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Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

 




 

 

Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

September 2016
Mouser Electronics, a leading distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is exhibiting in Hall 7 on Stand 10 at the 2016 Maker Faire in Rome, 14 – 16 October. Mouser is joining over 100,000 maker enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds to inspire them with the very newest components
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09/30/2016
Energy conservation and reduction in CO2-emissions are key factors in mitigating global warming and preserving our future environment. These positive trends are leading to wider usage of power semiconductors in energy conversion systems supplying the rapidly growing global energy demand. IGBT (Insulated Gate
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09/29/2016
Maxim’s Pocket IO PLC development platform maximizes productivity for Industry 4.0 Apps

Pocket IO PLC development platform

Significantly increase manufacturing productivity with the Pocket IO programmable logic controller (PLC) development platform from Maxim Integrated Products. The platform provides customers with the ability to achieve the smallest form factor and highest power efficiency for next-generation PLC designs. Lost
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09/28/2016

Vishay's dual-asymmetric-packaged MOSFETs for automotive now at Rutronik

12V SQJ200EP n-channel TrenchFET device

Distributor Rutronik presents the first AEC-Q101-qualified 12V and 20V MOSFETs in a dual asymmetric package from Vishay. The Vishay Siliconix SQJ202EP and SQJ200EP n-channel TrenchFET devices are optimized for high-side and low-side synchronous buck applications. The 12V SQJ202EP and 20V SQJ200EP
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09/28/2016
GE BoostLynx addresses the Catch-22 of power architecture design

BoostLynx DC-DC step-up converter

Space is a major concern for any power architect looking to add features and capacity to their designs. Power architects and board designers are constantly searching for ways to pack as many features and as much capacity as possible into electrical systems while also maintaining a reduced footprint. This creates
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09/23/2016
Toshiba launches low-input current drive, rail-to-rail output gate-drive photocouplers

Low-input current drive, rail-to-rail output, gate-drive photocouplers

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced a series of low-input current drive, rail-to-rail output, gate-drive photocouplers. With a threshold input current of 2mA (max), half the 4mA (max) of Toshiba’s existing products[1], the new photocouplers allow bufferless direct drive of low- to medium-power IGBTs
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09/23/2016
Linear's latest rail-to-rail LDO+ now in high-temp, 150°C H-grade in TSSOP package

LT3086 in the TSSOP package

Linear Technology announced a new higher temperature “H-grade” version of the LT3086 in the TSSOP package. The LT3086 is part of Linear’s feature-rich LDO+ family, offering significant functionality previously unavailable in linear regulators. The 40V, 2.1A low dropout linear regulator (LDO) includes current
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09/23/2016
MicroPower Direct offers compact, wide-input, 50W railway DC/DC converters

MR50SRW series

The MR50SRW series, now available from MicroPower Direct, is a family of single output 50W converters packaged in a compact 2.28 x 1.45 inch case. They are designed to provide the wide input range, robust filtering, rugged packaging and high reliability required for railway/transit applications. Eight
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09/23/2016
Eaton’s latest 3V supercaps deliver increased energy capacity

TV supercapacitors

Power management company Eaton announced its new TV supercapacitors with 3-volt (V) cells that help increase stored energy capacity and power by 20 percent compared to 2.7V cells. Working either in conjunction with or as standalone alternatives to batteries, TV supercapacitors help reduce maintenance requirements
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09/22/2016
Dengrove stocks Recom's latest DC/DC converters optimized for SiC power apps

RKZ-xx2005D and RxxP22005D series

Dengrove Electronic Components has introduced the latest DC/DC converters from RECOM, which have the features needed to power silicon-carbide (SiC) MOSFET drivers in efficiency-focused applications like electric vehicles (EVs), renewable-energy conversion, and high-power industrial drives. The
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09/22/2016
Silicon Labs claims first custom solid-state relay based on CMOS isolation tech

CMOS-based Si875x isolated FET drivers

Silicon Labs has introduced a groundbreaking CMOS-based isolated field effect transistor (FET) driver family that enables developers to use their choice of application-specific, high-volume FETs to replace outmoded electromechanical relays (EMRs) and optocoupler-based solid-state relays (SSRs). The new Si875x
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09/22/2016
Vicor announced the addition of two new buck-boost regulators to its Cool-Power ZVS Regulator portfolio. Delivering up to 200 Watts at greater than 97% efficiency, these new Cool-Power Regulators incorporate Vicor’s proprietary high frequency zero-voltage switching (ZVS) technology and feature best-in-class
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09/21/2016
Linear's latest dual ÂμModule regulator is configurable as SEPIC or inverting

LTM8049 dual output, two-function DC/DC µModule

Linear Technology introduced the LTM8049, a dual output, two-function DC/DC µModule (power module) regulator in 15mm x 9mm x 2.42mm BGA package. One function is SEPIC (single-ended primary-inductor converter) in which the output voltage is regulated while the input voltage can vary to be less, equal or more
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09/21/2016
PSDcast - Roland Chochoiek von HEITEC Ãber erweiterte industrielle Systeme

