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Advanced Power Conversion Technologies Detailed at Darnell Power Forum

September 15, 2010 1:21 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Digitally-controlled photovoltaic power converters, advanced energy harvesting technologies and developments in power supply in package/power supply on chip (PSiP/ PwrSoC) devices were all reviewed on Tuesday at Darnell’s Power Forum. Presenters included Dave Freeman...

International Electrotechnical Commission Calls for Global Taskforce to Coordinate Energy Efficiency Initiatives Worldwide

September 15, 2010 1:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) called for a global taskforce to coordinate technology-based energy efficiency initiatives in an effort to increase coherence, and reduce duplication and wasted time, as it launched its white paper,...

Enecsys Appoints Henrik Raunkjaer as Chief Executive Officer

September 15, 2010 1:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Enecsys Limited, a solar PV micro-inverter company, has named Henrik Raunkjaer to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, effective November 1, 2010. Raunkjaer will take over from the interim CEO, Mossadiq...

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Tool Accelerates Design of Multiple Load Power Supplies for FPGAs

September 15, 2010 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Corp. introduced WEBENCH FPGA Power Architect, said to be the industry’s first design tool to model and optimize power supplies for FPGAs in minutes. WEBENCH FPGA Power Architect incorporates

MCU Inherently Operates at 0.9V, Enables Multiple Apps to Run from a Single Cell Battery

September 14, 2010 1:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced what is said to be the industry’s first true 0.9-V microcontroller (MCU). The MSP430L092 MCU inherently operates at 0.9-V, including the entire analog and digital logic.

Darnell Power Forum Identifies Disruptive Trends

September 14, 2010 12:21 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

The Plenary session at Darnell’s Power Forum in Chicago yesterday identified major disruptions for the power conversion industry ranging from new materials to new and increasingly-complex power system architectures. Presenters included Alex Lidow, CEO...

ON Semi Invests $15.78 million to Expand Production at Wafer Manufacturing Facility in Belgium

September 14, 2010 12:21 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

ON Semiconductor recently announced plans to expand production capacity at its 6-inch (150mm) wafer manufacturing facility in Oudenaarde, Belgium, by approximately 40% with a total equipment investment in 2010 of €12.3 million (or $15.78...

National Semiconductor Reports Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2011

September 14, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

National Semiconductor Corp. reported sales of $412.0 million and net income of $88.8 million, or 36 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2011, which ended Aug. 29, 2010. National’s first quarter...

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High-Speed Load-Disconnects in Redundant Power System Architectures

September 14, 2010 7:44 am | by Chester Firek, Product Marketing Manager, Picor Corporation | Articles | Comments

Designers of high-availability systems understand that the costs of system down-time can have a devastating impact on their end-customer’s business. For critical business and information systems such as data centers...

GM Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in Sakti3

September 13, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Sakti3, Inc., a developer of next-generation lithium-ion batteries, announced the investment of $4.2M by General Motors Ventures and Itochu Technology Ventures to advance the firm’s manufacturing capabilities. The companies also plan to work together...

Underwriters Laboratories Expands Global Photovoltaic Footprint to Japan

September 13, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), announced the opening of a testing and certification facility for photovoltaic (PV) equipment in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, Japan. In addition to offering performance and safety testing services for PV equipment...

A123 Systems Opens Largest Lithium Ion Automotive Battery Manufacturing Plant in North America

September 13, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

A123 Systems announced the opening of what it says is the largest lithium ion automotive battery production facility in North America, based on available data. The new plant in Livonia, Michigan is expected to...

DOE Announces $8.5 Million to Advance Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems

September 10, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Sandia National Laboratories is investing $8.5 million for four projects that have reached Stage III of the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) program. These investments...

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Conflicting Accounts Linger Regarding Accuracy, Convenience of PG & E SmartMeters

September 10, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

In the wake of a flurry of customer complaints, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) welcomed the release by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) of an independent, third-party evaluation of the utility’s SmartMeter™...

ADD Semiconductor Achieves PRIME Official Certification

September 10, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

ADD Semiconductor, a powerline communication (PLC) IC company for smart grid applications, has received the official PRIME brand recognition as a technology provider, and it states that it is the first silicon vendor to...

New Micro Fuel Cell Developments Featured at DPF 2010

September 10, 2010 6:51 am | by Linnea Brush | Blogs | Comments

With ongoing interest in micro fuel cell development, what are some of the more promising technologies for portable power applications? Darnell’s Power Forum will highlight a number of trends in the “alternative” energy storage market.

Marvell Launches Smart-Electronics Initiative

September 9, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Marvell announced the launch of the "Smart-Electronics Initiative," a cross-industry collaborative campaign aimed at increasing awareness for the growing amount of energy consumed by everyday consumer electronics. The effort will also promote wider adoption...

UL Acquires TerraChoice in Green Standard Consolidation

September 9, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

ULC Standards, a unit of Underwriters Laboratories has acquired TerraChoice, a green marketing consultancy and the managers of Canada’s EcoLogo program. While the acquisition was conducted by ULC Standards, the move serves to bring...

ENER1 Announces $65 Million Capital Raise

September 9, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

ENER1, Inc. announced that it has agreed to sell $55 million of senior unsecured notes, together with shares of common stock and warrants, to certain investment funds, led by funds managed by Goldman Sachs...

Online Tool Streamlines PFC Inductor Selection

September 9, 2010 4:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new online tool from Precision Incorporated makes calculations for selecting PFC inductors quick and easy.

FuelCell Energy Reports Third Quarter Results

September 8, 2010 12:21 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

FuelCell Energy, Inc. reported results for its third quarter ended July 31, 2010 and its latest accomplishments. FuelCell Energy reported total revenues for the third quarter of 2010 of $18.9 million compared to $23.0...

TI To Develop Products for New Qi Wireless Power Standard

September 8, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced its adoption of the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPC) Qi standard. The V1.0 specification outlines the function and performance of an interoperable wireless charging system. The ratification of the standard...

ZMDI Records Strong Growth in First Half Year 2010

September 8, 2010 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI) registered healthy growth for the first six months of 2010 and upgraded its revenue forecast for the current fiscal year. According to figures published by the company, revenues for...

Thin-Film Batteries - Emerging Energy Storage at DPF 2010

September 8, 2010 8:03 am | by Linnea Brush | Blogs | Comments

Power supply technologies are often synergistic, and the success of one can be dependent on the success of another.

Centrosolar Establishes UK Subsidiary

September 7, 2010 1:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Centrosolar has established an international subsidiary in the UK. Following the introduction of attractive feed-in tariffs in April, Centrosolar UK Ltd. will be in a position to respond to increased demand for photovoltaic systems...

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