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Ex-UBS top dealmaker launches green tech boutique
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Former top UBS AG investment banker Jeffrey McDermott and several other Wall Street veterans have launched a boutique advisory firm focused on alternative energy and "cleantech" companies.
Singapore launches 3-D packaging consortium
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research group, has launched a consortium in 3-D packaging.
IBM re-uses PV thermal energy for better efficiency
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6/30/2009   1 comment
IBM researchers recently have shown that the reuse of cooling liquid for computers can increase the total efficiency of a system. Now they do a similar trick on solar cells. The result could be an overall efficiency of better than 50 percent.
Cypress Envirosystems' Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat Wins Prestigious Buildy Award for Smart Devices
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Envirosystems announced that its Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT) has won in the Smart Devices category at the fifth annual Buildy Awards.
TI announces MSP430 MCUs for e-metering applications
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
In support of three-phase e-metering applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated has unveiled the ultra-low power MSP430F471xx microcontroller (MCU) series. The F471xx system-on-chip metering solution offers simultaneous sampling of voltage and current as well as tamper-detection for efficient and reliable energy measurement.
Ember Unveils High Performance ZigBee Chips
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Ember unveiled the EM300 Series, its next-generation ZigBee chip family that packs wireless networking performance and application code space into a low power-consuming chip set.
Global chip sales seen ticking up in May
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Global chip sales in May are believed to have increased by a seasonally adjusted 2 percent on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
How a Power Switch Can Save the World
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6/30/2009   2 comments
Nearly all electronic products contain a switch-mode power subsystem. To improve efficiency and cost throughout the life cycle of an application, many topologies and control methods have been tried. The latest-generation of power switches have changed the landscape by allowing integration as well as exceeding the new energy efficiency regulations that are becoming mandatory in the industry.
RF power DC-DC converter offers smallest power management solution for W-CDMA/CDMA RFPAs in 3G handsets
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is claiming the industry's smallest power management solution for the designers of 3G handsets and wireless datacards with the introduction of the company's FAN5902, RF Power DC-to-DC converter which operates at 6 MHz with a reduced size 0.5uH chip inductor that saves space and component costs.
RF PA 6-MHz DC/DC converter implements dynamic voltage scaling for improved efficiency of 3G handsets
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild FAN5902 has minimum footprint, maximum efficiency due to switching frequency, dynamic adjustment of power amplifier current to match output power
MSC : High voltage IGBTs offer fast switching with low conduction losses
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Xtreme light Punch Through (XPT) IGBTs are the latest generation of short-circuit rated high voltage IGBTs from IXYS, with fast switching and low conduction losses.
Smart meters face uneven acceptance across Europe
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
While energy vendors and environmentalists promote smart power meters as a panacea for green user education and empowerment, the market perspectives have been rather unclear. Now a Swedish study brings light into the dark.
U.S. joins International Renewable Energy Agency
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The United States joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Monday as part of the Obama administration's commitment to developing a new energy policy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
Clock mesh variation robustness: benefits and analysis
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
This article gives an overview and highlights the benefits of clock mesh technology compared to conventional clock tree methods.
SunPower, Wells Fargo funding solar projects
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6/29/2009   1 comment
U.S. solar panel maker SunPower Corp and Wells Fargo Monday said they have teamed up to fund up to $100 million in solar projects for businesses and public buildings.
Climate bill spurs less green power than hoped
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
The renewable energy mandate in the climate change bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last week does not go far enough for green power proponents, but the proposed national standard is likely as strong as it will get.
Green pressure sensors tap quartz MEMS
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Epson Toyocom unveiled a green sensor technology that eliminates dangerous oil and gases from pressure sensors, instead using a quartz microelectromechanical system (QMEMS) tuning fork as the sensing element.
Energy-efficient lowest-jitter transceivers offer more backplane and cable reach
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Two new energy-efficient, quad transceivers that extend backplane and cable reach up to 30 percent farther than competitive devices have been unveiled by National Semiconductor Corp.
