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December 2015
A recent report from Navigant Research examines the global market for commercial building lighting controls, including forecasts for unit shipments and revenue, segmented by equipment type, building type, construction type, technology, and region, through 2024. The market for lighting controls has
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12/29/2015
Qualcomm announced that it has entered into a new 3G and 4G Chinese Patent License Agreement with Haier, a leading Chinese home appliances and consumer electronics brand. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted Haier a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA and
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12/29/2015
Nordic's latest 'nRFready Smart Remote 3' reference design makes developing advanced Bluetooth smart remotes easier

nRFready Smart Remote 3 reference design

Nordic Semiconductor today announces it has launched its latest 'nRFready Smart Remote 3' reference design that is said to make the development of advanced Bluetooth® Smart remotes as easy as clicking on a list of check box options, and so minimizing time-to-market and unnecessary design risk. Targeting
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12/23/2015

Everlight introduces low-power color sensor for display apps

CLS-16D17-34-DF6 sensor

Everlight Electronics, a leading player in the LED and optoelectronics industry, announced the introduction of the company’s first RGB integrated color sensor. Based on CMOS technology and therefore able to operate at a minimum supply voltage of 1.7 volts, the CLS-16D17-34-DF6 adjusts
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12/23/2015
KOA Speer introduces high-power 0612-size low-ohm resistor

WU73 1-Watt wide-terminal low-ohm chip resistor

KOA Speer Electronics introduced the WU73 1-Watt wide-terminal low-ohm chip resistor in an 0612 package. The WU73 is a precision resistor offering resistance values from 10mΩ to 100mΩ with a standard tolerance of ±1%. The WU73 chip resistor features wide side electrodes which provide better heat
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12/22/2015
STMicros’ latest digital power amplifiers for car audio simplify system design

FDA801/FDA801B 4-channel class-D[1] amplifier

STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is extending its lead in digital automotive-audio technologies by launching a second generation of power amplifiers that simplify design for car-radio system suppliers and deliver better listening experiences
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12/21/2015
Ineltro Halmer Electronics, the largest privately owned electronic components distributor in Austria, announced the signing of a distribution agreement with SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company and a wholly owned subsidiary of MegaChips. Under this agreement, Ineltro Halmer Electronics
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12/21/2015
Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced that its RN2483 LoRa module is the world’s first to pass the LoRa Alliance’s LoRaWAN Certification Program. The RN2483 module was independently tested by Espotel’s accredited test laboratory
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12/18/2015
The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of organizations creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things (IoT) for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, today announced with the EnOcean Alliance, a leading consortium for battery-less, wireless smart buildings and smart
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12/17/2015
ams, a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, introduced the AS3824, a 16-channel LED TV backlight controller which performs local dimming of sections of a display screen to provide both improved picture quality and valuable power savings of up to 20-30%. The new backlight controller
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12/17/2015
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the Si11x3 ambient light sensor ICs from Silicon Labs. The Si11x3 family of ambient light sensors includes single-chip devices that eliminate the need for a second sensor, offer optimum display visibility, and provide superb backlight power reduction and energy efficiency.
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12/16/2015
Paper Battery's PowerResponder hybrid supercapacitor meets highest environmental and product-safety standards

PowerResponder hybrid super capacitors are available in sizes from 90F to 9000F

Paper Battery Company, developer of an innovative supercapacitor-based energy storage and battery enhancement technology, announced the completion of UL certification for its PowerResponder product line. PowerResponder is a line of new hybrid supercapacitors with technology enhancements that aim to replace traditional
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12/14/2015
Semtech and STMicro collaborate to scale LoRa technology

LoRa ecosystem

Semtech, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, today announced an agreement on Semtech’s LoRa long-range wireless RF technology. ST intends to use the technology
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12/14/2015
AJ ElJallad of On Semiconductor on driving portable devices

AJ ElJallad of On Semiconductor

In this PSDcast, AJ ElJallad of On Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues surrounding poretable and handheld devices. There are conflicting pressures on such devices in batrtery density, elecronics efficiency, functionality, and convieninence. On Semi recently joined the
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12/14/2015
Stuck in a car

