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Power Week: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting's Bright Future
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   1 comment
This week, the future of sub-watt thermoelectric energy harvesting as a battery replacement in various markets -- including infrastructure, transportation and consumer -- is looking promising.
Comment: Re: Tough market - rich.pell - 7/21/2014
Power Week: Solar Roadways – Sci-Fi or Future Reality?
News & Analysis  
7/17/2014   28 comments
This week, the concept of roadways paved with solar panels recently received a boost after a crowdfunding campaign in support of one such project raised more than double its $1 million goal.
Comment: Other suggestions - rich.pell - 7/15/2014
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
News & Analysis  
7/10/2014   8 comments
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices
News & Analysis  
7/3/2014   10 comments
This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
Power Week: Cheap, Organic Battery for Power Grid; Paper-Thin Battery for IoT & SiC News
News & Analysis  
6/26/2014   4 comments
This week scientists announce a battery for grid electrical storage, German researchers demonstrate efficiency improvements in power electronics, and STMicroelectronics introduces a paper-thin lithium battery suited for ultra-low-profile applications.
Power Week: Superconducting Secrets Revealed, 660°F Circuits & Power Transistor Rebound
News & Analysis  
6/19/2014   Post a comment
This week, a breakthrough in high-temperature superconductivity, a positive forecast for power semis, SiC circuits that can operate at 660°F, a shock-and-vibration resistant 3,400 F supercap, and more.
Comment: Re: Progress? - rich.pell - 6/17/2014
Comment: Impedances - rich.pell - 6/13/2014
Power Week: Wire/Supercap Hybrid, HV SiC & WEBENCH Power PCB Export
News & Analysis  
6/12/2014   Post a comment
This week, a wire that both transmits and stores electricity; a transparent plastic or glass layer that sorts sunlight to boost solar cell efficiency; a 30-kW dc/dc converter that uses 10-kV SiC devices; and PCB creation and layout export come to WEBENCH Power Designer.
Power Week: Simple Home Fuel Cell & Wireless Charging Spec Triples Power Delivery
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6/5/2014   Post a comment
This week, a simple fuel cell for home use, a wireless charging spec is expanded to enable charging of tablets and laptops, and a USB power delivery controller that enables a single USB cable to deliver data and up to 100 W of power simultaneously.
Power Week: Smaller EV Power Module, SiC Rectifiers & Battery Monitors
News & Analysis  
5/29/2014   Post a comment
This week, a power module from Infineon for EV inverters has a 30% smaller form factor than previous devices. Also: new SiC Schottky rectifiers from Cree and multi-cell battery monitors from Texas Instruments.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More
News & Analysis  
5/22/2014   1 comment
Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
Power Week-in-Review: Carbon Battery Trumps Lithium & Solar EV Carport
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   1 comment
This week, a new carbon-based battery technology claiming advantages over lithium, BMW presents a sustainable solar carport for its EVs, Cree launches a 1200V/25mΩ SiC MOSFET in a TO-247, and an industrial power component tester that simulates lifetime performance.
Comment: Re: enough - rich.pell - 5/9/2014
Power Week-in-Review: EM-Field Safety in EVs & Power Device Analyzer for Circuit Design
News & Analysis  
5/8/2014   2 comments
This week, confirmation that EM fields from electric vehicles pose no dangers, an alcohol-powered micro fuel cell that could replace smartphone batteries, and a single-box power device analyzer for power circuit design.
Comment: Re: Sacre Bleu - rich.pell - 5/7/2014
Comment: Re: audio quality - rich.pell - 5/7/2014
Comment: Re: audio quality - rich.pell - 5/7/2014
Comment: Re: audio quality - rich.pell - 5/6/2014
Comment: Re: audio quality - rich.pell - 5/5/2014
Power Week-in-Review: AC-to-HVDC Grid Research & Non-Optimized Smartwatches
News & Analysis  
5/1/2014   1 comment
This week, research into ways to improve electrical power transmission using HVDC grids, a report that smartwatches are being designed with smartphone chipsets rather than wearable-optimized components, a PMBus power system manager, and more.
