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Consumer Electronics

August 2014
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Assistant Secretary David Danielson together with thought leaders from manufacturing, universities, national laboratories, and government will summarize key developments and recent successes in driving innovation and competitiveness for clean energy products
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08/29/2014
Increasing efficiency and reducing power consumption is key for modern embedded systems. To support these demanding needs SEGGER added tickless low power support to its popular embOS real time operating system. The embOS tickless low power feature reduces the power consumption for e.g. battery powered devices.
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08/29/2014
Anand Balakrishnan of Freescale on intelligent power in the IoT

Anand Balakrishnan of Freescale

In this PSDcast Anand Balakrishnan of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the intelligent power demands of small portable devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Highly-integrated embedded systems with active sub-system power management are a powerful way to achieve both higher energy
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08/29/2014

Freescale introduces novel family of programmable wireless charging solutions

WPC Qi-certified transmit controller ICs and reference designs

Freescale Semiconductor introduced a range of fully-programmable wireless charging ICs and reference designs targeting automotive and consumer applications. These Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi-certified transmit controller ICs and reference designs are fully qualified and available now. As feature-rich,
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08/28/2014
Melexis & Freescale create automotive-ready wireless charging & NFC reference design

The WCT-5WTXAUTO reference design from Melexis and Freescale

Wireless charging promises to take consumers to the next level of convenience for maintaining readiness of mission critical and lifestyle enhancing communication tools. Low battery warnings are never welcome but seem ever present with the increasing reliance on portable electronics in our personal and professional
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08/27/2014
Torex Semi's latest ultra-small voltage detectors have high accuracy, ultra-low supply current, and detection delay

XC6129 series voltage detectors

Torex Semiconductor has released the XC6129 series of voltage detectors with high accuracy, low supply current, and a delay function. These voltage detectors are ideal for wearable devices and small portable devices. The XC6129 series are voltage detectors with an accuracy of ±0.8% (Ta = 25°C), a supply current
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08/26/2014
Controlled study proves activity monitor improves children's health

Zamzee' activity monitor for children

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced that U.S.-based non-profit research organization, HopeLab, has specified Nordic nRF8001 Connectivity ICs to provide the Bluetooth® Smart (previously known as Bluetooth low energy) wireless link in the latest wireless version of its 'Zamzee'
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08/26/2014
Freescale Semiconductor announced it is launching the next generation of its flagship Kinetis K series microcontrollers (MCUs) with the expansion of its existing Kinetis K1x, K2x and K6x MCU families, and the introduction of the Kinetis K0x MCU family. In addition, Freescale has dramatically expanded its enablement
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08/22/2014
Cirrus Logic announced that it has completed its acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics. Cirrus Logic believes that the acquisition will strengthen its position as a market leader with a highly differentiated global customer base and end-to-end signal processing solutions, including integrated circuits and
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08/21/2014
CamSemi announced two of their latest ‘fast start’ Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers to extend the target applications for the company’s latest generation C2170 family into higher powers. The new C2173 and C2174 controllers target low cost MoU-compliant, USB smartphone charger and other universal
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08/21/2014
Advanced drivers from FTDI Chip enable more efficient systems

FTDI Chip has updated its expansive USB driver portfolio

FTDI Chip has updated its expansive USB driver portfolio in order to include a selective suspend feature. The revised drivers have just passed Microsoft certification and are available to download free of charge from the FTDI Chip website. With the launch of lower-powered versions of X-Chip series
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08/21/2014
Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC, solid-state lighting, and Bluetooth Smart wireless technology, announced it has agreed to a joint collaboration with Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT), the developer of WattUp™, a novel wire-free charging technology for electronic
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08/19/2014
In the battle for the connected home, stakeholders are lining up

Google-owned Nest Labs envisions a ‘conscious home'

The “smart home” has been a dream for decades but too expensive for the average household. Not anymore. Now that the costs for creating a connected home are dropping, device makers, utilities, telecoms and other companies are gearing up for what’s being called the battle beyond the living room. The latest
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08/19/2014
Intersil releases single-chip display power and LED driver in smartphones
Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The ISL98611 is presented as the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip. It
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08/18/2014
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that entries for the 2015 CES Innovation Awards will be accepted through Sept. 15, 2014. The 2015 Best of Innovation Honorees will be announced Nov. 11, 2014, at CES Unveiled New York and showcased at the 2015 International CES. Owned and produced by CEA,
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08/14/2014
Smart electronic passports (ePassports) can fight terrorism and international crime by making it harder to forge travel documents—but can they overcome their most powerful enemies: political opposition and government red tape? IHS Technology research indicates that ePassports are set to experience relatively
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08/14/2014
TI's multiphase Vcore solution offers advanced PMBus interface and smart power stage

