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Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

 



 

 

Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

October 2016
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Date:
10/31/2016
The quest for energy efficiency has focused attention on those components of the power electronics that can connect hundreds of volts and amps in inverters with exceptional efficiency. We are talking about modern power switches – IGBTs and SIC-FETs – and how the voltage supplied to the respective gate drivers
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Date:
10/30/2016
High-voltage IGBT-modules usually consist of two types of IC, an IGBT for the transistor and a diode for the freewheeling functionality. A device that combines both functions in a single die is known as a reverse conducting IGBT (RC-IGBT). These modules exhibit a lower thermal resistance when compared to an
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Date:
10/29/2016

Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC) in chipscale surface-mount packages are widely used in electronics for consumer, medical, industrial, automotive, and other applications. Their combination of affordability, compatibility with high-volume assembly, high capacitance values within small dimensions, and high
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10/29/2016
Equipment designs increasingly utilize advanced MCU, DSP and FPGA devices to deliver the functionality and performance demanded of them. With this sophistication comes the challenge of providing the multiple power rails these devices require. The use of carefully chosen power modules can significantly ease this
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10/28/2016
Here we’ll look at how a rugged and flexible control can be rapidly implemented using an 8-bit microcontroller with analog blocks. For many custom power supplies, this provides an optimum combination of noise immunity, high performance, short development time, and digital flexibility. Analog
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Date:
10/28/2016
People don’t think about engineers much, and in general engineers are looked upon in a positive light. Unless something goes wrong with something. In the marketplace, engineering is usually the first direction people point fingers when problems occur in a product. Unsafe and/or malfunctioning products
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Date:
10/28/2016
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a distributor for engineers, has become an authorised worldwide distributor for Power Integrations, giving RS customers faster access to new products from the leading innovator in power semiconductor technologies for applications including offline AC/DC
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10/27/2016
Toshiba's 50Mbps photocouplers server high-speed comms

TLP2767 photocoupler

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced the launch of two new industry-leading photocouplers, TLP2767 and TLP2367, for high-speed communications at data rates up to 50Mbps. TLP2767 is the first 50Mbps product in the industry to achieve both a creepage and clearance distance of 8mm and isolation thickness
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10/27/2016
SMT resistors from TT Electronics withstand high surge conditions

PWC0603 and DSC0603 series resistors

TT Electronics, a provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, launched two new ranges of SMD thick film chip resistors designed to optimise performance under pulse and surge conditions. With a value range of 1R0 to 1M0, the resistors provide surge protection in compact circuits
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10/26/2016
igus introduces its largest energy chain for light robotic apps

Even when mounted on a robot, triflex TRLF can be opened quickly and easily for rapid replacement of cables or hoses

igus, a motion plastics specialist, has launched triflex TRLF.125, extending the TRLF family to include its largest 125mm nominal diameter e-chain, in addition to existing 65, 87.5 and 100mm internal diameter sizes. These TRLF energy chains are ideally suited for robotics and other applications that require
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10/26/2016
TDK's 2500W 1U industrial supplies offer PMBus fuunctionality

RFE2500 AC-DC power supply

TDK introduced the TDK-Lambda brand RFE2500 AC-DC power supplies, delivering up to 2500W output power in a low profile 1U package, the RFE series has rugged screw terminal and bus-bar connections. These industrial supplies are ideal for use in many applications requiring reliable 12V, 24V or 48V bulk power. Operating
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Date:
10/25/2016
Artesyn's 3W industrial converters in ultra-compact DIP-8 package target space-critical apps

AYA series converters

Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced a new series of ultra-compact 3 watt DC-DC converters, targeting a diverse range of low power applications, including data and telecommunication, instrumentation, computer peripheral equipment, industrial automation and mobile battery-powered systems. The new Artesyn
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10/21/2016
Phoenix Contact’s DIN-Rail QUINT4 power supplies now at Mouser

Phoenix Contact QUINT4 Power Supply Units

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking QUINT4 power supply units from Phoenix Contact. These fourth-generation QUINT POWER supplies provide fully customizable solutions to meet evolving system
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Date:
10/20/2016
Allegro offers new package options for programmable two-wire, unipolar, Hall-effect switches

