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Energy Efficiency

April 2014
Investing in product areas where a company has distinct competitive technological advantages only makes sense in markets where there are also large, sustainable opportunities. Power management has evolved from simple regulation and power control to increasingly sophisticated power management devices providing
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04/30/2014
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
Blocking the sun

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

There is a very real problem in the USA right now in the development and deployment of alternate energy into the grid, as the country fights amongst itself over how energy will be generated, distributed, and managed in the future. This is especially the case with solar, as it continues to mature in both energy
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04/30/2014

ARM announced an enhanced suite of higher performance and more energy-efficient products specifically designed for the rapidly growing mid-range mobile and consumer electronics markets. The suite, comprised of processor, graphics processor and physical IP, is an update to ARM’s mid-range IP offering targeting
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04/30/2014
Isolation has been considered a necessary burden by designers.  It is necessary because it makes electronics safe for anyone to use.  It is a burden because it limits communication speed and consumes a lot of power and board space.  Old-technology optocouplers and even many, newer digital isolators
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04/30/2014
Advanced Power Electronics' latest current-mode step-up converter offers adjustable output up to 27V

APE1913-3 converter

Advanced Power Electronics, a leading Taiwanese manufacturer of MOS power semiconductors for DC-DC power conversion applications, introduced their latest current mode step-up converter for small, low power applications. The input voltage of the APE1913-3 converter can range from 2.6V to 5.5V, while the output
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04/29/2014
Miniaturization and a low profile are demanded of the semiconductors and electronic components used in portable devices such as smartphones and tablets. Accompanying the lower voltages and larger currents used in semiconductors in devices, DC/DC converters, which have a higher conversion efficiency than linear
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04/29/2014
One of the biggest challenges for automotive lighting systems designers is how to optimize all the benefits of the latest generation of HB LEDs. HB LEDs require an accurate and efficient DC current source with a means for dimming and must include protection features. Additionally, these LED driver ICs must be
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04/29/2014
Many end applications – such as IP phones, motor control circuits, active clamp switches and load switches – need to offer higher energy efficiency in a smaller footprint in order to meet manufacturers’ demands. Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FDMC86xxxP series of P-channel PowerTrench® MOSFETs
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04/29/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Angus Murray from Analog Devices describes some of their latest motion-control solutions for Power Systems Design. The demo system is running an AC motor
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04/28/2014
The controversy over when, where and who developed the incandescent lamp continues with dates and places varying from the early 1800’s in Hungary to the late 1800’s in Menlo Park, California. What cannot be disputed is that this product brought about a revolution to the lighting industry, leading to the
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04/28/2014
Many LED failures are temperature related since an LED’s performance and projected lifetime correlate tightly to thermal management and the resulting junction temperature of the LED semiconductor chip. Elevated junction temperatures cause a reduction in light output and accelerated LED lifetime degradation.
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04/28/2014
There are several parking garages in the downtown area of almost every German city, many of which are heavily frequented – in winter more than in the summer. Naturally, lighting these buildings, which are generally several floors high, consumes a great deal of energy, incurring high costs in the process. Gerald
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04/28/2014
Power Integration's 8W reference design for appliance PSUs achieves zero standby power rating

Reference design for an 8 W, universal-input auxiliary power supply

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, released a reference design for an 8 W, universal-input auxiliary power supply that achieves zero standby power consumption** for appliance applications. Based on a member of Power Integrations’ LinkZero™-LP
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04/28/2014
Twenty-eight teams from U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities will converge on the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., from April 26-28 to present their zero-energy ready home designs to panels of industry experts as part of the Energy Department's Challenge
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04/28/2014
International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, will showcase its latest power management solutions at PCIM (Power Conversion Intelligent Motion) Europe 2014 which will be held at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center, Nuremberg, Germany, May 20-22, 2014. IR engineering and technical sales
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04/28/2014
Harwin sponsors TUfast ecoTeam from Technical University Munich for Shell Eco-Marathon in Rotterdam

TUfast ecoTeam from Technical University Munich

Harwin, a leading hi-rel connector and SMT board hardware manufacturer, is proud to announce that it is sponsoring the TUfast ecoTeam from Technical University Munich (TU Munich) for the Shell Eco-Marathon in Rotterdam 2014. The team uses several highly reliable and rugged Datamate and Hotshoe connectors in
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04/25/2014
The latest advancements in microelectronics technology and circuits will be presented by the world’s leading experts as they gather for the 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, from June 9-12 (Technology) and from June 10-13 (Circuits) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Alternating between Hawaii and Japan each
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04/25/2014
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites Better Buildings partners and stakeholders to a national Summit to catalyze investment in energy efficiency across the public, private, commercial, industrial, and multifamily housing sectors. The event will highlight innovative market solutions, and recognize leaders
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04/24/2014
Analog Devices, a leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, will demonstrate a broad portfolio of smartly integrated solutions that optimize system performance and show the development and rapid prototyping of solutions and tools at this year’s PCIM 2014 show taking place
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04/23/2014
Toshiba starts first mass production of 15nm NAND flash memories

