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February 2024
­Efficient, Compact MOSFET Modules in Full-Bridge Configurations

SemiQ’s high-performance 1200V SiC modules are designed to operate reliably in high-frequency and high-power environments.

  SemiQ unveiled the latest addition to the company’s QSiC family. The QSiC 1200V SiC MOSFET modules in full-bridge configurations deliver near zero switching loss, significantly improving efficiency, reducing heat dissipation, and allowing the use of smaller heatsinks.   With a high br
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Date:
02/26/2024
­Next-Gen GaN Technology Enables Super-Fast Charging

­Next-Gen GaN Technology Enables Super-Fast Charging

  Flagship hardware specifications include a 2340 x 1080 (FHD+) dynamic AMOLED 2X, and 120 Hz screen, plus the Galaxy S24 delivers innovative and practical AI features to help transform the way users communicate, create and discover the world. Galaxy AI features like Live Translate, Chat Assist and new “Circl
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Date:
02/26/2024
­Silanna Semiconductor Takes ACF Integration to Next Level

Highly integrated ACF controller simplifies and speeds design of high-efficiency, high-power-density AC/DC power supplies and adapters.

  Silanna Semiconductor has expanded its CO2 Smart Power Family of AC/DC and DC/DC converter technologies.   The new active clamp flyback (ACF) controller integrates adaptive digital PWM control with ultra-high-voltage (UHV) components comprising a 700 V primary GaN FET, X capacitor (X-Cap) d
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Date:
02/26/2024
PSDcast – LG Enters the U.S. EV Charging Market

Dennis Carter, LG’s Director of Sales in the EV Charging division

­One of the most important factors for EVs entering the mainstream is an abundance of charging stations. And nothing speaks to the mainstream like a multimedia consumer juggernaut…like LG. This South Korean multinational conglomerate just announced that it’d be entering the US EV charging market with its fi
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Date:
02/23/2024
TTI Europe Acquires Specialist Transportation Cable Assembly Manufacturer and Interconnect Distributor Raffenday Limited

Geoff Breed, Vice President Marketing TTI, Inc. – Europe

­TTI, Inc. – Europe, a leading specialty distributor of Interconnect, Passive, Electromechanical, Sensor, Discrete and Powercomponents, announces the acquisition of Raffenday Ltd. With production and a distribution center in the UK plus facilities in Slovakia, Raffenday’s high-quality, technical
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Date:
02/21/2024
Navitas Powers Samsung Galaxy S24 with Integrated AI

Navitas Powers Samsung Galaxy S24 with Integrated AI

Navitas Semiconductor has announced that its GaNFast™ power ICs drive Samsung’s 25 W “Super-Fast Charging” (SFC) for the new, AI-enhanced Galaxy S24 smartphone.   Flagship hardware specifications include a 2340 x 1080 (FHD+) dynamic AMOLED 2X, and 120 Hz screen,&nbs
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Date:
02/21/2024
­SBDs Achieve Class-Leading Reverse Recovery Time

ROHM has developed 100V breakdown Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) that deliver industry-leading reverse recovery time (trr).

  The SBDs are intended for applications including power supply and protection circuits in automotive, industrial, and consumer applications.   Although numerous types of diodes exist, highly efficient SBDs are increasingly being used inside a variety of applications. Particularly SBDs with a trench
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Date:
02/18/2024
­GaN FETs Deliver Power Density and Efficiency

EPC GaN FETs leverage drivers and controllers by Analog Devices to simplify GaN design, increase efficiency, reduce cooling cost.

  EPC announces the availability of several reference designs that feature EPC GaN FETs and Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) controllers. The newly released EPC9195 synchronous buck converter reference design board, operating at 750 kHz switching frequency, converts an input voltage of 36 V - 48 V to a regu
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Date:
02/18/2024
­Farnell Adds Murata’s Latest DC-DC Converters

­Farnell Adds Murata’s Latest DC-DC Converters

  Murata Power Solutions is known worldwide as the leading manufacturer of DC-DC converters as well as compact, high-efficiency power products designed to address power application requirements of all sizes.   The new products added to the range carried by Farnell include the MGN1 series of DC-DC conv
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Date:
02/18/2024
­0.635 mm pitch, Slim Body Edge Rate Connectors

­Samtec 0.635 mm pitch, Slim Body Edge Rate Connectors

  It also includes a lower-profile 5 mm mated height. ERF6 & ERM6 Series Edge Rate connectors support 56 Gbps PAM4 high-speed, rugged mezzanine applications for industrial, embedded vision, instrumentation and monitoring, drones, and robotics.   ERF6 & ERM6 have two rows of pins while ma
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Date:
02/18/2024
Würth Optocouplers in Flyback Converters Application Note

Würth Optocouplers in Flyback Converters Application Note

­  The guide is aimed at developers looking to use a DC/DC flyback converter to achieve greater stability and reliability in power supply design. It might also be useful for those who use optocouplers for galvanic isolation of the feedback path. Applications include primary and auxiliary power supplies f
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Date:
02/18/2024
3-Phase BLDC Motor Controller IC

