Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 2 comments
Managing the skin effect, or device temperature, may be the secret sauce in managing and popularizing wireless charging. Officials at wireless charging antenna company NuCurrent believe the company’s 50-patents in this area will push them to multi-mode charging success.
Minimizing Standby Power Consumption
Blog 4/23/2015 Post a comment
AC/DC adaptors spend most of their life plugged into a wall socket with no external loading. It has long been recognized that the cumulative effects of millions of adaptors tax the power grid and have a significant impact on the environment.
ARM Seeks Energy Harvesting Edge in IoT
News & Analysis 4/23/2015 Post a comment
With battery lifetimes becoming an increasing preoccupation of some of the world's largest brands including Google, Apple, Tesla and Dyson it now seems UK-based ARM is focusing on extending the battery life of sensors using Bluetooth to address the Internet of Things.
Power Electronics Market Surges
News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment
The power electronics market is recovering after several tough years and will continue to expand, according to analysts at French research firm Yole Developpment. The power market will surpass 17 billion Euro by 2020, largely driven by electric and hybrid vehicles – which require power modules and new business integration methods.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
News & Analysis 4/13/2015 1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Nokia Demos 10 Gbits on High Frequency
News & Analysis 4/9/2015 8 comments
Nokia Networks will demonstrate several next-generation cellular communications strategies at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, highlighting 10 Gbit/second data rates on over high frequencies. The Summit is co-hosted by NYU Wireless and Nokia to bring together wireless/mobile research and development leaders from around the world.
TSMC Outlines 16nm, 10nm Plans
News & Analysis 4/8/2015 2 comments
TSMC announced plans to roll out updated low-power versions of existing chips and announced its roadmap for smaller process nodes. The company will begin volume production of its 16nm FinFet+ in the middle of this year while breaking ground on 10nm development.
ARM Injected with Low Power API
News & Analysis 4/3/2015 Post a comment
To suit the ultra low-power needs of many battery-operated devices, SI will develop a power management application programming interface for ARM’s mbed development platforms.
Hybrid Supercapacitor Trumps Thin-Film Lithium Battery
News & Analysis 4/2/2015 2 comments
Researchers at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have combined two nanomaterials to create a hybrid supercapacitor that combines the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors by storing large amounts of energy, recharges quickly and can withstand more than 10,000 recharge cycles.
Net-Zero Homes: Powered By Dreams?
Blog 4/1/2015 5 comments
A home that generates more power than it uses sounds like a winning prospect -- but without the big grid behind it as backup, it may just be an expensive exercise in presumed virtue.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure
News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment
Next-generation cellular communications will require a drastic reduction in energy consumption, something researchers at Ericsson are calling “ultra-lean transmission.” A focus on power management software could alleviate some of these issues.
APEC 2015 Slideshow: Day Two of Open Exhibits
Slideshow 3/18/2015 Post a comment
The Applied Power and Electronics Conference (APEC), held March 15 - 19 in Charlotte, NC, addresses immediate and long-term issues for power electronics engineers. EDN's Steve Taranovich reports that there are evident trends for GaN and Digital Power enhancements and solution growth.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
Slideshow 3/11/2015 2 comments
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
Samsung Phones Pack 14nm SoC
News & Analysis 3/1/2015 3 comments
Samsung will pack a handful of new technologies -- including a 14nm Exynos applications processor -- into its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones announced here. The handsets also sport a new fast-charging battery, novel memory stack, simplified user interface, and advanced camera features.
Why Does Digital Power Need More Standards?
Blog 2/19/2015 Post a comment
There are a host of reasons why power system designers have increasingly been turning to digital power over the past decade. The principal drivers have been the demand to provide sophisticated power management functions, along with a desire to reduce board space and the number of external components.
ARM Cores Take on PC Processors
News & Analysis 2/3/2015 18 comments
ARM today announced a new processor, GPU, and IP suite targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor, Mali-T880 GPU, and Cache Coherent Interconnect aim to usher in an era where mobile devices “serve as your primary and only compute platform.”
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015
Slideshow 2/2/2015 2 comments
At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution
News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment
Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
Can Kevlar Prevent Lithium-Ion Battery Fires?
News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment
University of Michigan researchers have used nanofibers extracted from Kevlar to develop a barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery that is capable of preventing the type of fires linked with the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games
News & Analysis 1/23/2015 4 comments
Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
5 Power Trends Will Pay Off Soon
Blog 1/21/2015 Post a comment
Improvements at the micro level of power management have been slow but steady over the last few years, but the real action in power management is at the macro, big-picture level, where a number of long term trends are starting to make their mark.
AMD Upbeat Despite $330M Loss
News & Analysis 1/20/2015 1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices today announced revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 and year end. Despite large operating losses, AMD officials were hopeful about the company’s trajectory for 2015.
MEMS Group Targets IoT
News & Analysis 1/19/2015 Post a comment
MEMS Industry Group Executive Director Karen Lightman sat down with EE Times at International CES in Las Vegas to discuss the sensor-rich future and how sensor fusion will meet function in the Internet of Things.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly
News & Analysis 1/12/2015 8 comments
Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
Intel Tips Mini IoT Module
News & Analysis 1/7/2015 13 comments
Intel unveiled the next generation in its wearable hardware ecosystem, a button-sized SoC called Curie. At its International CES keynote, Intel highlighted several initiatives and hardware developments targeted at this burgeoning market.
Intel Rolls 14nm Broadwell in Vegas
News & Analysis 1/5/2015 5 comments
Intel announced at CES 2015 the Broadwell family, its fifth-generation Core processors. The 14 new chips are essentially versions of its 22nm Haswell architecture made in its new 14nm process, providing enhancements it hopes encourage PC and notebook users to upgrade.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup
News & Analysis 12/30/2014 13 comments
The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee’s future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.