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Superbattery: The next great triumph of engineering
Blog  
12/29/2011   39 comments
The next great engineering advancement in batteries is in the lab and it is tantalizingly close to solution.
Top 10 automotive electronics stories of 2011
Design How-To  
12/23/2011   3 comments
The top stories of the year underscore the great interest Automotive Designline readers have in hybrid and electric vehicles.
Lead-free auto power MOSFETs come in standard TO packages
Product News  
12/22/2011   2 comments
Diffusion-soldering die-attach approach permits producing lead-free packages.
Compact 1.5 W DC/DC converters target high-vibration applications
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12/21/2011   Post a comment
An enclosed BPA package houses the transformer, control circuitry, and power switches for interconnect reliability.
SerDes technology allows single wire pair control channel
Design How-To  
12/19/2011   6 comments
Unique SerDes application permits encrypted HD video/audio with full-duplex bi-directional control over a single wire pair interface.
The many facets of power management for computer peripherals
Design How-To  
12/16/2011   2 comments
Understand the challenges of managing multiple rails, their timing, sequencing, and dynamic/transient modes
Balance hybrid/EV battery packs to extend operational lifetime: Pt. 2—Algorithm and lab tests
Design How-To  
12/16/2011   1 comment
Charge imbalance can reduce a battery pack’s total capacity and potentially damage the pack. Imbalance prevents batteries from tracking from the charged state to the discharged state and if not closely monitored can cause batteries to be overcharged or over-discharged—which will permanently damage the cells.
Lithium-imide bests Li-ion in mobile devices
Design How-To  
12/14/2011   2 comments
Lithium-imide electrolyte chemistry clears conventional Li-ion’s energy density and durability hurdles.
TI releases tiny power management ICs
News & Analysis  
12/13/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments has unveiled what it claims to be the smallest power management ICs (PMICs) for solid state drives (SSDs), hybrid drives and other Flash memory applications.
Top 10 articles in Smart Energy for 2011
Design How-To  
12/13/2011   1 comment
What were the important topics within the Smart Energy technical community in 2011? An analysis of what happened with solar power startup Solyndra was the clear winner, followed by articles on LEDs and smart meters.
Cost may gate li-ion batteries as an enabling technology for EVs
Design How-To  
12/13/2011   1 comment
Engineers are up against the gating factor of battery pack cost as they try to improve the safety of electric vehicles.
Top "Power Management Designline" articles for 2011 (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
12/11/2011   1 comment
See what your fellow engineers were reading this past year
Surface-mount micro thermo-generators challenge batteries
Product News  
12/11/2011   1 comment
Micropelt has launched a compact thermo-generator package (TGP), which makes thermal energy harvesting ready for mass production.
Power Tip 42 (Part 1): Discrete devices—a good alternative to integrated MOSFET drivers
Power Tips  
12/9/2011   8 comments
The humble, inexpensive discrete transistor can be a cost- and performance-effective choice, and better in some ways than a more-highly integrated component.
LED driver ICs feature diagnostics and protection features
Product News  
12/9/2011   1 comment
AEC-Q100 Grade 0 qualified devices can drive upwards of 15 LEDs at 1A or higher.
Balance hybrid/EV battery packs to extend operational lifetime: Pt. 1—Hardware and strategy
Design How-To  
12/9/2011   2 comments
Charge imbalance can reduce a battery pack’s total capacity and potentially damage the pack. Imbalance prevents batteries from tracking from the charged state to the discharged state and if not closely monitored can cause batteries to be overcharged or over-discharged—which will permanently damage the cells.
Hot topics in Smart Energy for 2011 – Part 1
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12/6/2011   Post a comment
What were the important topics within the Smart Energy technical community in 2011? Judging by traffic to this site’s top articles, they were a varied lot, ranging from LED lighting to the smart grid to new approaches to power conversion efficiency.
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
Blog  
12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
Blog  
12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
Blog  
12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
Top "Power Management Designline" articles for 2011 (Part 1 of 2)
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12/5/2011   Post a comment
See what your fellow engineers were reading this past year
Component integration paces EV, hybrid power electronics efficiency
Design How-To  
12/5/2011   1 comment
To achieve maximum power density, electric losses and thermal resistances must be kept to a minimum—thus maximum component integration is required.
Innovative PFC-driven, high-voltage, high-brightness LED lighting solutions
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12/5/2011   Post a comment
HVHB LEDs offer lighting opportunities along with challenges, such as the much-higher voltage required to initiate light emission
Offline AC/DC flyback regulator eschews optocoupler; simplifies, improves design and power factor
Product News  
12/5/2011   Post a comment
LTC3798 from Linear Technology modulates input current, eliminates extra switching stage
Shunt charger ICs harvest energy, protect batteries
Design How-To  
12/2/2011   Post a comment
Energy harvesting ICs can convert a transducer's output into an electric current for a battery charger. Here are application options for a charger IC designed for embedded automotive applications.
Generate dual supply rails using a high-efficiency SEPIC-Cuk converter
Design How-To  
12/2/2011   1 comment
Understand how this converter topology can provide a bipolar supply with good performance
Book excerpt: The Advanced Smart Grid--Edge Power Driving Sustainability (Part 1 of 2)
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12/1/2011   Post a comment
Understand some of the basic issues surrounding the smart grid and its implementation


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