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December 2018
The Power and Evolution of GaN â€

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Figure 1: Brushless DC (BLDC) motor

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Bringing Precision Control to Surgical Robots with eGaN® FETs and ICs In this series, how the superior switching speed of gallium nitride (GaN)-on-silicon low voltage
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12/31/2018
The World's Fastest Write Speed for Embedded Memory

(a) Mock-up image of 128Mbit-density STT-MRAM (b) Shmoo plot for write speed versus supply voltage, which shows the measured operation bit rate at each speed and voltage in color gradation.

A research team, led by Professor Tetsuo Endoh at Tohoku University, has successfully developed 128Mb-density STT-MRAM (spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random access memory) with a write speed of 14 ns for use in embedded memory applications, such as cache in IOT and AI. This is currently the world's fastest
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12/28/2018
IPM, Battery Chemistry & Charging Algorithms for Wearables

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Figure 1: A block diagram for Microchip’s PIC16F18446, which features high resolution Intelligent Analog peripherals such as an integrated 12-bit ADC2

The greatest challenge faced by both new battery chemistry and charging algorithm developers is obtaining an Application-specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design.  Without silicon, new batteries and new charging algorithms have no way to acquire customers, and without customers – or at least potential
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12/22/2018

Flex Servo-Drive for Direct Control of Electric Motors
PLANO, TX – Rutronik has announced that TDK-Micronas’ HVC 4223F Flex Servo-Drive for direct control of electric motors is available at www.Rutronik24.com. The flex servo-drive from TDK-Micronas, a TDK group company and leading German manufacturer
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12/19/2018
Custom Capabilities Catalog Features New Packages
This catalog offers customers over 110 packages as the foundation for a custom design. Five new bobbin packages, including extended rail RM6 and RM10 packages, in addition to EPQ13, EPW15, and EE20/10/6 packages, are featured this year. This catalog also includes
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12/19/2018
Drop-in Replacements for Obsolete Power Supplies
A recent example involved the recommissioning of an ion implant system used in semiconductor device fabrication. Replacing the over 20-year-old power supplies without the need to modify the system chassis or control systems required a custom designed power supply.
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12/19/2018
RS Components adds signal transformers for battery monitoring

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The Bourns SM91501AL and SM91502AL are shipping from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

The new SM91501AL and SM91502AL are dual- and single-channel isolation transformer modules, respectively, with both devices offering common-mode chokes for noise rejection in BMS applications. Offering compliance with the AEC-Q200 standard for automotive applications,
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12/19/2018
3.00mm Pitch Power Connectors with 10A Current Capacity
The units can be accompanied by a variety of cable assembly options (with lengths from 150mm to 450mm supplied). Thanks to the patented 4-finger contact design employed, which relies on a Beryllium Copper alloy
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12/19/2018
RS Components stocks high-density capacitors from Vishay
Designed for energy storage in industrial, renewable energy and automotive environments, MAL2225 polarised electrostatic double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) combine high capacity and energy density with fast charge and discharge rates.
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12/19/2018
THN 15/20/30WI new model extension

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THN 15/20/30WI new model extension

