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Digital Power

January 2016
Flash in the pan

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

One of the beautiful things about being a wordsmith is that one finds all kinds of history, culture, and advice in many of the quaint and poetic turns of phrase that exist in the (American) English language. One such turn of phrase is “flash in the pan” which is so good at describing a situation that its
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01/29/2016
Bring back IrDA

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

With all the buzz around optical data transfer technology development lately, especially in light of the push to empower small, low-power intelligent devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). What many forget is that there was and is a technology that is well-suited for final-feet connection between intelligent
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01/29/2016
China’s predicted stumble

Ray Zinn, Founder of Micrel

You have likely heard the news that despite economic stimulus, the Shanghai stock exchange dropped over 7% before “circuit breakers” kicked in. Had those government-mandated panic aversion tools not triggered, the one day drop would rival long-term market corrections. None of this, aside from the exact timing,
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01/29/2016

Current-mode control has been around in one form or another for almost 50 years now, but it is still a topic that creates much confusion in the minds of many engineers and researchers. In this series of articles, Dr. Ridley shows historical reasons for the confusion, and presents for the first time the source
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01/29/2016
The sub-28 nanometer Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) now available feature the in-dustry’s only hard floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with speeds up to 1,500 Gbps floating-point operations. Built on sub-28 nm process technology, these FPGAs provide up to 17.4 Gbps for long-reach
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01/29/2016
ROHM’s new high-efficiency system power IC suits car audio

BD49101AEFS-M Power IC

To meet the expanding needs of the car audio market for multifunction power supplies, ROHM developed a system power supply IC that features the lowest power consumption in the industry. The BD49101AEFS-M leverages ROHM’s expertise in car audio power system design to achieve an optimized system based on a high-efficiency
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01/28/2016
Key criteria for designing power supplies units (PSU) for consumer applications are low cost, high efficiency, good thermal performance and low Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI). Starting with an optimal power conversion topology assists the design process. Flyback topology is optimal for low and mid power
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01/27/2016
From cellphones to electric vehicles and smart grid energy storage, the use of rechargeable batteries is dramatically increasing. Engineers that design products that use these rechargeable batteries must be able to characterize the battery performance in their designs. Programmable bidirectional DC power supplies
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01/27/2016
As electronic systems continue to become more compact, temperature plays an increasingly important role in system reliability and power efficiency. Many engineers are already familiar with how temperature can affect reliability; if a system becomes too hot, device operation can become unpredictable. Using a
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01/27/2016
Most systems require multiple different voltage rails. Voltages below the system ground voltage, or zero voltage, are considered to be negative voltages. Such voltages are needed in many different applications. In power electronics, some switch types may not reliably be turned off if ground voltage is applied
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01/27/2016
Visit Rigol at Embedded World 2016

Visit Rigol at Embedded World at Hall 4, Stand 4-528

Rigol Technologies will present their complete product portfolio at the Embedded World exhibition in Nuremberg. Besides their well-known Oscilloscope series MSO/DS2000A and MSO/DS4000 with 50 MHz up to 1 GHz bandwidth, Rigol will show the new MSO-Ready Mixed Signal Oscilloscope series DS1000Z Plus with
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01/26/2016
Mouser, Fairchild, Littelfuse, and Amphenol team up for building blocks for USB Type-C

USB Type-C portfolio

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is teaming up with Fairchild, Littelfuse, and Amphenol Commercial Products to present the building blocks of a USB Type-C solution. Delivering data rates up to 10Gbps and up to 100W of power with a reversible interface for easy and reliable mating, USB Type-C technology offers a multifunction,
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01/26/2016
Power Integrations' highly-efficient LYTSwitch-5 ICs support multiple LED driver topologies

LYTSwitch-5 LED driver

Power Integrations, a leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED driver ICs, launched its LYTSwitch-5 single-stage LED driver IC family. LYTSwitch-5 devices combine PFC and constant-current output, and support multiple common LED driver topologies. Solid-state lighting applications have highly
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01/26/2016
Mouser Electronics announced a global agreement with Red Pitaya, manufacturers of the Red Pitaya system, centered on a powerful open-source software development platform for test and measurement applications. The Red Pitaya product line is designed to help people learn programming and create designs ranging
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01/25/2016
Altera's PowerSoC converter delivers leading power density, performance, and reliability

The EN6362QI PowerSoC

Altera, now a part of Intel, has expanded its Enpirion power products portfolio with a 6A PowerSoC DC-DC step-down converter that is a full-featured, highly integrated, and fully tested PowerSoC with integrated inductor. The new PowerSoC (EN6362QI) is the first in a new generation of low-VIN (input voltage)
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01/25/2016
The emergence of commercially available and cost-effective gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors begins a new age in power electronics. There are significant benefits in using enhancement-mode gallium nitride FET (eGaN FET) devices in power converters for existing data center and telecommunications architectures
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01/25/2016
Ford selects ADI’s Automotive Audio Bus

