Automotive & Transportation

March 2021
Mild HEV Transition Offers a Door into the Automotive Market
More and more governments are trying to fight global warming by signing up to restrict CO2 emissions, often with strict targets that they have committed to implement by the end of this decade. One of the areas they see as offering a quick win is the reduction of emissions from the automotive sector by encouragin
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03/25/2021
AC-Rated Filter Capacitors Offer 50% Greater Life
Designed for harsh environments, Cornell Dubilier’s new ALH series of AC-rated filter capacitors offer 50% greater life than competitive 85/85 THB-rated film capacitors. The Temperature, Humidity at Bias (THB) test exposes parts to the harsh conditions of 85 °C at 85% relative humidity with rated vol
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03/23/2021
High-Temp Thermoelectric Coolers Cool Optical Sensors in ADAS
Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) use a variety of imaging sensors, cameras and lasers to enhance vehicle safety and create better driving conditions. Most of these optical devices, including CMOS sensors and laser diodes, are heat sensitive and rely on high-resolution images for proper operation. Image qual
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03/18/2021
Three Automotive-Grade Series of Shielded Power Inductors
Bourns, Inc., announced that it has added three new automotive-grade product series to its high-current shielded power inductor line. The new Model SRP7028AA, SRP7050AA and SRP1038AA series are designed to meet today's high current density and high temperature requirements for power management and EMI filtering in
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03/17/2021
Lidar Demonstration Board Drives Lasers w/ Currents to 220 A
Efficient Power Conversion  (EPC) announces the availability of the EPC9150, a 200 V, high current, pulsed-laser diode driver demonstration board. In a lidar system, used to create 3-D maps for autonomous vehicle applications, speed and accuracy of object detection is critical. As demonstrated by this board, th
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03/16/2021
Medical 15W and 20W DC-DC converters with 5,000Vac isolation
Certified to the IEC 60601-1 and IEC 62368-1 standards for Medical and Audio/Video, Information and Communication Technology Equipment, the series has 5,000Vac reinforced isolation between input and output. With a wide input range, these compact board mount converters are suitable for a broad spectrum of medical, bat
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03/14/2021
DC power supplies offer 10kW of regulated power up to 100kV
The fast response units feature tight voltage regulation of better than 0.005% for line regulation and 0.01% for load. Up to five units can be connected in parallel in a master-slave configuration to produce up to 50kW. The 19-inch, 7U rack-mount units combine the latest design topologies and operating featu
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03/14/2021
750V DC/DC converter for industrial and rail applications
The switching stage of the new PRBX ENR500D is based on an enhanced resonant topology providing a high efficiency of 95% typical across the low to high load range. Designed for railway applications, the ENR500D fulfills the stringent standard EN 50124-1 and delivers full performance across the temperature range of
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03/14/2021
MinE-CAP IC reduces volume of AC-DC converters by up to 40%
By halving the size of the high-voltage bulk electrolytic capacitors required in offline power supplies, this new type of IC enables a reduction in adapter size of up to 40%. The MinE-CAP device also dramatically reduces in-rush current making NTC thermistors unnecessary, increasing system efficiency and reducing heat d
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03/14/2021
Encapsulated power supplies with a variety of mounting styles
The new compact internal ac-dc power supplies are all available in board, chassis, or DIN rail mounting styles. New Series • PSK-5W: 5 watt encapsulated ac-dc power supplies • PSK-10W: 10 watt encapsulated ac-dc power supplies • PSK-15W: 15 watt encapsulated ac-dc power supplies • P
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03/14/2021
AEC-Q101 Qualified 700 and 1200V SiC Schottky Barrier Diode
The devices provide Electric Vehicle (EV) system designers with solutions that meet stringent automotive quality standards across a wide range of voltage, current and package options. For EV power designers who need to increase system efficiency while maintaining high quality, Microchip’s AEC-Q101-qualifi
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03/14/2021
RS Components adds PowerLok series from Amphenol
The addition of the PowerLok 300 Series completes the portfolio – making RS a single source for all PowerLok connector needs. The compact, metal-shell PowerLok Series provides interconnect solutions and signal connections for EV and hybrid transportation applications. Accommodating up to four signal circuits a
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03/14/2021
Compact low on-resistance MOSFET devices
Leveraging the company’s advanced power semiconductor process expertise and cutting-edge IP, this 12V-rated common-drain device exhibits numerous industry-leading operational performance parameters. The SSM6N951L is specifically intended for inclusion in the battery protection circuitry incorporated into the Li-I
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03/14/2021
Infineon adds 40 V device in PQFN to OptiMOS family
It is packaged in the Source-Down (SD) PQFN with a 3.3 x 3.3 mm2 footprint. The 40 V SD MOSFET primarily addresses SMPS for server, telecom, and OR-ing, as well as battery protection, power tool, and charger applications. The SD package features silicon that is being flipped upside down inside of the compo
