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3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Batteries

This LED bangle, including a lithium-ion battery, was made entirely by 3D printing.

Electric vehicles and most electronic devices, such as cell phones and laptop computers, are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Until now, manufacturers have had to design their devices around the size and shape of commercially available batteries. But researchers have developed a new method to 3D print lithium-ion
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10/17/2018
Engineers Speed up Electrons in Semiconductors

Chemical structure of poly(P3HT)-b-(PSt) and a diagram of Plausible hole transporting paths in P3HT-b-PSt

Researchers from Graduate School of Bio-Applications and Systems Engineering at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) have sped up the movement of electrons in organic semiconductor films by two to three orders of magnitude. The speedier electronics could lead to improved solar power and transistor
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10/17/2018
MEMS Accelerometer Modules for Inertial Navigation
Kirkland, Washington, USA - Silicon Designs, Inc. introduced its Model 2227-025, the first in a planned family of high-performance, lower-cost MEMS accelerometer modules for inertial navigation and tilt applications (non-ITAR).   The Model 2227-025 has both an industry
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10/17/2018

AVX Releases New Lambda-Bridge Thermal Conductors
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released the new λ-Bridge (Lambda-Bridge) Series thermal conductors. Constructed with high-quality aluminum nitride (AlN) or beryllium oxide (BeO) materials, Lambda-Bridge thermal conductors provide efficient, cost-effective thermal management solutions with reliable,
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10/17/2018
Hazardous Area LED Pivoting Light Fixture
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics announced the release of a hazardous area LED pivoting light fixture. This 4-foot 2-lamp LED light fixture is U.S./Canada U.L. approved Class I Division 2 Groups A, B, C and D and is UL 1598A listed. This fixture produces 7,000 total lumens, operates on 347V to 480V AC without
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10/16/2018
Slow Blow Fuse Features Higher Current Rating
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their latest surface mount slow blow chip fuses, the C1T Series, (6 Amp, 7 Amp and 8 Amp), which feature a high current rating in the small 1206 surface mount package. These fuses provide board level primary and secondary circuit protection for a wide variety of consumer
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10/16/2018
New Spintronics Device Functionalities in Graphene

Scanning Electron Microscope micrograph of a fabricated device showing the graphene topological insulator heterostructure channel.

Graphene Flagship researchers have shown in a paper published in Science Advances how heterostructures built from graphene and topological insulators have strong, proximity induced spin-orbit coupling which can form the basis of novel information processing technologies. Spin-orbit coupling
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10/16/2018
SiFlower Licenses and Deploys CEVA's 802.11ac Wi-Fi IP
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – CEVA, Inc. announced that Shanghai SiFlower Communication Technology Co. Ltd., (SiFlower) has licensed and deployed CEVA’s RivieraWaves 802.11ac Wi-Fi IP in its latest System-on-Chip (SoC) targeting smart home access points. The SF16A18 is a highly integrated
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10/16/2018
Argonne Advances High-Performance Computing in Manufacturing

Researchers will tackle manufacturing challenges uniquely solved by computer modeling with Argonne's Theta (pictured), a next-generation Cray/Intel system.

Argonne awarded funding to partner with industry to advance the use of high performance computing in manufacturing. The use of supercomputers can advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing through simulations and modeling. These methods can enable predictive design that minimizes traditional trial and
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10/16/2018
Studying Dislocation Avalanches in Metals

This is a dislocation avalanche in a high entropy nanopillar. Focused ion beam is used to fabricated the nanopillar (left) for compression test. Transmission electron microscope is used to image dislocation pile up during a dislocation avalanche (see D on the right).