3-Phase BLDC Motor Controller IC

­Nisshinbo Micro Devices Inc. has launched the NA7200BE series 3-Phase BLDC Motor Controller IC intended for general purposes such as fan and other small BLDC motors. The versatile NA7200BE offers a range of functions to design a feature-rich circuit to drive BLDC motors. A wide operating voltage range fr
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Date:
02/16/2024
Accelerometer Market Size & Share to Surpass USD 2.4 billion by 2031, Exhibiting a CAGR of 7.6%

Accelerometer Market Size & Share to Surpass USD 2.4 billion by 2031, Exhibiting a CAGR of 7.6%

­The global accelerometer market is estimated to flourish at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2023 to 2031. Transparency Market Research projects that the overall sales revenue for accelerometer is estimated to reach US$ 2.4 billion by the end of 2031. The proliferation of Internet of Things
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Date:
02/16/2024
Declining Consumer Confidence in the US Energy System Highlights Need for Action

Trey Thornton, EY Americas Power & Utilities Leader

­The EY Energy Consumer Confidence Index (ECCI) reveals an 8-point plunge in consumer confidence toward the US energy system, tumbling from 64.8 in 2022 down to 56.9 today. Most Americans believe they are doing everything they can to be sustainable (68%) and that energy providers should take the lead in shifting to
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Date:
02/15/2024
Renesas Electronics Announces Intent to Acquire Altium

Hidetoshi Shibata, CEO of Renesas

­Renesas Electronics Corporation and Altium Limited (“Altium”, ASX: ALU), a global leader in electronics design systems, today announced they have entered into a Scheme Implementation Agreement (“SIA”) for Renesas to acquire Altium by way of a Scheme of Arrangement under Australian law (“Scheme”). Un
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Date:
02/15/2024
New Study Pinpoints Startups' Vulnerabilities to Innovation Imitation

Charlotte Jacobs, of Louisiana State University

­There’s a Catch-22 to business inventions: endorsements lend credibility and boost market share for innovations, but that same attention leaves even patented products vulnerable to imitation. While it has long been accepted that smaller companies have greater risks associated with IP poaching, a new st
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Date:
02/14/2024
Quantum Dot Sensor Market to Rise at a 20.9% CAGR from 2023 to 2031

Quantum Dot Sensor Market to Rise at a 20.9% CAGR from 2023 to 2031

The quantum dot sensor industry was worth US$ 181.3 million in 2022. A CAGR of 20.9% is projected from 2023 to 2031, reaching US$ 972.3 million. Positive market influences also come from the increased emphasis on sustainability and environmental awareness. Because quantum dot sensors can run at lo
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Date:
02/14/2024
Vibration Sensor Market Size to Exceed USD 5.6 billion by 2031

Vibration Sensor Market Size to Exceed USD 5.6 billion by 2031

The global vibration sensor market is estimated to flourish at a CAGR of 5.6% from 2023 to 2031. Transparency Market Research projects that the overall sales revenue for vibration sensor is estimated to reach US$ 5.6 billion by the end of 2031.  With increasing concerns about env
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Date:
02/13/2024
First Representative Survey of Energy Insecurity in New York City

Diana Hernández, PhD, associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

­Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducted the first representative survey of energy insecurity and health of New York City residents. The study’s findings – including that energy insecurity is experienced by approx
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Date:
02/13/2024
­Synchronous 34V Input Buck Switching Regulator Controller

Nisshinbo Micro Devices has launched the NC2780AK series switching regulators intended for consumer, industrial and automotive applications.

  The NC2780AK has a wide input voltage range from 4.0 to 34 V and an externally adjustable output voltage from 0.7 to 5.3 V. An additional external high-side and low-side N-Channel MOSFET and some passive components are required to complete the buck switching regulator controller. The product is highly
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Date:
02/12/2024
­IP67 – even when unmated

Protective caps for binder's 670- and 770-series cable connectors reliably protect the components against any ingress of dust and liquids when unmated.

  The requirements of protection degree IP67 are thereby met. binder, a leading supplier of industrial circular connectors, is adding protective caps for the cable connectors to its NCC (Not Connected Closed) 670- and 770-series portfolio. Their task is to prevent the ingress of particles and humidity
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Date:
02/12/2024
­Innovative Double-Sided Cooling DFN 5x6 Package

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor has announced the AONA66916, a 100V MOSFET packaged in a top and bottom side cooling DFN 5 x 6 package.

  Delivering a state-of-the-art package that keeps its semiconductor products cooler, AOS is taking a huge step in enabling engineers to develop more efficient designs in telecommunications and industrial applications that must frequently operate in harsh conditions.   Typically, when using
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Date:
02/12/2024
­SOT-223-3 600V MOSFETs Contribute to Smaller Designs

ROHM has added a lineup of compact 600V Super Junction MOSFETs – the R6004END4 / R6003KND4 / R6006KND4 / R6002JND4 / R6003JND4.

