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Power PLCC-4 LEDs offer more colors
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Avago has added four new colors -- cool white, warm white, blue and green -- to its family of super half-watt power PLCC-4 surface-mount LEDs for automotive and electronic sign applications.
MIT researchers image fusion reaction
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have described a new method of imaging nuclear fusion reactions.
LCD backlighting using 2-D LED dimming boosts TV performance and saves power
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Advanced backlighting technology using LED-based light sources and segmented control can create a vibrant viewing experience, while also reducing power consumption in LCD TVs. But adaptive backlight dimming requires a significant amount of image processing to be performed on the video stream to derive optimum backlight and pixel drive signals.
TI's Templeton stresses energy, medical, safety apps
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments CEO Richard Templeton used his keynote address at the chip maker's developers' conference to underscore plans to leverage TI's expertise in the medical , energy and safety markets.
Keypad-controlled switching power supplies provide precise programming
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
AMREL/AMERICAN RELIANCE has introduced its "K" family of keypad- and encoder-controlled switch-mode power supplies for industrial test and measurement applications.
Power controller features dynamic phase dropping
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Check out Primarion's PX3664, a digital multi-phase power controller with dynamic phasing for synchronous DC/DC buck converters in computing and communications applications.
Tech group claims low-cost fix to radar, windfarm conflict
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Cambridge Consultants claims it has come up with a solution to the acutely embarrassing technical challenge faced by the UK's Ministry of Defense over the potential interference of its radars from proposed energy wind farms.
A watershed for silver-zinc?
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Smaller, lighter, safer, and longer running than lithium-ion batteries? We'll know in a few months.
Yet more on decoupling, Part 2: Power supply excitation and ringing
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Part 2 looks at how a real-world power supply impedance - comprising decoupling capacitors, regulator output impedance, and PCB traces - responds to a small test current step, such as an IC might demand from the power rail.
ac-dc reference design exceeds ENERGY STAR specs
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
This energy-efficient GreenPoint open reference design from ON Semiconductor supports the emerging market for digital television adapters.
2-W dc/dc converter delivers 89% efficiency
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Setting new standards in load and efficiency, Murata Power Solutions' NMK series of 2-W single-output dc/dc converters offers 89% typical efficiency and 2.5% maximum load regulation, at 15-V output.
Power mode technologies verify today's SoCs
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
The power architectures on today's power-cycled system-on-chip designs can be distressingly complex.
H-Bridges provide 'smart power' for automotive SoC applications: Part 2 - Architectures and circuit protection
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
From electric motor controllers to Class D amplifiers, efficient mixed-signal integration is vital in design, and saving energy and cost.
Low-cost dc/dc converter delivers high efficiency, small package
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2/26/2008   1 comment
Murata Electronics North America has introduced the low-cost MPD6S022S dc/dc converter, aimed at digital consumer home electronics.
TRIAC series needs no parameter derating up to 150°C
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
These high-junction-temperature TRIACs from ST will enable manufacturers to lower their costs by using smaller heatsinks.
Latest power products at APEC 2008
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
The Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) 2008 kicked off in Austin, Texas this week featuring the latest developments in power electronics.
MOSFETs advance notebook supplies
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
The first devices in Toshiba's UMOS VI-H series tout higher efficiency for synchronous DC/DC applications
Digital controller chip speeds intelligent supply design
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
GUI-driven ADP1043 chip helps designers configure power-supply parameters in minutes
Power management chip combines three DC/DC converters
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Targeted at portable devices with rapidly evolving feature sets, AnalogicTech is offering a pair of 3-channel devices that allow designers to combine three step-down DC/DC converters without radically altering their existing core system design or adding numerous discrete devices.
Infineon enhances power semiconductor portfolio
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
At the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), Infineon Technologies announced that it has added three new families of power semiconductors to its extensive OptiMOS 3 N-channel MOSFET portfolio. The devices enable designers to increase power density significantly, the vendor claims.
Infineon enhances power semiconductor portfolio
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
At the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), Infineon Technologies announced that it has added three new families of power semiconductors to its extensive OptiMOS 3 N-channel MOSFET portfolio. The devices enable designers to increase power density significantly, the vendor claims.
Silicon carbide ready for prime time
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2/25/2008   2 comments
NASA thinks silicon carbide is ready to replace silicon in circuitry that must withstand ultrahot temperatures--as high as 1,000 degrees F--or deliver ultrahigh power.
Nanoparticles could make hydrogen cheaper than gasoline
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2/25/2008   9 comments
A start-up says its nanoparticle coatings could make hydrogen easy to produce at home from distilled water, and ultimately bring the cost of hydrogen fuel cells in line with that of fossil fuels.
IMEC claims GaAs solar cell advance
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Belgian research organization IMEC is claiming a major breakthrough in solar cell conversion efficiency using GaAs solar cells on germanium substrates.
Emulated ripple technique advances hysteretic switchmode supplies
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
When combined with constant on-time circuitry, ERM operation, which cuts output ripple, eliminates the greatest inherent drawbacks of hysteretic-mode control
Power semis, DC/DC chip tout benchmarks at APEC
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2/24/2008   Post a comment
Vishay's new devices include an n-channel TrenchFET with claimed best on-resistance and figure-of-merit; 600- and 1200-volt IGBTs rated from 75 to 200 amps; and the first controller IC for intermediate bus converters with integrated 1.6-amp high- and low-side MOSFET drivers.
