Aurix architecture enhances power train and safety applications
Design How-To 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
Design How-To 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?
Home sweet smart home
Design How-To 5/29/2012 9 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.
Design How-To 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.
ARM CTO looks at architecture scaling for 2020 solutions
News & Analysis 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.
OLED – raising lighting to a new level
Design How-To 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.
Saving size, weight in avionics, military or space power distribution systems
Design How-To 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.
Project e-smart, Pt. 2: Vehicle controls, modeling, and simulations
Design How-To 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.
Researchers claim low-cost solar cells based on abundant metals
News & Analysis 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.
Power device consideration for optimized design of LED power supply
Design How-To 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.