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Artificial Intelligence Beats us in Chess, not in Memory

The brain strategy for storing memories may lead to imperfect memories, but in turn, allows it to store more memories, and with less hassle than AI.

In the last decades, Artificial Intelligence has shown to be very good at achieving exceptional goals in several fields. Chess is one of them: in 1996, for the first time, the computer Deep Blue beat a human player, chess champion Garry Kasparov. A new piece of research shows now that the brain strategy for st
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Date:
01/18/2021
Fast-Recovery AEC-Q Rectifiers w/ Best-in-Class Performance
Taiwan Semiconductor announces the availability of the RS2x family of fast recovery rectifiers. These 2A-rated diodes are available with reverse voltage ratings of 200V and 1 KV, each available in either SOD-128 or Thin SMA package. These two surface mount packages align with standard pc-board solder pads fa
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Date:
01/18/2021
20 Watt DC/DC Converter for Railway, Ruggedized Applications
TRACO POWER announces their new THN 20WIR series of 20 watt high-density DC/DC Converters in the industry standard 1” x 1” footprint which has been qualified for railway and rugged industrial applications with EN 50155 and EN 61373 certifications and IEC /EN /UL 62368-1 approvals. The THN 20WIR series of ru
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Date:
01/18/2021
PSDcast – A Wireless Battery Management System

Karl-Heinz Steinmetz, who leads TI’s hybrid and electric vehicle and powertrain sector team

Electric vehicles rely on battery management systems to maximize their power, range, and efficiency. Every battery cell in the EV has to be wired to a BMS, and since more cells means a higher charge capacity – leading to a longer electric range – manufacturers pack as cells in there as they can. And that ma
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Date:
01/15/2021
48 V – 6 V LLC Module Family for High-Density Computing
Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (MPS) announced the launch of a new family of 48 V – 6V digital DC-DC power modules for 48 V Data Center Solutions, utilizing eGaN transistors from Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Corporation. These power modules target applications for high density computing and data centers, ar
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Date:
01/14/2021
125°C Operation Compatible EEPROMs Extend Service Life
ROHM’s newly introduced 125°C operation compatible I2C bus EEPROMs, BR24H-5AC series, targets applications that require data storage under harsh environments, such as factory settings for onboard cameras and sensors, airbag operating history, and data logging for always-on operating industrial automation sy
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Date:
01/14/2021
TDK-Lambda 500W AC/DC Power Modules Shipping from Sager
Sager Electronics is now stocking TDK-Lambda’s PFH500F Conduction Cooled 500W AC/DC Power Modules.   The PFH500F Series is a high density and high efficiency AC/DC power module that comes in a compact 4” x 2.4” brick footprint. It’s rated at 500W and operates from 85 to 265 VAC input. The series is s
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Date:
01/06/2021
Stretching Diamond for Next-Generation Microelectronics

Stretching of microfabricated diamonds pave ways for applications in next-generation microelectronics.

Diamond is the hardest material in nature. But out of many expectations, it also has great potential as an excellent electronic material. A joint research team led by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has demonstrated for the first time the large, uniform tensile elastic straining of microfabricated diamond a
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Date:
01/01/2021
USB Type-C Power Management Design for Portable Devices

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Figure 1: O-Ring Circuit

Among the many benefits of USB Type-C connectors are their small size, easy-to-use features, and versatility. USB Type-C (also called USB-C) can support multiple protocols, such as USB 3.1, DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB PD. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) released guidelines for USB Type-C called USB Type-C Ca
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Date:
01/04/2021