The Power Plant en Would You Bet That Autonomous Cars Will Succeed? <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>The hard question is how does Intel or anyone else integrate all these technologies into a system that works reliably.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Motion Systems The Power Plant Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 +0000 61421 at <p>(Image courtesy of Audi, Creative Commons).</p> Shakeup in the Analog IC Rankings <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Mergers and acquisitions have had a significant impact on the analog IC industry within the last few years, causing a rearrangement of company rankings. And rumors persist of further changes to come. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Industry Mobile Robotics Passive Components PMICs The Power Plant Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:15:00 +0000 60401 at Power-Management Lab Kits for Young and Old Engineers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Texas Instruments is bridging the gap between power theory and real-world applications with the TI Power Management Lab Kit series.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Power Management The Power Plant Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:05:00 +0000 59231 at Nyquist: The Noted Engineer (Not the Horse) <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>What do horse racing and engineering have in common? The answer is Nyquist. Nyquist, the horse, and Nyquist, the Swedish born American engineer.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thermal Management The Power Plant Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:50:00 +0000 58121 at FAQs: Age Discrimination for Engineers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>While not as transparent as racial or gender discrimination, age discrimination in engineering and other industries is a very real issue. ...</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Learning Resources Community The Power Plant Tue, 10 May 2016 20:28:00 +0000 57181 at APEC 2016 Preview <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>For years, APEC has been the main U.S. conference for the power electronics community—designers and component suppliers. This year it is on the West Coast in Long Beach, Calif.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Power Electronics Systems The Power Plant Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:15:00 +0000 54151 at Fairchild Semiconductor Moves ON <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Fairchild Semiconductor, incubator for many Silicon Valley semiconductor executives, is in the process of being acquired by ON Semiconductor. Previously, Fairchild Semiconductor was a subsidiary of Fairchild Camera and Instrument, Schlumberger, and National Semiconductor.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Portable Power Management Power Management PMICs The Power Plant Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:20:00 +0000 51841 at Self-Flying Drone Dips, Darts, and Dives through Trees at 30 MPH <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have developed an obstacle-detection system that allows a drone to autonomously dip, dart, and dive through a tree-filled field at upwards of 30 miles per hour. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Robotics Portable Power Management Power Electronics Systems The Power Plant Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:19:00 +0000 51391 at Back to the Future: Next-Generation Vacuum Electronics <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>We unequivocally live in the Silicon Age, but vacuum electronics, whose origins date to the 19th century, still touch our lives every day.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Defense Discrete Power Semis Power Electronics Systems The Power Plant Mon, 14 Sep 2015 23:11:00 +0000 49771 at <p>Millimeter wave vacuum tubes, including ones like the traveling wave tube (TWT) depicted here, amplify signals by exchanging kinetic energy in the electron beam (shown as a blue line) with electromagnetic energy (shown as a wave) in the signal. This figure represents a cutaway view of a TWT with all of the critical components: electron gun, magnetic circuit, electron collector, and the windows that keep the vacuum inside the tube while letting the signals flow in and out.&nbsp;</p> Is There a U.S. Engineering Shortage? It Depends Who You Ask <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>There is a difference of opinion on whether there is an engineering shortage. Some companies say there is a shortage and need to use H-1B visas to import engineers from overseas. Other industry experts say there is no shortage. Who should you believe?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends & Analysis Power Electronics Systems Community The Power Plant Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:05:00 +0000 49111 at World’s First Personal Robot Reads Emotions <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>SoftBank Robotics Corp. and SoftBank Mobile Corp. announced that “Pepper,” the world’s first personal robot that reportedly can read emotions, went on sale in Japan starting June 20, 2015.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products Batteries Robotics Motion Systems Portable Power Management The Power Plant Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:14:00 +0000 47891 at <p>Pepper&rsquo;s emotional functions are modeled on the release of hormones in humans in response to stimuli perceived by the senses. All images courtesy of Softbank.</p> Power Electronics Industry Loses One of Its Own: David Freeman <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>The power electronics industry has lost one of its old-time semiconductor experts, David Freeman. He was a Texas Instruments Fellow and CTO for TI’s high-voltage power business.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industry The Power Plant Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:45:00 +0000 47761 at Korean Team Walks Away with $2M by Winning DARPA Robotics Challenge <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>The Korean-built DRC-Hubo robot won first place at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, a competition that was intended to accelerate the evolution and applications of humanoid robotics. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industry Robotics Electromechanical Power Electronics Systems The Power Plant Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:58:00 +0000 47341 at Stanford Engineers Offer Plan to Convert U.S. to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy by 2050 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Researchers calculate each state’s power demands and how to meet them solely through available renewable sources.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alternative Energy Industry Energy Energy Harvesting Power Electronics Systems Solar The Power Plant Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:50:00 +0000 47321 at A Wind Turbine Without Blades <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Vortex Bladeless uses a radically new approach to capturing wind energy. The device captures the energy of vorticity, an aerodynamic effect that has plagued structural engineers and architects for ages (vortex shedding effect). </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Energy Harvesting The Power Plant Wed, 27 May 2015 12:36:00 +0000 46691 at