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September 2012
Russian government approves legislation amendments to energy-efficiency strategy

Click image to enlarge: Final energy consumption in Russia by sector (2009)

TheRussian government has approved awide-ranging package ofamendments toexisting legislation in the country's stalled energy-efficiency strategy. Changes unveiled late last week, reports The
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09/30/2012
ON Semiconductor promotes Bernard Gutmann to executive VP and CFO

Bernard Gutmann, executive Vice President and CFO

ON Semiconductor has announced that President and CEO, Keith Jackson and the company's Board of Directors have promoted and appointed Bernard Gutmann to Executive Vice President and CFO effective
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09/30/2012
Imec, SolarWorld, and Solvay debut 100-μm thin PV cell

Click image to enlarge: iPERC thin solar wafer

This year's European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition saw Belgium's research laboratory Imec, SolarWorld, and Solvay present a 100-μm thick, 156- x 156-mm PERC (passivated emitter
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09/29/2012

New radar system for industrial measurements achieves one-micron accuracy

Click image to enalarge: The radar system in the measurement chamber.

Scientists of KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and RUB (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) with the help of a new radar system, have achieved an accuracy of one micron in joint measurements. The system
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09/29/2012
Intelli Production develops home combined heat & power units in Germany

Click image to enlarge: Heiko Sasse, MD of Intelli Production with his home CHP energy system that went into batch production in March 2012

Intelli Production develops and constructs small CHP (combined heat and power) units for residential homes. A total of 200 devices are set to be sold this year, with many more forecast for 2013. The
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09/28/2012
Diodes to acquire Power Analog Microelectronics
Diodes Inc has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire PAM (Power Analog Microelectronics). The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012. The terms of the
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09/28/2012
Aisin Seiki develops powered-sliding-door system

Click image to enlarge: Sliding-door system inspired by the rope drills of fire fighters

Aisin Seiki has developed a powered-sliding-door system that houses all the major components in the door side. The design allows the doors to be compatible with a wider range of vehicles than previous
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09/26/2012
Avnet Abacus bring Amphenol Sine and Delta Electronics to Europe

Click image to enlarge: New DIN rail power supplies

Avnet Abacus has signed a pan-European franchise agreement to represent Delta Electronics and adistribution agreement with Amphenol Sine Systems division of Amphenol. In 2009 Delta Electronics
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09/26/2012
Saxony-Anhalt rises to the solar PV crises

Minister for Science and Economic Affairs Prof. Dr Birgitta Wolff.

With eleven exhibitors, SOLAR VALLEY Saxony-Anhalt has presented itself at this year's European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Frankfurt am Main. The trade fair appearance
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09/25/2012
CISSOID appoints APC as its specialized distributor in UK and Ireland
CISSOID has appointed UK-based APC (Advanced Power Components) distributor of CISSOID products in United Kingdom and Ireland. With a unique knowledge of the players involved with high-temperature
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09/25/2012
CUI and Ericsson sign license agreement for Advanced-Bus-Converter Products

FRIDA II 3E digital Advanced Bus Converter family, including the newly released BMR456 quarter brick and BMR457 eighth brick series.

CUI has entered into a license agreement with Ericsson for their 32-bit processor-based FRIDA II 3E digital Advanced Bus Converter family, including the newly released BMR456 quarter brick and BMR457
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09/25/2012
Peratech presented with Queen's Award for Innovation 2012 for its QTC touch technology

Click image to enlarge: David Lussey, Peratech CTO (right) with HM Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire

Peratech, the innovator in touch technology, was presented with the 2012 Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its multi-award winning, QTC (quantum tunneling composites) technology
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09/25/2012
Bel Acquires Powerbox Italia
Bel Fuse has announced that it has closed the acquisition of Powerbox Italia, Milan, Italy, a supplier of AC-DC power supplies for applications in AC-DC front ends, broadcast communications, and battery
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09/25/2012
UK's OFGEM takes carrot-and-stick approach to energy-efficiency suppliers

Alistair Buchanan, CEO UK's OFGEM

UK's OFGEM (Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets) has warned energy suppliers and generators that they face the risk of enforcement action and fines if they fail to deliver U.K. government's
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09/24/2012
Smart-phone research sees operating system move to ecosystems

