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Digital Power

February 2017
Current market requirements are trending towards further downsizing and increased efficiency of power conversion systems. For this reason, enhanced power density of the power modules will be critical in order to respond to the evolving needs of the market. In order to increase the power density, All-SiC modules
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02/28/2017
Toshiba launches IoT dev kit for Bluetooth wearables

EBTZ1041-SK-A1 ‘starter kit’ supports the prototyping of highly integrated IoT wearable applications

Toshiba Electronics has announced a comprehensive development kit that provides the hardware and software needed to create wearable devices that handle multiple sensor inputs. The EBTZ1041-SK-A1 ‘starter kit’ supports the prototyping of highly integrated IoT wearable applications featuring the Toshiba TZ1000
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02/28/2017
Anritsu Bluetooth test set upgraded to support Bluetooth 5

MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set

Anritsu announced an upgrade to the MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set to support the latest Bluetooth Core Specification version 5. The MT8852B is the market leading RF measuring instrument for design proving and production test of a wide range of products that integrate Bluetooth technology. It supports Basic Rate
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02/27/2017

Ethertronics launches complete LoRa module with active steering antenna

LoRa module for Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity

Ethertronics, a leader in ultra-high performance smart antenna system solutions, announced the industry first complete plug and play LoRa module for Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity. It delivers very long range and unmatched reliable antenna performance using Active Steering for the LoRa ecosystem
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02/27/2017
Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the completion of Renesas’ acquisition of Intersil Corporation. The transaction brings together the advanced technology and
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02/27/2017
Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies are working with Vodafone to test 5G interoperability and conduct an over-the-air field trial based on 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed in 3GPP. The trial intends to drive the mobile ecosystem towards validation of 5G NR technologies, which will enable operators
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02/27/2017
Igor and Ellipz to create novel PoE and LED intelligent lighting solution

The integrated technology provides a complete PoE and LED package solution

Incorporating Igor technology, Ellipz will provide an intelligent light management solution for the commercial lighting industry. The integrated technology provides a complete PoE and LED package solution to the marketplace. By combining both company’s unique technologies, the Ellipz smart lighting solution
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02/24/2017
Lenze launches smart automation solution

p300 Panel Controller and i500 Frequency Inverter

Leader and manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technologies, Lenze has introduced an intelligent automation solution package combining the Lenze p300 Panel Controller and the Lenze i500 Frequency Inverter. The smart solution integrates a PLC tooling interface to reduce
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02/24/2017
PSDcast - Robert Rozario of Dialog Semi on automotive systems

Robert Rozario of Dialog Semiconductor

In this PSDcast, Robert Rozario of Dialog Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre about the challenges facing designers of automotive systems. Today the car represents a confluence of multiple streams, from the Internet of Things to Smart Grid to autonomous systems. The company recently formed a partnership
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02/24/2017
Yokogawa claims most accurate transformer-test power analyzer

Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version

The Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version is presented as the most accurate precision power analyser dedicated to testing the power transformers used in the power utilities’ transmission and distribution sectors. With an accuracy of 0.5% at power factors as low as 0.01 at 100 V and 1 A, the WT3000E
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02/22/2017
Microchip's latest PIC MCUs offer more core-independent peripherals

PIC16F15386 block diagram

The PIC16F15386 family, a powerful launching point into the 8-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio, is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. In addition to our current Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs),
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02/21/2017
Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Arrow Electronics announced Arrow’s upcoming training sessions for the new Everest Evaluation Board designed specifically for Microsemi’s recently launched PolarFire mid-range field
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02/21/2017
Harwin launches new website to inspire the next generation of engineers

Made Here Now website

Made Here Now, the UK-wide initiative to encourage more young people into manufacturing as a career, is celebrating a major milestone with the launch of a new website at MadeHereNow.com, containing inspirational videos, success stories and photography. Backed by 37 sponsors, including leading
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02/21/2017
Extreme Tech Challenge 2017 winner announced

Winner Vantage Robotics was selected by a prestigious panel spearheaded by special guest judge Sir Richard Branson

The race to Necker Island culminates with an unprecedented, photo-finish judging: Separated by less than half a percent in point total, Vantage Robotics is named of winner of Extreme Tech Challenge 2017! XTC 2017 Champion Vantage Robotics (San Francisco, CA) has created the best flying camera in the
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02/17/2017
At embedded world 2017, we will have working demos on A2B automotive audio, advanced personal healthcare monitoring, TSN, ultralow power ARM microprocessor unit, and 24 GHz radar for automotive and industrial applications, just to name a few. Meet with our analog experts, who can answer your specific design
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02/16/2017
Intepro Systems launches Procyon integrated production test systems

