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Saving the environment with lower voltage mobile terminals

May 28, 2015 11:57 am | by Rick Wietfeldt, Chairman of the MIPI Alliance Technical Steering Group, Senior Director, Technology at Qualcomm, and EAB board member | Articles | Comments

The mobile industry is poised to lower the operating voltages for the control/data interfaces that interconnect low-speed...

Engineering Update #112: Record-breaking hydrogen car

May 28, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A hydrogen powered racing car built by Tu Delft has successful completed a lap on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which makes it the fastest...

New tech keeps your smart phone charged for 30 percent longer

May 26, 2015 9:17 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

New technology developed at The Ohio State University makes cell phone batteries last up to 30 percent longer on a single charge....

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New methods to study sound generated by wind power plants

May 21, 2015 1:33 pm | by Lappeenranta University of Technology | News | Comments

A new two-year research project on sound produced by wind power plants was launched at Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT in May. In the study, the formation and dissemination of sound from wind power generators, and people's experiences of it in Finnish climatic conditions, will be modelled and experimented with.

Engineering Update #111: Bladeless wind turbines

May 21, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A company called Vortex Bladeless utilizes a different aspect of wind power called vortices. Vortices are created when wind moves around a barrier in its path.

Designing power management ICs for modern uses

May 20, 2015 1:38 pm | by Peter Wilson, Sr. Staff Product Marketing Manager, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

Power management ICs have evolved and are now standard in applications like standard 12 V rail supplies and embedded systems that require high efficiency and low power usage. With new technology innovations, more features are being incorporated into power management ICs.

Digital power controller IC delivers benefits to power supply manufacturers

May 20, 2015 1:28 pm | by Chance Dunlap, Senior Marketing Manager, Intersil | Articles | Comments

It's not news that a power supply's performance is critical to an efficient and reliable system. Even so, the supply often doesn’t get the appreciation and respect it deserves. Very often, whether the product is a low-power, portable device operating from a battery or ...

Nature inspires first artificial molecular pump

May 19, 2015 2:14 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Using nature for inspiration, a team of Northwestern University scientists is the first to develop an entirely artificial molecular pump, in which molecules pump other molecules. This tiny machine is no small feat. The pump one day might be used to power other molecular machines, such as artificial muscles.

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Liquid metal antennas to play huge role in IoT

May 19, 2015 1:38 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers have held tremendous interest in liquid metal electronics for many years, but a significant and unfortunate drawback slowing the advance of such devices is that they tend to require external pumps that can't be easily integrated into electronic systems

Designing power management ICs for modern uses

May 8, 2015 3:43 pm | by Peter Wilson, Sr. Staff Product Marketing Manager, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

Power management ICs have evolved and are now standard in applications like standard 12 V rail supplies and embedded systems that require high efficiency and low power usage.

1W DC-DC converters offer a wider temperature range and increased isolation

May 8, 2015 3:30 pm | by XP Power | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power announced three SIP packaged 1 Watt DC-DC converters with both single and dual output models. Aimed at applications requiring a high performance DC-DC converter, the products feature industry standard pinouts and offer an increased efficiency, higher isolation, and a wider operating temperature range than previous products.

Wraparound chip resistors offer power ratings to 2 W

May 8, 2015 3:18 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has extended its RCWE series of thick film surface-mount wraparound chip resistors with new devices in the 0612 and 1020 case sizes. Featuring long side terminations, the Vishay Dale RCWE0612 and RCWE1020 provide four times the power dissipation of standard devices in equivalent ...

High-power amplifier provides maximum flexibility for the end user

May 8, 2015 3:17 pm | by Empower Rf Systems | Empower Rf Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Empower RF Systems is once again conducting live demonstrations of broadband, high power amplifiers with compelling performance, industry leading small size, and user interface / functionality that dares to challenge legacy products offered in the market. Next appearing at MTT-S IMS 2015 in Phoenix, AZ, the company ...

