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Renesas Launches 16-bit General-Purpose Microcontroller
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the launch and the beginning of mass production of its 16-bit general-purpose RL78/G23 microcontroller (MCU), further strengthening its RL78 Family of 8-bit and 16-bit MCUs for a broad range of applications. Compatible with Renesas' current general-purpose RL78 MCUs, such a
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04/13/2021
Structural Adhesive Offers Temperature Stability
DELO has launched an adhesive with exceptionally high temperature stability. DELO MONOPOX HT2999 achieves compression shear strength of 20 MPa at 180°C. This is four times greater than its predecessor and other products on the market. Developed primarily for use in the automotive industry and mechanical engineering
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04/13/2021
Murata, Industry Leaders Commercialize Global IoT Solution
In conjunction with Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony, formerly Altair Semiconductor), STMicroelectronics, and Truphone, Murata introduced the availability of the Type 1SE module, a highly integrated, miniaturized, low power cellular IoT solution featuring a low power STM32L4 MC
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04/13/2021
1.5 Amp POL switching regulators in an open frame design
This series comes in a compact SIP-3 open frame package and complements our existing POL portfolio with a series focusing strongly on a cost efficient design while maintaining our quality standards. There are 3 output voltages available: 3.3, 5.0 and 12VDC. The effective design allows full load operation up to +85°C a
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04/13/2021
HiperPFS-4 PFC IC Delivers 98% Full-Load Efficiency
This combination delivers greater than 98% full-load efficiency in PC, TV, and similar applications between 75 W and 400 W.   Comments Power Integrations’ product marketing manager Edward Ong: “Designs using HiperPFS-4 ICs show very high efficiency across the load range with as little as 36 mW of no-load p
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04/13/2021
Science Behind Varying Performance of Different Colored LEDs

An array of multi-colored LEDs periodically arranged to give off visible light as shown above; a combination of InGaN based red, blue, and green LEDs is essential to cover lighting demands efficiently in the entire visible spectrum

Researchers from the Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, together with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and National University of Singapore (NUS) have found a m
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04/12/2021
Sager Electronics and PUI Audio Sign Distribution Agreement
Sager Electronics announced the addition of PUI Audio to its line card. “Sager Electronics is an excellent fit for PUI Audio’s extensive portfolio of innovative audio products and customized solutions, as both organizations offer a customer-centric approach to doing business,” commented Brian Coleman,
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04/12/2021
Better Solutions for Making Hydrogen lie at the Surface

The unique interactions between perovskite oxide, its changing surface layer, and iron species that are active toward the OER paves a new path for the design of active and stable materials, bringing us one step closer to efficient and affordable green hydrogen production.

A clean energy future propelled by hydrogen fuel depends on figuring out how to reliably and efficiently split water. That's because, even though hydrogen is abundant, it must be derived from another substance that contains it -- and today, that substance is often methane gas. Scientists are seeking ways to iso
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04/12/2021
Honeywell Technology Enables U.S. Carbon Capture, Storage Project
Honeywell announced Wabash Valley Resources LLC has selected a range of Honeywell UOP technologies to capture and sequester up to 1.65 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually and to produce clean hydrogen energy from a repurposed gasification plant in West Terre Haute, Ind. The project is expected to be on
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04/12/2021
Computer Model for Potential Improvements to 'Bionic Eye' Tech

Researchers developed an experimentally validated advanced computer model that reproduces the shapes and positions of millions of nerve cells in the eye, as well as the physical and networking properties associated with them. Focusing on models of nerve cells that transmit visual information from the eye to the brain, the researchers identified ways to potentially increase clarity and grant color vision to future retinal prosthetic devices.

There are millions of people who face the loss of their eyesight from degenerative eye diseases. The genetic disorder retinitis pigmentosa alone affects 1 in 4,000 people worldwide. Today, there is technology available to offer partial eyesight to people with that syndrome. The Argus II, the world's first reti
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04/11/2021
Infineon Expands 600 V CoolMOS S7 Family
In applications where MOSFETs are switched at low frequency, high-power product designs must meet several key characteristics: They have to minimize conduction losses, provide optimal thermal behavior, and enable more compact and lighter systems – all while maintaining the highest quality at a low cost. To me
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04/09/2021
75W AC-DC Power Supply Module for Space-Critical Applications
XP Power has announced the availability of a new range of low profile, half brick, baseplate cooled AC-DC power supplies which require no external circuitry for operation or EMC compliance. Models in the new ASB75 series offer compact, fanless power with baseplate cooling for applications such as information te
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04/08/2021
High-Current Jumpers Offer Robust Overload Current Handling
Zero ohm jumper chip resistors provide an essential function for circuit design. They make trace routing easier for single layer PCB's, are easier to assemble in mass production and less costly than jumper wires. Some designs however require more robust current handling than general purpose thick film chip jumper
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04/08/2021
First DC/DC Controllers w/ Integrated Active EMI Filter
Texas Instruments introduced a new family of synchronous DC/DC buck controllers that enable engineers to shrink the size of the power-supply solution and lower its electromagnetic interference (EMI). Featuring an integrated active EMI filter (AEF) and dual-random spread-spectrum (DRSS) technology, the LM25149-Q1 and
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04/08/2021
PSDcast – Battery Storage for Residential Solar