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03/14/2021
Integrated DC/DC converters with high-efficiency design
The UltraBK converters are aimed at space-constrained applications such as IT and network infrastructure equipment. In addition to unprecedented space savings, they deliver high energy efficiency, high reliability, outstanding low-noise performance, and fast transient response. The converters achieve their extr
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03/14/2021
Smaller automotive designs with ultra-compact 1mm² MOSFETs
The products are suitable for high-density applications such as ADAS and automotive ECUs. The continuing electrification of vehicles in recent years has significantly increased the number of electronic and semiconductor components used per vehicle. Consequently, the need for a dramatic increase in componen
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03/14/2021
New Dual-Channel H-bridge Motor Driver IC with PWM Control
This H-bridge motor driver IC, which is based on the company’s latest generation DMOS process, can deliver a PWM-controlled current of 2A (maximum). Running off a 2.5V to 16V input supply voltage, it can drive two brushed DC motors or a single stepper motor. The on-resistance of this driver at typical operatin
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03/14/2021
Automotive Sequential LED Lighting IC Cuts Size in Half
It saves development time and reduces design complexity by eliminating the need for a microcontroller or software. In addition, the MAX25605 reduces design space by up to 50 percent and slashes bill-of-materials (BOM) costs by up to 25 percent compared to the closest competing solution. Sequential LED lighting
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03/14/2021
CoolSiC MOSFETs: Maintenance-free servo drives without fans
By introducing the new CoolSiC MOSFET with .XT interconnection technology in a 1200 V optimized D 2PAK-7 SMD package, passive cooling becomes possible. Up to 80 percent loss reduction compared to a silicon-based solution eliminates the need for cooling fans and related services. The devices enable high efficiency in
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03/14/2021
High-end EMC line filters for machinery
The FN3280H is a compact and lightweight filter design with a “cubic“ shape requiring minimum mounting space, simplifying the power entry design of enclosures and control panels for machine builders. The new line-up of FN3280H filters, with the so-called R69 option, will not cause the overall insulation
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03/14/2021
Würth Elektronik introduces its WSEN-HIDS humidity sensor
Thanks to its low energy requirement and its calibrated and temperature-compensated digital output, the sensor measures humidity and temperature with long-term stability. The WSEN-HIDS humidity sensor is based on advanced MEMS technology: A dielectric polymer absorbs or releases water molecules in proportion to the re
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03/14/2021
New automotive primary DC/DC converters
The BD9P series is optimized for ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) sensors, cameras, and radars, along with car infotainment and instrument clusters.   In recent years, the electrification of vehicle systems has increased. Combined with the limited amount of power available, this trend emphasizes the n
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03/14/2021
UL 217 tested and verified smoke detector reference design
New designs can be rapidly prototyped and brought to market faster at a reduced cost. The new CN0537 reduces design risk and has been tested and verified to pass the UL 217 Standard for Smoke Alarms, 8th edition. The reference design uses Analog Devices’ ADPD188BI high performance optical sensor core combined wit
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03/14/2021
Motor development kit prioritizes energy efficiency
The dev kit allows designs for applications ranging from less than 1 kW to over 10 kW. Electric motors account for over half of all the power generated and consumed by industrialized countries. The majority of those motors are AC induction motors, which have an average efficiency of just 44%. In order to improve ef
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Date:
03/14/2021
eBook showcases high-performance power conversion components
In Achieving Enhanced Performance and Reliability, Bourns and Mouser offer a series of technical articles designed to help readers choose the right components for specific power applications, including multiple related to high-voltage energy storage. The growing importance and prevalence of technologies such as electric veh
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Date:
03/14/2021
Collaboration for motor control applications
This collaboration will enable customers to capitalize on industry-leading motor control techniques along with high performance semiconductor solutions targeting applications migrating to brushless DC (BLDC) motors. Theta Power Systems International has several decades of experience deploying motor control
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03/14/2021
IQD launches oscillator IQXO-951 25TS
The IQXO-951 25TS series delivers a frequency stability performance down to ±5 ppm over the full industrial temperature range of - 40 to 85 degrees C. Housed in a 2.5 x 2.0 mm package the new clock oscillator is suitable for most applications that are designed for battery-powered products. Common markets for
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03/14/2021
Smallest, lowest-power intelligent actuator
It combines a NEMA-17 stepper motor with controller and driver electronics. With Trinamic now part of Maxim Integrated, the PD42-1-1243-IOLINK uses the flexibility of Maxim Integrated’s MAX22513 IO-Link® transceiver to allow seamless configuring of all modes of Trinamic’s TMC2130-LA motor driver. As the ind
