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PSDcast -  Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis on next-gen lead-acid batteries

Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis

In this PSDcast Gridtential CEO Chris Beekuis talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about next-generation lead-acid battery technology and what the company is doing to add value to the space. Gridtential has a proprietary advanced lead-acid battery that replaces the metal grid in current lead-acid
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02/22/2017
Yokogawa claims most accurate transformer-test power analyzer

Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version

The Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version is presented as the most accurate precision power analyser dedicated to testing the power transformers used in the power utilities’ transmission and distribution sectors. With an accuracy of 0.5% at power factors as low as 0.01 at 100 V and 1 A, the WT3000E
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02/22/2017
Harwin launches new website to inspire the next generation of engineers

Made Here Now website

Made Here Now, the UK-wide initiative to encourage more young people into manufacturing as a career, is celebrating a major milestone with the launch of a new website at MadeHereNow.com, containing inspirational videos, success stories and photography. Backed by 37 sponsors, including leading
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02/21/2017

Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Arrow Electronics announced Arrow’s upcoming training sessions for the new Everest Evaluation Board designed specifically for Microsemi’s recently launched PolarFire mid-range field
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02/21/2017
Powerbox's COTS/MOTS supplies serve demanding applications

Defense Line of ruggedized power solutions

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has announced the release of its new Defense Line of ruggedized power solutions for highly demanding environments. The launch includes seven series of new
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02/21/2017
STMicro's STM32 LoRaWAN discovery board now at Mouser

STM32 LoRaWAN Discovery Board

Mouser Electronics, with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is the first to stock the STM32 LoRaWAN Discovery Board from STMicroelectronics (ST). The new Discovery Kit and I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 STM32 LoRa Arduino-compatible extension board — available to order from Mouser — provide a development
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02/20/2017
Panasonic's box type metalized polypropylene film caps boast low loss and excellent frequency characteristics

ECWFE series capacitors

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe is introducing a new range of small size metalized polypropylene film capacitors featuring low loss and excellent frequency characteristics for active filter circuits as well as high frequency and high current circuits. The ECWFE capacitors have been designed
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02/17/2017
Extreme Tech Challenge 2017 winner announced

Winner Vantage Robotics was selected by a prestigious panel spearheaded by special guest judge Sir Richard Branson

The race to Necker Island culminates with an unprecedented, photo-finish judging: Separated by less than half a percent in point total, Vantage Robotics is named of winner of Extreme Tech Challenge 2017! XTC 2017 Champion Vantage Robotics (San Francisco, CA) has created the best flying camera in the
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02/17/2017
PSDcast - Michael Heaven of Aurora Solar on cell power and yield

Michael Heaven of Aurora Solar

In this PSDcast Canadian-based solar energy expert, Michael Heaven, President, CEO and Co-Founder from Aurora Solar Technologies talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about solar cell manufacturing. Raw wafers go in one end and cells come out the other and are graded into 40-60 power level bins. This
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02/16/2017
Vicor introduces two new DCMs in a ChiP Package

DCM in a ChiP package

Aimed at a variety of applications, including UAV, ground vehicle, radar, transportation and industrial controls, Vicor has added a new 30V input nominal module (9 – 50V range) in a 3623 ChiP package (1.52 x 0.90 x 0.29 in). This converter has an output voltage of 15 V maximum power of 160W, achieving a power
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02/16/2017
Intepro Systems launches Procyon integrated production test systems

Procyon integrated production test system

Intepro Systems, a leader in power component and power system automated test equipment (ATE), announced its Procyon line of integrated production test systems. At the core of each Procyon system are Intepro’s industry-leading programmable DC and AC sources and programmable electronic loads. All Procyon ATE’s
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02/15/2017
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos presents the WE-CMB HV power line choke

WE-CMB chokes

A rated voltage three times higher than the voltage of the existing family of WE-CMB chokes – this is the outstanding feature of the current-compensated power line chokes of the WE-CMB HV series offered by Würth Elektronik eiSos. Europe’s leading supplier of electronic and electromechanical components has
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02/15/2017
PI Databook now available on any web browser

PI Databook contains Power Integrations' complete technical document portfolio

Power Integrations’ Databook is now available on any web browser for Windows or Mac as well as mobile apps for IOS and Android. PI Databook contains Power Integrations' complete technical document portfolio, as well as video tutorials and product demonstrations. Use the PI Databook to search for products in
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02/14/2017
VPG Foil Resistors' Powertron PCS line touts reliability, stability

