Latest News About Power Supplies, Batteries & Transformers

Intersil charger for eCall systems

Intersil is selling the ISL78692 4.1V single-cell battery charger designed to extend the life of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in automotive emergency call (eCall) systems. I costs 99 cents in orders of 1k…

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US firm produces sealed-AGM lead-acid battery

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) says it has started commercial production of its patented redesign of lead acid battery technology. Michigan-based ABC claims it is the first large format, bipolar, sealed AGM, valve-regulated lead acid battery. Launch products are two ICE 61056-certified general purpose 24V and 48V mono…

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All-electric Formula E championship racing gets underway

It may look like a standard Formula 1 race to a casual observer, but it’s not. The cars are missing the deafening roar of a petrol engine. And the keen-eyed will spot that the wheels are almost hidden from view. But the first race of the new all…

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Intel works on wireless charging chips with IDT

Intel and Integrated Device Technology (IDT) hope to open wireless charging, and like most other companies will use magnetic resonance to do it. The companies are both board members of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and so will develop devices that comply with the magnetic resonance standard. The power…

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European power electronics research initiative adds Mentor

The European Centre for Power Electronics (ECPE) is a Germany-based industry initiative for research, education and technology transfer in power electronics. The role of the ten-year-old ECPE initiative is to support research on power electronic systems and pass this into the industry via workshops and tutorials. The…

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Designing with synchronous DC-DC converters from Panasonic

The transient performance and frequency stability of hysteretic-based synchronous DC-DC converter ICs can be improved with ramp control and adaptive on-time techniques. The control method used in a line-up of high current synchronous buck DC-DC converter ICs with integrated FETs by Panasonic meets the challenges…

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More on: Infineon's over-current blocking FET

Infineon Technologies is to develop a two-terminal semiconductor device that acts as a circuit breaker for hundreds of volts and amps: doubling the performance of its mains-voltage super-junction mosfets along the way. The aim is to replace electromechanical circuit breakers with something faster. “A circuit breaker can…

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