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Wireless Power: A Threat and an Opportunity

Corona, California, October 2, 2014 – Makers of external ac-dc power adapters will discover that emerging wireless power technologies are at the same time a longer-term threat to sales growth and a short-term opportunity: That is one of the key findings of Darnell Group's Eleventh Edition report on "External AC-DC Power Supplies: Worldwide Forecasts." The elimination of the need to maintain multiple external power supplies, one for each electronic device, has long been a goal for both the consumers and manufacturers of consumer electronics equipment and over the past several months there have been a number of developments moving the industry towards this goal.

More than Moore and Granular Powering

Darnell Group has embarked on a groundbreaking analysis of the next frontier in power conversion, so-called “granular power.” Granular power refers to deeply-embedded dc-dc converters that power individual microprocessor cores or similar partitions in large-scale integrated circuits such as SoCs, SiPs, FPGAs, memories, and so on. Solving the complex technical challenges needed to implement granular power will not only provide efficient power for large-scale ICs, it will dramatically impact the power paradigm of a variety of portable devices including tablets, handsets, servers, and other applications that have large numbers of individual power rails.

PowerPulse Readership Soars to 30,000 Daily and 3,000,000 Monthly

Corona, California, October 9, 2013 – Darnell’s www.PowerPulse.net has achieved a major milestone in circulation growth, reaching 30,000 subscribers to the daily email news update, PowerPulseDaily, and over 3,000,000 monthly page views on the PowerPulse.net web site. Now, more than ever, PowerPulse.Net is “The World’s Most-Read Power Electronics Publication.” Updated daily, it is the most-timely, most-comprehensive and most-read power electronics publication anywhere. Like its daily e-mail counterpart, PowerPulseDaily, PowerPulse.Net provides a breadth of coverage for the Power Electronics, Energy Storage, Packaging and Cooling Industry unavailable from any other source.

Emerging Segments Now the Growth Drivers for AC-DC Power

Corona, California, October 1, 2013 – Unlike the slower growth seen over the past several years, the projected 6.0% growth rate for this market is a result of a dynamic combination of trends including the early demise of the large and once dominant desktop power supply market and the rise of a large number of high-growth emerging applications. These trends should provide manufacturers with a host of opportunities over the next several years as the traditional desktop power supply market was made up of just a few standard form factors and wattage ranges, while the emerging applications are expected to be made up of a variety of power levels, form factors, design types and package styles. This is one of several important findings in the Eleventh Edition of Darnell Group’s “AC-DC Power Supplies: Worldwide Forecasts.”

Communications is No Longer the Growth Engine for DC-DC ICs

Corona, California, July 10, 2013 – According to Darnell’s twelfth-edition analysis of “Worldwide DC-DC Portable Power Converter IC Forecasts Applications, Amperages, Products and Competitive Environment,” communications applications such as mobile phone handsets that have been the primary growth engine for this market for nearly a decade are no longer the dominant source of growth. Emerging applications in the portable computing segment such as tablets and ultra books have become the new growth engine for this large and important market.

Darnell Identifies Immediate Growth Opportunities for Portable Power

Corona, California, November 7, 2012 – Darnell Group’s seventh-edition report, “Battery Packs for Portable Electronic Devices” provides detailed, quantitative forecasts for near-term and longer-term growth for this important market. The addition of new power architectures, smaller form factors, more efficient designs and improved power management technology, combined with growing demand in a variety of applications ranging from power tools to tablet computers is expected to create new opportunities. Made up of the communications, computer, consumer, portable medical and portable military segments, the battery packs industry will experience a number of significant opportunities over the forecast period, as manufacturers scramble to produce products designed for the latest demanding applications. Information can be found at: http://www.darnell.com/market/product_info.php?cPath=2_24_29&products_id=251

Darnell Partners with RBI in Europe to Expand European Footprint

Corona, California, and Paris, France, October 5, 2012 – The Darnell Group has expanded its editorial content and reach by a joint collaboration with Reed Business Information (RBI) France featuring content from Darnell Group’s highly acclaimed PowerPulse Weekly Newsletter – ‘The World’s Most-Read Power Electronics Publication’ – and distributed weekly in Europe only to qualified, registered subscribers of EPN & EDN Europe who buy or specify power electronics parts. Plus power feature, product and design content from EPN & EDN Europe.

