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Energy Efficiency

January 2016
Flash in the pan

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

One of the beautiful things about being a wordsmith is that one finds all kinds of history, culture, and advice in many of the quaint and poetic turns of phrase that exist in the (American) English language. One such turn of phrase is “flash in the pan” which is so good at describing a situation that its
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01/29/2016
Bring back IrDA

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

With all the buzz around optical data transfer technology development lately, especially in light of the push to empower small, low-power intelligent devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). What many forget is that there was and is a technology that is well-suited for final-feet connection between intelligent
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01/29/2016
China’s predicted stumble

Ray Zinn, Founder of Micrel

You have likely heard the news that despite economic stimulus, the Shanghai stock exchange dropped over 7% before “circuit breakers” kicked in. Had those government-mandated panic aversion tools not triggered, the one day drop would rival long-term market corrections. None of this, aside from the exact timing,
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01/29/2016

Current-mode control has been around in one form or another for almost 50 years now, but it is still a topic that creates much confusion in the minds of many engineers and researchers. In this series of articles, Dr. Ridley shows historical reasons for the confusion, and presents for the first time the source
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01/29/2016
The sub-28 nanometer Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) now available feature the in-dustry’s only hard floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with speeds up to 1,500 Gbps floating-point operations. Built on sub-28 nm process technology, these FPGAs provide up to 17.4 Gbps for long-reach
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01/29/2016
Exacting demands are currently being placed onto the manufacturers of white goods, in what is an increasingly competitive market. Pressures are intensifying to implement design concepts which enable major energy savings while also supporting more streamlined form factors that will attract consumers and offering
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01/29/2016
Now that the first generation of mass-market consumer wearables are on the shelves, we can take a step back and analyze the issues that they have encountered and begin to architect a new generation that improves on their design. Key issues that are apparent are the need for greater battery autonomy
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01/29/2016
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Packaging Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2016 titled, “3D Power Packaging: Emerging Technologies in Embedded Components and Cooling Techniques.” Featuring speakers from leading industry and research organizations, the session will present
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01/28/2016
ROHM’s new high-efficiency system power IC suits car audio

BD49101AEFS-M Power IC

To meet the expanding needs of the car audio market for multifunction power supplies, ROHM developed a system power supply IC that features the lowest power consumption in the industry. The BD49101AEFS-M leverages ROHM’s expertise in car audio power system design to achieve an optimized system based on a high-efficiency
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01/28/2016
Key criteria for designing power supplies units (PSU) for consumer applications are low cost, high efficiency, good thermal performance and low Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI). Starting with an optimal power conversion topology assists the design process. Flyback topology is optimal for low and mid power
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01/27/2016
From cellphones to electric vehicles and smart grid energy storage, the use of rechargeable batteries is dramatically increasing. Engineers that design products that use these rechargeable batteries must be able to characterize the battery performance in their designs. Programmable bidirectional DC power supplies
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01/27/2016
As electronic systems continue to become more compact, temperature plays an increasingly important role in system reliability and power efficiency. Many engineers are already familiar with how temperature can affect reliability; if a system becomes too hot, device operation can become unpredictable. Using a
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01/27/2016
Most systems require multiple different voltage rails. Voltages below the system ground voltage, or zero voltage, are considered to be negative voltages. Such voltages are needed in many different applications. In power electronics, some switch types may not reliably be turned off if ground voltage is applied
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01/27/2016
Vishay Intertechnology's BiSy Single-Line ESD protection diodes feature low working range to 3.3 V

Bidirectional symmetrical (BiSy) single-line ESD protection diodes for portable electronics

Vishay Intertechnology released two new bidirectional symmetrical (BiSy) single-line ESD protection diodes for portable electronics with a low working range of 3.3 V in the ultra-compact CLP0603 silicon package. Measuring only 0.6 mm by 0.3 mm with a very low height of 0.27 mm, the Vishay Semiconductors VBUS03B1-SD0
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01/26/2016
Power Integrations' highly-efficient LYTSwitch-5 ICs support multiple LED driver topologies

LYTSwitch-5 LED driver

Power Integrations, a leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED driver ICs, launched its LYTSwitch-5 single-stage LED driver IC family. LYTSwitch-5 devices combine PFC and constant-current output, and support multiple common LED driver topologies. Solid-state lighting applications have highly
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01/26/2016
Mouser Electronics announced a global agreement with Red Pitaya, manufacturers of the Red Pitaya system, centered on a powerful open-source software development platform for test and measurement applications. The Red Pitaya product line is designed to help people learn programming and create designs ranging
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01/25/2016
Altera's PowerSoC converter delivers leading power density, performance, and reliability

