Digital Power

April 2018
'Exceptional' Research Points Way Toward Quantum Discoveries

Rice University scientists used nanotube films and polarized light to strongly couple light and matter progressively and on demand at room temperature. Their discovery of exceptional points in the resulting polaritons could allow researchers to explore novel quantum technologies like advanced information storage or one-dimensional lasers.

HOUSTON - (April 30, 2018) - Rice University scientists are known for exceptional research, but a new paper led by physicist Junichiro Kono makes that point most literally. The discovery of exceptional points in a unique material created by Kono's lab is one of several revelations in a paper that
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04/30/2018
Vicor Launches 12V to 48V NBM Module at GTC 2018
Vicor Corporation has announced a 12V to 48V non-isolated up converter to support 48V high-performance GPUs in data centers that are still relying on legacy 12V power distribution. The 2317 NBM converts 12V
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04/26/2018
Ultra-soft IGBT freewheeling diodes offer industry leading low losses
Infineon Technologies Bipolar GmbH & Co. KG launches a new diode family especially designed for modern IGBT applications: Infineon ® Prime Soft. This diode features an improved turn-off capability which now rates at 5 kA/µs. Prime Soft builds on the well-received
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04/26/2018

The Schaffner Group introduces ecosine active sync series, the new generation of modular, compact, effective and reliable active harmonic filters
Schaffner is again setting a benchmark with its product offering for harmonics mitigation solutions. ecosine® active sync utilises superior technology to reliably mitigate excessive harmonics with an evolutionary modular product concept.
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04/26/2018
Vincotech Joins the Charging Interface Initiative
Vincotech has joined Charging Interface Initiative e. V., an association set up by Germany's automotive luminaries to entrench the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the definitive technology for battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs).
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04/26/2018
Power factor correction: PQvar boosts energy efficiency and ensures load balancing
TDK Corporation presents EPCOS PQvar, a modular static var generator for active stepless power factor correction and load balancing in industrial grids and large commercial buildings. With a fast response time of less than 15 ms and a dynamic reaction time of 50
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04/26/2018
Ultra slim device guarantees 5kV isolation and 8.0mm creepage and clearance distances
Toshiba Electronics Europe today announced the launch of a new gate driver photocoupler housed in a low-profile SO8L package. The TLP5832 delivers 2.5A peak output current (IOPH,IOPL) and can directly drive medium-class IGBTs and MOSFETs in applications such as inverters
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04/25/2018
New Ultracapacitor and Battery-Powered DC UPS announced by BLOCK
BLOCK announces the introduction of two new 24V/40A uninterruptible power supplies. These DC input UPS ensure reliable availability of safety-critical systems in the case of power failure. BLOCK UPS supports 12V, 24V and 48V systems and can be either battery-powered
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04/25/2018
ABB launches world’s fastest e-vehicle charger at Hannover Messe, strengthening its leadership in sustainable mobility
By operating at powers of up to 350 kilowatts, the newest model from ABB, Terra High Power charger, adds up to 200 kilometers of range to an electric vehicle in just 8 minutes. The new charger is ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and petrol stations.
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04/25/2018
Renesas Electronics Introduces ISL91302B, ISL91301A, and ISL91301B Multiphase PMICs with Highest Efficiency and Smallest Footprint
Renesas announced three programmable power management ICs (PMICs) that offer the highest power efficiency and smallest footprint for application processors in smartphones and tablets: the ISL91302B, ISL91301A, and ISL91301B PMICs. The PMICs also deliver power to
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04/25/2018
Now in stock at TTI, Inc. and ideal for demanding automotive applications are Panasonic’s LP-Series power choke coils and ZE-Series Hybrid capacitors
Now available in Europe through TTI are Panasonic’s highly power efficient LP-Series power choke coils and ZE-Series Conductive Polymer Hybrid Aluminum SMD technology capacitors featuring a high ripple current (up to 2.0A) and a low ESR value.
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04/25/2018
WÃrth Elektronik eiSos expands its MagIÂC series of power module
With the MagI³C-VDMM (Variable Step Down MicroModule), Würth Elektronik eiSos expands its product series of power modules with high power density, very few external components and outstanding electromagnetic compatibility. The step-down converter with variable
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04/25/2018
High reliability thick-film resistors from TT Electronics get smaller
TT Electronics has announced the introduction of two additional resistor types that expand and enhance its high-reliability CR and HR series. The latest versions of these thick-film chip resistors are in the smaller 0603 size and hence offer greater opportunities
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04/25/2018
The pursuit of higher efficiency has been a driving factor in industry progress since electricity was first harnessed.  The introduction of solid state transistors in switching applications enabled the switching power converter and created a step function improvement in power conversion efficiency.  Advances
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04/25/2018
In-House Processing Brings Cost-Effective AI