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03/14/2021
30W medical DC-DC converters have 5kVac reinforced isolation
With 5,000Vac reinforced isolation between the input and output, these wide input range board mount converters are ideal for use in medical, battery powered and industrial equipment. The PXD-M30 series, like other 3 to 20W models in the PX-M range, can operate from an input of 9 to 36Vdc or 18 to 75Vdc, and
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Date:
03/14/2021
Safety-certified capacitive touchscreen controller family
The family includes three controllers, the MXT112UD-MAUHA1, the MXT228UD-MAUHA1 and the MXT336UD-MAUHA1, each fulfilling different screen size needs, ranging from 2-to 8-inches. The Class B certified touch controllers offer unique safety-related features that enable system shut off through an intuitive sof
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Date:
03/14/2021
High efficiency and power density DC-DC convertor family
SZPL3102A/3103A family of two DC-DC converters (Buck Regulators) operate up to 2MHz. Delivering industry leading wide input and output range converters that support up to 24VDC input in a tiny 3mm X 3mm QFN. Tim Wilhelm, Director of Marketing, explained, “Higher switching frequency means a smaller, lower cost o
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03/14/2021
Pushbutton Switches Series for Automotive, Harsh Environments
PREMO has announced the Pushbutton Switches series PB-Sx, with a superior electrical, mechanical, and waterproof performance that have been especially designed for vehicle access and other applications in harsh environments. Many of the vehicles currently manufactured in the world feature a KES (keyless entry sys
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03/14/2021
Surface Mount Fuse is Petite and Powerful up to 50 A
SCHURTER’s prominent UMT-H surface mount ceramic fuse family now includes 40 A and 50 A current ratings with an impressive breaking capacity rating of 500 A at 125 VAC / 72 VDC. The series provides unprecedented overcurrent and short circuit protection performance in a package size of 5.3 x 16 mm. The UMT-H was
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03/14/2021
AEC-Q100 Qualified FPGAs Now Available in Volume Production
Automotive, defense, aerospace and industrial designers who need automotive- and defense-grade programmable logic solutions can now order PolarFire Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) in volume production quantities. Microchip Technology announced it is shipping PolarFire FPGAs qualified for both the Automotive El
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03/05/2021
No More Pitfalls in GaN Driving

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Figure 1: Switching waveforms using a moderate switching speed of ca. 5-10ns and a fast switching speed of ca. 1-2ns for 48V to 3.3V conversion at 300kHz

Since the introduction of the first gallium nitride (GaN) transistors over ten years ago, their advantages in power electronics over silicon MOSFETs have become well-known. Indeed, the material properties of GaN offer lower parasitic capacitances for a given on-resistance, inherent fast switching transients, la
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03/03/2021
Rugged 20 Watt DC/DC converter in a 1”x1” metal package
The THN 20WIR series is a family of ruggedized 20 Watt DC/DC converters for highest reliability in harsh environments, expanding our existing railway range in the 1” x 1” package up to 20 Watt. The THN 20WIR has a wide 4:1 input range and increased resistance against electromagnetic interference, shock/vibrat
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03/03/2021
600W medical and industrial power supplies with integral fan
The use of a fan simplifies cooling of the product and the enclosure reduces the risk of accidental contact by service personnel. The end mounted fan (/EF option) keeps the height profile to 42.5mm for mounting inside of a 1U high rack. The series is certified to medical and ITE (Information Technology Equipmen
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03/03/2021
High power quarter brick isolated DC/DC converter
Aimed at deployment in next generation data centers striving to meet increasingly stringent efficiency benchmarks, these advanced converters include versions that leverage the company’s proprietary hybrid regulated ratio (HRR) technology. Through this, they are able to deliver extended power capabilities toge
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03/03/2021
eGaN FETs enable multiple 250 W, 48 V DC-DC solutions
The EPC9153 is a 250 W, extremely thin, power module using a simple, low-cost synchronous buck configuration delivering a 98.2% peak efficiency with a maximum component height of 6.5 mm. The EPC9148 utilizes a multilevel topology enabling a maximum component height less than 4 mm, while maintaining a 98% peak eff
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03/03/2021
2nd-gen digital multiphase controllers and smart power stages
The new products support 10A up to 1000A+ digital computing loads for advanced CPUs, FPGAs, GPUs and artificial intelligence (AI) ASICs addressing IoT infrastructure systems. The ISL6822x, ISL6823x, RAA2282xx digital multiphase controllers and ISL993xx, RAA2213xx smart power stages expand Renesas’ industry-le
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03/03/2021
Automotive-compliant 40V dual MOSFET in 3.3 x 3.3mm package
The DMT47M2LDVQ can replace two discrete MOSFETs to reduce the board space footprint in many automotive applications, from electric seat control to advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). “The electronic content of vehicles has increased rapidly during the past decade and this has fueled a demand for con
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03/03/2021
Can EVs Overheat?

