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Power Week in Review: Formula 1 'Power Unit,' Implantable Energy Harvester & Programmable Controller
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1/30/2014   Post a comment
Highlights this week include the newly designed - and significantly "greener" - Formula One engine, an implantable energy harvester that could do away with the need for surgery to replace batteries in pacemakers etc., and a programmable power controller specifically designed for Information/Communications systems.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
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1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
EcoBot Turns Waste Into Power
Blog  
1/30/2014   2 comments
This robot uses sewage waste as a fuel source and works to clear sewer blockages.
XPrize Challenges DesignCon Audience
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   1 comment
A keynote from the XPrize Foundation challenged DesignCon attendees to find a novel battery technology or a new approach to learning to read.
Slideshow: Facebook Drives Open Hardware
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1/29/2014   5 comments
At the fifth annual summit of the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, Microsoft joined the movement, contributing its latest server designs.
Slideshow: LEDs Light Up Detroit Auto Show
Blog  
1/29/2014   6 comments
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are chipping away at the century-old automotive lighting market in ways that no one foresaw even five years ago.
Power Tip 67: Improve Discontinuous Flyback Efficiency With Synchronous Rectifiers
Power Tips  
1/28/2014   Post a comment
You cannot make a self-driven synchronous rectifier for the discontinuous flyback converter. There are both current transformer-driven and semiconductor circuits to accomplish this. The latter have a size and cost advantage, but may need a buffer to properly interface with the high voltage and currents found in power supplies.
Intersil Sensor Brightens Mobile Display
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1/27/2014   8 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil has released a new RGB light sensor that aims to optimize screen brightness and improve resolution, battery life, and color quality for mobile device displays through management of ambient light.
Samsung SDI Climbing Onto China's EV Bandwagon
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1/23/2014   2 comments
Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has signed a preliminary agreement to build an electric car battery factory in Xi'an, China, where Samsung Electronics is already building a multi-billion dollar fab for NAND flash memory chips.
Power Week-in-Review: Micro Windmill, Storing 'Solar Fuel' & Next-Gen WPC Controller
News & Analysis  
1/23/2014   1 comment
Highlights this week include a MEMS-based micro-windmill that can be used to recharge batteries in cell phones, a new way to convert and store solar energy, and a new wireless power controller from TI.
Glasses Refocus Mobile Power Design
Blog  
1/22/2014   1 comment
Wearable computers such as glasses open up the door to new user experiences in context awareness, but they need new power architectures to drive them.
Whatever Happened to Superconducting Power Lines?
Blog  
1/22/2014   7 comments
We were assured that these zero-loss transmission lines would be among the next disruptive technologies to go mainstream, but it is not clear what their reality actually is.
Power Over Ethernet Group Forms
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1/22/2014   18 comments
The Ethernet Alliance has launched a Power Over Ethernet Subcommittee as part of the alliance's work in Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE is the delivery of power over Ethernet cables, which has has potential for less power-hungry remote devices, such as wall-mounted cameras and automotive advanced driver assistance systems
OpenFlow Taps Into Mobile Nets
News & Analysis  
1/21/2014   4 comments
A new working group, including mobile carriers and gear makers, will extend the OpenFlow protocol for cellular and business networks.
Uninterruptible Power Surges as Datacenters Spike
News & Analysis  
1/21/2014   1 comment
Increased dependency of mission-critical applications within the datacenter have offered a boon to the uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) market. Power supplies are increasingly important, especially as the worldwide economy rebounds.
Dialog Unveils IC for Qualcomm Quick Charge
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1/20/2014   4 comments
Dialog Semiconductor has unveiled its high-efficiency AC/DC adapter interface IC for Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 power supplies.
Power Week-in-Review: 'Superlens' Extends Wireless Power, Precision Power Scope & Free Battery Dev Code
News & Analysis  
1/16/2014   4 comments
This week, a metamaterial "superlens" that extends the distance of magneto-inductive wireless power transfer, plus free lithium-battery development code, the industry's first precision power scope, and Vicor's first ChiP-based power modules.
Tesla Recalls Overheating Chargers
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1/14/2014   19 comments
Tesla Motors announced on Tuesday that the company sold almost 6,900 vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the total number of Model S's delivered worldwide during 2013 to 22,300.
How Much Power Do We Need in a Brick?
Blog  
1/14/2014   2 comments
Even if a 1-kW quarter-brick is conceivable in the near future to power 3- or even 5-kW boards, systems and board-power architects are questioning the electrical and thermal benefits to parallel this type of brick.
10 Power Management Startups to Watch in 2014
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1/13/2014   Post a comment
As we enter into 2014, here are ten European startups in the power management sector that are worth keeping an eye on, in order to see how they progress (or slide backward) this year.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Power Week-in-Review: Mega Flow Battery, EV Forecast & Mag Res Charger for Qi Phones
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1/9/2014   Post a comment
This week, a possible breakthrough in renewable energy storage, a forecast for the growth in electric vehicles, and the debut of a magnetic resonance charger for wirelessly charging Qi phones at longer distances.
CEVA Gains from MediaTek’s Global Plan
News & Analysis  
1/9/2014   9 comments
MediaTek unveiled a multimode LTE chipset. MediaTek also announced a partnership with VIA Telecom for integrating CDMA2000 into its upcoming “worldphone” SoC, which in turn will allow CEVA to move into MediaTek’s SoC big-time.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It
Blog  
1/8/2014   22 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
Multimode Wireless Charger Debuts at CES
News & Analysis  
1/8/2014   4 comments
MediaTek announces multimode charger for resonant as well as inductive charging.
Enough With the Solar Power 'Magic,' Please!
Blog  
1/8/2014   30 comments
Free power from the sun is a great idea, except when it's not. Often such schemes make little or no sense, and are mostly attention-getting ploys that we love to read about, apparently.
Wireless Execs Make Waves at CES
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1/7/2014   Post a comment
Here are excerpts from a panel at CES on the status and outlook of wireless technology that included experts from Broadcom, Ericsson, and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Intel Edison Aims to Dress Wearables
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   15 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich outlined a vision for a wearable world at Monday's pre-CES keynote, the cornerstone of which centers on a SD-sized computing system.
Toyota Suddenly Accelerates Fuel-Cell Race
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   45 comments
Toyota announced at International CES that it will put on the road a mass-market hydrogen fuel-cell car in 2015.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
Slideshow  
1/7/2014   19 comments
From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design
News & Analysis  
1/6/2014   5 comments
Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
Must-See TV at CES: Mobile Display Processing
News & Analysis  
1/3/2014   10 comments
Not-to-be-missed at CES next week is this demo on how motion video quality of movies and NFL football games, displayed on smartphones or tablets, can be sharpened with display processing technology.
60 GHz DuoTargets Small Cells
News & Analysis  
1/3/2014   15 comments
InterDigital and BluWireless may design a 60 GHz board for backhaul on small cell base stations, part of a growing set of efforts around 5G nets.
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1/2/2014   1 comment
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Power Week-in-Review: Ford Solar Hybrid EV, PV Cell Chip & Home Electricity Use
News & Analysis  
1/2/2014   5 comments
This week, a first-of-its-kind solar powered hybrid EV from Ford, news that home electricity usage has dropped to 2001 levels, and an energy harvesting photovoltaic cell chip.


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