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    Are Supercaps the Answer to Boeing’s Battery Problems? Not Yet, but Stay Tuned…

    2/20/2013 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

    It has been a tough couple of months for Boeing. Its 787 has been grounded since January 16 by the Federal Aviation Administration because of problems with its onboard lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. In one incident a fire took place aboard a Japan Airlines 787 shortly after it landed at Boston’s Logan International Airport. It took firefighters nearly 40 minutes to put out the fire in the aircraft's rear auxiliary power unit (APU).

    The Choices We Make

    3/27/2013 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

    Arguing is easy—just look at our two political parties. Agreeing on the best part for a design project is harder: often, even after we’ve discovered precisely what specs a given component has and which characteristics are most important for the application at hand, the deciding differences can be marginally slim with the final outcome sometimes based on a factor or factors we didn’t even think of at the outset of the project.

    A Call to Co-ordinate RoHS and REACH Efforts

    4/24/2013 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

    Our Founding Fathers clearly understood the inherent unfairness of being put through multiple trials for the same offense. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifically prohibits what has become known as “double jeopardy,” where a defendant is tried again on the same (or similar) charges after being acquitted the first time. The goal was and is to prevent the government from employing its superior resources to wear down and erroneously convict innocent persons.

    Hybrid Capacitors: Sometimes the Porridge is Just Right

    5/29/2013 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

    Like Goldilocks, those of us who have been following the electronics design industry for long enough get a sense of when something seems just right. In this case it isn’t porridge that is neither too hot nor too cold, but a component solution that seems just right for some particular applications.

    Power Conversion Component Trends from PSMA

    6/26/2013 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

    Every two years the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) forms a team of industry experts to compile the latest trends shaping power conversion technologies. The goal is to stimulate discussion of trends that are driving new technology in power conversion, in particular for the following specific product families expected to be the areas of largest market growth: Ac-dc front end power supplies; external ac-dc power supplies; isolated dc-dc converters; and non-isolated dc-dc converters.

    Wi-Fi will be in the Mix for Wireless 'Internet of Things' Supremacy

    7/24/2013 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

    As system designers look to leverage the capabilities that Internet connectivity can provide, a new phenomenon is emerging called the 'Internet of Things' (IoT). Essentially, IoT aims to not only connect people to their devices, but also each of these devices to one another, enabling them to exchange and act upon information without human intervention.

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