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Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

 




 

 

Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

June 2015
PCIM Asia and SPS Automation Shanghai came together under one roof this year

PCIM Asia 2015

PCIM Asia 2015 ended with a positive result after three exhibition days, full with the latest trends of power electronics. Together with the in parallel running SPS Automation Shanghai, 101 exhibitors presented their latest products and services of power electronics in the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Center.
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06/29/2015
TE Connectivity (TE), a leader in connectivity, announced that it has been named a lead partner to Andretti Technologies, the technology incubation and advanced engineering business of Andretti Autosport. TE is the leader in connectivity and sensor solutions to the autosport industry, providing products that
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06/29/2015
Power Integrations' HiperPFS-3 PFC ICs  target light-load performance

HiperPFSTM-3 power factor correction IC

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced its HiperPFS-3 family of power factor correction ICs, which offer high power factor and high efficiency across the entire load range. Targeting applications with continuous power demands up to 405
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06/24/2015

RS Components adds Infineon IGBT modules to power semi portfolio

Infineon IGBT modules

RS Components, a distributor for engineers, has added 75 new Infineon IGBT modules to its portfolio of over 200 products from leading vendors, bringing greater choice to designers and installers seeking energy-efficient solutions to power conversion and control challenges. The new modules are suitable for applications
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06/23/2015
James Lougheed of Exar on power industry trends

James Lougheed of Exar

In this PSDcast James Lougheed, VP of Component Products at Exar, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current state of the power elecrtonics industry, and some of the trends and issues dominating the marketplace. Exar recently unveiled the XR79120, a 20A single-output synchronous step-down
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06/22/2015
Stadium Power releases ultra-compact high-efficiency 500W switchmode supply

AQF500 series

Stadium Power, a leading UK based provider of power supply solutions, announced the availability of the AQF500 series of ultra compact high efficiency 500 watt switch mode power supplies with Active PFC. These single output power supplies offer high power density up to 26W per cubic inch in just a 5” x 3”
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06/22/2015
AVX unveils web-based interactive capacitor-simulation tool

AVX interactive SpiTAN IV software

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced a new web-based simulation tool for its tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide capacitors. Featuring data mined from the libraries of AVX’s previous PSpice Models and S-Parameters S2P software, which, now redundant,
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06/19/2015
Stackpole's high-power chip resistor touts thermal performance

RHC2512 high-power chip resistor

The RHC2512 from Stackpole utilizes unique materials, design, and processing to offer much lower thermal resistance than other high power chip resistors. When used with the recommended solder pad layout, the RHC will typically show a heat rise of 60°C per watt compared to standard 2512 devices that can experience
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06/19/2015
Microturbine-based tech empowers range extenders for electric vehicles

Fulcrum gas turbine on-board range extender

Over eight million hybrid cars will be made in 2025, each with a range extender, the additional power source that distinguishes them from pure electric cars. Add to that significant money spent on the same devices in buses, military vehicles, boats and so on and a major new market emerges. Whereas
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06/18/2015
GE's open-frame AC/DC supplies offer high power density for space-constrained apps

Open-frame CLP power supply

GE’s Critical Power business announced two new additions to its open-frame, Compact Low Power (CLP) family of AC-DC power supplies — its CLP0224FP and CLP0112FP. These new solutions complement the already released CLP0212FP solution, a 200-W, 12-volt AC-to-DC solution. The CLP0224FP, 200-watt (W), 24-volt
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06/17/2015
Cree's next-gen 900V SiC MOSFET now at Mouser

Cree C3M SiC power MOSFET

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is stocking the C3M family of silicon carbide power MOSFETs from Cree. The latest breakthrough in silicon carbide (SiC) power device technology and the industry's first SiC 900V MOSFET platform, the C3M Power
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06/17/2015
Mark Downing of Intersil on single-stage industrial power conversion

Mark Downing of Intersil

In this PSDcast Mark Downing, Senior VP of Intersil’s Corporate Strategy and Infrastructure Power Products, talks to Alix Paultre of Power
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06/15/2015
STMicro's latest 1200V IGBTs tout low-frequency performance

