Robotics en How Does a Prototyping-Only Approach Impact Product Design? <div class="field-deck"> One in 10 design engineers still rely on purely physical prototypes, potentially adding significant, unnecessary costs to their designs, according to engineering surveys. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Many engineers rely solely on prototyping their designs to create products, but some form of simulation along with prototyping can actually improve product designs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Industry Energy Robotics Power Electronics Systems Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:15:00 +0000 61221 at <p>(Image courtesy of Tony Vitolo, Power Electronics).</p> Driving Battery Innovation with CAE <div class="field-byline"> Gaetan Damblanc, Siemens PLM </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The demand for safety and high performance in Li-ion batteries has never been so high. Cells and pack manufacturers are looking for high energy density, high power density, safety, long life span and low cost.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Batteries Energy Mobile Robotics Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:10:00 +0000 61191 at NASA Space Robotics Challenge Prepares Robots for the Journey to Mars <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, is in the midst of a new competition called the Space Robotics Challenge. This event seeks to develop the capabilities of humanoid robots to help astronauts on the journey to Mars.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industry Robotics Motion Systems Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:45:00 +0000 61211 at <p>NASA&#39;s&nbsp;Robonaut&nbsp;5. (Image courtesy of NASA).</p> User-Configurable Multiphase Converters Can Handle Up to 450A Loads <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Intersil Corporation’s digital multiphase PWM controllers and their associated Smart Power Stages provide a scalable output of 10A to 450A.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Products Trends & Analysis DC-DC Converters Robotics Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:20:00 +0000 61121 at <p>(Image courtesy of Intersil).</p> Design Notebook: Four Interleaved Flybacks Yield Power Factor Correction <div class="field-byline"> Charles Barnett, Leightner Electronics, and Steve Sandler, Picotest </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>When operated in the discontinuous mode, four interleaved flyback converter circuits automatically provide power factor correction (PFC).</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends & Analysis Mobile Robotics Power Management PMICs Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000 60721 at 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 Unique Driver Architecture Enhances GaN-Based Isolated Power-Supply Designs <div class="field-byline"> CEO Joe Duigan and CTO Dr. Karl Rinne, Heyday Integrated Circuits </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>GaN-on-silicon E-HEMT transistors are the choice for maximum performance, efficiency and cost-effective power supplies. Cost-effective driver technology enhances supply performance by simplifying layout, reducing component count, and improving reliability. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends & Analysis Robotics GaN Transistors Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:40:00 +0000 60101 at <p>(Image courtesy of&nbsp;Heyday Integrated Circuits).</p> Selecting Power Supplies for Peak Load Applications <div class="field-byline"> Gary Bocock, Technical Director, XP Power </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Selecting and evaluating a power supply for peak load applications based on readily available thermal data, rather than one continuously rated for the full peak power results in a smaller, lighter, lower cost solution without compromising the performance, reliability and lifetime of the end application.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AC-DC Power Supplies Trends & Analysis Robotics Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:15:00 +0000 60091 at ±30A Energy Monitor IC Provides Accurate Board Level Measurements <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Without requiring additional circuitry, an energy-monitor IC measures the necessary parameters to accurately assess and manage board-level energy consumption.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Robotics Power Management PMICs Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:15:00 +0000 59981 at Sulfur-Resistant Fixed Resistor Products <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Bourns Inc. announced its Model CRT-AS Sulfur-Resistant series of thin film precision chip resistors.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products Robotics Passive Components Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:45:00 +0000 59611 at <p>(Image courtesy of Bourns).</p>