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Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time

May 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed a pretty unique charging station capable of wirelessly charging electronics from up to 16 feet away, and capable of powering multiple devices at the same time. And we’re talking about A LOT of devices, as in, up to 40 smartphones at the same time....

May 2014: Portable Power

May 8, 2014 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In the May 1 issue, ECN takes a look at one of the fastest growing and most challenging technologies: portable power. With electronics design trending towards miniaturization and mobility, power has become a constant balancing act between efficiency, weight, and necessity.

Offshore Wind Project Loses $47M Grant

May 8, 2014 9:19 am | by Alanna Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A University of Maine-led effort to build an offshore wind pilot project was dealt a significant blow Wednesday when it failed to a win a competition for a $47 million federal grant, expected to be a key source of funding. The U.S. Department of Energy's decision to pass over the Maine Aqua Ventus project for the grant means an uncertain future for the proposal...

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ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

Tornado-stricken town rebuilds with clean energy

May 7, 2014 10:47 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a mammoth tornado wiped out most of this rural Kansas community in 2007, supporters of clean energy in the state seized on an unusual opportunity to rebuild a town from the ground up with the latest green technology. They came up with...

Xcel, Solar Groups Agree on State Incentives

May 7, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Xcel Energy and two solar industry groups have made a joint interim proposal to Colorado utility regulators on incentives that encourage customers to put panels on their roofs, they said Tuesday. In announcing their agreement a day before...

These wind turbines will blow you away

May 7, 2014 10:16 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Michael Jordan used to say that talent won games but teamwork and intelligence won championships. He had the Chicago Bulls in mind, but he could have been talking about wind turbines. When wind turbines harness breeze, they let out an uneven...

Discovery offers new possibilities for clean energy research

May 7, 2014 10:02 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 degrees Celsius, or about 573 degrees Fahrenheit." This new material is better...

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GE Offer for Alstom Not Good Enough

May 6, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French President Francois Hollande says that an offer by General Electric Co. for troubled French engineering company Alstom is not good enough and wants the U.S. company to come up with a better deal. The $17 billion bid for Alstom's...  

Taking the Lead Out of a Promising Solar Cell

May 6, 2014 9:55 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Northwestern University researchers are the first to develop a new solar cell with good efficiency that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as the harvester of light. The low-cost, environmentally friendly solar cell can be made easily using...

Paper Examines Clues for Superconductivity in an Iron-Based Material

May 6, 2014 9:22 am | by ORNL | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of...   

Smart-meter ICs maintain accuracy down to standby-power levels for accurate billing

May 5, 2014 11:14 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

New smart-meter chips from STMicroelectronics (Geneva) are said to enable utility companies to improve billing by measuring accurately down to extremely low power levels. The STPM3 devices prevent such losses by keeping the meter accuracy down to…

IGBTs feature current ratings range from 20A to 310A

May 2, 2014 4:17 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation (Milpitas, CA), a manufacturer of power semiconductors and integrated circuits for energy efficiency, power management, and motor control applications, is going to announce a new IGBT product line, the 900V XPT IGBTs. The current ratings range from 20A to 310A....

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COTS DC-DC power supply units accept a wide range 28VDC input

May 2, 2014 3:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax (Sun City West, AZ) has just added 2 new switch-mode COTS DC-DC power supply units to its portfolio which are designed to cope with even the most demanding application environments. The Behlman VPXtraä 1000CM is a rugged, highly reliable, OpenVPX, and Vita 62 compliant unit....

Non-inductive resistors feature extremely low thermal resistance

May 2, 2014 2:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

BEC Distribution (UK), ARCOL's Premier UK Distributor has announced the availability of ARCOL's AP101 and AP140 non-inductive resistors which feature extremely low thermal resistance. They AP101 is capable of dissipating 100 watts and the AP140 can dissipate up to 140 watts, with a maximum current rating of 25A....

Preassembled cables suit areas subject to site limitations

May 2, 2014 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kerite (Seymour, CT) announced a full line of preassembled aerial cable for use between substation getaway riser cable and the circuit’s open-wire distribution portion, for express feeder circuits with site limitations, and for…

Power resistor offers current ratings to 85 A

May 2, 2014 9:15 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) introduced a new universal edgewound power resistor. Providing a convenient drop-in replacement for competing solutions, the universal-mounted EDGU combines a high-reliability design....

Rechargeable solid-state batteries designed for nano-wearables and IoT devices

April 30, 2014 2:58 pm | Cymbet Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) will be demonstrating EnerChip rechargeable solid-state batteries for various Wearable Technology (WT) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices at the Internet of Things Developers Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA May 7-8, 2014....

Choke integrates common and differential modes into one component

April 30, 2014 12:29 pm | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics (San Diego, CA) released a series of chokes which integrate a common mode (CM) and differential mode (DM) choke into the same component. Combining two separate magnetic components into a single integrated component is asserted to…

Low profile shielded power inductors offer DCR as low as 7.06 mOhms

April 29, 2014 2:32 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) XFL6012 Series of shielded power inductors combine desirable current handling and exceptionally low DC resistance in a rugged, low-profile package. Measuring 6.56 mm x 6.36 mm with a maximum height of 1.2 mm, the XFL6012 Series provides...

SMT Aluminum electrolytic capacitors target high-temperature applications

April 29, 2014 11:44 am | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) has introduced four new lines of surface mount electrolytic capacitors, with maximum temperature ratings of 105°C to 125°C. These products are designed to handle a wide range of applications in power, portable instruments and other compact electronic devices. Capacitance ranges from...

AC power source delivers 1350 VA

April 28, 2014 9:53 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics (Hauppauge, NY) has developed a new AC Power Source/Frequency Convertor/Inverter ideal for all these market segments. It delivers 1350 VA of clean, regulated AC power from a 3.5” high bench-top unit that easily converts to rack mount....

Power supply series features five-year warranty

April 28, 2014 9:43 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the five year warranty TDK-Lambda RWS-B series of AC-DC power supplies, designed to provide solid performance at an economical price. The product line up has four power levels and compact case sizes, rated at 100, 150, 300, and 600W....

Battery assemblies deliver portable power to a wide range of embedded applications

April 28, 2014 8:59 am | Varta Microbattery | Product Releases | Comments

VARTA Microbattery (Rye, NY) announced the CellPac BLOX system, a design program implemented to offer OEMs a semi-custom power solution when off-the-shelf lithium ion (li-ion) or lithium polymer (LiPO) soft pack battery assemblies do not meet the design criteria....

Could solar power work at night?

April 25, 2014 8:54 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Every source of energy has its shortcomings. Some people think wind turbines are eyesores, fossil fuels aren’t renewable, and solar energy requires sunlight to work well and properly. Recently, a team at MIT and Harvard found a way to solve the problem of darkness for the use of solar energy....

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