Switch-Mode Battery Chargers with Programmable JEITA Support for High System Safety

June 21, 2010 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Summit Microelectronics has expanded its third-generation programmable battery charger integrated circuit (IC) family for single-cell Li-Ion, Li-Polymer, and Li-FePO4 powered systems. The SMB328A and SMB328B integrate the largest feature set in the industry, including compatibility with all relevant industry standards:  USB 2.

LISTED UNDER: Power, Chargers | Power, Batteries | Power, Battery

Certified Embedded Wi-Fi® Transceiver Modules with Easier API Interface to PIC® Microcontrollers

June 9, 2010 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announces its next-generation, agency-certified MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi® transceiver modules. The IEEE 802.11 module firmware has an easy-to-use API driver interface to Microchip’s free TCP/IP Protocol stack and 8-, 16- or 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers. Embedded designers are increasingly leveraging the ubiquitous Wi-Fi infrastructure to enable wireless communication in a broad range of remote monitoring and...

LISTED UNDER: Boards & Modules | Power, Controllers

Radio and Modules Provide Extremely Low Receive Current for Longer Battery Life in Wireless Sensor Networks and Metering Communications

June 8, 2010 7:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. today announced from the Embedded Systems Conference in Chicago the new MRF89XA transceiver with extremely low receive current of 3 mA for longer battery life in 868, 915 and 950 MHz Sub-GHz wireless networks. The 868 MHz MRF89XAM8A and 915 MHz MRF89XAM9A transceiver modules accelerate design cycles by removing the complexity of designing RF circuitry and the cost of obtaining agency certification....

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Power Management Semiconductor Suppliers Struggle to Keep up with Demand Amid Rising Sales

June 3, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

A strong resurgence in power semiconductor revenue in the first half of 2010 has caught suppliers off-guard, likely causing pricing to rise in the near term, according to iSuppli Corp. Revenue for power management semiconductors reached $6.9 billion in the first quarter of 2010, up 2.9 percent from $6....

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Bluetooth® Solution now Enables New Product Designs on Microcontrollers

April 29, 2010 11:03 am | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Furthering its efforts to enable wireless connectivity technologies in portable designs, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced it has coupled its seventh-generation Bluetooth® offering, the CC2560, with an embedded Bluetooth stack running on TI’s ultra-low power MSP430 microcontroller (MCU). Two development kits, the EZ430-RF2560 development tool and PAN1315 evaluation module (EMK), are immediately available to new and existing customers fo...

LISTED UNDER: Power, Controllers | Development Kits / Platforms

Low Power Wireless MCU Addresses Battery-Operated Home Automation Systems

April 8, 2010 1:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Laboratories Inc. introduces the industry's lowest power single-chip wireless microcontrollers (MCUs). The Si10xx wireless MCU family addresses the power and RF requirements of battery-operated home automation systems, smart meters, in-home utility monitors and security systems. The Si10xx wireless MCUs combine a 25 MHz 8051 core, EZRadioPRO® sub-GHz RF transceiver, up to 64 kB of flash and up to 12-bit ADC — all in a compact 5 mm x 7 mm package.

LISTED UNDER: Power, Batteries | Power, Battery

PMBus System Power Management and Protection IC Reduces Data Center Operating Expenses

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Corporation has released the industry's first system monitoring, protection and control integrated circuit (IC) with on-chip power management bus (PMBus) support. The LM25066 provides designers of blade servers, storage networking systems, routers/switches and modular subsystems with a solution that improves system reliability and reduces operating expenses in data centers....

LISTED UNDER: Power, Management

MTM-E™ Enables Small, High-Performance Handsets with Longer Battery Life

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rayspan® Corporation announces the availability of RAYSPAN® MTM-E™ solutions for long-term evolution (LTE). MTM-E™ is the only antenna solution that can support six or more bands operating from 698 MHz to 960 MHz in the low band and 1710 to 2170 MHz as well as 2.6 GHz in the high band without requiring any switching elements or matching circuits.

LISTED UNDER: Power, Batteries | Power, Battery

3W Switching Power Supplies Designed for Space Critical Applications

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the MPS-03S series is a family of single output, 3W switching power supplies. Specifically designed for space critical applications, these low cost modules are fabricated in an ultra-miniature single-in-line (SIP) package. Six standard models operate from a universal input of 85 to 264 VAC; providing tightly regulated single outputs of 3.

LISTED UNDER: Power, Supplies

Micro Power Awarded Patent for Battery Charger Technology

March 3, 2010 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Beaverton, Ore., -- Micro Power Electronics, Inc., the global leader in portable power solutions for mission-critical equipment, announced that the U.S. Patent Office awarded it a patent covering a battery charger configuration to reduce thermal conduction. The newly issued U.S. Patent No. 7,576,513 describes a method for separating a housing containing circuit charging components from a housing containing battery charging contacts and a...

LISTED UNDER: Power, Batteries | Power, Battery

Ultra-low VF Power Schottky Diodes Suited for High-frequency Switched-mode Power Supplies

March 1, 2010 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the increase of environmental awareness, efficiency is now one of the main selling points for power supply and computer manufacturers. Following this trend, ST is releasing a new family of high-performance power Schottky rectifiers. The STPS50U100C is the first member of this new family. It is a dual 50 A, 100 V power Schottky rectifier, suited for high-frequency switched-mode power supplies....

LISTED UNDER: Power, Supplies | Semiconductors, Diodes

Power Converter Offers Reliable Power Conversion for Remote Locations

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. announces the C4500HV Series of high output voltage power converters. The C4500HV Series can accept high input voltages of up to 3000 VDC. The converter provides high output voltages and is suited for applications that require reliable power for remote locations. The series' robust design, using industrial grade components, yields a highly efficient, space-saving 6U solution for even the most extreme environments.

LISTED UNDER: Power, Converters

Single Output, 20W Compact "Power Brick" AC/DC Power Supplies

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the MPM-20PB series is a family of single output, 20W switching power supplies. These compact modules include a universal AC input, full safety approvals, robust filtering and miniature packaging. Five standard models operate from a universal input of 90 to 264 VAC (120 to 370 VDC); providing tightly regulated single outputs of 3.

LISTED UNDER: Power, Supplies

Power Architect Accelerates Design of Multi-Output DC-DC Power Supplies

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Corporation has expanded its WEBENCH® Designer tools with the introduction of WEBENCH Power Architect — a design tool that allows engineers to rapidly create, model and implement multiple-output, high-performance DC-DC power supplies for an entire system. With WEBENCH Power Architect, system designers can instantly optimize multiple power supplies across several performance parameters including topology, intermediate voltage rails, footprint, efficiency, component count and bill of materials (BOM) cost.

LISTED UNDER: Power, Supplies

Battery Holders that Take a Battering

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced battery-operated wireless devices require cost-effective power management systems that are miniaturized, robust and reliable. By Tom Blaha, Memory Protection Devices Figure 1. Glider-style holders. These low profile, nickel-plated phosphor bronze retainers secure a wide range of coin cells from ML-414 (4 mm) to larger CR-2430 (24 mm)....

LISTED UNDER: Power, Batteries | Power, Battery


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