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Digital Power

December 2014
Here are the results of an output capacitor benchmark study used in a step-down DC/DC converter design, based on a well-used control IC (Maxim’s MAX 1537 [1]) with a 6-24V input voltage range and two separate voltage outputs of 3.3 and 5V. “Some 99 percent of so-called ‘design’ problems associated
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12/30/2014
There is no Moore’s Law for passive components like capacitors, but relentless development is delivering the kinds of devices engineers need to deliver cutting-edge new products for modern living. Capacitors have for many years enabled electronic designers to manage energy within circuits and fulfill basic
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12/30/2014
The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a growing problem, estimated to be five to seven percent of world trade. Among those well-known brands are consumer safety and critical electrical products, which can have threatening implications for workers and facilities. The cost
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12/30/2014

Defining consumer electronics

Kevin Parmenter, Excelsys

Once upon a time electronics went into neat precise product categories, making marketing people at electronics component companies happy. However the situation has become far more complex. Consumer electronics products are now finding their way into other applications, because frankly they are better, faster,
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12/30/2014
Energy-harvesting NFC/RFID tag authenticator securely protects sensitive data transfer between master and slave devices

MAX66242 DeepCover Secure Authenticator

Designers can now perform secure wireless data communication on their embedded systems without needing the host microcontroller, but by simply using a single MAX66242 DeepCover Secure Authenticator from Maxim Integrated Products. The MAX66242 secure authenticator is an advanced tag that combines a wireless NFC/RFID
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12/29/2014
Doug Bailey of Power Integrations on Power.com

Doug Bailey of Power Integrations

In this PSDcast Doug Bailey of Power Integrations talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's rebranding with the launch of www.power.com and the redesign of the company's logo. The changes are not only cosmetic; they reflect the significant growth, expansion, and strategy of the new Power
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12/24/2014
Vincent Mignard von Renesas Ãber Motor Control

Vincent Mignard von Renesas

In diesem PSDcast Vincent Mignard von Renesas spricht mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über die Probleme und Herausforderungen, die sich bei modernen Motor- und motion control heute. Renesas hat eine breite Palette von Produkten zu unterstützen, Motor Control, aus der 8-bit R8C-Produktfamilie für
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12/23/2014
2014 trends lay groundwork for IoT

The Intel Edison is part of a Wearables campaign by Intel.

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to construct a digital shadow of the physical world, and this presents opportunities that are tremendous in scope and profound in their implications. At the same time, realizing this vision of a massively interconnected life requires both the push of a critical mass of smart
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12/19/2014
Power Integrations launches reference design for high-power LED lighting

The RDR-382 Power Integrations HiperPFS-2 PFC controller ICs and HiperLCS integrated LLC power stage ICs

Power Integrations, a leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED-driver ICs, announced an advanced reference design for LED streetlights, high-bay lights and other high-power LED-lighting applications. The new design, RDR-382, describes a constant current, 43 V (nominal), 150 W reference power supply for
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12/17/2014
Allegro MicroSystems releases sensorless BLDC controller

A4963 sensorless BLDC controller

Allegro MicroSystems announced their latest three-phase, sensorless, brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller for use with external complementary P-channel and N-channel power MOSFETs. Reliable sensorless startup and run commutation can quickly be customized for individual motors and loads with adjustment of a few
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12/17/2014
Leonard Shtargot of Linear Technology on automotive embedded systems

Leonard Shtargot of Linear Technology

In this PSDcast Leonard Shtargot of Linear Technology talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about automotive electronics and the challenges facing design engineers creating the next generation of embedded infotainment, performance, and engine management embedded systems. In a sensitive subsystem, any
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12/16/2014
Silego Technology introduced the SLG4LCxxxxV series, a Universal Fast Charge Identification Solution that features Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 technology. The SLG4LCxxxxV series helps identify devices supporting Quick Charge 2.0 and provides the correct control information to the power supply to set the proper
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12/16/2014
ACS' latest control module has integrated drives

SPiiPlusCMHV is a line of EtherCAT master motion controllers with one/two axes of integrated drives

ACS Motion Control has launched a new control module that can manage networks with up to 32 axes and thousands of I/Os. The SPiiPlusCMHV is a line of EtherCAT master motion controllers with one/two axes of integrated drives that operate from 3 phase 230Vac to 480Vac, or 320Vdc to 670Vdc. The SPiiPlusCMHV line
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12/16/2014
Lattice Semiconductor, a leader in ultra-low power, small form-factor, customizable solutions, announced the availability of human voice detection and command recognition IP for smartphones and other handhelds for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) category of devices. These IPs are implemented in the iCE40
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12/15/2014
ams, a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, added to its family of power management ICs (PMICs) for mobile multi-core ARM processors with the AS3722, which provides a complete power-control solution for Nvidia’s Tegra K1 mobile system-on-chip (SoC). ams is also releasing
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12/15/2014
ST Chips Capture the beat in the smallest wearable heart monitor

Wearable heart-rate monitor from PulseOn

Tiny motion-sensing and data-processing chips from STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, have enabled the market’s smallest wearable heart-rate monitor from PulseOn for fitness enthusiasts of all levels. The sleek and
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12/09/2014
PFC (power-factor correction) circuit designers have used average current-mode control for decades (figure 1). Various analog PFC-control chips based on this control algorithm are available in the commercial market.
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12/03/2014
The Qt Company has announced that six leading designers and suppliers of embedded chipsets have joined the Qt Partner Program. The program aims to create value for the whole Qt ecosystem with members integrating technologies with Qt so that users benefit from a seamless, integrated experience. The
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12/02/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Rigol describes their DP832A Triple-Output 195W power supply for Power Systems Design at the recent electronica conference. The DP832A has two 30 V channels
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12/02/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Freescale Semiconductor describes Farnell's latest evaluation board at electronica 2014 for Power Systems Design. The board has a wealth of I/O connectivity
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12/01/2014
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