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Integration or optimizationâ€which comes first?

Larry Spaziani, GaN Systems

At APEC 2016 it became abundantly clear to the industry that GaN transistors are here, they're now, and they're proliferating. GaN Systems, EPC, Transphorm, Panasonic, Infineon, Texas Instruments, and other manufacturers and developers all displayed GaN products in varying readiness, from existing only
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Date:
06/11/2016
Powerbox's latest high-power-density low-profile DC/DC converters empower IoT in automotive applications

PRBX Automotive Line: ENA100 – ENA200

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, announces the launch of a new series of power supplies for automotive applications and on-board Internet of Things (IoT). Based on a highly integrated components platform and
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Date:
05/31/2016
WÃrth's REDline Power Boxes offer custom configuration in a standard housing

Würth's REDline Power Boxes offer custom configuration in a standard housing

A novel approach to enabling power distribution, signal transmission, and function management in commercial vehicles, the REDline Power Box family is the name of the new system solution from Würth Elektronik ICS. With this series, the leading development partner and supplier of circuit-board-based central electrical
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Date:
05/04/2016

Allegro unveils LED driver with integrated hall-effect switch

The A1569 LED driver IC integrates a Hall-effect switch

Allegro MicroSystems presented the first LED driver IC that integrates a Hall-effect switch. The A1569 enables compact, elegant, reliable, and fault-tolerant LED lighting with minimal electrical engineering and low component-count and cost. A single silicon chip integrates: a Hall plate, a small-signal amplifier,
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Date:
03/09/2016
PolyU develops novel eco high performance energy storage device

The PolyU research team has developed a simple approach to synthesize aqueous MnO2 ink

The Department of Applied Physics of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a simple approach to synthesize novel environmentally-friendly manganese dioxide (MnO2) ink by using glucose. The MnO2 ink could be used for the production of light, thin, flexible and high performance energy storage
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Date:
01/04/2016
ElectriPlast's conductive-plastic bipolar plates challenge battery industry

ElectriPlast redefines bipolar plate design based on a plate core made of highly conductive loaded resins and with metal/lead covered surfaces

Integral Technologies,an emerging light-weighting leader and wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast, has successfully demonstrated a prototype 12v lead acid bipolar battery with Electriplast plates. “The follow-up inquiries from our unveiling/demonstration at The Battery Show 2015 and Electric & Hybrid
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Date:
11/04/2015
IPI's battery charging transformers support rugged industrial apps

Battery Charging Transformer Series

With their novel perfect-layer coil winding technology, the new highly reliable Battery Charging Transformer Series from Innovative Power (IPI), a Datatronics company, is designed to support a wide range of standard and custom voltage battery-powered devices that operate in rugged industrial plant environments. IPI
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Date:
09/04/2015
Multiphysics software speeds system optimization
An updated version of the Opera electromagnetic and multiphysics design software has been launched by Cobham Technical Services. The version 18 release of this finite element analysis and simulation software incorporates numerous enhancements to boost functionality, speed and accuracy, while further improving
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Date:
09/01/2015
Microturbine tech empowers electric vehicles

Fulcrum gas turbine on-board range extender

Over eight million hybrid cars will be made in 2025, each with a range extender, the additional power source that distinguishes them from pure electric cars. Add to that significant money spent on the same devices in buses, military vehicles, boats and so on and a major new market emerges. We are
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Date:
07/02/2015
TDK's bidirectional converter serves energy storage and recycling apps
TDK announced the introduction of TDK-Lambda’s EZA2500-32048 bi-directional converter, suitable for energy storage systems with rechargeable batteries. This 2500W digitally controlled, compact 1U power supply can automatically change conversion direction from high voltage dc sources, powered by solar or wind,
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Date:
04/29/2015
Electric Imp connectivity platform reduces NYC building energy usage up to 15%
According to the New York City government, buildings within its five boroughs are the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. New York-based clean energy company Bonded Energy Solutions concluded that the biggest compliance challenge that building managers faced involved how much energy their properties
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Date:
02/13/2015
Cree Connected Bulb solves smart lighting compatibility challenges

The Connected Cree LED Bulb

Cree introduced the Connected Cree LED Bulb, the first smart LED bulb to deliver the combination of the lighting experience customers expect from Cree with industry-leading simplicity, multi-platform compatibility and affordability. The new 60-watt replacement Connected Cree LED Bulb is compatible with Wink
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Date:
01/15/2015
AMP Consortium releases first power standards

Figure 1: AMP digital point of load and advanced bus dc-dc converters

The newly-formed Architects of Modern Power (AMP) consortium announced its first standards aimed at establishing common mechanical and electrical specifications for the development of advanced power conversion technology for distributed power systems. The initial standards revealed at electronica, and being
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Date:
12/30/2014
Partnering for the future of wearable technology

