Communications & Datacom
Atmel, a global leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, will be powering the Internet of Things at embedded world 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany. From February 25th – 27th Atmel will show its broadest portfolio of 8- and 32-bit MCU architectures that puts it at the heart of the Maker community
Eaton announced the launch of its 93E uninterruptible power system (UPS), featuring enhanced maintenance bypass options and external battery cabinets to ensure uptime of critical IT systems. Known as the 9E in previous models, Eaton’s new 93E is engineered for maximum reliability. Delivering up to 98 percent
Maxim MAX17503 Step-Down DC-DC converter
Mouser Electronics now carries the Maxim MAX17503 step-down DC-DC converter, a device with a 60V maximum input and up to 2.5A of output current. The Maxim MAX17503 available from Mouser Electronics is extremely flexible, operating over an input voltage range of 4.5V to 60V and delivering output voltages from
Altium, a leader in smart system design & automation, embedded software development, and Nimbic, a leading provider of electromagnetic simulation solutions for signal integrity, power integrity and EMI analysis, announced a development partnership. This will make Nimbic the newest developer partner to join
In this PSDcast Parviz Ghaffaripour, Sr. VP & GM at Exar, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the markplace in programmable power, where it is going, and what Exar is doing in the space. Recently President and CEO of Akros Silicon, Parviz discusses the challenges in power management
Innovolt’s H1000 power protection appliance
Innovolt, a leading provider of intelligent asset management technology, announced the availability of the H1000, aimed at protecting equipment from regular and costly downtime. Innovolt’s H1000 power protection appliance incorporates Innovolt’s core technology that has been proven to solve costly issues
BL Series 200W hot-swap modular power supplies
Gresham Power Electronics, the Salisbury-based defence and commercial power-conversion specialist, announced the availability of its BL Series of 200W pluggable, hot-swap, modular power supplies. Developed to provide a fast response, pre-approved power solution for customers assembling instrumentation, test
Wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor-based power electronics
North Carolina State University has been selected by the Obama Administration to lead a public-private manufacturing innovation institute for next generation power electronics. Supported by a $70 million Energy Department investment over five years as well as a matching $70 million in non-federal cost-share,
The China Information Technology Expo - CITE 2014, the largest IT and consumer electronics show in Asia, will come to Shenzhen, China from April 10-12, 2014. Among other things the event will provide sales & information opportunities for U.S. and international businesses wishing to enter the Asian
NPA1006 broadband GaN amplifier
Nitronex, a leader in the design and manufacture of Gallium Nitride (GaN) based RF solutions for high performance applications in defense, communications, broadband, and industrial markets, has announced the release of the NPA1006, their latest broadband GaN amplifier. The NPA1006 is a 28V, 20MHz to 1GHz, 15
SL Power MB60S medical power supply
SL Power Electronics, a division of SL Industries and an industry leader in the design and manufacture of rugged, highly reliable power supplies, announced its MB60S single output, convection cooled, wide temperature range power supply that provides 60 watts of power in an ultra-compact 2” x 3” x 1.0”
TrenchFET p-channel Gen III power MOSFET
Vishay Intertechnology extended its offering of TrenchFET® p-channel Gen III power MOSFETs with what is believed to be the industry's first -20 V device in the 2.4 mm by 2.0 mm by 0.4 mm CSP MICRO FOOT® package size. Designed to increase efficiency and save space in mobile computing devices, the Vishay Siliconix
AP4034 30V N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs
Advanced Power Electronics, a leading manufacturer of MOS power semiconductors for DC-DC power conversion applications, has introduced the AP4034 family of 30V N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs in several popular package alternatives to meet differing
Power management company Eaton announced the launch of the Eaton ePDU® third-generation (G3) platform, its newest portfolio of rack power distribution units (PDUs) engineered for best-in-class efficiency and reliability with a new patent-pending IEC grip feature. Building on Eaton’s strength in acquisitions
The energy harvesting market
The Internet of Things adds connectivity to things. It is a broad term referring to applications as diverse as internet connected vehicles to consumer electronics such as smart phones. However, the edge of the Internet of Things network will consist of simpler sensors and wireless devices that provide, among
Bel Fuse announced the opening of the company's newest R&D center, located at its TRP Connector division in Changping, China.
