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Energy Efficiency

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

This fall engineers, designers, buyers and academics from around the globe will gather at the DE Stephens Convention Center for CWIEME Chicago, the Americas' largest dedicated exhibition for the coil winding, insulation and electrical manufacturing industries. Now in its 11th year, the show – happening September
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08/27/2014
Doble Engineering Company, an ESCO Technologies company, released a new, all-inclusive monitoring solution designed to evaluate overall transformer condition called doblePRIME. Providing a comprehensive picture of transformer health, doblePRIME offers electric power organizations information critical to the
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08/26/2014
Paultre on Power -  Bob Green of Keithley Instruments on low-power precision test (Podcast)

Bob Green of Keithley Instruments

In this podcast Bob Green, an engineer at Keithley Instruments, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges involved in testing low-power devices and other precise measurement needs. There has been an explosion in Web-based portable, battery-powered devices from cell phones to medical
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08/25/2014
GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, is showcasing its latest devices at EPE ’14 – ECCE Europe in Finland, August 26 – 28. The exhibition provides the first opportunity in Scandinavia for GaN Systems to present its two newest product lines – a series of
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08/25/2014
Keithley's latest programmable supplies optimized for testing battery-powered devices and low power semiconductors

Series 2280S power supply

Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, introduced the Series 2280S Precision Measurement, Low Noise, Programmable DC Power Supplies. Unlike conventional power supplies, Series 2280S power supplies are also sensitive measurement instruments with the speed and dynamic
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08/25/2014
Coilcraft planar transformers offer high efficiency and excellent DCR with very low leakage inductance

Coilcraft surface-mount planar transformers

Coilcraft has released two series of surface-mount planar transformers for power over Ethernet (PoE) and -48V network power applications. The PL160 Series is rated for 160 Watts between 200 kHz and 700 kHz with a nominal 48 V input, and the PL300 Series is rated to 300 Watts. PlanarBoth product series
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08/22/2014
Stackpole's multilayer varistors now have nickel barrier terminations

ZV Series multilayer varistors

The ZV Series of SMT multilayer varistors is now available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work with than palladium silver terminations. This enhancement makes the ZV Series a great choice for transient voltage protection
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08/22/2014
Shane Callahan of Excelsys on power management

Shane Callahan of Excelsys

In this PSDcast Shane Callahan of Excelsys talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges in power systems design today. Many engineers have to create ever more efficient and energy-dense power supplies for their products, but may not have the expertise to create them. One way Excelsys addresses
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08/21/2014
Altera announced the availability of a power conversion solution that makes it easy for board developers to design point-of-load power solutions and achieve the highest FPGA performance at the lowest system power. The power conversion solution, a monolithic 40A driver plus synchronous MOSFET powertrain, is optimized
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08/21/2014
CUI launches low-power DIN-rail DC/DC converters in a slim package

CUI PYB DIN rail dc-dc converter

CUI announced a compact DIN rail dc-dc converter line to ease installation in industrial environments. The converter family is housed in a slim 76 x 31.5 x 25.8 mm (2.99 x 1.24 x 1.02 in) DIN-Rail package with all electrical connections easily accessible via screw terminals. It has been designed for
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08/21/2014
Toshiba photocoupler eliminates bridge circuits, reducing board size, cost and power consumption

TLP2391 high-speed photocoupler

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced their latest high-speed photocoupler targeted at servo motors and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that is operable in both plus and minus LED input currents. Use of the TLP2391 will enable developers to eliminate multiple bridge circuits from many applications,
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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
Isola Group, a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs) and Holders Technology, an international distributor of materials, equipment, parts and services to the PCB industry, announced that registration is now open
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08/21/2014
Graphene electrodes are one of the best prospects for enabling supercapacitors and superbatteries to take up to half of the lithium-ion battery market in 15 years - amounting to tens of billions of dollars yearly. They may also be key to supercapacitors taking much of the multibillion dollar aluminium electrolytic
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08/21/2014
Linear Technology announced the LT8311, a high efficiency secondary-side MOSFET driver that operates without the need for primary control in an isolated synchronous forward converter. The LT8311’s unique preactive mode eliminates the need for a signal transformer for primary to secondary-side communication
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08/20/2014
Low-pin-count N-FET pre-driver suits vehicle high-current DC motor applications

Melexis MLX83100 N-FET pre-driver IC

To complement its successful brushless direct current (BLDC) pre-driver portfolio and address conventional DC motor applications, Melexis introduces the MLX83100 N-FET pre-driver IC. Offered in a compact 28-pin package, with four digital inputs, this pre-driver IC provides a very flexible, inexpensive and space-saving
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08/20/2014
In recent years, the number of patent applications for electrochemical energy storage technologies has soared. According to a study by the Technische Universität München (TUM), the largest volume of applications by far is submitted by developers of lithium batteries. The study offers a first differentiated
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08/20/2014
ROHM Semi's switching regulators tout high operating voltage, extended temperature, and small footprint

