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Imec and Holst Centre present 14 key achievements at International Solid-State Circuits Conference

February 16, 2012 7:00 am | News | Comments

At next week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference (February 19-23, 2012, San Francisco, USA), imec and Holst Centre present 14 papers on low power design for wireless communication and wireless sensor networks, and organic electronics.

6WIND Announces Support for Software-Defined Networking Based on Next-Generation Communications Platform from Intel

February 15, 2012 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

6WIND today announced support within the 6WINDGate software solutionfor the next-generation communications platform from Intel, code name “Crystal Forest.” 6WIND will showcase this support at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona...

ICs Reduce Switching Regulator Output Ripple and Harmonics by 60 dB at High Frequencies

February 9, 2012 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ground-breaking new MIC94300 /MIC94310 were developed to provide more efficient noise suppression for today's highly sensitive data and image capturing systems. The MIC94300 integrates a low-R DS(ON), current-limit switch and a low-pass filter that

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Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Demo at APEC 2012

February 9, 2012 6:52 am | Videos | Comments

Here is a short demo of some of the LED driver products Alpha and Omega Semiconductor was demonstrating at this year's APEC 

SMPS Controller IC Enables Ultra-low Standby Power at No Loads and Enables EuP Lot 6 Compliance

February 8, 2012 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. unveiled the GreenChip SPR TEA1716 switched-mode power supply (SMPS) controller IC. Designed for use in 90-W to 500-W power supplies, the smart power resonant (SPR) TEA1716 combines

GOEPEL electronic to exhibit Industry leading Test Equipment at IPC APEX 2012

February 8, 2012 5:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

GOEPEL electronic will be present again at this year's IPC APEX in San Diego, CA, exhibiting the latest JTAG/Boundary scan solutions and industry leading AOI, AXI, and THT inspection solutions at booth # 2450.

Digital PWM Controllers Tout Small Footprint, High Efficiency

February 7, 2012 10:52 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced its a family of CHiL digital PWM controllers that is said to dramaticall shrinks footprint and improve efficiency in a variety of mid-range to high-end and extreme server, desktop, and computing applications. The six new devices meet

MOSFETs Support High Efficiency, Power Density and Low RDS(on) in SMPSs

February 7, 2012 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Infineon Technologies introduced its new OptiMOS 40-V and 60-V power MOSFET families. These devices are optimized for synchronous rectification in Switched Mode Power Supplies (SMPS) such as

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Low Voltage MOSFETs Promise Reduced Size, High Efficiency for Synchronous Rectification in SMPSs

February 7, 2012 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced a new family of ultra-high-efficiency, high-speed MOSFETs that are asserted to deliver significant improvements in trade-off characteristics between low on resistance (RDS(ON)) and low input capacitance

SoC Enables Measurement and Diagnostics for High-Power Monitoring in Industrial App and Data Centers

February 7, 2012 4:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduced the 78M6631, a Teridian 3-phase power measurement system-on-chip (SoC) that embeds power monitoring into high-load applications. This fully self-contained and customizable energy measurement system offers

ON Semiconductor Showcases Products for Reducing Energy Consumption in Standby Mode

February 6, 2012 12:13 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor's latest AC-DC controllers, shunt regulators and Schottky rectifiers will be demonstrated at the industry’s leading power electronics show.

Power-Supply Controller Touts Desirable Efficiency and Power Density Characteristics

February 6, 2012 9:37 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics’ L6699D controller for LLC resonant voltage converters is believed to be the first of its type to combine anti-capacitive protection, auto-adaptive dead-time and enhanced safe-start operation. These features are

LED Driver is Compatible with Traditional TRIAC Dimming, Analog Dimming and Non-Dimming Lamp Designs

February 6, 2012 7:22 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor introduced the FL7730 single-stage primary side regulation (PSR) controller with power factor correction (PFC), TRIAC and analog dimming compatibility, as well as the FL7732 for non-dimming applications. The FL7730 is an

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February 2012: Consumer

February 1, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue of ECN delves into consumer electronics -- in particular, the recent Consumer Electronics Show. Technical Editor Jason Lomberg discusses Microsoft’s recent departure from CES and its implications for the celebrated trade show.

100-V Synchronous Buck Regulator Includes Integrated MOSFETs

January 25, 2012 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a 100-V synchronous buck regulator with integrated MOSFETs. The 600-mA LM5017 is appropriate for telecommunication, industrial, smart grid and automotive systems. Used in conjunction with the WEBENCH online design tool, the regulator is

Best of CES 2012

January 23, 2012 6:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show was a colossal disappointment...though I believe it's endemic of the event's declining importance. Still, CES is always a fun show, and it's always worth the trip. Enjoy these highlights!

CES 2012 and consumer robotics: Informative yet confusing...and bad food!

January 20, 2012 11:35 am | by Frank Tobe, Editor, The Robot Report, www.therobotreport.com | Blogs | Comments

CES 2012 was a mammoth display of the trend toward smart, connected devices for every form of consumer activity: toys, appliances, entertainment, health, mobility, etc.

Electric-powered DeLorean comes back from the future...

January 20, 2012 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

Although the last official DMC 12 left the production line in the early 80's, a company in Texas have all the original factory presses and parts to start making 'as new' cars again in 2013, one option will be an Electric model.

Can VIZIO Cross Over from TVs to PCs?

January 19, 2012 10:56 am | by Chris Connery, DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

News that VIZIO plans to enter the PC market caught quite a few CES attendees off-guard, and it was a common topic of conversation at the show this week. The company announced plans to market all-in-one (AIO) and notebook PCs.

MPEG Surround: Improving Music Streaming Quality to Meet Consumer Expectations

January 19, 2012 6:13 am | by Jan Nordmann, Fraunhofer IIS, www.iis.fraunhofer.de; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

As HD audio and speaker quality continue to evolve, the demand for higher quality audio increases. Audio streaming will compete with other types of media, including HDTV, video streaming and games. To help meet these HD-quality expectations, MPEG Surround enhances the streaming experience.

CES 2012: Wilocity Announces Marketing Strategy and Product Availability

January 16, 2012 9:39 am | by Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat | Blogs | Comments

Wilocity is an Israel-based start-up that has been aggressive in pursuing the WiGig or 802.11ad silicon market. At CES, it has announced a marketing strategy for its 60 GHz solution that emphasizes the ability to use the technology at work, on the go, or at home.

CES 2012: Qualcomm mirasol on Two More E-Readers

January 16, 2012 9:35 am | by Jennifer Colegrove in DisplaySearch, Display Technology | Blogs | Comments

At CES 2012, Qualcomm announced two more e-readers using its 5.7” mirasol display; these will be from Chinese companies Shanda and Hanvon. In November, Korea-based Kyobo released the first e-reader with mirasol display technology.

CES 2012: Microsoft goes out with a whimper

January 16, 2012 8:29 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Special thanks to ECN's photographer, Andrew Maiman | Articles | Comments

For a company that changed the world with its PC operating systems and dominated CES for over a decade, Microsoft left a mute impression in its swan song at the world’s largest consumer electronics show. Even the star power of American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest

CES 2012: Conexant Systems' low-power video encoder

January 16, 2012 3:43 am | Videos | Comments

Ken Chuang, Marketing Director at Conexant Systems, discusses their new low-power, high-compression video encoder.

Capacitive Coupling Device Enables Wireless Charging Systems

January 12, 2012 11:14 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Electronics North America introduced its new wireless power transmission module at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. The higher power capability of the LXWS Series enables wireless charging systems for

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