CEA supports new Energy Star TV spec
Product News 10/30/2008 Post a comment
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced support for the new ENERGY STAR specification for televisions, which takes effect on November 1, 2008. The new specification for the first time accounts for both active and standby power consumption across all types of televisions.
First Solar inks long-term module supply agreements totaling 525MW
News & Analysis 10/30/2008 Post a comment
First Solar Inc., has entered into new long-term module supply agreements with Sorgenia Solar, a developer of large-scale, grid-connected solar power plants in Italy and extended module supply agreements with several of First Solar's existing customers including EDF Energies Nouvelles, Ecostream, Juwi and Phoenix Solar AG.
Digital power control delivers efficiency in high-power applications
Design How-To 10/29/2008 1 comment
The emphasis is firmly on increasing power density while maintaining tight regulation with the least possible conversion loss -- objectives that traditional dc-dc converters using analog control loops have generally found to be mutually exclusive but that digital-control platforms can meet.
Nujira amplifies handset development efforts
News & Analysis 10/28/2008 Post a comment
Power amplifier technology specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) is powering ahead with plans to extend its technology from the wireless infrastructure space to handsets, trebling the size of its development team targeting chips and IP for mobile phones.
25-V n-channel power MOSFET offers low on-resistance
Product News 10/24/2008 Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology Inc., has expanded its family of Gen III TrenchFET power MOSFETs by releasing a new 25-V n-channel device offering the industry's lowest on-resistance and on-resistance times gate charge for a device with this voltage rating in the PowerPAK SO-8 package type.
Smart sensor company continues recruitment drive
Product News 10/23/2008 Post a comment
Intelligent sensor developer, DeepStream Technologies Ltd., (Bangor, Wales) aims to hire an additional 70 engineers and support staff to take the number of people it employs to 150 within two years. The company had announced a plan to go from 72 staff to about 100 in March 2008.
So-called vampire power boosts power bills
Power DesignLine Blog 10/22/2008 6 comments
My family is indicative of the general public. We take one step forward and two steps back. I no longer allow a desktop computer to be left running 24/7, but we continue to add rechargeable battery-powered devices such as the recent addition of a weed whacker and leaf blower.
Solar material absorbs entire spectrum
Design How-To 10/22/2008 Post a comment
Current solar materials must be chosen to match a specific wavelength of sunlight, but a new hybrid inorganic/organic material could usher in solar cells that absorb all solar wavelengths.
M+W Zander lands large PV order
Product News 10/22/2008 Post a comment
Fab builder M+W Zander group (Stuttgart, Germany) has received an order to design and build a photovoltaics production complex in Singapore. The order has a value in the triple-digit million euro range, the company said.