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Energy Efficiency

 



 

 

Energy Efficiency

June 2013
Ultracaps in vehicle apps
In this PSDcast Alix talks to Chad Hall of Ioxus about ultracaps in municipal vehicles like hybrid buses at the Advanced Energy Conference in New York. Ultracaps can provide advantages in energy
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06/29/2013
Maximising the value in modern power system designs

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Figure 1: CAD drawing & photo of completed semi-custom design for a high-rel radar implementation within a space constrained enclosure

In what can be an increasingly cutthroat business environment, the engineers of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are under huge pressure to deliver products that will differentiate themselves
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06/28/2013
Yageo high-voltage MLCCs boast exceptional performance at high frequencies
Yageo's high voltage surface mount multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are now available from TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components.
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06/28/2013

It is a well-known fact that engineers do not appreciate being advertised to. In my experience, they tend to prize function over style and want accurate information without attempts to massage the
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06/27/2013
A strategy was announced by leading members of the UK's electronic systems industry outlining aims to significantly grow the UK's electronic systems industry to £120 billion (up 55%) by 2020 and create
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06/27/2013
Active surge protection filter module complies with DEF STAN 61-5 issue 6 load dump requirement
XP Power announced the release of the DSF226 filter and surge protection module specifically designed for use in 28 VDC input defense applications. The encapsulated metal cased unit is capable
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06/27/2013
Peratech's QTC Ultra Touch screen technology extends device battery life
Peratech, innovators in touch technology, has used its recently-launched QTC™ Ultra Sensor to create a touch screen solution for OLED displays for phones, monitors and large interactive displays.
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06/27/2013
Battery life-expectancy issues
In this PSDcast we talk to Curt McNamara of Logic PD about batteries, battery lifetimes, and the issues that impact that lifetime. Battery-oriented systems and the need for low-power design drive
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06/26/2013
Tollgrade Communications, a leading provider of predictive fault analytics for electric utilities and broadband providers, announced the availability of the latest version of their LightHouse Sensor
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06/26/2013
LYTSwitch-0 highly-integrated LED-driver ICs target low-power LED bulbs
Power Integrations, a leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED-driver ICs, introduced its LYTSwitch™-0 ICs, a new series of devices within the LYTSwitch family, offering a unique combination
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06/26/2013
Synchronous buck/boost converter available in high-temp H Grade & high-rel MP Grade
Linear Technology released high-temperature H-grade (-40°C to 150°C junction temperature) and high-reliability MP-grade (-55°C to 150°C) version of the LTC3115-1 in a 20-lead thermally enhanced TSSOP
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06/26/2013
Atmel releases low-power ARM Cortex-M0+ microcontroller family
Atmel, a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, renleased the Atmel® SAM D20, the first series in a new family of embedded Flash microcontrollers based on the ARM® Cortex™-M0+ processor
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06/26/2013
Crucial selection criteria for an AC/DC supply

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Figure 1: The AC line can feed a single larger AC/DC converter (top), or several smaller ones (bottom)—even with the same output voltage.

