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Singapore - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) is partnering with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to develop innovative and energy-efficient solutions in the recycling and recovery of resources from electrical and electronic waste (e-waste). The
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07/13/2018
Online Simulation Tool Designed for Capacitors
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation released the new SpiCAT online simulation tool. Designed with users in mind, new SpiCAT simulation software offers access to two separate portals — SpiMLCC and SpiTAN, which supersede SpiCap III and SpiTan IV — that provide electrical and performance characteristics
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07/13/2018
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. - Sager Electronics expands its hours of operation, today announced its selection as NMB Technologies 2017 Distributor of the Year. NMB Technologies awarded the honor at the 2018 Electronics Distribution Show (EDS) held May 15-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. "NMB is delighted to
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07/13/2018

50A ÂμModule Regulator Scalable to 250A Runs Cool
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTM4678 dual 25A or single 50A step-down µModule regulator with PMBus digital interface. By stacking and exposing its two inductors on top of BGA package, the LTM4678 uses the inductors as heat sinks to transfer heat from inside, keeping the device
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07/13/2018
Strengthening US Manufacturing Using Advanced Robotics

Robot assembly.

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) has awarded $1.4 million in project funding to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as part of its first round of funding to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. ARM selected projects that will generate timely impact on the national manufacturing landscape and serve as examples
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07/13/2018
Pure Sine Wave Inverters Offer Wide Input Ranges
ABSOPULSE has recently released the CSH 2K-3U7 series of rugged sine wave inverters for cranes and other severe environment applications. The inverters are designed to run peripheral equipment in crane operator cabins such as air conditioners, heaters and lights. They offer a 250Vdc nominal input voltage with
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07/13/2018
An Easy Perovskite Catalyst for the Oxidation of Sulfides
Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a ruthenium-based perovskite catalyst that shows strong activity even at low temperatures (down to 313 K). The reusable catalyst does not require additives, meaning that it can prevent the formation of toxic by-products. The oxidation of sulfides is
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07/13/2018
Can Ultrashort Electron Flashes Help Harvest Nuclear Energy?
The lab of Fabrizio Carbone at EPFL and their international colleagues have used ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscopy to take attosecond energy-momentum resolved snapshots (1 attosecond = 10-18 or quintillionths of a second) of a free-electron wave function. Though unprecedented in itself, the scientists
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07/12/2018
Medical 15 Watt DC-DC Converter in 1.0 x 1.6
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their THM 15 family of medical 15 Watt DC/DC converters with a wide 2:1 input range in a 1.0 x 1.6 x 0.40” footprint. The THM 15 series are a reliable solution not only for medical equipment but also for demanding ITE. These 15 Watt DC-DC converters provide
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07/12/2018
DIN Rail Power Supplies offer simplicity without compromise
PULS Power PIANO PIC series is designed for applications that require reliable DIN rail power supplies designed to deliver the most widely specified features and performance required by customers. PIC units offer this simplicity without making compromises on PULS’
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07/11/2018
Authorised Yuasa battery distributor Gresham Power Electronics, the Salisbury based Defence and Commercial power conversion specialist, announces the availability of two series of high reliability VRLA batteries (valve-regulated lead-acid) from Yuasa’s wide industrial
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07/11/2018
High-Speed, Multichannel Mux/Demux Signal Switch ICs
Diodes Incorporated today announced at the PCI-SIG® Developers Conference in Santa Clara, a line of signal switches, clock generators and clock buffers for PCI Express® (PCIe®) 4.0 technology applications. Addressing
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07/11/2018
New evaluation board for three-phase BLDC motor drive ICs
Toshiba Electronics Europe announces a new evaluation board for their TPD420xF series of brushless DC (BLDC) three-phase motor driver ICs to speed up the process of prototyping and developing new motor drive solutions up to 80W including white goods, home devices
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07/11/2018
Transducer’s for leakage current measurement of PV inverters
The LDSR model is an innovative, low cost and lightweight (25g) component, with a reduced footprint. The LDSR is dedicated to measuring the leakage current of 300 mA nominal up to 900 mA peak at 2 KHz frequency. Its main application is in transformerless photovoltaic
