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August 2013
Hydrogen fuel from sunlight

Gary Moore is a chemist with Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division and principal investigator for the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.

In the search for clean, green sustainable energy sources to meet human needs for generations to come, perhaps no technology matches the ultimate potential of artificial photosynthesis. Bionic leaves
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08/30/2013
Wind turbines don't hurt home values, study says
Wind-power turbines, which are increasingly dotting California's mountain and desert regions, don't appear to be having a negative effect on home values, according to a new report by the Lawrence-Berkeley
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08/30/2013
CTE begins Houston zero-emission delivery vehicle project
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has partnered with the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and Smith Electric Vehicles Corporation (Smith Electric) to reduce vehicle emissions
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08/30/2013

Mouser Electronics, a leading design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, announced it is the diamond sponsor of the Darnell Energy Summit, planned
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08/29/2013
Using
In the midst of an intensifying global water crisis, scientists are reporting development of a more economical way to use one form of the "ice that burns" to turn very salty wastewater from fracking
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08/29/2013
4G Americas announced the publication of Rysavy's report, Mobile Broadband Explosion: The 3GPP Wireless Evolution, which examines fundamental technology dynamics and analytically compares mobile technologies
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08/29/2013
Talking about nanopower and energy harvesting
In this PSDcast Brian Shaffer, Applications Manager from Linear Technology's Boston Design Center, talks about driving small and remote devices with energy harvesting and the nanopower systems
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08/29/2013
Is the US electrical grid on the edge of failure?
Facebook can lose a few users and remain a perfectly stable network, but where the national grid is concerned simple geography dictates that it is always just a few transmission lines from collapse. That
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08/28/2013
The UK's grid-storage initiative
In this PSDcast Marieke Beckmann, the CCM Research Lead at the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL), talks with Power Systems Design's Alix Paultre about the UK's Dynamic Demand Challenge, supported
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08/28/2013
Germany just broke its monthly solar power generation record once again. In July, the grey-skied country logged 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from solar power, slightly better than the 5
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08/28/2013
Lawrence Livermore NIF laser fusion experiment delivers record energy output
Recently Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility (NIF) focused all 192 of its ultra-powerful laser beams on a tiny deuterium-tritium filled capsule. In the nanoseconds that followed, the capsule
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08/28/2013
NC State creates open-source energy model to enhance comparison & collaboration
Computer models are used to inform policy decisions about energy, but existing models are generally "black boxes" that don't show how they work, making it impossible for anyone to replicate their
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08/28/2013
Onlinecomponents.com makes Jane Judd General Manager
Onlinecomponents.com, an authorized e-commerce distributor of electronic components, is pleased to announce that Jane Judd has joined the company as General Manager. Judd, a senior executive with
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08/27/2013
Metallized Carbon appoints Roxanne Andrian quality assurance manager
Metallized Carbon has appointed Roxanne Andrian to fill the position of Quality Assurance Manager to oversee the operations of the Quality Assurance department, and ensure that all products produced
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08/27/2013
Solve your engineering challenges, register for NIDays 2013
For the first time ever, the NIDays graphical system design conference is coming to four major US cities this fall: Boston, Chicago, San Jose, and Washington, DC. NIDays 2013 is a free, full-featured
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08/27/2013
Piezoelectric medical device applications

