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Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

 



 

 

Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

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PSDcast - On control portion of power systems

Les Crowder of Adesto Technologies

Les Crowder of Adesto discusses why control portion of power systems often requires a CPU that needs boot Flash to operate.  Adesto provides Serial Non-volatile Memory ICs that are optimized for modern applications.  These systems typically need to manipulate small data packets (20 to 200 Bytes) that
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Date:
04/24/2017
300 W Ac-Dc Power Supply Series Offers High Efficiency in a 3†x 5†Package

300 W Ac-Dc Power Supply Series Offers High Efficiency in a 3” x 5” Package

CUI’s Power Group has announced the expansion of its VOF ac-dc power supply family 
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Date:
04/22/2017
Mouser Named Top Global High Service Distributor for 4th Straight Year

Global Distributor Also Takes Top NPI, Customer Growth Awards

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry's leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components,has
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Date:
04/22/2017

Mouser Unveils FORTE, a Revolutionary New BOM Tool

Easy-to-Use, Robust Tool Takes Selecting and Purchasing to New Levels

– Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction leader that empowers innovation,is pleased to announce FORTE—Mouser’s
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Date:
04/22/2017
NXP and Amazon Work Together to Bring More Alexa Experiences to the Smart Home

Releases industry’s first complete NXP reference platform for Amazon Alexa with far-field technology to simplify development of high performance voice-enabled devices

NXP Semiconductors has announced the release of the NXP reference platform for AmazonAlexa, that integrates Amazon’s far-field voice recognition technology and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS).   
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Date:
04/16/2017
Best-in-Class Active OR’ing MOSFET Controller from Diodes Incorporated Supports Power Supplies up to 400V

Best-in-Class Active OR’ing MOSFET Controller from Diodes Incorporated Supports Power Supplies up to 400V

Extending the capability to support redundancy power systems with rail voltages up to 400V, the ZXGD3112N7 active OR’ing MOSFET controller introduced by Diodes Incorporated, builds on a successful design employed in previous 40V and 200V devices.
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Date:
04/15/2017
StrongIRFETâ„¢ MOSFET in new package for battery powered applications

The new D2PAK 7pin+ package for the StrongIRFET MOSFET further enhances the options for selecting the ideal power device for many design challenges. In comparison to the standard D2PAK 7pin package the new family offers up to 15 percent lower RDS(on) and up to 39 percent lower thermal resistance from junction to PCB.

Infineon Technologies AG complements its StrongIRFET™ family with a 40 V MOSFET packaged in D²PAK 7pin+. The new MOSFET family offers
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Date:
04/15/2017
Bourns Expands Multifuse PPTC Line with Smaller Size Models Offering Extended Operating Current

New MF-RG Resettable Fuse Series Helps Developers Meet Reduced Space, Thermal Requirements While Maximizing Circuit Protection Performance

Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of 
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Date:
04/15/2017
60V, 3A Silent Switcher ÂμModule Regulator in 6.25mm x 9mm  BGA Package is CISPR 22 Class B Compliant

60V, 3A Silent Switcher µModule Regulator

Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTM8073, a µModule® (power module) step-down regulator with up to 60V input voltage range (65V abs max). The device can safely operate from unregulated
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Date:
04/15/2017
SMT inductors from TT Electronics are robust for demanding  automotive applications

Tiny inductors are industry certified for performance and reliability

TT Electronics, a global provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, today launched the HM73E-10 series of SMT miniature power inductors targeted at high reliability applications in the automotive industry. The inductors are ideal for high
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Date:
04/15/2017
 AMS Technologies Opens Design Center in Krakow, Poland

Some of the thermal specialists at the AMS design center

AMS Technologies, Europe’s leading solution provider and distributor for optical, power and thermal management technologies, has established a design center in Krakow, Poland. In this design center skilled AMS experts will address customer requirements for professional, turnkey solutions in the fields of thermal
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Date:
04/13/2017
eSOL Launches eMBP Model-Based Parallelizer

Automatic Generation of Parallel Code for Multi- and Many-Core Systems with High Reliability and Performance that Accurately Reflects Design Intentions Using Simulink® Models

eSOL, a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions, today announced the release of its 
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Date:
04/11/2017
Metal film resistors from TT Electronics are ideal for harsh environments

High spec precision AEC-Q200 qualified resistors for voltage measurement in metering and power condition monitoring applications

 
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Date:
04/10/2017
Expansion of the Executive Board of WÃrth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG

www.we-online.de

Alexander Gerfer (51), CTO of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group, has been appointed to the company’s Executive Board. With immediate effect, together with the CEOs of the Würth Elek­tronik eiSos Group, Oliver Konz and Thomas Schrott, he would be co-re­sponsible for the future strategies of one of Europe’s
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Date:
04/10/2017
Fully-automated manufactured 1W DC/DC converters with low profile

