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Communications & Datacom

May 2015
Today’s power conversion and power management applications demand compact yet robust power switching circuitry that supports high-voltage, high-frequency operation with the minimum of losses from the smallest possible PCB area. By definition, the choice of MOSFET technology has a significant impact
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05/29/2015
Designing the future

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The first modern wave of rapid human development, also known as the first industrial revolution, began in the middle of the 18th century. The development of devices that could be used to magnify a human’s capabilities immediately changed the face of the planet, impacting everything from agriculture
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05/29/2015
Many fields of research focus on achieving a combination of more powerful batteries and devices that consume less and less energy. However, Moore's law does not apply to batteries. The performance and component density of processors and memory chips double approximately every 18 months. Gordon E.
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05/29/2015

The distributed intelligence that has been the defining characteristic of the Smart Grid can do more than enable smart homes and help utilities distribute power more efficiently. These two well-known advantages will be enhanced by two revolutionary changes at the edge of the power grid. The first
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05/29/2015
Energy harvesting has been around for a very long time. I still remember my 1980s pocket calculator with a solar cell powering the computing unit as well as the LCD display. But even much before that, usable energy was harvested in the early days of the electrical revolution with putting generators on river
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05/29/2015
A niche market only a few years ago, the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is now becoming a mainstream electricity provider, and changing the way the world is powered. Following a difficult period of industry consolidation and economic crisis, PV installations saw another record year in 2013, with more than
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05/29/2015
Hirose releases a high current, single circuit storage battery connector

PS3C Series connectors

Hirose, a leader in the development of innovative connector solutions, has introduced the PS3C Series connector, a high power, single circuit (position) cable connector supporting 150 Amps for storage battery applications. The PS3C Series is designed with a highly reliable blade contact that features a clip-like
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05/29/2015
System architects of embedded systems, networking, and datacom equipment are constantly being pushed to increase the data throughput and performance of their systems as well as add functionality and features. At the same time, pressure is being applied to decrease the system’s overall power consumption. For
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05/28/2015
Did you know that every 10°C rise in ambient temperature reduces every component’s lifetime by 50%? That power supplies with drop-offs or variances can lead to premature failures and even completely fried parts in your system? Indeed, most agree that power-intensive applications need, and really must have,
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05/28/2015
We thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes or “don’ts” that occur during the design of efficient power systems – and how to avoid them. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences during Electrocube’s 50-plus years in
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05/28/2015
As power levels are increased and output voltages drop, it is common to have just a few turns in the windings of inductors and transformers. When this happens, standard round wires are usually not the best choice for building magnetic structures, and foil is often used. With a foil winding, the width of the
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05/28/2015
Towards a new era in power electronics

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

GaN material offers orders of magnitude improvement in switching and conduction performance and, when produced on GaN-on-Silicon substrates, can reduce power system costs.  Only diamond power semiconductors have been proposed as a superior material system to GaN, but the consensus is that we are decades
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05/28/2015
EPC unveils 7mâ„ 200V, and 5mâ„ 150V GaN power transistors

EPC eGaN FET

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the introduction of two eGaN FETs that raise the bar for power conversion performance. These products have a maximum operating temperature of 150°C and pulsed currents capabilities of 200 A (150 V EPC2034) and 140 A (EPC2033). Applications include DC-DC
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05/28/2015
Avago Technologies and Broadcom announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion in enterprise value. Upon completion of the acquisition, the combined
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05/28/2015
In this episode of PSDtv GaN Systems goes over their latest wide-bandgap power solutions and packaging for Power Systems Design at PCIM 2015. In addition to their new top-cooling
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05/27/2015
Innovative clipKIT heatsink attachment system now available from Digi-Key

clipKIT heat sink attachment system

Advanced Thermal Solutions introduced clipKIT, a heat sink attachment system that can be used with most industry standard, off the shelf straight fin, pin fin, cross cut or slant fin heat sinks. The new system improves on heat sink performance in thermal transfer, and vibration and shock resistance. The clipKIT
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05/27/2015
Infineon’s next-gen CoolMOS delivers 50% improved switching losses

2EDN7524 MOSFET driver

Infineon Technologies has launched a new family of CoolMOS C7 series superjunction (SJ) MOSFETs. The 600 V series offers a 50 percent reduction in turn-off losses compared to the CoolMOS CP, offering a GaN-like level of performance in PFC, TTF and other hard-switching topologies. The CoolMOS C7 achieves an industry
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05/22/2015
ALU and Freescale on their IoT development partnership

Wim Rouwet of Freescale (L) and Dragan Samardzija of ALU (R)

In this PSDcast Dragan Samardzija of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) and Wim Rouwet of Freescale talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the IoT and their joint development effort to address it. The companies are collaborating to drive further innovation for the world’s increasingly virtualised networks. Among
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05/20/2015
Infineon's intelligent power modules add secure authentication for inverter apps

MIPAQ Pro IPM

At this year's PCIM 2015 trade show Infineon Technologies launched a new Intelligent Power Module (IPM). The MIPAQ Pro provides an all-in-one solution for a wide spectrum of scalable and compact inverter designs to be implemented in wind, solar, and industrial drives applications. MIPAQ Pro is a fully qualified
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05/19/2015
Power Integrations' 1200V dual-channel gate-criver core eliminates optocouplers

