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Consumer Electronics

May 2013
Highly-integrated piezo haptic driver empowers HD touchscreens
Texas Instruments introduced what is claimed as the industry's most highly integrated piezo haptic driver for high-definition (HD) consumer, automotive and industrial touchscreen applications. The
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05/31/2013
Cymbet Corporation announced the successful results of in-vivo biocompatibility feasibility studies that were conducted to evaluate the biological safety of the EnerChip™ Rechargeable Solid State
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05/30/2013
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05/29/2013

Atmel microcontrollers power Secret Labs' ultra-low-power Smart Watch
Atmel, a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, announced that Secret Labs' recently launched AGENT' smart watch is powered by Atmel's SAM4S and tinyAVR® microcontrollers.
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05/29/2013
USB 2.0 hub controller chip includes battery-charging function
Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the development of the μPD720115 USB 2.0 hub controller chip, which supports simultaneous USB communication and
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05/29/2013
Highly-integrated PFC IC addresses compact consumer products and computing apps
Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, introduced HiperPFS-2, a new family of high-efficiency, active-PFC ICs for offline applications
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05/29/2013
Project Longhaul - an elegant expression of love and energy harvesting
Editor's note: This is one of the most elegant, expressive, and technically advanced projects I have ever seen. It not only harnesses (pun intended) next-generation power-management technologies,
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05/27/2013
RS Components stocks energy-harvesting Discovery Kit from STMicroelectronics
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a leading distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced availability of the M24LR Discovery Kit from STMicroelectronics,
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05/24/2013
The A8580 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a buck regulator power-supply IC that offers a high degree of flexibility in input voltage (4 to 40 V), switching frequency (250 kHz to 2.4 MHz), and
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05/22/2013
LED power supply suits hand-held medical and industrial applications
BEAR Power Supplies has introduced a compact, high-efficiency DC-DC converter for hand-held LED devices. The 10 x 20 mm power supply incorporates a microprocessor for programmable LED dimming. The
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05/22/2013
Coilcraft releases CPS short-form  RF & power magnetics catalog
The Coilcraft CPS Short Form Catalog is a comprehensive reference to the company's four lines of RF and power magnetics for critical applications. This 24-page catalog presents detailed specifications
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05/21/2013
The no-load power crunch: 30 mW and beyond

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Figure 1. DOE proposed regulations vs. Level V performance for a 5V output EPS.