  These devices are ideal for small lighting power supplies, pumps, and motors. In recent years, power supplies for lighting and motors for pumps are required to be smaller as devices become more sophisticated – spurring the demand for compact MOSFETs that are essential for switching operation.  
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Date:
02/12/2024
Global Solid State Lighting Market Size is Estimated to Reach USD 120.12 billion by 2031

Global Solid State Lighting Market Size is Estimated to Reach USD 120.12 billion by 2031

­Solid-state lighting uses semiconductors to convert electricity into light. A solid-state lighting system generates visible light through electroluminescence, in which an electric current is passed through a semiconductor diode specially formulated to glow. Solid-state lighting is used in many applications be
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Date:
02/12/2024
Temperature Sensor Market Set to Surge at 5.4 % CAGR, to Reach USD 10.1 billion by 2031

Temperature Sensor Market Set to Surge at 5.4 % CAGR, to Reach USD 10.1 billion by 2031

­The global temperature sensor market was projected to attain US$ 6 billion in 2022. It is anticipated to garner a 5.4% CAGR from 2022 to 2031 and by 2031, the market is likely to attain US$ 10.1 billion by 2031. A temperature sensor is an electrical device that detects and measu
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Date:
02/12/2024
100V Bi-Directional GaN IC for 48V/60V Battery Management System Applications

100V Bi-Directional GaN IC for 48V/60V Battery Management System Applications

­Innoscience Technology has launched a new 100V bi-directional member of the company’s VGaN IC family. The first family of VGaN devices rated 40V with wide on-resistance range (1.2mOhm – 12mOhm) have been successfully deployed in the USB OVP of mobile phones such as OPPO, OnePlus etc. The new 100V
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Date:
02/12/2024
Researchers Show Classical Computers Can Keep up with, and Surpass, Their Quantum Counterparts

Researchers Show Classical Computers Can Keep up with, and Surpass, Their Quantum Counterparts

­Quantum computing has been hailed as a technology that can outperform classical computing in both speed and memory usage, potentially opening the way to making predictions of physical phenomena not previously possible. Many see quantum computing’s advent as marking a paradigm shift from classical
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Date:
02/12/2024
­Würth Elektronik extends MagI³C-FISM family

­Würth Elektronik extends MagI³C-FISM family

  The device is 100% pin-to-pin compatible with the previous MagI³C-FISM. It has improved properties: the efficiency goes up to 84 percent, the ambient temperature range has been increased to 105°C and the isolation voltage is 3 kV (for 60 seconds). Like some of its predecessors, this power module ha
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Date:
02/08/2024
New Study Finds

Yarn-shaped supercapacitors created by NC State researchers in the Wilson College of Textiles. Photo courtesy of Nanfei He, NC State University.

­As interest in wearable technology has surged, research into creating energy-storage devices that can be woven into textiles has also increased. Researchers at North Carolina State University have now identified a “sweet spot” at which the length of a threadlike energy storage technology called a “yarn-shaped su
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Date:
02/08/2024
Getting to Know the ​'Ghost' Inside Batteries

Getting to Know the ​'Ghost' Inside Batteries

­An Argonne team developing materials for solid-state batteries took an unexpected detour to investigate tiny short-circuits known as soft-shorts. Their insights will benefit battery researchers around the world. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have shed impo
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Date:
02/08/2024
ROHM Introduces Zero-Drift Operational Amplifier with High Accuracy Regardless of Temperature Changes

ROHM Introduces Zero-Drift Operational Amplifier with High Accuracy Regardless of Temperature Changes

­ROHM Semiconductor introduced the new LMR1002F-LB zero-drift operational amplifier (op amp). It is designed for industrial and consumer electronics devices and minimizes both input offset voltage and input offset voltage temperature drift. Capable of accurately amplifying output signals from se
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Date:
02/08/2024
Quantum Dots Market size worth $ 36.79 Billion, Globally, by 2030 at 26.04% CAGR

Quantum Dots Market size worth $ 36.79 Billion, Globally, by 2030 at 26.04% CAGR

­The Global Quantum Dots Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 26.04% from 2023 to 2030, according to a new report published by Verified Market Research®. The report reveals that the market was valued at USD 4.58 Billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 36.79 Billion by th
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Date:
02/08/2024
­PI introduces InnoSwitch5 offline flyback switcher IC

­PI introduces InnoSwitch5 offline flyback switcher IC

  The single-chip switcher achieves over 95 percent efficiency with a novel secondary-side control scheme which achieves zero-voltage switching (ZVS) without a dedicated and costly additional high voltage switch. The new IC, which features a 750 V or a 900 V PowiGaN™ primary switch, primary-side contr
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Date:
02/08/2024
Is the Turing Test Still Relevant?

Jason Lomberg, North American Editor, PSD

South Park recently did an episode with a co-writer’s credit for ChatGPT (bear with me), and it did a great job summarizing the inscrutable nature of artificial intelligence and, with some minor extrapolation, why the Turing Test needs to evolve. On the famously topical show, the kids use ChatGPT to answer text messa
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Date:
02/01/2024
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