2SC0115T2A0-12 dual-channel gate-driver core

Power Integrations, a leader in IGBT-driver technology, launched its 2SC0115T2A0-12 dual-channel gate-driver core for 90 kW to 500 kW inverters and converters. Leveraging SCALE™-2+ integrated circuit and isolated transformer technology for DC/DC power and switching signal transmission, the new driver core
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05/19/2015
CAP-XX Launches 0.6mm Thinline supercaps for designing wearable, ultra-portable and IoT devices

Thinline series of single-cell supercapacitors

CAP-XX, developer of flat supercapacitors for burst and back-up power in space-constrained electronic devices, launched its Thinline series of single-cell supercapacitors. The world's thinnest at 0.6mm thick, and with prices starting at less than US$1 in large volumes, Thinline was developed to address the size,
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05/19/2015
GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, launched the latest addition to its range of E-mode GaN-on-Silicon high power transistors based on its three core proprietary technologies. The new GaN high-power enhancement-mode device, designated the GS65516T, boasts the highest
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05/19/2015
Fairchild slashes IGBT energy losses to boost efficiency in industrial and automotive

4th generation 650V and 1200V IGBT device

Fairchild, a leading global supplier of high-performance semiconductor solutions, is slashing energy loss by 30 percent for its 4th generation 650V and 1200V IGBT devices. Using a novel design approach tailored for high- and medium-speed switching applications in industrial and automotive markets, Fairchild
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05/19/2015
AVX releases single-contact through-hole IDC connector

9176 Series PTH connector

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has added a single contact, wire-to-board (WTB) insulation displacement connector (IDC) with plated through hole (PTH) terminations to its proven 9176 Series, which, prior to the addition, was exclusively comprised of surface mount
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05/14/2015
MicroPower Direct offers high-isolation 2W SMT DC/DC converters

ML200SEI series low-cost 2W DC/DC converters

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the ML200SEI series is a family of 2W DC/DC converters in a miniature SMT case. These converters provide a unique combination of power density, high performance features, long term reliability and economy for a wide variety of space critical, board level power distribution
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05/14/2015
Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems on GaN's

Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems

In this PSDcast friend of the show Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the recent announcements and advancements that has the industry finally recognizing that GaN has "arrived" in the marketplace as a viable hi-performance cost-effective
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05/14/2015
Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting electronic and magnetic components is exhibiting at PCIM Europe and Sensor & Test Show in Nuremberg/Germany from May 19th to the 21st in Nuremberg, Germany. PCIM Europe is an international leading meeting point for specialists
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05/14/2015
Samsung Electronics announced the Samsung ARTIK platform to allow faster, simpler development of new enterprise, industrial and consumer applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). ARTIK is an open platform that includes a best-in-class family of integrated production-ready modules, advanced software, development
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05/13/2015
Giancarlo Cutrignelli of ams on driving wireless wearables

Giancarlo Cutrignelli of ams

In this PSDcast Giancarlo Cutrignelli of ams talks to Alix Paultre about the issues of driving and managing wireless devices in the Internet of Things, especially wearables and other small form-factor devices. As the IoT migrates beyond cell phones and other relatively large devices, the importance of intelligent
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05/13/2015
Microchip’s dsPIC33EP “GS†family is optimized for digital power apps

dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced the 14-member dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33EP “GS” family delivers the performance needed to implement more sophisticated non-linear, predictive
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05/13/2015
Molex, a manufacturer of complete interconnect solutions, announced the acquisition of certain assets of Soligie, a specialist in printed and flexible electronic solutions for applications in medical, military, industrial, lighting and consumer goods. Products range from sensor systems, medical wearables, LED
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05/12/2015
Intersil's PowerNavigator GUI speeds digital power system design, validation, and monitoring

PowerNavigator version 5.2

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions today unveiled PowerNavigator version 5.2, a free, downloadable graphical user interface (GUI) that helps system designers quickly configure, validate and monitor their power supply architectures. The new features included
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05/11/2015
The Energy Institute (EI)'s annual awards competition is now open and the EI is calling for entries from all sectors of the global energy industry. These awards, run by the EI for over 15 years, celebrate the best of the energy sector, highlighting the invaluable contribution that the industry makes to society. Ian
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05/11/2015
Cornel Pazara of TI on power and the SIMPLE SWITCHER's 25th anniversary

Cornel Pazara of TI

In this PSDcast Cornel Pazara of Texas Instruments talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the evolution of power and the pressures on power design in areas from the Internet of Things to automotive systems. He also talks about TI's SIMPLE SWITCHER tech and how it has evolved and developed over the
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05/11/2015
The Cores and Components division of VACUUMSCHMELZE (VAC) will again attend PCIM in Nuremberg this year. From 19th to 21st May, VAC's stand 119 in Hall 7 will focus its product presentations on transformers, cut cores and chokes using the nanocrystalline material VITROPERM®. This year, VAC will highlight
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05/08/2015
Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo on battery management in the IoT

Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo

in this PSDcast Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues involved in battery management of portable devices, especially in the context of the increased demands placed on them by the Internet of Things (IoT). The company recently announced a new approach to reducing
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05/04/2015

 



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