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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  ~


SiC and GaN vs. IGBTs: The Imminent Tug of War for Supremacy
July 27, 2017

Automotive, industrial, and other applications that require smaller size, lighter weight, and more efficient operation are increasingly looking to SiC and GaN solutions. […]

Power Electronics' Products of the Week (7/23-7/29)
July 27, 2017

Whether you need micropower LED drivers or flameproof power film resistors, Power Electronics has you covered. Here are some of the latest products to optimize your systems and devices. […]

Supercapacitor-Based Backup Solutions: A Design Toolkit
July 26, 2017

There are several unique challenges when we attempt to use supercapacitors in a backup solution. […]

A New Series of Fast and Accurate Miniature Transducers for Isolated Current Measurement
July 26, 2017

A new series of open-loop sensors in small outline integrated circuit packages and without magnetic circuits achieve accuracy close to that of conventional transducers. […]

Don’t Assume Top LDO, Switcher Attributes Always Apply
July 25, 2017

While it’s customary to associate LDOs with low efficiency and switching regulators with high noise, these assumptions may not be valid or have workarounds. […]

Better Photovoltaic Panels Are on the Horizon
July 25, 2017

Researchers found that a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system with embedded microtracking could produce over 50% more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells. […]

Zero-Drift Op Amp Consumes Only Microamps
July 21, 2017

This micropower op amp achieves 0.06-μV/°C drift (max.) and 5-µV offset voltage at 2-µA (max.) supply current. […]

10 Must-Have Skills for All Engineers
July 21, 2017

Master these technical and soft skills to ensure continued professional success. […]

What’s Ahead for the Venerable 12-V Automotive Battery?
July 20, 2017

To improve fuel efficiency, 48-V systems are supplementing 12-V batteries, especially in the emerging world of mild hybrids. […]

Smart Power Technology Requires Smart Isolated Substrates
July 18, 2017

SOI technology reduces die size and parasitic capacitance, improving efficiency and enhancing reliability over a wide temperature range. It is particularly useful for power management ICs, including switching power supplies and LED drivers that require a high level of integration and high reliability. […]

MXene Electrodes Can Speed Charging of EV Batteries
July 14, 2017

Two-dimensional transition metal carbides (MXenes) used in battery electrodes can provide faster charging of EV batteries. […]

Virginia Tech Power Electronics Expert Fred Lee to Retire After 40 Years
July 12, 2017

Dr. Lee was the driving force for important power electronics technology developments in the early years of this industry and up to the present day. […]

U.S. Energy Research Faces a Potential Roadblock
July 7, 2017

Concerns persist regarding federal energy-research funding, which could dry up if the U.S. budget as presently constituted gets enough votes to pass. […]

Body Heat Can Be the Source of Power for Wearable Devices
July 7, 2017

Body heat applied to a thermoelectric generator plus energy harvesting to produce power for a wearable device achieves both minimization of form factor and power consumption. […]

DOE Advances $32 Million in Funding for Advanced Technologies
June 30, 2017

Sixteen projects are being funded as part of two new ARPA-E programs. […]

NTSB Report Sheds Light on Fatal Crash Involving Tesla Driver Assistance System
June 28, 2017

A Tesla Model S using its Driver Assistance System was involved in a fatal accident that has been reviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board, which recently released its findings in a Specialist’s Factual Report. […]

Registration Open- INTELEC 2017
June 27, 2017

We are pleased to announced that registrations and accommodation bookings for INTELEC 2017 are now open.   The early-bird registration deadline is 31 July 2017.   The Conference Organisers have arranged a range of accommodation options for attendees to INTELEC 2017 at highly competitive rates, these rates will not be available after 8 September. If the dates […]

Is Your Office or Lab Wall Missing Radar and EW Insight?
June 27, 2017

Sponsored by Keysight Technologies […]

Is Your Office or Lab Wall Missing Satellite Insight?
June 27, 2017

Sponsored by Keysight Technologies […]

Is Your Office or Lab Wall Missing Insight?
June 27, 2017

Sponsored by Keysight Technologies […]

Power Electronics' Products of the Week (6/18-6/24)
June 24, 2017

Whether you need MOSFETs for brushless motors or power management for computer processors, Power Electronics has you covered. Here are some of the latest products to optimize your systems and devices. […]

Charge Pump DC/DC Controller IC Eliminates Magnetics, Configures Bus Converter
June 21, 2017

A charge pump DC/DC controller IC and four external MOSFETS eliminate magnetic components in a non-isolated intermediate bus converter (IBC). The combination provides 2:1 step-down ratio,1:2 step-up ratio, or 1: –1 ratio as an inverter. […]

How Will the U.S. Replace its Aging Engineering Workforce?
June 17, 2017

As more U.S. engineers retire, the U.S. education system will be taxed to provide enough native-born replacement engineers. Or, this may require foreign-born engineers as replacements. […]

Research Program Seeks Advances in Wide-Bandgap Power Semiconductors
June 16, 2017

Pinpointing and developing new semiconductor materials, architectures, and fabrication processes is the charter of ARPA-E’s SWITCHES project. […]

Design FAQ: Alternative Solutions for Backup Power
June 12, 2017

Sponsored by Altech Corp. […]

Scope Features 4, 6, or 8 Input Channels, Touchscreen Display
June 9, 2017

A new digital storage oscilloscope supports reconfigurable analog and digital inputs, and can operate as a Windows computer. […]

Beyond Scaling: An Electronics Resurgence Initiative
June 9, 2017

With its new multifaceted push, DARPA aims to lay groundwork for the next era of world-changing electronics and microsystems. […]