High-side dual LED flash driver enables dual LED operation for flash applications in handheld devices
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp., has introduced what is claimed to be the industry's first high-side light-emitting diode (LED) driver that enables dual LED operation for the camera flash function in portable, battery-powered multimedia devices.
2 A, switch-mode charger minimizes heat and charge time for mobile devices
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a switch-mode DC-DC charger with Smart Power Selector circuitry.
Obama sets new lighting efficiency standards
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
President Barack Obama's administration Monday laid out new efficiency standards for lighting used in homes and businesses, hastening measures to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an official said.
TSMC adds analog to 0.13-micron process
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) continues to move down the analog and mixed-signal path.
Pushing the limits of AC/DC power system design to meet the demands of medical applications
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
While it is clear that reductions in size and improvements in efficiency are constant pressures in the design of AC/DC power supplies, the medical device market has some particular requirements that make the challenge greater still. This article considers these challenges and looks at how recent AC/DC switching power supplies are being designed to meet them.
Congatec : XTX module has a total TDP of 8 W
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Congatec announces the conga-XA945 module as the latest addition to the companies ETX/XTX product family.
STMicroelectronics : Surge protection IC targets Power-over-Ethernet
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Power over Ethernet (PoE), or IEEE 802.3at, is the industry standard enabling devices such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phones, wireless-LAN access points, RFID tag readers, sensors, or cameras to connect into a network without also requiring a nearby wall outlet for power.
Battery stack monitor extends life of Li-ion batteries in hybrid electric vehicles
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
The cost of running a car on electricity is equivalent to paying $0.75/gallon for gasoline, and if that electricity comes from carbon neutral sources, car owners are saving both money and the environment (gasoline combustion produces 9 kg of CO2 per gallon).
Management buys out Sarnoff Europe
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
A management group has acquired Sarnoff Europe and its ESD protection technology from Sarnoff Corp.
Telecom firms back standard phone charger in Europe
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Top mobile telephone suppliers have agreed to back an EU-wide harmonization of phone chargers, the European Commission said on Monday, hailing the pact as good news for consumers and the environment.
Altera rolls low power, anti-tamper FPGAs
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Altera this week is rolling out a new product family, Cyclone III LS, billed by the company as the industry's first low power FPGAs with anti-tamper, design-security and design-separation features.
Industry agrees on unified cellphone chargers
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
The members of industry association Digitaleurope have signed a memorandum of understanding aiming at developing a common charging solution for mobile phones. The move dangles the availability of a charger that can be used across all almost brands.
Green shoots start to sprout in green sector
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Canada's alternative energy sector is showing signs of a budding recovery, as companies resurrect financing deals and public offerings that withered with the recession, but that revival remains very fragile.
10-A supercapacitor-based LED flash driver focuses ultra-slim camera phones and digital cameras
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced a new supercapacitor-optimized LED flash driver capable of delivering up to 10 A for photo flash and video light in ultra-slim camera phones and compact digital cameras.
Q-Cells strengthens its CIGS leg
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
Solar cell manufacturer Q-Cells SE (Wolfen-Bitterfeld, Germany) has bought the remaining shares of thin film module manufacturer Solibro GmbH. With the move, Q-Cells emphasizes its commitment to the CIGS (Copper, Indium, Gallium, Sulphur/Selen) technology.
Opinion: Inside Microsoft's Google-style Hohm
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
The debut of Microsoft's Hohm says a lot about the dynamics of the software business today where Web 2.0 giant Google is writing the rules that impact software even in the emerging smart grid sector.
DoE puts out call for $3.9B in smart grid projects
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6/25/2009   1 comment
The Department of Energy has released its final call for proposals for $3.9 billion in stimulus funds available for smart electric grid projects.
