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Inverter Uses SiC JFETs for Higher Power Density

November 10, 2011 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

SemiSouth Laboratories has announced that silicon carbide JFETs made by the company are being used in small 0.5 litre inverters to achieve an output power density of 30kWh/l.

TDK opens second factory for EPCOS power capacitors in Málaga, Spain

November 10, 2011 5:12 am | News | Comments

TDK-EPC celebrated the opening of its second factory in Málaga, Spain. The new plant for the development and manufacture of power capacitors is located in the industrial park, Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, and offers 6000 square meters of production space.

Three-Phase Power Quality Analyzers Directly Measure Energy Wasted in Electrical Systems

November 10, 2011 5:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation introduced the Fluke 430 Series II three-phase power quality analyzers, the first tools to use a patented algorithm to measure energy waste and quantify its cost.

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DC:DC Converters Offer Efficiency up to 92%

November 10, 2011 4:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

GAIA Converter has released a new family of high input voltage DC/DC Converters targeting Avionic, Aerospace, Military and Missile applications. The MGDS-75-S series have an input voltage range of 155-480V...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Ed Pazmino of Accent on the Smart Grid

November 10, 2011 3:54 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Ed Pazmino of Accent about the smart grid and the smart devices needed to operate within it.

Qualcomm Acquires HaloIPT Team and its Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Technology

November 9, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Qualcomm Inc. announced that it has acquired substantially all of the technology and other assets of HaloIPT, a leading provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles. All members of the HaloIPT team...

First Solar Doubles Production in Germany

November 9, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

First Solar, Inc. has inaugurated its second manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder) and celebrated the production of the new plant’s one millionth module. Brandenburg Minister President Matthias Platzeck; Katherina Reiche, State Secretary in the...

Ener1 Changes Senior Management Team to Aid in Business Transformation

November 9, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Ener1, Inc. announced that Alex Sorokin has joined the company as interim chief executive officer to lead the company’s continuing efforts to improve its performance and shift its business toward heavy-duty transportation and electric...

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Overcoming Battery-related Design Limitations in Mobile Devices

November 9, 2011 4:50 am | by Marc Juzkow, VP of R&D and Engineering, Leyden Energy, www.leydenenergy.com | Articles | Comments

While mobile technology is racing into the future, lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology is stuck somewhere in the ’90s. Neither consumers nor mobile product manufacturers are happy with its performance and battery life issues. The problem is thermal instability.

Altair Nanotechnologies Reports Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

November 8, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Altairnano) reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. For the 2011 third quarter, Altairnano reported revenues of $0.9 million, down from $2.0 million in the third quarter...

Single-Chip PWM Solution Provides Less Than 30-mW Standby Power for Space-Constrained Apps

November 8, 2011 9:37 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FAN6756 PWM controller featuring mWSaver technology, which enables the reduction of standby power loss in the external circuit without using additional support ICs. The single-chip green-mode PWM controller is capable of

Digital differential pressure sensors include low power consumption

November 8, 2011 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensirion recently launched new differential pressure sensors in the SDP600 se-ries. The new SDP6x6 sensor line features especially low energy consumption, making it suitable for long-term battery operation. The SDP606 and SDP616 sen-sors are designed to enter sleep mode after performing each measurement.

NXP Semiconductors Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

November 7, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. reported financial results for the third quarter 2011, ended October 2, 2011, and provided guidance for the fourth quarter 2011. Third Quarter 2011 GAAP Results Product Revenue from continuing operations was $970 million,...

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Transmitter Power Supplies Deliver SIL 3 Protection

November 7, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs has added four new power supplies to the company’s family of K- and H-System intrinsic safety solutions. Single-channel KCD2-STC-Ex.1ES and KFD2-STC4-Ex1.ES transmitter power supplies are assembled to the 35-mm DIN mounting rail with

Photovoltaic Installations in China to Reach Same Level as the US in 2011

November 7, 2011 3:53 am | News | Comments

Falling module and balance of system prices have significantly improved photovoltaic project internal rates of return and led to an explosion in project development activities in China.

IBM Rolls Out First Solar Array Designed for High-Voltage Data Centers and Industrial Use

November 4, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

IBM said that is rolling out the first solar-power array designed specifically to run high-voltage data centers, integrating ac- and dc-based servers, water-cooled computing systems and related electronics. The new array is spread over more...

Ballard Announces Delta Power Solutions Purchase Order for Fuel Cell Systems

November 4, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Ballard Power Systems announced that Dantherm Power, Ballard’s backup power company, has received a purchase order for 30 DBX2000 fuel cell systems from Delta Power Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Delta Electronics...

SMT 60-A Converter Offers 4 Programmable Outputs

November 4, 2011 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semiconductor Circuits introduced the FLEX-4 “Cool Power Technologies” 7-15Vin (4.75 – 5.5Vin versions available), 60A max. non-isolated DC-DC converter with 4 fully programmable outputs, programmable from 0.6V to 5.1V out.

Power Inductors Tout Low Height and DCR Values

November 4, 2011 4:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Total Frequency Control has released a family of high-current SMT power inductors (type UPI A 1004) presented as having the lowest height (4.2mm) and minimum DCR values in this package footprint (11.8 x 10.5 mm).

Can Solar Survive the Solyndra Aftermath?

November 3, 2011 1:17 pm | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The recent collapse of a few high-profile solar energy companies, like Solyndra and Beacon Power, has caused even the most ardent fans of alternative energy to ask, "Can this industry survive?" The answer  all depends on what government does.

Fairchild Web-Based Design and Simulation Tool Provides Complete Flyback Designs In Minutes

November 3, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor has launched Power Supply WebDesigner (PSW) – described as an easy to use, powerful online simulation tool that allows designers to throw the application note away and "Auto Design," optimize or "Advance...

Fuel Cells Energize Top American Companies

November 3, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

In a little more than a year, 34 corporate customers have installed, deployed or purchased more than 250 fuel cell power systems and hundreds of backup power units, totaling more than 30 MW of...

ABB and IO to Deliver First Direct Current-Powered Data Center Module

November 3, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

ABB and IO have agreed to partner in the development of a new data center module based on dc power to meet increasing demand for dc data centers. Together, the companies state they will...

Booster Module Enables Practical Energy Capture from Low-Power Sources

November 3, 2011 11:17 am | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Linear Devices, an innovation leader in cutting-edge analog semiconductor design, announces the release of a new family of MicroPower Step-up Low-Voltage Booster Modules. 

HP Shapes the Future of Extreme Low-energy Server Technology

November 3, 2011 7:39 am | News | Comments

HP announced a new industry program comprising a new server development platform, customer discovery lab and partner ecosystem to help customers significantly reduce complexity, energy use and costs. 

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