Daniel Gleeson, Analyst, Mobile Media, IHS

Barely five years after Google's Android appeared on the market in 2008, IHS forecasts that cumulative global shipments of smartphones using the OS since it was introduced, will amount to more than
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09/24/2012
Inside Secure appoints new VP of R&D

Click image to enlarge: Inside Secure Vault

Inside Secure, designer, developer and supplier of semiconductors, embedded software, and platforms for secure transactions and digital security has appointed Dimitrios Karayiannis to the position
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09/24/2012
Securing future electronic Identity documents

Click image to enlarge: Infineon supplied RFID chips integrated in US passports

Infineon Technologies and NXP Semiconductors Germany, both manufacturers of security ICs, and the secure-chip card system specialist Giesecke & Devrient are investigating how future generations of
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09/24/2012
How energy efficiency enhances benefits of natural-gas boom

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The recent boom in shale-gas production and the subsequent decrease in the price of natural gas have put natural gas front and centre in the national energy discussion. This abundant source of domestic
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09/23/2012
Sunpower completes high-efficiency 1.3-MW solar-power system

Click image to enlarge: Solar panels on top of the Exploratorium at Pier 15

SunPower has completed a 1.3-MW high-efficiency solar-power system on the roof of the Exploratorium's future home on San Francisco's Embarcadero. The system was designed to ultimately generate 100%
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09/23/2012
University of Twente researcher demonstrates ultrafast optical amplifier

Click image to enlarge: OPTO Silicon-erbium chip

Within optical microchips, light finds its way through channels, waveguides, made of silicon. Light from a glass fibre, for example, passes through a structure of optical channels with splitters and
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09/22/2012
CamSemi among UK fast track growth technology companies

CamSemi's C2183 PSS flyback controller

CamSemi has been named as one of the UK's fastest-growing private technology companies in the latest Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 report. The company lists in 29th position in the 12th
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09/21/2012
Plessey shortlisted for British Engineering Awards

Click image to enlarge: Next generation products will integrate HBLED with EPIC sensor technology.

Plessey has been shortlisted for its new HBLED (High Brightness LED) products in the British Engineering Excellence Awards 2012 Electronics Product Category. The winners will be declared on 25 October
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09/19/2012
New microsite aids integration of wireless-power applications

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Premier Farnellhas announced a new wireless power microsite in partnership with Texas Instruments, Würth Electronics, and Cadsoft EAGLE PCB software to help accelerate integration ofwireless power
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09/17/2012
Sesame Access on shortlist for 2012 British Engineering Excellence Awards

Click image to enlarge: Wheelchair-access platforms

Sesame Access, custom wheelchair-access consultants, have been shortlisted in the 2012 BEEAs (British Engineering Excellence Awards). The London-based team of designers and manufacturers are one of
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09/17/2012
WET-NZ first test device for Oregon wave-energy test site

Click image to enlarge: Wave Energy Technology devices. A second generation half-scale device has now been funded.

Wave Energy Technology - New Zealand is a research & development collaboration programme run by Industrial Research, a Crown Research Institute, and Power Projects, a privately owned Wellington-based
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09/17/2012
Wello reports on Penguin wave-energy converter

Click image to enlarge: The220 tonne Wello Penguin vessel (excl. ballast), is approximately 30 meters in length, and held in place by three wires anchored to the seabed

Finnish wave-energy developer Wello, has released further test results of its Penguin wave-energy converter installed offshore from Orkney, Scotland, which has survived its first heavy storms during
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09/17/2012
Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility launched

Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility

The NZERTF (Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility) is a unique NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) laboratory in Gaithersburg, Md. The facility, operated by the Energy and Environment
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09/17/2012
Alternative-fuel-vehicle supporters desire vehicles from BMW, Lexus, Toyota, and Ford
Phoenix Marketing International has reported findings that reveal consumers' consideration of alternative-fuel vehicles for their next automotive purchase. Phoenix fielded the study in July 2012 and
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09/17/2012
RFEL awarded for innovation in digital signal processing