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

In this PSDcast, Sam Snyder of Piezo Kinetics talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design at the MD&M 2013 exhibition about the company's devices and their applications within the medical
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08/27/2013
AutoGrid Systems, a leader in Big Data analytics for the energy industry, announced that its flagship software application, Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS), and its embedded
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08/26/2013
Toshiba International announced the completion of its acquisition of Elettra Technology Incorporated (ETI). The business will be named Toshiba Industrial Products Canada (TIPCA) and will operate as
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08/26/2013
The market is calling for products that are increasingly reliable and sustainable. This is a major challenge, and one that also affects the sectors for electronics and electronics manufacturing. Several
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08/26/2013
Talking about linear power supplies with Acopian
In this PSDcast, Acopian's Chief Engineer, Mark Wilkins and their Sales & Marketing Director, Alex Karapetian talk to Power Systems Design about linear power supplies and how they aren't going
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08/23/2013
NTT DATA, an IT services leader, and AutoGrid Systems, a leader in Big Data Analytics for the electricity and energy industry, announced a strategic research and development (R&D) agreement to develop
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08/23/2013
Smith Electric Vehicles, a leading global producer of all-electric medium-duty commercial vehicles, announced that it has signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture (the JV') with Taikang
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08/23/2013
Chemical engineers' research may lead to inexpensive & flexible solar cells
Work by a team of chemical engineers at Penn State and Rice University may lead to a new class of inexpensive organic solar cells. "Imagine if you could make solar cells as easily as you can print
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08/23/2013
Germany to create largest PV facility to serve internal markets
Building on their renewable energy and energy storage research, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is transferring its theoretical findings into practice and will build what is expected to
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08/22/2013
With wind energy capacity growing at a rapid pace, the value of the operations and maintenance (O&M) market is expected to increase from $3 billion in 2008 to $19 billion by 2020, says research and
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08/22/2013
Talking about thermistors with Ametherm
In this PSDcast, Mehdi Samii of Ametherm talks about the role of passives, thermistors in particular, and their important role on the board. High inrush current can be produced when equipment is
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08/22/2013
Littelfuse, Inc., the global leader in circuit protection, has introduced an ultra-low capacitance protection thyristor. The SDP Series SIDACtor® Protection Thyristor in the SOT23-6 package provides
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08/22/2013
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Tapko Technologies, a leader in KNX solutions for home and building control, have
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08/22/2013
AIST researchers create a novel Tunnel FET architecture with potential to substantially improve device performance
The tunnel field-effect transistor (tunnel FET) is a transistor that is based on electron tunneling and that, in principle, can switch on and off at lower voltages than the operation voltage of the
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08/22/2013
Autoclavable batteries for medical apps

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

In this PSDcast, Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design interviews David Wilmoth of Harding Energy at Atlantic Design and Manufacturing 2013 about the company's medical battery pack development,
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08/21/2013
A coalition of Latino groups, clean energy supporters, environmentalists, and health advocates will rally outside Southern California Edison's headquarters in Rosemead. The rally will protest the
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08/21/2013
Novel battery design may support grid-stiffening for alternate energy sources
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to
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08/21/2013
The recovering automotive industry has led to a significant increase in demand for components, according to the organizers of North America's largest coil winding, insulation and electrical manufacturing
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08/21/2013
The largest research project in Europe for researching and developing highly integrated system-in-package solutions has been successfully completed. The ESiP (Efficient Silicon Multi-Chip System-in-Package
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08/21/2013
TTI increases scale and scope of European connector assembly plant
TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, has significantly increased both the scale and scope of its European connector assembly service.
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08/20/2013
Management team expands at PPE
Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE), one of the world's leading manufacturers of high performance molded elastomer seals has appointed Lawrence Aldridge as operational excellence manager following
