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GaN FET apps are growing rapidly

Alex Lidow, Efficient Power Conversion

Enhancement-mode gallium nitride transistors have been commercially available for over five years.  Commercially available gallium nitride (GaN) FETs are designed to be both higher performance and lower cost than state-of-the-art silicon-based power MOSFETs.  This achievement marks the first time in
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04/29/2015
Dialight, an innovation leader in LED lighting technology, announced the release of the highest-efficiency LED lighting fixtures on the market, the Vigilant H2 Series LED High Bay. Delivering 140 lumens per watt, the new H2 Series offers approximately 25,000 lumen output. The H2 Series features Dialight’s
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03/04/2015
Ametherm announced its product lineup for the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) 2015, taking place March 15-19 in Charlotte, North Carolina. In booth 1023, the company will be showcasing a wide range of its leading inrush current limiters for reliable circuit protection and NTC sensing
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03/04/2015

Is Germany into IoT?

Thomas Hahnel, Lucy Turpin Communications

Although we Germans are the current soccer world champions, our IoT adoption rating is less than world class. Even Telekom CEO, Timothy Höttges, declared in October 2014: "We’ve lost the first half time of digitalization." In football, losing the first half is not tragic. But you have to
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02/13/2015
ON Semiconductor offers updated PFC AC/DC drivers for LED lighting

NCL3008x family of products

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, announced two new series of power factor corrected (PFC) offline AC/DC drivers for high-performance LED lighting applications. Extending the NCL3008x family of products, the NCL30085, NCL30086 and NCL30088 address single stage design implementations up
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12/16/2014
Heard of structural electronics?

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Structural electronics is one of the most important developments this century yet most people have never heard of it. Strange - there are over 37 million items on Google. Two years ago, IEEE published,"3D Printing for Rapid Prototyping of Structural Electronics". Drayson revealed the "structural
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12/10/2014
On digital power management

Tony Armstrong, Linear Technology

The use of a standard serial digital bus, for example I2C, enables simple and efficient communications to and from digitally equipped DC/DC converters, and emerging standards like PMBus facilitate component interoperability. Important regulator parameters, including startup characteristics and timing,
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11/22/2014
Addressing energy theft

Kevin Mays, IUS Technologies

Smart grid technology can optimize power distribution in highly visible ways. End-of-line sensing and two-way communication capabilities allow utilities to boost efficiency through volt/VAR optimization, real-time peak demand response, and self-healing. Similar connected sensing technology can also be used to
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10/25/2014
The importance of investing in tomorrow’s engineers

Phil Scotcher, TDK-Lambda

Large organizations, particularly within the engineering and manufacturing sector, are continuing to prove that investing time and money by offering placements to young and talented individuals is essential for a company’s economic growth. Apprenticeship schemes are an extremely effective way of helping companies
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10/24/2014
The PMBus Forum continues to steer the Industry

Sabran for PMBus

Back in 2004, Bob White proposed the PMBus™ (Power Management Bus) digital power management protocol, the first open standard for commercial power supply manufacturers. The PMBus protocol allowed equipment manufacturers to standardize the use of digital signaling for controlling, configuring and monitoring
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09/24/2014
“Vampire energy” is power used by appliances when they are “off.”  Unplugging your cell phone charger saves about 500 watt-hours per year.  Multiplied by millions of wall-warts, that is significant. On the other hand, we give far too little attention to the energy that we flush down the drain. 
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07/23/2014
Is Your Medical Device RoHS Compliant?

Peter Blyth, XP Power

By 22 July 2014 all medical devices must be compliant to the RoHS II legislative Directive (2011/65/EU). The key question is, are you ready? It may feel like the deadline crept up rather fast for some, but we’ve known since July 2011 when RoHS II was published. There has been plenty of time, but if you’ve
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07/08/2014
AMETEK Programmable Power, a leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, announced that the GUI (Graphical User Interface) software for its California Instruments AC sources now supports the aviation industry’s critical specification for RTCA DO-160G test requirements. AMETEK's GUI test software
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06/17/2014
They have a problem in Europe.  On bright, sunny, windy days, they have too much “alternative energy;” and the clocks are running too fast.  Something needs to be done, and urgently. The problem is more serious than clocks running fast.  The “European 50.2 Hz Problem” means that if the
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04/30/2014
Increased monitoring and automation of The Grid will significantly improve stability and reliability, avoiding blackouts and allowing a better response to anomalous line conditions. However, things get out of control over the ambitious goal of reaching through the Smart Meter to monitor and control everyone’s
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04/05/2014
Plant-to-Enterprise Network Convergence Design Strategies

George Kairys, Molex

Industrial network convergence between plant and enterprise systems necessitates the integration of cabling, connectivity, controllers, switches and other components, coupled with the software interface to transmit and mine data between commercial and industrial functions.  Lately we’ve seen a trend towards
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02/15/2014
Characterizing Piezoelectric materials for faster computing