Roland Chochoiek von HEITEC

In diesem Podcast spricht Roland Chochoiek von HEITEC mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über die Relevanz von robuster elektronischer Infrastruktur in einem modernen automatisierten Betrieb. Unabhängig davon, wie fortgeschritten das System ist, wenn nicht ein korrektes Abschirmen von Bauteilen und
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09/20/2016
AMP Group releases non-isolated digital 60A PoL standard

Architects of Modern Power (AMP Group)

The Architects of Modern Power (AMP Group) consortium announced an additional standard aimed at establishing common mechanical and electrical specifications for the development of advanced power conversion technology for distributed power systems. The ‘gigaAMP’ standard, introduced to provide a higher current
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09/20/2016
Fairchild launches SuperFET III MOSFET family

SuperFET III MOSFETs

Fairchild Semiconductor, now part of ON Semiconductor, introduced its SuperFET III family of 650V N-channel MOSFETs, the company’s new generation of MOSFETs that meet the higher power density, system efficiency and exceptional reliability requirements of the latest telecom, server, electric vehicle (EV) charger
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09/20/2016
The future of mobility comes to electronica 2016

More than 800 companies from the automotive-electronics industry will be showcasing, and in total there will be over 2800 exhibitors

In the future, mobility will be shaped by developments in automotive electronics: Smart lighting, autonomous driving and connected vehicles—to name just a few catchwords—are closely related to electronic components and software developed around the world now and in the future. electronica, the World's Leading
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09/16/2016
Aluminum electrolytic capacitors in more compact designs for snap-in use

B43640* and B43644* series aluminum electrolytic capacitors

TDK presents more compact versions within the B43640* and B43644* series of aluminum electrolytic capacitors with a snap-in design for rated voltages of 400 V and 450 V. In comparison with the previous versions they are up to 15 percent more compact. All types are suitable for a maximum operating temperature
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09/16/2016
XP Power launches digitally-controlled 1U configurable power platform

nanofleX configurable digitally-controlled AC-DC power supplies

XP Power announced the nanofleX series of configurable digitally-controlled AC-DC power supplies. This modular supply is constructed in a compact low profile 1U mechanical chassis format that suits today’s space constrained designs and can accommodate up to four single-slot plug-in customer selected output
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09/15/2016
Murata's 6 Watt DC-DC converter targets IGBT, SiC and MOSFET gate drive apps

MGJ6 isolated 6 Watt dual-output DC-DC converter

Murata announced an extension to their MGJ6 series of isolated 6 Watt dual output DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Optimized to suit the bipolar voltages required for high-side and low-side IGBT, SiC and MOSFET gate drive applications, the MGJ6 series is available now in SIP, DIP and a low profile
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09/15/2016
Once again this year, SPS IPC Drives provides their industry visitors with a comprehensive overview of individual components and complete solutions for electrical automation. Furthermore, it highlights the pioneering technologies of the future. Over 1,600 exhibitors, including all key players in the industry,
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09/14/2016
Ultra-high speed electric machines highlighted at CWIEME

Technology progress in high speed motor design has led to ever-increasing rotating speeds for electric machines

Gerald Masson, engineer at Moving Magnet Technologies, will assess the latest in design, applications—and challenges—for high speed motors at North America’s largest coil winding, electric motor and transformer event in October in Chicago. Technology progress in high speed motor design has led
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09/14/2016
Infineon Technologies will demonstrate its latest innovative, energy efficient solutions - including best-in-class technologies for industrial motor drives, power conversion and vehicle traction - in booth 328 and during conference sessions at the upcoming IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo in Milwaukee.
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09/14/2016
Now available from Astute Electronics, a leading supplier of electronic components and value added services, LEX Heavy Duty QWLD Cylindrical Connectors provide reliable power and control functions in extreme and hostile environments that ordinary connectors cannot survive. Water and explosion proof, these highly
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09/13/2016
KOA Speer adds resistance values to TLR2B/2BW metal-plate chip current-sense resistor family

TLR2B/2BW metal plate chip current sense resistors

KOA Speer Electronics expands the resistance values of the 1206 size TLR2B/2BW metal plate chip current sense resistors, available now in 1mΩ and 1.5mΩ. The power rating for the 1206 chip size TLR2B is 0.5Watt and TLR2BW is 1Watt. These resistors feature a metal alloy to provide superior corrosion and heat
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09/12/2016
50A to 300A, Scalable ÂμModule Regulator Needs 60% Less Capacitance to Power Sub-28nm GPUs, FPGAs, ASICs & Processors

µModule® Regulator with Precision DC & Transient Voltage Accuracy for Advanced Digital Devices

