50 Most Read Power Electronics Stories of 2010: 40 to 31

January 04, 2011 by Jeff Shepard

The following are a listing (with links for the full story) of the most read stories on PowerPulse.Net for 2010, thus providing a window into the "pulse" of the trends and interests in the Power Electronics Industry. This is the second part of a series that will continue through Monday, culminating with the most read story of the year.

40: Emerson Network Power Introduces New Configurable Power Supply

Emerson Network Power announced the µMP4 (MicroMP4), its latest configurable ac-dc power supply, which the company says rivals the cost of non-configurable power supplies, while providing market-leading density, efficiency, reliability and agency approvals.

The full story can be found here.

39: LED Street Light Developments Brighten Light Fair

Advances in high-wattage LED designs revealed at this week’s Light Fair in Las Vegas are moving the technology closer to wide-spread adoption in street light applications. Carmanah, Dialight, BetaLED and Power Vector were among the companies demonstrating the latest developments related to the use of LEDs in street light luminaires.

The full story can be found here.

38: IR Unveils Expanded GaN Roadmap at Electronica

On the final day of Electronica 2010, International Rectifier (IR) presented a roadmap for the commercialization of GaN power switches that included both low-voltage (20-40V) and high-voltage (600V) devices. The first 20-40V devices are being targeted at low-voltage dc-dc converter applications while the initial 600V devices are expected to find use in power factor correction and inverter designs.

The full story can be found here.

37: CHiL Semiconductor Expands Worldwide

CHiL Semiconductor Corp. announced that it is expanding its worldwide sales and support channels by opening sales offices in Japan and in Europe. According to the company, high electricity costs have made CHiL’s energy efficient solutions, which result in increased efficiency across the entire load line, particularly attractive in these markets.

The full story can be found here.

36: GaN and SiC Devices Announced at PCIM

GaN and SiC switches and diodes were announced by several companies at this week’s PCIM event in Nuremberg. International Rectifier and MicroGaN announced new GaN devices while Cree, SemiSouth and TranSiC all made announcements related to SiC.

The full story can be found here.

35: Fairchild Files Patent Lawsuit Against Power Integrations in China

Fairchild Semiconductor announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Power Integrations, Inc. in the People’s Republic of China. Fairchild is seeking a permanent injunction preventing the sale, manufacture or use in China, or the importation into China, of Power Integrations products alleged to infringe four Chinese patents, including products in the TinySwitch II, TinySwitch III, LinkSwitch II, LinkSwitch XT and TOPSwitch GX product families.

The full story can be found here.

34: ITC Judge Finds 25 Additional Patent Violations of Linear Technology Burst Mode Invention by Advanced Analogic Technologies

Linear Technology Corp. announced that on March 18, Administrative Law Judge Carl Charneski of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an enforcement initial determination (ID) finding that 25 additional Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. voltage regulator products infringe Linear’s U.S. Patent No. 6,580, 258 (’258 patent) and therefore AATI has violated a previous exclusion order issued by the ITC. This patent protects Linear’s "sleep mode" invention, comprising circuitry that significantly extends battery life in a range of portable electronic devices such as laptop computers, cell phones and PDAs by allowing the device to "sleep" when little current is needed.

The full story can be found here.

33: Saft Invests U.S. Department of Energy Grant, Breaks Ground on Lithium-Ion Battery Factory in Florida

Saft announced the groundbreaking of its lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturing plant at Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville, Florida. The factory will build advanced Li-ion cells and batteries for military hybrid vehicles, aviation, smart grid support, broadband back-up power and energy storage for renewable energy. The high-volume factory, which is Saft’s 16th wholly-owned facility worldwide and 6th within the United States, will begin production during the second half of 2011, providing additional capacity needed to meet growing customer demand, particularly in renewable energy storage.

The full story can be found here.

32: IR Introduces First Commercially Available GaN-based iP2010 & iP2011 Integrated Power Stage Devices

International Rectifier (IR)® introduced what it says is the industry’s first family of commercial integrated power stage products utilizing IR’s Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based power device technology platform. The iP2010 and iP2011 family of devices is designed for multiphase and point-of-load (POL) applications including servers, routers, switches and general purpose POL dc-dc converters.

The full story can be found here.

31: Delphi to Supply DC-DC Converter & High-Voltage Wiring to New CODA Automotive All-Electric Sedan

Delphi Corp. announced that it will supply power electronics components, high-voltage electrical/electronic architecture components and a multi-service antenna for the all-electric, four-passenger sedan due out from CODA Automotive later this year. The California-based company joins a long list of hybrid and electric vehicle manufacturers who have chosen to work with Delphi on their environmentally friendly vehicles.

The full story can be found here.