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Microgrid Shares the Power in NYC
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Off-the-shelf hardware and blockchain-enabled virtualization is enabling a distributed energy system, the Brooklyn Microgrid, that faces policy hurdles.
IoT to Get Security, Gateway Benchmarks
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11/29/2016   1 comment
The EEMBC group has started work on benchmarks for Internet of Things security and gateways and has existing work in measuring IoT connectivity.
Tech Volunteers Heed the Call
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Disaster Tech Lab needs a few technically minded volunteers to help set up solar power and Wi-Fi networks in global disaster sites and refugee camps.
Wireless Charging Market Still Seeks Use Cases
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11/25/2016   5 comments
Outside of cell phone users, the user base for wireless charging has not grown. Is this a lost opportunity?
15 Views of Printed Electronics
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11/21/2016   10 comments
Printed electronics showed progress in manufacturing gear and processes, e-textiles, sensors, batteries, and printed NFC tags at the IDTechEx event.
Virtual Reality Will Stay Hot
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
Virtual reality could be a killer app in more ways than one.
Engineers Power Electricity’s Future
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
The electrical power engineering profession plays a critical role in enabling the widespread use of clean power to advance technology for the benefit of humanity.
Lowly Bus Gets Reinvented
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11/11/2016   4 comments
Buses have a boring image but they are actually a hotbed of innovation.
Electric Cars Plug in Flow Batteries
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11/4/2016   1 comment
Lithium-ion batteries will dominate the automotive scene, but flow batteries are playing an interesting wild card.
Energy Harvesting Seeks Good Vibes
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11/2/2016   Post a comment
Energy harvesting using vibration is a niche business but one attracting significant research in hopes of pioneering a broader market.
EVs Will Innovate on Land, Sea, Air
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10/31/2016   1 comment
Hybrid and pure electric land, water and air vehicles are becoming one business increasingly served by the same companies, but the vehicles and their components are changing out of all recognition.
Daimler: First to Go Wireless Charging
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10/12/2016   6 comments
The upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e will become the first commercially available plug-in hybrid featuring Qualcomm’ wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology.
Samsung Needs to Get Transparent
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10/11/2016   4 comments
Samsung owes its customers and the tech community a clear explanation of what happened with the lithium ion batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
Better DRAM with No New Materials
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10/11/2016   12 comments
Kilopass' Vertical Layered Thyristor architecture eliminates the need for power-consuming refresh cycles
EVs Carry Big Impact, Big Risks
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10/6/2016   8 comments
Electric vehicles are on the cusp of making a huge impact worldwide, but the road ahead entails big risks and will be bumpy.
Toyota: Hydrocar as 'Power Bank' 20 Years out
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10/4/2016   7 comments
Toyota brought to Paris Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) PLUS. It uses compressed hydrogen as its fuel source. Toyota proposes the FCV PLUS will be also used as a “generator” for homes, other cars and local power grids.
Intersil Deal: Renesas' Survival Bid
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9/13/2016   Post a comment
In an exclusive telephone interview with EE Times, Renesas CEO said the Intersil deal won't be the last big M&A for Renesas. Intersil CEO will stay with the new company in a senior management position.
Samsung Gets Kicked Off the Plane
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9/13/2016   2 comments
Lithium-ion battery fires are infrequent but not rare. Incidents involving Samsung’s latest smartphone may encourage mobile device makers to reexamine the integrity of their power trains.
Upcoming Technical Seminars & Courses
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9/6/2016   Post a comment
Learn about EMC and power-supply design from experts.
ON Semi to Sell Automotive IGBT Biz to Littelfuse
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8/30/2016   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has agreed to sell its ignition IGBT power device business to Littelfuse (Chicago, IL) for $104 million to allow its acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor to go ahead.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz
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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.
Are Energy Standards for Computers on Horizon?
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8/19/2016   1 comment
California has put the wheels in motion, and a NRDC says electricity use by computers can be cut in half using off-the-shelf technology with no impact on performance, and at negligible cost.
Tiny Solar Cells Could Power Personal Devices
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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
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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
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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.
US Battery Consortium to Boost Small Lithium-Metal Projects
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
A major battery research consortium in the US will provide up to $10m for small projects around the world in a bid to boost the development of lithium-metal cells for electric vehicles and smart grid storage.
How Juno Gathers Solar Power 588 Million KM from Sun
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7/30/2016   Post a comment
NASA's Juno spacecraft is a study in low power equipment powered improved solar-cell efficiency and array-structure design.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge
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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
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7/22/2016   1 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.
Optical Fiber Tackles Power Delivery
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7/20/2016   Post a comment
We're familiar with using optical fibers for Gbps data links, but how about using them to deliver pulsed kilowatts?
Increase Output Voltage With A Voltage Multiplier
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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
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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.
Perovskite Discovery Promises Big Efficiency Boost
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have found a way to boost the efficiency of perovskite solar cells to 31%.
HeartWare's Serious LVAD Battery Recall
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
HeartWare International is recalling more than 18,000 batteries for ventricular assist devices it sold between 2013 and 2015, the company and FDA recently announced.
Power Electronics Driven By Electric Vehicles
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
Vehicle hybridization will drive the power electronics market for the foreseeable future, in what French firm Yole Developpment forecasts as “the golden era for electric vehicles.”
Educational Tool Equips Engineers with Real-World Power Expertise
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has launched a toolkit that provides real world experience of power designs for both professionals and students.
Sensor Expo Highlights Energy Harvesting
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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?
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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
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6/21/2016   4 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.
Solar Impulse 2 Embarks On Atlantic Crossing
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, has taken off to cross the Atlantic in four days, in one of the most hazardous legs of its trip around the world.
Nanotech Boosts Hydrogen Fuel Production
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a method for producing hydrogen fuel that offers fewer emissions and is more stable.
AMD Details Next-Gen APUs
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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.
Adesto Addresses Need for Smarter IoT Memory
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5/31/2016   2 comments
CBRAM is not only designed to consume less power but reduce the energy required for the entire device's operations cycle.
IoT Security is Imec Target
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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.
Google’s Daydream is Silicon Reality
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5/23/2016   4 comments
A Qualcomm graphics expert gave insight into work on mobile virtual reality in Android that is about to emerge from the lab.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip
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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.
A New Approach for Microcooling Hot Microchips?
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
A microwater spray might be able to provide the highly localized cooling that some ICs need.
Building Multi-Port USB Type-C Adapters for Power
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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
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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.
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