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Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure
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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.
Cut Landfill: Transform Packing Materials to Rechargeable Batteries
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a way to turn discarded peanut-shaped packing materials into components for rechargeable batteries that could outperform the ones currently used.
TI’s 32-bit 'Successor' to the 16-bit MCU
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
TI's new ARM Cortex-M4F-based MCU is a higher performance alternative to traditional the 16-bit MSP430 and a lower power and feature-rich alternative to the ARM Cortex-M0.
Bringing Sub-Threshold Voltage to Any MCU
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Based on the same subthreshold voltage technology used in its ARM-based Apollo Cortex-based processors, Ambiq's real-time clock family brings its low power benefits to any MCU-based design.
Is 2015 the year of wireless charging?
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
It has been an incredibly exciting start to 2015 with several major announcements in wireless power along with several noticeable absences.
APEC 2015 Slideshow: Day Two of Open Exhibits
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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
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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
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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.
Silicon Nanofiber Boosts Battery Range Performance of EVs
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2/20/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a novel paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries which can boost by several times the specific energy of the battery.
Wireless Power Transfer From the Antenna
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2/19/2015   Post a comment
The often overlooked key component of wireless power transmitter/receiver ICs is the transmit/receive antenna coil.
Ultra-Low Power System for Wearable Devices
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2/19/2015   Post a comment
When an ultra-low power optimized MCU and ultra-low power optimized DC/DC converter come together, the result is a well-running, well-oiled machine fit for wearable applications.
Why Does Digital Power Need More Standards?
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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
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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.”
Toyota Tests Silicon Carbide Tech in Near-Series Designs
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2/2/2015   3 comments
Silicon carbide (SiC) power devices will get a test drive in Toyota's prototype car. If successful, SiC-based power control units may lower power needs in hybrids.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015
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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.
Supercapbatteries, Thermoelectrics to Power Future Cars
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1/30/2015   29 comments
The cars of the future will be powered by supercabatteries and thermoelectric energy recovery systems, according to IDTechEx Ltd. in Cambridge, U.K.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution
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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?
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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.
High-Voltage Design: Living Long and Still Prospering
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1/27/2015   Post a comment
Low-voltage design gets most of the attention these days, but there are many applications which require very-high voltages even though they do not deliver significant amounts of current to the load.
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games
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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.
Power Tips: LED Buck Regulator with Current-Mode Control Simplifies Compensation
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
How do you compensate the control loop in a peak current-mode controller to ensure stability when you are regulating current rather than the output voltage?
Efficiency Greater Than 100%? Yes, Sort Of
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1/22/2015   4 comments
Contrary to our normal expectations, LEDs can exhibit optical efficiencies well above 100%--but only if you re-define "input power" in a unique way.
Improved dendrite formation control helps lithium batteries last longer
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Purdue University are using numerical modeling to find ways to understand the complex science behind the formation of 'dendrites' that cause lithium-ion batteries to fail which will help to design better separators to create longer-lasting batteries.
GaN technology will transform the future
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
Gallium nitride has demonstrated both a dramatic improvement in transistor performance and the ability to be produced at a lower cost than silicon.
5 Power Trends Will Pay Off Soon
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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
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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
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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.
In-Vehicle Electric Control Systems Using Intelligent Power Modules
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1/15/2015   1 comment
The number of motors used in cars is expected to surpass 200 per car in 2015. As reduced size, weight, and cost will therefore become increasingly important, further integration will be critical.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly
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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.
CES 2015: A High-Tech EV Is Future of Automotive Electronics
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1/9/2015   Post a comment
Renovo Motors' embrace of electric vehicle technology hints at the future of automotive electronics.
Intel Tips Mini IoT Module
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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
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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.
5 Smartphone Wishes for 2015
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1/2/2015   Post a comment
Smartphones must do better in five key areas -- starting with battery life.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup
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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.
AC Mains Connectors: Who Knew?
Blog  
12/29/2014   12 comments
There are standards for AC mains power plugs and recepacles, too.
12 Top Power Stories of 2014
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12/23/2014   1 comment
Here are a dozen of the most significant and interesting power-related developments that occurred over the past year.
Power Week: Popular Gaming Consoles' Energy Use Compared
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12/18/2014   3 comments
Just in time for the holidays, engineers at the Electric Power Research Institute tested three of the most popular gaming consoles to see how much power they consumed.
11 Views of IEDM
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12/17/2014   4 comments
This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
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12/16/2014   2 comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Superconductor Unveils Room Temp Future
News & Analysis  
12/12/2014   12 comments
New type of superconducting material heralds the day when room-temperature wires will speed up all electronic devices.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
News & Analysis  
12/12/2014   23 comments
Startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Power Week: EM Fields From Power Lines, Cellphones Not Harmful, Says Study
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
Electromagnetic fields from power lines and mobile phones are not likely to be harmful to humans, according to new research on the effect of weak magnetic fields on human proteins.
Spray Solar Cells on Any Surface
News & Analysis  
12/11/2014   7 comments
Canadian Consortium mostly funded by IBM formulates method for spraying solar cells on nearly any surface, from rooftops to automobile bodies.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly
News & Analysis  
12/8/2014   6 comments
Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
Power Week: Dreamliner Battery Fire Had Multiple Causes
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12/3/2014   4 comments
The lithium-ion battery fire that grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners last year was a result of oversight and certification issues as well as design and testing problems on both Boeing's part and that of the battery maker, according to the NTSB.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion
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12/1/2014   13 comments
Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Power Week: Si-Based Power Discretes to Continue to Dominate Over Next Decade
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11/26/2014   3 comments
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
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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?
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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.
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