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Advanced Materials: Processing Glass Like a Polymer

This is an image of glassomer. Glassomer can be milled, turnered, lasered or processed in CNC machines - just like a conventional polymer.

Pure quartz glass is highly transparent and resistant to thermal, physical, and chemical impacts. These are optimum prerequisites for use in optics, data technology or medical engineering. For efficient, high-quality machining, however, adequate processes are lacking. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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05/18/2018
2MHz Boost/SEPIC/Inverter Features 2A, 100V Power Switch & 9ÂμA IQ
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT8361, a current mode, 2MHz multitopology DC/DC converter with an internal 2A, 100V switch. It operates from an input voltage range of 2.8V to 60V, and is suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion battery to multicell
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05/17/2018
LaFox, IL – Richardson Electronics, Ltd. announced a new distribution agreement with Fuji Electric Corp of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. The agreement aligns with both companies’ commitment to providing unsurpassed value to customers. Richardson
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05/17/2018

Bitcoin's burgeoning electricity demands have attracted almost as much attention as the cryptocurrency's wildly fluctuating value. But estimating exactly how much electricity the Bitcoin network uses, necessary for understanding its impact and implementing policy, remains a challenge. In the first rigorously
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05/17/2018
Porous Materials Make it Possible to Have Nanotechnology Under Control

This is an image of the porous material studied in this paper.

Half metal, half organic structure, like Robocop himself, is the material known as MOF, short for Metal Organic Framework. MOF has been developed by scientists and applied to a myriad of products from sorbents to batteries for electronic devices. This material emerged from the nanotechnology revolution that
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Date:
05/17/2018
PSDcast â€

Huw Rees, Business Development Advisor at KodaCloud

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Huw Rees with KodaCloud about his company's Wi-Fi as-a-service, a model that uses proactive Artificial Intelligence (AI) support. For
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05/17/2018
Ultrasonic Dual-Head Welder Achieves High-Strength Welding of High Voltage Terminals Without Causing Fracturing
WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania—Automotive component manufacturers now have a reliable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution for assembling high-voltage terminals used for storage in electric and hybrid vehicles. Sonobond Ultrasonics’ Dual Head Spot Welder, equipped with special tooling,
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05/17/2018
Wireless Power Receiver Charges Smart Cards, Other Compact Devices Over The Air
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Powercast Corporation announced a smaller Powerharvester wireless power receiver and RF-to-DC converter chip (PCC114) for its Powerharvester Chipset (comprised of a wireless power receiver chip and complementary boost converter IC). Designed for embedding
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05/17/2018
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of miniature snap-in power aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Ideal for power supplies, solar inverters, and industrial motor controls, the Vishay BCcomponents 259 PHM-SI series combines 30 % higher ripple current than previous-generation components
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05/16/2018
Main Regularities of Thermal Expansion and Thermal Stability of Layered Ferroelectrics Established

During the transition to the paraelectric state, the compounds' linear parameters increase more evenly throughout the bulk of the material. This information is important for predicting the behavior of the material under specified operating conditions.

The scientists of the Lobachevsky University and the Institute of Low Temperatures and Structural Research in Wroclaw (Poland) conducted unique studies of oscillation properties using modern methods of optical spectroscopy. Bismuth-containing layered perovskites, first described by Aurivillius, have
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05/16/2018
Vladimir Mostepanenko, Chief Research Associate of KFU Cosmology Lab and Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, explains, "Despite graphene layers' extremely small width, it has proven to be a firm material which conducts electricity even under zero temperatures when density of charge carriers also equals zero.
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05/15/2018
A New Method For Studying Semiconductor Nanoparticles Has Been Tested
A team from Siberian Federal University and Kirensky Institute of Physics (Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences) applied a new method to study nanoparticles made of cadmium telluride (CdTe). They used a peculiar feature of this compound: its interaction with light differs depending on the magnetic
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05/15/2018
AC LED Modules Pass 4kV Surge Testing
Ansan, South Korea – Seoul Semiconductor has demonstrated a 277V AC lighting module using its NanoDriver Series LED driver that complies with the industry standard 4kV surge testing. Prior to this, AC LED modules have been mainly used only in residential lighting applications due to the technology’s limited
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05/15/2018
Range of Rugged DC Link Capacitors Intended for Rated Voltages Between 450 V DC and 1100 V DC
TDK Corporation has extended its range of EPCOS film capacitors for DC link applications. The B3277*H series now provides types for particularly harsh environmental conditions. The robustness has been verified in a temperature, humidity, bias (THB) test at 60°C, 95 percent relative humidity, and the rated voltage
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05/15/2018
Cloud-based Secure Remote Access Solution Designed for Effortless Connection to IoT Devices
BREA, CA -- To better serve the needs of OEMs and machine builders, Moxa has launched a new Remote Connect Suite that provides an easier and more secure way to connect
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05/15/2018
Scientists Discover how a Pinch of Salt can Improve Battery Performance

