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Digital Power

October 2016
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Date:
10/31/2016
With fuel economy regulations tightening and autonomous-driving capability with connectivity proliferating, the old-fashioned 12-volt automotive electrical system has reached its usable power limit. Furthermore, a vast increase in automotive electronic systems, coupled with related demands on power, has created
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10/30/2016
People like to move around, and they like to take their things with them when they do. This is especially true of things we need to maintain our health and fitness. This is not only the case for electronic devices, people have been carrying around pills and pillows for years to feel better on the road. Hotels
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10/30/2016

The quest for energy efficiency has focused attention on those components of the power electronics that can connect hundreds of volts and amps in inverters with exceptional efficiency. We are talking about modern power switches – IGBTs and SIC-FETs – and how the voltage supplied to the respective gate drivers
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10/30/2016
High-voltage IGBT-modules usually consist of two types of IC, an IGBT for the transistor and a diode for the freewheeling functionality. A device that combines both functions in a single die is known as a reverse conducting IGBT (RC-IGBT). These modules exhibit a lower thermal resistance when compared to an
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10/29/2016
Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC) in chipscale surface-mount packages are widely used in electronics for consumer, medical, industrial, automotive, and other applications. Their combination of affordability, compatibility with high-volume assembly, high capacitance values within small dimensions, and high
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10/29/2016
Equipment designs increasingly utilize advanced MCU, DSP and FPGA devices to deliver the functionality and performance demanded of them. With this sophistication comes the challenge of providing the multiple power rails these devices require. The use of carefully chosen power modules can significantly ease this
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10/28/2016
Here we’ll look at how a rugged and flexible control can be rapidly implemented using an 8-bit microcontroller with analog blocks. For many custom power supplies, this provides an optimum combination of noise immunity, high performance, short development time, and digital flexibility. Analog
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10/28/2016
People don’t think about engineers much, and in general engineers are looked upon in a positive light. Unless something goes wrong with something. In the marketplace, engineering is usually the first direction people point fingers when problems occur in a product. Unsafe and/or malfunctioning products
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10/28/2016
Powerbox's intelligent charger targets automotive and industrial apps

ENA 200 Charger

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for 4 decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, introduced the Smart DC/DC ENA200-Charger to meet new market requirements for intelligent and flexible charging solutions for automotive and industrial demanding
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10/28/2016
NV Energy deploys Aclara's grid monitoring to retrofit aging infrastructure

Power sensor for grid monitoring

Millions of customers and tourists across Nevada are benefitting from improvements in the quality and continuity of their electrical supply, thanks to a technology upgrade made by their local utility company. NV Energy selected Aclara's grid monitoring platform to retrofit aging substations, distribution feeders
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10/28/2016
Sub-GHz wireless comm LSI optimized for applications requiring low power consumption

Sub-GHz wireless communication LSI

ROHM Group company LAPIS Semiconductor recently announced the availability of a sub-GHz wireless communication LSI optimized for applications requiring low power consumption over relatively long distances, such as smart-agriculture, gas/fire alarms, smart meters, and home/building security systems.
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10/27/2016
Analog Devices announced the acquisition of Innovasic, a leading provider of Deterministic Ethernet semiconductor and software solutions. The acquisition adds a suite of multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet solutions and key enabling technologies to ADI’s Smart Automation Solutions portfolio for industrial automation
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10/27/2016
TDK's 2500W 1U industrial supplies offer PMBus fuunctionality

RFE2500 AC-DC power supply

TDK introduced the TDK-Lambda brand RFE2500 AC-DC power supplies, delivering up to 2500W output power in a low profile 1U package, the RFE series has rugged screw terminal and bus-bar connections. These industrial supplies are ideal for use in many applications requiring reliable 12V, 24V or 48V bulk power. Operating
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10/25/2016
PSDcast - Mike Holt of gridComm on smart city development

Mike Holt of gridComm

In this PSDcast Mike Holt of gridComm talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about creating smart cities. Like most municipal infrastructures, any technology used must be accessable and scalable. gridComm transforms urban streetlights into dynamic, resource-efficient platforms by using proprietary
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Date:
10/24/2016
At electronica 2016, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase test solutions for advanced technologies, including those for fifth-generation mobile radio (5G) and wireless gigabit, along with state-of-the-art test systems for embedded designs and automotive systems. The electronica trade fair will be held from November
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10/21/2016
Exactly what constitutes Industry Revolution 4.0 is little confusing. This revolution will include smart, au- tomated factories where machines will be communicating with each other. In addition, there will be role for Internet of Things, cloud computing and many other emerging new technologies. Will this revolution
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10/19/2016
PSDcast - Mike Noonen of Silego on advanced mixed-signal ICs

Mike Noonen, VP Sales and Business Development

In this PSDcast Mike Noonen, Silego’s VP Sales and Business Development, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the marketplace in advanced mixed-signal devices. Silego has an intgeresting perspective on the space, as they recently shipped two billion units since the introduction
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10/17/2016
PSDcast - JÃrg Hantschel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos on wireless power

Jörg Hantschel of Würth Elektronik eiSos

In this PSDcast Jörg Hantschel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of wireless power development. Long ignored due to complexity, cost, and efficiency, wireless power transmission is starting to take off. Important for applications beyond the field of
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10/14/2016
A key consideration for wireless sensor nodes that will populate the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is battery lifetime. The sensor nodes, in many applications, will need to be installed in locations that are difficult to reach and, consequently, service. Because it is too costly and difficult to run power
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10/12/2016
Oftentimes, designers of digital cameras, mobile devices and other consumer electronics choose to power their device from two, series-stacked, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries, yet still desire the capability to charge from a 5-V universal serial bus (USB) port. Boosting a 5-V USB input to charge two series-stacked
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10/12/2016
Infineon to buy MEMS developer Innoluce

