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Machine Learning in the Discovery of new Polymers

The ML workflow consists of two different steps of prediction; the forward and backward predictions. The objective of the forward prediction is to create a set of prediction models that describe various polymeric properties (e.g., thermal conductivity, glass transition temperature) as a function of chemical structures in the constitutional repeat units.

A joint research group including Ryo Yoshida (Professor and Director of the Data Science Center for Creative Design and Manufacturing at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics [ISM], Research Organization of Information and Systems), Junko Morikawa (Professor at the School of Materials and Chemical Technology,
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07/19/2019
Atomically Precise Models Improve Fuel Cell Understanding

The initial positions of the atoms in this computer model of a solid-oxide fuel cell were based on observations of the actual atomic configuration using electron microscopy. Simulations using this model revealed a previously unreported reaction (red path) in which an oxygen molecule from the yttria-stabilized zirconia layer (layer of red and light blue balls) moves through the bulk nickel layer (dark blue balls) before forming OH on the nickel surface.

Simulations from researchers in Japan provide new insights into the reactions occurring in solid-oxide fuel cells by using realistic atomic-scale models of the active site at the electrode based on microscope observations as the starting point. This better understanding could give clues on ways to improve performance
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07/19/2019
Sectigo Partners with NetObjex to Protect the Edge of IoT
ROSELAND, N.J. – Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA) announced a secure edge computing technology pact with NetObjex. The collaboration provides enterprises and manufacturers with a secured, trusted computing infrastructure
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07/19/2019

Vietnam Finds Common Ground with America over Huawei

Viettel's President and CEO Le Dang Dung. Vietnam's state-owned mobile carrier is wary of doing business with China's Huawei.

The U.S. might be loosening restrictions on Huawei, but China’s socialist neighbor is holding the line. Oddly enough, the free world is anything but unified on Shenzhen’s scandal-ridden telecom
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07/18/2019
$4.6 Million Award to Train Cybersecurity Professionals
A five-year, $4.63 million award from the National Science Foundation will enable a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Arkansas to recruit, educate and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The program will provide the knowledge and tools necessary to protect
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07/18/2019
Resistors Designed for High-Voltage Handling
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole is now stocking 10M, 100M, 500M, 1G, and 10G ohm values of its HVAM axial leaded precision resistors. These resistors are designed for high voltage handling and high resistance values with power ratings from 2W to 10W. The proprietary direct film deposition of the
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07/18/2019
Mikrotron Introduces its First CoaXPress 2.0 Camera
(POWAY, CA) -- Mikrotron is redefining video acquisition speed and performance with the launch of its first camera to feature the ultra-fast CoaXPress 2.0 (CXP 2.0) interface: the EoSens 1.1CXP2. By being one of the first camera manufacturers to introduce a CXP 2.0 camera, Mikrotron is extending
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07/18/2019
TTI Now Stocks Murata's LoRa Module
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., is now stocking the Murata LoRa Module Type ABZ (CMWX1ZZABZ). Murata’s Type ABZ module is a new, compact, low cost, low power wide area network (LPWAN) wireless module that supports the LoRaWAN long-range wireless protocol. This new stand-alone module measures
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07/18/2019
Long-Life Ceramic/Quartz-Based UVC Emitting Diode
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. is adding to its portfolio of short wavelength ultraviolet (UVC) emitting diodes with a compact new SMD device for sterilization, sanitation, and purification applications. Designed to replace mercury UVC lamps, the Vishay Semiconductors VLMU35CL..-280-120
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07/17/2019
Rittal North America Introduces Rittal Configuration System
CHICAGO – Rittal launched the new Rittal Configuration System, available through rittal.com. This new tool makes it easy to configure Rittal enclosures and accessories quickly and accurately. The Rittal
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07/17/2019
UTSA Launches Open Source Software to Secure Cloud for Users

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched Galahad, an open source revolutionary user computer environment (UCE) for the Amazon Cloud. The software impedes the ability of adversaries to operate within the AWS by making it more difficult to co-locate (either through the use of insiders, compromised hypervisors, witting or unwitting peers, or remote access) with targets, while also requiring adversaries consume more resources.

