Consumer

July 2018
When audio applications require the highest power efficiency, lowest heat generation, smallest size, and lightest weight, Class-D switched-mode amplifiers surpass the linear class amplifiers.  This makes Class-D amplifiers the best choice for extending battery life in DC-powered audio applications, such
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07/31/2018
Auto Infotainment Evolutionary and Revolutionary Developments
A few of my favorite TV programs include “Weaponology,” “Future Weapons,” “Modern Marvels” and the science show “Connections.” They all explore the various paths of technological change and interrelations and the significant effects that this change has on society, including that in order for
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07/31/2018
Are Self-Driving Cars Too Rational?
In one sense, this was inevitable – the idea that we’re not the most intelligent species on this planet unnerves us. But it’s more than that – the fact that A.I. is so coldly logical dregs up fears of a robot apocalypse and our own irrelevance. So when we put A.I. in the driver’s seat, there was bound
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07/31/2018

Is Form Over Function Ever a Real Choice for Computing Equipment?
Apple is a company that is not a stranger to this column. The company’s design methodology and choices are often market-leading and deserve the praise they get. Then again, some of those design choices tread the line between genius and madness, and over time, some decisions really have turned out to be genius
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07/31/2018
PSDcast - The New IEEE Power Over Ethernet Standard
In this very special episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing the new IEEE standard, 802.3bt, and we’re honored to speak with Texas Instruments' David Abramson, who toiled for six years to help create the new standard. Be
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07/25/2018
Resistor Series Provides Robust & High Measurement Accuracy
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc. announced latest current sense resistor families, the Model CSM2F Series. Adding to Bourns' range of high-powered current sense resistors, this new series is manufactured using a metal alloy element that is electron-beam welded to tinned copper terminals, which gives them
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07/24/2018
PMICs Power Next-Generation Consumer Applications
San Jose, Calif.—With a pair of feature-rich, high-performance and scalable power-management ICs (PMICs) from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., designers of mobile systems can now maximize performance per watt while increasing system efficiency for computationally intensive deep-learning systems on chip (SoCs),
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07/24/2018
Power Delivery Input Protection Switch Features True Reverse Blocking
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) announced a new Type-C Power Delivery compliant input protection switch with up to 28V over-voltage protection.  The AOZ1376 is a smart protection switch with reverse current blocking capability intended for applications where
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07/23/2018
Heat Pipe Line Available in Lengths of 70-600 mm
NORWOOD, Mass. - Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is pleased to announce the expansion of its line of high-performance, off-the-shelf, flat and round heat pipes. By the end of 2018, ATS will provide the broadest offering of off-the-shelf heat pipes on the market. The application of heat pipes
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07/18/2018
Electronic Stickers Streamline Large-Scale Internet of Things
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Billions of objects ranging from smartphones and watches to buildings, machine parts and medical devices have become wireless sensors of their environments, expanding a network called the "internet of things." As society moves toward connecting all objects to the
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07/17/2018
Authorised Yuasa battery distributor Gresham Power Electronics, the Salisbury based Defence and Commercial power conversion specialist, announces the availability of two series of high reliability VRLA batteries (valve-regulated lead-acid) from Yuasa’s wide industrial
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07/11/2018
Transducer’s for leakage current measurement of PV inverters
The LDSR model is an innovative, low cost and lightweight (25g) component, with a reduced footprint. The LDSR is dedicated to measuring the leakage current of 300 mA nominal up to 900 mA peak at 2 KHz frequency. Its main application is in transformerless photovoltaic (PV) inverters for the residential market,
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07/11/2018
Infineon’s CoolGaN opens up a new horizon in power management
The key benefits of gallium nitride (GaN) are, amongst others, high power density, best-in-class efficiency and decreased system costs. Infineon Technologies is starting volume production for CoolGaN™ products by the end of 2018, the company announced during PCIM Europe. Engineering samples of the high reliable
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07/11/2018
New 650V IGBTs Deliver Class-Leading Efficiency with Soft Switching
ROHM has announced the availability of two new types of 650V IGBTs that combine class-leading low conduction loss with high-speed switching characteristics. This makes them ideal for power conversion in general-purpose inverters and converters for consumer appliances, such as ACs and IH (Induction Heaters),
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07/11/2018
M12 Slim Design with HARAX Quick Connect
Following the trend of miniaturisation, HARTING is expanding its M12 family in the field of slim design connectors with HARAX insulation displacement Quick Connect connectors – the slim, field-installable solution for automation technology. This allows fast and uncomplicated cabling on site. The
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07/11/2018
ESD protection range for USB Type-C surge protection
Nexperia has optimised its TrEOS ESD protection diode series for use with USB Type-C interfaces. The new USB3.2 standard introduces an optional capacitor at the Rx inputs, so Nexperia is now launching two groups of devices, one that delivers extremely high surge robustness for positioning between the connector
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07/11/2018
Quint Power DIN-mount power supplies at RS Components
RS Components is stocking the latest Phoenix Contact Quint Power DIN-rail power supplies, giving easy access to the innovative features and flexibility of these space-saving PSUs. The 4th generation of Quint
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07/11/2018
Mouser Adds 25 New Suppliers in First Half of 2018
Mouser Electronics has added more than 25 new suppliers YTD to its already vast line card of over 700 suppliers. With an already extensive portfolio of products and suppliers across the board, the additional suppliers bolster the product choices for Mouser’s unique
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07/11/2018
CUI Partners and SnapEDA Offer Free PCB Footprint Files
CUI today announced that it has teamed up with SnapEDA to provide designers with a catalog of free, ready-to-download PCB footprints and symbols for CUI’s range of board mount electromechanical components. Circuit
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07/11/2018
A2B Transceivers Deliver Unparalleled Flexibility
Analog Devices announces three enhanced Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) transceivers that deliver unprecedented capability to tailor system-level performance to even the most stringent electromagnetic compatibility requirements. The new AD242xW series offers configurable
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07/11/2018
Compact 3W and 10W board-mount power supplies
XP Power is launching its low-cost VCE03 and VCE10, 3W and 10W series of board-mounted AC-DC power supplies with extended universal input range from 85VAC to 305VAC, covering all nominal AC inputs from 100VAC to 277VAC in a single ultra-compact design. Both the VCE03 and VCE10 provide a complete AC-DC
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07/11/2018
Multi-chip module PWM Buck Regulators have high current density
ON Semiconductor announced the release of three new highly-efficient mid-voltage PWM buck converters. Supporting a wide input voltage range of 4.5 V to 65 V, an output current of up to 10 A and output power
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07/11/2018
PV Series Offers SMD Versions of 5mm and 7mm Disk Varistors
RALEIGH, NC – The PV Series from Stackpole offers two chip sizes, 3225 and 4032. These two sizes correspond to the equivalent 5mm and 7mm disk MOV's offering protection for circuits with working voltages ranging from 11 Vrms to 300 Vrms. The PV Series varistors are UL recognized with
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Date:
07/10/2018
CMOS Op-Amp Delivers Leading-Class Low Noise
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the availability of a CMOS op-amp featuring the lowest noise in the industry optimized for industrial applications requiring high-accuracy sensing, such as accelerometers used in sonar systems, and optical sensors that handle ultra-small signals.
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07/05/2018
PSDcast - Hard vs Soft Switching

Bruce T Renouard, the CEO of Pre-Switch.

On this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Pre-Switch about hard and soft switching and some of the fundamental differences between the two. Pre-Switch
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Date:
07/03/2018