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Government incentives continue to finance development of solar photovoltaic semiconductor market

April 12, 2012 8:59 am | News | Comments

Government incentives that encourage investment in renewable energies will continue to drive technological advances in the global semiconductor market, a new report by semiconductor expert GBI Research has found. The new report* found that government incentives and Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) are providing vital, worldwide support...

PV module suppliers switch tactics as wafer prices fall 70%

April 11, 2012 9:32 am | News | Comments

The average price of photovoltaic (PV) wafers in the first quarter of 2012 fell by more than 70 percent in a year according to the latest research released by IMS Research, which was recently acquired by IHS. This dramatic price collapse, caused by a global oversupply, has significantly changed the cost structures and strategies of leading PV module suppliers...

Global PV installations to grow by up to 21 percent in 2012 predicts IMS Research

April 4, 2012 5:27 am | News | Comments

Global solar PV installations will grow by at least 3.5 percent and up to 21 percent in 2012, according to a new report from IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc. The market analyst firm forecasts that despite incentive cuts in most of the world’s largest markets...


Increased voltage capability of tantalum polymer capacitors opens up new applications

April 2, 2012 4:55 am | by Martin Bárta, Field Application Engineer, AVX | Articles | Comments

Tantalum polymer capacitors -- widely used for more than 15 years -- have benefited from significant increases in CV and reductions in ESR. However, due to the maximum achievable breakdown voltage (VBD) of such capacitors...

ZigBee 101

April 2, 2012 4:41 am | by Jorge Deligiannis, Chief Technology Officer at Energate | Articles | Comments

ZigBee has become the dominant utility-requested protocol for home energy management applications, and the growing need for residential demand response programs has increased the level of interest in ZigBee and its outgrowth Smart Energy Profile...

Lighting applications for large-size projected capacitive touch panels

March 30, 2012 9:55 am | by John Blackburn, Senior Electrical Engineer, Ocular LCD | Articles | Comments

The demand for projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panels is growing at a rapid rate. The increased durability and enhanced look and feel a PCAP touch panel provides can benefit a wide variety of products. The all glass construction allows for increased optical clarity...

Evolving LLC Converters bring new capabilities to LED street light designs

March 23, 2012 9:05 am | by Chris Lee, Marketing Manager, Power Integrations | Articles | Comments

Over the last few years momentum has been rapidly building behind the development of a new generation of LED technology-based street lights. Promising a much longer service life and higher power efficiency than existing technologies...

Brainstorm: Smart Grid & Alternative Energy

March 21, 2012 6:44 am | Articles | Comments

What market segment is in the direst need of an alternative energy overhaul and why?


Opto 22 sponsors eSight Energy's U.S. ''Energy Management Road Shows''

March 21, 2012 5:04 am | News | Comments

Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 is sponsoring eSight Energy's U.S. "Energy Management Road Shows," a series of live events exploring the role of power monitoring and energy analysis in improving building energy efficiency.

LED Lighting to Drive $3bn Power Semiconductor Market in 2016

March 15, 2012 6:58 am | News | Comments

The global market for power semiconductors used in LED lighting is forecast to reach over $3 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.

Fundamentals of ambient energy transducers in energy harvesting systems

March 13, 2012 9:22 am | by John Carpenter and Yogesh Ramadass, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Sophisticated battery-operated electronic systems and self-powered devices recently have found diverse applications in existing autonomous and handheld objects. Significant advancements in CMOS process technologies and circuit techniques...

IEEE Announces Five New Standards and a Standards-Development Project for the Smart Grid

March 12, 2012 2:34 pm | News | Comments

IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today announced five new standards, as well as a modified standards-development project, that are all intended to aid the efficient rollout of the smart grid worldwide. The new standards and standards projects recently approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board carve

Heliatek Opens Production Facility for the Manufacture of Organic Solar Films

March 12, 2012 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Heliatek GmbH inaugurated its first production facility for the manufacture of flexible organic solar panels in Dresden during a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich. Based on organic semiconductor materials, these flexible solar panels offer


Energy Micro introduces first energy friendly ARM Cortex-M4 products

February 23, 2012 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro today announced that it will extend its EFM32 Gecko range of microcontrollers with the addition of products based on the ARM Cortex-M4F core.