4th Edition Energy Harvesting & Energy Storage Forecasts Report Introduced by Darnell Group at Techno Frontier in Tokyo

Corona, California, July 11, 2012 – Darnell Group has just-released its fourth-edition analysis of “Energy Harvesting & Related Energy Storage Devices, Worldwide Forecasts” at this week’s Techno Frontier exposition in Tokyo. Although Energy Harvesting is still an emerging industry, it is already providing opportunities for a number of industries and applications. In this 88-page quantitative report over 50 illustrations are presented depicting a variety of growth rates, market shares, technology comparisons and other relevant information. The focus of this comprehensive analysis is to provide decision makers with an insightful look into the current opportunities in the Energy Harvesting market.

Fraunhofer: The Time for Power & Energy Measurement is NOW

Corona, California, June 13, 2012 – Market developments are driving demand for power and energy management across a growing variety of applications. It began with the emerging smart grid and is now proliferating across numerous sectors. For example, starting next year tax rebates for reduced energy consumption in Germany will only be available to companies equipped with an energy management system that provides detailed reports of power consumption. According to a statement from the Fraunhofer Institute, “This won’t be an easy task for the companies concerned, because it means they will have to install individual auxiliary meters to monitor the power consumption of individual loads such as presses and welding machines, or bakers’ ovens, or electric motors.”

Cliff Keys Joins Darnell as Associate Publisher

Corona, California and Munich, Germany, June 8, 2012 – Cliff Keys has joined Darnell Group as European Associate Publisher. In his new capacity, he will be responsible for increasing the European market presence of Darnell’s numerous properties including the company’s daily news services www.PowerPulse.net, PowerPulseDaily (email), www.SmartGridElectronics.net, and SmartGridElectronicsDaily (email), and the associated conferences and forums such as Darnell’s Power Forum, Darnell’s Power China, DC Building Power Asia, and the Smart Grid Electronics Forum.

New White Paper from Darnell Compares Conventional DC-DC "Down" Solutions with PSiP/MicroModule/PwrSoC

Corona, California, April, 24, 2012 – Darnell Group has just released a Free white paper quantifying the relative ease of design for a PSiP/MicroModule/PwrSoC design flow used in a 5A dc-dc regulator for an FPGA or similar load vs. a “typical” dc-dc regulator “down” solution. In order to do this, the Darnell Group qualified and validated the design steps for a general PSiP/MicroModule/PwrSoC design configuration by conducting a series of surveys comparing a typical DC-DC Regulator design flow with a comparable PSiP/MicroModule/PwrSoC design flow. Respondents included representatives from a variety of leading server, storage, data communications, personal computer and telecommunications industries in the US, China and Europe.

Ericsson and IBM Join General Electric and PMBus as Sponsors of Darnell's Power China

Corona, California, April 18, 2012 – Ericsson Power Modules and IBM Corp. have joined General Electric Corporate R&D and PMBusTM as sponsors of the first-annual Darnell’s Power China (DPC ’12), to be hosted in Shanghai, May 15-16. DPC ‘12 is an exciting international event that focuses on “Solutions for Next-Generation Power Designs.” DPC ’12 is broadly focused on power management, energy efficiency, advanced components, energy storage, smart grid innovations and more. Speakers in the Plenary Session will represent General Electric Research and Development, Texas Instruments, Ericsson Electronics Co. and Darnell Group. http://DPC.darnell.com

Darnell's PowerPulse.net is a Media Sponsor for both PCIM Europe and Techno Frontier in Tokyo

Corona, California, March 6, 2012 – Darnell’s www.PowerPulse.net is pleased to announce that it is an official media sponsor for both PCIM Europe 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany, http://www.mesago.de/en/PCIM/home.htm and Techno Frontier 2012, in Tokyo, Japan http://www.jma.or.jp/tf/en11/index.html

DC Building Power Market Set to Exceed $2 Billion

Corona, California, March 7, 2012 – Darnell Group’s second-edition report, “DC Building Power: Emerging Trends, Application Drivers and Market Adoption Forecasts” provides the first quantitative forecasts for near-term and longer-term growth for this important emerging market. In the near-term this market is expected to arrive at a minimum “critical mass” of sales needed to cross the chasm into mainstream adoption. At that point, sales will exceed $2 billion annually. Also at that time, growth rates will accelerate. This report identifies the near-term growth and quantifies the longer-term maximum market (saturation) potential for these important emerging powering technologies. Information can be found at: http://darnell.com/market/index.php?cPath=2_24_47

Calls for Papers Include Shanghai, China, and San Jose, California

Corona, California, March 1, 2012 – Darnell Group has issued a Call for Papers for the first-annual Darnell’s Power China conference to be hosted in Shanghai in May and for the ninth-annual Darnell’s Power Forum to be hosted in San Jose, California in September.

