SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz News & Analysis 8/24/2016 Post a comment Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
Tiny Solar Cells Could Power Personal Devices News & Analysis 8/5/2016 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created high-performance, micro-scale lateral solar cells that could be used for wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and even auto-focusing contact lenses.
GaN Power Amplifier Addresses 5G News & Analysis 8/5/2016 2 comments Researchers in Germany have developed one of the building blocks required to roll out 5G networks: An integrated circuit for power amplifier transistor implemented in gallium nitride technology.
Field Data Proves GaN FET Reliability, Says EPC News & Analysis 8/2/2016 Post a comment Gallium nitride power FET maker Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has published its reliability report documenting GaN technology reliability after millions of device hours of stress testing, and based on analysis of all field returns.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge News & Analysis 7/27/2016 Post a comment Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
Vitamin Inspires Solar Flow Batteries News & Analysis 7/22/2016 Post a comment Researchers at Harvard University have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.
Increase Output Voltage With A Voltage Multiplier Blog 7/18/2016 13 comments Applications such as printers, laser-based fiber optic systems, and charged-particle air filtration systems require hundreds or even thousands of volts at low power. A simple boost converter with a voltage multiplier can solve these issues.
Zinc Doping Boosts GaAs Nanowire Lasers News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Scientists at The Australian National University have improved the performance of unpassivated GaAs nanowire lasers more than a hundred folds, by adding zinc as a dopant, changing the crystal structure and increasing the device's radiative efficiency.
Sensor Expo Highlights Energy Harvesting Blog 6/27/2016 Post a comment Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.
Universal High-Power AC Inputs: Perk or Pitfall? Blog 6/22/2016 Post a comment Alternating current (AC) power is available throughout almost the entire world and provides a convenient power source for many electronics. Unfortunately, the power around the world is not the same in each location. There are different voltage levels and frequencies, depending on where in the world you may be – but is there a better way to design this power supply?
Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery News & Analysis 6/21/2016 3 comments Researchers from Stanford University and Toyota developed a novel battery design for grid-scale energy storage. The battery has electrodes made of zinc and nickel, inexpensive metals, which are available commercially but few are rechargeable.
AMD Details Next-Gen APUs News & Analysis 6/8/2016 4 comments AMD still believes in PCs and recently announced its seventh generation of A-series processors targeted for that market. Code-named Bristol Ridge and Stony Ridge, the processors are designed to boost productivity, enhance multimedia, and improve energy efficiency.
IoT Security is Imec Target News & Analysis 5/25/2016 Post a comment The Imec research institute kicked off a program to upgrade embedded security for the Internet of Things and announced record efficiency and size for a novel solar cell.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip News & Analysis 5/18/2016 3 comments ARM taped out a 10nm FinFET test chip in January at TSMC and expects similar SoCs will be in handsets by the end of the year, using the process it described as relatively expensive and focused on lowering power.
Building Multi-Port USB Type-C Adapters for Power Blog 5/17/2016 Post a comment In the a previous blog, we discussed some of the challenges when designing AC/DC adapters for USB Type-C power delivery (PD). In that article, we focused on an adapter with a single Type-C output connector. In this article, we’ll examine the complexities introduced when architecting a multi-port Type-C adapter.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story News & Analysis 5/6/2016 6 comments Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
Calculating An R-C Snubber Blog 4/26/2016 5 comments Most power supply designers have encountered ringing in switch-mode converters. This ringing can generate radiated and conducted noise, cause circuit jitter, over-stress components, and create excessive dissipation. This is often a major concern in applications such as audio, processor power, and any design that requires electromagnetic interference (EMI) qualification.
FD-SOI Expands, But Is It Disruptive? News & Analysis 4/14/2016 5 comments The ecosystem for fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) process technology has tipped from a too-late technology to a viable alternative to finFETs for the Internet of Things and automotive markets. To many, the presence of officials from major companies at an industry event signaled a coalescing around the technology.
Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc. News & Analysis 4/12/2016 20 comments The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall is undeniable. EE Times went back to Japan and explored what remains of Japanese chip vendors, how Japan Inc. has crumbled and if we grade recent restructuring programs, who comes out on top.
The Tough World of Automotive Power Blog 4/6/2016 Post a comment Automobiles are evolving from being almost exclusively mechanical to becoming self-propelled embedded systems. The amount of computing power inside the car is steadily increasing, with some of the biggest improvements to processor horsepower moving into the dashboard and the infotainment systems it contains.
AMD Climbs Bristol Ridge News & Analysis 4/6/2016 1 comment AMD unveiled its new mobile 7th generation of FX A-Series processors, code named Bristol Ridge. The Bristol Ridge AMD FX processors will be featured in a new notebook design by HP and offer improved multitasking performance, ultra-HD video streaming and all day battery life.
Layouts for Buck, Boost, and SEPIC Power Stages Blog 3/23/2016 1 comment A correct printed circuit board (PCB) layout is one of the most important aspects to having a successful power supply design. Non-isolated power stages are the basic building blocks of power systems. Understanding where the currents are flowing and how the high-frequency loops are constructed is the most important step.
Port Problems: Data and Power Blog 3/22/2016 2 comments Engineers try to make maximum use of available resources and extend them to new uses. This true of data links such as USB and Ethernet: both were originally conceived as primarily for data, and their potential power-supply roles were secondary, if considered at all. But times change and needs evolve, and the yes data/no power thinking has turned as well.
Graphene Goes Ultra-Thin, Absorbent News & Analysis 3/3/2016 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Surrey in the U.K. have developed nanometer-thin graphene sheets that can better absorb light and head. Traditionally a poor absorber of light, the sheets could power smart wallpaper or other applications in the Internet of Things.
NXP Processor Powers IoT, Networks News & Analysis 2/22/2016 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced a new low power processor based on Freescale technology that is the size of a microcontroller. With 1 Watt typical power in a 9.6mm x 9.6mm package, the 64-bit QorIQ LS1012A processor may be the smallest and lowest power embedded processor in the market.
Samsung Taps Q'Comm in S7 News & Analysis 2/21/2016 Post a comment Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship Galaxy smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge offer small updates to the S6 line, including bigger screens, larger batteries and a Qualcomm processor.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.