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LED Lighting to Drive $10bn Power Supply Market in 2016

February 2, 2012 4:58 am | News | Comments

The global market for power supplies used in LED lighting is forecast to reach $10 billion in 2016, according to a new report from IMS Research, a leading independent provider of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.


February 2, 2012 4:02 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I'd like some genius to define sustainable. Could we count something that we can keep doing for 100 billion years - beyond the death of the Universe as we currently understand such things - as sustainable? How about a billion years?

Polyera poised to enable windows that act as solar panels

February 1, 2012 9:20 am | News | Comments

Polyera Corporation has achieved a certified world-record 9.1% efficient polymer/fullerene organic solar cell in an inverted bulk heterojunction architecture using its newest proprietary ActivInk PV2000 semiconductor material.


Five Questions with Ed Sarrat of Cirrus Logic

January 26, 2012 9:12 am | Podcasts | Comments

Ed Sarrat of Cirrus Logic is my guest for this edition of Five Questions. Cirrus Logic just announced its CS5484/80/90 family of analog front end (AFE) ICs which provide very high energy measurement accuracy, offering designers of single and polyphase utility meters and smart energy products a desirable combination of

New Global Customer Survey Reveals Increasing Acceptance of Chinese PV Inverters

January 26, 2012 6:20 am | News | Comments

A new survey of more than 400 buyers of PV inverters has revealed a growing acceptance of Chinese products, with close to 30% of respondents indicating they were of acceptable quality, according to IMS Research.

MCUs Tout Flexibility for Next-gen Single-phase Metering and Energy Monitoring Apps

January 25, 2012 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced the MSP430F673x/F672x family of ultra-low-power 16-bit microcontrollers. According to the company, these new devices guarantee no interruption of operation through a backup capable microcontroller

How can solid-state lighting gain greater acceptance in the marketplace?

January 25, 2012 5:15 am | by Jordi Torrebadell, Director of engineering –Americas, RECOM Power | Blogs | Comments

There are many facets to the challenge of greater market acceptance. From our point of view as a driver manufacturer there are three big challenges. The first challenge we are addressing is changing our existing designs to better meet higher input voltages...

AFE Devices Tout High Measurement Accuracy for Smart Grid Apps

January 24, 2012 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cirrus Logic Inc.’s CS5484/80/90 family of analog front end (AFE) ICs features the highest energy measurement accuracy in the industry, according to the company, to give designers of single and polyphase utility meters and smart energy products a desirable


ZigBee Smart Energy Gateway Supports Large Device Deployments

January 24, 2012 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digi International (introduced the ConnectPort X2e for Smart Energy, a low-cost, enhanced version of the company’s ZigBee Smart Energy gateway. The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to

ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 SoC Integrates ARM Cortex-M3, Memory

January 24, 2012 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced a demonstration of a radio frequency (RF) system-on-chip (SoC) that integrates an IEEE 802.15.4 (2.4 GHz) radio, an ARM Cortex-M3 processor, dedicated Smart Energy (SE) 2.0 hardware security acceleration, and enough flash and RAM to run the ZigBee IP stack and SE2.0 profile. A true single-chip solution, the CC2538 ZigBee SE2.0 SoC removes the

Soitec and Sumitomo Electric announce major milestone in strategic joint development of engineered gallium nitride substrates

January 24, 2012 5:59 am | News | Comments

Soitec (Euronext) and Sumitomo Electric Industries have reached a major milestone in their strategic joint development program started in December 2010 by demonstrating four- and six-inch engineered gallium nitride (GaN) substrates...

Asia UPS Service Market Forecast to Grow 20% in 2012

January 19, 2012 7:59 am | News | Comments

IMS Research's recent study, “The World Market for UPS Service and Support,” forecasts that the service market in Asia for uninterruptible power supplies will grow 20% this year, to just over $820 million.

Energy Measurement for Appliances

January 16, 2012 11:31 am | by Prasad Dhond, Marketing Manager, Smart Grid Home Area Network, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Energy consumption awareness is a crucial step in going green as an individual consumer. Real-time energy usage data aggregated at the home-level by smart meters is useful, but drilling down to the energy consumption of each major home appliance is even better and more actionable.


Capacitive Coupling Device Enables Wireless Charging Systems

January 12, 2012 11:14 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Electronics North America introduced its new wireless power transmission module at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. The higher power capability of the LXWS Series enables wireless charging systems for

Lumiotec and Universal Display Announce Technology License Agreement for OLED Lighting

January 10, 2012 1:29 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Lumiotec Inc., founded by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Rohm Co., Ltd., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 2008 to develop, manufacture and sell OLED lighting panels, and Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL), enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED technology and materials, today announced that the companies have

Contest seeks world's most energy-efficient TV

January 6, 2012 9:30 am | by Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters | News | Comments

A competition to identify the world's most energy efficient flat screen televisions will kick off on Friday, with the U.S. Energy Department and other governments sponsoring a race to cut down on home electricity use.

When it Comes to Automobiles, the Media Agrees with Green

January 5, 2012 8:17 am | News | Comments

There's no question that the “Going Green” phenomenon has picked up speed in recent years, but has the green trend carried over to motorized vehicles? Using the premier online research tool, HighBeam Research (, the media attention of electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles and sports utility vehicles was monitored...

UPnP and the Smart Grid Opportunity

January 5, 2012 6:21 am | News | Comments

Global home networking standards group, UPnP Forum, has published a new whitepaper detailing how its IP-based standards play a vital role in implementing next generation Smart Grid and Smart Energy networks.

January 2012 Supplement: Efficiency & Green Design

January 2, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out the January 2012 Efficiency & Green Design supplement.

On the Road for 2012: Greener, Leaner Cars

December 29, 2011 3:34 am | Videos | Comments

Car shoppers can expect auto offerings for 2012 to pack more of an environmental punch, with auto makers touting mileage in addition to performance.

Was Lead-Free Solder Worth the Effort?

December 28, 2011 7:28 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Lead-free solder has yet to yield documented benefits.

PSMA Announces Industry Presentation Session on Alternative Energy Grid 2020 – The Evolving Power Grid

December 28, 2011 6:21 am | News | Comments

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Alternative Energy Committee is sponsoring a special industry presentation session at APEC 2012 entitled “Grid 2020-The Evolving Power Grid.”

Johnson Controls, U.S. Army announce first contract following President Obama's energy efficiency directives

December 27, 2011 5:59 am | News | Comments

Johnson Controls and the U.S. Army today announced a federal contract for a solar energy installation and other energy efficiency improvements at Fort Bliss. The nearly $16 million project, executed through the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala....

Student Designers Partner with OSRAM, Visteon on Future Vehicle Lighting Concepts

December 27, 2011 5:53 am | News | Comments

When education and practical application merge, the results can be astounding. That was the aim of the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Visteon and OSRAM in their collaboration during the 2011/2012 academic year. As part of CCS’s ongoing Corporate Sponsorship program...

EcoCAR 2 Competition Electrifies University of Washington Team

December 21, 2011 7:26 am | by Tyler Rose, Outreach Coordinator, UW EcoCAR 2 Team; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Over the next three years, the University of Washington team will compete amongst 15 Universities from the United States and Canada to develop a plug-in hybrid vehicle power train for a donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu; build a showroom quality vehicle; acquire local sponsors; and launch an exhaustive outreach program intended to educate consumers on green vehicle technology.

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