15-nanometer (nm) process technology will apply to 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit NAND flash memories

Toshiba has acheived 15-nanometer (nm) process technology, which will apply to 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit (16 gigabytes) NAND flash memories. Mass production with the technology will start at the end of April at Fab 5 Yokkaichi Operations, Toshiba’s NAND flash fabrication facility (fab), replacing second generation
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04/23/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Ray Ridley of Ridley Engineering goes over the equipment used and the topics covered in his 4-day hands-on power design workshop for Power Systems Design.
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04/21/2014
Puls high-capacity power supply and charger for UltraCaps available from HPI Sales

The PAS395 from PULS

The PAS395 from PULS can be used as a regular power supply with an adjustable output voltage between 360V and 460V or as a charger for EDLC-capacitors (Electrical Double Layer Capacitors commonly known as Ultracaps, Supercaps or Greencaps). The charging method is a constant current - constant voltage
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04/21/2014
AVX expands its high temperature, SXP-style SMPS capacitor series

AVX’s SXP-style SMPS capacitors

AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has expanded its series of high temperature, SXP-style, encapsulated, radial leaded, switch mode power supply (SMPS) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) to include three high voltage ratings: 1500V, 2000V, and 3000V.
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04/21/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Analog Devices explains their latest intelligent digital control solutions for Power Systems Design, including a demonstration with their ADP1055, a flexible,
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04/18/2014
Patrick Le FÃvre of Ericsson on energy efficiency

Patrick Le Fèvre of Ericsson

In this PSDcast Patrick Le Fèvre of Ericsson talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the state of the power industry today in the area of energy efficiency.
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04/18/2014
CamSemi launches â€fast start’ controllers for 8W & 10W phone chargers

CamSemi’s C2173 and C2174 ‘fast start’ PSS controllers target low cost ‘universal’ USB smartphone chargers and other applications rated at 8W & 10W

CamSemi released two ‘fast start’ Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers to extend the target applications for the company’s latest generation C2170 family into higher powers. The C2173 and C2174 controllers target low-cost MoU-compliant, USB smartphone charger and other universal input applications typically
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04/18/2014
STMicro's smaller & tough 650V and 800V MOSFETs leverage power package innovation

ST’s PowerFLAT packages

STMicroelectronics is expanding three of its advanced high-voltage power MOSFET families with the introduction of two new power packages, making energy-conscious equipment such as battery chargers, solar microinverters and computer power supplies even more compact, robust and reliable. ST’s advanced
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04/17/2014
"Behavioral" programs have been used in many different capacities in program portfolios, including as a stand-alone offering, as part of marketing and outreach programs, and as a component of multi-pronged efforts. During this webinar, Anne Dougherty from ILLUME, an expert in behavioral research and
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04/17/2014
The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Fuel Cells at NASCAR” on Thursday, April 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Presented by NASCAR and Acumentrics, this webinar will focus on the use of solid oxide fuel cell generators for powering broadcast cameras for NASCAR.
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04/17/2014
Ralph Waggitt of Advanced Power Electronics on the power industry

Ralph Waggitt of Advanced Power Electronics

In this PSDcast Ralph Waggitt, President & CEO of Advanced Power Electronicstalks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state ofthe power industry. WIth all of the attention on wide-bandgap semiconductors and other next-generation technologies, it is easy to forget the basics of providing clean
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04/16/2014
Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems on their latest devices

Girvan Patterson, co-founder of GaN Systems

In this PSDcast Girvan Patterson, co-founder of GaN Systems, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their latest product offerings and their packaging developments. Packaging is an incredibly sensitive issue with wide-bandgap semiconductors, and GaN Systems' latest offerings have gone a long way
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04/15/2014
Silicon-Germanium chip sets speed record

High-speed silicon-germanium chips and measurements probes can be seen inside a cryogenic probe station in a laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology

A research collaboration consisting of IHP-Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics in Germany and the Georgia Institute of Technology has demonstrated the world's fastest silicon-based device to date. The investigators operated a silicon-germanium (SiGe) transistor at 798 gigahertz (GHz) fMAX, exceeding
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04/15/2014
Guy Moxey of United Silicon Carbide on the state of the SiC industry

Guy Moxey of United Silicon Carbide

In this PSDcast Guy Moxey of United Silicon Carbide talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current state and future expectations of the Silicon Carbide marketplace. United Silicon Carbide recently released a portfolio of 1200V Silicon Carbide JFET product in die form and TO247 packages. The
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04/14/2014
STMicro's STM32F4 microcontrollers launch new generation of devices

