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Data acquisition front-end IC offers battery management benefits
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3/31/2010   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has unveiled a high precision data acquisition front-end IC for automotive battery current, voltage, temperature sense applications and in general for sensor interface applications where precise measurement of small signals close to ground is required.
Energy storage to be a $45 billion market in 2015
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3/31/2010   Post a comment
The market for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells targeting transportation and smart grid applications will more than double from $21.4 billion in 2010 to $44.4 billion in 2015.
Rapid growth expected for GaN power management ICs
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3/31/2010   Post a comment
The market for gallium nitride power management chips is expected to grow to $183.6 million in 2013 from virtually zero in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, which most of this growth to occur in 2012 and 2013 as technology advancements reduce the cost of manufacturing.
NASA enlisted to study Toyota throttles
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2010   16 comments
U.S. automotive safety regulators have enlisted NASA scientists to help solve the mystery surrounding Toyota's electronic throttles.
Micrel unveils PoE power sourcing equipment controller
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Micrel Inc., has introduced a Power over Ethernet (PoE) Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) Controller that provides 8-ports of IEEE 802.3af-compliant power delivery in a compact 64-pin LQFP package.
WLED driver with PWM-controllable boost converter maximizes power efficiency
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a high-efficiency WLED driver with an integrated boost converter and five GPIO ports that can be used to drive LEDs (powered from an alternate power supply) in parallel.
Project seeks structures to improve solar cell efficiency
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Research organization IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has started work on a collaborative research project to improve the efficiency and cost of solar cells though the use of metallic nanostructures.
Simple calibration circuit maximizes accuracy in Li-ion battery management
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
It is important in lithium ion batteries to match the charge condition of each cell to maximize pack performance and longevity.
A System-oriented Approach to Board-level Power Management:
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Understand the challenges of power management in this application and some approacxhes to solving them
Why milliwatts count in kilowatt designs
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2010   Post a comment
Despite the incongruity, "trivial" dissipation can impact much larger power issues
Google and Microchip partner to enable easy development of Google PowerMeter designs for smart energy monitoring
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
Microchip has announced the result of its strategic partnership with Google PowerMeter.
Ascent Solar, Kirloskar form alliance on PV modules
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. and Kirloskar Integrated Technologies Limited have signed an agreement to start integration, marketing and distribution of Ascent Solar's flexible CIGS PV modules.
Vortex Engg rolls out solar-powered ATMs for India
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
Vortex Engineering bags an order from State Bank of India to roll out 300 solar ATMs in India.
Green Mode PWM controller for notebook adapters
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
The PWM controller is often viewed as the brains of the power supply. By monitoring feedback data and setting the switching frequency to adjust the output voltage of the SMPS, power can be saved. Find out how.
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home
News & Analysis  
3/24/2010   2 comments
Members of the ad hoc U-Snap Alliance hope to field this summer the first products based on its specifications for carrying smart grid data over home networks, one of a handful of new efforts seeking ways to unite today's fragmented wired and wireless technologies for emerging energy applications.
Comment: Google PowerMeter is watching you
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3/24/2010   8 comments
Google PowerMeter is an ambitious project and potentially a good thing, but it is full of social implications.
Google, Microchip develop energy monitor software
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Microcontroller company Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has announced the result of a partnership with software giant Google Inc. to produce a reference implementation of the Google PowerMeter application programming interface.
Solar PV installation hits 6.43GW record in 2009
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Solar photovoltaic installations has achieved record high of 6.43GW in 2009.
SunEdison builds largest solar plant in Europe
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
SunEdison has received final approval from the Italian government to develop and construct a 72MW photovoltaic solar power plant in Northeastern Italy, near the town of Rovigo.
BEE, HSBC partner on energy efficiency finance
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and HSBC India have signed MoU to create a mechanism towards mainstream financing of energy efficiency projects.
Smart Grid Consumer Coalition announced to educate the masses
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The GridWise Alliance has just announced the formation of the Smart Grid Consumer Coalition, a consumer education group.
Smart grid group reaches out to consumers
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3/23/2010   2 comments
A handful of organizations have formed the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a non-profit group that aims to engage consumers in the evolution of the smart grid by conducting consumer research, education and establishing best practices.
Microchip expands DSC portfolio for digital power applications
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Microchip Technology's eight new dsPIC DSCs support complex digital power applications, and add more memory, PWM Channels and CAN.
DC/DC converter powers digital systems
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The BEI15 series of isolated, wide input bipolar DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions offers a small footprint for high-current applications in mobile and battery powered products, test equipment and telecom and wireless designs.
Shifting towards electronics sustainability
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
According to Molex VP, Mike Picini, to survive and thrive in this current economic environment will require a new approach to product design, development and delivery with a focus on clean technology.
Flextronics allots Clean Tech space in Malaysia
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Flextronics has allotted one million square feet space at its established Malaysian facility in Port of Tanjung Pelepas for Clean Tech Super Site that reinforces its position in manufacturing of solar modules.