Mechanical structures are only as sound as the materials from which they are made. For decades researchers have studied materials from these structures to see why and how they fail. Before catastrophic failure, there are individual cracks or dislocations that form, which are signals that a structure may be weakening.
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10/16/2018
At the Edge, Where Picoamps Matter
As we come to the end of what has been an exciting and exhausting year, I’m almost ready to set out for Munich and electronica. I wrote a bit about what I expect it to be like last month,
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10/15/2018
Connecting the World Through a Network of Connected Devices
The Internet of Things (IoT) will change the world. While the internet put the sum of humanity’s knowledge at a keystroke, the IoT will unite a plethora of systems and devices in a connected ecosystem. And the possibilities are endless – autonomous vehicles that communicate with each other to reduce accidents,
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10/15/2018
A Challenge to the Potential of Industrial IoT

Figure 1. Typical nuclear power plant in the US is over 35 years old, built before the availability
of widespread digital sensors and networking

IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is a hot trend these days – it promises to revolutionize our industrial infrastructure by improving efficiency at existing power plants, refineries, off-shore oil platforms, pharmaceutical plants, hospitals etc. According to McKinsey, IIoT will unlock $6.2 trillion in potential
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10/15/2018
The Discovery of an Atomic Electronic Simulator
Targeting applications like neural networks for machine learning, a new discovery out of the University of Alberta and Quantum Silicon Inc. in Edmonton, Canada is paving the
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10/15/2018
ROICs Enable Essential Military and Space Applications
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – TowerJazz announced the Company is increasing its technology portfolio that is compliant with ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) by adding 65nm technology access for next-generation ROICs (Readout Integrated Circuits), enabling essential military and space
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10/15/2018
TVS Diode Arrays Designed to Protect Two Lines of Ethernet Ports
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced the first of a series of TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) designed to protect two lines of 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet ports from damage due to sustained overcurrent and overvoltage. Through-package routing permits the SP4031 Series Hybrid Protection Module’s circuitry to
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10/15/2018
Flexible Transparent Force Touch Sensor for Wearable Devices

Schematic illustration of a transparent, flexible force touch sensor (upper image) and sensitivity enhancement by using stress concentration (lower image).

Researchers reported a high-performance and transparent nanoforce touch sensor by developing a thin, flexible, and transparent hierarchical nanocomposite (HNC) film. The research team says their sensor simultaneously features all the necessary characters for industrial-grade application: high sensitivity, transparency,
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10/15/2018
Magnetics Components for Power Converters in Automotive
PREMO has announced the 3DP-Series (3kW_HVLV & 7kW_HVHV) Transformer + Chokes, providing up to 40-50% reduction in volume compared with current discrete industrial solutions for the same power management. Other topologies and powers are under design (11kW and 22kW). PREMO is investing in innovative
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10/15/2018
Researchers Quickly Harvest 2-D Materials
Since the 2003 discovery of the single-atom-thick carbon material known as graphene, there has been significant interest in other types of 2-D materials as well. These materials could be stacked together like Lego bricks to form a range of devices with different functions, including operating as semiconductors.
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10/12/2018
Hidden Gapless States on the Path to Semiconductor Nanocrystals

The exotic transformations causes that one of the precursors of zinc oxide, initially an insulator, at approx. 300 degrees Celsius goes to a state with electrical properties typical of metals, and at ~400 degrees Celsius it becomes a semiconductor.

When chemists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw were starting work on yet another material designed for the efficient production of nanocrystalline zinc oxide, they didn't expect any surprises. They were greatly astonished when the electrical properties of the
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10/12/2018
Signal Transformer announces their new High Current Toroidal Inductor (HCTI) Design Kit. This new Design Kit provides a varied selection of toroidal inductors to design engineers who are looking for solutions to support EMI/RFI filtering and energy storage in industrial and consumer goods applications. The
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10/11/2018
Powering the IoT
The IoT has been one subject that has been on everyone’s mind for the last few years. Since then, we have moved from small gimmicky examples to the start of widespread implementation of the technologies. The IoT differs
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10/10/2018
Portable 3000W Hazardous Location Fan-Forced Heater
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC has released a hazardous location fan-forced heater compatible with 240V single phase connections, that provides active heating in hazardous locations and cold-temperature work sites. This portable fan heater is mounted on a skid cart for easy on-the-go applications in chemical
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10/10/2018
IoT Systems Need High Integration & Small Form Factor

