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Panasonic launches industry-thinnest aerogel thermal insulation solution

NASBIS is made of a material called aerogel

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe has recently unveiled a thermal insulation sheet which is the thinnest insulation solution currently available on the market. The NASBIS (Nano Silica Balloon Insulation Sheet) high-performance thermal insulation sheet comes with a thickness of 50μm, 100 μm,
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07/26/2016
Conductive adhesives to enable low-temperature electronics

Rachel Gordon, IDTechEx

Materials are needed to replace the estimated 50,000 metric tons of tin-lead solder currently used each year, but there are no "drop-in" replacements for eutectic tin-lead solder. $1.2 billion of electrically conductive adhesives (ECAs) are already selling each year, and they are becoming increasingly
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05/04/2016
Rogers will be exhibiting at the upcoming Del Mar show May 4th and 5th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, CA. Representatives from Rogers will be exhibiting at Booth #622, with information and insight on the use of their circuit materials, including 92ML laminates & prepregs, ULTRALAM 3850HT, CLTE-XT,
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05/03/2016

Lighting the future

Patrick Le Fèvre, Powerbox

With the vital need to save energy, the power industry has permanently innovated the way we convert electron to electron. Power conversion ratios are approaching physical limits, energizing researches and inventions. New applications are now requiring power designers to explore a new dimension, the efficient
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04/08/2016
Enabling the AR-VR revolution
Microdisplays, initially developed for large screen projectors, found a perfectly matching application in head-mounted displays. When Google Glass launched in 2013, it integrated a reflective, near-eye Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) display based on an LCoS chip from Himax Display. There are several suppliers
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03/13/2016
China’s predicted stumble

Ray Zinn, Founder of Micrel

You have likely heard the news that despite economic stimulus, the Shanghai stock exchange dropped over 7% before “circuit breakers” kicked in. Had those government-mandated panic aversion tools not triggered, the one day drop would rival long-term market corrections. None of this, aside from the exact timing,
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01/29/2016
States seek to address balance in distributed generation

Erin Carson, EnerKnol

On October 20, 2015, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted to investigate the value and cost of distributed generation (DG) in one generic docket, in order to address issues over reimbursements for DG through net energy metering (NEM). NEM is a billing mechanism for electric utility customers with grid-connected
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12/03/2015
Flexible sensors: an expanding market

Guillaume Chansin, IDTechEx

Large investments have been made to enable flexible, thin sensors rather than rigid sensors. $75 million was recently awarded by the US Department of Defense to establish a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) for flexible hybrid electronics in San Jose, California. Under the acronym FHE MII, this new
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11/01/2015
Printed electronics equipment looks to Asia

Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx

The printed electronics equipment and consumables supplier base consists of over 100 global organizations, according to IDTechex Research in their report "Printing Equipment for Printed Electronics 2015-2025". The majority of these are based in Europe, followed by a roughly even share of US and Asian
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09/17/2015
Electric buses: a crucible of change

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Buses are the demons of the piece when killing thousands of Londoners and making Oxford Street the most NOx polluted road on Earth as they belch nose to tail. Over broader areas, China is even worse but there the government is making the bus into a savior. It banned the very polluting two stroke engines on two
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07/29/2015
Growing Chinese automotive sector offers huge opportunities

Between 2005 and 2013 the global automotive industry grew by near 30%

Between 2005 and 2013 the global automotive industry grew by near 30%. During this same period, the Chinese automotive industry grew by 282%. These impressive figures form the backbone of a seminar on opportunities for the global electronics and electrical manufacturing communities by Dr. William Cai at the
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06/10/2015
IBC SOLAR showcases compact DC storage solution for private homes at Intersolar Europe

IBC SOLAR has on-site support for the initial installation of storage systems

IBC SOLAR AG, a leader in photovoltaic systems, will present a preview of the expansion of its storage portfolio at Intersolar Europe. The DC-coupled IBC SolStore Li relies on quality components from German manufacturers. The core element of the system is an inverter from the German manufacturer Steca Elektronik
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06/09/2015
Towards a new era in power electronics

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

GaN material offers orders of magnitude improvement in switching and conduction performance and, when produced on GaN-on-Silicon substrates, can reduce power system costs.  Only diamond power semiconductors have been proposed as a superior material system to GaN, but the consensus is that we are decades
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05/28/2015
GaN FET apps are growing rapidly

Alex Lidow, Efficient Power Conversion

Enhancement-mode gallium nitride transistors have been commercially available for over five years.  Commercially available gallium nitride (GaN) FETs are designed to be both higher performance and lower cost than state-of-the-art silicon-based power MOSFETs.  This achievement marks the first time in
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04/29/2015
Dialight, an innovation leader in LED lighting technology, announced the release of the highest-efficiency LED lighting fixtures on the market, the Vigilant H2 Series LED High Bay. Delivering 140 lumens per watt, the new H2 Series offers approximately 25,000 lumen output. The H2 Series features Dialight’s
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03/04/2015
Ametherm announced its product lineup for the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) 2015, taking place March 15-19 in Charlotte, North Carolina. In booth 1023, the company will be showcasing a wide range of its leading inrush current limiters for reliable circuit protection and NTC sensing
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03/04/2015
Is Germany into IoT?

