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Power Week: Si-Based Power Discretes to Continue to Dominate Over Next Decade
News & Analysis  
11/26/2014   1 comment
Discrete power electronics are predicted to become a $23 billion market by 2024, with fast-growing SiC- and GaN-based components grabbing a combined 13% share, and silicon continuing to remain the technology of choice.
Supercapacitors: A New Hero in the Spotlight
Blog  
11/26/2014   1 comment
Today’s supercapacitors are being used to replace rechargeable batteries in applications such as electric/hybrid vehicles, wearables, and more.
12 Startups I Saw at Demo
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11/21/2014   9 comments
The consumer Internet of Things sector is getting crowded and maybe a bit ahead of itself, a Nest co-founder said at the Demo event, where a handful of smart-home startups showed their wares.
Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?
News & Analysis  
11/20/2014   7 comments
The acquisition of the Duracell battery brand by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have broader implications for the power technology industry.
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Servers
Blog  
11/20/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm has become the sixth company to announce plans to build ARM-based server SoCs, likely focusing at least in part on opportunities in wireless infrastructure.
Carbon RF to Extend Battery Life
News & Analysis  
11/19/2014   13 comments
Carbonics aims to use carbon for next-gen RF semiconductors and other essential parts of smartphones and wearables, claiming it may extend lifetime per charge to a week.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
Power Week: First Distributed Power Standards Unveiled by AMP Consortium
News & Analysis  
11/13/2014   1 comment
The recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium announced initial standards for digital POL and advanced bus DC-DC converters aimed at providing a complete distributed power ecosystem.
That Simple Sense Resistor Isn't So Simple
Blog  
11/12/2014   18 comments
Using a low-value sense resistor is a common technique for measuring current through a load, but applying even this simple component for such a basic, straightforward application has its subtleties and tradeoffs.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia
News & Analysis  
11/10/2014   11 comments
Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
Power Week: Compact Fusion Energy About to Happen?
News & Analysis  
11/6/2014   15 comments
Lockheed Martin is working on a compact fusion reactor the size of a jet engine that it says can be developed and deployed in under a decade.
Video Insights for IoT Designs
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
Limited or expensive network bandwidth drives a number of considerations for video systems designed for the Internet of Things.
Power Week: Idle Computers Waste More Energy Than Thought
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10/30/2014   5 comments
Computers are not going into sleep mode or automatically being turned off as often as users think, leaving room to save more energy with improved power management features.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
News & Analysis  
10/29/2014   13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Battery Progress Reality Check: Good & Bad News
Blog  
10/29/2014   11 comments
A balanced assessment of battery tech shows solid progress is being made but no real breakthroughs are imminent.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
News & Analysis  
10/27/2014   10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Power Week: Power Management ICs on the Move
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   1 comment
The global power management IC market is likely to grow by almost 8% annually over the next few years, but not without facing challenges, a new report says.
Power Week: Digital Power Consortium Aims for a Complete Power Ecosystem
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10/16/2014   Post a comment
A new digital power consortium formed by several leading power supply manufacturers aims to deliver technically advanced, end-to-end, distributed power solutions offering true plug-and-play multi-sourcing.
Apple's Next iPads: 13 Things To Expect
News & Analysis  
10/15/2014   9 comments
Assuming Apple releases new iPads this Thursday, as expected, the issue won't be whether the new tablets will be improved -- they will be. Rather, the issue will be whether the new devices are improved enough to justify a purchase. Luckily for Apple, the new devices will likely boast substantial upgrades.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
News & Analysis  
10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
What's Wrong With Marchionne's EV Comments?
Blog  
10/14/2014   47 comments
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has again committed the colossal sin of speaking plainly, and electric vehicle advocates aren’t happy about it.
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids
News & Analysis  
10/14/2014   8 comments
Solar panels are on the rise in microgrids bringing electricity to remote villages in Africa and India, sparking interest in designs for low-power DC-based homes.
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
News & Analysis  
10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
News & Analysis  
10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Beyond Li-ion: Design Challenges of New Battery Chemistries for Mobile Devices
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10/8/2014   Post a comment
Higher-energy-density batteries will soon become a necessity for handset manufacturers, but adopting them at the component level will not be a straightforward process.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation
Blog  
10/3/2014   13 comments
Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said recently at The Battery Show in Detroit.
Power Week: Add Your Mark to the Nikola Tesla Museum
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Efforts to renovate Nikola Tesla's original Wardenclyffe lab on Long Island have entered a new phase with an Indiegogo campaign allowing supporters to "buy a brick for Nik."
