The standard for ENERGY STAR Computers is under revision, and on April 16, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a webinar with stakeholders to discuss proposed updates in Draft 1 of ENERGY STAR Computers Version 8.0. According to the EPA, market penetration for desktop computers is currently 52% and for workstations 21%. As such, the EPA is proposing more stringent ENERGY STAR criteria for desktop products, consolidating desktop categories, reducing base allowances, and adjusting adders and mode weightings based on more recent data. For workstations, the EPA plans to maintain the existing energy requirements from Version 7.1.
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The Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Program on Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E) held a workshop in Stockholm in conjunction with the Swedish Energy Agency to discuss how connected devices can help to realize the potential of demand response.
Power Integrations announced the release of a suite of offline switcher ICs incorporating 900 V primary MOSFETs. The newly released devices include 900 V versions of the LinkSwitch™-TN2 ICs for simple, non-isolated buck converters plus three new members of the flagship InnoSwitch™3-EP IC family, which enable extremely high-efficiency isolated flybacks up to 35 W.