Behnam Zakeri of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Residential solar has one major problem – most of the energy generated by these systems is lost or transferred to the grid, with little benefit to the homeowner. So how do we solve this major inefficiency?
Date:
04/08/2021
P-Channel MOSFET Increases Efficiency and Power Density
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the world's best AEC-Q101 qualified p-channel -80 V TrenchFET MOSFET. With the lowest on-resistance of any -80 V p-channel device, the new Vishay Siliconix SQJA81EP increases power density and efficiency in automotive applications. In the compact 5.13 mm by 6.15 mm PowerPAK SO-
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04/07/2021
Skoltech Scientists Create a New Electronegativity Scale
Skoltech chemists have proposed a new electronegativity scale and published their findings in Nature Communications. The concept of electronegativity introduced by Linus Pauling, a great American chemist, in the 1930s refers to the ability of an atom to attract electron density. In a chemical bond, the more e
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04/07/2021
New Battery Can Charge 10x Faster than a Lithium-ion Battery

Symbolic representation of the chemical formula of the new polymer

It is difficult to imagine our daily life without lithium-ion batteries. They dominate the small format battery market for portable electronic devices, and are also commonly used in electric vehicles. At the same time, lithium-ion batteries have a number of serious issues, including: a potential fire hazard an
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04/07/2021
A New Material Enables the Usage of 'Calcium' for Batteries

Calcium battery employing new fluorine-free electrolyte using hydrogen cluster with high conductivity and high electrochemical stability againstlectrodes.

Scientists from Tohoku University have developed a new fluorine-free calcium (Ca) electrolyte based on a hydrogen (monocarborane) cluster that could potentially realize rechargeable Ca batteries. The researchers say the new material, achieved by designing the coordination structure of Ca cation with a weakly
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Date:
04/07/2021
1.5A Synchronous Regulators Simplify Power Conversion
STMicroelectronics has introduced L6981 synchronous step-down regulators, extending the family of high-efficiency converters that simplify power-supply design by integrating power elements, feedback circuitry, and safety features on-chip. Rated to deliver up to 1.5A, with 90% typical efficiency at full load
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04/07/2021
DC Panel Meters Deliver Robust Displays in Small Form Factor
Murata introduced a series of DC panel meters developed for industrial and laboratory voltage and current measurement applications. The miniaturized DMR35 series includes a +48V common-mode input range and is powered from a 9-32VDC external source. Bu
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04/06/2021
Allied Electronics & Automation, Siemens Offer Modular Solutions
Siemens and Allied Electronics & Automation are teaming up to help panel builders better design simpler, more flexible and space-saving industrial control cabinets.  Siemens’ unique SIRIUS modular system, now available from Allied, offers a full range of modular industrial control panel components in
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Date:
04/06/2021
Module w/ Bluetooth Wireless Communication on IoT Devices
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the RX23W Module with full Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy support for system control and wireless communication on IoT endpoint devices. Featuring the RX23W 32-bit RX MCU supporting fully integrated Bluetooth Low Energy communication, the new RX23W module is equipped with a
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04/06/2021
AVX Expands Automotive Conductive Polymer Capacitor Series
AVX Corporation has both expanded and improved upon its AEC-Q200-qualified TCQ Series Automotive Conductive Polymer Chip Capacitors, which have been field-proven in a wide range of demanding automotive, industrial, and telecommunications applications with limited board space and challenging operating environments si
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04/05/2021
Medical Grade Power Supply Line Includes 27 new Models
Jasper Electronics has expanded its line of medical grade power supplies with 27 new model series of external power adapters. The new adapters are compliant with International Electromechanical Commission (IEC) standards for the safety and effectiveness of medical electrical equipment, including: IEC60601-3rd Edition, UL/cU
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Date:
04/05/2021
Embedded Vision-Optimized FPGA for Automotive Applications
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation expanded its award-winning Lattice Crosslink-NX family with new FPGAs specified for automotive applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. The new CrossLink-NX FPGAs bring best-in-class low power, small form factor, hi
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Date:
04/05/2021
TTI Stocks Harwin’s Ø1.75mm Terminal Pins
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of Harwin's Ø1.75mm Terminal Pins from stock at TTI. Harwin's Terminal Pins are ideal for strong and durable single-point connections for ultra-low profile and offset height board-to-board connections. Their robust Ø1.75mm pin thickness resists accidental damage and include
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Date:
04/05/2021
Molex EXTreme Guardian HD Power Connectors In Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of EXTreme Guardian HD Power Connector’s from stock at TTI. Molex’s EXTreme Guardian HD Power Connectors offer a configurable hybrid power/signal solution that provides high-current density in a low-profile package for design flexibility. Current density is up to 80A
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Date:
04/05/2021
Cloud-Based Solution for Design-to-Manufacturing Handoff
Siemens introduced PCBflow, an innovative cloud-based software solution which bridges the gap between the electronics design and manufacturing ecosystems. PCBflow extends Siemens' Xcelerator portfolio with a secure environment for printed circuit board (PCB) design teams to interact with a variety of manufacturers, and
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04/05/2021
AC-DC Bridge Rectifiers Enable Thermal Enhancement
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced a new family of active AC-DC bridge rectifiers. Aptly trademarked AlphaZBL for “zero bridge loss,” this new family of products virtually eliminates the bridge rectifier losses in AC-DC power supplies and adaptors. Typical end applications include high po
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04/04/2021
 Phoenix Contact DT to M12 Adapters Available Now at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of DT to M12 Adapters from stock. The DT-M12 Adapter has been designed and tested with the demands of agriculture, construction and other industrial vehicle applications in mind. This rugged connector meets environmental testing for both IEC and SAE standards and is ra
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Date:
04/04/2021
Taking Advantage of PFM with MicroModules for Space Constrained Applications