The EN6362QI PowerSoC

Altera, now a part of Intel, has expanded its Enpirion power products portfolio with a 6A PowerSoC DC-DC step-down converter that is a full-featured, highly integrated, and fully tested PowerSoC with integrated inductor. The new PowerSoC (EN6362QI) is the first in a new generation of low-VIN (input voltage)
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01/25/2016
Murata announces mass production of highest Q chip inductors available

LQP02HQ series of film-type high-frequency chip inductors

Murata announced mass production of the LQP02HQ series of film-type high-frequency chip inductors in the ultra-compact 01005 size (0.4 x 0.2 mm). Along with the trend toward increased multiband capability and ever more sophisticated functions, the configuration of the RF circuits in smartphones and other compact
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01/25/2016
New design points a path to the â€ultimate’ battery

False-colour microscopic view of a reduced graphene oxide electrode (black, centre), which hosts the large (on the order of 20 micrometers) lithium hydroxide particles (pink) that form when a lithium-oxygen battery discharges

Scientists have developed a working laboratory demonstrator of a lithium-oxygen battery which has very high energy density, is more than 90% efficient, and, to date, can be recharged more than 2000 times, showing how several of the problems holding back the development of these devices could be solved. Lithium-oxygen,
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01/25/2016
The emergence of commercially available and cost-effective gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors begins a new age in power electronics. There are significant benefits in using enhancement-mode gallium nitride FET (eGaN FET) devices in power converters for existing data center and telecommunications architectures
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01/25/2016
XP Power's latest supplies meet US DoE Level VI and EU CoC Tier 2 energy efficiency requirements

VES90 series of external AC-DC power supplies

XP Power has developed four external power supply series that enable products to meet new EU and US environmental and energy efficiency regulations, which come into force this year. The VEC40, VEC50, VEC65 and VES90 series of external AC-DC power supplies all comply with the new DoE level VI (US) and CoC Tier
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01/22/2016
Fuji Electric has added a new lineup of power semiconductors to its product portfolio with the "High-Speed W" Series of high-speed discrete IGBTs. The new product series utilizes a thinner IGBT chip for miniaturization, thereby reducing power loss (turnoff loss) in switching operation by approximately
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01/21/2016
Stockpile's high-current shunts available In 0.2 Milliohm values

HCS high-current SMD shunt resistors

Stackpole’s HCS high-current SMD shunt resistors are now available in a 0.2 milliohm resistance value in chip sizes of 3920 and 5930. The HCS has an all metal welded construction with a raised resistance element. This provides more efficient thermal conduction, allowing the HCS to handle higher currents with
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01/21/2016
Gresham Power unveils 1200W compact benchtop power supply

GPS-TPS352 1200W output benchtop power supply

Gresham Power Electronics, a specialist design-in distributor of power conversion products, announces the availability of its GPS-TPS352 1200W benchtop power supply. Supplied in a convenient and compact desktop case less than 50mm tall, the GPS-TPS352 provides reliable system power up to 1200W (1400W peak) with
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01/20/2016
Ford selects ADI’s Automotive Audio Bus

Ford Motor Company has selected the Automotive Audio Bus

Analog Devices announced today that the Ford Motor Company has selected the Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) as its primary infotainment network technology with in-vehicle deployments starting in 2016. ADI’s A2B technology is capable of distributing audio and control data together with clock and power over a single,
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01/20/2016
Phihong launches high efficiency, low-cost 10W wall-plug adapter series

PSM10A wall plug adapters

Phihong USA, a leading supplier of OEM power solutions, has introduced a new series of 10W, fixed blade wall-plug adapters. Designated the PSM10A Series, the new wall-plug adapters deliver high efficiency at a low cost, making them ideally suited for a wide range of consumer electronics applications, including:
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01/20/2016
Cree expands its industry-leading portfolio of lighting-class LEDs with the addition of the XLamp XQ-A LED to the XQ LED family. The compact, ceramic-based XQ-A enables lighting manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively expand their product portfolios by leveraging an LED design that is similar to that of
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01/20/2016
Cornell Dubilier's hybrid polymer-aluminum electrolytics handle 30g with very low ESR

