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NevadaNano, Emerson Develop Low Global Warming Refrigerant Gas Sensors
NevadaNano announced its partnership with Emerson to jointly develop refrigerant gas detector products that will provide a solution to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry for refrigerant leak detection. “We are proud to partner with Emerson to develop essential so
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09/23/2021

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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09/23/2021
Dual-Band Wi-Fi Antennas for 2.4GHz, 5GHz Applications
AVX Corporation released a new series of IP67-rated, external, dual-band Wi-Fi antennas optimized for 2.4GHz and 5GHz applications. The new X9001748 Series external, dual-band Wi-Fi antennas have a standardized, ready-to-use, RoHS-compliant design with IP67 sealing for reliable outdoor operation an
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09/23/2021
Expanded Performance Chiller Platform w/ Thermoelectric-based Unit
The Nextreme NRC400 Performance Chiller is an ideal cooling solution for research laboratories, analytical imaging, industrial laser systems, and test & measurement applications where precise temperature in a highly portable chiller is required.  Solid-state thermoelectric coolers utilize the Pelti
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09/21/2021
Acopian Launches Wide-Input DC to DC Converter Line
Acopian launched their encapsulated wide input DC to DC Converter line of power supplies rated up to 60W. Wide-range DC inputs are set at 9-18 VDC, with output voltages ranging from 3.3 VDC to 48 VDC and up to 8A. Threaded mounting holes permit them to be mounted to a chassis, cabinet wall or
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09/21/2021
Gowanda Electronics' New Non-Magnetic RF Inductor Series – 28MG
Gowanda Electronics announces the introduction of a new non-magnetic RF thru-hole (leaded) inductor series – 28MG. This series was designed to address the market need for non-magnetic inductors that could achieve inductance values of up to 18 µH. This series is ideal for use in medical imaging equipment
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09/17/2021
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
High-Temperature, Automotive-Grade Polymer Chip Capacitors
AVX Corporation released the new TCO Series high-temperature, automotive-grade polymer chip capacitors, which are rated for operating temperatures up to 150°C at category voltage and meet AEC-Q200 Stress Test Qualification for Passive Components requirements, which ensure stable performance at 85°C, 85
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09/16/2021
New Thermopile-Based Detectors for CO2 Sensors
Renesas Electronics Corporation expanded its industry-leading environmental sensor portfolio with its first family of thermopile-based detectors with integrated optical filters for optical (NDIR) CO2 sensors. The four new single- and dual-channel analog detectors for CO2 gases deliver the industry’s best performance, qu
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09/16/2021
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
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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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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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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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
Infineon 22 kW industrial motor drive reference design
The reference design is a general purpose motor drive which features a nominal power of 22 kW and can be operated directly on a 380 to 480 V three-phase grid. The design can be fully re-used for customization and allows customers to evaluate Infineon’s products under real operating conditions. It is suitable
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09/16/2021
Buy a Fluke thermal imager, get a free Fluke lens
The lenses provide greater flexibility across the range of applications for thermal imaging cameras by delivering increased accuracy and precise image quality. All lenses are interchangeable and compatible with Fluke’s range of thermal imaging cameras.   Thermal imaging applications Thermal im
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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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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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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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09/15/2021
Expanded DC/DC Converter Platform with 80W unit
COSEL Co, Ltd announced the addition of an 80W DC/DC converter to its value added STMGF platform. Available in two versions, the STMGFS80 covers all industrial voltages from 9V to 76V. Using COSEL’s efficient MGFS80 DC/DC converter assembled on a carrier board, the STMGFS80 series fits in the same footprint as its predecessor, which previously only delivered 30W. Ready to use out of the box, the STMGFS80 includes terminal blocks, output voltage potentiometer, input filter and extra capacitors. The series complies with safety standards UL62368-1 and C-UL EN62368-1. Battery powered industrial applications require very efficient
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09/15/2021
GaN Systems Signs Semiconductor Capacity Agreement with BMW

Jim Witham, CEO & Co-Founder, GaN Systems

GaN Systems announced the signing of a comprehensive Capacity Agreement with BMW Group for GaN Systems’ high-performance, automotive-grade GaN power transistors, which increase the efficiency and power density of critical applications in electric vehicles. GaN power semiconductors are a key ing
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09/13/2021
Battery Management Systems For Auto, Industrial Applications
Sensata Technologies announced it will debut new Battery Management Systems (BMS) at the upcoming Battery Show North America in Novi, Michigan from September 14th to 16th in booth #2617.  In addition, Sensata will highlight its sensing and control solutions that help make energy systems
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09/13/2021
Powerbox (PRBX) Sweden relocates and expands R&D in Stockholm

From its inception PRBX has grown to become a leading innovator in power solutions for industrial, medical, transportation and defense application.

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies, and for more than four decades a leading force in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, announces it has consolidated its Swedish operations to a new facility located at Hägersten, South of Stockholm. Originally established at Gnesta
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Date:
09/11/2021
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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09/08/2021
High-Current Designs Utilizing Paralleled MOSFETs in Motor Drive Applications

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Figure 1. 3-phase inverter with two MOSFETs in parallel per switch

In applications such as motor drives, the half-bridge topology (typically 3 phases) is used to generate an AC power signal that produces a positive or negative torque in an electric motor. High output currents can be achieved only by means of paralleling MOSFETs that form each of the functional switches.&nbs
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09/08/2021
Optically Isolated Gate Driver w/ no Need for External Power Supply
Littelfuse, Inc. announced the first high-voltage optically-isolated MOSFET gate driver on the market that requires no external power supply, yet can provide fast load turn-on speeds in the order of tens of microseconds. The CPC1596 570V Optically Isolated Load-Biased Gate Driver is ideal for use in a wide range of power electronics applications including: Industrial controls, Automatic Test Equipment (ATE), HVAC controls, Medical devices, Intern
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09/08/2021
Crowcon Integrates NevadaNano's MPS Flammable Gas Sensors
NevadaNano announced that Crowcon Detection Instruments Ltd.uses the Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS) sensors in their new Gasman flammable gas detection products. The new systems allow employees to rely on a single device to identify and alert them to the presence of 19 potentially dangerous ga
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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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09/06/2021
ABB Augments Reality with new Remote Support Technologies
ABB Electrification’s Service business has announced the launch of pioneering solutions to provide interactive remote support using immersive extended reality.  With increasing demand for remote assistance and more interactive customer experiences, the global augmented reality (AR) market is expected
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09/03/2021
Kit Simplifies Development Of Professional Robotics Applications
Renesas Electronics Corporation and eProsima announced that the Renesas EK-RA6M5 Evaluation Kit for RA MCUs is the official supported hardware platform of the micro-ROS development framework. micro-ROS is the industry’s robotics operating system for MCUs. Renesas teamed with eProsima, the main developer of
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09/03/2021
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
Tried and Tested
Once again, summer is over and we are heading towards the end of the year. There’s not much travelling happening because of the COVID pandemic, but hopefully you managed to get a nice summer break, even if it was closer to home than usual. I’ve been away days here and there and mainly enjoying Scotland’s ma
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09/01/2021
Five Key Factors for Choosing Wireless IIoT Gateways for Energy Providers

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Figure 1. General IIoT Gateway Application Diagram

In industries that rely on distributed data acquisition in remote areas, such as renewable energy or oil and gas, wired infrastructure is often lacking or impractical. Although wireless computers provide an ideal solution for these applications, each scenario has different requirements for communication distance,
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Date:
09/01/2021