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Aurix architecture enhances power train and safety applications
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5/31/2012   1 comment
Infineon recently introduced its 32-bit multicore architecture Aurix. This new high-performance MCU platform meets the requirements for automotive power train and safety applications. The first devices based on three TriCore cores not only excel with outstanding performance data but also with sophisticated test and debug tools.
Back to Basics: Wireless charging
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5/31/2012   6 comments
The concept of wirelessly charging devices has been around for a while, but is now rapidly gaining interest to make it more flexible and useable. But what are the different techniques available, and what are the design challenges an engineer needs to deal with?
Black solar cells have lowest reflectance for silicon solar cells
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5/29/2012   4 comments
Scientists at Natcore Technology using simple liquid bath processes said they have created a black surface on a silicon wafer with an average reflectance in the visible and near-infrared region of the solar spectrum of 0.3 percent.
AMI/AMR smart energy transmit/receive front end modules
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5/29/2012   Post a comment
The RF65x9 series of transmit/receive modules from RFMD integrate a complete solution in a single front-end module for AMI/AMR and smart grid solutions.
Home sweet smart home
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5/29/2012   10 comments
With energy costs as a top concern and the proliferation of connected electronic products, the need for a connected smart home and smart meter is more real than ever. In short, the smart grid and the smart home network need to evolve to the next level to meet user demands.
Leading-edge modulation improves power-supply efficiency in PFC designs
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5/27/2012   1 comment
Understand how this technique can enhance these critical aspects of power-supply design
Environmentally-aware lighting
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5/25/2012   2 comments
Buildings are responsible for about 36 percent of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions, and according to the International Energy Agency, lighting accounts for 17.5 percent of global electricity use. Internationally, the trend toward efficiency is highly correlated to economic and infrastructure conditions. Europe and Asia are conservation-minded and open to government programs to limit consumption.
High Voltage CMOS process tackles power
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5/24/2012   Post a comment
The new process provides low specific On-resistance 700V power devices and the lowest mask count in the foundry industry…
ARM CTO looks at architecture scaling for 2020 solutions
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5/24/2012   11 comments
Anticipating the propagation of the Internet of things, Mike Muller, chief technology officer at ARM Ltd., discussed the needs for architecture scaling at the annual IMEC Technology Forum this week at the Square meeting center in Brussels, Belgium.
Advanced power switches boost micro hybrid emissions gains
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5/24/2012   2 comments
Packaging and circuit integration deliver improved performance for start-stop automotive applications.
IndyCar electronics drive cars to be lighter, faster
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5/23/2012   Post a comment
While having fewer electronic systems than many road cars, IndyCar chassis run with specialized electronics, with features geared for safety, reliability, and data acquisition.
Integrated power modules shrink PCB size up to 70% and simplify class-D amplifier design
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5/22/2012   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the PowIraudio family of integrated power modules for high performance home theater systems and car audio amplifiers.
Tech Trend: Smart Connect Ecosystem is a certainty – is your IT team equipped?
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5/22/2012   Post a comment
Advanced Metering Infrastructure is all set to replace traditional electric meters with new smart meters for residential and small business consumers.
12V POL converter SoC offers attractive figure of merit combination in size, efficiency, ripple, components, and cost
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5/21/2012   Post a comment
Enpirion EN2300 system on chip (SoC) family targets enterprise, servers, industrial applications; covers 4A to 15A, with high level of integration and reliability
Expanded IDC contact system provides gas tight connections for stranded and solid discrete wires.
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5/21/2012   Post a comment
AVX designs insulation displacement connectors with expanded range of contact options.
OLED – raising lighting to a new level
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5/21/2012   5 comments
If silicon-based LEDs represent the state of the art in lighting, OLEDs will be the next generation. The article gives an overview on what is possible with this type of illumination.
Buck regulators target automotive designs, but their attributes can take them further
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5/21/2012   Post a comment
The LT8610 and LT8611 synchronous DC/DC converters from Linear Technology address the voltage level, switching frequency, and quiescent current mandates of this big niche.
Reduce THD in digitally-controlled PFCs
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Understand how you can minimize total harmonic distortion in this power factor correction topology
Reducing energy cost of intra-chip communications
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
Communications now account for up to 30 percent of overall energy consumption in the highest performing many-core architectures.
Autonomous cars: Sooner than we think?
