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Power Week: Simple Home Fuel Cell & Wireless Charging Spec Triples Power Delivery
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6/5/2014   Post a comment
This week, a simple fuel cell for home use, a wireless charging spec is expanded to enable charging of tablets and laptops, and a USB power delivery controller that enables a single USB cable to deliver data and up to 100 W of power simultaneously.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
News & Analysis  
6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
Haute Couture Meets High Tech
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6/4/2014   8 comments
According to Dutch fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht, fashion lacks microcontrollers. Using microcontrollers, sensors, and 3D printing, Wipprecht believes that the future of fashion is in technology.
Cavium Thunder Rattles Xeon
News & Analysis  
6/3/2014   24 comments
Cavium will challenge Intel's Xeon server processors with Thunder, its first server and networking SoCs based on a custom 64-bit ARM core.
Can Graphene Make Large-Scale Electricity Storage Viable?
News & Analysis  
5/29/2014   3 comments
Researchers are exploring different ways to reduce the size and weight of batteries and extend their lifespan by adding graphene as a component material.
Fire Risk Makes Panasonic Recall Laptop Battery Packs
News & Analysis  
5/29/2014   3 comments
More than 43,000 laptop battery packs have been recalled by Panasonic following three of the packs in Asia overheating and providing a fire. The company has also declared a separate recall in Europe as a safety precaution.
Power Week: Smaller EV Power Module, SiC Rectifiers & Battery Monitors
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5/29/2014   Post a comment
This week, a power module from Infineon for EV inverters has a 30% smaller form factor than previous devices. Also: new SiC Schottky rectifiers from Cree and multi-cell battery monitors from Texas Instruments.
Counterfeit DC/DC Converters in the Supply Chain
News & Analysis  
5/28/2014   2 comments
Power converter maker Recom has issued an advisory that it has identified numerous counterfeit copies of its products in the market and is seeking to protect its brand value.
Supercaps Breakthrough: Phone Case to Replace Battery
News & Analysis  
5/28/2014   19 comments
Say goodbye to your phone battery and charger. A new structural material could transform a mobile device's entire case into a hybrid super-capacitor/battery, making traditional batteries obsolete.
B'com Powers 3 Wireless Charging Approaches
News & Analysis  
5/28/2014   3 comments
Hoping to further interest in wireless charging among mainstream mobile consumers, Broadcom introduced a multi-standard smartphone charging chip. The new chi[ puts the Association for Wireless Power resonant standard on the forefront while allowing for inductive specifications as well.
Bel Fuse to Buy Emerson’s Power Connectivity Unit for $98M
News & Analysis  
5/24/2014   2 comments
Interconnect vendor Bel Fuse Inc. continued to pursue its aggressive acquisition strategy with a $98 million cash deal to acquire the Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions (ECS) business of Emerson Inc.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More
News & Analysis  
5/22/2014   1 comment
Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
Cyborg-Like Bionics Harness Sunlight
News & Analysis  
5/21/2014   2 comments
Terminator cyborgs may be on the horizon as a result of bionics supra-particles invented at the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
News & Analysis  
5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Startup Faces SoC, Gender Challenges
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   8 comments
NetSpeed's Sundari Mitra wants to reshape the way SoCs are designed as she faces down challenges of a male-dominated industry.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Power Week-in-Review: Carbon Battery Trumps Lithium & Solar EV Carport
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   1 comment
This week, a new carbon-based battery technology claiming advantages over lithium, BMW presents a sustainable solar carport for its EVs, Cree launches a 1200V/25mΩ SiC MOSFET in a TO-247, and an industrial power component tester that simulates lifetime performance.
Stepping Down From the 380V DC Line
Blog  
5/14/2014   1 comment
There are questions concerning the many step-down options and/or intermediate bus voltages.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog  
5/13/2014   1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup?
News & Analysis  
5/12/2014   1 comment
The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
Power Week-in-Review: EM-Field Safety in EVs & Power Device Analyzer for Circuit Design
News & Analysis  
5/8/2014   2 comments
This week, confirmation that EM fields from electric vehicles pose no dangers, an alcohol-powered micro fuel cell that could replace smartphone batteries, and a single-box power device analyzer for power circuit design.
Post-Merger Spansion 'Integrates' With Big Move Into Auto
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   3 comments
Synergy is no longer the stated goal behind Spansion’s acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor’s MCU and analog businesses. Shown in its Q1 results, Spansion is scoring design wins globally, especially in the automotive sector.
Tiny Generator Uses Heat to Power Wearables
Blog  
5/7/2014   5 comments
An innovative solution from a team at the Korean Institute of Science and Technology could hold the key to powering wearables continuously, using the wearer's own body heat as a generator.
