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Slideshow: Honda Plans Fuel Cell Vehicle for 2015
Slideshow  
12/30/2013   15 comments
Honda Motor Co. is ratcheting up its investment in fuel cells, rolling out a futuristic new concept vehicle, and announcing plans to launch a hydrogen-powered production car in 2015.
Would You Drive a Stop-Start Vehicle in 2014?
Blog  
12/30/2013   52 comments
So, what do you know about stop-start technology? Ever driven a stop-start car?
Power Week-in-Review: Smallest Laptop Adapter, Fusion Power Breakthrough & BLE Wireless Power Solution
News & Analysis  
12/26/2013   12 comments
This week, development of a laptop power adapter in a wall plug form factor, a breakthrough in the superconducting cables needed to control nuclear fusion reactors, a new LDO+ from Linear Technology, a Bluetooth Smart-based wireless charging solution and more.
Will You Take the Password Pill?
Blog  
12/26/2013   23 comments
The password pill and the display-cover display are two of the stranger extreme features on the way for differentiating mature mobile devices.
Power Tip 66: Reduce EMI From an Offline Power Supply Cost-Effectively
Blog  
12/24/2013   Post a comment
The obvious ways to reduce emissions are to reduce the amplitude of the switching voltage waveform, to divert the current with a shield or capacitor, and/or to add a series impedance. We apply the first two techniques to demonstrate we can build a low-power, AC input adapter to meet EMI emissions without a common-mode inductor.
5G Dials Up Global Efforts
News & Analysis  
12/24/2013   13 comments
The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
Mediatek Going 64-Bit, LTE in 2014
News & Analysis  
12/23/2013   6 comments
Mediatek will drive LTE and 64-bit cores into its mobile SoCs in 2014 as the rising Taiwan chip vendor makes a bid for more business outside Asia.
The Self-Driving Car Will Watch Your Every Move
Blog  
12/20/2013   28 comments
The biggest hurdle for autonomous cars is not whether a car can drive itself from point A to B, but if we can strike a balance in extending human driving abilities into the world of AI.
Top 10 Automotive Agendas for 2014 & Beyond
News & Analysis  
12/20/2013   22 comments
Carmakers today languish between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, they face a dizzying array of new technologies to adopt, while they must comply with new regulations.
Universal PC Charger Gets IEC Spec
News & Analysis  
12/19/2013   17 comments
IEC published a new standard for reducing waste in power supplies by defining a universal PC charger.
Calxeda Ends ARM Server Bid
News & Analysis  
12/19/2013   20 comments
One of the first startups to pursue ARM-based SoCs for an expected wave of low-power servers will close, because it could not get traction for its 32-bit chips.
Indiegogo Propels MedTech Startup to CES
News & Analysis  
12/19/2013   9 comments
Skulpt will stand next to giants such as Samsung at the Consumer Electronics Show, thanks in part to the visibility it gained through crowdfunding.
Power Week in Review: Laptop Charger Standard, Predicting Blackouts & TFET Advance
News & Analysis  
12/19/2013   4 comments
This week, a tunnel field-effect transistor that promises HF operation at very low power, an algorithmic approach for predicting blackouts, a new standard for a single external charger for notebook computers, a Qi-compliant wireless power receiver controller IC, and more.
Microservers & Cloud Computing to Drive Server Growth
News & Analysis  
12/19/2013   9 comments
After two years of decline, the server market is set to see significant growth, according to the IC Insight Market Drivers Report. That growth is mostly fueled by cloud computing and the demand for microservers -- a relatively new segment that allows for lightweight, inexpensive server processing.
5G Work Officially Begins in Europe
News & Analysis  
12/18/2013   19 comments
Europe's new 5GPPP Association has a broad charter to define and develop standards for cellular networks, targeting 2020 and beyond.
Startup Claims Bandwidth Breakthrough
News & Analysis  
12/17/2013   27 comments
Magnacom described a digital modulation scheme that offers up to a 10 dB boost over today's QAM for less than a square millimeter of silicon.
