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Off-line PWM controllers features integrated power MOSFET

January 14, 2014 3:41 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new family of off-line PWM controllers that incorporate both a sense MOSFET and a current mode PWM controller IC. This new series is offered by Allegro and manufactured and developed by Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan.

300W AC/DC power supplies certified to EN 60601 3RD edition

January 14, 2014 1:39 pm | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MPU-300M series, now available from MicroPower Direct, is a family of compact 300W AC/DC power supplies that are certified to EN 60601 3RD edition. These power supplies offer a unique combination of power, and safety, combined with robust performance & compact construction.

Will solar energy ever be a viable alternative to traditional power?

January 14, 2014 10:13 am | Apc- Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

Solar is already a viable alternative to traditional carbon based and nuclear thermal power plants. In 2012, over 31 Gigawatts (GW) of new PV generation went online globally including 3.5GW in the United States alone. In 2013, that number in the United States is expected to grow by 28% to reach 4.9GW.

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'Superlens' extends range of wireless power transfer

January 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now, researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields over distances much larger than the size of the transmitter and receiver.

Battery development may extend range of electric cars

January 10, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It's known that electric vehicles could travel longer distances before needing to charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can just overcome a few technical hurdles. Now, a novel design for a critical part of the battery has been shown to significantly extend the technology's lifespan...

Surface mount piezoelectric buzzer offers low profile of 1.9mm

January 10, 2014 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Americas announced the expansion of its Surface mount piezoelectric buzzer family with the launch of the PKMCS0909E4000-R1, the smallest surface mount buzzer available on the market today.  Measuring just 9x9mm, this piezoelectric solution fully withstands reflow soldering without the slightest degradation in performance.

Interface adapter provides eight individually configurable serial ports

January 9, 2014 3:31 pm | Sealevel Systems Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems announces the 7802e, a new PCI Express serial interface adapter that provides eight serial ports individually configurable for RS-422 or RS-485 communications. For error-free operation in high-speed serial applications, the board's high-performance 16C950 UART includes 128-byte FIFOs, eight times larger than those found on standard 16550 UARTs.

Leak detection kit finds leaks in petroleum

January 9, 2014 3:26 pm | Spectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Spectronics Corporation has unveiled the OLK-441 Leak Detection Kit, which finds leaks quickly and efficiently in petroleum- or synthetic-based fluid systems. It’s ideal for use with hydraulic systems, compressors, engines, gearboxes and fuel systems.

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Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy

January 9, 2014 1:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical and reliable. The novel battery technology is reported in a paper...

Solar energy to power iconic Vegas welcome sign

January 9, 2014 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Las Vegas are harnessing the power of the sun to light the city's iconic welcome sign. Elected officials and project leaders flipped a switch Wednesday linking solar panels on 25-foot towers to the glittering neon "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.

December 15 2013: Special Issue

January 9, 2014 10:33 am | Digital Editions | Comments

We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.

WakaWaka isn’t just for Fozzie Bear anymore

January 8, 2014 4:19 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The phrase “WakaWaka” is being thrown around at this year’s CES and there isn’t a muppet in sight. WakaWaka is a business venture that aims to provide high-tech and low-cost solar technology to developing countries and areas affected by natural (or manmade, they won’t ask!) disaster. The company hopes to end the global problem of “energy-poverty” as well as provide a way for people to charge their electronics during power outages.

Bridge rectifier increases energy efficiency

January 8, 2014 4:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Good-Ark Semiconductor announces the launch of DB520, a 5A/200V Schottky Bridge Rectifier in the DFS package.  This device performs full-wave rectification with high surge current capability, increased energy efficiency and low VF.  Featuring a VRRM of 200V and a low VF (max) of 0.85V @ 5.0A, the DB520 is ideal for LED lighting and power management applications. 

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650-V green mode buck switches offer high power efficiency with system design scalability

January 8, 2014 12:02 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FSL306 and FSL336 650 V Green Mode AC Buck Switches offer burst-mode operation with the low available operating current (250 µA) that helps to reduce standby mode power consumption for increased energy efficiency. Power scalability from

An improved, cost-effective catalyst for water-splitting devices

January 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Solar energy appears to be the only form of renewable that can be exploited at level that matches the world's growing needs. However, it is equally necessary to find efficient ways to store solar energy in order to ensure a consistent energy supply when sunlight is scarce.

