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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...

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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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Qualcomm & Duracell to Bring Benefits of Wireless Power to Consumer Electronics Market

January 7, 2011 1:22 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Qualcomm Inc. and Duracell announced the signing of a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore the possibility of working together to develop an industry alliance that supports and promotes flexible coupling-based wireless power...

CODA Holdings Raises $76 Million in Series D Initial Closing

January 7, 2011 1:22 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

CODA Holdings, a developer of Lithium-ion advanced battery systems and all-electric vehicles, announced the initial closing of a Series D preferred investment round totaling $76 million, bringing the company’s total invested capital to more...

USB 3.0 Connector Meets All Standards of USB-IE

January 7, 2011 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics released a new USB 3.0 connector, which has retained all the great features of previous generations of USB interconnects while improving upon them in the areas of performance and power management. This USB 3.0 connector

Silent Power Raises $2 Million in Strategic Financing

January 6, 2011 11:21 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Silent Power, Inc. announced the sale of approximately $2 million of the company’s Series A preferred stock. This round of financing will support the commercial deployment of Silent Power’s OnDemand energy storage systems and...

Ultra Electronics Agrees to Acquire Adaptive Materials for $23 Million

January 6, 2011 11:21 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Ultra Electronics Holdings announced that it has acquired Adaptive Materials Inc. from its founders, Dr Aaron and Michelle Crumm for an initial cash consideration of $23.0 million. A further sum of up to $5.0...

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50 Most Read Power Electronics Stories of 2010: 30 to 21

January 6, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

This is the third part 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...

PoE Boards Ease Product Development

January 6, 2011 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig has introduced a family of PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) boards that allow remote device operation and control without the need for a local power source.

Charging Technology Helps Put an End to Vampire Energy Loss

January 6, 2011 7:45 am | News | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor is finding innovative ways to stop “vampire” energy loss, the loss of power that occurs when an AC adapter is plugged into an electrical outlet but isn’t charging a device. Freescale’s new Watt Saver technology automatically eliminates no-load power consumption for AC adaptors, potentially providing substantial energy savings over existing manual versions. In addition, Freescale will donate one percent of all Watt Saver revenue to a global green ecology non-profit organization. Freescale’s Watt Saver technology consists of

Folding a Solar Cell into an Airplane

January 6, 2011 7:38 am | Videos | Comments

MIT professor Karen K. Gleason explains how graduate student Miles Barr folds a solar cell into a paper airplane.

Solar Positioning Function Block Offers High Accuracy

January 5, 2011 11:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation’s free Solar Positioning Function Block (SPFB) increases concentrated solar arrangement efficacy. SPFB achieves this by enabling dynamic solar mirrors to track the sun’s arc within

50 Most Read Power Electronics Stories of 2010: 40 to 31

January 5, 2011 11:21 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

40: Emerson Network Power Introduces New Configurable Power Supply Emerson Network Power announced the µMP4 (MicroMP4), its latest configurable ac-dc power supply, which the company says rivals the cost of non-configurable power supplies, while providing...

TI Releases First Qi Certified Development Tools and Chipset for wireless Power

January 5, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) introduced what it says is the industry’s first Qi certified wireless power development kit, which enables design engineers to speed the integration of wireless power technology in consumer electronics, such...

Waytronx Changes Name to CUI Global

January 5, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

CUI Global, Inc., previously Waytronx, Inc., is the new name for the platform company dedicated to the acquisition, development, and commercialization of new, innovative technologies. Shareholders approved the name change during the company’s...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Ioxus Hybrid Capacitor Technology

January 5, 2011 9:14 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk with Chad Hall of Ioxus about his company's new hybrid capacitor technology, which enables an energy density 115 percent higher than standard electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs).

150 Watt Medical ATX Power Supply Comes in Convection-Cooled U-Frame Package

January 5, 2011 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Solutions (APS) announces the MPM-815H Series of ATX 12V.0 Compliant U-Frame Switchers featuring convection cooled operation for medical and patient-care equipment.

DIN-Rail Converters Offer Wide Input and Output Flexibility

January 5, 2011 8:03 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas introduced the DPX Series of DC-DC converters that can be easily mounted onto DIN rails with both 2:1 and 4:1 input voltage ranges from 9.5V to 75V, with 40 to 60W output ratings.

50 Most Read Power Electronics Stories of 2010: 50 to 41

January 4, 2011 11:21 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

The following are 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 interests in the...

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