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PSDcast - Anthony Kongats supercapacitor advancements and applications

Anthony Kongats, CAP-XX’s CEO

In this PSDcast, Anthony Kongats, CAP-XX’s CEO discusses supercapacitor advancements and applications. As supercapacitors shrink, applications grow. CAP-XX’s technology is now 600 microns, pushing down to 400 or 200 microns. Almost as thin as paper, prismatic supercapacitors as small as 45 millifarads are
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Date:
04/24/2017
300 W Ac-Dc Power Supply Series Offers High Efficiency in a 3†x 5†Package

300 W Ac-Dc Power Supply Series Offers High Efficiency in a 3” x 5” Package

CUI’s Power Group has announced the expansion of its VOF ac-dc power supply family 
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Date:
04/22/2017
Mouser Named Top Global High Service Distributor for 4th Straight Year

Global Distributor Also Takes Top NPI, Customer Growth Awards

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry's leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components,has
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Date:
04/22/2017

Mouser Now Stocking Microchip’s Ultra-Low-Power  DSC6000 Family of MEMS Oscillators

MEMS oscillators, available from Mouser Electronics

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the DSC6000
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Date:
04/22/2017
Mouser Unveils FORTE, a Revolutionary New BOM Tool

Easy-to-Use, Robust Tool Takes Selecting and Purchasing to New Levels

– Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction leader that empowers innovation,is pleased to announce FORTE—Mouser’s
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Date:
04/22/2017
Aircharge To Support iPhone Wireless Integration in Leading German Automaker's 2017 Range.

AirCharge, provides its wireless charging case technology to the BMW Group to enable iPhone users to benefit from inductive charging and Apple CarPlay wireless integration.

Aircharge and the BMW Group have signed a
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Date:
04/20/2017
NXP and Amazon Work Together to Bring More Alexa Experiences to the Smart Home

Releases industry’s first complete NXP reference platform for Amazon Alexa with far-field technology to simplify development of high performance voice-enabled devices

NXP Semiconductors has announced the release of the NXP reference platform for AmazonAlexa, that integrates Amazon’s far-field voice recognition technology and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS).   
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Date:
04/16/2017
Best-in-Class Active OR’ing MOSFET Controller from Diodes Incorporated Supports Power Supplies up to 400V

Best-in-Class Active OR’ing MOSFET Controller from Diodes Incorporated Supports Power Supplies up to 400V

Extending the capability to support redundancy power systems with rail voltages up to 400V, the ZXGD3112N7 active OR’ing MOSFET controller introduced by Diodes Incorporated, builds on a successful design employed in previous 40V and 200V devices.
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Date:
04/15/2017
StrongIRFETâ„¢ MOSFET in new package for battery powered applications

The new D2PAK 7pin+ package for the StrongIRFET MOSFET further enhances the options for selecting the ideal power device for many design challenges. In comparison to the standard D2PAK 7pin package the new family offers up to 15 percent lower RDS(on) and up to 39 percent lower thermal resistance from junction to PCB.

Infineon Technologies AG complements its StrongIRFET™ family with a 40 V MOSFET packaged in D²PAK 7pin+. The new MOSFET family offers
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Date:
04/15/2017
Bourns Expands Multifuse PPTC Line with Smaller Size Models Offering Extended Operating Current

New MF-RG Resettable Fuse Series Helps Developers Meet Reduced Space, Thermal Requirements While Maximizing Circuit Protection Performance

Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of 
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Date:
04/15/2017
You can’t have an automated car without reliable communication infrastructure and stable mobile communication connectivity. The next
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Date:
04/15/2017
Sony Commercialises the Industry’s First  High-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras Delivering Simultaneous LED Flicker Mitigation and High-Quality HDR Shooting

Sample comparison movies: Simultaneous LED flicker mitigation and HDR functions (Left), HDR function only (Right)