The latest 5 VDC model additions to the THN 15/20/30WI series enable an optimal operation of any 5 Vout LDO (Low Drop-out) linear regulator. This is achieved by an extended trim function up to 6 VDC ensuring it’s correct operation. The LDO will then eliminate almost all ripple & noise components and provide
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12/19/2018
Low profile buck-boost regulator with six-sided shielding
The converter is ideal for equipment such as USB voltage regenerators, 3.3V-to-5V converters, and supercapacitor or Li-Ion battery regulators. The all-round shielding enhances thermal performance as well as preventing electromagnetic interference.
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12/19/2018
UnitedSiC introduces Kelvin connection parts into UF3C “FAST†FET series
Based on an efficient cascode configuration, this new series provides designers with very fast switching, high-power devices in a package capable of high-power dissipation. The Kelvin package avoids gate ringing
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12/19/2018
Omron launches ultra subminiature 5A switch
Andries De Bruin, Senior European Product Marketing Manager, Omron said, “The D2F-5 microswitch will push designers to minimize their application size. With a rating of 5A, these subminiature switches are ideal for high current applications and have a minimum durability
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12/19/2018
Demo Showcases Mobile Payments Via PIN-on-Glass Technology
The demonstration, which also features technologies from Amadis and Quanta Computer, offers an expedient path for design engineers to develop a secure PIN-on-glass payment system with a pre-certified EMV acceptance stack.
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12/19/2018
Smallest 3 phase Book Style EMC filter
These innovative filters are not only optimised to best serve the requirements of machine tool and machinery equipment but will find wider application areas. Small is not just beautiful, but also very powerful. When
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12/18/2018
TI’s LMG3410R070 GaN Power Stage, Now at Mouser
Boasting ultra-low input and output capacitance, the LMG3410R070 supports new requirements for high-power-density electric motor applications, including industrial and consumer power supplies. The high-performance GaN power stage supports higher currents, temperatures,
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12/18/2018
3D position Hall sensor series with stray field compensation
TDK Corporation expands its Micronas position sensor portfolio with the Hall-sensor family HAL 39xy featuring stray-field compensation capability. The series is built on the highly flexible architecture for
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12/18/2018
New 2-channel isolated gate-driver IC family from Infineon
The new gate-driver IC family is ideally suited for high-voltage PFC and DC-DC stages as well as for synchronous rectification stages in server, telco and industrial switching mode power supplies (SMPS). Further applications are 48 V to 12 V DC-DC converters, battery
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12/18/2018
Low-Power SOTB Process Technology Eliminates Batteries
Renesas unveiled an innovative energy-harvesting embedded controller that can eliminate the need to use or replace batteries in IoT devices. Developed based on Renesas' breakthrough SOTB (silicon-on-thin-buried-oxide)
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12/18/2018
Energy Harvesting Bluetooth Low Energy Switch
The platform demonstrates how the RSL10 System-in-Package (SIP) can enable Bluetooth 5 devices that are battery-less and entirely self-powered, requiring no additional energy source. Application examples include wall and lighting control, building automation, and
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12/18/2018
New 1700V SiC Power Module
The module is optimized for outdoor power generation systems, such as inverters for solar power and converters for industrial high-power supplies. In recent years, due to its energy-saving benefits, SiC is
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12/18/2018
USB Type-C/PD Controller IC Enables 3A Current Delivery
The FT4233H is an advanced bridge IC with USB Type-C connectivity and USB power delivery (PD) Rev. 3.0 controller capabilities - supporting applications up to 100W. Through use of the FT4233H, it will be possible
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12/18/2018
Class-leading isolated DC-DC converter
The new BMR481 DC-DC converter has an input range of 40-60V targeting 48-54V nominal supplies, and a programmable 0.5-1.35V output. The 12 x 27.7mm footprint ‘main’ module provides a maximum output current of 70A and also incorporates a digital interface for
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12/18/2018
EPC to Display GaN-Enabled Wireless Systems at CES 2019
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — EPC will be demonstrating the power of eGaN technology to enhance two game-changing consumer applications – wireless power and LiDAR for self-driving cars – at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 8th through the 11th.   In
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12/14/2018
Current Sense Chips Offer Tolerances as Tight as 0.5%
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole’s ultra precision current sensing chip resistors, the CSS Series, offers precision tolerances as tight as 0.5% and TCR as low as 15 ppm. Recently, Stackpole extended the value range for the 0603 size adding a 4 milliohm value and the 0805 size adding a 3 milliohm
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12/13/2018
High-Efficiency Discovery Drives Low-Power Computing
EDMONTON-- Challenge any modern human to go a day without a phone or computer, and you'd be hard pressed to get any takers. Our collective obsession with all things electronic is driving a dramatic daily drain on the world's power. In fact, according to studies from the Semiconductor
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12/13/2018
Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered by WSU Researchers

This is Partha Pande, Boeing Centennial Chair, left, and Janardhan Rao Doppa, assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

PULLMAN, Wash. - A Washington State University research team has uncovered significant and previously unknown vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips that could lead to failures in modern electronics. The researchers found they could damage the on-chip communications system and shorten
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12/13/2018
New Insulator to Industry's Only 2.55mm-Profile IDC Series
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has added a new insulator to its 9176-800 Series low-profile insulation displacement connectors (IDCs) — the first and currently only industrial IDCs available in a 2.55mm profile — to accommodate an additional wire gauge and further expand application suitability.
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12/12/2018
MALVERN, Pa. — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new fully integrated automotive-grade proximity and ambient light sensor with four different slave address options. Featuring Filtron technology, the Vishay Semiconductors VCNL4030X01 combines photo detectors
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12/12/2018
IoT Devices Are Hot, But They Still Need Thermal Protection

