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Power Tip 49: Avoid these common multi-layer ceramic capacitor pitfalls
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8/31/2012   7 comments
Multi-layer ceramic (MLC) capacitors have become extremely popular in power electronics due to their small size, low equivalent series resistance (ESR), low cost, high reliability, and high ripple current capacity.
Solar electricity: A renewable energy source
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8/31/2012   2 comments
The sun, our chief source of energy, is a giant nuclear machine. Almost all renewable energy sources are derived in one form or another from the sun.
How Intel can use wireless charging to attack ARM
8/30/2012   19 comments
Intel is gearing up to make wireless charging part of its mobile computing offering. Linking computers to mobile phones wirelessly could be used not only to charge up phones but also to supercharge Intel's mobile business strategy.
Intel energizes wireless charging effort
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8/30/2012   9 comments
Intel has selected mixed-signal fabless chip company Integrated Device Technology to make transmitter and receiver ICs to implement Intel's resonant wireless energy transfer technology.
Opinion: Integrating power electronics design technologies
8/28/2012   Post a comment
The need to supply, modify and control the voltage, current or frequency of electric power creates some considerable challenges…
No magnetics required - charge pumps can handle the Volts!
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8/28/2012   Post a comment
The charge pump in some ways has been nearly forgotten due to limited voltage range and historical performance that placed it somewhere in between an LDO and a switching regulator. In this Product How-To article, Steve Knoth at Linear Technology suggests designers -who do not like to use inductors- to use high voltage charge pumps instead.
Design How-To  
8/24/2012   9 comments
Power management is hot. The engineering department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison knows it and is taking full advantage.
Increasing energy yield of PV panels
Design How-To  
8/21/2012   2 comments
Imec and its partners in the Smart PV project have developed a smart bypass for solar panels. Such a bypass minimizes power loss of the panel due to less performing cells. The eventual goal of the Smart PV project is to increase the energy yield of photovoltaic panels by transforming them into intelligent systems that can adapt to their environment.
Circuit protection can't be an afterthought
News & Analysis  
8/20/2012   7 comments
Time-challenged engineers need to start thinking about circuit protection at the beginning of a project, not the end.
Tritium nanobattery lasts in smaller spaces
News & Analysis  
8/14/2012   7 comments
City Labs, Inc.(Miami) recently has been granted a product regulatory general license to manufacture, sell, and distribute its NanoTritium betavoltaic power sources which contain small amounts of tritium, a radioisotope commonly found in Exit signs and diver’s watches.
China Li-ion battery market growth exploding
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8/14/2012   1 comment
The Chinese lithium-ion battery market will nearly double to $9.2 billion in 2016, as volumes grow 129 percent to 44.3 GWh.
Fraunhofer Institute for Communication Systems ESK develops smart wireless power outlets
News & Analysis  
8/13/2012   2 comments
A new Internet-enabled power outlet was developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication Systems ESK in Munich will allow users to control household appliances via their smartphone, and reduce their energy costs into the bargain.
Smart energy interoperability, it's now or never
8/10/2012   6 comments
EETimes has asked three questions to the three top executives at the HomePlug Alliance, the WiFi Alliance and the ZigBee Alliance to grasp their views about smart energy interoperability.
LED industry enters third growth cycle
8/9/2012   4 comments
Packaged LED revenue will amount to $11.4 billion in 2012 and peak to $17 billion by 2018, according to market research firm Yole Développement (Lyon, France).
Greenvity rolls hybrid chip combining ZigBee, HomePlug
Product News  
8/8/2012   2 comments
Greenvity Communication announced it has launched the Hybrii, a hybrid SoC family that integrates powerline communication (PLC) and wireless capabilities on a single chip. The Hybrii family includes the Hybrii-XL chip for smart grid, smart energy management, industrial and consumer applications, and the Hybrii-PLC device for rugged, high temperature conditions.
Getting the most out of power conversion stages
Design How-To  
8/7/2012   1 comment
In today's environment, we are continuously being challenged by our customers to make our designs smaller, more efficient and more reliable. In order to achieve this, we have to look at every last element of the design. One item where we concentrate on is the dead time control of switching MOSFETs.
London Calling: Wind River, Marconi and Mars
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8/7/2012   Post a comment
From Lincoln, England, to Gale Crater, Mars, is a very long way but the distance can be bridged with a couple of leaps of imagination.
Reliable power is key to industrial productivity
Design How-To  
8/6/2012   2 comments
Productivity depends on a reliable, clean source of AC power. The fact is that natural or manmade disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. This article discusses how proper planning and location of critical emergency power systems and facility wide audits – at the building’s service entrance electrical panel – can mitigate problems to assure a high level of power quality throughout the facility. Harmonics, another major concern within a facility will also be discussed.
Wearable monitoring system for Parkinson's patients
News & Analysis  
8/3/2012   8 comments
European researchers said they are developing a wearable monitoring system that automatically regulates the delivery of medication to Parkinson's patients.
From small contributions come big successes
8/2/2012   1 comment
STMicroelectronics' modest contributions to the search for the Higgs boson and, with it, the origins of our universe illustrates how technology companies can expand human knowledge while delivering useful products.
White LEDs printed on paper
8/2/2012   11 comments
Swedish researcher shows how it is possible to grow and print white LEDs directly on paper.
Smart energy interoperability group formally incorporated
News & Analysis  
8/1/2012   3 comments
The Consortium for Smart Energy Profile 2 Interoperability, formed by HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and ZigBee Alliance, announced it has completed its formal incorporation and achieved its first interoperability Plugfest.

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