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Communications & Datacom

February 2014
In this episode of PSDtv Total Phase, a provider of industry-leading USB, I2C, SPI, and CAN embedded systems tools, demonstrates their latest product, the Beagle USB 480 Power Protocol
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02/28/2014
Cymbet launches ultra-low power EnerChip RTC with integrated battery

EnerChip RTC product family

Cymbet announced the commercial release of the EnerChip™ RTC product family that combines an ultra-low power Real Time Clock with a rechargeable solid state battery and power management IC in a single 5mm x 5mm plastic package. The EnerChip RTC is the world’s smallest RTC with integrated power holdover.
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02/28/2014
AVX claims lowest-profile 0603 & 0805 diplexers available

AVX's 0603 and 0805 MLO diplexers

AVX, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, offers the lowest profile 0603 and 0805 multilayer organic diplexers available in the market.  Compared to equivalent low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) products, AVX's 0603 and 0805 MLO diplexers exhibit superior
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02/28/2014

In this video Atmel describes their latest solution for power supply temperature monitoring and management for Power Systems Design at embedded world 2014. In this demo an integrated
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02/28/2014
Dual-configuration Schottky silicon-carbide (SiC) diodes from STMicroelectronics are the first such devices in the industry with a voltage rating of 650V per diode in a choice of common-cathode or series configurations allowing use in interleaved or bridgeless power-factor correction (PFC) circuits. ST’s
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02/27/2014
Freescale shrinks smallest ARM-Based MCU by an additional 15%

Kinetis KL03 MCU

Freescale Semiconductor announced a breakthrough addition to its Kinetis mini portfolio with the introduction of the Kinetis KL03 MCU, the world’s smallest and most energy efficient 32-bit MCU based on ARM® technology. The Kinetis KL03 MCU builds on the previous generation Kinetis KL02 device with new features,
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02/27/2014
eConais, a leader in ultra low power miniature Wi-Fi module solutions for the Internet of Things, has announced the world’s smallest, most easily integrated, and lowest standby power single chip 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) modules for the Internet of Things. To help speed the design
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02/26/2014
AVX boosts 0603 MLOC family capacitance by 2X

AVX 0603 Multilayer Organic Capacitor (MLOC)

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has doubled the capacitance of its 0603 Multilayer Organic Capacitor (MLOC) Series, extending the highest-rated capacitance value from 2.5pF to 5.1pF. Ideal for applications including RF power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, filter
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02/26/2014
Maxwell Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SK Innovation, a subsidiary of SK Holdings and a leading Korean energy provider, to develop next-generation energy storage solutions leveraging
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02/25/2014
Jim Hughes & John Steele of Mitsubishi on the importance of power backup & power quality in industrial systems

Jim Hughes & John Steel of Mitsubishi

In this PSDcast, Jim Hughes & John Steele of Mitsubishi talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design the growing importance of having a UPS in your industrial process, and the additional benefits brought to the table by a
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02/24/2014
AVX expands capacitance values and voltage ratings in C0G (NP0) MLCCS

AVX high-reliability C0G (NP0) dielectric multilayer ceramic capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, has expanded its range of high-reliability C0G (NP0) dielectric multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Available in case sizes spanning 01005 to 2225, voltages up to 500V, and capacitance tolerances as low as ±0.1pF, AVX’s
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02/21/2014
International Rectifier, a  leader in power management technology, announced it will showcase the company’s latest power management solutions at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) which is being held at Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, March 16-20, 2014. IR
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02/21/2014
Carl Alberty of Cirrus Logic on embedded tech in consumer applications

Carl Alberty of Cirrus Logic

In this podcast Carl Alberty of Cirrus Logic talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the embedded tech used in consumer electronics. Between the Internet of Things, the Smart Home, and the Cloud there is a tremendous amount of pressure on the desiger to provide the highest levels of functionality
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02/20/2014
M/A-COM Technology Solutions (MACOM), a leading supplier of high-performance RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, announced that it will showcase its industry-leading portfolio of new GaN power products and high-power limiters for next-generation radar applications at the World ATM Congress in Madrid,
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02/20/2014
Nujira, a leader in Envelope Tracking (ET) technology, has announced the availability of EasyET, a development toolkit that radically simplifies the deployment of ET and enables handset designers to achieve maximum RF front end system performance with minimal design effort. Nujira will be showing EasyET at Mobile
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02/20/2014
KCB Signal Solutions announces a novel envelope-tracking product line aimed at the emerging medium-power RF transmitter market. The product line will be aimed at RF transmitters that must deal with complex waveforms, such as LTE, while transmitting between two to eight watts of average RF power. “We
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02/20/2014
Linear's latest LDO+ offers extensive monitoring, protection & cable drop compensation

