NanoDynamics wins CNT contract, fuel cell patent News & Analysis 3/29/2006 Post a comment Nanotechnology company NanoDynamics has received a $729,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the U.S. Army for carbon nanotube (CNT) production technology, and a critical patent on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) structures.
Designing powerful electronic solutions with ultracapacitors Design How-To 3/27/2006 Post a comment Recent advances in materials and construction techniques have transformed ultracapacitors from minor backup components to extremely powerful energy storage solutions. But what is it that makes these devices so powerful and how can they be used in system-based designs? Get the details here.
Solar panel adds 2 years to photoeye's battery Product News 3/23/2006 Post a comment EMX Industries says it's the first manufacturer of photoeye access control products to offer a solar panel power option for its photoelectric emitters. The company says its SP44 solar panel, for its P44 Thru-beam Photoelectric Sensor/Transmitter, will extend emitter battery life by up to two years.
POLs save more space Product News 3/20/2006 Post a comment Artesyn says its LDO-C and SIL-C2 point-of-load (nonisolated) converter families, spanning 3 to 40 amps in five single-output versions, offer a dramatic savings in board real-estate.
GreenChips improve power efficiency in desktops and notebooks Product News 3/20/2006 Post a comment Philips Electronics unveils two additions to its GreenChip family of energy-efficient ICs. The Philips GreenChip PC is a chipset that increases the efficiency of desktop PC power supplies beyond 80 percent. The GreenChip SR improves the efficiency of laptop computer adapters by three to five percent.
Here's how to convert a positive 10 -- 50V input to a minus 10V output Design How-To 3/19/2006 Post a comment Buck regulators are commonly used to efficiently step down a higher level, unregulated, positive input voltage to a regulated positive output voltage. A Buck regulator can be reconfigured into a Buck-Boost regulator to convert a positive input voltage to a negative output voltage. Find out how the challenge of accurate and fast current measurement can be avoided with a new method that emulates the buck switch current without actually measuring the current.
Open-frame switcher delivers 350 watts Product News 3/18/2006 Post a comment Digital Power's eF350 single- and quad-output AC/DC series, touting the highest power density for a medium- range supply, deliver up to 350 watts for intermediate bus architecture (IBA) applications.
Design your own power supply system online Product News 3/17/2006 Post a comment Acopian Technical offers a power system builder that's available via telephone or the Internet. It can meet your requirements for wired multiple output power system without having to search power supply catalogs.
Visit and learn at the Embedded Systems Conference News & Analysis 3/17/2006 Post a comment Join us at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, the ideal forum to learn relevant new skills. Check out the Power Management Design Seminar series, all day April 5th. Use this link and save money on your registration.
Reference design eases high-power DC/DC development Product News 3/16/2006 Post a comment International Rectifier's IRDC2086-330W is a DC/DC reference design that delivers 35 amps at an unregulated 9.6 volts with 97 percent efficiency and in a size 30 percent smaller than industry standard quarter-bricks to simplifiy development of brick and embedded power supplies for networking, communications, and high-end server applications.
How to size ultracapacitors Design How-To 3/15/2006 Post a comment Ultracapacitors can displace a significant fraction of auto battery mass needed to meet warranty intervals. These devices offer to outperform the battery fraction displaced, for a combination with less total mass, volume, and cost, while delivering superior cycle performance.
How to get complete power management beyond UPS Design How-To 3/15/2006 Post a comment Networks are expanding rapidly but budgets for resources aren't keeping pace it's important to improve response times to outages. Having the right protection beyond an uninterruptible power supply becomes critical. Here's what you need to know.
Low-power AC/DCs fit industrial space Product News 3/14/2006 Post a comment Infinity's 5-watt FSK series of low-cost encapsulated switching power supplies, in five versions, are suited to tight installations in telecom, consumer, and industrial product applications.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.