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ABB Launches World’s Most Powerful Cable System for Renewables

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ABB has announced a breakthrough in cable technology. It has successfully developed and tested a 525 kilovolt (kV) extruded high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system to make renewable energy installations more efficient and cost-effective.

This latest innovation will more than double the power capacity to about 2,600 megawatts (MW) from 1,000 MW. It will also expand the cable’s reach to distances of 1,500 kilometers, up from less than 1,000 kilometers, while keeping transmission losses under 5 percent.

 

The new cable offers a 64 percent increase over 320 kV, currently the highest voltage deployed for this type of technology. The 525kV cable system can be deployed in subsea and underground applications, making it ideal for efficient power delivery through densely populated or environmentally sensitive areas or coastal and open-sea applications.

“This major technology breakthrough will change the feasibility of renewable energy projects and play a defining role in using underground and subsea high voltage cables to integrate renewables over long distances,” said Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB.

 

By enabling more power over greater distances with reduced losses, ABB’s new 525 kV cable technology offers solutions for countries and utilities seeking to enable their electricity transmission systems to integrate more renewable energy being generated by distant solar and wind installations. A single pair of 525 kV extruded HVDC cables could for example transmit enough power from giant offshore wind farms in to supply two million households.

The new technology offers savings in capital and operational expenses. It also supports the development of DC grids where ABB removed a key technology hurdle with the development of the hybrid HVDC breaker.

The innovative cable system consists of cables, utilizing a new DC cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) insulation material developed with Borealis, a recognized industry leader, as well as termination and joints manufactured by ABB.

 

HVDC cable links are essential components of future sustainable energy systems that will need to transmit vast amounts of electricity over long distances, often across or between countries. ABB is a global leader in high-voltage cable systems with a worldwide installed base across applications including city center infeeds, oil and gas platform power supplies, subsea interconnections and the integration of renewables. ABB has commissioned more than 25 DC cable connections and almost 100 AC cable links around the world.

 

by Tim(oseam@icnweb.co.kr) of PowerElectronics korea news

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Industrial Comm., Power Elec.

 

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ON Semiconductor Announces High Performance System-in-Package (SiP) Solution for Precision-Sensing

 

ON Semiconductor has introduced Struix, a semi-customisable System-in-Package (SiP) solution for precision sensing and monitoring in mobile medical electronics, such as glucose monitors, heart rate monitors and electrocardiogram analysers.

“Advanced stacking technology enables Struix to achieve greater system integration and occupy less board space in medical devices than standalone solutions,” said Michel De Mey, senior director of consumer health solutions at ON Semiconductor. “ON Semiconductor’s SiP approach reduces design time, development risks and the costs associated with fully customized solutions. Design flexibility is further enhanced because the solution’s ULPMC10 microcontroller can be easily updated with future microcontrollers from ON Semiconductor, without replacing the AFE, which is subject to FDA re-certification.”

The ULPMC10 microcontroller element of Struix processes signals using an industry-leading 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M3 core capable of running up to frequencies of 30 megahertz (MHz). The microcontroller incorporates 512 kilobytes (kB) on-chip Flash memory and 24 kB SRAM memory to store critical program and user data. Designed to improve battery life in portable devices, ULPMC10 offers superior performance with minimal dynamic and static power demands. Through on-chip charge pump-based power conversion and regulation, the microcontroller can operate at a current consumption of less than 200 µA/MHz. While in standby mode, current consumption remains below 500 nanoamperes (nA), a critical parameter for low-duty cycle medical devices.

The power management subsystem monitors the device for fail-safe operation with a wide variety of battery voltages without requiring external components. The microcontroller also includes a12-bit analog-to-digital converter with three multiplexed inputs, a real-time clock, a phase-locked-loop, and a temperature sensor. To simplify product development, ON Semiconductor offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use suite of development add-ins for IAR Systems to support the ULPMC10 microcontroller, including CMSIS based software interfaces.

by Tim(oseam@icnweb.co.kr) of PowerElectronics Korea news

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Power Elec.

 

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North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts July 2014 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.07

 

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the July EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.   A book-to-bill of 1.07 means that $107 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in July 2014 was $1.41 billion. The bookings figure is 2.8  percent lower than the final June 2014 level of $1.46 billion, and is 17.1 percent higher than the July 2013 order level of $1.21 billion.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in July 2014 was $1.32 billion. The billings figure is 0.7 percent lower than the final June 2014 level of $1.33 billion, and is 9.4 percent higher than the July 2013 billings level of $1.20 billion.

