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posted in June 2011
Boundary conditions dictate battery management
Design How-To  
6/30/2011   2 comments
Once cell and electronics architecture is understood, one must consider tradeoffs in circuit topology such as how to optimize communications and interconnection within battery pack.
Efficient method for interfacing TRIAC dimmers and LEDs
Design How-To  
6/28/2011   7 comments
There are more than 2 million installed TRIAC dimmers worldwide, and they can prove a challenge to the control circuitry of an LED light. With such a large base, backward compatibility is a must.
Driving Impressions: Prius Plug-In Hybrid
Design How-To  
6/28/2011   26 comments
With a relatively short time to charge, the hybrid plug-in Prius is, in effect, an around-town electric vehicle.
DC/DC power-supply choices: new choices in cost, size, performance
Design How-To  
6/26/2011   2 comments
Fully encapsulated point-of-load digital power-module supplies offer advantages compared to open-frame designs
Power transistor market set to grow 9% in 2011
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6/24/2011   6 comments
The global market for power transistors is set to reach $13.1 billion in 2011, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc., an increase of 9 percent over 2010, which itself was a 44 percent increase over the market in 2009.
Sensor module design improves automotive electrical integration, functionality (Part 1)
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6/24/2011   Post a comment
Devices must be reliable and robust, and operate with long-term stability and high precision under harsh physical, chemical, and electrical stress conditions.
Vishay Schottky rectifiers offer wide current-ratings range
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6/21/2011   Post a comment
Vishay has released 12 new 45 V Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers in power TO-220AB, ITO-220AB, and TO-263AB packages for PV solar cell bypass protection.
Microchip's new RF power amps target embedded WAN
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6/21/2011   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its RF power amplifier portfolio with the addition of the new SST12LP17E and SST12LP18E devices. The SST12LP17E is the smallest fully matched power amp in its class, requiring only one DC bypass capacitor to achieve optimum performance. The SST12LP18E is a lower-cost, lower-voltage alternative to Microchip’s popular SST12LP14E power amp.
If you can't drive a Chevy Volt, drive a plug-in Prius
6/17/2011   38 comments
The Prius Plug-In Hybrid is the car I'm driving for a week. Give me any questions or comments you may have.
ECU architecture ensures failure safety
Design How-To  
6/17/2011   3 comments
The complexity of automotive mechatronic systems makes it impossible to fully determine all potential failure modes or to test all possible behavior. The challenge is to architect control units in a way that dangerous failures are prevented or at least sufficiently controlled.
Power Tip 36: Higher-voltage LEDs improve light bulb efficiency
Power Tips  
6/17/2011   11 comments
Understand why higher voltage is a better choice, and how to achieve it.
Comparing hot swap IC solutions in server power reporting (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
6/16/2011   2 comments
Understand the challenges in measuring power and the benefits of an integrated solution compared to discrete implementations
VPT DVPL0520S is a non-isolated, synchronous, regulated buck converter
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6/16/2011   Post a comment
VPT's latest device is housed in a tiny 1.075 in2 package, delivering 90% efficient, hermetic DC power.
Cirrus Logic CS1501, CS1601 digital PFC ICs boost performance
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6/15/2011   Post a comment
The CS1501 and CS1601 from Cirrus Logic are digitally controlled, variable frequency discontinuous conduction mode (VF-DCM), active power factor correction (PFC) ICs intended for use in switch-mode power supplies rated up to 300 watts.
Fairchild’s Dual Asymmetric MOSFETs boast high power density, small package
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's FDMS36xxS family of power stage dual asymmetric MOSFET modules incorporates a control and synchronous MOSFET, as well as a monolithic Schottky body diode in a PQFN package.
Software and hardware challenges due to the dynamic raw NAND market
Design How-To  
6/12/2011   7 comments
In this stellar article, Allred and Agarwal lay out the different non-volatile memory technologies, issues with NAND, and potential ways forward.
CMOS PAs improve RF performance and save BOM for 3G mobile handsets
Design How-To  
6/11/2011   5 comments
For increased market success, it is necessary for CMOS PAs not only to deliver lower system cost, but also to outperform GaAs PAs on important system metrics.
NXP puts the 'extreme' in extremely rugged LDMOS transistors
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6/10/2011   Post a comment
New XR family is designed for the toughest engineering environments, surviving VSWR of 125:1 at 1200W.
STripFET VI power MOSFETs from ST handle higher voltages, save energy in solar, telecom and consumer apps
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6/7/2011   Post a comment
The latest STripFET VI DeepGATE power MOSFETs from STMicroelectronics can withstand maximum voltages up to 80V, allowing the MOSFETS to be used in solar applications (micro-inverters), telecommunications, networking and power supplies for servers.
Benchmark automotive network applications
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6/3/2011   Post a comment
Validate and test new technologies against automotive requirements.
EcoCAR forms a project-based learning platform
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6/2/2011   Post a comment
Real-world development program inspires engineering students to extend their knowledge of advanced vehicle technologies.
TDK-Lambda GWS250 series power supplies
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6/1/2011   Post a comment
TDK-Lambda UK has developed a new series of 'green' power supplies that comply with the energy saving requirements of Energy Star and the ErP (Energy related Products) Directive.

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