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Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

 



 

 

Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

June 2016
TDK's Class II encapsulated power supplies operate in high ambient temperatures

KWS-A series of single output 5W to 25W encapsulated power supplies

TDK announced the introduction of the KWS-A series of single output 5W to 25W encapsulated power supplies capable of operating in ambient temperatures of up to 85ºC. With a Class II input, the products require no earth ground connection, making them suitable for use in a range of process control, broadcast,
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06/30/2016
Allegro unveils three-wire true zero-speed surface-mount magnetic speed sensor IC

A1667 in a surface-mount SOIC-8 package

In response to market requests for a PCB mounted speed sensor IC featuring an advanced sensing algorithm, Allegro MicroSystems has released the A1667 in a surface-mount SOIC-8 package. This device provides a user- friendly solution for highly compact ring magnet applications using PCB mounting, and is ideal
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06/28/2016
Ericsson’s latest bus converter module raises the bar for control and delivery

The BMR458 third-generation quarter-brick

Ericsson Power Modules announced the BMR458, a third-generation 3E quarter-brick advanced bus converter that delivers industry-leading performance to system architects developing equipment for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications, including datacom and server and storage systems. The module
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06/28/2016

Infineon Technologies released the IR1161L and IR11688S secondary synchronous rectification (SSR) family of Controller ICs to complete Infineon’s product offerings for SMPS applications. The IR1161L and IR11688S SSR ICs meet the new 2016 standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the “European Code
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06/28/2016
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is helping protect today’s smart devices by making shirt pockets, car dashboards, office desks, and other statically dangerous locations safer through the introduction of a new software
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06/27/2016
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos expands its portfolio of compact SMD power inductors

WE-PMMI SMD power inductor product series

Wuerth Elektronik eiSos supplements its portfolio of compact SMD power inductors with two new series: WE-PMMI and WE-PMCI. The two new power inductors are used, for example, in highly efficient DC/DC switching controllers with a low space requirement. The WE-PMMI (Power Molded Multilayer Inductor)
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06/23/2016
TDK expands TDK-Lambda i6A series of step-down non-isolated DC-DC converters

TDK-Lambda i6A series DC-DC converter

TDK announced the introduction of two further models to the TDK-Lambda i6A series of step-down, non-isolated DC-DC converters. The i6A4W is capable of supplying currents of up to 20A, and the i6AN allows the creation of negative voltages delivering currents up to 8A. Both can be used in conjunction with the
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06/23/2016
HITEC Power Protection taps Garrett Forde as new CEO

Garrett Forde

HITEC Power Protection (HITEC), the inventor of diesel rotary UPS, announced the appointment of Garrett Forde as the company’s new CEO. Forde is a well-respected leader with in-depth commercial and business development experience working with international technology companies in the Americas, Asia and EMEA.
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06/23/2016
VPT adds industrial VHR Series DC-DC converters

VHR Series of industrial level DC-DC converters and EMI filters

VPT, a HEICO company, released the VHR Series of industrial level DC-DC converters and EMI filters. Available in models ranging from 5 to 100 watts, the VHR Series of DC-DC converters provides customers with VPT’s renowned levels of product reliability for powering non-flight-critical programs in military,
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06/22/2016
MG Chemicals' protective range of conductive epoxies, adhesives, and coatings are now at RS Components

protective materials from MG Chemicals

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a leading distributor for engineers, has introduced of a range of protective coatings from MG Chemicals that are designed specifically for electronics prototyping and production. This initial introduction includes some of the electronics industry’s
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06/22/2016
Ericsson power interface module simplifies low-EMI design in ATCA apps

PIM4610PD Power Interface Module

Ericsson Power Modules announced the PIM4610PD, an extension of its popular 3E* Power Interface Module (PIM) family that are compliant with the industry-standard quarter-brick footprint. The new module has been optimized especially to simplify design in blade server applications based on ATCA and PICMG 3.7 systems.
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06/21/2016
BeagleBone Green Wireless now shipping from Mouser

