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Ni-MH rechargeable battery modules target small off-grid renewable energy systems
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Saft is to offer a range of Nickel"Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable battery modules specifically designed to meet the needs of off-grid photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy systems.
Schott Solar partners SolarEdge to develop PV panel-integrated power harvesting solution
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Schott Solar and SolarEdge have reached a joint design partnership agreement to develop and test a novel PV panel-integrated power harvesting system embedded directly into Schott Solar's modules.
Linear Technology : PoE controller suits IEEE 802.3at
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
The LTC4266 is a 4-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller for Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) required to provide IEEE 802.3at (25.5W) or proprietary higher power levels.
RECOM : Dc-dc converters have wide operating temperature range
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
RECOM introduces the PowerlinePlus series of dc/dc converters.
Xunlight achieves roll-to-roll photovoltaic manufacture
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Xunlight Corp. (Toledo, Ohio), a developer of lightweight, flexible thin-film silicon solar modules, has announced it has demonstrated wide-web, roll-to-roll photovoltaic manufacturing process for the production of thin-film silicon photovoltaic modules.
Researchers produce superconducting germanium
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at Forschungszentrum Rossendorf say they have succeeded in making superconducting germanium crystals. The achievement could be a step towards faster semiconductors.
Opinion: California is worst-run state
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
What is the worst-run state in the U.S.? Easy. It's California.
Thick film power resistor family offers broad range of resistance values
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has released new 300 W, 600 W, and 800 W thick film power resistors featuring a small size and a broad range of resistance values.
Space saving dual MOSFET combination offers performance benefits
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Diodes Incorporated has introduced a complementary pair of 100 V enhancement mode MOSFETs in an SO8 package that achieves the same performance as that of much larger individually packaged parts.
Vicor : Dc-dc converters have wide input trim range
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Vicor has added eight wide-input Micro dc-dc converters to its 28 Vdc input family.
Suntech and National Semiconductor to collaborate on developing SolarMagic technology for PV solutions
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd., the world's largest crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, and National Semiconductor Corp., of Santa Clara, California, USA, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to evaluate National Semiconductor's SolarMagic technology with the intention of jointly promoting the technology and developing future solutions.
Obama touts solar power to break US oil addiction
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
President Barack Obama provided a spending boost to the solar and geothermal energy industries Wednesday and said increased use of the fuels would make America more secure.
Electric car maker Zenn posts wider loss
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Electric car maker Zenn Motor Co posted a slightly wider second-quarter net loss as the downturn in the automotive sector hurt its revenue.
Step-up dc-to-dc converters increase battery run times for portables
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
ADI's ADP1612 and ADP1613 dc-to-dc converters enable designers to boost input voltages as low as 1.8 V up to output voltages as high as 20 V.
NatSemi's SolarMagic wins Intersolar award
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
At the Intersolar trade fair here, National Semiconductor introduced its new product line of SolarMagic PV power optimizers — and won the fair's technology award right away.
Web "fun-da-mentals"
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
David Wilson, a motion products specialist at Freescale Semiconductor for the past 30 years, has found the Web, and is making it a fun place to be.
Powering high-speed A/D converters with switching power supplies
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
This Analog Devices article demonstrates that analog-to-digital converters can be powered directly from switching power supplies with no loss in performance if careful design practice is followed.
Nujira's DPD module said to simplify basestation design
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) claims the digital pre-distortion (DPD) version of its Coolteq-h power modulator will simplify the design of cellular basestations.
Maxim : Re-drivers support highest data rates
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim introduces two re-drivers to support the industry’s latest high-speed serial interfaces.
NXP reveals lowest power 32-bit Cortex-M3 based microcontrollers
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Focusing on innovation in energy-efficiency NXP has revealed the industry's lowest power 32-bit Cortex-M3 based microcontrollers to extend the world's broadest range of ARM-based processors.
CamSemi unveils PSS controller family that lowers cost of Energy Star 2.0 compliance
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
UK-based power management start up, CamSemi has introduced a new family of Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers to help manufacturers comply with the latest star ratings for no-load power consumption in mobile phone chargers but at lower cost.
SIM cards identified as a growing market
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
The mobile communications market as a whole may be suffering, notably as regards subscriber growth, but shipments of SIM cards are powering ahead, having reached record levels in 2008 and set to continue growing this year, according to market trackers IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
Clouds clearing away for PV industry
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Despite the current crisis, the German photovoltaics industry sees a bright future. According to industry association BSW-Solar, most companies expect a significant uptrend beginning already in the near future.
BP Solar, SolarEdge to test new efficiency products
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
BP Solar will join forces with SolarEdge to test new products designed to help solar modules operate more efficiently in harvesting the sun's rays, the companies said Wednesday.
When will we see the IC recovery?
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
The IC market is gradually improving amid the downturn, but analysts disagree about the timing of the recovery.
National's SolarMagic Power Optimizer passes reliability test series
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. has announced results of internal reliability testing for its SolarMagic power optimizers.
Duo of nonvolatile state savers receive Grade 1 automotive qualification
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM), Ramtron International Corporation, has announced that two of its nonvolatile state savers, the FM1105-GA and FM1106-GA, have received AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualification.
