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Tesla Model S Batteries Cleared by NHTSA
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3/31/2014   2 comments
In a report, the US NHTSA found that road debris likely caused issues with the cars’ batteries. The problems, according to the report, did not originate in the batteries themselves.
IoT Faces 4 Key Challenges
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3/31/2014   21 comments
Wearables need to become independent of smartphones, find alternative power sources, ride the flood of data, and tap new sources of innovation, says an exec from a startup accelerator.
FinFETs Not the Best Silicon Road
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3/27/2014   42 comments
The move to 20nm bulk CMOS and 16/14nm FinFETs brings one of the most serious challenges the semiconductor industry has faced in 20 years.
dotLEDs Are Built for Wearables
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3/27/2014   10 comments
Plessey has introduced dotLEDS, which could work in the growing wearables market until OLEDs come down in price.
Power Week-in-Review: Human Body-Based Portable Generator & IR-Absorbing Silicon PV Cells
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3/27/2014   Post a comment
This week, a triboelectric-based generator that uses the human body to power portable devices, a silicon solar cell that can absorb (and convert to electricity) infrared radiation, a power platform that enables the design of ultra-small 45W power adapters, and much more.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
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3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Wearable Electronics Driving Battery Revenue Growth
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3/25/2014   11 comments
During the next four years, the influx of wearables devices such as Google Glass will help battery industry revenue reach $77 million by 2018. Demand for lithium polymer batteries is set to soar.
AC Grounds: So Essential, Except When They're Not
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3/25/2014   4 comments
"Ground" has become one of those terms that gets used so often that it means everything and nothing at the same time, but it's a very important issue whenever you have an AC line in the system -- and sometimes even when you don't.
Hittite Expands Power Amplifier Line With Keragis Deal
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3/25/2014   Post a comment
By acquiring most of Keragis in an undisclosed deal, Hittite plans to expand its power amplifier line and its market for military and commercial applications.
EU: Mobile Phone Manufacturers Will Use Only One Charging Connector
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3/24/2014   21 comments
While all eyes remain on Apple to see what the company does with its iPhone and iPad chargers, the Europe Parliament is moving ahead with plans to implement a common charger standard for all mobile devices by 2017.
LG Smart Lamp: Lighting, Meet Smartphones
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Control lighting with your smartphone for security and energy-saving purposes.
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
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3/21/2014   7 comments
The growing market for the Internet of Things and M2M connectivity is starting to alter the way supply-chain managers view the tech sector. From sensors to batteries, it’s time to look at the world very differently in the supply chain.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
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3/21/2014   3 comments
In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Samsung, Microsoft Charge Up WPC
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3/20/2014   4 comments
Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Microsoft are the newest members of the Wireless Power Consortium’s Board of Directors. WPC, the industry group backing the Qi wireless charging standard.
Power Week-in-Review: Universal Phone Charger & EV Battery Storage for Data Centers
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3/20/2014   3 comments
This week, another step forward for a universal charger for mobile phones, another use for second-life EV Li-ion batteries, an e-bike battery-monitoring demo kit, and numerous power product announcements coinciding with APEC 2014.
Android User Lawsuit Highlights Personal Data Perils
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3/19/2014   6 comments
In a 2013 lawsuit, Android users claimed that Google had gained access to personal information from their smartphones and tablets and then gave it to a third party. These users claim that they never gave permission for this, highlighting the perils of having personal information on mobile devices.
Fairchild Refocuses on Mobile, Green Tech
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3/19/2014   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor, one of Silicon Valley’s founding companies, launched a new brand as part of its renewed focus on today's hot markets in mobile and green electronics.
Startup Plugs Chip Security Hole
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3/19/2014   2 comments
ChaoSecure is a new standard cell library from startup ChaoLogix that masks a chip's EMI signature to prevent power differential attacks.
APEC 2014 Update: EV Charging
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3/18/2014   2 comments
Wireless EV charging is a hot topic in the industry and it kicked off this year's APEC show.
NC State Research Points the Way to More Energy-Efficient Devices
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3/18/2014   1 comment
In a paper, researchers from North Carolina State University describe how they were able to reduce the coercivity of NFO films. Eventually, this could lead to more energy-efficient sensors, antennas, and other devices.
Intersil's Restructure Powers On
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3/17/2014   6 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil is reemerging as a streamlined power management company. On the eve of his year anniversary Necip Sayiner, Intersil’s new president and CEO, said he is hopeful about the company’s trajectory.
1TB Archive Disc Avoids Format War
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3/17/2014   2 comments
Sony and Panasonic are developing new disk storage technology that can store up to a terabyte of data on a disk, and the two companies are doing it without a fight.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
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3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Wireless Charging Revenue to Rise 40-Fold in 4 Years
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3/13/2014   14 comments
New products and industry partnerships are paving the way for mass increases in global market revenue for wireless charging solutions. According to IHS, the market for wireless charging hardware used in mobile devices will rise nearly forty fold during the next four years.
Embedded V2X Systems Hinge on US Regulations
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3/13/2014   6 comments
The global market for Vehicle to X embedded systems could reach nearly 19 million units by 2020, but that depends on the rules the US Department of Transportation implements.
Power Week-in-Review: Paper Battery, 'Nanobox' Energy Storage & HV SiC MOSFET
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3/13/2014   Post a comment
This week, a hybrid Li-ion battery pack/supercapacitor system that promises to extend mobile battery performance, a "graphene origami" technique that could pave the way toward practical and efficient hydrogen energy storage, and a high-voltage high-temp SiC power MOSFET.
Power Tip 69: A Simple Oversight Can Ruin EMI Performance
Power Tips  
3/12/2014   4 comments
It's pretty easy to find 100-fF capacitors as a parasitic element in your power supply. You need to recognize that you'll have to address them in order to have an EMI-compliant power supply.
Channeling Higher Power Into Smaller Packages
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3/12/2014   1 comment
EE Times Europe speaks to Phil Davies, VP Global Sales & Marketing of Vicor plc.
Spin Waves Cut Logic Power
News & Analysis  
3/7/2014   7 comments
In a new research paper, UCLA scientists explain how they used electron spin to slash the power consumption of logic devices.
Micro Smart Grid Plugs Renewables Into EV Fleets
News & Analysis  
3/6/2014   2 comments
In Germany, researchers are developing new ways to charge 30 electric cars at a time. With more and more EV hitting the pavement, there's a growing need to charge more automobiles at a much faster pace.
Power Week-in-Review: Human Kinetic Energy Harvester & Wireless EV Charger Forecast
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3/6/2014   1 comment
This week we review a wearable electromagnetic energy harvester that harvests human vibrational kinetic energy, a forecast for wireless EV charging, cheaper and more efficient polymer solar cells, wireless power product announcements, and more.
On Board the Dynamic Bus to Save Energy
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3/5/2014   Post a comment
Dynamic Bus Voltage technology makes it possible to reduce board power consumption in datacenters by somewhere between 3% and 10% -- a significant saving that we cannot afford to ignore.
Startup Slashes SRAM Power With Standard Logic Process
News & Analysis  
3/4/2014   4 comments
A UK startup is building static memory on a standard logic process that slashes power without reducing speed.
Energy Benchmark Measures MCUs
News & Analysis  
3/4/2014   4 comments
The EEMBC consortium announced ULPBench-CP, a low-power microcontroller benchmark that's part of a planned family of tools.


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