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Green Phase-shifted Full-bridge IC Controls Synchronous Rectifier Output

March 4, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) introduced a phase-shifted full-bridge PWM controller with synchronous MOSFET control outputs and light load power management. According to the company, the UCC28950 can achieve efficiencies above 90 percent from light load to full load, enabling it to


Power MOSFETs for DC-DC Conversion Tout Reduced Gate Switch Charge

March 4, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. has launched its latest generation of power MOSFETs for synchronous DC-DC conversion. The seventh generation trench process in the Toshiba fast switching series, UMOS VII-H, is asserted to


Shield Clips Reduce Assembly Time

March 4, 2010 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Harwin Inc. launched its Maxi Clip, which handles protective cans with wall thickness between 0.7 mm and 1 mm. The use of clips reduces assembly time and simplifies rework. Instead of hand-soldering shielding cans to a PCB as a


SMD Inductors Are Cost Efficient

March 4, 2010 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

RAF Tabtronics announced the release of a line of SMD Power Inductors for high reliability applications. This SESI Power Inductor product line features a low profile ruggedized high-grade package with an operating temperature range of -55°C to +125°C. The product is highly customizable with either SMD or thru-hole pin-outs and flexibility in the number of terminations.


Y-Flash to Improve Memory Size

March 4, 2010 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

TowerJazz announced its patented Y-Flash technology, not available from any other foundry in the industry, which is designed to give customers flexibility on memory size, allowing optimization of performance/cost for any given application.


DC-DC Converter Features Built-in Power Functionality

March 4, 2010 5:31 am | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance analog/mixed signal integrated circuits and high reliability semiconductors, today extended its family of DC-to-DC controllers and switching regulators with the introduction of a synchronous buck switching regulator in a compact multi-chip module


Ofcom to Investigate Net Neutrality

March 4, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

The chief of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said the authority will investigate web traffic control measures later this year as the net neutrality debate rumbles on.


How Do You Track and Budget for Energy Costs?

March 4, 2010 3:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Amy discussed how she keeps track of her energy costs and uses past bills to plan her budget for the coming months. Her utility has a useful tool that helps with her planning. If your utility doesn't offer a similar service, you might try using ENERGY STAR's Home Energy Yardstick.


Western Refining posts wider 4th-quarter loss

March 4, 2010 2:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Western Refining Inc. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter loss widened, hurt by softer demand for transportation fuels, weak economic conditions and a smaller gap between light and heavy crude oil prices.The independent refiner reported a loss of $97.5 million, or $1.11 per share, compared...

Comtech says 2Q profit climbed, cuts 2010 forecast

March 3, 2010 7:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. said Wednesday that its fiscal second-quarter profit climbed, but the communications equipment maker reported revenue below analyst expectations and cut its first-quarter guidance.Comtech shares sank $4.68, or 14.2 percent, in after-hours trading, having...

Sina misses analyst estimates with adjusted profit

March 3, 2010 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese Internet portal operator Sina Corp. on Wednesday missed analyst expectations with its adjusted fourth-quarter profit.Earnings surged to $372.1 million, or $6.03 per share, from $25.2 million, or 42 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. The recent results include a one-time gain of...

DivX 4Q results better than expected; shares rise

March 3, 2010 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Video technology company DivX Inc. reported an adjusted profit well above Wall Street expectations on Wednesday and issued guidance that was also better than expected. Its shares jumped in late trading.The adjusted profit was 7 cents per share, well ahead of the 2 cents per share expected by...

Finisar moves to a profit in 3rd quarter

March 3, 2010 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Network company Finisar Corp. moved to a profit in the third quarter as sales jumped, the company said Wednesday.The company, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., earned $5.5 million, or 8 cents per share, in the three months that ended Jan. 31. That compares to the loss of $49.4 million, or 83 cents...


Facebook, Omniture expand marketing partnership

March 3, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook says it is working with Omniture, a company that measures and analyzes Web traffic, to help businesses use the world's largest social network as a marketing channel.Using Omniture's products, companies will be able to measure how effective their ads are on Facebook. They will also be...

Power politics

March 3, 2010 12:26 pm | Articles | Comments

I recently had the great honor of moderating the Smart Grid Rap Session at this year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC). It brought home to me that in addition to the technical challenges facing the power industry, there are also political issues that must be addressed as we move forward. The old political arguments around power revolved around NIMBY issues about the location of power plants...



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