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Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

 



 

 

Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

September 2015
Wolfspeed, a leading supplier of GaN-on-SiC high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), is exhibiting, chairing the Analog, RF, and Microwave subcommittee, and celebrating the 15th anniversary of the first GaN MMIC at the 2015 IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC
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09/30/2015
Lenze's modular i500 frequency inverters bundle leading-edge control tech

i500 frequency inverters

Lenze, a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, announced the launch of its new line of fully scalable i500 frequency inverters. The functions and power of the new range of i500 frequency inverters can be tailored to virtually any machine application
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09/30/2015
Vincotech unveils flowRPI 1 family of 3-in-1 rectifier, dual PFC, and inverter devices

The flowRPI 1 family integrates three topologies into one flow1 housing

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, announced the release of its flowRPI 1 family, a new 3-in-1 solution that integrates three topologies into one flow1 housing. This module is designed for welding, charger and SMPS applications rated from 1.5 to 7 kW.   The
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09/29/2015

TDK's expanded series of automotive power inductors now available at TTI

CLF7045NI-D wirewound SMD power inductors

TDK’s CLF-NI-D series of rugged power inductors for use in automotive electronics is now available in Europe through TTI, a leading specialist distributor of electronic components. The new CLF7045NI-D wirewound SMD power inductors feature high efficiency and reliability over a very wide temperature range extending
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09/29/2015
TI claims industry’s fastest 600-V gate driver

UCC27714 half-bridge gate driver for discrete power MOSFETs and IGBTs that operate up to 600 V

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s fastest half-bridge gate driver for discrete power MOSFETs and IGBTs that operate up to 600 V. The UCC27714 high-side, low-side driver with 4-A source and 4-A sink current capability reduces component footprint by 50 percent, enabling higher power density in high-frequency,
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09/28/2015
Lead-acid batteries are widely used in a broad range of industries and applications. The telecom industry uses a series stack of four lead-acid batteries to provide a 48V stack. Energy storage solutions (ESS) use lead-acid batteries in a variety of series and parallel configurations to store energy generated
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09/26/2015
Many applications in industrial, instrumentation, optical communication and healthcare industry use multi-channel data acquisition systems that result in increased printed circuit board (PCB) density and thermal power dissipation challenges.  The need for increased channel density in these applications
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09/26/2015
The trend in power electronics is moving towards greater integration and more complex subsystems. On a related note, intelligent power modules (IPMs) have made major inroads into the market for motor control applications. These advanced modules combine high-performance IGBTs, diode power devices with integrated
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09/26/2015
The “Energiewende” (energy transition) has resulted in a shift in thinking not only about the generation of electrical energy, but its distribution and consumption as well. Efficient approaches are needed for energy production and transfer on the one hand, and consumption on the other. What plays a role
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09/26/2015
Today’s industrial applications demand power supplies capable of delivering ever-higher levels of power density. That trend is escalating as regulatory agencies around the world impose new regulations to achieve higher efficiency, not only at full load, but also in standby mode and across the entire load spectrum.
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09/26/2015
When I started working with eGaN FETs almost six years ago, I had no idea what to expect from this technology. We had our first preliminary datasheet and even though I had no idea what to expect, it was obvious that, on paper, these devices were much better than your typical MOSFETs – already beyond the theoretical
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09/26/2015
As modern power converters move towards higher efficiencies, it is essential to have better models for all of the loss mechanisms in your components. We have talked about winding loss effects in several articles. Magnetics core loss modeling is an area that needs improvement. Magnetics B-H
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09/26/2015
Newark element14 is now offering a series of ROHM three-phase brushless fan motor controllers. The controllers – part of the BD6201x and BM620x families of products – synthesize the optimal driving signal from hall sensor signals and output the synthesized signal to control the external level shifter and
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09/24/2015
Signal Transformer's M4L international power isolation transformers are certified to an array of safety standards

M4L Series International Power Isolation Transformers

Signal Transformer, a division of Bel Fuse, announced that its high efficiency M4L Series of International Power Isolation Transformers has expanded its certification to numerous UL Safety Standards, including UL 60601-1 (medical electrical equipment). The 12-part series offers OEMs the ability to streamline
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09/24/2015
Vishay's recovery rectifiers for reducing switching losses and over-dissipation in automotive and telecom apps now available through TTI

FRED Pt recovery rectifiers from Vishay

TTI, a leading specialist distributor of electronic components, now stocks the new FRED Pt recovery rectifiers from Vishay in Europe. With their extremely fast and soft recovery characteristics, low leakage current, and low forward voltage drop of 0.93V, the components reduce switching losses and over-dissipation
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09/24/2015
Peter Rogerson of Power Integrations on driving next-gen white goods

Peter Rogerson of Power Integrations

In this PSDcast, Peter Rogerson of Power Integrations talks to Alix Paulre of Power Systems Design about the demands in powering the latest white goods and advaced household devices. The company recently announced the InnoSwitch-EP family of off-line CV/CC flyback switching ICs, InnoSwitch-EP ICs employ Power
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09/23/2015
Astrodyne TDI's rugged, lightweight digitally-controlled test rectifier has cathodic protection

