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32-Bit MCUs Designed for Industrial Automation
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the RX72N Group and RX66N Group of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), new additions to the RX Family that combines equipment control and networking function on a single chip. Built around the Renesas proprietary RXv3 CPU core, the RX72N features a maximum operating frequency
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Date:
04/07/2020
Next-Gen SIMO Power Management IC Cuts Solution Size by Half
Designers of compact consumer devices can now slash solution size by half and extend battery life by 20 percent with the MAX77654 single inductor, multiple output (SIMO) power management IC (PMIC) from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. This next-generation SIMO PMIC delivers 3 outputs with just one inductor at
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Date:
04/07/2020
PSDcast â€
A crucial step in the engineering workflow is real-time testing with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation. It comes after system-level simulation but before a final hardware design is decided, and it’s become especially important with the increased demand for renewable energy and electric and hybrid vehicles. Be
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04/07/2020

SMD Thermal Chip Removes Heat From Isolated Components
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the ThermaWick THJP series surface-mount thermal jumper chip. The Vishay Dale Thin Film device allows designers to transfer heat from electrically isolated components by providing a thermal conductive pathway to a ground plane or common heatsink. Featuring
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04/06/2020
I/O Expansion Using Standard Ethernet Brings Versatility
Aitech now offers the compact A174 that enables embedded designers to easily increase the functionality of rugged embedded systems, especially in avionics applications. Using a standard Ethernet interface, the new I/O expansion subsystem can connect to a multiple-client/multiple-server architecture, acting as
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04/06/2020
Littelfuse's 1500 Volt Solar Fuses Rated 35 to 60 Amperage
Littelfuse, Inc., the expansion of its SPXI series in-line solar fuses to include 35 to 60 amperage models. Designed to integrate into in-line assemblies within a wire harness, these 1500 V DC solar fuses protect photovoltaic (PV) installations from overloads and short circuits to minimize damage to solar panels. “Littelfuse
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04/06/2020
Transphorm and Microchip Help Drive GaN Adoption
Transphorm Inc. announced that it has partnered with Microchip Technology Inc. The collaboration integrates a Microchip dsPIC33CK digital signal controller board with Transphorm’s 4 kW AC-to-DC bridgeless totem pole power factor correction (PFC) evaluation board, which features the company’s latest Gen IV
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04/06/2020
Pre-Switch Appoints Foxy Power as its Strategic Partner

Bruce Renouard, CEO, Pre-Switch, and Chris Rocneanu, CEO of Foxy Power

Pre-Switch, Inc., has appointed Foxy Power GmbH from Berlin, Germany as its strategic partner for business development and sales. Founded in 2016, Pre-Switch has overcome the previously-insurmountable challenges of implementing soft-switching in DC/AC systems with varying input voltage, temperature
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04/06/2020
New York Passes Accelerated Renewable Energy Act
New York State public authorities and agencies announced the passage of legislation as part the FY 2020-2021 state budget to dramatically speed up the siting and construction of clean energy projects to combat climate change and help jumpstart the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19
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04/03/2020
 Find Vishay Automotive Grade IHDM Inductors at TTI
TTI, Inc., is now offering the IHDM Automotive Grade Inductors from Vishay.  The Vishay IHDM inductor family, available from TTI, Inc., enables current ratings up to 150 Amps with a powdered iron alloy core technology. This trough-hole inductor family provides stable inductance and saturation
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Date:
04/03/2020
Hirose Expedites Shipments of Medical Equipment
Hirose is prioritizing and expediting orders to medical equipment manufacturers. Hirose's connectors are being used in medical equipment vital to the fight against COVID-19, including ventilators. Hirose has been tasked with increasing connector output and lowering lead times of connectors
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04/03/2020
Renesas Enables Cloud Connectivity with Microsoft RTOS
Renesas Electronics Corporation deepened its collaboration with Microsoft to offer seamless device-to-cloud experience for IoT developers. In October 2019, the two companies began a collaboration to deliver a complete chip-to-cloud IoT solution based on Renesas’ microcontroller (MCU) and microprocessor (MPU)
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04/02/2020
1000VA Pure Convection-Cooled IP66-Rated Sine Wave Inverter
ABSOPULSE Electronics has recently released the CSI 1K-24/230-3XD3-HSF, a 1kVA addition its line of IP66-rated DC-AC sine wave inverters with pure convection cooling. This 1kVA inverter is designed for applications where a suitable heatsinking surface is not available and only pure convection
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Date:
04/02/2020
Industrial Applications â€

