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IBM Study: Electric Cars Stir Interest But Face Obstacles

January 14, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Many automobile industry executives believe that sales of traditional vehicles will peak before 2020 and are looking to electric-only vehicles (EVs) as one of the next hot products, but they will first have to...

RFMD Achieves 4G Performance Milestone

January 14, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Micro Devices, Inc. today announced it has achieved a major performance milestone related to its PowerSmart power platforms. RFMD’s PowerSmart power platforms are a new product category reshaping the future of multimode, multi-band cellular RF architectures.

EcoCAR Challenge Countdown - The Road to the Finals

January 14, 2011 6:02 am | by John Kruckenberg, Ohio State University | Blogs | Comments

The EcoCAR Challenge is an opportunity for university students to apply cutting edge technology and experiment with solutions to the problems of the future. The goal of the three-year student competition is to design practical vehicles that improve efficiency, emissions, and performance while remaining functional.

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Lithium Ion Battery Assembly Challenges

January 14, 2011 4:29 am | by Marko Dimitrijevic, Applications Engineer, International Components Corporation | Articles | Comments

Advances in lithium-ion battery technology have created new opportunities for the development of portable devices. Contemporary lithium-ion cells offer energy densities that are significantly higher than legacy battery chemistries such as nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMh) and lead acid (LA).

Evergreen Solar To Close Devens Manufacturing Facility

January 13, 2011 11:21 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Evergreen Solar, Inc. announced its intent to shut down operations at its Devens manufacturing facility to better position the company to pursue its industry standard size wafer strategy and preserve the company’s liquidity. The...

GE to Acquire Lineage Power

January 13, 2011 11:21 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

GE announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately-held Lineage Power Holdings, Inc., from The Gores Group, LLC. Lineage Power is a leading global provider of high-efficiency power conversion infrastructure technology and...

ABB Enters US market for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure with ECOtality Stake

January 13, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

ABB has invested $10 million in San Francisco-based ECOtality, a clean electric transportation and storage technologies company, to enter North America’s electric vehicle (EV) charging market and provide ECOtality with a strong global ally...

Power MOSFET Achieves 52 Percent Lower Loss

January 13, 2011 6:00 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the availability of a new high-voltage N-channel po w er metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistor (MOSFET), the RJK60S5DPK, for power supply units that delivers high efficiency.

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GE Acquires Lineage Power

January 13, 2011 5:44 am | News | Comments

GE announced it has signed an agreement to acquire privately-held Lineage Power, a leading global provider of high-efficiency power conversion infrastructure technology and services for the telecommunications and datacenter industries.

Electronic Current Limiter Solutions

January 13, 2011 5:14 am | by Paul Wiener, Telecom Market Director at Bourns, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Ethernet is the most pervasive interface technology used in Local Area Networking (LAN). There are several variations of Ethernet; the most common types are the 10BaseT at 10 Mbps data rate, Fast Ethernet at 100 Mbps and a growing trend toward Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

FuelCell Energy Announces Registered Direct Offering of Common Stock

January 12, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with an institutional investor to sell an aggregate of 10,160,428 units at a negotiated price of $1.87 per unit, with each unit...

Motech Industries and Innovalight Sign Agreement for Solar Cells with Silicon Ink Technology

January 12, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Innovalight, Inc. announced that it signed an agreement with Motech Industries, Inc. to develop high performance solar cells using silicon ink manufactured by Innovalight. Motech describes itself as a pioneer in the manufacturing and marketing...

DC-DC Converter and IC Markets Identified

January 12, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

The real changes occurring in the dc-dc converter module and IC market are at the power architecture and advanced materials levels. In fact, the emergence of the Dynamic Bus Architecture (DBA) will be one...

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Power connectors Suit Back-up Power and UPS Systems

January 12, 2011 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Positronic announced its Wondersun power connector. These single pole or multi-pole power connectors are for use in applications such as back up power and UPS systems; telecom, datacom, and server power distribution; test equipment; transportation; and industrial and process controls.

Power Module Designs Aim for Efficiency, Heat Management, and Flexibility

January 12, 2011 5:49 am | by Joe Sullivan, Product Marketing Manager, Vicor Corporation | Articles | Comments

As electronic systems continue the trend toward lower voltages and higher currents and as the speed of contemporary loads ? such as state-of-the-art processors and memory ? continues to increase, the power systems designer is challenged...

Defining the New Era in Highly Efficient Power Electronics Design

January 11, 2011 11:54 am | by Peter J Zdebel (Senior Vice President and CTO) and Marnix Tack (Senior Director), ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

A report published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEE) estimates the US economy could expand by greater than 70 percent through 2030 and still use 11 percent less electricity, thanks to efficiency gains made possible via semiconductor technology.

GM, Argonne Sign Licensing Deal for Advanced Battery Chemistry

January 11, 2011 11:23 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

General Motors Co. and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory announced that they have reached a worldwide licensing agreement to use Argonne’s patented composite cathode material to make advanced lithium-ion batteries that...

First Solar Acquires RayTracker Inc.

January 11, 2011 11:23 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

First Solar, Inc. and RayTracker, Inc. announced that First Solar has acquired RayTracker, Inc., a tracking technology and photovoltaic (PV) balance-of-systems firm that is an operating company of Idealab, a creator and operator of...

Texas Instruments Floating-point MCU Discussion

January 11, 2011 6:18 am | Videos | Comments

Sangmin Chon, Texas Instruments' Director of Marketing of C2000 real-time control MCUs stops by ECN's offices to discuss the company's new TMS320F2806x Piccolo floating-point MCU offering. 

LDK Solar Agrees to Acquire 70% of Solar Power, Inc. for $33 Million

January 10, 2011 11:21 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. a manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, high purity polysilicon and PV products, and Solar Power, Inc. (SPI) announced that LDK Solar agreed to acquire a 70% interest in SPI for...

GE Technology to Empower the Connected Home of the Future

January 10, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

GE unveiled its smart home technologies. These ecomagination(SM)and healthymagination technologies – including Nucleus™ energy manager with Brillion™ technology, the GE WattStation™ electric vehicle charging station, an advanced small wind turbine, and more –...

50 Most Read Power Electronics Stories of 2010: 10 to 1

January 10, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

This is the final installment of a listing (with links for the full story) of the most read stories on PowerPulse.Net for 2010, thus providing a window into the "pulse" of the trends and...

Floating-point MCUs Offer VCU and Control-oriented Peripheral Options

January 10, 2011 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced its TMS320F2806 Piccolo floating-point MCUs. These MCUs offer an enhanced math engine designed to simplify programming in real-time control applications that may require integrated communications. Developers of energy-efficient motor-control and renewable energy applications can

Nanoscoops Could Spark New Generation of Electric Automobile Batteries

January 10, 2011 7:43 am | News | Comments

An entirely new type of nanomaterial developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute could enable the next generation of high-power rechargeable lithium (Li)-ion batteries for electric automobiles, as well as batteries for laptop computers, mobile phones, and other portable devices. 

Nuvation Engineering Designs Advanced Battery Management System for Electric Vehicles

January 8, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nuvation Engineering has developed a custom battery management system, fuel gauge and driver interface for electric vehicles. The innovative system is currently featured on the OptaMotive 'E. Rex'. The OptaMotive 'E. Rex' is on display at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week at Maxim's booth 30869. Through a close partnership with Maxim, Nuvation engineers designed the

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