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What designers know, and don't, about batteries
Power DesignLine Blog  
8/30/2008   Post a comment
Study by Nexergy advances designers' preferences, exposes gaps in knowledge
2.5 MHz buck-boost regulators power portables
Product News  
8/30/2008   Post a comment
ADP2503 and ADP2504 tout seamless switching and the highest efficiency for portable consumer, medical, and industrial applications.
Mitsubishi to boost photovoltaic cell production capacity
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Mitsubishi plans to build a new photovoltaic (PV) cell plant to boost annual production capacity to 600 megawatts by fiscal year 2012.
Court upholds ITC patent ruling against Linear Tech
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
A U.S. District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling invalidating a charge pump patent held by Linear Technology, according to a Advanced Analogic Technologies. (AnalogicTech), a provider of power management ICs for mobile consumer devices.
Compact buck-boost regulators support ultra-fast switching frequencies
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
One of the industry's smallest buck-boost regulators that is claimed to be the first to support switching frequencies at speeds up to 2.5 MHz has been introduced by Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI).
Photovoltaic module maker secures $104M in funding
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
AVA Solar, a thin-film photovoltaic module manufacturer based in Fort Collins, Colo., said it has secured $104 million in a second round of venture capital funding.
International Rectifier rejects Vishay takeover bid
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
International Rectifier Corp. has rejected Vishay Intertechnology Inc.'s unsolicited, non-binding proposal by Vishay to acquire IR.
Infineon tops power semiconductor rankings for fifth consecutive year
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Infineon has retained its position as the world's largest supplier of power semiconductors (discretes and modules) in 2007 according to latest analysis from Market research analysts, IMS Research.
Global UPS market grows by 14 percent in first half of 2008
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
The global market for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) has grown by almost 14 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2008 according market research analysts, IMS Research.
Rofin-Sinar, Manz develop PV production technology
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Laser beam specialist Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc. (Plymouth, MI) plans to develop a new machine concept for the production of thin-film solar modules. For this purpose, the company has entered a strategic alliance with Reutlingen (Germany) based Manz Automation AG.
Fairchild's power-management seminars set to go
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Sixth annual worldwide technical seminars cover design techniques, product technologies, and industry trends specifically focused on energy-efficient applications
Improving the interleaved DC/DC converter
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Digital power management further extends the benefits of interleaved operation.
Micropower linear regulator targets automotive, industrial apps
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LT3011, a high-voltage micropower, low dropout regulator that delivers up to 50 mA of continuous output current with a low dropout voltage of only 300 mV at full load.
U.S. wind turbine market to reach $60.9 billion in 2013, says researcher
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. market for wind turbine components and systems will be worth $60.9 billion in 2013, up from $7.9 billion in 2007. Texas leads the way in spending, exceeding $2.4 billion in 2007.
Photovoltaics drive thin-film market for energy applications
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
The global market for thin films in energy applications is projected to reach $3.9 billion in 2013 up from $1.1 billion in 2007, driven primarily by photovoltaic applications, according to BCC Research.
LLC resonant topology lowers switching losses, boosts efficiency
Design How-To  
8/28/2008   2 comments
With the current global energy crisis, the focus is on efficiency and electronic products are facing the daunting challenge of delivering high performance, while consuming less power. This means power supply designers will need to consider soft switching topologies to improve efficiency as well as to allow for higher frequency operation.
Avago expands gate drive optocoupler line
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
These easy to install optocouplers from Avago Technologies offer advanced fault protection features to provide space and cost savings in industrial inverters and power management applications.
High efficiency 250 watt ac-dc power supplies meet medical safety demands
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
A new series of high efficiency 250 watt ac-dc power supplies has been launched by Emerson Network Power and feature both ITE and non-patient contact and non-patient critical medical safety approvals.
Here Ye! Last call to speakers for APEC seminars
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Your proposal for presenting a Professional Education Seminar at APEC 2009 is due by Friday, August 29th.
Environmental monitoring ICs deliver real-time power information
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics has introduced the SMM151/2/3 product family of environmental monitoring ICs that provide complete digital power supply monitoring and control functions, using an I2C interface.
Photovoltaics underestimated, says SunPower co-founder
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Richard Swanson, co-founder of SunPower, dismissed detractors who argue that solar power cannot grow fast enough to make a meaningful dent in usage of fossil fuels, saying photovoltaics would be able to satisfy all U.S. electricity demands by 2040 at the current rate of growth.
Green energy research targets hydrogen, photosynthesis
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Green energy initiatives are striving to replace fossil fuels with renewable resources like hydrogen and photosynthesis.
Automotive environment challenges MCU system design engineers
Design How-To  
8/27/2008   3 comments
With many auto features micro-controlled, it seems that if engineers can throw a microcontroller at a problem, they will. And with that toss, there are a lot of methodologies and tools in place to ensure smooth development and robust embedded designs.
Linear Technology : Step-down controller suits POL applications
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
The LTC3851, a wide input range synchronous step-down switching regulator controller, drives all N-channel power MOSFET stages and has coincident or ratiometric tracking.
FCI : USB+Power modules feature Latch-N-Lok assembly
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
FCI has expanded its offering of cable assembly devices with the USB+Power and Latch-N-Lok products.
Summit : Programmable environmental monitor enables green system designs
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics' SMM151/2/3 environmental monitoring products provide complete digital power supply monitoring and control functions, utilizing I2C for communication.
Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Circuit Examples - Part 2: Stepper Motor Controller
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Learn more about prototyping complex robotic and control systems with this look at the design of the circuit and coding for a stepper motor controller for an autonomous submarine project from the "Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook."
Virus patterns nanoscale battery
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
By combining microcontact printing and virus-based self-assembly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers claimed to have fabricated micron-scale batteries.
WLED flash drivers deliver two interfaces for greater flexibility
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
AnalogicTech has expanded its high-current white LED (WLED) flash driver family with the introduction of two dual-channel boost converters.
MOSFETs offer high efficiency for synchronous dc/dc conversion
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Toshiba adds five dc/dc converter MOSFETs optimized for low on-resistance and fast switching for higher power efficiency computing, communications and electronics applications.
Oerlikon Solar to create 350 jobs in Switzerland
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Oerlikon Solar, the solar subsidiary of Swiss Oerlikon technology group, announced its intention to create 350 jobs in Switzerland by the end of 2009. This follows the inauguration of a pilot line in Trübbach, Switzerland, for production of and research into the latest thin-film modules.
HB LED drivers enable greener lighting products
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's 2MHz, high-brightness (HB) LED drivers with an integrated MOSFET and high-side current-sense circuitry reduce the size, complexity, and cost of solid-state lighting (SSL) designs, simplifying the implementation of green lighting technology.
Rail mounted electronic over-current protection in automation applications
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
E-T-A Circuit Breakers has introduced a new version of its compact ESX10 electronic overcurrent protection product for automation applications.
Vishay : Power MOSFETs come in a small PowerPAK SC-75
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
The SiB419DK and SiB415DK are -12 , and -30-V single p-channel power MOSFETs respectively in a PowerPAK SC-75 package.
Interchangeable plug adapter features Micro-USB output connector
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Phihong USA has expanded its adapter offering with an 8W version featuring interchangeable input plugs and a micro-USB output connector.
400W AC/DC power supply eliminates additional system airflow
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Murata's active power-factor-corrected power supply features an integral fan enabling it to deliver 400W of continuous power in a low-profile 1U package without the need for additional external airflow.
PMICs boost digital TV
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
PFC and DC/DC chips for the 2009 rollout of DTV improve efficiency, cut energy consumption
Step-down DC/DC converter operates up to 150°C
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has announced the H-Grade version of the LT3481, a 34V (36V(MAX)), BurstMode, step-down switching regulator that maintains quiescent current under 50µA.
PMICs reduce energy consumption, improve efficiency for digital TVs
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced two power management chips that are designed to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption in digital TVs.
Step-down switching regulator optimizes battery charger efficiency
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. has introduced a 1.2-A, 1.5-MHz monolithic current-mode, step-down switching regulator with a programmable output current limit for battery charger applications.
Veeco adds web coating platform for thin film solar cells
News & Analysis  
8/25/2008   Post a comment
Veeco Instruments has introduced the FastFlex web deposition platform, a line of web coating systems designed for manufacturing copper indium gallium selenide solar cells.
Back to the drawing board
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
8/25/2008   Post a comment
Silver-zinc batteries, which feature a water based chemistry and have the added benefit of being recyclable, may prove a solution in the long-term but it will be several years before they have proven themselves in consumer applications around the globe.
IBM demonstrates light-emitting nanotube
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at IBM Corp.'s Thomas J. Watson Research Center have brought silicon photonics one step closer to reality.
Industrial motors power chip market shows 9% annual growth
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
The market for power semiconductors in industrial motor drives is set to grow from $1 billion in 2007 to $1.3 billion in 2010, with the growth mainly driven by an increasing fraction of motors electronic drives, according to IMS Research (Wellingborough, England). Those figures imply a annual growth rate of about 9.1 percent.
Greener cars set to change IC landscape
Design How-To  
8/25/2008   Post a comment
Cars with hybrid drives and with all-electric drives are in the focus of the discussion how to improve fuel economy and emissions. These 'alternative' drives will directly translate in a higher semiconductor content for the vehicles. But "green" does not always mean HEV and / or electric car. Even in conventional vehicles, massive deployment of electronic parts can help to reduce gasoline consumption and emissions equally.
Opinion: Recharge your engineering batteries
Product News  
8/25/2008   1 comment
Lithium-ion batteries are currently the preferred power source of a number of today’s most popular consumer products: including laptops, mobile phones and, increasingly, cars. However, the alarm bells have been ringing for lithium-ion technology.
Vestas Wind Systems picks Pueblo for world's largest turbine plant
Product News  
8/23/2008   Post a comment
Vestas Wind Systems of Denmark announced that Pueblo, Colorado will be the site of its $240 million wind turbine tower manufacturing plant.
Designing a low-voltage motor drive
Design How-To  
8/23/2008   2 comments
This tutorial outlines the basic rules for most effectively putting MOSFET gate-drive ICs to work for you
India gets first polysilicon solar project
News & Analysis  
8/22/2008   Post a comment
A new polysilicon solar project to be located in the eastern Indian city of Haldia will be established as part of an integrated solar complex, including a power plant, at a total cost of about $1.25 billion.
CSR, Intel collaborate to correct Bluetooth power gluttony
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8/22/2008   Post a comment
Wireless chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) has said it has collaborated with Intel Corp. to redesign how the CSR integrated Bluetooth chip interacts with a laptop PC.
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