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

Almost all of us have spent a large amount of their lives in a car. From being ferried from the hospital at both, to school as a child, or to work (and if you are lucky, vacation) as an adult. (You could say that the car made moot the riddle of the Sphinx.) People have been conceived, born, and died in cars
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12/13/2015
The first two parts of this article showed how the core losses for real waveforms could be modeled better. In the first part, a continuous expression was used to model a wide range of excitations. In the second part, the effect of duty cycle on the loss of the core material was included in a single equation.
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12/13/2015
The past 15 years have seen a massive shift in the way consumers communicate, not only with each other, but with the devices around them. There has been a vast array of wireless technologies introduced that aimed to connect devices and people. These connections ultimately became the foundation for the ever-evolving
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12/13/2015
Connected home of the future approaches - slowly The Internet of Things (IoT) push will continue for manufacturers – in 2016, this will still be a technology push rather than a consumer pull. However we’re witnessing an increasing interest in home automation; our electronics design
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12/11/2015
element14, a leading electronic design community, has launched its latest Design Challenge – the Music Tech Challenge. Sponsored by BeagleBoard.org Foundation and CadSoft, element14 challenges Community members to build a musical device that can enable and extend the ability to manipulate audio. “With
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12/10/2015
French researchers develop sodium-ion battery prototype

Prototype of a sodium-ion battery

A prototype of a sodium-ion battery has just been revealed by the RS2E, a French network bringing together researchers and industrial actors. This technology, inspired by the lithium-ion batteries already used in portable computers and electric vehicles, could lead to the mass storage of intermittent renewable
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12/09/2015
Renesas' on-chip SRAM enables real-time imaging in autonomous cars

The new SRAM is optimized for use as video buffer memory in automotive infotainment SoCs

Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced its successful development of a new dual-port on-chip static random access memory (SRAM) for in-vehicle infotainment system-on-chips (SoCs) in the 16 nanometer (nm) and later generations. The new SRAM is optimized for use
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12/09/2015
Rutronik and Toshiba expand distribution agreement

Klaus Michel, General Manager at Toshiba (left)
Thomas Ulinski, Marketing Director Semiconductors at Rutronik (right)

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente and Toshiba Electronics Europe have expanded their pan-European distribution agreement to the entire Toshiba Semiconductor and Storage portfolio. Embedded NAND flash memory, discrete semiconductors and system LSI as well as Bluetooth and TransferJet solutions from Toshiba will
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12/09/2015
A blink replaces the double-click for mobile eye tracking devices

The Synios IRED from Osram

The new super low-profile Synios IRED from Osram Opto Semiconductors sets a new standard for eye tracking in mobile devices. Currently the most compact infrared LED (IRED) in the high-power class, its low height is of particular benefit in smartphones and tablets because its high optical output of 1200 mW (typ.)
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12/08/2015
Leti's local-strain techniques in FD-SOI fabrication to improve next-gen performance & energy use

Stress profile from 2D Raman extractions for Si MESAs after BOX creep process with 50 nm thick SiN

CEA-Leti announced it has developed two techniques to induce local strain in FD-SOI processes for next-generation FD-SOI circuits that will produce more speed at the same, or lower, power consumption, and improve performance. The local-strain solutions are dual-strained technologies: compressive SiGe for
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12/08/2015
Diodes' adjustable current regulators simplify driving LED strips

BCR420U and BCR421U constant-current regulators

The BCR420U and BCR421U constant-current regulators (CCR) introduced by Diodes Incorporated provide a simple means of driving low-power linear LED strips. Target applications are those that benefit from the improved efficiency, flexibility and longer life offered by LEDs as an emerging lighting source. These
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12/08/2015
Omron's durable miniature switches can handle 5 million operations

Omron D2LS durable compact SMT switches are aimed specifically at high-use switching applications

Omron Electronic Components Europe has launched two durable new compact surface mount switches aimed specifically at high use switching applications such as elevator switches, circuit breakers, digital pens and laser pointers. The new Omron D2LS switches have a rated life of at least 5 million
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12/08/2015
Some of the key applications which drove the explosive growth of LEDs used to backlight thin film transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) included high definition (HD) TVs, portable tablet PCs, automotive infotainment displays and the myriad of handheld communication devices. However, in order to maintain
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12/07/2015
Electrolytic capacitors are an essential ingredient in AC/DC power supplies, providing high Capacitance x Voltage (CV) and low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) in low-volume packages that simply cannot be achieved cost-effectively using alternative parts. With power density demands increasing and as the only
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12/07/2015
Ideal Power's latest battery chargers handle a wide range of chemistries