When the MOF is carbonised it transforms into a nano-diatom, much like a dragon egg turns into a fire-born dragon after fire treatment in Game of Thrones.

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Cambridge and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have discovered how a pinch of salt can be used to drastically improve the performance of batteries. They found that adding salt to the inside of a supermolecular sponge and then
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05/14/2018
Lignin -- A Supergreen Fuel for Fuel Cells

Researchers from the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University have developed a fuel cell that uses lignin, a cheap by-product from paper manufacture and one of the most common biopolymers.

Researchers from the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University have developed a fuel cell that uses lignin, a cheap by-product from paper manufacture and one of the most common biopolymers. Approximately 25% of a tree is lignin - a biopolymer that glues the cellulose fibres together
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05/14/2018
Frequency-Stable Laser Systems for Space

Used to demonstrate the first optical frequency standard based on molecular iodine in space.

For the first time a frequency reference based on molecular iodine was successfully demonstrated in space! What sounds a bit like science fiction is an important step towards laser interferometric distance measurements between satellites as well as for future global navigation satellite systems based on optical
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05/14/2018
European Cities Soon to be Ready for Autonomous Vehicles

This is the autonomous vehicle Navya Arma (model DL4) acquired by the Transports publics genevois (tpg) in August 2017.

Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in public transport. They should find their first users in suburban areas, which are less well served by traditional transportation networks. But for these new services to develop, we must first identify the needs and motivations of their future users and
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05/14/2018
Explosion-Proof 12/3 SOOW Linecord Features GFCI Protected Outlets
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC released an 18-inch SOOW linecord that features a GFCI duplex outlet equipped with a 20-amp rated explosion proof cord cap, that provides ground fault protection in hazardous locations. This rugged extension cord is constructed of 12-gauge 3-conductor wire and provides a
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Date:
05/11/2018
Waterloo Chemists Create Faster and More Efficient Way to Process Information

This is professor Pavle Radovanovic in front of the magnetic circular dichroism system used in this study.

University of Waterloo chemists have found a much faster and more efficient way to store and process information by expanding the limitations of how the flow of electricity can be used and managed. In a recently released study, the chemists discovered that light can induce magnetization in certain
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05/11/2018
Bubbly Graphene: How Cool or Hot Are You?

Bubbles form when molecules are trapped between the graphene sheet and the silica (SiO2/Si) substrate. The image shows also the hottest spot in red, which corresponds to the highest part of the bubble.

A team of researchers at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have measured and controlled the temperature of individual graphene bubbles with a single laser beam for the first time. The study is now available from Physical Review Letters. The
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05/10/2018
AC LED Modules Offered in Designs From 200 to 10,000 Lumens
ANSAN, KOREA - Seoul Semiconductor announces a comprehensive series of AC LED modules that use the company’s patented Acrich AC LED technology. The modules are offered in designs from 200 to 10,000 lumens in round, rectangular and linear formats. These AC modules integrate Seoul
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05/10/2018
Energy Storage Capacitors Provide Long Life and High Moisture Resistance
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of ruggedized ENYCAP electrical double-layer energy storage capacitors for energy harvesting and power backup applications in harsh, high humidity environments. Vishay BC components 225 EDLC-R ENYCAP capacitors are the industry's
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05/10/2018
1.5kW Digital Totem Pole PFC Design for Air-Conditioner Using iMOTION Digital Controller

