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MIT wheel nears production

The Copenhagen Wheel is a self-contained pedalling assister for cyclists. Within its profile is: a motor (350W US, 250W EU), a battery (48V Li-ion), control electronics, and a Bluetooth radio. Battery life is estimated at 1,000 cycles, and charges in four hours. Based on technology from MIT…

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TI adds three-phase power capability to Piccolo DSP

Texas instrument’s is aiming at solar inverters, motor controls, and digital power supplies with an upgrade to its Piccolo family of DSP/CPUs. Called F2807x, it adds three phase capability with: three 12bit 3.1Msample/s ADCs instead of one, and three 12bit DACs, where there were none. Also…

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Comment: GaN could win over SiC for power design

There seems to be a never-ending need to increase efficiency and reduce size in power supply design. Designers are now looking to use new semiconductor technologies to push product development forward, and gallium nitride (GaN) could be the most important new technology for power supply design. It will not…

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Hydrogen-powered car designed in the cloud

Riversimple, a Powys-based start-up developing a road-going hydrogen fuel cell powered car is carrying out some of its design in the cloud and has adopted Cadonix cloud-based automotive harness CAD tools. “We’re designing a radically new car – which will be in market trials late next…

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Altera quals auto SoCs

Altera has qualified nine of its Enpirion power SoCs devices as compliant with the automotive AEC-Q100 temperature qualification standard…

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Consortium eases digital power second-sourcing

A consortium has been set-up to reduce risk the specification of digital point-of-load power supplies (POLs, see below). The issue is second-sourcing. For a long time, there have been standard footprints for POLs, agreed by organisations such as POLA and DOSA. All the time POLs were…

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