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Top auto electronics stories of 2006
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
From cosmic rays damaging electronics to the FlexRay protocol's impact on auto safety, here are the stories electronic engineers thought were tops for the year.
800-watt AC/DC can be configured and supplied next day
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Users can specify next day delivery on custom orders for UNIPOWER's QuiQPLUS, a modular AC/DC power source that provides up to 800 watts from up to eight outputs.
DC/DC claims it's the smallest for 400-mA applications
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT1149, in an 8-pin SC70JW package measuring just 2-by-2.1 mm, claims it's the smallest 400-mA step-down DC/DC converter.
3-watt DC/DC offers 50 percent more power in ultrasmall SIP
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
TracoPower's TMR-3 Series of (isolated) DC/DC converters, at 3 watts, offers 50 percent more power over converters in the industry's 0.86-by-0.36-by-0.44 inch SIP package.
LXI leverages Ethernet for test
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
Ripple detection control enables fast load-transient response without the bulk
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Learns about a feedback control method that needs fewer external capacitors than hysteretic converter designs, maintain the output voltage, is immune to input voltage fluctuation and is suitable for applications using intermediate bus architecture.
DC/DC converter offers more power in a SIP package
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
TRACOPOWER introduces it's new TMR-3 Series of Wide Input Range DC/DC Converters offer 3 Watts of power for a 50% increase from traditional 0.86 x 0.36 x 0.44" SIP Package converters.
AC/DCs focus on 600-watt, 1U building-block designs
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Product recap - Reflecting the run towards more compact, yet power ready solutions, the newest high-power AC/DC supplies tend towards basic designs for the 600-watt region and 1U-high applications, with more efficient building-block solutions that extend to 5 kW.
Cypress to set up $50 million solar fab in India
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor is in talks with the government of Andhra Pradesh in southern India to set up a solar "fab center" that would produce solar cells and wafers.
Extracting value from integrating power-management
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Management of system power is a significant issue for today's convergent devices where controlling multiple regulators is the norm. The system-on-chip is a natural for controlling multiple power needs. Here's what you need to consider to get the most from your design.
High frequency 400 mA step-down converter meets mobile space constraint needs
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
A step-down converter from AnalogicTech with a low profile and a small footprint inductor meets tight portable design space requirements.
AC/DC supply packs 600 watts in 1U
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Tamura Corp's AAD600 series of single-output switching power supplies delivers a tightly regulated 600 watts in a package measuring just 9-by-4-by-1.59 inches for telecom, datacom, industrial, and networking applications.
eBay taps FreeFlow for private auction services
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
In a deal that could bring online auctions into the mainstream among electronics multinationals, eBay Inc., the biggest name in online auctions, has teamed up with FreeFlow, an Intenet-auction service provider that has, until now, focused in the high-tech sector.
Low-profile 600-watt AC/DC runs cool at 70 C
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Excelsys' Xhite series of modular, low-profile 400- and 600-watt AC/DC power supplies, for use in harsh environments, touts full-load operation up to 70 C.
Assessing the dc performance and accuracy of low dropout regulators
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
DC performance of the LDO is critical in many applications; understand the effect of bipolar vs. MOSFET pass transistors on regulation and dropout voltage
Thermal certification increases reliability for blade server, other high density installations
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
American Power Conversion's new thermal guarantee equipment protection program offers $150,000 of security against hardware damage from thermal events
Battery gas gauge chipset taps unused energy, provides safety
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments unveils battery management chips to manage and protect multi-cell, li-ion battery packs.
Non-classical MOSFET solutions for power-efficient CMOS
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12/17/2006   Post a comment
The electronics industry is addicted to the CMOS technology for MOSFET transistors because of the performance and density gains that come with shrinking it. Below 32 nm this becomes difficult because energy dissipation becomes critical. New materials and structures are needed — here's what you need to know to make the right power decision for your designs.
Critical conduction mode PFC controller ICs meet stringent performance, low standby power regulations
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor introduces a critical conduction mode PFC controller IC that meets stringent performance, low standby power regulations
Sony exec defends its manufacturing operations
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Sony President Ryoji Chubachi defended the company's manufacturing technology, attributing a string of production glitches to the growing demands wrought by the shift from analog to digital technologies.
Compact thyristor module targets PFC in low reactive power range
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
EPCOS introduced a thyristor module for low reactive power range applications. It's designed for capacitive loads to 10 kvar.
Vicor's high-density V-I Chip bus converter delivers 300 watts
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
A new high-voltage bus converter in the company's V•I Chip family, Vicor's B352F110T30 claims it's the highest density DC/DC system for off-line AC/DC switchmode supplies and high-voltage distribution systems.
Enable variable speed control for consumer appliances with digital power management
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
A digital power management system offers accurate and variable speed control but until recently cost has been a significant hurdle. Here is a cost-effective variable-speed universal motor control solution to help you meet your motor control challenges
100V FET drivers target server, networking applications
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Micrel launches new family of 100v half bridge and synchronous FET drivers target for power supply applications
7-kW AC/DC front-end is liquid cooled
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
The LCPM series of 7-kW AC/DC front-end rectifiers from Transistor Devices is liquid-cooled for maximum thermal efficiency in data and computer centers.