Figure 1: Simplified hardware diagram

A lot of research focuses on bridgeless PFC in order to achieve higher system efficiency compared to traditional boost PFC. Most of the bridgeless PFC solutions suffer from EMI issues, which cause problems in applications where an  inverter stage shares the same ground. In this case, the PFC
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05/09/2018
In-House Processing brings cost-effective cloud coverage Brings Cost-Effective Cloud Coverage
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog on Google and its tensor processing units. The company had just launched the second generation of its powerful ICs that provide the computing power for its vast datacentres around the world. The processors are specifically designed for the complex AI computational tasks found
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05/09/2018
Active Bridge Rectifiers Reduce Heat Dissipation Within PoE Security Cameras

Figure 1. Auxiliary Input and PoE Power Architecture

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05/09/2018
Wide Bandgap Semiconductors and Packaging
It’s forward thinking and necessary to have the terms “wide bandgap semiconductors” and “packaging” in the same sentence. Several years ago, I was involved in the emerging stages of wide bandgap semiconductor devices. In a meeting, I mentioned that device success in the marketplace required a focus
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05/09/2018
San Diego, CA — Express Logic, Inc. has announced that its industrial-grade X-Ware IoT Platform—powered by the industry-leading ThreadX RTOS—provides turnkey support for the AndesCore 32-bit N25 and 64-bit NX25 RISC-V processors. RISC-V, a standard open architecture ISA under the governance of the RISC-V
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05/09/2018
TDK Corporation announced that TDK acquired Faraday Semi LLC, a U.S.-based venture-backed company engaged in the design of advanced power semiconductor ICs. Faraday Semi is now a wholly owned subsidiary of TDK. Faraday Semi, based in California, USA, is a fast-growing semiconductor company with innovations
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05/09/2018
High-Frequency Air Bearing Vibration Exciter Intended for High-Volume Accelerometer Calibrations and Sensor Quality Assurance Testing
Cleveland, Ohio, USA –  MB Dynamics, Inc. has introduced the Model CAL25HF high-frequency electrodynamic air bearing vibration exciter.   The Model CAL25HF offers improved transverse performance over traditional flexural-based calibration
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05/09/2018
1W DC/DC Converter Series Meet the Demanding Requirements of GaN Drivers With a 5200VDC Isolation
PLANO, Texas – Rutronik Inc. has announced that Recom has released the isolated 1W DC/DC converter RP-xx06S Series to power the latest GaN (gallium nitride) drivers. The converters meet the demanding requirements of GaN drivers with a 5200VDC isolation and a low isolation capacitance of less than 10pF. The
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05/09/2018
156 W Isolated Qtr. Brick DC/DC Converter Designed for Passenger Wi-Fi
Bel Power Solutions and Protection announces the 0RQB-C2Q12LG, an industry standard footprint quarter brick DC/DC converter equipped to run from a railway and bus datacom-friendly 9-36 V input range, which produces 156
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05/08/2018
Alliance Memory Expands Low-Power SDRAM Portfolio
SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory announced that its SDRAM portfolio now features a wide variety of components that combine low-power consumption with power-saving features to extend battery life in mobile devices. Alliance Memory's lineup of high-speed CMOS mobile low-power SDRAMs includes SDR
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Date:
05/08/2018
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Levi Gant from Littelfuse about arguably the hottest topic in power electronics, silicon carbide. Littelfuse put out a comprehensive white paper titled “State of
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05/08/2018
Electric Pump System Delivers Hydraulic/Liquid Pressures to 36,500 psi
Erie, PA - High Pressure Equipment Co. (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco Inc., introduces the eTensifer pump, the first-of-its-kind high-pressure electric pump system. The "plug and play" eTensifier simply plugs into a wall outlet - no need for an air compressor like other high-pressure pumps on the market.
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05/08/2018
Hawthorne, CA – Symmetry Electronics has moved its inventory warehouse from Los Angeles, CA to Fort Worth, TX. to consolidate distribution operations with the TTI family of companies. The move allows Symmetry to better accommodate customers with expanded inventory and improved warehouse capacity. Symmetry
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05/08/2018
Portfolio of High-Voltage Contactors Extended for High Current Capabilities up to 500 A
