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Joint project research develops new type of cost-effective high efficiency converter system October 22, 2013 Joint project research develops new type of cost-effective high efficiency converter system After three years German power converter manufacturer, Semikron has completed a cooperative research project with converter developer and manufacturer PCS and the TU Dresden to design of a new type of converter system. Read more 4500-V IGBT gate driver supports high-power modules from major manufacturers October 22, 2013 4500-V IGBT gate driver supports high-power modules from major manufacturers Amantys has launched a new Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) Gate Driver for high power modules, operating at 4500 V with current ratings from 400 A to 1200 A, designed to support modules from manufacturers including ABB, Dynex, Hitachi, Infineon and Mitsubishi. Read more Battery switch assembly offers very low resistance at high currents October 22, 2013 Battery switch assembly offers very low resistance at high currents Chipmaker Infineon and PCB design and manufacturing company Schweizer Electronic AG have developed demonstrator of an electronic high-performance battery switch for automotive applications. The device shows how entire battery circuits or subnets can be controlled at minimum space requirements. The switch ... Read more Perovskite-based solar cells offers major manufacturing cost savings October 22, 2013 Perovskite-based solar cells offers major manufacturing cost savings Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists has revealed a next generation solar cell, made from organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials, that is about five times cheaper than current thin-film solar cells because it is produced using a simpler solution-based manufacturing process. ... Read more Online automated battery sizing calculator supports off-grid renewable energy applications October 21, 2013 Online automated battery sizing calculator supports off-grid renewable energy applications Trojan Battery Co., has developed an automated battery sizing calculator to accurately size a battery bank for renewable energy applications.   Read more Magnachip adds SOI to improve BCD process October 21, 2013 Magnachip adds SOI to improve BCD process Analog and mixed-signal chip vendor and foundry supplier MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. has announced that it has developed a 0.35-micron silicon-on-insulator (SOI) bipolar-CMOS-DMOS high voltage IC manufacturing process. Read more Power Integrations releases Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 smartphone charger reference design October 21, 2013 Power Integrations releases Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 smartphone charger reference design Power Integrations has introduced the first reference design for a Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0-enabled charger power supply. Read more Startup Nanotherm aims to cut LED lighting heat sink BOM by half October 21, 2013 Startup Nanotherm aims to cut LED lighting heat sink BOM by half Founded late 2010, startup Cambridge Nanotherm has recently received the Frost & Sullivan innovation award for its Chip-on-Heatsink technology. Read more LED lightbulbs access Internet to pave the way for energy saving LiFi technology October 21, 2013 LED lightbulbs access Internet to pave the way for energy saving LiFi technology Chinese scientists have claimed that Wi-fi connectivity from a LED lightbulb (LiFi) is now a step closer. Li-fi promises to be a cheaper and more energy-efficient technology than existing wireless radio systems. Read more High efficiency bidirectional cell balancer maximizes capacity and lifetime of series connected battery stacks October 18, 2013 High efficiency bidirectional cell balancer maximizes capacity and lifetime of series connected battery stacks Large, series connected strings of batteries are commonly used in electric vehicles, backup power systems and a wide variety energy storage applications. Read more
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