“Order activity for semiconductor equipment has held at a steady level so far for 2014,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “This trend, along with improvements in semiconductor device sales and unit shipments, is consistent with our outlook for strong equipment sales growth this year.”

The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages of worldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings and bookings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.

The data contained in this release were compiled by David Powell, Inc., an independent financial services firm, without audit, from data submitted directly by the participants. SEMI and David Powell, Inc. assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the underlying data.

The data are contained in a monthly Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. The report tracks billings and bookings worldwide of North American-headquartered manufacturers of equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not billings and bookings of the chips themselves. The Book-to-Bill report is one of three reports included with the SEMI Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS).

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Industrial Comm., Power Elec.

 

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BELDEN acquire Prosoft for industrial connectivity platforms

 

“I’m also pleased to announce the acquisition of ProSoft, a leader in innovative technology to industrial markets. So far this year, we’ve deployed more than $340 million in strategic acquisitions and share repurchases. Overall, the business performed well, with revenue strength in our Broadcast and Industrial Connectivity platforms offsetting the margin expansion initiatives within our Enterprise Connectivity business.”

– John Stroup, President and CEO of Belden Inc.

 

통신 및 네트워크 관련 세계적인 전문기업인 미국 세이트 루이스 소재 벨덴(Belden) 그룹이 산업용 커넥티비티 전문업체인 프로소프트 테크놀로지스(prosoft technology)를 인수한다고 밝혔다. 프로소프트는 PLC 컨트롤러 중심의 산업용 통신 컨버터(모듈) 및 산업용 무선 솔루션 분야에서 혁신솔루션을 제공하고 있다.

벨덴의 존 스토롭(John Stroup) CEO는 7월 30일 2분기 실적발표를 진행하면서, 약 3700억원(3억 4천만 달러)을 투자해 프로소프트 인수해 산업용 네트워크 및 통신 관련 시장 주도성을 더욱 강화한다고 깜짝 발표를 진행했다.

벨덴은 최근들어 적극적인 인수합병을 통해 통신 및 전력, 철도, 인프라, 제조산업 분야 네트워크 전문업체로 부상하고 있는 중이어서 주목된다. 케이블 전문업체였던 벨덴은 먼저 전력용 러기드 스위치 분야에서 세계 양대 시장을 점유하고 있는 허쉬만(Hirschman)을 인수하면서 업계의 주목을 받기 시작했다. 또한, 벨덴은 가라트컴(GarrettCom), 럼버그(Lumberg Automation), 모확(Mohawk)는 물론 최근에는 산업분야 사이버 시큐리티 분야에서 독보적인 토피노(Tofino)를 인수한 바 있다.

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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Industrial Comm., Power Elec.

 

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Toshiba Launches Brushed Motor Pre-Driver IC for Automotive Applications

Toshiba Corporation has announced the launch of a brushed motor pre-driver IC for automotive applications, TB9052FNG. Sample shipments will start in August, with mass production scheduled to start in March, 2015.

Safety-critical automotive systems, such as electric power steering (EPS), must meet the requirements of ASIL-D, the highest automotive safety integrity level prescribed in ISO 26262, “Road Vehicles – Functional Safety.” Toshiba’s new brushed motor pre-driver IC integrates essential functions, including a pre-driver circuit and motor current detection circuit, plus various failure detection circuits for higher functional safety.

Toshiba has also carried out a range of functional safety analyses to simulate various system failures and will provide customers with documentation to support safety analysis and design.

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Power Elec.

 

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Altera Introduces SDK for OpenCL Version 14.0

Altera Corporation today dramatically simplified a programmer’s ability to accelerate algorithms in FPGAs. The Altera SDK for OpenCL version 14.0 includes a programmer-familiar rapid prototyping design flow that enables users to prototype designs in minutes on an FPGA accelerator board. Altera, along with its board partners, further accelerate the development of FPGA-based applications by offering reference designs, reference platforms and FPGA development boards that are supported by Altera’s OpenCL solution. These reference platforms also streamline the development of custom FPGA accelerators to meet specific application requirements.

Altera is the only company to offer a publicly available, OpenCL conformant software development kit (SDK). The solution allows programmers to develop algorithms with the C-based OpenCL language and harness the performance and power efficiencies of FPGAs. A rapid prototyping design flow included in the Altera SDK for OpenCL version 14.0 allows OpenCL kernel code to be emulated, debugged, optimized, profiled and re-compiled to a hardware implementation in minutes. The re-compiled kernels can be tested and run on an FPGA immediately, saving programmers weeks of development time.