Powertron PCS Series

The VPG Foil Resistors product group of Vishay Precision Group, manufacturers of precise and stable Bulk Metal Foil resistors, announced the global market launch of the Powertron PCS Series, a high-reliability power current sensor family, offering exceptional long-term stability, reliability and performance. Design
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02/14/2017
Intersil claims smallest isolated RS-485 transceiver for industrial IoT

ISL32704E isolated RS-485 transceiver

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the industry’s smallest isolated RS-485 differential bus transceiver designed to provide 4Mbps bidirectional data transmission for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks. The high-speed ISL32704E delivers
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02/13/2017
Novel chip extends sensors’ battery life

Ultra-low power UB20M voltage detector chip

A low-cost chip that enables batteries in sensors to last longer, in some cases by over ten times, has been developed by engineers from the University of Bristol. Dr Bernard Stark and colleagues in the Bristol Electrical Energy Management Research Group based in the Merchant Venturers School of Engineering,
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02/13/2017
ITO challenged as a transparent conductor by novel technologies

(Left): An example of the hybrid process for manufacturing metal mesh. (Right) examples of O-Film metal mesh TCFs.

The transparent conductive film (TCF) industry has witnessed upheaval in recent years. On the one hand, multiple technologies have been developed as alternatives to the incumbent solution, whilst the incumbent suppliers slashed their prices to protect their share in sluggish markets. Our report Transparent
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02/13/2017
TE Connectivity (TE), a leader in connectivity and sensor solutions, will showcase technologies designed to mitigate medical device design challenges at MD&M West this month, Booth #3149. Product experts from TE will be on site to discuss how TE’s customized sensing, connectivity and minimally invasive
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02/13/2017
German research team finds solution for significant reduction in energy losses in electric devices and the grid

A German research team has explored the technological basis for reducing the energy losses in power grids and electric devices by more than half

A German research team has explored the technological basis for reducing the energy losses in power grids and electric devices by more than half. This can be made possible through the use of direct current (DC). DC allows for smaller power losses when compared to the alternating current (AC) used today. The
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02/10/2017
Exceptional quality and innovation doesn't have to be expensive. And Rohde & Schwarz proves this at embedded world in Nuremberg with its new entry-level T&M solutions. The electronics expert will also be showcasing the latest R&S RTO2000 high-performance oscilloscope up to 6 GHz. It is ideal for
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02/10/2017
SMC Diode offers SMB rectifier in low-profile DO-214AA Package

SD560B SMD rectifier

SMC Diode Solutions, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of discrete semiconductors, voltage regulators, and die and wafer devices, announced the availability a general-purpose high voltage SMD rectifier in low-profile (DO-214AA) size format. The SD560B rectifier uniquely combines a compact footprint
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02/10/2017
AVX releases new automotive thin-film caps for signal & power

Automotive-grade Accu-P Series SMD thin film chip capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer and supplier of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new series of SMD thin film chip capacitors especially designed to meet demanding performance specifications in automotive signal and power applications. Qualified to AEC-Q200, AVX’s new Automotive Grade
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02/09/2017
Nexperia, the former Standard Products division of NXP, announced the formal completion of its launch as a separate entity. Headquartered in Nijmegen, Netherlands and backed by a consortium of financial investors consisting of Beijing Jianguang Asset Management and Wise Road Capital, Nexperia is a stand-alone,
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02/08/2017
At Strategies in Light 2017 (Anaheim, February 28 – March 2, 2017), EnOcean, a leader in energy harvesting wireless technology, will present self powered wireless LED control for multiple wireless protocols. At booth #107, the company will be exhibiting their extensive Dolphin portfolio, including self-powered
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02/08/2017
Tokyo Institute of Technology research finds surprising GaN LED spin behavior at room temp

Spin-LED chip placed on a copper block (left) and emitting CP EL (orange spiral arrows); the right- (σ+) and left (σ−)-handed EL components are indicated by the red and blue circles, respectively. QWP, LP, and MCS represent a quarter-wave plate, a linear polarizer, and a multichannel spectrometer, respectively. Inset: EL from a spin-LED chip for different current densities (J).

