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Power Supplies & Energy Storage

Power Standards Lab unveils grid stability tester at DistribuTECH

Power Standards Lab, a leader in grid instruments, announced Grid Thumper, a breakthrough solution for testing the stability of microgrids, distribution grids, and back-up power systems. When subjected to stand-alone certification testing, individual pieces of grid equipment (gen...

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Video-STORM Eindhoven explains their e-bike with a modular battery

In this video, STORM Eindhoven talks about how its team created what they claim as the world's first electric touring motorcycle. To demonstrate the viability of the e-bike's novel modular battery system, the team took the electric motorcycle on a tour that took it around the...

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Wireless charging: advanced technology delivers real benefits

Power needs to catch up with data and become wireless to truly empower the latest generation of mobile devices. In this technical article, Infineon reviews the design challenges and standards that drive this new sector before looking at technologies that make this vital step poss...

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Improving the automotive power distribution architecture

In automobiles, a revolution has occurred in essentially all design aspects, from engine management to body control functions, to wheels, braking, safety and more. Only one aspect remains the same as a century ago: the power distribution architecture. This remaining vestige is ab...

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Powering industrial systems: components, intelligence, and efficiency

The manner in which industrial systems are powered is changing dramatically as the demand for power increases and, at the same time, as environmental, commercial, and legislative pressure mounts to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiencies. Industrial systems, su...

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The PSMA Reliability Committee wants your input!

In alignment with the PSMA mission of bringing value and utility to members as well as the power electronics industry as a whole, the PSMA Reliability Committee aims to spearhead industry initiatives that identify and attempt to solve the pertinent industry challenges related to ...

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STMicro’s advanced wireless-charging chip speeds smartphone and tablet recharging

STMicroelectronics is powering up wireless charging for mobile devices by introducing one of the world’s first chips to support the latest industry standard for faster charging. Nowadays, people are using their smartphones and tablets so intensively that many need to top up bat...

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MicroGrid expanded-metal foils enable improved battery performance

Dexmet MicroGrid current collectors were tested by several power manufacturers for their electrochemical performance, including energy density, power density and cycling. Third-party testing revealed that MicroGrid current collectors can not only increase the active material load...

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Webinar addresses driving IoT devices with supercap-based energy harvesting

The pressure on developers creating devices for the Internet of Things continues to grow, one issue being how to drive small wireless devices. Many IoT products are always-on systems that continually draw current, often without a practical way to recharge or replace the battery i...

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Vicor’s latest bus converter delivers 1.75 kW at a peak efficiency of 97%

Vicor has added a new fixed-ratio high-voltage bus converter to its bus converter module (BCM) lineup. The new 700V K of 1/16 BCM offers a power level of 1.75 kW and a peak efficiency of 97%, with a power density of 700W/in³. The device is available in the thermally adept 4414 (...

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Considering EMC emissions early in the design process

One of the design activities often left to the end of a project is verifying that the product meets electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) emissions requirements. EMC regulations help to ensure that unintentional electromagnetic conducted and radiated emissions do not interfere with...

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Vicor launches innovative Power-on-Package architecture

Vicor's new Power-on-Package modular current multipliers for high performance, high current, CPU/GPU/ASIC (“XPU”) processors free up XPU socket pins and eliminate losses associated with delivery of current from the motherboard to the XPU for higher current delivery and maxi...

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Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Cambridge have found a way to improve all three problems in one stroke. Their prototyped polymer electrode, which resembles a candy cane usually hung on a Christmas tree, achieves energy storage close to...

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Whither wearables?

Wearables are the hot buzzword right now in the embedded electronics space. However, what people mostly mean is that IoT-capable wearable devices are hot right now. Basic electronic devices have been strapped to and implanted in people ever since electronics could be made small e...

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Powering wearables: battery types, current challenges, and energy harvesting

Wearables, or wearable technology, are devices or gadgets that a person wears on their body. However, these wearable devices are more than the latest pair of headphones or a new digital watch. Wearables can be considered smart gadgets — smart meaning they’re equipped with all...

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Power management for wearables: Make friends with your battery

Despite the ultra-low current consumption of wearable electronics, batteries for wearable electronics present an array of design challenges. They must retain a usable charge sitting in box in a consumer electrics warehouse, and come alive for a time before a battery activation. F...

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Powering sensor nodes for industrial IoT

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is often referred to as Industry 4.0 to denote the fourth industrial revolution, that of connecting products, machines, services and humans through the cloud. IIoT is moving toward an era of increased interconnectivity, which is forecasted to ...

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What hardware and software is needed for use in a smart grid?

Power Electronics News (PEN) had a chance to catch up with Mark Adams, VP of CUI, in between his many customer meetings and trade shows. We talked about what engineers needed to know about capturing all possible energy from your system’s power capacity. PEN: Tell us about CU...

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Increase the power density and efficacy of datacenters

Current datacenters typically have a 12-V backplane and distribution on board and need to convert the voltage down to around 1 V, which is usually achieved with a synchronous buck regulator, single- or multi-phase. The racks in these datacenters normally max out at a power rating...

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The dynamic power supply industry continues to innovate

The overall market for AC/DC and DC/DC commercial switch mode power supplies (C-SMPS), which excludes consumers and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), is estimated to be in a range of 22 to 25 billion US Dollars. This level has been stable for more than five years and from an ...

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