LT3086 40V, 2.1A low-dropout linear regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT3086, the latest addition to the LDO+™ family, offering significant functionality previously unavailable in linear regulators. The  (LDO) includes current monitoring with externally settable current limit and temperature monitoring with external control of thermal limit
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02/20/2014
Eltek announced a DC/DC converter designed for 380VDC input and 48VDC output, providing 3 kW at 48VDC with an industry-leading efficiency of 98.2%.   “This unit expands the market for 380VDC power distribution significantly as it offers an end-to-end DC solution for a wide range of IT
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02/19/2014
Avnet Electronics will host a series of SpeedWay Design Workshops™, featuring Microsemi’s low-power, cost-optimized IGLOO®2 FPGAs. The workshops, taught by Avnet technical experts, kick off Feb. 25 in San Jose, Calif., and will be held in 26 cities throughout North America. As one of the largest
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02/19/2014
Delivering more than 200mA of output current can be a serious challenge for many high-voltage operational amplifiers. But for high voltage applications requiring as much as 1A of current, it is possible to meet this spec by pairing a current buffer with the op amp. What the current buffer brings to this arrangement
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02/18/2014
Ultra-low power Cirrus Logic voice processors offer integrated SoundClear technology

Cirrus Logic CS48LV12/13 voice processors

Cirrus Logic, a leader in high-precision analog and digital signal processing components, is extending its portfolio of market-leading portable audio ICs with a line of voice processors for mobile applications. The ultra-low power Cirrus Logic CS48LV12/13 voice processors with integrated SoundClear® technology
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02/18/2014
Given the range of industrial applications is extremely diversified  – from very small sensors powered by energy harvesting to mega processors used for process control and huge data computing capabilities required by some industrial equipment – the challenge for power designers remains the selection
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02/18/2014
During the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the revised PMBus Power System Management Protocol Specification V1.3 will be introduced. Power Electronics Standards session IS2-1-5, “An Introduction to Revision 1.3 of the PMBus Specification”
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02/18/2014
In today’s information-driven business landscape, enterprises across the globe have become increasingly dependent on data centers as the foundation for successful operations. For mission critical environments, peak operating efficiency and reliability are necessities; if the data center falters, the business
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02/17/2014
Micrel Introduces full-featured, high-performance digital PWM controller for high-current, non-isolated DC/DC supplies

MIC21000 digital PWM controller for high-current, non-isolated DC-DC power supplies

Micrel, an industry leader in high performance linear and power solutions, LAN and timing and communications solutions, introduced the MIC21000, true-digital PWM controller for high-current, non-isolated DC-DC power supplies in computing and telecom applications.  Designed to work with an external industry
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02/17/2014
Powervation, a leader in Intelligent Digital Power™ IC solutions, will discuss its solutions for cloud/datacenter server infrastructure, high performance computing, power modules, and communications infrastructure, at the upcoming Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and Exposition scheduled in Fort
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02/17/2014
Lattice Semiconductor will demonstrate new USB3 and Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions, and address how embedded designers can use low-power, low-cost FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) to overcome the challenges of implementing MIPI interfaces at the Embedded World Exhibition and Conference taking
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02/17/2014
With more than 800 exhibitors, 57,500 square meters, the 13th electronica China and productronica China will be held on March 18-20, 2014 in halls W1, W2, W3, W4 and W5 at Shanghai New International Expo Center. This year, the two trade fairs will unveil the latest technology products and solutions
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02/17/2014
Intermediate bus voltages from 24V to 28V (nominal) are commonplace in industrial, aerospace and defense systems, where series-connected batteries may be a backup power source and 12V bus architectures tend to be impractical due to distribution losses. The widening voltage gap between the system bus and the
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02/17/2014
Designers of power control devices and those that combine control with power FET functionality are finding that FIB circuit edit techniques proven at older process nodes are delivering even greater benefits when used at advanced technology nodes.   It is also expected that FIB circuit edit techniques
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02/17/2014
Software security in the grid is becoming increasingly important. There have been reports of appliances hacked to send SPAM, and The Wall Street Journal claims that the Smart Grid already has been penetrated and infected with potentially disruptive software programs. There are even fears that terrorists may
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02/17/2014
Life to Return to the Power Supply Industry in 2014