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5/14/2012   15 comments
In the short term, vehicles will be able to take over many driving functions—but full autonomy may be farther down the road.
Understanding wireless charging configurations
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5/14/2012   Post a comment
What techniques and ways are there to implement wireless charging, which holds great potential (sorry for the pun)?
Active Thunderbolt cables get transceiver, power management IC support
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5/14/2012   Post a comment
Intersil ISL37231, ISL80083 enable next-generation consumer active-PC cables
Transphorm delivers more 600-V GaN power components
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5/13/2012   5 comments
Power transistor startup Transphorm has produced gallium-nitride on silicon components with a breakdown voltage of 600-V.
Saving size, weight in avionics, military or space power distribution systems
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5/11/2012   Post a comment
Power distribution systems for military, aviation and space electronics must be optimized for efficiency, size and weight. These goals can be achieved by the use of high reliability DC-DC converter and EMI filter modules. Further improvements can be achieved by replacing linear regulators with high efficiency, high power density point of load converters.
Texas Instruments LM3447 phase-dimmable LED driver
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5/11/2012   Post a comment
This LED controller with constant power regulation from TI incorporates a phase decoder circuit and an adjustable hold current circuit to provide smooth, flicker free dimming operation.
XP Power CCB250 convection-cooled power supply
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5/10/2012   Post a comment
XP Power has unveiled a 250 Watt convection- cooled power supply with 3rd edition medical and industrial approvals.
Second gen EV/hybrid charging connector released
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5/10/2012   Post a comment
ITT's UEC-, J1772-, and GB-certified connector enables fast battery charging.
Teardown Report: Chevy Volt's electronic secrets
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5/10/2012   3 comments
Beyond battery chemistry, and electric propulsion and control, this enhanced-range electric vehicle was designed for upgrades, ruggedness, and diagnostics—with attention to quality in its construction.
New generation RISC processing power - Green technology engenders new business opportunities
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5/8/2012   1 comment
Companies dealing with RISC computing solutions are reaping the full benefits of today’s trend. What is the current status of Advantech’s efforts in RISC-based computing development? The article uses some simple ideas to help everyone have a clear picture of RISC product features.
Qualcomm, Samsung form wireless power alliance
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5/8/2012   3 comments
Mobile technology companies Qualcomm Inc., and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have announced the formation of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP).
Project e-smart, Pt. 2: Vehicle controls, modeling, and simulations
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5/8/2012   Post a comment
Converting a Smart ForTwo into an EV includes planning and specifying requirements for the electric vehicle, electric components selection, and E/E-architecture and control software design as well, as implementation of hardware and software by students of the University of Stuttgart. This part describes the vehicle control system; measurements, modeling and simulation of the vehicle; and an outlook on future EV issues.
Project e-smart, Pt. 1: Students convert Smart car into an EV
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5/7/2012   Post a comment
Vehicle conversion including planning and specifying requirements for the electric vehicle, electric components selection, and E/E-architecture and control software design as well, as implementation of hardware and software by students of the University of Stuttgart.
Researchers claim low-cost solar cells based on abundant metals
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5/4/2012   10 comments
Researchers at the University of Basel, in Switzerland, said they have defined an approach to developing sustainable and renewable photovoltaics devices. This approach paves the way for low-cost solar cells based on abundant metals, according to an article published in the Chemical Communications journal.
The challenges of choosing off-line LED-driver topologies
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5/3/2012   Post a comment
Understand how required power level affects choosing the "right" way to meet cost, space, efficiency, isolation, design complexity, power factor, and reliability goals.
C&K launches IP67-sealed tactile switch for smart metering
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5/3/2012   3 comments
C&K Components has developed the KSE series, a low-profile tactile switch that is claimed to combine rugged IP67-rated sealing, reliability and a long-operating life.
Power device consideration for optimized design of LED power supply
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5/3/2012   2 comments
Switch-mode power supplies for LED lighting applications are increasingly being designed with an active power factor correction (PFC) at the input stage to meet international regulations for harmonics. The boost topology in discontinuous current mode is most suitable PFC method for converters less than 300W power rating.
Medical Standard Challenges - IEC60601: understanding the changes from 2nd to 3rd edition
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5/3/2012   Post a comment
Manufacturers must now follow a formal risk-management procedure along the ISO 14971 model, meaning compliance with a process standard as well as the fundamental product standard. Parts Search

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