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Polymers Jump Through Hoops on way to Sustainable Materials

Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Charles Schroeder, left, and graduate student Yuecheng (Peter) Zhou study the flow dynamics of ring and linear polymer solutions to tease out clues about how synthetic polymers interact during processing.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising advances, researchers said, a full understanding of how to processes ring polymers into practical materials remains elusive. In a new study, researchers
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05/17/2019
Advanced Energy to Acquire Artesyn Embedded Power
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Embedded Power business of Artesyn Embedded Technologies, Inc. (Artesyn EP) from Platinum Equity. The total consideration for this transaction will be approximately $400 million. Artesyn
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05/16/2019
Significantly Expanded SinglFuse Overcurrent Protection Line
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., announced the completion of a significant expansion of its SinglFuse overcurrent protection product line, adding 33 new model series to the portfolio over the last 18 months. A rising focus on safety across many industries has led to increasing requirements
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05/15/2019

Bourns Expands Sensor Line for Extended Temp Applications
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., further expanded its line of environmental sensors to include a new pressure sensor. Bourns Model BPS140 pressure sensors are based on state-of-the-art Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, which provides extremely accurate condition readings in
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05/13/2019
New Materials for Next-Generation Data Storage

Army funded research discovery may allow for development of novel device structures that can be used to improve logic/memory, sensing, communications, and other applications for the Army as well as industry. Image demonstrates simulation of emergent chirality in polar skyrmions for the first time in oxide superlattices

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Research funded in part by the U.S. Army identified properties in materials that could one day lead to applications such as more powerful data storage devices that continue to hold information even after a device has been powered off. A team of researchers led by Cornell
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05/10/2019
Components for EV and Renewable Energy Applications
DURHAM, N.C. – Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, introduced a new, fully-integrated product portfolio which includes bare die, discrete and modules at PCIM Europe 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. The end-to-end components are optimized for the electric vehicle, industrial and renewable energy
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05/10/2019
Thermal Gap Filler Reduces Stress on Sensitive Components
CLEVELAND, Ohio. – Laird Performance Materials has developed Tflex HD80000, a high deflection thermal gap filler combining 6 W/mK thermal conductivity with superior pressure versus deflection characteristics. The combination allows minimal stress on sensitive components while also yielding
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05/09/2019
First AC/DC Converter ICs with Built-In 1700V SiC MOSFET
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM announced the availability of AC/DC converter ICs with a built-in 1700V SiC MOSFET, the BM2SCQ12xT-LBZ series. This series is optimized for industrial applications including street lamps, commercial AC systems, and general-purpose AC servos and inverters used in high power
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05/08/2019
Power Path Monitor and Control with Smart Fuse

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Figure 1. Schematic showing current sensing and short-circuit protection.

In today’s battery-operated mobile devices, two of the most important aspects are battery life and safe operation. In other words, end users expect long battery life, and the battery should be guarded against overheating from over-current drain due to undesired faults.   A CSA can monitor current
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05/07/2019
Prevent Unexpected Shutdown by Accumulating Battery Facts

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Figure 1. Shutdowns can be frustrating

Individuals with annoying battery recharge problems become excruciatingly attuned to their device’s power meter because they know that battery mishaps or unexpected shutdowns can occur at any moment. Frequent battery recharging activities become a way of life and prevent some people from even leaving the vicinity
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05/07/2019
New Touch Controllers can Transform Industrial HMI

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Figure 1: Zytronic’s flexible p-cap manufacturing process

Human Machine Interfaces (HMI’s) used in hazardous or industrial applications have a difficult life, and their designers face many challenges when integrating interactive technologies into these systems. A new generation of touch controllers will transform the design of industrial projected capacitive (p-cap)
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05/07/2019
The Future of No-UV Lighting is LED

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Figure 1: Wave Length

No-UV or UV-free lighting is commonly used in certain production facilities or clean rooms that use UV curing in their manufacturing processes. UV light causes some materials and products to cure or harden, which means that lighting for these facilities must be strictly controlled so as not to ruin batches of
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05/07/2019
Why Industrial LED Fixtures are Ideal for Warehouse Lighting

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Figure 1. Dialight LED High Bays illuminate GS Dunn warehouse shelving

Warehouse design and workflow are critical factors in maximizing productivity at any facility. The ability to move product and materials efficiently through a storage area is a primary concern both for speed and efficiency, as well as keeping workers safe in the process. Clear visibility is crucial,
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05/07/2019
Trump Wants to
Remember the incandescent light bulb ban? Turns out it’s like jaywalking – on the books, but seldom enforced. And a recent proposal from the Trump Administration would grant another stay of execution to certain types of Edison light bulbs. If you haven’t followed the incandescent saga,
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05/07/2019
Open Source Software Eases the Pain of Multiple UI Designs
The time-consuming and labour-intensive task of designing multiple user interfaces for different screen sizes and orientations could become a thing of the past thanks to open-source software that uses a new paradigm to speed up or even automate the process. The ORC Layout (OR-constraint Layout) software
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05/07/2019
Skyrmions in Multilayers + Their Topological Hall Signature

Magnetic measurement images showing how the number of skyrmions in a nanomaterial varies with magnetic field strength.