Figure 1. Devices like these Low Rho SMD Series PPTCs have long been used for over-current and over-temperature protection in USB connectors

Of all the “hot” electronics markets, none is hotter than the market for devices designed to interact with the Internet of Things (IoT). Currently, more than seven billion IoT devices are in use worldwide, and the number of active IoT devices is expected to grow to 22 billion by 2025. Virtually all of those
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12/11/2018
IPM, Battery Chemistry, & Charging Algorithms for Wearables

Figure 1: A block diagram for Microchip’s PIC16F18446, which features high resolution Intelligent Analog peripherals such as an integrated 12-bit ADC2

The greatest challenge faced by both new battery chemistry and charging algorithm developers is obtaining an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design. Without silicon, new batteries and new charging algorithms have no way to acquire customers, and without customers – or at least potential customer
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12/11/2018
Surface-Mount Fuse Tech Steps up to EV Reliability Demands

Figure 1: Damage resulting from two conventional wire-in-are fuses subjected to extreme overload conditions - simulating a catastrophic EV battery short circuit

Electronic systems for automotive applications are subjected to among the harshest of environments – wide temperature variations, shock and vibration, exposure to humidity, water chemicals and salt. Traditionally, blade-type automotive fuses have provided the necessary fault protection, but as cars get “smart”
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12/11/2018
Simple Battery Charger ICs for Any Chemistry

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Figure 1. Typical Application Circuit for the LTC4162-L

It is common for many battery-powered devices to require a wide variety of charging sources, battery chemistries, voltages and currents. For example, industrial, high-end feature-rich consumer, medical and automotive battery charger circuits demand higher voltages and currents as newer large-battery packs are
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12/11/2018
A Bluetooth Sensor for Intelligent Lighting Control
Salt Lake City, UT/Las Vegas, NV – At CES 2019 in Las Vegas (January 8-11, 2019), EnOcean will be launching a new ceiling-mounted solar-powered occupancy sensor (PIR) for Bluetooth lighting control systems communicating via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It will be the first self-powered Bluetooth occupancy sensor
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12/11/2018
Combo Buck-Boost Battery Charger for Mobile Computing
TOKYO, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the industry’s first USB-C buck-boost battery charger to support both Narrow Voltage Direct Charging (NVDC) and Hybrid Power Buck-Boost (HPBB) charging for notebooks, ultrabooks, tablets, and power banks using the reversible USB Type-C
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12/06/2018
RICHARDSON, TX – Eltek, a Delta Group Company, announced it has completed the transition of its popular Compact DC Power System to High Efficiency (HE) rectifiers. Eltek’s HE technology offers industry standard 96 percent AC-DC power conversion efficiency. HE-based rectifiers reduce wasted electricity resulting
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12/05/2018
High-Voltage GaN Exhibits 33 Percent More Power Output
GOLETA, Calif. — Transphorm Inc., along with solar energy innovator Inergy and design partner Telcodium Inc., announced that the upcoming Inergy Kodiak Extreme uses high-voltage GaN to reimagine what’s possible
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12/05/2018
PMICs Shrink Power Regulator Size in Half for IoT Devices
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Designers of small, battery-powered electronics can enhance the user experience by extending battery life and further shrinking device size with six new low-power power-management integrated circuits (PMICs) from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. The MAX17270, MAX77278, MAX77640/MAX77641 and
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12/04/2018
Graphene Unlocks New Potential For 'Smart Textiles'

Graphene unlocks new potential for 'smart textiles.'

The quest to create affordable, durable and mass-produced 'smart textiles' has been given fresh impetus through the use of the wonder material Graphene. An international team of scientists, led by Professor Monica Craciun from the University of Exeter Engineering department, has pioneered a new technique
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12/04/2018
Multi-Wavelength Emitters, Detectors, and LEDs for Wearables
Latham, NY, USA –  Marktech Optoelectronics, Inc. announced its dedicated offerings for wearables.   Marktech’s standard and custom emitters and detectors, in both multi-wavelength and hybrid designs and in UV, visible, infrared, and SWIR ranges,
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12/03/2018