(San Antonio) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched Galahad, an open source revolutionary user computer environment (UCE) for the Amazon Cloud. The technology, which is named after the Arthurian knight that ultimately secured the Holy Grail, will fight to protect people using desktop
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07/17/2019
RS Components introduces the MekaMon robot
MekaMon is not only the world’s first gaming robot, but is also ideal for robotics engineers and hobbyists, and for a wide range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students from those still in the early stages of school, up to those studying
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07/17/2019
SnapEDA releases new optoelectronic products
Osram Opto Semiconductors is releasing its entire collection of photodiodes, phototransistors, laser diodes and infrared emitters on SnapEDA’s website.  
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07/17/2019
AOS Introduces New Source Down Packaging Technology
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduced the “Source Down” in a DFN 5x6 package in combination with a 40V Shield-Gate Technology (AlphaSGT).  AOS’innovative flip-chip know-how achieves the Source Down capability and this packaging technology offers
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07/17/2019
Mouser adds Analog Devices Power by Linear LTM7400 Regulator
The step-down switching mode regulator combines very high power with energy-efficient performance to help reduce data center infrastructure cooling requirements.  
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07/17/2019
Low Profile Digitizer with Industry Leading Performance
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Tektronix, Inc. unveiled the 6 Series Low Profile Digitizer, the first 4-channel digitizer to offer up to 8 GHz bandwidth, 25 GS/s sampling rate and a 12-bit ADC on every channel, all in a space-saving 2U rack form factor. In contrast to alternative digitizers that interleave
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07/17/2019
FLUKE DSX CableAnalyzer allows for pre-start up verification
  The new adapter allows the DSX Series to connect to cabling systems employing the ix Industrial® for the purposes of pre-start up verification and troubleshooting.
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07/17/2019
Flexible Connectivity for Industrial Vision Applications
HILLSBORO, OR – Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced the availability of the latest in a series of new reference designs featuring the Lattice CrossLink FPGA for video bridging applications. The SubLVDS to MIPI CSI-2 Image Sensor Bridge reference design provides industrial device customers
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07/17/2019
500W-650W AC-DC power supplies for medical devices
The PBR500 and PBR650 series offer power levels up to 500W and 650W respectively. Both series accept a very wide, universal input range of 80VAC – 264VAC at 47Hz to 63Hz and offer a total of eight single output voltages (12V, 15V, 18V, 24V, 28V, 36V, 48V &
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07/17/2019
RS announces availability of ebm-papst drive controller kit
Targeting use by design engineers, application specialists and developers, the compact K4 system offers faster development and deployment for motor-control based solutions.  
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07/17/2019
Energy Cap series from FTCAP for mounting on busbars
Another feature of these foil capacitors is that they are available with terminals of different heights. This allows faster and easier mounting on busbars – without the need for compensating spacers.  
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07/17/2019
New range of 1-to-6 mOhm precision resistors
families. And yet, they offer the same performance quality: very good long-term stability, a low temperature coefficient, and low thermoelectric voltages.  
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07/17/2019
Compact LED Drivers Provide High Efficiency and Low EMI
The drivers provide the EMI performance without compromising on efficiency and size.   These ICs drive up to eight HBLEDs directly from the automotive
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07/17/2019
Rectifier for highest current densities
The innovative semiconductor manufacturer MaxPower Semiconductor Inc. has expanded its product portfolio with a series of MOS-based rectifiers with very high current density. They are particularly suitable for use in high frequency switching power supplies such as
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07/17/2019
Mouser and Phoenix eBook Features Secure Connections
In Trusted Connection, Trusted Design, experts from Phoenix Contact provide useful guides on PCB design, locking systems, and new connecting technologies, offering readers valuable insights on how to leverage connectors for more reliable performance.
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07/17/2019
600V Three-Phase Gate Driver with Smart Shutdown
Featuring smart-shutdown circuitry for fast-acting protection, the STDRIVE601 turns off the gate-driver outputs immediately after detecting overload or short-circuit, for a period determined using an external capacitor and resistor. Designers can set the required
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07/17/2019
Improvements for Most Popular 1-watt DC-DC Converter Style
San Jose, Calif. - TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TBA 1 series of 1-watt DC/DC converters in the industry standard SIP-4 package measuring 0.46 x 0.24 x 0.38". This style of DC/DC converter is widely used to provide isolation between low-power circuits and has
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07/16/2019
Bourns Acquires KEKO-Varicon d.o.o. ŽuÅambrek

KEKO-Varicon overvoltage protection
products

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc. announced that a member of the Bourns group of companies has acquired all shares of KEKO-Varicon d.o.o. Žužambrek (KEKO-Varicon) from its three shareholders, consisting of two members of the MSIN Group and one minority shareholder. KEKO-Varicon is a leading manufacturer of
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07/16/2019
Get up and go Bots Getting Closer, Study Says

This robot shape and complex sensors are the result of one single print. The sensors can sense strain and pressure.

Robotics researchers at the University of California San Diego have for the first time used a commercial 3D printer to embed complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers. But they found that materials commercially available for 3D printing still need to be improved before the robots can be fully functional. Researchers
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07/16/2019
Research Shows Black Plastics Could Create Renewable Energy

The process by which plastics are converted to carbon nanotube material.

