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February 2014
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has licensed its Equivalent Circuit Battery Model to software developer ThermoAnalytics for use in its recently updated RadTherm software package. The model is a part of the Battery Module within RadTherm, which is used by engineers
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02/28/2014
TE Connectivity identified distinct industry demands and leveraged the company’s expertise and resources to form the TE Intelligent Buildings group. TE takes a holistic overview of any building environment and develops connectivity products that design engineers require to solve the electrical interconnection
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02/28/2014
Renesas on motor and gate drivers

Satya Laud and Jean Claude Harel of Renesas

In this PSDcast Satya Laud and Jean Claude Harel, part of Renesas' power team, talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems design about motor and gate drivers. A significant yet often under-appreciated aspect of power management, proper driver technology, architecture, and deployment are critical to the success of
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02/27/2014

AutoGrid Systems, a leader in innovative solutions for the electricity and energy industry, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Big Data Energy Services (BDES), a cloud-based service provider and consulting firm, to deliver services and technology that will allow electricity providers to reduce
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02/27/2014
Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the global standard for reliability at the world’s largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced that it has received Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 North American Power Quality Analytics Software Company of the Year Award.
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02/27/2014
In this podcast Peter Schadel from IBM demonstrates an automotive test stand using Rhapsody for model-based testing for Power Systems Design at embedded world 2014. The evaluation
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02/27/2014
Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key, a leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, has added suppliers in response to customer demand for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. As device connectivity becomes more prevalent, embedded and wireless suppliers offering machine-to-machine
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02/26/2014
Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Imperial College are working to make the inefficient method of refrigeration and air conditioning - which has been relied on for over a hundred years - a thing of the past. A new project sets out provide a more economical, energy efficient and
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02/25/2014
Richard Morgan of ND Metering Solutions on sub-metering for efficiency

Richard Morgan of ND Metering

In this PSDcast Richard Morgan of ND Metering talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the growing need to more closely monitor energy use throughout a facility, microgrid, or organization. Sub-meters are vital for any company looking to instigate a rigorous energy efficiency program, and
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02/24/2014
Synthesis of superconducting solid picene studied

Structure of picene and a photograph of solid picene synthesized by Professor Yoshihiro Kubozono

Research by Professor Yoshihiro Kubozono at Okayama University has potential for innovative applications of solid picene and organic superconductors, graphene and other functional materials. "We are using chemistry to produce new physics," says Professor Yoshihiro Kubozono at the Department
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02/24/2014
Wind River, a leader in embedded software for intelligent connected systems, has announced that Bosch Motorsport, part of the Bosch Group, one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive components, is using VxWorks® for its engine control units (ECUs) for endurance motorsport race cars. During the 2013
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02/24/2014
Dan Dempsey of Maxim on automotive embedded systems

Dan Dempsey of Maxim

In this PSDcast Dan Dempsey of Maxim talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the automotive embedded space, in particular the space behind the dash. Engineers are under constant pressure to create automotive clusters that are smaller, quieter, and more efficient. Automotive OEMs often limit instrument
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02/24/2014
Using holograms to improve electronic devices

Holographic memory device

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and Russian Academy of Science have demonstrated a new type of holographic memory device that could provide unprecedented data storage capacity and data processing capabilities in electronic devices. The
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02/21/2014
International Rectifier, a  leader in power management technology, announced it will showcase the company’s latest power management solutions at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) which is being held at Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, March 16-20, 2014. IR
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02/21/2014
At the University of Texas-Austin, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced $30 million in funding to 12 ARPA-E projects to develop transformational hybrid solar energy technologies that deliver cost-effective power when the sun is not shining. These projects will help advance solar energy beyond current photovoltaic
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02/21/2014
Smart glass is a portfolio of new technologies which are based on new achievements in material science, demands on energy efficiency and comfort and smart building automation requirements and are reaching a new momentum. This is not technology hype but the matureness of technologies and emergence of new ones
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02/21/2014
M/A-COM Technology Solutions (MACOM), a leading supplier of high-performance RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, announced that it will showcase its industry-leading portfolio of new GaN power products and high-power limiters for next-generation radar applications at the World ATM Congress in Madrid,
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02/20/2014
The high quality of the event and its significance for the electric automation industry have once again been validated by the exhibitors and visitors at last year’s SPS IPC Drives. Exhibitors pinpoint their target groups For its 1,622 exhibitors, SPS IPC Drives 2013 served
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02/20/2014
Scientists find novel path to loss-free electricity

