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August 2016
Qualcomm announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, has collaborated with NETGEAR to develop the new Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi System by NETGEAR. Designed to deliver high-speed Wi-Fi in every corner of the home, the Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi System is the first commercially announced mesh Wi-Fi system to utilize
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08/31/2016
Avnet Silica announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth low energy technology. The agreement is effective immediately covering all of EMEA. Avnet
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08/31/2016
Panasonic's secure Bluetooth low energy and NFC PAN1761 combo module empowers IoT apps

PAN1761 Bluetooth low energy and NFC combo module

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe launched a new short-range, Bluetooth low energy and NFC combo module for implementing Bluetooth functionality into various electronic devices. Based on a leading edge Toshiba SoC, the cost-effective PAN1761 Series supports both Bluetooth low energy functionality
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08/31/2016

Schaffner compact current-compensated chokes handle up to 10 A

RN series of compact current-compensated chokes

The Schaffner Group, headquartered in Switzerland, is expanding its already highly successful range of current compensated EMC correcting chokes. Horizontal and vertical mounting options are available with additional inductance values for currents between 0.3 and 10 A. The new RN series is now rated up to 300
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08/31/2016
Power MOSFETs have become the preferred choice as the main switching device within power supplies for a wide range of consumer and industrial electronics equipment. Because it has become more important to improve overall power supply efficiency to meet energy saving requirements from governmental and industry
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08/29/2016
Japan's Renesas Electronics is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire U.S. chipmaker Intersil for as much as 300 billion yen, an industry source familiar with the deal said on Monday. An agreement on the deal, which would be the latest in a trend of consolidation among global chipmakers, was likely to
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08/28/2016
CES 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the world's leading innovation event, cementing CES' place in history as the global gathering place for innovation and technology. Since its start in 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 products. These include world-changing innovations such as the VCR (1970),
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08/26/2016
Arrow Electronics, a technology provider of products and solutions that guide innovation forward, and Indiegogo, a leading platform for entrepreneurs to bring their ideas from concept to market, launched their groundbreaking crowdfund-to-production service, which is aimed at accelerating the pace of innovation
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08/26/2016
thyssenkrupp and partners launch collaborative project EffiForm to lower Li-ion battery cost

The aim of Effiform is to optimize the material, process and systems technologies used in the initial charging (formation) of lithium-ion cells for industrial applications

Electric cars are still a rarity on our roads. The high cost of battery cells continues to be a major stumbling block to improving the cost-efficiency and popularity of e-mobility. Roughly a third of battery production costs are currently accounted for by the final step in the manufacturing process – the application
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08/26/2016
PSDcast - Dwight Stewart of Igor Tech on smart lighting

Dwight Stewart of Igor Tech

Dwight Stewart, Founder & CTO of Igor Technology talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the exploding world of smart lighting. Smart lighting is far, far more than intelligent control, it can be the backbone of a building or facility's smart infrastructure for both monitoring and managment. Igor’s
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08/26/2016
ROHM's LAPIS 16bit â€tough’ MCUs optimized for rechargeable NiMH apps

ML620130 family of 16bit low power MCUs

LAPIS Semiconductor, a member of the ROHM group, has announced the development of the ML620130 family of 16bit low power MCUs, optimized for compact industrial equipment requiring battery drive in noisy environments, featuring superior processing capability with low power consumption. In addition to clearing
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08/25/2016
Novel lithium-oxygen battery design greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity

Nanolithia cathode battery

Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight. But such batteries have some pretty serious drawbacks: They waste much of the injected energy as heat
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08/25/2016
Semtech's Neo-Iso solid-state relays can harvest and store energy

Neo-Iso solid state relay

Semtech, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced the production release of the TS13102 and TS13103 solid state relays. These enhanced solid state relays expand the company’s Neo-Iso product platform and enable self-powered control systems in Internet of Things (IoT) applications,
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08/24/2016
World’s first NFC payment ring powered by Infineon’s contactless security chip

NFCring

Whether at the beach, on the daily jog, or at the gym: from now on, everyone can carry money discreetly on the body. NFCRing has introduced the first EMVCo-compliant payment ring based on a contactless security chip from Infineon Technologies. The tiny, water-proof smart wearable works like a contactless payment
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08/23/2016
PSDcast - Virgil Beaston of Powin Energy on batteries and renewable energy

