Sensor Expo Highlights Energy Harvesting
Blog 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?
Blog 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
News & Analysis 6/21/2016 4 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.
AMD Details Next-Gen APUs
News & Analysis 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.
IoT Security is Imec Target
News & Analysis 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.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip
News & Analysis 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.
Building Multi-Port USB Type-C Adapters for Power
Blog 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
News & Analysis 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
Blog 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.
FD-SOI Expands, But Is It Disruptive?
News & Analysis 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.
News & Analysis 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.
The Tough World of Automotive Power
Blog 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
News & Analysis 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.
Layouts for Buck, Boost, and SEPIC Power Stages
Blog 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
Blog 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.
Graphene Goes Ultra-Thin, Absorbent
News & Analysis 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.
NXP Processor Powers IoT, Networks
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Mars and Other Challenges
Slideshow 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
EET Videos 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.
Qualcomm Unveils Wearable SoC
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
Slideshow 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
Blog 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
News & Analysis 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.
Developing The Perfect IoT Battery
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
Blog 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
News & Analysis 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.