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Energy Efficiency

 



 

 

Energy Efficiency

July 2014
Brian Huffman of Micrel on powering portable devices

Brian Huffman of Micrel

In this PSDcast Brian Huffman of Micrel talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about portable devices and power management. Portable devices are the foot soldiers in the Internet of Things and the related power management infrastructures must be up to the task of properly driving and managing them. Micrel
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07/31/2014
Logic PD, a product innovation and realization company for connected devices, has introduced a Wearable Device Blueprint™, a step-by-step application guide for the development of products in the $70 billion wearable device market. A development-ready foundation, Logic PD’s Blueprint framework provides companies
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07/31/2014
element14, along with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, has selected 15 finalists in the “Forget Me Not” design challenge, a global design competition which will encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring
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07/31/2014

Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Department of Energy hosted the fifth in a series of meetings on reducing methane emissions from natural gas systems. Following the meeting, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced several new initiatives as DOE’s part of the larger
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07/31/2014
GRID2020, a leading distribution transformer monitoring provider, and Dominion Voltage, a grid optimization solutions provider, have teamed up to bring grid optimization into additional markets. "By taking advantage of the GRID2020 technology and integrating it into our platform,
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07/31/2014
Joe Beck of Central Semi on energy efficiency

Joe Beck of Central Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Joe Beck, director of engineering technology at Central Semiconductor, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on energy efficiency and some of the ways to acheive it. In a world full of advanced technologies it is very important to remember good basic circuit design can a very long way
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07/30/2014
Ohio State’s Aaron Bonnell-Kangas wins TI's Innovation Challenge 2014

Bonnell-Kangas’ winning project was an improved battery interface module for an electric racing motorcycle

Texas Instruments named Aaron Bonnell-Kangas from Ohio State University the overall winner of the seventh annual TI Innovation Challenge, a contest that showcases the inventive projects of today’s aspiring engineers. Bonnell-Kangas’ winning project was an improved battery interface module for an electric
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07/30/2014
Papers on power electronics and their applications are welcomed at the Call for Papers for the PCIM Europe 2015 Conference, which is now open. The submission deadline is 15 October 2014. PCIM Europe is one of the most leading events combining a user-oriented international conference and exhibition
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07/30/2014
In this episode of PSDtv economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Internet of Things. He has gained added attention through his description of the developing Collaborative
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07/30/2014
Three IEEE societies and the Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) will co-sponsor the IEEE-IEEMA INTELECT Conference & Exposition from 22-24 January 2015 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India. The conference theme is Smart Electricity for Emerging Markets, and
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07/29/2014
Isola announced the availability of a free Impedance and Power-Handling Calculator that predicts the design attributes for microstrips and striplines based on the design’s target impedance and dielectric properties of the company’s RF, microwave and millimeter-wave laminate materials. This new tool supports
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07/29/2014
Mark de Clercq of Dialog Semiconductor on driving wireless systems

Mark de Clercq of Dialog Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Mark de Clercq of Dialog Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues surrounding power for wireless systems. In the cloud-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) and the related Smart Grid there is a great need to properly drive the various wireless systems and devices
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07/29/2014
SCIenergy, a pioneer in optimizing buildings for energy performance and value, is finalizing a project for Time Equities, a full service real estate firm actively involved in the acquisition and management of commercial and residential properties, that will cut energy consumption at 125 Maiden Lane in New York
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07/29/2014
Intepro introduces SemTest power semiconductor ATE system

The Intepro SemTest automated test system

The Intepro SemTest automated test system is an ideal solution for reliability and extended lifetime testing of Power Semiconductors including IGBT, MOSFET, SCR, Diode and Bipolar parts and modules. This fully integrated solution meets the requirements of JEDEC standards and may be used for product development
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07/28/2014
Sprecher+Schuh’s KTU7 series molded-case circuit breakers tout size and convenience

Sprecher+Schuh’s KTU7 series UL Molded Case Circuit Breakers

Sprecher+Schuh’s KTU7 series of UL Molded Case Circuit Breakers are UL489 listed for global applications. The current limiting circuit breaker provides fixed short circuit and overcurrent protection and offers high interrupting ratings for 2- and 3-pole devices from 0.5 to 30A. These circuit breakers are 100%
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07/28/2014
The rapid advances being made in handheld consumer products, such as smartphones, netbooks, and tablet PCs are placing increasingly stringent demands on the Li-ion batteries that act as their power source. Engineering teams need to contend with users’ desires for prolonged run times, as well as the increasing
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07/27/2014
Paul Kingsepp of SL Power on power in test & measurement