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08/20/2013
India and Australia to Invest more in renewable energy, but China leads the Asia-Pacific market
Powered by policy support from the government, India and Australia will increase their share of renewable energy projects in the near future, while China will remain the largest market in the Asia-Pacific
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08/20/2013
The efficiency standards landscape
In this PSDcast, Arnold Alderman talks with Alix about one of his favorite subjects - Efficiency Standards. Arnold has been involved with these standards since 2003 when CEC was just starting out
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08/20/2013
Phoenix Marketing International's Automotive Practice has released its most recent findings from its ongoing research regarding purchase consideration of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). The Automotive
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08/19/2013
NSIC cheers participation of small and medium sized companies at LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA
LASER WORLD of PHOTONICS INDIA 2013 is supported among others by the Indian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DEITY) and the
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08/19/2013
Vector Software, a leading provider of innovative software solutions for testing safety and mission critical embedded applications, announced that Helbling Technik, a leader in technological innovation
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08/19/2013
Adopting GaN technology in the marketplace
In this PSDcast Alix talks to Larry Spaziani of GaN Systems about the adoption of the technology into the marketplace, and the development issues the industry faces. There is a lot of attention
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08/16/2013
Despite demonstrating a slowed growth rate, China will continue to be the largest wind power market in 2020, as it attempts to reduce its carbon footprint while increasing electricity production in
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08/16/2013
TAU researchers adapt MEMS technology for bionic body parts and other medical devices
Tiny sensors and motors are everywhere, telling your smartphone screen to rotate and your camera to focus. Now, a team of researchers at Tel Aviv University has found a way to print biocompatible
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08/16/2013
First time exhibitors at the DSEI defense and security exhibition in September, TMD Technologies will be highlighting their latest microwave power modules. Particularly applicable for avionics applications,
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08/16/2013
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Volterra Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:VLTR) for $23 per share, which represents a 55% premium
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08/16/2013
Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen becomes an ambassador for Nordic Semiconductor
Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced it is sponsoring Magnus Carlsen, the youngest player to be ranked number one in world chess and the highest ranking points holder
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08/15/2013
To increase prominence and enhance networking opportunities, productronica 2013 is strengthening its focus on the topics of circuit boards and electronic manufacturing services with a successful platform
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08/15/2013
4G Americas, a wireless industry trade association representing the 3GPP family of technologies, announced that it has published an Executive Summary, 3GPP Release 11: Understanding the Standards
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08/15/2013
High visitor satisfaction noted from PCIM 2013
The 7,883 visitors (from 53 different countries) were very satisfied with PCIM Europe 2013, according to the final analysis. Thanks to the exhibitor variety and the huge topic diversity, 95% of all
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08/15/2013
Keithley's new SMU instrument sports an interactive touchscreen
In this PSDcast, John Tucker of Keithley Instruments talks to Power Systems Design about Keithley's Model 2450 SourceMeter® SMU Instrument, which combines intuitive touchscreen and icon-based
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08/15/2013
AMETEK announced that it has acquired Controls Southeast, a leading manufacturer of custom-engineered thermal solutions, from Industrial Growth Partners for approximately $160 million. Based near
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08/14/2013
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), a leading innovator of selective brush plating technology and solutions, has launched a new corporate identity and website showcasing the full range of its industry-leading
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08/14/2013
Master Electronics, a leading distributor of electromechanical, interconnect and passive components, was ranked as a Top 25 Global Distributor in EBN's annual list, hosted this year by EDN Network.
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08/14/2013
Vector Software, a leading provider of innovative software solutions for testing safety and mission critical embedded applications, announced that it has re-certified its VectorCAST embedded software
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08/14/2013
Automatic axis bus simplifies cross-communication between Lenze 8400 TopLine inverter drives
Lenze Americas, a leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, has improved the functionality of its 8400 TopLine inverter drives, which
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08/14/2013
High-accuracy current measurement in automotive applications