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07/11/2018
Infineon’s CoolGaN opens up a new horizon in power management
The key benefits of gallium nitride (GaN) are, amongst others, high power density, best-in-class efficiency and decreased system costs. Infineon Technologies is starting volume production for CoolGaN™ products by the end of 2018, the company announced during PCIM
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07/11/2018
New 650V IGBTs Deliver Class-Leading Efficiency with Soft Switching
ROHM as announced the availability of two new types of 650V IGBTs that combine class-leading low conduction loss with high-speed switching characteristics. This makes them ideal for power conversion in general-purpose inverters and converters for consumer appliances,
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07/11/2018
VINCOTECH ADDS flow E1/E2 PRODUCT FAMILY
Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, today announced the release of the new flow E1/E2 product family. Featuring the latest chip generations, these products also deliver superior thermal performance.
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07/11/2018
M12 Slim Design with HARAX Quick Connect
Following the trend of miniaturisation, HARTING is expanding its M12 family in the field of slim design connectors with HARAX insulation displacement Quick Connect connectors – the slim, field-installable solution for automation technology. This allows fast and
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07/11/2018
ESD protection range for USB Type-C surge protection
Nexperia has optimised its TrEOS ESD protection diode series for use with USB Type-C interfaces. The new USB3.2 standard introduces an optional capacitor at the Rx inputs, so Nexperia is now launching two groups of devices, one that delivers extremely high surge
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07/11/2018
Quint Power DIN-mount power supplies at RS Components
RS Components is stocking the latest Phoenix Contact Quint Power DIN-rail power supplies, giving easy access to the innovative features and flexibility of these space-saving PSUs. The 4th generation of Quint
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07/11/2018
Mouser Adds 25 New Suppliers in First Half of 2018
Mouser Electronics has added more than 25 new suppliers YTD to its already vast line card of over 700 suppliers. With an already extensive portfolio of products and suppliers across the board, the additional suppliers bolster the product choices for Mouser’s unique
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07/11/2018
CUI Partners and SnapEDA Offer Free PCB Footprint Files
CUI today announced that it has teamed up with SnapEDA to provide designers with a catalog of free, ready-to-download PCB footprints and symbols for CUI’s range of board mount electromechanical components. Circuit
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07/11/2018
A2B Transceivers Deliver Unparalleled Flexibility
Analog Devices announces three enhanced Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) transceivers that deliver unprecedented capability to tailor system-level performance to even the most stringent electromagnetic compatibility requirements. The new AD242xW series offers configurable
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07/11/2018
Compact 3W and 10W board-mount power supplies
XP Power is launching its low-cost VCE03 and VCE10, 3W and 10W series of board-mounted AC-DC power supplies with extended universal input range from 85VAC to 305VAC, covering all nominal AC inputs from 100VAC to 277VAC in a single ultra-compact design.
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07/11/2018
Designers can extract vital signs and raw data for their wearable designs with the MAX-HEALTH-BAND, as well as monitor clinical-grade electrocardiograph (ECG) and heart rate with the MAX-ECG-MONITOR from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The MAX-HEALTH-BAND
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07/11/2018
Industry’s Smallest Through-Hole Reed Relay
Pickering Electronics has announced industry’s smallest reed relay. The Series 124 is part of Pickering’s new ultra-high density 4mm2 TM reed relay range product line, which takes up the minimum board area of only 4mm x 4mm, allowing the highest packing density
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07/11/2018
University of Nottingham eMotorbike comes 2nd in TT Zero Cup
The electric super bike from the student developer team at the University of Nottingham won second place in the all-electric TT Zero Cup at the legendary Tourist Trophy motorcycle race on the Isle of Man. On the 60.73 km circuit, with a lap time of 18:58:294 minutes
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07/11/2018
Multi-chip module PWM Buck Regulators have high current density
ON Semiconductor announced the release of three new highly-efficient mid-voltage PWM buck converters. Supporting a wide input voltage range of 4.5 V to 65 V, an output current of up to 10 A and output power
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07/11/2018
Traco expands TPP 15/TPP 30 series of medical power supplies
Model extension in the TPP15/30 Series gives more options for powering medical devices   All models in the series feature
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07/11/2018
A Step Closer to Single-Atom Data Storage

LEFT: STM image of Holmium single atom magnets. RIGHT: and Cobalt helper atoms on magnesium oxide.

