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Communications & Datacom

February 2017
AT&S advances PCB, module and packaging tech

11 key European actors are collaborating on the GaNonCMOS project

 For years, AT&S has worked at the forefront of process and technology development to meet the challenges of continued miniaturization and the demand for better energy efficiency. In this context, the company is involved in various research and development
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02/28/2017
Current market requirements are trending towards further downsizing and increased efficiency of power conversion systems. For this reason, enhanced power density of the power modules will be critical in order to respond to the evolving needs of the market. In order to increase the power density, All-SiC modules
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02/28/2017
Anritsu is partnering with KDDI on connection performance and power consumption tests for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) used in IoT market. The LTE standards typically used for IoT are standardized by 3GPP as Cat.1, Cat.1+eDRX, and Cat.M1, and globally chip venders are developing and releasing communication
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02/28/2017

Anritsu Bluetooth test set upgraded to support Bluetooth 5

MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set

Anritsu announced an upgrade to the MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set to support the latest Bluetooth Core Specification version 5. The MT8852B is the market leading RF measuring instrument for design proving and production test of a wide range of products that integrate Bluetooth technology. It supports Basic Rate
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02/27/2017
Ethertronics launches complete LoRa module with active steering antenna

LoRa module for Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity

Ethertronics, a leader in ultra-high performance smart antenna system solutions, announced the industry first complete plug and play LoRa module for Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity. It delivers very long range and unmatched reliable antenna performance using Active Steering for the LoRa ecosystem
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02/27/2017
The PSMA Magnetics Committee and IEEE PELS will hold the second workshop “Power Magnetics @ High Frequency – Transforming the Black Magic to Engineering” on Saturday, March 25, 2017 - the day before and in the same venue as APEC 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL. The successful inaugural
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02/27/2017
Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies are working with Vodafone to test 5G interoperability and conduct an over-the-air field trial based on 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed in 3GPP. The trial intends to drive the mobile ecosystem towards validation of 5G NR technologies, which will enable operators
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02/27/2017
Infineon's latest DC-DC voltage regulator serves high-density apps

IR3883 DC-DC regulator

Infineon Technologies introduced the IR3883, an easy-to-use, fully integrated and highly efficient DC-DC regulator. It aims at high density Point of Load applications where high efficiency, high reliability and good thermal behavior are required. The device is perfectly suitable for NetCom, Telecom, Servers
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02/24/2017
Vicor unveils family of 20 Amp 48V buck regulators

PI3525-00-LGIZ Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulator

The PI3525-00-LGIZ is the latest addition to Vicor's Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulator Portfolio, adding a 48V (30-60Vin) input. The PI352x is a higher current offering to the existing PI354x portfolio enabling scalable power options for 48V Direct to point of Load (PoL) applications. The PI3525-00-LGIZ is a 5V
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02/24/2017
Microchip's latest PIC MCUs offer more core-independent peripherals

PIC16F15386 block diagram

The PIC16F15386 family, a powerful launching point into the 8-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio, is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. In addition to our current Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs),
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02/21/2017
Three months prior to the event, the increased number of exhibitors is a tribute to the positive development of PCIM Europe. Overall, more than 450 exhibitors from 28 nations will be present in Nuremberg from 16 – 18 May 2017. In focus: The entire value chain Numerous
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02/21/2017
TE Connectivity's Snap-Lug power connectors handle heavy and harsh apps

Snap-Lug Quick-Disconnect Power Connectors

A new series of heavy-duty power connectors from leading manufacturer TE Connectivity is now available in Europe through TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components. Snap-Lug Quick-Disconnect Power Connectors enable fast interconnection of heavy gauge power cables to bus bars,
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02/20/2017
Panasonic's box type metalized polypropylene film caps boast low loss and excellent frequency characteristics

ECWFE series capacitors

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe is introducing a new range of small size metalized polypropylene film capacitors featuring low loss and excellent frequency characteristics for active filter circuits as well as high frequency and high current circuits. The ECWFE capacitors have been designed
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02/17/2017
German chipmaker Infineon Technologies and U.S. LED lighting maker Cree warned on Wednesday that Cree's agreed $850 million sale of its Wolfspeed Power unit to Infineon might not go ahead, citing U.S. government security concerns. The deal's woes underscore a drive by the United States to prevent the transfer
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02/17/2017
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos presents the WE-CMB HV power line choke

WE-CMB chokes

A rated voltage three times higher than the voltage of the existing family of WE-CMB chokes – this is the outstanding feature of the current-compensated power line chokes of the WE-CMB HV series offered by Wuerth Elektronik eiSos. Europe’s leading supplier of electronic and electromechanical components has
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02/15/2017
VPG Foil Resistors' Powertron PCS line touts reliability, stability