SMT Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors

Cornell Dubilier Electronics has announced ruggedized versions of their SMT Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors, now able to withstand continuous vibrations of up to 30g of stress. This rating has been accomplished through electrical and mechanical redesign. Hybrid polymer-aluminum electrolytic capacitors
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01/19/2016
With a long history of involvement in promoting energy savings, Emerson Industrial Automation has invested massively in research into technological solutions and services designed to cut energy bills. On the strength of this expertise, Emerson now presents the Energy Savings Advisor, its new mobile app offering
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01/19/2016
Vishay Intertechnology's IGBT power modules increase efficiency and reduce conduction losses in TIG welding

Vishay Intertechnology introduced four new half-bridge and single-switch IGBT power modules

Vishay Intertechnology introduced four new half-bridge and single-switch IGBT power modules designed specifically for TIG welding machines. Built on Vishay's proprietary Trench PT IGBT technology, the VS-GP100TS60SFPbF, VS-GP250SA60S, VS-GP300TD60S, and VS-GP400TD60S provide extremely low collector-to-emitter
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01/19/2016
Fairview Microwave launches high-rel electromechanical switches in compact SMT packages

Electromechanical SPDT switches

Fairview Microwave Inc., a supplier of on-demand microwave and RF components, announces a brand new line of high-reliability SPDT surface mount electromechanical RF switches that cover broadband frequencies from DC to 8 GHz. These new RF switches offer exceptional reliability and repeatable performance which
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01/19/2016
Plessey, Anvil Semiconductors and the University of Cambridge announced that they are working together to fabricate high efficiency LEDs in cubic GaN grown on Anvil's 3C-SiC / Si substrates. Cubic GaN has the potential to overcome the problems caused in conventional LEDs by the strong internal electric fields
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01/18/2016
In his last State of the Union (SOTU) on January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama focused on progress made during his seven years in office, including reinventing the energy sector. The speech highlighted the Administration’s accomplishments through clean energy initiatives and emissions reduction policies.
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01/18/2016
The German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt acknowledges the importance of microelectronics as a key technology for the mobility of the future. Visiting the headquarters of Infineon Technologies, he learned about how the company is supporting policy goals to develop
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01/18/2016
Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced its InnoSwitch-CP family of off-line CV/CC flyback switching ICs. The new devices incorporate a constant power output profile which, when paired with an adaptive-voltage protocol such as Qualcomm
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01/15/2016
MicroPower Direct unveils the MPM-05SV series of miniature, single output 5W AC/DC power supplies

The MPM-05SV series

Available now from MicroPower Direct, the MPM-05SV series is a family of miniature, single output 5W AC/DC power supplies. They are part of a series of products that range from 5W to 25W. These units are specifically designed to allow use in industrial power systems requiring 277 VAC operation. Six
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01/15/2016
ROHM's latest PMICs optimized for Intel’s 6th-gen Skylake core processor architecture

The BD99991GW PMIC

ROHM has released for mass production two system Power Management Integrated Circuits (PMICs).These PMICs are optimized for low power and will enable fanless designs of space-conscious mobile PC products such as Ultrabooks™, 2-in-1 detachables, and tablets built around Intel’s 14nm Skylake processor.  The
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01/15/2016
EPC's development boards with 200 V eGaN FETs enable high efficiency up to 30 MHz

EPC's new development board

EPC's new development boards enable power systems designers to easily and quickly evaluate the high efficiency achieved with 200 V gallium nitride transistors in class-E amplifiers, current-mode class-D, and push-pull converters operating up to 30 MHz. These development boards are designed for class-E
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01/15/2016
KOSTAL releases PIKO MP series single-phase inverters

PIKO MP series single-phase inverter

The new PIKO MP series from KOSTAL is a family of single-phase inverters with low performance categories of 1.5 – 4.2 kW satisfy the corporate philosophy of "Smart connections." in several respects. It goes without saying that the new mini stars also display the three great product benefits of flexibility,
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01/15/2016
The Technical Program Committee is excited to announce that the 8th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expositions (ECCE’2016) submission window is NOW OPEN. Jan 15, 2016 – paper digests Feb 01, 2016 – tutorial proposal Mar 31, 2016 – special session proposal Whether
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01/11/2016
Recently tested and certified by TUV Rheinland, an internationally authoritative certification body, the peak output power (Pmax) of N-type PERT high-efficiency mono-crystalline silicon solar module and that of HIGHWAY Plus photovoltaic module (based on 60 pieces of 156mm*156mm) made from P-type high-efficiency
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01/11/2016
Dynamic keynotes from the top executives at FitBit, NBCUniversal, Samsung and YouTube, along with tech policy sessions and top product awards rounded out Day Two and Three of CES 2016. The future of technology innovation stood center stage this week, with more than 3,600 companies launching products across more
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01/11/2016
EPC taps Yuanzhe Zhang as director of applications engineering

