New LinkSwitch-XT2 Offline Flyback Switcher IC Family Delivers High Accuracy and Efficiency

January 17th, 2017

Power Integrations today introduced its LinkSwitch™-XT2 family of offline, low-power converter ICs offering high accuracy, high efficiency and excellent no-load performance. LinkSwitch-XT2 LinkSwitch-XT2 ICs target isolated and non-isolated flyback applications in which accurate regulation of output voltage and current are important. The new ICs can deliver up to 6.1 watts in wide-input range designs, and up to 9.2 watts for 230 VAC open-frame applications.

Efficiency Harmonization Continues Between Canada and the U.S.

January 10th, 2017

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations now include an amendment updating the efficiency standards of 20 current product categories. Amendment 13, published in late December 2016, becomes effective on June 28th of this year. Amendment 13 harmonizes current Canadian efficiency standards with existing or recently published U.S. efficiency standards for a number of residential, commercial/industrial, and lighting products.

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European Commission Publishes New Ecodesign Working Plan

January 3rd, 2017

The European Commission (EC) has wrapped up its 2016 energy efficiency activities with the publication of the long-awaited Ecodesign Working Plan 2016–2019. The new plan describes the Commission's future working priorities and also identifies seven new product groups that have significant energy savings potential.

To learn more, read Mr. Green's latest blog.

Computer Efficiency Standard Ready for Approval Vote

December 12th, 2016

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is expected to approve the state's first mandatory efficiency standard covering computers, monitors, and signage displays. The CEC plans to vote this month on adopting the standard at a business meeting on December 14th.

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U.S. EPA Continues Drive Towards First EV Charger Efficiency Specs

December 1st, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is getting close to its year end goal of delivering a final draft EV charger efficiency program specification. When published, the ENERGY STAR® program will be the world's first efficiency program covering Level 1 and Level 2 Electric Vehicle Service Equipment.

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