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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   Post a 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   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.
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   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.
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
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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.
Can Incandescent Bulbs Make a Comeback?
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4/25/2016   16 comments
Research using a re-radiating nanostructure around a planar incandescent surface may give the classic but inefficient light source a second chance.
Power Electronics Still Surging in China
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Despite recent economic challenges, the outlook for China is positive, especially within the power electronics industry.
FD-SOI Expands, But Is It Disruptive?
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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.
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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.
Quad Buck Regulators in an Impossibly Small Space
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4/12/2016   Post a comment
The LT8602 has two high voltage buck regulators with an input voltage range of 3V to 42V.
The Tough World of Automotive Power
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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
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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.
APEC 2016: Top 10 Must-Have Innovations for Power Designers
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3/28/2016   Post a comment
The best products coming out of APEC may inspire you to get with the power program. Here are Planet Analog editor Steve Tarnovich's picks for 2016.
Layouts for Buck, Boost, and SEPIC Power Stages
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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
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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.
Doubts Swirl Around Faraday Future’s Future
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3/12/2016   7 comments
Is Faraday Future a house of cards? That question will be answered if and when Faraday Future, an EV company, keeps its word by starting to build its own cars in Nevada.
Flexible Batteries, Electronics Expand
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3/8/2016   Post a comment
The market for thin-film batteries is on the rise, according to a new report issued as the flexible electronics sector holds an annual gathering.
Graphene Goes Ultra-Thin, Absorbent
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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.
High Power Hot Swap with Power Sharing and Digital Telemetry
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3/3/2016   Post a comment
The LTC4282 Hot SwapTM controller allows a board to be safely inserted and removed from a live backplane.
Linear Technology Expands Test Capability in Singapore
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2/23/2016   1 comment
Linear Technology is increasing its Singapore semiconductor test capacity by 45%. The shift from consumer products to industrial ICs is driving the expansion.
Designing AC/DC Adaptors for USB Type-C Power
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2/23/2016   1 comment
After much discussion, products with new USB Type-C (Type-C) ports are finally here! In 2015, Apple’s new MacBook and Google’s Nexus 6P were released with the new USB-C port.
NXP Processor Powers IoT, Networks
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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
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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.
Battery Storage Systems Shine With Solar Deployments
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2/19/2016   Post a comment
Homeowners, who may soon store energy from solar cells instead of selling back to the grid, should select storage components wisely.
Power over Ethernet, a Source for Area Lighting?
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2/19/2016   6 comments
The latest power over Ethernet specification significantly increases the power level and opens up dramatically expanded application options.
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