An Innoluce laser scanning module

As leading chip provider for driver assistance systems, Infineon continues its innovation path and has acquired 100 percent of Innoluce, a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Nijmegen. Based on the know-how of Innoluce, Infineon will develop chip components for high-performance lidar systems. Both
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10/12/2016
PSDcast - Karl Fleischmann of TI on USB Type-C development

Karl Fleischmann of TI

In this PSDcast Karl Fleischmann of TI talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about USB Type-C development. Texas Instruments recently introduced a multiport USB Type-C and Power Delivery (PD) minidock reference design that provides audio, USB data, power and video support. This new TI Designs reference
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10/12/2016
Having a good grasp of how measurement tools actually operate can provide valuable insight into how test methods can be improved. Setups can subsequently be made simpler and more effective, plus test performance parameters can be significantly raised. This is true for any sphere of technology that requires the
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10/11/2016
LGA package technology can deliver important advantages for the high-performance Point-Of-Load converters needed to feed power-hungry, fast-reacting data centers and network infrastructure. As the power demands of high-performance Cloud and telecom computing systems continue to increase, converter modules that
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10/11/2016
Continuing the old story-telling tone which began the issue, I would like to point your attention to the centuries-old proverb “For want of a nail” which describes a chain of events and their consequences from a small error snowballing into catastrophe. There are many lessons to draw from this, from the
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10/11/2016
Here we’ll explore the analytical transfer function for the tightly-coupled Sepic converter. It is shown that the control-to-output function is just second-order, not fourth-order like the conventional Sepic converter [1]. The coupling capacitor of the converter has no effect on the control, and it can be
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10/10/2016
Silicon Labs, a leading provider of silicon, software and solutions for a more connected world, will demonstrate its latest embedded and wireless sensing innovations for the Internet of Things (IoT) at electronica in Munich, Nov. 8-11, at Booth A4.212. The leading provider of mesh networking silicon and software,
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10/10/2016
Toshiba launches ultra-compact bipolar 2-channel stepping motor driver

The TC78S122FTG is a two-in-one chip that delivers a 2-channel drive function

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its family of stepper motor drivers with an ultra-compact device offering a maximum output withstand voltage of 40V and output current of 2.0A. The TC78S122FTG will help designers save space, reduce power consumption, lower heat dissipation and minimise vibration and acoustic
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10/10/2016
To read the October issue of PSDNA, simply   click
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10/08/2016
To read the October issue of PSDE, simply click here
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10/08/2016
The role of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is simple in concept: provide a temporary power bridge to support the load between the loss of the utility and the transfer to diesel generators. Even though the task is easy to define, the best way to achieve the goal is often clouded in obscurity as the benefits
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Date:
10/07/2016
Using EMC filters
EMC problems in frequency converters occur not only at the input, but also at the output. To ensure reliable elimination of any kind of interference at the output as well, companies like TDK, for example, offer a wide range of EPCOS filters and reactors. Frequency converters are used for regulating
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10/07/2016
Automated factories employ sensors and I/O modules to control their industrial processes. As they increase in sophistication and shrink in size, they are enabling the fourth industrial revolution, dubbed Industry 4.0. A single module (see Figure 1) can have up to 64 channels, and a typical factory floor may
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Date:
10/07/2016
Allegro's dual full-bridge PWM motor driver IC saves PCB space

Allegro’s A5995 device

        Allegro MicroSystems announced a new 40 V dual full-bridge driver capable of driving two DC motors with outputs rated up to 3.2 A. Allegro’s A5995 device includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) regulators for current control.
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Date:
10/06/2016
Industry 4.0, the latest industrial revolution, is changing the way manufacturing organizations think about production. The aim of Industry 4.0 is to make manufacturing more flexible and responsive to customer needs, providing the ability to make small batches that are tailored to individual customers. The
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Date:
10/04/2016
Allegro introduces dual full-bridge PWM  motor driver IC

Allegro’s A5995

Allegro MicroSystems Europe announced a new 40 V dual full-bridge driver capable of driving two DC motors with outputs rated up to 3.2 A. Allegro’s A5995 device includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) regulators for current control. Each DC motor can be controlled in forward, reverse, coast and
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Date:
10/04/2016
Ampleon's 1kW 2.4GHz compact RF energy reference system targets industrial heating market

M2 RF Energy reference system

Ampleon, a recent spin-off from NXP Semiconductors, announced the modular M2 RF Energy reference system. In the industrial heating market, companies are looking for innovations from solid state RF power suppliers to replace magnetron components in their products. This technology replacement is driven by the
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Date:
10/04/2016
Excelsys to showcase their 600W fanless supply at electronica 2016

CoolX600 convection-cooled modular power supply platform

The industry-leading CoolX600 convection-cooled modular power supply platform from Excelsys Technologies will be the centrepiece of their innovative range of user configurable power supplies on display at electronica this year. The CoolX600 delivers an incredible 600W, without fan assisted cooling, from
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10/03/2016
Mentor Graphics announced that it has joined the Wide Band Gap integration (WBGi) power electronics consortium to participate in thermal management and power cycling initiatives. The WBGi Consortium, established in 2013 by Professors Katsuaki Suganuma and Tsuyoshi Fuaki of Osaka University in Japan, assembles
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Date:
10/03/2016
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