Latest News About Power Supplies, Batteries & Transformers

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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Homes at centre of smart metering revolution, says Maxim

The world is becoming a smarter place. We have come to expect more out of devices, communications, and networks. Think smart meter and smart grid. Although “smart” means different things to different people, broadly speaking it simply implies more capability and more features. It suggests the ability to make intelligent…

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Five modes increase mains PSU efficiency across the board

Dialog 40W ac-dc chip peaks at 60W Dialog Semiconductor has released a 40W mains power chip with some interesting features: Short-term 60W boost. Five different operating modes. 50mW no-load (20W PSU). Called iW1770, it is intended for devices with peaky loads – wireless routers and printers, for example…

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