Brookhaven Lab scientists and study coauthors (from left) Lijun Wu, Yimei Zhu, Chris Homes, and Weiguo Yin stand by the electron microscope used to reveal the multi-orbital distributions with a technique called quantitative convergent beam electron diffraction

Armed with just the right atomic arrangements, superconductors allow electricity to flow without loss and radically enhance energy generation, delivery, and storage. Scientists tweak these superconductor recipes by swapping out elements or manipulating the valence electrons in an atom's outermost orbital shell
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02/20/2014
American Vanadium announced that the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory ("NREL") will evaluate and demonstrate its CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system at NREL's state-of-the-art testing facility. After the demonstration of the energy storage system at the
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02/19/2014
A key factor for the success of printed electronics is networking among companies along the entire value chain. LOPEC in Munich, which has the most prominent international exhibitors and conference speakers in the sectors for materials, systems, production and applications, is the most important platform for
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02/19/2014
Renesas to launch First Renesas European MCU Car Rally Competition at embedded world 2014

Renesas to launch MCU Car Rally competition for students at embedded world 2014

Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced that it will be launching Europe’s first MCU Car Rally competition for students at embedded world 2014. Teams of students from across Europe will use this exciting learning opportunity to build an autonomous,
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02/19/2014
Avnet Electronics will host a series of SpeedWay Design Workshops™, featuring Microsemi’s low-power, cost-optimized IGLOO®2 FPGAs. The workshops, taught by Avnet technical experts, kick off Feb. 25 in San Jose, Calif., and will be held in 26 cities throughout North America. As one of the largest
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02/19/2014
ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced a strategic collaboration with Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) to supply direct current fast chargers over the next six years for DENZA. China will become the global leader for electric vehicle (EV) fast charging. The
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02/19/2014
MTU and MTU Onsite Energy will showcase an all-encompassing, fully integrated product portfolio of power and propulsion systems for construction and industrial applications and mining at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014. Rolls-Royce Power Systems brands MTU and MTU Onsite Energy will pack two exhibit areas with the latest
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02/18/2014
The Energy Department announced $3 million for research and development to help grow U.S. low-to-moderate-temperature geothermal resources and support a domestic supply of critical materials, such as lithium carbonate and rare earth elements. By partnering with the geothermal and mineral industries, the Department
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02/18/2014
Battery replacement may soon be a thing of the past. Researchers from A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) are tapping into low frequency vibrations, the most abundant and ubiquitous energy source in the surroundings, to power small-scale electronic devices indefinitely. IME's energy harvester has the
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02/18/2014
During the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the revised PMBus Power System Management Protocol Specification V1.3 will be introduced. Power Electronics Standards session IS2-1-5, “An Introduction to Revision 1.3 of the PMBus Specification”
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02/18/2014
Powervation, a leader in Intelligent Digital Power™ IC solutions, will discuss its solutions for cloud/datacenter server infrastructure, high performance computing, power modules, and communications infrastructure, at the upcoming Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and Exposition scheduled in Fort
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02/17/2014
Lattice Semiconductor will demonstrate new USB3 and Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions, and address how embedded designers can use low-power, low-cost FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) to overcome the challenges of implementing MIPI interfaces at the Embedded World Exhibition and Conference taking
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02/17/2014
With more than 800 exhibitors, 57,500 square meters, the 13th electronica China and productronica China will be held on March 18-20, 2014 in halls W1, W2, W3, W4 and W5 at Shanghai New International Expo Center. This year, the two trade fairs will unveil the latest technology products and solutions
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02/17/2014
EU to amend exemptions on RoHS for medical devices (Annex IV) and fluorescent lamps (Annex III)

15 RoHS amendments affecting medical devices (Annex IV) were issued.

On 9 January 2014 a total of 16 amendments to the RoHS Directive were published. 15 amendments affecting medical devices (Annex IV) were issued and there is a new exemption for mercury in certain compact fluorescent lamps which was included in RoHS Annex III. The codes of the issued amendments are
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02/17/2014
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Magnetics Committee is sponsoring the Industry Session “How Are Magnetics Catching Up To SiC & GaN?” at APEC 2014, taking place on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The APEC Industry
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02/14/2014
The autoXLR8R program, a unique accelerator program focused on automotive technologies, is accepting applications for its 2014 class now through April 4. The 13-week entrepreneurial boot camp is a mentor-driven program that will offer approximately 10 companies the opportunity to connect with automotive manufacturing
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02/14/2014
CEA-Leti and STMicroelectronics have presented the successful demonstration of an ultra-wide-voltage range (UWVR) digital signal processor (DSP), based on 28nm ultra-thin body buried-oxide (UTBB) FD-SOI technology. The device, produced by ST in their 28nm UTBB fully depleted SOI process technology,
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02/14/2014
Researchers build nonflammable lithium ion battery

