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posted in February 2014
Tesla Targets Battery Innovation to Reduce EV Costs
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   18 comments
Tesla is planning to build a "Gigafactory" that looks to reduce the cost of battery production and make the cars even more affordable to the general public.
Power Week-in-Review: Dell Signs On to Wireless Power
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   2 comments
This week: Dell becomes the first major PC maker to support a wireless charging standard, nanoparticles improve a self-charging battery, and we see the first automated battery life measurement system for mobile devices.
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
Blog  
2/26/2014   1 comment
Kia isn’t alone in its eagerness to comply with California rules. Most major automakers are planning their mix of future powertrain technologies with California’s Zero Emission Vehicle mandate in mind.
When Conventional Power Supply Wisdom Isn't So
Blog  
2/25/2014   2 comments
It's easy to repeat power supply truisms so often that they become accepted as absolute facts, but good engineering means reviewing the specifics of the situation and making a fresh assessment.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at MWC
News & Analysis  
2/24/2014   12 comments
Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The water and dust proof S5 has cat 4 LTE coverage and is designed to complement the company's new line of wearable devices.
Sony Xperia Handset Emphasizes Mobile Media
News & Analysis  
2/24/2014   1 comment
Sony introduced the Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress this week, highlighting the handset as the company’s flagship smartphone for advanced multimedia. Sony Mobile CEO Kunimasa Suzuki touted Xperia Z2 as “the best of Sony.”
Power Week-in-Review: Injectable Microbattery, Android Audio Tunneling & 'Pomegranate' Electrode
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This week, an injectable microbattery offering twice the energy of similar devices, a "pomegranate-inspired" electrode that could spur development of silicon-based Li-ion batteries, and audio DSP cores that cut Android audio processing power and save battery life.
Comms Guru Preps MOOCs
Blog  
2/19/2014   2 comments
Behzad Razavi, a veteran communications circuit designer, will post to YouTube this year UCLA's first online EE courses.
Wireless Charging Shift Ahead
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   29 comments
Several wireless charging solutions are in development or on the market, but consolidation is necessary before the technology can become ubiquitous.
Power Tip 68: Pick the Right Turns Ratio for a Fly-Buck Converter
Power Tips  
2/18/2014   Post a comment
The Fly-Buck is a convenient choice for a simple isolated bias voltage, but you need to be careful when considering running at high duty ratios.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Startup Promises Bandwidth Boost
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   30 comments
Kandou Bus says it can boost data rates or cut power fourfold in many chip interfaces thanks to an insight from its founder, a math professor.
Design Engineers Take On Component Police
Blog  
2/17/2014   13 comments
Design engineers want to use parts that work. Component engineers and purchasing agents want as few parts as possible. Put the two together, and trouble ensues.
Wireless Power Startup WiTricity Joins A4WP Board
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2/13/2014   Post a comment
WiTricity, startup developer of highly resonant wireless power transfer technology, will incorporate reference design from Alliance for Wireless Power's specification.
Power Week-in-Review: Fusion Breakthrough, Flexible Piezo Fabric & NASA Boosts EVs
News & Analysis  
2/13/2014   1 comment
This week, scientists move one step closer to achieving fusion "ignition," a flexible energy harvesting fabric that delivers twice the power of other such textiles, NASA commits to power source development for EVs, and a MIPI-BIF-compliant fuel gauge IC.
SMIC Adds ARM IP to SiON 28nm Process
News & Analysis  
2/11/2014   3 comments
Mobile, consumer, and high-performance compute segments may all benefit from a low-power SoC design coming from ARM and SMIC.
PS Basics: Reliability Considerations in Power Supplies
Blog  
2/11/2014   1 comment
Reliable supply design is not a guessing game. A reliable supply requires suitable design and analysis, components, manufacture process, test, and installation.
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma'
Blog  
2/10/2014   1 comment
Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
ISSCC Keynote: No Silicon, Software Silos
News & Analysis  
2/10/2014   10 comments
As consumers and the technical community expect the next generation of computing devices to become cheaper and smaller, technology has hit a wall with energy efficiency. Specialization will be key.
What Is Digital Power System Management?
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2/10/2014   Post a comment
Digital power or digital power system management (PSM) allows systems designers to simplify and accelerate system characterization and optimization during prototyping, deployment, and field operation.
Sony Dumps PCs, Splits TV Op, Cuts 5,000 Jobs
Blog  
2/6/2014   26 comments
Sony dumps its PC business, splits its TV division and cuts 5,000 jobs, and issues a fiscal warning. But lacking is clarity: We all know what Sony was, but what is it becoming?
Power Week-in-Review: 10 EV Predictions
News & Analysis  
2/6/2014   2 comments
This week, 10 market and technology predictions for electric vehicles in 2014, an energy harvester that continuously converts low-frequency vibration to electricity, a "proton flow" battery that could offer an economical hydrogen-based alternative to lithium, and a real-time AC power monitor IC.
Spansion, Post Merger, to Launch Auto SoC Mid-2014
News & Analysis  
2/5/2014   19 comments
Spansion plans to home in on the automotive market by launching new SoC products, the first fruits of the acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU and analog businesses, in the middle of this year.
The Possibilities of Digital Power
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2/5/2014   Post a comment
Why would anyone need to replace analog power? The answer is, of course, a combination of factors, with conversion efficiency often at the top of the list.
Government OKs Car-to-Car Talk
News & Analysis  
2/5/2014   23 comments
In announcing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology Monday, the US Dept. of Transportation pledged to “begin taking steps to enable” V2V for light vehicles. But it stopped short of proposing rulemaking.
Slideshow: The New Mustang's Technology Leads the Way
Blog  
2/4/2014   4 comments
Ford Motor Co. will give new meaning to the term “muscle car” in 2014 by rolling out a Mustang that features a small engine with big power numbers.


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