Sony has announced the commercialisation of a new 2.45 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras, the IMX390CQV type 1/2.7. Sony will begin shipping samples in May 2017. This image sensor is equipped with an LED flicker mitigation function that reduces flickering when shooting LED
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Date:
04/15/2017
Toshiba Launches 1.3A LDO Regulator with Industry’s Leading-class Small Package

Ultra-compact device saves space and improves efficiency in mobile power applications

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced the industry’s smallest[1] 1.3A output current CMOS LDO regulator for mobile device power supplies. The TCR13AGADJ offers a typical dropout voltage of just 92mV (@0.9V, 1.0A) and is supplied in a WCSP6F package measuring just 0.8mm x 1.2mm x 0.33mm (max). Toshiba’s
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Date:
04/15/2017
 AMS Technologies Opens Design Center in Krakow, Poland

Some of the thermal specialists at the AMS design center

AMS Technologies, Europe’s leading solution provider and distributor for optical, power and thermal management technologies, has established a design center in Krakow, Poland. In this design center skilled AMS experts will address customer requirements for professional, turnkey solutions in the fields of thermal
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Date:
04/13/2017
eSOL Launches eMBP Model-Based Parallelizer

Automatic Generation of Parallel Code for Multi- and Many-Core Systems with High Reliability and Performance that Accurately Reflects Design Intentions Using Simulink® Models

eSOL, a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions, today announced the release of its 
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Date:
04/11/2017
Imec and Solliance’s perovskite PV modules achieve 12.4%

Imec and Solliance’s perovskite PV modules achieve 12.4%

Imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies, and partner in Solliance today announced that they have improved their 4x4cm² perovskite module achieving a certified conversion efficiency
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Date:
04/11/2017
  Toshiba Launches 100V N-Channel Power MOSFETs

Lower power consumption due to 4.5V Logic Level Drive for Quick Chargers

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) expanded its U-MOS VIII-H Series with two low-voltage N-channel power MOSFETs. The devices are suited for applications including quick chargers, switched-mode power supplies and DC-DC
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Date:
04/11/2017
Expansion of the Executive Board of WÃrth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG

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Alexander Gerfer (51), CTO of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group, has been appointed to the company’s Executive Board. With immediate effect, together with the CEOs of the Würth Elek­tronik eiSos Group, Oliver Konz and Thomas Schrott, he would be co-re­sponsible for the future strategies of one of Europe’s
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Date:
04/10/2017
 Quasi-resonant flyback controller and integrated power IC CoolSETâ„¢ family of 5th generation

Complete fifth generation quasi-resonant controller and CoolSET product portfolio

Infineon Technologies AG introduces the fifth generation of the stand-alone quasi-resonant flyback controller and integrated power IC
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Date:
04/08/2017
Vishay Intertechnology 30 V MOSFET Increases Power Density and Efficiency for Mobile Devices and Consumer Electronics

Device Features High 37.8 A Continuous Drain Current and On-Resistance Down to 8.4 mΩ in Compact PowerPAK® SC-70 Package

Vishay Intertechnology has introduced a new 30 V n-channel TrenchFET
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Date:
04/08/2017
Simplifying field-side circuitry

MAX14001 simplified functional diagram

Measuring high voltages (12V to 300V) and currents using a low-voltage microcontroller is a growing requirement in industrial automation equipment. For example, a low- voltage microcontroller system can be used to monitor high-voltage industrial equipment for an unstable AC or DC power supply. This protects
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Date:
04/08/2017
Converter and inverter output filtering

Forward converter output filtering

Most modern power conversion topologies use switched-mode techniques for highest efficiency and smallest size and cost. Inevitably, switching noise is produced and output filters are required to minimize EMI and provide reliable operation of the power converter and load. This article looks at some filtering
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Date:
04/08/2017
The state of the power industry

Powerbox GB350 digitally controlled power supply for applications operated under high electromagnetic field

The overall market for AC/DC and DC/DC commercial switch mode power supplies (C-SMPS), which excludes consumers and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), is estimated to be in a range of 22 to 25 billion US Dollars. This level has been stable for more than five years and from an outsider’s point of view, could
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Date:
04/08/2017
Optimizing power design with configurable modules

Artesyn’s configurable power supply range delivered

Choosing the power supply for a project can be a challenging process. Prototypes cannot be developed without a supply of power, but the exact power requirements may change as the project progresses. It can be wise not to commit to power supply decisions too early. On the other hand, an off-the-shelf
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Date:
04/08/2017
Increasing inverter efficiency

Complete motor inverter for a power output of up to 150 kW.

