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Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

 



 

 

Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

January 2017
Ideal Power collaborates with global innovator of power conversion products

Ideal Power announced their most recent partnership with leading manufacturer of AC-DC and DC-DC power conversion, P-Duke Power

Ideal Power announced their most recent partnership with leading manufacturer of AC-DC and DC-DC power conversion, P-Duke Power. The company is renowned for providing highly certified power products, services and solutions to such markets as Medical, Rail, Industrial, Communications and Semi-Conductor equipment
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Date:
01/31/2017
Piezoelectric elements have traditionally been used primarily in applications in the audio industry, operating in the human audio range (nominally 100 Hz to 18 kHz). However, subsequent improvements in device characteristics have extended their usefulness into markets which demand much-higher performance. For
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Date:
01/30/2017
Step-by-step

The ROHM Arduino-based EVK allows rapid evaluation and prototyping of stepper motor systems

Combining ultra-precise control with long operating life, stepper motors have become a critical building block in motion-based applications ranging from white goods to factory automation and robotics to printers and point-of-sale equipment. For the designer, the challenge is to ensure the best combination of
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Date:
01/30/2017

We are all aware about self-driving cars, and all exciting projects the automotive industry is engaged in, but very few have heard about unmanned ship and projects to operate large fleets of vessels navigating from dock to dock without operational crews (see Figure 1). In early stages, projects such as Maritime
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Date:
01/28/2017
Interest in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) is growing steadily as battery technologies improve and the driving range of such vehicles increases. Perhaps as important, EVs/HEVs offer a “green” alternative to traditional vehicles powered by internal-combustion gasoline engines. EVs
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Date:
01/28/2017
Lots of things are currently changing: Digital transformation is in full swing, changing our daily lives and demanding new business models. Many countries are facing economic and social challenges. Let’s look at how this effects distribution and what companies like Rutronik are doing to continue to move forward
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01/28/2017
The ability to make consistent measurements of RF or microwave power levels is vital to developing effective radio systems and networks. This article explores how different approaches affect the resultant measurements. The test case compares various approaches to making average power measurements
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01/28/2017
DC-DC converter modules have been around a long time and can be found in most power conversion stages of virtually every application today. As their use evolved to changing application requirements so did the design approach used to construct them. One of these trends meant that in order to preserve
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01/28/2017
Torex expands lineup of transient voltage suppressors

XBP14E5UFN series transient voltage suppressors

Torex Semiconductor has released the XBP14E5UFN series of transient voltage suppressors, intended to be mounted in close proximity to an external interface to protect downstream ICs from electrostatic discharge. Supporting high-speed signal lines with a low pin capacitance, the XBP14E5UFN is ideal
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01/26/2017
Recom's latest 2W DC/DC converters use less than 1/3 square inches

RTC2 series modules

The new 2W RTC2 series modules from RECOM come in a six-pin SMD open-frame package with a footprint of less than 1/3 of a square inch. The 2:1 inputs voltage ranges of 4.5 to 9VDC or 18 to 36VDC can handle up to 15VDC and 50VDC respectively for up to 100ms. The converters are insulated up to 3kVDC/1s, and reach
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01/25/2017
The PCIM Europe Conference 2017 takes place from 16 – 18 May 2017, and covers with its conference program a wide range of topics including recent developments in power semiconductors, passive components, thermal management products, energy storage, sensors and new materials. The comprehensive offer ranges
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Date:
01/25/2017
Stackpole launches carbon composition axial-leaded resistors

RC Series carbon composition axial leaded resistors

The RC Series of carbon composition axial-leaded resistors is an outstanding choice for high speed or high energy pulse handling requirements. The large mass of the carbon resistive element efficiently dissipates high energy surge events while the almost negligible inductance allows for higher switching speeds
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01/25/2017
Dialog Semi empowers next-generation connected cars

DA9210-A is a multiphase, automotive grade, 12A DC-DC buck converter

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth low energy technology, announced the DA9210-A power management IC (PMIC). The DA9210-A is a multiphase, automotive grade, 12A DC-DC buck converter that supplies the high current
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01/24/2017
MicroPower Direct launches high-isolation, +15V/-8V  DC/DC converter for IGBT apps

IG275E series miniature DC/DC converter

Available now from MicroPower Direct, the IG275E series is a family of miniature DC/DC converter. They are designed specifically to provide the asynchronous output voltage levels required to properly bias the gate drive of IGBT semiconductors. Three models operate from 12, 15 or 24 VDC input bus voltages,
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01/23/2017
PSDcast -  Eaton's Nick Klus on their Switching Device Flex Center

