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DC Connectors and Terminals Are IP67-sealed with Internal Locking Mechanism

July 6, 2011 2:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex is expanding its range of SolarSpec products with the development of pin (male) and socket (female) panel-mount DC connectors. The IP67-sealed, SolarSpec panel-mount DC connectors, with internal locking and touch-proof design for

Chip Resistors Offer 1 Percent Tolerance With Precision and Pulse Withstanding

July 6, 2011 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The RPC Series of film based chip resistors is available in a 1 percent tolerance with desirable pulse handling. This performance is achieved by using a robust film element with a limited laser trim. Trimming a chip resistor can

Power Supplies Feature Efficiencies up to 90% at 115 VAC

July 6, 2011 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ICCNexergy, Inc. ( today announced an expansion of its high efficiency, high reliability Elpac brand 100 Watt external power supply series with the release of its new FWC100 series. The new FWC100 is a level V upgrade of ICCNexergy’s popular Elpac FWB100 series...


Texzon Green Energy Storage Technology Issued 2nd Patent; Invention Stores AC power as Real AC Power

July 6, 2011 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

The Technology Development Division of Texzon Utilities (Texzon) announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued on June 28, 2011, U.S. Patent No. 7,969,042 for the Ring Power Multiplier (RPM), a power...

ChipMOS & Connectec Japan Enter Joint Technology Development Agreement; ChipMOS Takes 30% Equity Stake

July 6, 2011 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) LTD. announced that its majority-owned Taiwanese subsidiary, ChipMOS Technologies Inc., has agreed to invest in CONNECTEC Japan Corp. (CTJ) for a 30% equity stake of CTJ pursuant to a share subscription...

ST Expands Capabilities in Convergent Home Digital Networking & Smart Grid; Completes IP and Talent Acquisition from Arkados

July 6, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

STMicroelectronics (ST) is enhancing its powerline communication (PLC) capabilities with the completion of its acquisition of the semiconductor assets and intellectual property of Arkados. Arkados has been a leading player in the new industry initiative...

Analog Devices’ Technical Webcast ‘Powering Your Circuit’ Focuses on Power Supply Design Considerations

July 6, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) will broadcast its “Powering Your Circuit” webcast on July 13, 2011, at 2:00 pm EDT. This 60-minute webcast is the first dealing with the important – but often overlooked subject – of power supply design.

Molex and Heilind Partner to Offer Flexi-Mate

July 5, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Heilind Electronics, North America’s largest interconnect distributor, has added Molex’s new Flexi-Mate family of connectors to its comprehensive inventory of connectors. Flexi-Mate connectors provide a full range of both board-to-board and wire-to-board solutions. Flexi-Mate...


Panasonic Opens its First European Residential Fuel Cell R & D Center

July 5, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Panasonic launched the Panasonic Fuel Cell Development Office Europe (PFCOE) in Langen, Germany. The facility, situated in Panasonic’s European R&D center in Germany (PRDCG), will focus on developing residential fuel cells for the European...

KEMET Announces Construction of New Manufacturing Facility In Macedonia

July 5, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

KEMET Corp. announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Skopje, Macedonia. "This facility is a component of KEMET’s long-term strategy of consolidating and maintaining manufacturing for its European customer base, while fulfilling our...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Steve Grady of Cymbet on Energy Harvesting

July 5, 2011 11:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk to Steve Grady of Cymbet on energy harvesting, low-power circuitry, and the challenges to the engineer in evaluating and implementing the technology.

Sulphur Breakthrough Significantly Boosts Lithium Battery Capacity

July 5, 2011 7:32 am | News | Comments

Lithium batteries have become the portable powerhouses of modern society. If you own a phone, mp3 player or laptop, you will already own a lithium battery. More than likely, you will have several.

Can we Hurdle the Supercomputing Energy Wall?

July 5, 2011 5:26 am | by Sumit Gupta, NVIDIA ( | Blogs | Comments

Lauren Sommer wrote a great blog over the weekend about how supercomputers have hit the “energy wall” – a decidedly real supercomputing problem...


NREL, German Solar Energy Researchers to Work Together

July 1, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

German and American researchers will work together more closely on solar energy topics as a result of the signing of a Memo of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy...

Maxwell Technologies to Receive Funding for Energy Storage Technology Development Programs

July 1, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced that it will receive more than $500,000 in state and federal funding for collaborative energy storage research and development programs with three U.S.-based companies. Maxwell will receive more than $300,000 for...

Siltronic AG Joins imec GaN-on-Si Research Program

July 1, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Siltronic AG and imec have concluded an agreement to collaborate on the development of silicon wafers with a gallium nitride layer as partner of imec’s GaN-on-Si industrial affiliation program (IIAP). The endeavor aims to...

TriQuint Introduces 10 - 12 GHz, 2W Linear Amplifier

July 1, 2011 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

TriQuint Semiconductor announces the TGA2535-SM, high-linearity power amplifier designed to operate from 10 - 12 GHz.

Inclinometer available with RS485 or Modbus protocols

July 1, 2011 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

US Digital releases two new communication protocols for its T7 absolute inclinometer, widely used within the concentrated solar power market. The versatile inclinometer is now available with RS485 or Modbus protocols.

Diodes Inc. Announces Investment in Eris Technology Corp.

June 30, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Diodes Inc. announced an agreement to invest in Eris Technology Corp., a publicly traded Taiwanese company listed that provides design, manufacturing and aftermarket services for diode products. Eris has announced that it will offer to...

ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel Begins Work on Roadmap to Support EV Deployment in US

June 30, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) gathered in Detroit to lay the groundwork for a strategic roadmap that will define the standards and conformance programs needed to enable the...

PMBus is Longest Continuous Sponsor of Darnell's Power Forum "Advancing Power Technologies that Matter"

June 30, 2011 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Again in 2011, PMBus™ is a Platinum sponsor of Darnell’s Power Forum (DPF ’11). DPF ’11, to be hosted in San Jose, California, September 26-28, is an exciting event that focuses on "advancing power...

Micrel Names Industry Executive David Schwartz Vice President, Worldwide Sales

June 29, 2011 1:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Micrel Inc., announced that David Schwartz, a veteran sales professional in the semiconductor industry, is joining Micrel as the company’s Vice President of World Wide Sales. He will report directly to Ray Zinn,...

Johnson Controls to Invest $138.5 Million in Battery Facility to Support Start-Stop Vehicle Technology

June 29, 2011 1:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Johnson Controls, Inc. announced plans to invest $138.5 million to convert its battery plant near Toledo, Ohio into an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery facility for Start-Stop and other high efficiency vehicles. Subject to...

Micropelt Opens First Thermoelectric Wafer and Chip Production in Germany

June 29, 2011 1:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Micropelt announced that it has opened what the company is claiming to be the world’s first automated high volume production site for thermoelectric chip devices has been officially opened by Micropelt at their new...

Power Inductor Series Suits Height-constrained Applications

June 29, 2011 10:48 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions announced the 2700 and 2700T series of surface mount ultra-low profile power inductors aimed at a broad range of consumer electronic devices. The series has been designed specifically for use in applications where a low component height is crucial such as in handheld equipment and notebook computers. 

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