Motiv Power Systems, a specialist in electric vehicle (EV) powertrains for commercial trucks announced that the California Energy Commission (CEC) granted the company $1.16 million for an assembly line pilot run of four electric truck chassis in partnership with Detroit Chassis. The grant will further validate Motiv’s Electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS), which provides a […]
Leviton announced the promotion of John LaMontagne to the position of Vice President of Sales for the company’s Lighting Energy Solutions business unit. In his new role, LaMontagne will be responsible for the sales and specification of Leviton’s broad portfolio of lighting systems, metering and energy management products. LaMontagne most recently served as the Director […]
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) added a duo of new RF dc-dc switching converters to its portfolio of RF power management integrated circuits (ICs). The new National LM3242 and LM3243 regulators are adaptive power supply ICs that minimize power consumption of the RF power amplifier (PA) across all operating conditions. Together with the National LM3241, the […]
Micropelt, German vendor of chip thermogenerators and thermal energy harvesting micro power sources, and IMST, German specialist in low power wireless solutions, announced the TE-CORE/RF – a new, modular, self-sustaining wireless sensor kit. An embedded Micropelt thermogenerator which converts heat from a warm surface into electricity, provides the system power. A difference of 10°C (18°F) […]
Siemens Industry, Inc. introduced its new Sinvert PVM UL inverter, designed for peak efficiency and maximum plant yields to convert solar energy into grid-compliant ac voltage for infeed into conventional power supply networks. The Sinvert PVM UL inverters are available in the range from 12 kW to 24 kW for small to medium sized plants […]
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the upgrade of its formerly 60 MIPS enhanced-core dsPIC33E Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and PIC24E microcontrollers (MCUs) to 70 MIPS performance. The devices feature 536 KB Flash memory and 52 KB RAM, greater I/O capabilities, a USB 2.0 OTG interface, and enhanced motor-control, graphics, audio and real-time embedded-control capabilities. Additionally, the […]
Envia Systems announced test results that verify the company’s next-generation rechargeable battery has achieved what the company says is the highest recorded energy density of 400 Watt-hours/kilogram (Wh/kg) for a rechargeable lithium-ion cell. When commercialized, this 400 Wh/kg battery is expected to slash the price of a 300-mile range electric vehicle by cutting the cost […]
Zilog, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IXYS Corp. and a specialist supplier of application-specific, embedded microcontroller (MCU) system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for industrial, power management and consumer applications, today introduced its new Z8051 MCU Product Family. Zilog established itself, more than thirty five years ago, as a supplier of its classic cores the Z80, the Z8 and […]
Valeo is offering Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers two micro-hybrid systems – i-StARS and ReStart. Both solutions enable stop-start functionality and can help reduce the fuel consumption of a traditional internal combustion engine by two-to-three percent during the standard driving cycle and by up to 15 percent in congested urban traffic. "The two solutions are […]
Powercast Corp., a provider of wireless power technology, announced its RF-based wireless power chipset and reference design for embedded, low-power, wireless charging applications. The chipset and reference design, available for license, will make it easy and more affordable for OEMs to embed Powercast’s core RF energy-harvesting technology into their battery-less, or rechargeable battery-based devices, enabling […]
Enabling flyback power supply designers to replace inefficient Schottky rectifiers with a MOSFET driven as an ideal diode, the ZXGD3105N8 synchronous MOSFET...
ABB announced that it has won an order from ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to supply what is described as the first ever dc power grid on board a ship. The equipment will allow a new offshore platform support vessel, under construction in Norway, to operate at the highest energy efficiency level to minimize emissions. In […]
Panasonic Corp. announced that it will start taking orders for its "Energy Creation-storage Linked System for Home" from March 21 in Japan. The system integrates Panasonic’s solar cells and lithium-ion storage battery unit using its newly-developed Power Station to enable effective use of electricity in normal circumstances as well as during power outages. The March […]
An Announcement and Call for Papers has been issued for the ninth-annual Darnell’s Power Forum (DPF ’12). DPF ’12, to be hosted...
Phihong USA has developed a new series of multi-channel drivers for indoor and outdoor lighting applications. Designated the PDA050W-450G, the driver is equipped with four outputs of 450mA and offers a standard 0-10V dimming capability. "The lighting industry is making a decided move from fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs to much more cost-effective and environmentally […]