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The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will receive $30 million over five years to build and operate an Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT). Researchers will use the testbed to explore superconducting quantum processors and evaluate how these emerging
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09/24/2018
Crowd Counting Through Walls With WiFi
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) -- Researchers in UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi's lab have given the first demonstration of crowd counting through walls using only everyday communication signals such as WiFi. The technique, which requires only a wireless transmitter and receiver outside the area of interest,
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09/24/2018
A Turbo Boost for Materials Science

With support from the National Science Foundation's TRIPODS+X program, Lehigh University's Josh Agar is partnering with the University of California at Berkeley to increase the speed of materials discovery and development, with implications in fields including electronics, healthcare and energy systems.

Every so often, the search for functional materials--materials designed with properties and characteristics that allow it to do something spectacular--delivers a fundamental change to the way we live. 5000 years ago, the discovery and use of bronze enabled no less a task than the ushering in of modern civilization.
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09/24/2018

1 Ohm SiC MOSFET Enables Efficient Power-Control Applications
CHICAGO —Littelfuse, Inc. introduced its first 1700VSiC MOSFET, the LSIC1MO170E1000, expanding its portfolio of SiC MOSFET devices. An important addition to the Littelfuse SiC MOSFET product offering, the LSIC1MO170E1000 is a powerful addition to the company’s 1200V SiC MOSFETS and Schottky
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09/24/2018
Breakthrough in Blending Metals

Five metal elements are blended here in a small cluster on a one-nanometer scale.

Researchers in Japan have found a way to create innovative materials by blending metals with precision control. Their approach, based on a concept called atom hybridization, opens up an unexplored area of chemistry that could lead to the development of advanced functional materials. Background Multimetallic
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09/24/2018
Power Detector Family With Integrated Directional Couplers
Lowell, Massachusetts– MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”) announced its new MACP Series of high-performance power detectors with integrated, low loss directional couplers, optimized for power monitoring and leveling in point-to-point radios, ISM, radar, VSAT, EW and aerospace and defense applications.
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09/24/2018
TVS Diode Array for Automated Factory Sensor Circuit Protection
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices has introduced a TVS diode array designed for circuit protection of proximity sensors in automated factory sensory applications. The new device features a double diode array for switch protection and reverse blocking protection. The PDFN3-32 is designed to protect 24-volt
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09/24/2018
Temporary LED String Light for Work Area Lighting
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC, has just released a new LED string light system for temporary lighting that can be daisy chained for flexible illumination options, and features 10 high output LED lamps producing a total of 10,500 lumens. This 106-foot LED string light system is an efficient and reliable
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09/23/2018
New Battery Gobbles up Carbon Dioxide
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A new type of battery developed by researchers at MIT could be made partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plants. Rather than attempting to convert carbon dioxide to specialized chemicals using metal catalysts, which is currently highly challenging, this battery could continuously
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09/21/2018
A PIN Photodiode UV-Enhancement Process for High Sensitivity
Latham, NY, USA –  Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc. announced the global market introduction of its Series 4 UV-enhancement process for PIN photodiodes.   The new Series 4 process allows for the optimization of Marktech PIN photodiodes for
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09/21/2018
Graphene Bilayer Provides Efficient Transport and Control of Spins

This is Christian Leutenantsmeyer (L) and co-author Josep Ingla-Aynés.

University of Groningen physicists in collaboration with a theoretical physics group from Universität Regensburg have built an optimized bilayer graphene device which displays both long spin lifetimes and electrically controllable spin-lifetime anisotropy. It has the potential for practical applications such
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09/21/2018
DC/DC Converters Contribute to Safe Assisted Driving
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the availability of the BD9S series (BD9S400MUF-C, BD9S300MUF-C, BD9S200MUF-C, BD9S100NUX-C, BD9S000NUX-C). This series of automotive synchronous secondary buck DC/DC converters have a high reliability and low power consumption in a compact form factor with
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09/20/2018
$2 Million Award to Reimagine US Power Grid
A $2 million award will equip Michigan State University - and partners Arizona State University, Dresser-Rand and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures - with resources to develop the next generation of designs for long-duration storage on the United States power grid. The award, created by the U.S. Department
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09/20/2018
Coating Enables Seamless Cloaking of Solar Panels and Security Sensors
NORFOLK, VA – The Face Companies of Norfolk, Virginia today announced the development of a revolutionary coating technology that will enable light-sensitive devices such as solar panels and photosensors to be disguised or seamlessly concealed, significantly increasing the aesthetic and economic appeal of these
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09/20/2018
Using Hydrogen, Methane and Methanol to Reduce CO2 Emissions
Six percent of the world's CO2 emissions are generated by steel production. The use of renewable energy sources in the steel industry is thus very important for responding to climate change. For this reason, researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now initiated
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09/20/2018
Commercially Relevant Bismuth-Based Thin Film Processing

