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Choosing the right battery technology
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
Battery performance, as it relates to runtime and capacity, has become a key market differentiator for consumer electronics. A new line of batteries with technologies like lithium ion and lithium-ion phosphate that offer better performance make the choice of what battery to use harder.
IR agrees to $90 million class action settlement
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit for $90 million, the company said.
Graphene nanoribbons lower power, cooler than copper
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7/31/2009   1 comment
Graphene nanoribbons below 20-nanometer widths will carry 1000-times more current, and run up to 12-time cooler, than copper interconnects according to carbon semiconductor researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology.
ADI unveils low-power, zero-drift op amp
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
ADI's chopper stabilized ADA4051-2 op amp minimizes power use and prolongs battery life for portable instruments requiring high dc precision and measurement stability.
Globalfoundries more advanced than TSMC, analyst says
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
In the competitive foundry landscape, Globalfoundries might be not a leader in terms of volume, but in any case it is a leader in terms of technology, finds Gartner analyst Bob Johnson.
New E85 station opening in Arizona
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announces the opening of the first E85 station in Coolidge, Arizona. E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline, designed for flex-fuel vehicles.
Power Tip: SEPIC converter makes an efficient bias supply
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
If you don't need isolation, consider using a SEPIC topology for a bias supply.
Karlsruhe tram-train runs field trial on Ni-Cd battery system
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
The pioneering Stadtbahn Karlsruhe tram-train network in Germany has completed an extended field trial with a Saft MATRICS MRX battery system to demonstrate the potential reliability, performance and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) advantages offered by using specialised rechargeable nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries in a light rail application.
Nissan provides e-car technical details
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Japanese car maker Nissan plans to introduce its electric volume vehicle for 2010 production start. The OEM already offered a glimpse to the car's electric drive and internal IT systems. Surprise: The driving range is 160 km — not bad to start with.
Akros Silicon : Quad-output power SoC is 92 percent dc-dc efficient
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Akros Silicon Inc. introduces an isolated quad-output digital power SoC that sets a new integration benchmark for the isolated dc-dcs that are used in a wide range of industrial, datacom, automotive, medical, residential gateway, display and other distributed power applications.
Unipower : 350W medical switchers deliver continuous full power to 50 degree C
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Unipower’s AG-350PM series of power factor corrected switch mode power supplies are designed specifically for the medical systems market.
Nvidia chief scientist to EDA: Give us power tools
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Nvidia's chief scientist told the EDA community that chip designers need new tools to usher in a new era of computing, moving to "throughput computing" from an era of "denial architecture" that has seen the semiconductor industry squeeze more performance out of single-thread processors thanks to software.
Intel invests in five cleantech startups
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has expanded its new energy initiative by investing in five startups.
Trio of 500-V MOSFETs offer 0.270 Ω on-resistance in TO-220, TO-220F and TO-247 packaging
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has released three new 500-V MOSFETs that extend its Gen 6.2 n-channel planar FET technology to the TO-220, TO-220F, and TO-247 packages.
New microprocessor supervisor monitors up to six power-supply voltages down to 0.5 V
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a hex-voltage microprocessor supervisor with integrated reset timing, which eliminates the need for an external capacitor.
New quad/dual 14-Bit, 125 Msps ADCs dissipate one-third the power
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has released a family of 24 ultralow power 14-bit/12-bit, 125Msps to 25Msps, quad and dual ADCs that claims to dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs.
ST, Globalfoundries sign manufacturing contract
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Sooner than expected by many market watchers, chip manufacturing service provider Globalfoundries has clinched its first strategic customer contract: It is STMicroelectronics.
Intuition for signal integrity
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
The design process is a creative process and intuition is the most important skill you rely on first. Once you have a design, then you apply your analysis skills to evaluate the cost-performance tradeoffs.
Quad/Dual 14-Bit, 125Msps ADCs Dissipate One-Third the Power
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation announces a family of 24 ultra low power 14-bit/12-bit, 125Msps to 25Msps, quad and dual ADCs that dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs.
Instead of green cars should we focus on green driving?
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7/28/2009   2 comments
In his blog entry, Allan Yogasingam wonders if installing fuel efficiency meters in vehicles would be suitable method of increasing fuel efficiency in vehicles.
Power-One agrees license deal with Powervation for digital power technology patents
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Power-One, Inc., (Camarillo, CA) a power conversion and power management solutions provider, and Powervation, Ltd., (Limerick, Ireland), a fabless semiconductor startup developing a digital control chip for power converters, have entered into a non-exclusive Field of Use license for Powervation under Power-One's digital power technology patents.
Energy Smart Marketers Expands Channel Marketing Services to Solar and Wind Power Energy Markets
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Energy Smart Marketers is expanding its efforts to assist manufacturers in more effectively marketing to and through the electrical channel to include the solar and wind power energy markets
Dual channel Class-D amplifiers deliver power efficient concert hall-like sound into vehicles
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
A new family of dual channel Class-D amplifiers introduced by NXP is claiming to deliver vibrant sound quality and cutting-edge power efficiency for improved an in-car entertainment experience.
GridWeek 2009 Highlights Smart Grid's Role in "Energizing Our Economy"
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
In a year of dramatic advances in smart grid initiatives and funding, GridWeek 2009 is expanding both the range and breadth of its programs for its 4 day conference.
Vishay : Low-profile rectifiers feature ESD protection to 25 kV
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has released a series of low-profile surface-mount rectifiers with ESD protection to 25 kV. The MSE1Px devices are offered in an eSMP series MicroSMP package with footprint dimensions of just 2.5 x 1.3 mm with a height profile of 0.65 mm.