Research from Swansea University has found how plastics commonly found in food packaging can be recycled to create new materials like wires for electricity - and could help to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the future. While a small proportion of the hundreds of types of plastics can be recycled
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07/16/2019
Engineering Team Develops 'Beyond 5G' Wireless Transceiver

The 'end-to-end transmitter-receiver' chip boasts a unique architecture combining digital and analog components on a single platform, resulting in ultra-fast data processing and reduced energy consumption.

Irvine, Calif. - A new wireless transceiver invented by electrical engineers at the University of California, Irvine boosts radio frequencies into 100-gigahertz territory, quadruple the speed of the upcoming 5G, or fifth-generation, wireless communications standard. Labeled an "end-to-end transmitter-receiver"
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07/16/2019
New Safer, Inexpensive way to Propel Small Satellites

Purdue University researchers have created a novel micropropulsion system for nanosatellite applications using a liquid fed pulsed-plasma thruster.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Finding inexpensive solutions for propelling CubeSats is one of the most critical components of the rapidly growing industry of commercial launches of satellites the size of a loaf of bread. The small size and relatively low cost have made CubeSats popular choices for commercial launches
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07/16/2019
6 W Multi-Blade Power Adapter Boasts Ultra-Compact Package
TUALATIN, Ore. — CUI’s Power Group announced the introduction of a next-generation 6 W wall plug-in ac-dc power supply with interchangeable ac blades designed for global use. The SMI6B series features an ultra-compact package measuring 1.85 x 1.36 x 1.04 in (47 x 34.5 x 26.5 mm), while complying with the
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07/16/2019
Switching Regulator Extends Battery Life in IoT Designs
DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) introduced an ultra-low-power switching regulator with the industry’s lowest operating quiescent current (IQ) at 60 nA – 1/3 that of the nearest competitive device. The TPS62840 synchronous step-down converter delivers very high light-load efficiency of 80% at
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07/16/2019
Hirose Expands WTB Series with Center Lock Version
DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS -- Hirose has extended the locking options for its 2.0mm pitch DF51 Series wire-to-board connector. The new DF51K Series features a space-saving center lock design. The user-friendly positive lock provides a clear tactile click and secures a reliable connection. Available
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07/15/2019
Dataforth Announces Partnership with eagle.io
Dataforth Corporation has partnered with eagle.io to enable customers to use their MAQ20 system and eagle.io’s cloud-based software to build an IoT cloud-based remote monitoring system. Designed to remotely monitor environmental sensors, their website states that eagle.io enables
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07/15/2019
High-Performance Sodium Ion Batteries Using Copper Sulfide

This is a schematic model demonstrating grain boundaries and phase interfaces formations.

Researchers presented a new strategy for extending sodium ion batteries' cyclability using copper sulfide as the electrode material. This strategy has led to high-performance conversion reactions and is expected to advance the commercialization of sodium ion batteries as they emerge as an alternative to lithium
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07/15/2019
Fluorine Speeds up Two-Dimensional Materials Growth

These are SEM images of graphene domains growing. They showed that 2 seconds was enough for a domain to grow to ~400 μm and that ~1 mm domains were formed after 5 seconds. The statistical growth rate is more than three orders of magnitude faster than typical graphene growth and three times faster than the previous record realized with a continuous oxygen supply.

Back in 2004, the physics community was just beginning to recognize the existence of truly two-dimensional (2D) material, graphene. Fast forward to 2019, scientists explore a breadth of different 2D materials, expecting to uncover more of their fundamental properties. The frenzy behind these new 2D materials
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07/15/2019
2D Perovskite Materials Have Unique, Conductive Edge States

Topographical view of the surface of the perovskite layer (l) and electrical current image of the same layer showing the conductive edges.

A new class of 2D perovskite materials with edges that are conductive like metals and cores that are insulating was found by researchers who said these unique properties have applications in solar cells and nanoelectronics. "This observation of the metal-like conductive states at the layer edges
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07/15/2019
Green Light for a new Generation of Dynamic Materials
Developing synthetic materials that are as dynamic as those found in nature, with reversibly changing properties and which could be used in manufacturing, recycling and other applications, is a strong focus for scientists. In a world-first, researchers from Queensland University of Technology (
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07/15/2019
Coupled Exploration of Light and Matter

White-light reflectivity spectra recorded around a filling factor of 2/3, revealing clear signatures of optical coupling to the quantum Hall state.

The concept of 'quasiparticles' is a highly successful framework for the description of complex phenomena that emerge in many-body systems. One species of quasiparticles that in particular has attracted interest in recent years are polaritons in semiconductor materials. These are created by shining light onto
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07/15/2019
'Artificial Intelligence' fit to Monitor Volcanoes

This is an interferogram of the December 2018 eruption of Etna in southern Italy, based on Sentinel-1 satellite images. Interferograms spatially map ground surface movements.