Great expectations for power management in 2007
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
The future of power management design looks very positive and nary a bad word to say. Every type of design is looking to curb power usage as well as its byproduct of heat. The power management market has been defined to include a variety of devices including regulators, controllers, MOSFET drivers, power-factor correction circuits, pulse width modulators, and pulse frequency modulators.
MOSFET thermal-simulation tool speeds design time
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Vishay offers a free Web-based tool that gives designers a detailed simulation of how its MOSFETs will perform thermally and be affected by adjacent components.
TI cuts fourth quarter outlook
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO — Texas Instruments Monday (Dec. 11) revised its sales outlook for the current quarter, saying it now expects revenue of $3.35 billion to $3.5 billion. TI had previously said it expected revenue for the quarter to be $3.46 billion to $3.75 billion. TI (Dallas) said it expects semiconductor revenue to be between $3.28 billion and $3.42 billion, down from previous guidance of $3.39 billion to $3.66 billion. The company now expects fourth quarter earnings per share of 37 to 40
Shrinking to the challenge -- how to design a smaller, more efficient AC/DC power supply
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12/10/2006   Post a comment
Creating smaller more efficient power supplies while keeping efficiency at a high level, is tough. Here's a look at the latest thinking on how to create smaller power supplies without compromising efficiency or functionality.
Glitch in Sanyo's battery prompts another recall
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Faulty lithium-ion battery packs made by a Sanyo subsidiary and used in mobile phones have prompted NTT Docomo Inc. to recall and exchange about 1.3 million battery packs used in Docomo's 3G handsets.
Implications of energy efficiency - we have work to do
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
A plenary session talk served as a wake-up call to consumers and designers of powered devices. We are making progress towards making more efficient products but we can do better.
Maxwell's largest order for 'D-cell' ultracapacitors supports European wind energy
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Maxwell will provide ultracapacitors that provide reliable, low-maintenance, backup power for wind turbine blade pitch systems in Europe.
Schott suffers from silicon supply bottleneck
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Solar wafer maker Schott AG said its U.S. plant is experiencing shortages of polysilicon required to maintain current production levels.
50-watt AC/DC adapter features triple outputs
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power's Astec DPT50 external AC/DC power adapter, delivering 50-watts, features triple outputs to meet a wide variety of portable and desktop applications for instrumentation, telecommunications, computer peripheral and test and measurement systems.
350-watt AC/DCs offer 24-volt output option
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12/7/2006   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power's expanded Astec NTS Series family of 350-watt bulk AC/DC switching power supplies include 24-volt output configurations.
Green Grid preparing to roll out members, agenda
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12/7/2006   Post a comment
The Green Grid industry consortium is preparing to release details of its expanded membership and technology agenda early next year, according to news from an all-day industry meeting convened in Silicon Valley by the U.S. Department of Energy to discuss power efficiency in data centers.
Power MOSFET Tutorial - Part 2
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
This is the second part of a two-part tutorial on Power MOSFETs, which are well-known for their switching speeds and are considered an ideal switch. Here's your chance to learn how to select the right one for your application.
Global UPS market continues to surge
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
IMS Research says its latest analysis of the UPS market reveals strong growth for all regions around the globe.
Power MOSFET tutorial, Part 1
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12/5/2006   1 comment
Power MOSFETs are well-known for their switching speeds and are considered an ideal switch. But, they have drawbacks. In this two-part tutorial, you will learn what they are and how to select the right one for your application.
Mil-spec POL converter delivers 33 watts at 125 C
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
VPT's DVPL0510S mil-spec point-of-load converter delivers up to 33 watts at 10 amps.
What good is an automobile without its battery?
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
Today's cars are extremely dependent on their electronics and, in turn, on the battery. Continuously monitoring the battery's condition is critical to vehicle dependability and reliability.
South Korea aims to be top battery supplier by 2012
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12/2/2006   Post a comment
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea aims to become the world's top supplier of rechargeable batteries by 2012, surpassing current leader Japan. The government said it has assembled the infrastructure and key materials needed to boost production.
Evaluation board speeds up design time for processor power management applications
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor introduces an evaluation board for its recently introduced DA9034 IC that enables designers to configure designs based on the Marvell PXA3xx application processors.
Battery charger accepts two power sources
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Intersil's battery charger accepts power inputs from both a USB port and a desktop cradle
VIPAC modules expand military COTS horizons
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Vicor's MIL-COTS VIPAC family is a new class of user-defined, modular power solutions for military applications, including radar, ground vehicle, communications, and aerospace equipment.
South Korea aims to be top battery supplier by 2012
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
South Korea aims to become the world's top supplier of rechargeable batteries by 2012, surpassing current leader Japan.


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