TDK Corporation has extended its HVC series of high-voltage contactors with the new HVC300 and HVC500 types with current capabilities of 300 A and 500 A, respectively. The new contactors can switch high voltages of up to 900 V DC, while types for 1200 V DC are available on request. Their gas-filled
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Date:
05/08/2018
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. announced Dynamic Reverse Pulsing (DRP), a power configuration technology that is marked by providing a higher deposition rate, lower substrate heating and higher power output on magnetrons. DRP’s unique capabilities transform the paradigm in reactive
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05/08/2018
Europe Aims to Become a World-Class Commercializer of Fuel Cell Technology
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a five-year European consortium worth more than EUR 10 million, which is developing commercial applications from SOFC fuel cell technology. The aim is to implement the reliable production of low-emission electricity and heat, which will lead to significant
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05/07/2018
Regulators Feature I2C Control
SUNNYVALE, Calif.– Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced and new family of  EZBuck regulators featuring I2C control. The first two members of the family are the 4A AOZ2231CQI-01 and the 8A AOZ2233CQI-02. The new devices provide a compact, efficient power converter solution
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05/07/2018
Low-Profile, High-Efficiency Sine Wave Inverters Deliver 1kVA Sine Wave Output
ABSOPULSE Electronics’ CTP 1000-F7W is a 1kVA addition to its line of compact, low profile DC-AC inverters with 3-phase pure sine output voltage. The use of the latest silicon carbide semiconductor technology contributes to 90% conversion efficiency at full load, ensuring high power density and significantly
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05/07/2018
2 Watt Medical DC-DC Converter Measures Only 0.95 x 0.57 x 0.40
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TIM 2 and TIM 2 SM family of medical 2 Watt DC/DC converters in compact DIP 16 or SMD 16 Package that measures only 0.95 x 0.57 x 0.40” The TIM 2 series is ideal for healthcare products where small size and applied parts to patient (BF classification) is required. The
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05/07/2018
AEC-Q101-Qualified High Voltage Thyristors and Diodes Provide Wide Voltage and Current Ranges
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced 37 new high voltage thyristors and diodes for automotive applications. Qualified to AEC-Q101, the Vishay Semiconductors devices offer repetitive voltages from 600 V to 1600 V and wide current ranges in three package options. The
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05/07/2018
4000W Skid-Mounted Fold Over Light Mast Helps Monitor Secure Locations From an Elevated Position
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC released a 3-stage fold over light mast that provides a safe and effective way to monitor secure locations from an elevated position. This four,1000-watt metal halide lamp light tower features a telescoping boom that extends up to 30 feet with 360 degrees of rotation, allowing
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Date:
05/07/2018
TRACO POWER’s smallest 2 Watt SMD DC/DC converter
TRS 2 Series is a new series with the design purpose to improve the prevalent 2 Watt SMD DC/DC converters in terms of size, cost, efficiency and performance. The main intended uses for the TRS 2 Series are IT applications, industrial control systems and also measurement
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05/03/2018
New PULS 8-port DIN-Rail PoE Injectors available with integrated premium power supply or as stand-alone device
PULS Power announces the availability of two new high quality 8-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) power injectors available with either an integrated premium power supply or as stand-alone device System builders
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05/03/2018
Microsemi Expands Switchtec Family of PCIe Switches to Support Extended Industrial Temperature Range
Microsemi Corporation announced the availability of its Switchtec(TM) PFX-I Gen3 PCIe switches with support for extended industrial temperature range. The new PM857x PFX-I PCIe switches support the feature set of Microsemi's PFX PCIe fanout switches, and are designed
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Date:
05/03/2018
BrainChip Studio to be Integrated as a Cognitive Engine within Veritone aiWARE
BrainChip announced that it has signed an agreement with Veritone to integrate its AI-powered BrainChip Studio with the Veritone aiWARE platform. aiWARE is an operating system for AI that integrates an ecosystem
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05/03/2018
NUS Engineers Invent Smart Microchip That Can Self-Start And Operate When Battery Runs Out

