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Battery costs could keep a brake on electric car developments
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1/13/2010   2 comments
The widespread adoption of fully electric vehicles still seems to need the impetus of a technology breakthrough if it is going happen by 2020.
Patience will be a virtue in the next decade
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
The new decade has dawned and it promises to be a big one for the power management sector.
More than walls coming down
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
In a month when everyone is remembering the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall I had an interesting conversation with a senior sales executive of a leading European battery maker.
Engaging sleep mode - the power of new arrivals
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
What is guaranteed to ensure sleepless nights - new baby or the development of a new Power Management IC?
French unveil battery plans to plug electric car vacuum
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10/3/2009   Post a comment
The French government has unveiled plans to invest 1.5 billion euros on infrastructure measures to support its desire to see two million electric and hybrid cars on French roads by 2020.
Power management or power avoidance - which should come first?
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9/14/2009   2 comments
A recent poll of EE Times Europe readers, which represents a good sample of electronics design engineers, canvassed what they thought would offer the best energy-saving return on R&D.
Rolling back the years
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
Japan's third-largest automaker, Nissan Motor Co., announced this week that the company will invest almost $700 million to build two plants in the U.K. and Portugal to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.
Is Wave power going to drive new engineering achievements?
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6/1/2009   1 comment
It is going to be interesting to see whether Google's new real-time communication platform, Google Wave, is going to finally spark some interest in engineers and gain acceptance as a useful development tool.
Smart meters - the next political sideshow?
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5/15/2009   1 comment
The UK government has set out plans to have new smart meters installed in all 26 million UK homes by 2020 to monitor energy consumption.
Are incentives enough to spark a transport revolution?
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4/17/2009   1 comment
The UK Government's Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon announced this week that motorists will be offered subsidies of between £2,000 and £5,000 to encourage them to buy electric or plug-in hybrid cars from 2011.
Tick box educators are failing science
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
The UK has a proud tradition of scientific breakthroughs and engineering excellence but the chance of future generations of UK scientists upholding the tradition is looking shaky at the moment.
Listening to engineers can keep researchers in the shadows
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
National's approach to power optimization promises to make life easier for installers by giving them more flexibility and that should pay dividends for end users too.
Giving energy harvesting the bump test
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2/9/2009   1 comment
Energy harvesting is without doubt going to be one of the power management themes of 2009. Throughout the year we are going to be bombarded with new techniques to harness energy from all kinds of unusual power sources. Some will be clever and some will be downright whacky.
Small processing steps aim to reduce Global Warming
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2/2/2009   Post a comment
In the past week the global electronics power management industry showed that it has the potential to make some reductions in global power consumption through the appliance of innovative semiconductor processing technology.
Can personal healthcare give us an energy boost?
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1/9/2009   1 comment
Looking back at previous recessions may not help us out of this one but some echoes from the past may still be leading the way forward in this generation.
Investing for the future
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12/12/2008   Post a comment
The cash-strapped automotive industry is stimulating a lot of the fun and games in the board rooms of multinationals in the electronics sector.
Back to the Future
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
The price of polysilicon has fallen swiftly on the spot market in recent months, dropping to about $200 per kilogram from $450 to $500 earlier in 2008. Analysts predict spot prices to sink below $100 by the end of 2009 and to a $50 to $80 range in 2010. That's roughly the same levels as prices in long-term contracts.
Time for a change for the better?
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
Two historic events are expected to take place this week on opposite sides of the planet that are likely to have a profound effect on the future prospects of global power management markets.
Black silicon - an X-files candidate?
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10/22/2008   Post a comment
Black silicon may sound like the name for a new comic book hero but it certainly has attracted a lot of interest in the Blogosphere recently.
Is another bubble about to go pop?
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
Last week the head of Kyocera's solar operations, managing executive officer Tatsumi Maeda, told a press conference that the Japanese company has been wary of expanding solar panel production, preferring to wait for technology advances to lower the cost of converting solar power into electricity.
What power development would you invest in?
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
The pressure keeps building on power management engineers to produce a breakthrough in energy efficiency performance that will sweep the market forward. But are there any real contenders out there that will have a major impact in the future?
Patience is a virtue - I suppose
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
New gallium nitride power devices promise performance improvements up to ten times that of existing devices with the main applications including AC/DC and DC/DC conversion, as well as Class D audio.
Sitting in the dark - not quite yet
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
This week the European plant engineers' association VGB has urged European Union countries to quickly build new power generation plants to put in an additional 400,000 MW, or half the current total again, by 2020.
Fingers crossed
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9/9/2008   Post a comment
CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's most powerful particle accelerator, producing beams seven times more energetic than any previous machine and around 30 times more intense when it reaches design performance, probably by 2010.
Microbatterries open up new horizons
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9/2/2008   Post a comment
MIT researchers are now using viruses to construct microbatteries that are half the size of a human cell.
Back to the drawing board
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Silver-zinc batteries, which feature a water based chemistry and have the added benefit of being recyclable, may prove a solution in the long-term but it will be several years before they have proven themselves in consumer applications around the globe.
A wheely useful robot
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8/8/2008   Post a comment
A low cost robot swarm platform was unveiled at ALIFE XI, the first European conference on Artificial Life taking place at the University of Winchester.
The Great Zero Energy Media Wall of China
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
The GreenPix - Zero Energy Media Wall " aims to spotlight what the future holds for LED display and photovoltaic technologies.
Powering a Blog frenzy
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7/14/2008   Post a comment
Battery performance seems to be one of the main reasons why some people have second thoughts about getting a 3G smartphone.
Flights of fancy?
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7/7/2008   Post a comment
Sir Clive Sinclair told the BBC's Radio 4 iPM programme that personal flying machines would have to be electric powered, because petrol engines were not reliable enough.
Wanted: Battery powered votes
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
US presidential candidate John McCain put batteries squarely in the spotlight last week when he pledged a $300m reward for the development of a better battery-powered car.
Happy Birthday Baby
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
The forerunner of the modern computer was born in a lab in the University of Manchester sixty years ago.
cctv - Room for improvement
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Forgive my twitch but I have an irresistible urge to keep looking over my shoulder as I write this blog.

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