Power Electronics

How SiC Can be a Game Changer in Power Electronics

New forms of power design include semiconductor materials beyond silicon, which has been a mainstay in electronics for the past five decades. Silicon carbide (SiC), which is used for vehicles and factory equipment, is poised to overtake silicon in power electronics someday, but maybe not completely. Here are deeper details on SiC and its importance in the electronics world.

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Transformers Selection

Selection of Transformers: A Buyer’s Guide

Electrical transformers are needed in the industrial world to transfer power from one voltage system to another through electromagnetic induction. The basic elements of a transformer are its core, which creates a magnetic field, and the coil, which drives the electric current, wound around the core. Here are points to consider before purchasing a transformer or designing a custom solution.

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Wireless Energy Transmission

The Growing Importance of Wireless Energy Transmission

Power losses during the transmission of electricity can slow down productivity. The primary reason for power loss involves resistance within wires that connect with the grid. To counter these losses, engineers are looking at Nikola Tesla’s “wireless power transfer” solution of using an electromagnetic induction method.

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Smart Meter Design

Smart Meter Design: Component Options That Improve Their Operation

Smart meters are here to stay and are playing a big role in big data, particularly with utility companies. One of the reasons that this technology is becoming widely used by utilities is that they can monitor and regulate energy conservation. Here’s a brief look at how smart meters are paving the way toward more robust circuit protection components and power control components.

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Power Inductors

Power Inductors: How Their Electromagnetic Radiation Is Influenced

Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is generated by inductors in power converters. This activity is important because of the surrounding components that can cause magnetic coupling, which allows for a magnetic field to transmit power from one shaft to another. Here’s a quick look at how electromagnetic radiation is influenced within power inductors.

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Semiconductor Industry

Moore’s Law Impact on the Semiconductor Industry: A Look at AMD & Intel

Moore’s Law is the key to computer chips getting smaller over time. Semiconductor companies such as AMD and Intel have traditionally relied on this principle for improving performance in nanotechnology. At the same time, engineers are challenged to discover new innovations over specific time frames to meet expectations of the investment community. Ironically, AMD has taken an alternative route beyond Moore’s Law to deliver profits to shareholders.

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Mesh Networking Will Change Our Perception of the Internet

How Mesh Networking Will Change Our Perception of the Internet

Even though it seems the internet is ubiquitous, there are still many places where wireless connectivity is nonexistent, especially in rural areas. Only 40% of the world’s population currently has an internet connection, as the poorest communities still lack connectivity. Here are ways that mesh networking is helping resolve this issue.

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