One analyst takes on the PM market Power DesignLine Blog 9/30/2009 Post a comment Global sales of digital power semiconductors are set to increase to $821 million in 2013, up from $127 million in 2008, according to iSuppli Corp. The most rapid growth will be in DCPs.
Ericsson : POL supplies allow easy paralleling Product News 9/30/2009 Post a comment Based on the popular POLA platform, two point-of-load (POL) devices from Ericsson Power Modules provide easy paralleling, making it possible for power servers and memory storage designers to access very flexible solutions for the next generation of low voltage supplies with high dc currents approaching 100 A.
Exar enters digital power market Product News 9/30/2009 Post a comment The first two products in the seriesthe XRP7704 and XRP7740are two highly integrated field programmable power regulator ICs that Exar claims provide programmable digital power at the same cost as analog with many additional power management features.
Faulty memory chip causes Philips defibrillator recall News & Analysis 9/30/2009 1 comment Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a leading vendor of consumer and medical products, has announced that it is recalling approximately 5,400 HeartStart FR2+ automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Magnetic superpower on the rise News & Analysis 9/29/2009 1 comment At the 10th Cambridge Enterprise Conference, at the end of September, a number of startups showed up to exhibit what could be the next wave of technology to penetrate our everyday lives. Magnifye Ltd was one of them.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules? News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
Powerful problems seen for mobile handsets News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment Emerging solutions for bridging the power gap required by a growing number of handset features and available handset battery capacity are unlikely to solve the increasing and worrying problem, according to market trackers at IMS Research.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
Emerson Network Power unveils high-efficiency, triple-output AC-DC power solution Product News 9/28/2009 Post a comment Emerson Network Power has launched a new high-efficiency AC-DC power solution which features information technology equipment (ITE) and non-patient contact/critical medical safety approvals, making them ideal for use in ITE and light industrial systems, as well as equipment intended for non-patient contact and non-patient critical use in low power medical, dental and laboratory applications.
VW, Varta JV to speed up e-car battery research Product News 9/28/2009 1 comment Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen plans to intensify its efforts to develop and eventually produce batteries for electric cars. Besides its existing collaboration with Sanyo and Toshiba, the manufacturer plans to launch a research joint venture with Varta Microbattery GmbH.
Lab network creates PV long-term test standard Product News 9/25/2009 Post a comment With photovoltaic installations becoming ubiquitous, module designers and system integrators increasingly need methods to analyze and predict their long-term degradation behavior. A pan-European network of laboratories has created a joint test procedure that likely will form the cornerstone of a standard.
QuantaSol adopts dilute nitrides to boost solar efficiency Product News 9/25/2009 Post a comment QuantaSol Ltd (Kingston-upon-Thames, UK), an independent designer and manufacturer of strain-balanced quantum-well solar cells, has exclusively licensed advanced materials growth technology from the University of Houston to make QuantaSol's manufacturing process simpler and cheaper, while further improving solar cell efficiency.
Premier Farnell to offer EDA to get closer to engineers News & Analysis 9/24/2009 Post a comment Component distributor Premier Farnell plc (Leeds, England) wants to become a vendor of PCB layout software, including a free-of-charge lightweight edition. This should allow the company to get closer to engineers and to be able to sell chips direct to them from the design tool as it is in use.
Standards bodies seek common ground for powerline nets News & Analysis 9/24/2009 Post a comment A senior director of DS2, the Valencia, Spain based specialist in silicon for broadband power line gear, has warned of confusion and frustration in the industry and amongst consumers if forthcoming votes on a standard for the technology fail to resolve the problem of a fragmented powerline networking industry.
Application-Specific Power Semiconductors Part 1 - Attack of the IGBT Design How-To 9/23/2009 1 comment Application-specific IGBTs are taking a major change in direction like any other power devices and adopting distinct bifurcated approaches. The first pertains to innovations improving the silicon and process technologies to overcome the limitations of the current technology and the other approach is towards packaging and the driving of these devices. Part 1 identifies the differences in vaious IGBTs.
Update: Intel debuts optical link for PCs News & Analysis 9/23/2009 2 comments Intel Corp. wants to consolidate all the wired connections on your PC to a single 10 Gbit/second optical cable it calls Light Peak that it plans to support in silicon sometime next year working with Sony Corp.'s Viao group and other unnamed partners.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...