More than half of the world's active volcanoes are not monitored instrumentally. Hence, even eruptions that could potentially have rung an alarm can occur without people at risk having a clue of the upcoming disaster. As a first and early step towards a volcano early warning system, a research project headed
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07/15/2019
Mouser Electronics Now Stocking Portfolio of Xilinx Products
Mouser Electronics, Inc. announces a new global distribution agreement with
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07/15/2019
A Material for Superconducting Radio-Frequency Cavity

The photomontage shows a sample of solid, pure niobium before coating (left), and coated with a thin layer of Nb3Sn (right).

At present, niobium is the material of choice for constructing superconducting radio-frequency cavity resonators. These will be used in projects at the HZB such as bERLinPro and BESSY-VSR, but also for free-electron lasers such as the XFEL and LCLS-II. However, a coating of niobium-tin (Nb3Sn) could lead to
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07/15/2019
How Individuals use Technology to Engage with their Cultures
As the nation continues to get more diverse, it's common for immigrant populations in the United States to identify with two or more cultures at the same time. In a new article published in Lingua, M. Sidury Christiansen argues for a redefinition of how we see transnationalism or the movement
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07/12/2019
Keithley Kickstart 2.1 Adds Scope Support and More

Scope setup view

KickStart instrument control software accelerates the path to results and enables quick test setup and data visualization when using single or multiple instruments. With the release of KickStart 2.1, this software is now available for use with a broader range of Keithley instruments, and for the first time can
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07/12/2019
AVX Fuels Vehicle Prototyping through Deep Orange
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation will fuel the next chapter of Clemson University's flagship vehicle prototype program Deep Orange with new equipment and lab space at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The 9,000-square foot lab – named the AVX
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07/12/2019
Automated Control System for High Pressure Hydraulic Pumps
Erie, PA - High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco Inc., introduces the PT2020 first-of-its-kind Automated Controller System for air-driven high pressure hydraulic pumps. The PT2020 controller is designed to provide automated pressure control for a wide range of hydrostatic testing. Operators
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07/12/2019
ADCs Feature Throughput Rates up to 4 MSPS

EVAL-AD738xFMCZ

The AD7380/AD7381 are a 16-bit and 14-bit pin-compatible family of dual simultaneous sampling, high speed, low power, successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converters (ADC) that operate from a 3.0 V to 3.6 V power supply and feature throughput rates up to 4 MSPS. The analog input type is
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07/12/2019
AD Front End for Industrial Systems and Sensor Flexibility
The AD4110-1 is a complete, single-channel, universal input analog-to-digital front end for industrial process control systems where sensor type flexibility is required. The high voltage input is fully software configurable for current or voltage signals and allows direct interface to all standard
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07/12/2019
DAC Operates with a Power Supply Range from â'33 V to +33 V

The evaluation board for the AD5758.

The AD5758 is a single-channel, voltage and current output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that operates with a power supply range from −33 V (minimum) on AVSS to +33 V (maximum) on AVDD1 with a maximum operating voltage between the two rails of 60 V. On-chip dynamic power control (DPC) minimizes package
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07/12/2019
IIoT Platform Addresses Safety Issues for Mining Tailings
SANTIAGO - sensemetrics Inc. has been selected to present to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organization dedicated to improving the social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry, in a vendor engagement session held alongside the
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07/12/2019
TTI Designs Freedom Shirt to Support Wounded Warrior Project
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., a leading distributor of electronic components, continued the company’s tradition of supporting our country’s men and women in uniform by creating a specially designed t-shirt celebrating America’s Independence Day. This year’s t-shirt design, “Let
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Date:
07/11/2019
PSDcast â€

Avi Kashyap with Microchip.

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Microchip about one of the biggest challenges for silicon carbide vendors – qualifying their SiC devices to stringent industrial, automotive, and harsh environment standards,
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07/11/2019
Funding for new Semiconductor Research Centre Announced

An artist's impression of the new Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM).