Fully-automated manufactured 1W DC/DC converters with low profile

RECOM’s new R1SX series have nearly 20% lower profile than the industry standard due to their unique inverted transformer design. These 1W DC/DC converters are suited for bus isolation and a wide range of industrial automation control equipment. The R1SX series, an open-frame SMD converter, leverages
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Date:
04/10/2017
 Quasi-resonant flyback controller and integrated power IC CoolSETâ„¢ family of 5th generation

Complete fifth generation quasi-resonant controller and CoolSET product portfolio

Infineon Technologies AG introduces the fifth generation of the stand-alone quasi-resonant flyback controller and integrated power IC
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Date:
04/08/2017
Simplifying field-side circuitry

MAX14001 simplified functional diagram

Measuring high voltages (12V to 300V) and currents using a low-voltage microcontroller is a growing requirement in industrial automation equipment. For example, a low- voltage microcontroller system can be used to monitor high-voltage industrial equipment for an unstable AC or DC power supply. This protects
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Date:
04/08/2017
Converter and inverter output filtering

Forward converter output filtering

Most modern power conversion topologies use switched-mode techniques for highest efficiency and smallest size and cost. Inevitably, switching noise is produced and output filters are required to minimize EMI and provide reliable operation of the power converter and load. This article looks at some filtering
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Date:
04/08/2017
The state of the power industry

Powerbox GB350 digitally controlled power supply for applications operated under high electromagnetic field

The overall market for AC/DC and DC/DC commercial switch mode power supplies (C-SMPS), which excludes consumers and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), is estimated to be in a range of 22 to 25 billion US Dollars. This level has been stable for more than five years and from an outsider’s point of view, could
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Date:
04/08/2017
Optimizing power design with configurable modules

Artesyn’s configurable power supply range delivered

Choosing the power supply for a project can be a challenging process. Prototypes cannot be developed without a supply of power, but the exact power requirements may change as the project progresses. It can be wise not to commit to power supply decisions too early. On the other hand, an off-the-shelf
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Date:
04/08/2017
Increasing inverter efficiency

Complete motor inverter for a power output of up to 150 kW.

TDK has joined forces with Infineon Technologies to develop a design for xEV inverters that achieves a very high efficiency of over 98% over a power range of 10 kW to 150 kW. This success has been achieved by matching of the Infineon IGBT module and the EPCOS and TDK passive components. The new Infineon
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Date:
04/08/2017
Li-ion cell inventor creates fast-charging noncombustible batteries

94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery

A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells. Goodenough’s latest breakthrough, completed with Cockrell
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Date:
04/07/2017
IP20 versions of ecosine evo passive harmonic filters now available from Schaffner

The attached image shows the new Schaffner IP20 ecosine evo passive harmonic filter

Schaffner, the international leader in the fields of electromagnetic compatibility and power quality, has introduced an IP20 enclosed version of its market leading ecosine evo range of compact modular passive harmonics filters. Designed
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Date:
04/06/2017
New Line of Peltier Modules Features Unique Construction that Delivers High Performance and Longer Life

New Line of Peltier Modules Features Unique Construction that Delivers High Performance and Longer Life

CUI’s Thermal Management Group today announced a new line of high performance Peltier modules that boasts superior performance and reliability, thanks to its innovative arcTEC™ structure. This unique construction utilizes a combination of thermally
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Date:
04/06/2017
AVX Releases Leadless Bidirectional ESD Suppression Diodes for High-Speed Circuit Protection

Delivering clamping values below 12V & ultralow nominal capacitance values down to 0.3pF in low profile 0201 & 0402 packages, the new GiGuard Series diodes preserve the integrity of high-speed data & communication signals & protect sensitive ICs during ESD events in applications spanning network communications to touchscreens

 
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Date:
04/06/2017
Mouser Electronics to Host Webinar on Bluetooth 5 Developments

Webinar on Bluetooth 5 Developments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, will host a webinar
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Date:
04/06/2017
Mouser Boosts Open Source Lineup with DFRobot, Globally Distributes Plug-and-Play Sensors Series

DFRobot, Plug-and-Play Sensors Series

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader that empowers innovation,announces a global distribution agreement with DFRobot,
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Date:
04/06/2017
Tightening energy efficiency standards

Infographic: The evolution of energy efficiency standards from 2004 through to the latest 2016 US DoE Level VI regulations and the impending EU CoC and Ecodesign requirements (Courtesy of CUI Inc.)

