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8-bit MCUs provide cost effective, efficient high-brightness LED control
Design How-To  
3/31/2011   6 comments
High-brightness LEDs are rapidly gaining popularity in the automotive, consumer, and industrial markets. But controlling luminosity efficiently and reliably is not an easy task—power stage efficiency, thermal design, and EMC are some of the most critical design challenges.
Use a switching regulator to power a hi-speed ADC, without significantly sacrificing performance
Design How-To  
3/28/2011   6 comments
Done right, a switching regulator can improve the power efficiency of low-power high-speed ADCs and not impact performance
Self-adaptive MEMS vibration energy harvester targets low frequencies
Design How-To  
3/25/2011   6 comments
CEA-Leti researchers are developing an innovative energy-harvesting technology that collects vibrations from the environment and converts them into electricity to power a variety of sensors
Multiplying energy sources to power demanding smartphones
Design How-To  
3/25/2011   6 comments
In the recent years the semiconductor industry has made amazing progresses in delivering higher performance at lower power consumption. However, the gap between the energy need and availability not only persists, but is continuously widening. One way to address this dilemma is to design bigger or denser batteries for the phones, impacting cost or weight or both, but this is not enough to effectively close the energy gap. A smarter way is to multiply the sources of available energy and recharge t
PHEV charging scheme could ease 'hybrid penalty'
Design How-To  
3/22/2011   11 comments
Plug-in users can mitigate grid demand in exchange for payment, which offsets high Li-ion battery cost.
Wireless sensors push smart machines into Green revolution
News & Analysis  
3/20/2011   3 comments
STMicroelectronics, ARaymond and Micropelt are jointly presenting thermal-energy harvesting-based solutions to power 'smart sensors' and 'smart microsystems' at the Hannover Fair under the common theme of 'Green Solutions.'
Taiyo Yuden BRHL2518 power inductor
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3/16/2011   Post a comment
Taiyo Yuden's latest wire-wound chip power inductor measures 2.5 mm x 1.8mm x 1.5 mm, reducing volume by 65% and enhancing DC-DC converter efficiency by 5% compared with its previous generation.
Hybrid sales shrink while diesel grows
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/15/2011   24 comments
The current fuel price spike not withstanding, sales of hybrid cars dropped last year while diesel-powered purchases grew.
Power efficiency trade-offs key to wireless sensing success
Design How-To  
3/14/2011   1 comment
Understand the power efficiency trade-offs in this "hot" application area
Some (components) do like it hot, and that's good for extreme designs
Blog  
3/10/2011   11 comments
If you have to stand the heat, and can't get out of the kitchen, there are some new IC options
PSR/SSR mixed PWM controller keeps standby power under 10mW for portable device chargers
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3/7/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FAN302HL PWM controller for low standby power charger applications. Incorporating mWSaver technology, the device features patented technologies that allow the FAN302HL to minimize standby input power consumption to <10mW@230VAC, exceeding ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Computers Version 5.0 efficiency standards.


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