Bel acquired TRP, formerly the Transpower magnetics business of TE Connectivity, on April 1, 2013. "The TRP acquisition solidified Bel's position as a world leader
The stationary fuel cell market is forecast to show massive growth, climbing from $390m in 2012 to $7.52 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 44.7%, thanks to increasing interest in this technology and the help of government subsidy programs, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.
IAR KickStart Kit for RX111
IAR Systems launched a complete starter kit for the low-power RX111 microcontrollers from Renesas Electronics. Based on the Renesas Promotion Board (RPB), IAR KickStart Kit™ for RX111 includes evaluation versions of the world-leading embedded development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench® for RX. The kit can
ML5238 Li-ion Battery Management IC
ROHM Semiconductor presents a new member of its IC series providing high-accurate charge/discharge control, monitoring and protection functions for Li-ion secondary battery packs.These rechargeable battery packs are commonly used in E-Bikes, Power Tools, UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) and HEV applications
Transparent conductive sheets (on glass or other substrates) are used in a variety of applications including touch screens, displays, lighting, photovoltaics, etc. This is already a large and well-established business. Indeed, the non-display sector alone (includes touch) is set to generate $1.4 billion in 2014
Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board
Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced the expansion of its Arduino™ compatible chipKIT™ ecosystem, with two new development tools from Digilent, Inc., and an embedded cloud software framework. Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board minimizes
Greensmith turn-key energy storage system
Greensmith Energy Management Systems, a leading provider of energy storage technologies and solutions, has seen rapid growth by delivering ever-larger, more sophisticated, energy storage technology solutions for utility, power developer and C&I applications. The company now offers “a la carte” energy
MiOS, provider of advanced control and monitoring solutions for the home and small enterprise markets in 65 countries, and EnOcean, the world leader in energy harvesting wireless solutions, announced the release of a plug-in for the MiOS Marketplace, delivering control of Z-Wave products using EnOcean self-
Power management company Eaton will be showcasing its extensive range of versatile IT solutions as the essential “fifth element” of converged infrastructure at Data Centre World in February. Visitors to the Eaton stand (H40) will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of Eaton’s VMware Ready Intelligent
M300 data acquisition/data logger switch unit
Rigol Technologies expands its product offering with a new data acquisition/data logger switch unit. The M300 combines a DMM with a gauge head selector switch. The highly versatile system can be extended with 5 plug-ins and optionally with a 61/2 digit DMM, 10 different switch and control modules of bipolar
Due to expected infrastructure development prior to the FIFA World Cup, Brazil’s smart meter market revenue will increase more than tenfold, from $36m in 2013 to $432m by 2020, at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 43%, forecasts research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Nanotechnology Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2014 titled, “Latest Advances in Nanotechnology.” This year marks PSMA’s fourth Industry Session on Nanotechnology at APEC, which positions itself as the “Premier Event in Power Electronics.”