A119x/A119x-F (A1190, A1192, and A1193) family of two-wire, unipolar, Hall-effect switches

Allegro MicroSystems Europe has announced a new package option for their A119x/A119x-F (A1190, A1192, and A1193) family of two-wire, unipolar, Hall-effect switches, which can be trimmed by the user at end-of-line to optimise magnetic switch-point accuracy in the application. The A119x and A119x-F are produced
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10/18/2016
Toshiba unveils photorelays with up to 5A drive current

The TLP3547 is a 60V product with an industry-leading 5A (max.) large drive current

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced three new compact, DIP8 package products to its line-up of photorelays that can replace mechanical relays in industrial applications. The new devices - which include an industry-leading 5A large drive current – will suit a variety of applications ranging from heating,
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10/18/2016
Vincotech launches MiniSKiiP PACK 2 and PACK 3 modules with Mitsubishi Electric's latest gen-7 chips

MiniSKiiP PACK 2 and PACK 3

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, today announced that the company has released a new MiniSKiiP product line. Featuring sixpack topology and able to handle up to 200 A, these MiniSKiiP® PACK 2 and MiniSKiiP PACK 3 modules are available with the new Mitsubishi Electric's
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10/17/2016
A key consideration for wireless sensor nodes that will populate the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is battery lifetime. The sensor nodes, in many applications, will need to be installed in locations that are difficult to reach and, consequently, service. Because it is too costly and difficult to run power
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10/12/2016
Oftentimes, designers of digital cameras, mobile devices and other consumer electronics choose to power their device from two, series-stacked, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries, yet still desire the capability to charge from a 5-V universal serial bus (USB) port. Boosting a 5-V USB input to charge two series-stacked
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10/12/2016
Powerbox's wide-input bricks for rugged and railway apps tout high power density

The extra wide input PQB50U-72S and the ultra-high power density PFB600W-110S

Powerbox, a leading force for 4 decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, introduces two new board mounted DC/DC converters to power industrial and railway applications; the extra wide input PQB50U-72S and the ultra-high power density PFB600W-110S. With an unprecedented extra wide input
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Date:
10/12/2016
Linear's latest LDO powers noise-sensitive apps

The LT3045 20VIN, 500mA 0.8μVRMS Ultralow Noise, Ultrahigh PSRR LDO

Linear Technology announced the LT3045, an ultralow noise, ultrahigh power supply ripple rejection (PSRR) low dropout voltage linear regulator, a higher output current version of the widely accepted 200mA LT3042 ultralow noise LDO. The LT3045’s unique design features ultralow spot noise of only 2nV/√Hz at
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10/12/2016
Recom's converters for rail and industrial apps now at Dangrove

RPA20-AW and 30-Watt RPA30-AW

The latest RECOM wide input-voltage range DC/DC converters are now available from Dengrove Electronic Components. The 1” x 1” 20-Watt RPA20-AW and 30-Watt RPA30-AW, and 2” x 1” 60-Watt RPA60-AW, deliver high power density and rugged performance with 1.6kV safety isolation and built-in short-circuit,
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10/11/2016
Having a good grasp of how measurement tools actually operate can provide valuable insight into how test methods can be improved. Setups can subsequently be made simpler and more effective, plus test performance parameters can be significantly raised. This is true for any sphere of technology that requires the
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10/11/2016
Infineon's OptiMOS 5 boasts a breakthrough reduction in on-state resistance and reverse recovery charge

