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May 2016
Maxim claims first stand-alone fuel gauge with SHA-256 authentication

ModelGauge m5

Implementing pack-side battery gauges in portable devices is now easier and more secure with the ModelGauge m5 portfolio of MAX17201/MAX17205 and MAX17211/MAX17215 from Maxim Integrated Products. Fuel gauging can be difficult because battery voltage varies with temperature and load, while coulomb-counting requires
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05/31/2016
PSDcast - AJ ElJallad of On Semi on driving the Cloud and IoT

AJ ElJallad of On Semiconductor

In this PSDcast friend of the show AJ ElJallad of On Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues involved in powering the myriad devices involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the related internal and external power infrastructures. Among the topics discussed were energy
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05/27/2016
Allegro launches quad DMOS full bridge PWM motor driver IC

A5988 Quad DMOS full-bridge driver IC

Allegro MicroSystems announced a new quad DMOS full-bridge driver IC capable of driving up to two stepper motors or four DC motors. Each full-bridge output is rated up to 1.6 A and 40 V. The A5988 includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) current regulators, along with 2- bit nonlinear DACs (digital-to-analog
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05/23/2016

Google ATAP and Infineon advance their partnership in Soli radar tech

One day products may be controlled exclusively through gestures

For the first time, two prototypes of products controlled exclusively through gestures were demonstrated at “Google I/O”, a smartwatch and a wireless speaker. Both devices can recognize gestures that replace switches or buttons with this revolutionary concept. Infineon Technologies and Google ATAP enabled
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05/23/2016
Lattice claims first programmable ASSP (pASSP) interface bridge

Lattice CrossLink programmable bridging device

Lattice Semiconductor, a leading provider of customizable smart connectivity solutions, announced the industry’s first Lattice CrossLink programmable bridging device that supports leading protocols for mobile image sensors and displays. Systems with embedded cameras and displays often do not have the right
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05/23/2016
TI's latest SWIFT converter claims industry’s highest power density

TPS54A20 SWIFT synchronous DC/DC converter functional block diagram

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first 12-V, 10-A, 10-MHz series-capacitor buck converter that achieves more than 50 A/cm3 in current density, which is four times higher than any other 12 V power management component or solution available today. The unique topology of the TPS54A20 SWIFT synchronous
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05/23/2016
High power-factor buck LED driver meets international retrofit lamp requirements

AL1676 universal AC-input LED driver

Designed to meet or exceed worldwide power-factor regulations for non-dimmable retrofit LED bulbs and tube lighting, the AL1676 universal AC-input LED driver introduced by Diodes Incorporated provides a design that also delivers high efficiency and a low BOM cost. Options for the integrated MOSFET allow for
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05/17/2016
UltraSoC announced the latest version of its advanced semiconductor IP and software tools for SoC development, debug, optimization and hardware security. The latest release in UltraSoC’s continuous development program includes extended support for data analytics and visualization, improved performance monitoring
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05/16/2016
PSDcast - AJ ElJallad of On Semi on wireless technology in the IoT

AJ ElJallad of On Semiconductor

In this PSDcast friend of the show AJ ElJallad of On Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the advances in wireless technology in recent years. Today wireless comes in several flavors for both RF signal and RF power applications, and understanding the marketplace and the needs
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05/09/2016
Part 1 of this article provided an overview of TT Electronics’ AEC Q200 qualified and certified transformers, which are optimized for use with a gate drive optocoupler to improve and simplify the design of isolated power supplies. This introduction looked at the theory of operation and how this impacts on
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05/07/2016
Isolated power supply systems are prevalent in server systems, industrial applications, and telecommunication and networking equipment. In this bandwidth-hungry age of the Internet of Things (IoT), a growing number of these systems need to be efficiently powered, driving up the need for power-efficient, cost-effective
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05/07/2016
Now more than ever, the blooming of the Internet of Things (IoT) has been putting emphasis on the longevity of battery life. Every IoT node demands a battery to operate. A household of two people can have anywhere from 20 to 60 batteries in use at any time, and consumers can’t be burdened with the need to
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05/07/2016
Electronics distributor Newark element14, together with components manufacturer Eaton, is launching a custom design service for electrical rocker switches. The new Custom Switches program offers the ability to create tailor-made Eaton NGR and SVR Rocker Switches in a variety of colors with custom logos and imaging.
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05/06/2016
Astute Electronics, a leading supplier of electronic components and value added services, is taking miniaturisation to a new level with the C&K PTS830 series of SMT top-actuated switches with a high actuation force of up to 450gf. They provide reliable switching for wearable electronics, portable wireless
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05/06/2016
PSDcast - Marvell's Alex Tan on driving automotive systems

Marvel's Alex Tan

In this PSDcast Alex Tan from Marvell talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the increasing challenges in designing automotive systems. As cars become more technical, functonal, and connected, they create even greater demands for sophisticated power systems to drive them.
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05/05/2016
Initially regarded as toys, multicopters are now serious business. From simple surveying to future delivery solutions, entire businesses are emerging around the design, supply and use of multicopters. With increased adoption comes increased regulation and the multicopter itself needs to be capable of being piloted
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05/04/2016
Wuerth's REDline Power Boxes offer custom configuration in a standard housing

Wuerth's REDline Power Boxes offer custom configuration in a standard housing

A novel approach to enabling power distribution, signal transmission, and function management in commercial vehicles, the REDline Power Box family is the name of the new system solution from Wuerth Elektronik ICS. With this series, the leading development partner and supplier of circuit-board-based central electrical
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05/04/2016
At the PCIM Europe trade show from May 10-12 in Nuremberg, Germany, Exagan, a leading innovator of gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology enabling smaller and more efficient electrical converters, will announce its latest strategic partnership to develop and commercialize GaN-on-silicon products.
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05/04/2016
Allegro launches 1MHz bandwidth Hall-based current sensor IC

ACS730 Hall-effect current sensor IC

Allegro MicroSystems Europe announced its first-ever 1MHz bandwidth Hall-effect current sensor IC with a lightning fast 210 ns response time. The ACS730 provides an economical and precise solution for AC or DC current sensing. Allegro’s ACS730 is targeted at industrial, commercial, and communications systems.
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05/03/2016
FuturoLighting's latest smart LED controller targets smart homes

Catherina CTRL smart LED controller

FuturoLighting introduced a smart LED controller called the Catherina CTRL. This controller has implemented movement, ambient sensors as well as dimming, fading, day/night detection, corridor delay and intensity adjustment. It has compact dimensions of 55x55x14 mm and pass to each new or existing kitchen or
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05/03/2016
PSDcast -  David Somo of On Semi on the state of the industry

David Somo of On Semi

In this PSDcast David Somo, Vice President, Global Corporate Strategy and Marketing for On Semiconductor, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenging state of the industry today. From the Internet of Things to Autonomous Vehicles to alternative energy systems, designing elecronics systems
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05/03/2016
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