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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
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
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
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?
2/19/2016   6 comments
The latest power over Ethernet specification significantly increases the power level and opens up dramatically expanded application options.
Mars and Other Challenges
2/19/2016   Post a comment
NASA's Ames center director talked about the challenges getting to Mars at a Fujitsu Labs event that showcased its work on everything from Bluetooth and RFID tags to a self-driving wheelchair.
Safe Home Energy Storage
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2/19/2016   Post a comment
Homeowners may soon be able to store the energy generated from solar arrays. An Avago application engineer explains about component options.
Department of Energy Fueling Our Future
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2/17/2016   2 comments
What is the US Department of Energy doing technologically and scientifically to make life better in America with respect to energy?
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
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
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
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
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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?
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
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1/7/2016   23 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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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?
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
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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.
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