The powder sample is insoluble, therefore fabrication of devices using wet processes is not possible.

Osaka - Developing materials suitable for use in optoelectronic devices is currently a very active area of research. The search for materials for use in photoelectric conversion elements has to be carried out in parallel with developing the optimal film formation process for each material, and this can take
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09/19/2018
(De Pere, Wis.) Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC (B&W MEGTEC) has launched a complete lithium-ion battery electrode manufacturing line in an operating layout that improves flexibility, quality, cost-effectiveness, and speed-to-market. Matched to meet application-specific production requirements,
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09/19/2018
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09/19/2018
Electro-Magnetic Sensor With Only 1.65mm Total Height Profile
PREMO has announced the 3DC14EM-ULP Series, the smallest in height (less than 50% of the parts in the market today). Most of the 3D-electromagnetic sensors in the market have a height around 3.2mm. The smallest height before ULP series was the PREMO 3DC06 invention, with 2.5mm. The 1.65mm
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09/19/2018
Remote Control System Simplifies Industrial Rail Operations
WARREN, OHIO - Laird Controls has developed a portable remote control system that allows one rail operator to easily and efficiently move locomotives throughout the rail operation. By enabling a single worker to pilot a locomotive, as opposed to three people in a work crew, the Transport QC
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09/18/2018
USB Power Delivery Controllers Simplify Designs
DALLAS –Texas Instruments (TI) introduced two new USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (PD) controllers, with fully integrated power paths to simplify designs, minimize solution size and speed time to market. The TPS65987D and TPS65988 offer system designers the industry’s highest level of integration which
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09/18/2018
San Diego, CA — Express Logic has announced that its industrial-grade X-Ware IoT Platform—powered by the industry-leading ThreadX RTOS—now supports the TrustZone for ARMv8-M technology-based Microchip SAM L11 microcontrollers. IoT devices almost always require an RTOS and network connectivity.
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09/18/2018
Extremely Small and Fast: Laser Ignites Hot Plasma

With the aid of the powerful X-ray free-electron laser at SLAC in California, HZDR researchers were able to investigate the plasma processes on the small scales of a few nanometers and femtoseconds on which the turbulent laser interaction with the particles to be accelerated takes place.

When light pulses from an extremely powerful laser system are fired onto material samples, the electric field of the light rips the electrons off the atomic nuclei. For fractions of a second, a plasma is created. The electrons couple with the laser light in the process, thereby almost reaching the speed of light.
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09/18/2018
350 FaradÂSuper CapacitorsÂOffer Low ESR, Low Cost
The newest series of super capacitors from Illinois Capacitor is the DGH Series, offering capacitance values up to 350 Farads.  This series continues a supercapacitor trend of incremental improvements, while achieving lower costs. The DGH Series includes 21 different value/voltage combinations, ranging
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09/17/2018
Network Fuse Enhances Safety of Electronic Equipment
CHICAGO —Littelfuse, Inc. introduced the 40mA PICO 242 Series Hazardous Area Barrier Network Fuse, which supports designing barrier circuits for intrinsic safety products to prevent fires and explosions in dangerous atmospheres. The fuse prevents electronic equipment used in hazardous locations
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09/17/2018
Condensation enhancement: Practical Energy and Water Applications

(A) Dropwise condensation on a hydrophobic plain surface. (B) Filmwise condensation on a hydrophilic plain surface. (C) Sucking flow condensation on a hi-mesh surface consisting of the droplet-to-film coalescence and film-to-droplet sucking flow for efficient surface refreshing and droplet growth. (D) Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of the hi-mesh surface consisting of woven mesh wires bonded onto a copper substrate. (E) SEM image showing the high-density nanostructures covering the mesh wires and substrate. (F) Time-lapse sucking flow condensation figures on the hi-mesh surface. (G) Sustaining enhanced condensation heat transfer on the hi-mesh surfaces.

