Voltage supervisors provide 26 programmable trip points Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Intersil introduced two voltage supervisor ICs, the ISL88016 and ISL88017, which offer 26 pin-selectable voltage trip points along with functions including power-on reset (POR) control, supply voltage supervision, and manual reset assertion in a small 6-pin TSOT package. Both devices are designed for low power consumption as well as accuracy in portable and battery-powered applications.
GreenPoint printer power-supply reference design is 83% efficient Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment ON Semiconductor unveiled its latest GreenPoint reference design for 40-W power supplies used to power desktop printers. Providing active-mode energy efficiency above 83% when delivering an output power between 5 and 40 W, the reference design achieves a no-load power consumption of 150 mW.
MOSFETs improve power efficiency Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Toshiba has expanded its power semiconductor line with the first products in a new family of high-speed switching MOSFETs that are said to significantly improve power efficiency for synchronous DC/DC converters.
Power entry modules designed for PCB mounting Product News 2/12/2007 Post a comment Schurter's series DD21 and DD22 power entry modules have been designed for PCB mounting. The DD21 product is equipped with multiple functions including inlet connector, switching and fusing. In addition, the DD22 series offers standard or medical filter versions.
AC-DC power supplies handle 960 watts Product News 2/12/2007 Post a comment Lambda has expanded its NV family of environmentally-friendly AC-DC power supplies, adding a product series that can supply up to 960 watts. The NV-700 series is suitable for use in high-density medical, industrial and test-and-measurement equipment. Units measure 1.6 x 4.92 x 10.8 inches and accept all existing and newly-developed NV power modules.
Designing low-power multiprocessor chips Design How-To 2/12/2007 Post a comment
Just 10 years ago, the challenge chip designers faced was to design logic blocks with as few gates as possible to fit all the functions in a target die size. Today, advancements in semiconductor process technologies let designers easily pack millions of gates and complex mixed-signal components into a single chip. Nonetheless, chip designers still face the challenge of reducing the number of gates and imple-
Startup targets mobile phone health hazards Product News 2/12/2007 Post a comment With the mobile communications industry’s biggest annual bash just opened in Barcelona, a year old company tried to dampen proceedings by warning of the health dangers of wireless communications and suggested it has the technology and product to protect people from the potentially harmful effects of radiation emitted from mobile devices.
mPhase Smart Nanobattery to offer safe disposal Product News 2/9/2007 Post a comment mPhase Technologies says the Smart Nanobattery it is developing could include features that would allow it to be disposed of safely. The company has applied for patent protection for a set of design strategies to create "green" batteries that use advanced chemistries but are still safe to dispose.
Solid-state methanol proposed for fuel cells News & Analysis 2/9/2007 Post a comment Kurita Water Industries developed solid-state methanol for DMFC to solve the difficult points of liquid methanol as fuel for the cell. First application as battery chargers will hit the market around this summer.
"Anode'r' way" -- Why the anode yields better results Design How-To 2/7/2007 Post a comment Rechargeable battery technologies have issues about life, safety, recharge time, power delivery, extreme temperature performance, and environmental friendliness. Learn the strengths/weaknesses of the competing battery technologies and what happens at the negative/positive electrodes at varying temperatures. Here's a look at what improvements occur with changes to the anode including a longer battery life and the elimination of thermal runaway.
Quarter-brick DC/DC modules feature high efficiency Product News 2/6/2007 Post a comment Ericsson Power Modules has expanded its PKM-E series with three quarter-brick DC/DC modules that provide additional output voltage ranges, higher current, and more power for telecommunications and data equipment at about a 25 percent lower cost.
PRM handles 48 V power applications Product News 2/6/2007 Post a comment Vicor Corp. introduced the P045F048T32AL; a high-power (>1100 W/in.3) 320-W pre-regulator module (PRM) for 48-V power applications including servers, telecom and ATE. The device provides a controlled factorized bus distribution voltage for powering downstream VTM current multipliers.
Nokia investment arm backs Summit Microelectronics News & Analysis 2/5/2007 Post a comment Power management IC specialist Summit Microelectronics Inc. has raised a further $10 million with the growth financing round led by Nokia Growth Partners, the later-stage focused investment arm of the Finnish mobile handsets market leader, which invested $4 million.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times