Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. This month we're focusing on Time-to-Market strategies. We're looking at it a little bit differently and discussing the issues from the viewpoint of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.
Should you use primary batteries or energy harvesting for your low power isolated from the grid application? Are primary batteries better or worse than energy harvesting? Can you use one or the other or do you need both? Neither? It is an interesting question depending on the application, the power required, and the costs involved.
While most of the country is still struggling with the concept of solar power on land, one team was busy using the panels to power something a little more ambitious: a plane. The program, called Solar Impulse, is devoted to designing a plane powered entirely by solar panels, in hopes of demonstrating the potential of alternative energy.
Figures published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that US electricity usage is more than double what it was back in the mid 1970s, however it has started to plateau in recent years due to increasing awareness of energy efficiency and more stringent government regulations.
What’s in a name? Juliet Capulet didn’t see much value in a name in her famous, fictional dialog with Romeo Montague but in the age of “big data,” try telling that to today’s big data brokers. As our modern, personal conveniences put more of our information out there to be gathered and sold, a consumer’s confidence that information or misinformation isn’t going to harm them is usually limited....
The biggest challenge is that LED chips are quickly approaching their theoretical limits for efficient light output. As they do, incremental improvements to the LED die are providing diminishing returns on investment. Fortunately, innovations in optical silicone packaging materials are introducing new, more cost-effective ways to enhance efficiency (lm/W), as well as cost (lm/$) and light density (lm/cm2).
Adeline Chan, product marketing manager, Cree, Inc.: LED technology has been evolving rapidly over the years. From a performance perspective, lumen output and efficacy numbers have been improving. Other “areas” of the LED technology have also progressed such as thermal properties, substrate materials, light distribution pattern,
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic these days and for good reason — the market offers a tremendous opportunity to create products that make consumers’ lives easier and will touch many things in our daily life with over 30 billion Internet connected devices expected by 2020.
Today, low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC), multilayer ceramic (MLC) and ceramic mono-block technologies are the dominant choices for the implementation of surface mount components for RF passive filters, diplexers, baluns and front end modules. LTCC is the most popular ceramic technology since it uses miniature lumped components....
Active RFID usually operates at 455 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz. It is suited to applications such as asset and people tracking, access control, passive keyless entry in cars, parking management systems and temperature monitoring. Active RFID tags have greater transmission power than passive tags.
For decades, technology experts and home automation enthusiasts have been talking about and promising the emergence of the smart, connected home. They have foretold a home connected by multitude of sensors, monitoring applications such as HVAC, home security, and even the health of the inhabitants, and all controlled remotely over the web via a smartphone or a tablet.
In the semiconductor industry, precision testing is key to ensuring proper functionality and quality. Two types of testing are traditionally performed: 1) wafer testing 2) chip set testing Both types of tests require the use of relays with fast switching speed to carry various types of signals. Test boards are designed with as few as two relays or as many as several thousand per board.
Test and measurement starts with standards. You have to have standards for mass, distance, charge, and time (plus a few others) so all standards refer back to those fundamental unit standards. But you don't measure volts in units of amps, kilograms, meters, and seconds, that requires something more convenient (i.e. measuring volts in volts).
When it comes to power system design, there are many options to consider that affect efficiency, availability and scalability. In most cases availability and scalability are the primary considerations for data centers. The data center is directly dependent on the critical power system, and electrical disturbances can have disastrous consequences....
When technology experts talk about the “Internet of Things,” it’s not an understatement. The sheer number of connected devices is growing at an unprecedented rate. IDC estimates mobile devices will total 1,832.3 million units in 2013 while predicting the total mobile phone shipments will reach 2,281.4 million units worldwide in 2017.