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Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

September 25, 2014 10:06 am | by MEAD GRUVER and MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

Low noise amplifier supports low return loss

September 24, 2014 3:44 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for TriQuint’s high-linearity, low noise amplifier (LNA), the TGA2613-SM. An internally balanced configuration supports low return loss and improves robustness of the TGA2613-SM....

GaN power transistor half bridge enables 12-V to 1.2-V PoL system efficiency at 25 A

September 24, 2014 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EPC (El Segundo, CA) announced the EPC2100, an enhancement-mode monolithic GaN transistor half bridge. By integrating two eGaN power FETs into a single device, interconnect inductances and the interstitial space needed on the PCB are ...

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MOSFET driver addresses technology advances in battery operated tools

September 24, 2014 12:45 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC4606, a 85V Full Bridge MOSFET driver that features Adaptive-Dead-Time and Shoot-Through Protection. The device is part of Micrel's highly successful 85V MOSFET Driver family first launched in 2013....

3U Open VPX VITA 62-compliant power supply offers five outputs, 550 Watts of power

September 24, 2014 11:58 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) has introduced its fourth COTS VPXtra Power Supply designed to support the rigors of mission critical airborne, shipboard, vehicle and mobile VPX applications, as well as high-end industrial applications.

High-voltage MOSFETs provide ultra-low gate charge of 57 nC

September 23, 2014 4:28 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced the first MOSFETs in a new 500 V family that features the same benefits of low conduction and switching losses as the company's 600 V and 650 V E Series devices. The low on-resistance ...

Power and energy monitor intended for DC supply rails in the 0V to 100V range

September 23, 2014 1:02 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2946, a high or low side charge, power and energy monitor for DC supply rails in the 0V to 100V range. An integrated ±0.4% accurate, 12-bit ADC and external precision time base ...

Compact fuse allows faster charging of today’s smartphones and tablets

September 23, 2014 12:47 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the compact 777 Series Fuse to provide protection for higher-wattage wall-mount chargers for battery-powered electronic equipment. Although chargers for earlier generations of mobile phones ...

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Next-generation WiFi modules support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the IoT

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Connect One (Kfar Saba, Israel) has launched its next-generation (G2) WiFi modules to support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) market. The G2 modules offer desirable system performance for IoT connectivity with ...

Power-efficient drivers provide quiescent current as low as 495µA

September 23, 2014 9:45 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) introduced a family of low-power rail-to-rail amplifiers for high-speed data acquisition systems that require exceptional accuracy, precision and power efficiency. For system designers who are looking to achieve ...

AC-DC power supply series includes low-profile versions

September 23, 2014 9:28 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc. (Tualatin, OR) has extended its PBK series of ultra-compact SIP ac-dc power supplies to now include right-angle versions.The low-profile PBK-B family is available in 1 W, 3 W and 5 W configurations. The power modules measure as small ...

Voltage charger designed for on-board electric vehicle applications

September 22, 2014 3:22 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA), announces the availability of the EVC-116-720. The EVC-116-720 is a 2 stage constant current/constant voltage charger specifically designed for on-board electric vehicle applications....

36-V monolithic 1-A push-pull DC/DC transformer driver includes programmable duty cycle control

September 22, 2014 11:35 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3999 monolithic push-pull isolated DC/DC transformer driver includes two 1-A current limited power switches. It is desirable for automotive, industrial, medical and military applications. The programmable duty cycle and turns ratio …

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3-phase Quicktest provides quick and safe temporary connection to equipment

September 22, 2014 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

CLIFF Electronics (England) announces the availability of its new Quicktest QT3, a compact, robust 3-Phase power connector designed for temporary, safe and efficient connection of unterminated cables to 440VAC, 3-Phase power supplies....

TVS components offer high-voltage spike circuit protection

September 22, 2014 10:19 am | ProTek Devices | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) made available a new family of high-powered surface mount transient voltage suppressors (TVS) for high-voltage spike circuit protection applications that include relay drives, motors (start/stop), module lightning....

Fanless, conduction-cooled front-end rectifier features a very low profile

September 19, 2014 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s Critical Power business (Dallas, TX) introduced its CCR0512FP 12-volt, conduction-cooled, front-end rectifier, measuring half the height of traditional, industry-standard rectifiers, according to the company. The new “tablet-sized” rectifier delivers ...

Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

DC/DC converter family accepts 85-400VDC input range

September 19, 2014 10:51 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

The VHV15 DC/DC Converter Family from BetaDyne (Bridgewater, MA) is designed with a wide input range and nominal single and dual outputs. Additional features include input-to-output isolation, short circuit protection, thermal protection ...

Darnell Power Forum

September 18, 2014 2:53 pm | Events

Now part of Darnell's Energy Summit, Darnell's Power Forum (DPF) is an exciting international event that focuses on “advancing power technologies that matter” for the successful development of next-generation power systems. There is tremendous synergy....

Metal foil current sense resistors offer 1 percent tolerances

September 18, 2014 9:41 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) CSNL Series uses metal foil technology, which allows it to offer 1 percent tolerances and 50 ppm TCR in resistance values down to 0.5 milliohms. The series is appropriate for a variety of power control and …

Small, encapsulated 60-W AC/DC supply is available in pcb or chassis mount

September 17, 2014 11:22 am | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the ECE60 Series of single output encapsulated 60-W AC/DC power supplies. Suiting applications that require a slim profile, a high power density and low no-load power consumption, the ECE60 is available in ...

FM-certified intelligent power module designed for wireless transmitters

September 16, 2014 3:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Perpetuum (Austin, TX) released its FM-certified Intelligent Power Module for the Honeywell XYR 6000 series wireless transmitters at the recent Honeywell Users Group meeting in San Antonio, TX. The IPM is a plug-and-play form, function ...

'Squid skin' metamaterials project yields vivid color display

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The quest to create artificial "squid skin" -- camouflaging metamaterials that can "see" colors and automatically blend into the background -- is one step closer to reality, thanks to a breakthrough color-display technology unveiled this week by Rice....

Researchers create world's largest DNA origami

September 12, 2014 2:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world's largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applications ranging from biomedical research to nanoelectronics....

GaN-ready magnetics suit next-generation compact power conversion technologies

September 10, 2014 3:02 pm | Precision, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) announced the global launch of its GaN-ready magnetic capabilities. GaN-ready LLC transformers and PFC inductors are now available for a broad range of applications including …

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