Procyon integrated production test system

Intepro Systems, a leader in power component and power system automated test equipment (ATE), announced its Procyon line of integrated production test systems. At the core of each Procyon system are Intepro’s industry-leading programmable DC and AC sources and programmable electronic loads. All Procyon ATE’s
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02/15/2017
Microchip unveils zigbee PRO green power certified platform

Solution enables cross-functional device support and will be backward-compatible with existing zigbee certified products

The industry’s first zigbee alliance certified zigbee platform with zigbee PRO and Green Power features (formerly known as zigbee 3.0) from a semiconductor company, is now available from Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. With greater interoperability
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02/13/2017
Novel chip extends sensors’ battery life

Ultra-low power UB20M voltage detector chip

A low-cost chip that enables batteries in sensors to last longer, in some cases by over ten times, has been developed by engineers from the University of Bristol. Dr Bernard Stark and colleagues in the Bristol Electrical Energy Management Research Group based in the Merchant Venturers School of Engineering,
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02/13/2017
PSDcast - Frans Scheper of Nexperia talks discretes, logic, and MOSFETs

Frans Scheper of Nexperia

In this PSDcast, Nexperia CEO Frans Scheper, formerly EVP and GM of NXP’s Standard Products Business Unit, talks to Alix Paultre from Power Systems Design about the spinoff of Nexperia from NXP. Nexperia, which will produce around 85 billion devices a year and in 2016 had revenues exceeding US$1.1B,
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02/10/2017
Exceptional quality and innovation doesn't have to be expensive. And Rohde & Schwarz proves this at embedded world in Nuremberg with its new entry-level T&M solutions. The electronics expert will also be showcasing the latest R&S RTO2000 high-performance oscilloscope up to 6 GHz. It is ideal for
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02/10/2017
Imec, Holst Centre, and ROHM create a solution for ultra-low-power IoT radios

Sub-mW All-Digital PLL presented by IMEC and ROHM

At the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco (US), imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) and ROHM today presented an all-digital phase-locked loop (ADPLL) for Internet-of-Things (IoT)
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02/08/2017
Nexperia, the former Standard Products division of NXP, announced the formal completion of its launch as a separate entity. Headquartered in Nijmegen, Netherlands and backed by a consortium of financial investors consisting of Beijing Jianguang Asset Management and Wise Road Capital, Nexperia is a stand-alone,
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02/08/2017
PSDcast - Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment on charging the Chevy Bolt

Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment

In this PSDcast, Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's infrastructure support for charging the Chevy Bolt. A critical aspect for market adoption of EVs in the marketplace is not only range anxiety, but chrarging security.
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02/07/2017
Murata to exhibit cutting-edge tech and cheerleaders at CeBIT

Murata booth at CEBIT

Murata will exhibit at CeBIT, the world’s largest trade show for IT solutions from March 20-24 2017. The event, which will take place at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds, Hannover, Germany is expected to see 200,000 visitors through the doors. Booths from 3,300 companies from 70 countries will showcase business
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02/06/2017
With version 8.5 SP2 of CANdelaStudio, Vector presents a solution for the creation of AUTOSAR-compliant configurations of the diagnostic basic software for vehicle ECUs. It enables development teams at vehicle and ECU manufacturers to generate AUTOSAR Diagnostic Extract (DEXT) files at the press of a button. AUTOSAR
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02/06/2017
Small tunable-white LED light engine with BLE interface serves smart lighting apps

LuxiTune2.3 tunable white light engine

Combining a compact form factor with the latest platform features, the LuxiTune2.3 tunable white light engine announced by LED Engin, Inc., a leader in high flux density LED products, targets the same track-lighting and small down-lighting applications as its Gen 2.0 products, while delivering the added performance
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02/02/2017
Let’s continue the thought we began with at the front of the issue, as simply saying that it’s good to have a lot of product development, even if some of it is on stuff that is a little crazy, leaves a lot to be said. How does a laundry-folding robot help humanity? Will having a toothbrush that sends me
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02/01/2017
The use of batteries in everyday devices is getting more ubiquitous.  In many of these products, a charging connector is difficult or impossible to use. For example, some products require sealed enclosures to protect sensitive electronics from harsh environments and to enable for convenient cleaning or
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02/01/2017
PSDcast - Ian Lawee of Analog Devices on energy metering and the smart grid

Ian Lawee of Analog Devices

In this PSDcast, Ian Lawee of Analog Devices talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on energy metering and the smart grid. In addition to their many initiatives, Analog Devices is also collaborating with the China Electric Power Research Institute to improve reliability of smart substations. The
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02/01/2017
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