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTM4650-1A and LTM4650-1B, dual 25A or single 50A µModule® (power module) regulators scalable to deliver 300A to high power, low voltage sub-28nm
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09/08/2016
Competition pushes for innovation ahead of regulations in electric motor industry

Dan Jones

Government regulations meant to boost electric motor efficiency and curb carbon emissions may have started the race for achieving ever-increasing output with lower energy intakes. But lately it’s the industry itself, propelled by competition, that has developed engines that can not only meet but also exceed
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09/07/2016
Amantys' high-isolation DC-DC converter empowers high-voltage gate drive applications

High-isolation DC-DC converter to power high voltage gate drives

Amantys Power Electronics has launched a high-isolation DC-DC converter to power high voltage gate drives for 4500V and 6500V IGBT modules. The DC-DC converter is designed to comply with international standards, including EN 50155 for railway applications and IEC 61800-5-1 for variable speed motor drives. The
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09/07/2016
Excelsys product configurator updated online

Excelsys product configurator

Excelsys Technologies, leaders in high efficiency power supply design, have redesigned their online power supply configurator to include the newly introduced CoolX series of 600W convection cooled power supplies alongside the very successful UltiMod, Xsolo and Xgen product ranges. Excelsys market
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09/07/2016
The Call for Papers of PCIM Asia 2017 is now open. Also in the coming year, the conference with its adjacent running trade exhibition, is the most important communication platform for power electronics and its applications in Asia. The latest date for abstract submissions is 16 November 2016. The PCIM Asia will
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09/06/2016
TDK's robust AC capacitors tout long lifespan

EPCOS AC capacitors

TDK presents two new series of robust EPCOS alternating current (AC) capacitors. Both the cans and the tops of the components are constructed of aluminum, making them particularly robust. All capacitors in the B33331* and B33335* series are CE-compliant, have both VDE approval in accordance with EN/IEC 60252-1
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09/06/2016
Here we’ll show how Spice can be used to provide proximity loss results for magnetics windings. Proximity loss equations are solved for a set of frequencies, and a simulation circuit is generated which predicts the proper AC losses regardless of the current waveform. Inductor winding AC
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09/05/2016
It should come as no surprise to anyone that a 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
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09/05/2016
In response to Google’s Little Box Challenge (LBC), our Virginia Tech team, the Future Energy Electronics Center (FEEC), decided to design a power inverter. As shown below, our design significantly surpassed the LBC specifications. Our final design exhibited a power density of 61.2 W/in3,
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09/05/2016
Industrial automation systems are undergoing a revolution to reduce latency and down time. This directly translates to increased profits for factory operators and machine builders.  Dubbed Industry 4.0, this effort will add more intelligence across the factory floor from HMI panels and controllers to communication
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09/05/2016
Smaller, smarter, and more powerful are market trends for low-power switched-mode power supply (SMPS) applications. Smaller requires the SMPS to have a more compact form factor – and, thus higher power density. Smarter requires intelligent system-to-system/system-to-human communication to ensure the systems
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09/05/2016
Measuring the resistance of something is a great deal more complicated if that resistance is very small. With bigger resistances, measurements can be as simple as connecting two leads between a digital multi-meter (DMM) and the device under test (DUT) and reading the number. With small resistances, the multitude
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09/03/2016
Thermal behavior is important to determining the lifetime performance of electronic system design and the power supply is a critical element in determining that behavior. Heat has a number of effects on a system. The most problematic at a system level is one of long-term reliability. High operating temperatures
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09/03/2016
In the last few years GaN based devices, both discrete FET’s and MMIC’s, have been released and widely used in high power microwave amplifier systems.  These devices, available from several foundry sources, are typically fabricated on 100mm SiC wafers.  GaN on Si processes are also under consideration,
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09/03/2016
This software, in combination with Rigol oscilloscopes (series DS/MSO2000A, DS/MSO4000 or DS6000) allows customers to set up small test systems, which represent a reasonably priced alternative for measuring switching power supply parameters during the development phase. Switching power supplies are
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09/03/2016
The implementation of the “Smart Grid” is accelerating rapidly.  Once just a vision in eyes of power engineers and utilities, the Smart Grid is swiftly taking shape.  A major driver in realizing a truly smart electrical grid is the adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs).  Grid-connected
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09/03/2016
In the last part of this series, we saw that only one of the modulator gains found in the literature can be confirmed with measurements. Furthermore, it is shown that the discrepancies in all the models are easily resolved by proper sampling of the system. Different current-mode modulator
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09/03/2016
Powerbox's high-performance supplies ready to power Industry 4.0

Powerbox series OBM33, OBM35, OBP37 and OBP38

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, introduced four new power supplies designed to power Industry 4.0 applications. As part of Powerbox Industrial Line, the four series are based on the latest power
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Date:
09/03/2016

 



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