A new state-of-the-art facility that will bring together groundbreaking research with technology development in the field of semiconductor science and engineering is to be built at Swansea University, following the announcement of a major £30 million capital investment by the UK Research Partnership Investment
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07/10/2019
Designer Proteins Form Wires and Lattices on Mineral Surface
RICHLAND, Wash. - The goal of the research, published July 11 in the journal Nature, was to engineer artificial proteins to self-assemble on a crystal surface by creating an exact match between the pattern of amino acids in the protein and the atoms of the crystal. The ability to program these interactions
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07/10/2019
Ambient Light Sensor Targets Wearables and Smartphones
MALVERN, Pa. — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new ambient light sensor for small form factor applications such as smart watches and sport bands where very high sensitivity is needed to allow light to be sensed through an often very dark cover glass. The Vishay Semiconductors
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07/10/2019
Peltier Coolers Offer Precise Temp Control for Centrifuges
Centrifuges are commonly used in medical research for protein, genetic and cellular analysis. Centrifugation involves spinning samples at a fast rate to build up physical forces and release heat. Dense components migrate away from the center axis, while less dense components migrate towards
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07/10/2019
Canada's First Utility-Scale Microgrid
CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ -- S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader improving power reliability and delivery worldwide, and North Bay Hydro Services, an Ontario-based municipal electric utility affiliate services provider, announced the completion of North Bay's Community Energy Park project with the successful
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07/10/2019
80 V DC-DC buck LED driver IC has excellent dimming performance
With its supply voltage range from 8 V DC up to 80 V DC, the driver IC provides a high safety voltage margin for applications operating close to safe extra-low voltage (SELV) limits. The driver IC is ideally suited for general and professional LED lighting applications
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07/10/2019
XP Power introduces medical power supplies guide
The comprehensive guide provides an overview of XP Power in terms of their vision, core values, quality systems, manufacturing facilities and compliance regime so that customers can better understand the company behind the comprehensive range of medical power supplies.
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07/10/2019
High-performance, IEC C14 Power Entry Module
The high-performance filter series FN 9262 (with fuse holder) and FN 9266 (with dual pole switch), have been developed for applications demanding high RFI attenuation performance. They represent an enhanced version of the already market proven FN 9260 and FN 9264
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07/10/2019
National Instruments chooses Danisense current transducers
The Danisense DS50UB-10V, DS200UB-10V, DS600UB-10V and DS2000UB-10V current transducers features high accuracy, high bandwidth and low phase shift which are key requirements for accurate power measurement.  
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07/10/2019
BAX shunt: High-performance component for electric vehicles
In the last year, demand for high-performance shunts for use in electric vehicles has skyrocketed. This is down to the pace of development in the electromobility sector. Currents of up to 1,000 amps flow through high-voltage batteries with voltages of up to 800V, such as those installed in electric vehicles.
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07/10/2019
Pickering Electronics to debut compact 10W reed relay
Like other reed relays in the family, new Series 122 devices occupy a PCB footprint of only 4mm x 4mm, facilitating the highest packing density currently available. Series 122 relays measure 12.5mm in height and are rated with a switching current of 0.5A at 10W.
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07/10/2019
Maxim Enhances MediaTek’s In-Vehicle Infotainment Platform
      To deliver the high-performance, flexibility and efficiency required by
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07/10/2019
MACOM’s 10W GaN-on-Si Power Amp Module, Now at Mouser
The module offers outstanding design flexibility for a broad selection of radio and communications applications, including military tactical communications and electronic countermeasures, wireless public safety communications, and land mobile radio systems.
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07/10/2019
High Output Lens LEDs for Vehicle Instrument Clusters
This new lineup includes 18 devices, comprised of the CSL0901 series featuring standard brightness and the high brightness CSL0902 series.   Recently,
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07/10/2019
Two VFM mode Buck DC/DC Converters with Low Output Voltage
The devices are intended for applications requiring extended battery life, and reduced mounting area and weight on high density boards.   Today’s
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07/10/2019
RS Components introduces easy-to-use Tektronix oscilloscopes
Created to suit a wide range of demanding debugging and signal analysis applications at an affordable price, the scopes offer the largest display sizes in their class and highly intuitive touchscreen user interfaces, as well as excellent performance and advanced
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07/10/2019
Super Compact, Super Intensive LEDs
Both WL-SMCC package types are available in five colors: red, yellow, light green, green and blue.   The very small size and the full-surface lens
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07/10/2019
Fusion Scientists Develop 'Nano-Scale Sculpture Technique'

Fabrication procedures of "the nano-scale sculpture technique" by using a focused ion beam - electron beam (FIB-SEM) device. The upper series shows the schematic view of the fabrication by Ga ion beam. The images of (1) and (4) in the bottom series are the electron microscope (SEM) image corresponding to image (1) and image (4) in the upper series. The region shown by the yellow rectangle in image (4) is suitable for TEM observation.

