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Power Week: Power Management ICs on the Move
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   1 comment
The global power management IC market is likely to grow by almost 8% annually over the next few years, but not without facing challenges, a new report says.
Power Week: Digital Power Consortium Aims for a Complete Power Ecosystem
News & Analysis  
10/16/2014   Post a comment
A new digital power consortium formed by several leading power supply manufacturers aims to deliver technically advanced, end-to-end, distributed power solutions offering true plug-and-play multi-sourcing.
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
News & Analysis  
10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
Power Week: Add Your Mark to the Nikola Tesla Museum
News & Analysis  
10/2/2014   Post a comment
Efforts to renovate Nikola Tesla's original Wardenclyffe lab on Long Island have entered a new phase with an Indiegogo campaign allowing supporters to "buy a brick for Nik."
Power Week: Intel's Wireless Charging Bowl Is Imminent
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   4 comments
The smart wireless charging bowl that Intel unveiled at CES this year to great interest will be available on the market around the end of the year, Intel's CEO says.
Comment: Re: Solar EMP - rich.pell - 9/23/2014
Comment: Re: Solar EMP - rich.pell - 9/21/2014
Comment: Re: Solar EMP - rich.pell - 9/20/2014
Power Week: Did We Just Avoid an 'Electric Armageddon?'
News & Analysis  
9/18/2014   6 comments
While a powerful solar storm this past week resulted only in enhanced auroras in the night skies for some earth residents, some worry of a potential EM pulse catastrophe that would virtually bring civilization to a halt.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow
News & Analysis  
9/11/2014   1 comment
The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Power Week: Tesla Gigafactory Will Fail to Meet Li-ion Price Goals, Says Report
News & Analysis  
9/4/2014   5 comments
Just as the location of Tesla's planned Gigafactory is being announced, a new report casts doubt on whether the giant battery factory will be able to achieve its targeted cost-reduction goals for lithium ion cells.
Comment: Re: Protectionism - rich.pell - 9/2/2014
Comment: Re: Protectionism - rich.pell - 9/2/2014
Power Week: RF Charging Startup & Dialog Semi Team Up for Over-the-Air Power
News & Analysis  
8/28/2014   1 comment
This week, "over-the-air" power got a boost when RF charging startup Energous and Dialog Semiconductor agreed to jointly develop a proof-of-concept reference design to help develop the market for a remote, wire-free charging technology.
Power Week: IRF Only One of Many Rumored Infineon Targets
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8/21/2014   Post a comment
Prior to this week's big announcement of Infineon's agreement to buy International Rectifier, speculation swirled over several other chipmaker names as possible acquisition targets.
Comment: Re: Thanks! - rich.pell - 8/20/2014
Power Week: FAA - Lithium Batteries Pose More Danger Than Thought
News & Analysis  
8/14/2014   5 comments
New FAA tests on lithium batteries show that the devices pose more dangers to planes than previously thought.
Comment: Re: Radio Free EET - rich.pell - 8/14/2014
Comment: Re: Radio Free EET - rich.pell - 8/13/2014
Power Week: Student-Designed EV a Tesla Beater?
News & Analysis  
8/7/2014   1 comment
This week, a student-designed hybrid solar electric car has moved a step closer to becoming the world's first street-legal solar-powered vehicle.
Power Week: Google's $1M Power Inverter Challenge – How Small Is Possible?
News & Analysis  
7/31/2014   6 comments
This week, Google, along with the IEEE, is offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can build a kilowatt-scale power inverter roughly the size of a laptop. A full list of technical requirements is available.
Power Week: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting's Bright Future
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   9 comments
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   30 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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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


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