TDK has joined forces with Infineon Technologies to develop a design for xEV inverters that achieves a very high efficiency of over 98% over a power range of 10 kW to 150 kW. This success has been achieved by matching of the Infineon IGBT module and the EPCOS and TDK passive components. The new Infineon
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Date:
04/08/2017
Currently solid-state lighting is the state-of-the-art favorite application for managing light more efficiently through energy-management controls. The technology is fantastic, the improvements dramatic, and the uses seem almost unlimited. However, the entry of solid-state technology in lighting has not been
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Date:
04/07/2017
Li-ion cell inventor creates fast-charging noncombustible batteries

94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery

A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells. Goodenough’s latest breakthrough, completed with Cockrell
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Date:
04/07/2017
Igor and Ellipz create novel intelligent lighting

Igor and Ellipz create novel intelligent lighting

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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Date:
04/07/2017
The world of LED and other solid-state lighting (SSL) has undergone a massive sea change, one that is still ongoing and growing in ways we can barely imagine. Frankly, the changes in the lighting industry have been taking a little too long to come to fruition as the industry stumbles around getting its act together.
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Date:
04/07/2017
New Line of Peltier Modules Features Unique Construction that Delivers High Performance and Longer Life

New Line of Peltier Modules Features Unique Construction that Delivers High Performance and Longer Life

CUI’s Thermal Management Group today announced a new line of high performance Peltier modules that boasts superior performance and reliability, thanks to its innovative arcTEC™ structure. This unique construction utilizes a combination of thermally
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Date:
04/06/2017
AVX Releases Leadless Bidirectional ESD Suppression Diodes for High-Speed Circuit Protection

Delivering clamping values below 12V & ultralow nominal capacitance values down to 0.3pF in low profile 0201 & 0402 packages, the new GiGuard Series diodes preserve the integrity of high-speed data & communication signals & protect sensitive ICs during ESD events in applications spanning network communications to touchscreens

 
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Date:
04/06/2017
Mouser Electronics to Host Webinar on Bluetooth 5 Developments

Webinar on Bluetooth 5 Developments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, will host a webinar
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Date:
04/06/2017
High Performance 5.1 Megapixel Imaging Solution for High-End Security Camera Applications

High resolution AR0521 delivers high frame rate and improved low-light sensitivity with high dynamic range

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has unveiled 
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Date:
04/06/2017
 Next-Generation Automotive Door-Zone Controllers from STMicroelectronics Bring Power Management and Failsafe Circuitry On-Chip

Next-Generation Automotive Door-Zone Controllers

STMicroelectronics has advanced the state of the art in automotive door-zone
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Date:
04/06/2017
 Ambarella Introduces the S5L Family of 4K SoCs for Professional, Consumer and Battery-Powered IP Security Cameras

New S5L 14nm SoCs offer quad-core CPUs for advanced analytics with extremely low power

Ambarella, a leading developer of low-power, HD and Ultra HD video processing semiconductors, today introduced the S5L and S5LM SoC (System on Chip) families to enable a new generation of 4K IP security cameras. The S5L is designed for professional
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Date:
04/06/2017
Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced ECI, the global provider of ELASTIC Network® solutions for service providers and data center operators, has
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Date:
04/06/2017
LED Applications Require LED-Specific Power Supplies