AppliedMicro's PQX provides world's highest density framer/PHY SoC for Multi-10G/40G/100G carrier ethernet and OTN applications
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
AppliedMicro has announced the PQX, the industry's highest density, lowest power 10G/40G Optical Transport Network (OTN) framer/PHY SoC for Carrier Ethernet router and WDM transport systems.
Dialog preps power management IC with audio
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced a system-level power management IC that includes a class G codec. The device is called the DA9057, and has five on-board dc/dc converters to support 24-bit stereo audio headphone playback on a 5-mW power budget.
Gate Drive Transformers vs. Fully Integrated Isolators in Isolated DC-DC Power Converters
Design How-To  
3/22/2010   1 comment
Gate-drive transformers have their share of issues when applied in isolated DC-DC power converters; are the new fully integrated isolators the answer?
Is this something for (almost) nothing?
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/20/2010   2 comments
Engineering is all about tradeoffs and "no free lunch", but I think one thing comes pretty close
POWER - Miniature DC/DC converters require minimal board space
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
SingaporeXP Power has launched its ISF, ISG and ISL series of low-cost miniature surface-mount DC/DC converters. The ISF and ISG 1 Watt series measure just 0.60 x 0.44 x 0.25 inches (15.24 x 11.2 x 6.5 mm).
Smart grid protocol will ride Wi-Fi at home
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Zigbee and Wi-Fi backers will collaborate to on bringing the Smart Energy 2.0 protocol to Wi-Fi networks as the first phase of a broad collaboration between the Zigbee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance on wireless home area networks for smart grid applications.
1/8 brick power module optimizes 5V bus voltage to match load
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Ericsson Power Modules has designed its latest 1/8 brick power module for 5V intermediate bus voltages and other applications requiring a tightly regulated 5V supply.
Nanocomposite said to boost lithium batteries by 5X
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3/15/2010   2 comments
Silicon-carbon nanocomposite electrodes increase surface area of lithium battery electrodes thereby boosting their capacity by five times, according to its inventor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Email: Will the Smart Grid be worth the costs?
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
A reader writes in with some tough questions concerning the costs and benefits of the "smart grid."
Chip firm makes solar cells on RF production kit
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices Inc., a provider of radio frequency integrated circuits for wireless communications applications, has claimed that it has manufactured the industry's first photovoltaic cell using high-volume six-inch gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor production machinery.
Dynamic Power Dissipation Considerations for Solid State Relays
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
Understand the key attributes of this all-electronic switching component and how to take advantage of them
Email: Is energy harvesting for WSNs overhyped?
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3/12/2010   2 comments
A marketing professional with an interest in wireless sensor networks suggests a couple of questions to be put to the panel due to take place at Embedded Systems Conference.
Digi-Key adds price, availability to NXP datasheet simulator
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3/12/2010   Post a comment
Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. has teamed up with EDA company Transim Technology Corp. and NXP BV to launch the NXP Simport Design Center.
Lidow gives switching devices a GaN boost
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/12/2010   Post a comment
Look out, standard silicon MOSFETs: GaN is coming after you
SunPower, Toshiba ink 32MW solar supply deal
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
Under a strategic supply agreement, Toshiba Corp. will order 32 megawatts of high-efficiency solar panels from SunPower Corp. in 2010.
Barriers restrict China PV market growth
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
Several hurdles still need to be overcome for the China PV market to reach its full potential according to IMS Research market report.
BASF, Li-Tec join European e-car strategy alliance
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
Chemical company BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and Li-Tec GmbH (Kamenz, Germany), have announced to join the eNOVA e-car strategy alliance. With the move, the group rounds up its expertise spectrum. BASF will contribute materials know-how while Li-Tec produces lithium ion batteries.
Q-Cells International became largest PV system integrator in 2009
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
A new market research study by IMS Research reports that Q-Cells International was the largest PV system integrator in 2009 having gained significant market share.
Siemens e-car engine makes charging electronics obsolete
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
At the Geneva Motor Show, Siemens is presenting new key components for electromobility including an integrated battery charging system and a dual-engine concept for electric sports cars.
Network-based LED lighting technology for commercial buildings
Product News  
3/11/2010   3 comments
Redwood Systems launched what the company claims to be the first network-based technology for LED lighting and building performance systems.
Quad output 200W power supplies are compact
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
With a 3-in. x 5-in. footprint and a height of 1.32-in., Emerson's latest power supplies offer a power density of more than 10 W per cubic inch and are capable of achieving efficiencies of up to 84 percent at full load.
Fairchild minimizes power losses in multi-stage power supplies
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed a CCM PFC controller for 300W to 2kW power supply designs that bring high system efficiency, high power factor and low total harmonic distortion (THD).
Small-sized PA reduces component cost
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
Targeted at Bluetooth, 802.15.4/ZigBee and other 2.4 GHz applications, California Eastern Laboratories is now shipping its new µPG2251T6M GaAs power amplifier (PA), which eliminates the need for RF component matching.
Nanotech fuels high-density power source
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
MIT researchers are using fuel-coated carbon nanotubes as "fuses" for thermowave electrical power sources, which store energy like a battery but promise an unlimited shelf life.
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