These results were used to prove the influence of skyrmions on the Hall resistivity, a phenomenon called the Topological Hall Effect.

Magnetic skyrmions are tiny entities, manifesting in magnetic materials, that consist of localized twists in the magnetization direction of the medium. Each skyrmion is highly stable because eliminating it requires untwisting the magnetization direction of the material, just as a knot on a string can only be
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05/07/2019
HexaTech Achieves Defect-Free Aluminum Nitride Substrate
MORRISVILLE, N.C. /PRNewswire/ -- HexaTech, Inc. announced the first known demonstration of a defect-free 2" diameter aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate. HexaTech, the world's leading commercial supplier of single crystal AlN substrates, attained this milestone in performance as part of its highly focused
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05/07/2019
New Class of Catalysts for Energy Conversion

Michael Meischein in front of the sputter system in which nanoparticles are fabricated by co-deposition into an ionic liquid

Numerous chemical reactions relevant for the energy revolution are highly complex and result in considerable energy losses. This is the reason why energy conversion and storage systems or fuel cells are not yet widely used in commercial applications. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and Max-Planck-Institut
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05/06/2019
LED Linear Fixtures Backed by 10-Year Warranty
FARMINGDALE, N.J. – Dialight launched its new line of Vigilant and SafeSite Low Profile/Top Conduit LED Linear fixtures, now offering an industry-leading 10-year warranty for reliable, long-life performance with triple the lifespan of conventional T-5 fluorescents even in the harshest conditions,
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05/06/2019
Calibration System for Piezoresistive Accelerometers
Cleveland, Ohio, USA –  MB Dynamics, Inc. announced the global market launch of its Win475 CRASH-CAL automated accelerometer calibration system, offering a measurable 50% time-savings over traditional sequential calibration methods.   The
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05/06/2019
SDRAM Portfolio Grows With Addition of 256Mb LPDDR2 Devices
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory announced that the company's portfolio of low-power SDRAMs for mobile and embedded systems in the automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical spaces continues to grow. The latest additions include two new 256Mb LPDDR2 devices: the AS4C8M32MD2A-25B2CN
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05/03/2019
Melf Resistor from Stackpole Now AEC-Q200 Qualified
RALEIGH, NC - Stackpole's MLFA Series is fully AEC-Q200 compliant and offered in 0102 (0.3W), 0204 (0.4W), and 0207 (1W) sizes. The MLFA has exceptional stability demonstrated over life, biased humidity, and short time overload testing. In addition, the MLFA offers pulse power handling up
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05/03/2019
SiC Devices Enable High-Voltage Power Electronics
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Demand is growing for SiC power products that improve system efficiency, robustness and power density in automotive, industrial and aerospace and defense applications. Microchip Technology Inc., via its Microsemi subsidiary, announced the production release of a family of SiC power devices
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05/03/2019
7.5ÂkV rms SPI/Digital or I2C ÎModule Isolator
The LTM2810 is a complete galvanic digital µModule (micromodule) isolator. No external components are required. Individual 3V to 5.5V supplies power each side of the digital isolator. Separate logic supply pins allow easy interfacing with different logic levels from 1.62V to 5.5V, independent of the main supply. Module
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05/02/2019
5ÂA Synchronous Step-Down Device w/ 2.5ÂÎA QuiescentÂCurrent
The LT®8640/LT8640-1 step-down regulator features Si-lent Switcher architecture designed to minimize EMI/EMC emissions while delivering high efficiency at frequencies up to 3MHz. An ultralow 2.5μA quiescent current—with the output in full regulation—enables applications requiring highest efficiency at
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05/02/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? - Part 2

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Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

State of SiC Device and Package Technology It has long been known that packaging technology is key to unleashing the potential of wide-bandgap (WBG) devices. Silicon Carbide device manufacturers have been making rapid improvements in device technology figures of merit such
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05/01/2019
PSDcast â€

Helix CEO Harold Blomquist

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Helix Semiconductors about the idea of transformer-less AC-DC Converters. We’re all familiar with transformers and their role in ac-dc conversion circuits, but lately, their
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05/01/2019
5.7 kV rms, Signal-Isolated CAN FD Transceiver
The ADM3056E is a 5.7 kV rms isolated controller area network (CAN) physical layer transceiver. The ADM3056E fully meets the CAN-FD ISO 11898-2: 2016 requirements and is further capable of supporting data rates as high as 12 Mbps. The device employs Analog Devices, Inc., iCoupler
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05/01/2019
Thermoelectric Modules Protect Heat-Sensitive CMOS Sensors
Laird Thermal Systems expands its Peltier thermoelectric module product family with the HiTemp ET Series, designed to protect critical electronic devices like CMOS sensors in high temperature applications. Recent advances in CMOS sensor technology have made these sensors practical and effective
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05/01/2019
SL Power's Four New Families of Open Frame Power Supplies
SL Power announced new additions to the GB series of open frame or PCB mount ac-dc power supply families. The new GB10, GB20, GB30, and GB40 families will be certified to medical and industrial safety approvals. They will also meet heavy industrial
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05/01/2019