DC/DC converter powers systems from 18V to 75V Product News 6/28/2010 Post a comment Ericsson Power Modules has developed a quarter-brick, isolated DC/DC converter that is optimized to deliver the highest efficiency across an ultra wide input voltage range of 18V to 75V, enabling designers to use the same DC/DC converter in both 24V and 48V-battery-based systems.
Designing systems for extreme environments Design How-To 6/28/2010 Post a comment Designing embedded systems destined for extreme environments, such as 1 mile below the surface of an ocean, adds a layer of complexity and difficulty for the designer. Nate Holmes of National Instruments describes some common challenges and latest tools and approaches to issues like power and test that can aid designers in creating successful systems headed for tough spots.
SmartFusion tool eases power management design Product News 6/22/2010 Post a comment Actel Corp. has added a power management design kit for its SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs which includes a complete reference design with graphical configurator to enter power sequencing and trimming requirements.
Sevcon rolls e-vehicle compact motor controllers Product News 6/11/2010 Post a comment Sevcon Ltd. has expanded its range of advanced technology Gen4 AC motor controllers for electric vehicles with the introduction of a very compact unit, aiming at vehicles with restricted space, including electrical bikes and scooters.
Sensors Expo: Powercast demos a prelude to mobile network RF energy harvester News & Analysis 6/9/2010 1 comment After setting up an RF energy-harvesting demo at this week’s Sensors Expo collocated with ESC Chicago, Powercast’s director of marketing Harry Ostaffe presented a paper that outlined the concepts and paths to what he believes to be the endgame: full ambient RF harvesting capabilities that sip power from ubiquitous mobile networks and eliminate batteries and direct RF power sources completely.
Software drives mesh nets for smart meters News & Analysis 6/7/2010 Post a comment Arch Rock is releasing software based on Internet Protocol standards for a new generation of radio chips from companies such as Analog Devices and Texas Instruments aimed at supporting wireless mesh neighborhood networks to link smart meters to utility networks.
Freescale cuts Atom power by 50X News & Analysis 6/1/2010 Post a comment Freescale described its power management IC for Intel's Atom that enables operating power to be cut in half and standby power to be reduced by 50-times over previous Atom processors.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times