Virgil Beaston of Powin Energy

In this PSDcast Virgil Beaston of Powin Energy talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about batteries and other renewable energy sources in the industry. Batteries are currently one of the bottlenecks in the wider expression of the Internet of Things, and creating better and smarter batteies are key.
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08/23/2016
Gain insight on power system design at Maxim’s European engineer seminar

DC Power System Design workshop

System architects and designers of power subsystems can learn about important considerations for efficiency, heat dissipation, size, protection, and isolation in a new full-day seminar hosted by Maxim Integrated Products and co-sponsored by Maxim’s distribution partner Avnet Silica. With wide input
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08/22/2016
Alpha and Omega Semi expands 1350V IGBT family for soft-switching applications

AOK30B135W1 IGBT

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer and supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, announced the addition of AOK30B135W1 to its 1350V AlphaIGBT family. The new AOK30B135W1 has been optimized to deliver high performance by reducing switching loss in soft-switching home appliance
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08/19/2016
Recom's tiny 2W and 3W AC/DC converters for small smart electronics now at Dengrove

2-Watt and 3-Watt RAC02-SE/277 and RAC03-SE/277 supplies

The latest low-power, energy-efficient AC/DC converters from Dengrove Electronic Components are small enough to fit inside existing cavities such as inside switch housings or behind cover plates, making them ideal for smart-building or IoT applications. Produced by RECOM, the 2-Watt and 3-Watt
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08/19/2016
AMBER wireless, manufacturer of wireless connectivity solutions, is now part of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos. With the merger, the owner-run wireless specialist founded in 1998 lays the foundation for its further growth and the globalization of its activities. Through the acquisition, Wuerth Elektronik eiSos considerably
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08/18/2016
Analog Devices announced the acquisition of the Cyber Security Solutions (CSS) business of Sypris Electronics LLC. This acquisition represents a significant leap forward in ADI’s ability to deliver secure high-performance analog solutions demanded by current and future market needs. The CSS business
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08/18/2016
Linear's latest synchronous step-down regulator sinks/sources Â5A from 0V to 14.5VOUT

LTC3623 ±5A high efficiency, current mode synchronous buck regulator

Linear Technology announced the LTC3623, a ±5A high efficiency, current mode synchronous buck regulator that is adjustable from 14.5V down to 0V output with a single resistor. Proven on Linear Technology’s prior linear regulators and switching regulators, this innovative architecture uses a 50µA current
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08/16/2016
Intersil's high-efficiency, high-current buck-boost regulators target battery-driven devices

Intersil ISL91128 high-efficiency buck-boost regulator

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, released the ISL91127 and ISL91128 high-efficiency buck-boost regulators. The latest in Intersil’s industry-leading buck-boost family, the new devices feature 4.5A switches, best-in-class efficiency up to 96%, and a
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08/15/2016
TI’s USB Type-C docking system design can cut solution size in half

Multiport USB Type-C and Power Delivery (PD) minidock reference design

Texas Instruments introduced a multiport USB Type-C and Power Delivery (PD) minidock reference design that provides audio, USB data, power and video support. This new TI Designs reference design can be powered by a traditional power adapter, USB Type-C adapter or notebook computer, offering end users flexible,
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08/12/2016
XP Power's latest wall-plug PSUs comply with updated energy efficiency standards

VEL and VER series wall supplies

XP Power announced additions to its range of wall mounted plug-in power supplies with the launch of the VEL and VER series, providing a wide range of power levels and meeting the energy efficiency and no load requirements of the new DoE Energy Efficiency Level VI and the EU CoC Tier 2 standards. Complementing
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08/12/2016
High-voltage dual-output step-down charge pump offers lower powerÂdissipation without inductors

LTC3256 Step-Down Charge Pump with Watchdog Timer and Reference Output

Linear Technology announced the LTC3256, a highly integrated, high voltage low noise dual output power supply, which takes a single positive input and generates 5V and 3.3V step-down supplies with high efficiency and no inductors. The device features a wide 5.5V to 38V input voltage range and includes independently
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08/11/2016
PSDcast - Lorandt FÃlkel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos talks about Energy Harvesting