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Figure 1: Transducer accuracy

The automotive industry has been undergoing a major transformation during the past few years. After more than a century of improving and refining the traditional gasoline and diesel engines that
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08/13/2013
Molex Incorporated recently launched a Spanish -language version of its website, providing customers in Spanish speaking regions with ready access to valuable product and industry information. The
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08/13/2013
Master limited partnerships and the impact on renewable-energy industries
Legislation expanding Master Limited Partnerships (MLPS) for renewable energy categories is projected to find a path through partisan gridlock this fall. While the effect that this change in the tax
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08/13/2013
Leveraging augmented reality in infrastructure management
In This PSDcast all talk about the coming smart(er) grid, but not many people talk about how we will manage and maintain it. FuelFX, is a Houston-based design firm that provides cutting-edge strategic,
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08/12/2013
DuPont Circuit & Packaging Materials and IQLP, a division of Interplex Industries, announced their ongoing efforts to further develop and refine liquid crystal polymer (LCP) thin-film technology for
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08/12/2013
Atego announced the availability of a PTC solution that integrates the comprehensive systems and software lifecycle management capabilities of PTC Integrity™ software with the Atego Artisan Studio®
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08/12/2013
Putting a test case for integrity management
Widely-publicized catastrophic failures of forged materials in deepwater applications have called into question the structural integrity of such products and focused industry attention on the need
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08/12/2013
The share of international exhibitors at productronica, which takes place in Munich from November 12 - 15, has increased again. For the first time ever, Estonia, Morocco, the Netherlands and the Czech
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08/12/2013
The August ESF Roundup of select ESF Research news and industry events feature the EnerCom Oil & Gas Conference, happening in Denver, CO, next week. Last month brought a wide range of activity, from
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08/09/2013
It has been recently announced that the RoHS Directive has been revised, and Directive 2002/95/EC has been replaced by Directive 2011/65/EU, "RoHS II," as of January 2, 2013. New requirements will
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08/09/2013
Talking about intelligent AC/DC power systems
In this PSDcast "Smart" power is the hot buzzword these days, and everyone is now aware of the benefits and advantages to implementing a digital power system in their design. Most of
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08/09/2013
A team of experts on gallium nitride technologies from GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, is presenting a major conference paper at the 224th ECS Electrochemical
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08/09/2013
Sondrel, a leading system-to-silicon IC design consultancy, believes that the increasing use of FinFET technology will cause new challenges for IC designers looking to benefit from the scaling benefits
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08/09/2013
Climate-KIC - Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership working to address the challenge of climate change - has awarded more than £125,000 to a project aimed at shifting electricity
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08/08/2013
California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman, who earlier issued a ruling proposing that the state's investor-owned utilities procure 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2020, will deliver
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08/08/2013
Mouser recognizes industry's
Mouser Electronics, a top distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, congratulates each of the recipients of its Annual Mouser Best-in-Class Award. The award recognizes the supplier
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08/08/2013
AVX and Avnet celebrate 50 years of partnership
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has become the first passive supplier to celebrate a 50-year channel milestone with Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas,
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08/08/2013
Is wireless power transmission a step backwards?
In this PSDcast, Arnold Alderman of Anagenesis and Alix talk about wireless power, its potential in the market, and issues to adoption. Although wireless power has a great amount to offer in the
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08/08/2013
Google Android support completes Bluetooth low-energy picture
At Google I/O 2013, the annual developer-fest for all things Google-related, held recently in San Francisco, the company stated its commitment to support Bluetooth v4.0. Google explained it would
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08/07/2013
Genscape reports lowest US July power demand since 2009
Genscape's recent US power demand estimates show average daily demand fell -3% in July when compared to 2012. After a slow start to the month, temperatures for much of the country warmed into the
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08/07/2013
Paultre on Power - talking about connected cars (Podcast)
In this podcast Alix talks to Karthik Natarajan, Senior VP & Global Head of Integrated Engineering Solutions at Tech Mahindra, about smart vehicles and how he foresees them interacting with
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08/07/2013
Qualcomm announced the keynote and super session speakers for the Uplinq™ 2013 wireless ecosystem conference, which will be held Sept. 3-5, 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Uplinq provides
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08/07/2013
DevCon 2013, Telit's third forum for m2m developers and adopters to review the latest technology developments and examine best business practices in our industry. This full day, two-track conference
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08/07/2013
In the near future the time that automobiles will need to spend in the repair shop could be significantly decreased. This will be possible thanks to joint research work undertaken by AUDI, Continental,
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08/06/2013
Ericsson and STMicroelectronics announced the closing of the transaction for the split up of ST-Ericsson. This follows the announcement the Companies made on March 18, 2013 on the chosen strategic
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08/06/2013
Carlo Ferro returns to STMicroelectronics as Chief Financial Officer
STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced that Carlo Ferro, President & CEO of ST-Ericsson, will resume his position
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08/06/2013
Papers on power electronics and their application are invited for the Call for Papers for the PCIM Europe 2014 Conference, which is now open. The submission deadline is 15 October 2013. The topics
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08/06/2013
FuelCell Energy, a leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today announced that FuelCell Energy Solutions, GmbH has
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08/05/2013
Alternative Energy Systems Consulting (AESC), a leading provider of high-quality engineering and management services that enable the rapid deployment of reliable and cost-effective energy solutions,
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08/05/2013
A view from the foundry
In this PSDcast, Dr. Marco Racanelli, Sr. VP and GM of RF/High Performance Analog and Power Business Groups at TowerJazz talks about the current state of the industry from his perspective for Power
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08/05/2013
Vu1 Corporation announces changes to board of directors
Vu1 Corporation announced a change to its board of directors. Directors Paul Fletcher and John Boyle have stepped down. The board unanimously elected Joshua Hauser as the newest director of the Vu1
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08/05/2013
Isola Group, a leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multi-layer Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), announced that it has become a full member of
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08/02/2013
Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, is offering a free, web-based seminar titled "Techniques for Making Successful Low Level DC Measurements." This
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08/02/2013
Ametherm announced a global distribution partnership with Mouser Electronics, a leading catalog and online semiconductor and electronic component distributor. Under the terms of the agreement, Mouser
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08/02/2013
Vector Software, a leading provider of software solutions for testing embedded applications, announced that their VectorCAST embedded software test suite has been integrated with the AUTOSAR architecture.
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08/02/2013
Vishay's latest, fastest, recovery rectifiers
In this PSDcast Giovanni Marengo of Vishay talks about their latest family of FRED Pt® Hyperfast and Ultrafast recovery rectifiers, including what they claim as the industry's first 3 A devices
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08/01/2013
Mouser Electronics announced the launch of its RFID & NFC Technologies site created to explore the rapidly expanding Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) market with features like targeted
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08/01/2013
Toshiba International, a leader in power transmission and distribution, announced a joint agreement with Pennsylvania Breaker (PAB). The strategic alliance brings the high performing high-voltage
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08/01/2013
STMicroelectronics, ARM and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced three new contributions to the SystemC Language Working Group of the Accellera Systems Initiative. This collaboration will
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08/01/2013

 



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