Condensation heat transfer plays an essential role in the efficiency of various energy-intensive industrial technologies including power generation, energy utilization, water desalination and harvesting, air-conditioning, and thermal management of electronics. It is well known that dropwise condensation on the
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09/17/2018
Dartmouth's Formula Hybrid Wins Coveted Award
The race car design competition Formula Hybrid has been awarded one of the most coveted prizes in engineering education, the ABET Innovation Award. Launched by the Thayer School of
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09/17/2018
A Novel Approach of Improving Battery Performance

Schematic representation of the preparation process and electrochemical behavior of LixSi-modified lithium foil.

A recent study, affiliated with UNIST, has introduced a novel technology that promises to significantly boost the performance of lithium metal batteries, a promising candidate for the next generation of rechargeable batteries. The study also validates the principle of enhanced battery performance via the real-time
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09/17/2018
30-Foot Tool Tap Cord Reel With 5-20R GFCI Receptacles
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics released a 30-foot 8/3 SOOW cord reel with a tool tap for non-hazardous industrial locations that is rated for 20 amps and operates on 120 volts. This reel features four GFCI receptacles and flat surface mounting. The GAU-CR-30-8.3-125V-KLG-4X20A from Larson Electronics
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09/17/2018
A 98% Efficient Bidirectional Buck-Boost Controller
NORWOOD, Mass.-- Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT8708/-1, a 98% efficient bidirectional buck-boost switching regulator controller that operates between two batteries that have the same voltage, which are ideal for redundancy in self-driving cars. The LT8708/-1 operates from an input voltage that
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09/17/2018
Munich, Germany, and Milpitas, USA – With a global need to reinforce the security of connected devices that are designed to work without regular human interaction as part of the Internet of Things (IoT), semiconductor-based security pioneer
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09/17/2018
Growing Computers in Petri Dishes

In the research, images of handwritten digits will be encoded into what are called 'spike train stimuli,' similar to a two-dimensional bar code. The encoding of the spike train will then be optically applied to a group of networked in vitro neurons with optogenetic labels.

Will the computers of tomorrow be manufactured, or will they be cultivated? This question lies at the heart of new research from Lehigh University that aims to engineer a neural network--a computer system modeled on the human brain and nervous system--from actual living cells, and program it to compute
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09/14/2018
A Serial Gas Turbine Engine With a 3D-Printed Combustion Chamber

Tested combustion chambers as a component of a serial SGTE is one of the starting stages of the project on creation of a series of new gas turbine drives for energy units with capacity of 400 kW working on biofuel.

Samara University scholars tested one of the key details of aviation gas turbine engine, i.e. combustion chamber "grown" with the help of 3D-printing. It was set and tested on a production model of a small gas turbine engine TA-8 (SGTE) used as an auxiliary power unit of aircraft TU-134. "We
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09/14/2018
FEFU Young Scientists Developing Laser Equipment Materials
Ceramic heterostructures for optical and microelectronic devices will provide the supremacy in such fields like range findings, optical communications, data laser processing and recording. Work is carrying out under the grant support of the Russian foundation for basic research (RFBR). Young scientists
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09/13/2018
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Michael Hrabina from FEIG Electronics about the perks of RFID for automated vehicle identification. You can download the white paper, "Enhance Security While Saving Costs of Vehicle Identification in Parking," here:
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09/13/2018
RIGOL Announces Two New Series of Arbitrary Function Generators
Beaverton, OR - RIGOL Technologies introduces the DG800 and DG900 Series of Arbitrary Function Generators. All models come standard with 16Bit Resolution, an intuitive touch display, a silent fan-less design and new advanced signal generation capabilities. These innovations provide RIGOL customers with unmatched
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09/13/2018
Drones, Ride Sharers Could Team up for Package Delivery