‘Electrification Factor’ in Transportation
Blog  
12/16/2013   24 comments
Electric vehicles currently on the market represent a beneficial new direction in terms of sustainable, low-impact transportation. Yet the EV market today tends to obscure a much bigger picture as we pursue the "electrification of transportation."
Qualcomm CEO: Mollenkopf to Succeed Jacobs
News & Analysis  
12/13/2013   1 comment
Mobile chip giant Qualcomm said its chief operating officer Steve Mollenkopf will become its new CEO on March 4.
ST Offers Integrated IC Energy Harvester
News & Analysis  
12/13/2013   13 comments
ST's new energy harvesting IC blends integration with environmentally-friendly design and is aimed at engineers as the end user.
Startup Puts Wireless Charging in a Box
News & Analysis  
12/12/2013   11 comments
Humavox emerged from stealth mode with an RF-based wireless charging technology it will license for smart watches, hearing aids, and glasses.
Power Week-in-Review: Triboelectric Power Generator, GaN Partnership & Advanced Batteries Growth
News & Analysis  
12/12/2013   Post a comment
This week, practical power generators using the triboelectric effect, a report on the continued growth of advanced batteries, two GaN power device manufacturers join forces, an SMU battery simulator add-on, and more.
The 13-Step EMI Mitigation Program for Switching Power Supplies
Blog  
12/11/2013   2 comments
Ac/dc supplies and dc/dc converters are among the chief causes of EMI. Here are 13 key steps that can help eliminate this issue from your designs.
Mobile Maturity Leads to Extremes
Blog  
12/11/2013   7 comments
The commoditization of the smartphone is driving innovation to extremes and creating a new class of wearable devices, according to market watcher Bill Boldt.
AllSeen, Unseen in Q'comm IoT Bid
News & Analysis  
12/10/2013   11 comments
Qualcomm found 23 backers for its Internet of Things software, but it remains to be seen what they do with it in a new open-source alliance.
NXP’s JV Bets on China’s Tenuous EV Market
Blog  
12/10/2013   3 comments
Given China’s strong government support for new energy technologies, and the fact that China has the biggest, fastest growing automotive market in the world, a plan by the joint venture between NXP and China’s state-owned Datang Telecom Technology Co. to go after automotive is a no-brainer.
Cloud Power Issue Looms, Says Cisco CTO
News & Analysis  
12/9/2013   34 comments
Mega-datacenters will demand as much power as small cities in the next few years without technology breakthroughs, warns a Cisco CTO.
Pebble CEO Turns Back Clock
News & Analysis  
12/6/2013   11 comments
The chief executive of Pebble Technology told the story of the launch of the Pebble Watch effort at an event sponsored by Broadcom.
Power Week-in-Review: Aerial Power Plants, Thermoelectronic Generator & DC Power Forecast
News & Analysis  
12/5/2013   1 comment
This week, a practical thermionic generator with high efficiency, a project to build high-altitude drone-based aerial power plants, a forecast for DC power in commercial buildings, a HV boost converter, and more.
China's LTE Bid Good for Apple
Blog  
12/4/2013   4 comments
The Chinese government licensed its three big carriers for LTE, opening a door to more sales for Apple and a handful of China and US chip makers.
FDA Charts Mobile Health Progress
News & Analysis  
12/3/2013   17 comments
A top FDA technologist made the case the agency is making progress in its effort to keep pace with the rapidly evolving mobile health sector.
Slideshow: Wireless Charging Comes to Automobiles
News & Analysis  
12/3/2013   7 comments
Although a plug-in electric car has its advantages, some suppliers are betting that not all EV owners will want to plug in. Some, they say, will want to charge their cars wirelessly.
Energy Availability vs. Power Needs
Blog  
12/2/2013   19 comments
These two critical parameters are related but different, and obscuring their differences can lead to design confusion.
Startup Drives 60 GHz to Small Cells
News & Analysis  
12/2/2013   3 comments
Peraso Technologies packed its 60 GHz transceiver in a waveguide module to get an edge of Hittite and Infineon in backhaul for small cell base stations.


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