TowerJazz, a specialty foundry leader, and MAPS, a provider of mobile, lighting and automotive ICs, announced collaboration on the launch of what is believed to be the first resonant wireless power transfer (WPT) receiver Chip(Rx). Intended for mobile products, the device integrates high efficiency full active
In this PSDcast Todd Mahlen of TowerJazz talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the currently trends in semiconductors and microprocessors from the view of the foundry, and the challenges and opportunities they present. TowerJazz offers specialty CMOS as well as digital CMOS process technologies
ZL2102 6 Amp digital synchronous step-down DC/DC power regulator
Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, expanded its industry-leading family of power management ICs with the new ZL2102, a 6 Amp digital synchronous step-down DC/DC power regulator. The new ZL2102 is a fully-integrated, auto compensated DC/DC regulator able
The UCC28180EVM-573 360-W PFC evaluation module
Texas Instruments introduced a power factor correction (PFC) controller that claims to have the industry’s widest range programmable frequency operating in continuous conduction mode. The UCC28180 8-pin PFC controller cuts power consumption in half and delivers power factor correction greater than 0.95, compared
BDP12-0.6S60R0 digital power module
Powervation, a leader in Intelligent Digital Power™ IC solutions, announced that its PV3012 digital controller has been adopted by leading power supply manufacturer, Bellnix Co., Ltd. for use in a new low-profile, 60 A DC/DC module. The BDP12-0.6S60R0 digital power module is a PMBus compliant, non-isolated
The President announced new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract the good paying jobs that a growing middle class requires. The President also announced the selection of a North Carolina headquartered consortium of businesses and universities,
One way that supercapacitors are developing faster than batteries is in the choice of format, from transfer printable ones for mobile phones to load-bearing structural components and smart skin for vehicles. In the European Union Powerweave project, supercapacitors not batteries have been chosen as the energy
SLG59M1446V 40mΩ dual channel GreenFET3 load switch
Silego Technology introduced the SLG59M1446V, a 40 mΩ dual channel GreenFET3 load switch product based on Silego’s proprietary sub-micron copper power FET technology. This technology supports the world’s smallest full-featured, high efficiency power switches down to 1 x 1 mm in standard plastic packaging.
LSM6DB0 6-axis smart sensor
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and motion, environmental, audio and micro-fluidic MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), announced a family of always-on 6-axis inertial motion sensors with industry-lowest power requirements, ultra-compact
In this PSDcast Hung Nguyen, President, CEO, and founder of Greenvity, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about home automation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the smart grid. Greenvity is an IoT enabler and solution provider with focus in smart LED lighting, controlled street lighting, home &
A novel software application created by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could improve the efficiency of commercial buildings by allowing occupants to interact with buildings more directly. The new Building Agent (BA) application allows facility managers to quickly diagnose
The EMerge Alliance – an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for buildings – today announced the expansion of the EMerge Alliance Registered™ product program to include the first products supporting the EMerge Alliance Data/Telecom
For the next three years, 26 partners from five European countries will conduct research on environmental sensors and sensor networks for energy efficient solutions. Under leadership of Infineon Technologies the research project “Environmental Sensors for Energy Efficiency” (ESEE) will help to further reduce
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $4.8 million in awards for projects that explore new technologies to make buildings in New York State more energy efficient while helping to expand the building sector economy.
“New York is continuing to invest in new technologies and systems that improve energy
In this PSDcast Gary Gill, the Director of Vicor's VI Chip product line, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges of increasing power density at the board level and what Vicor has done to address it with their devices. There is an increasing pressure on designers to create products
Integrated power solution from Murata Power and ZMDI
Mouser Electronics now offers an integrated power management solution from Murata Power Solutions, the OKLP-X/25-W12-C 25A Power Block, and the ZSPM10x5 PWM Controller from ZMDI. The Murata 25A Power Block available from Mouser Electronics is a cost-effective step down DC to DC converter with all components
SuVolta low-power chip technology
SuVolta,a developer of scalable semiconductor technologies for low-power, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs), announced that it has secured $10.6 million in funding. New investor Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited participated in the round along with existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Qualcomm, through its venture investment arm Qualcomm Ventures, kicked off its QPrize™ 2014 international seed investment competition. The goal of the contest is to identify and fund the industry's next promising, early-stage technology companies. The QPrize competition is open to entrepreneurs across China,
O2Micro, a global leader in the design,
development and marketing of high-performance integrated circuits and
solutions, announced a patent grant for its Power Source Detection
topology from the Japanese Patent Office.