Professor Markys Cain, National Physical Laboratory

Due to a decade of stagnation in semiconductor transistor performance, computational processing power has failed to increase by more than a few percent since 2003. Now a new European research project looks to speed up the commercialization of revolutionary electronics that could finally provide a route to faster,
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02/13/2014
GaN tech expands into multiple markets

Alex Lidow of EPC

The GaN technology journey is just beginning, and we are still far from its theoretical performance limits. It is quite reasonable to expect a rate of improvement reminiscent of Moore’s Law, which predicted the growth of microprocessor technology – doubling of product performance every two to four years
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02/12/2014
An underlying premise of the “Smart Grid” is that the utilities will be able to send commands through the “Smart Meters” to shut off various loads when power demand is higher than supply.  Restated, they will have the ability to shut off my appliances so that they can sell the power to someone else
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01/10/2014
Paultre on Power - Kiran Kumaraswamy of ICF on distributed energy resources (Podcast)

Kiran Kumaraswamy of ICF

In this podcast Kiran Kumaraswamy of ICF talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on distributed energy resources and the future smart grid. Kiran has worked on the dynamics of distributed generation systems where he studied the modeling of fuel cells and microturbines related to power generation. In theis
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12/17/2013
Paultre on Power - Ken Price of Tektronix on power test issues (Podcast)

Ken Price of Tektronix

In this podcast Ken Price of the power analyzers group at Tektronix talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the latest challenges facing the test & measurement industry. Engineers face increased demands for greater energy efficiency and lower line pollution, along with a growing array of government
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12/17/2013
Qualcomm names Steve Mollenkopf CEO and President

Steve Mollenkopf of Qualcomm

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a succession plan for executive management of the Company. Effective December 12, 2013, Steve Mollenkopf was promoted to Chief Executive Officer-elect of Qualcomm, and appointed to its Board of Directors.
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12/13/2013
Paultre on Power - Erik Christian of Tollgrade on the challenges and opportunities in the Smart Grid (Podcast)

Erik Christian of Tollgrade

In this podcast Erik Christian of Tollgrade, a smart grid sensor market leader, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the Smart Grid and the challenging landscape facing the power engineering community. Tollgrade, a leading provider of predictive fault analytics, is helping to redefine a new standard
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12/11/2013
Rear Admiral Pease becomes inaugural member of Energy Focus Advisory Board

Rear Admiral Kendell Pease (Ret)

Energy Focus announced the creation of an Energy Focus Advisory Board to be comprised of leading experts in government and commercial markets. The board will be to help penetrate significant market 
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12/10/2013
Paultre on Power - Bjorn Brandal of Atmel on the latest generation of microcontrollers (Podcast)

Bjorn Brandal of Atmel

In this podcast Bjorn Brandal of Atmel talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the challenges and opportunities facing the microcontroller marketplace today. From the Smart grid and Internet of Things to the ever-increasing drive to put more intelligence into more systems, today's microcontroller providers
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12/10/2013
Paultre on Power - Jim Douglas of Wind River on connecting things within the cloud (Podcast)

Jim Douglas,Senior VP of Marketing at Wind River

In this podcast Jim Douglas, Senior VP of Marketing at Wind River, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systerms Design about the issues involved with making sure all of the devices involved in the Internet
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12/06/2013
Energy storage is normally considered as a non-exciting subject within the energy infrastructure technologies. Alternative/renewable energy, smart grid, the Internet and the communications infrastructure development are exciting, get significant attention and research dollars from the industry and the government,
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12/05/2013
Paultre on Power - Ed Herbert of PSMA on smart-grid considerations (Podcast)

Edward Herbert, Co-Chair of the Energy Efficiency Committee

In this podcast, Edward Herbert, Co-Chair of the Energy Efficiency Committee, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the recent EPRI-PSMA Workshop "Are You Smart Enough for the Smart Grid?". There are many issues and opportunities involved, from the hardware to the software to the very terminiology
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12/04/2013
Paultre on Power - Sasa Radovanovic of TI on RF power (Podcast)

Sasa Radovanovic of Texas Instruments' RF Power Group

In this podcast Sasa Radovanovic of Texas Instruments' RF Power Group talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about RF power management in handheld devices. RF power management is critical to an extended battery life, consuming as much as 30% of a device's energy budget. TI recently released ultra-low
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12/04/2013
Paultre on Power - Frederik Dostal of Analog Devices on alternative isolation solutions (Podcast)

Frederik Dostal, European Regional Power Specialist for Analog Devices

In this podcast Frederik Dostal, European Regional Power Specialist for Analog Devices, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about using alternative isolation solutions for the feedback path of primary side switching controllers. Optocouplers aren't the perfect solution everyone would like them to be,
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Date:
12/03/2013
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