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The Roundtable - What does 'Green' Mean to You?

July 14, 2011 7:33 am | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: Everyone talks about “Green” technology, but it means a great many things to a great many people. What does “green” technology mean to your company?

Market for Semiconductors In Appliances Forecast to be Over $2 Billion Next Year

July 14, 2011 7:01 am | News | Comments

IMS Research forecasts the market for semiconductors in major home appliances (MHAs) will be worth more than $2 billion in 2012, up from $1.5 billion in 2010. Such components have a whole host of functions including: controlling operation of the motor in an appliance; sensing various operational parameters; driving touch-control devices; storing menus, languages & safety sub-systems; maybe even

Return to Zero - Power Trip

July 14, 2011 6:11 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

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Trends in Smart Grid and Alternate Energy

July 13, 2011 12:59 pm | by Nagarajan Sridhar, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Articles | Comments

With global prosperity on the rise, the demand for energy is increasing and is approximately expected to double by 2030. In parallel, there is a concern of energy supply issues on the long run. This has resulted in an increasing activity and proliferation of employing sustainable/alternate energy sources and improved energy transmission methods over the last decade from all fronts

SolarBridge Technologies Partners With AUO to Launch AC Modules to North American Market

July 13, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

SolarBridge Technologies announced a partnership with AU Optronics Corp. (AUO to deliver the AUO AC Unison integrated ac module to the North American market. AUO and SolarBridge have been working closely together to develop...

Total Mobile Power Develops True Sine-Wave Inverter Technology

July 13, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Total Mobile Power has developed innovative true sine-wave inverter technology giving high efficiency at low dc supply voltages and minimal no-load power. This technology will be of particular interest to manufacturers of mobile,...

Powering the Next Generation of Telematics and the In-Vehicle Cloud

July 13, 2011 12:20 pm | by Tom Larsen, Palladium Energy, www.palladiumenergy.com | Articles | Comments

As telematics devices and cloud computing continue to drive new vehicle technology trends, they are placing a high degree of wireless capability into the hands of drivers.In-vehicle connectivity is quickly becoming a prerequisite for both consumers and fleet owners. As a result, designersand manufacturers are responding with new vehicles equipped with next-generation telematics devices and cloud services that will

ABB to Supply DC Power Distribution System to Green Data Center

July 13, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

ABB announced that it will design and install an advanced, dc power distribution system for green.ch, one of the top information and communications technology (ITC) service providers in Switzerland. DC technology trims power conversion losses...

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Ross Bannatyne of Silicon Labs on Wireless Energy Harvesting

July 13, 2011 11:51 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Ross Bannatyne from Silicon Labs on wireless energy harvesting, wireless "smart dust" sensor networks, and the power electronics to manage energy drawn from the ambient.

Abrupt Varactor Diode Suits VCO, Phase Noise and Voltage Tuned Filter Apps

July 13, 2011 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. introduced a miniature 0402 abrupt varactor diode for VCO, phase noise, frequency control and voltage tuned filter applications. This small form factor, low profile plastic surface mount technology (SMT) package is appropriate for

Waterproof High Power Connector Handles 75 A to 260 A

July 13, 2011 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products (APP), introduced the SPEC Pak High Power Connector. This connector has power handling capacity from 75A to 260 A and an IP68-rated waterproof environmentally sealed shell, making it

CUI and Ericsson Create POL Power Products

July 13, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

CUI has a statement of cooperation with Ericsson under which it will develop and market multi-source, digital Point-of-Load (POL) power solutions that are based on the Ericsson footprints and designs.

VPG Introduces Technical Program Covering Precision Resistor Selection

July 13, 2011 7:55 am | News | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors division (VFR) has introduced a new technical program for its customers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Available by customer request and held at the customer's site, the "Selecting Precision Resistors" educational program is designed to assist customers — and especially design engineers — in resistor selection by clarifying the differences among various precision resistor technologies beyond the basic information offered on datasheets.

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EMerge Alliance Adds New Members to its DC Power Standards Movement

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

The EMerge Alliance announced a new wave of organizations joining the Alliance. The newest members of the EMerge Alliance include: GE Energy; Intel Corp.; Universal Electric Corp. – Starline DC Solutions; PulseStar Technologies; Power-One; NextEnergy...

Nissan and 4R Energy Develop New EV Charging System

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

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and 4R Energy Corp. announced that the two companies have developed a charging system for electric vehicles that combines a solar power generation system with high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. Testing of...

Plug Power Announces Additional Closing of Over-Allotment in Connection with Previously Announced Public Offering

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

Plug Power Inc. announced that it has completed the sale of 231,000 additional shares of common stock, pursuant to the underwriter’s exercise of its over-allotment option in connection with Plug Power’s recently announced public...

Power supplies include surge suppressor

July 12, 2011 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Systems Interconnect Inc. (ASI) have updated their line of 3-phase input din rail mounted power supplies with an active surge suppressor and inrush current limiter to protect the power supply from network voltage surges.

Air Power: New Device Captures Ambient Electromagnetic Energy to Drive Small Electronic Devices

July 12, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks and satellite communications systems.

OutBack Power Launches Radian Series Inverter/Charger for the Commercial & Residential Market

July 11, 2011 1:21 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

OutBack Power unveiled the Radian Series Inverter/Charger, which the company describes as an innovation in the renewable energy market that delivers a new standard of quality, durability and dependability. The Radian Series is designed from...

KACO new energy Announces U.S. Manufacturing Partnership with Sanmina-SCI

July 11, 2011 1:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

KACO new energy Inc., which describes itself as one of the world’s largest solar inverter manufacturers with over 3 GW of PV inverters in the field to date, announced its U.S. manufacturing partnership with...

Sakor Technologies Delivers Alternative Fuels Research Dynamometer Test Cell

July 11, 2011 8:17 am | News | Comments

SAKOR Technologies, Inc. announced that it has delivered a single-cylinder research engine test cell to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The advanced dynamometer test cell will enable NREL to investigate fuel effects on advanced combustion engine strategies. The test cell is comprised of 

Brainstorm: Power

July 11, 2011 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

What business or developmental opportunities do you see in your space for the smart grid?

Microchip Unveils New 60 MIPS Enhanced Core dsPIC33 DSCs and PIC24 MCUs

July 9, 2011 8:07 am | Videos | Comments

Bill Hutchings of Microchip Technology talks about the company’s new 60 MIPS 16-bit dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and PIC24 microcontrollers (MCUs).

California and Arizona Battling for PV Supremacy

July 8, 2011 12:21 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued its California Solar Initiative (CSI) Annual Program Assessment, which shows that the rate at which Californians are installing rooftop solar energy systems to meet their electric...

ABB Acquires Epyon to Expand Offering in EV Charging Infrastructure

July 8, 2011 12:21 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

ABB announced the acquisition of Epyon B.V., an early leader in electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions focusing on dc fast-charging stations and network charger software. The acquisition is in line with ABB’s strategy to...

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