Robin Tichy

Robin
Tichy

Robin Tichy is a product marketing engineer with Micro Power Electronics Inc. Robin Tichy is a product marketing engineer with Micro Power Electronics Inc.

Articles
Market Shift From Laptops To Tablets Affects Battery Design-Ins 1
The laptop market has benefitted from the industry's standard use of 18650 batteries. The growing consumer preference for tablets over laptops, though, will disrupt that supply stability.
The Battery Industry Struggles In The Earthquake’s Aftermath
Dr Sarah Robin Tichy analyzes the potential effect of the Japan earthquake disaste on Lithium battery supplies.
Electric Cars Look To Li-Air Batteries For Exponentially Better Range 4

Chemistry research moves at a snail’s pace, and battery innovation is no exception. It needs a catalyst. Pardon the pun, but the world is clamoring for alternatives to gasoline-powered vehicles, and today’s batteries have a long way to go.

Operating Conditions Get Tougher On Li-Ion Batteries

Shipping Li-Ion Batteries? Watch For Changing Rules 45
Robin Tichy, contributing columnist for Electronic Design, explains the rules regarding the shipment of Li-ion batteries, both rechargeable and non-rechargeable, and how they are changing.
Batteries Present A Great Hope For U.S. Manufacturing
Contributing Editor Robin Tichy muses about the hopes that batteries hold for a U.S. manufacturing rebound, as well as about John Goodenough, an Enrico Fermi Award winner for his contributions to the underlying science behind Li-ion technology.
Use Cell Balancing To Enable Large-Scale Li-ion Batteries
Many applications need lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs with high cell counts. Large-scale arrays based on Li-ion batteries can provide the high voltage, current, and capacity required by many emerging markets. Yet designers of larger battery packs face
Changes To IEEE 1625 Establish A High Bar For Battery Design 1
IEEE 1625, a voluntary standard for lithium laptop battery makers has been updated.
Transportation Guidelines For Lithium Batteries Get Updated
Most people involved in the design and manufacture of portable devices have heard that there are significant restrictions and in-depth testing associated with the shipment of lithium-based battery packs. However, the details of the regulations are
The Dangers Of Counterfeit Battery Packs: Answers To Reader Questions
The continuing growth of portable handheld devices has spawned a healthy selection of aftermarket battery pack suppliers. Yet aftermarket vendors may resort to activities that compromise the end-user experience or safety to make the battery pa
Protect Yourself From The Dangers Of Knockoff Battery Packs
In recent years, the news of individual battery incidents such as cell-phone and laptop fires has been eclipsed by factory fires and large recalls of lithium-ion (Liion) cells. Several large, well-known Li-ion cell suppliers have been affected
You've Got High-Power Battery Questions, We've Got Answers
Historically, the nickel-cadmium (NiCd) cell has been the best solution for handheld applications with usage profiles requiring large current pulses. But new environmental regulations may have a marked effect on cells containing heavy metal
Look Past The Misconceptions And Myths Surrounding Li-Polymer
Batteries based on lithium polymer (Li-polymer) have been “the next big thing” in portable power for the last 10 years. Li-polymer batteries started appearing in small consumer electronics applications, such as wireless headsets, several years
Lithium-Ion Battery System Upgrades Require Power-Management Analysis
As portable electronic systems become more sophisticated, selecting the optimum battery requires an intensive analysis of the entire power-management system. Many manufacturers now consider lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries because they hold advantages over
Battery Design Issues For An AED
The automated external defibrillator (AED) is one example of a medical product that's experiencing extremely fast adoption. These growth rates are due to improvements in the ease of use and to the battery technology that enables mobility and remote use. I
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Nov 11, 2014
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How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 3

This article will address failure to carefully vet a potential manufacturing or “turnkey” partner and/or failure to transfer sufficient information and requirements to such a partner, a very common problem I have seen again and again with my clients over the years, and have been the shoulder cried upon by several relatives and clients in the past....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled 1

There have been many arguments here and there about how short-comings of universities and colleges yield engineers with skill sets that do not cater to the demands of the industry. There have been many arguments here and there about an imminent shortage of engineers lacking knowledge in the sciences. There have been many arguments here and there about how the experience and know-how of engineers in the industry may vanish due to the fact that they can’t be passed on because the academic curriculum deviates from it....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Small Beginnings 5

About 10 years ago I received a phone call from an acquaintance. He had found a new opportunity selling some sort of investments and he wanted to share it with me in case I was interested. Ken had done fairly well for many years as a contract software developer primarily in the financial services sector. His specialty was writing RPG code. (RPG is often referred to as a write only language.) But he was seeing the handwriting on the wall as the industry moved on to other methods, and saw himself becoming a fossil....More

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