Despite the rise of solid-state drives, magnetic storage devices such as conventional hard drives and magnetic tapes are still very common. But as our data-storage needs are increasing at a rate of almost 15 million gigabytes per day, scientists are turning to alternative storage devices. One of these
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07/11/2018
DC/DC Controller Draws Only 9ÂμA in Battery-Powered Systems
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTC3894, a high-voltage step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 9µA quiescent current with the output enabled in Burst Mode operation. Its wide 4.5V to 150V input voltage range can effectively eliminate the need for external surge suppression devices.
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07/11/2018
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation developed a cost-effective, ultra-high-reliability, three-piece STRIPT contact system for linear LED and coplanar PCB connections in off-road vehicle lighting applications. Designed to absorb broad end-to-end mating tolerances, handle up to 20A of continuous current, and
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07/11/2018
DCM Expands Enhanced Output Voltage Regulation Models
Andover, MA – Vicor Corporation introduced 25 new products to its growing family of DC-DC converter modules (DCMs) with tighter output voltage regulation of ±1%.  With unrivaled power densities of 1,032W/in3, the new series allows engineers to drive loads requiring tighter regulation
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07/11/2018
DC Panel Meters Calculate Power up to 96 kW
Murata introduces the new DCM20 series of multifunction panel meters from Murata Power Solutions. For DC systems, these meters measure DC voltage and current, calculate power up to 96 kW, and display values either manually selected or continuously cycling. The miniature panel-mount product provides an input
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07/11/2018
Power IC Brings Reduced Heat Generation to Data Centers
IRVINE, Calif. -- Fabless power semiconductor company Helix Semiconductors announced that Agility Power Systems (Agility) is using the MxCTM 200 IC for its innovative, 1 kilowatt, high-efficiency 48VDC to 12VDC power converter. Agility designs highly efficient switched capacitor power conversion devices targeted
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07/11/2018
Emerson Expands ASCO Series 045 Solenoid Pinch Valves
ST. LOUIS, MO – With one of the broadest offerings of fluid-handling and control products for the clinical diagnostic market, Emerson is expanding its ASCO Series 045 solenoid pinch valves to include a new 3-way format. Previously, the series included only 2-way normally-closed (NC) and normally-open (NO)
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07/10/2018
AVX Now Qualified to Produce & Supply MIL-PRF-123 Capacitors
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation is now qualified to produce and supply MIL-PRF-123 capacitors at its corporate headquarters in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, and has had its M123 Series ceramic chip capacitors added to the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA’s) Qualified Parts List for MIL-PRF-123. Available
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07/10/2018
PV Series Offers SMD Versions of 5mm and 7mm Disk Varistors
RALEIGH, NC – The PV Series from Stackpole offers two chip sizes, 3225 and 4032. These two sizes correspond to the equivalent 5mm and 7mm disk MOV's offering protection for circuits with working voltages ranging from 11 Vrms to 300 Vrms. The PV Series varistors are UL recognized with
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07/10/2018
New Microscopy Works at Extreme Heat

Afsaneh Rabiei is pictured here with the device she developed that can capture scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images in real time at temperatures up to 1,000 degrees Celsius while applying stresses as high as two gigapascal.

A new microscopy technique allows researchers to track microstructural changes in real time, even when a material is exposed to extreme heat and stress. Recently, researchers show that a stainless steel alloy called alloy 709 has potential for elevated temperature applications such as nuclear reactor structures. "Alloy
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07/09/2018
Salt Leads to Cheaper and More Efficient Batteries
A new design of rechargeable battery, created using salt, could lead the way for greener energy. Researchers at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) have joined forces with a specialist group at the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences on designs for the novel
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07/09/2018
Explosion-Proof Light Fixture Ideal in Hazardous Environments
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC has released an explosion-proof fluorescent paint spray booth and marine approved light fixture, that provides operators in hazardous environments powerful, energy efficient illumination. This four-foot long, two-lamp fixture is UL listed Class 1 Division 1 and Class 2 Division
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07/09/2018
Thermoelectric Generator Has Thermal Difference of Only 5°C

Conventional thermoelectric generator (left) and newly developed thermoelectric generator (right).

