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Hittite expands optical modulator driver product line
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1/31/2013   Post a comment
Hittite's latest 32 Gbps compact dual channel optical modulator driver swings 8Vp-p.
PV installations to rise, revenue to drop
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1/29/2013   1 comment
Global photovoltaic installations are expected to represent 35 gigawatts in 2013, up from 32GW in 2012, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Multi-junction is key to record solar efficiency
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1/29/2013   3 comments
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have developed a triple-junction solar cell which they claim has the potential to achieve more than 50-percent power conversion efficiency.
Current-mode controller benefits defined
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1/29/2013   Post a comment
Linear Technology explains the benefits that current-mode controllers with low inductor DCR sensing provide over their voltage-mode counterparts.
Dimming LEDs with pulse-width modulation
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1/28/2013   1 comment
How to do accurate pulse-width modulation dimming without the use of external signal generators, clocks or microcontrollers.
PSA unveils air-powered car
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1/24/2013   7 comments
PSA Peugeot Citroen introduced a full-hybrid powertrain that uses petrol and compressed air.
TT Electronics WHS series wirewound resistors
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1/23/2013   Post a comment
TT Electronics’ latest wirewound resistor series offers a surge energy ratings range from 2W to 7W, 1 to 330O.
787 Dreamliner investigation probes battery-charging electronics
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1/22/2013   21 comments
Investigators are testing chargers and other electronics at Securaplane Technologies in Tucson, Ariz.
Flexible solar cell reaches 20.4% efficiency
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1/22/2013   Post a comment
Swiss researchers claimed they have achieved 20.4-percent energy conversion efficiency for thin-film GIGS solar cells on flexible polymer substrates.
Setting safety standard for arc detection in solar industry
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1/22/2013   1 comment
The UL 1699B standard marks the beginning of a trend across industries to increase safety in high-voltage applications. It requires the use of arc detection in high-voltage systems to increase personal safety, protect equipment and prevent catastrophic damage. This article focuses on implementing arc detection in solar applications.
PV equipment spending to decline again in 2013
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1/22/2013   Post a comment
After excessive investments in 2010 and 2011, solar photovoltaic equipment spending dropped by 72 percent in 2012 and is expected to further decline this year.
Electronics, photovoltaics pioneer Eric Lidow dies at 100
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1/22/2013   3 comments
A refugee from Nazi Germany, Lidow founded Selenium Corp. and International Rectifier.
Using SoCs for portable medical equipment
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1/21/2013   3 comments
Cypress Semiconductor explains that using SoCs in portable medical electronics applications makes design simpler, protects IP, and provides novel methods to implement product-differentiating functionality that can make FDA certification simpler.
Microsemi expands Silicon Carbide (SiC) power module product family
Product News  
1/17/2013   3 comments
Microsemi’s latest power module devices are offered in industrial and extended temperature ranges.
Power Tip 55: Compensate a low-noise power supply having a two-section filter
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1/17/2013   Post a comment
In this Power Tip, Robert Kollman at Texas Instruments discusses using P-Spice in closing the feedback loop around such a filter.
UMC copper process targets power management ICs
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1/16/2013   5 comments
Foundry and packaging house Chipbond come together to offer thick-plated copper to improve electrical and thermal efficiency of power management ICs.
LED driving techniques reduce power in LCD TVs
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1/15/2013   3 comments
TVs are responsible for about 3 to 8 percent of global residential electricity consumption. Power savings can be achieved by implementing today’s advanced techniques for efficient LED driving.
CES: Maxim shows heart, turns up volume on audio
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1/14/2013   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated shows how its microcontrollers and power management systems can be used to full effect in consumer electronics.
Solar Frontier to form solar investment JV
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1/14/2013   Post a comment
Solar Frontier and the Development Bank of Japan have created a joint venture company that will invest in utility-scale solar power plants.
Major shakeout expected in PV supply chain
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1/14/2013   3 comments
The number of manufacturers of photovoltaic solar panels is expected to drop by 70 percent this year, according to IHS iSuppli.
MIT power management spin-off raises funds
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1/14/2013   5 comments
Strategic investors and VCs provide $9.6 million of Series A funding to Arctic Sands, a spin-off fabless chip company from MIT developing power management technology.
Smart electricity meters seen doubling by 2016
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1/8/2013   2 comments
The installed base of communicating electricity meters will double globally by the end of 2016, according to a market researcher.
Impact of burn-in testing on power supply reliability
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1/7/2013   Post a comment
This article examines the impact of burn-in testing on power supply reliability performance.

In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.
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