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ROHM’s New EMARMOUR Op Amp Series
The devices feature an improved EMI immunity for automotive and industrial equipment applications requiring high-speed sensing in harsh environments, such as vehicle engine control units and anomaly detection systems for factory automation equipment.   In recent years, advancements in electrification and mounting d
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Date:
09/23/2021

A New Generation of MEMS Barometric Pressure Sensor Platform
TDK Corporation announces the worldwide availability of the InvenSense ICP-20100 platform, a new generation, feature-rich barometric pressure sensor, ideal for applications in smart phones, tablets, drones, and smart home appliances. With architectural innovations, ICP-20100 improves on the industry-leading ac
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09/23/2021
World's First LoRa SoC is Making Farming Smarter
STMicroelectronics has announced a design win for STM32WLE5*, the world’s first LoRa System-on-Chip (SoC). The customer application, developed by automated rubber-tapping specialist CIHEVEA, uses the low-power networking to revolutionize the automation of extracting latex from rubber trees. CIHEVEA ha
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09/17/2021
Downscaling Transistors Could Advance Semiconductor Design

Purdue University engineer Tillmann Kubis has created CasFET, or cascade field effect transistor, technology. The key aspect is the superlattice perpendicular to the transistor’s transport direction, which allows for switchable cascade states.

An innovation by Purdue University researchers could help the semiconductor industry design transistors that are smaller, use less power and switch from on to off at smaller applied voltages. As a result, the innovation could lead to better and more powerful central processing unit generations, which can compute mo
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09/17/2021
Integrated 3-Phase MOSFET Gate Driver Maximizes Battery Life
The TMC6140-LA 3-phase MOSFET gate driver integrates all three bottom shunt amplifiers to provide a complete motor drive solution with 30-percent improved power efficiency, while simplifying design by reducing component count by half when compared to similar solutions.   The TMC6140-LA is optimized for performan
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09/16/2021
Gate Driver Improves EconoDUAL IGBT Module Performance by 20%
The new drivers improve the performance of multiple parallel EconoDUAL modules by 20%, allowing users to eliminate one of every six modules from power inverters and converter stacks. In addition to saving the cost of the driver and module, this reduces control complexity and costs related to modules, wiring, hardware,
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09/16/2021
85-305VAC input AC-DC power supplies for 15W to 320W applications
The nine new series (LCW15, LCW25, LCW35, LCW50, LCW75, LCW100, LCW150, LCW200 and LCW320) offer power levels from 15W to 320W. All models meet EN 55032 Class B conducted and radiated emissions for easy and low-cost integration and feature an integrated connector cover to enhance safety once installed The i
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09/16/2021
MagI³C-FDSM-36-V family extended with 12 V output voltage
The power module in a SIP-3 package represents a cost-effective solution to meet the requirements for the real-world voltage transients of a 24 V industrial power architecture. The new module operates from 16 to 36 VIN and generates a fixed output voltage of 12 V with current up to 1 A.   The FDSM
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09/16/2021
Rutronik adds Infineon StrongIRFET 2 Power MOSFETs
They are suitable for both low and high switching frequencies. This new technology offers 40 percent improved RDS(on) and over 50 percent lower gate charge (Qg) compared to previous StrongIRFET™ devices. The higher power efficiency thus generated ensures improved overall system performance. The Infineon StrongI
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Date:
09/16/2021
Nanopower Primary Cell State-of-Health Monitor
The LTC3337 is designed to be placed in series with a primary battery with minimal associated series voltage drop. The patented infinite dynamic range coulomb counter tallies all accumulated battery discharge and stores it in an internal register accessible via an I2C interface. Quiescent current consumption is
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Date:
09/16/2021
Convection cooled power supplies with 200% peak-power
Designed for industrial applications requiring high levels of safety, the LHP150F and the LHP300F are certified according to EN62477-1 (OVC III). The products work over a wide universal input voltage range of 85 to264VAC and have a high typical efficiency rating of 93%. The LHP150F and LHP300F are available in
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09/16/2021
GaN Gate Driver Boosts Speed, Flexibility, and Integration
The output is closely matched between high-side and low-side outputs, to handle high-frequency switching of GaN enhancement-mode FETs.   Also suitable for driving N-channel silicon MOSFETs at up to 20V, the STDRIVEG600 allows the flexibility to apply up to 6V gate-source voltage (VGS) on GaN devices to e
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Date:
09/16/2021
Precision-Adjustable Current Limit Power Switch
Streamlining power system design and assuring ongoing reliability, this automotive-compliant device provides a controlled and protected power path. It is rated to handle continuous load currents of up to 1.5A. Key applications include protection of vehicle USB ports and ECU supply rails, and infotainment and telem
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09/16/2021
IQRB-2 rubidium oscillator handbook available now summarising key test data
The handbook summarises tests undertaken: from temperature stability and short-term stability to supply pushing and more.   The IQRB-2 fills the gap between the IQRB-1 and the IQRB-3; the IQRB-1 delivers a superb price performance ratio, whereas the IQRB-3 offers an exceptional phase noise performa
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Date:
09/16/2021
Infineon and Panasonic accelerate GaN technology development
Gen2 offers higher efficiency and power density levels. The outstanding performance and reliability combined with the capability of 8-inch GaN-on-Si wafer production mark Infineon’s strategic outreach to the growing demand for GaN power semiconductors. In accordance with market requirements, Gen2 will be developed
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09/16/2021
200W Digital-Power Solution for LED Televisions
Based on ST’s STNRG011 digital PFC (power-factor correction) and resonant LLC converter, the STEVAL-NRG011TV combines a proven and reliable topology with the ability to configure and fine-tune the operating parameters for optimal performance. No coding is needed as the digital control algorithms are permanentl
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Date:
09/16/2021
Packaging design avoids known flip-chip mounting challenges
The new resistor features a standoff construction that offers an improvement over regular flip chip technology.   The FRFS0402 is ideally suited for use in telecommunication network equipment (including 5G, downhole data center, or fiber optics), medical equipment (including pace makers or hearing-
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Date:
09/16/2021
Versatile DDP/MDP1200 Series 1.2kW, Multi-purpose AC-DC PSU
Their clever design purposefully integrates high performance, versatility, interoperability and regulatory compliance to fulfil evermore demanding worldwide applications.   The built-in Digital Signal Processor (DSP) supports the PMBus open standard power management protocol, which enables diagnosti
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Date:
09/16/2021
PSDcast – RF Wireless Tech Receives EU, UK Approvals w/ no Distance Limits

