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DesignCon's 5 Toughest Tech Questions
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12/28/2012   6 comments
FPGA or ASIC? What are the issues for 3-D interconnects? Enquiring tech minds want to know.
Top 10 smart energy articles of 2012
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12/21/2012   Post a comment
The year’s most popular contributed articles to Smart Energy Designline include design features on energy harvesting, energy conversion, smart metering, powerline communications, batteries and more.
CAN transceivers target extremely harsh environments
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12/20/2012   Post a comment
Holt Integrated Circuits has launched the HI-3000H, a family of CAN transceivers that can operate in temperatures from -55°C to 200°C. Compatible with ARINC 825 and ISO 11898-5 standards, the HI-3000H is suitable for high temperature avionics and industrial applications such as aircraft braking systems, engine controls and down-hole drilling.
Compatibility per watt, meaningful metric for dimmable LEDs
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12/19/2012   1 comment
Victor Zwanenberg of NXP Semiconductors explains which aspects of phase-cut dimmable LED lamp electronics should be considered in evaluating performance in terms of dimmer compatibility.
Energy harvesting textile woven into solar cells
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12/11/2012   1 comment
Japan's Sphelar Power Corp. claimed it has developed the first energy harvesting textile that is combined with micro-spherical solar cells.
Gas meter market to surpass $2B in 2013
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12/11/2012   Post a comment
The adoption of advanced metering systems is good news for the conservative gas meter market which typically sees little activity outside the replacement of worn-out meters and the installation of meters during construction.
Smart meters tackle water conservation
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12/10/2012   8 comments
Higher global living standards require more advanced handling of water, including an increased technological innovation to reduce water waste and strengthen consumer awareness.
Flow battery project seeks to store green energy
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12/4/2012   Post a comment
Harvard University researchers said they will use an Energy Department grant to develop commercially practical flow batteries to store solar and wind power.
MCU-based LED drivers inspire designs
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12/3/2012   1 comment
Technical features, catalyzed by economic and other constraints, are boosting the spread of LEDs in the lighting industry.


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