Consumer

September 2019
Building Healthier and More Efficient People
Baseball is a haven for stats geeks – small wonder I love it so much. Nearly every play, action, and movement can be quantified with a value. And recently, sabermetrics – or the empirical analysis of baseball – has gone far beyond the Moneyball era’s market inefficiencies. The modern game seeks to build
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09/30/2019
Do We Really Need a New Safety Standard?

Figure 1: IEC/EN 62368-1 is not a merge of the two standards IEC/EN 60065 and IEC/EN 60950 but a completely new one introducing a new way of working

Safety regulations have been in place for decades in the power industry and as we know only too well, all have been through lots of revisions. And although each revision has made them more stringent and tailored to our businesses, we have become familiar with designing products to conform to latest versions.
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09/30/2019
Design Wearable Sports Technologies that Change the Game

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Figure 1: Runners are among the many athletes and fitness buffs who can monitor their performance via wearables

When Liverpool hoisted the European Cup after winning the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur in June, the moment also was a highlight for wearable sports technology. Both football clubs use StatSport’s GPS-based athlete performance-tracking system, which provides real-time metrics on parameters
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09/30/2019

The Human Body: Technology's Harshest Environment

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Figure 1: The start line of the Badwater Ultramarathon, at Badwater Basin, which marks the lowest elevation in North America.

The human body withstands a multitude of harsh conditions, from high temperatures to chilling winds, and from submersion in water to rigorous exercise. Our bodies enable us to satisfy our yearnings for adventure, while helping us survive in constantly evolving environments. Also, thanks to the inventiveness
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09/30/2019
Detecting Your Heart Rate

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Figure 1: Primary ECG signals (source Maxim Integrated – Design Guide How to Measure Biopotential ECG Using a Chest Strap)

Smart watches and wearable fitness trackers have become must-have replacements for the humble watch. Whatever our exercise regime, whether daily or weekly, our wearable device is capable of tracking our heart rate continuously, from resting to an intensive workout. Monitoring the heart rate also allows other
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09/30/2019
Taking Stock of Bernie Sanders'
Feeling the Bern? The progressive firebrand’s 16.3 trillion “Green New Deal” is about to act as the ultimate litmus test. Whether you agree with Bernie Sanders or not – we’re not in the business of discussing politics at PSD – it’s worth discussing a plan that could end up costing nearly
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09/30/2019
TVS for High Resolution Display, USB Circuit Protection
TEMPE, Ariz. – ProTek Devices has introduced a new steering diode transient voltage suppressor array for circuit protection across popular consumer electronic display interfaces. The new PUSB403 device is ideal for USB 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 and for HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 on UHD and 4K displays. The new
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09/30/2019
2200 W Front-End Power Supply with Full Digital Control
Bel Power Solutions announced the PES2200 Series, 2200 W high density power supplies with full digital control for servers, storage and networking equipment and other high-availability applications. With totem-pole bridgeless power-factor-corrected (PFC) and soft switching resonant techniques in conjunction
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09/26/2019
Rugged wide-range input 6/10W power modules
The DTE06 and DTE10 DC-DC converters provide 6W and 10W of power and offer a 4:1 input range, giving a wide tolerance for fluctuating supplies. With nominal inputs of 12/24VDC and 24/48VDC the series cover inputs between 9.0VDC and 75.0VDC.
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09/26/2019
Digi-Key signs global distribution partnership with Directed Energy
This new partnership adds to the more than 8.7 million products available from more than 800 manufacturers through Digi-Key. Directed Energy provides ready-to-use modules for driving laser diodes as well as
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09/26/2019
Surface-mount isolated DC/DC converters maximise flexibility
The converters deliver a space-saving solution for bus isolation and general industrial power applications. These open-frame surface-mount modules are available with standard isolation rating of 1kV/second
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09/26/2019
RS Components adds robust TDK-Lambda power supply series
The cost-effective RWS-B series of AC-DC industrial power supplies comprises 10 models, each coming with an isolated 5V 1A standby voltage option. This latter feature makes the series suitable for markets including industrial, communications, test and measurement,
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09/26/2019
TSR-WI Series â€
Covering the majority of standard bus- and battery voltages this POL converter line is a versatile solution for many applications in distributed power systems where different input voltages have to be handled. Being able to use the same converter in many different
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09/26/2019
Analog Devices ADF437x Synthesizers, Now at Mouser
The ADF4371 delivers one of the highest frequency synthesizers in the industry today, offering the widest continuous RF output range available — 62 MHz to 32 GHz — while the ADF4372 operates at 62 MHz to 16 GHz for designs that do not require the higher frequency.
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09/26/2019
Active current sharing added to BMR490 DC-DC converter
The current sharing capability enables two or more converters to be used in parallel for demanding datacom applications, thus delivering higher power on a single rail and improving redundancy. Up to six BMR490
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09/26/2019
LED drivers deliver high-current stability in portable devices
Key features include independently controlled output currents configured through an I2C-compatible interface and the ability to combine two devices (with different device identification addresses) to drive four LEDs up to 6A for quad-channel applications. The AL3644
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09/26/2019
New integrated point-of-load regulator increases efficiency
It is a fully integrated and highly efficient device in two versions (IR3826AM for 16 A and IR3826M for 23 A) for applications such as netcom router and switches, datacom, telecom base stations, server and enterprise storage.
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09/26/2019
EMC components: Extended range of power line chokes
The new components are available in three different core shapes with different rated currents and inductance values, delivering great design flexibility. The B82116B* rod core chokes cover rated currents of 10 A, 21 A and 25 A and offer inductance values of 1.8 μH,
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09/26/2019
Business Investment Platform Launched for Batteries
The EBA reconfirms that the business size of the European battery value chain will represent more than 250B€ annually, by 2025. Designed to bridge the gap between financial institutions and businesses, the
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09/26/2019
Technology enhances and simplifies design of 75 to 150W outputs
The SA modules are available with 5V /15A, 12V /12.5A, 15V /10A and 24V /6.25A outputs and offer a cost-effective solution for low power output requirements. The SA module’s patented loop control design uses
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09/26/2019
High reliability 80W DC/DC converter with 10 year warranty
Packaged in an industry standard 2x1 inch, six sided, shielded metallic case, the MGF80 series has been designed to Cosel’s strict criteria for high performance and reliability, contributing to the company’s world class quality with a failure rate of below 30
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09/26/2019
Innovative high-power, high-frequency transformer
Murata’s innovative and patented pdqb winding technology makes it possible to construct high frequency transformers of up to and over 400 kW that can operate at frequencies as high as 50 kHz. The pdqb winding technique overcomes the skin and proximity effects as
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09/26/2019
Tesla's new Battery Could Last a Million Miles
It seems impossible, but apparently, the science is sound – Tesla will soon present a battery with a lifespan in the seven digits. Researchers at Dalhousie University published a paper in The Journal of the Electromechanical
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09/23/2019
Miniature Ceramic Resonators for Rugged Applications
Abracon announces availability of new AWSCR miniature ceramic resonator solutions for a broad range of rugged applications, including motor control, computing, consumer electronics and industrial applications. These devices feature a wide lineup of available frequencies (2MHz to 16MHz) and a compact
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09/20/2019
PCIe Gen 4 Card Edge Connectors Support Speeds up to 16 Gbps
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- TE Connectivity (TE) introduced its new PCIe Gen 4 card edge connectors, which meet industry PCI-SIG Card Electromechanical (CEM) specification 4.0 and support Intel and AMD next-generation platforms with up to 16 Gbps of bandwidth. Designed to support next-generation CPUs for better system
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09/19/2019
High-Power TVS Diodes Protect Vulnerable Electronics
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. announced a new series of higher surge TVS Diode products in an DO-214AB package. The 8.0SMDJ series is optimized to protect sensitive electronic equipment from transient voltage induced by lightning and other voltage events. Because it combines up to 8000W of peak
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09/17/2019
High-Reliability AC/DC Converter LDE/LHE Family
MORNSUN launched new 45W & 60W AC/DC converters for 85-264Vac input voltage range of LDE series, 5W & 10W AC/DC converters for 85-305Vac input voltage range of LDE series, and 10W, 15W, 25W, 40W, 60W AC/DC converters for 85-305Vac input voltage range of LHE series. With these new products
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09/17/2019
LDO Linear Regulator can Help Double Battery Life
DALLAS - Texas Instruments (TI) introduced an ultra-low-power low-dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulator with the industry’s lowest quiescent current (IQ) of sub-25 nA – one-tenth that of competing ultra-small devices. The new regulator features low IQ control at light loads even in
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09/17/2019
Are you SiC of Silicon? â€

