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A Turbo Boost for Materials Science

With support from the National Science Foundation's TRIPODS+X program, Lehigh University's Josh Agar is partnering with the University of California at Berkeley to increase the speed of materials discovery and development, with implications in fields including electronics, healthcare and energy systems.

Every so often, the search for functional materials--materials designed with properties and characteristics that allow it to do something spectacular--delivers a fundamental change to the way we live. 5000 years ago, the discovery and use of bronze enabled no less a task than the ushering in of modern civilization.
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09/24/2018
USB Power Delivery Controllers Simplify Designs
DALLAS –Texas Instruments (TI) introduced two new USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (PD) controllers, with fully integrated power paths to simplify designs, minimize solution size and speed time to market. The TPS65987D and TPS65988 offer system designers the industry’s highest level of integration which
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09/18/2018
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Michael Hrabina from FEIG Electronics about the perks of RFID for automated vehicle identification. You can download the white paper, "Enhance Security While Saving Costs of Vehicle Identification in Parking," here:
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09/13/2018

Drones, Ride Sharers Could Team up for Package Delivery

Naira Hovakimyan, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, directs the Advanced Controls Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In the future, when you hail an Uber or take the bus, you might not only be sharing the ride with another traveler, but perhaps with a drone out on delivery as well. That is the vision of Naira Hovakimyan, professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who
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09/11/2018
 Chassis Mount Ac-Dc Power Supplies in Low Profile Metal Case

CUI’s Power Group today announced a new line of compact, chassis mount ac-dc power supplies housed in an enclosed metal case.

The VGS‑B series offers power ratings from 35 to 350 W with low 30 mm profiles and compact packages as small as 99 x 82 x 30 mm (3.89 x 3.22 x 1.18 in). Delivering no-load power consumption as low as 0.3 W and an operating temperature range of -20 to +70°C, these rugged, metal enclosed power modules are ideal
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09/11/2018
Desktop medical & ITE 36-65-Watt power supplies

XP Power is launching its cost-effective AKM36/AKM45/AKM65 series of desktop AC-DC power supplies rated at 36W, 45W and 65W.

The supplies are aimed at the healthcare, ITE and industrial markets. All versions meet the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Level VI and EU CoC Tier 2 energy efficiency requirements while offering 2 x MOPP medical-grade isolation and very low no-load power consumption. AC input for all versions
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09/11/2018
TRACO POWER Group opens TRACO POWER France

TRACO POWER Group opens TRACO POWER France

Having worked for 30 years in the power supply industry in strategic positions of engineering and sales positions, he aims to make TRACO POWER the undisputed leader of DC/DC and AC/DC power conversion products in the region. A promising market. TRACO POWER Group decided to establish the new office
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09/11/2018
TIs’ LMG1020 low-side GaN driver now shipping from Mouser

TIs’ LMG1020 low-side GaN driver now shipping from Mouser

The single, low-side driver enables efficient, high-performance designs in speed-critical applications such as LiDAR, time-of-flight laser drivers, facial recognition, augmented reality, and class E wireless chargers. The Texas Instruments LMG1020 low-side GAN driver, available from Mouser Electronics,
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09/11/2018
The device contains all the necessary components that would otherwise have take up extra space on the circuit board - and all in the same size socket as before. Integral transformers
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09/11/2018
 Maintenance-free Supercap energy storage for modular DC UPS
The two new DC UPS modules Bicker UPSI-1208 (12VDC) and Bicker UPSI-2406 (24VDC) are available in combination with the maintenance-free Supercap energy storage units Bicker BP-SUC (up to 3.6 kJ). The supplied DC consumers are reliably protected against power failures, flicker or voltage fluctuations in unstable
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09/11/2018
Protection Devices Boost LiP and Prismatic Battery Safety
CHICAGO —Littelfuse, Inc. introduced MHP–TAC (Metal Hybrid PPTC – Thermal Activated Compact) Series Resettable Over-temperature Protection Devices, the latest addition to its line of battery min-breakers. These devices connect a PPTC (Polymeric Positive Temperature Coefficient) device in parallel with
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09/10/2018
How Electromagnetic Waves and Magnetic Materials Interact

Left to right: Yuanxun "Ethan" Wang, Tatsuo Itoh, Zhi Yao, and Rustu Umut Tok.

UCLA Samueli engineers have developed a new tool to model how magnetic materials, which are used in smartphones and other communications devices, interact with incoming radio signals that carry data. It accurately predicts these interactions down to the nanometer scales required to build state-of-the-art communications
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09/10/2018
TRIAC Helps Designers Improve Thermal Management
CHICAGO —Littelfuse, Inc. introduced six series of high-temperature sensitive, standard and alternistor TRIAC, designed for use as semiconductor switches in appliances and equipment powered by line AC voltages up to 220VRMS. Available in compact, surface-mount packages, these components
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09/04/2018
High-Current Noise Suppression Filters for Audio Lines
TDK Corporation has expanded the MAF1005G series of noise-suppression filters for audio lines with four new MAF1005GAD-D types, which, thanks to their low DC resistance, feature a high-rated current of up to 1.25 A. The new types employ TDK's proprietary low-distortion ferrite that enables the new components
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09/04/2018
Rolling out the Red Carpet for Test and Measurement
Football, pumpkin spice lattes, and back to school – it’s the September issue of Power Systems Design! By the time you read this, you may have heard our PSDcast on a rather unique 3D-printing
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Date:
09/04/2018
Testing Times
Welcome to the September edition of Power System Design. I hope you managed to have a nice summer break and are ready for a busy backend to the year. Since this year is an electronica year, it is destined to be a lot busier than normal. Myself, I managed to get away for a couple of weeks to Tenerife. It was
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Date:
09/04/2018
Realizing the Full Potential of Wireless Charging

Figure 1: Wireless charging could soon be a part of everyday furniture

Wireless power is a technology whose time has come. The major phones from leading vendors now offer contactless charging, including Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus mobile digital devices, and Samsung’s Galaxy S 8 mobile digital device. Analyst IHS Markit says that 500 million devices with wireless
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Date:
09/04/2018
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