The major battery types supported by Ideal Power chargers include Lithium-ion (Li-on), Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH), Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad), Lead-Acid and Lead-Crystal

Power conversion specialists Ideal Power offer a wide and versatile range of battery chargers for the most popular battery chemistries used in industrial applications and consumer products. The major battery types supported by Ideal Power chargers include Lithium-ion (Li-on), Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH), Nickel-Cadmium
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12/07/2015
In diesem Video erklärt Renesas ihre neuesten Lösungen, um ihre Kunden zu gewährleisten, dass sie original und garantierte Teile bekommen hat auf der SPS - IPC Drives 2015
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12/07/2015
For AC/DC power supplies, there is by nature phase differences and distortion between input currents and voltages due to the existence of holding capacitors and various load features. Here, only the instantaneous product of current and voltage produces power that can actually be used by the appliance, and the
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12/05/2015
In Part 1 of this discussion, we explored the functionality of a series-connected avalanche transistor pulser, specifically for the purpose of evaluating dV/dt ruggedness of SiC Schottky diodes. In this issue, the diodes are tested with the new pulser design. SiC Schottky diode dV/dt ruggedness
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12/04/2015
Automotive systems in flux

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

The yearly figures for electronics in the automotive and transportation market continue to grow, as vehicle tech push the envelope on quality and reliability almost as stringent as mil/aero applications. Interestingly enough the automotive market is also the largest application user/consumer of motors.  This
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12/03/2015
IRS2005 HVIC enhances Infineon’s driver IC family for mid- and low-voltage motor drives

The IRS200x family consists of high-side & low-side and half bridge drivers

Infineon Technologies expands its 200 V driver IC portfolio with the IRS2005(S, M) for high voltage, high speed IGBTs and power MOSFETs. The new driver IC features comprehensive protection for motor drive applications with stringent space constraints such as electric garden equipment, golf carts, power tools
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12/03/2015
FTDI Kickstarter Project NerO provides Arduino UNO R3 compatibility & enhancements

The objective of NerO is to deal with the fundamental drawbacks of the widely-used Arduino UNO R3

FTDI Chip has always looked for imaginative ways to solve today’s electronics engineering problems. Now it is also experimenting with how to bring new solutions to market - with it latest product, NerO, being introduced on KickStarter. The objective of NerO is to deal with the fundamental drawbacks of the
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12/03/2015
IAR Systems announces that the latest version of the complete embedded development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM supports the Apollo family of ARM Cortex-M4F microcontrollers from the semiconductor company Ambiq Micro. Since the start in 1983, IAR Systems has been building and expanding
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12/03/2015
In diesem Video Texas Instruments zeigt ihre aktuellen Angebote in Power Managment auf der SPS - IPC Drives 2015 für Power Systems Design. Die Demonstrationen gehören
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12/03/2015
Vincotech's latest PFC modules optimize energy quality and consumption

flowPFC 0 CD module

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, announced the release of flowPFC 0 CD modules. Engineered to optimize energy quality and consumption for welding, SMPS and embedded drive applications rated from 1 to 6 kW, these power factor correction modules draw maximum power from the
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12/02/2015
 Microchip’s MCP9600 integrated thermocouple EMF-to-temp converter now at Mouser

MCP9600 thermocouple EMF-to-temperature converter

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the MCP9600 thermocouple EMF-to-temperature converter from Microchip Technology. The MCP9600 is presented as the first thermocouple-conditioning integrated circuit to combine precision instrumentation, a precision temperature sensor and a precision, high-resolution analog-to-digital
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12/01/2015
UltraSoC launches Bare Metal Security

Bare Metal Security functionality uses the UltraSoC monitors to watch for unexpected behaviors such as suspicious memory accesses or processor activity

UltraSoC today announces Bare Metal Security capabilities, extending its industry-leading on-chip monitoring and analytics to deliver security functionality required in a broad range of embedded products, from Internet of Things (IoT) appliances to enterprise systems. Bare Metal Security features are implemented
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12/01/2015
Linear's 5W AutoResonant wireless power transmitter offers foreign object detection

5W AutoResonant Wireless Power Transmitter

Linear Technology introduced the LTC4125, a wireless power transmitter, complementing their wireless receiver ICs for the wireless charging market. The LTC4125 is a simple, high performance monolithic full bridge resonant driver, capable of delivering up to 5W of power wirelessly to a companion receiver. It
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12/01/2015
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