Naira Hovakimyan, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, directs the Advanced Controls Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In the future, when you hail an Uber or take the bus, you might not only be sharing the ride with another traveler, but perhaps with a drone out on delivery as well. That is the vision of Naira Hovakimyan, professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who
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09/11/2018
Barriers and Opportunities in Renewable Biofuels Production

Eduard Kerkhoven, Project leader, Computational Metabolic Engineering, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have identified two main challenges for renewable biofuel production from cheap sources. Firstly, lowering the cost of developing microbial cell factories, and secondly, establishing more efficient methods for hydrolysis of biomass to sugars for fermentation.
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09/11/2018
15 & 30 Watt Power Supplies Feature Extended Temperature Ranges
TRACO POWER is proud to announce the release of their TPP 15A-D and TPP 30A-D series of medical & industrial approved 15 and 30 watt PCB-mount, open-frame power supplies measuring only 1.50 x 1.00 x 0.80” (15W) or 2.74 x 1.36 x 0.95” (30W) featuring an extended operating temperature range of -40°C to
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09/11/2018
TOKYO, Japan | San Jose, California, U.S.A.―Renesas Electronics Corporation and Integrated Device Technology, Inc. announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Renesas will acquire IDT for US$49.00 per share in an all-cash transaction representing an equity value of approximately
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09/11/2018
10kW High Power DC Programmable Laboratory Power Supply
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions and Protection, a Bel group company, announces the TSR10, a robust, high power 10 kW, DC programmable laboratory power supply. The TSR10 is a 3U, 19” rack mounted precision power supply which delivers clean and stable DC power, with operation allowed on any load from short-
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09/11/2018
 Chassis Mount Ac-Dc Power Supplies in Low Profile Metal Case

CUI’s Power Group today announced a new line of compact, chassis mount ac-dc power supplies housed in an enclosed metal case.

The VGS‑B series offers power ratings from 35 to 350 W with low 30 mm profiles and compact packages as small as 99 x 82 x 30 mm (3.89 x 3.22 x 1.18 in). Delivering no-load power consumption as low as 0.3 W and an operating temperature range of -20 to +70°C, these rugged, metal enclosed power modules are ideal
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09/11/2018
Desktop medical & ITE 36-65-Watt power supplies

XP Power is launching its cost-effective AKM36/AKM45/AKM65 series of desktop AC-DC power supplies rated at 36W, 45W and 65W.

The supplies are aimed at the healthcare, ITE and industrial markets. All versions meet the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Level VI and EU CoC Tier 2 energy efficiency requirements while offering 2 x MOPP medical-grade isolation and very low no-load power consumption. AC input for all versions
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09/11/2018
 High Current Inductor for Automotive Applications

Würth Elektronik eiSos expands its portfolio of AEC-Q-qualified products with a high current inductor.

The patented ferrite core design of the new power choke has an air gap optimally centered to ensure a precisely defined saturation current. WE-CHSA can be used in the extended temperature range of -55 up to +150°C.
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09/11/2018
 Analog Devices at European Microwave Week

ADI’s stand at EuMW2018 will provide demonstrations and exhibits on RF, microwave and millimeter wave designs at every frequency from DC to over 100 GHz.

ADI’s stand (#135) at EuMW2018 (September 25th - 27th) will host the first public demonstration of several significant products released to the market in recent weeks, advancing the state-of-the-art in areas such as 5G communications, phased-array RADAR and software-configurable radio. 5G transceivers
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09/11/2018
Presto Engineering extends its test capabilities to 100 GHz
Applications that use GHz frequencies, i.e. millimeter wavelengths (MMW), are increasing rapidly and thus driving the need for high volume device testing. For example, Internet over satellite connections, car ADAS systems, and other high-speed, data transfer solutions with a projected volume of more than a billion
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09/11/2018
TRACO POWER Group opens TRACO POWER France

TRACO POWER Group opens TRACO POWER France

Having worked for 30 years in the power supply industry in strategic positions of engineering and sales positions, he aims to make TRACO POWER the undisputed leader of DC/DC and AC/DC power conversion products in the region. A promising market. TRACO POWER Group decided to establish the new office
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09/11/2018
TIs’ LMG1020 low-side GaN driver now shipping from Mouser

