ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion
Blog 4/29/2010 Post a comment
The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
ESC: Keynoter sketches out vision for electric cars
News & Analysis 4/26/2010 4 comments
In 10 years as many as a third of all new cars sold could be battery-operated electric vehicles, according to startup Better Place that will sketch out its vision in a keynote address at the Embedded Systems Conference.
iWatt sells power module division to IDT
News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment
In order to fund its IC businesses for the foreseeable future, digital power IC vendor iWatt Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.) has announced the sale of its IKOR power module division to Integrated Device Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.).
Leverage latest power devices to improve data-center efficiency
Design How-To 4/16/2010 1 comment
Worldwide in 2005 alone, more than $7 billion was spent on powering data-center servers, with half the energy wasted on power conversion, conditioning, distribution and environmental control. This feature shows how the latest power devices can improve efficiency at every stage of the power delivery system to greatly reduce that waste.
EV maker licenses smart charger technology
News & Analysis 4/14/2010 Post a comment
Electric vehicle maker Zap has licensed technology from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to build user-programmable EV chargers Zap plans to use in future vehicles and chargers for the U.S. and Asian markets.
Entrepreneurs drive Silicon Valley toward Detroit 2.0
News & Analysis 4/13/2010 1 comment
A handful of entrepreneurs hope to turn Silicon Valley into Detroit 2.0 by supplying key subsystems for next-generation electric and hybrid vehicles but they disagree about how the new market they see for electric and hybrid vehicles will emerge.
U.S. awards $100M in smart grid training grants
News & Analysis 4/8/2010 Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a total of nearly $100 million in grants to train an estimated 30,000 workers in smart grid technologies with awards going to a diverse group of 54 colleges, universities and companies for programs to train electricians, line workers, technicians, system operators, power system engineers, cyber security specialists and transmission planners.
Taser, Stinger zap each other over patents
News & Analysis 4/2/2010 1 comment
Taser International Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.), the developer of electric-shock gun technology, has said that it won summary judgment against rival manufacturer Stinger Systems Inc. (Tampa Florida) on Tuesday (March 31) in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
Keep alternative energy engineering clean: from politics
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 4/1/2010 6 comments
We were brainstorming on ideas for the up-coming EETimes Digital Edition on Alternative Energy (mark your calendar: it debuts June 7th) and I realized after just a few minutes that it's really hard to discuss Alternative Energy without raising political hackles, no matter how much you try and focus on the engineering aspects.
Firms explore electroless plating for solar cells
News & Analysis 4/1/2010 Post a comment
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, N.Y. and Technic Inc. have announced an R&D partnership that is designed to enable critical improvements in manufacturing processes for solar cells.
Power management IC vendor files for $91M IPO
News & Analysis 4/1/2010 Post a comment
Power management IC vendor Alpha & Omega Semiconductor filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering worth about $91 million, according to a report.