Wanted: Battery powered votes Power Management DesignLine Blog 6/30/2008 Post a comment US presidential candidate John McCain put batteries squarely in the spotlight last week when he pledged a $300m reward for the development of a better battery-powered car.
Are IC thermal problems hot air, question panelists News & Analysis 6/30/2008 Post a comment At the Design Automation Conference mid-June in Anaheim, California, an educational panel addressed the thermal issue in integrated circuit (IC) design. Two key questions were raised: When will this issue be emerging as a crucial concern if at all? What are the solutions to solve this potential crisis?
Tip of the Week---Simple power supply for FPGAs, Part 2 Design How-To 6/27/2008 Post a comment DC/DC IC building-block systems such as Linear Technology's microModules are a good solution for simple and compact low-voltage, high-current power supply applications. In this concluding part, we discuss chip and board layout and thermal performance.
40V buck converter for power LEDs Product News 6/27/2008 Post a comment Prema Semiconductor presents the LED driver PR4101 designed to meet the requirements for a new generation of high-power LEDs. The inductive converter drives single or multiple LEDs with currents from 100mA up to several amps, depending on the configuration of external components, from a supply voltage of 9V up to 40V.
Safe bet: tire pressure sensors Teardown 6/26/2008 Post a comment One of Portelligent's analysts had the presence of mind to gather up the damaged tire pressure monitor (TPM) from his Toyota during a recent service center visit.
36V buck LED driver powers 500mA LEDs Product News 6/25/2008 Post a comment Designed to operate as a constant current LED driver, Linear Technology's 36V step-down DC/DC converter has an internal 36V, 900mA switch that enables it to drive up to six 500mA white LED in a single string from a 36V input for industrial and LED signage applications.
India embraces clean technology News & Analysis 6/24/2008 2 comments A clean technology special interest group has been formed here to encourage entrepreneurs in India and create an ecosystem of scientists, engineers, investors and social entrepreneurs.
150mA supercapacitor charger features auto cell balancing Product News 6/24/2008 Post a comment Designed to address high peak power and battery backup needs in portable applications, Linear Technology's inductorless programmable supercapacitor charger includes a automatic cell balancing feature that maintains equal voltages on both cells (2.4V/2.65V selectable) without requiring balancing resistors
Next-generation RF chip added to ZigBee PiP line Product News 6/23/2008 Post a comment Freescale's next-generation device in its single-chip ZigBee Platform-in-Package (PiP) family integrates the essential components of an IEEE 802.15.4 based application within a single package, requiring designers to add only an antenna and crystal.
Happy Birthday Baby Power Management DesignLine Blog 6/23/2008 Post a comment The forerunner of the modern computer was born in a lab in the University of Manchester sixty years ago.
OLED lighting follow-on project to get $19 million News & Analysis 6/23/2008 Post a comment Philips, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Siemens, Novaled and Fraunhofer IPMS have agreed to continue collaborating on the development of OLED lighting technology in a follow-up project to the OLLA Organic LEDs for Lighting Applications (OLLA) project which has just concluded.
Pan-European motor control seminar series News & Analysis 6/23/2008 1 comment Brushless DC Motors (BLDCs) versus Brush DC Motors" is the central discussion point of the motor control seminar series being held by Rutronik. The one-day seminars take place between September and December in seven countries at 15 locations in cooperation with the manufacturers Microchip and Vishay.
OLLA project claims record-breaking OLEDs News & Analysis 6/23/2008 Post a comment OLLA, the 20 million euro (about $31 million) Organic LEDs for Lighting Applications (OLLA) project that has been part funded by the European Union since 2004 has come to a conclusion, with claims that it has met and exceeded its goals and produced record-breaking OLED lighting panels. The collaborative research project concluded with an open day in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Infineon opens research center in Austria News & Analysis 6/23/2008 Post a comment Infineon has inaugurated an automotive semiconductor research center in Villach (Austria). The center merges the activities of hitherto spatially scattered engineers and scientists. It is well possible that this could be Infineon's last major R&D investment in Austria for some time.
Europe launches $10 million OLED manufacturing project News & Analysis 6/23/2008 Post a comment CombOLED is a European funded research and development project within the 7th Framework Program of collaborative R&D. The goal of CombOLED is to combine new device structures, advantageous manufacturing approaches and less complex materials with the aim to achieve cost-effective OLED-based lighting.
"Quad A" battery is a tickler Power DesignLine Blog 6/21/2008 Post a comment What's the future hold for the AAAA battery? It'll become more available but, to the critical eye, its technical justification is not yet clear.