Texas Instruments Inc. (TI, Dallas, TX) announced its new multi-topology, high-frequency, BiCMOS, pulse-width modulation (PWM) controller, the TPS43000, which features operating frequencies...
Philips Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) announced a new dual n-channel MOSFET in an SO8 package, the PHKD6N02LT. It is a 2.5V specified enhancement-mode field-effect transistor within a plastic package using TrenchMOS technology. The PHKD6N02LT is designed for battery-protection circuits. It is suitable for use in lithium-ion battery applications, notebook PCs and portable appliances. The features […]
Belkin Components (Compton, CA) has announced their next generation of UPS products. Called the Regulator PRO, the new line features four models, rated 325VA, 425VA, 525VA and 625VA, with backup running times ranging from 17 to 41 minutes. The new units feature Belkin's new UPS Line-Interactive technology featuring Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR). According to Belkin, […]
Rayovac Corp. (Madison, WI) announced a product licensing agreement with the Newpoint Co. (San Diego, CA), a division of Fiskars. The agreement is for three years with renewal options. Under the agreement, Newpoint will use the Rayovac name for a line of products to be sold in retail stores in the consumer power protection category. […]
Valence Technology Inc. (Henderson, NV) reported it has received new purchase orders for lithium polymer batteries. The orders total 50,000 meters, or more than 30 miles, of proprietary anode, cathode and separator material. The company also delivered its second major shipment of lithium polymer battery components to its joint partner, Hanil Valence Co. (Seoul, Korea). […]
Energy Ventures Inc. (EVI, Toronto)announced that, in laboratory tests, its Zinc Bromine Hybrid system now delivers up to 100 battery charge and discharge cycles. Zinc Carbon or LeClanche cells, typically marketed as heavy duty batteries, have been manufactured for over 125 years and more than 5 billion cells a year are still sold today (primarily […]
The Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium (NAVC) announced that four clean transportation projects have been awarded funding by the US Advanced Vehicle Technologies Program (AVP). The AVP is funded jointly by the Departments of Transportation and Defense, to spur development of innovative technologies for medium and heavy duty vehicles.The first project receiving funding is to develop […]
Electrosource Inc. (Austin,TX) announced it has received a $2 million order for its 12H95 Horizon Batteries from a Malaysian buyer. The order was placed by the international marketing group, Electrosource International Ltd., following the receipt of a purchase order from Perusahaan Otomobile Electric Sdn. Bhd. (POEM, Malaysia). The batteries will be used as the primary […]
Unitrode Corp. (Merrimack, NH) announced the UCC39421/2 family of multimode high-frequency PWM controllers, optimized for low-power portable applications. The ICs are considered ideal for multi-chemistry battery applications, whether using alkaline, NiMH rechargeable, or lithium-ion rechargeable cells.The UCC39421 family is claimed to offer 95 percent efficient, current-mode dc/dc conversion to boost, flyback, and SEPIC (Single Ended […]
Powerware (Raleigh N.C.) was awarded a three year contract to be a global supplier of power protection solutions for the US Air Force. The follow-on contract also includes two one-year options for preventive and emergency maintenance solutions of uninterruptible power systems (UPS) and has an estimated value of approximately $4 million over its five-year term.The […]
Bolder Technologies (Golden, CO) announced that a TMF-powered electric motorcycle set a new national speed record June 5, 1999. The quarter mile time was 13.995 seconds, which represents the fastest official time recorded for an electric motorcycle in the quarter mile. This compares with a quarter mile time of 12.7 seconds set by a Dodge […]
Yuasa Inc. (Reading, PA) has expanded its line of Independence NP Series of VRLA batteries with two new units claimed to deliver...
PowerSmart Inc. (Shelton, CT) introduced the new PS3000 family of programmable fuel gauge modules designed to enhance the reliability and runtime of smart lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride packs by providing more accurate battery data than conventional fuel gauge monitoring circuits. The new modules are fully SBS compliant and contain all SBS functionality on a single […]
Harris Corp. (Melbourne, FL) recently announced it is selling off its entire semiconductor business. Harris has entered an agreement to sell the division to a subsidiary of Sterling Holding Company LLC, a Citicorp Venture Capital Ltd. investment portfolio company. Harris had previously intended to sell only the power portion of the semiconductor division."Selling the whole […]
Electrofuel Inc. (Toronto) announced that its new Lithium-Ion SuperPolymer battery has almost doubled the previous endurance record of rechargeable batteries. The new SuperPolymer battery has an energy density of 470Wh/litre and 183Wh/kg, and is claimed to be able to power laptop computers for 15 hours or more when fully charged. The first product based on […]