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June 2016
Microchip launches lowest-power PIC32 Family

Microchip PIC32MM

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog, and Flash-IP solutions, announced the company’s lowest power and most cost-effective family of 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The Microchip PIC32MM family bridges the gap between the company’s popular PIC24F XLP and
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06/30/2016
EPC's multi-mode wireless power charging kit eliminates standards worries

The 10W EPC9121 demonstration system

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the availability of a complete demonstration multi-mode wireless power charging kit, the EPC9121. The purpose of this demonstration kit is to simplify the evaluation process of using eGaN FETs and ICs for highly efficient multi-mode wireless power charging
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06/30/2016
PSDcast - Edward Kohler of Intersil on the next generation of automotive systems

Edward Kohler of Intersil

In this PSDcast Edward Kohler, Strategic Marketing Manager for Intersil, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the next generation of automotive systems. Once an area of relatively slow change and old-school thinking, vehicle electronic subsystems are under more pressure than ever
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06/30/2016

Powin Energy, a leading designer and developer of safe and scalable energy storage solutions for utilities, C&I, and EV fast-charging stations, announced that their proprietary Battery Pack Operating System(bp-OS) has been awarded United States Patent and Trademark office patent number US20140015469 A1,
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06/29/2016
Allegro unveils three-wire true zero-speed surface-mount magnetic speed sensor IC

A1667 in a surface-mount SOIC-8 package

In response to market requests for a PCB mounted speed sensor IC featuring an advanced sensing algorithm, Allegro MicroSystems has released the A1667 in a surface-mount SOIC-8 package. This device provides a user- friendly solution for highly compact ring magnet applications using PCB mounting, and is ideal
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06/28/2016
Ericsson’s latest bus converter module raises the bar for control and delivery

The BMR458 third-generation quarter-brick

Ericsson Power Modules announced the BMR458, a third-generation 3E quarter-brick advanced bus converter that delivers industry-leading performance to system architects developing equipment for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications, including datacom and server and storage systems. The module
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06/28/2016
Infineon Technologies released the IR1161L and IR11688S secondary synchronous rectification (SSR) family of Controller ICs to complete Infineon’s product offerings for SMPS applications. The IR1161L and IR11688S SSR ICs meet the new 2016 standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the “European Code
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06/28/2016
u-blox claims first cellular Narrowband IoT module

u-blox cellular Narrowband IoT module

u-blox announced forthcoming availability of its SARA-N2 Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) module , the world's first cellular radio module compliant to the 3GPP Release 13, Narrowband IoT (LTE Cat. NB1) standard. Designed for use in applications such as smart buildings and cities, utilities metering, white goods, asset
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06/27/2016
Brite Semi and Semitech to collaborate on industrial M2M SoC

Narrowband PLC and low-power wireless technologies are the keys to the heterogeneous smart grid networks of the future

Brite Semiconductor, a leading ASIC/SoC design and turnkey solution provider, announced the collaborative development of an industrial machine-to-machine (M2M) system on chip (SoC) with Semitech Semiconductor, a leading provider of power line communications (PLC) solutions that enable the transformation of the
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06/24/2016
Intersil's 12-cell Li-ion battery pack monitor safeguards vehicle systems

Intersil 12-cell lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack monitor

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL78610 12-cell lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack monitor. The device provides cell balancing and accurate voltage and temperature monitoring to safeguard Li-ion battery packs in hybrid electric vehicles,
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06/20/2016
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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06/16/2016
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos to show power modules, advanced inductors, and EMC solutions at PCIM Asia 2016

At the PCIM Asia exhibition, Wuerth Elektronik eiSos will be offering an EMC seminar of the topic of EMC Solutions Analysis and Theory Introduction

Wuerth Elektronik eiSos is exhibiting at the PCIM Asia 2016, taking place from 28 thru 30 June 2016. In its presentation in the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, the manufacturer will be focusing on power modules, for instance the step-down converters of the Magl³C product series, and
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06/16/2016
A German folk festival provides a field test for low-voltage power distribution

The transformer stations are integrated in the folk festival backdrop

Stuttgart's folk festival on the "Wasen" is one of the largest folk festivals in Europe, and proves a challenge for the grid operator in Stuttgart every year. In 2015, it also served as a field test. Mobile measuring boxes captured all load flows in the ten local secondary substations on the festival
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06/16/2016
Renesas' RZ/T1 motion control solution simplifies industrial drives and robotics systems development

Renesas’ RZ/T1 motion control solution kit

Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of a new reference solution focused on high-performance, real-time motion control applications equipped with the Renesas RZ/T1 microprocessor (MPU). Renesas’ RZ/T1 motion control solution kit delivers
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06/15/2016
PSDcast - Pradeep Shenoy of TI on the latest in board-level power

Pradeep Shenoy of Texas Instruments

In this PSDcast Pradeep Shenoy of Texas Instruments talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the latest technologies in board-level DC/DC power systems. Between the often-conflicting requirements of power density, board real estate, and thermal management, today's engineer's are facing a daunting
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06/14/2016
Working in the industry, we live very close to the developments that are advancing our technology and the systems based upon them. We see nascent science turn into rough prototypes and then into finished products on a regular basis. We are familiar, even if not comfortable, with the rapid pace of progress and
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06/13/2016
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the continuing adoption of Digital Power System Management (DPSM) within the communications and computer industries continues to be driven, in large part, to the high current levels demanded by the sub-20nm ASICs and/or FPGAs that are at the core of their system architecture.
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06/13/2016
Harsh environments are a reality for many electrical systems used in motor control or solenoid control applications.  The electronics that control motors and solenoids are by necessity in close proximity to the high currents and voltages used to create the physical movement required by the end application.  In
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06/13/2016
Maxim's two-channel, bi-directional digital isolators save space and lower system complexity

