Consumer

October 2018
Murata develops world’s smallest 32.768 kHz MEMS resonator
Demand is growing for compact electronic components that consume less electrical power for use in digital devices for IoT and wearable applications where small size and long operating times are essential to market success. As many modern devices rely on accurate
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10/31/2018
Elevated Performance 2mm Pitch Industrial Connectors
Capable of withstanding a 10G vibrational force for a period of 6 hours, the components in Harwin’s new M225 connector series are intended for industrial deployment. These compact, high performance cable-to-board
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10/31/2018
Flex Power Modules boosts portfolio for RFPA applications
Following on from the recently introduced 750W PKJ4000 series, the PKB-D is a high-density converter in the industry standard eighth-brick format with an output of 50V at 5A, and an input voltage range of 36 to 60V. This makes it ideal for 50V GaN based RFPA’s
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10/31/2018

UnitedSiC expands SiC JFET portfolio with Gen-3 1200 V and 650 V options
The devices are normally-ON with zero voltage gate drive, making them particularly suited for applications such as very fast action, solid-state circuit breakers and circuit protection generally where a default to an ON-state is necessary in the absence of gate power. The devices are also commonly used in series
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10/31/2018
Three product series for safe protection against ESD
They also feature a high ESD dielectric strength with a contact discharge of up to ±30 kV. WE-TVS diodes in the three series “Standard”, “High Speed”, and “Super Speed” offer effective protection against electrostatic discharges at all protection levels.
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10/31/2018
Industrial Temperature Transformer and Common Mode Choke
SAN DIEGO – Pulse Electronics’ Networking Business Unit introduces its new HDBaseT Industrial Temperature -40C to +85C Transformer and Common Mode Choke series.  Designed to improve EMI performance and support power over HDBaseT (PoH) applications,
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10/31/2018
Yokogawa launches next generation Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

Yokogawa launches next generation Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

The device also offers higher precision plus an intuitive touchscreen display for enhanced ease of use and improved productivity. The DLM3000 builds on Yokogawa’s oscilloscope legacy with new features focusing on quality, flexibility and usability to increase users’ productivity and meet the advanced
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10/31/2018
Extend battery life in portable devices with ultra-low Iq LDO
With an ultra-low Iq of 250 nanoamps (nA) versus the approximate 1 uA operation of traditional devices, the MCP1811 LDO reduces quiescent current to save battery life, enabling end-users to recharge or replace batteries less often. The minimised power consumption
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10/31/2018
Modular EV/HEV Battery Test System uses Regenerative Technology
Intepro Systems announces its advanced benchtop/rack mount Procyon Battery Test System for engineering design and production testing of high-performance electro mobility battery packs. The Procyon Battery Test System utilises Intepro’s innovative bi-directional
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10/31/2018
New Evaluation Board for Standard Oscillators
The IOSC-EV Board comes with six smaller boards that can be snapped from the side of the main board and onto which different size 4 pad packaged oscillators can be soldered. The smaller board can then be soldered to the main PCB. The six different package sizes are
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10/31/2018
Wide Voltage Range and Small Footprint DC-DC uSLIC modules
Now engineers designing into applications in factory automation, medical, communications and consumer markets can tap into four new micro-system-level IC (“uSLIC™”) modules from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The MAXM17552, MAXM15064, MAXM17900
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10/30/2018
HARTING provides online library information for ECAD users
HARTING has been selected as the first producer to support a common interface between the CAx data providers CADENAS and Zuken E³.series. Fast and reliable access to component libraries is essential for smooth production processes and meeting time-to-market targets.
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10/30/2018
600-V GaN FET Supports Applications up to 10 kW
DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) announced a new portfolio of ready-to-use, 600-V gallium nitride (GaN), 50-mΩ and 70-mΩ power stages to support applications up to 10 kW. The LMG341x family enables designers to create smaller, more efficient and higher-performing designs compared to silicon field-effect transistors
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10/30/2018
Proximity Sensor Features Range Up to 20 cm
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a fully integrated proximity sensor that combines a high power vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), a photodiode, a signal processing IC, and a 12-bit ADC in a single package. The new VCNL36687S
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10/29/2018
Immersive journalism uses virtual reality (VR) to put the viewer directly into a news event. But how can you help someone to personally engage and interact with a story, when they cannot alter the narrative? A new study provides an elegant solution: researchers found that small changes suggestive
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10/25/2018
Ultra-Small DC-DC Power Modules Provide Voltages up to 60V
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Now engineers designing into applications in factory automation, medical, communications and consumer markets can tap into four new micro-system-level IC (“uSLIC™”) modules from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.. The MAXM17552, MAXM15064, MAXM17900
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10/24/2018
Flyback Switcher ICs with Integrated 900 V MOSFETs
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced the release of LinkSwitch-XT2 offline switcher ICs incorporating 900 V power MOSFETs. Targeting high-efficiency isolated and non-isolated flyback power supplies up to 8 W, the up-rated ICs are suitable for three-phase industrial power supplies
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10/24/2018
PSDcast - GaN for Connected Vehicles