ECCE-NA 2017: Registration is open!
June 8, 2017

Registration is now available! Click here to register.   Important Information for Authors Student registrations are not valid for authors registering a paper. Authors MUST register by July 1, 2017 in order to have their papers included in the conference proceedings. The maximum number of pages per paper is eight (8). For Authors presenting multiple papers, […]

We Need to Do Our Homework on How to Test Mass-Produced Autonomous Vehicles
June 7, 2017

Autonomous vehicles present challenges to automakers, drivers, and the federal government, as well as associated software and hardware designers. Therefore, mass-produced autonomous vehicles must be rigorously tested. […]

Loss of Battery-Cable Isolation Prompts EV/HEVs to Protect Against Potential Hazards
June 2, 2017

Deployment of high-voltage battery systems in traction drives employed in EV/HEVs has raised concerns for human safety. Exposure to hazardous high voltages may occur due to deterioration of cable insulation materials or by accidental events. Therefore, it is important to monitor such potential faults and when necessary issue timely warnings. […]

IEEE PELS Young Professional & Women in Engineering Reception, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
June 1, 2017

Dear IFEEC 2017-ECCE Asia Attendees, You are cordially invited to attend the PELS Young Professional Activity & Women in Engineering event on Saturday, June 3 at 6 PM. This event is for everyone, (not just young professionals and women participants). There will be food and a raffle with great prizes, so please be sure to attend!Event: IEEE PELS Young Pro […]

EPE-ECCE Europe 2017- Registration is open
June 1, 2017

It is our pleasure to announce that the 19th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE’17 ECCE Europe, will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 11 to 14 September 2017. Register early and save! Registration is open!    Important Information The deadline to upload the full papers will be postponed ONCE: to Tuesday, June 20th 2017.June 20th […]

Design FAQ: Protect Equipment from Earth Leakage and Ground Faults
June 1, 2017

Sponsored by: Altech Corp […]

Electrochemical Technology Dominates in Energy Storage Systems
May 25, 2017

Electrochemistry is front and center when it comes to providing energy storage for utility power. Commercial versions are available now, with ongoing research aimed at developing improved systems. […]

Simulation Delivers Safer, More Efficient Lithium-Ion Battery Packs
May 23, 2017

A computational flow dynamics (CFD) thermal management system (TMS) functional model created with STAR-CCM+ and Battery Design Studio, provides a close agreement between simulations and experimental results for a Li-ion battery pack. […]

Autonomous Ships Are on Their Way
May 19, 2017

Borrowing technology from their automobile cousins and robotic systems, these ships will become floating computer and communication systems with very few onboard crew. […]

Research Sponsored by ARPA-E Seeks Next-Generation EV Power Technology
May 16, 2017

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy invests in transformational ideas to create America’s future energy technologies. ARPA-E focuses exclusively on early-stage technologies that could fundamentally change the way we generate, use, and store energy. […]

Paralleled GaN Transistors Boost Converter Power Up to 100kW
May 12, 2017

Paralleling GaN transistors increases the power handling capability of a high-efficiency and high-power density converter. To be successful, parallel operation depends on the designer’s ability to deal with parasitic elements within the GaN devices as well as those associated with interfacing circuits. […]

Synchronous Step-Down Switcher IC Supports Automotive Applications
May 10, 2017

A step-down regulator IC features second generation architecture that minimizes EMI and delivers high efficiency at high switching frequencies. […]

The Changing Work Environment for Engineers Today
May 4, 2017

IEEE Engineering360’s third annual “Pulse of the Engineer” report asked engineers and technical professionals in the industrial sector questions related to their jobs. […]

Science Does Matter!
April 29, 2017

The March for Science, coinciding with Earth Day, took place in more than 500 cities worldwide with dozens of nonpartisan scientific professional societies in a turnout intended to combine political and pro-science demonstrations. Scientists left the […]

Integrated Isolation Barrier Technology Enables Digital Isolators to Protect System Integrity
April 27, 2017

Integrating an isolation barrier into a power IC is an example of how packaging technology has advanced the semiconductor state-of-the art. This technology enables these devices to perform as digital isolators and also allows the isolation capability to control high voltage outputs with low voltage logic inputs. […]

On the Topic of Fuel Cells, More R&D Required
April 19, 2017

Commercial fuel cells are available, but for wider use they need more R&D to improve their performance, reliability, and cost. […]

Book Review: Fuel Cells
April 12, 2017

Fuel Cells, a 93-page paperback book authored by Paul Breeze, could have been entitled “An Introduction to Fuel Cells.” It contains basic essential information for an engineer who wants to learn about fuel cells without being burdened by heavy theore […]

Step-Down dc-dc Converter Eliminates Ferrite Cores at 50kHz Enabling Power Supply on Chip with One-Cycle Transient
April 10, 2017

Virtually all present-day DC-DC converters store DC energy in magnetic devices with ferrite cores, such as inductors with DC bias. A new topology for non-isolated step-down dc-dc converters discards ferrite cores completely. The new Resonance Scaling Method results in use of 10nH resonant inductors even at 50kHz switching frequency and an effective factor of […]

Automotive Design & Test Solutions
April 6, 2017

Sponsored by Keysight Technologie […]

Semiconductors, Power Electronic Systems Roadmaps Point to the Future
April 5, 2017

Portrayed in roadmaps, future trends for power electronic systems will include semiconductors as well as other components and manufacturing impacts. […]

Understanding Test Challenges across the Power Semiconductor Life Cycle
April 2, 2017

The life cycle of a power semiconductor device involves a variety of test and characterization activities. […]

Products of the Week from APEC 2017: Part 2
March 29, 2017

Power Electronics has rounded up a few products appearing at the Applied Power Electronics Conference this year. From capacitors to gallium nitride power circuits, here are some of the products that caught our eye last week, when companies were previ […]

Maintaining Precision at Varying Temperatures
March 27, 2017

Sponsored by: LEM […]

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