Ossia's CEO, Doug Stovall

Ossia has been making waves with its Cota over-the-air wireless technology, and just recently, they announced that they’ve successfully passed both EU and UK regulatory assessments for Cota-enabled products that send and receive power wirelessly without any distance limitation.
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Date:
09/15/2021
PSDcast – Long-Term Outlook of the Global Chip Shortage

CEO of Almonty Industries, Lewis Black

One of the most lasting effects of Covid-19 for our industry – apart from the physical work environment – is the global semiconductor shortage. Almost everyone would agree that the coronavirus made semiconductors scarce, but the question is “To what degree?” Here to discuss that is our old friend from Al
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Date:
09/08/2021
32-Bit MCUs Realize High Performance and Power Efficiency
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the RX671 group of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), adding a new high-performance, high-functionality single-chip solution with touch sensing and voice recognition capabilities for contactless operation to the popular RX Family. Part of Renesas’ mainstream RX600 Seri
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Date:
09/08/2021
The World's Smallest LED Light Engines For Augmented Reality
Building on its long history of delivering cutting edge AR light engines, Avegant announced its latest products -- the AG-30L 30º and AG-50L 50º LED light engines. Avegant's 30º AR light engine uses proprietary illumination technology to dramatically reduce engine volume and weight while preserving eff
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Date:
09/07/2021
Renesas Shows Dialog Synergies with 39 Winning Combinations
The Japanese company took that opportunity to host a press conference to explain the reasons for the acquisition further and to launch 39 of the company’s Winning Combinations to demonstrate how the Dialog portfolio meshes with Renasas products to allow Rensas to compete in new areas and applications. The fi
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Date:
09/06/2021
Integration is What You Need

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Figure 1. WBG and silicon power switch Infineon brands positioning

Introduction Today’s switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) are smaller, more efficient, and lower-cost than ever. The key to their performance is the power switch technologies at their heart – but how should designers choose the right material for this and find the best component to meet their needs? While silicon is the most widely-known constituent of semiconductors, a new group of wide bandgap (WBG) materials is increasingly finding its way into applications. One example is gallium nitride (
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Date:
09/01/2021