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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  ~


Building a Better Battery
February 15, 2018

The race to the world’s greatest battery is on, and scientists from APL may have just won first place with the world’s first near-destructible lithium-ion battery. […]

Chapter 1: Power Supply Fundamentals
February 15, 2018

The key component of the dc power management system is the power supply that provides dc power for the associated system. The specific type of dc power management depends on its power input, which includes: • AC input—A power supply that accepts an a […]

6 Promising Energy Storage Options to Tie into the Grid
February 14, 2018

Renewable energy storage solutions have shown remarkable progress in recent years, as the following list demonstrates. […]

Do We Need More Power Engineers?
February 9, 2018

The word is there is demand for more power engineers. Assuming that’s true—which is debatable—what sort of power engineering will they be doing? […]

Miniaturized Robots Combine Engineering, Biological, and Manufacturing Technologies
February 9, 2018

Shrinking miniature robots even further to the millimeter scale with conventional manufacturing techniques and components has proven difficult. […]

The True Cost of Solar Energy
February 8, 2018

The solar energy sector has grown 68% over the last decade, thanks to hefty government subsidies paid for by tax dollars. Here’s the cloudy truth about solar energy […]

Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles
February 7, 2018

The successful convergence of new technologies will require electric vehicles (EVs) that are low cost and fully autonomous. These attributes can be realized through wireless charging. […]

New Energy Storage Battery Technology Answers the Need for Li-Ion Replacement
February 7, 2018

Li-ion is now the dominant stationary energy storage battery for electric utilities. However, an innovative molten-electrode battery produced by MIT researchers may be in line to replace it. […]

Autonomous Transportation Design Requires Multi-Disciplinary Engineering
February 5, 2018


Best Practices, Part 3: Monolithic Half-Bridge IC
February 1, 2018

The monolithic integration of GaN power transistors has the potential to improve electrical performance in many applications by allowing for improved die size optimization and providing lower parasitic inductances […]

Defects in High-Voltage Ceramic Capacitors Found Acoustically
February 1, 2018

Acoustic imaging of high-voltage ceramic chip capacitors performs a non-destructive cross section through the capacitor—or, since the method is non-destructive, as many cross sections as desired. All of the imaging modes have the same purpose: to prevent flawed capacitors from causing field failures. […]

Power Supplies Can Absorb Power, Too
February 1, 2018

When a DUT’s excess stored energy needs to be removed, various actions can be taken to handle the task, depending on the amount of energy you’re dealing with. […]

72V Hybrid DC/DC Reduces Intermediate Bus Converter Size by up to 50%
January 30, 2018

Non-isolated IBCs are being designed into many new applications, which significantly reduce the solution size and cost while also increasing the operating efficiency and providing design flexibility. […]

Six Skills That Power Engineers Need Today
January 27, 2018

Engineers not only need knowledge of the basics but also application-specific expertise. That’s especially true for power-supply engineers. The reality is that very few are doing “blank page” designs of sophisticated supply topologies. Instead, they […]

Autonomous Vehicle Designers Should Not Forget System Issues
January 27, 2018

Present autonomous vehicle designs are pre-occupied with the various computers and sensors required to provide operational safety under all driving conditions. However, there are system design issues that should also be considered, such as power management. […]

Tomorrow’s Electric-Vehicle Dream Cars
January 26, 2018

Fresh from CES 2018, these new all-electric vehicles will make their mark on the industry in the coming years. […]

Best Practices, Part 2: Comparison with Si MOSFETs
January 24, 2018

eGaN FETs have universally lower figures of merit and superior electrical and thermal packaging. When operated in equivalent test comparison, they demonstrate significant electrical and thermal performance. […]

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 […]

Power your next insight with a modern power supply
January 22, 2018

Sponsored by Keysight Technologies […]

Power Electronics' Products of the Week (1/21-1/27)
January 22, 2018

Whether you need direct-drive linear motors or medical-grade power supplies, Power Electronics has you covered. Here are some of the latest products to optimize your systems and devices. […]

Best Practices, Part 1: Integrating eGaN FETs
January 19, 2018

Best design practices utilize the advantages offered by eGaN FETs, including printed circuit board (PCB) layout and thermal management. […]

FCC Certifies Two Over-The-Air, Power-at-a-Distance Wireless Charging Systems
January 18, 2018

