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Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

 



 

 

Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

May 2015
Today’s power conversion and power management applications demand compact yet robust power switching circuitry that supports high-voltage, high-frequency operation with the minimum of losses from the smallest possible PCB area. By definition, the choice of MOSFET technology has a significant impact
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05/29/2015
Designing the future

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The first modern wave of rapid human development, also known as the first industrial revolution, began in the middle of the 18th century. The development of devices that could be used to magnify a human’s capabilities immediately changed the face of the planet, impacting everything from agriculture
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05/29/2015
Many fields of research focus on achieving a combination of more powerful batteries and devices that consume less and less energy. However, Moore's law does not apply to batteries. The performance and component density of processors and memory chips double approximately every 18 months. Gordon E.
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05/29/2015

Energy harvesting has been around for a very long time. I still remember my 1980s pocket calculator with a solar cell powering the computing unit as well as the LCD display. But even much before that, usable energy was harvested in the early days of the electrical revolution with putting generators on river
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05/29/2015
A niche market only a few years ago, the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is now becoming a mainstream electricity provider, and changing the way the world is powered. Following a difficult period of industry consolidation and economic crisis, PV installations saw another record year in 2013, with more than
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05/29/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Infineon explains their latest CoolMOS at PCIM 2015. The CoolMOS C7 series is a major step forward, presented as having the worlds’s lowest R DS(on)/package
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05/29/2015
Hirose releases a high current, single circuit storage battery connector

PS3C Series connectors

Hirose, a leader in the development of innovative connector solutions, has introduced the PS3C Series connector, a high power, single circuit (position) cable connector supporting 150 Amps for storage battery applications. The PS3C Series is designed with a highly reliable blade contact that features a clip-like
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05/29/2015
MEMSIC rolls out new sensing solutions

Inertial Measurement Systems

MEMSIC plans to demonstrate its latest advanced technologies at the Sensors Expo and Conference, to be held June 10-11 2015 at the Long Beach Convention Center, CA, booth number 245. MEMSIC products, including semiconductors and system-level devices, are designed to solve challenging inertial and flow sensing
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05/29/2015
System architects of embedded systems, networking, and datacom equipment are constantly being pushed to increase the data throughput and performance of their systems as well as add functionality and features. At the same time, pressure is being applied to decrease the system’s overall power consumption. For
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05/28/2015
Did you know that every 10°C rise in ambient temperature reduces every component’s lifetime by 50%? That power supplies with drop-offs or variances can lead to premature failures and even completely fried parts in your system? Indeed, most agree that power-intensive applications need, and really must have,
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05/28/2015
We thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes or “don’ts” that occur during the design of efficient power systems – and how to avoid them. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences during Electrocube’s 50-plus years in
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05/28/2015
As power levels are increased and output voltages drop, it is common to have just a few turns in the windings of inductors and transformers. When this happens, standard round wires are usually not the best choice for building magnetic structures, and foil is often used. With a foil winding, the width of the
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05/28/2015
Towards a new era in power electronics

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

GaN material offers orders of magnitude improvement in switching and conduction performance and, when produced on GaN-on-Silicon substrates, can reduce power system costs.  Only diamond power semiconductors have been proposed as a superior material system to GaN, but the consensus is that we are decades
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05/28/2015
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05/28/2015
Molex's Brad Micro-Push connectors tout efficiency, lower cost

Brad Micro-Push M12 Connectors

Molex Incorporated launches today its Brad Micro-Push M12 Connectors for factory automation and industrial lighting applications. Featuring an innovative push-on mating interface, the connectors reduce installation time up to 80% compared to screw-style connectors and facilitate simple blind-mate connections
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05/28/2015
In this episode of PSDtv GaN Systems goes over their latest wide-bandgap power solutions and packaging for Power Systems Design at PCIM 2015. In addition to their new top-cooling
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05/27/2015
Michael Frisch von Vincotech Ãber ihre neuesten Power Solutions

Michael Frisch von Vincotech

In diesem PSDcast Michael Frisch von Vincotech spricht mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über ihre neuesten Power Solutions auf der PCIM 2015 Ausstellung. Unter den Lösungen vorgestellt, Vincotech enthüllt ihre neue flow7Pack Line Familie - der Fluss7PACK 1200 V Produktfamilie mit einer Bremse, dreiphasiger
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05/27/2015
Michael Frisch of Vincotech on their latest power solutions

