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    Battery and charger solutions move e-bike into a new gear

    By Majeed Ahmad | March 27, 2017

    The e-bike battery systems benefit from both travel charger and home charger. Image courtesy of Intersil

    Europe’s enthusiasm for the clean environment and energy efficiency apparently makes the electric bicycles or e-bikes a poster child of the shift from mechanical to electronic control systems. However, what’s new in the e-bike story is that China is now only issuing new licenses for e-bikes while putting an end to the permits for gas-powered bicycles.

    Efficiency: The First Fuel

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      Bluetooth low energy: Control LED color and brightness with a smartphone

      By Majeed Ahmad | March 27, 2017

      Bluetooth mesh networking and beacon functionality are now allowing smart lighting startups like PURillume to simplify installation complexity, reduce energy consumption, and automate lighting controls merely by using a smartphone or a tablet.

      PURillume’s LED lamps for hospitality and residential markets can be color tuned wirelessly using Bluetooth low energy (BLE) encrypted connections from a master lamp, smartphone or tablet.

      Beyond Silicon

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        GaN transistors to demo power efficiency at APEC 2107 show in Florida

        By Majeed Ahmad | March 21, 2017

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        TI’s GaN-based LMG5200 module for 48V-to-POL applications in datacenters (shown on top) uses eGaN power FETs from EPC.

        Gallium nitride (GaN) chips are going to have a show of power — and how they can boost power density and energy efficiency — at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) being held on 26-30 March 2017 in Tampa, Florida.

        Texas Instruments will showcase how its GaN-based 48 to POL half-bridge controllers can facilitate greater energy efficiency at the AC-to-processor stage.

        The Energy Imperative

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          CCS: A unified EV charging standard in the making

          By Majeed Ahmad | March 13, 2017

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          The CCS infrastructure supports up to 100 kW of energy delivery while using HomePlug Green PHY links for communication and monitoring. Image courtesy of Phoenix Contact

          Electric cars, as Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche puts it, need both convincing vehicles and a comprehensive charging infrastructure. Eventually, a robust charging network is taking shape in 2017 in order to galvanize the mass consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).