TIs’ LMG1020 low-side GaN driver now shipping from Mouser

The single, low-side driver enables efficient, high-performance designs in speed-critical applications such as LiDAR, time-of-flight laser drivers, facial recognition, augmented reality, and class E wireless chargers. The Texas Instruments LMG1020 low-side GAN driver, available from Mouser Electronics,
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09/11/2018
RICHMOND, VA --  Power Distribution, Inc. (PDI) announced the 1200A WaveStar TFA (True Front Access) Static Transfer Switch (STS). Breaking the notion that “bigger is better” while keeping the same mold, PDI’s latest innovation retains the same 800 AMP STS footprint and boosts power
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09/11/2018
Rectifier Series Provides Superior Efficiency
Plainview, NY - SMC Diode Solutions announced the comprehensive through-hole  SICR5650, SICR6650 and SICR10650 Series of 650V silicon carbide (SiC) Power Schottky Rectifiers.  The high-voltage series boast state-of-the industry silicon carbide technology, which provides very low total conduction
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09/11/2018
The device contains all the necessary components that would otherwise have take up extra space on the circuit board - and all in the same size socket as before. Integral transformers
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09/11/2018
New models in Traco Power TPP 100 / TPP 150 series
The two new power supplies feature;   Extended operating temperature range –25°C to +85°C
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09/11/2018
 Maintenance-free Supercap energy storage for modular DC UPS
The two new DC UPS modules Bicker UPSI-1208 (12VDC) and Bicker UPSI-2406 (24VDC) are available in combination with the maintenance-free Supercap energy storage units Bicker BP-SUC (up to 3.6 kJ). The supplied DC consumers are reliably protected against power failures, flicker or voltage fluctuations in unstable
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09/11/2018
Resistors Offer Pulse Power Handling up to 3500 Watts
RALEIGH, NC - Stackpole is now stocking the MLFA AEC compliant metal film melf resistors. The MLFA is available in a 0.4W rated 0204 size in the MLFA25 and a 1W rated 0207 size in the MLFA1. The MLFA has exceptional stability demonstrated over life, biased humidity, and short time overload testing. In addition,
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09/11/2018
RALEIGH, N.C. … Data center and network infrastructure is the critical backbone enabling a connected world. In today’s mixed environment of on-premises and cloud solutions, energy and power management play a significant role in quality, reliability and optimized asset utilization. Eaton
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09/10/2018
Safety Network Controller Supports Two Industrial Safety Networks
Hoffmann Estates, IL. – The CIP Safety networking protocol has gained popularity among industrial robot manufacturers thanks to its ability to enhance flexibility and facilitate advancements in the industrial internet of things (IIoT). This protocol is now supported by a new version of the NX-series safety
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09/10/2018
Protection Devices Boost LiP and Prismatic Battery Safety
CHICAGO —Littelfuse, Inc. introduced MHP–TAC (Metal Hybrid PPTC – Thermal Activated Compact) Series Resettable Over-temperature Protection Devices, the latest addition to its line of battery min-breakers. These devices connect a PPTC (Polymeric Positive Temperature Coefficient) device in parallel with
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09/10/2018
How Electromagnetic Waves and Magnetic Materials Interact

Left to right: Yuanxun "Ethan" Wang, Tatsuo Itoh, Zhi Yao, and Rustu Umut Tok.

UCLA Samueli engineers have developed a new tool to model how magnetic materials, which are used in smartphones and other communications devices, interact with incoming radio signals that carry data. It accurately predicts these interactions down to the nanometer scales required to build state-of-the-art communications
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09/10/2018
Robot Can Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It

Manuelli uses the DON system and Kuka robot to grasp a cup.

