The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Energy Harvesting Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2014 titled: “Breakthrough Technologies Driving Successful Energy Harvesting-Powered Products.” The session will take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Fort
The U.S. Department of Energy announced $3 million to spur geothermal energy development using play fairway analysis. This technique identifies prospective geothermal resources in areas with no obvious surface expression by mapping the most favorable intersections of heat, permeability, and fluid. While commonly
Atmel, a global leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, will be powering the Internet of Things at embedded world 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany. From February 25th – 27th Atmel will show its broadest portfolio of 8- and 32-bit MCU architectures that puts it at the heart of the Maker community
Soligent, a leader in systems and technologies for making solar dealers more competitive, unveiled Solar Engine, a modular suite of integrated services that allow independent solar dealers to drive out costs, reduce paperwork and grow their businesses.
With Solar Engine, dealers leverage Soligent’s
In this PSDcast Nilo García, CEO of Crambo, parent company of Vexia, a manufacturer of personal electronic technology and GPS navigation devices, talks to Alix Paultre about the role of consumer devices in the marketplace and how their roles are expanding into other areas of energy savings beyond simple operating
Greg Scheu, President & CEO of ABB
ABB is a global pioneer in wide-bandgap semiconductors research, dating back to our widely praised breakthroughs in Silicon Carbide research in the 1990s. ABB has been following closely the development of wideband gap semiconductors because we have a wide array of products that employ power electronics as an
The global remote terminal units (RTU) market is expected to undergo a slow growth rate in the next seven years, climbing from $0.82 billion in 2013 to $1.43 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.2%, forecasts research and consulting firm GlobalData.
According to the company’s
The dashboard from the Porsche-designed Egger-Lohner C.2 electric vehicle
The history of the Stuttgart-based sportscar manufacturer Porsche begins in 1948 with the “Type 356”, the first sportscar to bear the Porsche name, but the history behind the Porsche brand goes back much further in time. Ferdinand Porsche, a pioneer in the field of automotive construction, began working
Zhifeng Ren, University of Houston
University of Houston researchers have developed a new stretchable and transparent electrical conductor, bringing the potential for a fully foldable cell phone or a flat-screen television that can be folded and carried under your arm closer to reality. Zhifeng Ren, a physicist at the University of Houston and
Altium, a leader in smart system design & automation, embedded software development, and Nimbic, a leading provider of electromagnetic simulation solutions for signal integrity, power integrity and EMI analysis, announced a development partnership. This will make Nimbic the newest developer partner to join
In this PSDcast Parviz Ghaffaripour, Sr. VP & GM at Exar, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the markplace in programmable power, where it is going, and what Exar is doing in the space. Recently President and CEO of Akros Silicon, Parviz discusses the challenges in power management
Patrick Toops, Aviation Electrical Systems/Module Expert, recently joined the team as the new Technical Sales Lead. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Patrick previously worked as the Electronics Lead, Flight Control Systems for Parker
TRINAMIC integrated circuits
Digi-Key, an industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, announced a global distribution agreement with TRINAMIC, a world-class supplier of motor control solutions. Based in Hamburg, Germany, TRINAMIC provides integrated circuits and modules for motor and motion control to customers
Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) is proud to announce that Andrea Mirenda has joined the EPC leadership team as vice president, Americas sales. Ms. Mirenda has over 25 years of marketing and sales operation experience within the semiconductor industry. Her primary responsibilities at EPC are creating
Asia‘s largest trade show for lasers, optics and photonics, LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA 2014 will take place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center from March 18 -20, 2014. The show is expected to occupy an area of 34,500 sqm, with about 600 exhibitors from China and other countries across the world.
Wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor-based power electronics
North Carolina State University has been selected by the Obama Administration to lead a public-private manufacturing innovation institute for next generation power electronics. Supported by a $70 million Energy Department investment over five years as well as a matching $70 million in non-federal cost-share,
The China Information Technology Expo - CITE 2014, the largest IT and consumer electronics show in Asia, will come to Shenzhen, China from April 10-12, 2014. Among other things the event will provide sales & information opportunities for U.S. and international businesses wishing to enter the Asian
Bell 525 Relentless Helicopter
Astronics, a leading provider of advanced technologies
for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced that
its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems,
will be supplying Bell Helicopter with the Secondary Electronic
Power Distribution System
Two detailed reports from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) find that solar financing and other non-hardware costs -- often referred to as "soft costs" -- now comprise up to 64% of the total price of residential solar energy systems, reflecting how soft costs are becoming
Wireless inductive charging devices
Mouser Electronics recently launched its new Wireless Charging Technology site, offering a detailed overview of this rapidly evolving technology to help designers identify the ideal wireless charging semiconductor and passive components – as well as development tools – to put a charge into their next design
Electric aircraft serve the need for reduced noise, air and ground pollution
IDTechEx research shows the electric aircraft industry is now growing rapidly with the military and industrial/commercial sectors increasing share to 67% and 27% of the 2024 value market. Product and component launches mostly involve pure electric manned aircraft but also an increasing number of hybrid aircraft
Tatiana Correia of the NPL
In this PSDcast Tatiana Correia, a scientist at UK's National Physical Laboratory, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about a new project that has been launched to develop electrocaloric cooling technology for refrigeration and device cooling applications. Current domestic refrigeration relies on
The energy harvesting market
The Internet of Things adds connectivity to things. It is a broad term referring to applications as diverse as internet connected vehicles to consumer electronics such as smart phones. However, the edge of the Internet of Things network will consist of simpler sensors and wireless devices that provide, among
Images showing sugar blowing process
Graphene sheets are immensely strong, lightweight and excellent at conducting electricity. Theoretically, macroscopical three-dimensional graphene assemblies should retain the properties of nanoscale graphene flakes. However, recent attempts to make 3D graphene have resulted in weak conductivity due to poor
Bel Fuse announced the opening of the company's newest R&D center, located at its TRP Connector division in Changping, China.
Bel acquired TRP, formerly the Transpower magnetics business of TE Connectivity, on April 1, 2013. "The TRP acquisition solidified Bel's position as a world leader
The student rocket-car challenge
In the same week that the head of CBI accused schools of producing ‘exam robots’, children from local schools were invited to Freescale’s East Kilbride technology centre to get hands on experience of building their own rocket cars. This is part of Freescale’s ongoing support of Science Technology Engineering
WIth all the development in aerospace propulsion sytems, it is interesting to take a look back sometimes at where the industry came from, and to remind ourselves that novel solutions are not a current thing. Many would say that steam power in an aircraft is counter-intuitive due to heat and power/weight issues.
Lauren Seliga and Jefferson Rhoads of Genscape
In this PSDcast Lauren Seliga, Regional Director at the MISO desk, and Jefferson Rhoads, a meteorologist, from Genscape, a leading provider of real-time data and intelligence for commodity and energy markets, talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the smart grid and how it is perceived by the markets
Transparent conductive sheets (on glass or other substrates) are used in a variety of applications including touch screens, displays, lighting, photovoltaics, etc. This is already a large and well-established business. Indeed, the non-display sector alone (includes touch) is set to generate $1.4 billion in 2014
Freescale wins a 2013 NMI Electronic Systems Award
Freescale won the Automotive Electronics category at the 2013 NMI Electronic Systems Awards ceremony.
The judges cited the company’s Qoriva MPC577xK microcontroller and MRD2001 radar transceiver chipset as being important breakthroughs in the move to safer vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems.
STM32 microcontroller in AnkiDrive
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced that its STM32 microcontroller was selected by Anki, a robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) startup, for use in their first product – Anki Drive™, in which consumers can download an
CamSemi wins NMI low power design award
CamSemi’s recently launched C2172 next generation Primary Side Sensing controller (PSS) has been named as overall winner in the ‘Low Power Green Design of the Year’ category at the 2013 NMI Electronics Systems Awards.
The new C2172 controller is helping manufacturers to develop the industry’s
In this PSDcast friend of the show Alex Lidow, Founder and CEO of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) and the co-inventor of the HEXFET power MOSFET, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current state of the GaN marketplace and where it looks to be going. EPC is a leader in enhancement-mode Gallium
Due to expected infrastructure development prior to the FIFA World Cup, Brazil’s smart meter market revenue will increase more than tenfold, from $36m in 2013 to $432m by 2020, at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 43%, forecasts research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Nanotechnology Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2014 titled, “Latest Advances in Nanotechnology.” This year marks PSMA’s fourth Industry Session on Nanotechnology at APEC, which positions itself as the “Premier Event in Power Electronics.”
