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People like to move around, and they like to take their things with them when they do. This is especially true of things we need to maintain our health and fitness. This is not only the case for electronic devices, people have been carrying around pills and pillows for years to feel better on the road. Hotels
When designing portable battery powered systems, size and battery life constraints are often the most severe challenges to overcome. One traditional way to pack a lot of functionality into a small size and power budget is to use a low power microcontroller such as TI’s popular MSP430. These types of ultra-low
The trend in consumer electronics has always been to make them faster, smarter, and with ever-expanding capabilities. But waterproofing has become the new focus of global electronics manufacturers and most brands are rushing to include this benefit to ensure they are not left behind in this ultra-competitive
Oftentimes, designers of mobile medical devices, digital cameras, and portable consumer electronics choose to power their device from two, series-stacked, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries, yet still desire the capability to charge from a 5-V universal serial bus (USB) port. Boosting a 5-V USB input to charge two
The quest for energy efficiency has focused attention on those components of the power electronics that can connect hundreds of volts and amps in inverters with exceptional efficiency. We are talking about modern power switches – IGBTs and SIC-FETs – and how the voltage supplied to the respective gate drivers
High-voltage IGBT-modules usually consist of two types of IC, an IGBT for the transistor and a diode for the freewheeling functionality. A device that combines both functions in a single die is known as a reverse conducting IGBT (RC-IGBT). These modules exhibit a lower thermal resistance when compared to an
Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC) in chipscale surface-mount packages are widely used in electronics for consumer, medical, industrial, automotive, and other applications. Their combination of affordability, compatibility with high-volume assembly, high capacitance values within small dimensions, and high
Equipment designs increasingly utilize advanced MCU, DSP and FPGA devices to deliver the functionality and performance demanded of them. With this sophistication comes the challenge of providing the multiple power rails these devices require. The use of carefully chosen power modules can significantly ease this
Here we’ll look at how a rugged and flexible control can be rapidly implemented using an 8-bit microcontroller with analog blocks. For many custom power supplies, this provides an optimum combination of noise immunity, high performance, short development time, and digital flexibility.
People don’t think about engineers much, and in general engineers are looked upon in a positive light. Unless something goes wrong with something. In the marketplace, engineering is usually the first direction people point fingers when problems occur in a product.
Unsafe and/or malfunctioning products
EPC and JJPlus Corporation Partnership
In an effort to aggressively address the rapidly emerging wireless charging applications, JJPlus and Efficient Power Conversion announced their collaboration to design GaN-based wireless power solutions.
JJPlus Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of industrial grade and high power WIFI solutions.
Sub-GHz wireless communication LSI
ROHM Group company LAPIS Semiconductor recently announced the availability of a sub-GHz wireless communication LSI optimized for applications requiring low power consumption over relatively long distances, such as smart-agriculture, gas/fire alarms, smart meters, and home/building security systems.
Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente and Samsung SDI have concluded a franchise agreement for the EMEA region. The agreement covers Samsung SDI's battery product portfolio, with the focus on cylindrical lithium-ion batteries. This means that Rutronik can offer a comprehensive product portfolio for battery management
Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces a new generation of FluidWRITER printers that create printed electronics directly on 3D surfaces. FluidWRITERS incorporate innovative FluidANT print technology which enables the use of conductive ink to produce high-performance antennas, sensors, and electrical circuits
ROHM has recently announced the availability of a power management IC (PMIC) developed for the latest announced Intel processor (code named Apollo Lake) designed for 2-in-1 tablets and cloud books where reduced power consumption and a thinner, smaller form factor are increasingly demanded.
ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficiency innovations, has drawn on its extensive expertise in image sensor technology to help support Silicon Valley start-up Light. The company has provided Light with key imaging hardware for its game-changing L16 camera solution, which utilizes advanced computational processing
Induction cooking appliances commonly make use of resonant topologies which allow bi-directional current flow. Additionally they demand a discrete IGBT that performs best at switching frequencies from 18 to 40 kHz and has low losses. Infineon Technologies launched a new family of discrete IGBTs to address these
A key consideration for wireless sensor nodes that will populate the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is battery lifetime. The sensor nodes, in many applications, will need to be installed in locations that are difficult to reach and, consequently, service. Because it is too costly and difficult to run power
Oftentimes, designers of digital cameras, mobile devices and other consumer electronics choose to power their device from two, series-stacked, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries, yet still desire the capability to charge from a 5-V universal serial bus (USB) port. Boosting a 5-V USB input to charge two series-stacked
In this PSDcast Karl Fleischmann of TI talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about USB Type-C development. Texas Instruments recently 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
Having a good grasp of how measurement tools actually operate can provide valuable insight into how test methods can be improved. Setups can subsequently be made simpler and more effective, plus test performance parameters can be significantly raised. This is true for any sphere of technology that requires the
LGA package technology can deliver important advantages for the high-performance Point-Of-Load converters needed to feed power-hungry, fast-reacting data centers and network infrastructure. As the power demands of high-performance Cloud and telecom computing systems continue to increase, converter modules that
Continuing the old story-telling tone which began the issue, I would like to point your attention to the centuries-old proverb “For want of a nail” which describes a chain of events and their consequences from a small error snowballing into catastrophe. There are many lessons to draw from this, from the
Silicon Labs, a leading provider of silicon, software and solutions for a more connected world, will demonstrate its latest embedded and wireless sensing innovations for the Internet of Things (IoT) at electronica in Munich, Nov. 8-11, at Booth A4.212. The leading provider of mesh networking silicon and software,
Squeezed in a footprint smaller than 1mm2, STMicroelectronics’ new TS985 comparator combines battery-friendly micropower performance with enhanced dynamic range and high speed. The 0.8mm x 1.2mm x 0.52mm Chip-Scale Package (CSP) makes the device ideal for space-constrained applications such as smartphones,
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EMC problems in frequency converters occur not only at the input, but also at the output. To ensure reliable elimination of any kind of interference at the output as well, companies like TDK, for example, offer a wide range of EPCOS filters and reactors.
Frequency converters are used for regulating
Allegro MicroSystems announced a new 40 V dual full-bridge driver capable of driving two DC motors with outputs rated up to 3.2 A. Allegro’s A5995 device includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) regulators for current control.
AVX interconnect sample kit
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released an innovative new sample kit that showcases a broad range of connectors ideal for use in consumer, medical, industrial, and IoT applications in which small size and high-reliability performance are mission critical. Available
LCS series thin-film resistors
TT Electronics, a leading provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, launched the LCS series of thin-film resistors. For sensing and measurement of DC and AC currents in the sub-3A range, the resistors bring precision thin film resistor performance into the field of low ohmic values
In this PSDcast, Arrow’s Chief Digital Officer Matt Anderson talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their collaboration with Indiegogo, and the impact the maker movement and community collaboration have on design and development. Entrepreneurs can apply for certification on the Indiegogo
The energy consumption profile of an e-paper display as it updates
You’ve carefully selected your sensor, found the lowest power MCU for your battery-powered IoT application, optimized your code to minimize energy consumption and chosen the lowest power wireless solution to send packets of data where they need to go. Now you want to figure out how to add a display to your
TPS54116-Q1 DC/DC buck converter
Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first fully integrated power management solution for double date rate (DDR)2, DDR3 and DDR3L memory subsystems in automotive and industrial applications. The TPS54116-Q1 DC/DC buck converter is a 2.95-V to 6-V input, 4-A synchronous step-down converter with a 1-A
Silicon Labs announced the acquisition of Micrium, a leading supplier of real-time operating system (RTOS) software for the Internet of Things (IoT). This strategic acquisition helps simplify IoT design for all developers by combining a leading, commercial-grade embedded RTOS with Silicon Labs’ IoT expertise