Distribution rack maximizes power management
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2/23/2008   Post a comment
PDR, with dual redundant 400-amp inputs, includes complete support infrastucture in a single 42U rack.
Silver-zinc rechargeable batteries tout performance, safety, and clean tech
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
ZPower introduces silver-zinc rechargeable batteries for portable electronics devices as a clean and safe alternative to lithium-ion/polymer batteries.
BMW shows how electronics improve fuel effectiveness
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
At the International Automotive Salon in Geneva, BMW will show a 'mild hybrid' drive in connection with a Diesel engine in a Sports Activity Vehicle. Besides being the first combination of these three elements, the design is characterized by intensive usage of electronics.
H-Bridges provide 'smart power' for automotive SoC applications: Part 1 - Challenges and concepts
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
From electric motor controllers to Class D amplifiers, efficient mixed-signal integration is vital in design, and saving energy and cost.
Motor control development kit enables high power efficiency
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
For engineers trying to combine industrial and consumer motor control design targets such as very low cost and high power efficiency, Infineon offers a design kit tailored for this purpose.
Fraunhofer expands PV material research
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
With EU and state aid, German institutions will significantly expand their research activities to develop innovative PV materials. The Fraunhofer Center for Photovoltaics (CSP) has received €60 million (about $88 million) for its research.
Yet more on decoupling, Part 1: The regulator's interaction with capacitors
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Extending the previous four-part series on power-supply decoupling and bypass capacitors, this multipart series attempts to quantify what's happening on the supply line of a representative analog amplifier circuit with regulated supply rails and decoupling capacitors.
Hall-effect sensor/ASIC integration shrinks current transducers (Part 2 of 2)
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Technology advances allow for flexibility in installation and use of these versatile current sensors
Power suit: Researcher weaves nanogenerators into fabrics
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Clothing fabrics that generate electricity from the motion of wearing them have been described by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Indian chip agency, SEMI join forces
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
The India Semiconductor Association has agreed to work with the U.S.-based Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International to promote a chip and solar manufacturing in India.
More about decoupling and bypass capacitors, power-supply rails, models, and their interactions (Part 5.1)
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
The final(?) word: Understand the subtleties of bypass-decoupling capacitors, power-supply rails, and models
1-port, 36-W PoE manager complies with IEEE802.3at
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
Microsemi is touting its PD64001 as the first 1-port Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) manager capable of driving 36-W on 2-pairs to powered devices, and supporting 2-event Classification, while complying with the stringent requirements specified in IEEE802.3at, Draft 1.0.
40V P-Channel MOSFET reduces switching losses by 50 percent
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
The FDD4141 PowerTrench MOSFET from Fairchild Semiconductor boosts performance of synchronous and non-synchronous buck applications.
LEDs combine high luminosity, low thermal resistance
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
Available in a wide variety of package formats, the 1- and 3-Watt EHP-AX08 high-power LEDs from Everlight offer design flexibility in a range of applications.
Q-Cells builds solar cell production line in Malaysia
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2/19/2008   1 comment
Solar cell manufacturer Q-Cells (Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany) has decided to erect a new production line in Malaysia and to expand the thin film module production in its Calyxo subsidiary. The move widens Q-Cells head start in the solar cell business.
200-watt reference design for game consoles meets Green specs
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
Power adapter solution delivers 90 percent efficiency at full load
Reference design speeds up brushless DC motor control development
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America has introduced a R8C/25-based brushless DC (BLDC) motor control reference platform.
Hall-effect sensor/ASIC integration shrinks current transducers (Part 1 of 2)
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2/18/2008   1 comment
Technology advances allow for flexibility in installation and use of these versatile current sensors
Six-channel supervisor includes individual comparator outputs
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. has introduced the LTC2932, a six-channel supply monitor that includes separate open-drain voltage comparator outputs for individual supply monitoring.
Silicon wafer vendors see new dynamics
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Silicon wafer vendors are under pressure from current demand and the new dynamics in the solar-cell industry, according to Semico Research Corp.
Q-Cells tops Sharp in solar rankings
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Germany's Q-Cells AG was the world's largest producer of solar cells in 2007, surpassing Japan's Sharp Corp. in the rankings.
Photovoltaics startup raises $10 million
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Pythagoras Solar Inc., a solar energy startup developing photovoltaic technology, has completed a $10 million series A financing round, led by Israel Cleantech Ventures and joined by Pitango Venture Capital and Evergreen Venture Partners.
Dialog Semi lands order from Asustek
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Dialog Semiconductor plc (Kirchheim, Germany) succeeded in attracting 3C vendor Asustek as a customer. The Taiwanese company plans to equip its next-generation smartphones with two Dialog ASSPs.
Which current sensor for power measurement?
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2/16/2008   Post a comment
Solid-core or split-core transformer technology for your application? Take a close look at the various types to help you make the best high-performance, cost-effective decision.
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