Just when you thought you had it nailed, along comes another set of energy efficiency standards for external power supplies. Yesterday’s standards are no longer good enough and manufacturers cannot afford to be complacent. Meeting energy efficiency standards is not a one-time fix. The pressure on
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Date:
04/05/2017
Driving piezoelectric elements

Innovative Topology Overcomes Conflicting Piezo-Driver Requirements

Piezoelectric elements have traditionally been used primarily in applications in the audio industry, operating in the human audio range (nominally 100 Hz to 18 kHz). However, subsequent improvements in device characteristics have extended their usefulness into markets which demand much-higher performance. For
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Date:
04/04/2017
Improve power conversion testing with these probing tips

Accurately evaluate and measure very small performance increases

Today’s power supply designers and test engineers are generally seeking to find very small incremental improvements that will increase power conversion efficiency, or reduce losses in the design. This requires the ability to accurately evaluate and measure very small performance increases. Sources
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Date:
04/04/2017
Depending on who you talk to, 20 billion to 50 billion things, from a light bulb to an aircraft and anything in between, will be Internet-enabled in the next three years. All this will need to be remotely monitored and controlled and have software security to keep the nefarious at bay. The IoT (Internet of Things),
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Date:
04/04/2017
World’s Only 12-Bit High Definition, 1 GHz Oscilloscope Platforms now feature 10x Oversampling

HDO4000A, HDO6000A, HDO8000A and MDA800A oscilloscopes and motor drive analyzers also enhanced by MAUI with OneTouch gesture control and a supercharged PC system

Teledyne LeCroy today introduces the HDO4000A, HDO6000A, HDO8000A, and MDA800A analog and mixed-signal oscilloscopes. These four high-definition oscilloscope product lines range from 200 MHz – 1 GHz bandwidth and utilize 12-bit HD4096 technology. This technology arrived
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Date:
04/04/2017
Teledyne LeCroy’s WaveSurfer 510 Oscilloscope Delivers Value-Packed Debug Punch

MAUI with OneTouch Gesture Control, 32 Mpts Memory, 10 GS/s Sample Rate, and Advanced Debug Tools Maximize Debug Speed and Power

Teledyne LeCroy today introduces the WaveSurfer 510 oscilloscope, providing 1 GHz bandwidth and 10 GS/s sample rate simultaneously on all 4 channels at a price of $12,900. The WaveSurfer 510 combines the MAUI® with OneTouch user interface with powerful waveform processing, in addition to advanced math,
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Date:
04/04/2017
32-Bit SAR ADC with 0.5ppm Linearity Provides 148dB Dynamic Range

32-Bit SAR ADC with 0.5ppm Linearity Provides 148dB Dynamic Range

Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC2500-32, an ultrahigh precision 32-bit successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC).  The LTC2500-32 is a new and enabling
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Date:
04/03/2017
D3 Semiconductor Superjunction +FETsâ„¢ Push Performance Envelope

New entry into competitive power semiconductor market offers 650V-rated models in a wide variety
of package configurations; claims across-the-board, industry-best FOM

D3 Semiconductor, a company bringing together affiliated semiconductor companies and top-talent experts, announces its inaugural entry into the power semiconductor market with the launch of its +FET™ line of 650V-rated
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Date:
04/03/2017
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Unveils New 600V Intelligent IGBT Power Module IPM5 Series

Optimized for high efficiency and ruggedness in motor drive applications

 Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) (Nasdaq: AOSL), a designer, developer
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Date:
04/03/2017
 Kionix’s New KXTJ3 Accelerometer

Uncompromising performance and value in a single package

Kionix, a ROHM Group Company, announces the release of the KXTJ3, a new 3-axis accelerometer offering unprecedented value while providing the performance of much a more expensive accelerometer in a tiny, 2mm x 2mm x 0.9mm form factor.   CEO of Kionix Inc,Nader Sadrzadeh states, "The original
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Date:
04/03/2017
WÃrth Elektronik eiSos Honors Digi-Key with the Global Distribution Award

Keft to Righrt: Tom Busher, Vice President IP&E Digi-Key; Lars Fahrbach, Würth Elektronik eiSos; Jena Johnsrud, Marketing Programs Manager Digi-Key; Josh Knott, Product Manager Digi-Key; Joe Haukos, Distribution Manager Americas, Wurth Electronics; Brandon Leichtenberg, Insides Sales Distribution Wurth Electronics; Nicki Mandery Distribution Marketing, Wurth Electronics; Jason Simoneau, Director Passives Digi-Key.

This year’s “Global Distribution Award” of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group went to Digi-Key Electronics. Representatives of the American subsidiary of the Group, Wurth Electronics Midcom Inc., presented the award during a visit to the Digi-Key headquarters in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Along with
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Date:
04/03/2017
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