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1-A, 36-V DC/DC μModule Regulator offers EMC compliance
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced a complete 1A DC/DC regulator system-in-a-package that includes the inductor, switching DC/DC controller, power switches, filters and all support components housed in a 9 mm x 15 mm x 2.82 mm land grid array (LGA) package.
Ultra low power DAC extends playback times for portable audio systems
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has launched an ultra low power DAC designed to extend playback time in portable audio applications, such as media players, multimedia phones and handheld gaming systems.
ARM CTO: power surge could create 'dark silicon'
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Without fresh innovations, designers could find themselves by 2020 in an era of "dark silicon," able to build dense devices they cannot afford to power, according to the chief technology officer of ARM Ltd. at the company's annual tech conference where FPGAs and netbooks were also hot topics.
Exploring quasi-resonant converters for power supplies
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Quasi-resonant conversion is a well established technology which has been extensively used in power supplies in the consumer arena. The new Green FPS family brings the working range of this versatile technology down to the low power range. This design article from Fairchild Semiconductor will describe quasi-resonant flyback and buck converters showing how they improve power supply efficiency.
LED summits: Backlighting market to double, illumination designs challenged
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Experts painted a generally rosy picture for LEDs as a growth market, but stressed technical challenges in reliability and efficiency.
Applied joins Sematech's green technology center
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Applied Materials Inc. has signed a letter of intent to join International Sematech's green technology center, according to officials from the chip-making consortium here.
Energy Micro launches ARM-based Gecko microcontrollers
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10/21/2009   2 comments
Startup Energy Micro AS (Oslo, Norway) has launched its first products, the EFM32 family of microcontrollers, otherwise known as Gecko, with the claim the microcontrollers offer more than four times the battery life of existing 8, 16 or 32-bit microcontrollers.
Lithium ion batteries to carve out a $1bn slice of the stationary energy storage industry by 2018
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Cleantech industry analyst firm, Pike Research, is forecasting that Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries will be the fastest growing energy storage technology for utility-scale applications, growing to a $1.1 billion worldwide business by 2018.
Rambus claims power efficiency breakthrough for mobile memory solutions
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Rambus Inc., (Los Altos, Calif.) is claimed to have achieved a breakthrough level of power efficiency with its latest silicon test vehicle developed through its Mobile Memory Initiative (MMI).
PM opportunities in LED lighting
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
The LED-based lighting market is poised for significant growth. And there's plenty of motivation for engineers to become part of the market.
Fast-growing Phyworks on the acquisition trail
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Phyworks Ltd., an eight-year-old U.K.-based developer of mixed-signal transceiver ICs for optical and copper communications, is on the acquisition trail.
Tyco launches micro website for the solar and photovoltaic industry
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics is dedicating a special landing page on its website for the solar and photovoltaic industry, backing the portal with the its own research, engineering and test capabilities.
Superconducting element detects explosives
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10/21/2009   2 comments
Air passengers find it annoying, experts claim it is indispensible for flight safety: Entrainment of liquids and gels on board of airplanes is subject to tight restrictions. The Juelich Research Center (Juelich, Germany) has developed a promising technology to reliably discriminate explosives from harmless liquids.
Memscap reduces loss in Q3
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Memscap SA, French provider of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), published consolidated revenues of 2.4 million euros ($3.58 million) for the third quarter of financial year 2009, ending Sept. 30, 2009. This compares to revenues of 2.2 million euros ($3.29 million) for the second quarter and 4.1 million euros ($6.13 million) for the third quarter of 2008.
Integrated high-voltage power IC enables quick warm-up benefits for CFLs
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
An integrated high-voltage power IC designed to drive dimmable Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) has been unveiled by NXP Semiconductors that offers quick warm-up and unprecedented dimming capabilities down to 10 percent of full light intensity.
NXP offers power chip for CFLs
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10/21/2009   1 comment
NXP Semiconductors has introduced a 600 V power IC that can drive and control dimmable CFL applications up to 21 W, and features 3 integrated switches.