The need to reduce active-mode power consumption is somewhat obvious. What has not been so obvious is the need to minimize power drain in standby and no-load when products are essentially doing nothing.
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05/20/2013
Ultracapacitors and energy management
In this PSDcast we talk to Chad Hall of Ioxus about ultracapacitors and their role in power design. More than just a capacitor replacement, ultracapacitors provide engineers with new capabilities
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05/20/2013
Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth low-energy and ANT+ ICs claim as smallest available
Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced the immediate availability of two wafer-level chip-scale package (WLCSP) variants of its existing QFN-packaged nRF51822 and nRF51422
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05/20/2013
Microbattery's Nickel-based energy storage tech offers improved power performance
VARTA Microbattery, a leader in batteries and supercapacitors, has added the HVCAP35, a Nickel (Ni)-based energy storage system to their V-Cap Series. VARTA Microbattery's new Ni based energy storage
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05/20/2013
LAST POWER, the European Union-sponsored program aimed at developing a cost-effective and reliable technology for power electronics, announced its three-year program achievements that place Europe
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05/17/2013
This article is the fourth of a series in which Dr. Ridley shows the steps involved in designing and building an offline flyback converter. The power transformer is added to the circuit, and the current sensing and snubbers are designed to operate at full power without excessive stress on the components. Power
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05/16/2013
Imec and Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced that they have entered into a new strategic research collaboration at Holst Centre. Together,
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05/16/2013
Excelitas Technologies, a technology leader focused on delivering innovative, customized optoelectronics to OEMs seeking high-performance technology solutions, announced the latest of its industry-leading
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05/15/2013
Who's Managing Your Power Management?
A few dozen years ago, engineers fresh out of school were assigned to the power supply team; the most boring and least challenging aspect of the system and the one most forgiving of inexperience.
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05/14/2013
One way to look at change is to see it as the unfolding path we take on our journey to the future version of normal. Every trip brings us encounters we did not plan to meet, challenges we had not
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05/14/2013
Humberto Evans, founder of CircuitLab, describes and demonstrates their new online schematic capture and design tool for Power Systems Design. Circuitlab allows people to design online
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05/14/2013
Whether smartphones, electric cars or a household photovoltaic system, the latest technologies now cannot manage without modern batteries. It is hard to imagine that the first battery was invented
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05/13/2013
Energy efficient EFM32 ï½Wonder Geckoï½ with ARM Cortex-M4 and FPU now available
Energy Micro, an energy-friendly microcontroller and radio company, is now shipping its latest microcontroller, the EFM32 Wonder Gecko, with devices and development kits available immediately.
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05/13/2013
Isabellenhütte, a leader in the development of precise shunt-based measurement technologies has introduced the IB4 battery-management system. Developed in cooperation with the company's Braunschweig-based
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05/13/2013
Cambrios taps Sriram Peruvemba to oversee worldwide marketing
Cambrios Technologies, a leader in silver nanowire-based solutions for the transparent and flexible conductor markets, announced today the appointment of Sriram Peruvemba as chief marketing officer
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05/09/2013
High-density DC/DC converter modules target fuel-cell driven applications
Powerstax, a specialty provider of highly-optimized power sources, has released a series of DC-DC converter power modules specifically aimed at fuel cell power generation. The modules in the FC series
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05/09/2013
Vishay's 1A Rectifiers have reverse voltages to 1000 V for smartphone chargers
Vishay Intertechnology released four 1-A miniature glass-passivated single-phase bridge rectifiers in a 1.4 mm-high surface-mount MBLS package. With features such as reverse voltages as high as 1000
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05/09/2013
Mouser provides space-saving Power CSP MOSFETS from Panasonic
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking Power CSP MOSFETs from Panasonic that provide a 5% improvement in thermal dissipation and a dramatically reduced size compared to conventional solutions. Panasonic
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05/08/2013
Novel rechargeable battery can stretch, twist and bend
Northwestern University's Yonggang Huang and the University of Illinois' John A. Rogers are the first to demonstrate a stretchable lithium-ion battery -- a flexible device capable of powering their
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05/07/2013
Modem transceiver reduces power consumption by up to 50%
Texas Instruments introduced a fully-integrated, on-off keying modem transceiver that is compliant with the Antenna Interface Standards Group (AISG) v2.0 specification. The SN65HVD62 reduces power
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05/07/2013
Synchronous 1-A step-down regulator requires only 3.5μA quiescent current
The LTC3621 is a high efficiency, 17V input capable synchronous buck regulator from Linear Technology that delivers up to 1A of continuous output current to outputs as low as 0.6V. Synchronous rectification
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05/07/2013
Steve Grady of Cymbet explains the company's chipscale battery technology
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05/06/2013
Energy Micro, the energy friendly microcontroller and radio company, announced the immediate availability of the Keil RTX real-time operating system (RTOS) as part of its Simplicity Studio tool suite.
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05/06/2013
Mouser Electronics announced it has entered into a worldwide distribution agreement with Analog Devices, a leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications. The agreement
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05/06/2013
A member of TI's energy-harvesting development team demonstrates a wireless
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05/03/2013
One of the interesting things about working in the developing technology space is being constantly barraged by buzzwords and labels attempting to describe the myriad breakthroughs, developments,
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05/03/2013
Advanced Power Electronics launches dual n- and p-channel MOSFETs for battery apps
Advanced Power Electronics, a leading manufacturer of MOS power semiconductors for DC-DC power conversion applications, announced two power MOSFETs well-suited for battery management and protection
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05/03/2013
Power adapter chipsets achieve fast standby recovery with ultra-low standby power
iWatt, a leading provider of digital-centric power management integrated circuits (ICs), has expanded its PrimAccurate™ pulse width modulation (PWM) controller platform to include two new power adapter
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05/02/2013
Super Barrier Rectifier helps reduce charger size
The 15A rated SBR15U50SP5 Super Barrier Rectifier (SBR®) from Diodes Incorporated has been introduced to meet the needs of next-generation smartphone and tablet chargers. Characterized by low forward
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05/02/2013
Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design talks to Shar Narasimhan of Atmel
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05/02/2013
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