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Compared to the internal combustion engine (ICE), the electric vehicle (EV) has many different sub-systems. The main focus of EV development is the vehicle's range, which is dependent on making the batteries longer lasting and sub-systems more efficient. There are design considerations for protecting the electric mot
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03/03/2021
Toshiba launches 1200V Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET
These applications include 400V AC input AC-DC power supplies, Photovoltaic (PV) inverters and bi-directional DC-DC converters for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). The new TW070J120B power MOSFET is based upon SiC, a new wide bandgap material that allows devices to deliver high voltage resistance, high-sp
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03/03/2021
Harwin opens £3.8m smart manufacturing facility
Providing an additional 1,200m² of factory floor, the new facility is enabling the company to quickly and significantly scale up production of its award-winning high reliability (Hi-Rel) connectors to meet market requirements. The total investment into the new facility is £3.8m; £1m of this brings in st
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03/03/2021
Cost-effective ASIL-D ready inverter
The combination of safety and power density makes the new inverter the cost-effective choice for manufacturers of low volume, high performance electric vehicles such as hypercars and electrified classics. Based in Norfolk, UK, Equipmake provides EV technology to automotive OEMs and specialist supercar makers, p
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03/03/2021
80V bidirectional buck-boost and dual-phase buck DC/DC controllers
The ISL81801 buck-boost controller acts like a “UPS on a chip” by enabling bidirectional current flow (forward or reverse) using constant-voltage and constant-current regulation. This allows a battery or supercapacitor to be charged and discharged using a single controller and power path. The ISL81801’s comb
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03/03/2021
Ultra-Thin, Low Profile, 3 Watt Dc-Dc Converters Ideal for Portable Electronics
CUI Inc today announced the addition of four ultra-thin converter series to its isolated dc-dc converter line. New Series: • PYBJ3-OD: Open frame series in 6 pin DIP package • PYBJ3-D: Encapsulated series in 6 pin DIP package • PYBJ3-OM: Open frame series in surface mount package • PYBJ3
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03/03/2021
New application specific FET category for optimized performance
Application Specific FETs (ASFETs) feature MOSFETs with optimized parameters for specific applications. By focusing on individual applications, significant improvements can be offered. Nexperia is offering ASFET families for battery isolation, motor control, hot-swap and Power over Ethernet (PoE) applicati
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03/03/2021
Electric Motorcycles Match Car Growth
When we think of electric vehicles, we normally imagine vehicles like Teslas, Nissan Leafs and other similar cars. These are the vehicles that dominate the headlines, as well as the bulk of the conversation on electrification. However, there are other types of vehicles, and they appear to be doing just as well wi
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03/03/2021
High-voltage analog multiplexers for signal distribution
The high voltage capability of the devices will support industrial IoT (IIoT) applications using multiple sensors, including factory automation and process control, battery monitoring systems, and test and measurement equipment.   The PS508 and PS509 provide single-ended or differential configurati
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03/02/2021
650 V CoolMOS CFD7d perform in resonant topologies
Extending the voltage range of the CoolMOS CFD7 family the 650 V device succeeds the CoolMOS CFD2. The added 650 V products match LLC and zero-voltage-switching phase-shift full-bridge topologies in which they are delivering numerous advantages compared to previous generations. The additional 50 V breakdown volta
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03/02/2021
Würth Elektronik extends WE-MAPI power inductor range
They are characterized by a high saturation current, high permeability, and low resistance. The most important area of applications for the WE-MAPI range are high-performance DC/DC converters with a high efficiency for switching frequencies of up to 20 MHz. New additions to this range are the 5020 and 5030 sizes and the
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03/02/2021
Mouser adds Analog Devices’ AD567xR DACs
The AD567xR devices are low-power, 12-bit and 16-bit buffered voltage output DACs, operating from a single 2.7 V to 5.5 V supply voltage range. Featuring wide operating ranges and high relative accuracy, the 16-channel DACs are ideal for a range of applications, including industrial automation, optical transce
