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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  ~


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 […]

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. […]

Maintaining Precision at Varying Temperatures
March 27, 2017

Sponsored by: LEM […]

Who Will Advance to the Round of 4?
March 24, 2017

We are down to the final weeks of the Bracket Challenge. Only 8 of the top engineering universities remain in the competition.Head on over to the bracket and cast your vote to help push your favorites to the round of 4. […]

Stationary Chargers for EVs — When Cost and Performance Matters
March 22, 2017

More and more electric vehicle (EV) charging points are sprouting up along highways, byways, and driveways. As availability becomes less of an issue, EV owners are starting to look closer at this equipment’s reliability and the energy costs associate […]

Would You Bet That Autonomous Cars Will Succeed?
March 22, 2017

In the interim and on the road to the autonomous milestone, driver assistance and automated driving technologies will continue to proliferate across all vehicle segments. […]

Low-Voltage Logic Inputs Turn 1000Vdc Loads On/Off
March 17, 2017

Computer logic controls up to a 1000Vdc load using a 22mm x 9mm x 5.16mm BGA micromodule employing an internal isolated Power Switch Controller that drives an external power MOSFET or IGBT. […]

Torex Semiconductor Expands its Silicon Valley R&D
March 10, 2017

Silicon Valley is maintaining its image as the center of the semiconductor universe. The latest example is Torex Semiconductor moving its R&D Center from Sunnyvale to larger headquarters in San Jose, Calif. Torex opened its R&D Center in Sili […]

High-Power Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station
March 7, 2017

EVgo, the nation’s largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, and ABB announced that they will deploy the nation’s first High-Power fast charging station in Fremont, Calif, capable of delivering incredibly fast charging s […]

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 […]

Update: Subcutaneous Solar Cells Could Power Pacemakers
February 28, 2017

Our original January 27 article, “Subcutaneous Solar Cells Could Power Pacemakers,”  described a real-life study that looked at the potential of powering medical implants with solar cells. The study discussed the harvesting of data from subcutaneous […]

Report: Renewable Power Generation Technologies Are Now Cost Competitive with Fossil Fuels
February 27, 2017

The drive towards sustainability has never been more urgent – and technology will continue to play a crucial role. The Lloyd’s Register Technology Radar – Low Carbon, examines the outlook for renewables, nuclear, grid and infrastructure, and energy s […]

Study: Technological Progress Alone Won’t Stem Resource Use
February 23, 2017

Are humans taking more resources from Earth than the planet can safely produce? The answer lies partly in whether we can “dematerialize,” or reduce the amount of materials needed to produce goods and services. While some scientists believe that the w […]

WIE Breakfast at APEC 2017
February 16, 2017

Join Stephanie Watts Butler at the APEC WIE Breakfast Tuesday, March 28th from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in Room 12.  There is no cost to attend this breakfast, walk-ins are welcome, RSVP is encouraged: Sign Up Here   The Power to Be... Flexibility and efficiency are important concepts for power electronics.  They are also relevant for achieving a successful career, wh […]

Leadless MOSFET Power Package Achieves Near-GaN Switching Losses
February 14, 2017

Modern semiconductors facilitate faster switching speeds and lower losses to support designers. A new leadless power package drives down on-state resistance and provides close to “GaN-like” switching losses, making a significant step forward in hard switching applications. […]

General Motors Partners with Honda on Fuel Cell Manufacturing
February 14, 2017

Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Mich., south of Detroit. Mass production of fuel cell systems is expected to begin around 2020. […]

Power Magnetics @ High Frequency - Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering Workshop @ APEC 2017
February 13, 2017

PSMA Magnetics Committee and IEEE PELS High Frequency Magnetics Workshop Power Magnetics @ High Frequency  Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering   IEEE PELS and the PSMA Magnetics Committee will hold the second “Power Magnetics @ High Frequency – Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering” workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2017 -  the day before and in […]

Market for Power Semiconductors in Automotive to Rev Up by $3 Billion by 2022
February 7, 2017

The global market for power semiconductors used in cars and light passenger vehicles will grow by more than $3 billion in the next six years, according to new analysis released by IHS Markit. The report, entitled “Power Semiconductors in Automotive-2 […]

Electricity Flows Through This Metal, But Not the Heat
February 3, 2017

Vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanobeams synthesized by Berkeley researchers show exotic electrical and thermal properties. In this false-color scanning electron microscopy image, thermal conductivity was measured by transporting heat from the suspended heat […]

EV Battery Sensing Module Yields Critical Measurement Data
February 2, 2017

Automotive-grade, precision current, and high-voltage measurement module senses EV battery condition and reports digital output data. […]

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 […]

Subcutaneous Solar Cells Could Power Pacemakers
January 27, 2017

A pacemaker is a device that is implanted in the abdomen or chest area to control abnormal heart rhythms. It utilizes electrical impulses to help the heart muscle maintain a proper rhythm and heart rate. Most pacemakers are usually powered with a pri […]

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 […]

The Basics of Industrial Connectivity
January 23, 2017

Sponsored by Altech Corp. […]

How Does a Prototyping-Only Approach Impact Product Design?
January 20, 2017

One in 10 design engineers still rely on purely physical prototypes, potentially adding significant, unnecessary costs to their designs, according to engineering surveys. […]

LEDs and Power Electronic Innovations Converge to Handle Module-Level Thermal Management
January 18, 2017

In 2015, all economic indicators pointed to continued market growth for power electronics and LEDs, especially with IGBT modules boosted by EV/HEV industry and general lighting applications, a killer application for LEDs since 2012. To support this g […]

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 [... […]

Driving Battery Innovation with CAE
January 11, 2017

Improvements into modeling of Li-ion cell behavior have made associated CAE software a powerful tool to design and size cells and packs. It allows for a tight coupling between the electrochemical and thermal problem which provides great accuracy in predicting these complex systems. […]

NASA Space Robotics Challenge Prepares Robots for the Journey to Mars
January 9, 2017

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, is in the midst of a new competition—the Space Robotics Challenge. This event seeks […]

Calibrated Mains Frequency Monitor Delivers High Accuracy
January 5, 2017

In industrial setups that use equipment such as induction motors, it is important to maintain the proper frequency because the motor’s speed is a function of the frequency. More elaborate and sensitive setups may use ac drives to maintain the motor s […]

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 […]

DIY Monolithic Power Management ICs
December 20, 2016

A library of selectable standard analog building blocks and unique software enables the in-house design and production of a monolithic power management IC. […]

APEC 2017- Registration Open
December 12, 2016

Registration is now open for APEC 2017 in Tampa, Florida.  REGISTER HERE  To receive the early registration discount, you must register for the conference byFebruary 17, 2017.   APEC focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business. This is not just a designer’s conference; APEC has something of interest for anyone involved in p […]

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 […]

Monolithic Buck-Boost DC-DC Converter Delivers Up to 18 V and 5 A
December 3, 2016

A buck-boost converter maintains a regulated VOUT regardless of whether VIN is above, below, or equal to the output voltage. Ideally, the change from buck to boost and vice versa takes place seamlessly.  […]

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