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Power Packages Unlock Discrete Semiconductor Performance

March 31, 2010 4:47 am | Comments

An Electronic Engineer builds a system out of components; resistors, ICs, MOSFETs and IGBTs. The Power Electronic Engineer has to go beyond the electrical parameters of components and start looking at thermal resistance and capacity, cooling and parasitic inductance.

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What’s Smart about the Smart Grid?

March 26, 2010 1:39 pm | by Paul L. Schimel PE, Senior FAE, International Rectifier (www.irf.com) | Comments

The statistics vary, but all seem to be in agreement that nearly 30 to 40% of the present load base on the grid is caused by induction motors

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Building It Up-Breaking It Down with iSuppli

March 25, 2010 5:42 am | Comments

Building It Up/Breaking It Down with iSuppli provides a quick look inside the latest products, highlighting some of the components used. Today we take a look inside the Apple iMac Desktop Computer.

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Fighting The Counterfeit Semiconductor Epidemic

March 19, 2010 5:46 am | by George Karalias, Rochester Electronics | Comments

As the semiconductor industry has grown dramatically over the last 30 years, so to has the counterfeiting of semiconductors.

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New high-reliability contact system facilitates automated assembly

March 17, 2010 9:43 am | by Dave Humphreys, Product Manager, Harwin Inc | Comments

There are many applications whose operating environments demand the use of an interconnect system with a high-reliability contact. If equipment is to be used where high shock and vibration or extremes of temperature are experienced, connectors based on a standard contact will not be reliable or rugged enough to guarantee signal integrity.

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Static Power Path Management (SPPM) to Provide an Effective Handheld Battery Charger Solution

March 12, 2010 10:44 am | by Chuck Wong and Haitao Hu, Intersil Corporation | Comments

Handheld electronic devices -- regardless of what they are used for or who manufactures them -- share one common denominator: a re-chargeable battery and, in most cases, a built-in charger circuit. When an external power source such as an AC adapter or a USB port is attached at the input terminal, the charger circuit will re-charge the battery.

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Brainstorm: Photovoltaics

March 11, 2010 8:20 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

How can we make solar panels more efficient?

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Brainstorm: Batteries

March 11, 2010 4:34 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

What is the next breakthrough in battery technology?

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Design Tips Save MCU Power

March 11, 2010 4:11 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

Microcontrollers offer engineers a variety of power-saving techniques. But using them effectively requires careful attention to tradeoffs in software and hardware at the start of a project. "Engineers must partition their application so they have a rough idea how long their microcontroller will stay in a sleep mode or in an active mode," said Mike Salas...

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Get Rolling with Efficient Motor-Control Designs

March 11, 2010 3:58 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

To find out more about the state of motor-control design in embedded systems, I recently talked with three engineers at Texas Instruments who work with motor-related hardware and software. "Motor control looks simple to start but it covers many disciplines so it's almost impossible to have one designer do everything," noted Miroslav Oljaca...

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Next Generation PoP for Processor and Memory Stacking

March 10, 2010 6:47 am | by Helen Katske, Manager, Engineering Services, Micro-Electronics group, Tessera, Phil Damberg, Vice President, Next Generation Packaging, Micro-Electronics group, Tessera, & KM Bang, Senior Engineer, Package Development, Micro-Electronics group, Tessera | Comments

The continued increase in mobile handset functionality is being enabled by more powerful baseband and applications processor chips, which are more frequently coupled with memory devices using package-on-package (PoP) stacking.

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Advanced Architecture For DC-DC Buck Regulators Raises The Bar For Conversion Efficiency

March 10, 2010 5:08 am | by Chris Winkler – Marketing Director, Fairchild Semiconductor | Comments

The emergence of energy-efficiency standards and continued evolution of processing and feature sets to support new products that consumers/enterprises use in everyday life: DVRs, set-top boxes and modems, industrial handhelds, portable media players, bar-code scanners have changed the methodologies employed for addressing DC power conversion, management and distribution.

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Top 10 Considerations When Building a Production-Level Document Conversion Environment

March 9, 2010 11:11 am | by Mark McKinney, President of LuraTech, Inc. | Comments

Even with careful planning and reliance on industry-leading technologies, it’s not uncommon for records managers and their IT support teams to experience frustration and disappointment with their document capture and conversion workflow environment.

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High-Voltage Capacitors: Design and Testing

March 9, 2010 9:23 am | by Joe Moxley, Senior Engineer, Custom Electronics, Inc. | Comments

There are many industries that depend on the proven design concepts that require high voltages to operate. Radar, X-ray machines, traveling wave tubes, down-hole logging, particle accelerators, aerospace ignition systems, partial discharge detection, power utilities and welding equipment are some examples.

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Simplify Power Designs with an Innovative MOSFET Package

March 4, 2010 10:32 am | by Hawk Lee, Jingen Qian & Kim Norton, Vishay | Comments

A major challenge facing power engineers today is how to overcome a reduction in board space for the power circuitry in commercial electronic products. A quick walk through any electronics retail store will reveal that personal computers have become smaller and even miniaturized which is a trend for many other types of electronic devices.

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