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Q-Cells reports sales, earnings gains
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2/28/2006   Post a comment
Solar energy products supplier Q-Cells AG posted sales of 299.9 million Euro ($356.9 million) in 2005, up 132 percent from 128.7 million Euro ($153.4 million) in 2004.
Evergreen Solar inks pact with Vermont company
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2/28/2006   Post a comment
Solar power product supplier Evergreen Solar Inc. has entered a four-year photovoltaic module supply contract worth $88 million with Global Resource Options Inc. (GRO), a Vermont-based solar power distributor and system integrator.
PDU monitors current on each phase
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2/28/2006   Post a comment
Pulizzi Engineering‘s VPC2864 series of 3-phase power distribution units includes current metering on each phase to properly balance and load the system.
Custom supplies cut delivery time with fractional-turn transformer
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2/27/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - XP Power’s RCL175 series, using fractional-turn transformer technology, allows OEMs to modify a supply’s specs quickly, cost-effectively, and without loss of agency approvals.
Optimize your uninterruptible power for modern data processing equipment
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2/26/2006   Post a comment
Uninterruptible power challenges are often solved at the facility level with unnecessarily large, inefficient, expensive and complex AC UPS systems. Here's how initial and operating costs can generally be reduced and system reliability increased.
Full-brick DC/DCs deliver 700 watts for radio and wireless
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2/24/2006   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics' FHW500 and FHW700 full-brick converter series delivers 500, and 700 watts, respectively, for RF power amplifiers and wireless and switching networks.
Boost converter ICs provide 85% efficiency from 500 mA to 1 mA
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2/23/2006   Post a comment
Vishay Siliconix introduces two boost converter ICs that provide 85% efficiency from 500 mA to 1 mA from battery voltages as low as 0.85 V. The boost converter ICs maximize the power available from single- or dual-cell NiMH or alkaline battery packs.
Battery simulator offered in PXI format
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2/23/2006   Post a comment
Pickering Interfaces introduces a battery simulator offered in PXI format that is capable of simulating a battery supplying power to hand-held and portable electronic devices.
Digital PoLs accelerate system design and improve performance
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2/23/2006   Post a comment
Recent developments in digitally programmable Point-of-Load (PoL) converters bring new levels of flexibility to the power system. Here are some of the benefits of digital power.
Get latest practical design, application info from traveling portable power and power supply seminars
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
TI announces the schedule for its popular 2006 Portable Power Seminar series and 2006 North American Power Supply Design Seminar series. It provides rich technical, yet practical presentations that combine an array of advanced new battery management and power conversion concepts, basic design principles and "real-world" applications.
Bricks pile more RF, auto jobs atop the power bus
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
DC/DC Product Recap - Even far into their end game, brick-style DC/DC converters continue to provide better performance for traditional bus distribution, while taking on more wireless, vehicular, and military jobs.
Dimming-control techniques ergonomically tailor automotive displays
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
To provide a safe visual environment, auto displays must handle dynamic dimming ranges of 225:1, more than 10 times those typically found in the best computer displays.
Conference helps you design powerful portable systems
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
The Portable Power Developer’s Conference takes place April 3-5, 2006 in Richardson, Texas. It's a three-day international conference that offers sessions and panels about commercial advancements and anticipated future developments in advanced power management and efficient energy utilization.
National, ARM unveil next-gen PowerWise spec
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. and ARM Holdings PLC have released a second-generation PowerWise interface (PWI) specification that provides enhanced power management interconnect capability to feature-rich, multi-domain system-on-chips (SoCs) in battery-powered, handheld electronic devices.
380-watt IBC quarter-brick touted best-in-class
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
Ericsson says its PKM4000BPI quarter-brick bus converter family provides best-in-class characteristics for power density and flexibility in combination with power level and wide input range (36-75 volts).
Programmable Li-ion charger IC sets records for charge time
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
A digitally programmable 1A, switch-mode USB/AC Li-ion charger IC from Summit Micro sets records for charge time, power dissipation and size.
Thermal considerations for hybrid DC/DC power converters
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2/20/2006   Post a comment
To ensure a hybrid DC/DC converter does not exceed its maximum rated operating temperature the temperature rise of the converter must be considered during the system mechanical and thermal design. Proper system thermal design is necessary for hybrid DC/DC converters to operate reliably over the military temperature range. Here's some expert advice to help you determine the hybrid operating temperature.