Michael Frisch of Vincotech

In this PSDcast Michael Frisch of Vincotech talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their latest power solutions at the 2015 PCIM exhibition. Among the solutions presented at the event, Vincotech unveiled their new flow7PACK Line family - the flow7PACK 1200 V product family features a brake, three-phase
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05/27/2015
Vishay Intertechnology's latest fast body diode N-channel MOSFETs enhance performance in soft-switching topologies

600 V EF Series fast body diode n-channel power MOSFETs

Vishay Intertechnology introduced three new devices in its new 600 V EF Series of fast body diode n-channel power MOSFETs. With low reverse recovery charge and on-resistance, the Vishay Siliconix SiHx21N60EF, SiHx47N60EF, and SiHx70N60EF increase reliability and save energy in industrial, telecom, computing,
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05/26/2015
Analog Devices' ADuM4135 isolated IGBT gate driver empowers industrial motor-control apps

ADuM4135 isolated IGBT gate driver

Analog Devices introduced the ADuM4135 isolated IGBT gate driver to improve electric motor energy efficiency, reliability and system-control performance in industrial motor control applications. Incorporating ADI’s award-winning iCoupler digital isolator technology, the ADuM4135 ensures safety and reliability
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05/26/2015
Cree claims industry’s first 900V SiC MOSFET

SiC 900V MOSFETs

Cree, a leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has introduced its latest breakthrough in SiC power device technology: the industry’s first 900V MOSFET platform. Optimized for high frequency power electronics applications, including renewable energy inverters, electric vehicle charging systems, and
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05/26/2015
Vicor expands Picor Cool-Power ZVS regulator portfolio with updated 48V buck regulators

Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulator

Vicor announced the expansion of its Picor Cool-Power ZVS Point-of-Load Regulator portfolio with the introduction of high efficiency PI3542, PI3543, PI3545, and PI3546 buck regulators. The entire Cool-Power portfolio is characterized by products with benchmark efficiency and density performance that are simple
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05/26/2015
Vincotech's flow7PACK power modules serve motion control apps

The flow7PACK line from Vincotech

Power electronics designers are constantly seeking innovative, flexible solutions to satisfy the industry's tough demands for EMC, a small footprint and low system costs. The flow7PACK line from Vincotech is a remarkably flexible and convenient option for applications in which EMC presents a problem because
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05/25/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Fairchild describes their latest motor control solutions for motor control for Power Systems Design at the 2015 PCIM exhibition. Since electrical motors
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05/22/2015
Bernd Neuner von ZES Zimmer Ãber advanced energy Messung

Bernd Neuner von ZES Zimmer

In diesem PSDcast Bernd Neuner von ZES Zimmer spricht mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über advanced energy management und die Notwendigkeit von besseren Energie Messung Tools und Prozesse. Die Messgeräte der LMG600-Familie verfügen als erste Leistungsmessgeräte in jedem Strom- und Spannungskanal
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05/22/2015
Infineon’s next-gen CoolMOS delivers 50% improved switching losses

2EDN7524 MOSFET driver

Infineon Technologies has launched a new family of CoolMOS C7 series superjunction (SJ) MOSFETs. The 600 V series offers a 50 percent reduction in turn-off losses compared to the CoolMOS CP, offering a GaN-like level of performance in PFC, TTF and other hard-switching topologies. The CoolMOS C7 achieves an industry
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05/22/2015
In diesem Episode von PSDtv spricht eine Gruppe von Studenten vom Projekt TechFak EcoCar, der Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg über deren selbstentwickeltes
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05/21/2015
ROHM claims first trench-type SiC MOSFET

SiC MOSFET featuring a trench structure

ROHM announced the first development and mass production of an SiC MOSFET that adopts the trench structure. Compared to existing planar-type SiC MOSFETs, ON resistance is reduced by 50% in the same chip size, making it possible to significantly decrease power loss in a variety of equipment, from industrial inverters
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05/21/2015
Powerex releases integrated power module

Powerex Integrated Power Module

The Powerex Integrated Power Module (PIPM) is a configurable IGBT-based power platform. The module has rated power outputs from 75-229 KW and operates on DC bus voltages from 400 to 800 VDC and switching frequencies of up to 20 kHz. The power module can be mounted on various heatsinks,
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05/19/2015
GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, launched the latest addition to its range of E-mode GaN-on-Silicon high power transistors based on its three core proprietary technologies. The new GaN high-power enhancement-mode device, designated the GS65516T, boasts the highest
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05/19/2015
Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems on GaN's

Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems

In this PSDcast friend of the show Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the recent announcements and advancements that has the industry finally recognizing that GaN has "arrived" in the marketplace as a viable hi-performance cost-effective
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05/14/2015
Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting electronic and magnetic components is exhibiting at PCIM Europe and Sensor & Test Show in Nuremberg/Germany from May 19th to the 21st in Nuremberg, Germany. PCIM Europe is an international leading meeting point for specialists
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05/14/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Tom Spohrer of Microchip talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about updating high-availability power systems. In this world of high-demand,
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05/13/2015
AVX introduces HV auto-grade radial-leaded MLCCs

SV Series high voltage, automotive grade, multilayer ceramic (MLC), radial-leaded capacitor

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the SV Series high voltage, automotive grade, multilayer ceramic (MLC), radial-leaded capacitors. Qualified to AEC-Q200 and rated for 1,000VDC, the new SV Series capacitors are designed with C0G (NP0) Class I dielectric
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05/13/2015
Microchip’s dsPIC33EP “GS†family is optimized for digital power apps

dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced the 14-member dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33EP “GS” family delivers the performance needed to implement more sophisticated non-linear, predictive
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05/13/2015
Imahara and Mouser start interview series on space exploration with Astrobotic

Empowering Innovation Together

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is partnering with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and Astrobotic, the solar system’s first lunar logistics company and Google Lunar XPRIZE Milestone winner, to reveal the first of several Innovation Spotlight
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05/12/2015
VACUUMSCHMELZE adds to its sophisticated sensor portfolio at PCIM 2015

4646-X7xx current sensor for PCB mounting

At this year’s PCIM in Nuremberg (held from 19th – 21st May), VACUUMSCHMELZE (VAC) will again present its comprehensive portfolio of sensors. The company’s stand, No. 119 in Hall 7, will contain proven products in addition to debuting DI sensors designed specifically for electric vehicle charging cables,
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05/11/2015
Intersil's PowerNavigator GUI speeds digital power system design, validation, and monitoring

PowerNavigator version 5.2

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions today unveiled PowerNavigator version 5.2, a free, downloadable graphical user interface (GUI) that helps system designers quickly configure, validate and monitor their power supply architectures. The new features included
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05/11/2015
STMicro's debuts smart, high-power-density motor driver for advanced industrial automation

STMicroelectronics’ powerSTEP driver

Premiering at PCIM Europe 2015, STMicroelectronics’ powerSTEP driver delivers the advantages of compact motor-control design for applications at high power ratings. The fully integrated stepper-motor driver system-in-package offers an unprecedented power density of up to 500W/cm2, enabling cost-effective systems
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05/11/2015
Cornel Pazara of TI on power and the SIMPLE SWITCHER's 25th anniversary

Cornel Pazara of TI

In this PSDcast Cornel Pazara of Texas Instruments talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the evolution of power and the pressures on power design in areas from the Internet of Things to automotive systems. He also talks about TI's SIMPLE SWITCHER tech and how it has evolved and developed over the
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05/11/2015
The Cores and Components division of VACUUMSCHMELZE (VAC) will again attend PCIM in Nuremberg this year. From 19th to 21st May, VAC's stand 119 in Hall 7 will focus its product presentations on transformers, cut cores and chokes using the nanocrystalline material VITROPERM®. This year, VAC will highlight
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05/08/2015
Cree, a leading supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) based power products, will introduce its new 900V SiC MOSFETs at PCIM 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany, which takes place May 19 to 21. At the show, Europe's leading meeting-point for specialists in power electronics and its applications in intelligent motion, renewable
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05/04/2015
Infineon DC motor control shield for Arduino now at Newark element14

The Infineon DC Motor Control Shield for Arduino

The Infineon DC Motor Control Shield for Arduino is now available for purchase from Newark element14, an electronics distributor and online community for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts. The product enables fast and inexpensive prototyping of DC motor control. Infineon’s DC Motor Control
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05/04/2015
A collaboration agreement between MIRA - a leader in advanced vehicle engineering, research and product testing - and Samsung Techwin - a leader in supply of security and energy solutions - is set to bring forward the development of custom battery and powertrain systems for automotive and off-highway hybrid
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05/04/2015

 



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