PNNL researchers have developed a hybrid anode made of graphite and lithium that could quadruple the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries.
It's known that electric vehicles could travel longer distances before needing to charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can just overcome a few technical hurdles. Now, a novel design for a critical part of the battery has been shown to significantly extend
In this PSDcast Todd Mahlen of TowerJazz talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the currently trends in semiconductors and microprocessors from the view of the foundry, and the challenges and opportunities they present. TowerJazz offers specialty CMOS as well as digital CMOS process technologies
The President announced new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract the good paying jobs that a growing middle class requires. The President also announced the selection of a North Carolina headquartered consortium of businesses and universities,
Several UBC projects received NSERC funding including an effort to develop flexible solar cells and wearable electronics
University of British Columbia research in fish ecology, oil sands, energy efficient buildings, clean water and wearable electronics received a $9-million boost today through the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
The 10 UBC projects were among 77 grants awarded to 23 universities
One way that supercapacitors are developing faster than batteries is in the choice of format, from transfer printable ones for mobile phones to load-bearing structural components and smart skin for vehicles. In the European Union Powerweave project, supercapacitors not batteries have been chosen as the energy
In this PSDcast Hung Nguyen, President, CEO, and founder of Greenvity, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about home automation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the smart grid. Greenvity is an IoT enabler and solution provider with focus in smart LED lighting, controlled street lighting, home &
A novel software application created by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could improve the efficiency of commercial buildings by allowing occupants to interact with buildings more directly. The new Building Agent (BA) application allows facility managers to quickly diagnose
The EMerge Alliance – an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for buildings – today announced the expansion of the EMerge Alliance Registered™ product program to include the first products supporting the EMerge Alliance Data/Telecom
For the next three years, 26 partners from five European countries will conduct research on environmental sensors and sensor networks for energy efficient solutions. Under leadership of Infineon Technologies the research project “Environmental Sensors for Energy Efficiency” (ESEE) will help to further reduce
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $4.8 million in awards for projects that explore new technologies to make buildings in New York State more energy efficient while helping to expand the building sector economy.
“New York is continuing to invest in new technologies and systems that improve energy
In this PSDcast Gary Gill, the Director of Vicor's VI Chip product line, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges of increasing power density at the board level and what Vicor has done to address it with their devices. There is an increasing pressure on designers to create products
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Transportation Power Electronics Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2014 titled “Key Issues in Vehicle Power Electronics.” The session will take place on Wednesday afternoon, March 19th, 2014 at the Fort Worth Convection Center, Fort Worth,
300 teams from 40 countries and representing 254 universities have already signed up on the website dedicated to the global Valeo Innovation Challenge. Engineering students around the world have just one month left to take part in the global Valeo Innovation Challenge.
Projects must be submitted by
Apollo Metro Solutions LED Street Lights
Apollo Metro Solutions and Collier County will move forward with an expanded
pilot program to measure the performance of Apollo Metro Solutions
light emitting diode (LED) Street Light Luminaire with integrated
Ultra-Low Power Wireless Controller. The decision follows the
SuVolta low-power chip technology
SuVolta,a developer of scalable semiconductor technologies for low-power, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs), announced that it has secured $10.6 million in funding. New investor Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited participated in the round along with existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Qualcomm, through its venture investment arm Qualcomm Ventures, kicked off its QPrize™ 2014 international seed investment competition. The goal of the contest is to identify and fund the industry's next promising, early-stage technology companies. The QPrize competition is open to entrepreneurs across China,
O2Micro, a global leader in the design,
development and marketing of high-performance integrated circuits and
solutions, announced a patent grant for its Power Source Detection
topology from the Japanese Patent Office.
This invention, issued 19 claims under Japanese patent
Markys Cain of the National Physical Lab
In this PSDcast Professor Markys Cain from the UK's National Physical Lab explains The Nanostrain Project to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design. The Nanostrain Project is a collaboration between Europe's world-leading expertise in metrology, highly regarded instrument scientists, and global industry that is
MIT Professional Education will offer “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data” over four weeks beginning March 4, 2014. This course is the first of its kind: cutting edge content delivered by world-renowned CSAIL researchers, in a flexible format for working professionals, on an open source educational platform
The former Emerson Embedded Computing & Power business of Emerson Network Power announced a new name and corporate identity, Artesyn Embedded Technologies. The new brand comes following a transition to new ownership during the fourth quarter of 2013. Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm,
Conventional layered lithium and transition metal cathode material (top) and the new disordered material studied by researchers at MIT (bottom) as seen through a scanning transmission electron microscope. Inset images show diagrams of the different structures in these materials. (In the disordered material, the blue lines show the pathways that allow lithium ions to traverse the material.)
