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35 A GaN ePower Stage IC Boosts Power Density and Simplifies Design

35 A GaN ePower Stage IC Boosts Power Density and Simplifies Design

EPC announces the introduction of a 100 V, 35 A integrated circuit designed for 48 V DC-DC conversion used in high-density computing applications and in 48 V BLDC motor drives for e-mobility, robotics, and drones.   The EPC23102 eGaN IC is capable of a maximum withstand voltage o
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08/10/2022

IIoT Gateways Ensure Connectivity from Edge to Cloud in Remote Industrial Sites

Moxa IIoT Gateways Ensure Connectivity from Edge to Cloud in Remote Industrial Sites

­Remote industrial sites need to be monitored in real time using data from multiple sensors that measure parameters such as temperature, fluid levels, and gas concentrations. This data is then transferred to a cloud platform via IIoT gateways for monitoring. Because of the mission-critical role gateways pl
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08/10/2022
Aviation Week 20 Twenties Inductee Sends Hope to Girls in STEM

­Grace Robertson, recent alumna of Embry-Riddle University

­Grace Robertson has always been one of the few women in the room throughout her training to become a space industry worker — and that makes sense, considering that women represent less than 12% of global aerospace engineers. But, she says, that’s “just a statistic.” “As children, we dream of becomi
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08/10/2022
New Project to Explore the use of Conversational AI in Libraries

JooYoung Seo, assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

­Library makerspaces offer community members the opportunity to tinker, design, experiment, and create with a range of technology in an informal learning space. However, because current makerspaces and maker tools are highly vision oriented, blind and visually impaired (BVI) people have limited access to these le
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08/09/2022
Graphene Synapses Advance Brain-Like Computers

A transistor that operates like synapses in the brain.

­Computers that think more like human brains are inching closer to mainstream adoption. But many unanswered questions remain. Among the most pressing, what types of materials can serve as the best building blocks to unlock the potential of this new style of computing? For most traditional computing devices,
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08/09/2022
MPUs for Industrial Ethernet Simplify Implementation of Network Functionality

MPUs for Industrial Ethernet Simplify Implementation of Network Functionality

­Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the RZ/N2L microprocessor units (MPUs) for Industrial Ethernet communication that make it easy to add network functionality to industrial equipment and devices. The RZ/N2L complies with many industry-standard specifications and protocols to facilitate the deve
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08/09/2022
Compact, Rugged Pressure Transmitter for Industrial Applications

Compact, Rugged Pressure Transmitter for Industrial Applications

­TDK Corporation presents the compact, rugged B58620F3800B768 AFA pressure transmitter for screw mounting for a wide range of industrial applications. It is designed for a pressure range of 1 bar to 11 bar and temperatures from -20 °C to +125 °C. The dimensions are only 48 x 27 x 24 mm. Th
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08/09/2022
Engineers Without Borders UK launches 12th Engineering for People Design Challenge

Engineers Without Borders UK launches 12th Engineering for People Design Challenge

­Engineers Without Borders UK, leading a movement to put global responsibility at the heart of engineering, has launched the 2022/23 cycle of the award-winning Engineering for People Design Challenge in partnership with Engineers Without Borders South Africa and the Govan Community project. Govan Community
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08/09/2022
STMicroelectronics Releases TouchGFX 4.20 for Advanced Graphics on STM32 Microcontrollers

STMicroelectronics Releases TouchGFX 4.20 for Advanced Graphics on STM32 Microcontrollers

­STMicroelectronics has released version 4.20 of its TouchGFX user-interface design software for STM32 microcontrollers. The latest updates include support for ST’s new NeoChrom graphics accelerator, which is integrated in advanced MCUs such as the new STM32U5 series. Developed from ST
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08/09/2022
Multi-Connectivity Development Kit for Indoor and Outdoor Asset Tracking

Multi-Connectivity Development Kit for Indoor and Outdoor Asset Tracking

­The STEVAL-ASTRA1B multi-connectivity evaluation platform from STMicroelectronics provides a complete ecosystem for building complete proof-of-concept for asset tracking systems. Battery-powered, and with a small form factor, the evaluation kit also includes firmware to simplify development targeted ap
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08/08/2022
PoE Injectors Bring Plug-and-Play Power to Industrial Network Devices

PoE Injectors Bring Plug-and-Play Power to Industrial Network Devices

­Power over Ethernet (PoE) LAN Switches are essential components of modern industrial networks, supplying DC power to an assortment of PoE Powered Devices (PDs) over long distances, while transmitting data over the same CAT5 or higher cable. Managed or unmanaged, PoE LAN switches provide a number of important ad
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08/08/2022
Navitas GaN ICs Save First 100,000 Tons of CO2 Emissions

Navitas GaN ICs Save First 100,000 Tons of CO2 Emissions

­Navitas Semiconductor has announced the first saving of 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions as GaN replaces legacy silicon chips to “Electrify Our World”. GaN uses up to 10x-lower CO2 footprint to manufacture and ship compared to silicon, while reducing the end-application CO2 footprint up to 30%. Each
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08/05/2022
High-Power Connectors from Amphenol now Available from Powell Electronics

