Nanotech, battery companies team on lithium technology News & Analysis 9/27/2006 Post a comment Nanoexa, a
nanotechnology-based clean energy company, and Decktron, a lithium battery and display company have signed an agreement to develop and commercialize lithium battery technology originally developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.
TDK-Lambda's DC/DCs deliver 1.5 to 25 watts Product News 9/26/2006 Post a comment TDK's CC-E series of compact DC/DC converters is now available from Lambda under the new collaborative TDK-Lambda product brand. These 1.5- to 25-watt converters are designed for applications ranging from process control to communications equipment.
Field-oriented control optimizes industrial motors Design How-To 9/25/2006 Post a comment Variable-speed drives for three-phase motors are ubiquitous components of industrial systems that help save energy and optimize performance. Traditional, scalar control techniques for variable-speed operation of three-phase electric motors offer simple implementation but limit the achievable performance. With a scalar drive, algorithm limitations can mean that meeting dynamic response specifications requires choosing a larger motor and a larger drive to complement it. That tends to drag down eff
Energy harvesting: A battle against power losses Design How-To 9/24/2006 1 comment Can we design indefinite operational life and wireless power grids? Micro-scale harvesters can only generate low-to-moderate power, so that's a problem but low frequency ambient vibrations are relatively abundant. Here's what the power mechanisms are in a harvester circuit.
Fuel cell powered camera to show at conference Product News 9/18/2006 Post a comment Millennium Cell Inc., a developer of hydrogen battery technology, has announced that Millennium Cell and its affiliate company Gecko Energy Technologies, have developed a fuel cell powered wireless camera prototype system with infrared sensing and audio capability.
Miniature DC/DCs tout lowest cost for regulated 2-watt apps Product News 9/15/2006 Post a comment MicroPower Direct's D200ERW series of miniature single- and dual-output DC/DC converters, part of the company's "Budget Saver" family, features a tightly regulated 2-watt output in a single in-line package for data acquisition systems, telecom equipment, battery powered and battery backed instrumentation, industrial control systems, and board level power distribution subsystems.
How to design fast charging for high-capacity batteries Design How-To 9/13/2006 Post a comment The latest developments in lithium-ion and lithium-polymer focus on the need for higher float voltages and higher battery capacities to address the needs for longer operation times. But how do you design chargers to handle the higher battery capacities without taking more charging time? Here's what you need to know to make it happen.
DoCoMo invests in fuel cell company News & Analysis 9/13/2006 Post a comment Japan-based mobile phone company NTT DoCoMo Inc. has announced it would acquire a 36.5 percent stake in Japanese fuel cell company Aquafairy, and form an alliance to develop handsets powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
ECD Ovonics adding plant News & Analysis 9/8/2006 Post a comment Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD Ovonics) is expanding its thin-film solar module manufacturing capacity by another 60 Megawatts per annum by adding a second facility at its Greenville, Mich., site. This second facility is expected to begin operation in mid-2008.
Hot products: Single-chip cellphone, USB flash drive Product News 9/8/2006 Post a comment The hottest products posted this week at eeProductCenter include a miniaturized AC/DC switching power supply that delivers 1 watt in standby mode, a new USB flash drive line, a single-chip cell phone device that promises double talk time and a 14-bit, 150-MSPS analog-to-digital converter that consumes only 430 mW.
Miniature AC/DCs deliver a regulated 15 watts Product News 9/8/2006 Post a comment Astrodyne's ASL 10/15 series of ultraminiature open-frame switching supplies delivers up to 15 watts at 3.3 to 24 volts for regulated board applications. The universal AC/DC supplies are also available in a medically-approved version (ASM series).
Switching supplies drive LED lighting in automobiles Design How-To 9/7/2006 Post a comment LEDs need power, and switching supplies are providing the right kind. The converter should be optimized for the number and type of LEDs in a string, and for the functionality of each lighting application. Here are some practical guidelines and designs.
Low-power DC/DCs raise COTS standards Product News 9/5/2006 Post a comment Product Review - XP Power's MTC series of 4- to 35-watt commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) DC/DC converters, specifically for defense and avionics applications, touts features virtually unheard of at the low-power levels.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.