Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

July 2020
Highest Accuracy Optically Isolated Delta-Sigma Modulator
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the RV1S9353A optically isolated delta-sigma (ΔΣ) modulator. The RV1S9353A delivers the industry’s highest accuracy compared to other 10MHz clock output optically isolated devices. It includes a precision analog-to-digital converter with ENOB of 13.8 bits (typ) for c
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07/29/2020

TE Connectivity's Small Spring Fingers Shipping from Sager
Sager Electronics is now stocking TE Connectivity’s new Ultra Small Spring Fingers.   With one of the smallest footprints on the market, TE’s Ultra Small Spring Fingers save valuable PCB space, allowing for use in a variety of applications with space constraints. Its closed-loop contact design ensures r
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07/28/2020
Using Bidirectional Programmable DC Power Supplies for Battery Testing

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Figure 1. The placement polarity checker and the safety contactor

In today’s fast-paced world the need to create quicker, more mobile mechanical devices is steadily increasing. One primary method for doing this is to replace traditional gas powered or plugged-in devices with battery power. Batteries have become smaller and increasingly efficient as a result. In order to ke
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07/24/2020
Mouser Electronics Site on Resistor-Based Current Sensing
Mouser Electronics, Inc., is pleased to offer customers a new resource site dedicated to Current Sensing Solutions from Microchip Technology and Vishay Intertechnology. Current sensing is a key requirement for the development of smart motor controls and high-efficiency power supplies. The new site features a ra
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07/23/2020
PSDcast – The H-1B Visa Restriction (Good for the Industry?)

Chris Dries, the President and CEO of UnitedSiC

You’ve probably heard that President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security took actions with mammoth ramifications for our industry. To whit, Trump restricted H-1B visas for engineers, computer programmers and other technical workers through 2020. Is this a boon for domestic employment or a shackle fo
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07/23/2020
Which Way to the Fridge? Common Sense Helps Robots Navigate
A robot travelling from point A to point B is more efficient if it understands that point A is the living room couch and point B is a refrigerator, even if it's in an unfamiliar place. That's the common sense idea behind a "semantic" navigation system developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook AI R
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07/20/2020
Energy Storage Capacitors Available in 7 Smaller Case Sizes
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that its ENYCAP electrical double-layer energy storage capacitors for energy harvesting and power backup applications are now available in seven smaller case sizes ranging from 10 mm by 20 mm to 12.5 mm by 40 mm, with capacitance values from 5 F to 22 F. With their new
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07/13/2020
Industry's First Zero-Drift Hall-Effect Current Sensors
  Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the industry’s first zero-drift Hall-effect current sensors. The TMCS1100 and TMCS1101 enable the lowest drift and highest accuracy over time and temperature while providing reliable 3-kVrms isolation, which is especially important for AC or DC high-voltage systems
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Date:
07/07/2020