This invention, issued 19 claims under Japanese patent
Vicor’s ChiP bus converter module
Vicor unveiled their first module utilizing its Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. Vicor’s ChiP bus converter modules (BCM®) supply 1.2 kW at 48 V with 98% peak efficiency and 1880 W/in3 power density. Breakthrough performance – 4X the density of competing solutions – enables
AP1A003GMT-HF-3 power MOSFET
Advanced Power Electronics, a leading manufacturer of MOS power semiconductors for DC-DC power conversion applications, has recently released the AP1A003GMT-HF-3 power MOSFET with very low maximum on-resistance of only 0.99mΩ for use in high current load switching where a very low voltage drop across the MOSFET
Exar, a leading supplier of high performance analog mixed-signal components and data management solutions, today introduced the XRP9710 and XRP9711 multi-output, synchronous step-down, programmable power modules that offer the industry’s highest power density and lowest profile at 2.75mm with 5V-22V inputs.
Silicon chip diodes from Bourns
A family of silicon chip diodes from Bourns is intended to answer the industry demand for increasingly smaller electronic components, and is now available from TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components. Bourns’ new ranges of surface mount TVS diodes
In this PSDcast Don Travers of ams talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges in powering embedded systems. As functionality increases almost in an inverse proportion to package sizes, engineers are under tremendous pressure to increase power densities while simultaneously needing to
Vishay surface-mount ESD protection diodes
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced a new series of surface-mount ESD protection diodes in the low-profile SMF package. For portable electronics, SMFxxA series devices provide high surge capability of 200 W at 10/1000 μs.
With their low 1 mm profile, "Low-Noise" technology,
APP Saf-D-Grid DC power connection system
Anderson Power Products is pleased to announce “Registered Product” status with the EMerge Alliance for their Saf-D-Grid® DC power connection system. APP introduced Saf-D-Grid in January 2009 as an appliance power connector for server, telecommunication, and other devices operating up to 600 VDC.
Today’s integrated circuits are operating faster than ever, and the increased operating speed can lead to highly dynamic power demand from the power supply, posing a challenge during testing using programmable power supplies. The high-speed current waveforms can lead to voltage drops at the integrated circuit.
Each side of each constituent cube of the “superlens” is set with a long, spiraling copper coil. The end of each coil is connected to its twin on the reverse side of the wall.
Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now, Duke University researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless
Microchip dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers
Microchip recently released a family of dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs): the dsPIC33EP512GM710 family. This is an expansion of Microchip’s dsPIC® DSC portfolio that adds higher levels of integration for motor-control applications. The DSCs enable efficient dual motor control with 12 motor-control
Greenvity Communications now offers total turn-key solutions comprising system-on-chips (SoC), modules, software and mobile apps that enable any home device or Internet of Things (IoT) device to be smart and controllable for energy-saving and home and building automation purposes. At the core of these solutions
Industrial and instrumentation applications (I&I) require transmission of data between multiple systems often over very long distances. The RS-485 bus standard is one of the most widely used physical layer bus designs in I&I applications. Applications for RS-485 include process control networks,
Did you ever feel like it’s time to take control of your power supplies? If not, you should, since there is a growing trend to configure and monitor power supplies over a digital communications bus. This is frequently referred to as “Digital Power” or “Digital Power System Management” (DPSM). This
The digital power market is forecast to grow substantially in the next five years with unit shipments of digital power supplies and digital power ICs projected to grow by factors of three and five respectively by 2018 according to IHS.
The early adoption of digital power has been dominated by telecommunications,
In this article we will examine effective ways to use IEC (International Electrical Commission) safety standards to explore the limits of a design by figuring out what standards may apply to a problem amongst the hundreds available. The standards and supporting documents from the IEC are perceived as a burden
ABB's Relion REF615R feeder IED
ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced the release of its Relion® REF615R feeder IED. The REF615R was designed to offer an easy, quick and affordable way to upgrade ABB’s DPU2000R relay along with providing a 19-inch rack mount version of the REF615 feeder IED.