Figure 1: Block diagram of a security camera application

Space constrained applications like portable devices require especially designed DC/DC converters with a certain set of characteristics. Tight space, by definition, requires tiny DC/DC converters which have excellent thermal performance. This article digs deeper into the challenges that arise for the power supply of s
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Date:
04/01/2021
Switchcraft Shielded Multi-Con-X Expansion in Stock at TTI
TTI, Inc., announces the availability of Switchcraft’s Shielded Multi-Con-X Expansion from stock at TTI. Switchcraft’s Shielded Multi-Con-X from Conxall has been trusted for years as a rugged harsh environment connector with added RF/EMI protection. The existing product offering only included male pins
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Date:
04/01/2021
APEC 2021 Will Be Online-Only Event Due to Covid-19 Concerns
The Applied Power Electronics Conference announces that APEC 2021 will be presented as a virtual event and will take place June 14-17, 2021, on the virtual event platform, Social27. The virtual format will not only ensure the safety of our community, it will also allow: · More of our global community of power
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Date:
04/01/2021
Chillers Offer Energy Savings up to 50%
Modern laboratory equipment requires precise cooling to protect electronics or to control processes where temperature matters. Laird Thermal Systems’ Nextreme Performance Chiller Series offers reliable, precise, and versatile temperature control solutions for laboratory equipment – all while lowering energy
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04/01/2021
The Rise of Smart Industrial Applications
“Industrial” is often what the marketing department labels an application when they aren’t sure what category it fits into, but the term generally encompasses applications that must withstand hostile environments. This includes systems used in factories or outdoors, like an automated fruit-labeling and so
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Date:
04/01/2021
Returning to
We’re nearly a third of the way through the year, and some – hopefully, most – of you should’ve gotten the COVID vaccine. More shots means a quicker return to normalcy – in-person meetings, trade shows, and this crazy notion called “human contact.” Since Day 1, our industry was classified “
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Date:
04/01/2021
Making Industry More Efficient
As we continue our journey out of the pandemic that has hit the world so hard, things are slowly, but surely getting back to normal. The last year has been hard, but many of us are lucky enough to be able to work from home. Many others have not been so fortunate and have had to go into work risking infection de
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04/01/2021
The Hyperloop Could Revolutionize Travel (or Make Everyone Nauseous)
Remember the Hyperloop linear induction system that might make a bunch of people puke (but also might change the world)? Virgin Hyperloop will be unveiling their passenger vehicle, “Pegasus,” this fall at the Smithsonian FUTURES Exhibition. The idea of a vactrain, a high-speed magnetic levitation (maglev) transp
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Date:
04/01/2021
Reshoring Chip Manufacture is All the Rage
The current COVID-19 pandemic has given us time to stop and really think about how things are done. This may be on a personal level, with the ability to work from home as a good example, or it can be at a global scale. At that scale, the pandemic has exposed weaknesses in our supply chains and forced us to ask ou
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04/01/2021
Exploring Advancements in Industrial Markets w/ 60-GHz Radar