High-Power Connectors from Amphenol now Available from Powell Electronics

­Amphenol’s latest range of high-power, high-voltage connectors designed for high-voltage and high-current systems in E-Flight, E-VTOL and hybrid applications can now be sourced through Powell Electronics, the supplier of connectors and more for high-rel applications including defence, aerospace and in
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08/05/2022
AC/DC Board-Mounted Converter Simplifies Reliable Operation

AC/DC Board-Mounted Converter Simplifies Reliable Operation

­Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. expands its presence in the industrial, robotics and 5G telecom markets with the launch of the AE Artesyn AIF42 AC/DC converter. The new converter reduces system size, delivers best-in-class 93% efficiency and enhances reliability by minimizing the need for external components. The AIF42 full
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08/04/2022
Gigabit Fiber-to-Ethernet Media Converters Ideal for Long Distance, High Bandwidth Connectivity

Gigabit Fiber-to-Ethernet Media Converters Ideal for Long Distance, High Bandwidth Connectivity

­Antaira Technologies introduced its IMP-C1000-SFP-bt-T and IMP-C1000-SFP-bt-24-T Gigabit single-port media converters with IEEE 802.3bt 90W PoE++. Both converters give network administrators the means to interconnect long-distance fiber networks to copper-based 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet with
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08/02/2022
Open Fuse Holder is now Through-Hole Reflow Compatible for Fully Automated PCB Assembly

Open Fuse Holder is now Through-Hole Reflow Compatible for Fully Automated PCB Assembly

­SCHURTER is known for its compact high-performance fuse holders, and the OGN series open fuse holder for 5x20 mm fuses is no exception. The series now offers a version that is compatible with Through-Hole Reflow (THR) solder processes, in addition to the existing THT and SMT versions. SMT components are used
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08/02/2022
5V 32-Bit MCUs with Superior Noise Tolerance for Home Appliances, Industrial Applications

Renesas Launches 5V RX660 32-Bit MCUs with Superior Noise Tolerance for Home Appliances and Industrial Applications

­Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a new addition to the RX 32-bit MCU Family, the RX660 group of microcontrollers (MCUs) that supports operating voltages of up to 5V, offering superior noise tolerance for home appliances and industrial equipment exposed to high electromagnetic interference. The RX
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08/02/2022
Memory Chip Doubles Bandwidth for Low Pin-Count, High-Performance Solutions

Memory Chip Doubles Bandwidth for Low Pin-Count, High-Performance Solutions

­Infineon Technologies AG has added HYPERRAM 3.0 to its portfolio of high-bandwidth, low-pin count memory solutions. The device features a new,16-bit extended version of the HyperBus interface that doubles throughput to 800 MBps. With HYPERRAM 3.0, Infineon offers a portfolio of high-bandwidth memories with lo
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08/02/2022
Smart Memory Controllers for Data Center Computing Enable Modern CPUs to Optimize Application Workloads

Smart Memory Controllers for Data Center Computing Enable Modern CPUs to Optimize Application Workloads

­The continuous computational demands of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) workloads, cloud computing and data analytics deployed on traditional parallel attached memory have reached an efficiency plateau due to the limitations of increased memory channels on a processor. Microchip Technology In
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08/02/2022
Industry's First Power Transient Voltage Suppressors in Compact DFN Package

Bourns Releases Industry's First Power Transient Voltage Suppressors in Compact DFN Package

­Bourns, Inc., announced the industry's first Power Transient Voltage Suppressor (PTVS) product families available in the compact DFN package (8 mm x 6 mm x 2.5 mm) The Bourns PTVS1 and PTVS2 surface mount series provide effective ESD protection to meet the growing demand for high surge cur
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08/02/2022
Eco Wave Power's Wave Energy Pilot is on Way to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Eco Wave Power's Wave Energy Pilot is on Way to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

­Eco Wave Power Global AB announced that the energy conversion unit, formerly deployed in Gibraltar, is officially on its way to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, set to arrive in September 2022.  This will be the first U.S. location for Eco Wave Power’s technology, which is already deployed in Is
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08/02/2022
2 Watt Medical DC/DC Converter in SIP-9 Package

2 Watt Medical DC/DC Converter in SIP-9 Package

­TRACO POWER announces their new TRV 2M series of 2 Watt DC/DC in the compact SIP-9 package with reinforced isolation of 5000 VAC for medical and industrial applications. This series is designed to protect any connected interfaces or applied parts to patients with 2XMOPP compliance. The TMR 2M consists of 21 models
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08/01/2022
Diving into the Dog Days of Summer with EVs

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­Last month, I mentioned a two-issue string of interrelated topics, starting with July’s “Batteries and Other Storage Devices” and leading straight into the application most relevant to these miniature power sources, electric vehicles. After all, the priciest component of EVs is the battery pack, and
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08/01/2022
Recharging the Batteries and the March Towards Electric Vehicles

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­It’s nice and sunny here in Scotland as I write this, a welcome change from the weather of the last few weeks. We are well and truly into the holiday season and it is good to take some time out. Myself, I had a short visit to one of the Scottish islands. The islands are often quite behind the times when it
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Date:
08/01/2022
Patient Health Through System Health