Schematic of fixed and envelope tracking power profile in a RF Power amplifier
The concept of envelope tracking for radio frequency amplifiers is not new. But the ever-increasing need for better base station efficiency and output power, as well as the need for improving RF power amplifier efficiency, is driving intense research and development in envelope tracking.
RAVS Series anti-sulfur chip resistor arrays
Stackpole Electronics announces the release of the RAVS Series of anti-sulfur chip resistor arrays. The RAVS Series has a reduced amount of silver in the inner terminations, which greatly reduces the susceptibility of the terminations to contamination from sulfur. In "Flowers of Sulfur" testing per
IAR Systems announces that its embedded development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench® for MSP430 delivers leading benchmark results for Texas Instruments’ MSP430 core. EEMBC® CoreMark® results published by Texas Instruments depict a score of 27.70 CoreMarks running at 25 MHz, resulting in a normalized score
Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry (III) has joined the HomeGrid Forum Board. III adds an Asian voice and point of view to the Board, better enabling HomeGrid Forum to understand and react to the needs of Asian Operators, vendors and consumers.
Founded in 1979 as a Non-Governmental
Dialog iW1762 and iW1760 digital PWM controllers
Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly-integrated power management, audio, AC/DC and short-range wireless technologies, announced its latest move to deliver innovative solutions for Ultrabooks™ with the thinnest, smallest 45W and 12W travel-size power adapters that can be used with an Ultrabook. Developed
Entropic, a leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home,
continues to push the boundaries by developing low power MoCA(R)
(Multimedia over Coax Alliance)-based solutions.
The Company announced what they believe is the first MoCA
2.0 USB bus-powered adapter reference
Kathleen Jachimiak of Freescale
In this PSDcast Kathleen Jachimiak of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre about the challenges and opportunitues in the microcontroller space and some of the things Freescale is doing to address them. Microcontrollers continue to grow in power and functionality, to the point where the designer needs to take into
As soon as a power supply designer needs to comply with military standards, he might need to take into account the transparency or holdup requirement. Transparency requirement is the minimum amount of time during which input power can go away but the equipment is expected to remain operational.
Harwin’s low profile Gecko connectors
Harwin, a leading hi-rel connector and SMT board hardware manufacturer, has announced that its Gecko family of high performance connectors will be used on CubeSat miniature satellites being designed by Surrey Space Centre as part of the international QB50 programme led by the von Karman Institute, Belgium.
SunSocket Solar Generator
Portable solar power innovator AspectSolar announced their sponsorship of Mike and Steve Marolt, the 8000m (8K) descent skiers behind the 2009 documentary Skiing Everest. After a tour of festivals, ESPN bought the film in 2011 for a series of primetime broadcasts. The brothers, their friend Jim Gile, and Ski
At the 2014 International CES, Ericsson will demonstrate the experience of "Living Life in the Networked Society." Visitors to the Ericsson booth will see how different aspects of an everyday connected life are seamlessly stitched together, allowing each of us to share experiences with family, friends
Hirose BM22 Series connectors
Hirose, a leader in the development of innovative connector solutions, offers a hybrid, board-to-FPC, small form factor connector capable of delivering nearly three times the power of similar-sized conventional connectors. The 4-position BM22 Series connector measures just 4.24 x 2.64mm with a mated height of
Stadium Power, the leading UK based provider of power supply solutions, has increased the range of products available for customers to purchase from stock online to include a wide range of EMC Filters. Rated from 6A to 60A and including 3 Phase and DIN Rail types.
Two models are available for 3-phase
Vicor unveiled the latest easy-to-navigate version of their website with a host of new online power design tools. Developed with extensive input from power engineers and refined with intensive user experience testing, Vicor’s new website – including its popular PowerBench™ tool suite – has been redesigned