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Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?

This past week, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy the Duracell brand battery products division from Procter & Gamble. Though primarily known for its alkaline batteries, Duracell also makes NiMH and lithium rechargeable products. Some analysts speculate that the deal could have broader implications for the power technology industry.

Some analysts say the acquisition of Duracell by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have implications in the areas of wireless powerand electric vehicles.

Some analysts say the acquisition of Duracell by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have implications in the areas of wireless power
and electric vehicles.

For example, wireless charging is one technology that could see a boost. The new investment may accelerate Duracell's plans to place PowerMat charging devices in Starbucks coffee shops, which number more than 21,000 worldwide. Another area of speculation revolves around Berkshire Hathaway's investment in the Chinese electric car maker BYD and the possibility that this deal could be a way for Duracell to expand into batteries for vehicles and the power grid.

In other product news this week, Texas Instruments introduced a 10W wireless power solution that charges one- and two-cell battery-powered applications and supports any Qi-compatible 5-W system. The bq51025 receiver supports a programmable output voltage of 4.5 V to 10 V and achieves up to 84% charging efficiency, while the bq500215 is a dedicated, fixed-frequency 10W wireless power digital controller transmitter.

Torex Semiconductor announced a 1A micro DC/DC converter that it calls the industry's smallest. Measuring 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.0 mm and featuring an integrated coil, the XCL219/XCL220 series has been designed for EMI-sensitive wearable and mobile applications.

IXYS expanded its high-accuracy low-dropout linear regulators with devices available in ultra-small packages. Examples include the IXD1201, the IXD1233, the IXD1601, IXD1701, and the IXD4902, with input voltages ranging from 0.5 V to 28 V and output voltages from 0.5 V to 23 V.

Witricity announced a development kit for building Rezence-certified wireless charging systems. The WiT-5000C3 includes sample Power Transfer Units (PTU) and Power Receive Units (PRU) devices, evaluation tools, and all design documents needed to design, evaluate, and demonstrate Rezence-ready wireless charging products.

New synchronous buck converters from Diodes Inc. feature adaptive constant on-time control to ensure high DC output accuracy, high efficiency, and fast transient response for low-voltage power regulation in high-density, fast-changing POL system architectures. The AP65450, AP65452, and AP65552 operate at up to 92% efficiency and have an input operating range of 4.5 V to 18 V.

New automotive-qualified 650V SiC diodes from STMicroelectronics are suited for advanced onboard battery chargers (OBCs) in electric vehicles and solar chargers. The 10A STPSC10H065DY and 12A STPSC12H065DY are available in TO-220AC packages, while the STPSC20H065CTY and STPSC20H065CWY 2 x 10A dual-diode devices are available in a TO-220AB package and a TO-247 package, respectively.

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8 comments on “Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?

  1. _hm
    November 22, 2014

    @Rich: Thank you for providing so much of parts technical details. It really is very informative. Do regularly provide more such information.

  2. Ashu001
    November 22, 2014

    Rich,

    In your article you claim there is a connection betwen Buffet's stake in BYD and this Duracell Buyout.

    No I don't think so.

    Buffet at the end of the day is a Financial Person;wherever he sees oppurtunities to make money he will take them.

    More on this story-explaining why exactly he did the Duracell buyout can be found here-

    wolfstreet.com/2014/11/17/how-warren-buffett-is-dumping-stocks-out-the-backdoor

    Please note-He will not be paying any Taxes on the Transaction.

     

  3. rpellny
    November 22, 2014

    “…you claim there is a connection betwen Buffet's stake in BYD and this Duracell Buyout.”

    No, only that some analysts speculate that there could be a connection.

    “Please note-He will not be paying any Taxes on the Transaction.”

    Seems like a smart move (i.e., exchanging overvalued P&G shares for the company's Duracell unit rather than selling them outright and having to pay a capital gains tax on them).

  4. Ashu001
    November 23, 2014

    Rich,

    Its way more than that.

    When you have the Money to buy Influence at the Highest Levels of Government (which Buffet & Gang routinely does via “Lobbying”);its more than just “a Smart Move”;its a move where Heads he Wins and Tails also he wins!!!

     

  5. rpellny
    November 24, 2014

    “When you have the Money to buy Influence at the Highest Levels of Government … it's more than just “a Smart Move””

    True enough.  I'm not aware that any lobbying was involved in this particular deal, but I think we probably agree when it comes to the larger issue of “crony capitalism.”

  6. SP
    November 25, 2014

    Yes Duracell name has been so synomynous with battery that they must make full use of it. The industry is going through a change in terms of technology. Its good time for Duracell to bring in innovative products that people may want in their daily lives. With IoT becoming a reality all that everyone would need is recharging and No battery drain outs.

  7. rpellny
    November 25, 2014

    “Its good time for Duracell to bring in innovative products that people may want in their daily lives.”

    As part of the buyout deal Procter & Gamble agreed to inject about $1.8 billion into Duracell to help recapitalize it, so it will be interesting to see where the brand goes from here with its additional resources.

  8. Ashu001
    December 26, 2014

    Whenever you hear the name Warren Buffet & Wall Street-Crony Capitalism can't be very-very far away.

    That's the unfortunate truth today.

    The Old Homespun Image of Warren Buffet(where he just buys stocks at cheap prices and holds them forever )is a massive sham.

     

     

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