A research team of fusion scientists has succeeded in developing "the nano-scale sculpture technique" to fabricate an ultra-thin film by sharpening a tungsten sample with a focused ion beam. This enables the nano-scale observation of a cross-section very near the top surface of the tungsten sample
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07/09/2019
Regenerative Power Test Solutions Save Energy & Cost
The Cinergia line of programmable test systems can be a powerful means of reducing green house gasses and cutting down on your energy and HVAC bills. Product types available include AC Grid Simulators, AC and DC Programmable Power Sources, DC Battery Test Systems with multiple channels as well as AC and/or DC
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07/09/2019
Analytics Platform for Industrial Control Systems Security
McLean, VA—Cynash Inc. announces the commercial availability of its Cynalytic analytics appliance for serial communications-based ICS/SCADA control networks. The combination of Cynalytic and Cynash’s SerialTap sensors brings new visibility and analysis to serial communications—shedding light on ICS cyber
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07/09/2019
Helix Semiconductors' MxC 200 Power ICs Stocked at Digi-Key

Helix’s MxC 200 family of configurable 15W DC-DC power ICs are now available worldwide from Digi-Key.

IRVINE, Calif. -- Fabless power semiconductor company Helix Semiconductors and Digi-Key, a leading electronic
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07/09/2019
Nanoscale Visualization of Optical Behavior of Dopant in GaN

Results of cathodoluminescence analysis applied to Mg ion-implanted GaN (left) and three-dimensional distribution of Mg atoms introduced into GaN as visualized by atom probe tomography (right).

In Gallium Nitride (GaN) implanted with a small amount of magnesium (Mg), NIMS succeeded for the first time in visualizing the distribution and optical behavior of the implanted Mg at the nanoscale which may help in improving electrical performance of GaN based devices. Some of the mechanisms by which introduced
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07/09/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? â€

Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

How to Build Better EV Traction Inverters with SiC In this article, we examine the benefits of applying SiC technology to EV traction inverters. We show how the efficiency of the inverter is boosted under all loading conditions, from light to full load. Using higher operating voltages with efficient
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07/08/2019
Magnetic Properties for Faster, Low-Energy Spintronics

We discovered a previously unseen mode of giant magneto-resistance, FLEET Ph.D. and study co-author Sultan Albarakati (RMIT).

A theoretical-experimental collaboration across two FLEET nodes has discovered new magnetic properties within 2D structures, with exciting potential for researchers in the emerging field of 'spintronics'. Spintronic
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07/08/2019
Tuning the Energy Levels of Organic Semiconductors

Dr. Frank Ortmann, cfaed Independent Research Group Leader

A diverse set of experiments supported by simulations were able to rationalize the effect of specific electrostatic forces exerted by the molecular building blocks on charge carriers. The study was published recently in Nature Communications. In electronic devices based on organic semiconductors
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07/08/2019
How to Finance Solar Power

Cover for 'Solar Power Finance without the Jargo'.

To borrow a quote from the famous 2011 publication, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, "3,766,800 exajoules of solar energy arrive on earth each year"--but how much of it are we using? And since Earth receives such a huge dose every year for free almost everywhere, why does it still only
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07/08/2019
Quantum Satellite Combines Art with Science

SpooQy-1 was ejected from the Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer past the International Space Station's (ISS) solar arrays. This photograph was taken by an astronaut on the ISS.

A satellite built by the National University of Singapore (NUS) entered orbit in June carrying both a high-tech quantum device from the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) and a quotation from a play written for the NUS Arts Festival. SpooQy-1, as the satellite is known, is testing a quantum light
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07/08/2019
Molecular Energy Machine as a Movie Star

Tobias Weinert, biochemist at PSI, with the experimental set-up for the 'excitation query' crystallography at the SLS: An injector produces a 50 micrometer (like a hair) thin stream of a toothpaste-like mass with the protein crystals grown in it. A small laser diode, comparable to a conventional laser pointer, is guided over mirrors and lenses and focused to the same point where the X-ray beam of the SLS hits (not in the picture). For the photo, the laser was made visible by liquid nitrogen. In the experiment, the laser is then activated for a short moment, followed by the X-rays for the molecular film.

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have used the Swiss Light Source SLS to record a molecular energy machine in action and thus to reveal how energy production at cell membranes works. For this purpose they developed a new investigative method that could make the analysis of cellular processes significantly
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07/08/2019
Columbia and Harvard Advance Research in Ultracold Molecules

A computer image of the dissociation process of an ultracold molecule.

Leaders in the field of ultracold molecule research from Columbia and Harvard universities are teaming up to propel understanding of the quantum mechanics of chemical reactions. The partnership will result in the development of new, more precise techniques that will expand the field of ultracold chemistry
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07/08/2019
10W GaN-on-Si Power Amp Module Offers Design Flexibility
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the MAMG-100227-010C0L broadband power amplifier module from MACOM. The module offers outstanding design flexibility for a broad selection of radio and communications applications, including military tactical communications and electronic countermeasures, wireless public
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07/08/2019
Semiconducting Nanotubes that Form Spontaneously

The tubes consist of several walls that are perfectly uniform and just a few atoms thick. They display optical properties that make them perfect for use as fluorophores or photocatalysts.