Altera and its board partners further simplify the experience of getting applications up and running using FPGA accelerators by offering a broad selection of Altera-developed reference platforms, reference designs and FPGA accelerator boards. Altera provides a variety of design examples that demonstrate how to describe applications in OpenCL, including OPRA FAST Parser for finance applications, JPEG decoder for big data applications and video downscaling for video applications.

Design teams that want to create custom solutions that feature a unique set of peripherals can create their own custom FPGA accelerators and save significant development time by using Altera-developed reference platforms. The reference platforms include an SoC platform for embedded applications, a high-performance computing (HPC) platform and a low-latency network enabled platform which utilizes IO Channels.

Additional enhancements made to the Altera SDK for OpenCL version 14.0 include:
•Production support for IO Channels that allow streaming data into and out of the FPGA as well as kernel channels allowing the result reuse from one kernel to another in a hardware pipeline for significantly higher performance and throughput with little to no host and memory interaction.
•Production support for single-chip SoC solutions (Cyclone V SoC and Arria V SoC), where the host is an embedded ARM core processor integrated in the FPGA accelerator.

About the Altera SDK for OpenCL

Altera’s SDK for OpenCL allows programmers to take OpenCL code and rapidly exploit the massively parallel architecture of an FPGA. Programmers targeting FPGAs achieve higher performance at significantly lower power compared to alternative hardware architectures, such as GPUs and CPUs. On average, FPGAs deliver higher performance at one-fifth the power of a GPU. Altera’s OpenCL solutions are supported by third-party boards through the Altera Preferred Board Partner Program for OpenCL. Visit www.altera.com/opencl.

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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Industrial Comm., Power Elec.

 

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Velocys Acquires Pinto Energy and Ashtabula GTL Project in Ohio [icnweb]

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Gas-to-liquid technology developer Velocys Plc has acquired Pinto Energy LLC and the Ashtabula GTL project. This represents a significant step in the North American oil & gas industry’s adoption of smaller scale GTL and of the Velocys technology, accelerating the development of “shovel ready” projects.

Pinto Energy is one of the leading project developers of smaller scale GTL in North America. As its first facility, Pinto Energy is developing an approximately 2,800 barrels per day (bpd) plant at an 80 acre industrial site that it owns near the Port of Ashtabula, Ohio, USA. The project will have access to abundant low-cost natural gas from the Marcellus shale region, as well as benefitting from substantial existing infrastructure. Initial engineering for the facility is complete and the air permit has been issued. Final investment decision is expected within six to nine months. Future expansions could see installed capacity of 10,000 bpd or more at the site. In addition to Ashtabula, Pinto Energy has a pipeline of smaller scale GTL projects it is seeking to develop throughout North America.

The acquisition of Pinto Energy will allow Velocys to further stimulate early market adoption of its technology in North America by accelerating the development of “shovel ready” GTL projects. It also provides complementary skills and business synergies from which to improve both the breadth and quality of the Company’s service offerings to customers.

Velocys technology remains fully available for license to new customers. Furthermore, Velocys is also open to partner with project developers to bring promising smaller scale GTL opportunities to market.

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[image] Offshore Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) module

“The acquisition of Pinto Energy, one of North America’s leading smaller scale GTL project developers, provides Velocys a key stepping stone for commercial growth,” said Roy Lipski, CEO of Velocys. “It will strengthen our route to market, accelerate early adoption, and deepen our ties with suppliers, partners, investors and customers across the entire GTL value chain.”

As its first facility, Pinto Energy is developing an approximately 2,800 barrels per day (bpd) plant at an 80 acre industrial site that it owns near the Port of Ashtabula, Ohio, USA. The project will benefit from both access to abundant low-cost natural gas from the Marcellus shale region and substantial existing infrastructure. Initial engineering for the facility is complete and the air permit has been issued. Final investment decision is expected within six to nine months. Future expansions could see installed capacity of 10,000 bpd or more at the site. In addition to Ashtabula, Pinto Energy has a pipeline of smaller scale GTL projects it is seeking to develop throughout North America.

“The entire Pinto Energy team is excited to be joining Velocys. Combining its technology leadership with Pinto’s project development capabilities makes for a formidable business,” said John Baardson, Pinto Energy’s CEO. “Together we are set to accelerate development of smaller scale GTL assets in North America, the time for which has never been better.”

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Power Elec.

 

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