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TI shows embedded tablet with $70 BoM
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10/31/2012   7 comments
Texas Instruments slashed the cost of tablets for a broad range of embedded markets with a reference design that has a bill of materials of just $70.
Opting for rugged components in smart meter apps
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10/30/2012   Post a comment
Smart meter applications are often subjected to harsh environments. Advanced smart meter components must combine rugged sealing, reliability and long-operating life.
Ericcson demos DBV at EGG
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10/25/2012   Post a comment
At the Electronics Goes Green (EGG) congress held recently Ericsson presented the use of advanced dynamic bus voltage architectures as a way to minimize energy expenditure at the board level.
Power controller gets Cortex makeover
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10/24/2012   2 comments
Active-Semi's latest platform is a departure from the traditional “bag of chips” approach to power electronics.
Photovoltaic inverter shipments rise amid falling prices
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10/22/2012   Post a comment
Global photovoltaic inverter shipments are expected to grow by 18 percent during the fourth quarter as component prices drop, according to market researcher.
Rohm joins leadership of energy-harvest group
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10/18/2012   2 comments
Japanese chip company Rohm has announced it is taking a leadership role in the EnOcean Alliance, an industry group working on standards for energy harvesting and wireless technology for use in energy efficient buildings.
Flyback converter simplifies isolated power design
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10/18/2012   7 comments
A power supply with isolation from input to output is required for several types of applications, including some medical systems.
Toward pacemakers powered by heartbeats
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10/17/2012   5 comments
French researchers say they have developed a tiny pacemaker powered by harvesting the mechanical energy generated by a patient's beating heart.
London Calling: Fireworks at Electronica
10/15/2012   Post a comment
The biannual Electronica exhibition in Munich, Germany, returns in November under a cloud of economic angst. Can the event help shake up the tech sector?
Gov't mandates driving smart grid deployments
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10/15/2012   1 comment
Smart grid mandates in emerging markets like China and Brazil are drumming up business for U.S. suppliers like Echelon Corp., taking up some of the slack in slowing western demand.
ST rolls fault-management chip for safer LED lighting
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10/15/2012   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' LBP01 series of bypass switches can be connected in parallel with one or two LEDs. It is meant to allow the current to flow through the other LEDs in case of failure.
The sportier side of electric vehicles
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10/15/2012   Post a comment
Materials company Vacuumschmelze is participating in the Formula Student Electric events by supplying its advanced alloy VACODUR 49 for optimized electric motors.
Atmel to supply Portugal with PRIME-compliant smart grid solutions
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10/12/2012   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. and Labelec SA, a subsidiary of Electricidade de Portugal (EDP), are collaborating to develop smart grid solutions compliant with the inter-operative powerline communication standard powerline intelligent metering evolution standard.
Smart grids turn to wireless systems
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10/11/2012   Post a comment
Sweden was one of the first countries to roll out smart meters nationwide and offers experience to learn from. Here, Kamstrup discusses the transition from PLC solutions to RF solutions as PLC showed poor performance on meter readings.
Global smart meter shipments up in Q2
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10/11/2012   Post a comment
Global smart meter shipments totaled 18 million units in the second quarter of 2012, up by about 19 percent sequentially, according to a market researcher.
LED lighting drives demand for phosphors
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10/9/2012   1 comment
The LED phosphor market is expected to more than double over the next five years, according to market researcher Yole Développement.
How to develop Z-Wave devices
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10/9/2012   5 comments
This article describes the development process for hardware, SoC firmware, host communication and the certification and gives a good overview how to get started developing products for the Z-Wave ecosystem.
High-voltage battery sensor extends Li-ion battery life
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10/5/2012   Post a comment
Chip maker Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the fourth generation of its high-voltage sensor for drive train batteries in e-cars.
Enabling next gen smart utility meters
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10/2/2012   4 comments
The building blocks of a smart meter (gas, water and heat) for the European market are explained, using the popular wM-Bus RF communication in the 868-MHz and 169-MHz band. Practical advice on implementing and optimizing wM-Bus solutions for gas, water and heat meters are provided.
Altatech extends CVD technology for deposition of PV materials
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10/2/2012   Post a comment
French chip equipment company Altatech Semiconductor SA (Grenoble, France) said it has introduced the AltaCVD Solarlab, a multi-chamber vapor deposition system that is claimed to reduce cycle times and materials consumption in fabricating advanced single-junction, tandem-junction and triple-junction photovoltaics cells.
London Calling: Digital power is coming of age
10/2/2012   Post a comment
The merger of digital control and power is coming of age in the era of energy efficiency. Three companies founded between 2000 and 2010 are amongst those showing the way.
PV industry looks to a bright future
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10/1/2012   3 comments
Photovoltaics will continue to be a fast growing industry, according to the European Commission’s Joint Research Center.
Europe accounts for over 70% of installed PV capacity in 2011
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10/1/2012   1 comment
Two-thirds of the world's photovoltaic capacity were installed in Europe in 2011, according to the 2012 Photovoltaics Status Report published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center.
Japan invests in GaN power startup
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10/1/2012   6 comments
California startup announces $35 million in funding led by Japanese firms.

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