BATLESS, a smart microchip developed by a team of researchers led by Associate Professor Massimo Alioto (center) from National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering, can self-start and continue to operate even when the battery runs out of energy. This novel technology could enable smaller and cheaper Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The Internet of Things (IoT), while still in its infancy, is shaping the future of many industries and will also impact our daily lives in significant ways. One of the key challenges of moving IoT devices from concept to reality is to have long-lasting operation under tightly constrained energy sources, thus
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Date:
05/03/2018
Morphing Twisted Nanoscale Objects to Tailor Applications in Future Technologies

An impression of a chiral molecule moving through various configurations as it transitions from one handedness to another.

For the first time scientists have created a way to model the interaction between light and twisted molecules, as these molecules transition from left- to right-handed versions, or vice versa. The transitional forms offer a deeper insight into material symmetries and their unexpected behaviour could lead to
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05/03/2018
Chemists Develop MRI-Like Technique to Detect What Ails Batteries

A team of chemists has developed an MRI-based technique that can quickly diagnose what ails certain types of batteries -- from determining how much charge remains to detecting internal defects -- without opening them up. Above is an illustration of measurement setup showing the cell and the holder with the detection medium (water in this case), and (d) showing both inserted within the magnet bore of an NMR magnet.

A team of chemists has developed an MRI-based technique that can quickly diagnose what ails certain types of batteries--from determining how much charge remains to detecting internal defects--without opening them up. "The use of alternative energy and electrically powered vehicles will further
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05/03/2018
High-Performance MLO Band-Pass Filters Designed for RF/Microwave Applications
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released a new series of low-profile, high-performance band-pass filters based on AVX’s patented and proven multilayer organic (MLO) high-density interconnect technology. The new BP Series MLO band-pass filters incorporate high-dielectric-constant and low-loss materials
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Date:
05/03/2018
Nanodiamond Turns Into Controllable Light Source

The scheme of obtained active nanodiamond antenna.

A research group from ITMO University developed a controlled light source based on nanodiamond for the first time in the world. Experiments have shown that diamond shell doubles the emission speed light sources and helps to control them without any additional nano- and microstructures. This was achieved due
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Date:
05/02/2018
A Novel Voltage Peak in the Metal Nanowire-Superconductor Hybrid Structure

Non-local transport measurements reveal a novel voltage peak at superconducting transition temperature in gold nanowire with superconducting W electrodes. The voltage peak appears when cooling the sample across Tc, while the peak turns into dip in the warming process. Upper inset, a scanning electron microscope image of Au nanowire contacted by two superconducting W compound electrodes in the middle and two normal Pt electrodes at the ends. Lower inset, configuration of electrodes. In fact, the detected peak is irrelevant to the current, and similar phenomena can be observed even in the absence of current.

Superconductivity, known as a quantum state with zero resistance and perfect diamagnetism, has attracted great attention in physical science. Due to the quantum size effect, low dimensional superconducting systems can exhibit novel behaviors different from bulk situation. Particularly, the investigations on
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Date:
05/02/2018
Energy Recovery of Urban Waste
According to data from the European agency EUROSTAT, 13 of the 28 countries in the EU are still dumping more than 50% of their solid urban waste. These are mainly the member states situated in the south and east of the continent. Spain is seventh last in this list, with a dumping level of 251kg per person per
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05/02/2018
Power Management Platform Addresses the Massive Power Products Market Operating up to 16V
MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel – TowerJazz announced the release of its 300mm 65nm BCD (Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS) process, the most advanced power management platform for up to 16V operation and 24V maximum voltage.  This technology is manufactured in TowerJazz’s Uozu, Japan facility, with best-in-class
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Date:
05/02/2018
A Surprising New Superconductor
Last September, CIRES chemist and instrument designer Don David and colleagues Dave Pappas and Xian Wu at the National Institute of Standards and Technology discovered a powerful new plated metal combination that superconducts at easily attained temperatures--paving the road for the next critical steps in the
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Date:
05/01/2018
New Solar PV Tool Accurately Calculates Degradation Rates, Saving Money and Guiding Business
How long a product can be expected to perform at a high level is a fundamental indication of quality and durability. In the solar industry, accurately predicting the longevity of photovoltaic (PV) panels is essential to increase energy production, lower costs, and raise investor and consumer confidence. A new
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Date:
05/01/2018
Sealed Power Toggle Switches Perfect for Harsh Outdoor Conditions
C&K announced the launch of its new PT Series Sealed Power Toggle Switch. The new PT series from C&K is well-suited to meet the stringent performance requirements for vehicles used in off-road, construction, and agriculture – as well as those for materials handling, industrial and lift gate controls
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Date:
05/01/2018
PSDcast - Smart Meters and Supercapacitors
In this episode of the PSDcast, we're talking to Eric DeRose with AVX about smart meters and using supercapacitors to help with powering the system and during the transmission.
Date:
05/01/2018
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