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Posted on 08 February 2012

Power Electronics News Feed


This page is intended to provide visitors with easy access to the latest developments in the field of power electronics. The list of articles below are gathered from various top online sources of power electronics information via RSS feeds. If you have suggestions for additional sources to include in this feed, please let us know by posting your suggestion in the comments section below.             ~  PowerGuru  ~


Waste-Heat-to-Power Applications on the Rise
June 22, 2018

Systems that extract waste heat from industrial processes and use it generate electric power now employ chemical-electromechanical technology. […]

Simulation Can Ensure Safe Autonomous Vehicles
June 16, 2018

An ANSYS white paper describes how simulation techniques can validate the embedded software responsible for perception, localization, motion planning, and motion execution for an autonomous vehicle. […]

COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR: IEEE 1547 Post 2018 - Changes to PV Integration Methods
June 15, 2018

Complimentary Webinar: IEEE 1547 Post 2018 - Changes to PV Integration Methods Thursday, June 28, 20181pm-2pm EDT   Presented by: Mark Siira Director, ComrentCharlie Vartanian, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc (MEPPI) Click here to register today! Interested in becoming a presenter? Email Phyllis Caputo to participate […]

Atomically Thin Nanowires Convert Heat to Electricity
June 15, 2018

By shaping thermoelectric materials into ultra-thin nanowires, researchers were able to efficiently generate electricity from waste heat. […]

Simplify PCB Layout with Highly Integrated DC-DC Converter Modules
June 9, 2018

Thanks to new production techniques, a dc-dc converter IC die and multiple components integrate into a more space-efficient power-management module. […]

Steel Production Embraces the Future
June 7, 2018

The amount of energy needed for steel processing, and the associated costs, are set to decline as new technologies take hold. […]

Use Paper-Mill Biomass Waste for Lithium-Sulfur Battery Cathode
June 1, 2018

A heat-activated process converts waste lignosulfonate from papermaking production for use a cathode material in rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries. […]

Power Management Chapter 11: Wide Bandgap Semiconductors
May 31, 2018

Wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor materials allow smaller, faster, more reliable power electronic components and with higher efficiency than their silicon-based counterparts. These capabilities make it possible to reduce weight, volume, and life-cycle […]

How to Wirelessly Power and Access a 1-Wire Network (Part 2)
May 30, 2018

Here’s a simplified approach to analyzing a regulated voltage source that can power and maintain communication on a 1-Wire network—if timing meets 1-Wire protocol specifications. […]

Fisker Aims to Launch EMotion EV with Solid-State Battery in 2020
May 29, 2018

The company is looking to achieve a 500-mile driving range and charging times as low as one minute. […]

Power Management Chapter 10: Silicon Power Management Power Semiconductors
May 29, 2018

Silicon power semiconductors are employed in power management systems. They are found in two different forms:  • Discrete Power Semiconductors (single type • Integrated Power Semiconductors  MOSFETs and BJTs (bipolar junction transistors) can be inte […]

Conductive Plastic, Wi-Fi Backscatter Yield Zero-Power Wireless Sensor Connectivity
May 24, 2018

Using additive manufacturing, researchers devised a way to remotely sense motion via Wi-Fi backscatter, without any interconnecting wires or need for power at the sensor. […]

Volkswagen Unveils Fully Electric I.D. R Pikes Peak
May 23, 2018

Being primed for the Pikes Peak International Hill climb next month, the vehicle can go from 0 to 60 in 2.25 seconds. […]

NASA Selects Top 25 Semifinalists in Energy Competition
May 21, 2018

NASA iTech is an initiative by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) to find innovative ideas that address important problems here on Earth and also hold potential to overcome critical technology hurdles in future space exploration. NASA […]

ECIA Warns Industry to Look Out for Counterfeit Parts
May 21, 2018

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) has issued a warning from its Chief Counsel, Robin Gray, on the increasing threat of counterfeit parts getting into the supply chain during component shortages. ECIA encourages the electronics ind […]

What’s the Better Battery for Your Portables—Li Ion or Li Poly?
May 18, 2018

Designers opting for a lithium chemistry can choose from traditional cylindrical/prismatic Li-ion or the Li-poly pouch. Many factors, from thermal stability to lifetime, come into play in the decision. […]

For Sale Soon: Quadruped Robot that Picks Up Objects, Climbs Stairs, Walks
May 18, 2018

The SpotMini developed by Boston Dynamics is a four-legged, all-electric robot that can go up to 90 minutes on a single charge. […]

Power Management Chapter 9: Battery-Power Management ICs
May 18, 2018

Use of battery-powered systems have expanded as consumers have migrated to portable phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and more. One reason for this growth has been the availability of batteries and power-management ICs that provide the required s […]

Power Stamps Poised to Boost Data-Center Productivity
May 17, 2018

Next-generation data centers will employ processors, memory, and supporting circuits that require more power for its servers. Enter the Power Stamp Alliance’s proposed higher-power modules. […]

WBG Semi Device Makers Jockey for EV, HEV Applications
May 15, 2018

Wide-bandgap SiC and GaN devices, from IGBTs to power modules, will play increasingly important roles—especially in terms of cost—in electric-vehicle design. […]