Paul Kingsepp of SL Power

In this PSDcast Paul Kingsepp, product manager for SL Power Electronics, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the role of power in test & measurement. As systems get more sophisticated, complex, and efficient, the role of power in test gets more an more challenging as well. SL Power Electronics
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07/25/2014
Concerns over climate changes due to carbon emissions have resulted in the increasing application of power electronic inverters in both renewable energy applications and in energy efficient motor drives.  Safe and reliable operation of these systems requires that the power electronic circuits connected
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07/25/2014
Cree has released two high-performance 50V gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) ideal for use in high power broadband amplifier, CW, and pulsed applications. Exhibiting high efficiency, high gain, and wide bandwidth capabilities, in addition to high power density, low parasitics,
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07/25/2014
Newark element14 announces the addition of Honeywell’s Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs to its product line today – the industry’s first of its kind. The new ICs provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity, as low as 7 Gauss typical, while requiring nanopower up to 360 nA in value. The
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07/25/2014
The Energy Department announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial
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07/25/2014
IDTechEx's report "Functional Materials for Supercapacitors / Ultracapacitors / EDLC 2015-2025" explains the materials and performance, achievements and objectives of the 80 manufacturers of supercapacitors and supercabatteries and researchers. It reveals the performance, formulation and
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07/25/2014
Imagination Technologies unveiled their Ensigma Series4 'Whisper' low-power radio processing unit (RPU) architecture, designed to drive a new generation of wearables, IoT and other connected devices where ultra-low power consumption and low cost points are key. Tomorrow's IoT,
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07/24/2014
Jason Dick of MTU Onsite Energy on alternate energy systems

Jason Dick of MTU Onsite Energy

In this PSDcast Jason Dick of MTU Onsite Energy talks to Alix Paultre about alternate energy systems, in this case diesel-based cogeneration systems. MTU Onsite Energy is one of the core brands of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, a leading provider of high- and medium-speed diesel and gas engines, complete drive systems,
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07/23/2014
EMA Design Automation, a full-service provider of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions, announced Component Information Portal (CIP) 5.0 – offering a tight integration with Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS and EMA EDABuilder for a complete part search and new part introduction flow including automated symbol
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07/23/2014
element14 and their partner Adafruit announced the launch of their “Hats Off” international design challenge. Participants will re-imagine the hat into new wearable technology solutions that provide real-world functionality using the Adafruit GEMMA and an accompanying accessory pack. The Adafruit
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07/23/2014
“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
Mike Watson of Cree on solid-state lighting

Mike Watson of Cree

In this PSDcast Mike Watson, VP of product strategy at Cree, talks to Alix Paultre about solid state lighting, especially the application space defined by the Edison light-bulb socket. Cree has been aggressively pushing their solid-state lighting solutions into more and more of the traditional lighting space.
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07/22/2014
Coilcraft flyback transformer suits 30W POE+ applications

Coilcraft’s POE300F Series flyback transformer

Coilcraft’s POE300F Series flyback transformers are designed to meet IEEE 802.3at-2009 standards for PoE Plus applications up to 30 Watts. Common PoE applications include VoIP telephones, IP cameras with pan tilt and zoom (PTZ), wireless access points, network routers and remote Ethernet switches. POE300F
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07/22/2014
PCB design solution vendor CadSoft Computer, a Premier Farnell company, launched Version 7 of its award winning EAGLE PCB software. The update to the popular software brings a modern design environment with increased flexibility, enabling users to develop custom schematics using commercial standard software
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07/22/2014
Steve Bottari of Fuji Electric on alternate energy

Steve Bottari of Fuji Electric

In this PSDcast Steve Bottari, General Manager of Fuji Electric’s semiconductor division, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues of integrating alternate energy sources into our electrical and electronic systems. From harvested energy in portable devices to solar & wind on the power
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07/21/2014
Dongbu HiTek announced the immediate availability of a low-voltage BCDMOS process (BD130LV) at the 0.13-micron node that is ideally suited for implementing the main Power Management IC (PMIC) for smart phones and tablet computers. “By moving from 0.18-micron to 0.13-micron BCDMOS processing,
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07/21/2014
Intersil's latest digital power monitor claims widest common-mode input voltage range

ISL2802x family of digital power monitors

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL2802x family of digital power monitors capable of supporting a wide common mode input voltage range of 0V to 60V. The ISL2802x family is comprised of three devices offering a range of capability
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07/21/2014
Electrical industry embraces one network for all devices

Ninad Deshpande explains the advantages of the open, bus- independent safety solution, openSAFETY

The EPSG stood out at this year’s ELECRAMA exhibition for the electrical equipment industry for its dedication to the topic of communication networks. POWERLINK and open- SAFETY have been extremely well received in India, and the five-day event in Banga- lore with over 100,000 visitors was no exception. One
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07/18/2014
The Energy Department announced up to $14 million in funding for 15 research and development projects to support technologies that will contribute to advancing early-stage, breakthrough energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes. These projects will help building managers and homeowners reduce energy
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07/17/2014
Eyal Maor of Incredibuild on test virtualization