Lightweight Test Rectifier

Astrodyne TDI, a leading developer and manufacturer of specialized power solutions, has introduced a rugged and portable test rectifier. The Lightweight Test Rectifier (LTR), part of the Defender product line, is designed to test impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) installation sites. Weighing
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09/22/2015
Mouser-sponsored Rebellion Racing hits the track in Austin

Mouser is sponsoring the 2015 Rebellion Racing team as it competes for the top position in the FIA World Endurance Championship season

Mouser Electronics is excited to welcome Rebellion Racing as the team heads to the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas endurance race on Saturday, September 19 in Austin, Texas. Mouser is sponsoring the 2015 Rebellion Racing team as it competes for the top position in the FIA World Endurance Championship season. Driving
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09/22/2015
Power Integrations' 725 V InnoSwitch-EP ICs enable designers to comply with ENERGY STAR and ErP TEC

InnoSwitch-EP family of off-line CV/CC flyback switching ICs

Power Integrations, the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced the InnoSwitch-EP family of off-line CV/CC flyback switching ICs. Featuring an integrated 725 V MOSFET, synchronous rectification and precise secondary-side feedback sensing control, the new IC
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09/21/2015
Energy is often defined as the amount of power consumed over time, measured in joules (J) or kilowatt-hours (kWh), whereas power is a constant rate of energy usage, measured in watts (W).  Thus, while a power rating is typically used to indicate how much electricity a device will consume at a snapshot in
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09/17/2015
The power module market has seen explosive growth in the past few years. With growth rates of roughly 30% compounded annually, it’s a trend that many people are watching. Power modules are a new breed of products in the market that are LGA or QFN based, closed frame power supplies that include the controller,
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09/16/2015
GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, is displaying its latest GS66540C 650V 100A high current GaN power transistor at ECCE’15, the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo in Montreal, September 20 – 24. As a Canadian technology company, GaN Systems is delighted
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09/16/2015
Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the acquisition of Great Wall Semiconductor (GWS), a private technology company developing state-of-the-art power metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) technology for cloud computing, space
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09/10/2015
The call for papers for PCIM Asia, an important application-oriented conference for power electronics in China, is online. Take your chance and present your solutions and know-how at this international event. At this conference you will meet a high-quality international audience interested in your developments
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09/10/2015
TE Connectivity’s dual-wall heat-shrink tubing meets UL VW-1 flammability spec

DWFR dual-wall heat shrink tubing

TE Connectivity introduced the DWFR (dual wall, fire-retardant) product line – its first dual wall heat shrink tubing products to be rated for the UL VW-1 flammability test specified by the UL 224 standard. The DWFR tubing products’ highly flame retardant polyolefin jacket and a thermoplastic inner adhesive
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09/09/2015
Pulse's isolation power transformers suit communications interface apps

PH9085 push-pull transformer

Pulse Electronics, a leading provider of electronic components, introduced a new series of power transformers that offers isolation to communication interfaces such as RS485, CAN, MODBus, and ProfiBus for automation, automotive, and smart grid applications. The PH9085 Series is part of Pulse Electronics' isolation
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09/09/2015
Schaffner's ECOsine high power line passive harmonic filters now available in IP23 and IP54 enclosures

Schaffner ECOsine High Power Line Passive Harmonic Filters

The Schaffner Group further broadens its product offering in the field of power quality. The ECOsine High Power Line passive harmonic filters are now also available in two cabinet versions with protection class IP23 and IP54. By introducing IP23 and IP54 cabinet versions of the high-power passive harmonic filters,
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09/07/2015
RS Components offers electrical design software for engineering professionals

DesignSpark Electrical

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a distributor for engineers, announced the launch of DesignSpark Electrical, which brings the benefits of design software to all those not already using electrical CAD tools. The new software targets electrical design engineers and other electrical
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09/07/2015
IPI's battery charging transformers support rugged industrial apps

Battery Charging Transformer Series

With their novel perfect-layer coil winding technology, the new highly reliable Battery Charging Transformer Series from Innovative Power (IPI), a Datatronics company, is designed to support a wide range of standard and custom voltage battery-powered devices that operate in rugged industrial plant environments. IPI
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09/04/2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a class of devices referred to as edge nodes; these require a battery life ranging from weeks to months to decades. An edge node typically contains a microcontroller to perform processing (e.g. encryption, compression, error correction, protocol stack), in addition to
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09/02/2015
Motors are everywhere in our world, it seems. Consider our vehicles, for example. When is the last time you had to hand-crank a car window up and down to pay a highway toll? Or, for that matter, when did you last manually adjust the seat position or rear-view mirror angles? Typically, motors drive all of these
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09/02/2015
Modern power converters are moving towards high efficiency, high density, and high switching frequencies. Vendors of power supplies are doing an outstanding job of meeting these goals with a range of new technologies. At the same time, despite the use of advanced control chip technology, many control loops have
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09/01/2015
Multiphysics software speeds system optimization
An updated version of the Opera electromagnetic and multiphysics design software has been launched by Cobham Technical Services. The version 18 release of this finite element analysis and simulation software incorporates numerous enhancements to boost functionality, speed and accuracy, while further improving
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09/01/2015

 



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