Seeed Studio BeagleBone Green Wireless

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the BeagleBone Green Wireless, a Linux-based development board from BeagleBoard.org and Seeed Studio. The BeagleBone Green Wireless is the first board in the BeagleBone community to feature a wireless connection, boasting both 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth®
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06/21/2016
HARTING current sensors help protect renewable energy systems

HARTING current sensors

HARTING released information about the uptake of its current sensors by the renewable energy industry, and how they are ensuring the continuous and reliable operation of wind turbines for major wind farm installations around the world. For example, one of the world’s major wind turbine manufacturers is
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06/20/2016
With a long history of involvement in promoting energy savings, Emerson Industrial Automation has invested massively in research into technological solutions and services designed to cut energy bills. On the strength of this expertise, Emerson now presents the Energy Savings Advisor, its new mobile app offering
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06/16/2016
Industry-challenging fanless power supply from Excelsys delivers up to 600W with just convection cooling

CoolX600

The CoolX600 Series is an next-generation convection-cooled modular power supply platform from Excelsys Technologies which delivers an industry-challenging 600W without fan assisted cooling in a very compact 8.5 x 4.5 x 1U package. Currently the only fanless modular power supply of its kind on the market, the
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06/16/2016
Renesas' RZ/T1 motion control solution simplifies industrial drives and robotics systems development

Renesas’ RZ/T1 motion control solution kit

Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of a new reference solution focused on high-performance, real-time motion control applications equipped with the Renesas RZ/T1 microprocessor (MPU). Renesas’ RZ/T1 motion control solution kit delivers
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06/15/2016
Molex launches Temp-Flex multicore hybrid cable

Temp-Flex Multicore Cable

Molex has introduced Temp-Flex Multicore Cable, a customisable, multi-conductor hybrid cable. The cable uses Temp-Flex and Molex core competencies to combine fine wire, coax, twinax, triax, twisted pair, tubing and strength members in a single high-flex cable solution. A multifunction design combined with high-performance
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06/15/2016
WAGOs compact ECO supplies offer multiple mounting modes

ECO power supplies

WAGO's latest slim EPSITRON ECO power supplies are EN 60335-1 compliant and incredibly versatile. DIN-35 rail and chassis-mount options and a small profile make the ECO the ideal choice for installation in ultra-compact control cabinets. In addition to control cabinets, ECO power supplies are also
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06/14/2016
Linear's latest 6.25 x 9 mm BGA p-packaged ÂμModule regulator suits industrial systems, factory automation, & avionics

LTM8053 42V, 3.5A Step-Down µModule Regulator

Linear Technology introduced the LTM8053, a µModule (power module) step-down regulator with up to 40V input voltage (42V abs max), which can safely operate from unregulated or fluctuating 12V to 36V input supplies in noisy environments, such as industrial robotics, factory automation and avionics systems. The
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06/14/2016
Working in the industry, we live very close to the developments that are advancing our technology and the systems based upon them. We see nascent science turn into rough prototypes and then into finished products on a regular basis. We are familiar, even if not comfortable, with the rapid pace of progress and
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06/13/2016
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the continuing adoption of Digital Power System Management (DPSM) within the communications and computer industries continues to be driven, in large part, to the high current levels demanded by the sub-20nm ASICs and/or FPGAs that are at the core of their system architecture.
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06/13/2016
Harsh environments are a reality for many electrical systems used in motor control or solenoid control applications.  The electronics that control motors and solenoids are by necessity in close proximity to the high currents and voltages used to create the physical movement required by the end application.  In
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06/13/2016
There have been several comparisons of eGaN FETs with silicon MOSFETs in a variety of applications, including hard-switched, soft-switched, and high-frequency power conversion. These studies have shown that eGaN FETs have large efficiency and power density advantages over silicon MOSFETs. Here we’ll focus
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06/13/2016
MinMax claims smallest 8W encapsulated DC/DC converter in tiny DIP-16 package