Humans have long been masters of dexterity, a skill that can largely be credited to the help of our eyes. Robots, meanwhile, are still catching up. Certainly there's been some progress: for decades robots in controlled environments like assembly lines have been able to pick up the same object over and over again. More
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09/10/2018
Explosion-Proof Motion and Light Sensor
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC has announced the release of an explosion proof motion sensor approved for Class I, Division 1 and 2, Class II, Divisions 1 and 2, and Class III locations. This motion sensor has adjustable sensitivity and time delay after motion, able to power lights and other equipment
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09/10/2018
Assessing How Interference Impacts on Wireless Networks
The methodology is based on the 3D Ray Launching simulation tool and enables estimates to be made about the propagation of electromagnetic waves through space (or radio propagation) in interior environments (homes, buildings, hospitals, stations, sports areas, shopping areas, industrial environments, etc.) and
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09/07/2018
Could AI Robots Develop Prejudice on Their Own?
Showing prejudice towards others does not require a high level of cognitive ability and could easily be exhibited by artificially intelligent machines, new research has suggested. Computer science and psychology experts from Cardiff University and MIT have shown that groups of autonomous machines
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09/07/2018
Emergency LED Fixture Produces a Total of 99 Lumens
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC announced the release of a new explosion proof LED exit sign light with a remote head approved for use in Class I, Class II and Class III locations. This emergency fixture produces a total of 99 lumens and operates for at least 90 minutes during a power outage, making this
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09/06/2018
Pushing 'Print' on Large-Scale Piezoelectric Materials

Atomic force microscopy imaging of 2D GaPO4 and piezoelectric measurements at varying applied voltages

--First ever large-scale 2D surface deposition of piezoelectric material --Simple, inexpensive technique opens new fields for piezo-sensors & energy harvesting Researchers have developed a revolutionary method to 'print' large-scale sheets of two dimensional piezoelectric material, opening
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09/06/2018
Thru-Hole Resistor Offers High Voltage Handling up to 8000V
RALEIGH, NC -- Stackpole is now stocking the most popular sizes and resistance values of its HVA Series. The HVA Series offers high voltage handling up to 8000V in a small package size. The RoHS compliant and halogen free HVA Series offers resistance values from 1M up to 1G in tolerances as low as 1% and in
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09/06/2018
Thermography System Provides Precision Temperature Mapping
NORWOOD, Mass. - Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is pleased to announce the addition of tvLYT to its line of liquid crystal and surface thermography systems. tvLYT is a high-resolution liquid crystal thermography system that provides a cost-effective and portable solution for precision temperature
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09/06/2018
SAN DIEGO -- Maxwell Technologies announced a grid energy storage subsystem design-in with Siemens to deliver economical, fast-responding, long life grid voltage and frequency support solutions. The new Siemens Static VAR Compensator plus Frequency Stabilizer (SVC PLUS FS) enables
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09/06/2018
AVX Honored with 2017 TTI Supplier Excellence Award
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has earned a TTI Supplier Excellence Award in the EMEA region, which comprises Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, for the fourth consecutive year. Bestowed by TTI, Inc., a leading global electronic components distributor, the award honors AVX for its successful fulfillment
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09/05/2018
Kfar Netter, Israel - Autotalks announced the launch of the first ever global V2X solution. Autotalks’ deployment-ready, 2nd generation V2X (Vehicle to Everything) chipset is the only available solution capable of supporting both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications (PC5 protocol) at the highest
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09/05/2018
Changing the Type of Silicon Etching Drops Solar Power Costs

Joshua Pearce, professor of material sciences and electrical engineering at Michigan Technological University, has found a way to lower cost of solar power by 10 percent, which could drive investment in the industry.

At the end of one of the hottest summers on record, as fights about how to power homes rage, renewable solar energy continues to present an option that does not significantly add greenhouse gases to the environment in exchange for lighting and cooling our homes. And it's just been given another edge through
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09/05/2018
Grant Aims Students Toward Next-Gen Bioelectronics

A graphic shows steps to bioelectronics.