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

Earlier this year I wrote a blog on Google and its tensor processing units. The company had just launched the second generation of its powerful ICs that provide the computing power for its vast datacentres around the world. The processors are specifically designed for the complex AI computational tasks found
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04/24/2018
It’s all about materials

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

Welcome to the May edition of PSD. This year seems to be constantly busy and the time is flying in. Maybe it is because the industry is on the crest of a wave at the moment, or it may be that the number of important events is increasing and we are constantly in the lead up to another one. This month, we start
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04/24/2018
Powering the Future with Intelligence and Efficiency

Figure 1: Comparison of the normalized area of a chip versus the voltage rating of the best MOSFETs, in blue, with the latest generation of GaN FET (Source Efficient Power Conversion (EPC))

In March 2018, the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) took place in San Antonio (Texas). APEC is the world’s largest convention dedicated to applied power electronics, and the place where research laboratories, universities, market analysts and companies showcase the latest and often ‘industry first’
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04/23/2018
TMR 3WIR and TMR 6WIR Series
The TMR 3WIR and the TMR 6WIR series are a set of 3/6 Watt DC/DC converters in a SIP-8 metal case. The design purpose of these series was to miniaturized low power DC/DC converters for railway application to the maximum without sacrificing highest efficiency. They
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04/19/2018
PSDcast - Improving Building Efficiency With Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking about Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and legacy cooling systems. Just recently, a 345,000 square-foot property in Phoenix, Arizona won the BOMA Green Building Committee Kilowatt Krackdown award after achieving the highest Energy Star score of 98 in the competition.
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04/18/2018
Synchronous buck-boost converters with four power switches can deliver very high efficiency while providing both step-up and step-down DC/DC conversion. Combining the capabilities of two separate converters (buck and boost) has the advantage of reduced solution size and cost. Four-switch converters should be
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04/16/2018
One year on, how does the Analog Devices takeover of Linear Technology look?

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

It’s been almost a year a year to the day (10th March) since Analog Devices announced that the company had completed its approximately $15 billion takeover of Linear Technology. The initial announcement had come as a shock to the industry, in that one of the seemingly few remaining large privately
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04/16/2018
Imec and Qromis Present High Performance p-GaN HEMTs on 200mm CTE-matched Substrates
imec and Qromis, have announced the development of high performance enhancement mode p-GaN power devices on 200mm engineered Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE)-matched substrates, processed in imec’s silicon pilot line. The substrates are offered by Qromis
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04/09/2018
STMicroelectronics’ ACEPACK IGBT Modules, Now at Mouser, Deliver Highly Integrated Power Conversion Up to 30kW
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the ACEPACK IGBT modules from STMicroelectronics (ST). Part of a new plastic power module family developed mainly to address industrial applications, the Adaptable Compact Easier PACKage (ACEPACK) modules provide economical and
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04/09/2018
Harwin Introduces Ultra-Compact Fine Pitch Cable-to-Board Connector Offering
Continuing to extend the breadth of its interconnect solutions, Harwin has announced the latest addition to the M40 series. With phosphor bronze contacts that are rated for currents of up to 1A, these lightweight, low profile 1mm pitch units are the smallest in the
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04/09/2018
New DesignSpark Toolbox app from RS Components available on iOS, Android and Windows
RS Components (RS) has unveiled a new app for iOS, Android and Windows devices. The DesignSpark Toolbox app is available to download free-of-charge, and provides a single point of access to common electronic reference materials, calculation and conversion tools in
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04/09/2018
High power LTKAK Series TVS Diodes from Littelfuse offer superior clamping compared to standard silicon avalanche diodes - now in stock at TTI, Inc.
The new LTKAK Series TVS Diodes from Littelfuse is now available in Europe through TTI. Offering superior clamping characteristics compared to standard silicon avalanche diodes, the LTKAK Series features Littelfuse Foldbak technology, which provides a clamping voltage
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04/09/2018
Compact 6x32 mm Fuse Designed for Applications Requiring High Voltage and High Interrupting Rating
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces the 0ADA Series of fuses, which are available now in ceramic cartridge and pigtail, axial leaded options for AC and DC for high voltage and high interrupting rating applications. The 6x32 mm 0ADAC ceramic cartridge fuses and the 6x32 mm 0ADAP
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04/03/2018
In recent years, significance of semiconductor module for photovoltaic power conversion systems is increasing. Especially higher output power with existing housing size of power module is important to realize further downsizing or rating upgrade for its systems. For realizing higher
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04/03/2018