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What’s the Problem with AC-DC Front Ends?

October 3, 2012
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The first in a series of posts looking at how the performance of AC-DC front ends can be improved looks at the limitations and issues being faced.

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Need More than a Switch to Low-Energy Light Bulbs

October 2, 2012
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Need More than a Switch to Low-Energy Light Bulbs

Reducing wasted energy by improving efficiency is important. Really important! In March 2010, the European Union identified five key targets for the next 10 years, placing the reduction of greenhouse gases – by at least 20%, and ideally 30% – as a priority alongside increasing employment, investing in R&D, reducing early school leavers and lifting 20 million people out of poverty.

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How ZVS Buck Regulators Can Make Your Power Design More Competitive

September 4, 2012
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How ZVS Buck Regulators Can Make Your Power Design More Competitive

Competitive pressure for higher performance systems drives electronic product designers to strive for solutions with higher density and higher efficiency in a reduced size.

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Unmanned Vehicles: a Growing but Demanding Market

August 28, 2012
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Unmanned Vehicles: a Growing but Demanding Market

Even without any particular knowledge of the market the average man – or woman – on the street wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the unmanned systems market is being forecast to grow in the coming years. 

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Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA) versus Factorized Power Architecture (FPA)

August 20, 2012
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Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA) versus Factorized Power Architecture (FPA)

We’ve posted a number of articles over the last few months about the different power architectures available, and the advantages and disadvantages of using each. In this post we continue on this theme, looking at the difference between Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA) and the latest architecture Factorized Power Architecture (FPA).

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Boosting Energy Efficiency in Power Converters

August 16, 2012
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Boosting Energy Efficiency in Power Converters

From lossy DC distribution buses in telecom equipments to power hungry datacenter servers and emerging aerospace systems, the quest to further cut power losses and improve the overall efficiency of power solutions in these applications is very high.

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Petaflops and Megawatts

July 13, 2012
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Petaflops and Megawatts

Congratulations to the engineers at IBM, who have taken the USA to the top of the Top 500 list of supercomputers around the world.

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