Anup Bhalla, Vice President Engineering, UnitedSiC

Using Silicon Carbide (SiC) FETs in Data Center power supplies and telecom rectifiers With the deployment of 5G Networks, we can expect a massive build out worldwide, requiring many high-quality telecom rectifiers to provide the needed power.  To meet the need for improved efficiency,
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09/16/2019
Proximity Sensor Provides Sensing Distance up to 30 cm
MALVERN, Pa. — The optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new proximity sensor that offers a sensing distance of up to 30 cm. Combining an IR emitter, photo detectors for proximity, amplifiers, and ADC circuitry into a single package, the Vishay Semiconductors VCNL3040
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09/16/2019
PCIe Card Enables Cloud Gaming-as-a-Service
NEWARK, CA — SMART Embedded Computing, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc., announced the availability of a powerful new PCI Express card, the PCIE-7217. SMART EC’s PCIE-7217 features Intel’s latest processor for cloud gaming, the Intel Core i7 processor, along with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, which
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09/13/2019
Battery Icons Define User Identities
New research from Cass Business School has found that battery icons on mobile phones shape how people view time and space, and how battery conservation practices define user identities. The study of London commuters found that respondents viewed their daily trip in terms of the time and distance between
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09/12/2019
ATS Services Provide Cooling Answers for Digi-Key Customers
NORWOOD, MA – Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is now providing design engineering services for companies doing business with leading electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics, through their Design Services Provider network. ATS offers comprehensive thermal analysis and design
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09/11/2019
Cell Internet Users Place Privacy Burden on Themselves
A new report from the Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) Center -- a joint project of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University -- details the kinds of online privacy tradeoffs that disproportionately impact
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09/11/2019
Are There Health Consequences for not Using a Smartphone?

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking explores the psychological and social issues surrounding the Internet and interactive technologies.

New Rochelle, NY--Many studies have examined the health effects of smartphone abuse, but a new study looks at the sociodemographic features and health indicators of people who have a smartphone but do not use it regularly. This under-studied group of individuals were significantly more likely to report feelings
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09/09/2019
Seoul Semi Files Litigation for Cell Phone Flashlight LEDs

Seoul Semiconductor's headquarters.

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09/05/2019
Battery Charger with Industry's Lowest Termination Current
DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a new switching battery charger integrated circuit (IC) that supports a termination current of 20 mA. Compared to competing devices, which typically support a termination current higher than 60 mA, TI’s BQ25619 enables 7% higher battery capacity and longer run time.
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09/03/2019