Two companies have been certified by the FCC to provide over-the-air wireless charging for batteries employed in small electronic devices. […]

​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, […]

With Concept Cars on Display, CES 2018 Gets Its Driver’s License
January 10, 2018

Concept cars previewed at the Las Vegas Computer Electronic Show are a good indication of the proliferation of electronics in automotive vehicles now and in the future. […]

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Transistor
January 10, 2018

We take a look back at a device that overwhelmingly changed the electronics industry and our lives. […]

Power Controller Merges, Manages Multiple Large-Scale Energy Sources
January 9, 2018

A 60-kW demo system developed by NREL accepts solar, generator, and battery power, then combines and manages these sources for optimal efficiency and run time. […]

Unique Test-and-Model Method Quickly Screens New Photovoltaic Materials
January 5, 2018

A new PV-material assessment approach uses a small sample, limited tests, material models, and refined statistical results to provide results quickly and inexpensively. […]

Power Semiconductors Market Update
January 5, 2018

Automotive and industrial markets lead the way in 2018 and beyond. […]

Book Review: Understanding Automotive Electronics: An Engineering Perspective, Eighth Edition
January 4, 2018

In 12 chapters and five appendices, the author describes the electronic components and systems employed in modern automotive vehicles. […]

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 […]

Building a Power Supply Fit for Industrial Demands
December 29, 2017

The drive to improve efficiency in low to medium power ac-dc mains power supplies is continuous. To address this, Power Integrations has introduced the InnoSwitch3 range of offline isolated ac-dc switching regulators. […]

Introduction to Control Algorithms in Switching Regulators
December 29, 2017

What are the pros and cons of the three basic control algorithms for switching regulators, and what’s the best loop-compensation strategy to get a fast and stable response? […]

Researchers Look to Vertical GaN FETs to Boost Power Efficiency
December 23, 2017

Power conversion is intrinsically inefficient: A power converter will never output quite as much power as it takes in. Recently, power converters made from gallium nitride (GaN) have begun to reach the market, boasting higher efficiency and smaller sizes than conventional, silicon-based power converters. […]

PSMA Magnetics Committee & IEEE PELS High Frequency Magnetics Workshop @APEC 2018
December 14, 2017

PSMA Magnetics Committee and IEEE PELS High Frequency Magnetics Workshop Power Magnetics @ High Frequency -  Eliminating the Smoke and Mirrors Date: Saturday March 3, 2018 APEC 2018 San Antonio, Texas The PSMA Magnetics Committee and IEEE PELS will conduct the third “Power Magnetics @ High Frequency” workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2018, which is the day befo […]

PELS and PSMA: High Frequency Magnetics Workshop @APEC 2018
November 13, 2017

Power Magnetics @ High Frequency Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 APEC 2018 San Antonio Texas   IEEE PELS and the PSMA Magnetics Committee and will conduct the third “Power Magnetics @ High Frequency” workshop on Saturday, March 3 2018, which is the day before and at the same venue as APEC 2018. The purpose and focus of the workshop is to identify the latest im […]

APEC 2018- Registration Open
November 13, 2017

Registration is Now Open for APEC 2018 in San Antonio, Texas Early registration closes on January 8, 2018. Reserve your spot at APEC 2018 today! REGISTER NOW   Important Registration Deadlines Now Open: Exhibitor registration. Please visit the exhibitor resource page for more information and for the link to obtain your exhibitor badge. November 21, 2017: Tec […]

PELS/IAS Young Professionals Reception at ECCE-NA 2017
September 20, 2017

Location : Bauer Farm Kitchen, 435 Elm Street Date : 3 October, Tuesday Time : 6:30 p.m onwards   Description : How about an opportunity to mingle, interact, learn from the best minds of IEEE and have some fun.  IEEE Industry Application Society - IAS and Power Electronics Society - PELS, give you this opportunity to learn from the life journey of the bigges […]

WIE Breakfast at ECCE-NA 2017
September 11, 2017

Join Prof. Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb at the ECCE-NA WIE Breakfast Wednesday, 4 October8:00- 9:00 amRoom: 211 There is no cost to attend this breakfast, walk-ins are welcome, RSVP is encouraged: Sign Up Here Pride, Prejudice and a Lacking of Sense and Sensibility: A Journey of a Woman in Engineering Abstract: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a good wom […]

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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