PDU supports six 2.9 kW blade servers
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2/20/2006   Post a comment
Aphel's DBH2 power distribution unit (PDU), for a 2U chassis, supports up to six 2900-watt blade servers.
DIN supplies stow aboard
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2/20/2006   Post a comment
Designed especially for high humidity, high-vibration environments where high particle contamination may also be a factor, Astrodyne's M/DRL series of DIN-rail mounted modules delivers 5 to 30 watts for industrial controls, transportation systems, instrumentation, and shipboard applications.
Court says ITC erred on Energizer patent decision
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2/17/2006   Post a comment
Energizer Holdings Inc. has announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) ruled that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) erred in 2004 when it concluded that Energizer's patent covering mercury-free batteries was invalid.
Technology 'stabilizes' electricity from wind energy
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2/17/2006   Post a comment
Elspec Ltd., which produces systems to stabilize electricity flows in factories, is targeting the alternative energy market.
"In-row" air conditioner scales up to 60 kW/rack
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2/17/2006   Post a comment
American Power Conversion says its new high density InRow RC Chilled Water ACRC100, which applies so-called "in-row" air conditioning, is the industry's first integrated cooling product that can scale up to 60 kW per rack.
Battery charger IC family supports AC adapter or USB charging
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2/16/2006   Post a comment
AnalogicTech expands its battery charger IC family to support either AC adapter or USB charging.
400-watt AC/DCs target laser, printer applications
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2/16/2006   Post a comment
HiTek Power's HTK Series of single-output AC/DC supplies, touted particularly for laser and printer applications, provide up to 400 watts in 22 versions (two power ranges and 11 output voltages between 3.3 and 54 volts).
Ziebart: Infineon must shrink to become a 'problem solver'
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2/16/2006   Post a comment
A sweeping reorientation is the only way to lead Infineon Technologies to lasting profitabilty, CEO Wolfgang Ziebart told shareholders.
APEC seminar provides expert shortcuts for transformer design
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2/16/2006   Post a comment
Tabtronics will be presenting a professional educational seminar on shortcuts for transformer design for electronics design engineers at the 2006 Applied Power Electronics Conference in Dallas.
Designing high-power Class D audio power amplifiers
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2/15/2006   Post a comment
Class D audio amplifiers have attracted attention, and with good reason, including efficiency, size, and flexibility, but achieving their full potential takes careful attention to design
Harvesting energy into lithium-ion batteries
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2/15/2006   1 comment
Portable micro-systems continue to integrate more functions into smaller devices resulting in low energy levels and short operational lives. Find out what the latest research from Georgia Tech discovered about a harvesting and self-sustaining system-in-package (SiP) solution that harnesses energy
Power saving gets real
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Power adapters are in the news again with the California Energy Commission. Only this time the CEC is saying we must slay the energy vampires.
AC/DCs source high-power telecom
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Astrodyne's SCP series of enclosed single-output switching power supplies, in 18 models, deliver 600 to 2400 watts at 5 to 48 VDC for moderate to high-power telecommunications.
20-W triple-output supply fits the industrial space
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2/13/2006   Post a comment
Designed for tight environments in low-power applications requiring a reliable triple-output supply, the HF20W-TL series of enclosed, fan-cooled supplies from MicroPower Direct delivers 20 watts for industrial automation, process control, robotics, instrumentation, and telecom systems.
Thin power MOSFETs offer low on-state resistance for portable apps
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2/10/2006   Post a comment
NEC Electronics America announces power MOSFET devices with some of the thinnest packages and lowest on-state resistances in the industry
Stand-alone battery fuel gauge calculates remaining battery capacity
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2/10/2006   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor/Maxim-IC introduces the DS2781 stand-alone fuel gauge. Operating directly from a 2.5V to 10V power source.
EMC-rugged AC/DC meets industrial test
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2/10/2006   Post a comment
Touting high EMC immunity and low cost, Power-One's PLP75-1012G AC/DC supply, in five single-output models providing 75 watts at 3.3 to 48 volts, provides the front-end power for point-of load converters and the auxiliary functions of telecom/datacom and industrial equipment.