Naturally, when specifying an AC/DC supply for a new project, one needs to select a product with the right output voltage and current rating, as well as input voltage range. But it goes much deeper
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06/25/2013
Compact highly efficient power supplies from Rohm address automotive apps
ROHM has announced the development of compact, high efficiency power supplies designed to drive DDR memory, microcontrollers, and other components in car applications. The BD905xx series integrates
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06/25/2013
Avnet Abacus, one of Europe's leading interconnect, passive, electro-mechanical and power distributors and a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA, a business region of Avnet, has gained
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06/25/2013
Honeywell announced that a newly formed business - LED Lighting Solutions - will offer a new line of high-efficiency industrial LED lighting fixtures in North America, expanding Honeywell's portfolio
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06/25/2013
Ken Price of Tektronix demonstrates and explains their latest modular power
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06/25/2013
Continuing the tradition of focusing on the practical aspects of the power electronics profession, the Professional Education Seminars at APEC 2014 address the need for in-depth discussion of important
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06/24/2013
IP protection part two
In this podcast, Alix continues his talk with Arnold Alderman, a power industry analyst with Anagenesis, on the issues of IP protection today and how they impact the designer. Among the important
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06/24/2013
Littelfuse, a global leader in circuit protection, has named Future Electronics its Volume Distributor of the Year for 2012. Littelfuse presented the award to Future Electronics, a global leader in
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06/24/2013
Integrated high-voltage regulator transistors from Diodes Incorporated improve power density
The ZXTR2000 family of high-voltage regulators from Diodes Incorporated boosts power-circuit densities through reductions in component count and footprint by monolithically integrating a transistor,
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06/24/2013
Robust linear regulator provides current & temperature monitor outputs
Linear Technology announced the release of the LT3081, a rugged 1.5A wide input voltage range linear regulator with key usability, monitoring and protection features. The device has an extended safe
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06/24/2013
CamSemi launches first PSS controller to use advanced BJT drive scheme
CamSemi has announced recent advances in the company's bipolar transistor (BJT) drive scheme and the first of a generation of Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers to exploit these developments.
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06/24/2013
Ericsson regulated quarter-brick Module delivers 750W for high-power datacom apps
Based on Ericsson's industry-leading hybrid-regulated topology, the PKM-NH platform can deliver up to 750W and is optimized for datacom board applications that have a 52V/54V system bus distribution
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06/22/2013
The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) announced today that Puget Sound Energy and Seattle City Light will serve as utility co-hosts for AESP's fall conference in Seattle, Sept.
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06/21/2013
Driving advanced microprocessors
In this PSDcast we talk to Don Travers of ams about the issues and opportunities involved in driving the latest processors to address the latest applications most efficiently. The issue of power
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06/21/2013
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a leading distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has revealed a major extension to its online DesignSpark platform for engineers
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06/21/2013
DP800 series DC power supplies from Rigol tout system monitoring & analysis capabilities
Rigol Technologies, Inc., introduces the latest in their line of DC power supplies, the DP800 series. Featuring advanced monitor, analysis and control capabilities, the DP800 series delivers a combination
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06/20/2013
Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs enable up to 70% power savings
Altera has introduced its Generation 10 FPGAs and SoCs (system-on-chip), offering system developers breakthrough levels of performance and power efficiencies. Generation 10 devices are optimized based
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06/20/2013
Power monitor module enables designers to find and kill underperforming code in real time
Microchip announces the MPLAB® REAL ICE™ Power Monitor Module, which enables designers to identify and eliminate code that consumes high current, in real time. Combined with the MPLAB REAL ICE in-circuit
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06/20/2013
Vishay FRED recovery rectifiers reduce losses in consumer products and electronic ballasts
Vishay Intertechnology introduced 10 solderable FRED Pt® Hyperfast and Ultrafast recovery rectifiers that include the industry's first 3 A devices in the SMA package, 3 A and 4 A devices in the SMB
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06/19/2013
Very compact high-efficiency supplies from Rohm target automotive apps
ROHM has announced the development of compact, high efficiency power supplies designed to drive DDR memory, microcontrollers, and other components in car applications. The BD905xx series integrates
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06/19/2013
Chipscale Schottky from Diodes Incorporated can double power density
With the introduction of its first wafer level chip scale packaged Schottky, Diodes Incorporated is providing smartphone and tablet designs with an alternative to miniature DFN0603 devices that offers
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06/18/2013
Mesago PCIM GmbH announced their partnership with Messe Frankfurt China to jointly address the growing market of Power Electronics in China. With this new partnership PCIM Asia becomes fully integrated
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06/18/2013
The presentations from the 2013 Power Technology Roadmap are available to PSMA members, both as a PDF of the PowerPoint charts and a movie with the charts and audio including the Q/A discussions.
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06/18/2013
Carlos Betancourt, an engineer for TI's Sitara processors, explains the features
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06/17/2013
Murata GA3 reduced-volume safety capacitors now available from TTI
Murata GA3 series safety capacitors are now available from TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components. GB, GD and GF versions of the Murata