Alex Lidow from Efficient Power Conversion

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Alex Lidow from Efficient Power Conversion about gallium nitride’s (GaN) application in connected automobiles. And be sure to check out Alex's article for PSD, "The
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10/23/2018
Double-ESD Circuit Protection Diode for Networking Devices
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices has introduced a double electrostatic discharge circuit protection diode suited for networking applications such as Ethernet, smartphones and cellular phones, audio/video inputs, and more. It provides 25A SSC at 8/20 micro seconds, which is far better than industry average for
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10/23/2018
Duluth, GA — FEIG ELECTRONICS announced its UHF Compact Reader ID LRU500i, which combines a powerful RFID reader with an integrated antenna and signal light in one single device.  The UHF Compact Reader is ideal for vehicle identification and parking access control applications in airports, universities,
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10/22/2018
ORNL Demonstrates 120-kW Wireless Charging for Vehicles

State-of-the-art power electronics manage the safe and efficient flow of electricity among the system's components.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Nati onal Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles--providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station
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10/19/2018
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Batteries

This LED bangle, including a lithium-ion battery, was made entirely by 3D printing.

Electric vehicles and most electronic devices, such as cell phones and laptop computers, are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Until now, manufacturers have had to design their devices around the size and shape of commercially available batteries. But researchers have developed a new method to 3D print lithium-ion
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10/17/2018
Slow Blow Fuse Features Higher Current Rating
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their latest surface mount slow blow chip fuses, the C1T Series, (6 Amp, 7 Amp and 8 Amp), which feature a high current rating in the small 1206 surface mount package. These fuses provide board level primary and secondary circuit protection for a wide variety of consumer
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10/16/2018
A Lithium-Sulfur Battery Evolution

The hot-press procedure, developed at Drexel, melts sulfur into the nanofiber mats in a slightly pressurized, 140-degree Celsius environment -- eliminating the need for time-consuming processing that uses a mix of toxic chemicals, while improving the cathode's ability to hold a charge after long periods of use.

In late July of 2008 a British solar plane set an unofficial flight-endurance record by remaining aloft for more than three days straight. Lithium-sulfur batteries emerged as one of the great technological advances that enabled the flight -powering the plane overnight with efficiency unmatched by the top batteries
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10/16/2018
SiFlower Licenses and Deploys CEVA's 802.11ac Wi-Fi IP
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – CEVA, Inc. announced that Shanghai SiFlower Communication Technology Co. Ltd., (SiFlower) has licensed and deployed CEVA’s RivieraWaves 802.11ac Wi-Fi IP in its latest System-on-Chip (SoC) targeting smart home access points. The SF16A18 is a highly integrated
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10/16/2018
Wearable Devices Need to Change their Power Consumption
Our busy lives are increasingly being made easier and managed by technology with new devices entering the market on a regular basis. As we become more health conscious, personal fitness devices are proliferating, yet to provide full functionality these devices require the ability to sense position. However,
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10/15/2018
New Opportunities in Long-Life Battery Powered IoT

Figure 1. Telit NE910C1 - LTE Cat NB1 module series designed to provide narrow band cellular access (NB-IoT) to low power devices connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT creates limitless remote monitoring and control opportunities for everything from tracking packages, livestock or humans through “wearables”, providing security alerts from remote locations or adding sensors to smart grids for entire cities.  It has been forecast there will be an
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10/15/2018
5 Steps to Secure Electrical Devices in a Connected World

Figure 1. Eaton’s’ Power Xpert Dashboard is the first power management product certified to the UL 2900-2-2 Standard for cybersecurity. This user portal to Eaton’s switchgear enables customers to monitor, diagnose and control equipment from a location outside the arc flash boundary.