Eaton's Nick Klus

In this PSDcast Eaton's Nick Klus talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on their Switching Device Flex Center, an engineering solution development service. Eaton's Switching Device Flex Center designs and modifies safety switches, enclosed circuit breakers, and rotary disconnects for needs that are not
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Date:
01/19/2017
Allegro's A3916 low-voltage bipolar stepper needs only four external components

A3916 dual DMOS full-bridge motor driver

Allegro MicroSystems Europe's A3916 low voltage bipolar stepper or dual DC motor driver IC is designed for pulse-width-modulated (PWM) control of low-voltage stepper motors or dual DC motors using just four external components, and is capable of output currents up to 1 A per channel and operating voltages from
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01/17/2017
Vincotech launches new IPM claims deepest integration of any power module

flow1C-general

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, announced the launch of a new, deeply integrated Intelligent Power Module for 1200 V applications. The flowIPM 1C CIB 1200 V achieves the deepest level of integration of any power module available on the market today to drive down systems'
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01/17/2017
PSDcast - Giulio Corradi of Xilinx on advanced transportation systems

Dr. Giulio Corradi of Xilinx

In this PSDcast, Dr. Giulio Corradi, Senior System Architect ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) at Xilinx, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about transporation systems. Always an energy-driven industry, transportation is being transformed by the latest advances in EV systems, motors, IGBTs,
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01/16/2017
 Maxim’s MAX17242/17243 DC-DC synchronous buck converters now at Mouser

MAX17242/MAX17243 step-down DC-DC converters

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking MAX17242/MAX17243 step-down DC-DC converters from Maxim Integrated. These high-efficiency, synchronous converters with integrated MOSFETs help minimize
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01/11/2017
Analysts at IDTechEx have issued a new report, Electric Boats and Ships 2017-2027, looking at this fragmented but often highly profitable and growing sector. There are already over 100 manufacturers of electric boats and ships. The report finds that the market for hybrid and pure electric boats and ships will
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01/11/2017
Wolfspeed introduces new SiC MOSFET for EV drivetrains

SiC 900V, 10mΩ MOSFET

Wolfspeed, a Cree Company and a leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has introduced a 900V, 10mΩ MOSFET rated for 196 A of continuous drain current at a case temperature of 25°C. This device enables the reduction of EV drive-train inverter losses by 78 percent based on EPA combined city/highway
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01/10/2017
MINMAX launches cost-optimized 10W DIP DC-DC converter

MIW10 series

MINMAX announced the new MIW10 series of 10W Isolated / Regulated DC-DC Converters in the small 24 pin DIP package measuring only 1.25 x 0.80 x 0.40” where space is critical. The MIW10 family of dc-dc converters consists of 21 models offering 9-18 / 18-36 / 36-75 VDC Input Ranges with single and
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Date:
01/10/2017
Vishay's tiny 1500W bi-directional SMT PAR transient voltage suppressors now at TT

Vishay TPC11CA to TPC36CA Surface Mount TVS

The industry’s first bi-directional 1500W surface-mount PAR transient voltage suppressors (TVS) in a low-profile eSMP® SMPC (TO-277A) package are now available in Europe at TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components. Vishay TPCxxCA Series devices have a low profile of typically
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Date:
01/09/2017
PSDcast - Charlie Swiontek of Murata on the Architects of Modern Power

Charlie Swiontek

In this PSDcast, Charlie Swiontek of Murata talks to Alix Paulttre of Power Systems Design about the Architects of Modern Power consortium. Architects of Modern Power is a strategic partnership between CUI, Ericsson, and Murata  that will enable the power design community to benefit from world-class
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01/06/2017
Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced the availability of two new versions of its transient voltage suppressor (TVS) devices in its patented plastic large area device (PLAD) package. The 18-kilowatt (kW) MPLAD18KP and
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Date:
01/04/2017
Stackpole adds 6W current-sense chip resistor

CSRF Series of foil on ceramic carrier current sense chips

Stackpole's popular CSRF Series of foil on ceramic carrier current sense chips have added a robust 2043 size part rated for 6 watts of power. The 2043 chip size has terminations on the longer edge of the chip which allows it to handle higher currents with lower thermal resistance and exceptional TCR of 50 ppm.
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Date:
01/04/2017

 



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