SL Power Supply

The main value propositions for LEDs over traditional lighting are twofold: Long life expectancy that translates to saving money on replacement costs, and higher illumination using less energy to lower electricity bills. Due to the solid state nature of LEDs that require electronic circuits to emit light, the
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Date:
04/05/2017
Performance and reliability are key requirements when it comes to keeping commercial buildings safe, comfortable and functioning. However, oftentimes eco-friendly considerations come second. Of course, this is easier said than done, as engineers must balance strict usage and durability requirements while also
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Date:
04/05/2017
Tightening energy efficiency standards

Infographic: The evolution of energy efficiency standards from 2004 through to the latest 2016 US DoE Level VI regulations and the impending EU CoC and Ecodesign requirements (Courtesy of CUI Inc.)

Just when you thought you had it nailed, along comes another set of energy efficiency standards for external power supplies. Yesterday’s standards are no longer good enough and manufacturers cannot afford to be complacent. Meeting energy efficiency standards is not a one-time fix. The pressure on
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Date:
04/05/2017
Using an LED matrix dimmer

Use your PC to set the dimming values, and see the results.

RGB LEDs are used in projector, architectural, display, stage and automotive lighting systems that require efficient, bright output. To produce predictable colors from an RGB LED, each of its component LEDs (red, green and blue) requires individual, accurate dimming control. High end systems can use
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Date:
04/05/2017
Driving piezoelectric elements

Innovative Topology Overcomes Conflicting Piezo-Driver Requirements

Piezoelectric elements have traditionally been used primarily in applications in the audio industry, operating in the human audio range (nominally 100 Hz to 18 kHz). However, subsequent improvements in device characteristics have extended their usefulness into markets which demand much-higher performance. For
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Date:
04/04/2017
Smart City - an unfulfilled dream?

Is a true Smart City an unattainable holy grail?

“It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeater of the Saxons, Sovereign of all England!” - King Arthur, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Michael White Productions, 1975. We’ve lived most of our adult life in engineering, or what some
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Date:
04/04/2017
Next-gen solar power conversion

Designing for safety, speed, and cost-efficiency in PV inverters

No longer is solar energy an emerging technology, but rather a rapidly maturing one that is undergoing momentous technological changes. The goal of grid parity—where the cost of solar power matches and, indeed, improves that of traditional energy electricity generation types—is getting closer, as the conversion
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Date:
04/04/2017
Improve power conversion testing with these probing tips

Accurately evaluate and measure very small performance increases

Today’s power supply designers and test engineers are generally seeking to find very small incremental improvements that will increase power conversion efficiency, or reduce losses in the design. This requires the ability to accurately evaluate and measure very small performance increases. Sources
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Date:
04/04/2017
Depending on who you talk to, 20 billion to 50 billion things, from a light bulb to an aircraft and anything in between, will be Internet-enabled in the next three years. All this will need to be remotely monitored and controlled and have software security to keep the nefarious at bay. The IoT (Internet of Things),
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Date:
04/04/2017
World’s Only 12-Bit High Definition, 1 GHz Oscilloscope Platforms now feature 10x Oversampling

HDO4000A, HDO6000A, HDO8000A and MDA800A oscilloscopes and motor drive analyzers also enhanced by MAUI with OneTouch gesture control and a supercharged PC system

Teledyne LeCroy today introduces the HDO4000A, HDO6000A, HDO8000A, and MDA800A analog and mixed-signal oscilloscopes. These four high-definition oscilloscope product lines range from 200 MHz – 1 GHz bandwidth and utilize 12-bit HD4096 technology. This technology arrived
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Date:
04/04/2017
Teledyne LeCroy’s WaveSurfer 510 Oscilloscope Delivers Value-Packed Debug Punch

MAUI with OneTouch Gesture Control, 32 Mpts Memory, 10 GS/s Sample Rate, and Advanced Debug Tools Maximize Debug Speed and Power