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03/02/2021
Mouser adds ultra-compact TDK FS1406 µPOL DC-DC power modules
Offering 15 W of output power in a minuscule 3.3 mm × 3.3 mm × 1.5 mm package, the highly compact point-of-load modules support a range of high-performance applications, including machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, 5G cells, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The TDK FS1406 µPOL DC-
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03/02/2021
Microchip unveils low-power DAC with nonvolatile memory
The family is the first of their kind to include nonvolatile memory and an integrated Voltage Reference (Vref) source so they can be pre-configured for safe and efficient power-up without relying on the system processor. “Handhelds and other portable systems are expected to deliver more capabilities in smaller
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03/02/2021
Security MCUs with Trusted Firmware-M, Arm Mbed OS and Pelion IoT
This industry’s first solution combines the well-known PSoC ® 64 Secure Microcontrollers with Trusted Firmware-M embedded security, the Arm ® Mbed™ IoT OS, and the Arm Pelion™ IoT platform to securely design, manage, and update IoT products without the need for custom security firmware. The Pelion-Ready a
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Date:
03/02/2021
5V to 28V, 12.5A rated output, buck-boost DC-DC converters
The output voltage of these step-up and step-down converters can be adjusted from 5 to 28V and they accept a wide range input voltage of 9 to 53V. The converters seamlessly transition from buck to boost mode operation without disruption in performance. The i7C 12.5A series can be used to derive additional high power outputs f
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03/02/2021
Cost effective 5 to 25W board mount Class II power supplies
Certified to the IEC 62368-1 standard for Audio/Video, Information and Communication Technology Equipment, the products have a Class II input requiring no earth ground. The KPSB can operate in ambient temperatures of up to -40 to +80°C. These cost effective, compact PCB mount supplies are ideal for factory automati
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03/02/2021
Nexperia LED drivers in DFN package with side-wettable flanks
This case style features side-wettable flanks (SWF) which facilitate the use of AOI (automated optical inspection), and improve reliability. This is the first time LED drivers have been available in this beneficial package. The new leadless devices join Nexperia’s wide range of LED drivers in leaded packages off
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Date:
03/02/2021
The new device is intended for powering sensors, microcontrollers (MCUs), wireless devices, and other system components. Operating with battery output from 1.8V to 5.5V, the ISL9122A extends the battery life of smart IoT devices powered by coin-cell, lithium and multiple series alkaline batteries. Target appli
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Date:
03/02/2021
New 2 MOPP compliant IEC inlet EMC filters
The new FN9274 filters have been designed according to Class II medical equipment standard IEC / EN 60601-1. The filters offer product designers Two MOPP (Means of Patient Protection) safety protection "out of the box", eliminating the requirement for any further EMC or isolation components. The FN9274 f
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Date:
03/02/2021
New range of low-cost DIN rail mount AC-DC power supplies
The supplies are intended for industrial electronics & controls and building management applications. The three new series (DRC30, DRC60 and DRC100) provide power levels of 30W, 60W and 100W in an easy to integrate, lightweight package. Not only do the competitively priced units offer a cost saving when compar
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03/02/2021
Mouser signs global deal with SemiQ for SiC power products
SemiQ grows its own SiC epitaxial and is building the most reliable, redundant supply chain with multiple substrate suppliers, multiple epitaxial suppliers, two wafer fabrication facilities, and multiple packaging and testing facilities. Mouser now stocks a variety of SemiQ’s SiC Schottky diode and MOSFET pro
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03/02/2021
MAX25430 100W USB PD buck-boost controller
As the industry’s most integrated solution, the MAX25430 can reduce design size up to 40 percent compared to competitive solutions and offer the industry’s lowest cost for increasing the number of USB PD ports in vehicles. Automotive multimedia hubs, including rear-seat entertainment modules and head-un
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Date:
03/02/2021
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