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Longer Music Playback with TI Low Power Class-G Headphone Amplifier
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Two new 25-mW Class-G stereo headphone amplifiers from Texas Instruments were released using DirectPath technology allowing for the length of music playback to be increased by 20 percent.
Three-phase, transformerless UPS system aims to score on cost and energy efficiency
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd (UPSL) plans to unveil the company's latest three-phase, transformerless UPS system at a power protection seminar being held on 28 April at Chelsea Football Club.
Sentilla Joins The U.S. Green Building Council
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Sentilla's energy management solutions to support U.S. Green Building Council's vision for sustainable building in America.
Energy Star pioneer nominated to DoE post
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
One of the pioneers of the U.S. Energy Star program has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Ever hear of CQC?
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Bernard Murphy, Chief Technology Officer of Atrenta Inc., wants to make chip designers aware of continuous quality control.
Microchip : 16-bit DSCs target power conversion applications
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Microchip announces seven next-generation 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs) for common, multi-drop switch mode power supplies (SMPSs) and other power conversion applications.
Integrated step-down LED drivers support high power, high brightness LEDs
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Exar Corporation has released two LED drivers capable of driving high power, high brightness LEDs up to 0.5 Amp and 1 Amp respectively.
Tick box educators are failing science
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
The UK has a proud tradition of scientific breakthroughs and engineering excellence but the chance of future generations of UK scientists upholding the tradition is looking shaky at the moment.
Microchip DSCs take digital power control mainstream
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Emphasizing low cost, small size, low power and flexibility, Microchip's GS Series digital signal controllers is its effort to increase its share of a digital power market that it believes is going mainstream and will grow at a compound annual rate of 40 percent.
ST-Ericsson releases next-generation mobile audio chip
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson has launched a high-quality audio digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for the mobile music market that improves handset battery life performance.
Advanced Motor Control Algorithms for Reducing Power Consumption of Embedded Systems
Design How-To  
3/30/2009   1 comment
To improve the efficiency and lower the operating costs of the electric motors in your enterprise, certain factors need to be considered. Christian Fritz, Product Manager, National Instruments lists these in this technical paper.
Suntech's Pluto technology achieves efficiencies of 19 percent on mono-crystalline PV Cells
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
The world's largest photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., says the company is routinely utilizing its Pluto technology to produce PV cells with conversion efficiencies of approximately 19 percent on mono-crystalline PV cells and 17 percent on multi-crystalline PV cells.
30V power transistors achieve 1.6 milliohms RDS(ON) in 5x6 package
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a series of 30V surface-mount power transistors, achieving on-resistance as low as 2 milliohms (max) to increase the energy efficiency of products such as computers, telecom and networking equipment.
SolarWorld to get big slice of Obama boom
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
German renewable energy giant SolarWorld could come out of the industry's crisis stronger than it was before, outshining its peers, as it becomes one of the big inners of the "Obama boom" in the United States.
Dual, Quick-PWM graphics core controllers offer wide input/output voltage ratios
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced dual, synchronous, step-down, switch-mode power-supply (SMPS) controllers that feature a constant on-time, Quick-PWM architecture to support wide input/output voltage ratios, while maintaining a relatively constant switching frequency.
Toshiba, Sharp say may work together in solar power
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Japan's Toshiba Corp and Sharp Corp said on Friday they are considering working together in the solar power business amid growing demand for cleaner energy, sending their shares higher.
Tesla targets broader audience with electric sedan
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Electric car start-up Tesla Motors Inc unveiled its newest, lowest-cost vehicle Thursday, a family sedan the company says will be the first highway-ready electric vehicle accessible to most car buyers.
Toshiba introduces Mosfets
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. introduced a new series of MOSFETs for synchronous rectification in the secondary stage of switched mode power supplies (SMPS).
TI releases family of radiation tolerant, high temperature-resistant power management
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has released a family of high-reliability power management integrated circuits and advanced CMOS (AC) logic devices to increase system-level reliability in applications exposed to long-term radiation and extreme temperatures, such as downhole drilling, x-ray imaging, satellite systems and high-altitude avionics.
Soitec claims circuit stacking is ready for prime time
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer and substrates supplier Soitec SA (Bernin, France) has said its circuit stacking technology is ready for technology transfer and manufacturing.
Fairchild Semiconductor unveils highest efficiency 6 MHz 600 mA synchronous buck regulator
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is providing designers of cell phones, datacards and netbooks a 6MHz synchronous buck regulator that delivers high efficiency in a compact and razor-thin footprint.
DoE debuts $3.2b in energy efficiency grants
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a new $3.2 billion grant program to promote efficient use of energy, a slice of the estimated $32.7 billion in tech stimulus dollars allocated to the department.
Fairchild to close fabs, cuts more jobs
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor plans to close two fabs and eliminate at least 200 jobs in an effort to cut costs.
Silicon ingot maker Solaicx customizes gear for solar
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3/26/2009   1 comment
Solar cell ingot manufacturer Solaicx has developed its own manufacturing process for wafers used in solar panels. The result, it claims, is much higher solar conversion efficiencies.