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have observed almost purely circularly polarized electroluminescence from GaAs-based spin-polarized light-emitting diodes at room temperature, with no external magnetic field. This behavior indicates the presence of spin-dependent nonlinear processes, which may allow
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02/08/2017
Bel Power Solutions launches compact, ruggedized converters

MELCHER HP Series DC-DC converter

Bel Power Solutions, a Bel group company and premier manufacturer of power management devices, announced the release of its MELCHER HP Series DC-DC converter (4TE) with an input voltage range greater than 10:1. The converters deliver up to 192 watts with typical efficiency up to 93% over input and load range
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02/08/2017
Imec, Holst Centre, and ROHM create a solution for ultra-low-power IoT radios

Sub-mW All-Digital PLL presented by IMEC and ROHM

At the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco (US), imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) and ROHM today presented an all-digital phase-locked loop (ADPLL) for Internet-of-Things (IoT)
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02/08/2017
PSDcast - Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment on charging the Chevy Bolt

Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment

In this PSDcast, Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's infrastructure support for charging the Chevy Bolt. A critical aspect for market adoption of EVs in the marketplace is not only range anxiety, but chrarging security.
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02/07/2017
U.S. states often tussle over who can attract the most innovative, high-growth businesses. Increasingly, governors can point to a new factor that makes their state competitive: affordable renewable energy. Advanced Energy Economy cites that nearly half of Fortune 500 companies have a sustainability
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02/07/2017
AT&S helps create worlds's smallest loudspeaker

USound and Fraunhofer Institute's micro-speaker uses MEMS technology

Graz-based start-up USound, in partnership with several Fraunhofer Institutes (IDMT, ISIT, IIS and IZM) and utilizing PCB technology together with system integration expertise from AT&S, has developed what is not only the world’s smallest speaker, but also the first based on micro-electro-mechanical systems
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02/06/2017
With version 8.5 SP2 of CANdelaStudio, Vector presents a solution for the creation of AUTOSAR-compliant configurations of the diagnostic basic software for vehicle ECUs. It enables development teams at vehicle and ECU manufacturers to generate AUTOSAR Diagnostic Extract (DEXT) files at the press of a button. AUTOSAR
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02/06/2017
Linear's latest PoE chip delivers 123W over 1Gbps CAT5e cable

LTC4279 single port Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller

Linear Technology introduced the LTC4279 single port Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller for power sourcing equipment (PSE), delivering up to 123W of power over CAT-5e cable for power-hungry applications. Demand for higher power delivery comes from a widespread set of applications, including LTE picocell base
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02/06/2017
Thermal Models of GaN Systems’ devices now on the web

A steady-state thermal analysis of a 650 V GaN transistor

GaN Systems has experienced a surge in the number of customers designing and deploying power systems using their GaN transistors. Customers have recognized that GaN devices significantly improve power efficiency and power density. By using GaN transistors instead of legacy silicon components; customers are gaining
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02/03/2017
Small tunable-white LED light engine with BLE interface serves smart lighting apps

LuxiTune2.3 tunable white light engine

Combining a compact form factor with the latest platform features, the LuxiTune2.3 tunable white light engine announced by LED Engin, Inc., a leader in high flux density LED products, targets the same track-lighting and small down-lighting applications as its Gen 2.0 products, while delivering the added performance
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02/02/2017
MicroPower Direct's new 1W DC/DC converter family offers 96 models

MD100x 1W DC/DC converters

Available now from MicroPower Direct, the MD100x is a family of low cost, 1W DC/DC converters packaged in a miniature SIP package. Ninety six models provide a wide selection of single & dual output models with I/O isolation levels ranging from 1 kVDC to 6 kVDC. Models operate from 3.3, 5, 12,
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02/02/2017
The use of batteries in everyday devices is getting more ubiquitous.  In many of these products, a charging connector is difficult or impossible to use. For example, some products require sealed enclosures to protect sensitive electronics from harsh environments and to enable for convenient cleaning or
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02/01/2017
Let’s continue the thought we began with at the front of the issue, as simply saying that it’s good to have a lot of product development, even if some of it is on stuff that is a little crazy, leaves a lot to be said. How does a laundry-folding robot help humanity? Will having a toothbrush that sends me
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02/01/2017

 



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