How Intel can use wireless charging to attack ARM Blog 8/30/2012 19 comments Intel is gearing up to make wireless charging part of its mobile computing offering. Linking computers to mobile phones wirelessly could be used not only to charge up phones but also to supercharge Intel's mobile business strategy.
Intel energizes wireless charging effort News & Analysis 8/30/2012 9 comments Intel has selected mixed-signal fabless chip company Integrated Device Technology to make transmitter and receiver ICs to implement Intel's resonant wireless energy transfer technology.
No magnetics required - charge pumps can handle the Volts! Design How-To 8/28/2012 Post a comment The charge pump in some ways has been nearly forgotten due to limited voltage range and historical performance that placed it somewhere in between an LDO and a switching regulator. In this Product How-To article, Steve Knoth at Linear Technology suggests designers -who do not like to use inductors- to use high voltage charge pumps instead.
4394703 Design How-To 8/24/2012 9 comments Power management is hot. The engineering department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison knows it and is taking full advantage.
Increasing energy yield of PV panels Design How-To 8/21/2012 2 comments Imec and its partners in the Smart PV project have developed a smart bypass for solar panels. Such a bypass minimizes power loss of the panel due to less performing cells. The eventual goal of the Smart PV project is to increase the energy yield of photovoltaic panels by transforming them into intelligent systems that can adapt to their environment.
Tritium nanobattery lasts in smaller spaces News & Analysis 8/14/2012 7 comments City Labs, Inc.(Miami) recently has been granted a product regulatory general license to manufacture, sell, and distribute its NanoTritium betavoltaic power sources which contain small amounts of tritium, a radioisotope commonly found in Exit signs and diver’s watches.
Greenvity rolls hybrid chip combining ZigBee, HomePlug Product News 8/8/2012 2 comments Greenvity Communication announced it has launched the Hybrii, a hybrid SoC family that integrates powerline communication (PLC) and wireless capabilities on a single chip. The Hybrii family includes the Hybrii-XL chip for smart grid, smart energy management, industrial and consumer applications, and the Hybrii-PLC device for rugged, high temperature conditions.
Getting the most out of power conversion stages Design How-To 8/7/2012 1 comment In today's environment, we are continuously being challenged by our customers to make our designs smaller, more efficient and more reliable. In order to achieve this, we have to look at every last element of the design. One item where we concentrate on is the dead time control of switching MOSFETs.
Reliable power is key to industrial productivity Design How-To 8/6/2012 2 comments Productivity depends on a reliable, clean source of AC power. The fact is that natural or manmade disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. This article discusses how proper planning and location of critical emergency power systems and facility wide audits – at the building’s service entrance electrical panel – can mitigate problems to assure a high level of power quality throughout the facility. Harmonics, another major concern within a facility will also be discussed.
From small contributions come big successes Blog 8/2/2012 1 comment STMicroelectronics' modest contributions to the search for the Higgs boson and, with it, the origins of our universe illustrates how technology companies can expand human knowledge while delivering useful products.
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.