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UCLA develops higher efficiency polymer solar cells
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have shown the possibility of creating a new polymer for use in solar cells that exhibits greater sunlight absorption and conversion capabilities than existing polymers.
UltraVolt : High voltage modules have a 10 ppm temperature coefficient
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
UltraVolt now offers a 25 ppm option on its AA Series product line. This option was available earlier on larger modules, the 10 to 25 A, and the 30 to 4A A Series.
Maxim : NiMH charger IC features alkaline-cell detection
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the DS2710, a stand-alone, NiMH charger IC that incorporate fast-charge control and alkaline-cell detection.
CamSemi : PSS flyback controllers offer 5 percent I and V regulation
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
CamSemi has announced a breakthrough in the Primary Side Sensing (PSS) market, following on from the success of its C2470 series of Resonant Discontinuous Forward Converter controllers that were launched in late 2007.
Linear Technology : Dc-dc regulators meet Gigabit SERDES specs
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTM4606 and LTM4612 ultralow noise dc/dc uModule regulators are designed to deliver low noise power by attenuating both radiated energy and conducted wideband harmonic energy.
Sharp and Enel look to invest $2.6 bn in Italian solar power ventures
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Japan's Sharp Corp., the world's No.2 maker of solar cells, Enel of Italy and an unnamed third manufacturer plan to invest more than $2.6 billion in Italian solar power ventures to tap the growing demand for cleaner energy.
Nokia calls home to save on energy
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Nokia has started developing a wireless platform to control functions such as heating and security in homes.
Nordic Semiconductor : USB dongle chip enables ultra-low power peripherals
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Nordic Semiconductor releases the nRF24LU1+ USB dongle single chip solution for ultra-low power (ULP) wireless peripherals. By integrating a full-speed USB 2.0 com
650W medical power supplies provide PFD and thermal protection
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Tumbler Technologies + TRUMPower has released the TM650 series of 650 W AC/DC switching power supplies which is approved to medical standards.
Power Integrations : CV offline switcher IC provides 5 percent voltage accuracy
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Power Integrations has introduced the LinkSwitch-CV series of ac/dc switched-mode power conversion ICs. The family includes the LNK626PG, which the company claims to be the highest-power accurate constant voltage (CV) integrated switcher IC with primary-side control on the market.
Solar panel sales to contract in 2009, says forecast
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
The economic crisis will impact significantly solar panel sales, starting with weakened average selling prices and order delays or cancellations, according to market research group The Information Network (New Tripoli, PA.)
Video series tackles power design best practice
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
An eight-part video series was launched by Avnet, Texas Instruments and Xilinx this week, demonstrating power supply design best practice for field-programmable gate arrays.
Squeeze power efficiency out of processor-based designs -- Part two
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
In this two-part article, we offer tips and tricks for power optimization and power system design. Part two focuses how to minimize power consumption through efficient power supply design.
Hydropower generator mimics fish
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Researchers claim to have fashioned a fish-like hydrokinetic scheme that harnesses both fast and slow underwater currents to generate electricity.
Russia's Nitol Solar in state R&D project
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Nitol Solar, a Russia-based solar materials supplier, announced it will enter into an 870M rouble ($32M) R&D project with the Russian government.
EC targets another Euros 90 million on photonics R&D
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The European Commission has opened two more calls for photonics components and systems R&D projects under the 7th research framework programme (FP7), for work to be undertaken between 2009 and 2010.
High voltage Li-ion battery system enhances power distribution grid stability
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The world's first high voltage Li-ion battery system designed to improve the stability of power distribution grids has been developed by Saft and ABB.
Space saving NiMH charger IC speeds time to market
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the industry's smallest stand-alone NiMH charger IC to incorporate fast-charge control and alkaline-cell detection, the DS2710 saves space and cost while speeding time to market.
Switching DC/DC uModules strive to yield LDO-class low noise
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
No need to go LDO to get low noise and EMI, with the LTM4606 and LTM4612 switching-regulator modules from Linear Technology Corp.
1.5 A linear battery chargers maximize AC adapter and USB input power
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced four 28 V, 1.5 A linear charge management ICs with integrated FETs designed to address smart phones and other portable electronics.
Back to the Future
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
11/24/2008   Post a comment
The price of polysilicon has fallen swiftly on the spot market in recent months, dropping to about $200 per kilogram from $450 to $500 earlier in 2008. Analysts predict spot prices to sink below $100 by the end of 2009 and to a $50 to $80 range in 2010. That's roughly the same levels as prices in long-term contracts.
SunPower completes 18 megawatt Spanish solar power plant
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, SunPower has completed the 18 megawatt Olivenza solar electric power plant in Badajoz, Spain.
Letter to the Editor: Green engineering and nuclear power
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
A reader suggests that nuclear power should be part of the green energy mix.
Renault-Nissan mobilizes e-cars in Portugal
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11/24/2008   1 comment
In a move to promote emission-free individual mobility, the government of Portugal and automotive OEM alliance Renault-Nissan will establish a network of battery charging stations for electrical cars in that country. The vehicles will be provided by Renault-Nissan.
NEWS: EMerge Alliance plans new standard for power distribution/device control
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
The Alliance will establish a common platform for building interiors of the future
JA Solar and BP plan long-term development of solar photovoltaic products
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. and BP Alternative Energy Holdings Limited have agreed to jointly develop and market part of their solar photovoltaic product portfolio over the next five years.
Mixed-signal, 16-bit microcontroller extends battery life in power-sensitive applications
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAXQ2010, a 16-bit mixed-signal microcontroller with a power-saving stop mode that reduces power consumption to 370nA typical and 6.5 uA maximum at +85 degrees C, thus extending the life of battery-powered devices.