Power & Energy Measurement Presents Growth Opportunities for Power Management IC and Power Converter Makers

Corona, California, February 14, 2012 – Darnell Group’s first-edition report, “Power and Energy Management: Worldwide Forecasts” provides power management IC and power converter makers with a roadmap for growth and value-added opportunities. Measuring real-time energy consumption, and adjusting power delivery at critical loads (as opposed to simple “on-off” functions), are becoming increasingly important in today’s commercial, residential and industrial environments. The ability to “fine-tune” energy usage requires sophisticated power monitoring and measurement techniques. Information can be found at: www.Darnell.com/pwrmeas

Expanded Program at DC Building Power Asia 2011

Corona, California, November 7, 2011 – The program has been announced for the third-annual DC Building Power Asia conference (DCBPA ’11) to be hosted December 12 & 13 at the Sheraton Taipei. Speakers in the Plenary Session will include: Dr. Faa-Jen Lin, Director, National Central University; Dr. Morris Liang, Division Director, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI); Dr. Chen Yenhaw, Vice Secretary General, Taiwan Smart Grid Industry Association; and Dr. Cho, Professor, Seoul National University. And this year’s event will feature a Fuel Cell and Smart Meter Laboratory and Factory Tour at Chung-Hsin Electric & Machinery Mfg. Corp. According to recent studies, the use of dc power can be ten-times more reliable and significantly more efficient compared with today’s ac-power designs.

Mouser Becomes Marquee Sponsor of the Smart Grid Electronics Forum

Corona, California, October 10, 2011 – Mouser Electronics has become the exclusive Marquee Sponsor of this year’s Smart Grid Electronics Forum (SGEF ’11). SGEF ’11, to be hosted in San Jose, California, October 24 & 25, is an exciting event that focuses on “Plugging into the Smart Grid” for the successful development and deployment of smart-grid-enabled electronic systems. As the Marquee Sponsor for SGEF ’11, Mouser is providing the event’s WiFi Hot Spot for delegates, along with the luncheons, conference bag and several other items. SGEF ’11 will be co-hosted by Darnell Group and Hearst Electronics Group.

Darnell's DC Building Power Asia Conference Coming to Taipei

Corona, California, September 16, 2011 – Darnell’s third-annual DC Building Power Asia conference will attract an international audience on December 12 & 13 to the Sheraton Taipei to discuss high-voltage and low-voltage dc power distribution in buildings (including commercial and industrial buildings, data centers, residences, and so on) and how those new dc-based power architectures will drive increased efficiency, improved sustainability and support the emerging Smart Grid.

Second-Annual Smart Grid Electronics Forum Program Announced

Corona, California, September 15, 2011 – The Plenary Session at the 2011 Smart Grid Electronics Forum will feature senior executives from 3eTI, Fairchild Semiconductor, FreeWave Technologies, Marvell Technology, Qualcomm Atheros, Redpine Signals, TDI Power, and Viridity Energy. Plenary session topics will include; challenges of home area networks, using Wi-Fi embedded chipsets, optimization of smart grid communications, assimilating EV/PHEV power plants into the smart grid, increasing the functionality of photovoltaic generation with local energy storage, and more. To be co-hosted by Darnell Group and Hearst Electronics Group at the San Jose Convention Plaza hotel October 24 & 25, the 2011 Smart Grid Electronics Forum (SGEF ’11) overall schedule includes sessions on Smart Meters & Energy Management, Communications & Security, Integrating Renewable Generation, Applications of DC Microgrids, Connecting Equipment to the Smart Grid, Industrial Applications, and more. In addition to a strong focus on today’s “best practices,” SGEF ’11 will look forward toward next-generation design solutions for electronic equipment.

