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Assault and batteries
Power DesignLine Blog  
10/31/2009   3 comments
The soft on/off switch functionality in many products is a real drain on their limited batteries
Surge stopper IC simplifies design for hazardous apps
Design How-To  
10/31/2009   1 comment
In order to operate safely in hazardous environments, instrumentation must be made explosion proof. Linear Technology's LT4356 series of overvoltage/overcurrent protection devices offers an efficient and elegant means of creating protection barriers in electronic apparatus.
EnerSys moves to acquire Oerlikon Battery business
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The world's largest manufacturer, marketer and distributor of industrial batteries, EnerSys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the industrial battery businesses of the Swiss company Accu Holding AG.
Low-side intelligent power switches target harsh 24-V automotive environments
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the AUIPS2051L and AUIPS2052G 75V low-side intelligent power switches (IPS) for harsh 24V automotive environments including truck junction box applications.
Jennic : Wireless MCU uses energy harvesting
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Jennic has demonstrated the capability of its JN5148 wireless microcontroller to perform multiple packet transmissions from 100 uJ of energy harvested from an electro-mechanical switch, thus enabling ZigBee communication with very low energy consumption.
SensorDynamics plans energy-harvesting TPMs
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Austrian sensor technology vendor SensorDynamics AG (Lebring, Austria) has signed a license agreement with EnOcean GmbH (Unterhaching, Germany) on the latter ones' energy harvesting technology. SensorDynamics plans to use the technology for automotive products.
Isolation in high-voltage battery monitoring for transportation
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
HV stacks are already used in many industries and applications outside of the transportation industry " typically in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to store energy from the grid in dc form; as emergency dc supplies in 48V communications equipment; as emergency supplies in crane and lift systems; and in wind turbines for feathering the blades in an emergency. Discussed here the use of battery stacks in vehicles, the underlying issues are common to all types of stacks.
GreenPeak Technologies secures further funding to finance growth plans
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company, GreenPeak Technologies (Utrecht, The Netherland) that is offering innovative ultra low power wireless and battery-free data communication technologies for consumer electronics and sense and control applications, has closed a Series B financing round.
Quad power-supply controller creates accurate digital power-management solutions
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
A fully integrated, accurate (±0.3 percent), quad-channel digital power-supply controller which offers a PMBus interface for programming, sequencing, monitoring, and margining power supplies has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products.
The Energy Technologies Institute increases funding for wave and tidal energy
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The ETI announced a GBP 8 million project designed to make wave and tidal energy more competitive and unlock the potential of marine energy.
Austrian researchers double Li-ion battery energy density
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Austrian researchers say they have doubled the energy density of lithium ion batteries through the use of a silicon gel.
Roke launches world's first commercial generic high voltage test facility
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Independent electronics R&D centre, Roke Manor Research Ltd (Southampton, UK) has launched the world's first commercial generic high voltage test facility.
Cadence and SMIC unveil 65-nm Low Power Reference Flow 4.0
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (San Jose, Calif), has delivered a comprehensive low-power design flow for engineers targeting the 65-nanometer process at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation.
Slideshow: Plenty of energy at Solar Decathlon
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10/28/2009   1 comment
If the energy of the engineering students at this year's Solar Decathlon is any indication, the alternative energy field is poised to take off.
Verizon to OEMs: Get the heat out
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10/28/2009   2 comments
Verizon Communications Inc. will require OEMs starting in July 2010 to supply thermal models for circuit boards and cabinets for any equipment they want to sell to the carrier as part of a new energy-saving strategy.
Atrion International and Microsoft help businesses achieve corporate green
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Atrion International announced that it is working together with Microsoft to help businesses design and distribute greener and safer products.
30V, N-channel devices improve switching performance, power efficiency
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced 24 new 30 volt (V), N-channel Trench MOSFETs in DPAK, SO-8FL, µ8FL, and SOIC-8 packages, featuring enhanced switching performance for synchronous buck converters in computing and game console applications.