S-series 1200V IGBTs

S-series 1200V IGBTs from STMicroelectronics are optimized for the lowest combined conduction and turn-off losses at switching frequencies up to 8kHz, to increase the power-conversion efficiency of uninterruptible power supplies, solar generators, welders, industrial motor drives, and similar equipment.   The
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06/12/2015
MicroPower Direct's safety-approved 1W SIP DC/DC converters tout low costs

The ME100SE family is packaged in a miniature, 4-pin SIP case that requires very little board space

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the ME100SE series provides 1W of output power in a miniature 4-pin SIP package. They are specifically designed to provide the wide selection, miniature size, I/O isolation and economy required by a wide range of space critical board level applications. Sixteen
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06/12/2015
 Fairchild's FSBB10CH120DF Motion SPM 3 Series IGBT Module now at Mouser

FSBB10CH120DF module

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the FSBB10CH120DF Motion SPM 3 Series Module, part of the Motion SPM 3 Module family from Fairchild Semiconductor. The FSBB10CH120DF is a Smart Power Module (SPM) that features a 1200V, 10A
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06/10/2015
Tim Schnitzler von Avago Ãber Industrial Power Management

Tim Schnitzler von Avago

In diesem PSDcast spricht Tim Schnitzler, European Product Manager für Avago's industrielle Faserprodukte, mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über Industrial Power Management,
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06/09/2015
Tim Schnitzler of Avago on industrial circuit isolation

Tim Schnitzler of Avago

In this PSDcast Tim Schnitzler, European product manager for Avago's Industrial Fiber Products Division, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about industrial power management, especially the issues of circuit isolation. Avago recently released a family of
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06/09/2015
Hirose board-to-board connector family features floating alignment capability

FunctionMAX connectors

Hirose, a leader in the development of innovative connector solutions, has developed the FunctionMAX group, a versatile board-to-board connector family that features specialized floating alignment capability and/or high-speed transmission. The FunctionMAX board-to-board connector family includes connector series
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06/08/2015
Ohio State wins year one of North American EcoCAR 3 Competition

EcoCAR 3 challenges students nationwide to design, build and optimize eco-friendly powertrains

The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) announced The Ohio State University as the overall winning team for Year One of the EcoCAR 3 competition, a four-year collegiate engineering program that gives students the chance to design, build, and demonstrate cutting-edge, eco-friendly automotive
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06/08/2015
IsabellenhÃtte’s shunt-based current sensor tech suits frequency converters and solar inverters

ILF current sensor

Measurement technology specialist Isabellenhütte has developed a current sensor in the low-amperage range. The new ILF current sensor covers a measurement range of up to 60 amperes and displays the flowing current via the corresponding voltage value on the analogue output. Thanks to its compact IC housing,
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06/08/2015
Jens Hartmann von IsabellenhÃtte Ãber Messtechnik

Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design

In diesem PSDcast spricht Jens Hartmann, Sales Director ISAscale bei der Isabellenhütte, während der PCIM Messe mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über das Thema Messtechnik. Der neue ILF Stromsensor der Isabellenhütte deckt einen Messbereich von bis zu 60 Amper ab und zeigt den fließenden Strom
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06/05/2015
Intersil’s latest 60V synchronous buck controller simplifies supply design

ISL8117 synchronous step-down PWM controller

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the first 60V synchronous buck controller able to bypass the intermediate step-down conversion stage traditionally employed in industrial applications. The ISL8117 synchronous step-down PWM controller’s low
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06/05/2015
Vishay Intertechnology releases power metal strip resistor in 0612 package

Power Metal Strip resistor with a wide side terminal construction

Vishay Intertechnology launched a surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor with a wide side terminal construction that yields a high 1 W power rating in the compact 0612 case size. The new WSL0612 combines its high power-to-footprint-size ratio with extremely low resistance values down to 0.001 Ω and stable
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06/05/2015
Panasonic’s low ESR, high temp polymer caps suit long-life industrial apps

