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This Month on Energy Savers: September 2011

September 30, 2011 3:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

September is a month full of changes: it marks the switch from summer to fall, and from vacation to school. But it also means something really exciting - the DOE Solar Decathlon! We've been tracking the event and showing you what's going on over the past couple of weeks. See what's...

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GreenArrays and SchmartBoard Make the GA144 Chip Accessible to Experimenters

September 29, 2011 4:46 am | by M. Simon | Comments

GreenArrays, the makers of the GA144 chip, announces an OEM partnership with Schmart Board that will allow hobbyists and experimenters to get in on the fun provided by playing around with a chip with 144 cores that can do around 90 billion instructions per second...

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ACAL BFi signs a pan-European distribution agreement with OriginGPS

September 29, 2011 4:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

ACAL BFi has signed a pan-European franchise agreement with OriginGPS, a manufacturer of miniature GPS modules. The agreement adds what OriginGPS says is the industry’s smallest integrated GPS antenna module to ACAL BFi’s linecard, in addition to the company’s Noise …

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Digital controller provides real-time adaptive loop compensation

September 29, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Powervation’s new dual phase digital DC/DC controller, the PV3102, features Auto-Control, the company’s real-time adaptive loop compensation technology. Powervation says this technology optimises the trade-off between dynamic performance and system stability on a cycle-by-cycle basis...

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London needs 70,000 small cells for world-class mobile broadband

September 29, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

According to Doug Pulley, CTO of Picochip, for London to offer genuinely world-class, LTE everywhere mobile broadband, it will require the installation of 70,000 small cells across the capital, including 2,000 nodes covering the Underground network by 2015. Dr Pulley …

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Organic PV: Huge Potential, But Industrial Line-up Needed

September 28, 2011 12:07 pm | by Philip Pieters, business development director Energy at imec, www.imec.be. Posted by Chris Warner | Comments

Little by little, organic PV seems to be taking off. Evidence are the many startups popping up worldwide: SolarPress, Eight19, Heliatek etc. These startup companies are often backed up by large (chemical) companies. So clearly there is a belief that

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What Do You Wish You Knew About Home Solar Energy?

September 28, 2011 11:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Solar Decathlon 2011 is in full swing, and the Energy Savers blog is all about home solar energy during the event! If you aren’t familiar with it, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are...

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Power companies team up for new digital reference design

September 28, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Powervation has joined forces with Murata Power Solutions to co-develop a new reference design for Murata Power Solutions’ 45A Power Block. The CEB019 digital DC/DC power reference design uses Powervation’s newly-launched PV3012 dual phase digital synchronous buck controller with...

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Partnership set to develop vehicle-to-vehicle communication processor by 2012

September 28, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe and Autotalks say they will co-operate on Autotalks’ processor for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, to be developed by Autotalks and manufactured by Fujitsu Semiconductor. The communication processor supports the US, EU and Japan specifications, and will be...

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Wireless muscle stimulator brings consumers the pro athlete technology used by HTC-Highroad

September 28, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Nordic Semiconductor has revealed that the Compex Wireless, the world’s first wireless muscle electro-stimulator – as used by HTC-Highroad, the cycling team of top 2011 Tour de France sprinter Mark Cavendish – employs Nordic nRF24LE1 proprietary 2.4GHz SoCs. The Compex …

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New CDNE coupling/decoupling network for emission testing

September 27, 2011 10:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

EMC and test house Teseq has developed a new coupling/decoupling (CDNE) network for emissions testing. The publication of EN 55015, based on CISPR 15 A1 Ed 7, has introduced an independent method of measurement of radio disturbance characteristics of electrical …

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Robust LED panel indicators are night-vision compatible

September 27, 2011 10:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Marl has extended its industrial and defence LED panel indicator range with two robust series featuring stringent EMC screening. One of the new LED indicators offers NVIS (Night VISion) radiance, making it suitable for use by operators wearing military night …

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Sixteenth-brick 30W DC/DC converter targets embedded datacom applications

September 27, 2011 10:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has introduced its ULS series of open frame, PCB board mount 30 Watt isolated DC/DC converters to the market. With a 2:1 input voltage range of 36 – 75 VDC (48 VDC nominal), these sixteenth-brick DOSA compatible …

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The "What ELSE is New in SolidWorks 2012" Road Show

September 27, 2011 9:21 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Starting next week I'll be hitting the road with my annual "What's REALLY ELSE New in SolidWorks 2012" presentation.  I've been doing a similar presentation each year since SolidWorks 2007, and it's my absolute favorite way to show off some of the new features and functionality that don't...

Affordability Contest Adds New Dimension to Solar Decathlon 2011

September 27, 2011 7:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Originally posted on the Solar Decathlon News Blog on September 26, 2011. View original post

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