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Figure 1: Preventative maintenance on critical medical equipment such as MRI scanners minimizes unplanned downtime and improves patient healthcare

­In the world of manufacturing, a critical system failure creates real-world impacts such as lost productivity, as well as cost for repairs and service to resolve the problem. In the field of medical equipment, system downtime not only incurs costs but also causes delays to patient care that can directly impact pa
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08/01/2022
A Battery Designed for Energy Storage

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Figure 1: China holds global share of lithium battery material refining and processing (Source: Avicenne Energy 2022 Report)

­In 2021, 20.1% of the electricity generated in the United States came from renewable sources, and so did 80% of generation capacity additions.  Energy storage is an essential component of a renewable-powered grid infrastructure.  To make the grid more resilient, lower carbon emissions, and redu
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08/01/2022
Compact Filter Saves Space in Three-Phase Power Applications

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Figures 1a: Filtering normal-mode

­EMI-RFI filters are needed to attenuate common-mode and differential-mode EMI (or noise). Although simple in principle, they are not easy to design and often require specialist help. Moreover, in three-phase power applications, adequate filtering can occupy a large volume. An integrated three-phase filter ca
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08/01/2022
How to Increase High-Power EV Battery Charging using Surface Mount Power Devices

How to Increase High-Power EV Battery Charging using Surface Mount Power Devices

­End users expect new EV designs to minimize vehicle idle time, especially for long-distance driving. EV automotive designers need to increase charger power output, power density, and efficiency to achieve the fast-charging end-users expect. Single-unit, charger designs currently range from 7 kW to 30 kW. The co
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08/01/2022
Passive Components Enable V2X and 48V Automotive Systems Vital to Addressing Evolving Safety and Fuel Efficiency Demands

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Figure 1: Standard DSRC V2X infrastructure

­Automotive safety has always been a top priority for both consumers and regulatory bodies, but the growing availability of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and the increasing viability of driverless technologies requires innovative approaches to this age-old requirement. Similarly, while fuel efficiency ha
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08/01/2022
Driving Advanced Performance with Higher Reliability

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Figure 1: Global EV passenger car sales could make up roughly half of all cars sold by 2030

­The rising popularity of EVs in recent times is not merely due to consumer demand, but because of the collective effort by the governments across the world to implement more sustainable and safer ways of mobility. In 2021, we saw an indication of the rapid adoption of electric vehicles with the number of EV (B
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08/01/2022
The Role of Connectivity in EV Charging

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­We are all familiar with the phrase work smarter, not harder. Well, the EV charging infrastructure needs to be hardworking and intelligent to meet the needs of vehicle users and the communities impacted by them. The hard work is associated with distributing enormous quantities of energy, as the number of EVs on
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08/01/2022
Power Supplies for EV Charging Stations

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Figure 1: Ac charging diagram

­EVs can now achieve similar mileage as gas-powered vehicles, but it still takes more time to charge an EV than to refuel a gas vehicle. Charge time is approximately equal to the amount of energy delivered to the battery divided by the charging power; therefore, it is desirable to use as much power as possible to
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08/01/2022
We Still Have a Ways to Go on the Road to EV Adoption

Kevin Parmenter, Director, Applications Engineering. TSC, America

­The future of the electric vehicle market seems assured. AlixPartners projects EV sales to reach 33% globally by 2028 and 54% by 2035. To support this demand, automakers and suppliers are expected to invest at least $526 billion on EVs and batteries from 2022-2026, the firm said at its annual Global Automotive Ou
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08/01/2022
New Report: Hummer EV is Worse for the Environment than Chevy Malibu

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

­I guess turnabout is fair play…even when it comes to a 9,000-pound vehicular juggernaut. Back in 2007, a report from the Oregon-based CNW Market Research famously claimed that the Hummer — the poster child for gas guzzlers — was more energy efficient than the Toyota Prius hybrid. 15 years later, a n
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08/01/2022
Hydrogen, the Perfect Partner for Renewable Energy

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­Sky high gas prices and the war in Ukraine have made many governments rethink their energy strategies and look to renewables to cut costs for citizens and increase their own country’s energy independence. Billions of dollars are being poured into research on renewable technologies. However, renewable energy ma
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08/01/2022
Extending the Supply Voltage of a 600 V Input, No-Optocoupler Isolated Flyback Controller to 800 V or Higher

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Figure 1. A complete 12 V isolated flyback converter for a wide input from 20 V to 800 V with a minimum start-up voltage of 260 V

­In traditional isolated high voltage flyback converters, tight regulation is achieved using optocouplers to transfer  regulation information from the secondary-side reference circuitry to the primary side. The problem is that optocouplers add significant complexity to isolated designs: there is propagation de
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08/01/2022
Using Bidirectional Programmable DC Power Supplies for Battery Testing

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Figure 1. The placement polarity checker and the safety contactor

In today’s fast-paced world the need to create quicker, more mobile mechanical devices is steadily increasing. One primary method for doing this is to replace traditional gas powered or plugged-in devices with battery power. Batteries have become smaller and increasingly efficient as a result. In order to ke
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Date:
08/01/2022