Enable low power design with FPGAs
Design How-To  
10/28/2009   2 comments
Size and power considerations are now often the top priority in many system designs, but portability and long-lasting power can become conflicting design requirements. FPGAs seem like the best choice but warning: not all FPGAs are created equal, especially in portable, low-power applications.
700mA step-down converters provide flexible control in a tiny CSP
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX8884Y/MAX8884Z 700mA step-down converters with dual 300mA LDOs in a 2mm x 2mm CSP (chip-scale package).
Downconverting mixers reduce power consumption in 3G & 4G wireless basestations
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has unveiled a family of four new high dynamic range downconverting mixers covering the 700 MHz to 4 GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
Intellon, Whirlpool snag smart grid grants
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Proposals from chip designer Intellon Corp. and white goods giant Whirlpool were among a broad group of 100 projects selected Tuesday to share $34 billion in federal funds to accelerate deployment of smart electric grids.
Power Integrations unveils online technical learning center for power supply circuit design
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Specialist in energy-efficient power conversion, Power Integrations (San Jose, Calif.) has launched PI University, an online technical learning center featuring practical instructional videos that build to form a complete how-to tutorial in power supply circuit design.
Microchip houses synchronous buck MOSFET drivers in tiny packages
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Aiming to provide maximum efficiency in a small footprint, Microchip Technology Inc. is housing its MCP14628 and MCP14700 synchronous Buck MOSFET drivers in small 8-pin SOIC and 3 mm x 3 mm DFN packages.
Engaging sleep mode - the power of new arrivals
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
10/28/2009   Post a comment
What is guaranteed to ensure sleepless nights - new baby or the development of a new Power Management IC?
STMicroelectronics works with ARM to boost power efficiency of next-generation Home Entertainment solutions
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
One of the world's leading set-top-box chip makers, STMicroelectronics is adopting the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, in addition to the Mali-400 graphics processor, for its upcoming set-top-box and digital TV system-on-chip (SoC) ICs and is aiming to raise the bar for power efficiency in home entertainment equipment.
SiC or GaN technologies to begin powering HEV and EV power electronics market before 2020
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Market research and strategy consulting company, Yole Developpement (Lyon, France) has released a new report focusing on power electronics in vehicles which indicates that the HEV/EV power module market stands at $300 million in 2009 and is expected to grow strongly until 2020.
700 mA step-down converters offer enhanced control flexibility
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX8884Y/MAX8884Z 700 mA step-down converters with dual 300 mA LDOs in a 2 mm x 2 mm CSP (chip-scale package).
Microchip : MOSFET drivers and LDOs are power efficient
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Microchip announces a range of solutions that complement market trends toward ‘green’ products.
Gresham : High-power supply offers N+1 redundancy
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Gresham Power Electronics introduces two power supplies for high power or MIL applications where ultra-high power density is required.
Report: Power electronics in electric and hybrid vehicles
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
The HEV and EV power electronics market is booming and may use SiC or GaN technologies before 2020 according to a report by Yole Développement dedicated to power electronics in vehicles: Power Electronics in Electric & Hybrid Vehicles Report.
Speaking truth about power
Power DesignLine Blog  
10/27/2009   Post a comment
Power and its management are the common denominators cutting across all electronic systems and circuit designs, analog or digital.
Ascent Solar unveils flexible thin-film PV modules with industry leading power to weight ratio
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Flexible thin-film photovoltaic module developer, Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., has introduced its FlexPower line of products, which includes Light, Mobile and Extreme, that claims to carry an industry leading power to weight ratio.
U.S. awards $3.4 billion in smart grid grants
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Eighteen million homes—13 percent of all U.S. households--will get smart electric meters within three years as part of $3.4 billion in U.S. government grants to upgrade the country's aging electric grid announced by President Barack Obama in remarks at one of the country's largest solar farms in Arcadia, Florida.
Analog Devices broadens low-power data converter family
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has expanded its low-power data converter portfolio with 26 analogue-to-digital converters, ADCs, for effective high-performance, power-efficient communications, portable device, instrumentation and healthcare applications.