Eyal Maor of Incredibuild

In this PSDcast Eyal Maor, CEO of Incredibuild, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the complexities of testing today, and how Incredibuild is addressing the issues with their advanced virtualization solution. IncrediBuild accelerates build time through efficient parallel computing, harnessing idle
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07/16/2014
Conrad Fernandes of Teledyne LeCroy on power testing

Conrad Fernandes of Teledyne LeCroy

In this PSDcast Conrad Fernandes, VP of Strategic Initiatives for Teledyne LeCro, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about power test and the challenges facing the industry as devices and systems get more and more complex. Between advanced materials and technologies and the products and services stemming
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07/15/2014
Pulse Electronics' high-frequency multilayer ceramic chip inductors suit telecom, networking, medical, and industrial apps

Pulse high-frequency multilayer ceramic chip inductors

Pulse Electronics, a leading provider of electronic components, has extended its inductor product offerings with a line of high-frequency multilayer ceramic chip inductors. These RF ceramic inductors have low DC resistance, high Q values at higher frequencies, high self-resonant frequency, and high reliability.
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07/15/2014
Littelfuse LSP05 and LSP10 surge-protection modules now available from Mouser

Littelfuse LSP05 and LSP10 Surge Protection Modules

Mouser Electronics is now shipping the LSP05 and LSP10 Surge Protection Modules from Littelfuse. The LSP05 protection module provides up to 10kA of surge current protection while the LSP10 provides up to 20kA of surge protection. Littelfuse's LSP product series provides surge immunity with multiple protection
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07/14/2014
The 4th International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (PowerSoC2014) will be held at Northeastern University Boston MA on October 6-8, 2014. The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and IEEE Power Electronics Society (IEEE PELS) are jointly sponsoring, and the College of Engineering (COE) of Northeastern
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07/14/2014
BrÃckner Maschinenbau shows off its cost-efficient production of battery separator film

Brückner Maschinenbau's film stretching lines

Brückner Maschinenbau's film stretching lines and the patented Evapore process for the manufacture of high-quality battery separator films have met with a positive reception on the market. Production line orders for separator films used in Li-Ion-batteries for portable electronic devices like notebook computers
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07/10/2014
Using sand to improve battery performance

Researchers have developed a lithium ion battery made of sand that outperforms the current standard by three times

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand. “This is the holy grail – a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly
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07/10/2014
Kris Ardis of Maxim on metering systems

Kristopher Ardis of Maxim Integrated

In this PSDcast Kristopher Ardis of Maxim Integrated talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the migration of intelligence into more and more legacy applications such as fluid metering systems and how they are moving to more intelligent and efficient systems.
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07/09/2014
Vishay Sprague TANTAMOUNT SMT molded tantalum chip capacitors now available from TTI

Vishay Sprague TANTAMOUNT SMT molded tantalum chip capacitors

Vishay Sprague’s TL3 Series of TANTAMOUNT surface-mount tantalum moulded chip capacitors is available now from TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components. The TL3 Series enables systems designers to extend the battery run-time of portable devices,
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07/09/2014
Patrick Le FÃvre of Ericsson on rising board-level power

Patrick Le Fèvre of Ericsson

In this PSDcast Patrick Le Fèvre of Ericsson talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the rising power densities at the board level. In addition to all
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07/08/2014
Driving consumer devices cleanly and efficiently is more important now than ever before, because of the growing amount of functionality being put into products today. From our telecommunications infrastructure to power recliners, people are getting used to an increased level of functionality and interoperability
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07/08/2014
Freescale Semiconductor announced the addition of the MMPF0200 device to its PF Series of highly programmable power management ICs (PMICs). Optimized to work seamlessly in systems based on Freescale’s i.MX 6Solo, i.MX 6SoloLite and i.MX 6DualLite applications processors, the exceptional configurability and
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07/08/2014
Infineon Technologies complements its portfolio of Reverse Conducting (RC) Soft Switching IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) introducing a 1350V device with a monolithic integrated reverse conduction diode in 20A current class. The  20A RC-H5 devices extend Infineon`s performance leadership of the
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07/08/2014
Will we see mass adoption of wireless charging soon?