SEMI's tool book-to-bill climbs again
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Business is looking up for fab tool makers.
Selecting a power module for your application
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
When evaluating DC-DC power modules for a specific application, care must be taken to fully examine the capabilities of the various options.
Synchronous step-down LED driver provides 20 A of continuous LED current
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
A synchronous step-down DC/DC converter designed to deliver constant current to drive high current LEDs has been unveiled by Linear Technology.
Ultracapacitor offers enhanced backup for enterprise storage
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Maxwell Technologies, Inc has introduced its PC-10 ultracapacitor with proprietary electrode for enhancing the reliability of backup power in enterprise storage, powering smart utility meters, and benefiting a variety of other industrial applications.
E Ink to use Freescale SoC
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to attract more electronic book and newspaper customers, Freescale Semiconductor is collaborating with E-Ink Corp. on a new SoC that integrates Freescale's microcontroller with a display driver.
Synopsys optimizes high-performance energy-efficient ARM processor-based designs for mobile devices
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) has created an optimized reference implementation methodology for the ARM Cortex-A8 processor that claims to achieve greater than 2 GHz (4000 DMIPS) at 540 mW.
New platform of charge pumps supports LED backlighting in handheld devices
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Semtech Corp. has unveiled the SC654, SC657 and SC658 LED backlight charge pump drivers for 6, 5, and 4 LEDs, respectively.
Silvertel : PoE module delivers up to 30 W
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Silvertel has announced the IEEE 802.3at compliant Ag5100 Power over Ethernet module.
LEDs and Lighting: Market could hit $5 billion by 2012
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10/20/2009   5 comments
LEDs have moved beyond their indicator-light legacy and are finding success in automotive lighting, signage and backlighting applications ranging from mobile phones to TVs.
High-power LED driver features ultra-fast current transitions, targeting DLP projection systems and color mixing needs
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
LT3743 Synchronous step-down power IC sources up to 20 A continuous, 40 A pulsed
Off-grid charging of mobiles powers a $2.3B opportunity
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Up to 500 million mobile users " more than 10 percent of global subscribers - in emerging countries could benefit from the provisioning of off-grid charging solutions such as solar phones or external solar chargers, according to a report from the GSMA.
Former TI analog exec joins power management startup
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Larry Blackledge, a former vice president and general manager at Texas Instruments, has joined Active-Semi International Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a supplier of power management ICs, as chief executive officer.
Low power Bluetooth set to be energized
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Just over 2.5 billion Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chipsets will ship in 2014 in a market that will grow at 78 percent CAGR between 2009 and 2014; but less than a third of those shipments will be for the single mode ICs, according to market research group ABI. The forecast comes as the low energy Bluetooth community gathers in Munich, Germany for its first international technology conference at which, for instance Texas Instruments will showcase an ultra low-power coin cell demo using the upcom
Analog strength helps TI top forecasts
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments reported a net income of $538 million on revenue of $2.88 billion for the third quarter, exceeding analyst expectations.
World's first software-based real-time Bluetooth Low Energy data transfer to be demonstrated
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
The world's first software-based, real-time Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) data transfer is to be demonstrated by Triad Semiconductor( Winston-Salem, North Carolina) and Z-Focus Technology Group (Palatine, Illinois) at ARM Techcon3 in Santa Clara, California on October 21-22, 2009.
Plug-and-play forum launches smart grid group
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
The Universal Plug and Play Forum has set up a smart grid task force aiming to set standards for how home networked devices monitor and manage electricity consumption and promote UPnP technology as a part of emerging smart grid standards worldwide.
Groups aims to create a Woodstock of engineering
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
An ad hoc alliance that promoted discussion of science issues in the U.S. presidential election has announced plans for a national science fair it hopes could become "a Woodstock of science and engineering."