Power Week-in-Review: 5m Wireless Power Transfer & Low-Cost Ultracaps
News & Analysis  
4/24/2014   2 comments
This week, researchers have demonstrated wireless power transfer over a 5-meter distance, low-cost ultracapacitors have been built from graphene and carbon nanotubes, a current-sensing solution for battery management that uses no shunt resistor, and much more.
Power Week-in-Review: Wristband TE Generator & Solar Cell Efficiency Record
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
This week, a flexible band-shaped thermoelectric generator that can harvest body heat to power wearables, a solar cell conversion efficiency record using a silicon-based cell of practical size, a multi-topology DC/DC converter, and much more.
Power Week-in-Review: 30s Smartphone Charge, Compact EV Motor Prototype & Class-D Driver
News & Analysis  
4/10/2014   1 comment
This week, a smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds, a compact EV motor that weighs 77 kg and fits in a notebook backpack, a Class-D audio driver IC, and more.
Power Week-in-Review: The Ampere Redefined & PV Power Plant in a Box
News & Analysis  
4/3/2014   1 comment
This week, the venerable electrical base unit of current -- the ampere -- may be looking at a definition makeover, a portable solar plant for use in areas without electricity makes its debut, and the introduction of what is claimed as the industry's most efficient ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems.
Comment: Re: Real engineer - rich.pell - 3/28/2014
Power Week-in-Review: Human Body-Based Portable Generator & IR-Absorbing Silicon PV Cells
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   Post a comment
This week, a triboelectric-based generator that uses the human body to power portable devices, a silicon solar cell that can absorb (and convert to electricity) infrared radiation, a power platform that enables the design of ultra-small 45W power adapters, and much more.
Power Week-in-Review: Universal Phone Charger & EV Battery Storage for Data Centers
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   3 comments
This week, another step forward for a universal charger for mobile phones, another use for second-life EV Li-ion batteries, an e-bike battery-monitoring demo kit, and numerous power product announcements coinciding with APEC 2014.
Power Week-in-Review: Paper Battery, 'Nanobox' Energy Storage & HV SiC MOSFET
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   Post a comment
This week, a hybrid Li-ion battery pack/supercapacitor system that promises to extend mobile battery performance, a "graphene origami" technique that could pave the way toward practical and efficient hydrogen energy storage, and a high-voltage high-temp SiC power MOSFET.
Comment: Re: Like Toyota? - rich.pell - 3/11/2014
Comment: Re: Like Toyota? - rich.pell - 3/10/2014
Comment: Re: Like Toyota? - rich.pell - 3/8/2014
Power Week-in-Review: Human Kinetic Energy Harvester & Wireless EV Charger Forecast
News & Analysis  
3/6/2014   1 comment
This week we review a wearable electromagnetic energy harvester that harvests human vibrational kinetic energy, a forecast for wireless EV charging, cheaper and more efficient polymer solar cells, wireless power product announcements, and more.
Comment: Flash of Genius - rich.pell - 3/2/2014
Power Week-in-Review: Dell Signs On to Wireless Power
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   2 comments
This week: Dell becomes the first major PC maker to support a wireless charging standard, nanoparticles improve a self-charging battery, and we see the first automated battery life measurement system for mobile devices.
Comment: A hoax - rich.pell - 2/26/2014
Power Week-in-Review: Injectable Microbattery, Android Audio Tunneling & 'Pomegranate' Electrode
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This week, an injectable microbattery offering twice the energy of similar devices, a "pomegranate-inspired" electrode that could spur development of silicon-based Li-ion batteries, and audio DSP cores that cut Android audio processing power and save battery life.
Comment: Re: Seriously? - rich.pell - 2/18/2014
Power Week-in-Review: Fusion Breakthrough, Flexible Piezo Fabric & NASA Boosts EVs
News & Analysis  
2/13/2014   1 comment
This week, scientists move one step closer to achieving fusion "ignition," a flexible energy harvesting fabric that delivers twice the power of other such textiles, NASA commits to power source development for EVs, and a MIPI-BIF-compliant fuel gauge IC.