Thomas Hahnel, Lucy Turpin Communications

Although we Germans are the current soccer world champions, our IoT adoption rating is less than world class. Even Telekom CEO, Timothy Höttges, declared in October 2014: "We’ve lost the first half time of digitalization." In football, losing the first half is not tragic. But you have to
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02/13/2015
ON Semiconductor offers updated PFC AC/DC drivers for LED lighting

NCL3008x family of products

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, announced two new series of power factor corrected (PFC) offline AC/DC drivers for high-performance LED lighting applications. Extending the NCL3008x family of products, the NCL30085, NCL30086 and NCL30088 address single stage design implementations up
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12/16/2014
Heard of structural electronics?

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Structural electronics is one of the most important developments this century yet most people have never heard of it. Strange - there are over 37 million items on Google. Two years ago, IEEE published,"3D Printing for Rapid Prototyping of Structural Electronics". Drayson revealed the "structural
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12/10/2014
On digital power management

Tony Armstrong, Linear Technology

The use of a standard serial digital bus, for example I2C, enables simple and efficient communications to and from digitally equipped DC/DC converters, and emerging standards like PMBus facilitate component interoperability. Important regulator parameters, including startup characteristics and timing,
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Date:
11/22/2014
Addressing energy theft

Kevin Mays, IUS Technologies

Smart grid technology can optimize power distribution in highly visible ways. End-of-line sensing and two-way communication capabilities allow utilities to boost efficiency through volt/VAR optimization, real-time peak demand response, and self-healing. Similar connected sensing technology can also be used to
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Date:
10/25/2014
The importance of investing in tomorrow’s engineers

Phil Scotcher, TDK-Lambda

Large organizations, particularly within the engineering and manufacturing sector, are continuing to prove that investing time and money by offering placements to young and talented individuals is essential for a company’s economic growth. Apprenticeship schemes are an extremely effective way of helping companies
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10/24/2014
The PMBus Forum continues to steer the Industry

Sabran for PMBus

Back in 2004, Bob White proposed the PMBus™ (Power Management Bus) digital power management protocol, the first open standard for commercial power supply manufacturers. The PMBus protocol allowed equipment manufacturers to standardize the use of digital signaling for controlling, configuring and monitoring
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09/24/2014
“Vampire energy” is power used by appliances when they are “off.”  Unplugging your cell phone charger saves about 500 watt-hours per year.  Multiplied by millions of wall-warts, that is significant. On the other hand, we give far too little attention to the energy that we flush down the drain. 
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07/23/2014
Is Your Medical Device RoHS Compliant?

Peter Blyth, XP Power

By 22 July 2014 all medical devices must be compliant to the RoHS II legislative Directive (2011/65/EU). The key question is, are you ready? It may feel like the deadline crept up rather fast for some, but we’ve known since July 2011 when RoHS II was published. There has been plenty of time, but if you’ve
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07/08/2014
AMETEK Programmable Power, a leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, announced that the GUI (Graphical User Interface) software for its California Instruments AC sources now supports the aviation industry’s critical specification for RTCA DO-160G test requirements. AMETEK's GUI test software
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06/17/2014
They have a problem in Europe.  On bright, sunny, windy days, they have too much “alternative energy;” and the clocks are running too fast.  Something needs to be done, and urgently. The problem is more serious than clocks running fast.  The “European 50.2 Hz Problem” means that if the
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Date:
04/30/2014
Increased monitoring and automation of The Grid will significantly improve stability and reliability, avoiding blackouts and allowing a better response to anomalous line conditions. However, things get out of control over the ambitious goal of reaching through the Smart Meter to monitor and control everyone’s
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Date:
04/05/2014
Plant-to-Enterprise Network Convergence Design Strategies

George Kairys, Molex

Industrial network convergence between plant and enterprise systems necessitates the integration of cabling, connectivity, controllers, switches and other components, coupled with the software interface to transmit and mine data between commercial and industrial functions.  Lately we’ve seen a trend towards
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02/15/2014
Characterizing Piezoelectric materials for faster computing

Professor Markys Cain, National Physical Laboratory

Due to a decade of stagnation in semiconductor transistor performance, computational processing power has failed to increase by more than a few percent since 2003. Now a new European research project looks to speed up the commercialization of revolutionary electronics that could finally provide a route to faster,
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Date:
02/13/2014
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