HX series SP Caps

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has introduced new low ESR, high temperature speciality conductive polymer aluminium capacitors that feature low ESR and wide temperature range, ensuring that the devices are suitable for demanding applications. Part of the SP Caps range, new HX series devices have
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06/05/2015
Vincotech's flowBOOST4w modules suit UPS and other three-phase PFC apps

flowBOOST4w module

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, announced the release of its new flowBOOST4w modules designed for UPS and other three-phase PFC applications with power ratings from 100 to 200 kVA and switching frequencies from 8 to 20 kHz. These modules serve online UPS and
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06/05/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Infineon explains their latest Intelligent Power Module (IPM) for Power Systems Design at PCIM 2015. MIPAQ devices are IGBT modules in a sixpack configuration
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06/03/2015
Alpha and Omega Semi's 1200V/1350V E-series IGBTs target soft-switching apps

E-series IGBT platform

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer and supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, introduced the new E-series IGBT platform with the 1200V AOK20B120E1 and 1350V AOK20B135E1. This new platform has been honed to deliver exceptional performance
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06/03/2015
Infineon extends medium-voltage power MOSFET portfolio with 300V devices

OptiMOS 300 V

Infineon Technologies extends its medium voltage MOSFET portfolio with OptiMOS 300 V, setting a new standard in the Power MOSFET market. In doing so, the company confirms its position as market leader enabling energy efficient solutions in applications such as telecom systems, uninterruptible power supplies
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06/03/2015
Keysight's current-voltage analyzers tout best-in-class performance, support for cutting-edge apps

Precision Current-Voltage Analyzer Series

Keysight Technologies introduced a full line-up of current-voltage (I-V) analyzers for characterizing a wide range of nanomaterials and electronic devices. Referred to collectively as the Precision Current-Voltage Analyzer Series, the analyzers deliver best-in-class accuracy and performance, powerful analysis
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06/02/2015
Leading hi-tech analysts at Juniper Research are forecasting that the telematics sector will continue to outperform all other M2M markets over the next five years, in revenue terms, with one in five passenger vehicles connected globally by 2019. Smartphone-based models have become the key disruptor
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06/02/2015
Paul Kierstead of Cree on the availability of SiC MOSFETs

Paul Kierstead of Cree

In this PSDcast Paul Kierstead of Cree talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design
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06/02/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Vicor describes several of their latest power solutions using their novel  Vicor Integrated Adapter (VIA) technology for Power Systems Design
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06/01/2015
MicroPower Direct's IGD1208W hybrid driver specifically targets N-channel IGBT modules

IGD1208W hybrid circuit

Now available from MicroPower Direct, the IGD1208W is a hybrid integrated circuit specifically designed to drive N-channel IGBT modules. It provides the I/O isolation, high speed, drive voltage stability and fault protection required to control most MOS gated power devices. They are offered at very low cost. The
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06/01/2015
Innovation and learning at the 25th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions

Kira and Teegan Cordova won the award for best-designed car in the battery division.

Teegan and Kira Cordova love the original Star Trek TV series. That much is obvious. The eighth-grade twins from Ken Caryl Middle School in Littleton are wearing the uniform tunics from the 1960s show—Teegan's in red and Kira's in blue. The model electric car they're racing in the 25th Annual Junior Solar
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06/01/2015
Docea Power, a provider of virtual prototyping solutions for power and thermal, will reveal at the 52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC) the latest releases of its Aceplorer and Thermal Profiler software tools. Docea Power will demonstrate new advances in power and thermal management modeling and simulation
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06/01/2015
CWIEME Shanghai doubles in size

CWIEME Shanghai

CWIEME Shanghai, Asia’s first dedicated exhibition for the transformer and electric motor manufacturing industries, has increased the number, quality, and variety of its exhibitors, and is anticipating almost twice the number of visitors for its 2015 edition this June. Taking place across 11,000m2 at the newly
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06/01/2015
Roboteq's intelligent I/O module with IMU simplifies robot design

Roboteq IO eXtender module (RIOX)

Roboteq introduces an intelligent I/O expansion card, with an optional Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU - also known as an AHRS - Attitude and Heading Reference System). The card is intended for use in robotics navigation, unmanned vehicles, machine control, industrial automation and any other applications that
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06/01/2015

 



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