First integrated solar wafer and cell turnkey solution in Greece is commissioned
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
GT Solar, a global provider of specialized equipment and technology for the solar power industry, has received final acceptance for the design, installation and commissioning of the first integrated photovoltaic (PV) solar wafer and cell turnkey fabrication line in Greece.
Watteco Establishes U.S. Presence to Support Growing Demand for Energy Saving Intelligent Home Control Technology
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Watteco SAS, a manufacturer of Power Line Communication modems for energy efficiency and intelligent home control applications, announced the establishment of a U.S. sales, marketing and technical support headquarters to anchor the company's North American operations and support the launch of several key power-line networking products for the residential energy-management market.
Transportation Sector looks to Battery Power
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Owen Glubiak guest blogs about the rising importance of batteries to the automotive sector and how, despite the battery being an efficient solution, one must look at the effects this additional draw will have on the electric grid.
Taiyo Yuden : Wire-wound power inductor suits LED flash dc-dc converters
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Taiyo Yuden has released a wire-wound power inductor designed for use in the LED flash dc-dc converters required by cell phones with cameras and various other mobile devices.
Ascent Solar Modules to be Designed into the Development of Hybrid Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Ascent Solar announced that its flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules will be designed into the development of a hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle called the Silent Sentinel developed by Bye Aerospace.
Environmental Group Claims Fake Recycling Events in Pittsburgh Uncovered
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
An interesting press release from environmental group Basel Action Network (BAN) identifying the risks of exporting electronic waste to other nations and exposing a company that is doing so illegally under the guise of electronic recycling.
Powersolve : Surface mount dc-dc converters provide up to 6W
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
TracoPower announces a series of high-performance dc/dc converters that provide up to 6 W of output power in a compact DIP-24 surface mount package measuring only 33 x 21 x 10.5 mm.
Absopulse : 300-W supply-battery charger suits harsh environments
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Absopulse Electronics’ BCH 65-3U/19M series is a rugged constant current/constant voltage combination power supply and battery charger designed for industrial and other rugged environments.
Stream of renewable placements may run dry
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Recent share placements by renewable energy companies suggest the industry has passed through a financial bottleneck, but investor appetite for further stock sales could vanish as quickly as it surfaced.
Get the Fundamentals (continued)
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
David Wilson of Freescale explains the inspiration for creating a series of videos on electromagnetics and motor control (link included).
Power Integrations' Energy Efficiency Calculator Navigates the Maze of External Power Supply Standards
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Power Integrations introduces an energy efficiency calculator to identify external power supply standards for and online resource for design engineers that determines compliance.
Reducing CO2 Emissions Through Better Computer Design
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
In this how-to from ON Semiconductor, the use of a Power State Indication (PSI) mode is investigated in how it can lower power usage at light loads and when the computer is idling thereby reducing CO2 emissions.
Brushless DC (BLDC) Motor Fundamentals
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) motors are gaining popularity and are used in the Appliances, Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer, Medical, Industrial Automation Equipment and Instrumentation areas. This technical paper looks at the fundamentals of these motors, and provides example control applications.
Efficiency record for laser-processed solar cells
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5/25/2009   1 comment
A team of researchers at the Stuttgart university has achieved an efficiency record for laser-processed solar cells based on crystalline silicon. The manufacturing process is fit for industrial volume production, the research group claims.
Toyota reworks Prius HEV key components
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
For the third generation of its Prius HEV vehicle, Toyota has reworked and optimized 90 percent of the hybrid drive components. It also has implemented other measures to improve the car's fuel efficiency.
Vincotech : Three-level power modules target solar and UPS systems
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Vincotech, a provider of power, GPS and hybrid modules used in industrial, solar and automotive applications, announces the release of two product families featuring 3-level topologies dedicated to solar inverter and UPS applications.
Photovoltaic junction box design enables automated PV module production
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
An innovative junction box that enables automated photovoltaic (PV) module production has been unveiled at the InterSolar 2009 exhibition by Molex Incorporated.
Chinese thin film solar module producer focuses on the German market
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
ENN Solar Energy Co., Ltd, the subsidiary of China's biggest private energy provider, ENN Group, is launching new silicon thin film solar modules in the German market at InterSolar 2009 in Munich.
Open-frame switching power supply targets telecommunications applications
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has introduced its NLP250-DC high-density, open-frame switching power supply for telecommunications and distributed power markets.
Solyndra wins $115 million solar order
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Solyndra Inc. (Fremont, Calif.), a developer of photovoltaic systems, has signed a long-term contract with solar integrator EbitschEnergieTechnik GmbH (Zapfendorf, Germany) worth up to $115 million.
Court reverses ITC in Linear- AnalogicTech spat
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. federal appeals court partially vacated a final determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission that found a patent held by Linear Technology to be invalid, according to statements released by Linear and Advanced Analogic Technologies.
IXYS extends XPT IGBT module range to target higher power density demands
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
IXYS Corporation (Milpitas, Califronia, USA) is extending the XPT IGBT module product range towards higher power density, smaller footprint packages.
Researchers warn of major flaw in transistor theory
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S have warned of a fundamental flaw in the understanding of transistor noise, and suggest that unless it is solved, it could stand in the way of developing more efficient, lower powered devices.
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