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Micro Fuel-Cells use Nanostructured Membrane to Create a Scalable Clean-Energy Solution

April 6, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

Materials scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and SiEnergy Systems LLC have demonstrated the first macro-scale thin-film solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC).

A Practical Lithium Ion Battery Charger for use with Solar Panels

April 4, 2011 12:12 pm | by John Carpenter & Karthik Kadirvel, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Increasingly, the number of battery operated devices use rechargeable lithium ion batteries as the power source. Common charging solutions for these batteries include wall adapter based chargers and universal serial bus (USB) based chargers.

Source Meter Instrument for High Power Semiconductor Test Touts Wide Current Range

April 4, 2011 6:29 am | Keithley Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Keithley introduced the Model 2651A High Power System SourceMeter instrument. Designed for characterizing high power electronics, the instrument provides

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Radical Bioelectromechanical System Promises to End Energy Shortages

April 1, 2011 4:16 am | News | Comments

Recently Ephemeral Chimera Laboratories (ECL), specialists in commercialization efforts for novel and radical technologies, announced they are in the process of commercializing a radical bioelectromechanical power system that promises to end energy dependence worldwide.

Ohio State University EcoCAR Improves Emissions Controls - The EcoCAR Spring Workshop

March 30, 2011 12:14 pm | by Eric Schacht | Blogs | Comments

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams competing to build the best hybrid vehicle in the EcoCAR Challenge Competition. However, the EcoCAR Competition is not a simple “build the car and compete” type of competition. Each EcoCAR vehicle must

1-W DC-DC Converters Tout Miniature Size

March 30, 2011 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct introduced the LCP100E Series of miniature 1W DC/DC converters. Packaged in a low profile, SMT case; these units are specifically designed to be a

40-W DC-DC Converter Has a 2-1 Input

March 30, 2011 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

ConTech announced the “TMH” Series of DC/DC converters. The series offers up to 40 Watts of fully regulated output power with an industry standard 2” x 1” footprint. The series offers a 2:1 input range with

400-W Power Interface Module Addresses EMI In ATCA Apps

March 30, 2011 7:50 am | Ericsson Power Modules | Product Releases | Comments

Ericsson Power Modules announced the PIM4328P, a new 390 W to 540 W power interface module (PIM) compliant with the 300-W de facto industry-standard footprint. The quarter-brick module is said to

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Adjustable Current Switches Feature LED Visual Switch Indication

March 30, 2011 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

CR Magnetics, Inc. has introduced the CR9600 Series Adjustable Current Switches for applications that require an on-off indication of current flow. Features of the new current switches include

400-W Medical Power Supply Touts Compact Size

March 30, 2011 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tumbler Technologies + TRUMPower added to its AC/DC switching power supply line-up with the TMC400 Series which is approved to international medical standards. Designed for medical applications, it is capable of

6U-600-W cPCI Power Supply Features Advanced Status and Control Functions

March 30, 2011 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gresham Power Electronics announced its 6U 600W cPCI power supply. This RoHS-compliant power supply family has advanced status and control functions including remote inhibit, output fail alarm, over

U-Frame Power Supplies Offer End or Top Mount Fan Options

March 30, 2011 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Solutions (APS) announced the APS303 Series of High Density Switching power supplies in the industry standard 3.2” x 5.00” x 1.50” U-Frame Package with both single and dual outputs with an optional top-mount fan cover. The series is designed to

Connector Series Touts Increased Power Handling Capability

March 30, 2011 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products announced its SPEC Pak Extreme connector. These connectors increase the power handling capability of the company’s SPEC Pak Series to 320 A. This is achieved by using

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Dual Power MOSFETs Intended For Lightweight Space Applications

March 30, 2011 5:52 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the company’s first family of radiation hardened (RAD-Hard) dual power MOSFETs in a compact hermetic LCC-6 surface mount package for low power lightweight space applications requiring a small footprint such as satellite payload power systems.

Power supply provides output currents up to 2.8A

March 29, 2011 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 41-743 is a single channel battery simulator designed to support the testing of battery operated devices. The 41-753 provides a very fast responding adjustable power supply capable of providing voltages up to 6V and output currents up to 2.8A.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking with Matt Williams of Tyco about Reflowable SMT Protection Devices

March 24, 2011 11:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Matt Williams of TE Circuit Protection about their latest circuit protection devices based upon Hybrid PPTC (MHP) and Reflowable Thermal Protection (RTP) technology.

Maxim-Teridian Power Metering Smart-Grid ICs at APEC

March 24, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

This is a demonstration of Maxim/Teridian's new family of power-management ICs that perform metering functions for smart-grid applications at their booth during APEC.

Power supplies offer typical efficiency of up to 90%

March 23, 2011 6:42 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has upped the output power of its ZPSA series of compact open-frame AC/DC power supplies with the introduction of a 100 Watt model. The new single-output ZPSA100 accepts a wide input voltage range, has a very low profile (1.3”)...

America’s power(ful) industry

March 22, 2011 7:06 am | Articles | Comments

I recently attended the 2011 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and was struck by how strong and vibrant the American power electronics industry is. The exhibit hall was full of engineers discussing new technology as well as new business, and the well-attended seminars addressed issues and topics important to the industry.

Transphorm Advanced GaN Power Electronics Demonstration at APEC 2011

March 21, 2011 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

In this video we see a booth demonstration of Transphorm's new GaN Power Electronics at APEC 2010.

NEMA 5-15 Cord Sets Feature Eight Plug Direction Options

March 17, 2011 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interpower Corporation offers angled NEMA 5-15 which present the user a choice of eight different angles in which the cord exits the outlet. The cord sets are designed for business, medical, or testing applications.

International Rectifier's New PowIRstage High-Power ICs

March 17, 2011 10:57 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows Deepak Savadatti of International Rectifier giving a demonstration (with heat imaging) of the high-power performance of the new PowIRstage power management ICs at their booth at the APEC Power industry event.

Energy Measurement SoC Provides More Management and Control of AC-DC Power Supplies

March 17, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a higher level of management and control to servers and other equipment in data centers, the Teridian/Maxim 78M6613 energy-measurement SoC is presented as the industry’s first SoC energy-measurement solution for AC/DC power supplies .

TI's New Swift DC-DC Converters at APEC

March 16, 2011 10:34 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows a booth demonstration of TI's new SWIFT family of synchronous, step-down DC/DC converters for point-of-load applications.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Maxim's 'In Tune' Digital Power Technology

March 16, 2011 6:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jim Templeton at the recent APEC event. Jim is one of the first advocates of digital power, first as a founder of Zilker Labs and currently as a director of Maxim's digital power effort.

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