Merger Meets Growing Demand for Portable Power

KRG Capital Partners has acquired Palladium Energy, Inc., a provider of customized power solutions. This is KRG’s second investment in its portable power solutions “buy-and-build strategy,” which began in 2014 with the acquisition of ICCNexergy, Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of rechargeable power systems. The two privately-held Chicago-based companies – Palladium Energy and ICCNexergy…

TI Tech Cuts Battery-Charge Time by 60%

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first fully integrated 5-A single-cell lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery-charger circuit with proprietary MaxCharge technology that reduces charge time up to 60 percent compared to existing battery chargers, according to the company. The bq25892 switch-mode charger is said to provide a safer charging experience while still maximizing the benefits…

City Streets Get LED Smart

Cities around the globe are expected to invest $64 billion in LED and smart streetlights by 2025, according to new research from the Northeast Group, LLC. This will translate into 84 percent of the world’s streetlights using LEDs with 37 percent of them networked or smart. Earlier this year, President Obama announced the Presidential Challenge…

Inductors Deliver Performance, Size Improvements

Thanks to continuous improvements in performance and miniaturization, which help reduce OEM costs, the global inductor market is forecast to reach $3.75 billion in 2019 up from $2.78 billion in 2014, according to Micromarket Monitor. “The demand for surface mount and ceramic core inductor is continuously growing owing to the increased need of miniaturization without compromising the…

Get Ready for the Level VI Efficiency Regulation

The U.S. Level VI energy-efficiency regulation, aimed at energy savings in external power supplies, goes into force on February 10, 2016, and will impact all OEMs selling into the U.S. market. The European Union (EU) also is expected to harmonize with the new efficiency standard. Developed to conserve power primarily in consumer and industrial-type products –…