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Volvo unplugs plug-in hybrids and e-cars October 24, 2013 Volvo unplugs plug-in hybrids and e-cars Electromobility still lacks acceptance, and one major reason for this is the lack of standards for the charging plug. Now it seems like a solution has become realistic through a technology that has its roots in consumer electronics. A common standard however is still years away. Read more XMOS uses ARM chip to create next wave in programmable system-on-chip devices October 24, 2013 XMOS uses ARM chip to create next wave in programmable system-on-chip devices Multicore microcontroller designer XMOS Semiconductor has signed an agreement with Silicon Labs to use one of its ultra low power ARM Cortex M3 chips alongside an XMOS xCORE die. Read more EU research institutes partner three SMEs to industrialize high-density 3D integrated capacitors October 24, 2013 EU research institutes partner three SMEs to industrialize high-density 3D integrated capacitors CEA-Leti, Fraunhofer IPMS-CNT are collaborating with three European SMEs, IPDiA, Picosun and SENTECH Instruments in a project aimed at industrializing 3D integrated capacitors with world-record density. Read more Low-cost miSLIC line circuit with shared buck boost power supply target broadband gateways October 23, 2013 Low-cost miSLIC line circuit with shared buck boost power supply target broadband gateways Microsemi Corporation has unveiled the company's miSLIC Series of line circuits at the Broadband World Forum tradeshow in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Read more 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
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