Power Sources http://electronicdesign.com/taxonomy/term/25803/more en What is the Piezoelectric Effect? http://electronicdesign.com/power/what-piezoelectric-effect <div class="field-byline"> Carmen Emily Yang </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This basics-of-design-type of article traces the beginnings of piezoelectricity, and how different materials have advanced its effect on today's electronics.</div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/power/what-piezoelectric-effect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/power/what-piezoelectric-effect#comments Power Power Sources Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:37:00 +0000 884891 at http://electronicdesign.com "Cap-Drop" Approach Implements Offline Power Supply for Light Loads http://electronicdesign.com/power/cap-drop-approach-implements-offline-power-supply-light-loads <div class="node-body article-body">A transformerless ac-dc supply can provide dc power for light loads using a capacitor's reactions as a current-limiting element.</div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/power/cap-drop-approach-implements-offline-power-supply-light-loads" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/power/cap-drop-approach-implements-offline-power-supply-light-loads#comments Analog Ideas for Design Power Power Sources Texas Instruments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:05:00 +0000 884301 at http://electronicdesign.com Enhanced Stepper-Motor Control Brings BLDC-Like Performance http://electronicdesign.com/analog/enhanced-stepper-motor-control-brings-bldc-performance <div class="node-body article-body">Numerous machines designed with stepper motors for economic reasons could deliver better user experiences if they were quieter, smoother, and more energy-efficient. New control strategies implemented with minimal extra circuitry now enable BLDC-like high efficiency and smoothness.</div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/analog/enhanced-stepper-motor-control-brings-bldc-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/analog/enhanced-stepper-motor-control-brings-bldc-performance#comments Analog Microcontrollers Power Sources Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:10:00 +0000 882241 at http://electronicdesign.com Can Supercapacitors Surpass Batteries for Energy Storage? http://electronicdesign.com/power/can-supercapacitors-surpass-batteries-energy-storage <div class="field-deck"> Advances in supercapacitors are delivering better-than-ever energy-storage options. In some cases, they can compete against more-popular batteries in a range of markets. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Advances in supercapacitors are delivering better-than-ever energy-storage options. In some cases, they can compete against more-popular batteries in a range of markets. </div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/power/can-supercapacitors-surpass-batteries-energy-storage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/power/can-supercapacitors-surpass-batteries-energy-storage#comments Energy Power Power Sources Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:53:00 +0000 879221 at http://electronicdesign.com 11 Myths About Power Supplies http://electronicdesign.com/power/11-myths-about-power-supplies <div class="node-body article-body">With global electrical grids burdened to the brink, better energy efficiency is one of the most important challenges of our time. </div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/power/11-myths-about-power-supplies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/power/11-myths-about-power-supplies#comments Engineering Essentials Power Power Sources Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:45:00 +0000 878941 at http://electronicdesign.com High Voltage and GaN: Gateways to Better Power-Supply Efficiency http://electronicdesign.com/power/high-voltage-and-gan-gateways-better-power-supply-efficiency <div class="node-body article-body">Power supplies with lower resistance and faster switching leads to less heat and lower energy consumption in myriad applications. </div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/power/high-voltage-and-gan-gateways-better-power-supply-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/power/high-voltage-and-gan-gateways-better-power-supply-efficiency#comments gans MOSFETs Power Power Sources Texas Instruments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0000 878461 at http://electronicdesign.com Boost Appliance Efficiency with Low-Voltage BLDCs http://electronicdesign.com/power/boost-appliance-efficiency-low-voltage-bldcs <div class="node-body article-body">In efforts to meet global energy-efficiency mandates, designers are replacing ac induction motors with low-voltage brushless dc motors in a wide range of appliance applications.</div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/power/boost-appliance-efficiency-low-voltage-bldcs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/power/boost-appliance-efficiency-low-voltage-bldcs#comments Analog Power Power Sources Texas Instruments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000 878251 at http://electronicdesign.com SunPower Makes Quick Work of Efficiency Record http://electronicdesign.com/power/sunpower-makes-quick-work-efficiency-record <div class="node-body article-body">SunPower, the second largest solar company in the United States, said that it has hit a new benchmark for solar panel efficiency, beating its own previous record.</div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/power/sunpower-makes-quick-work-efficiency-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/power/sunpower-makes-quick-work-efficiency-record#comments Hot Topics Energy Power Power Sources Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:05:00 +0000 877501 at http://electronicdesign.com <p>The prototype solar panel converts 24.1% of the sunlight that hits it into electricity, making it vastly more efficient than conventional solar cells, which are usually between 15% and 18% efficient. (Image courtesy of&nbsp;<a data-rapid_p="30" data-track="attributionNameClick" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/conifer/" title="Go to coniferconifer's photostream">coniferconifer</a>, Flickr).</p> Take Back Your Board Space http://electronicdesign.com/power/take-back-your-board-space <div class="field-byline"> Electronic Design Freelance Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">To deliver the power needed while conserving space in board design, integrate inductors into POL supplies to create 30-A modules with dime-sized footprints.</div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/power/take-back-your-board-space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/power/take-back-your-board-space#comments Boards Power Power Sources Texas Instruments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000 877281 at http://electronicdesign.com EE Schools Not to Blame: Most EEs are Self-Taught http://electronicdesign.com/blog/ee-schools-not-blame-most-ees-are-self-taught <div class="node-body blog-body">The recent post “7 Critical Things They Don’t Teach You in EE School” generated numerous responses, covering a wide range of related topics. </div> <p><a href="http://electronicdesign.com/blog/ee-schools-not-blame-most-ees-are-self-taught" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://electronicdesign.com/blog/ee-schools-not-blame-most-ees-are-self-taught#comments Boards Power Sources Test & Measurement Wireless Communiqué Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:30:00 +0000 877451 at http://electronicdesign.com