Jonathon Eykyn, IHS Technology

The global market for power supplies crashed in 2012 as economic uncertainties led to low consumer demand and the postponement of large industrial projects. Whilst 2013 bought growth, it was limited to a few markets and the overall market grew by just 2.4%. However, the outlook for the global power supply market
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02/17/2014
Packaging for power electronics has evolved from simple metal bending to advanced materials and thermo-mechanical design, and from freestanding supply to integrated power management. System-size reductions made possible by higher switching frequencies and semiconductor miniaturization drove the early part of
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02/16/2014
Plant-to-Enterprise Network Convergence Design Strategies

George Kairys, Molex

Industrial network convergence between plant and enterprise systems necessitates the integration of cabling, connectivity, controllers, switches and other components, coupled with the software interface to transmit and mine data between commercial and industrial functions.  Lately we’ve seen a trend towards
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02/15/2014
We here at Ridley Engineering recently conducted a survey with a group of almost 3,000 active power supply design engineers to discover the various reasons and circumstances they have encountered power supplies that failed. The experiences the engineers shared with us were very enlightening, and this article
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02/15/2014
Vishay's 5A synchronous buck regulator operates to 4 MHz at up to 95% efficiency

Vishay Siliconix SiP12108

Vishay Intertechnology expanded its microBUCK® family of integrated synchronous buck regulators with a new 5 A device offering high programmable switching frequencies to 4 MHz. The Vishay Siliconix SiP12108 features integrated high- and low-side power MOSFETs in the space-saving 3 mm by 3 mm QFN-16 package,
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02/14/2014
CEA-Leti and STMicroelectronics have presented the successful demonstration of an ultra-wide-voltage range (UWVR) digital signal processor (DSP), based on 28nm ultra-thin body buried-oxide (UTBB) FD-SOI technology. The device, produced by ST in their 28nm UTBB fully depleted SOI process technology,
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02/14/2014
Eaton explores strategies for increasing U-rack space at Data Centre World 2014

Gary Bowdler of Eaton

Eaton is presenting an important paper examining the latest techniques for improving rack and equipment densities in data centres at this month’s Data Centre World. The presentation will form part of the conference programme accompanying this year’s exhibition taking place 26th – 27th February at ExCel
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02/14/2014
Altium, a leader in smart system design automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING) announces a new major release of its TASKING C compiler solution for automotive application development, supporting the Power Architecture® based microcontrollers from the Freescale
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02/13/2014
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. EMerge
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02/13/2014
Lattice Semiconductor will demonstrate their latest USB3 and Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions, and address how embedded designers can use low-power, low-cost FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) to overcome the challenges of implementing MIPI interfaces at the Embedded World Exhibition and Conference
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02/13/2014
Characterizing Piezoelectric materials for faster computing

Professor Markys Cain, National Physical Laboratory

Due to a decade of stagnation in semiconductor transistor performance, computational processing power has failed to increase by more than a few percent since 2003. Now a new European research project looks to speed up the commercialization of revolutionary electronics that could finally provide a route to faster,
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02/13/2014
Jumpstart IoT designs with STMicro's NFC Discovery Kit

ST’s M24SR Discovery Kit

At Embedded World 2014, STMicroelectronics will unveil an easy-access development platform for its M24SR dynamic NFC tags that are now entering volume production in all memory densities and package options. Accelerating the design of IoT applications, ST’s M24SR Discovery Kit contains everything engineers
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02/13/2014
Absopulse's opto-less wide-input DC/DC converter works for up to 30 years