AC-DC power supplies offer high efficiency single output for convection, forced air cooling

January 8, 2014 9:04 am | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power announced a 130 Watt addition to the ECS series of AC-DC power supplies. Packaged in a compact 2 x 4 x 1.25 inch (50.8 x 101.6 x 31.8 mm) open-frame format, the high efficiency single output ECS130 can be either convection or forced air cooled and used in a variety of end-applications.

RAMBO a small but powerful magnet

January 7, 2014 12:17 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University scientists have pioneered a tabletop magnetic pulse generator that does the work of a room-sized machine – and more. The device dubbed “RAMBO” – short for Rice Advanced Magnet with Broadband Optics – will allow researchers who visit the university to run spectroscopy-based experiments on materials in pulsed magnetic fields of up to 30 tesla.

Huawei phone is so big it can charge other phones

January 7, 2014 11:31 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Huawei, China's largest cellphone manufacturer, is releasing a phone that can be thought of as the inflight refueling system of the mobile world: it can be used to recharge other phones. The Ascend Mate2 has a 6.1-inch (15.5-centimeter) screen, making it more than twice as big as an iPhone 5.

French company demos driverless shuttle at CES

January 7, 2014 9:30 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French company Induct on Monday showed off the first driverless vehicle to be commercially available in the U.S. The Navia shuttle isn't ready for U.S. street traffic yet, but this standing-room-only shuttle can transport up to 10 people from point to point on university campuses or in airport parking lots at speeds topping out at 12.5 mph. It even charges itself wirelessly.

Tesla station to bring electric cars to Wyoming

January 7, 2014 9:25 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam — and rule — the roads. Finding a Tesla, the sleek and pricey all-electric car, around these ranching towns is about as likely as spotting the mythical jackalope. And yet, one day last month, a Model S sedan pulled quietly in at the America's Best Value Inn Covered Wagon Motel in Lusk, population 1,557.

High-speed hard-switching 650-V IGBTs promise improved switching performance and efficiency

January 7, 2014 9:25 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation is expanding its 650V XPTIGBT product portfolio. With current ratings ranging from 16 A to 200 A, these new devices are designed to achieve an optimal balance between the turn-off energy loss and on-state voltage, especially

Hybrid coupler offers low profile, high performance

January 7, 2014 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new 3 dB hybrid coupler from Anaren. The low profile, high performance X3C25F1-03S, the latest Femto-sized coupler in the Xinger® III family of products from Anaren, has been miniaturized to a 3 mm x 5 mm footprint without sacrificing electrical performance.

High voltage power supplies offer flexibility to attain peak performance

January 7, 2014 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The AM4014-CE1 and the AM8014-CE1 are micro-controller based variable high voltage power supplies with a regulated Vout range from 1.0kV to 4.0kV with the AM4014-CE1 type and 1.0kV to 8.0kV with the AM8014-CE1 type. These power supplies with micro-controller based features add flexibility for the designer to optimize the required voltage levels to attain the peak performance levels of their equipment or system with one multi-featured power device for a complete range system evaluation.

Three-wire and four-wire active harmonic filter modular systems designed to meet IEEE-519

January 6, 2014 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. is proud to introduce our new PB-W (Wall-Mount) Series of three-wire and four-wire active (3x200VAC to 3x480VAC) harmonic filter modular systems that are designed to meet IEEE-519. The Power Balance (PB-W) family is scalable and offers a cost-effective solution for improving power quality for tower buildings as well as automation, wind turbine and a wide range of industrial applications. The Wall-Mount versions are ideal for mounting in small and confined areas, as well as the required “out of reach” locations.

Switch operates from 5 to 2200 MHz

January 6, 2014 9:30 am | Richardson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new absorptive 75-Ohm RF single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch from Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (Peregrine). The PE42721 is manufactured on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS process, a patented variation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology on a sapphire substrate, offering the performance of GaAs with the economy and integration of conventional CMOS. Peregrine’s HaRP technology enhancements provide for new RF architectures and unmatched linearity in RF front end solutions.

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