Darnell Identifies Immediate High-Growth Opportunities for AC-DC Power

Corona, California, September 13, 2011 – In spite of the current economic slowdown, the global ac-dc power market is projected to grow from $1.7 billon in 2011 to over $2.2 billion in 2016, a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6%. Not only is the overall market growing, it is undergoing a significant shift in demand characteristics which is expected to result in new product designs and sales opportunities. In fact, emerging applications such as the Smart Grid, Solid-State Lighting (SSL), and Building Automation will surge with over 18% compound annual growth achieving over $750 million in sales in 2016. This is one of several important findings in the Tenth Edition of Darnell Group’s “AC-DC Power Supplies: Worldwide Forecasts.”

DC Building Power Asia 2011 Call for Papers Issued - "Integrating Buildings with the Smart Grid"

Corona, California, July 14, 2011 – An Announcement and Call for Papers has been issued for the Third-Annual DC Building Power Asia conference (DCBPA ‘11) to be held in December in Taipei, Taiwan. Building on the success of last year’s event, this focused two-day international conference will attract an international audience to discuss high-voltage and low-voltage dc distribution in facilities such as data centers, commercial and industrial buildings and residences. The theme of this year’s event will be: “Integrating Buildings with the Smart Grid.”

PMBus is Longest Continuous Sponsor of Darnell's Power Forum "Advancing Power Technologies that Matter"

Corona, California, June 30, 2011 – Again in 2011, PMBus™ is a Platinum sponsor of Darnell’s Power Forum (DPF ’11). DPF ’11, to be hosted in San Jose, California, September 26-28, is an exciting event that focuses on “advancing power technologies that matter” for the successful development of next-generation power systems. Digital Power is a common thread in most areas of advanced power conversion and is always a key focus of Darnell’s Power Forum. DPF ’11 is broadly focused on power management, energy efficiency, advanced components, energy storage, smart grid innovations and more.

Shifting Competitive Advangages in DC-DC Converter Markets

Corona, California, June 28, 2011 – The opportunities for gaining competitive advantage in the global dc-dc converter market are changing in important ways. According to the 11th edition of Darnell’s report on “Worldwide DC-DC Converter Module Forecasts,” digital control, digital power management and the ability to adapt to changing system power architectures are replacing efficiency improvements and lower prices as the key opportunities for gaining competitive advantage and deriving increased value-added for the next five years.

Darnell's Power Forum Adds Digi-Key as Diamond Sponsor

Corona, California, June 22, 2011 – Digi-Key has become a Diamond Sponsor of Darnell’s Power Forum (DPF ’11). DPF ’11, to be hosted in San Jose, California, September 26-28, is an exciting event that focuses on “advancing power technologies that matter” for the successful development of next-generation power systems. There is tremendous synergy possible from discussions broadly focused on power management, energy efficiency, advanced components, energy storage, smart grid innovations and more.

Converging Product Demands and Emerging Markets are Reshaping the External AC-DC Power Market

Corona, California, April 19, 2011 – The global market for external ac-dc power supplies is experiencing conflicting changes that are reshaping this large and important area of power conversion. In the case of the traditional “3Cs” applications (communications, computer and consumer), there is a convergence among average wattages and package styles demanded by a typical system. At the same time, there are emerging applications that are demanding higher-wattage power supplies (100W and more).

Darnell's Power Forum 2011 to Cover Advanced Components, Digital Power, Energy Harvesting, PwrSiP/PwrSoC, Smart Grid, and more

Corona, California, March 22, 2011 – An Announcement and Call for Papers has been issued for Darnell’s Power Forum (DPF ’11). DPF ’11, to be hosted in Silicon Valley, California, September 26-28, is an exciting event that focuses on “advancing power technologies that matter” for the successful development of next-generation power systems. There is tremendous synergy possible from discussions broadly focused on power management, energy efficiency, advanced components, energy storage, smart grid innovations and more. DPF is a solutions-oriented event, with a strong emphasis on practical advances in power electronics. In addition to a strong focus on today’s “best practices,” DPF ’11 will look forward toward next-generation solutions and advances.

Architectural Applications Driving Growth in External AC-DC Power Market

Corona, California, February 16, 2011 – Led by the emerging architectural segment as well as the more traditional communications, computer, consumer, portable medical and lighting segments, the external ac-dc power supply industry will experience a number of significant opportunities and threats, as manufacturers scramble to design and produce products for the latest demanding high tech applications.