7 Tricks for Estimating Battery Life Accurately
Blog  
10/1/2014   1 comment
Here are seven tricks that -- if followed -- can help guarantee an accurate estimation of battery life.
Oven Performance Shows Flip Side of Thermal Management
Blog  
10/1/2014   3 comments
The standard, ubiquitous cooking oven is not only inefficient but also does a poor job. The how and why is a revealing discussion of tradition versus realities of thermal physics.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
News & Analysis  
9/26/2014   11 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   20 comments
A solar disk cuts costs by using fiber-reinforced concrete, supporting polymer-backed aluminum foil mirrors concentrated on four-spectrum InGaAs photovoltaic cells cooled by water in IBM-fabricated micro-channels.
Power Week: Intel's Wireless Charging Bowl Is Imminent
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   4 comments
The smart wireless charging bowl that Intel unveiled at CES this year to great interest will be available on the market around the end of the year, Intel's CEO says.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   8 comments
Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
Power Week: Did We Just Avoid an 'Electric Armageddon?'
News & Analysis  
9/18/2014   6 comments
While a powerful solar storm this past week resulted only in enhanced auroras in the night skies for some earth residents, some worry of a potential EM pulse catastrophe that would virtually bring civilization to a halt.
Does Reducing Power Consumption Actually Save Energy?
Blog  
9/17/2014   41 comments
It's the law of unintended consequences again, as regulations to reduce energy consumption by reducing power ratings may actually have the opposite effect.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds
News & Analysis  
9/12/2014   3 comments
A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15%, even with available batteries.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow
News & Analysis  
9/11/2014   1 comment
The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Apple Watch Misnomer: Wireless Charging
Blog  
9/9/2014   10 comments
The Apple Watch also came out at Apple's grand debutante ball for the next-gen iPhone. The Cult of Apple may be the kick in pants the smartwatch market needs, but this watch's charging method does little to advance the wireless charging standards battle.
In Pseudoscience Grounding Trend, EEs Unintentionally Lead the Way
Blog  
9/8/2014   21 comments
Some companies think you need to personally be at equipotential with Earth for better health and a sense of well being, but electrical engineers have always used grounding straps.
Power Week: Tesla Gigafactory Will Fail to Meet Li-ion Price Goals, Says Report
News & Analysis  
9/4/2014   5 comments
Just as the location of Tesla's planned Gigafactory is being announced, a new report casts doubt on whether the giant battery factory will be able to achieve its targeted cost-reduction goals for lithium ion cells.
Optimizing Dynamic Response via Digital Control
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9/3/2014   Post a comment
With digital control it becomes possible for the power system designer to fine-tune a POL regulator's control loop for a particular application and significantly improve and optimize the dynamic response performance and/or reduce required decoupling capacitance.
Power Week: RF Charging Startup & Dialog Semi Team Up for Over-the-Air Power
News & Analysis  
8/28/2014   1 comment
This week, "over-the-air" power got a boost when RF charging startup Energous and Dialog Semiconductor agreed to jointly develop a proof-of-concept reference design to help develop the market for a remote, wire-free charging technology.
Power Week: IRF Only One of Many Rumored Infineon Targets
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8/21/2014   Post a comment
Prior to this week's big announcement of Infineon's agreement to buy International Rectifier, speculation swirled over several other chipmaker names as possible acquisition targets.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier
News & Analysis  
8/21/2014   12 comments
Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid
News & Analysis  
8/20/2014   4 comments
ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
Power Tip 74: Interleaving Gets More Power From a Flyback
Power Tips  
8/18/2014   4 comments
In his final Power Tip, Robert Kollman looks at the number of benefits to be gained from interleaving a flyback power supply design.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race
News & Analysis  
8/14/2014   6 comments
Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.
Power Week: FAA - Lithium Batteries Pose More Danger Than Thought
News & Analysis  
8/14/2014   5 comments
New FAA tests on lithium batteries show that the devices pose more dangers to planes than previously thought.
Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required
News & Analysis  
8/11/2014   14 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed WiFi Backscatter, a technology that culls energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals to connect low-energy devices to the Internet without the need for batteries.
Acer Chromebook Breaks New Ground
News & Analysis  
8/11/2014   12 comments
Acer on Monday announced the Chromebook 13, a family of laptops meant to tempt the budget- and performance-minded buyer. The Chromebook 13 is among the first to use a Tegra K1 processor under its hood.
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