ROHM's BD9G101G DC/DC converter

ROHM Semiconductor recently introduced two switching regulator series designed to archive high operating voltage, extended temperature, and small layout requirements demanded of today's high performance, space-constrained power supply applications. Delivering extremely high power efficiency over a wide current
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08/20/2014
Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute has announced that nominations are open for the 2015 Resonate Awards. The awards are designed to bring attention to unheralded innovators with provocative ideas that contribute to long term sustainability. These include meeting the world’s energy needs sustainably,
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08/19/2014
TDK Corporation presents the new data book for EPCOS Ceramic Transient Voltage Suppressors (CTVS). It contains the extended product range of multilayer varistors (MLV), ESD/EMI filters, CeraDiode components as well as leaded transient voltage/RFI suppressors of the SHCV series. Product highlights include
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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
Mike Gartland of EMA Design Automation on design engineering

Mike Gartland of EMA Design Automation

In this PSDcast Mike Gartland, Director of Sales of EMA Design Automation, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current electronic design environment. Among the many needs in a proper design effort today is proper data managment. Tools, components, and data must all be properly handled. The
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08/18/2014
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
Due to the growing demand of energy, existing power plants and grids are stretched to their limits. To ensure operational safety, critical factors such as temperature has to be monitored in generators and transformers. High power generators are often filled with hydrogen in order to cool effectively. Besides
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08/18/2014
Paul Griffin of Doble Engineering on grid infrastructures

Paul Griffin of Doble Engineering

In this PSDcast friend of the show Paul Griffin, VP of consulting and testing Services for Doble Engineering, talks to Alix Paultre about the infrastructures of the Smart Grid and the need for robust power management systems in it. Helping clients in the electric power industry improve operations and optimize
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08/14/2014
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
Several Indium experts will share their technical knowledge with attendees at the Surface Mount Technology Association’s International Conference and Exhibition (SMTAi) from Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in Rosemont, Ill. SMTA International is an annual technical conference and exhibition on electronics assembly and advanced
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08/14/2014
GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, is showcasing its latest devices at EPE ’14 – ECCE Europe in Finland, August 26 – 28. The exhibition provides the first opportunity in Scandinavia for GaN Systems to present its two newest product lines – a series of
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08/14/2014
Hebberly Ahatlan of Wuerth Elektronik on miniaturization

Hebberly Ahatlan of Wuerth Elektronik

In this PSDcast Hebberly Ahatlan, FAE for Wuerth Elektronik, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the pressures of miniaturization on design engineering in the electronics space. As small as chips get, there still remains a need for high-quality passives and magnetics in modern circuits. Wuerth
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08/13/2014
Coinciding with Cobham’s 80th anniversary celebrations, the developers of the renowned Opera electromagnetic simulation software are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Vector Fields Software business unit. Initially focused on making the design of particle accelerator magnets practical, their software
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08/13/2014
Allegro MicroSystems unveils their latest high-accuracy current-sensor ICs

Allegro’s ACS722 and ACS723 devices

Allegro MicroSystems announced two current sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low power applications that require higher output swings at lower current. Allegro’s ACS722 and ACS723 devices provide an economical and precise solution for AC or DC current
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08/13/2014
Linear's 45V-in 100mA LDO offers active output discharge

LT3061 high voltage, low noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT3061, a high voltage, low noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator with active output discharge. The device delivers up to 100mA of continuous output current with a 250mV dropout voltage at full load. The LT3061 includes an internal NMOS pull-down that discharges the output
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08/13/2014
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
XJTAG to boost European business with shows in Germany and Switzerland

SINDEX Symposium

In partnership with European distributor FlowCAD, XJTAG will be attending the SINDEX Symposium in Switzerland and FED conference in Germany this September. FlowCAD and XJTAG are to exhibit at the SINDEX Symposium in Bern, Switzerland from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th September. The event attracts over
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08/13/2014
Central Semiconductor has released the CFTVS5V0BULC ultra-low capacitance 5.0V bi-directional TVS in the space saving SOD-882L surface mount package. This device provides up to 15kV of transient voltage protection for high speed USB 3.1, Thunderbolt and HDMI 2.0 interfaces. The CFTVS5V0BULC’s low 0.35pF maximum
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08/12/2014
Convert PWM to 12-Bit accurate voltage outputs without software, ripple, or delay

LTC2645, a quad-channel 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit PWM-to-voltage output DAC