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06/17/2013
EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software, announced that it is accepting proposals from energy and technology industry experts, veteran energy managers, and related influencers
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06/17/2013
In this introductory video on switching power supply design, Dr. Ridley
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06/14/2013
At the VLSI 2013 Symposium in Kyoto, Japan, imec highlighted new insights into 3D fin shaped field effect transistors (FinFETs) and high mobility channels scaling for the 7nm and 5nm technology node. At
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06/14/2013
ON Semiconductor, driving innovation in energy efficiency, has introduced two MOSFET devices designed for use in smartphone and tablet PC applications where they provide a crucial part of the Lithium
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06/13/2013
Freescale talks about the internet of things
In this PSDcast, John Dixon of Freescale talks with us about the internet of things and the challenges and opportunities it presents to the designer. From convenience to system efficiency, intelligent
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06/13/2013
Murata Power Solutions announced it has been accepted as a member of the EMerge Alliance. The EMerge Alliance is a global open industry association with the aim of developing standards for the rapid
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06/12/2013
Imec and Holst Centre unveil fully-organic imager
At this week's International Image Sensor Workshop (IISW 2013, Snowbird, US, June 12-16 2013), imec and Holst Centre present a large-area fully-organic photodetector array fabricated on a flexible
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06/12/2013
RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a leading distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is stocking the latest devices in the Super J-MOS MOSFET series from Fuji Electric. The
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06/12/2013
KEMET adds three tantalum chip capacitor series
KEMET, a leading manufacturer of tantalum, ceramic, aluminium, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, announced the release of three additional series of tantalum chip capacitors: T488 Small Case
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06/12/2013
iWatt's dimmable single-stage SSL driver
In this PSDcast Scott Brown of iWatt talks to us about the company's latest dimmable single-stage SSL drivers and what opportunities they present the designer of LED-based lighting systems. In
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06/11/2013
GreenPeak Technologies, a leading low power RF-semiconductor company, announced the availability of a low-cost and low-power ZigBee solution for end nodes in Smart Home systems, allowing Operators
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06/11/2013
Powerex has announced that its PowerSim app is now available for iPhone users. PowerSim can be used to calculate power loss and thermal conditions, both average and peak, of Powerex power semiconductors
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06/11/2013
The number of mobile broadband subscriptions has grown by around 45% year-on-year reaching 1.7 billion in 2012, according to data released in the latest Ericsson Mobility Report . In addition to this growth, there also is steady progress in the amount of data usage per subscription. The changing habits of people
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06/10/2013
Interviewing Altera & Enpirion on merging technologies post-acquisition
In this PSDcast, Alix interviews Jeff Waters, SVP and GM, Military, Industrial, and Computing at Altera along with Dr. Ashraf Lotfi, President, CTO, and Founder of Enpirion on Altera's recent acquisition.
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06/10/2013
Ideal diode bridge controller minimizes rectifier heat & voltage loss
Linear Technology introduced the LT4320 ideal diode bridge controller for 9V to 72V systems, replacing each of the four diodes in a full-wave bridge rectifier with a low loss N-channel MOSFET to significantly
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06/10/2013
TI fast-charge technology gets more life out of a Li-Ion battery
Texas Instruments introduced two power management chipsets with TI's patented new MaxLife™ fast-charge technology, which allows consumers to charge single-cell Li-Ion batteries faster and experience
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06/07/2013
Power Electronic Measurements has launched its new-look website, simplifying access to products and support for accurate current measurement in applications such as prototype testing, industrial equipment
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06/07/2013
All-solid sulfur-based battery tech outperforms lithium-ion
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have designed and tested an all-solid lithium-sulfur battery with approximately four times the energy density of conventional
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06/07/2013
In this fourth part of a series of videos on frequency response analysis,
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06/06/2013
Paultre on Power - the digital energy megatrend (Podcast)
In this podcast Alix talks to Brian MacCleery, Principal Product Manager for Clean Energy Technology at National Instruments, about the digital energy megatrend, the migration of power electronics
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06/05/2013
Atmel, a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, announced the company has signed an agreement with Sensinode, a pioneer and world leader in technology and software solutions,
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06/05/2013
Telit Wireless Solutions, a provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, products and services, announced that the company's GL865-DUAL, smallest GSM/GPRS dual-band 900/1800 wireless
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06/05/2013
Farsens releases battery-free pressure sensor tag
The Vortex1 from Farsens is a battery-free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated pressure data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery
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06/03/2013
100mA synchronous buck converter handles up to 150V  input  & uses 12μA quiescent current
Linear Technology released the LTC3639, a 150V input-capable synchronous buck converter that delivers up to 100mA of continuous output current. It operates from an input voltage range of 4.5V to 150V,
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06/03/2013
Precision foil resistors come in leaded and SMT packages
Riedon, a specialist manufacturer and supplier of cutting-edge, resistive solutions, announces the introduction of two new series of resistors that use Bulk Metal™ Foil technology to deliver superior
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Date:
06/03/2013
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