OptiMOS 5 150 V

Aiming at high efficiency designs and applications, Infineon Technologies introduces the OptiMOS 5 150 V portfolio. This product family further expands the industry leading OptiMOS 5 generation of power MOSFETs. The new 150 V product family is especially optimized for high performance applications which require
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Date:
10/11/2016
LGA package technology can deliver important advantages for the high-performance Point-Of-Load converters needed to feed power-hungry, fast-reacting data centers and network infrastructure. As the power demands of high-performance Cloud and telecom computing systems continue to increase, converter modules that
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Date:
10/11/2016
Continuing the old story-telling tone which began the issue, I would like to point your attention to the centuries-old proverb “For want of a nail” which describes a chain of events and their consequences from a small error snowballing into catastrophe. There are many lessons to draw from this, from the
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Date:
10/11/2016
Here we’ll explore the analytical transfer function for the tightly-coupled Sepic converter. It is shown that the control-to-output function is just second-order, not fourth-order like the conventional Sepic converter [1]. The coupling capacitor of the converter has no effect on the control, and it can be
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10/10/2016
Toshiba launches ultra-compact bipolar 2-channel stepping motor driver

The TC78S122FTG is a two-in-one chip that delivers a 2-channel drive function

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its family of stepper motor drivers with an ultra-compact device offering a maximum output withstand voltage of 40V and output current of 2.0A. The TC78S122FTG will help designers save space, reduce power consumption, lower heat dissipation and minimise vibration and acoustic
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Date:
10/10/2016
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10/08/2016
To read the October issue of PSDE, simply click here
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Date:
10/08/2016
The role of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is simple in concept: provide a temporary power bridge to support the load between the loss of the utility and the transfer to diesel generators. Even though the task is easy to define, the best way to achieve the goal is often clouded in obscurity as the benefits
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Date:
10/07/2016
Using EMC filters
EMC problems in frequency converters occur not only at the input, but also at the output. To ensure reliable elimination of any kind of interference at the output as well, companies like TDK, for example, offer a wide range of EPCOS filters and reactors. Frequency converters are used for regulating
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Date:
10/07/2016
Automated factories employ sensors and I/O modules to control their industrial processes. As they increase in sophistication and shrink in size, they are enabling the fourth industrial revolution, dubbed Industry 4.0. A single module (see Figure 1) can have up to 64 channels, and a typical factory floor may
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Date:
10/07/2016
Allegro's dual full-bridge PWM motor driver IC saves PCB space

Allegro’s A5995 device

        Allegro MicroSystems announced a new 40 V dual full-bridge driver capable of driving two DC motors with outputs rated up to 3.2 A. Allegro’s A5995 device includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) regulators for current control.
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Date:
10/06/2016
Industry 4.0, the latest industrial revolution, is changing the way manufacturing organizations think about production. The aim of Industry 4.0 is to make manufacturing more flexible and responsive to customer needs, providing the ability to make small batches that are tailored to individual customers. The
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Date:
10/04/2016
Allegro introduces dual full-bridge PWM  motor driver IC

Allegro’s A5995

Allegro MicroSystems Europe announced a new 40 V dual full-bridge driver capable of driving two DC motors with outputs rated up to 3.2 A. Allegro’s A5995 device includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) regulators for current control. Each DC motor can be controlled in forward, reverse, coast and
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Date:
10/04/2016
Carpenter Technology to launch soft magnetic alloy at CWIEME Chicago

CARTECH HYPOCORE

Leading producer of premium specialty alloys, Carpenter Technology Corporation will use CWIEME Chicago to promote its new soft magnetic alloy CARTECH HYPOCORE. The product exhibits excellent soft magnetic properties compared to existing commercialized grades of non-grain oriented electrical steel, allowing customers
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Date:
10/03/2016
Excelsys to showcase their 600W fanless supply at electronica 2016

CoolX600 convection-cooled modular power supply platform

The industry-leading CoolX600 convection-cooled modular power supply platform from Excelsys Technologies will be the centrepiece of their innovative range of user configurable power supplies on display at electronica this year. The CoolX600 delivers an incredible 600W, without fan assisted cooling, from
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Date:
10/03/2016
PSDcast - Eric Glatfelter of ON Semi talks about Fairchild and other things

Eric Glatfelter of ON Semi

In this PSDcast Eric Glatfelter of ON Semiconductor talks about the Fairchild acquisition and other things going on in the electronics industry with Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design. The company recently completed its previously-announced $2.4 billion cash acquisition of Fairchild, and Eric talks about
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Date:
10/03/2016
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