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Consumer Electronics

April 2015
Mike Salas of Ambiq Micro on shrinking devices in the IoT

Mike Salas of Ambiq Micro

In this PSDcast Mike Salas of Ambiq Micro talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the constant downward pressure on device form factors and power consumption in the exploding world of the Internet of Things (IoT), especially in the challenging spaces like wearables. Ambiq Micro is redefining “ultra-low
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04/30/2015
Stanford University scientists have invented what they present as the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. "We have developed a rechargeable
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04/30/2015
Battery-powered equipment with high-sensitivity analog front-end (AFE) circuits must often operate in the presence of active battery charging. Equipment examples are mobile software-defined radios, portable ultrasound medical imaging systems, and wearable patient-monitoring devices. Depending on the application,
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04/29/2015

The technique of paralleling power converters and phase shifting their outputs is not new, and “interleaving” (as it is known) has been used in a number of applications to reduce the size of input and output capacitors. These include the 42V/14V DC-DC converters found in dual-voltage vehicle electrical systems
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04/29/2015
Advances in multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) technology now offer designers a high-capacitance alternative to traditional electrolytic capacitors. New high-value MLCCs provide the advantages of lower equivalent series resistance (ESR) and inductance (ESL) than electrolytics, and demonstrated mean time to
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04/29/2015
GaN FET apps are growing rapidly

Alex Lidow, Efficient Power Conversion

Enhancement-mode gallium nitride transistors have been commercially available for over five years.  Commercially available gallium nitride (GaN) FETs are designed to be both higher performance and lower cost than state-of-the-art silicon-based power MOSFETs.  This achievement marks the first time in
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04/29/2015
TDK's bidirectional converter serves energy storage and recycling apps
TDK announced the introduction of TDK-Lambda’s EZA2500-32048 bi-directional converter, suitable for energy storage systems with rechargeable batteries. This 2500W digitally controlled, compact 1U power supply can automatically change conversion direction from high voltage dc sources, powered by solar or wind,
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04/29/2015
Power is sexy again

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

Once upon a time electricity was magic in every sense of the word. From its humble yet fascinating triboelectric origins, where Thales of Miletus first noted amber can acquire an electric charge by rubbing with a material like wool. Many of America’s founders were also famous scientists and engineers (Benjamin
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04/29/2015
Alex Lidow of EPC challenges industry with inexpensive GaN

Alex Lidow of EPC

In this PSDcast Alex Lidow of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's latest breakthrough in discrete component technology. EPC recently unveiled the 60 V EPC2035 and 100 V EPC2036 eGaN power transistors, designed to compete in price while outperforming
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04/29/2015
EPC's new eGaN power transistors now break silicon’s cost-speed barriers

60 V EPC2035 and 100 V EPC2036 eGaN power transistors

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the 60 V EPC2035 and 100 V EPC2036 eGaN power transistors designed to compete in price, while outperforming silicon. Price, the last barrier to widespread adoption of GaN transistors as silicon MOSFET replacements, has fallen. These products demonstrate
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04/29/2015
Stackpole expands HCS Series resistance value range

HCS family of resistors

Stackpole announces the expansion of the popular HCS family of resistors up to 5 milliohms in both the 2512 and the 3920 chip sizes. This allows the use of the HCS for an even wider range of applications where the HCS’s low thermal resistance and self-heating are important. The HCS Series will typically run
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04/29/2015
New York Business Plan Competition student award winners announced

Student team ‘UMA Bioseed’ receives $100,000 grand prize for a unique seed coating enabling higher crop yields

SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE), in collaboration with Title Sponsor SEFCU, announced that UMA Bioseed, composed of students from Cornell University, was selected as the $100,000 grand prize winner of the sixth annual New York Business Plan Competition
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04/27/2015
Imagination Technologies announced a innovative offering as part of its Imagination University Programme (IUP) called MIPSfpga. Through MIPSfpga, Imagination is transforming CPU architecture education in universities around the globe by offering them free and open access to a fully-validated, current generation
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04/27/2015
Newark element14 has introduced Linear Technology’s LT8609, a 2A, 42V input synchronous step-down switching regulator with unique synchronous rectification topology that delivers 93 percent efficiency while switching at 2MHz. This enables designers to avoid noise-sensitive frequency bands, such as AM radio,
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04/24/2015
Keysight adds capabilities to their fastest power supplies

The Keysight 1kW (1U) and 2kW (2U) N6900 Series Advanced Power System models adds performance options to boost test-system versatility

Keysight Technologies introduced four performance options for its small, flexible and market-leading-fast Advanced Power System (APS) N6900 Series DC power supplies. In conjunction with the power supply’s VersaPower architecture, the new options boost test-system versatility and make it easy for test engineers
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04/24/2015
Morgan Advanced Materials offers multi-layer ceramic piezoelectric actuators

