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PCIM 2015: Your Electronics Weekly guide

PCIM Europe (Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion) The annual PCIM show covers power electronics, intelligent motion, renewable energy and energy management. It runs from 19 – 21 May in Nuremberg, this year. Simply bookmark: www.electronicsweekly.com/news/tag/pcim/  PCIM 2015 – Latest News PCIM: Vicor slim-line PSU package takes…

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Design ideas: Some practical ways to split a voltage rail

There are a number of reasons why an engineer would want to “split” a voltage rail in their design. Sometimes parts of the circuit, like a sensor or an IC, require a bipolar supply. Other reasons are to make the best use of the dynamic range of your ADC if…

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Efficient motors will work on a network, says ADI

There is currently a lot of discussion surrounding energy efficiency in modern production plants and manufacturers of systems solutions are continually unveiling new concepts to address the issue. One such concept involves introducing a greater degree of automation, which is somewhat surprising but it takes into consideration the demand for…

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Microchip hones dsPIC for digital-in-the-loop power

Microchip has announced the third generation of its dsPIC33EP ‘GS’ range, which are DSP-enabled microcontrollers. GS denoted devices specifically intended for fast digital power supplies, which need faster peripherals than, say, motor control microprocessors. Compared with generation two, they have a faster processor, faster contexts switching, faster higher resolution…

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Tesla Motors puts batteries in the home for solar

Tesla Motors, famed for its electric sportscars, has announced load-levelling battery for solar homes. Called Powerwall and based around its Li-ion battery technology, there are two versions: 7kWh ‘daily cycle’ to match daytime solar input to evening electricity use, and 10kWh ‘weekly cycle’ for power back-up. “Current…

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Powered wheel is packaging triumph

French firm Ez-Wheel has managed to pack an entire electric vehicle system into a wheel – battery, charger, converter and motor included. Nothing electrical need be fitted to the vehicle chassis. Intended to add powered traction to industrial trolleys, application are also proposed moving patients in hospitals and shifting food…

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Ikea wireless charging design-in for IDT

IDT has been allowed to reveal it is providing silicon for Ikea’s forthcoming range of wireless charging furniture. The firm’s P9030 magnetic induction transmitters are embedded in products including side tables and lamps. The transmitter complies with the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi standard, delivering 5W. IDT also…

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More on: Siemens' electric airplane motor

Siemens has developed a 50kg electric motor that can produce 260kW at 2,500rpm – slow enough to drive a propeller without a gear box. Weight saving has come from several directions. For example, the stator is of cobalt-iron alloy for high magnetisability, and the permanent magnets of the rotor…

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