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RAcell plans to build Denmark's first fully automated solar cell factory
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
Danish solar energy solutions company RAcell Solar AS (Copenhagen, Denmark) has secured multimillion investment funding and plans to build Denmark's first fully automated solar cell factory in Copenhagen.
60-V n-channel power MOSFET delivers space savings for small-signal applications
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has released a 60-V n-channel power MOSFET in the SOT-923 package to provide space savings compared with devices in larger packages such as the SC-70 and SC-89.
Germany launches national OLED research project
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12/29/2009   1 comment
Germany's BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) is providing support for a 14.7 million euro (about $21 million) project called So-Light, intended to accelerate the application of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) for lighting and signage.
The 10 most popular stories of 2009
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top ten stories for 2009 as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Tuesday, Dec. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
You're the Top: Most viewed "Power Management DesignLine" articles of 2009
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Measured by page views, here's what your fellow engineers looked at the most
Fairchild settles with Infineon over power semi suit
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (South Portland, Maine).
DISCRETES - ESD protection device for mobile handsets is industry's smallest
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12/25/2009   Post a comment
California Micro Devices' CM1242-33CP provides 30kV of bi-directional ESD protection in a 0201 single-channel format and is industry's smallest.
Micron-sized solar cells beat wafer-sized cells
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12/23/2009   Post a comment
Micron-size solar cells pack punch of their wafer-sized big brothers, but consume only one-hundredth the amount of semiconductor and can be affixed to any flexible surface, even clothing.
Nano vacuum tubes could make better batteries, or memories
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12/23/2009   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, reckon the vacuum tube could be basis of a high energy density battery, or a non-volatile memory. In theory arrays of nanometer-scale vacuum tubes should be able to achieve three times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.
12-V p-channel power MOSFET claims lowest on-resistance for a p-channel device in a PowerPAK SC-75
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has introduced a new 12-V p-channel TrenchFET Gen III power MOSFET which the company claims offers the industry's lowest on-resistance for a p-channel device in the thermally enhanced PowerPAK SC-75, which features a 1.6-mm by 1.6-mm footprint area.
Universities gear up for smart grid training
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy is evaluating dozens of proposals from universities and others seeking $100 million in grants to train tomorrow's engineers and technicians for as many as 30,000 new jobs that could be needed over the next few years as today's electric grid transitions to a digital network.
Is MEMC going down wrong solar path?
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
Silicon wafer maker MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. continues to invest in solar.
Seven things to fix in 2010. Join the conversation
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12/21/2009   17 comments
The editors of EE Times came up with their own informal list of things we hope engineers fix in 2010, spanning everything from nano-lithography to space travel. What do you want to see get done next year?
Ericsson Power Modules extends Mouser Electronics distribution agreement to cover EMEA regions
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
Ericsson Power Modules has extended its distribution agreement with electronic component distributor, Mouser Electronics to include the EMEA regions.
Vishay claims first 45-A single in-line rectifiers in a PowerBridge package
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has introduced a new series of enhanced high-current-density PowerBridge rectifiers with current ratings of 30 A to 45 A, maximum peak reverse voltage ratings of 600 V to 1000 V, and a high case dielectric strength of 1500 V.
Green silliness, or "there is no free lunch, sorry."
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12/19/2009   9 comments
Pedaling to produce your own power: a vision of the future, or a ride to the past?
Texas Instruments qualifies Bluetooth low energy controller on BlueLink 7.0 solution
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Following hot on the heels of the adoption of Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0 by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Texas Instruments Incorporated has qualified a Bluetooth low energy wireless technology controller on TI's highly-integrated BlueLink 7.0 (BL6450-L) solution.
Single channel power switches offer USB port protection
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Diodes Incorporated has introduced 0.5 A single channel power switches optimized for USB port protection and other 3 V to 5 V hot swap interconnects.
IEEE to revise standard for rechargeable cellular batteries
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
The IEEE has approved work to begin on a revision to IEEE Std 1725, "Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Cellular Telephones" which addresses the quality and reliability of rechargeable lithium ion and lithium ion polymer batteries for cellular telephone applications.
RMS power detector claims best-in-class power management device for 3G and 4G mobile terminals
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has expanded its industry-leading TruPwr RF power detector product family with the introduction of a new integrated device for 3G and 4G mobile terminals.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, December 18, 2009 edition
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Dual step-down regulator with on-chip LDO is half the size of other multi-output converters
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has unveiled what the company claims is the industry's smallest dual buck (step-down) regulator for space-constrained portable electronic systems.
First Solar to expand Malaysian site
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
Solar cell vendor First Solar Inc. plans for the addition of eight production lines at its manufacturing center in Kulim, Malaysia.
European Investment Bank provides EUR 500 million for solar projects in France and Italy
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to set up an innovative financing structure for an EDF EN solar photovoltaic projects portfolio in France and Italy which will see EIB allocating EUR 500 million in funds.
Road to electro-mobility is paved with good intentions
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
It is an obvious fact. Society seeks electro-mobility for the future. But, to ensure customers' adoption, the electric vehicles (EVs) will have to be completely affordable.
Soitec expands into the fast growing solar energy market with the acquisition of Concentrix Solar
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
The Soitec Group announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held Concentrix Solar GmbH.