Teledyne LeCroy today introduces the WaveSurfer 510 oscilloscope, providing 1 GHz bandwidth and 10 GS/s sample rate simultaneously on all 4 channels at a price of $12,900. The WaveSurfer 510 combines the MAUI® with OneTouch user interface with powerful waveform processing, in addition to advanced math,
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Date:
04/04/2017
32-Bit SAR ADC with 0.5ppm Linearity Provides 148dB Dynamic Range

32-Bit SAR ADC with 0.5ppm Linearity Provides 148dB Dynamic Range

Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC2500-32, an ultrahigh precision 32-bit successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC).  The LTC2500-32 is a new and enabling
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Date:
04/03/2017
D3 Semiconductor Superjunction +FETsâ„¢ Push Performance Envelope

New entry into competitive power semiconductor market offers 650V-rated models in a wide variety
of package configurations; claims across-the-board, industry-best FOM

D3 Semiconductor, a company bringing together affiliated semiconductor companies and top-talent experts, announces its inaugural entry into the power semiconductor market with the launch of its +FET™ line of 650V-rated
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Date:
04/03/2017
 Kionix’s New KXTJ3 Accelerometer

Uncompromising performance and value in a single package

Kionix, a ROHM Group Company, announces the release of the KXTJ3, a new 3-axis accelerometer offering unprecedented value while providing the performance of much a more expensive accelerometer in a tiny, 2mm x 2mm x 0.9mm form factor.   CEO of Kionix Inc,Nader Sadrzadeh states, "The original
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Date:
04/03/2017
WÃrth Elektronik eiSos Honors Digi-Key with the Global Distribution Award

Keft to Righrt: Tom Busher, Vice President IP&E Digi-Key; Lars Fahrbach, Würth Elektronik eiSos; Jena Johnsrud, Marketing Programs Manager Digi-Key; Josh Knott, Product Manager Digi-Key; Joe Haukos, Distribution Manager Americas, Wurth Electronics; Brandon Leichtenberg, Insides Sales Distribution Wurth Electronics; Nicki Mandery Distribution Marketing, Wurth Electronics; Jason Simoneau, Director Passives Digi-Key.

This year’s “Global Distribution Award” of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group went to Digi-Key Electronics. Representatives of the American subsidiary of the Group, Wurth Electronics Midcom Inc., presented the award during a visit to the Digi-Key headquarters in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Along with
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Date:
04/03/2017
Next Generation of Maxim’s ModelGauge m5 EZ Battery Gauge Now Available at Mouser

Next Generation of Maxim’s ModelGauge m5 EZ Battery Gauge

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry's leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components,
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Date:
04/03/2017
Maximize Battery Run-Times with Maxim’s High Accuracy, Low Quiescent Current Fuel Gauge

ModelGauge™ m5 speeds time to market by eliminating need for battery characterization

Developers of portable devices now have an easier way to design in the most accurate and low power host-side battery gauges with the MAX17055 ModelGauge™ m5 from Maxim Integrated Products.
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Date:
04/02/2017
Cree Launches the Industry’s Brightest and Most Efficient Royal Blue LED

New XLamp XP-G3 Royal Blue LED Optimized for Horticulture Applications

Cree, Inc. announces the new XLamp® XP-G3 Royal Blue LED, the industry’s highest performing Royal Blue LED. The new XP-G3 LED doubles the maximum light output of similar size competing LEDs and delivers
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Date:
04/01/2017
Automotive-Compliant Dual MOSFETs from Diodes Incorporated Minimize Power Losses to Deliver Cost-Effective High-Efficiency Solutions

Automotive-Compliant Dual MOSFETs Minimize Power Losses to Deliver Cost-Effective High-Efficiency Solutions

Featuring low figure-of-merit on-resistance and gate charge specifications, the latest 40V and 60V dual, co-packaged enhancement mode MOSFETs introduced byDiodes Incorporated minimize power losses, enabling cost-effective, high‑efficiency, automotive-compliant power management solutions. Targeted at synchronous
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Date:
04/01/2017
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