Figure 1. 3.3V to 5V Input, Delivering 12V at up to 800mA with an External Clock

At the medium-to-low end of the power spectrum there are modest power conversion requirements such as those commonly found in “Internet of Things” (IoT) equipment, which necessitate the use of power conversion ICs that deal with modest levels of current. These are usually in the range of 100’s milliamps
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10/10/2018
Is that a Battery, is that a Capacitor? No, it’s Supercap

Figure 1. Small-cell supercapacitor with aqueous electrolyte

With capabilities including high cycle life and fast charge and discharge times, small-cell supercapacitors can oust coin-type batteries from back-up power duties in equipment ranging from IoT devices, smart meters, or medical devices, to automotive electronics and industrial computing. Typical applications
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10/10/2018
The New Challenges of Industry 4.0
Sometimes described as the fourth industrial revolution, a new wave of technology is sweeping through industry. What was originally part of a 2020 strategy plan adopted by the German Federal Government has now spread across Europe, disrupting manufacturing and factory automation. There are now 159 organisations
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10/10/2018
High-Performance Design for Wireless Power Transfer

Figure 1: Block Diagram for a Typical WPT System.

In the more compact portable and wearable devices now being introduced onto the market, it is extremely difficult, or even impossible, to incorporate a charge connector. For example, some may simply have too little available space in which to house an appropriate connector. Other devices may require sealed enclosures
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10/10/2018
Presto Engineering Upgrades Europe's Largest Independent Semiconductor Testing Facility to ISO 9001:2015 Standard

Scanning electron microscope at Presto Engineering.

San Jose, CA, USA - Semiconductors play increasingly important control roles in automotive, industrial and safety critical applications. Quality and reliability are therefore of vital importance and so Presto Engineering has completed certification to the ISO
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10/10/2018
DC-DC Converters Offer High-Input Surge Withstand Capacity
ABSOPULSE Electronics has recently added the RWR-350-P600 series to its line of fully encapsulated RIA12 railway quality DC-DC converters. The units have an input voltage surge withstand capacity 3.5 times the nominal input voltage for 20 milliseconds and meet the requirements of RIA12 with wide margins. RIA12
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10/09/2018
Explosion-Proof Light with 3rd-Generation LEDs
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics, LLC, has released a new pole top slip fitter LED light fixture that utilizes special CREE LED technology and a compact design to efficiently illuminate Class I Divisions 1 & 2 and Class II Divisions 1 & 2 locations. This powerful LED light features a 4" OD pole
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10/09/2018
DIN Rail Power Supplies Features Operation From 90-264VAC
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking MEAN WELL’s SDR Series 75-960 Watt AC-DC, DIN Rail power supplies. The SDR series is a slim size AC-DC DIN Rail power supply in a metal case that can be installed on a TS-35/7.5
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10/08/2018
Study Opens Route to Flexible Electronics Made From Exotic Materials

MIT researchers have devised a way to grow single crystal GaN thin film on a GaN substrate through two-dimensional materials. The GaN thin film is then exfoliated by a flexible substrate, showing the rainbow color that comes from thin film interference. This technology will pave the way to flexible electronics and the reuse of the wafers.

The vast majority of computing devices today are made from silicon, the second most abundant element on Earth, after oxygen. Silicon can be found in various forms in rocks, clay, sand, and soil. And while it is not the best semiconducting material that exists on the planet, it is by far the most readily available.
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10/08/2018
Big Discoveries About Tiny Particles

In this illustration, arrows indicate the vibrational activity of particles studied by UD researchers, while the graph shows the frequencies of this vibration.

