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First dual-mode 5-W wireless power receiver enters volume production February 27, 2014 First dual-mode 5-W wireless power receiver enters volume production Texas Instruments has begun volume shipping of what the company claims is industry's smallest, most efficient wireless power receiver to support both the Wireless Power Consortium's (WPC) Qi 1.1 and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) specifications. Read more Energy harvesting switch powers 2.4GHz radio link February 27, 2014 Energy harvesting switch powers 2.4GHz radio link At Embedded World this week, EnOcean demonstrated that a low cost energy-harvesting switch could power a 2.4GHz radio link, extending the range and versatility of such wireless switches. Read more Tesla reveals USD5bn lithium-ion battery 'Gigafactory' manufacturing plans February 27, 2014 Tesla reveals USD5bn lithium-ion battery 'Gigafactory' manufacturing plans Tesla Motors Inc and its partners are planning to invest $4-5 billion in a lithium-ion battery factory which the company claims would be able to make more lithium-ion batteries in a year than were produced worldwide in 2013. Read more Thin film solar cell costs cut through 'superabsorbing' design February 27, 2014 Thin film solar cell costs cut through 'superabsorbing' design Solar energy is already competitive in some areas, however it would be beneficial to the world if these costs could be driven down to make solar viable in the majority of new generation facilities. Read more Microinverters/DC optimizers drive solar PV sector growth February 27, 2014 Microinverters/DC optimizers drive solar PV sector growth Annual installations of module-level power electronics (MLPEs) will grow from 1,185 MW in 2013 to 12,844 MW by 2020 according to a recent report released by market intelligence analyst Navigant Research. Read more SMA Solar takes over Danfoss solar inverter business February 26, 2014 SMA Solar takes over Danfoss solar inverter business Danish energy company Danfoss A/S has agreed to sell the company's complete solar inverter business to Germany's SMA Solar Technology AG as after entering into a close strategic partnership that will create one of the world’s largest converter alliances. Read more Intelligent power driver handles extreme temperatures February 26, 2014  Intelligent power driver handles extreme temperatures X-REL Semiconductor has unveiled what the company claims is the first monolithic isolated intelligent power driver for Silicon Carbide (SiC), Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon power switches that is able to operate at extreme temperatures. Read more Compact 5-V Qi wireless charger offers design freedom February 26, 2014 Compact 5-V Qi wireless charger offers design freedom NXP Semiconductors is demonstrating a 'revolutionary' Qi wireless charging transmitter device at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The device integrates all the circuits for a 5 V mobile phone charger in a compact package measuring 5-mm square. Read more Panasonic ponders Tesla lithium battery 'Gigafactory' investment February 26, 2014 Panasonic ponders Tesla lithium battery 'Gigafactory' investment Panasonic Corp is the company being tipped to be leading the way to develop a lithium battery 'Gigafactory' for leading EV car maker Tesla Motors in its drive to reduce the production costs of Tesla's next generation electric vehicles. Read more Rapid charge controller supports MediaTek fast charge protocol February 26, 2014 Rapid charge controller supports MediaTek  fast charge protocol Dialog Semiconductor plc has unveiled the world’s first AC/DC rapid charge controller compatible with MediaTek’s new Pump Express fast charge protocol which claims to enable rapid charging of mobile devices up to 45 percent faster than conventional chargers. Read more
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