Ford Motor Company has selected the Automotive Audio Bus

Analog Devices announced today that the Ford Motor Company has selected the Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) as its primary infotainment network technology with in-vehicle deployments starting in 2016. ADI’s A2B technology is capable of distributing audio and control data together with clock and power over a single,
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01/20/2016
With a long history of involvement in promoting energy savings, Emerson Industrial Automation has invested massively in research into technological solutions and services designed to cut energy bills. On the strength of this expertise, Emerson now presents the Energy Savings Advisor, its new mobile app offering
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01/19/2016
Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced its InnoSwitch-CP family of off-line CV/CC flyback switching ICs. The new devices incorporate a constant power output profile which, when paired with an adaptive-voltage protocol such as Qualcomm
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01/15/2016
ROHM's latest PMICs optimized for Intel’s 6th-gen Skylake core processor architecture

The BD99991GW PMIC

ROHM has released for mass production two system Power Management Integrated Circuits (PMICs).These PMICs are optimized for low power and will enable fanless designs of space-conscious mobile PC products such as Ultrabooks™, 2-in-1 detachables, and tablets built around Intel’s 14nm Skylake processor.  The
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01/15/2016
Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced new developments for the Renesas Synergy Platform, including the commercial release of the Renesas Synergy Software Package (SSP) version 1.0.0, mass production availability of the S7G2 Renesas Synergy Microcontrollers (MCUs),
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01/13/2016
EPC taps Yuanzhe Zhang as director of applications engineering

Dr. Yuanzhe Zhang

EPC is proud to announce that Dr. Yuanzhe Zhang has joined the EPC engineering team as Director, Applications Engineering. As a member of the EPC applications team, Dr. Zhang's focus will be designing state-of-the-art envelope tracking systems for 4G, LTE and 5G wireless infrastructure that demonstrate
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01/11/2016
Toshiba's expanded TZ1000 application processors for wearables simplify low-power designs

ApP Lite application processors

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its line up of ApP Lite application processors for wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). The TZ1201XBG is the latest addition to the TZ1000 series, and is based on a high performance 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M4F RISC processor capable of operating at frequencies
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01/06/2016
Fuji Electric introduces HVAC combination variable-frequency drives in North America

FRENIC-HVAC Combination Variable Frequency Drive

Fuji Electric of America has announced that they have begun manufacturing their FRENIC-HVAC Combination Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) in the company's new factory in Roanoke, VA in order to reduce turnaround time and customize panels to suit customers' individual applications. The complete series includes
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01/06/2016
Loiste Group first with Utilytics energy platform

Utilytics beta program is just the beginning of making big energy data available to customers in real time

The Finnish energy provider Loiste Group is the first customer to sign up Utilytics, a new analytics service for the energy market delivered by Enoro. This first contract shows that real time big energy data is now a reality. Loiste has tested Utilytics and signed up very quickly following the launch in November
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01/05/2016
Torex Semiconductor will open an R&D Center in April 2016 at TOREX USA in Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A. for the purpose of strengthening research and development of high value-added analog power ICs that will be the mainstay of the next generation. Sunnyvale, California, where the new R&D
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01/05/2016
Avnet introduces Kintex UltraScale FPGA development kit

Kintex UltraScale FPGA Development Kit

Embedded system designers looking for a fully configurable, high-performance hardware platform for engineering and verifying applications based on the Kintex UltraScale FPGA family from Xilinx will find the functionality they need in the new Kintex UltraScale FPGA Development Kit released today by Avnet, a leading
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01/04/2016
Lumileds’ LUXEON XR-M LED devices now at Mouser

LUXEON XR-M LED devices

Mouser Electronics is now stocking LUXEON XR-M LED devices from Lumileds. These modular LED devices integrate three, four, or five LUXEON M LEDs on a metal core PCB, and can be connected in series or parallel, providing manufacturers with an easy-to-use solution for outdoor and industrial lighting applications.
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01/04/2016
AT&T next week will reveal how it will work with cities to turn everyday objects like traffic lights and parking spots into tools to manage congestion and conserve energy. The presentation is part of the telecommunications giant’s broader plan to diversify its business portfolio, a strategy
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01/04/2016
FCI's USB 3.1 reversible type C connectors now available through TTI

FCI USB 3.1 Type C connector

Now available in Europe through TTI, FCI’s new USB 3.1 Type C Connectors boast a small form factor design that is reversible for quick and easy connection whichever way it is inserted. The USB 3.1 Type C Connector is a new standard plug and receptacle which provides a multi-function single cable solution for
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01/04/2016

 



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