From photonics to pharmaceuticals, materials made with polymer nanoparticles hold promise for products of the future. However, there are still gaps in understanding the properties of these tiny plastic-like particles. Now, Hojin Kim, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the
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10/08/2018
The Industry's First Rugged Deep Learning System
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – General Micro Systems (GMS) introduced the industry’s first rugged, conduction-cooled, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) deep learning/artificial intelligence (AI) mobile system that offers real-time data analysis and decision making directly on the battlefield. The X422 “Lighting”
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10/08/2018
3600W Explosion-Proof Convection Heater
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC has released a new hazardous location convection heater for active heating in dangerous environments and cold-temperature work sites. This 3,600-watt heater operates on 240V three phase power and is ideal for manufacturing plants, chemical processing, refineries, industrial
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10/05/2018
Programmable Power Platform Includes a DC 1.7â€
SAN DIEGO –AMETEK Programmable Power has again expanded its popular Asterion power supply platform. This time, it’s with the addition of a line of programmable, high-performance DC power supplies with either fixed or autoranging output. Like the Asterion AC family, the Sorensen Asterion
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10/05/2018
PoE Connector Modules Ideal for High-Bandwidth Applications
SAN DIEGO -- Pulse Electronics’ Networking Business Unit introduces its new J1V series of 1x1 Top Entry 1000Base-T to 10GBASE-T 4P PoE Ethernet Connector Modules.  This series also includes options for LED’s and 4 and 5 channel magnetics for
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10/04/2018
Rugged Power Supplies in Miniature Open-Frame Package
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TPP 100A-J and TPP 150A-J series of 100 and 150 watt open-frame power supplies. Their high efficiency topology, industrial-grade components and advanced thermal management enable -25°C to +85°C operation, compliance to IEC 60068-2-6 / IEC 60068-2-27 / MIL-STD-810F
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10/04/2018
Buck-Boost Controllers for Industrial Battery-Powered Applications
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation announced an innovative new family of bidirectional four-switch synchronous buck-boost controllers. The ISL81601 and ISL81401 are the industry’s only true bidirectional controllers that sense peak current at both ends and provide cycle-by-cycle current limit
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10/04/2018
Pluggable Connector for Chassis-Mount DC-DC Converters
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions and Protection announces an extension to the RCM Series, 150 W to 1000 W chassis-mount DC-DC converters, with an optional pluggable connector version. The pluggable connectors are an alternative to the standard cage clamp terminals, that lowers the risk of reverse polarity
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10/04/2018
China Tariffs Will Not Affect the Vast Majority Of Triad Magnetics Customers
Perris, CA—With its diversified portfolio of power electronics manufacturing plants located in the U.S., the Philippines and China, Triad Magnetics announced that the vast majority of its customers need not fear the financial impact of escalating trade tariff tensions between two of the world’s
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10/03/2018
San Diego, CA — Express Logic announced turnkey integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Greengrass software, extending the current direct X-Ware IoT Platform support for AWS. Express Logic’s X-Ware IoT Platform is the industrial-grade alternative for AWS Greengrass customers who must quickly
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10/03/2018
High-Frequency Integrated Thin Film Band-Pass Filters
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. — AVX Corporation introduced new 0805-case BP Series multilayer, integrated thin film (ITF) band-pass filters. Designed for broad compatibility with a wide range of high-frequency wireless applications, including mobile communications systems, satellite TV receivers, GPSs, vehicle-locating
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10/03/2018
Technology and the Future of Healthcare
As usual, autumn means conference season. And this year conference season will be dominated by electronica as it is every second year. All of the famed German organisational stereotypes will be tested to their limits, with the conference expanding to 16 halls. For me personally, that means even more walking
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10/02/2018
DIN Rail Power Supplies Now Shipping from Sager Electronics
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking TDK-Lambda’s DSP series of 7.5-100 Watt AC-DC, DIN Rail power supplies. The DSP series is a low profile AC-DC DIN Rail power supply designed for building and factory automation. It features operation from 90-264VAC with
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10/01/2018
Leadless Packaging Technology for High-Current Applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif.– Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced the TO-Leadless (TOLL) package in combination with 40V Shield-Gate Technology (SGT) to provide the highest current capability in its voltage class.  The TOLL package has the highest current capacity because of AOS’innovative
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Date:
10/01/2018

 



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