Last year, businesses were expected to spend an estimated $964 billion on IoT devices. (Source: Gartner) Moving forward, analysts
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10/15/2018
Building a Better Battery Layer by Layer

(LEFT) Direct contact with electrolytes causes the cathode erosion.
(RIGHT) Covered the surface of the cathode with self-assembled monolayer, both the power density and the cyclability can be improved in high-voltage lithium-ion batteries.

A team of researchers from Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan is now closer to a thin, high-capacity lithium-ion battery that could open the gates to better energy storage systems for electric vehicles. The research team was led by professor Katsuya Teshima, director of the
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10/14/2018
PSDcast - A Wireless Charger That Works up to 80 Feet Away
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re following up on the PowerSpot power-over-distance wireless transmitter, which just recently shipped.
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10/12/2018
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM has launched a new branding “MUS-IC” reflecting ROHM’s focus on solutions for high-fidelity audio products. This branding covers a range of D/A converter ICs (DAC ICs), optimized for high-fidelity reproduction, and power supply products. The increased
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10/11/2018
Signal Transformer announces their new High Current Toroidal Inductor (HCTI) Design Kit. This new Design Kit provides a varied selection of toroidal inductors to design engineers who are looking for solutions to support EMI/RFI filtering and energy storage in industrial and consumer goods applications. The
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10/11/2018
Powering the IoT
The IoT has been one subject that has been on everyone’s mind for the last few years. Since then, we have moved from small gimmicky examples to the start of widespread implementation of the technologies. The IoT differs
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10/10/2018
Do We Need Steering Wheels in Self-Driving Cars?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has vowed to review automotive safety standards that force self-driving cars to include redundant equipment like steering wheels, pedals, and other features. This couldn’t come at a more pivotal moment in the worldwide ascension of autonomous cars
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10/10/2018
High-Performance Design for Wireless Power Transfer

Figure 1: Block Diagram for a Typical WPT System.

In the more compact portable and wearable devices now being introduced onto the market, it is extremely difficult, or even impossible, to incorporate a charge connector. For example, some may simply have too little available space in which to house an appropriate connector. Other devices may require sealed enclosures
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10/10/2018
Social Media Data Used to Predict Retail Failure
Researchers have used a combination of social media and transport data to predict the likelihood that a given retail business will succeed or fail. Using information from ten different cities around the world, the researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, have developed a model that can predict
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10/09/2018
Rectifiers Offer Forward Voltage Drop Down to 0.36 V
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced four new 100 V and 120 V TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers that provide up to 20 mV lower forward voltage than previous-generation devices. The Vishay General Semiconductors V30100CI, V30120CI, V40100CI, and V40120CI offer current
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10/08/2018
PSDcast-Solving

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking to Jim Witham with GaN Systems about "range anxiety," and we discuss the biggest issues affecting the wider rollout of electric and hybrid vehicles. The article
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10/04/2018
High-Frequency Integrated Thin Film Band-Pass Filters
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. — AVX Corporation introduced new 0805-case BP Series multilayer, integrated thin film (ITF) band-pass filters. Designed for broad compatibility with a wide range of high-frequency wireless applications, including mobile communications systems, satellite TV receivers, GPSs, vehicle-locating
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10/03/2018
Technology and the Future of Healthcare
As usual, autumn means conference season. And this year conference season will be dominated by electronica as it is every second year. All of the famed German organisational stereotypes will be tested to their limits, with the conference expanding to 16 halls. For me personally, that means even more walking
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10/02/2018
This Ink Could Save Your Life
The future of wearables could be a (temporary) part of your body -- biometric tattoos could make for ideal portable health monitors. According to recent studies, 1/3 of Americans have at least one tattoo, including nearly half (47%) of all millennials (18-35). Gen-Xers (36-50) aren’t far behind,
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10/02/2018
Reliability of Exercise Equip as it Joins the Connected Home

Figure 1. TE Connectivity’s Universal MATE-N-LOK connectors are high reliability power connectors that use a combination of pins and sockets intermixed in the plug and cap housings to achieve excellent electrical performance.

The way consumers use personal exercise equipment at home is changing, and so are their expectations for that equipment, such as treadmills, ellipticals, and stair climbers. Today, they expect these machines to be as smart, connected, and sophisticated as machines found in their local gyms – if not more. The
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10/02/2018