Digital Power

April 2015
Electric motors collectively consume a substantial portion of global electricity. According to the research firm IHS Technology, 96% of a motor’s lifetime costs are represented by pure electricity costs.  Regulators have imposed more stringent energy standards for them, and manufacturers are scrutinizing
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04/30/2015
To better understand why Industrial automation is so important, a few trends need to be discussed and reviewed. First up is sustainability. Sustainability, in terms of energy and resource efficiency, is a key ingredient for the success of the global manufacturing industry. The growing focus on the
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04/29/2015
The technique of paralleling power converters and phase shifting their outputs is not new, and “interleaving” (as it is known) has been used in a number of applications to reduce the size of input and output capacitors. These include the 42V/14V DC-DC converters found in dual-voltage vehicle electrical systems
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04/29/2015

Advances in multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) technology now offer designers a high-capacitance alternative to traditional electrolytic capacitors. New high-value MLCCs provide the advantages of lower equivalent series resistance (ESR) and inductance (ESL) than electrolytics, and demonstrated mean time to
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04/29/2015
Software is playing an increasingly prominent role in networking at a system architecture level, but it also has growing importance in the future in the delivery of power. Digital control, the use of power-optimization software algorithms and the concept of the Software Defined Power Architecture are all being
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04/29/2015
GaN FET apps are growing rapidly

Alex Lidow, Efficient Power Conversion

Enhancement-mode gallium nitride transistors have been commercially available for over five years.  Commercially available gallium nitride (GaN) FETs are designed to be both higher performance and lower cost than state-of-the-art silicon-based power MOSFETs.  This achievement marks the first time in
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04/29/2015
Vivint Solar deploys SolarEdge’s optimized inverters nationwide

Vivint Solar Nationally Deploys SolarEdge’s DC Optimized Inverters with Rapid Shutdown and Revenue-Grade Metering

SolarEdge Technologies, a leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, today announced an expanded supply arrangement with Vivint Solar, a leading provider of distributed solar energy systems. Vivint Solar will purchase and install SolarEdge’s optimized DC inverters with
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04/28/2015
Yole predicts the power industry will go “inverter-centricâ€

Inverters remain a key R&D focus for power electronics

Inverters will remain a key R&D focus for power electronics for the next 5 to 10 years! The power electronics industry becomes “inverter-centric” because of: • The adoption of electrification in the transportation (from car to busses to trains and planes) • The need for power conversion
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04/28/2015
Project MotorBrain claims first highly-integrated rare earth-free synchronous motor

Researchers have successfully realized a fully-integrated electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths in the permanent magnet synchronous motor

Researchers from one of Europe’s largest e-mobility projects have successfully realized a fully-integrated electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths in the permanent magnet synchronous motor. A prototype will be presented to the international coil winding and electrical manufacturing
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04/24/2015
Renesas' latest MCUs improve efficiency with precision control

RX23T MCUs

Renesas Electronics, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, continues to develop embedded solutions that contribute to a reduced energy footprint. The company introduced the RX23T Group of microcontrollers (MCUs), designed to enable highly precise control of inverter circuits employed in energy-efficient
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04/24/2015
Keysight adds capabilities to their fastest power supplies

The Keysight 1kW (1U) and 2kW (2U) N6900 Series Advanced Power System models adds performance options to boost test-system versatility

Keysight Technologies introduced four performance options for its small, flexible and market-leading-fast Advanced Power System (APS) N6900 Series DC power supplies. In conjunction with the power supply’s VersaPower architecture, the new options boost test-system versatility and make it easy for test engineers
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04/24/2015
ams launches 96%-efficient 1A buck converter

The new AS1382 step-down converter

ams, a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, introduced a 1A synchronous buck converter with the wide input voltage range, high efficiency and low stand-by current required in designs powered by a single-cell lithium-ion battery. The AS1382 step-down converter operates from
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04/22/2015
Leading smart factory expert professor Detlef Zühlke will use his seminar at CWIEME Berlin 2015 to explain the ‘Industry 4.0’ concept – with reference to his ground-breaking demo platform at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Kaiserslautern – and its opportunities for manufacturers
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04/21/2015
 Audi taps Microchip’s MOST150 Tech for Audi TT virtual cockpit

AUDI AG is networking the Audi virtual cockpit system in its new TT Models using MOST technology

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced that AUDI AG is networking the Audi virtual cockpit system in its new TT Models using MOST technology. Specifically, it is deploying Microchip’s OS81118 MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface
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04/20/2015
Micrel, a leader in high-performance embedded solutions, introduced the MICRF229 and the MICRF230, low-power, 400MHz to 450MHz, super-heterodyne, image reject, OOK/ASK receivers. Both devices feature -112dBm sensitivity at a data rate of 1kbps and operate from 3.5V to 5.5V. They consume less than 6mA of current
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04/20/2015
Analog Devices will demonstrate at PCIM 2015 a broad portfolio of innovative solutions that help engineers design safe, productive and energy efficient motor and power control systems. ADI will be in Hall 6 at Booth #317.   “From leading isolation technology that safeguards reliable
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04/20/2015
ON Semiconductor to showcase their latest tech at PCIM 2015

ON Semiconducto will be showcasing some of its latest advances at PCIM 2015

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, will be showcasing some of its latest advances in power management technology at PCIM 2015, including compact IPM, significant developments in GaN, and a sensor-less motor driver controller. Featured demonstrations include:   ·
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04/20/2015
Eaton launches prefab power solutions for data centers

The Connected configuration is a high quality, tested design that directly connects UPS modules, switchgear, static switches, controls and any monitoring or human machine interface components

Power management company Eaton announced the introduction of its prefabricated power solutions for data centers in the U.S., providing an integrated power management platform designed to speed up installation times and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). This offering can be customized to meet most data center
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04/15/2015
Industry 4.0 specialist IntelliSense.io will showcase the latest upgrades to their Intelligent Factory solution at Hannover Messe. IntelliSense.io specialises in delivering 'Optimisation as a Service' with rapid ROI and no upfront capital investment for process industries. IntelliSense.io solutions are used
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04/14/2015
Atmel, a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, announced the company is the first to receive the PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) v1.4 Profile 2 certification for the Atmel | SMART SAM4CP16B and ATPL230A smart metering solutions. The certification extends Atmel’s leadership
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04/14/2015
The Port of Hamburg is currently undergoing a metamorphosis: it is becoming a ‘smart port’. Some 40,000 lorries pass through the port every day, and thanks to the ‘Internet of Things’, a new road management system, consisting of sensors on roads and in parking spaces connected via the internet, is now
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04/10/2015
Groundbreaking and imaginative fashion-forward technologies are ready for their runway walk at the FashionWare show presented by Living in Digital Times at CE Week NY. This year’s event will bring together designers, accessory makers, and smart wearable tech. The live runway show will take place
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04/06/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Texas Instruments shows their new buck-boost controller IC to Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. The LM5175 manages input voltages from 3.5 V to 42
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04/03/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Altera demonstrates their envelope-tracking RF power solution for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. The FPGA-based Envelope Tracking Voltage Modulator
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04/02/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Texas Instruments explains how their new zero-power (as defined) solution for battery chargers, laptop supplies, and other applications works for Power
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04/01/2015