250-MSPS, 14-bit ADC claims lowest power consumption
Product News 11/30/2009 Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced the first in a new class of high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that claims to deliver ultra-low power consumption and excellent dynamic performance across wide signal bandwidths from DC up to 550 MHz.
Smart grid hits snag over powerline standard
News & Analysis 11/30/2009 7 comments
The U.S. government is grappling with one of the first big snags in the wake of awarding $4 billion in grants to build a smart electric grid—how to find a standard that would let consumer appliances plug into an intelligent power network.
Improving battery life with ultra low-power codecs
Design How-To 11/24/2009 Post a comment
Mobile device manufacturers are being challenged to develop rich audio solutions while striving for longer battery life. They are also being forced to reduce development time to be the first to market. Using low-power codecs can help resolve these issues.
U.S. pumps another $620M into smart grid projects
News & Analysis 11/24/2009 1 comment
The U.S. government has announced a second and final round of economic stimulus grants aimed at accelerating the transition to a smart electric grid with Boeing and two up-and-coming battery makers among the winners of a total of $620 million in grants from the Department of Energy to 32 projects mainly organized by electric utilities.
Chip brings energy efficiency to netbook adapters
Product News 11/24/2009 Post a comment
A low-cost IC that increases energy efficiency and standby performance of power supplies under 75 W, the GreenChip TEA1733(L) from NXP Semiconductors is designed specifically for low-power computing and communication applications such as netbook adapters, printer adapter and LCD monitor supplies.
New DC/DC modules target railway applications
Product News 11/23/2009 Post a comment
Martek Power has introduced a new series of 120 W DC/DC modules designed specifically for worldwide railway applications which address a wide input voltage range, meet all relevant railway standards including EN50 155 and work across a broad operating temperature range without derating.
Lattice offers first low cost FPGA with serial RapidIO 2.1 support
Product News 11/23/2009 Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation and Praesum Communications have announced the availability of the Serial RapidIO 2.1 endpoint soft IP core for the LatticeECP3 FPGA family, which supports 1x, 2x and 4x lane configurations at up to 3.125 Gbps lane speeds, and claims to offer the lowest cost, lowest power programmable SRIO solution in the industry.
Tower makes deal to export know-how, equipment
News & Analysis 11/23/2009 1 comment
Loss-making foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel), which trades as TowerJazz, has announced it plans to transfer "manufacturing know-how and certain equipment" to support an un-named Asian company ramp up production.
Video: Al Gore stumps for smart grid
News & Analysis 11/20/2009 1 comment
In between takes of guest appearances on TV's "30 Rock," Nobel prize winner and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore swept into Silicon Valley Thursday to stump for the smart electric grid and help hand out awards to technologists honored for their work in social justice.
Powervation scoops NMI's start-up of the year award
News & Analysis 11/20/2009 Post a comment
Powervation (Limerick, Ireland), a provider of system-on-chip solutions for energy control and management in information processing systems, has been named "start-up of the year" for 2009 by the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), the trade association representing the semiconductor industry in the UK and Ireland.
Cisco seeks smart grid CTO
News & Analysis 11/19/2009 1 comment
Cisco Systems is looking for a few good power engineers—including a chief technology officer for its new smart grid business unit.
Green becomes business
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 11/19/2009 Post a comment
I attended the Green Festival while in San Francisco, and what I found there was an interesting clash of the corporate feel of green technology and the traditional 'green earth' culture of old.
Driving 3-Phase induction motors
Design How-To 11/19/2009 1 comment
The standard 3-phase Induction Motor (IM) is still the most widely used electrical motor and with the rising use of Intelligent Power Modules replacing discrete solutions, a more efficient method of use is now in the picture. Find out how.