Dr. Yuanzhe Zhang

EPC is proud to announce that Dr. Yuanzhe Zhang has joined the EPC engineering team as Director, Applications Engineering. As a member of the EPC applications team, Dr. Zhang's focus will be designing state-of-the-art envelope tracking systems for 4G, LTE and 5G wireless infrastructure that demonstrate
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01/11/2016
Ridley Engineering, a power systems design and consulting company dedicated to providing state-of-the-art products, services and training for the power supply industry, will open a training center at its new headquarters in Camarillo, California. Located 53 miles north of Los Angeles, this facility will house
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01/11/2016
Osram unveils smart LED lamp controlled by the Thread

Thread-compatible smart LED lamp

Smart lighting solutions are carving out their place in ever more living rooms. When it comes to smart homes, Osram has already demonstrated its innovative capacity in the past with its smart lamps and luminaires in the Lightify series. Now Osram is carrying on with the first smart LED lamp controlled by the
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01/07/2016
RS Components' latest SSRs boost channel capacity in space-constrained applications

RS Components' SSR

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents, has revealed a new own-brand range of highly miniaturised solid-state relays (SSRs), which enable small panels or cabinets to support extremely high channel count. The RS-branded SSRs http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/solid-state-relays/8886861/ have the
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01/07/2016
Toshiba's expanded TZ1000 application processors for wearables simplify low-power designs

ApP Lite application processors

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its line up of ApP Lite application processors for wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). The TZ1201XBG is the latest addition to the TZ1000 series, and is based on a high performance 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M4F RISC processor capable of operating at frequencies
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01/06/2016
Fuji Electric introduces HVAC combination variable-frequency drives in North America

FRENIC-HVAC Combination Variable Frequency Drive

Fuji Electric of America has announced that they have begun manufacturing their FRENIC-HVAC Combination Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) in the company's new factory in Roanoke, VA in order to reduce turnaround time and customize panels to suit customers' individual applications. The complete series includes
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01/06/2016
Linear Technology introduced the LTC3643, a bidirectional, high-voltage boost capacitor charger that automatically converts to a buck regulator for system backup. The proprietary, single-inductor topology with integrated PowerPath functionality does the work of two separate switching regulators, reducing size,
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01/06/2016
Loiste Group first with Utilytics energy platform

Utilytics beta program is just the beginning of making big energy data available to customers in real time

The Finnish energy provider Loiste Group is the first customer to sign up Utilytics, a new analytics service for the energy market delivered by Enoro. This first contract shows that real time big energy data is now a reality. Loiste has tested Utilytics and signed up very quickly following the launch in November
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01/05/2016
Torex Semiconductor will open an R&D Center in April 2016 at TOREX USA in Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A. for the purpose of strengthening research and development of high value-added analog power ICs that will be the mainstay of the next generation. Sunnyvale, California, where the new R&D
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01/05/2016
Avnet introduces Kintex UltraScale FPGA development kit

Kintex UltraScale FPGA Development Kit

Embedded system designers looking for a fully configurable, high-performance hardware platform for engineering and verifying applications based on the Kintex UltraScale FPGA family from Xilinx will find the functionality they need in the new Kintex UltraScale FPGA Development Kit released today by Avnet, a leading
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01/04/2016
Allegro MicroSystems announced a new 360° contactless high-resolution programmable magnetic angle position sensor IC that has been designed for digital systems. Allegro’s A1335 device has a system-on-chip (SoC) architecture with a front-end based on Circular Vertical Hall (CVH) technology, programmable microprocessor-based
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01/04/2016
PolyU develops novel eco high performance energy storage device

The PolyU research team has developed a simple approach to synthesize aqueous MnO2 ink

The Department of Applied Physics of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a simple approach to synthesize novel environmentally-friendly manganese dioxide (MnO2) ink by using glucose. The MnO2 ink could be used for the production of light, thin, flexible and high performance energy storage
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01/04/2016

 



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