MAX32600 or “Wasp”, incorporates the robust communication capabilities, proven security and low power consumption required for wearable applications

To capitalize on the growing wearable device market, Maxim Integrated partnered with Logic PD to develop a platform to demonstrate the viability of their newest technology to wearable device customers. Completed in a ten-week timeline, the Wellness Watch is a wearable body fitness monitor that transmits the
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Date:
10/25/2014
Protection module teardown: Keithley’s Model 2657A-PM-200

The Model 2657A-PM-200 Protection Module is designed to protect lower-voltage source measure unit (SMU) instruments that are part of a testing configuration from damage by voltage sources that are greater than 220V

Semiconductor devices capable of handling higher levels of power are finding their way into increasingly higher power applications. To validate these new designs, researchers, fabricators and end-product designers need to be able to test experimental devices at higher power levels, which increases their risk
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Date:
10/16/2014
American Vanadium announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is currently commissioning the first CellCube vanadium flow energy storage system to arrive in North America. While there are more than 65 CellCube systems commercially installed globally, this will
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Date:
09/24/2014
Some portable applications need to be powered up from an external +5V wall adapter supply and still require a +5V system voltage when in battery-backup mode. This design provides a simple method of switching between the external +5V supply and a rechargeable single-cell Lithium-ion (Li+) battery. The design
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Date:
07/23/2014
 TI's fast-charge Qi wireless power receivers cut loss by 50%
Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s most power-efficient 5-watt wireless power receivers that support the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi 1.1 standard. TI’s new bq51020 and bq51021 allow consumers to charge their Qi-compliant mobile phones, tablets, power banks and other electronics faster, cooler
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Date:
07/08/2014
Farsens’ TITAN battery-free bistable RFID relay triggers wirelessly

Farsens TITAN battery-free RFID bistable relay tag

The TITAN from RFID specialist Farsens is a battery-free RFID bistable relay tag compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers. They can be wirelessly activated and deactivated via their unique ID, and the relay keeps its latest status even when the RFID reader is gone. The TITAN has a 96 bits EPC number,
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Date:
02/14/2014
Smart-phone-based Circuit Breaker Analyzer uses vibration analysis

Circuit Breaker Analyzer

Circuit Breaker Analyzer, developer of CBAnalyzer, presented as the world’s first smart phone-based application for testing circuit breaker performance based on vibration analysis, has won the Occupational Health & Safety New Product of the Year Award in the Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Software
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Date:
02/13/2014
PMIC from ams monitors & balances lithium cells

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ams, a leading provider of high performance analog ICs and sensors, introduced a vastly simplified and more robust method of implementing cell monitoring and balancing in lithium battery systems. The AS8506 can perform distributed cell monitoring and balancing operations for stacked cell modules, including Safe
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Date:
12/07/2013
Tektronix unveils precision single-phase power analyzer series
Tektronix, a leading provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced an expansion of its family of precision power analyzers with the introduction of the PA1000 single-phase power analyzer. Featuring a patent pending Spiral Shunt™ design, the PA1000 provides engineers designing and
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Date:
12/03/2013
Medical supply has ultra-low capacitance CF-rated output & independently controlled BF-rated output
BEAR Power Supplies has introduced a dual-output AC-DC converter for surgical instruments and other medical applications. The CF (Cardiac Floating)-rated output features an ultra-low capacitance of
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Date:
10/11/2013
Advanced source measure unit instrument sports an interactive touchscreen display

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Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, announced the first benchtop Source Measure Unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface.
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Date:
10/07/2013
Advanced source measure unit instrument sports an interactive touchscreen display

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Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, announced the first benchtop Source Measure Unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface.
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Date:
08/29/2013
Ultra-compact high-efficiency supplies address automotive applications
ROHM's latest family of compact, high efficiency power supplies are designed to drive DDR memory, microcontrollers, and other advanced subsystems in automotive applications. D905xx power supply
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Date:
08/18/2013
Highly integrated PFC IC addresses compact consumer products and computing apps

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Targeting consumer devices and other mainstream product applications, the HiperPFS-2 family of high-efficiency, active-PFC ICs from Power Integrations serves offline applications from 100 W to 380
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Date:
08/05/2013
Programmable 30A brushless DC motor controller serves robotics and automation apps

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Targeting designers of Industrial Automation systems, mobile robots, mechatronics, or other medium-power motor control application, the SBL1360 intelligent controller from Roboteq is capable of directly
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Date:
05/14/2013
Steve Grady of Cymbet explains the company's chipscale battery technology
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Date:
05/06/2013
Following its entry into the LED retrofit market in 2012 with a line of dual-stage LED drivers, Cirrus Logic has introduced its first family of single-stage LED drivers, the CS1615/16, targeting the
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Date:
04/23/2013
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