Arch Rock 'ENERGY OPTIMIZER' lets data centers conserve energy while meeting efficiency goals
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Arch Rock has introduced a wireless monitoring system that provides continually updated information on a data center's electrical usage and thermal status.
Solar cell attains 35.8% conversion efficiency
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Sharp is claiming the highest solar cell conversion efficiency of 35.8 percent by using a triple-junction compound solar cell.
Applied Materials to restructure in Switzerland
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Chip and solar manufacturing equipment vendor Applied Materials Inc. announced it plans to cut 130 jobs, on a total of 280, at its Applied Materials Switzerland SA Precision Wafering Systems Division in Cheseaux, Switzerland.
Liquid cathode fuel cell system claims record levels of power output
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Fuel cell technology developer, ACAL Energy (Cheshire, UK) claims to have achieved record levels of power output from its kilowatt-scale fuel cell system using its patented liquid cathode technology, FlowCath.
Emerson Network Power launches high density bulk front-end distributed power supply
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has launched the 3,000 W HPS3000, the company's highest bulk front-end distributed power supply that offers enterprise networking professionals and telecommunications system integrators a compact, high-density power solution and a cost-effective alternative to ac-dc rectifiers and other rack-based power options.
Analog vendor study reveals designer priorities
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10/26/2009   1 comment
It's not easy being Analog.
Freescale CEO optimistic but still cautious about IC market
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. CEO Rich Beyer wants IC executives to add fixed costs cautiously as the sector begins to revive, noting recent sales growth must be deemed sustainable before suppliers boost manufacturing capacity to meet any expected bump in demand.
Small WiEx cellular phone repeater solves large problem
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
In the case of the WiEx, the other challenging dimension lies in identifying design details in a fairly discrete RF circuit implementation.
Solarmer Energy claims world record efficiency for plastic solar cells
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Plastic solar panel developer Solarmer Energy, Inc., claims to have broken the plastic solar cell world record for a second consecutive time by achieving a plastic solar cell efficiency of 7.6 percent.
120 kHz bandwidth, high-voltage isolation current sensor IC offers power-supply protection
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems Europe (Worcester, Massachusetts) has introduced a 120 kHz bandwidth, high-voltage isolation current sensor IC that provides an economical and precise means for current sensing applications in industrial, commercial and communications systems.
Sharp claims world's highest solar cell conversion efficiency of 35.8 percent
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Sharp Corporation (Osaka, Japan) is claiming to have achieved the world's highest solar cell conversion efficiency of 35.8 percent using a triple-junction compound solar cell.
Triple RGB laser driver enables designers to embed pico projectors
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Fabricated using Maxim's newest BiCMOS process, the MAX3600 RGB laser driver enables designers to embed pico projectors into compact consumer electronics, supporting switching times below 2ns and resolutions up to WXGA and 1080p.
Murata Power Solutions extends PoL DC/DC converter family to support FPGAs, ASICs and DSPs
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Murata Power Solutions has expanded the Okami range of non-isolated Point-of-Load (PoL) DC/DC power converters with the addition of 10 A and 16 A models in both surface mount (SMT) and through-hole SIP formats.
MEMC to acquire SunEdison for $200 million
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Silicon wafer supplier MEMC Electronic Materials will acquire SunEdison, described as North America's largest solar energy services provider, for at least $200 million in cash and stock, the company said.
Updated: Australian utility deploys smart meters on WiMax
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to differentiate itself in a competitive market, SP AusNet, a utility company in Australia, has agreed to install by December 2013 more than 680,000 smart meters riding a WiMax network as part of a government plan to deploy more than 2.5 million smart meters over the next four years in the state of Victoria.
CMOS operational amplifiers deliver low current consumption with quick response
Product News  
10/22/2009   1 comment
The BU7265G/SG and BU7411G/SG series of CMOS op-amps (operational amplifiers), developed by Rohm Semiconductor claim to provide the industry’s lowest current consumption and slew rate.
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