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Figure 1: Examples of use cases for 77- and 60-GHz radar for in-cabin sensing child presence and drowsiness detection

Sensors, either independently, or on machines, act as eyes to see one’s environment — they aggregate information at scale and analyze and act on this data. Millimeter-wave (mmWave) radar-based sensors are emerging as reliable workhorses in this space. Unlike other sensors based on optical, infrared, or ultras
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04/01/2021
Why Industrial IoT Needs Wi-Fi HaLow for Wireless Connectivity

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Fig. 1: Wi-Fi HaLow delivers an optimal balance of long range, high capacity, low power, high data rates and low cost of deployment for industrial automation

Through the application of smart technologies including machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and Industrial IoT (IIoT), Industry 4.0 is having a huge impact. Virtually synonymous with Industry 4.0, IIoT enables cost-effective, reliable, and secure wireless connectivity for sensors, actuators, instruments an
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Date:
04/01/2021
Efficiency, Performance Prompt Redesign of Industrial Motors

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Figure 1. Typical use cases for general purpose drives, servo drives and high power drives

The substantial use of motors in industrial applications makes even small efficiency improvements significant both in terms of global energy consumption and in the operating budgets of many plants. However, a historical pattern of using overrated motors to deliver bursts of higher current during acceleration ha
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04/01/2021
Perspectives of Using GaN in Motor Drive Applications

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Figure 1: Adding a simple gate resistance produces variable dV/dt limiting

With industrial, office and home automation all expanding, motors and their drives are increasingly used for a wide range of functions from robotic arm control to the humble domestic clothes washer. Motors have of course been used for over a century, but today they must be ‘smart’ to enable more flexibility in
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04/01/2021
Adaptive Load Regulation and Dynamic Power Control

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Figure 1. Block diagram of an isolated analog output system

Today’s typical programmable logic controller (PLC) contains a multitude of analog and digital inputs and outputs for the monitoring and control of industrial and production processes. Modularization is widespread and, with respect to inputs and outputs (I/Os), covers the basic functions of analog I/Os and digi
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04/01/2021
High-Performance Radar Systems Based on GaN Technology
Phased arrays work on the principle that the interference between coinciding waveforms with different phase angles can influence the direction of transmission. Using this technique, a two-dimensional array of emitters can steer its aggregated output across a relatively wide angle, perpendicular to the array's sur
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04/01/2021
Highly Integrated Solution for 48V Datacenter Applications

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Figure 1: MP5048 Typical Application Circuit

The distribution of higher power levels on multiple servers in datacenters inevitably generates greater power losses and hinders efficiency. This aspect can be mitigated by transiting from a traditional 12V distribution voltage to 48V. The increase in distribution voltage poses challenges for implementing the prote
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Date:
04/01/2021
A Set of Assets to Care About

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Figure 1. Focus Requirements for Asset Tracking Solutions based on Bluetooth Low Energy

Markets and Markets predicts that real-time location systems will grow to 10.3 billion units by 2025 at a rate of 24.8%. By their nature, these smart sensors need to be small and co-located with the asset themselves. This inherently needs the use of low-power integrated circuits to provide the intelligence and wi
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04/01/2021
Built-in Medical Power Supplies – Finally a Solution!

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Figure 1: Efficiency vs. load

Every developer looks forward to the moment when he knows that his prototype is finally working, all key functions have been realised and the software is fully implemented except for the diagnostic functions. At the next meeting, he proudly announces that all that is needed at this stage is the EMC approval an
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Date:
04/01/2021
1000 V Output, No-Opto, Isolated Flyback Converter

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Figure 1. A complete 1000 V/15 mA isolated flyback converter from a 4 V to 28 V input

Isolated flyback converters are used in automotive, industrial, medical, and telecom applications where the power supply must be reliable, easy to use, high voltage, and isolated, and they must provide excellentregulation over load, line, and temperature. LT8304-1 is an isolated, no-opto flyback converter optimized fo
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Date:
04/01/2021