Notable & Newsworthy

January 2024
Coilcraft MAGPro

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Figure 1: Inductor Performance Analysis

Design engineersuse analysis tools long before going to the bench to assemble any hardware. Experienced designers know that the best tools provide more efficient designs in the shortest possible time, and the way to be the first to market with the best converter often comes down to simply “get it right the fir
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Date:
01/31/2024

PSDcast – The Importance of Edge Computing

Fred Buining, the CEO of HIRO

In our new, connected world, edge computing is becoming critically important. To fully take advantage of next-gen concepts like AI, machine learning, and the IoT, faster computation and data transfer speeds are necessary, closer to smart devices, closer to the so-called “edge”. And on the line to discuss it
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Date:
01/22/2024
PSDcast – Can the AI Pandora be put Back in its Box?

When do we sound the privacy alarm on AI? Where do we draw the line? Is it even possible to stop what’s already in motion or do we just have to manage the consequences? On the line to discuss these issues is Temple professor Subodha Kumar.

When do we sound the privacy alarm on AI? Where do we draw the line? Is it even possible to stop what’s already in motion or do we just have to manage the consequences? On the line to discuss these issues is Temple professor Subodha Kumar.
Date:
01/03/2024
Driving the VCO of a High Voltage Phase-Locked Loop Frequency Synthesizer Circuit

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Figure 1. Block diagram of a phase-locked loop

A phase-locked loop (PLL) circuit is a feedback system that combines a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) and a phase detector in such a way that the oscillator signal tracks an applied frequency or phase modulated signal with the correct frequency and phase. PLLs are used when stable, higher output frequencies ne
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Date:
01/01/2024
Five New Open Source Projects Added by LF Energy

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

It’s always good to see open source initiatives expand. The open source community has been really beneficial to the technology industry by creating projects that allow designs to get to market quicker while being interoperable with other products. It is even better when the new projects advance power systems de
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Date:
01/01/2024
EV Tax Credits to Exclude Vehicles or Parts Made in China

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

President Biden has introduced new legislation that would simultaneous make it more difficult for China to compete in the U.S. EV market while potentially slowing EV domestic growth. Electric vehicles adhere to the same unwritten guidelines as most green and renewable technologies – you pay a higher upfront c
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Date:
01/01/2024
Growth in EVs, HEVs and Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

Electric vehicles have gained significant popularity due to their potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Full EVs, of course, run entirely on electricity stored in rechargeable batteries. They produce zero emissions during operation, making them environmentally friendly during this phase of use at least. Bu
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Date:
01/01/2024
Enabling Smarter Battery Ecosystem Solutions

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Figure 1. A typical multi-component wired BMS network (left) and the simpler arrangement made possible by wBMS technology (right)

Most current generation electric vehicles (EVs) are still considered as expensive or less attractive when compared to conventional combustion engine cars. Consequently, cost reduction and improved performance are key to ensure a successful and sustainable market growth. Reduction of size, weight, and cost impacts th
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Date:
01/01/2024
Welcome to the Batterycene

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With lithium prices at a high and abundant claims of exploitation and environmental damage from EV minerals, many people wonder if the rEVolution will stall or whether it’s even ethically and economically worth it. That’s not true; instead, we’re entering the age of batteries: welcome to the Batteryce
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Date:
01/01/2024
Three-Phase LLC DC-DC Converters - the Unsung Heroes of the Transition to 'More Electric Aircraft'

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Figure 1: The resonant circuit in an LLC converter

Meeting the stringent EMI requirements imposed by MEA applications can be challenging. In this article, Henri Huillet, Chief Executive Officer at GAIA Converter examines how three-phase, LLC DC-DC converters can offer an effective solution. Drawing upon a recent time domain analysis conducted by GAIA Converter an
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Date:
01/01/2024
Design Optimization Minimizes Battery Environmental Impact

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Figure 1: Nordic Semiconductor Power Profiler Kit II (PPK2). (Source: Mouser Electronics)

For many of the essential green technologies, such as electric vehicles (EVs) and solar and wind power infrastructure, we rely on one vital component: batteries. But this comes at a cost to the earth, as raw materials must be mined. Alternative storage methods, such as more effective solid-state batteries and gravi
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Date:
01/01/2024
NEC Introduces New Standards in Surge Protection

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The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has released its updated revision (2023) of the National Electric Code (NEC). These changes ensure engineers and electricians stay compliant and maintain safety practices. The NFPA releases new changes and revisions every three years to keep up with the latest technologies an
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Date:
01/01/2024
Save Money, Cut Emissions: How Improving Generator Maintenance Reduces Cost of Ownership

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Figure 1. KOHLER’s Conscious Care maintenance program enables an operating method that allows more sustainable procedures, significantly cutting fuel costs over the long term and supporting more simplified maintenance operations

If a generator isn't getting used day by day, it still needs to be run regularly as part of its maintenance program.  Sometimes this exercise run is required by legislation, and sometimes the operators undertake it to give themselves peace of mind. They want to make sure that, when there's a loss of pow
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Date:
01/01/2024
The Beginning of the End for Li-ion Dominance?

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

Happy New Year to all of our readers from each of us at the magazine. Last year was the first one where things really seemed to return to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic. This year and every year from now into the foreseeable future will be important and exciting for the power industry. There are great challenges ah
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Date:
01/01/2024
Electrifying the New Year

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

Happy New Year! Hopefully, you had a fantastic holiday, enjoyed some time with friends and family, and got this message close enough to January 1st where we haven’t passed the Happy New Year statute of limitations. We have a lot to look forward to in 2024. First off is the grandaddy of all power elec
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Date:
01/01/2024
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