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May 2016
Maxim claims first stand-alone fuel gauge with SHA-256 authentication

ModelGauge m5

Implementing pack-side battery gauges in portable devices is now easier and more secure with the ModelGauge m5 portfolio of MAX17201/MAX17205 and MAX17211/MAX17215 from Maxim Integrated Products. Fuel gauging can be difficult because battery voltage varies with temperature and load, while coulomb-counting requires
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05/31/2016
PSDcast - AJ ElJallad of On Semi on driving the Cloud and IoT

AJ ElJallad of On Semiconductor

In this PSDcast friend of the show AJ ElJallad of On Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues involved in powering the myriad devices involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the related internal and external power infrastructures. Among the topics discussed were energy
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05/27/2016
Linear's 150V low IQ inverting synchronous DC/DC controller uses a single inductor

LTC3896, a high-voltage inverting switching regulator controller

Linear Technology introduced the LTC3896, a high-voltage inverting switching regulator controller that drives an all N-channel synchronous power MOSFET stage. Most low to medium power inverting DC/DC converters utilize a coupled inductor or transformer. However, the LTC3896 uses only a single inductor and converts
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05/25/2016

Panasonic sponsors TUM's TUfast Racing Team for Formula SAE/Formula Student

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems is sponsoring the TUfast Racing Team from Technical University Munich (TU Munich) for the Formula SAE / Formula Student racing competition

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems is sponsoring the TUfast Racing Team from Technical University Munich (TU Munich) for the Formula SAE / Formula Student racing competition. The team uses Panasonic’s Pyrolytic Highly Oriented Graphite Sheet (PGS), the thinnest thermal solution in the world, as
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05/24/2016
Allegro launches quad DMOS full bridge PWM motor driver IC

A5988 Quad DMOS full-bridge driver IC

Allegro MicroSystems announced a new quad DMOS full-bridge driver IC capable of driving up to two stepper motors or four DC motors. Each full-bridge output is rated up to 1.6 A and 40 V. The A5988 includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) current regulators, along with 2- bit nonlinear DACs (digital-to-analog
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05/23/2016
Analog Devices' AD7768 8-Channel, 24-Bit, simultaneous sampling ADC now at Mouser

AD7768 8-Channel, 24-Bit, Simultaneous Sampling ADC

Mouser Electronics, is now stocking the AD7768 24-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) from Analog Devices. The 8-channel, simultaneous sampling ADC features a sigma-delta modulator and digital filter per channel, enabling the device to perform synchronized sampling of both AC and DC signals and allowing it
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05/18/2016
The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. These projects, located in Arizona, California, North Carolina, Delaware, and Illinois, will support the Bioenergy Technologies Office's (BETO)
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05/17/2016
Toshiba increases current capability of their high-voltage intelligent power devices

TPD4207F HV-IPD

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its HV-IPD (high-voltage intelligent power device) line-up with a 600V, 5.0A part for PWM control of BLDC motors. The TPD4207F will simplify the implementation of high-efficiency BLDC applications ranging from home appliances to industrial pumps and fans. The
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05/17/2016
Orion's latest programmable EC fans offer savings & performance benefits

EC Series fan

Orion Fans has developed a family of Electronically Commutated (EC) fans that offer a low power, dual speed, energy-efficient cooling solution. Designed for large, power hungry equipment, the EC Series fan speed settings can be pre-programmed at the factory to simplify installation and deliver even more power
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05/17/2016
PSDcast - Robert DeRobertis of Vicor describes their enhanced online design tool

Robert DeRobertis of Vicor

In this PSDcast, Robert DeRobertis of Vicor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the latestest updates to their online design tool at PCIM 2016. Enabling engineers to select components and simulate them online, the new additions to Vicor's PowerBench online design center include an interactive
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05/13/2016
Part 1 of this article provided an overview of TT Electronics’ AEC Q200 qualified and certified transformers, which are optimized for use with a gate drive optocoupler to improve and simplify the design of isolated power supplies. This introduction looked at the theory of operation and how this impacts on
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05/07/2016
Isolated power supply systems are prevalent in server systems, industrial applications, and telecommunication and networking equipment. In this bandwidth-hungry age of the Internet of Things (IoT), a growing number of these systems need to be efficiently powered, driving up the need for power-efficient, cost-effective
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05/07/2016
Now more than ever, the blooming of the Internet of Things (IoT) has been putting emphasis on the longevity of battery life. Every IoT node demands a battery to operate. A household of two people can have anywhere from 20 to 60 batteries in use at any time, and consumers can’t be burdened with the need to
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05/07/2016
Infineon to launch iMotion modular application design kit at PCIM

iMotion Modular Application Design Kit

At PCIM, Infineon Technologies will launch its iMotion Modular Application Design Kit (MADK). The compact and flexible evaluation system provides a scalable design platform for 3-phase motor drives in the range from 20W to 300W. It includes controller and power boards – sensor-less or optionally with sensors. Using
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05/05/2016
Being a Sci-Fi geek, I am a fan of the late 1950’s Hollywood “cheesy” low budget Ed Wood movies typical of this genre. One of my favorite films is “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” in which aliens come to Earth to stop humanity from building a doomsday weapon that could destroy the entire universe. However,
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05/04/2016
Initially regarded as toys, multicopters are now serious business. From simple surveying to future delivery solutions, entire businesses are emerging around the design, supply and use of multicopters. With increased adoption comes increased regulation and the multicopter itself needs to be capable of being piloted
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05/04/2016
Wuerth's REDline Power Boxes offer custom configuration in a standard housing

Wuerth's REDline Power Boxes offer custom configuration in a standard housing

A novel approach to enabling power distribution, signal transmission, and function management in commercial vehicles, the REDline Power Box family is the name of the new system solution from Wuerth Elektronik ICS. With this series, the leading development partner and supplier of circuit-board-based central electrical
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05/04/2016
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents and a distributor for engineers, has announced worldwide availability of the new XMC Digital Power Explorer Kit from Infineon. The kit was created for analogue power supply designers and embedded software programmers to help accelerate their learning
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05/03/2016
FuturoLighting's latest smart LED controller targets smart homes

Catherina CTRL smart LED controller

FuturoLighting introduced a smart LED controller called the Catherina CTRL. This controller has implemented movement, ambient sensors as well as dimming, fading, day/night detection, corridor delay and intensity adjustment. It has compact dimensions of 55x55x14 mm and pass to each new or existing kitchen or
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05/03/2016
PSDcast -  David Somo of On Semi on the state of the industry

David Somo of On Semi

In this PSDcast David Somo, Vice President, Global Corporate Strategy and Marketing for On Semiconductor, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenging state of the industry today. From the Internet of Things to Autonomous Vehicles to alternative energy systems, designing elecronics systems
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05/03/2016
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