Lorandt Fölkel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos

In this PSDcast Lorandt Fölkel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos talks about Energy Harvesting with Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design. A very hot area of the industry, energy haervesting will empower devices from industrial sensors to advanced medical wearables. The company is currently partnering with (among others) Silicon
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08/11/2016
Stackpole's AEC-Q200 qualified resistors deliver tighter TCR tolerances

AEC-Q200 qualified CSS and CSSH Series resistors

The AEC-Q200 qualified CSS and CSSH Series resistors from Stackpole offer +/- 15 ppm / degree C TCR for chip sizes 1206, 2010, 2512, and 2728. This tight TCR is available in resistance values ranging from 7 milliohm up to 100 milliohm depending on size. The combination of tight TCR and precision tolerances
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08/10/2016
Microchip’s cost-effective, low-power PIC32MM MCUs now at Mouser

PIC32MM Microcontrollers

Mouser Electronics is now stocking PIC32MM microcontrollers, the lowest power and most cost-effective family of 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers from Microchip Technology. The PIC32MM family bridges the gap between Microchip’s popular PIC24F XLP and PIC32MX families, and is the first PIC32 to feature core independent
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08/10/2016
Diode's 1A DC-DC buck converters achieve high efficiency under light- and full-load conditions

AP3401 and AP3428 DC-DC step-down converters

The AP3401 and AP3428 DC-DC step-down converters introduced by Diodes Incorporated are capable of driving loads up to 1A with excellent line- and load-regulation provided by a constant-frequency PWM control that requires no external compensation and so minimizes component count and material costs. Developed
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08/09/2016
LinkCom Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of power supplies and magnetic components, announced the latest addition to its family of INCORE high-performance constant-current LED power supplies. The new DBFE Series units are offered in 18 Watt and 30 Watt versions and are compact (84 x 40 x 25 mm; 3.3 x 1.6
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08/05/2016
Triad's modular WSX wall plug-in supply has interchangeable input prongs

WSX Wall Plug-In Power Supplies

With a modular design featuring four interchangeable input prongs for use around the globe, the highly versatile WSX Series Wall Plug-In Power Supply from Triad Magnetics offers exceptional flexibility, performance and value in a device meeting the latest Level VI energy efficiency requirements. Developed
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08/05/2016
EU to spend $1.8M for next-gen espresso machines to reduce Europe’s energy bill

The European Union is investing in next-gen coffee tech

Europe loves its coffee. The continent drinks more espressos, doppios, guillermos, and ristrettos than anywhere else in the world, and European nations monopolize the top 10 countries for coffee consumption. (The US, meanwhile, ranks 16th). In the top-ranking Netherlands, residents drink an average of 2.5 cups
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08/04/2016
STMicro reveals ultra-tiny low-dropout regulator in breakthrough bumpless chipscale package

LDBL20’s bumpless STSTAMP package

STMicroelectronics has introduced the LDBL20, a 200mA Low-Dropout (LDO) regulator in a minuscule 0.47mm x 0.47mm x 0.2mm chip-scale package that is ideal for wearable and portable devices and for flexible electronics such as multifunction connected smart cards. The LDBL20’s bumpless STSTAMP
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08/03/2016
Advanced Power Solutions (APS) announced the release of the PS1012 series of 12 Watt Wall Mount Power Supplies compliant with Level VI efficiency standards and approved for ITE applications. The PS1012 Series offers single outputs ranging from 3.3 ~ 48 VDC in a small space-saving US Wall Mount package
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08/02/2016
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos, a leading European manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components, is a sponsor of the Electromagnetic Field community festival in Guildford, south-west of London. A broad spectrum of attendees including technophile hackers, electronic crafters and hobby inventors will gather
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08/02/2016
Yokogawa Electric announces that it has invested in FogHorn Systems, Silicon Valley startup that is a leading developer of fog computing technology. Yokogawa aims to foster development of fog computing technology through its investment in this company. In so doing, Yokogawa hopes to expand the range of solutions
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08/01/2016
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronic applications, announced that it has acquired ams’ assets related to NFC and RFID reader business. ST has acquired intellectual property, technologies, products and business highly complementary to its secure microcontroller
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08/01/2016
TDKand Tronics Microsystems jointly announced that TDK’s wholly-owned subsidiary EPCOS, a leading manufacturer of electronic components, modules, and systems based in Munich, Germany, and Tronics have signed a tender offer agreement pursuant to which EPCOS will launch a public tender offer for all publicly-held
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08/01/2016

 



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