Linear Technology introduced the LTC2645, a quad-channel 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit PWM-to-voltage output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with 10ppm/°C reference. These parts convert PWM input signals to 12-bit accurate, stable, buffered voltage outputs in less than 8µs, eliminating the ripple and delay typically
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08/12/2014
The Professional Education Seminars at APEC 2015 address the need for in-depth discussion of important and complex power electronics topics. They are three-and-one-half hours (including breaks) in length, can range from broad to narrow in scope, and can vary from introductory to advanced in technical level and
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08/12/2014
Dr. John Glaser joins EPC as director of applications engineering

Dr. John Glaser

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) is proud to announce that Dr. John Glaser has joined the EPC engineering team as Director, Applications Engineering. As a member of the EPC applications team, Dr. Glaser’s focus will be on designing lower loss and higher power density benchmark architectures
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08/11/2014
Most organisations are under pressure to improve quality, refine processes and reduce non-value added activities, whilst concurrently improving their product life cycles to reduce time to task completion. Modern business demands increasingly higher returns on investment, higher efficiencies and improved levels
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08/11/2014
Robert Wang of Actions Semiconductor on 64-bit processing

Robert Wang of Actions Semiconductor

In this PSDcast friend of the show Robert Wang of Actions Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about migrating designs to a 64-bit architecture. With the mobile industry rapidly migrating from 32-bit to 64-bit operating systems, such a migration will not only improve system performance
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08/08/2014
TI enhances in-vehicle infotainment and charging experience

TI’s TUSB8041-Q1 and TUSB8020B-Q1 USB Hub controllers and TUS9261-Q1 USB-to-SATA bridge

Texas Instruments is advancing the infotainment and user driving experience in the automobile by adding seven high-performance power management, SuperSpeed USB and logic products to their portfolio of solutions. TI introduced a power management integrated circuit (PMIC) to enhance infotainment systems, the industry’s
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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
Exar's Jon Cronk on power efficiency

Jon Cronk of Exar

In this PSDcast Jon Cronk of Exar talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues around power efficiency and the challenges it presents to the design community. Efficiency is important, but system performance aspects like transient response must be addressed or the solution will not meet the
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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
Keithley programmable power supplies tout precision, speed, and sensitivity

Series 2280S programmable DC power supply

Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, introduced their latest Series 2280S Precision Measurement, Low Noise, Programmable DC Power Supplies. Unlike conventional power supplies, Series 2280S power supplies are also sensitive measurement instruments with the speed
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08/06/2014
NI's CompactRIO software-designed controller simplifies control systems

CompactRIO performance controller

National Instruments, a provider of solutions that enable engineers and scientists to solve engineering challenges, announced the CompactRIO performance controller, a software-designed controller that integrates the latest embedded technologies from Intel and Xilinx to deliver unparalleled performance and flexibility,
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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
ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, is proud to announce it will host a free tour and half-day educational seminar showcasing the latest advancements and best practices for protection and control prior to the inaugural PAC World Americas conference. The PAC World Americas conference,
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08/06/2014
Panasonic and Tesla Motors have signed an agreement that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States, known as the Gigafactory. According to the agreement, Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings and utilities.
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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
Ultralow-voltage step-up energy-harvesting power manager IC extends life of primary batteries in WSNs

LTC3107 highly-integrated DC/DC converter

Linear Technology announced the LTC3107 highly-integrated DC/DC converter, designed to extend the life of a primary battery in low power wireless system networks (WSNs). The LTC3107 combines energy harvesting and power management capability with a primary battery cell to extend the battery’s usable lifetime.
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08/05/2014
Intersil's highly-integrated synchronous buck regulators offer efficiency and flexibility

ISL85410 and ISL85418 synchronous buck regulators

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, released the ISL85410 and ISL85418 synchronous buck regulators, ideal for complex industrial and medical systems. The buck regulators efficiently down-convert the DC voltage from a power supply or battery to power multiple
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08/05/2014
Econais, a leading wireless Wi-Fi module solution provider for the Internet of Things, announced that their ProbMe secure configuration software feature is available and shipping with Econais Wi-Fi Modules, Development Kits and Reference Designs. ProbMe solves one of the biggest challenges for consumer and commercial
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08/05/2014
Pasternack Enterprises, an industry-leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, adds lines of 1.85mm attenuators and 1.85mm RF loads up to 65 GHz. This new line of 1.85mm attenuators and terminations are often used in applications such as power limiting, impedance matching
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08/05/2014
Mouser Electronics has unveiled a Communications Application Site to inform engineers and customers about the different types of applications within the communications sector. The new site gives all customers, in particular design engineers, the resources they need to learn more about new products, components
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08/01/2014

 



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