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Implementation of the primary-side regulation in flyback converters (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
5/30/2011   1 comment
Understand the tradeoffs in this design topology, and details of one solution
Architecture choices balance cost and performance for embedded graphics applications
Design How-To  
5/26/2011   1 comment
High-end graphics display controllers help define product style and value with dynamic graphics that dazzle consumers. At the other end of the spectrum, modest GDCs display information clearly and simply, giving users what they want efficiently and cost effectively.
Powering DDR memory and SSTL logic
Design How-To  
5/24/2011   15 comments
While DDR memory is very popular for meeting modern electronics demand for large amounts of high-speed memory in a small form-factor, providing power to DDR memory can pose some difficulties.
Battery packs and medical devices don’t always make a great marriage
Design How-To  
5/23/2011   3 comments
Understand the safety and reliability issues when designing battery packs into medical devices
Implementation of the primary-side regulation in flyback converters (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To  
5/23/2011   1 comment
Understand the tradeoffs in this design topology, and details of one solution
Spray modeling improves engine combustion control and simulation
Design How-To  
5/19/2011   2 comments
Solving emissions and fuel economy problems "in the cylinder" is cost effective compared to aftertreatments.
Nextreme harvester to power turbine WSN
News & Analysis  
5/19/2011   2 comments
Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc., a maker of thermal management products, has teamed up with Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. to develop a thermal energy harvesting system for a wireless sensor network. In particular the WSN is designed to monitor the health of bearings in turbine engines.
India launches first smart grid project
News & Analysis  
5/18/2011   15 comments
India's energy efficiency bureau will work with IBM to assess potential smart grid projects.
PI's newest LinkZero-AX switcher ICs double power output, achieve zero watts standby power
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5/17/2011   Post a comment
LNK585 and LNK586 are newly introduced members of Power Integrations' LinkZero-AX integrated offline switching IC family. The two new ICs provide main power output up to 6.5 watts - double the maximum output of earlier members of the product family.
Renesas Electronics PS9402 IGBT drive optocoupler
Product News  
5/17/2011   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics has introduced an IGBT drive optocoupler that features an integrated insulated gate bipolar transistor protection function.
TDK-EPC Corporation has developed the VLM13580-D1 and DR SMD power inductors
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5/17/2011   Post a comment
TDK-EPC Corp. has developed the VLM13580-D1 and DR SMD power inductors with extended operating temperature range and increased rated current.
NXP's foray into 'Internet of things' starts with light bulbs
News & Analysis  
5/17/2011   22 comments
NXP Semiconductors’ foray into the “Internet of things” will start with IP-based light bulbs, according to Richard Clemmer, CEO of NXP.
Your capacitor choice is key to solar photovoltaic (PV) array economics
Design How-To  
5/16/2011   4 comments
Understand the weakness of capacitor's role in a cost-effective solar PV system design, and a topology which can overcome it
60V PowerTrench MOSFET minimizes conduction and switching losses
Product News  
5/16/2011   Post a comment
The FDMS86500L N-Channel, PowerTrench MOSFET from Fairchild Semiconductor is designed specifically to minimize conduction loss, switch node ringing, and to improve the overall efficiency of DC-DC converters in power supplies, motor control, hot swap, and load switch operations, as well as secondary synchronous rectification for servers.
The changing face of power density
Blog  
5/16/2011   Post a comment
Here's a view on how power-supply density has increased and how this has affected size and thermal support
Innovation revelation: Engineering the Chevy Volt
Design How-To  
5/13/2011   5 comments
For engineers, development of the Chevy Volt is a ripping yarn which has been likened to a program of "moon shot" proportions.
NXP: No-big-chip-in-the-middle strategy
Blog  
5/11/2011   16 comments
Mike Noonen, NXP's senior vice president for global marketing and sales, describes his company's strategy as "no big chip in the middle"--a handset or media tablet without that big fat SoC hogging all the real estate.
Aircraft structures take advantage of energy harvesting implementations
Design How-To  
5/11/2011   6 comments
In an aircraft environment there are a number of “free” energy sources available to power such sensors. Two obvious methods are thermal energy harvesting and piezoelectric energy harvesting. Each has pros and cons and will be discussed in more detail.
Power Tip 35: Minimize transformer interwinding capacitance effects
Power Tips  
5/9/2011   7 comments
Understand how this capacitance develops, why it is a problem, and what can be done about it
Electric hub motor improves EV range: Part 2—Manufacturability and practical application
Design How-To  
5/5/2011   12 comments
"Electronic gearbox" control circuitry requires less power, boosting range.
Silicon holds the key to longer battery life - Part One
Design How-To  
5/5/2011   Post a comment
How silicon can be used in place of carbon for battery anodes to boost the lifetime performance of the next-generation of Li-ion batteries
Ixys to use GM wafer fab for foundry
News & Analysis  
5/5/2011   1 comment
Ixys Corp. has agreed to establish a "large-scale" power semiconductor fabrication base for General Motors Components Holdings (GMCH) using foundry services from GM's Kokomo wafer fab, Ixys said Thursday (May 5).
Marway unveils COTS single-phase PDU for military apps
Product News  
5/5/2011   Post a comment
Marway Power Solutions has introduced a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Power Distribution Unit (PDU), the MPD 100R-003 model, for critical military computer systems, radar, avionics and telecommunications applications.
Two myths: "there is a Santa Claus"; and "ESC is only about software and tools".
Blog  
5/4/2011   4 comments
Embedded Systems Conference is getting into analog functions and "real" hardware.
AMETEK expands Digital Process Power product sizes
Product News  
5/3/2011   Post a comment
The company now produces DPP products in single phase up to 125 kVA and three phase up to 225 kVA.
The basics of power factor correction (PFC), Part 3 of 3
Design How-To  
5/2/2011   1 comment
Understand the various ways to achieve this increasingly important power-supply design objective—and the tradeoffs


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