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Could mobile phone data help bring electricity to the developing world?

May 8, 2015 1:42 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | News | Comments

Lack of quality demographic data is a major obstacle to infrastructure planning in the developing world. In a recent study, a team of researchers from the Santa Fe Institute in the U.S., the University of Manchester in the U.K., and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in ...

IC designed for the real-time measurement of AC power

May 8, 2015 1:25 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. added a new member to its power-monitoring IC portfolio, the MCP39F511. This highly integrated and accurate single-phase power-monitoring IC, designed for the real-time measurement of AC power, combines the most popular power calculations with unique advanced features, making it ideal for ...

Aluminum capacitors feature high capacitance to 47,000 µF

May 8, 2015 1:05 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of miniaturized snap-in power aluminum capacitors with high capacitance from 820 µF to 47,000 µF in compact cases down to 20 mm by 25 mm. Designed for audio, industrial, and general power supply applications, 256 PMG-SI capacitors offer a ...

Power dividers have an operating frequency range of DC-6 GHz

May 8, 2015 11:20 am | by BroadWave Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Model series 151-215-XXX is a family of resistive power dividers in 2, 4, 6 and 8 way configurations. These 50 Ohm, 1 watt average power devices have an operating frequency range of DC-6 GHz. Insertion loss above theoretical loss is + 1.0 dB nominal for 2 and 4 way configurations. Insertion loss above theoretical loss ...

For batteries, one material does it all

May 7, 2015 2:13 pm | by Univ. of Maryland | News | Comments

Engineers at the Univ. of Maryland have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it. "To my knowledge, there has never been any similar work reported," said Dr. Kang Xu of ...

PMICs optimized to support subsystem peripheral power requirements

May 7, 2015 11:02 am | by Intersil | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Highly integrated power management ICs (PMICs) that enable the industry’s first credit card-size motherboards for high-end ultrabook and tablet computers powered by 2-cell Li-ion batteries. The single-chip ISL95908 PMIC delivers eight voltage rails optimized to support subsystem peripheral power requirements for ...

A novel inkjet printing process for kesterite solar cells

May 6, 2015 4:25 pm | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | News | Comments

The drop-on-demand inkjet printing is a promising approach allowing patterning of materials with negligible materials waste; hence, significant reduction of raw materials cost can be achieved. Furthermore, inkjet printing can be easily adapted to a ...

AC/DC power supplies packaged in a compact 5 x 3.2 inch U-Channel

May 6, 2015 2:30 pm | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct, has released the MPU-250S series; a family of high performance, 250W AC/DC power supplies packaged in a compact 5 x 3.2 inch U-Channel. These power supplies are specifically designed to provide the robust features, high power density, safety approvals and compact size required by a wide range of applications in a variety of industries. Four standard models operate from au...

MITEI releases report on the future of solar energy

May 6, 2015 9:12 am | by Melissa Abraham, MIT Energy Initiative | News | Comments

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment ...

Rectifiers offer increased power density and system efficiency

May 4, 2015 1:05 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced 16 new 10 A to 30 A FRED Pt Hyperfast and Ultrafast recovery rectifiers in the low-profile SMPD (TO-263AC) package. Combining extremely fast and soft recovery characteristics with low leakage current and low forward voltage drop, the Vishay Semiconductors rectifiers reduce switching losses and ...

Clamshell spring pin socket designed for power transistors

May 4, 2015 1:03 pm | by Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new QFN socket addressing high performance requirements for testing power transistor - CBT-QFN-7043. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 19 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 125,000 insertions. The self inductance of the contactor is 0.93 nH, insertion loss ...

Engineering Newswire: Modular robotic vehicle moves like a crab

May 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

NASA’s modular robotic vehicle, or MRV, was developed to advance technologies for applications in future space and earth vehicles. Some of these technologies include redundant by-wire systems, liquid cooling, motor technology ...

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