Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

September 2019
Do We Really Need a New Safety Standard?

Figure 1: IEC/EN 62368-1 is not a merge of the two standards IEC/EN 60065 and IEC/EN 60950 but a completely new one introducing a new way of working

Safety regulations have been in place for decades in the power industry and as we know only too well, all have been through lots of revisions. And although each revision has made them more stringent and tailored to our businesses, we have become familiar with designing products to conform to latest versions.
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09/30/2019
60V and 100V MOSFETs in TO-Leadless Packaging Technology
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) introduced the TO-Leadless (TOLL) package in combination with a 60V and 100V Shield-Gate Technology (SGT) providing the highest current capability in its voltage class.  The TOLL package has the highest current capacity due
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09/27/2019
Rugged wide-range input 6/10W power modules
The DTE06 and DTE10 DC-DC converters provide 6W and 10W of power and offer a 4:1 input range, giving a wide tolerance for fluctuating supplies. With nominal inputs of 12/24VDC and 24/48VDC the series cover inputs between 9.0VDC and 75.0VDC.
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09/26/2019

Digi-Key signs global distribution partnership with Directed Energy
This new partnership adds to the more than 8.7 million products available from more than 800 manufacturers through Digi-Key. Directed Energy provides ready-to-use modules for driving laser diodes as well as
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09/26/2019
Surface-mount isolated DC/DC converters maximise flexibility
The converters deliver a space-saving solution for bus isolation and general industrial power applications. These open-frame surface-mount modules are available with standard isolation rating of 1kV/second
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09/26/2019
Revolutionary tritium-engineered next gen high-power charger
The charger has been engineered, industrialised and manufactured by world-leading electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging technology specialists, Tritium. The unique design – unveiled at the IAA 2019 Motor
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09/26/2019
RS Components adds robust TDK-Lambda power supply series
The cost-effective RWS-B series of AC-DC industrial power supplies comprises 10 models, each coming with an isolated 5V 1A standby voltage option. This latter feature makes the series suitable for markets including industrial, communications, test and measurement,
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09/26/2019
Isolation technology maximizes power efficiency and minimize emissions
The ADuM4122, an isolated, dual-drive strength output driver that uses iCoupler® technology, empowers designers to harness the benefits of higher efficiency power switch technologies. Electric motor-driven
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09/26/2019
TSR-WI Series â€
Covering the majority of standard bus- and battery voltages this POL converter line is a versatile solution for many applications in distributed power systems where different input voltages have to be handled. Being able to use the same converter in many different
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09/26/2019
Analog Devices ADF437x Synthesizers, Now at Mouser
The ADF4371 delivers one of the highest frequency synthesizers in the industry today, offering the widest continuous RF output range available — 62 MHz to 32 GHz — while the ADF4372 operates at 62 MHz to 16 GHz for designs that do not require the higher frequency.
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09/26/2019
Active current sharing added to BMR490 DC-DC converter
The current sharing capability enables two or more converters to be used in parallel for demanding datacom applications, thus delivering higher power on a single rail and improving redundancy. Up to six BMR490
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09/26/2019
LED drivers deliver high-current stability in portable devices
Key features include independently controlled output currents configured through an I2C-compatible interface and the ability to combine two devices (with different device identification addresses) to drive four LEDs up to 6A for quad-channel applications. The AL3644
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09/26/2019
New integrated point-of-load regulator increases efficiency
It is a fully integrated and highly efficient device in two versions (IR3826AM for 16 A and IR3826M for 23 A) for applications such as netcom router and switches, datacom, telecom base stations, server and enterprise storage.
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09/26/2019
EMC components: Extended range of power line chokes
The new components are available in three different core shapes with different rated currents and inductance values, delivering great design flexibility. The B82116B* rod core chokes cover rated currents of 10 A, 21 A and 25 A and offer inductance values of 1.8 μH,
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09/26/2019
Business Investment Platform Launched for Batteries
The EBA reconfirms that the business size of the European battery value chain will represent more than 250B€ annually, by 2025. Designed to bridge the gap between financial institutions and businesses, the
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09/26/2019
Technology enhances and simplifies design of 75 to 150W outputs
The SA modules are available with 5V /15A, 12V /12.5A, 15V /10A and 24V /6.25A outputs and offer a cost-effective solution for low power output requirements. The SA module’s patented loop control design uses
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09/26/2019
High reliability 80W DC/DC converter with 10 year warranty
Packaged in an industry standard 2x1 inch, six sided, shielded metallic case, the MGF80 series has been designed to Cosel’s strict criteria for high performance and reliability, contributing to the company’s world class quality with a failure rate of below 30
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09/26/2019
Innovative high-power, high-frequency transformer
Murata’s innovative and patented pdqb winding technology makes it possible to construct high frequency transformers of up to and over 400 kW that can operate at frequencies as high as 50 kHz. The pdqb winding technique overcomes the skin and proximity effects as
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09/26/2019
Orion Fans Expands EC Fan Line with IP68-ATEX Certification
DALLAS, TX - Orion Fans has extended its Electronically Commutated (EC) fan product offering to include a 254 mm IP68-ATEX rated version for water-proof and harsh environment applications. The low-power OA254EC-ATEX Series EC fan combines energy conservation with maximum protection for power-hungry
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09/24/2019
Extended Range of Power Line Chokes
TDK Corporation has extended its range of EPCOS power line chokes to include six new types. The new components are available in three different core shapes with different rated currents and inductance values, delivering great design flexibility. The B82116B* rod core chokes cover rated currents of 10 A, 21 A
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09/24/2019
MLFA AEC-Q200 Compliant MELF Expands Value Range
RALEIGH, NC – Stackpole's MLFA AEC-Q200 compliant MELFs are now available in an expanded value range of 1 ohm to 3.4Meg ohm. The MLFA offers power ratings of 0.3W in the 0102 package size, 0.4W in the 0204, and 1W in the 0207 size. Tolerances down to 0.1% and TCR as low as 15 ppm are available
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09/23/2019
Miniature Ceramic Resonators for Rugged Applications
Abracon announces availability of new AWSCR miniature ceramic resonator solutions for a broad range of rugged applications, including motor control, computing, consumer electronics and industrial applications. These devices feature a wide lineup of available frequencies (2MHz to 16MHz) and a compact
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09/20/2019
A Robot With a Firm yet Gentle Grasp