AppliedMicro's energy conscious processors continue drive toward low-power processing
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
AppliedMicro has announced energy efficient versions of the company's families of 405 and 460 embedded processors that consume up to 40 percent less power for a variety of embedded applications.
NEC Electronics introduces four new 8-bit LCD microcontrollers with integrated metrology engine for smart electricity meters
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
NEC has announced the availability of four new 8-bit All Flash LCD MCUs with an integrated metrology engine providing energy measurement and management functions for smart electricity meters.
Solar Energy and the micro-inverters
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12/16/2009   1 comment
New micro-inverter technology can pinpoint when a specific solar module is failing in an entire system so they can be identified and replaced on a regular service call.
8-channel LED driver offers efficient TFT-LCD backlighting solutions
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has unveiled an 8-channel LED driver, utilizing a step-up DC/DC controller capable of driving up to a 45 V string of 100 mA LEDs per channel.
Efficient power systems for portables
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
The performance of power supplies for portable systems need to be improved on a constant basis. This how-to from Ittiam presents a generic power supply design for an embedded system and examines the function of each module in the design. It provides guidelines for selection of topologies and components, thermal and packaging aspects and even battery management.
Ismosys offers Cavium's energy-efficient processors for intelligent home networks
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Cavium's energy-efficient single and dual core ARM-based SoC processors are now available from Ismosys.
Synchronous DC-DC regulator delivers up to 3-A in a compact TQFN
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a synchronous DC-DC converter with integrated MOSFETs in a 3 mm x 3 mm package.
A Practical Look at Current Ratings
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Understand this critical parameter when selecting a power device
VC funding to fall for ICs in 2010
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Venture capitalists are ''cautiously optimistic'' about 2010, but there's more gloomy news for the chip sector.
Engineer tapped to head smart grid standards work
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. government fueled significant work on smart electric grid this year, but the hard work of making the transition to a digital power network is just beginning, according to Steve Widergren, a principal engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently named to head a broad new smart grid standards effort.
EnOcean gains new funding to develop energy-autonomous wireless technology
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
EnOcean GmbH has completed its fourth round of financing which will give the company a boost of eight million Euros to fund the development of energy-autonomous wireless technology and expand the company's international market presence.
Energy Micro development kit enables real-time energy profiling
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Energy Micro is offering a development kit for its EFM32 Gecko MCU family that provides users with an Advanced Energy Monitoring (AEM) system.
LDK Solar to develop and construct PV plants in Italy
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers LDK Solar signed an agreement with Uni Land to develop and construct PV plants totaling 20MW in 2010 and 2011.
Power/current monitor enables board and system-level optimization
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology's power and current monitor for 4V to 80V systems provides the necessary circuits to accurately measure, monitor, and control power in situations in which both the current and voltage may vary.
Study: Indian companies not using innovation to reposition themselves
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
A study of R & D in ICT has found that Indian companies are not using innovation to position themselves higher in the value chain. They also innovate mostly with clients and customers and are mostly short-term oriented in this too.
CamSemi's power management ICs collects 2009 Carbon Trust Innovation Award
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
CamSemi has been awarded the 2009 Carbon Trust Innovation Award in the buildings category, in recognition of the Cambridge-based company's innovative power management ICs and their potential to cut the energy consumed within buildings.
Organic and printed electronics roadmap
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
The Organic Electronics Association (OE-A) has just released a 80-page roadmap for organic and printed electronics, available for download from the OE-A homepage.
Atmel's Flash MCUs improve impedance matching, lower power up to 50 percent
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has introduced the SAM3S series of Flash microcontrollers that includes 18 general-purpose Cortex-M3 based Flash microcontrollers designed to improve impedance matching, simplify PCB design and save 50 percent power at 1 MHz operation with a consumption of only 2.3 mW.
Analog Devices unveils new generation of energy metering ics to deliver highest accuracy for billing and power quality monitoring applications
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
In this news analysis article Analog Design Line Europe's editor, Paul Buckley finds out more about the significance of the new generation of energy metering ICs in this expanding market by interviewing Mack Lund who is Manager of Analog Devices' Energy Metering group.
Ultra-efficient 8-bit MCUs target smart metering and sensor interfaces
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories announced the ultra-low-power C8051F91x/0x MCUs, offering what the company claims to be the lowest active mode current consumption at 160 microA per MHz.
Albany launches energy 'test farm'
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, N.Y. officially launched its so-called ''Alternative Energy Test Farm.''
Microcontrollers claim to deliver industry's lowest active and sleep current
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
Addressing the need for energy efficiency in power-sensitive applications, Silicon Laboratories Inc., has introduced what the company claims is the industry's lowest power microcontroller (MCU) family.
True power and current monitor offers power measurement accuracy benefits
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced a power and current monitor for 4 V to 80 V systems that provides the necessary circuits to accurately measure, monitor and control power in situations where both the current and voltage may vary due to supply voltage uncertainty, component parametric changes, transient conditions or time-varying signals.
180-W desktop power supply units offer energy-saving benefits
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
PEWATRON has introduced the new PUP180 series of CEC and Energy Star Level IV compliant, energy efficient and powerful AC/DC desktop power supply units which have an output of 180 W.
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