2/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Power Integrations' TinySwitch III off-line switcher ICs expand the flexibility of the company's TinySwitch II devices in four areas: More power, user-selectable power levels, lower no-load power draw, and lower bulk capacitance requirements.
Driving Digital Power Management into the Mainstream Design How-To 2/2/2006 Post a comment Digital power today is a small fraction of overall power industry revenue but is commanding a large share of industry attention and discussion. As the digital transition begins to build force in the critical area of power management, Primarion's Deepak Savadatti believes it's worthwhile to clarify the key issues involved in enabling the transition toward a profitable and productive momentum that benefits everyone in the supply chain.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.