A robotic gripper developed in the lab of University at Buffalo engineer Ehsan Esfahani uses repulsion between magnets to adjust the stiffness of its grip, improving safety.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Human hands are remarkably skilled at manipulating a range of objects. We can pick up an egg or a strawberry without smashing it. We can hammer a nail. One characteristic that allows us to perform a variety of tasks is the ability to alter the firmness of our grip, and University
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09/13/2019
Smart Artificial Hand Merges User and Robotic Control
EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands - in particular for amputees - that combines individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation. This interdisciplinary proof-of-concept between neuroengineering and robotics was successfully tested
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09/11/2019
CUI Devices Expands Capacitive Incremental Encoder Line
CUI’s Motion Group announced the addition of a new series to its innovative AMT incremental encoder family designed to support larger motor shaft sizes from 9 mm to 15.875 mm (5/8 inch). The AMT13 series, based on CUI’s proprietary capacitive ASIC technology, brings the same high levels of durability, accuracy,
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09/10/2019
Coin Cell Electric Supercapacitors Provide Memory Backup
Liberty, SC – The new EDC and EDS series of Coin Cell style EDLC capacitors from Cornell Dubilier (CDE) can replace or extend battery life in on-board memory backup. With quick-response and recharge times, these devices offer higher power than batteries and greater energy than typical aluminum electrolytic
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09/09/2019