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What happens when you design using an obsolete component?

March 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

A team of engineers might spend weeks, months, or even years creating the perfect design solution for a difficult problem in their field.

Power converters designed to fit 1U enclosures

March 5, 2015 9:43 am | by Murata | Product Releases | Comments

Murata has announced the launch of the D1U86P Series of ultra-high density power converters from...

Current sensing using resistors

March 5, 2015 9:18 am | by Kory Schroeder, Director of Product Marketing and Engineering at Stackpole Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Current sensing resistors are a rapidly growing technology focused on regulation and monitoring...

UC research partnership explores how to best harness solar power

March 2, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make...

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Engineering Update #99: An exoskeleton without a power source

February 26, 2015 8:44 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Most wearable exoskeletons are heavy duty contraptions with ravenous power requirements. Lockheed Martin’s Human Universal Load Carrier, or HULC, was a battery, hydraulic-powered load carriage platform designed to carry up to 200 pounds....

Elon Musk's solar company to use former Solyndra buildings

February 25, 2015 5:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. The two-building, 200,000-square-foot complex in Fremont, California ...

Planar transformers feature power levels from 50-200W

February 25, 2015 2:06 pm | by Champs Technologies, LLC | Champs Technologies, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Champs Technologies officially introduces to the market a standard planar transformer series termed “G45”. They have been specifically developed, tested, and adapted for use in Linear Technology’s Reference Design Series DC1317A. That series is renowned for its high efficiency and power....

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DC-DC converters provide input voltage range of 18-75 volts DC

February 25, 2015 1:55 pm | by Ge Energy | Ge Energy | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s new 228-watt (W) quarter-brick QHHD019A0B isolated DC-DC converters are the latest addition to its Hammerhead series of DC-DC modules. The low-height converters provide a single, precisely regulated output voltage over an ultra-wide input voltage range of 18-75 volts DC. Cost-effective and energy- and space-efficient ...

Circuit protection solutions provide transient overvoltage protection

February 25, 2015 11:29 am | by Littelfuse, Inc. | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. showcased circuit protection technology designed for the full LED lighting system from the power input all the way to the LEDs themselves, at the Strategies in Light trade show. Exhibits included a non-functional streetlight disassembled to show booth visitors where ...

Power resistor lowers costs in automotive and industrial applications

February 25, 2015 11:28 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new AEC-Q200-qualified, 25 W thick film power resistor in a compact surface-mount TO-252 style (DPAK) package. For automotive, industrial, and military applications, the Vishay Sfernice DTO25 saves space compared with previous-generation solutions....

In quest for better lithium-air batteries, chemists boost carbon's stability

February 25, 2015 10:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To power a car so it can travel hundreds of miles at a time, lithium-ion batteries of the future are going to have to hold more energy without growing too big in size. That's one of the dilemmas confronting efforts to power cars ...

The little engine that could (run on batteries)

February 24, 2015 12:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Britain’s first battery-powered passenger train hummed down the tracks in January and February, completing a six-week passenger trial designed to show the British rail industry the benefits of replacing some ...

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Low-noise amplifiers offer noise figures between 2.5 and 3 dB

February 23, 2015 11:29 am | by Pasternack | Pasternack | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack launches a new line of ultra-broadband and millimeter wave low noise amplifiers that are in-stock and available to ship same-day. These new high frequency LNAs offer very low noise figure levels, typically between 2.5 and 3 dB across the entire band, making them perfectly ...

Is DC power the way of the future?

February 20, 2015 8:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The war of the currents still rages ... politely, as ECN gathered panelists earlier this month to talk about AC vs. DC, Tesla vs. Edison, data centers, and the future of power engineering on Engineering Live....

Power system meets IEC 61535 standards

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by TE Connectivity - Intelligent Buildings | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity announces its newly enhanced NECTOR M power system. In addition to meeting IEC 61535 standards, the power system solution is designed to meet the UL 1977 guidelines and just debuted a 5-position splitter that provides power, signal and control connection options for multiple ...

