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Travel Charger Handles Every Contingency

March 12, 2010 8:17 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Powertraveller has released the ultimate travel charger for on-the-go professionals, outdoorsmen, and techies alike—the powermonkey-eXplorer. With three charging methods, international adapters, and tips for nearly every portable electronic device, you’ll never be somewhere without power.

Brainstorm: Photovoltaics

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

How can we make solar panels more efficient?

Brainstorm: Batteries

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

Get Rolling with Efficient Motor-Control Designs

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

What Do You Think of the Redesigned EERE Home Page?

March 11, 2010 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Andrea pointed you to the redesigned EERE home page. While this blog usually focuses on resources from EnergySavers.gov and other sites that are specifically for consumers, we know that many readers are interested in broader energy efficiency and renewable energy information....

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 | Articles | 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.

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 | Articles | 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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Video games and the military: Engaging the “tech generation”

March 9, 2010 9:10 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

For good or ill, the military is often indistinguishable from a large corporation. While “employees” must conform to the company’s modus operandi, the company must engage its employees on their terms. In this day and age, that means technology. Thus, the military increasingly relies on video games and computers to recruit and train its “employees.”

Daytime running light with only two LEDs

March 9, 2010 4:49 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The OSTAR Compact LED from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has been developed specifically for use in vehicle headlights. This high-power LED is designed for Daytime Running Light (DRL) applications based on the use of light guides.

The “Greenest Fans on Earth” Go Solar

March 9, 2010 4:09 am | News | Comments

Solar energy has been called the wave of the future. MacroAir Technologies, a company founded on the very principal of innovation, is surfing that wave with the introduction of the MacroVoltaic fan. Receiving the highest certified rating, the MacroVoltaic fan is the only solar high volume low speed (HVLS) industrial fan on the market.

Searching for the Next Top Product

March 9, 2010 3:34 am | by by Aashish Mehta, National Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Ideas can come and go quickly. To harness the potential of new ideas it’s essential to follow the basics to select ideas for further refinement to suite the market.

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round...

March 9, 2010 3:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I have a love/hate relationship with buses. I love that they save me gasoline, are more efficient than driving a car, and reduce my greenhouse gas emissions. However, I hate them when they're running late! But there is one category of buses that I'm particularly fond of – those that...

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The EERE Web Site Has a New Look!

March 8, 2010 9:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The freshest energy news on the block this week is the newly designed eere.energy.gov. In case you haven't visited the site lately, the EERE site contains in-depth information about the U.S. Department of Energy's office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

Pluggable IO Solutions Kit Serves SFP SFP+ XFP X2 and QSFP Development

March 8, 2010 5:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet and Tyco Electronics have released a new Pluggable I/O Solutions Sample Kit. The kit includes 15 product samples and four quick reference guides.

Simplify Power Designs with an Innovative MOSFET Package

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

Discrete Components Optimize Medical Equipment Performance and Reliability

March 4, 2010 10:16 am | by Steve Wade, VP of Sales and Marketing, TT electronics | Articles | Comments

Medical electronics applications require components that are smaller, more robust, and highly versatile, particularly as medical equipment becomes increasingly portable. Because medical systems often use discrete electronic components in their circuit designs, passive components are critical to optimizing performance and reliability.

MOSFETs Provide Efficient Operation for Battery-powered “Green” Products

March 4, 2010 9:33 am | by Kevin Turchin, FAE Manager, ROHM Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Portable products increasingly rely on a single 3.7V Li-Ion battery for the energy source. For these and other low-voltage applications, lower gate voltage power MOSFETs improve the efficiency for extended battery life and reduce the heat dissipation involved in switching the loads. In addition, they simplify the design of numerous control functions by allowing direct control / drive.

Coping with the Smart Grid

March 4, 2010 7:39 am | Articles | Comments

This year at APEC I moderated a rap session on dealing with the Smart Grid. It had a standing-room-only crowd, and demonstrated how much interest exists on both the technical and political issues involved.

Design Smart - Design Safe - Design Fast

March 4, 2010 7:27 am | by Hans Wiedemann, Manager - Product Marketing, Vincotech | Articles | Comments

With GPS rapidly becoming an increasingly vital part of our business and private lives, the market for these devices has seen a strong and steady business growth. Apart from traditional GPS applications, such as navigation and car breakdown emergency systems, GPS functionality has expanded well into the industrial and business markets.

Efficient Material Handling in Automotive Manufacturing Applications

March 4, 2010 7:05 am | by Todd Belt, Systems Sales Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs | Articles | Comments

Pick and place robotics has been a common sight in the automotive industry for some time. It is capable of auto racking, bin picking, positioning parts for assembly, and other repetitive tasks that help automate production sequences and reduce costs.

Partial Networking: In-Vehicle Networks Can Reduce Costs and CO2 Emissions

March 4, 2010 6:40 am | by Holger Huber, System Marketing Manager In-Vehicle-Networking, NXP Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

In the past, electronic control units (ECUs) in automotive applications were connected by individual signal wires. However, today, close to 100% of the ECUs are connected by bus systems such as LIN, CAN and FlexRay. This yields significant advantages, including improved data availability, straightforward wiring and standardized interfaces.

How Do You Track and Budget for Energy Costs?

March 4, 2010 3:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Amy discussed how she keeps track of her energy costs and uses past bills to plan her budget for the coming months. Her utility has a useful tool that helps with her planning. If your utility doesn't offer a similar service, you might try using ENERGY STAR's Home Energy Yardstick.

New Video: The Oscars Are Lame

March 2, 2010 3:22 pm | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

The Oscars are this weekend...and who cares? These things are worse than the "Marketing Excellence Awards" they have here for all the losers upstairs. Don't forget, the new feed for AnEngineeringMind.com is:http://feeds.feedburner.com/anengineeringmind/zAiQ

Brrrrr. It's Cold In There!

March 2, 2010 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This winter has seemed like an especially long one to me. I'm ready to wear shorts and enjoy nice, long summer days. Alas, the reality is that it will probably be cold for at least another month here in Washington, D.C. All that cold air robs not only our jacketed bodies of warmth, but it...

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