Nextreme partners Lockheed Martin to develop next generation power management solutions
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
A developer of thermal and power management products, Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc., (Durham, N.C), has entered into a cooperation agreement with global security company, Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Md) to develop new products based on Nextreme's thin-film thermoelectric materials.
Edinburgh researchers aim EnCore processor at low-power apps
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7/28/2009   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed a microprocessor based on the ARC600 32-bit configurable architecture from ARC International plc. (St. Albans, England). A working prototype has been demonstrated in the laboratory.
Storage controller dissipates low power of 293mW
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology's OXUF943SE targets portable external storage market, and offers flexible integrated encryption as well as powerful firmware.
Digitally programmable 5A LDO features 85mV dropout, 25µVRMS noise
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. has designed its LT3070, a digitally programmable linear regulator, with what it claims is the lowest dropout voltage, lowest noise and fastest transient response of any monolithic 5A LDO currently available.
Maxim designs compact LNA for automotive systems
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has rolled out a low-noise amplifier (LNA) optimized for remote keyless entry (RKE) and tire pressure monitoring (TPM) applications operating in the 315MHz and 433MHz bands.
The TSMC Tsunami at DAC 2009
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
In a well-orchestrated and clearly scripted show of force, the CEOs of the three "largest" companies in EDA appeared together under the Big Top at the 2009 Design Automation Conference in San Francisco on Monday, July 27th, for a highly touted afternoon keynote panel purportedly addressing "Futures for EDA."
Digitally programmable 5-A LDO features 85 mV dropout and 25 uVRMS noise
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LT3070, a digitally programmable linear regulator with the lowest dropout voltage, lowest noise and fastest transient response of any monolithic 5 A LDO currently available.
Power management bestows profits on Dialog
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
In the second quarter, fabless chip vendor Dialog Semiconductor (Kirchhein, Germany) continued its winning streak. The company managed to raise its revenue not only compared to the quarter before but also compared to Q2/2008.
Mentor rolls architecture-level power tool
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics introduced the Vista platform for architecture design and prototyping, enabling users to model, analyze and optimize power at the transaction level of abstraction.
Low power MCU selection criteria and sleep mode implementation
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Discussed are key MCU low power features such as low power capabilities, flexible clocking systems, event-driven resources that affect its performance and provides selection criteria to choose the right one. Also explored are hardware/software techniques to achieve intelligent power management using low power modes.
How Switched Reluctance Motors enable green designs
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
The electronics industry continues to transition from designing with inefficient induction motors to Switched Reluctance Motors (SRMs) that offer high efficiency, elegant design and an ultra-compact size to accommodate the size and weight needs of today's electronics.
Atmel offers DDR2 for 400 MHz ARM9-based embedded MPUs
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has released the first member of a series of 400 MHz ARM926 embedded MPUs that support second generation Dual Data Rate DRAM (DDR2) and are optimized for industrial applications such as building automation, data loggers, POS terminals, alarm systems and medical equipment.
ARM releases ultra low-power Physical IP libraries for next generation of energy-efficient MCU devices
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ARM is making ultra low-power Physical IP libraries available to drive the next generation of energy-efficient MCU devices.
RF energy powers printed lighting device
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
In a combination of RFID-like energy harvesting and organic electronics, a group of companies has powered a printed electroluminescence device wirelessly. The technology could be used for security applications and payment cards.
TU Dresden brings power efficient MPSoC to DAC
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
At the Design Automation Conference (DAC) that currently takes place in San Francisco, a group of researchers and chip designers from the Dresden Technical University present what they hope it could offer a solution for the challenge of modem signal processing for upcoming wireless communications generations.
Power MOSFET claims industry-best 1.2-mΩ maximum on-resistance at 10 V and 1.7 mΩ at 4.5 V
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has expanded its family of Gen III TrenchFET power MOSFETs down to 12 V with the release of a new n-channel device offering what is claimed to be the industry's lowest on-resistance and on-resistance times gate charge for a device with this voltage rating.
Advanced PMIC family offers limitless configuration options to simplify product designs
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has developed a new family of processor agnostic and application independent Power Management Integrated Circuits (PMICs) that claim to deliver unprecedented programmability and unparalleled performance capabilities.
Smart Metering Technology Promotes Energy Efficiency for a Greener World
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
The venerable electromechanical power-line meter is being replaced by the electronic smart meter. Understand the various types of smart metering and the benefits it offers.
Natural iridescence harnessed for reflective displays
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7/27/2009   1 comment
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology said they have unearthed the secret of natural liquid crystals that reflect light as bright as a back-lit LCD.
Micrel launches smallest dual LDO family
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
This family is offered in a miniscule 1.0 mm x 1.0 mm 6 pin leadless thin MLF package, making them well-suited for advanced and smallest portable applications.
10-A synchronous buck converter with integrated FETs offers increased power density
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced a fully integrated, 10-A synchronous buck converter with integrated FETs that combines wide input, light load efficiency and reduced solution size to enable increased power density.
Viewpoint: Tesla, design and the art of innovation
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7/24/2009   7 comments
There's a lot of talk about innovation, but how do we define true technology innovation? The author argues that the Tesla Roadster provides a window into how innovation in auto design should be pursued.
Q-Cells partners MEMC to build 50 MWp solar park in Germany
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
Solar cells manufacturer Q-Cells SE has set up a joint venture with a US manufacturer of silicon wafers, MEMC Electronic Materials Inc, (St. Peters, Missouri) to build large solar parks in which each partner will have a 50 percent share.
Luxemburg lab drives PV efficiency
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
Scientists from the Luxemburg University Photovoltaics Laboratory have produced thin film solar cells in two different technologies — both with very high efficiencies.
DAC preview: Power again takes center stage
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
As has been the case for the past several years, low-power design is a sure bet to emerge as one of the central themes of the 46th Design Automation Conference, set for next week.
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