Lithium batteries, with their exceptional ability to store power per a given weight, have been a major focus of research to enable use in everything from portable electronics to electric cars. Now researchers at MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory have found a whole new avenue for such research: the use of
Sandia National Laboratories physicist Thomas Awe examines coils that reduce plasma instabilities in the quest for controlled nuclear fusion at Sandia’s Z machine
A surprising effect created by a 19th century device called a Helmholz coil offers clues about how to achieve controlled nuclear fusion at Sandia National Laboratories’ powerful Z machine.
A Helmholz coil produces a magnetic field when electrified. In recent experiments, two Helmholz coils, installed
Each side of each constituent cube of the “superlens” is set with a long, spiraling copper coil. The end of each coil is connected to its twin on the reverse side of the wall.
Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now, Duke University researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless
Seventy percent of global energy production is consumed in commercial and residential buildings. Power electronics applications can reduce this substantially. The IEEE PELS Emerging Technologies Technical Committee and PSMA, with leadership from the PSMA Alternative Energy Committee, will sponsor this special
In this PSDcast Rob Valiton, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Automotive, Aerospace and Memory Business Unit for Atmel talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues surrounding automotive systems and the multiple, often conflicting challenges involved in designing for the application
The joint sponsors of the Applied Power Electronics Conference have announced the expansion of the popular travel support program to $40,000 for students planning to attend APEC 2014 in Ft. Worth, Texas, March 16-20, 2014. Now in its ninth year, the program will subsidize a portion of the travel and conference
Hitachi has begun operations on the demonstration site for the Japan-U.S. Island Grid Project on Maui Island, Hawaii, in collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization ("NEDO"), Mizuho Bank, and Cyber Defense Institute.
The goal of this Project, which
After more than 100,000 people signed petitions started by Climate Parents, a national membership organization of parents taking action on climate change, Radio Disney announced it will withdraw from a controversial program that promotes fossil fuel extraction to school-age children in Ohio.
Michael J. Aziz, the Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a novel type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun far more economical and reliable. The Harvard team received funding from the U.S. Department
Schematic of fixed and envelope tracking power profile in a RF Power amplifier
The concept of envelope tracking for radio frequency amplifiers is not new. But the ever-increasing need for better base station efficiency and output power, as well as the need for improving RF power amplifier efficiency, is driving intense research and development in envelope tracking.
China is predicted to remain the leading global consumer of wind turbine rotor blades over the coming years, with its market value expected to increase from almost $2 billion in 2012 to $3.7 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.2%, according to a new report from research and consulting
In this PSDcast Mike Watson of Cree talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current scene in solid-state lighting (SSL) with a view to where it's going. Mike talks about Cree's vision for consumer LED adoption in the future and why this is so important to the company and the industry. Cree has
As you fly across Europe you may notice something if it is a clear day. It begins as you leave the UK and observe the tens of hundreds of windmills lined up in giant farms on both sides of the North Sea. It continues as you cross the Netherlands into Germany: see on almost every piece of raised landmass more
Atmel AvantCar next-generation automotive center console concept
Atmel, a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, announced it will be showcasing Atmel AvantCar™, a next-generation automotive center console concept with curved touch screens, demonstrating the future of human machine interface in upcoming automobiles. The demo will be showcased at Atmel’s
Recently a letter was sent to the acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the importance of determining appropriate separation distance between “submarine cables and marine hydrokinetic projects.”
In the letter (see below), Chairman Tim Murphy and Vice Chairman Michael
Building on its years of innovation-driven research and development, at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, AMZER unveiled its line up of connected and wearable devices. AMZERcontrol™ is a family of wireless automated control solutions which enhance as well as ease the consumer's daily experiences and tasks.
Euromonitor, a UK-based research firm, has recently recognizes
Haier as a leading global major appliances brand in the world,
positioning itself as a complete lifestyle manufacturer for consumers.
