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Evolving electronic engineering ecosystems

For the longest time, most of the attention in engineering was (and a lot still is) directed to a great extent to the digital parts of electronic design and the related intelligent subsystems. Power, at best, was given a space on the board to populate with a supply that met the s...

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Special Report: driving industriously forward

One of the criticisms of the term “Internet of Things” is that it is too damn broad. It was expected and predicted that the various application areas involved would become sub-cultures within the IoT, and industrial systems have come out strongly as one of those areas. The sp...

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The long gestation of Industry 4.0

Thirty years ago, Siemens ran a series of ads promoting computer-based systems for industrial applications using posters by a then-famous German cartoonist that made fun of corporations and how they performed industrial tasks like mechanical drafting, manufacturing measurement, a...

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Choosing the right switch for the job: a guide to switch selection in mission-critical devices

When it comes to the performance of mission-critical devices, such as medical products or factory equipment, it’s no secret that accuracy and reliability are key success factors. Whether it’s an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for a heart attack victim or a pressure tr...

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A further look at the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely lambasted as an acronym by many in the industry for reasons varying from inappropriateness to inadequacy. The reality is that the term is both of those things, yet neither, because the real issue is that the IoT space is so huge that it requ...

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Special Report: Energy harvesting for embedded processors

If it’s not a robot or machine tool, chances are that your Internet of Things project is (or incorporates) a remote sensor node. It will use miniaturized batteries to power itself. The goal of energy harvesting in IoT projects, ideally, is to eliminate batteries altogether. Mor...

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Intelligent power: Special Report

Power is a universal aspect of our industry (and the world), as there is no such thing as electronics without electricity (biotech notwithstanding). A significant amount of our ability to create advanced electronics lies in our ability to manage and deliver power exactly where ne...

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The Weekly Watt

August is always a tough month to fill the pages, so it’s always fun to take the time to ruminate on engineering issues that one would not worry about when deadlines are screaming at you. One way that I relax is by collecting antique gadgets. They help me understand technology ...

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The Weekly Watt

As we trudge through the heat of August, there are still a few news items out there during this notoriously slow news season. However, technology and business development never really stop.   One way to drum up interest is by promoting a given application space. Contin...

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The Weekly Watt

This has been an interesting week for power electronics if you are into motorsports, as Mercedes announced it was dropping the German DTM touring master’s competitive series and shifting those and other resources to Formula E. Porsche, who has already announced it is dropping o...

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The Weekly Watt

Summer is in full bloom, and one’s mind turns to leisure and the outdoors. An engineering mind may turn to all the electronics used in the outdoors and in harsh environments that have only come available because of the convergence of device integration, advanced packaging, and ...

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The Weekly Watt

There has been a lot of activity in the components space this week, with some interesting new products launched. In the area of power semiconductors, Infineon (www.infineon.com) expanded their IGBT module selection with the EconoPIM 3 package, with a current rating increased to 1...

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Automotive electronics and our continuing love affair with cars: Special Report

An AspenCore / Paul O’Shea Special Edition.   Power Electronics News dedicates this AspenCore Automotive Electronics Special Report to Paul O’Shea, who retired in July after more than 30 years in the business.   Industrialized culture is replete with sto...

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The primary requirements for Smart Grid evolution: Special Report

The Smart Grid concept is not new and there have been thousands of forums, talks, and papers given about it. I moderated a couple forums nearly a decade ago and really, the important points made then are still the important points now. We understood that the Smart Grid would be c...

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What you need to know before your next LED design

LEDs, or light emitting diodes, are becoming increasingly popular in lighting our homes, offices, cars, parking lots, streets, grocery stores, and many other applications. An LED "light bulb," technically known as the light engine1, consists of the LED chip, or IC, mounted on a c...

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