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Qualcomm Unveils Wearable SoC
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2/11/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm announced a thinner and lower-power family of SoCs, Snapdragon Wear 2100, targeted at the wearable market. The company had previously pushed its mobile chips, such as the Snapdragon 400, into the wearable segment. This represents the first time Q'comm has created a wearable-specific platform.
Battery Research Claims 10x Gain
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
19 Views of ISSCC
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2/5/2016   3 comments
Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Analog’s Super Bowl by the Bay
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2/4/2016   8 comments
Analog had its own Super Bowl of sorts with ISSCC in San Francisco and an annual gathering of tech gurus in the South Bay. Veteran commentator Steve Ohr gives us the play-by-play.
Battery Innovations Power Electric Bike
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2/3/2016   3 comments
The coolest looking electric bicycle is powered by innovative battery technology developed inside a San Francisco garage. Occasionally called “the Tesla of electric bicycles,” Bolt Motorbikes uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with more proprietary features than the electric vehicle company.
iPhone, iPad Wireless Charging May Come By 2017
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Apple is reportedly working on smoothing out issues with technology that lets consumers power up iPhones and iPads sans wires.
Developing The Perfect IoT Battery
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
The ideal battery for IoT applications would favor energy density over power density, while minimizing battery self-discharge. An excellent battery technology for such applications is lithium thionyl chloride.
Create a Cardboard Energy Harvester
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1/26/2016   26 comments
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland has invented a cardboard energy harvester suitable for wireless push-button switches and other similar applications.
Multiphase Power Supplies: Not Just For High Current
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1/22/2016   Post a comment
Power supplies with multiple phases have been traditionally used in applications such as servers, desktop personal computers and laptop computers. These systems require very high current, low-voltage supplies to power core processors. The currents in these applications can be in the hundreds of amperes. In recent years, designers of high-end audio systems have started to take advantage of the multiphase approach as well.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
News & Analysis  
1/21/2016   9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Google, Intel Prep 48V Servers
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1/21/2016   4 comments
Google called for 48V server motherboards and Intel said it has a prototype design out for feedback in a DesignCon panel.
Stanford Develops 'Safe' Battery
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1/18/2016   14 comments
New battery developed at Stanford University shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools without losing performance.
Will Apple Drive Analog ICs?
Blog  
1/11/2016   5 comments
Analog expert Stephan Ohr turns his oscilloscope on the possible impact Apple could have with its new fab in San Jose.
Free Core, Some Assembly Required
News & Analysis  
1/7/2016   13 comments
The RISC-V free, open-source microprocessor core needs lots of work but has a cadre of seasoned engineers willing to help.
Be Alert for Power-Related Conventional Wisdom
Engineering Investigations  
12/29/2015   Post a comment
It's a good idea to step back and check those baseline component and design assumptions because there are many legitimate exceptions to mainstream thinking, even in standard designs.
Startup Raises Funds for Battery-Less IoT
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12/28/2015   Post a comment
PsiKick Inc. (Charlottesville, Virginia), a semiconductor startup formed to work on sub-threshold voltage operation wireless circuits, has raised $16.5 million in Series B financing led by Osage University Partners and joined by existing investors.
IBM Forecaster Cuts Pollution, Energy Waste
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12/9/2015   2 comments
IBM's Watson-like Green Horizons forecaster cut pollution in Beijing by 20% in just one year and now is being exported to the most polluted cities in the world.
Dual-Loop Capacitor Energy Storage Circuit Powers Pulse Loads
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12/7/2015   1 comment
Multiple applications benefit from the use of high-voltage capacitive energy-storage to provide power during a loss of input voltage or an unexpected shutdown. These applications include telecom and servers, as well as power supply to repetitive high-power pulse loads, such as a camera flash or a radio transmitter.
RF Charger Taps Tiny Antenna
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12/4/2015   9 comments
The Cota wireless charging technology from Cairo-based Si-Ware Systems and Ossia Inc. can charge up to eight devices simultaneously at a distance of 30 feet using 2.4 GHz multi-path radio frequency.
Tech Tackles Climate Change: Wind & Will Power
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12/1/2015   10 comments
This second part of how we can still beat greenhouse warming climate change by adopting carbon-free wind-powered electrical generation and zero-emission transit.
Energy Harvesting For High Power
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12/1/2015   Post a comment
It’s taking a while to sow the seeds for energy harvesting. While much industry focus may be on powering the Internet of Things, the future may be bigger for energy harvesting.
IoT Meets 40,000 Streetlights
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11/24/2015   3 comments
What would you build if you could get access to 40,000 streetlights?
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics
News & Analysis  
11/20/2015   1 comment
Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
Clever ICs Improve on Diode's Simplicity
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11/20/2015   2 comments
Simple is good, as diodes have proven many times, but an IC-based enhancement can sometimes produce far superior performance.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
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11/17/2015   1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
Ambiq Leaps to Front of Low-Power MCU Lineup
News & Analysis  
11/12/2015   10 comments
MCU vendors have been leapfrogging one another in low-power claims, but one has now jumped well out in front.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps
News & Analysis  
11/9/2015   1 comment
Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Wireless Charging Industry Groups Evolve
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11/3/2015   Post a comment
Two Wireless Charging industry groups have merged and rebranded under a new name. The Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance will now form AirFuel Alliance.
