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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 | 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 | 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 | 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...

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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

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

January 7, 2011 1:22 pm | by | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...

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

January 6, 2011 11:20 am | by | 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

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