ABSOPULSE DHR 150-24 converter

The DHR 150-24 is the latest addition to ABSOPULSE’s line of wide input range, long-life power conversion products developed for rugged industrial environments, designed for an operating life of up to 30 years. By eliminating optocouplers in the feedback loop and significantly reducing component count, the
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02/12/2014
 TMD to show high-power TWT amplifiers for EMC HIRF testing at EMV 2014

TMD Technologies will be highlighting its ultra-high power TWT amplifiers at the EMV 2014 exhibition in Germany this March

A wide range of travelling wave tube (TWT) amplifiers from TMD Technologies will be highlighted at the EMV 2014 exhibition and conference on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in Duesseldorf, Germany. TMD's capability extends up to 40 kW for certain special pulsed models, covering the frequency range from 10
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02/12/2014
Linear releases 2.5A monolithic active cell-balancer with telemetry interface

LT8584 monolithic flyback DC/DC converter

Linear Technology announces the LT8584, a monolithic flyback DC/DC converter designed to actively balance high voltage stacks of batteries. These battery stacks are commonly found in electric and hybrid vehicles as well as fail-safe power supplies and energy storage systems. Because these batteries are stacked
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02/11/2014
Switching regulators are an excellent replacement for linear regulators in areas where low heat dissipation and high efficiency are valued. The switching regulator is typically the first active component on the input power bus line, and therefore has a significant impact on the EMI performance of the complete
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02/11/2014
Tim Martinson and David Geary of EMerge on power in the data center

Tim Martinson and David Geary of the EMerge Alliance

In this PSDcast Tim Martinson and David Geary of the EMerge Alliance talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about power distribution standards in the data center, and some of the things the EMerge Alliance is doing in the space. They recently announced the expansion of the EMerge Alliance Registered™
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02/11/2014
AVX's polymer tantalum chip capacitors with undertab terminations target high-energy applications

TCN PulseCap tantalum solid-electrolytic chip capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released its TCN PulseCap™ Series of tantalum solid-electrolytic chip capacitors, a polymer electrode version of AVX’s industry-favorite, high capacitance, and high energy TLN PulseCap Series. Available in the same single,
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02/10/2014
ROHM op-amps suit motion-sensor signal amplification

ROHM op-amp block diagram

ROHM has recently announced the development of op-amps designed for motion sensor applications such as accelerometers (shock) and angular velocity detection. Recent years have seen a growing number of devices, such as smartphones, tablet PCs, and portable gaming systems, that incorporate sensors to detect acceleration,
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02/10/2014
UK-based ARCOL Resistors is increasing the availability of their power and specialist resistor range worldwide through closer cooperation with RS Components, widely recognised as the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. The latest ARCOL Resistor types to
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02/10/2014
The conference program of the 13th Electronic Cicuits World Convention (ECWC13) has been released. In more than 120 speeches, experts from Europe, Asia and America present the most recent developments in the PCB and SMT sector. One highlight of the event is the Opening Ceremony on 7 May 2014 with
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02/10/2014
Vishay releases two AEC-Q101-qualified dual n-channel 40V TrenchFET power MOSFETs in an asymmetric PowerPAK SO-8L package

AEC-Q101-qualified 40 V dual n-channel TrenchFET power MOSFETs in the asymmetric PowerPA SO-8L package

Vishay Intertechnology launched two new AEC-Q101-qualified, 40 V, dual n-channel TrenchFET® power MOSFETs in the asymmetric PowerPAK® SO-8L package. For automotive applications, the Vishay Siliconix SQJ940EP and SQJ942EP combine both high- and low-side MOSFETs required for high-efficiency synchronous DC/DC
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02/08/2014
Hirose's low-profile horizontal connector handles high currents

Hirose DF64 Series connectors

Hirose, a leader in the development of innovative connector solutions, recently its newest connector: the DF64 Series, a Horizontally Mated 2-Piece Connector System. Made available for board-to-board and board-to-wire interfaces, the 2-position DF64 Series connector measures 20.4 x 14.4 mm and has a mated height
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02/07/2014
CBS ArcSafe offers remote racking for GE AK-1-25 low-voltage breakers

