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    Guest Blog : How the IoT — and the smartphone — are enabling the smart home

    January 23, 2017

     

     

     

    A smart home in San Diego, California combines the best of modern architecture with the best in smart home technology.

    By Ajinder Singh

    Providing a comfortable space for its occupants is only the minimum requirement for a habitable building, whether it be a primitive shelter, or modern steel and glass structure.

    A building should be more than just a “container” for its occupants.

    The Energy Imperative

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      Time to revisit power consumption in home appliances

      By Majeed Ahmad | January 19, 2017

      A single-package solution simplifies inverter design and lowers power consumption. Image courtesy of Rohm Semiconductor

      The notion of smart home has been making headlines for many years, but it’s actually the energy efficiency part where homes are making the most tangible gains through what designers call inverterization of appliance designs.

      Take the case of home appliances like air conditioners and ceiling fans.

      The Energy Imperative

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        Chipmakers warming up to 48V datacenter movement

        By Majeed Ahmad | January 19, 2017

        The single-stage conversion from 48V voltage bus to the point-of-load (PoL) in cloud server racks offers significant reductions in distribution and conversion power losses. (Image source: Maxim Integrated)

        With the emergence of 48V datacenter architecture on the server rails, is there a greener cloud on the horizon in 2017? A lot depends on the availability of chips that can efficiently facilitate the 48V single conversion to the point-of-load (PoL) while providing the projected 16x reduction in distribution loss and 30 percent lower conversion loss.