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Can Graphene Make Large-Scale Electricity Storage Viable?
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5/29/2014   4 comments
Researchers are exploring different ways to reduce the size and weight of batteries and extend their lifespan by adding graphene as a component material.
Fire Risk Makes Panasonic Recall Laptop Battery Packs
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5/29/2014   3 comments
More than 43,000 laptop battery packs have been recalled by Panasonic following three of the packs in Asia overheating and providing a fire. The company has also declared a separate recall in Europe as a safety precaution.
Power Week: Smaller EV Power Module, SiC Rectifiers & Battery Monitors
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5/29/2014   Post a comment
This week, a power module from Infineon for EV inverters has a 30% smaller form factor than previous devices. Also: new SiC Schottky rectifiers from Cree and multi-cell battery monitors from Texas Instruments.
Counterfeit DC/DC Converters in the Supply Chain
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5/28/2014   2 comments
Power converter maker Recom has issued an advisory that it has identified numerous counterfeit copies of its products in the market and is seeking to protect its brand value.
Supercaps Breakthrough: Phone Case to Replace Battery
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5/28/2014   23 comments
Say goodbye to your phone battery and charger. A new structural material could transform a mobile device's entire case into a hybrid super-capacitor/battery, making traditional batteries obsolete.
B'com Powers 3 Wireless Charging Approaches
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5/28/2014   3 comments
Hoping to further interest in wireless charging among mainstream mobile consumers, Broadcom introduced a multi-standard smartphone charging chip. The new chi[ puts the Association for Wireless Power resonant standard on the forefront while allowing for inductive specifications as well.
Bel Fuse to Buy Emersonís Power Connectivity Unit for $98M
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5/24/2014   2 comments
Interconnect vendor Bel Fuse Inc. continued to pursue its aggressive acquisition strategy with a $98 million cash deal to acquire the Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions (ECS) business of Emerson Inc.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More
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5/22/2014   1 comment
Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
Cyborg-Like Bionics Harness Sunlight
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5/21/2014   2 comments
Terminator cyborgs may be on the horizon as a result of bionics supra-particles invented at the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
News & Analysis  
5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isnít enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
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5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
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5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
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5/15/2014   6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Startup Faces SoC, Gender Challenges
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5/15/2014   8 comments
NetSpeed's Sundari Mitra wants to reshape the way SoCs are designed as she faces down challenges of a male-dominated industry.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
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5/15/2014   7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Power Week-in-Review: Carbon Battery Trumps Lithium & Solar EV Carport
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5/15/2014   1 comment
This week, a new carbon-based battery technology claiming advantages over lithium, BMW presents a sustainable solar carport for its EVs, Cree launches a 1200V/25mΩ SiC MOSFET in a TO-247, and an industrial power component tester that simulates lifetime performance.
Stepping Down From the 380V DC Line
Blog  
5/14/2014   1 comment
There are questions concerning the many step-down options and/or intermediate bus voltages.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog  
5/13/2014   1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup?
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5/12/2014   1 comment
The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
Power Week-in-Review: EM-Field Safety in EVs & Power Device Analyzer for Circuit Design
News & Analysis  
5/8/2014   2 comments
This week, confirmation that EM fields from electric vehicles pose no dangers, an alcohol-powered micro fuel cell that could replace smartphone batteries, and a single-box power device analyzer for power circuit design.
Post-Merger Spansion 'Integrates' With Big Move Into Auto
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   3 comments
Synergy is no longer the stated goal behind Spansionís acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductorís MCU and analog businesses. Shown in its Q1 results, Spansion is scoring design wins globally, especially in the automotive sector.
Tiny Generator Uses Heat to Power Wearables
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5/7/2014   5 comments
An innovative solution from a team at the Korean Institute of Science and Technology could hold the key to powering wearables continuously, using the wearer's own body heat as a generator.
Is There a TEG in Your Power Future?
Blog  
5/7/2014   1 comment
The low-efficiency thermoelectric generator (TEG) finds a role in a camping stove -- but is the energy used/gained balance positive or negative?
Intel Should Exit Mobile, Analyst Says
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5/7/2014   14 comments
Over the course of the companyís history, Intel has moved in and out of the mobile market. Following poor earnings per share revenue in the first quarter of 2014, analysts at JP Morgan examined the possibility of Intel shutting down its mobile and communications group.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT?
News & Analysis  
5/5/2014   25 comments
Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
Wearables Need Tailored SoCs
News & Analysis  
5/2/2014   12 comments
Hardware designed specifically for wearable devices will be key to making the vertical mainstream. Panelists at Linley Tech Mobile Conference said scaled-down smartphone SoCs are preventing the battery life improvements necessary for weaerables to take off.
Power Week-in-Review: AC-to-HVDC Grid Research & Non-Optimized Smartwatches
News & Analysis  
5/1/2014   1 comment
This week, research into ways to improve electrical power transmission using HVDC grids, a report that smartwatches are being designed with smartphone chipsets rather than wearable-optimized components, a PMBus power system manager, and more.


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