Schaefer C4700 DC/DC converter series

17 March, 2011 | Supplied by: Powerbox Australia Pty Ltd

The C4700 series of 2500 W DC/DC converters from Schaefer uses industrial-grade components for the most extreme environments in industries such as railway controls and communications equipment (onboard and trackside), military applications, alternative-energy applications, transportation and process control systems.

Vishay 2 V supply option optoelectronics series

15 March, 2011 | Supplied by: Braemac Pty Ltd

Vishay has broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of a ‘V’ low-voltage supply option for 10 of its TSOP IR series receivers.

Setec BMS-001 battery monitor

15 March, 2011 | Supplied by: Setec Pty Ltd

The BMS-001 is a battery monitor that continuously monitors 12 V lead acid batteries, acting as a ‘fuel gauge’, to estimate the state of charge and time remaining to discharge.

Wireless power from temperature change

23 February, 2011

Nextreme Thermal Solutions has introduced a power generator that uses heat as a source of electricity for low-power wireless applications.

Automated Control Engineering/FEAS SNT8024 switch mode DC power supply

11 February, 2011 | Supplied by: Automated Control Pty Ltd

Automated Control Engineering and FEAS have introduced the SNT8024 switch mode DC power supply, suitable for harsh industrial environments.

Semikron SKiiPRACK inverter platform

11 February, 2011 | Supplied by: Semikron Danfoss

The SKiiPRACK high-power converter/inverter platform for industrial applications, including AC/DC drives, wind power, industrial power supplies and power conversion applications, is configurable for power ratings ranging from 150 kVA to 3 MVA.

Manufacturing technique holds promise for solar energy

11 February, 2011

A new semiconductor manufacturing method, pioneered at the University of Illinois in the US, is claimed to make the future of solar energy brighter.

Wax, soap clean up obstacles to better batteries

11 February, 2011

A little wax and soap can help build electrodes for cheaper lithium-ion batteries, according to a study published in Nano Letters.

Electric vehicle battery management

20 January, 2011

Nuvation Engineering has developed a custom battery management system, fuel gauge and driver interface for electric vehicles.

Building better batteries from the nanoscale up

14 January, 2011

A nanostructured lithium-ion battery developed at Rice University may charge faster and last longer than Li-ion batteries in current use. Nanowires with a PMMA polymer coating solve a long-standing problem of forming ultrathin electrolyte layers around nanostructured electrodes.

Cheaper solar cells around the corner?

22 November, 2010

Imec is a non-profit European research organisation specialising in the study of nanoelectronics, using the expertise of its global partners in ICT, healthcare and energy. Founded in 1984, its headquarters are in Leuven in Belgium, with offices in the Netherlands, Taiwan, the US, China and Japan. Its staff of more than 1750 includes over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. Here are some highlights from recent research projects.

Virus may lead to better batteries

26 October, 2010

Scientists have reported progress in using a common virus to develop improved materials for high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could be woven into clothing to power portable electronic devices.

Linear Technology LTC2990 IC temperature and voltage monitor

19 October, 2010 | Supplied by: element14

The LTC2990, an I2C temperature and monitor for 3 and 5 V systems, is a highly integrated monitor that incorporates a 14-bit ADC, a 10 ppm/°C voltage reference and I2C digital interface to provide sub millivolt voltage resolution, as well as ±1°C accuracy internally and ±0.5°C accuracy remotely when making temperature measurements.

Linear Technology LTM8061 and LTM8062 system-in-a-package uModule charger range

19 October, 2010 | Supplied by: element14

The LTM8061 and LTM8062 are the first devices in a new family of system-in-a-package uModule chargers, and support an output current up to 2 A.

Linear Technology LTC2911 three-channel supply monitor

19 October, 2010 | Supplied by: element14

Linear Technology Corporation has introduced the LTC2911 three-channel supply monitor with power-fail warning for low-voltage systems down to 0.5 V. In certain applications, monitoring the main input supply is just as important as monitoring the intermediate bus voltages to provide the host with an early warning of supply failure and signal shutdown procedures.

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