A team of cross-discipline collaborators at Rice University has received a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) research traineeship grant to start a graduate-level bioelectronics program. Bioelectronics is a developing field that promises to revolutionize interactions between living and electronic
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09/05/2018
TRIAC Helps Designers Improve Thermal Management
CHICAGO —Littelfuse, Inc. introduced six series of high-temperature sensitive, standard and alternistor TRIAC, designed for use as semiconductor switches in appliances and equipment powered by line AC voltages up to 220VRMS. Available in compact, surface-mount packages, these components
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09/04/2018
High-Current Noise Suppression Filters for Audio Lines
TDK Corporation has expanded the MAF1005G series of noise-suppression filters for audio lines with four new MAF1005GAD-D types, which, thanks to their low DC resistance, feature a high-rated current of up to 1.25 A. The new types employ TDK's proprietary low-distortion ferrite that enables the new components
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09/04/2018
SiTime and Bosch Accelerate Innovation in MEMS Timing for 5G and IoT
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – SiTime Corporation and Bosch announced a strategic technology partnership to accelerate innovation in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) timing. SiTime will work with Bosch to develop processes for next-generation MEMS resonator products. These MEMS resonators are the heartbeat
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09/04/2018
Ultra-High Reliability Power Supplies in a Compact Housing
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics is now stocking Phoenix Contact’s new low-wattage QUINT Power Supplies. The newest members of the QUINT Power family deliver ultra-high reliability in a compact
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09/04/2018
Rolling out the Red Carpet for Test and Measurement
Football, pumpkin spice lattes, and back to school – it’s the September issue of Power Systems Design! By the time you read this, you may have heard our PSDcast on a rather unique 3D-printing
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09/04/2018
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re taking a very special look at an award-winning 3D-printing application. Jefferson Talbot recently graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, and while there, he worked on a 3D Printed Robotic Fish,
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09/04/2018
Testing Times
Welcome to the September edition of Power System Design. I hope you managed to have a nice summer break and are ready for a busy backend to the year. Since this year is an electronica year, it is destined to be a lot busier than normal. Myself, I managed to get away for a couple of weeks to Tenerife. It was
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09/04/2018
End of an Era for Silicone Transformer Fluids?

Figure 1: Fire Safety

Silicone oil has been used to cool transformers since PCBs were found to be harmful to humans and the environment, but are there better alternatives now? Glancing back to the 1970s, those of us in the power sector can remember when Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)were the cooling liquid of choice
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Date:
09/04/2018
Realizing the Full Potential of Wireless Charging

Figure 1: Wireless charging could soon be a part of everyday furniture

Wireless power is a technology whose time has come. The major phones from leading vendors now offer contactless charging, including Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus mobile digital devices, and Samsung’s Galaxy S 8 mobile digital device. Analyst IHS Markit says that 500 million devices with wireless
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Date:
09/04/2018
Considerations When Selecting a Power Supply for Test Equipment

Figure 1: IEC61000 Selection Descriptions

When choosing a power supply, if an engineer had only to consider volts and amps, cooling requirements, size, and regulatory certifications, their job would be easy as there are many available options from which to choose. However, designers of test and measurement equipment must consider other important parameters.
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Date:
09/04/2018
How to Easily Test a DC-DC Converter

Figure 1: DC/DC converter connection.

The power system technologies of modern electronic equipment are facing extreme challenges due to the need for an increase in the power efficiency of the systems, especially devices powered by a battery. The main system block involved in power conversion and delivery is the DC-DC converter, which converts DC
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Date:
09/04/2018
Forward Error Correction (FEC) â€

Figure 1. Logic “0” to logic “1”, then back to logic “0”

In modern communication systems, information is digitised, coded to logic levels “1” and “0” and often further encoded into complex modulation schemes such as Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM) or Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM).  Integrity of the information at the received end can be critical,
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Date:
09/04/2018
As Geometries Get Smaller, Keeping Up is Harder
There were two stories on the news recently that show both the potential for smaller and smaller electronics, and at the same time how hard it is to bring those designs to fruition. Firstly, researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), led by Professor Thomas Schimmel, have developed a single atom
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Date:
09/04/2018
1080p HD Security Camera with Explosion Proof LED Light
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics announced the release of an explosion proof combination camera light fixture that features 10x optical and 62x digital zoom. This 1080p HD resolution camera is remotely mounted allowing operators to view live feed from tanks, reactors and vessels from a centralized control room.
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Date:
09/04/2018
Rugged Connectors Designed for Automotive LED Light Systems
RICHMOND, VA -- ERNI connectors supporting advanced automotive headlamps systems deliver ruggedness, reliability, and long-term operation - all in a miniature and lightweight package. ERNI has established a connector offering that is designed to meet the needs of automotive lighting systems. The
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Date:
09/03/2018
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