TGI Solar launches Solar Power Italy to target Italian solar market
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
TGI Solar Power Group Inc., has established Solar Power Italy Srl to launch a range of solar products and systems for the Italian residential, commercial and solar power plant markets.
Silicon based batteries promise longer life
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Researchers in South Korea have developed a silicon-based material for rechargeable batteries which they say can run mobile phones, cameras and laptops for much longer, and could be a potential replacement for lithium ion batteries, according to a report from Reuters .
Avnet, TI and Xilinx launch analog eLab video series
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
New analog eLab video series from Avnet, TI, and Xilinx features techniques for designing power supplies for FPGAs.
High voltage LDO has 3µA IQ
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp.'s LT3008 is the newest member in a family of high voltage, micropower PNP-based LDOs, featuring quiescent current of 3µA.
ST joins MIT industry consortium
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Geneva-based chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV announced it is the first European company to join the Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG) industry consortium at the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, an interdepartmental laboratory supporting research and education in micro- and nanosystems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Maxim hot-plug switch targets enterprise drives and servers
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
The DS4560 powers a load from a 9V to 13.2V sources and delivers as much as 4A of continuous current.
Overvoltage protection IC reduces board space in portable devices by up to 40 percent
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced the NUS6189, a device that integrates the performance and functions of an overvoltage protection (OVP) circuit, a 30 volt (V) P-channel power MOSFET, a low VCE(sat) transistor and a low Rds(on) power MOSFET into a space-saving 3.0 mm x 4.0 mm x 0.9 mm package.
NXP unveils highest RF output power for L-band radar applications
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has expanded the company's RF power transistors portfolio with the launch of its Laterally Diffused Metal Oxide Semiconductor (LDMOS) transistor for L-band radar applications delivering RF output power of 500W at frequencies between 1.2GHz and 1.4GHz.
Vishay : Power MOSFET features very low on-resistance
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has expanded its family of Gen III TrenchFET power MOSFETs with a 20-V n-channel device that claims 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.
Valence's lithium phosphate energy storage solution to power zero-emissions urban motorcycle
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Developer of safe lithium phosphate energy storage solutions, Valence Technology, Inc. has finalized a supply agreement with ultra-efficient, lightweight vehicle manufacturer, Brammo, Inc.
Wacker Chemie sees no decrease in polysilicon demand
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Amidst gloomy predictions for the semiconductor industry, Wacker Chemie (Munich, Germany) has started a new production reactor for polysilicon. The material can be used for chip manufacturing as well as for photovoltaics. There is no decrease in demand, the company said.
GM says no to Solarworld offer
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
General Motors has declined the takeover offer for its Opel subsidiary from photovoltaic systems vendor Solarworld (Bonn, Germany). Opel is not for sale, the company said.
SL Power : Medical grade supplies offer 220 W from a compact unit
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
The MENT 1220 series is an addition to SL Power Electronics' Ault family of ac/dc external power supplies for medical systems applications.
SCE test center demonstrates potential of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
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11/19/2008   1 comment
Tests at Southern California Edison's Pomona, California-based Electric Vehicle Technical Center, has demonstrated battery life performance equivalent to more than 180,000 miles in a commercial delivery van with minimal battery deterioration.
Mobile manufacturers launch energy consumption star rating system for chargers
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
A common energy rating system for mobile device chargers has been launched by a group of mobile manufacturers to make it easier for consumers to compare and choose the one that saves the most energy.
Report: Power technologies plugging into smart grid
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11/19/2008   1 comment
The potential market for the technology infrastructure needed to transform the nation's aging power grid into a "smart power web" is poised to nearly double over the next five years, according to a new survey.
Solar company announces bid for General Motors subsidiary Opel
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
In the wake of the financial crisis, General Motors is in trouble and so is its German subsidiary Adam Opel AG, one of Europe's largest car makers. Now photovoltaics vendor Solarworld AG (Bonn, Germany) has announced to submit a takeover bid for Opel. Solarworld intends to create the first "green" automotive OEM.
Squeeze power efficiency out of processor-based designs -- Part one
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Processors play a key role in minimizing power consumption and extending battery life. Too often, designers limit their options for minimizing power consumption to little more than using low-power components. In fact, because processors can control the entire system, they in turn offer several ways to reduce and save on power consumption.
V.I Chip : Powertrain solution optimizes HV dc distribution
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
V.I Chip announces a 330-W, 380-V to 48-Vdc, 1/16th brick footprint BCM bus converter to complete the powertrain conversion to processor and memory loads in HV dc distribution data centres.
Linear Tech LTC4222 controller protects dual supplies
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Controller can protect boards with supply voltages between 2.9V and 29V -- allowing safe insertion and removal from live backplanes.
Cooling savings lead Supercomputer Green Grid mission
Power DesignLine Blog  
11/19/2008   Post a comment
New designs such as the one at UCSD will allow room temperature to rise to 100 °. The new center will only cool the air immediately in front of and within the server racks.
Sunovia and EPIR improve process throughput rates for growth of single-crystal cadmium telluride on silicon
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc. and EPIR Technologies , Inc. have announced improvements in their process of growing very-high-quality single-crystal cadmium telluride on silicon and is the precursor for creating ultra-high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells with substantially lower costs than current multi-junction photovoltaic (PV) approaches.
Webcast: Fundamentals of Motor Evolution
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/18/2008   1 comment
See an overview of the evolution of motors and their electronic control, as well as an animation and video demonstrating the very first electric motor.
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