Consumer

August 2019
The Road to Success for Power Semiconductors

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Figure 1: Comparison of Superjunction transistor, SiC MOSFET, and GaN HEMT

The commercial availability of Superjunction transistors 20 years ago, challenged and finally proved wrong the limitations of conventional silicon-based transistors with respect to on-state resistance. What was regarded as revolutionary at that time is standard today. Today there is not a single transistor from
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08/31/2019
New Solutions Simplify USB Type-C PD for Varied Applications
CHANDLER, Ariz. — USB Type-C has become increasingly popular, and with the introduction of Power Delivery (PD), it is now possible to charge more types of devices – and charge faster – than ever before. To remove the traditional complexity and high costs associated with implementing USB
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08/29/2019
Quartz Crystals Designed for Harsh Automotive Conditions
Plano, Texas – Diodes Incorporated has introduced a series of automotive-compliant timekeeping crystals that withstand harsh operating conditions to ensure outstanding accuracy and reliability in tire-pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), infotainment, telematics, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
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08/29/2019

Access Fixtures Introduces a Versatile New LED Canopy Light
WORCESTER, Mass./PRNewswire/ -- Access Fixtures has introduced a budget-friendly canopy light called the SYRF which is available in both a
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08/28/2019
Laser Printing Produces Waterproof E-Textiles in Minutes

Dr. Litty Thekkakara, RMIT researcher and co-developer of new technology for rapidly fabricating textiles embedded with energy storage devices.

The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That's the future imagined by the researchers behind new e-textile technology. Scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a cost-efficient and scaleable method for rapidly fabricating
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08/27/2019
DC/DC Converter Achieves Breakthrough Power Savings
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., – ROHM announced the availability of a buck-boost DC/DC converter with integrated MOSFET, the BD83070GWL. It combines unmatched efficiency with best-in-class current consumption, making it ideal for IoT, wearables, and portable devices. In recent years, the proliferation
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08/27/2019
PSDcast â€
Every consumer device invariably touches our industry at some point, and to that end, Dialog Semiconductor recently announced that they’re adding Bluetooth low-energy connectivity to the latest Samsung Galaxy Fit. Be sure
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08/23/2019
Tools to Minimize Risks in Shared Augmented-Reality

The team tested ShareAR with three case study apps: Cubist Art (top panel), which lets users create and share virtual artwork with each other; Doc Edit (bottom left panel), which lets users create virtual notes or lists they can share or keep private; and Paintball (bottom right panel), which lets users play paintball with virtual paint.

A few summers ago throngs of people began using the Pokemon Go app, the first mass-market augmented reality game, to collect virtual creatures hiding in the physical world. For now, AR remains mostly a solo activity, but soon people might be using the technology for a variety of group activities,
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08/21/2019
Discharge ICs from Power Integrations Meet IEC60335
SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Power Integrations announced CAPZero-3, the latest generation of the company’s elegant, energy-saving X-capacitor discharge ICs. Two-terminal CAPZero-3 ICs enable designers to easily meet IEC60335 safety approvals for major appliances, and cover all capacitor values from 100 nF to 6 µF. IEC60335
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08/21/2019
New Tool Makes Web Browsing Easier for the Visually Impaired
Researchers have developed a new voice assistant that allows people with visual impairments to get web content as quickly and as effortlessly as possible from smart speakers and similar devices. In a new study, led by University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics student, Alexandra Vtyurina, who collaborated
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08/19/2019
Nylon as Building Block for Transparent Electronic Devices?

Transparent nylon could be an important building block for the development of transparent electronic circuits in the future.

As the microelectronic industry is now shifting toward wearable electronic gadgets and electronic (e-)textiles, the comprising electronic materials, such as ferroelectrics, should be integrated with our clothes. Nylons, a family of synthetic polymers, were first introduced in the 1920s' for women's stockings
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08/16/2019
Timing is Everything

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Microchip CSA 100 MEMs oscillator

Timing is Everything MEMS technology is well-suited to meet the demands of these emerging automotive applications By: Microchip Technologies Automotive-grade MEMS oscillators meet complex demands of emerging automotive applications by offering
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08/10/2019
A Charging Infrastructure for Wide-Scale EV Adoption

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Figure 1: EV Charging Station

A Charging Infrastructure for Wide-Scale EV Adoption To ensure that electric vehicles (EVs) have the same freedom to roam as today’s fossil-fuel cars, infrastructure challenges need to be addressed   By: Alessandro
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08/10/2019
High isolation, regulated DC/DC converters in compact package
The core characteristic of the TRI line is a sophisticated reinforced isolation system which is able to withstand high test voltages (9000 VDC for 1s and 5000 VAC for 60s) and working voltages (1000 VACrms). Complementing this isolation characteristic is a high Common
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08/09/2019
Wire-to-Board Products Deliver up to 12.5A per pin
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) has launched an expanded portfolio of ELCON Micro wire-to-board products, which provides a high current up to 12.5A per pin in the common industry footprint of 3.0mm, and now includes custom cable assemblies and a cable plug solution for design flexibility. These
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08/08/2019
Heat Pipes Provide Adaptable Methods to Cool Hot Components
Norwood, MA – Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., ATS, has expanded its line of flat and round copper heat pipes for electronics thermal management. More than 350 standard ATS heat pipes provide low cost cooling solutions for cloud and edge computing, electric vehicles, aerospace, agtech, robotics,
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08/06/2019
TVS Array for Medical Electronics Circuit Protection
ProTek Devices has introduced a new bidirectional asymmetrical TVS array component for circuit protection in medical electronic devices, smartphones, audio/video inputs, and other applications. The new SMDB712C device can be configured for two or four data lines depending on power level requirements. The
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08/05/2019
LEDs with High-Efficiency Quantum Dot Technology
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking Osconiq S 3030 QD LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors. Utilizing Quantum Dot (QD) tunable light conversion technology, these mid-power LEDs are designed for area lighting and downlight applications that benefit from high efficacy and excellent color rendering. This
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08/02/2019