Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio

Maurizio is an Electronic Engineer with a Ph.D in Physics. Maurizio enjoys writing and telling stories about technology and electronics. His main interests are Power, Automotive, IoT, Digital. Maurizio is currently editor-in-chief of Power Electronics News and European Correspondent for EE Times. He also oversees discussions on EEWeb.com.

Microcontrollers for Motor Control Systems

Some microcontrollers have been designed to simultaneously control more than one permanent magnet motor in equipment such as air conditioners, washing machines, and dishwashers. Moreover, industrial applications such as general-purpose inverters, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) as well as heating systems, ventilation systems, and temperature conditioning applications can implement various MCU solutions. Nowadays microcontrollers (MCUs) represent…

High-performance DC motor drivers

Motor control has long been at the forefront of research and development activities, aiming at finding effective and efficient microelectronic solutions. The purpose of a motor controller is to be able to manually or automatically act on the electric motor (start-stop, advance-inversion, speed, torsion, and protection against voltage overloads). The integrated circuits (ICs) for motor control…

Sectigo’s Grau on Embedded Security Priorities, Strategies

Many of the sensors and low-level controls used in internet of things (IoT) infrastructure are embedded devices: Think motion sensors, environmental monitoring, and device control in various industrial ecosystems, including automotive. Much of the increase in IoT communications comes from computing devices and embedded sensor systems used in machine-to-machine communication, automation, and portable devices. Understanding…

AI-Based Soft Switching Cuts Losses to Extend EV Range

In the automotive sector, research into the efficiency of electric vehicles focuses on battery autonomy and the efficiency of the inverter and electric motor. Stringent automotive safety and quality standards are steering technological innovation to approaches that maximize the efficiency and autonomy of electric vehicles (EVs) while minimizing battery size and weight and reducing costs.…

CO2 Sensors Help Smart Devices Clear the Air

A primary objective of innovation is improving the human condition. For developers of smart-building applications and related tools, improving the quality of life includes ensuring the quality of the air we breathe. Most people spend up to 90% of their time indoors, and the indoor concentrations of many pollutants can often be two to five…

Accurate Current Detection for Motor Control, Battery Life

Today’s vehicles — not just hybrid and electric cars, but also those that run exclusively on petrol or diesel fuel — are increasingly dependent on electronics. Current monitoring is critical in these automotive systems to ensure long-term performance and reliability. Current detection is essential for proper motor control and battery monitoring. Complex and highly sensitive…

Solving the Problem of the Too-Quiet Car

The electrification of the automotive platform has brought several advantages but also some engineering problems. As a result, the transition to battery-powered electric mobility not only is transforming automotive companies but is funneling research-and-development investment resources into new areas. The appeal of power electronics to address the new challenges continues to rise even in the…

A Power Electronics Project for the Future of Industry

Power semiconductors figure into all types of energy conversion applications and are needed in all phases of the conversion process, from generation through transmission and, ultimately, consumption. Power devices that are robust, efficient, and cost-effective at high power densities are critical to ensuring that global economies can effectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions even as energy…