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Climate and Trends in Solar Cell Technologies

September 7, 2010 6:09 am | by Jan-Gustav Werthen, Director of Photovoltaics for JDSU | Comments

As solar energy systems evolve, there is a tendency amongst investors and industry pundits to look for “the winning technology” that has the highest efficiency and the lowest production cost. However, winning solutions for solar energy are, in fact, as diverse as the earth’s climates.

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The Big Switch-Off

September 7, 2010 5:56 am | by Edward Ong, Product Marketing Manager, Power Integrations | Comments

The most effective way to mitigate the impact of man’s energy use is to reduce power consumption. The need to reduce active-mode power consumption is obvious. Not so obvious is the need to minimize power drain in standby mode — when products are essentially doing nothing.

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The True Meaning of MultiTouch

August 31, 2010 12:17 pm | by Larry Mozdzyn, Ocular Inc. | Comments

Despite what you may read in articles or hear in advertisements, typical gesturing on most smartphones is not a true multi-touch implementation. The touch controller for a gesture only interprets relative movements of one or two touches on the panel and reports these movements as predefined gestures.

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The Benefits of TRIAC-based Control

August 31, 2010 9:43 am | by Geoff Garcia and Alfonso Camacho-Carrillo, ON Semiconductor | Comments

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in a broad spectrum of different industry sectors all face the same basic challenges when developing products that will be attractive to their customer base, and gain them market share.

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The Benefits of Digital Power Conversion Using DSCs

August 31, 2010 5:05 am | by Magal Srinivasprasad and Mohammad Kamil, Microchip Technology | Comments

Power supplies have been an integral part of many telecom, consumer and industrial products for many years. The power supplies in these products must work to the peak of their performance, without compromising on extensive reliability to ensure proper end-equipment functionality.

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Power To The People: Power Electronics as a Vertical Market Segment

August 30, 2010 10:19 am | by Paul Schimel, International Rectifier | Comments

To discuss this subject in broad strokes is no easy task. Power electronics impacts many different areas. My own take on this will be markedly different from the folks that have desk jobs at huge marketing firms that crunch predetermined numbers.

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Interning to the next level

August 30, 2010 8:17 am | by Lauren DeStefano, Editorial Intern | Comments

My name is Lauren DeStefano and I am going to be a senior at William Paterson University. I have been interning for the past two months with ECN Magazine. Applying to internships was a tedious process. It’s hard to keep track of all the resumes and cover letters I sent to various companies.

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The Teardown

August 27, 2010 9:54 am | Comments

Tearing something apart gives one insight into the what and how of it, the process and parts with which the device delivers its benefit to the user.

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To boldly go where no dilettante has gone before

August 27, 2010 8:03 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Once Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites announced the maiden flight of SpaceShipTwo, it was only a matter of time before Virgin Galactic would start selling tickets to space in earnest. This is great news for  the development of commercial space, representing the first private steps into a new frontier.

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Get off the fence on net neutrality

August 24, 2010 9:49 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Since I last wrote about Net Neutrality, things have gone from unsettling to downright precarious. On August 9, when many Americans were on vacation, Verizon and Google announced “A joint policy proposal for an open internet,” which was breathtaking in its brazenness and frightening in scope.

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Power Management Solutions for Different Circuitry Blocks

August 23, 2010 9:24 am | by Rich Nowakowski, Texas Instruments | Comments

Portable and battery-powered applications are continually driven to increase battery life and reduce size. Analog circuitry and ultra-low-power microcontrollers (MCU) often reside on the same circuit board, each having their own particular power requirements.

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Darnell's Power Forum

August 20, 2010 11:27 am | Comments

Darnell's Power Forum (DPF) is an exciting new event that builds on the success of the Digital Power Forum and the nanoPower Forum.

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Applying OpenVPX Interoperability

August 20, 2010 8:12 am | by Vincent Chuffart, Product Manager, Kontron (www.kontron.com) | Comments

Ensuring interoperability between components, boards and systems has been an ongoing challenge for virtually all embedded systems designers, and was a factor in stifling the market potential for the powerful new VPX standard.

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Smart Vibration Switch Meets ATEX Approval

August 20, 2010 7:34 am | Comments

IMI Sensors announced ATEX approval of the company’s Series 686B USB Programmable Smart Vibration Switch, designed for 24/7 continuous protection of cooling towers, fin fans, pumps, HVAC systems, and other critical machinery

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Miniature Magnetic Incremental Encoders Meet Tight Space Requirements

August 20, 2010 7:07 am | Comments

TURCK introduced new incremental magnetic encoders designed with a miniature 24 mm diameter housing. The Kübler by TURCK 2430 shaft and 2440 hollow shaft encoders deliver the

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