Ryan Sanderson, IHS

The market for wireless charging hasn’t quite taken off as quickly as many in the industry had hoped. Last year, shipments of wireless power receivers grew to 20 million units. These included receivers in accessory/add-on products, and those built into to a device so it’s enabled to charge wirelessly straight
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07/08/2014
 TI's fast-charge Qi wireless power receivers cut loss by 50%
Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s most power-efficient 5-watt wireless power receivers that support the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi 1.1 standard. TI’s new bq51020 and bq51021 allow consumers to charge their Qi-compliant mobile phones, tablets, power banks and other electronics faster, cooler
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07/08/2014
Digital-to-analog converters are widely used in many different applications and an amplifier often accompanies them to signal-condition the output. The amplifier functions to increase output current drive, to convert differential to single ended output, to isolate the downstream signal path, or to provide a
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07/08/2014
Some portable applications need to be powered up from an external +5V wall adapter supply and still require a +5V system voltage when in battery-backup mode. This design provides a simple method of switching between the external +5V supply and a rechargeable single-cell Lithium-ion (Li+) battery. The design
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07/07/2014
Richard Ord and Steve Evans of Amantys on intelligent power

Richard Ord and Steve Evans of Amantys

In this PSDcast Richard Ord and Steve Evans of Amantys talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues surrounding power today and the explosion in intelligent or "smart" power solutions. Amantys recently launched a family of high-isolation voltage IGBT Drivers with gate drives able to
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07/07/2014
TI's high-current PMBus converters offer integrated MOSFETs

SWIFT TPS544B20 and TPS544C20 converters

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first 18-V, 20-A and 30-A synchronous DC/DC buck converters with PMBus interface. The SWIFT TPS544B20 and TPS544C20 converters feature small QFN packages and integrated MOSFETs to drive ASICs in space-constrained and power-dense applications in various markets, including
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07/07/2014
For more than a decade, energy consumption in low-power and standby modes has been recognized as an important issue. Standby power measurement is a challenge because most power meters on the market today do not have the accuracy to measure low power values accurately - especially at high crest factors and low
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07/07/2014
As with many other applications, low power precision components have enabled rapid growth of mobile devices. However, unlike many other applications, portable products targeted at industrial, medical and military applications typically have much higher standards for reliability, run time and robustness. 
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07/05/2014
In recent years the development of information technology, artificial intelligence, sensor techniques and mobile-robot technology has led to intelligent systems being applied to smaller household appliances. One of the most representative products of this trend is the robot vacuum. Since the launch of the very
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07/05/2014
Not all resistors are the same, and growth in new markets like high-power LED lighting (see Figure 1) is serving to highlight the importance of understanding all aspects of an application in order to correctly and safely specify the right type of resistor.
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07/04/2014
Analog Devices, a leader in high-performance signal processing technology, introduced their latest family of digital isolator devices optimized for serial peripheral interface (SPI) communications systems. The ADuM315x SPIsolator™ digital isolator family is based on ADI’s award-winning iCoupler® digital
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07/03/2014
Gary Gill of Vicor on power efficiency

Gary Gill of Vicor

In the PSDcast Gary Gill and Robert Russell of Vicor on some of the issues surrounding power systems and the challenges the power industry is facing as it moves into the future. A critical component of every electronic system, power is only now coming out of the darkness into the light of awareness in the electronics
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07/03/2014
Nordic's Bluetooth smart protocol stack enables wearable hubs that don't need smartphones

The S130 SoftDevice is a Bluetooth v4.1 compliant protocol stack and includes all Bluetooth Smart protocol layers up to and including GATT/GAP

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced the launch of its most advanced, feature-rich Bluetooth® Smart (formerly known as Bluetooth low energy) protocol stack to date - the S130 SoftDevice - that allows the development of Nordic nRF51 Series SoC-based advanced wearable Bluetooth Smart
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07/03/2014
Engineers envision an electronic switch just three atoms thick

Stanford researchers believe that they've discovered a flexible, switchable material, a crystal that can form a paper-like sheet just three atoms thick

Do not fold, spindle or mutilate. Those instructions were once printed on punch cards that fed data to mainframe computers. Today's smart phones process more data, but they still weren't built for being shoved into back pockets. In the quest to build gadgets that can survive such abuse, engineers have been testing
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07/02/2014
Heinz Oyrer of ams on magnetic position sensors

Heinz Oyrer of ams

In this PSDcast Heinz Oyrer of ams talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the role magnetic position sensors play in energy efficiency in motorized systems. Position error costs both accuracy and efficiency, and proper position sensing not only increases those things but also adds functionality
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07/02/2014
Paultre on Power - Heinz Oyrer von ams ams Ãber Sensoren in Energiemanagement (German Language Podcast)

Heinz Oyrer von ams

In diesem Podcast spricht Heinz Oyrer von ams mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems-Design über die Rolle von Sensoren in Energiemanagement-und Bewegungssteuerung die sich in komplexen und anspruchsvollen Umgebungen befinden, wie zum Beispiel in Automotive und Industrie Applikationen. ams ist ein Marktführer
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07/02/2014
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