Control development kit helps create power supply sequencing prototypes
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has introduced the new MachXO Control Development Kit as well as 12 new reference designs, ideal for prototyping system control functions such as power supply sequencing, temperature and current monitoring, fan control and fault logging, that are commonly found in telecom infrastructure, server, industrial and medical applications.
TI to showcase first coin cell demo for Bluetooth low energy applications
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
The Bluetooth low energy technology conference in Munich, Germany, on October 20, will see Texas Instruments Incorporated showcase the world's first coin cell demo for the new Bluetooth low energy open standard based on TI's upcoming CC2540 single-mode system-on-chip.
Leti's planar SOI technology suits low power 22nm node
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
The Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the CEA (CEA-Leti) of France claimed that its planar SOI technology meets requirements for low-power 22-nm node devices.
NXP to provide ICs for hearing implants
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has a agreed to design and manufacture ICs for hearing implant products from Cochlear Ltd. (Sydney, Australia). The agreement includes the definition, development and supply of speech processor and wireless communication ICs to be used in forthcoming Cochlear products.
Green taxi concept combines solar energy and conformable lighting technologies
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10/19/2009   1 comment
Industrial designer Alberto Villareal developed the concept of a sustainable taxi including a lightweight, flexible solar panel on the roof that could be used to provide power for some of the car's electronics and supplement the fuel cell used to run the vehicle.
30 percent leap in power density for the Mobion fuel cell engine
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
MTI MicroFuel Cells' Mobion fuel cell engine has reached another milestone by demonstrating a power density of 84mW/sqcm while maintaining its fuel efficiency of 1800Wh/kg or 1.4Wh/cc.a.
Market for vehicle battery modules to grow to $3.7 bn by 2014
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Market research analysts, NextGen Research (Oyster Bay, New York) has released a new market study of the hybrid-electric and electric vehicle markets that predicts the market for vehicle battery modules will see growth from about $1.3 billion in 2008 to $3.7 billion by 2014.
Vishay releases smallest chipscale power MOSFETs
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has released two MICRO FOOT power MOSFETs with maximum dimensions of 1 mm by 1 mm by 0.548 mm, which claims to be the smallest chipscale power MOSFETs yet.
Micro Crystal claims real time clock has world's lowest current drain
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
To address applications that require ultra-low power consumption, Micro Crystal AG (Grenchen, Switzerland) has introduced a SMD package real time clock (RTC) that draws 130 nA at 3.0 V.
Electric motor efficiency depends upon power factor - Part 2
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10/16/2009   1 comment
Electric motor power efficiency has taken center stage. Individuals, corporations, and governments are increasingly interested in saving power, and we now have the technology that can make it possible. In this second part of a two-part series, Actel shows you how to improve your design's power efficiency using active power factor correction and other techniques.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, October 16, 2009 edition
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Coordiated approach improves wireless bandwidth
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
A field test has proved that the Coordinated Multipoint Transmission (CoMP) approach improves the bandwidth and reduces the bit error rate in 3G and 4G wireless networks.
3-/2-Phase, Quick-PWM VID controllers support IMVP-6.5 notebook CPUs
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Product has introduced the MAX17030/MAX17036, 3/2-phase, interleaved, step-down VID power-supply controllers supporting IMVP-6.5 notebook CPUs.
Korea lags in analog, experts warn
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Korea is a powerhouse in memory, but the nation continues to lag in analog, warned government officials.
India, Scotland join hands on renewable energy
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
The governments of India and Scotland have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to drive innovation in renewable energy and support goals to increase supplies of wind energy, solar power and biofuels.
Power Tip: Snubbing the forward converter
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10/15/2009   2 comments
Learn how much capacitance and resistance to add without pulling out your hair.
XP Power : Dc-dc converters have a 4-to-1 input range
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Housed in a metal package, the 15 W JTK15 and 30 W JTL30 series ultra compact dc/dc converters can accommodate a wide 4:1 input range.
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