Breaking Down Power, Efficiency Trends
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11/2/2015   Post a comment
We all know that every microwatt counts in consumer electronics, particularly in mobile devices. There is plenty of lip service paid to the need for more efficient power conversion and less power-hungry devices, but there is typically very little content devoted to digging into just what those needs mean and how we can achieve them.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
IoT Startup Revises 802.15.4 Nets
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Startup Helium debuts its first product, an end-to-end platform for the Internet of Things using a variant of 802.15.4 networks.
Facebook iOS App Update Fixes iPhone Battery Drain
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Facebook released an update to its iOS app that will stop the excessive drain on iPhone batteries that users were reporting.
8 Alternative Ways to Power a Laptop
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10/21/2015   Post a comment
When the battery dies and there’s no outlet nearby, consider these other ways to power or recharge your laptop.
Maximizing Efficiency In Flyback Power Supplies
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10/20/2015   Post a comment
Energy-conservation programs such as Energy Star are pushing power-supply designers to search for techniques that improve efficiency. Reducing output rectifier losses and losses due to leakage are can get engineers closer to that elusive 90% efficiency level.
ARM Squeezes GPU For IoT
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10/20/2015   Post a comment
ARM has released a new low power GPU for wearables and the Internet of Things that merges smartphone-quality graphics. The 32-bit Mali 470 requires half the power of ARM’s previous graphics processor generation using the same process geometry.
Will Cars Get On The 48 V Bus?
Blog  
10/15/2015   15 comments
Increasing electrical demands in cars are straining the 12 Volt supply. Going to a higher voltage such a 42 V is a possible solution but also brings a new set of technical and logistics problems.
Xilinx Revenues Driven By Data
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10/14/2015   Post a comment
Xilinx's second quarter fiscal 2016 sales were down 4% from the prior quarter and down 13% year-over-year, but Xilinx's CEO put emphasis on its data-center future.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10
News & Analysis  
10/6/2015   2 comments
Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Battery Market Growth Is Tricky Business
News & Analysis  
10/5/2015   1 comment
Numerous industries are showing an increased demand for Lithium ion automotive batteries, according to Yole Developpment, as many companies aim to diversify into battery-related businesses. However, the burgeoning market may be a tricky investment.
Powering a U.S. Battery Charger Standard
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10/1/2015   Post a comment
Battery chargers sold in the U.S. could be operating more efficiently in a few years thanks to the Department of Energy’s proposed efficiency requirements.
Compensate For Cable Voltage Droop
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
Have you ever used an extra-long USB cable to charge your phone or tablet, only to find that it was taking an extra long time to charge? It probably wasn’t your imagination and was a situation that involved excessive voltage drop across the universal serial bus (USB) cable.
ST to Shift Auto MCU from Power to ARM
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
With an eye toward becoming the world’s third largest automotive MCU supplier by the end of the decade, STMicroelectronics is staking its automotive future on ARM’s new 32-bit ARMv8-R technology.
India Could Tap Tesla for Solar Battery Solution
News & Analysis  
9/28/2015   2 comments
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a visit to Tesla Motors to seek a viable solution to power storage problems that have been hounding solar electricity planners in the country.
Book Questions Tesla's Originality
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
"The Truth About Tesla: The Myth of the Lone Genius in the History of Innovation" by Christopher Cooper, J.D. Race Point Publishing. This review comes from an uncorrected proof copy. The book is scheduled for release on Oct. 1, 2015.
AMD Trims Carbon Footprint
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
A study conducted by AMD’s Power and Performance Lab found that 82% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the consumer use phase of a processor life cycle, while 18% comes from manufacturing and transportation.
Friday Quiz: Parametric Measurements
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9/18/2015   Post a comment
Current and voltage measurements of semiconductors usually require pulsed stimulus signals.
TSMC Preps 10nm, Tunes 16nm
News & Analysis  
9/17/2015   7 comments
The world’s largest chip foundry said it will start “risk” production in 10nm late this year while it fine tunes its 16nm process and plans a basket of IoT offerings.
Dresden Memory Startup To Debut At Semicon Europa
News & Analysis  
9/15/2015   4 comments
A startup company that is working on a ferroelectric non-volatile memory technology based on hafnium oxide is set to make its debut at the Semicon Europa exhibition taking place in Dresden, Germany, October 6 to 8.
All Aboard Energy-Efficient Rail Transportation
Blog  
9/11/2015   1 comment
The blossoming rail market is an ideal application for capacitive energy storage, and America needs to get on board with energy efficient transportation.
GaN For Power To Show Extended Market Boom
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9/10/2015   Post a comment
Specialist companies will benefit from a forthcoming boom in gallium nitride for power semiconductors, but will find themselves under competitive or acquisitive pressure from larger players such as Infineon/International Rectifier.
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