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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.

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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.

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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.

Coin-Style Supercapacitors Provide Memory Backup for Critical Circuits

March 15, 2011 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The DC Series of Coin Cell Style Supercapacitors from Illinois Capacitor provide on-board memory backup at long life spans. With 0.15 F to 8 of capacity, at voltages up to 5.5 WVDC these devices can supply

Motor Controller Switches Loads Up to 100 A

March 15, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Trombetta's reversible Intelligent Motor Controller can be customized to meet DC motor application requirements. The controller is capable of switching loads up to 100 A and providing

Industry’s first Class H VDSL line driver consumes 47 percent less power

March 15, 2011 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated today introduced the industry’s first Class H VDSL line driver in full production. Compared to Class AB alternatives, the gated, dual-port THS6226 consumes 47 percent less power, a critical requirement for the high-density VDSL applications used in high-speed broadband networks.

MCUs Suit Portable Smart Metering, Medical Applications

March 14, 2011 2:07 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

MSC offers eight new low power 32-bit MCUs in the V850ES/Jx3-L Series from Renesas Electronics. These devices are suited to mobile smart metering and medical applications with high memory demand. The typical

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AC-DC LED Drivers Meet Harsh Requirements for Outdoor Lighting

March 14, 2011 1:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bias Power’s BPWXL Series of 4-, 6- and 10-W constant current LED drivers offer 350 mA constant current operation with 1 percent regulation over the entire input voltage range of 100 V to 308 VAC, 50/60 Hz. The drivers have

Gulliver’s Miniature Power Supply Designs

March 14, 2011 5:41 am | by Thomas Hoffman, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Developers are faced with a systems landscape that is in constant change. As complexity increases, so do power management requirements. New features like camera flash light drivers, built-in projectors, communications and application-specific processors...

Cursor and Switch Function Control for Instrumentation Panels is Waterproof

March 11, 2011 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

CTI Electronics compliments its line of rugged industrial pointing devices with a Switch Function Control device. These three devices have similar form, the exact same cutout fit of 1.50” x 1.62”, but offer

Power Transformers Offer Efficient Electronics Design Solution

March 10, 2011 4:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring up to 97.4 percent power efficiency and a highly efficient design using nearly 30 percent less material, the new VPT Series Toroidal Power Transformers from Triad Magnetics provide an innovative green power electronics solution that is also smaller and lighter than traditional transformers.

Marine Corps signs four-year contract with Saft for Li-ion engine starting batteries

March 9, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) selected Saft, the world specialist in the design and manufacture of high-tech industrial batteries, to supply advanced energy storage systems for its Improved Battery System Program (IBS).

Rectifiers Feature Wide Range of Current Ratings

March 8, 2011 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its portfolio of TMBS rectifiers using Trench MOS Barrier Schottky technology. Twenty new 45-V devices in four power package types were added, featuring

Power MOSFETs Combine Low On-resistance with a Low Gate Charge

March 8, 2011 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor (AOS) introduced two power MOSFETS. The new low-voltage devices are optimized for use on the secondary side of high efficiency DC/DC converters. By combining

60 A Driver IC Achieves High Current in Small Form Factor

March 8, 2011 9:31 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier’s IR3550 integrated PowIRstage synchronous buck gate driver IC with co-packed control and synchronous MOSFETs and Schottky diode is optimized internally for PCB layout, heat transfer and driver/MOSFET timing. The 60-A rated device is positioned to

PWM Controllers Target AC-DC Adapter Apps

March 7, 2011 9:48 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor expanded its portfolio of AC-DC power solutions for home electronics with the introduction of the NCP1234 and NCP1236 family of fixed frequency pulse width modulation (PWM) current mode controllers. These solutions are

PWM Controller Provides Low Standby Power Under 10 mW for Portable Device Chargers

March 7, 2011 7:42 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN302HL PWM controller for low standby power charger applications incorporates the company’s mWSaver technology to minimize standby input power consumption to <10 mW at 230 VAC to meet

Fully Encapsulated Digital Power Module Uses PMBus for Real Time Monitoring

March 7, 2011 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil introduced its ZL9101M fully encapsulated digital DC/DC power module for PoL power management in servers, telecommunications, networking, and storage equipment. This variable output step-down PMBus-compliant digital power supply includes

SoC Provides Power Management, Control for Datacom Equipment

March 7, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products launched a new Teridian/Maxim energy-measurement system on chip (SoC), the 78M6613. This energy-measurement solution for AC/DC power supplies brings a high level of management and control to servers and other equipment in data centers. The SoC enables

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