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.

MEMS Sensors Enable Precise, Efficient Automotive Systems

The internet of things and industrial IoT applications aim to obtain useful information from the data flows acquired by sensors. The IoT and IIoT are both based on a multilayered approach in which peripheral devices communicate with a high-level application directly or through intermediate resources. Microelectromechanical-system (MEMS) sensors have the potential to provide significant benefits…

SiC MOSFET Drives Powertrain Inverter Performance

Component R&D activity continues to yield higher-performance devices, characterized by higher efficiency and better electrical characteristics. One focus is silicon-carbide (SiC) technology, which can achieve the same electrical resistance as silicon but with a smaller mass, thereby enabling smaller, more efficient power devices. Because switching losses are reduced with SiC, high-frequency operation is possible using…

Wideband Materials Enable Next-Gen Power Strategies

In today’s power electronics products, quality and reliability are a given, and the design focus is on maximizing efficiency and power density while minimizing costs. Dramatic increases in operating frequency challenge current design practices to improve electromagnetic interference/compatibility (EMI/EMC) performance and manufacturability. Recent advances in wide-bandgap (WBG) power semiconductors make these divergent aims achievable. The…

Addressing the Need for Efficient Power Management

A critical problem for many design projects is power. Power management plays an essential role in every electronic device and affects the reliability and performance of the entire system. In this issue, we present various power management strategies to help designers analyze and optimize their products’ energy profiles. The need for more efficient power conversion…

High-Performance, Hardened Designs for Military/Aerospace Environments

Space has always held a profound attraction for people, providing an inexhaustible source of inspiration and a continuous challenge. The difficulties of conquering space, and the inevitable competition among nations to reach milestones along the way, have sparked our collective imagination and yielded technological innovations that, in many cases, have found their way into consumer…

DC/DC Converter Considerations for Smart Lighting Designs

Many lighting applications require LED backlight driver solutions that offer direct current control, high efficiency, pulse-width modulation (PWM) dimming, voltage protection, and design simplicity. Driver topologies are available in three main categories: linear regulators, charge pumps, and switching. DC/DC converters, based on a range of topologies that guarantee high efficiency, have found design slots in…

Wireless/RF Technology for the Next Telecom Evolution

Advances in RF, connectivity, and software are critical to improving the functionality and scalability of real-time embedded systems for the internet of things (IoT) and industrial IoT. The growing demand by businesses for greater operating efficiency to support higher decision-making capabilities and lower costs is extending the wireless technology connectivity model into all vertical markets,…