30-V p-channel power MOSFET in a SO-8 footprint claims maximum on-resistance down to 2.6 mΩ
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has released the industry's first 30-V p-channel power MOSFET in the SO-8 footprint area that claims maximum on-resistance down to 2.6 mΩ at a 10-V gate drive and 3.75 mΩ at 4.5 V.
PWM control IC targets energy efficient high performance DC-DC applications
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier, IR, has introduced the IR3640M PWM control IC for high performance synchronous DC-DC buck applications including servers, storage, netcom, game consoles and general purpose DC-DC converters.
Electronic nose sniffs out cancer
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
Anecdotal evidence that dogs can detect cancer by smell inspired researchers to combine clever chemistry with optical detectors to craft an electronic nose that they claim can not only screen for any kind of cancer, but also determine whether it is aggressive.
Europe to lose photovoltaics leadership, warns Frost & Sullivan
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. and China will soon pass Europe as the leading photovoltaics region. The factors determining these market dynamics will be price pressure and, in the case of the USA, political support for renewable energies, market researcher Frost & Sullivan finds.
Wirelessly Monitoring Temperature in Multiple Rooms for an Energy Efficient Home
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6/24/2009   7 comments
Energy efficiency is a hot topic in today's energy crisis discussion. With recent technology advancements in energy efficient technologies, new ultra-low power microcontrollers (MCUs) are helping to reduce overall energy consumption while also creating a cost effective solution for wireless applications.
'Green' is a journey, not a destination
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
In its case for "Green Tech Innovation" some companies will promise more than they can deliver. There may be one semiconductor company that can deliver what they promise. Maybe.
TI announces Piccolo MCU motor control kits with power factor correction
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments announced two new Piccolo Motor Control Kits that enable PFC and sensorless field-oriented control of up to two motors with a single low-cost microcontroller (MCU).
Cummins Onan 60 to 100 kW Residential Standby Generators offer smart homes more power
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
To meet the emergency power needs of larger homes and to support wider power distribution for whole-house operations, Cummins Onan Residential Standby Generators now are available in 12 liquid-cooled models from 60 to 100 kW. This expands their current 10 to 47kW product offerings up to 100 kW.
XMOS foresees soaring sales, expects break even in 2010
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Startup XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England), a vendor of event-driven processor chips, is enjoying a sales boom that will see the company move from shipping over 50,000 units a month at present to hundreds of thousands of units per month by the end of 2009, according to CEO James Foster.
Enecsys gains $10m investment boost to develop micro-inverters for solar PV sector
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Micro-inverter company Enecsys Ltd., (Cambridge UK) has received a $10 million funding injection from pan-European venture capitalist specialist, Wellington Partners, which has been joined in the investment by BankInvest New Energy Solutions, a venture capital fund located in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Princeton Power Systems Announces Underwriter's Lab Standard 1741 Approval for its 100kW Grid-Tied Inverter
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Princeton Power Systems (PPS) is announcing the approval of its commercial GTIB 480-100 Grid Tied Inverter under the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) Standard 1741.
Applying embedded design to develop an intelligent solar tracking system
Design How-To  
6/23/2009   4 comments
Solar panels are typically in fixed positions. They're limited in their energy-harvesting ability because they cannot consistently take full advantage of maximum sunlight. For more effective solar energy systems, the solar panels should be able to align with sunlight as it changes during a given day and from season to season. This article examines the design advantages of creating an intelligent solar tracking system using an embedded processor and an FPGA in a system-on-a-chip (SOC) architectur
Texas Instruments introduces industry's smallest integrated load switch
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduced a new family of integrated load switches with controlled turn-on and quick output discharge to simplify subsystem load management.
IEEE plans PoE patent pool
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
The IEEE is ready to jump into the patent pool game, and it is starting with a call for patents on power over Ethernet.
Making a 250 W power supply reach 95 percent efficiency
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
PMDLE delves into what it takes to design a 250 W power supply that can reach 95 percent efficiency. Here we talk to Steve Elliott, XP Power's European Sales Director
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