The Power Plant http://powerelectronics.com/blog/17022/feed Sam Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Power Electronics Technology, blogs about power from the lowest levels up into the kilowatt region. en Shakeup in the Analog IC Rankings http://powerelectronics.com/blog/shakeup-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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/shakeup-analog-ic-rankings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/shakeup-analog-ic-rankings#comments Automotive Industry Mobile Robotics Passive Components PMICs The Power Plant Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:15:00 +0000 60401 at http://powerelectronics.com Power-Management Lab Kits for Young and Old Engineers http://powerelectronics.com/blog/power-management-lab-kits-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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/power-management-lab-kits-young-and-old-engineers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/power-management-lab-kits-young-and-old-engineers#comments Power Management The Power Plant Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:05:00 +0000 59231 at http://powerelectronics.com Nyquist: The Noted Engineer (Not the Horse) http://powerelectronics.com/blog/nyquist-noted-engineer-not-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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/nyquist-noted-engineer-not-horse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/nyquist-noted-engineer-not-horse#comments Thermal Management The Power Plant Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:50:00 +0000 58121 at http://powerelectronics.com FAQs: Age Discrimination for Engineers http://powerelectronics.com/blog/faqs-age-discrimination-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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/faqs-age-discrimination-engineers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/faqs-age-discrimination-engineers#comments Learning Resources Community The Power Plant Tue, 10 May 2016 20:28:00 +0000 57181 at http://powerelectronics.com APEC 2016 Preview http://powerelectronics.com/blog/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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/apec-2016-preview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/apec-2016-preview#comments Power Electronics Systems The Power Plant Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:15:00 +0000 54151 at http://powerelectronics.com Fairchild Semiconductor Moves ON http://powerelectronics.com/blog/fairchild-semiconductor-moves <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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/fairchild-semiconductor-moves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/fairchild-semiconductor-moves#comments Portable Power Management Power Management PMICs The Power Plant Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:20:00 +0000 51841 at http://powerelectronics.com Self-Flying Drone Dips, Darts, and Dives through Trees at 30 MPH http://powerelectronics.com/blog/self-flying-drone-dips-darts-and-dives-through-trees-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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/self-flying-drone-dips-darts-and-dives-through-trees-30-mph" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/self-flying-drone-dips-darts-and-dives-through-trees-30-mph#comments Robotics Portable Power Management Power Electronics Systems The Power Plant Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:19:00 +0000 51391 at http://powerelectronics.com Back to the Future: Next-Generation Vacuum Electronics http://powerelectronics.com/blog/back-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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/back-future-next-generation-vacuum-electronics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/back-future-next-generation-vacuum-electronics#comments Defense Discrete Power Semis Power Electronics Systems The Power Plant Mon, 14 Sep 2015 23:11:00 +0000 49771 at http://powerelectronics.com <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 http://powerelectronics.com/blog/there-us-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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/there-us-engineering-shortage-it-depends-who-you-ask" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/there-us-engineering-shortage-it-depends-who-you-ask#comments Trends & Analysis Power Electronics Systems Community The Power Plant Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:05:00 +0000 49111 at http://powerelectronics.com World’s First Personal Robot Reads Emotions http://powerelectronics.com/blog/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="http://powerelectronics.com/blog/world-s-first-personal-robot-reads-emotions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/blog/world-s-first-personal-robot-reads-emotions#comments Products Batteries Robotics Motion Systems Portable Power Management The Power Plant Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:14:00 +0000 47891 at http://powerelectronics.com <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>