GE AK-1-25 tooling

CBS ArcSafe® is proud to offer the industry’s first remote racking solution with circuit breaker-specific tooling for General Electric’s line of GE AK-1-25 low-voltage power circuit breakers. When used with a CBS ArcSafe RRS-2 configurable remote racking solution for non-rotary racking mechanisms, the GE
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02/07/2014
AMETEK has acquired Powervar, a leading provider of power management systems and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, for approximately $128 million. Headquartered in Waukegan, IL, the privately held company has annual sales of approximately $70 million. Powervar provides highly engineered
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02/07/2014
Keithley publishes seventh edition of popular low-level measurements handbook

Low Level Measurements Handbook: Precision DC Current, Voltage, and Resistance Measurements

Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, announced that it has published the seventh edition of its well-regarded Low Level Measurements Handbook: Precision DC Current, Voltage, and Resistance Measurements. This 250-page reference, which Keithley first published in
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02/07/2014
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions,will deliver four technical presentations and chair a conference session at the 18th annual Components for Military & Space Electronics Conference & Exhibition (CMSE 2014), which will take place February 18-20, 2014 at the LAX
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02/06/2014
Stackpole's RHC Series claims lowest heat rise in a 2512-size chip resistor

Stackpole's RHC2512 2W-rated 2512 chip resistor

The RHC2512 from Stackpole is a 2W-rated 2512-size chip resistor with a lower heat rise compared to other high-power chip resistors currently available. Stackpole uses a novel part design, set of materials, and manufacturing processes to lower the self-heating of the part by at least 30°C. The RHC2512
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02/06/2014
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is opening new avenues for energy-harvesting applications with its latest IC integrating all the functions needed to power electronic circuits and recharge batteries using either a solar cell or Thermo-Electric
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02/05/2014
Advanced Power Electronics releases APE1723-HF-3 Buck DC/DC converter

APE1723-HF-3 200kHz 1A PWM buck DC/DC convertor

Advanced Power Electronics, a leading manufacturer of MOS power semiconductors for DC-DC power conversion applications, has introduced the APE1723-HF-3, a 200kHz 1A PWM buck DC/DC convertor with an adjustable output voltage range from 0.745V to 24V. The APE1723-HF-3 can drive a 1A load without an external transistor,
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02/05/2014
AVX’s latest SMT tantalum capacitors tout high reliability and minimal DC leakage

TMJ S1gma Series SMD tantalum capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the TMJ S1gma Series of high-reliability SMD tantalum capacitors, which offer three levels of next-generation statistical screening and process control enhancement for applications that require both exceedingly high
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02/04/2014
Introduced by Ericsson in 2008, 3E (Enhanced performance, Energy management and increased End-user value) digital power products and solutions became the reference, and preferred
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02/04/2014
At the 2014 Embedded World Exhibition and Conference in Nuremberg, Germany (February 25 – 27, 2014), Maxim Integrated will demonstrate the advantages of highly integrated analog solutions. Maxim will host interactive demo kiosks with embedded solutions for energy management, power management, and the signal-chain.
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02/04/2014
Akros Silicon, a premier supplier of leading-edge intelligent energy management ICs, announced its participation in APEC 2014’s Industry Sessions conference program with a presentation titled: “Tripling the Power of PoE.” The presenter, Faisal Ahmad, Akros Silicon’s VP Marketing, will offer the audience
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02/04/2014
Nordic Semi releases nRF Toolbox for Bluetooth smart development on Android

nRF Toolbox is a standalone application that also holds the capability of interacting with other Nordic Bluetooth low energy tools as plugins

Ultra-low-power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced the development of an end-to-end solution from actual radio hardware to app (software program) source code for smartphones and tablets running either iOS or Android 4.3 and newer. With Google's integration of native support of Bluetooth® low
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02/03/2014
Joe Skorjanec of Eaton on the state of rack-mounted power systems

Joe Skorjanec of Eaton

In this PSDcast Joe Skorjanec of Eaton talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of rackmount power today. Driven by the explosion in data infrastructure requirements from the cloud, the rack power industry is growing dynamically. Eaton is an industry leader with expertise in power distribution
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02/03/2014
EZ BoardWare is the name of a whole family of products from Harwin, a leading hi-rel connector and SMT manufacturer. The surface mount (SMT) products can improve manufacturing flexibility, reduce manufacturing costs, and improve in-field maintenance. Often, relatively simple issues can frustrate good board design
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02/03/2014

 



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