STMicroelectronics STM32F401 microcontroller

STMicroelectronics’ latest STM32F401 microcontrollers are the first in a new line of STM32 Dynamic Efficiency™ devices that combine multiple technologies to offer the best balance of dynamic power consumption and execution performance, while boosting feature integration. Combining high energy
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04/11/2014
From May 25 to 27, international experts will meet in Stockholm to share their expertise, recent developments and visions of SiC electronics applications. More than an overview on SiC industry, the International SiC Power Electronics Applications Workshop (ISiCPEAW) proposes a focus on power electronics applications.
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04/11/2014
As the consumer, industrial and automotive infotainment markets evolve rapidly to meet the demands of increasingly discerning end-users, systems designers need processors with the performance to run rich user interfaces without sacrificing real-time responsiveness or power efficiency. To achieve this, systems
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04/10/2014
A battery tester the size of a credit card produced live at a trade show? The LOPEC Demo Line makes it possible. From May 27th to 28th, eleven companies and two research institutes will demonstrate all the steps that it takes to produce a fully functional printed battery tester. The LOPEC Demo Line
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04/10/2014
Power Offer Electronics challenges the industry with their single-stage power conversion technology

A supply based on Power Offer Electronics's Trangulator single stage conversion technology.

Power Offer Electronics has launched its Trangulator, a revolutionary single stage conversion technology. The Trangulator uses standard full H-bridge power electronics components such as IGBT, MOSFETS etc., and by applying its patented and proprietary algorithm, achieves record breaking performance in terms
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04/07/2014
In this episode of PSDtv On Semiconductor explains some of the demonstrations at their booth during APEC 2014 for Power Systems Design. The demos range from a BLDC motor controlled
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04/06/2014
In this third article about power supply failures, the magnetics are examined for their contribution to the failure rate. These are usually the least understood of all components, and poor magnetics design can lead to many different failure mechanisms in power supplies. Power
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04/06/2014
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
You can’t progress by restricting forward motion

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

One of the things I love about serving this industry is that we are in the process of making things better for everybody by making the world a more efficient and empowered place. Migrating from technologies as wasteful in materials as they were in power benefits everyone. Materials get lighter and more multipurpose,
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04/05/2014
The portable power application space is both broad and diverse. Products range from wireless sensor nodes (WSNs) that consume average power measured in microwatts to cart-based medical or data acquisition systems with multi-hundred Watt-hour battery packs. However, despite this variety, a few trends emerge –
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04/05/2014
The flyback is the simplest and most commonly used isolated power-converter topology, able to step voltage up or down while providing galvanic isolation from the ac mains in off-line applications.  It is the most cost-effective topology for powering many kinds of electronic equipment, having acceptable
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04/04/2014
Stackpole expands value range of MLF/MLFM series melfs

MLF/MLFM Series metal-film melf resistors

Stackpole has expanded the resistance range of its MLF / MLFM Series of metal film melf resistors. The ¼ watt and ½ watt sizes are now available in resistance values down to 10 ohms for TCR’s of 25 ppm and tighter. In addition, the ½ watt size is now available in resistance values down to 0.2 ohms for TCR’s
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04/04/2014
Operating rooms and clinical settings are crowded with instruments that pack in more functions and features every year, such as surgical tools with lights, lasers and video microscopes. The pressure for them to be smaller, lighter and easy to move around continues to grow.  Since the AC-DC converter is
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04/04/2014
The two-switch forward converter is quite popular with ATX power supplies/silver boxes in 150 W to 750 W output power levels, and also competes with Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) LLC topologies. It is a hard-switched topology and does not operate in ZVS mode. But for that very reason it offers the benefit of
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04/04/2014
There have been numerous changes to the EU’s directives and regulations concerning the efficiency of electronic devices in recent years, particularly concerning standby power. The Eco Design directive, 2009/125/EC, is the all-embracing directive intended to improve the energy efficiency of all energy related
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04/04/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Freescale explains their smart-home solution demonstration to Power Systems Design at embedded world
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04/03/2014
A novel IGBT structure was developed with reverse-blocking capabilities comparable to the forward voltage rating of the IGBT. This new device, known as the RB-IGBT, was used to create a 3 level advanced neutral point clamping power converter that shows better loss characteristics than standard 3 level converters. The
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04/03/2014
Modern ski resorts are the heart of the tourist trade in mountain holiday locations.  Tourists spending their holidays in the mountains constitute a major part of hotel tourism economy in winter along with other activities such as dining, handicrafts, transportation, and access to the ever-increasing fast
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04/03/2014
Typical switched-mode power converters today include circuitry for monitoring the current flowing through a switching power MOSFET or IGBT for regulating or limiting peak current levels. This is necessary to protect the switch against high peak currents that can damage components or saturate inductors. A low-ohmic
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04/01/2014

 



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