Objects in our daily lives, such as speakers, refrigerators, and even cars, are becoming "smarter" day by day as they connect to the internet and exchange data, creating the Internet of Things (IoT), a network among the objects themselves. Toward an IoT-based society, a miniaturized thermoelectric
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07/06/2018
Ethernet PSE Controller Passes IEEE 802.3bt Conformance Tests
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTC4291/92 isolated 4-port power source equipment (PSE) controller chipset, the first of its kind to pass a series of IEEE 802.3bt (PoE++) Power over Ethernet (PoE) conformance tests administered by Sifos Technologies. PoE naturally presents system and
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07/06/2018
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. - Sager Electronics announces its certification to the latest industry standards: ISO 9001:2015 and AS9120B. The ISO 9001 quality management system is a tool designed to help organizations improve efficiencies and customer satisfaction. The latest revision, ISO
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07/06/2018
CMOS Op-Amp Delivers Leading-Class Low Noise
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the availability of a CMOS op-amp featuring the lowest noise in the industry optimized for industrial applications requiring high-accuracy sensing, such as accelerometers used in sonar systems, and optical sensors that handle ultra-small signals.
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07/05/2018
Bacteria-Powered Solar Cell Converts Light to Energy, Even Under Overcast Skies
University of British Columbia researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light. This
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07/05/2018
Nitride Semiconductor for Environmental Photovoltaics

(a) This is a copper and Copper Nitride. (b) Theoretical Calculation for P-type and N-type Copper Nitride. (c) Direct Observation of Fluorine Position in Fluorine-doped Copper Nitride. (a) An image of thin film copper plates before and after reacting with ammonia and oxygen. Copper metal has been transformed to copper nitride. (b) Copper insertion for an n-type semiconductor and fluorine insertion for a p-type semiconductor. (c) Nitrogen plotted in red, fluorine in green, and copper in blue. Fluorine is located at the open space of the crystal as predicted by the theoretical calculation.

A Tokyo Institute of Technology research team has shown copper nitride acts as an n-type semiconductor, with p-type conduction provided by fluorine doping, utilizing a unique nitriding technique applicable for mass production and a computational search for appropriate doping elements, as well as atomically resolved
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07/03/2018
Explosion-Proof LED Exit Sign Features Remote Light Head
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC announced the release of a new explosion-proof LED exit sign light with a 1.1-watt remote light head and battery backup approved for use in Class I, Class II and Class III locations. This self-testing emergency fixture operates for at least 3 hours during a power outage,
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07/03/2018
PSDcast - Hard vs Soft Switching

Bruce T Renouard, the CEO of Pre-Switch.

On this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Pre-Switch about hard and soft switching and some of the fundamental differences between the two. Pre-Switch
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07/03/2018
10A Boost ÂμModule Regulator Ideal for Driving LEDs
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTM8005 boost DC/DC µModule (power module) regulator designed for driving LEDs. The LTM8005 includes a DC/DC controller, power switch, Schottky diode and current sense resistor in a 9mm x 11.25mm x 2.22mm BGA package. The LTM8005 operates from a 5V
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07/02/2018
Power Modules Available in Various Topologies
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its portfolio of power modules in the SOT-227 package with seven new devices featuring ThunderFET power MOSFETs and standard, FRED Pt, and Trench MOS Barrier Schottky (TMBS) diodes. The Vishay Semiconductors modules are available in dual, single-phase bridge,
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07/02/2018
Push-In Connectors Allow For Easy Wire Termination
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. - Sager Electronics is now stocking TE Connectivity’s Flex Grip Wire Connectors. These push-in connectors have operating levers for fast, easy and releasable wire termination and accommodate for a combination of 24–14 AWG (0.2–4.0 mm2) solid and stranded wires. The transparent
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07/02/2018
Artificial Intelligence Accurately Predicts Distribution of Radioactive Fallout
Tokyo - When a nuclear power plant accident occurs and radioactive material is released, it is vital to evacuate people in the vicinity as quickly as possible. However, it can be difficult to immediately predict where the emitted radioactivity will settle, making it impossible to prevent the exposure of large
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Date:
07/02/2018
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