Lucent Technologies (Murray Hill, NJ) announced that it has agreed to sell its Power Systems business unit (LPS) to Tyco International (Pembroke, Bermuda) for $2.5 billion. The sale, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close by December 31, 2000, and result in a one-time gain to be […]
SK Global Co. (Seoul, Korea) is advancing into the lithium battery business. Demand for rechargeable lithium batteries is on the rise, as they are widely used in semiconductor, LCD and battery products. SK Global formed a strategic alliance with Anycell Inc. (Kwangju, Korea), a lithium battery maker, and released the SK Lithium Battery, with intended […]
Delta Computer Systems (Vancouver, WA) announced their RMC-Serial motion controller, which they claim is a high-performance, cost-effective interface to a process controller, whether PC, PLC or custom system. The RMC-Serial motion controller combines multiple communication protocols with optical isolation and software-selectable transceivers, giving it, the company believes, a highly versatile, industrial-hardened communication platform. The RMC-Serial's […]
Active Power (Austin, TX) announced that it has successfully operated a critical subsystem of its telecom continuous power system (CPS). Using a fully integrated flywheel/motor-generator/turbine rotor that weighs less than 25 pounds, the Active Power CPS will be capable of delivering 6kW of backup power for eight hours. Target applications for this product include backup […]
Dynex Power Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) announced the extension of a collaborative agreement for the design and development of advanced power electronic devices. This new collaboration builds on the development by the University of Cambridge (UK) of the trenchgate IGBT designs for Dynex that are set to become the company's net generation of high-performance IGBT components. […]
Unipower Telecom (Coral Springs, FL) has introduced the INV2500 inverter, which achieves 7.0VA per cubic inch. The INV2500 is capable of producing...
International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) has designed a motor drive power-management architecture, positioned between the micro- or DSP-controller and the motor, to...
Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced that it plans to buy TelCom Semiconductor Inc. (Mountain View, CA) in a stock deal valued at about $300.0 million dollars and aimed at expanding its portfolio of stand-alone analog products. The transaction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2001 and immediately add to Microchip's […]
Polytron Devices Inc. (Paterson, NJ) recently released for mass production a complete series of 60W dc/dc converters, the MWB60 Series, with 4:1...
DaimlerChrysler Corp. (Auburn Hills, MI) is now disclosing the details of the Jeep Commander 2, which merges a new design with an advanced fuel cell powertrain in a sport-utility vehicle. DaimlerChrysler claims that the vehicle is virtually pollution-free while achieving double the fuel efficiency of a conventional SUV. While Commander 2 duplicates the shape and […]
NMB-Minebea (Chatsworth, CA) has developed a new 200W power supply with power-factor correction, which complies with regulatory requirements for EN6100-3-2. The SPS2156 is a five-output, fan-cooled switching supply that incorporates a remote-switched ac outlet and an auxiliary supply, which can provide 2A in sleep mode, allowing rapid resume and wake-up options to be implemented for […]
Vicor Corp. (Andover, MA) has introduced a new power-conversion architecture called PowerStick, specifically designed to address the market for low-profile, high-density, board-mounted...
ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) announced that its sales in the Asia-Pacific region for the first nine months of 2000 exceeded $500.0 million dollars. The latest company sales figures showed that shipments of analog chips used for power-management applications in mobile devices, such as cellular phones and PDAs, were up almost 40 percent over the same […]
The price of shares in the initial public offering of Evergreen Solar Inc. (Waltham, MA) fell into the middle of the expected range, at $14 per share. The company grossed $42.0 million dollars by selling three million shares of its common stock. Proceeds are planned to go toward expansion, research and development in the use […]
DaimlerChrysler Corp. (Stuttgart, Germany) recently unveiled the Necar 5, which they have dubbed the next-generation methanol-powered fuel cell vehicle. The direct successor of the Necar 3, the Necar 5 is both smaller and more powerful than its previous incarnations. It took three years, but DaimlerChrysler engineers finally succeeded in reducing the size of the fuel […]