Texas Instruments introduced a complete multiphase core voltage power management system

Texas Instruments introduced a complete multiphase core voltage (Vcore) power management system solution for enterprise servers, storage and high-end desktop applications. Compliant with Intel’s VR12.5 and VR12 voltage regulation specifications, the TPS53661, TPS53641 and TPS53631 DC/DC controllers and CSD95372B
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08/13/2014
Newark element14 announces the launch of the Texas Instruments CC3200 Launchpad and CC3100 BoosterPack, a development platform and Wi-Fi device, created for faster and easier implementation of solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). The CC3200 LaunchPad kit is the industry’s first single-chip programmable
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08/12/2014
The arrival of Google’s Android TV platform could well disrupt the landscape for streaming media players now dominated by Roku and Apple TV, potentially roiling a rapidly expanding market that sells tens of millions of units every year, according to research from IHS Technology. The worldwide installed base
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08/12/2014
Dianne Kibbey of element14 on inspiring the design community

Dianne Kibbey of element14

In this PSDcast Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community for element14, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the design engineering community and fomenting innovation and development. According to Kibbey, “the Internet of Things has been a hot topic in the media, but the technologies behind it
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08/11/2014
Multi-hop wireless power could make your house one giant electrical socket

This multi-hop transmission system uses a series of resonators to move the power where it needs to go

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just carry around a smartphone or laptop and have power available anywhere in a room? True wireless power is a dream many engineers have been chasing after for years, but progress has been excruciatingly slow. Now a research group from the University of Tokyo has created a
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08/11/2014
Logic PD, a product innovation and realization company for connected devices, announced today that it will be showcasing its new Blueprint Framework for Wireless Device Integration and Wearable Device development at the M2M Evolution Conference & Expo, to be held August 12-14, 2014, at The Rio in Las Vegas
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08/11/2014
uBeam uses ultrasound to charge phones from across the room

uBeam uses ultrasonic frequencies to trasmit power

Wireless charging has existed for years now, but it has been slow to take off. That probably has to do with the only nominally wireless nature of it. Charging a phone wirelessly usually means placing it on a surface, or at the most a few inches above it. A technology being developed by a company called uBeam
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08/08/2014
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now shipping the PAN1740 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Module from Panasonic. The PAN1740 is a single-model Bluetooth module that reduced form factor and significantly lower power consumption with a fully shielded case that includes an integrated chip antenna and on-board crystal oscillators.
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08/08/2014
As discussed by Cymbet, a developer of solid state energy storage solution, in a white paper published in 2008, the number of smart devices connected to the internet exceeded the number of people on the earth. By 2020 it is estimated that this number could reach over 50 billion, although one needs to bear in
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08/08/2014
Analog Devices' ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems is presented as the industry’s most efficient. The ADP5090 ultra-low-power boost regulator represents a significant leap forward in energy harvesting technology by delivering efficient conversion of
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08/07/2014
No-power Wi-Fi connectivity could fuel Internet of Things reality

Wi-Fi backscatter uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it—all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home could track minute-by-minute temperature
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08/07/2014
Stanford Team creates stable lithium anode

Stanford Professor Yi Cui

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at Stanford University
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08/07/2014
Cees Links on naming tech

Cees Links of Greenpeak

In the PSDcast, is a short sidebar talk to the discussion on the IoT HERE, Cees Links of Greenpeak and Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design take a few
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08/06/2014
The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has awarded $6 million to fund projects that will: Measure current residential energy code compliance rate using a methodology that provides statewide results with 90% reliability. Implement an education, training, and outreach program designed
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08/06/2014
Cees Links of Greenpeak on wireless systems in the Internet of Things

Cees Links of Greenpeak

In this PSDcast friend of the show Cees Links, Founder & CEO of Greenpeak, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about wireless systems in the Internet of Things and some of the opportunities and challenges in the space. GreenPeak is a leader in RF communication technology for wireless connected
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08/05/2014
Fire Phone hits sweet spot for hardware costs, but will Amazon's R&D investment pay off?

The preliminary BOM and manufacturing cost estimate of the Amazon Fire Phone

From a hardware perspective, the Fire Phone carries a bill of materials (BOM) low enough to allow Amazon to cut a profit for each smartphone sold. But with Amazon likely having sunk large amounts of money into developing the Fire Phone’s unique features, the company must sell large volumes to recoup its investment. The
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08/04/2014

 



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