7 engineering advances that could change the world

February 18, 2015 11:38 am | by Ohio University | Blogs | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering has made great strides when it comes to improving the overall quality of life.

China wind power capacity jumps to record high

February 13, 2015 9:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources. The National Energy Administration said Thursday ...

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Convection-cooled power supply achieves typical efficiency of 92%

February 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys Technologies announces the XS500 series of high-efficiency, 500W convection-cooled AC/DC power supplies. With typical efficiency of 92%, and operating from 90-264VAC, the XS500 delivers 500W of output power without the need for forced-air cooling. Combining low-energy-loss ...

Voltage detectors feature delay function and sense pin

February 11, 2015 4:29 pm | by Torex Semiconductor Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

The Torex XC6132, XC6133 and XC6134 families are voltage detectors with delay function and sense pin isolated external hysteresis adjustment. The sense pin is isolated from the power input pin to enable monitoring of the voltage of another power supply. Output can be maintained in ...

Neutral ground resistors designed for industrial power systems

February 11, 2015 4:16 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced a new series of neutral ground resistors for industrial power systems. Consisting of the company’s GRE1 high-power, high-current grid resistors mounted in rugged, weatherproof IP23-rated enclosures with extremely high voltage insulation ...

Apple building big solar energy farm in California

February 11, 2015 11:22 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California. The tech company will be the biggest ...

Power supplies conform to the IEC60601-1 3rd edition medical standard

February 10, 2015 1:41 pm | by TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of TDK-Lambda’s ZMS100 2 x 4” medical and ITE certified power supplies. Designed to provide long field life in hospital, clinical, dental, and home-based medical applications as well as professional broadcast, test, measurement ...

DC-DC converters provide up to 3.6 amperes DC output current

February 10, 2015 1:03 pm | by Ge Energy | Ge Energy | Product Releases | Comments

GE's new ERCW003A6R 100-watt, one-eighth brick DC-DC converters, the latest addition to its Orca-series family of isolated, board-mounted power amplifier modules. The new high-efficiency converters provide high-voltage and high-power applications with up to ...

Smart meters and the data-directed grid

February 10, 2015 8:57 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Smart meters are physically located on the periphery of smart grids but, from a data perspective, they are at the heart of data-driven electric-energy distribution systems. Indeed, at a time when computational resources are small, cheap, readily available, and easily deployed, smartness isn’t really ...

DC/DC converter offers 360 watts of output power

February 9, 2015 3:11 pm | by Calex Mfg | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. of Concord California announces the introduction of the wide input range MTW series. The MTW offers 360 watts of output power in a standard ½ brick case. Available output voltages are 12, 15, 24 and 28VDC. The input range for all models is 9 to 36VDC with ...

Navy's electromagnetic railgun launches projectiles up to Mach 7

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled its electromagnetic railgun for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO last week. And with the ability to launch a hyper-velocity projectile (HVP) up to Mach 7 in less than a second, it’s a doozy....

AC/DC power supply serves medical and ITE applications

February 6, 2015 10:12 am | by Tumbler Technologies + Trumpower | Tumbler Technologies + Trumpower | Product Releases | Comments

TRUMPower launches a new addition to its AC/DC switching power supply line-up with the TWM280 series, which serves medical and ITE applications. The compact (3” x 5” x 1.18”) open frame unit is capable of delivering 280W of continuous output power at ...

Battery controllers provide uninterruptible 24VDC and 48VDC bus voltage

February 6, 2015 10:11 am | by Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. announces the addition of the new 360 Watt TSP BCMU360 Series of DIN-Rail universal battery controller modules for uninterruptible 24VDC and 48VDC bus voltage to our TRACO Power portfolio. This modular line of DIN-Rail battery ...

Class D audio demo board uses eGaN FETs

February 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Efficient Power Conversion | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introduces the EPC9106, a reference design for a 150 W, 8 ohm Class-D audio amplifier. This demonstration board uses a Bridge-Tied-Load (BTL) design, composed of four ground-referenced half-bridge output stages....

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