Toshiba's nuke deal anticipates growing demand
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2/8/2006   Post a comment
In a bid to turn its nuclear-power business into a growth driver, Toshiba Corp. has agreed to acquire Westinghouse Electric Co. Investment to expand NAND production capacity is expected.
How to design the power system in portable consumer equipment
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2/8/2006   Post a comment
The design of the power system for hand-held, battery-powered devices with multiple supply voltages is a handful for even the most experienced power supply engineer. Here's some practical do and don't advice for designing the power system in your next portable product.
High-current, high-voltage AC/DC delivers 5 kW
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2/8/2006   Post a comment
Absopulse Electronics’ PFC5000 is a modular high-current AC/DC supply that delivers 5 kW at up to 54 volts for industrial, utility, microwave, and telecom environments.
Ultracapacitor strategy drives product expansion to meet diverse market requirements
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2/7/2006   Post a comment
Maxwell Technologies will introduce more than 30 new BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor products over the next several months as part of a unique product family strategy featuring new power and energy product types.
Distributor inks agreement with high-voltage IC maker
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2/7/2006   Post a comment
Digi-Key signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Power Integrations, asupplier of high-voltage analog integrated circuits (ICs) used in power conversion.
Stand alone POL extends to low-profile apps
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2/7/2006   Post a comment
Power-One's ZY1015 15-amp point-of-load (POL) converter is a low-profile, horizontally mounted version of the company's ZY1115 "No-Bus" family of modules for hardware-configurable power management: No interface-based programming or external controllers.
300-W quarter-brick buses are aboard for ATCA
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2/7/2006   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics' QBW025A0B series of wide-input quarter-bricks provide up to 25 amps for high-efficiency 12-volt intermediate bus voltage applications targeting telecom and advanced telecom computing applications (ATCA).
How PMBus offers open-standard digital power management
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2/5/2006   Post a comment
Many power supply and semiconductor manufacturers have now announced support for the PMBus protocol. This article examines how this new digital power management protocol introduces an unprecedented level of control flexibility for board designers.
32-volt kilowatt supply powers RF amps
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2/3/2006   Post a comment
Lambda's new 32-volt, 31-amp AC/DC supply, part of the company's FPS family, is especially suited for powering semiconductor-style RF power amplifiers. Measuring just 1.61-by-5-by-11.4 inches, it fits in with 1U installations.
EPA conference paper details adaptive control for power
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2/3/2006   Post a comment
Power-One presented a paper at the EPA Energy Star Server and Data Center Conference stating how its methods could reduce power loses and save up to $43k per year.
RoHS-compliant AC/DCs extend distributed power
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2/3/2006   Post a comment
Artesyn Technologies' RoHS-compliant TLP150 series of universal single-output AC/DC power supplies, in 10 models, provides 12-, 24-, or 48-volt outputs for point-of load (12-volt), distributed power (24-, 48-volt), and medical applications.
Power Integrations reports record quarterly revenue
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2/2/2006   Post a comment
High-voltage analog IC vendor Power Integrations reported a net income of $5.5 million on company-record revenue of $37.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2005.
Emerson acquires power supplier Artesyn
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2/2/2006   Post a comment
St. Louis-based electronics company Emerson has agreed to acquire Artesyn Technologies Inc. in a cash transaction valued at $500 million, merging two of the top-tier global power supply companies.
Off-line switcher IC extends flexibility, power range
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2/2/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Power Integrations' TinySwitch III off-line switcher ICs expand the flexibility of the company's TinySwitch II devices in four areas: More power, user-selectable power levels, lower no-load power draw, and lower bulk capacitance requirements.
Driving Digital Power Management into the Mainstream
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2/2/2006   Post a comment
Digital power today is a small fraction of overall power industry revenue but is commanding a large share of industry attention and discussion. As the digital transition begins to build force in the critical area of power management, Primarion's Deepak Savadatti believes it's worthwhile to clarify the key issues involved in enabling the transition toward a profitable and productive momentum that benefits everyone in the supply chain.
High-power nano-structured lithium ion battery cells hold up in extreme temps
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2/2/2006   Post a comment
Altairnano said it began producing and testing the first batch of lithium ion battery cells utilizing the company's nano-structured electrode materials. Testing has found that they perform at 90 percent of capacity at minus 22 degrees, Fahrenheit.
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