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Melexis Wins the Patent Nullity Court Case vs. austriamicrosystems

December 20, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

On December 9, 2010, the Federal Patent Court in Munich (Germany) rendered its verdict on the patent nullity case initiated by Melexis in March 2009 against the austriamicrosystems patent EP0916074. In the first-instance, the...

Power Distribution Inc. Names New CEO

December 20, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Power Distribution Inc. (PDI), a provider of mission critical power distribution equipment for data centers, announced that it has promoted Rob Sweaney to President and CEO. Sweaney brings over 20 years of leadership...

PFC-PWM Controller Provides High Efficiency in Dual-Switch Flyback Topologies

December 20, 2010 12:05 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN6920MR combines a power factor correction (PFC) controller and a quasi-resonant PWM controller. For PFC, the device uses a controlled on-time technique to provide


400-Watt Power Supplies Meet Medical and ITE Safety Specs

December 20, 2010 7:29 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has extended the power range of their digitally-controlled EFE-M series of medical/ITE power supplies from 300W to now 400W. The EFE400M series was designed with Medical and ITE applications in mind.

EPRI Analysis Reveals That Video Game Consoles Differ in Energy Consumption

December 17, 2010 11:21 am | by | News | Comments

Buyers of video game hardware who like to compare costs and features may want to consider the various systems’ energy consumption after the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) tested three top-selling systems and found...

JinkoSolar Partners with Innovalight to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency with Silicon Ink

December 17, 2010 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. announced that it has entered into a commercial agreement with Innovalight, Inc., a privately-held company that manufactures proprietary silicon ink and licenses proprietary processing technology to solar cell manufacturing companies....

United Technologies Completes Clipper Windpower Acquisition

December 17, 2010 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

United Technologies Corp. (UTC) announced that it has completed its purchase of Clipper Windpower Plc by acquiring all remaining shares, as previously announced. Clipper Windpower is a California-based company engaged in wind energy technology, turbine...

Siemens Energy Acquires the eHouse Manufacturing Business of IES

December 16, 2010 5:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Siemens Energy, Inc. is expanding its business portfolio by acquiring an eHouse manufacturing division of Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (IES), a leading national electrical and communications service provider based in Houston, Texas. Formerly known...


Intel, Ingersoll Rand, Siemens, Schneider Electric, UISOL, and Constellation NewEnergy Join Smart Grid Coalition

December 16, 2010 5:20 pm | by | News | Comments

The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) announced the addition of six new members. The new members are Intel, Ingersoll Rand, Siemens, Schneider Electric, UISOL, and Constellation NewEnergy. DRSG is the trade association for...

Department of Energy Closes $400 Million Loan Guarantee for Solar Manufacturing Project

December 16, 2010 5:20 pm | by | News | Comments

The Department of Energy announced that a $400 million loan guarantee has been finalized for Abound Solar Manufacturing, LLC to manufacture state-of-the-art thin-film solar panels. The Abound Solar project represents the fifth Recovery Act...

Infosys Technologies Introduces Digital Smart Home Gateway Based on the Intel Atom E600 Processor

December 15, 2010 11:21 am | by | News | Comments

Infosys Technologies has developed what it describes as an innovative Digital Smart Home Gateway powered by the Intel Atom™ processor E600 series that links multiple home devices, enabling consumers to manage them from a...

Cymbet to Open World's Highest Volume Solid-State Battery Manufacturing Facility

December 15, 2010 11:21 am | by | News | Comments

Cymbet Corp. announced that it has reached an agreement with X-FAB Texas Inc., to open what Cymbet says is the world’s highest volume solid-state battery (SSB) production facility in Lubbock, Texas. This new advanced...

AMP Holding/AMP Electric Vehicles Names Former Head of Cadillac, James Taylor as CEO

December 15, 2010 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

AMP Holding Inc., a company engaged in the emission-free electrification of OEM vehicles through its wholly owned subsidiary, AMP Electric Vehicles, Inc., announced the appointment of James E. Taylor as its new Vice Chairman...


What Gives at Dropout? Low dropout regulator performance near dropout

December 15, 2010 9:25 am | by William Stokes, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

This article explains how the performance of the PMOS low-dropout (LDO) regulator changes when the input-to-output voltage is decreased to approach the dropout voltage. Specifically, the effect on key electrical characteristics will be discussed: line and load regulation, power supply rejection ratio (PSRR)...

Shrink Nanotechnologies Acquires Exclusive Worldwide License to Electronic Glue

December 14, 2010 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc., a nanotechnology company developing products and licensing opportunities in the solar energy industry, medical diagnostics and sensors and biotechnology research and development tools businesses, announced that it had formed a wholly...

Actuant Completes Acquisition of Mastervolt

December 14, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Actuant Corp. announced the completion of its acquisition of the stock of Mastervolt. Total consideration for the previously announced transaction was approximately $150 million which was funded from the company’s cash and revolving credit...

CINT Nanotechnology Center Reveals Smallest Battery in the World

December 14, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

A benchtop version of the world’s smallest battery – its anode a single nanowire one seven-thousandth the thickness of a human hair – has been created by a team led by Sandia National Laboratories...

Intercap Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire a Joint Venture Enterprise

December 13, 2010 11:21 am | by | News | Comments

Intercap eCommerce Inc. announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with Ningbo Guantong Photoelectricity Technology Co., Ltd. (NGPET), a private China-based company. Pursuant to the Letter of Intent, Intercap and...

C & D Technologies Reports Fiscal 2011 Third Quarter Results

December 13, 2010 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

C&D Technologies, Inc. announced financial results for the fiscal 2011 third quarter ended October 31, 2010. For the third quarter, the company reported revenues of $87.6 million, up sequentially from $83.8 million in the...

Dongbu HiTek Launches Analog/Power Ecosystem to Streamline Development of Automotive & Power ICs

December 13, 2010 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

Dongbu HiTek unveiled an analog/power semiconductor ecosystem that promises to reduce both the time and cost to develop automotive and power ICs. Called the Analog POWERhouse™ Connection, the new ecosystem efficiently links Dongbu HiTek’s...

Bi-Directional SMD Coupler Operates from 800 – 2500 MHz

December 13, 2010 4:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Power Products introduces their Model IPP-8029, 20 dB, 150 Watt, Bi-Directional surface mount Coupler that operates from 800 – 2500 MHz. The IPP-8029 can be used to monitor either forward or reflected signal sampling.

Darnell Identifies Next Major Power Architecture

December 10, 2010 12:22 pm | by | News | Comments

The Dynamic Bus Architecture (DBA) is poised to be the "next big thing" in the power supply industry, advancing the distributed power architecture model in ways that will change how power supplies are designed...

National Semi Reports Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2011

December 10, 2010 12:22 pm | by | News | Comments

National Semiconductor Corp. reported sales of $390.4 million and net income of $83.5 million, or 34 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2011, which ended Nov. 28, 2010. National’s...

Fujitsu Develops Hybrid Energy Harvesting Technology for Generating Electricity from Heat & Light

December 10, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a new hybrid harvesting device that captures energy from either light or heat, which are the most typical forms of ambient energy available for wide-scope application. This makes it possible...

Smart Grid Drives Smart Appliance Development

December 10, 2010 8:11 am | by Elizabeth Cruz, Appliance Analyst at IMS Research ( | Blogs | Comments

With the ongoing development of the Smart Grid, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding smart appliances; devices that can modify their operation following signals from an electricity company.

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