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RFEL, a specialist in high-performance electronic signal processing, has been presented with The Queen's Award for Enterprise 2012 in the Innovation category, for its unique range of digital-signal-processing
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09/16/2012
Power Electronics South America 2012 comes to successful close
Nearly 300 specialists attended Power Electronics South America from 11 - 13 September in São Paulo, Brazil, to find out more about both the current state and the future of power electronics, intelligent
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09/16/2012
Illinois is one of four states chosen for <i>Best Practices Policy Academy</i>

Click image to enlarge: CHP schematic

Illinois is one of four states chosen by the NGA (National Governors Association) for a prestigious Best Practices Policy Academy grant to boost industrial productivity through use of energy
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09/16/2012
Geothermal Energy expo held in Reno

Click image to enlarge: Stillwater geothermal project. The US Department of Energy (DoE) said the project, which received $40 million in tax support under the Recovery Act, has harnessed innovative technologies to add solar energy to the facility and provide 59 MW of combined capacity to power more than 50,000 local homes."

From September 30 to October 3, companies that provide services and products for geothermal resource exploration, characterization, development, production and management will gather at the GEA Geothermal
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09/16/2012
Transphorm releases first JEDEC qualified 600-V GaN HEMT
Transphorm has announced the JEDEC qualification of the company's TPH2006PS GaN HEMT on SiC substrate, making it the industry's first qualified 600 V HEMT device. The TPH2006PS, based on the company's
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09/13/2012
Intersil expands video-surveillance coalition

SLOC consists of camera transmitter and a DVR/NVR receiver

Susan Hardman, senior VP of Intersil's analog mixed-signal product group, says forecasts are that the overall video-surveillance market will reach $16.4 billion by 2014 with world-wide deployment
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09/12/2012
Well known national and international companies will be showcasing their power electronics, intelligent drive technologies, renewable energies and energy management products to visitors and conference
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09/11/2012
Excelsys hires Kevin Parmenter as VP of Applications Engineering for USA

Kevin Parmenter, VP Applications, Excelsys, USA

Excelsys Technologies announces the appointment of Kevin Parmenter as Vice President Applications Engineering, USA. Kevin Parmenter comes from Exar Corporation where he was the Director of Advanced
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09/11/2012
TTI announces asset acquisition of NPCS autotronics
TTI, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, has announced the acquisition of the assets of NPCS Autotronics based in Shanghai, China. NPCS Autotronics is a specialty distributor
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09/11/2012
Digi-Key Corporation inks global-distribution agreement with Kionix
Electronic-components distributor Digi-Key has announced a global distribution agreement with MEMS inertial-sensor provider Kionix. Kionix provides 3-axis accelerometers and gyroscopes, and 6-axis
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09/11/2012
S3 Group Licenses DAC to Aptina
IP provider S3 Group has licensed a video DAC to CMOS image sensor maker Aptina. Aptina provides image sensors to tier-one OEMs manufacturing and supplying digital cameras for mobile, automotive,
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09/11/2012
Transcend to display complete industrial storage lineup at ESC Boston 2012
Transcend Information has announced it will attend the ESC Boston 2012. The conference will take place at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, September 17-20, 2012. The tradeshow floor
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09/11/2012
Europe offered flexible CMOS development and foundry service by Toshiba

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Toshiba offers European customers process development and fabrication services on 8" wafers at 600, 350, 180, 130, 110, and 90 nm process nodes.

Toshiba Electronics Europe is now offering European ASIC customers a flexible process-development and foundry service built around its 8" CMOS fabrication capabilities. The service combines support
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09/10/2012
Silevo ramps up to high-volume manufacture

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Silevo's single busbar solar cells use a single copper, rather than silver, wiring to carry current, a way to reduce material costs.

PV solar module manufacturer Silevo has achieved greater than 21% conversion efficiency with its high performance Triex solar technology at its high-volume manufacturing facility in Hangzhou, China.
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09/10/2012
REEEP issues 9th call for energy-efficiency project proposals
The REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) is inviting NGOs, governments, regulators, businesses, enterprises, local financial institutions, and others to submit project proposals
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09/09/2012
Light bulb energy efficiencies compared

LED bulbs are a slight improvement environmentally over the CFL. The energy-efficiency gap will widen over the next five years, according to a report from the US DoE.