Kevin Parmenter, FAE Director, Taiwan Semiconductor NA

Our industry typically classifies power applications that we can’t partition into any other segment as “industrial electronics.” This includes everything from energy-harvesting sensors to monitoring industrial machinery or a pipeline along its complete route, to the power levels needed to weld steel in
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Date:
04/02/2020
600W Fanless AC-DC Power Supply for Medical Applications
XP Power has released a new series of convection cooled, 600W AC-DC power supplies. The ultra-compact power supplies deliver full load power under a wide range of conditions without additional cooling. The UCH600 series is ideal for use where no forced air is available, or fan noise or the ingress
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04/02/2020
Emerson Acquires Hydropower Leader
Emerson announced it has completed the purchase of American Governor Company, a leader in technologies and services for hydroelectric turbine controls. The acquisition strengthens Emerson’s hydropower capabilities, enhancing its ability to help utilities deliver reliable power generation through renewable
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04/02/2020
GaN Power Stage Allows High-Density Power Conversion Designs
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the LMG341xR050 gallium nitride (GaN) power stage from Texas Instruments (TI). With an integrated gate driver and robust protection features, the 600-V, 50-milliohm device allows designers to achieve new levels of efficiency in their power conversion systems, including
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Date:
04/02/2020
Phoenix Contact's M12 Power Connectors in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces Phoenix Contacts M12 Power range of products are available off the shelf and are ready to ship. It’s not a new phenomenon that industrial devices are shrinking in size while the functional demands of the electrical interfaces are expanding. What’s new is the range of performance
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04/01/2020
Major Study Charts Course to Net Zero Industrial Emissions
A major new study by an interdisciplinary team of researchers finds that it is possible--and critical--to bring industrial greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2070. Published Sunday in Applied Energy,
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Date:
04/01/2020
Cloud-Based Electronic System may Help First Responders

Yuehwern Yih, a professor of industrial engineering in Purdue's College of Engineering, has developed a new tool to help first responders and disaster relief organizations better provide assistance to developing countries.

Every year natural disasters kill around 90,000 people and affect close to 160 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Such disasters also result in the destruction of the physical environment of the affected people. Now, Purdue University researchers have developed a
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Date:
04/01/2020
Graphene-Based Actuator Swarm for Programmable Deformation

(a) Schematic illustration of the fabrication of patterned SU-8/GO bilayer film using UV lithography. (b) The paper model of patterned SU-8/GO ribbon and its predictable moisture-responsive deformation under humidity actuation.

Actuators that can convert various environmental stimuli to mechanical works have revealed great potential for developing smart devices such as soft robots, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and automatic Lab-on-a-Chip systems. Generally, bilayer structures are widely used for design and fabrication of
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Date:
04/01/2020
New Materials: Brilliant White Without Pigments

A nanostructured polymer film modeled on the white beetle Cyphochilus insulanus produces a brilliant white coating.

Polymer foils that are extremely thin and characterized by a high light scattering rate are produced by a new process developed by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The inexpensive material may be applied industrially to various objects to give them an attractive white appearance. Moreover, the process
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Date:
04/01/2020
ATEN Technology, Inc. Launches Work-From-Anywhere Solution
ATEN Technology, Inc., released the CN9600, its newest KVM over IP switch. The 1-local/remote share access single port DVI KVM over IP switch allows remote access of digital, video, audio and virtual media via remote control of a PC or workstation. This provides users with an affordable and durable over IP server
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Date:
04/01/2020
Mahr Inc. Announces Expansion of 40EWR Micrometer Series
Mahr Inc. announced a series of new Micromar Micrometers offering capabilities to perform specialized measuring tasks. Micromar 40EWR micrometers are a market-leading innovation, featuring a modern look and integrated wireless technology for data transmission. Following the recent introduction of its 40EWR-L
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Date:
04/01/2020
AI Finds 2D Materials in the Blink of an Eye

The University of Tokyo researchers develop a machine-learning algorithm for detecting atomically thin 2D materials, including graphene, from a microscope image in a fraction of a second--which may accelerate the industrial-scale production of next-generation electronics

Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science, a part of The University of Tokyo, demonstrated a novel artificial intelligence system that can find and label 2D materials in microscope images in the blink of an eye. This work can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready
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Date:
04/01/2020
Mouser Electronics Extends Agreement with Advanced Energy
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces an extended global distribution agreement with Advanced Energy to distribute Excelsys Technologies products. Through the agreement, Mouser Electronics is now stocking Excelsys low-voltage power supplies. The Xsolo ultra-compact, single-output power supplies
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Date:
04/01/2020