If scientists could find a way to control the process for making semiconductor components on a nanometric scale, they could give those components unique electronic and optical properties - opening the door to a host of useful applications. Researchers at the Laboratory of Microsystems, in EPFL's School
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07/08/2019
A New Way of Making Complex Structures in Thin Films
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Self-assembling materials called block copolymers, which are known to form a variety of predictable, regular patterns, can now be made into much more complex patterns that may open up new areas of materials design, a team of MIT researchers say. The new findings appear in the journal
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07/05/2019
'Tsunami' on a Silicon Chip: A World First for Light Waves

PhD student and lead author Sahin Ezgi from the Singapore University of Technology and Design holds one of the experimental chips.

A tsunami holds its wave shape over very long distances across the ocean, retaining its power and 'information' far from its source. In communications science, retaining information in an optic fibre that spans continents is vital. Ideally, this requires the manipulation of light in silicon chips
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07/03/2019
AI-Designed Heat Pumps Consume Less Energy

The method uses artificial intelligence to design next-generation heat-pump compressors.

Researchers at EPFL have developed a method that uses artificial intelligence to design next-generation heat-pump compressors. Their method can cut the pumps' power requirement by around 25%. In Switzerland, 50 - 60% of new homes are equipped with heat pumps. These systems draw in thermal energy from
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07/03/2019
Activity of Fuel Cell Catalysts Doubled

An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in optimizing the size of platinum nanoparticles for fuel cell catalysis so that the new catalysts are twice as good as the currently best commercially available processes. The picture shows the first authors: Dr. Batyr Garlyyev, Kathrin Kratzl, and Marlon Rueck (f.l.t.r.).

An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built platinum nanoparticles for catalysis in fuel cells: The new size-optimized catalysts are twice as good as the best process commercially available today. Fuel cells may well replace batteries as the power source
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07/03/2019
Black (Nano)gold Combat Climate Change

Use of black gold can get us one step closer to combat climate change.

Global warming is a serious threat to the planet and the living beings. One of the main cause of global warming is the increase in the atmospheric CO2 level. The main source of this CO2 is from the burning of fossil fuels in our daily lives (electricity, vehicles, industry and many more). Researchers
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07/03/2019
Sager Electronics Acquires Technical Power Systems
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics announced that it has completed the acquisition of Technical Power Systems (TPS). The addition of Technical Power Systems enhances the product set and design solution capabilities of Sager Power Systems, a specialized group within Sager Electronics, which launched in
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Date:
07/03/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing an engineering design win that happens to benefit over 26,000 students. Since 2009, Generac Industrial Power has held its
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07/03/2019
Engineering Design Kits Offer Rapid Prototyping
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole’s engineering design sample kits offer the design engineer lots of options for prototyping new design concepts. For general purpose requirements, thick film RMCF kits offer each resistance value in 1% tolerances in a single decade or 5% tolerances in a two decade
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Date:
07/02/2019
PSDcast â€

Vicor’s Paul Yeaman

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Vicor about vehicle electrical requirements. The modern automobile – especially EVs and hybrids – has fostered the
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07/02/2019
Sampling of Quantum States of Light in a Silicon Chip

By exploring complex integrated circuits, photonic states can be generated and processed at larger scales.

