Power trends point to a knowledge of integration Design How-To 7/22/2008 Post a comment As a holistic, system-level view of power management -- in addition to ever-advancing chip technologies -- becomes increasingly important, open conversations and collaboration among DSP, SoC, MCU and analog power management designers are critical, write three managers from Texas Instruments.
III-V solar startup raises $9.5 million News & Analysis 7/21/2008 Post a comment Wakonda Technologies Inc. (Medford, Mass.), a developer of solar photovoltaic products, has said it has raised $9.5 million in Series A financing from Advanced Technology Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Polaris Venture Partners, Applied Ventures, LLC and the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund.
Osram claims LED brightness record News & Analysis 7/21/2008 Post a comment In the quest to establish LEDs as a viable alternative to incandescent lamps and fluorescent tubes, Osram GmbH has achieved a success. The company claims it has produced the white LED with the highest brightness and efficiency.
Chinese hybrid car to use Infineon electronics News & Analysis 7/21/2008 Post a comment During the Olympic Games in Beijng in August, Chinese automobile manufacturer Chang An will supply a number of hybrid-drive cars as taxis for the athletes and spectators. The power electronics for the "mild hybrid" drive will be supplied by Infineon.
Signals from Noise Current Sources Design How-To 7/16/2008 Post a comment Knowing different circuit topologies is a by-product of lacking the cognitive skills required of management and having no other option than to stay technical. The longer you stay technical, the more tricks you learn. This article shows some examples for generating precise currents.
Solve leakage and dynamic power loss Design How-To 7/16/2008 Post a comment Achieving higher performance and integration requires lower process geometries and higher clock frequencies, and aggressive power management techniques. Both leakage and dynamic power loss must be accounted for to successfully design for efficiency. Here are techniques to manage energy at the system level.
TI chip boosts range for Zigbee Product News 7/16/2008 Post a comment Texas Instruments will bolster the reach of Zigbee networks as much as ten-fold with the CC2591 that integrates a group of mainly passive components including a power amplifier, low-noise amplifier, balun, switches, inductors and RF-matching devices.
Solar cars racing across North America News & Analysis 7/15/2008 Post a comment Start you solar engines: The North American Solar Challenge car race from Dallas to Calgary, Canada--over 2,400 miles in 10 days--is under way. So far the University of Michigan's Continuum entry is leading, with Principia College's Ra-7 16 minutes behind.
Solar thermal technology heats up Design How-To 7/15/2008 3 comments Solar thermal technology that attempts to harness the efficient phase change from water to steam is emerging as the preferred alternative energy technology in the race to replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources, experts agree.
On Semi forms power management R&D center in Ireland News & Analysis 7/14/2008 Post a comment Mary Coughlan, the Irish government's Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment announced Monday (July 14) that On Semiconductor (Phoenix, Ariz.) is planning to establish an R&D center at Raheen Business Park, Limerick, with government support, which will create 49 jobs for semiconductor designers and engineers.
Powering a Blog frenzy Power Management DesignLine Blog 7/14/2008 Post a comment Battery performance seems to be one of the main reasons why some people have second thoughts about getting a 3G smartphone.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 20 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...