Power Electronics Products of the Week (5/14-5/20)
May 14, 2018

Having trouble tracking down differential linear hall effect ICs or prismatic supercapacitors for your latest power design? Sam Davis, the editor of Power Electronics Technology, has pulled together all the power electronics and other components that […]

Nanotube Shirts for Energy Harvesting?
May 4, 2018

By stretching and relaxing tightly twisted yarns made of carbon-based nanotube fibers, researchers devised a way to harvest and store the motion as electrical energy. […]

Low Current, Power Measurements Require Extreme Accuracy
May 2, 2018

Low operating current is a factor in a wide range of applications from R&D to production. Measuring these low currents requires an instrument that provides the necessary long-term accuracy. […]

Improved Chemistry Enhances Zinc-Battery Recharge, Safety, Performance
May 1, 2018

A multi-institutional team has developed a battery which overcomes the poor recharge performance of zinc-based cells. […]

Graphene Propelled These 4 Power-Related Advances
April 28, 2018

The superior properties of graphene continue to push research into its application across the power landscape. One issue holds it back from going mainstream, though. […]

How to Make Your Portable Game Console Play Longer
April 25, 2018

Battery limitations often impede the graphics and realistic experiences expected with today’s game playing, but an advanced buck-converter solution could remedy that problem. […]

Six Lithium-ion Battery Chemistries: Not all Batteries are Created Equal
April 24, 2018

Like all technology, the lithium-ion battery has evolved over few decades, incorporating new chemistries for different applications and increased performance. […]

Students and Young Engineers Meeting @ IPEC 2018 – ECCE Asia
April 24, 2018

Laboratory Exhibition at IPEC2018 - co-hosted by: IEEE PELS/IAS & PPEJ Sunday, May 20, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Daytime Meeting-Laboratory Showcases- Venue: Room #301 and #302, TOKI MESSE - NIIGATA CONVENTION CENTER, Niigata, Japan Sunday, May 20, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Evening Meeting-Social & Networking Event- Venue: KURANOMA (Japanese IZAKAYA/pub/restaura […]

Software/Hardware System Boosts Data-Center Power Availability
April 24, 2018

To bolster support for power uncertainty, failure scenarios, and lack of precise operational control in data centers, a SW/HW solution reduces the amount of required reserve power. […]

Women in Engineering (WIE) Breakfast at IPEC-ECCE Asia 2018 in Niigata
April 23, 2018

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 8:00- 9:00 am Room: 203, TOKI MESSE Niigata Convention Center Speaker: Prof. Marta Molinas, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Join us for the next WIE Breakfast, where our speakers are prominent women in power electronics and engineering. Over breakfast, we listen to dynamic women share their career challenges and […]

Power Management, Chapter 8: Power Management ICs
April 23, 2018

Power-management ICs provide management functions that support operation of the power distributed in the end-item electronic system. These ICs employ both analog and digital process for this supporting function.  Gate Driver ICs  Gate driver ICs are […]

Electricity Applied: A handbook of common applications and key measurement parameters
April 23, 2018

This eBook explains the basics of electrical power and some of the key distinctions between DC and AC power measurements. Topics include electrical energy and power, types of electricity and load, single phase and three phase applications, and more. […]

Waves Propel Autonomous Boat to Enable its Ocean Monitoring Mission
April 21, 2018

Advances in ocean monitoring are improving research into the seas, including marine life, sea temperatures, pollution, and weather. An autonomous boat performs this research without fuel or on-board manpower, and regardless of sea conditions that might restrict measurements. […]

EnerHarv 2018: Registration open!
March 16, 2018

On behalf of the EnerHarv Workshop Committee (EWC), it is my pleasure to invite you register for the first ever EnerHarv Workshop to be held in Cork, Ireland on May 29-31, 2018 The entire event is limited to about 100 delegates so please be sure to secure your spot right away! You can find more details on Come be witness to the birth […]

WIE Breakfast at APEC 2018
February 22, 2018

WIE Breakfast at APEC 2018 Wednesday, 7 March 20188:00- 9:00 amRoom: 006ASpeaker: Prof. Azadeh Ansari There is no cost to attend this breakfast, walk-ins are welcome, RSVP is encouraged: Sign Up Here   Breaking the Glass Ceiling- As one of the very few women in Electrical Engineering, during my post-graduate studies, I was often asked “How did you break thro […]

PSMA Capacitor Committee and IEEE PELS Capacitor Workshop: Everything You Wanted To Know About Capacitors But Were Afraid To Ask
January 23, 2018

PSMA Capacitor Committee and IEEE PELS Capacitor Workshop:Everything You Wanted To Know About Capacitors But Were Afraid To AskDate: Saturday March 3, 2018San Antonio, Texas IEEE PELS and the PSMA Capacitor Committee will hold their first Capacitor Workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2018 -  the day before and in the same venue as APEC 2018 at the Henry Gonzales […]

EnerHarv 2018: An International, Technical Workshop Dedicated to Enabling the Energy Harvesting Ecosystem
January 23, 2018