Powertron PCS Series

The VPG Foil Resistors product group of Vishay Precision Group, manufacturers of precise and stable Bulk Metal Foil resistors, announced the global market launch of the Powertron PCS Series, a high-reliability power current sensor family, offering exceptional long-term stability, reliability and performance. Design
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02/14/2017
Gowanda Components Group announced that its capabilities for the design and manufacture of RF and microwave filters are expanding in connection with the acquisition of Microwave Circuits from AMTI in Lynchburg, VA. “Microwave Circuits’ designs and technologies complement those of our TTE Filters
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02/13/2017
Microchip unveils zigbee PRO green power certified platform

Solution enables cross-functional device support and will be backward-compatible with existing zigbee certified products

The industry’s first zigbee alliance certified zigbee platform with zigbee PRO and Green Power features (formerly known as zigbee 3.0) from a semiconductor company, is now available from Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. With greater interoperability
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02/13/2017
Novel chip extends sensors’ battery life

Ultra-low power UB20M voltage detector chip

A low-cost chip that enables batteries in sensors to last longer, in some cases by over ten times, has been developed by engineers from the University of Bristol. Dr Bernard Stark and colleagues in the Bristol Electrical Energy Management Research Group based in the Merchant Venturers School of Engineering,
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02/13/2017
SMC Diode offers SMB rectifier in low-profile DO-214AA Package

SD560B SMD rectifier

SMC Diode Solutions, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of discrete semiconductors, voltage regulators, and die and wafer devices, announced the availability a general-purpose high voltage SMD rectifier in low-profile (DO-214AA) size format. The SD560B rectifier uniquely combines a compact footprint
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02/10/2017
Imec, Holst Centre, and ROHM create a solution for ultra-low-power IoT radios

Sub-mW All-Digital PLL presented by IMEC and ROHM

At the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco (US), imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) and ROHM today presented an all-digital phase-locked loop (ADPLL) for Internet-of-Things (IoT)
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02/08/2017
Bel Power Solutions launches compact, ruggedized converters

MELCHER HP Series DC-DC converter

Bel Power Solutions, a Bel group company and premier manufacturer of power management devices, announced the release of its MELCHER HP Series DC-DC converter (4TE) with an input voltage range greater than 10:1. The converters deliver up to 192 watts with typical efficiency up to 93% over input and load range
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02/08/2017
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) and TDK Corporation (TSE: 6762) today announced the completion of the previously announced joint venture under the name RF360 Holdings Singapore PTE. Ltd. (RF360 Holdings). The joint venture will enable Qualcomm’s RFFE Business Unit to deliver RF front-end (RFFE) modules
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02/06/2017
Linear's latest PoE chip delivers 123W over 1Gbps CAT5e cable

LTC4279 single port Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller

Linear Technology introduced the LTC4279 single port Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller for power sourcing equipment (PSE), delivering up to 123W of power over CAT-5e cable for power-hungry applications. Demand for higher power delivery comes from a widespread set of applications, including LTE picocell base
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02/06/2017
Murata to exhibit cutting-edge tech and cheerleaders at CeBIT

Murata booth at CEBIT

Murata will exhibit at CeBIT, the world’s largest trade show for IT solutions from March 20-24 2017. The event, which will take place at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds, Hannover, Germany is expected to see 200,000 visitors through the doors. Booths from 3,300 companies from 70 countries will showcase business
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02/06/2017
AT&S helps create worlds's smallest loudspeaker

USound and Fraunhofer Institute's micro-speaker uses MEMS technology

Graz-based start-up USound, in partnership with several Fraunhofer Institutes (IDMT, ISIT, IIS and IZM) and utilizing PCB technology together with system integration expertise from AT&S, has developed what is not only the world’s smallest speaker, but also the first based on micro-electro-mechanical systems
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02/06/2017
Let’s continue the thought we began with at the front of the issue, as simply saying that it’s good to have a lot of product development, even if some of it is on stuff that is a little crazy, leaves a lot to be said. How does a laundry-folding robot help humanity? Will having a toothbrush that sends me
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02/01/2017
The use of batteries in everyday devices is getting more ubiquitous.  In many of these products, a charging connector is difficult or impossible to use. For example, some products require sealed enclosures to protect sensitive electronics from harsh environments and to enable for convenient cleaning or
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02/01/2017
AWS Electronics achieves ISO 9001:2015 approval

AWS Electronics has successfully completed transition to the ISO 9001:2015 standard

AWS Electronics, a leading specialist electronics manufacturing solutions provider, has successfully completed transition to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard, demonstrating a clear ongoing commitment to best practice. ISO 9001:2015 certification proves AWS’ ability to consistently provide high quality
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Date:
02/01/2017
Qorvo claims smallest and most power-efficient family of Wi-Fi front-end modules

Qorvo Wi-Fi FEM family

Qorvo, a leading provider of innovative RF solutions to connect the world, has introduced a new family of 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Front-End Modules (FEMs) that pave the way for smaller, more energy-efficient wireless routers, gateways and other networked devices in the home. The seven new FEMs support high-bandwidth
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Date:
02/01/2017
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