Battery fires are a problem for device safety

In studying a material that prevents marine life from sticking to the bottom of ships, researchers led by chemist Joseph DeSimone at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a surprising replacement for the only inherently flammable component of today's lithium-ion batteries: the electrolyte. The
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02/14/2014
Eaton explores strategies for increasing U-rack space at Data Centre World 2014

Gary Bowdler of Eaton

Eaton is presenting an important paper examining the latest techniques for improving rack and equipment densities in data centres at this month’s Data Centre World. The presentation will form part of the conference programme accompanying this year’s exhibition taking place 26th – 27th February at ExCel
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02/14/2014
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Magnetics Committee is sponsoring the Industry Session “How Are Magnetics Catching Up To SiC & GaN?” at APEC 2014, taking place on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The APEC Industry
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02/13/2014
Lattice Semiconductor will demonstrate their latest USB3 and Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions, and address how embedded designers can use low-power, low-cost FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) to overcome the challenges of implementing MIPI interfaces at the Embedded World Exhibition and Conference
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02/13/2014
Researchers create solar tech that captures high-energy photons more efficiently

Most simple solar cells handle bluish hues of the electromagnetic spectrum inefficiently

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have together developed a novel, inexpensive material that has the potential to capture and convert solar energy — particularly from the bluer part of the spectrum — much more efficiently than
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02/13/2014
Dr. Mietek Glinkowski of ABB on their NC State power initiative

Dr. Mietek Glinkowski of ABB

In this PSDcast Dr. Mietek Glinkowski of ABB talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's new Power Engineering Initiative at NC State University. ABB's North American headquarters has made a gift to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering there to support power engineering
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02/12/2014
GaN tech expands into multiple markets

Alex Lidow of EPC

The GaN technology journey is just beginning, and we are still far from its theoretical performance limits. It is quite reasonable to expect a rate of improvement reminiscent of Moore’s Law, which predicted the growth of microprocessor technology – doubling of product performance every two to four years
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02/12/2014
A joint exhibit called "EMC expert platform – smart grid and e-mobility“ the EMV show, held from 11 to 13 March 2014 in Duesseldorf, Germany, meets the requirements of the industry. Besides exhibits, visitors will find professional experts and discussions at the highest level. By impulse speeches the
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02/12/2014
The PCIM Europe 2014 conference presents a diversified program. From 269 abstracts in total the conference directors have put together a comprehensive program on the latest technological trends in power electronics components and systems. The highlights include, amongst others, 3 keynote speeches
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02/12/2014
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, is exhibiting at the fourth annual Electronics For You Expo February 20–22, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Cohosted by the EFY Group and the Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA), the EFY Expo addresses nearly every facet
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02/12/2014
Tim Martinson and David Geary of EMerge on power in the data center

Tim Martinson and David Geary of the EMerge Alliance

In this PSDcast Tim Martinson and David Geary of the EMerge Alliance talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about power distribution standards in the data center, and some of the things the EMerge Alliance is doing in the space. They recently announced the expansion of the EMerge Alliance Registered™
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02/11/2014
Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Supertex announced that Microchip has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Supertex for $33 per share in cash, which represents a total equity value of about $394 million, and a total enterprise
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02/10/2014
UK-based ARCOL Resistors is increasing the availability of their power and specialist resistor range worldwide through closer cooperation with RS Components, widely recognised as the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. The latest ARCOL Resistor types to
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02/10/2014
The conference program of the 13th Electronic Cicuits World Convention (ECWC13) has been released. In more than 120 speeches, experts from Europe, Asia and America present the most recent developments in the PCB and SMT sector. One highlight of the event is the Opening Ceremony on 7 May 2014 with
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02/10/2014
The total global gross value market for hybrid and pure electric vehicles will reach US$334 Billion within the decade, from a current value of US$69 Billion, forecast analysts IDTechEx. This will primarily consist of large or very heavy duty vehicles, neither of which is primarily bought on up-front price. These
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02/08/2014
AMETEK has acquired Powervar, a leading provider of power management systems and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, for approximately $128 million. Headquartered in Waukegan, IL, the privately held company has annual sales of approximately $70 million. Powervar provides highly engineered
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02/07/2014
Keithley publishes seventh edition of popular low-level measurements handbook