EnerHarv Overview ‘A focal point for a community of experts and users of energy harvesting & related technologies to share knowledge, best practices, roadmaps, experiences and create opportunities for collaboration’There is an appetite both in the power sources industry and Internet of Things (IoT) industry to learn more about energy harvesting, understa […]

IEEE PELS & IEEE IAS Young Professionals Reception @ APEC 2018
January 22, 2018

Please join us for an opportunity to mingle, interact, learn from the best minds of IEEE and have some fun.  Power Electronics Society (PELS) and IEEE Industry Application Society  (IAS)  give you this opportunity to learn from the life journey of the biggest leaders at APEC along with an evening well spent talking to people from across the globe.  Make sure […]

​IEEE PELS Mentoring Round Tables: APEC 2018
January 16, 2018

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Room 4 900 E Market StSan Antonio, Texas 78205United States (210) 207-8500   Monday, March 5, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (Central Time)  Register ​to ​meet ​the ​leaders ​in ​power-electronics ​through ​a ​face-to-face ​mentoring ​event. ​ ​Our ​distinguished ​mentors ​have ​started ​businesses, ​climbed ​the ​ranks ​of ​IEEE, […]

AIAA and IEEE TEC - Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS) – New Event!
January 3, 2018

    The aerospace industry has set ambitious goals for the next three generations of commercial transport aircraft to accommodate rapid growth in emerging markets and ensure sustainability of air travel. One approach being explored to meet these targets is non-traditional aircraft propulsion using electric, turboelectric or hybrid-electric powertrains. Recen […]

Weidmüller OMNIMATE Power PCB connector SVD 7.62HP
March 6, 2017

  The compact, two-row connection solution for drive controllers – Compliance with existing standards despite extremely compact installation space. The current trend towards smaller and smaller drive controllers with increasingly high power is being addressed by Weidmüller in the form of an innovative connection solution - the very compact double-level OMNIM […]

Smart Grid Storage – Stacks Success Story
January 30, 2017

  With the increase of renewable energy systems the g rid requirements regarding compensation of energy overload and energy lack situations rises. Different technologies for energy storage systems are used in the market like battery storage and flywheel solutions. SEMIKRON already has a wide ready-to-use portfolio of different stacks for these kind of applic […]

Infineon enables compact and cost-effective LED front light applications with LITIX™ LED driver family
January 25, 2017

  LEDs in automotive front lighting enable energy savings, new light designs and applications such as matrix beam and laser high-beam. Supporting the progress in automotive lighting Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) launched high-power LED drivers specifically designed for automotive front lights. The drivers are available within the new LIT […]

Robust industrial grade X2 capacitors with a rated voltage of 350 V AC
January 12, 2017

  TDK Corporation presents a new series of robust EPCOS MKP X2 capacitors for EMI suppression. Compared with conventional X2 capacitors designed for rated voltages of 305 V AC, these new components offer a higher rated voltage of 350 V AC. This makes them suitable for EMI suppression in input filters – specifically for applications on the North American [... […]

IR HiRel offers enhanced radiation hardened MOSFET family for mission-critical applications in space
January 3, 2017

  IR HiRel, an Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) company, has launched its first radiation hardened MOSFETs based on the proprietary N-channel R9 technology platform. Compared to previous technologies it is offering size, weight and power improvements. This is significant in systems such as high-throughput satellites, where the cost-per-bit- […]

PCIM Europe 2017: conference program published
January 1, 2017

  The PCIM Europe Conference 2017 takes place from 16 – 18 May 2017 and covers with its conference program a wide range of topics including recent developments in power semiconductors, passive components, thermal management products, energy storage, sensors and new materials. The comprehensive offer ranges from components, to drive electronics and packaging […]

Inductors: SMT high-current chokes with a compact design
December 9, 2016

  TDK Corporation has extended its portfolio of EPCOS ERU SMT power inductors with the ERU16 choke series that comprises ten different types. The inductance values of the new B82559*A016 series extend from 1.0 µH to 30 µH and their saturation currents range from 9.2 A DC to 37 A DC. The outstanding feature of these new […]

Infineon complements iMOTION™ Modular Application Design Kit with two power boards
December 8, 2016

  Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX) adds two power boards to the family of iMOTION™ Modular Application Design Kits (MADK). The two half bridge boards complement the compact and flexible evaluation system providing a scalable design platform for 3-phase motor drives in the range from 20 W to 300 W. The MADK aims […]

SEMIKRON and National Instruments announce strategic collaboration to accelerate power electronics design
December 7, 2016

  Collaboration seeks to reduce converter development and deployment effort by up to four times. SEMIKRON, a world leader in power electronics, announced today a technology collaboration with National Instruments (NI), a leading provider of deployable Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based embedded control platforms. The strategic collaboration is intend […]

ROHM Semiconductor awards Future Electronics as Distributor of the Year
November 22, 2016

The prize was presented at ROHM’s electronica booth Future Electronics has been awarded EMEA Distributor of the Year by ROHM Semiconductor during electronica 2016 in Munich. The award recognises Future Electronics for its sales growth performance during ROHM Semiconductor's last Fiscal Year (April 2015 – Mar 2016) and its differentiated capabilities dem […]

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