MDW08 series of 8W Isolated / Regulated DC-DC Converters

MINMAX announced their new MDW08 series of 8W Isolated / Regulated DC-DC Converters, coming in a small 16-pin DIP package measuring only 0.94 x 0.54 x 0.31” for where space is critical. The MDW08 family of high-density dc-dc converters consists of 21 models offering 9-18 / 18-36 / 36-75 VDC Input Ranges with
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06/13/2016
In this article we’ll show how a third way of defining average current leads to an infinite gain of the modulator gain for current-mode systems. Another simple derivation produces a fourth expression for the modulator gain, thus completing the set of gains to be found in the literature. Different
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06/11/2016
Integration or optimizationâ€which comes first?

Larry Spaziani, GaN Systems

At APEC 2016 it became abundantly clear to the industry that GaN transistors are here, they're now, and they're proliferating. GaN Systems, EPC, Transphorm, Panasonic, Infineon, Texas Instruments, and other manufacturers and developers all displayed GaN products in varying readiness, from existing only
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06/11/2016
STMicros connectivity portfolio targets USB-C and power delivery

The free STM32 USB-C and PD Middleware Stack is compliant with USB Type-C 1.2 and USB Power Delivery 2.0 specifications

As electronics companies worldwide increasingly look to implement the new USB Type-C and Power Delivery (PD) technology, STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is making the task easier with a certified embedded software solution based on
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06/09/2016
Vicor released four new DCM products in the VIA package

DCM isolated, regulated DC-DC converters

Vicor released four additional DC-DC converters that are deployed in the rugged, chassis-mountable versions of its DCM family of isolated, regulated DC-DC converters. These new products extend the family by adding two 270V and two 28V nominal products to the family.  Applications:
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06/08/2016
Stackpole's high-energy SMT resistors handle up to 4W

SM Series wirewound resistor

The SM Series wirewound resistor offers a robust surface mount device capable of handling up to 4 watts in a single part. The SM8035 case size can handle over 50J of energy while the SM2615 size can withstand more than 5 times the energy of a comparable size pulse withstanding flat chip resistor. A
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06/08/2016
Linear's latest synchronous step-down regulator operates to 175°C

The LT8610AX 3.5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8610AX, a 3.5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator, which operates in ambient temperatures up to 175°C. Synchronous rectification delivers efficiency as high as 95% while Burst Mode operation keeps quiescent current under 3.5µA in no-load standby conditions.
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06/02/2016
Toshiba's single-chip load switch ICs reduce system power consumption

Toshiba’s load switch ICs

Toshiba Electronics has launched three single-chip load switch ICs, the TCK106AF, TCK107AF and TCK108AF. Integrating high performance chips in an industry-standard SOT-25 package, Toshiba’s new ICs combine on-resistance ratings down to just 63mΩ and low typical quiescent currents of 110nA with low loss, low
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06/02/2016
TI claims industry’s highest current 40-A, 16-V(in) converter

SWIFT TPS548D22 buck converter

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first 40-A, 16-VIN synchronous step-down DC/DC converter with true differential remote-voltage sensing. The SWIFT TPS548D22 buck converter features a small PowerStack package and integrated MOSFETs to drive application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and digital
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06/01/2016
Sprint Electric's extended range of digital DC drives handle up to 2250A

Sprint Electric digital DC drive of the PLX range with an application example, a plastics processing machine

Sprint Electric presents its extended range of digital DC drives up to 2250 Amps. The drives of the PLX range are ideal for controlling DC motors used in heavy industry applications such as metal working, steel mills, mining, or the cement, rubber and plastics industries. PLX drives are able to regenerate energy
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06/01/2016
Broadcom, a leading designer, developer, and global supplier of a broad range of analog and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions, announced a new generation of 5A gate drive optocoupler devices, the ACPL-352J and ACNW3430, designed for a wide range of industrial applications including motor drives and
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Date:
06/01/2016
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