Is There a TEG in Your Power Future?
Blog  
5/7/2014   1 comment
The low-efficiency thermoelectric generator (TEG) finds a role in a camping stove -- but is the energy used/gained balance positive or negative?
Intel Should Exit Mobile, Analyst Says
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   14 comments
Over the course of the company’s history, Intel has moved in and out of the mobile market. Following poor earnings per share revenue in the first quarter of 2014, analysts at JP Morgan examined the possibility of Intel shutting down its mobile and communications group.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT?
News & Analysis  
5/5/2014   25 comments
Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
Wearables Need Tailored SoCs
News & Analysis  
5/2/2014   12 comments
Hardware designed specifically for wearable devices will be key to making the vertical mainstream. Panelists at Linley Tech Mobile Conference said scaled-down smartphone SoCs are preventing the battery life improvements necessary for weaerables to take off.
Power Week-in-Review: AC-to-HVDC Grid Research & Non-Optimized Smartwatches
News & Analysis  
5/1/2014   1 comment
This week, research into ways to improve electrical power transmission using HVDC grids, a report that smartwatches are being designed with smartphone chipsets rather than wearable-optimized components, a PMBus power system manager, and more.
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip
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4/30/2014   4 comments
An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
AMD Unleashes Puma in Mobile
News & Analysis  
4/30/2014   9 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced two new mobile accelerated processing units – a low-power chip codenamed Mullins and a mainstream chip, Beema - as its next generation of cores. The Puma generation hinges on integrated security, improved power consumption, and increased processing capabilities.
IoT Couple Nutures Startups
News & Analysis  
4/30/2014   2 comments
Jim Reich and Caroline Fernandes have forged a partnership that includes a lot of time nourishing the fledgling Internet of Things.
Using a Capacitor to Sustain Battery Life
Break Points  
4/29/2014   1 comment
Is it possible to extend coin cell life using a capacitor?
Bluetooth Smart: What’s in a Name?
Blog  
4/29/2014   26 comments
Calling every new development smart is a trend in today’s market that invokes Orwell. As we dumb down technologies and think nothing of doing it, we call them all smart.
Energy Harvesting Needs New Tools
Blog  
4/25/2014   11 comments
IoT systems need to employ new algorithms and logic circuits to squeeze what power they can from energy harvesting.
How Much Energy Can You Really Get From a Coin Cell?
Break Points  
4/24/2014   6 comments
Motivated by what he considers outrageous claims made by a number of MCU vendors that their processors can run for several decades from a single CR2032 cell, Jack Ganssle compares coin cell batteries to see if the claims are legit.
Power Week-in-Review: 5m Wireless Power Transfer & Low-Cost Ultracaps
News & Analysis  
4/24/2014   2 comments
This week, researchers have demonstrated wireless power transfer over a 5-meter distance, low-cost ultracapacitors have been built from graphene and carbon nanotubes, a current-sensing solution for battery management that uses no shunt resistor, and much more.
Ultracapacitor Breakthrough May Recharge Energy Storage
News & Analysis  
4/23/2014   14 comments
A better material for ultracapacitors is a hybrid composite of graphene flakes and single-walled carbon nanotube, according to researchers at George Washington University.
BMW Hybrid, Apple CarPlay: 11 Trends from the NY Auto Show
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
At the 2014 New York Auto show, the focus turned toward hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as infotainment and smartphone integration designs, such as Apple's CarPlay.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars
News & Analysis  
4/22/2014   7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
New IC for Driverless LEDs
News & Analysis  
4/18/2014   4 comments
A Eurolighting module produces flicker-free LED light from 230 VAC.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
Blog  
4/18/2014   44 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Quantum-Dot Windows Harvest Solar Energy
News & Analysis  
4/18/2014   12 comments
The windows of the future could harvest the sunlight passing through them, thanks to quantum-dot technology being developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Power Week-in-Review: Wristband TE Generator & Solar Cell Efficiency Record
News & Analysis  
4/17/2014   Post a comment
This week, a flexible band-shaped thermoelectric generator that can harvest body heat to power wearables, a solar cell conversion efficiency record using a silicon-based cell of practical size, a multi-topology DC/DC converter, and much more.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   5 comments
IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Google Unveils Modular Phone
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   6 comments
Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Faster Cryptocurrency Mining With Digital Power
Blog  
4/16/2014   1 comment
Mining for digital currency has created the latest race for computing power. This new contest will ask much of microprocessor and ASIC designers and power system architects.
Tunable Semiconductors Offer Better Detectors, Solar Cells
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   1 comment
Researchers at Georgia State University have published a paper showing how to get a semiconductor to detect low-energy light sources. These tunable semiconductors could offer better detectors, as well as new types of solar cells.
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