While today's LED bulbs are a slight improvement environmentally over the CFL, the energy-efficiency gap will widen over the next five years as LED technology and manufacturing methods improve, according
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09/09/2012
Designing natural ventilation cooling

Click image to enlarge: Keelung terminal

Keelung, Taiwan's second-largest seaport, experiences extreme heat and humidity, as well as plenty of wind and rain year-round. The result may be one of the most difficult climates in which to build
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09/09/2012
Accelerating investment in industrial energy efficiency
American DG Energy has said it will benefit from the recent White House Executive Order "Accelerate Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency." The goal of the Executive Order is to supply 40 GW
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09/09/2012
Cybersecurity evaluation model and survey available to benchmark power utilities

The Department of Energy's Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model will help utilities assess their own level of cybersecurity readiness.

A first-of-its-kind self-evaluation model and survey can provide utilities with an efficient way to benchmark and measure their cybersecurity. The Electricity Sector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity
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09/09/2012
AES 48th International Conference to focus on Automotive Audio
Over the last 20 years, automotive audio has changed dramatically from being standard mono sound in one full range loudspeaker to a true multichannel playback system fully integrated and adjusted
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09/09/2012
EU LED Symposium & Expo expounds on Zhaga standards
This year the LpS2012 (LED professional Symposium +Expo) running from 25 - 27 September at Bregenz, Austria is making available first hand information about the newest developments on the subject
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09/09/2012
TransTech Systems signs RFID distribution agreement with Convergence Systems

CSL launch of CS468 16 port reader and CS790 ultra-thin antenna

TransTech Systems, provider of identification systems, has signed a major distribution agreement with Convergence Systems to distribute that company's fixed and handheld RFID readers TransTech's
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09/09/2012
Hendrix Aerial expands engineering & management services
Hendrix Aerial has expanded engineering and management services for their Spacer Cable Systems. Since 1951 Hendrix has provided technical assistance to their customers for Spacer Cable design and
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09/09/2012
CISSOID signs franchise agreement with distributor SETRON
High-temperature semiconductor manufacturer CISSOID and German-based distributor SETRON have signed an extensive franchise agreement for the distribution of CISSOID products. With sales locations
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09/08/2012
CrayoNano offers new hybrid graphite- and graphene-grown nanowires

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Vertically aligned nanowire growth on graphite and graphene.

A CrayoNano research team has developed a new technique that enables growth of vertically aligned and self-catalyzed nanowires on graphite and graphene. This new hybrid material has excellent properties
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09/07/2012
Intel & HP to design and build NREL high-performance computer

XeonE5-2600

Intel Corp is to work with HP to design and provide the US DOE's (Department of Energy's) NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) with a supercomputing system that will drive research across a
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09/06/2012
Arrow Electronics and Intematix sign global distribution agreement for remote phosphor LED lighting components

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ChromaLit uses a phosphor composite separated from the blue LED energy source.

Arrow Electronics has signed a global distribution agreement with Intematix to deliver ChromaLit remote phosphor components for high-quality LED lighting. Remote phosphor is a trend in LED-lighting-system
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09/04/2012
Power Integrations unveils A19 LED-driver reference design targeting 100-W incandescent-bulb replacements
Power Integrations has announced DER-323, a reference design for an 18W, 88%-efficient, non-isolated A19 LED driver based on the LNK460VG low-profile IC from the company's LinkSwitch-PL family. The
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09/04/2012
Cree Introduces 150-mm 4HN Silicon Carbide Epitaxial Wafers

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Cree's low micropipe 4H n-type SiC epitaxial wafers are now available in 150 mm diameter.

CREE has announced availability of high quality, low micropipe 150-mm 4H n-type SiC (silicon carbide) epitaxial wafers. Cree continues to lead the SiC materials marketplace in driving to larger diameters
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09/04/2012
EPC releases SOA data for eGaN FETs
EPC (Efficient Power Conversion) is releasing safe operating area (SOA) data for their product line of eGaN FETs. The positive temperature coefficient across virtually their entire operating range
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09/04/2012
4G LTE to dominate cautious carrier capex spending

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The spending on infrastructure, considered a bellwether for gauging overall prospects of thewireless industry moving forward, continues the strong 7.7% expansion of last year, when carrierexpenditures
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09/02/2012

 



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