The Earth Hour Approaches
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
3/26/2009   1 comment
For one hour, the Earth asks that you turn out the lights. Doing so has amazing results with respect to energy savings and carbon dioxide reductions globally.
Battery switch offers simpler disconnection for lithium-ion batteries
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
A battery switch with four enable inputs has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products.
Nano-Terra collaborates with Exide Technologies to develop energy storage solutions
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Exide Technologies, one of the world's largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries, is forming an alliance with surface engineering and nanotechnology specialist, Nano-Terra, Inc.
How's your job?
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
TechInsights, the company behind the Embedded Systems Conference and the publisher of EE Times, recently conducted a poll among people who will be attending the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose which begins on March 30th.
Digital dc-dc converter family integrates PMBus connectivity
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
System designers can easily implement power management strategies that range from voltage sequencing for multi-voltage logic devices to monitoring and controlling entire systems using a uniform approach that has minimal impact upon resources.
Nextreme Doubles the Efficiency and Power Output of Its Thin-Film Thermoelectric Power Generators
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3/25/2009   1 comment
Nextreme Thermal Solutions has doubled the efficiency and power output of its thin-film thermoelectric power generator with the help of North Carolina's Green Business Fund.
BioSolar to Commercialize BioBacksheet for Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
BioSolar has developed a thin-film version of their BioBacksheet technology due to growing interest of solar manufacturers.
BMW exec calls for a mix of engine technologies
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
A BMW executive told Congress that a U.S. vehicle technology program should focus on a mix of future power trains.
Analyst: Growth in optos, sensors, discretes set to outpace ICs
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Sales of optoelectronics, MEMS-based accelerometers, CMOS image sensors, power transistors, and overall discrete devices set record high revenue levels last year, despite the disastrous final months of 2008, according to market research group IC Insights (Scottsdale, AZ.).
Boeing selects Saft for five-year lithium-ion satellite battery deal
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
High-tech battery manufacturer, Saft has been awarded a five-year agreement with The Boeing Company to provide the aerospace manufacturer with high-performance, space lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
U.S. lags in top 10 solar markets
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3/24/2009   4 comments
Spain ranked first, followed by Germany. The United States was a distant third.
Electric cars: Reality or hype?
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3/24/2009   4 comments
There is a lot of talk about electric cars, but is the technology a reality or pure hype?
ROHM : Temperature sensor ICs are small and highly accurate
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
ROHM presents a series of thermostat and analog temperature sensor families integrating a temperature detection element, constant current circuit, comparator, and high-accuracy reference voltage source in a single chip.
Welsh researchers create money-saving solar cells from reclaimed silicon
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
A low-cost solar cell, which is made from reclaimed silicon, a by-product of the semiconductor industry, has been developed by researchers from Swansea University's School of Engineering, in collaboration with Pure Wafer International Limited (Swansea, Wales).
Module pre-heats diesel engines
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
A temperature-dependent "pre-heat" module from power management vendor Trombetta is designed to control diesel engine "glow plugs" and air intake heating elements.
Researchers team for organic electronics
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
OLED specialist Novaled AG (Dresden, Germany) has teamed with the Eindhoven, Netherlands based Holst Centre on the development and exploitation of Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFT) using the Novaled PIN OLED technology and materials.
Regulators for RocketIO SERDES pass Xilinx test
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Responding to demand for tailored dc/dc regulators for powering SERDES applications, Linear Technology's DC/DC µModule line, designed for RocketIO SERDES systems, have now been verified by Xilinx.
Cold fusion experimentally confirmed
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3/24/2009   22 comments
U.S. Navy and other researchers claimed to have experimentally confirmed cold fusion in a presentation at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting.
New hybrid, tech development funds emerge
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
ST touts power efficient ICs for set top boxes
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has started integrating new technology into set-top-box chips that the company says will have significant impact on the devices' power consumption and environmental impact.
Bosch, Infineon cut second-source deal on power semis
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG and automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH have announced that they are widening their cooperation to include second-source supply in power semiconductors, a key component technology in the development of hybrid and all-electric vehicles.
austriamicrosystems unveils low noise 650-mA DC-DC buck regulators for RF power amplifiers
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has launched a family of step down DC-DC regulators optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery powered applications.
Bluetooth Sig wants your low-power entries
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is launching the Bluetooth Innovation World Cup to recognize outstanding new product and application designs based on the forthcoming Bluetooth low energy wireless specification in fitness, healthcare and sports.
Infineon signs collaboration deal with Bosch to embrace power semiconductor technologies
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
To address the increasing role power management devices are playing in meeting global automotive energy efficiency targets, Infineon Technologies AG (Neubiberg, Germany) and Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) are broadening their cooperation to include power semiconductors.
DC-DC regulators optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery applications.
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
The AS1332-34 family of step down DC-DC regulators from austriamicrosystems is optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery powered applications.
Bosch, Infineon cut second-source deal on power semis
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG and automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH have announced that they are widening their cooperation to include second-source supply in power semiconductors, a key component technology in the development of hybrid and all-electric vehicles.
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