Two-channel, bi-directional digital isolators from Maxim Integrated

Designers can save space and achieve more flexible designs with the MAX14933 and MAX14937 two-channel, bi-directional digital isolators from Maxim Integrated Products. They transfer digital signals between circuits in both directions and provide complete galvanic isolation between two power domains, all while
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06/13/2016
Mouser launches timing technology site

Timing Technology site

Mouser Electronics launched its new Timing Technology site, designed to give engineers easy-to-access information on the latest technical advances in timers, counters, and clocks. As part of Mouser's growing selection of Applications & Technologies sites, the Timing Technology site provides a wealth of resource
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06/13/2016
There have been several comparisons of eGaN FETs with silicon MOSFETs in a variety of applications, including hard-switched, soft-switched, and high-frequency power conversion. These studies have shown that eGaN FETs have large efficiency and power density advantages over silicon MOSFETs. Here we’ll focus
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06/13/2016
Building on the new commitments to the Global Lighting Challenge announced last week during the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Energy Department is announcing funding for nine research and development projects that will support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development, and manufacturing
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06/13/2016
In this article we’ll show how a third way of defining average current leads to an infinite gain of the modulator gain for current-mode systems. Another simple derivation produces a fourth expression for the modulator gain, thus completing the set of gains to be found in the literature. Different
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06/11/2016
Integration or optimizationâ€which comes first?

Larry Spaziani, GaN Systems

At APEC 2016 it became abundantly clear to the industry that GaN transistors are here, they're now, and they're proliferating. GaN Systems, EPC, Transphorm, Panasonic, Infineon, Texas Instruments, and other manufacturers and developers all displayed GaN products in varying readiness, from existing only
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06/11/2016
Outram's latest software helps resolve power quality issues quickly

Pronto power quality software package from Outram Research

A major new release of the Pronto power quality software package from Outram Research makes it possible to find and evaluate power supply issues, report to the standards and solve customer complaints even more quickly. The Windows-based program is used to extract data from Outram's Power Master family of power
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06/10/2016
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, released the AOZ226X, second generation of high efficiency, easy-to-use synchronous EZBuck regulators featuring a proprietary Constant On-Time (COT) control architecture that enables
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06/09/2016
Power Integrations' LYTSwitch-1 LED driver ICs reduce complexity in lighting systems

LYTSwitch-1 single-stage, non-isolated, buck topology LED driver IC

Power Integrations, a leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED driver ICs, a announced its LYTSwitch-1 single-stage, non-isolated, buck topology LED driver IC family. Featuring a very compact footprint, the IC enables the design of LED bulbs and tubes with high constant-current accuracy while using a
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06/09/2016
STMicros connectivity portfolio targets USB-C and power delivery

The free STM32 USB-C and PD Middleware Stack is compliant with USB Type-C 1.2 and USB Power Delivery 2.0 specifications

As electronics companies worldwide increasingly look to implement the new USB Type-C and Power Delivery (PD) technology, STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is making the task easier with a certified embedded software solution based on
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06/09/2016
Vicor released four new DCM products in the VIA package

DCM isolated, regulated DC-DC converters

Vicor released four additional DC-DC converters that are deployed in the rugged, chassis-mountable versions of its DCM family of isolated, regulated DC-DC converters. These new products extend the family by adding two 270V and two 28V nominal products to the family.  Applications:
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06/08/2016
Microsemi's low-power switch family eases industrial network migration to Ethernet

Ocelot product family

Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced its new Ocelot product family, a low power, feature-rich Ethernet switch family optimized for communications networking in the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market. Designed
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06/08/2016
PSDcast - Patrick Le FÃvre of Powerbox on medical power systems

Patrick Le Fèvre of Powerbox

In this PSDcast, Patrick Le Fèvre of Powerbox talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about medical power systems and the current issues facing gthe design engineer. Connected devices in medical applications, some powered by harvesting energy, are very sensitive to radio interference and other
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06/08/2016
Linear's latest synchronous step-down regulator operates to 175°C

The LT8610AX 3.5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8610AX, a 3.5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator, which operates in ambient temperatures up to 175°C. Synchronous rectification delivers efficiency as high as 95% while Burst Mode operation keeps quiescent current under 3.5µA in no-load standby conditions.
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06/02/2016
Handheld instrument sent into space to launch R&S Scope Rider competition

R&S Scope Rider

Rohde & Schwarz today launched a competition to find the most innovative use for its recently announced R&S Scope Rider, the rugged portable oscilloscope with lab performance. Ten shortlisted entrants will each receive a GoPro Hero4 silver camera to make a video of their idea, and the overall winner
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06/01/2016
STMicro and SAG to develop tiny high-performance NFC tags for IoT

ST25 NFC tag IC

STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Securitag Assembly Group (SAG), a leading supplier of RFID transponders, announced a tiny NFC Ferrite Tag that uses STMicroelectronics’ ST25 NFC tag IC for IoT (Internet of Things) data-transmission
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06/01/2016
Broadcom, a leading designer, developer, and global supplier of a broad range of analog and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions, announced a new generation of 5A gate drive optocoupler devices, the ACPL-352J and ACNW3430, designed for a wide range of industrial applications including motor drives and
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06/01/2016

 



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