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Power Week-in-Review: Self-Healing Battery, Personal Hydroelectric Generator & Li-ion Forecast
News & Analysis  
11/27/2013   16 comments
This week, a self-healing battery electrode, a personal hydropower turbine in a can, a forecast for li-ion battery pricing, a triple-output LED controller, and more.
3D Stacks Need Lower Costs, Broader Backing
Blog  
11/26/2013   13 comments
A recent gathering at Georgia Tech showed the emerging technology for 3D chip stacking needs to come down in costs and get broader backing from designers and managers.
Spansion Exec Reassures Fujitsu Customers
News & Analysis  
11/25/2013   9 comments
The most tangible technology advances, after Spansion acquired Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU/analog business, will come from the adoption of Spansion’s proprietary eCT technology in embedded MCUs -- to be released in 2015.
Power Week-in-Review: Wearable Batteries, Deep Sea Power, IGBT Module Monitor
News & Analysis  
11/21/2013   Post a comment
This week, a new development in flexible batteries, testing deep sea power technology, a forecast for the stationary battery market, real-time IGBT module performance monitoring, and more.
Qualcomm Ups the Mobile Ante
Blog  
11/21/2013   10 comments
Mobile processor leader Qualcomm used its analyst day to rev its product line, upping the ante on competitors angling for the hot smartphone market.
Toyota Exec Is (a) Generic, (b) Skeptical, (c) Mum
News & Analysis  
11/20/2013   21 comments
A Toyota executive opened the Embedded Technology 2013 Conference Wednesday with a keynote speech that was distinguished by what was left out.
Power Tip 65: Power Supply Implications of Envelope Tracking
Power Tips  
11/20/2013   Post a comment
Envelope tracking requires a high-bandwidth power supply with the ability to source and sink current, which complicates the design.
ARM's Got Leverage in Intel Battle
Blog  
11/19/2013   16 comments
ARM currently has an edge over industry heavyweight Intel in a battle of architectures and ecosystems that is reshaping mobile and server industries.
Chat With Presidential Fellows on IoT
Blog  
11/18/2013   8 comments
This Friday EE Times is hosting a Twitter chat on the Internet of Things with two veteran entrepreneurs and US Presidential Innovation Fellows behind the Smart America Challenge.
Industrial Internet Group Debuts Soon
News & Analysis  
11/15/2013   12 comments
A 10-company US consortium to set standards for the Industrial Internet aims to debut in January, said a GE executive driving a business in the area.
Power Week in Review: Personal Fuel Cell, Virus-Improved Li-air Battery & PV Forecast
News & Analysis  
11/14/2013   3 comments
This week, a personal hydrogen fuel cell for powering consumer portables, better Li-air batteries through biosynthesis, a forecast for solar PV installation growth, and the latest power management products and software.
Merger Pits Mysterious Tsinghua Unigroup vs. MediaTek
News & Analysis  
11/14/2013   17 comments
The industry landscape among China’s fabless chip companies -- fragmented among too many little players fighting for a low-margin smartphone chip business in the domestic market -- is about to change.
4 Shocking High-Voltage Projects With Arduino
Blog  
11/13/2013   2 comments
Generally, we're talking about a maximum of 12 volts and maybe 40 milliamps with the Arduino. Not in these projects.
Subtle Power Problem Literally Confounds Logic Circuit
Blog  
11/13/2013   8 comments
Power-supply problems can show up in many ways in a system and steer you down many wrong paths, looking for the cause.
AMD Faces Long Road to HSA Success
News & Analysis  
11/13/2013   11 comments
AMD has the right vision for creating a standard for SoCs blending GPUs, CPUs, and other cores, but there's plenty of work ahead to deliver on it.
Road Debris Causes Another Tesla Model S Battery Fire
Blog  
11/12/2013   2 comments
In an incident that may turn out to be eerily similar to one that occurred a month ago, a Tesla Model S electric car caught fire last week after the driver struck a metal object on a Tennessee roadway.
Power Over Ethernet for Automotive for Free
Blog  
11/11/2013   4 comments
The automotive market can significantly profit when deploying standard Ethernet coupled with power over Ethernet (PoE).
Will Rohm's Fuel Cell Gambit Pay Off?
News & Analysis  
11/11/2013   13 comments
Among a handful of promising companies whose hearts were set on the portable fuel cell market, Japan's Rohm has recently become the first to blink. Although not ditching its nascent fuel cell business, Rohm decided to change focus.
Is Wireless EV Charging the Better Way?
Blog  
11/7/2013   9 comments
Wireless car charging will take a small step forward early next year as New York University installs roadway-based magnetic resonance chargers that look like manhole covers.
EE Times Community Weighs In on Toyota Case
News & Analysis  
11/7/2013   27 comments
EE Times readers took Toyota’s unintended acceleration case to heart. After all, Toyota’s failures, pointed out by the expert witnesses, aren’t just Toyota’s problems. Its failures are relevant to all the hard choices engineers make.
Intel Creates Internet of Things Group
News & Analysis  
11/6/2013   19 comments
Embedded veteran Doug Davis was named head of a new Internet of Things group at Intel, which will sell Atom and Quark SoCs.
Maxim's USB Emulator Consolidates In-Car Device Charging
News & Analysis  
11/5/2013   17 comments
Have USB, will travel. Maxim has developed an automotive-quality USB solution that can recognize any portable device and charge directly from car battery.
Smaller Chip Architectures Are Making Digital Power an Imperative
Blog  
11/4/2013   Post a comment
Here we look at the role digital power is playing to help address some of the challenges brought on by Moore's Law, moving it from a recommended to a required technology in many new applications.
Slideshow: ARM Flexes From Servers to Wearables
Slideshow  
11/4/2013   6 comments
At last week's ARM Tech Con, partners showed chips, boards, and systems using the low-power cores in everything from servers to wearables.
Apple iPad Air Packs Faster A7
News & Analysis  
11/1/2013   13 comments
Early teardown results suggest a slightly faster A7 in the Apple iPad Air than in the iPhone 5 but few other surprises, according to Chipworks and iFixit.


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