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Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery
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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.
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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