PV Balance of System Market to Reach $24 Billion in 2016, According to New IMS Research Report

February 23, 2012 5:14 am | News | Comments

PV balance of system (BoS) equipment revenues are projected to increase from $17 billion in 2011 to close to $24 billion in 2016 according to a new market report from IMS Research. The report found that whilst inverters will continue to be the largest part of the market...

Saft lithium-ion batteries selected by Green Charge Networks to support NYC smart grid demonstration program

February 16, 2012 7:03 am | News | Comments

Saft was selected by Green Charge Networks (GCN) to support its role in a $92 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project. The project is being led by New York's Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) - one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies.

Chinese Tier-2 PV Module Prices Fall Below $1 per W in January, But Price Cuts Slow

February 16, 2012 6:28 am | News | Comments

The average price of Chinese Tier-2 crystalline PV modules fell to $0.96 per watt in January 2012, according to the latest PV module pricing report from IMS Research. Annualized price declines (ignoring seasonality) slowed to 22% in January...

Booster modules convert very low power or voltage to higher DC or AC voltage

February 15, 2012 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Linear Devices announces the release of the next product in the new family of MicroPower Step-up Low-Voltage Booster Modules. The EH4205 is a new addition to the next series of ALD’s low-voltage booster modules. It is a self-powered, self-starting module that converts very low power or voltage to higher DC or AC voltage.

Energy Micro’s Tiny Gecko energy-friendly microcontroller shortlisted in 2012 ACE Asia Awards

February 15, 2012 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro today announced that its EFM32 Tiny Gecko low-energy microcontroller has been named as a finalist in the China Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) awards.

20 GW of PV Manufacturing Equipment To Be Replaced By 2016

February 10, 2012 5:20 am | News | Comments

Despite the outlook for the PV manufacturing equipment market remaining bleak in 2012, a new report from IMS Research forecasts that there could be a 20 GW opportunity for the upgrade or replacement of existing capacity over the next four years.

LED Driver Reference Design Describes High-Efficiency Universal-Voltage Fluorescent Tube Replacement

February 8, 2012 7:56 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today announced a new reference design (DER-286) describing a 30 W LED tube replacement ballast power supply capable of achieving industry-leading efficiency levels of over 90% across a wide input-voltage range while meeting worldwide requirements for power factor (PF)and total harmonic distortion (THD).

Deep Dimming LED Driver IC Accelerates Mass Adoption of Energy Efficient LED Retrofit Bulbs

February 8, 2012 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell today announced the Marvell 88EM8183 deep dimming single-stage AC/DC LED driver integrated circuit (IC). The 88EM8183 LED driver IC delivers the highest dimmer compatibility and lowest component count in the industry...

PV Inverter Market Achieves Record Shipments in 2011

February 8, 2012 5:49 am | News | Comments

The PV inverter market achieved a new record in 2011 with shipments exceeding 26 GW for the first time according to preliminary results from IMS Research. The research firm found that inverter shipments grew by more than 10% in 2011...

New British technology will cut the cost of LED lighting

February 7, 2012 4:51 am | News | Comments

Plessey has acquired CamGaN Limited, a University of Cambridge spin-out formed to commercialisenovel technologies for the growth of gallium nitride (GaN) high-brightness LEDs on large-area silicon substrates.

Cable companies and set-top box service providers will deliver the smart, automated home

February 2, 2012 9:44 am | by Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies ( | Articles | Comments

Many technology watchers have predicted that the arrival of automated smart home – that home owners will seek out and install the latest, coolest gizmos that will make a house truly smart. Well, it isn’tgoing to happen that way.

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