the popularity of power conversion

It seems that power conversion is a popular topic.  One of the more popular articles on the ned matters blog in 2013 was the second one I wrote about Arctic Sand.  While written some 11 months ago it still regularly receives interest.  Why bring this up now?  I bring it up because it touches on […]

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forbes, phononics and chains of love

I do not know if it is too much to tie together or if I am dating myself, but it is worth a try, so here we go.  Phononics has been on ned’s radar screen for a bit now as there is a continued interest in thermoelectrics.  A recent Forbes article brought them back to […]

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warhol’s 15 minutes and another apple patent application

Apple’s “Power Management Systems for Accepting Adapter and Solar Power in Electronic Devices” patent application was published as US2013/0290743 (the ‘743 application) last week.  Of course the usual suspects were out of the gate quickly.  Patently Apple, AppleInsider and 9to5Mac published articles within the day.  Upon reading those articles and the actual ‘743 patent application […]

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what will apple do with passif?

On one level it seems this title is too simplistic.  On another level it might be said that the question has already been answered.  Surely, since the Passif acquisition came to light the other week there has been plenty of coverage.  Much of it has drawn a link between Passif and the iWatch, as this […]

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US20130154031, apple, authentec and sylvester the cat

There is continued chatter around the possible appearance of a fingerprint sensor of some sort in the next iPhone, which at the moment is known as iPhone 5s.  With this as the one sentence background there will be a story or two around something, anything even vaguely related to Apple’s fingerprint technology.  Of course, patent […]

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technology and the desired result

It is not that I try to do it, but every Monday morning I hear CBC Radio’s technology columnist talk about smartphones.  Well it is actually more general than that, his technology landscape also includes social media, and once in a while flying bicycles.  I can not even recall what the program was about this […]

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here it is – arctic sand III

Here it is, indeed.  The first patent application assigned to Arctic Sand Technologies was published as US 2013/0094157 (‘157) on April 18th.  It is now possible to take a direct look at aspects of their power converter technology. setting the stage Before jumping feet first into the technology disclosed in ’157 it is worth thinking […]

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