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First RF Energy Harvesting Kit Enables Battery-Free, Perpetually Powered Wireless Applications

October 27, 2010 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. and Powercast Corporation announced the Lifetime Power® Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors featuring PIC® microcontrollers with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology. This kit, composed of a 3W Powercaster™ transmitter as the power source, two P2110 Powerharvester® receiver evaluation boards, two custom-designed wireless sensor boards, the XLP 16-bit Development Board pre-loaded with jointly deve...

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Narrow Profile CR2032 Battery Retainer

October 26, 2010 11:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Memory Protection Devices’ (MPD) newest edition to the retainer family is a narrow profile version, P/N BK-913 for 20 mm diameter batteries. Offering a 23% narrower width than other competing designs and weighing 0.8 grams is just the beginning of its benefits. The very low cost of the BK-913 retainer make it particularly suitable for greeting cards, consumer products, electronic toll tags, single-use devices, RFID other price sensitive app...

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Dynamic Voltage Scaling Buck Regulator Saves Power in Lithium Ion Battery Devices

October 14, 2010 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Consumer demand is driving the need for cell phone designers and chipset reference design firms to offer more multimedia functionality in their devices, resulting in heavy core processor demands, which in turn pushes the need for power reduction techniques such as dynamic voltage scaling (DVS). Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN5365, a 6 MHz, 800 mA/1A, digitally programmable Buck regulator, provides excellent dynamics, high efficiency and a ...

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MCU Enables Multiple Applications to Run from a Single-cell Battery

September 17, 2010 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Driving smaller, lower cost products that run from a single-cell battery, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced the industry’s first true 0.9V microcontroller (MCU) as the newest addition to the ultra-low-power MSP430™ MCU portfolio. Unlike existing MCUs that claim 0.9V technology, TI’s MSP430L092 MCU inherently operates at 0....

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Spheric Technologies Produces Lithium Battery Materials Cheaper and Faster with Microwave Furnace Systems

August 30, 2010 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

PHOENIX, /PRNewswire/ -- Lithium batteries are playing a central role in the new energy economy, powering everything from cell phones to electric cars. New research shows that pricey lithium battery materials can be produced cheaper and faster using industrial microwave furnace systems. Spheric Technologies, a Phoenix, Arizona, high temperature microwave technology innovator, has developed a time- and cost-saving production process for a...

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Surface Mounting Lithium Battery Holder for CR2032 Cells

August 17, 2010 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

MPD introduces the BC2032-F1, a battery holder for CR2032 cells. This holder also accepts the ever popular BR2032 battery and is suitable for consumer or industrial products like server, workstations and pcb’s. The design was recently discontinued by Sony when they exited the battery holder manufacturing business....

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RF Power Detector Increases Wireless Coverage and Extends Battery Life

August 9, 2010 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new linear root-mean-square (RMS) radio frequency (RF) power detector from National Semiconductor Corporation offers very high precision with up to 40 dB dynamic range. The PowerWise® LMH2120 increases wireless coverage and extends battery life for third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) mobile handsets....

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MCUs Offer Lowest Power Consumption across All Modes of Operation, Extending Battery Life

July 1, 2010 9:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Expanding its ultra-low-power F9xx MCU family, Silicon Laboratories Inc., a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, today introduced the industry’s lowest power capacitive touch-sense microcontrollers (MCUs) delivering wake-on-touch power consumption below one microamp. The latest additions to Silicon Labs’ C8051F9xx family include F99x MCUs with integrated touch-sense technology for human interface applications and ...

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Precise Sourcing and Measurement Necessary for Advanced Battery Drain Analysis and Functional Test

June 22, 2010 9:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announces the addition of two source measure units (SMUs) to its N6700 Series Modular Power Systems -- the N6781A 2-quadrant source measure unit for battery drain analysis and the N6782A 2-quadrant source measure unit for functional test. The new SMUs offer advanced sourcing and measurement capabilities required for the testing challenges associated with battery-powered devices and their components....

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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...

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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)....

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