Haier couples cloud-control technology and customization to give
O2Micro International announced its participation in Lighting Japan
2014, January 15 -- 17. Lighting Japan 2014, a composition of three
shows -- the LED/OLED Lighting Technology Expo,
LED/OLED Light Expo, and Design Lighting
Tokyo 2014 -- will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo,
The cold weather sweeping across the U.S. has caused unprecedented price spikes, with congestions prices fluctuating by $800 on January 6 in the MISO region. Genscape’s Transmission RT service, which monitors outages, reversals, and return-to-service on transmission lines across the U.S. in real-time, gave
Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry (III) has joined the HomeGrid Forum Board. III adds an Asian voice and point of view to the Board, better enabling HomeGrid Forum to understand and react to the needs of Asian Operators, vendors and consumers.
Founded in 1979 as a Non-Governmental
2013 ended with a wide range of regulatory activity, from proposed 2014 energy-related tax incentives and finalized state GHG emission regulations (RGGI), to record residential solar installations and natural gas production. ESF Research examined the details and implications of the recent developments.
Kathleen Jachimiak of Freescale
In this PSDcast Kathleen Jachimiak of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre about the challenges and opportunitues in the microcontroller space and some of the things Freescale is doing to address them. Microcontrollers continue to grow in power and functionality, to the point where the designer needs to take into
Harwin’s low profile Gecko connectors
Harwin, a leading hi-rel connector and SMT board hardware manufacturer, has announced that its Gecko family of high performance connectors will be used on CubeSat miniature satellites being designed by Surrey Space Centre as part of the international QB50 programme led by the von Karman Institute, Belgium.
The lighting control systems marketplace has been in a state of transition in recent years.
Changing energy efficiency codes, new construction project increases,
wireless technology benefits, increases in LED lighting adoption and
conservation initiatives have been the key factors driving
Newark element14, a high-service distributor of technology products and engineering solutions, has announced they have become an authorized distributor of Emerson Connectivity Solutions’ popular AIM-Cambridge and Semflex product lines. Emerson Connectivity Solutions is a global leader in connectivity for the
SunSocket Solar Generator
Portable solar power innovator AspectSolar announced their sponsorship of Mike and Steve Marolt, the 8000m (8K) descent skiers behind the 2009 documentary Skiing Everest. After a tour of festivals, ESPN bought the film in 2011 for a series of primetime broadcasts. The brothers, their friend Jim Gile, and Ski
Brian Keane of SmartPower
In this PSDcast Brian F. Keane, President of SmartPower, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about he current state of renewable energy and the opportunitues and challenges in it for the engineering community and the marketplace. SmartPower is a leading non-profit marketing firm dedicated to promoting
At the 2014 International CES, Ericsson will demonstrate the experience of "Living Life in the Networked Society." Visitors to the Ericsson booth will see how different aspects of an everyday connected life are seamlessly stitched together, allowing each of us to share experiences with family, friends
MiOS, LTD., a global provider of advanced control and monitoring solutions for the home and small enterprise markets in 65 countries, and EnOcean, the world leader in energy harvesting wireless solutions, announced the release of a plug-in for the MiOS Marketplace, delivering control of Z-Wave products using
Nils Szymczak of IBC SOLAR
In this podcast Nils Szymczak, Sales Manager Hybrid Power Supply at IBC SOLAR, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on solar/diesel hybrid power stations in general, and their Malaysian photovoltaic diesel hybrid project in particular. The nine photovoltaic diesel hybrid systems set up by IBC SOLAR
Consumer technology company AspectSolar was named as an honoree for the International CES Innovation Award. The start-up solar power company is brand new on the portable power scene and they're already making waves in the market. Their SunSocket™ Solar Generator, the device recognized for its innovation and
Eltek, a leader in high efficiency power systems for telecommunications, industrial applications and renewable energy projects, announced that ZTE Norway AS, a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, has stated it will halt all sales and marketing of disputed products in Norway. This follows a legal dispute in which
Observing the absorption of light into artificial yet organic nanostructures
Researchers have been able to tune 'coherence' in organic nanostructures due to the surprise discovery of wavelike electrons in organic materials, revealing the key to generating "long-lived charges" in organic solar cells - material that could revolutionise solar energy.
By using an ultrafast