Low Level Measurements Handbook: Precision DC Current, Voltage, and Resistance Measurements

Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, announced that it has published the seventh edition of its well-regarded Low Level Measurements Handbook: Precision DC Current, Voltage, and Resistance Measurements. This 250-page reference, which Keithley first published in
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02/07/2014
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Energy Efficiency Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2014. The session, “Energy Storage and the Power Converters that Control Energy Storage,” will explore various energy storage devices and applications, with an emphasis on the power electronics
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02/06/2014
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions,will deliver four technical presentations and chair a conference session at the 18th annual Components for Military & Space Electronics Conference & Exhibition (CMSE 2014), which will take place February 18-20, 2014 at the LAX
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02/06/2014
Concentrated solar power systems grow in the USA

Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems in the United States

Last year saw a big comeback for concentrating solar power (CSP) system in the United States with the commissioning of the Abengoa Solana plant, part of the BrightSource Energy Ivanpah plant, and other major plants well along in their schedules. If 2013 was a big year for CSP, 2014 promises to be monumental.
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02/06/2014
John Jung of Greensmith on the state of the Smart Grid

John Jung, CEO of Greensmith

In this PSDcast John Jung, CEO of Greensmith talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current state of the Smart Grid and where he feels it's going. Greensmith specializes in turnkey distributed energy storage systems, and is a system integrator, combining custom built components with their proprietary
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02/05/2014
President Obama focused on a variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues in his State of the Union address on January 28, highlighting progress toward a "shift to a cleaner energy economy" and spotlighting solar energy and fuel efficiency. "The shift to a cleaner energy
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02/05/2014
At APEC 2014, Vishay Intertechnology will be highlighting its latest industry-leading power MOSFET, passive component, diode, and power IC technologies for a wide range of applications. Composite-Coupled Inductors Built on IHLP® Technology Vishay is introducing the first
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02/05/2014
MISO’s newest region, South, joined the footprint on December 19, 2013. Three of the biggest drivers of price volatility in the region have been congestion on the ORCA 1 interface, Addis-Tiger congestion, and Grimes transformer congestion. Genscape has done a detailed examination of the drivers of this congestion
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02/05/2014
GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, is presenting a technical paper at APEC describing the application of SPICE models developed for very high power GaN devices and integrated GaN drive circuits in automotive applications. At present, drive train power requirements
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02/05/2014
Exhibitor and sponsor registration for Energy Storage North America 2014 (ESNA) is now open. ESNA 2014 offers sponsoring packages including booth space as well as booth space without sponsoring options. After its very successful premiere in 2013, ESNA 2014 will be bigger than last year and will be held at a
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02/05/2014
Introduced by Ericsson in 2008, 3E (Enhanced performance, Energy management and increased End-user value) digital power products and solutions became the reference, and preferred
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02/04/2014
At the 2014 Embedded World Exhibition and Conference in Nuremberg, Germany (February 25 – 27, 2014), Maxim Integrated will demonstrate the advantages of highly integrated analog solutions. Maxim will host interactive demo kiosks with embedded solutions for energy management, power management, and the signal-chain.
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02/04/2014
Akros Silicon, a premier supplier of leading-edge intelligent energy management ICs, announced its participation in APEC 2014’s Industry Sessions conference program with a presentation titled: “Tripling the Power of PoE.” The presenter, Faisal Ahmad, Akros Silicon’s VP Marketing, will offer the audience
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02/04/2014
The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule prescribing new energy conservation standards for external power supplies (February 3, 2014). This new standard applies to all direct operation External Power Supplies and includes, in addition to Class A power supplies previously
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02/04/2014
Maxim complete smart-meter SoC wins Elektra Award

Elektra European Electronics Industry Award for Maxim Integrated's Zeus

Maxim Integrated has won a 2013 Elektra European Electronics Industry Award for Zeus, its highly integrated smart meter system-on-a-chip (SoC). Zeus combines accurate metrology, multiple layers of security and a wide range of communication functions on a single chip. Zeus met the independent jury’s
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02/03/2014
Joe Skorjanec of Eaton on the state of rack-mounted power systems

Joe Skorjanec of Eaton

In this PSDcast Joe Skorjanec of Eaton talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of rackmount power today. Driven by the explosion in data infrastructure requirements from the cloud, the rack power industry is growing dynamically. Eaton is an industry leader with expertise in power distribution
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02/03/2014

 



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