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The road to more efficient biofuel

January 5, 2015 9:10 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.

'Super Grid' to disperse wind power across Europe

January 2, 2015 4:33 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

EU-funded researchers are involved in the development of a pan-European ‘super grid’ capable of dispersing wind power across Member States. This will bring more renewable energy into homes and businesses, help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and enable Europe to move closer towards achieving energy independence.

Subminiature fuses feature highly compact surface-mountable packages

December 29, 2014 2:51 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced two new series of its popular NANO2 Subminiature Fuse, each of which provides surge tolerance and circuit protection against overload conditions for downstream components. Both feature highly compact ...

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Universal PMIC offers up to 40V input

December 29, 2014 1:16 pm | Exar | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced the XR77129, a quad output programmable Universal PMIC with an input operating voltage range of 6V to 40V. Its patented control architecture is well-suited for 40V inputs using a 17-bit wide PID voltage mode ...

600 Watt universal power supply features metal enclosure

December 22, 2014 3:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) announces the addition to their TRACO Power portfolio of the new 600 Watt TXH 600 Series of 12 to 54VDC output power supplies with universal input of 90–264VAC active power factor correction or ...

DC/DC converters designed for electric vehicle applications

December 22, 2014 3:06 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) announces the EVD-450 Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically for electric vehicle applications. The input range options for the EVD-450 are 30 – 65VDC, 60 – 90VDC, and ...

Operational amplifiers deliver zero drift operation

December 18, 2014 11:22 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a family of affordable, precision CMOS operational amplifiers (op amps) that deliver zero drift operation and industry leading quiescent current for front-end amplifier circuits and power management designs. Targeted at ...

NIR drills into the energy industry

December 18, 2014 8:39 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Blogs | Comments

Hydrocarbon exploration by definition is the search by geologists or geophysicists for hydrocarbon deposits beneath the Earth’s surface, such as oil (petroleum) and natural gas. In such exploration, the oil and gas industry drills holes into the Earth’s surface to ...

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Smart Grid Tags provide each utility asset with a unique ID number

December 16, 2014 3:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Smart Grid Tags from Premax (Medina, MN) create the physical link between a utility’s computer database and its asset in the field. Randomly numbered, Smart Grid Tags provide each utility asset with a unique ID number — a “license plate,” if you will ...

Medical-grade power supply boasts BF-rated outputs

December 16, 2014 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Partners’ (Hudson, MA) new PMAM200 Series is a unique medical power supply that provides 200W of power and features both BF rated outputs and Class I and II AC grounding schemes in a compact 3” x 5” footprint. The slim 1.48” height easily ...

Here's how engineers feel about conflict materials

December 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Conflict materials are a big deal in the electronic components world. Not only has there been a major increase in the amount of legistlation surrounding the controversy, the social awareness aspect of conflict materials has raised the issue’s profile. The social responsibility ...

Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

December 15, 2014 4:35 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of ...

Fast-acting fuse includes both 420V AC and DC ratings

December 11, 2014 3:55 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 487 Series Fuse, the first fast-acting fuse from its 5x20mm fuse family with both 420V AC and 420V DC ratings. In contrast with existing fuse solutions that cannot meet high-voltage and short-circuit test ...

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Rethinking power delivery to the processor

December 11, 2014 10:39 am | by Robert Gendron, Vice President, Semiconductor Power Solutions, Vicor | Vicor Corp. | Articles | Comments

The computing load shouldered by modern data centers is growing exponentially, driving server performance requirements ever higher. To keep pace, server designers continue to increase the number of processors per board, with rack density and rack ...

Engineering Update #89: The newest solar power plant

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip-concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

Evaluation kit enables OEMs to develop Bluetooth Smart devices

December 11, 2014 9:17 am | Quicklogic Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

QuickLogic Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the availability of the TAG-N Wearable Sensor Hub evaluation kit. The kit incorporates the QuickLogic ArcticLink 3 S2 ultra-low power programmable sensor hub, QuickLogic-developed algorithms, and ...

EMC filters minimize earth leakage currents

December 11, 2014 9:05 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) presents the EPCOS LeaXield active filter module, a completely new solution for the minimization of earth leakage currents in power drive systems with frequency converters. Leakage current can cause RCDs (residual current devices) to ...

Transformers provide common mode noise reduction

December 11, 2014 8:57 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new HDBaseT transformers that provide common mode noise reduction for improved EMI performance and isolation for power over HDBaseT (PoH) applications. Pulse Electronics' HD8004FNL ...

Designing your perfect inverting rail

December 11, 2014 8:38 am | by Anston Joel Lobo, System and Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

We often come across designs needing an operational amplifier (op amp) and confoundedly ask, where can I source that pesky negative supply? The quest for a cost-effective, simple and flexible solution often descends down a path of topologies and ...

Maximizing solar power on electrical grids

December 10, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The ...

PoL DC-DC converter delivers 50 A/165 Watts

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) has announced the OKDx-T/50 series of 50 Amp digitally controlled point-of-load (PoL) DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. These converters, adding to Murata’s Okami range of non-isolated converters, are ...

Switch mode power supply measurement and analysis with a bench oscilloscope

December 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by Varun Merchant, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

The power supply is integral to virtually every type of line-powered and battery-operated electronic product, and the switch-mode power supply (SMPS) has become the dominant architecture in many applications. A single switch-mode power supply’s performance ...

New solutions and challenges for digital control of power converters

December 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Stephen Pimpis, Vice President, Strategic Product Marketing; Bill Smith, Director of Marketing, Board Mounted Power; and Paul Knauber, Murata University Coordinator: Murata Power Solutions | Articles | Comments

Advancements in semiconductor technologies and system-level performance requirements, particularly in the telecom and datacom markets, have had a tremendous impact on the board level power infrastructure. Moore’s Law has been driving device ...

Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

Low power? No power!

December 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Matthias Kassner, Product Marketing Director, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

This article describes the benefits associated with using energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes within the context of an Internet of Things. It discusses key architectural requirements and design trade-offs of such devices and gives examples of current ...

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