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posted in April 2012
Switching buck regulators optimized for infotainment
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4/27/2012   Post a comment
Automotive devices operate at 2 MHz and offer high conversion ratios.
Power modules without a baseplate: a reliable and cost-effective solution
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4/27/2012   Post a comment
Understand the differences in performance, reliability, and cost of using a non-baseplate power module
Automotive-electronics documentation and service software tools cut cost—and improve brand image
Design How-To  
4/26/2012   2 comments
Compared against the development of visionary new automotive electronic systems, such as intelligent highways and driverless cars, documenting designs and repairing faulty vehicles seems unglamorous. But in fact, documentation of vehicle electrical systems is a slow, costly and error-prone task; and speeding fault rectification saves money, reduces commercial vehicle downtime, and enhances brand image in the eyes of the customer.
Standards effort seeks to put a charge in EV deployment
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4/25/2012   9 comments
The American National Standards Institute is driving an effort to develop technical specs for electric vehicle technology and related efforts like battery development and an interoperable charging infrastructure.
Power 107: Power Delivery Networks
4/25/2012   1 comment
Optimizing power in a chip is one thing, but you still have to get power to where power is needed and that is the difficult job of the power delivery network…
GE Energy delivers industry-first 300W eighth brick bus converter
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
This digital bus converter from GE Energy reduces power loss and lowers cooling requirements with up to 95 percent energy efficiency rating for circuit board power applications.
ProTek SM3KWxxA and SM5KWxxA series TVS diodes
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
ProTek Devices' transient voltage suppressor diode modules are aimed at automotive, wireless base stations, Ethernet, industrial and other applications.
Hybrid and module technology for high-reliability applications
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
Commercial-Off-The-Shelf modules are increasingly becoming a technology of choice for the military and aerospace industry.
Power supply solutions for flat-screen TVs
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
TV performance is coming under intense scrutiny, not only by consumer groups but also by legislators; large screens, high-performance electronics and increasing usage have implications for the average household energy consumption that run contrary to demands for lower worldwide carbon emissions.
Emcore wins $6M contract to design solar panels for spacecraft
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4/23/2012   1 comment
Compound semiconductor vendor Emcore Corp. (Albuquerque, New Mexico) announced it has concluded a $6 million contract with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (Boulder, Colorado) to design, manufacture, test and deliver solar panels for a new spacecraft.
Simplified luminaire design with LED modules
Design How-To  
4/23/2012   7 comments
LED modules in which the complete drive electronics is included simplify the design of modern luminaires. Acrich 2 modules, made by Seoul Semiconductor, are available in different brightness levels and can be driven direct from the AC network without a ballast.
ISO/IEC wireless standard optimised for ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting
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4/22/2012   Post a comment
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard — ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 — for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption.
Wearable human motion energy harvester
4/22/2012   2 comments
A team from Riga Technical University, Latvia has designed a "Human Motion Energy Harvester for Wearable Applications". The design consists of a jacket with an electrical generator.
An unconditionally stable loop for voltage-mode-controlled synchronous-buck converters
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4/20/2012   1 comment
Understand the subtleties of this critical aspect of this supply topology
Optimising package development during design maximises PMIC performance
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4/19/2012   Post a comment
Peak power can now reach 10s of Watts and more attention has to be paid to thermal design and performance of portable consumer devices…
Sensor architecture allows real-time auto emissions monitoring, Pt. 2
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4/19/2012   Post a comment
As opposed to current periodic emission-control system testing—sensors, MCUs, and memory come together in an updated approach to real-time exhaust monitoring for improved pollution control. This part--sensing emissions and future challenges.
Power Tip 46: Time your synchronous-buck FETs properly
Power Tips  
4/13/2012   9 comments
Understand how turn on/off timing for high- and low-side gate drives affect efficiency
IPDs offer enhanced protection functions for automotive body electronics
Product News  
4/13/2012   1 comment
Renesas intelligent power devices combine power MOSFET and controls on single chip for protection and interface functions, and self-diagnostics.
Vibration energy harvesting for wireless sensor networks: Assessments and perspectives
Design How-To  
4/12/2012   7 comments
Thanks to the reduction of circuit sizes and progress in microelectronics, basic electronic functions are consuming less and less power, allowing us to use a new ecological and durable supply source for wireless sensor networks: ambient energy, including sun, temperature and vibration.
TDK HFE2500 series of 2.5kW front-end power supplies
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4/12/2012   Post a comment
TDK's 2.5kW front-end power supplies operate off a universal AC input of from 85 to 265VAC, with active PFC, and provides a well regulated DC output of 12V, 24V or 48V.
LED drivers for automotive applications
Design How-To  
4/10/2012   1 comment
The usage of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in automotive applications is increasing for the same reasons that LED lighting is penetrating non-automotive sectors
Nissan Leaf redux
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/9/2012   41 comments
A look at new features, including a photovoltaic charging panel, and cold-weather performance.
Making the machines that make solar cells
News & Analysis  
4/9/2012   41 comments
A Silicon Valley startup claims its wafer tool for making ultra-thin solar cells represents a viable way for the U.S. to compete in the solar market dominated by China.
Benefits of a coupled-inductor SEPIC converter
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4/9/2012   Post a comment
Understand what this SEPIC converter topology can do, and its subtleties
Bridging energy harvesting wireless sensor networks to TCP/IP
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4/6/2012   2 comments
Technology eliminates traditional installation barriers, opening new opportunities for building automation
TECH TRENDS: Technical flexibility can manage market demands
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4/5/2012   Post a comment
Organizations and engineers must flexibly respond to changing market constraints and continuously adapt their skills. What are the current challenges?
CUI VGD series of industrial power supplies
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4/5/2012   Post a comment
CUI's VGD series of enclosed dual output internal switching power supplies is offered in two configurations: 30 and 60 W.
Case study: Designed for space
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4/5/2012   1 comment
MASAT-1 – Mastering the challenges of building Hungary’s first micro-satellite with Altium Designer
Design Type II compensation in a systematic way
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4/4/2012   7 comments
Understand how to implement this critical power-supply filter
EU project to develop high efficiency silicon thin-film solar modules
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4/3/2012   1 comment
German research center Forschungszentrum Jülich announced it is coordinating a three-year project aimed at accelerating the development and prototyping of nanotechnology-based high-efficiency thin-film silicon solar modules.
PE discretes sales to grow to $15 billion by 2020
News & Analysis  
4/3/2012   1 comment
Power electronics is moving beyond its historic dependence on silicon, with silicon carbide and gallium nitride taking a 22 percent market share for $3.3 billion in sales by 2020.
Product How-To: LED arrays are establishing themselves
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4/3/2012   Post a comment
The LED array approach is no longer solely related to Sharp Microelectronics. Many companies have adopted it. However, Sharp introduced the first LED array in the market in 2008 when others were still focused on surface mount LEDs.
Super robot able to leap buildings in a single bound!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/2/2012   3 comments
If you think you've seen all possible forms of robotic locomotion, think again.
Maximizing savings at cell sites through deployment of hybrid energy solutions
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4/1/2012   Post a comment
Understand the options, tradeoffs, constraints, and cost/maintenance realities when implementing the power subsystem at a base station cell site Parts Search

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