XP Power VEH series power supplies Product News 9/27/2011 Post a comment Extending XP Power's V-Brand product range aimed at high-volume, cost-sensitive applications, the series consists of 5 power levels, providing 20, 40, 60, 90 or 120 Watt output.
Smart grid: Slow buildout begins Special Report 9/26/2011 8 comments Communications integration; advanced control, sensing, metering and metrics; and a human interface methodology are still on the smart grid architects’ to-do list.
PMIC startup raises $11 million News & Analysis 9/26/2011 1 comment Quantance Inc., a developer of high-speed power supply management ICs, has announced it has raised $11 million in Series C funding. Investors include TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and DoCoMo Capital.
Boston-Power raises $125M for China move News & Analysis 9/20/2011 6 comments GSR Ventures has led a $125-million investment round in Boston-Power Inc., a 2005 Massachusetts startup that has made progress in developing longer lasting, faster charging lithium-ion batteries aimed mainly at automotive applications.
Intelligent sensor, algorithms improve battery management Design How-To 9/19/2011 2 comments More than half of the vehicle breakdowns that are caused by the electrical system can be traced back to the lead-acid battery and could have been avoided by knowledge of the battery state. A battery management system provides the necessary information by fast and reliable detection of the State-of-Charge, State-of-Health, and State-of-Function in terms of cranking capability.
Gel electrolyte promises better battery News & Analysis 9/12/2011 5 comments Researchers at the University of Leeds, England have invented a polymer gel that they claim can be used to manufacture cheaper, flexible lithium batteries without compromising performance.
Mobile measurement supports onboard EHV high-voltage testing Design How-To 9/1/2011 Post a comment On-road EHV testing calls for considerably greater data acquisition and wiring challenges than stationary applications. Onboard or road test data collection within a typical test track environment subjects instrumentation to higher-than-usual shock and vibration inputs, placing greater mechanical demands upon components and systems.
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.