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Joe Biden's virtual climate summit focused on addressing climate change and making commitments to reduce greenhouse emissions. (Image Credit: Adam Schultz/ Public Domain)   Power generation is tied to the climate. The whole industry is about to change. Here is the rundown of what exactly…   Four years after Donald Trump disengaged the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, Joe Biden is putting the country back on track by re-joining the pact.  Biden and forty world leader ...
The biofuel cell arrays are laid out in series and parallel. These cells consist of enzymes in the electrodes that produce an electric current when it reacts with lactate. (Image Credit: Tokyo University of Science)   Electronics and biosensors commonly serve as health monitoring devices, but their batteries have limited power. This makes it difficult to use for long periods without recharging. Scientists at the Tokyo University of Science (TUS) developed a biofuel cell array that uses lac ...
If you've read any of my material or attended the webinar I put on a while back you will know I'm a big fan of the IRPS5401. It is a great device with a ton of features in a very affordable package. We've used it on multiple platforms over the years and it has worked out great, even allowing us to fix issues retroactively without having to spin hardware. For reference I linked a few of my related blogs below.   Benefits of Power System Telemetry Using PMBus Infineon PMIC updates to Av ...
Tesla is one of the companies expected to build battery factories in Germany. (Image Credit: David von Diemar/Unsplash) For a second consecutive year, Europe is expected to be the world leader in electric car sales. Now, the continent has its sights set on developing a battery supply chain from scratch.  Europe wants to join in on the EV battery business after conceding it to foreign companies for years. The Nordic region, Germany, France, the U.K., and Poland already have manufacturers c ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Polls | Power Management | Microchip Power Management | More Blogs | << Previous | Next >> How Do You Optimize Silicon Carbide (SiC) Device Performance? Commercial interest in Silicon carbide (SiC) has significantly increased over the last several years as this novel semiconductor can amplify power management capability. Such performance is achieved by amalgamating higher power density and better efficiency with reduce ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Blogs | Polls | Power Management | TDK-Lambda | << Previous TDK-Lambda's 300 W, 8, 12.5 and 20 A rated i7C non-isolated DC/DC converters have an input range of either 9 VDC to 36 VDC or 9 VDC to 53 VDC, with an outputs that can be adjusted from 5 V to 28 V, 8 V to 24 V or 9.6 V to 48 V. The product's topology enables a seamless transition from buck (voltage reduction) to boost (voltage increase) operation. The i7C is ideal for ...
I'm a huge fan of wireless power. I'm looking forward to the advancement of longer range wireless power as well. For now I've been trying to figure out ways to introduce it to our Avnet products. The typical application is obviously wireless charging, whether it be cell phones, accessories, whatever. I've been thinking a lot about environmentally sealed applications. Like a pole or a wall plate that has transmit coils built in along with magnets or threaded holes. Then you could have an environm ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Polls | Power Management | Giveaway | More Blogs | << Previous As wide-bandgap technologies continue to populate traditional and emerging power electronics applications, semiconductor companies are developing their product offerings at a blistering pace. In 2021, ON Semiconductor released 650 V Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET technology to support the need for DC power supplies ranging from several hundred watts to tens of kilowa ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Polls | Power Management | Giveaway | More Blogs | Next >> What is Source Down Technology? The power management market has become increasingly concerned with energy efficiency, power density, cost, and improved lifetimes for end applications. While advancements in Silicon technologies have pushed the envelope of key performance parameters, new package concepts offering groundbreaking benefits are scarce. With the introduction ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Blogs | Polls | Power Management | Renesas | << Previous | Next >> Energy storage technologies, along with the extensive use of high-density devices such as lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors, are key elements for the proliferation of battery-operated portable devices. These are installed in renewable energy systems like solar power and wind power to store energy and, subsequently, supply stable power either to t ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Blogs | Polls | Power Management | NXP | << Previous | Next >> What are the Challenges of Providing Power Supplies to complex SoCs? Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) are systems designed and optimized for targeted applications such as industrial, automotive, IoT, mobile, medical, and home automation. A complex ASIC may include different components such as microprocessors, interfaces, and peripheral functi ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Blogs | Polls | Power Management | Qorvo | << Previous | Next >> A power management integrated circuit (PMIC) manages power on an electronic device or in modules on devices with a wide voltage range. PMICs are employed for voltage conversion, voltage regulation, and battery management. They are essentially a system-in-a-package solution. A single PMIC can manage multiple external power sources, supply power to multiple ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Blogs | Polls | Power Management | Maxim Integrated | << Previous | Next >> Lightning strikes, battery failures, power surges, and disasters result in costly, unnecessary downtimes. Faults are inevitable, but system power protection ICs avert field failures and unanticipated downtime by diminishing the damaging consequences of reverse voltage, overcurrent, over-temperature, hot-swap, and overvoltage fault conditions ofte ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Blogs | Polls | Power Management | Murata | << Previous | Next >> DC-DC converters are power supplies that can change a direct current (DC) voltage into another DC voltage. Although DC-DC converters exist without input-to-output isolation, most DC-DC converters use an internal transformer, and the output is electrically (galvanically) isolated from the input. The separated output can provide either a floating power sou ...
Related Blogs: Power Management Essentials | Tech Spotlight | Blogs | Polls | Power Management | Diodes Inc | Next >> Prompted by decreasing core voltages, the past few years have witnessed a shift from centralized AC-to-DC power supplies to distributed (decentralized) power systems that use DC-to-DC converters near the point of operation. The low voltages at high currents have led the power conversion industry to reevaluate conventional circuit topologies, component selection, and packa ...
Empowered by Light installed solar power systems in Nepal. (Image Credit: Empowered by Light)   There is potential when it comes to recycling old EV batteries for microgrid applications. In a video posted by Leilani Münter on Twitter, Empowered by Light (EBL) gave another life to lithium-ion batteries from an electric bus in China. Their mission is to provide solar power for Mugurameno Basic, a rural school in Western Zambia. The school is expected to receive free electricity for ligh ...
The scientists recently released a concept for the Compact Advanced Tokamak (CAT) that uses pressurized plasma and high-temperature superconductors to generate electricity. (Image Credit: General Atomics/Graphic: F. Najmabadi et al., Fus. Eng. Des. 80, 3 (2006))   It’s getting all the press, but is it practical? Scientists at the General Atomics DIII-D National Fusion Facility released a new concept for a fusion reactor capable of generating more electricity than it consumes. In a se ...
Prototype of an mm-wave 5G power harvester. These could be used in the future to power IoT devices over 5G networks. (Image Credit: Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech)   For the first time, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a small, flexible Rotman lens-based rectifying antenna capable of harvesting 5G frequencies in the 28-GHz band. The new innovative rectenna system uses that tapped energy to power Internet of Things (IoT) devices, turning 5G networks into a wirel ...
This short post is lists the test points on the evaluation kit.   The ones that are used in the user guide's evaluation instructions are documented in the narrative. For my self-documentation, I'm listing them here, while I try to find out what the other points are.         V out ? left upper pin SOT above the tp V cap GND ?upside of resistor right of supercap ? 2nd pin down left epishine ? 3rd pin down left epishine   Related blog Pt 1: intro Pt 2: C ...

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