Trends, Threats and Opportunities at Darnell's 2011 CTO Power Summit

Corona, California, February 11, 2011 – Expanding on last year’s successful inaugural event, Darnell’s 2011 CTO Power Summit, February 28 & March 1 near San Diego, California, will provide delegates with a broader program and more opportunities to obtain advanced information on future trends, threats and opportunities. Two Super Sessions will be held, one focusing on “Wireless Energy Transfer” and the second delving into the latest “Smart Grid Developments.” Speakers at this year’s CTO Power Summit will include representatives from Armstrong World Industries, California Institute for Energy & Environment, Electric Power Research Institute, EMerge Alliance, Fulton Innovation, Intel Energy Laboratories, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Qualcomm, Wireless Power Consortium, WiTricity, and others.

Schedule for 2011 Green Building Power Forum Announced

Corona, California, January 13, 2011 – The EMerge Alliance, Armstrong World Industries, the Center for Power Electronic Systems (CPES), Nextek Power Systems, and the Korea Electrotechnology Institute will be represented during the Plenary Session of Darnell’s third-annual Green Building Power Forum (GBPF ’11) in San Jose, California, on January 24-26. Brian Patterson, Chairman of the EMerge Alliance and General Manager of Armstrong World Industries will open GBPF ‘11 with a presentation of how “DC Microgrids Hold the Key to Net Zero Energy Buildings.” Paolo Mattavelli, Professor at CPES will review the latest developments related to “DC Power Systems for Sustainable Buildings.” Paul Savage, CEO of Nextek Power Systems will continue the session with a paper titled, “Double Duty: How local storage in a DC Microgrid can solve some of the grid’s problems and the customers’ problems at the same time,” Ju-Won Baek, Principal Researcher, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, will close the session with a discussion of “Compatibility of Conventional Server Power Supplies with DC Powering.”

New Dynamic Bus Architecture to Shake Up DC-DC Modules Market

Corona, California, January 12, 2011 – The real changes occurring in the dc-dc converter module and IC market are at the power architecture and advanced materials levels. In fact, the emergence of the Dynamic Bus Architecture (DBA) will be one of the most significant developments in the power supply industry in 10 years. These developments are highlighted in a new global analysis from Darnell Group, “Dc-dc Converter Modules and ICs: Market Forces, Power Architectures and Technology Developments.”

Micro Inverters Battle DC-DC Converters for Supremacy in PV Systems

Corona, California, February 4, 2010 – The battle has begun and makers of micro inverters are waging a war against makers of distributed dc-dc converters for control of the power conversion market for photovoltaic (PV) systems. The emergence of disruptive power architectures including micro inverters and dc-dc converters will be one of the most important trends in the PV market in the near-term. The stakes are high, literally hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars.

Power Conversion Opportunities in Sustainable Buildings

Corona, California, January 11, 2009 – A convergence of technologies is occurring that will change how buildings are powered and this will lead to new opportunities for a variety of ac-dc and dc-dc power converter products. Two new dc power distribution standards for facilities have been developed, one for high-voltage (380Vdc) applications and another for low-voltage (24Vdc) applications. The technologies behind this growth opportunity include the continued rapid growth of distributed generation resources in buildings (photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, fuel cells, micro turbines, etc.), the emergence of high-efficiency lighting technologies (especially solid-state LED lighting), wireless building automation systems, demand-side management of building energy use by electric utilities, and so on. Darnell's second-annual Green Building Power Forum (GBPF '10) to be held January 25-27 at the Doubletree Hotel, Santa Ana/Orange County Airport, California, is the only place where you can hear all the latest developments in these important areas.

Disruptive Photovoltaic Power Architectures Detailed by Darnell

Corona, California, December 7, 2009 – The emergence of disruptive power architectures including microinverters and dc-dc converters will be one of the most important trends in the photovoltaic (PV) market in the near-term. The 75-page first edition of “Disruptive Technologies Affecting the PV Industry, Microinverters and DC-DC Solutions: Economic Factors, Application Drivers, Architecture/Packaging Trends, Technology and Regulatory Developments” is the first report available that details these important trends.

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