Court upholds ITC patent ruling against Linear Tech News & Analysis 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.
Rofin-Sinar, Manz develop PV production technology News & Analysis 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.
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.
Photovoltaics underestimated, says SunPower co-founder News & Analysis 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.
Virus patterns nanoscale battery News & Analysis 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.
Oerlikon Solar to create 350 jobs in Switzerland Product News 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 Product News 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.
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.
Industrial motors power chip market shows 9% annual growth News & Analysis 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.
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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.