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have found a promising new way to build the next generation of quantum simulators combining light and silicon micro-chips. In the roadmap to develop quantum machines able to compete and overcome classical supercomputers
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07/02/2019
Expanded Oscilloscopes Series Includes 13 and 16 GHz Models
BEAVERTON, Ore.-- Tektronix, Inc., announced the expansion of its scalable DPO70000SX Series Performance Oscilloscope to include new 13 GHz and 16 GHz models. The new offerings allow engineers to take advantage of the high sample rate and low noise floor of Tektronix’ highest performance
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07/02/2019
Building Trust in Artificial Intelligence
From telecommunications to road traffic, from healthcare to the workplace - digital technology is now an intrinsic part of almost every area of life. Yet how can we ensure that developments in this field, especially those that rely on artificial intelligence (AI), meet all our ethical, legal and technological
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07/02/2019
Power Analyzer wins “Power Product of the Yearâ€
The award was presented on the 21st June at a ceremony at London’s Tower Hotel in the presence of an audience of leading industry professionals. The event has become a highlight of the industry calendar since its inception in 2018, where leading
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07/02/2019
Low-profile, wide operating temperature range 700W power supply
The new VQF700 series of competitively priced, high power density, compact enclosed AC-DC power supplies can provide up to 700W from a fan cooled 93 x 182 x 41mm (3.66 x 7.16 x 1.61”) and are approved to the latest version of EN/IEC62368-1 to future
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07/02/2019
Mouser Electronics Now Shipping Skyworks SKY85726-11
The WLAN device is ideal for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)-based IoT systems, offering a fully integrated solution in a compact 3 × 3 mm form factor.  
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07/02/2019
Differential Clock Buffers from Diodes Incorporated
The demand for network speeds operating from 25Gbit/s up to 400Gbit/s (known as the Terabit Ethernet, or TbE) is increasing, putting designers of switches and routers under pressure to maintain signal integrity in more challenging environments. The
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07/02/2019
Gate-Driver System Targets 1.7 kV to 4.5 kV IGBT & SiC Modules
The system consists of a central Isolated Master Control (IMC) and one to four Module-Adapted Gate Drivers (MAGs). The IMC provides a 4.5 kV blocking voltage. A range of MAGs is available to service a variety of power modules, suppliers and semiconductor
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07/02/2019
Extra wide input quarter-brick DC/DC converters
With an extra wide input voltage range of 14V to 160V and 9V to 75V, the PQAE40U (40W), PQAE60U (60W) and PQAE100U (100W) have been developed to provide systems designers with a single part number that is able to power a large range of applications
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07/02/2019
Accelerate EMI qualification of automotive touchscreens
  The TD family of touch controllers features a new differential mutual signal acquisition method that significantly increases the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). This allows
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07/02/2019
Wide-input 1â€x1†15W isolated converters deliver flexibility
The devices feature a 4:1 input-voltage range and compact 1”x1” footprint with built-in protection.   The choice of 9V-36V or 18V-75V input range lets REC15E-Z converters work with all standard industrial bus voltages from 12V to 48V, as well as popular battery types
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07/02/2019
Robust and thin SMD bridge rectifier increases power density
  SMD bridge rectifier – TBS series (TBS406, TBS408, TBS410, TBS606, TBS608, TBS610) is designed to optimize higher power application and prevents arcing problems through
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07/02/2019
Analog Devices wins award for automotive power management
According to the Electronics Industry Awards judges, the LT8708 ‘shows innovation and demonstrates technical capabilities and usefulness that stand out from other automotive products’.
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07/02/2019
Versatile solution for wireless light management
Tridonic’s basicDIM Wireless system based on Casambi’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology offers an interconnected and interoperable solution for the hassle-free wireless connectivity of luminaires.
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Date:
07/02/2019
BioSA -- Bridging the gap with Biodegradable Metals

Scanning Electron Microscopy image of the first BioSA prototype.

Millions of patients all over the world undergo surgical procedures related to bone defect repair every year. With an ever-increasing life expectancy and the issues that come with a decaying skeleton, the number of interventions can only increase in the coming years. This is why orthopaedic surgeons are constantly
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Date:
07/01/2019
MiLiQuant: Putting Quantum Technology into Practice

A diamond on a parabolic light collecting lens is the main component of the new angular rate sensor.

Quantum technology is about to make the leap from scientific research to concrete applications. Contributing to this is the new MiLiQuant research project in which businesses and universities are cooperating to develop new applications for quantum technology. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
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07/01/2019
Danish Researchers Create Worldwide Solar Energy Model

The graphic shows the total solar energy production for all European countries in the period 2013-2017. Each tiny field represents a week's energy production: The brighter the color the more energy was produced.

Solar cells are currently the world's most talked-about renewable energy source, and for any future sustainable energy system, it is crucial to know about the performance of photovoltaic systems at local, regional and global levels. Danish researchers have just set up an historically accurate model, and all
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07/01/2019
Combing Nanowire Noodles

U-shaped nanowires can record electrical chatter inside a brain or heart cell without causing any damage. The devices are 100 times smaller than their biggest competitors, which kill a cell after recording.

Machines are getting cozy with our cells. Embeddable sensors record how and when neurons fire; electrodes spark heart cells to beat or brain cells to fire; neuron-like devices could even encourage faster regrowth after implantation in the brain. Soon, so-called brain-machine interfaces could do even
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07/01/2019
A Cold-Tolerant Electrolyte for Lithium-Metal Batteries

Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017 -- liquefied gas electrolytes -- could pave the way to a high-impact and long-sought advance for rechargeable batteries: replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode.

Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017 - liquefied gas electrolytes - could pave the way to a high-impact and long-sought advance for rechargeable batteries: replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode. The research, published July 1, 2019 by the journal
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07/01/2019
Connectors Increase Current Ratings to 13A
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – TE Connectivity (TE) introduced an extension of its VAL-U-LOK connector product line that increases the maximum current rating from 9A to 13A in the broadly accepted 4.2mm centerline spacing connector system.
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Date:
07/01/2019