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New Electronics strives to bring you all the latest technology news from the Power sector. Advances in electronics are often fast-paced and innovative, so we know that as a design engineer you want to be kept up-to-date with current developments.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the latest electronics technology news from New Electronics.


A power design survey conducted by New Electronics threw up some interesting information, especially when compared to results of a similar survey in 2011. Tim Fryer asked a panel of experts to comment on the results and how their companies are responding.

Performance requirements drive changes in battery charging technology

There are few products on the market today which rely on disposable alkaline batteries for their power. Instead, designers are specifying lithium-ion batteries in various formats. But the general trend is for products to get smaller and for users to not only expect longer times between charges, but also a faster charging process. These demands are pushing battery charging product developers to adopt more innovative approaches.

GaN reference designs set to play central role in power electronics applications

Gallium nitride (GaN) has been touted as 'the next big thing' in power electronics applications for some time now. In speed, temperature, efficiency and power handling, various implementations of the technology are set to take over as silicon power devices reach their limits, and the hottest topics at recent power exhibitions in the US and Europe have surrounded the introduction of GaN devices.

Industry trends conspire to make power analysis an important consideration for designers

As a rule, test and measurement companies need to be at the forefront of technology – their products need to be at least as capable as the equipment which they are being used to design. However, until recently, it seems that the traditional heavy hitters in T&M were happy to leave power analysis to the specialists in the field – notably Yokogawa, which claims to represent more than half of the market.

Analogue control remains popular

Until relatively recently, the idea of trusting system power supply control to software was viewed as potentially foolhardy. When a single bug in a line of software could result in thermal meltdown or a catastrophic voltage being dumped on the system, it is no wonder that the use of digital power controllers was largely ignored.

Bench power supplies: the evolution of laboratory power

While digitally oriented switch mode technology is the norm in most areas of the power supply market, pure linear regulation still has its place – particularly for users requiring the lowest output noise, the best transient response and the most benign stability characteristics when driving complex loads. But linear units are larger and heavier for a given output power and generate more heat.

Power management in battery powered medical devices

A fundamental shift in the nature of healthcare delivery is seeing a host of therapeutic procedures, once found only in hospitals, migrating to the doctor's surgery and the home. The driver is the increased costs of treating a growing population and the need for greater efficiency.

Advanced technology ics cut all current paths to achieve zero power drain in standby

With standby power consumption representing a significant proportion of electricity consumed around the world, standards for no load performance are tightening. For example, the European Commission's Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive Tier 1, which permitted a no load consumption of 0.5W for products manufactured in 2010, was tightened in 2011 to 300mW for adapters with an output less than 51W.

Start up takes power switching technology out of university lab

There is an amazing amount of fundamental technology research undertaken in UK universities. But getting that work into the hands of entrepreneurs and small companies so it can be exploited has been a struggle. As such, facilitating this kind of technology transfer has been on the industry's 'to do' list for some years, with little sign of progress.

Facebook's new data centre is home to numerous innovations

It is reasonable to assume that anyone reading this article has dealings, in some way, with a data centre. Whether it's through the use of social networking sites, buying goods and services online or accessing 'cloud computing', the data centre is an integral part of our lives.

Designers take a fresh look at power management system design

As programmable logic technology migrates into the power subsystem portion of a design, new capabilities are becoming available to engineers. The benefits of applying programmable logic technology to power management are realised when designers can step back and take a new look at the design, using PLDs as high level system components to create more integrated solutions.

Wireless data to be followed by wireless power?

We may have seen a wireless revolution in the last decade, but it has been all about wireless data. But when it comes to transmitting power, cables are still vital. That could soon change, however, with wireless power transmission on the agenda for a host of electronic products.

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