Morgan’s piezoelectric ceramic multi-layer actuator

Morgan Advanced Materials is helping meet the growing global demand for precise, controllable and repeatable displacement devices in the micrometer and sub-micrometer range with its co-fired multi-layer ceramic piezoelectric actuators. The actuators multi-layer structure allows devices to generate large mechanical
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04/24/2015
Silicon Motion Technology, a global leader in NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shannon Systems1 ("Shannon"), a leading supplier of enterprise-class PCIe SSD and storage array
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04/24/2015
Bill Smith and Christian Assier of Freescale on powering the IoT

Bill Smith (right) and Christian Assier (left) of Freescale Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Bill Smith and Christian Assier of Freescale Semiconductor talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges in developing devices for the Internet of Things (IoT), especially in the arera of energy and battery managment. Freescale recently introduced the single-cell, Li-Ion and
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04/22/2015
ams launches 96%-efficient 1A buck converter

The new AS1382 step-down converter

ams, a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, introduced a 1A synchronous buck converter with the wide input voltage range, high efficiency and low stand-by current required in designs powered by a single-cell lithium-ion battery. The AS1382 step-down converter operates from
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04/22/2015
UltraSoC, a pioneering provider of advanced debugging and analytic technology for embedded systems, announced the availability of USB-based debugging capabilities within its flagship UltraDebug product. This novel technology allows a single high-speed chip interface – in this case USB 2.0 – to be used simultaneously
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04/21/2015
Sajol Ghoshal of ams on integrating the IoT

Sajol Ghoshal of ams

In this PSDcast Sajol Ghoshal of ams talks to Alix Paultre of PSD about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the necessary awareness the system needs in order to function properly. Issues such as security, reliability, and functionality are highly dependent on not only system communications, but also transaction
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04/20/2015
Micrel, a leader in high-performance embedded solutions, introduced the MICRF229 and the MICRF230, low-power, 400MHz to 450MHz, super-heterodyne, image reject, OOK/ASK receivers. Both devices feature -112dBm sensitivity at a data rate of 1kbps and operate from 3.5V to 5.5V. They consume less than 6mA of current
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04/20/2015
ON Semiconductor to showcase their latest tech at PCIM 2015

ON Semiconducto will be showcasing some of its latest advances at PCIM 2015

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, will be showcasing some of its latest advances in power management technology at PCIM 2015, including compact IPM, significant developments in GaN, and a sensor-less motor driver controller. Featured demonstrations include:   ·
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04/20/2015
Thermal interface materials market set to grow to $3.7bn by 2025

Market forecasts for thermal interface materials 2015-2025 - see the report for a full breakdown by applications and type

Recent research conducted by analysts IDTechEx finds that the thermal interface materials (TIM) market - including tapes, adhesives, greases, gels, pastes, elastomeric pads, phase change materials, graphite, solders, compressible materials and liquid metals - will grow from $1.7 billion in 2015 to $3.7 billion
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04/15/2015
Industry 4.0 specialist IntelliSense.io will showcase the latest upgrades to their Intelligent Factory solution at Hannover Messe. IntelliSense.io specialises in delivering 'Optimisation as a Service' with rapid ROI and no upfront capital investment for process industries. IntelliSense.io solutions are used
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04/14/2015
Atmel, a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, announced the company is the first to receive the PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) v1.4 Profile 2 certification for the Atmel | SMART SAM4CP16B and ATPL230A smart metering solutions. The certification extends Atmel’s leadership
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04/14/2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.
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04/08/2015
Energy Focus, a leader in LED lighting technologies, announced that it has completed the development of and has been granted all regulatory approvals, including the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification, to launch an innovative and novel new family of LED lighting products,
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04/08/2015
Groundbreaking and imaginative fashion-forward technologies are ready for their runway walk at the FashionWare show presented by Living in Digital Times at CE Week NY. This year’s event will bring together designers, accessory makers, and smart wearable tech. The live runway show will take place
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04/06/2015
John Day of Microchip on digital power and the IoT

John Day of Microchip

In this PSDcast John Day, Technical Fellow and Field Applications Engineer at Microchip Technology, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their latest developments in intelligent systems and the digital power managment needed to run them properly at the 2015 APEC.
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04/03/2015
Reversed power conversion solution promises to revolutionize power applications

Driving LEDs with the LT-minus-1000 provides a cone of darkness where the LEDs are aimed

Linear Technology, a leader in power conversion, switching regulators and power supplies, has introduced a novel and revolutionary power conversion solution. Linear Technology announced the introduction of the LT-minus-1000. The new device, the LT-minus-1000, is a reversed power converter. Operating on normal
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04/01/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Texas Instruments explains how their new zero-power (as defined) solution for battery chargers, laptop supplies, and other applications works for Power
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04/01/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Fairchild details their latest lighting solutions at APEC 2015 for Power Systems Design. The FL7733A single-stage primary-side-regulated (PSR) flyback
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04/01/2015

 



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