Comment: Re: ASIC solutions - rich.pell - 2/9/2014
Power Week-in-Review: 10 EV Predictions
News & Analysis  
2/6/2014   2 comments
This week, 10 market and technology predictions for electric vehicles in 2014, an energy harvester that continuously converts low-frequency vibration to electricity, a "proton flow" battery that could offer an economical hydrogen-based alternative to lithium, and a real-time AC power monitor IC.
Comment: Re: ASIC solutions - rich.pell - 2/5/2014
Comment: Re: ASIC solutions - rich.pell - 2/5/2014
Comment: Re: ASIC solutions - rich.pell - 2/5/2014
Comment: Re: ASIC solutions - rich.pell - 2/4/2014
Comment: Re: ASIC solutions - rich.pell - 2/4/2014
Power Week in Review: Formula 1 'Power Unit,' Implantable Energy Harvester & Programmable Controller
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   Post a comment
Highlights this week include the newly designed - and significantly "greener" - Formula One engine, an implantable energy harvester that could do away with the need for surgery to replace batteries in pacemakers etc., and a programmable power controller specifically designed for Information/Communications systems.
Power Week-in-Review: Micro Windmill, Storing 'Solar Fuel' & Next-Gen WPC Controller
News & Analysis  
1/23/2014   1 comment
Highlights this week include a MEMS-based micro-windmill that can be used to recharge batteries in cell phones, a new way to convert and store solar energy, and a new wireless power controller from TI.
Power Week-in-Review: 'Superlens' Extends Wireless Power, Precision Power Scope & Free Battery Dev Code
News & Analysis  
1/16/2014   4 comments
This week, a metamaterial "superlens" that extends the distance of magneto-inductive wireless power transfer, plus free lithium-battery development code, the industry's first precision power scope, and Vicor's first ChiP-based power modules.
Comment: Re: Not a "recall" - rich.pell - 1/15/2014
Comment: Not a "recall" - rich.pell - 1/15/2014
Comment: Re: Ahh- the HP35 - rich.pell - 1/13/2014
Power Week-in-Review: Mega Flow Battery, EV Forecast & Mag Res Charger for Qi Phones
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1/9/2014   Post a comment
This week, a possible breakthrough in renewable energy storage, a forecast for the growth in electric vehicles, and the debut of a magnetic resonance charger for wirelessly charging Qi phones at longer distances.
Comment: Re: Greedy CEOs - rich.pell - 1/2/2014
Comment: Re: Greedy CEOs - rich.pell - 1/2/2014
Comment: Re: Greedy CEOs - rich.pell - 1/2/2014
Power Week-in-Review: Ford Solar Hybrid EV, PV Cell Chip & Home Electricity Use
News & Analysis  
1/2/2014   5 comments
This week, a first-of-its-kind solar powered hybrid EV from Ford, news that home electricity usage has dropped to 2001 levels, and an energy harvesting photovoltaic cell chip.
Comment: Re: Greedy CEOs - rich.pell - 1/1/2014
Comment: Re: Greedy CEOs - rich.pell - 12/30/2013
Power Week-in-Review: Smallest Laptop Adapter, Fusion Power Breakthrough & BLE Wireless Power Solution
News & Analysis  
12/26/2013   12 comments
This week, development of a laptop power adapter in a wall plug form factor, a breakthrough in the superconducting cables needed to control nuclear fusion reactors, a new LDO+ from Linear Technology, a Bluetooth Smart-based wireless charging solution and more.
Power Week in Review: Laptop Charger Standard, Predicting Blackouts & TFET Advance
News & Analysis  
12/19/2013   4 comments
This week, a tunnel field-effect transistor that promises HF operation at very low power, an algorithmic approach for predicting blackouts, a new standard for a single external charger for notebook computers, a Qi-compliant wireless power receiver controller IC, and more.
Comment: Re: Lp's And torrent - rich.pell - 12/17/2013
Comment: Re: Mining? - rich.pell - 12/17/2013


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