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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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Date:
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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Date:
04/18/2018
KAIST Develops Sodium Ion Batteries Using Copper Sulfide

This is the sodiation process of copper sulfide.

A KAIST research team recently developed sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide anode. This finding will contribute to advancing the commercialization of sodium ion batteries (SIBs) and reducing the production cost of any electronic products with batteries. Professor Jong Min Yuk and Emeritus Professor
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Date:
04/17/2018

Thin Film Series Satisfies Higher Voltage and Current Requirements
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc. has announced the introduction of the first of many new SinglFuse product series the company has planned in its strategic roadmap for 2018. The significant expansion of its SinglFuse line will include advanced wire-core, ceramic multilayer and ceramic tube fuse
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Date:
04/17/2018
A Higher-Energy, Safer and Longer-Lasting Zinc Battery
College Park, Md. -- Again establishing the University of Maryland (UMD) as a leader in the development of groundbreaking battery technology, a team led by researchers at UMD's A. James Clark School of Engineering has created a water-based zinc battery that
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Date:
04/16/2018
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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Date:
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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Date:
04/16/2018
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are semiconductor devices which provide an efficient and reliable source of light and contain no moving parts, making them very reliable in environments with elevated vibration and shock, such as automobiles. Other desirable properties include high efficiency, long life and brightness.
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04/16/2018
Algae-Forestry, Bioenergy Mix Could Help Make CO2 Vanish From Thin Air
ITHACA, N.Y. - An unconventional mélange of algae, eucalyptus and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage appears to be a quirky ecological recipe. But, scientists from Cornell University, Duke University, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo have an idea that could use that recipe to help power and provide
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04/13/2018
CMI Expands Research in Tech Metals as Demand for Electric Vehicles Grows

The Critical Materials Institute is launching new research in the processing, use and recycling of materials necessary to EV technology.

As increasing consumer interest in electric vehicles drives the demand for supplies of lithium and cobalt (ingredients in lithium-ion batteries), the Critical Materials Institute will begin new efforts this July to maximize the efficient processing, use, and recycling of those elements. "The
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Date:
04/12/2018
PLEDs Support Replacing Fluorescent Lighting Tubes with LED Strings or Tubes Without Scrapping the Ballast Drivers
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced a series of PLEDs with an ultra-low holding current (just 21mA) that makes the ballast drivers widely used in the output of fluorescent tubes compatible with modern replacement LED strings or tubes. This eliminates the need to scrap otherwise still-working
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04/12/2018
The Industry's First 3 Volt Thin Prismatic Supercapacitors
CAP-XX announced it has developed the industry’s first 3V thin, prismatic supercapacitors. The company will deploy its 3V technology first in thin prismatic form to meet demand for small, inexpensive, energy-efficient power solutions for thin wearables, key FOBs and other IoT devices. CAP-XX will then integrate
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Date:
04/12/2018
The Thermodynamics of Computing
As steam engines became increasingly widespread in the 19th century, the question soon arose as to how to optimise them. Thermodynamics, the physical theory that resulted from the study of these machines, proved to be an extremely fruitful approach; it is still a central concept in the optimisation of energy
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Date:
04/11/2018
2018 Will be a SiC Year
We’ve been playing soothsayer a lot lately, but if you strolled the halls of the Henry B. González Convention Center at APEC 2018, one theme was absolutely inescapable – the ubiquity of silicon carbide (SiC). 2018 should be its coming-out party. Nearly every company we visited chatted up the
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Date:
04/10/2018
Choosing a Fan Design That Minimizes Trade-Offs

Figure 1. Cross section of a sleeve bearing

In the same way that oxygen and water are essential to human life, cooling fans are critical to many of the devices we rely on every day. From home appliances to industrial-grade machinery, and from laptop computers to the large-scale data centers, the need to remove hot air is essential. If the fan fails, the
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Date:
04/10/2018
A Smart Solution for Smart Meter Power-Path Management

Figure 1. Circuit schematic

Some smart meter applications require an external wireless communication module to be attached to them. The power requirements imposed are that the module should limit its supply current to be within a 100 – 150mA range. There is also a requirement for a super capacitor (supercap) backup supply to continue
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04/10/2018
New Ultralow Quiescent Current Buck-Boost Converters Power Industrial Systems & More

Figure 1. LTC3130 Typical Application Schematic and Features

A buck-boost DC/DC converter is one of the most valuable tools in a power supply designer’s toolbox for dealing with a variety of power conversion scenarios. In these situations, input voltages can vary widely due to non-ideal or multi-input power sources, transient disturbances or charging and discharging
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Date:
04/10/2018
Power-Over-Ethernet: The Missing Link Between Digital Ceilings and a New Breed of Smart Buildings

Figure 1. Digital Ceiling Ecosystem

We are in the digital era when enterprises are embracing innovative technologies to create new experiences and business opportunities. This transformation has given rise to some revolutionary applications, including digital ceilings that have gained immense popularity by connecting everything associated with
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Date:
04/09/2018
RS Components delivers flexible, cost-effective rack power with modular RS Pro PDUs featuring power management options
RS Components has introduced easily upgradeable power distribution units (PDUs) to its high-quality high-value RS Pro range, which give flexibility to retrofit power metering or networked power monitoring cost effectively and with minimal disruption.
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Date:
04/09/2018
Lumileds Latest LUXEON CoB Core Range LEDs, Now at Mouser, Offer High Density in a Small Surface
Mouser Electronics is now stocking LUXEON CoB Core Range (Gen 4) LEDs from Lumileds. These LEDs offer high flux densities in a small light emitting surface (LES), enabling double the luminous flux of the third generation of LUXEON CoB Core Range devices. The high-density
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Date:
04/09/2018
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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Date:
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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Date:
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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Date:
04/09/2018
Vincotech’s new booster +H6.5 inverter â€
Vincotech today announced the launch of the new flowSOL 1 BI (TL) high efficiency H6.5 inverter with dual booster designed to ease the development of single-phase solar applications up to 10 kW. Efficient, reliable and robust, this module is perfect for
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Date:
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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Date:
04/09/2018
Next Generation 2/3 Watt SIP-8 DC/DC converters
TEC 2/3 (WI) are new series with the design purpose to improve the prevalent 2/3 Watt SIP-8 DC/DC converters (eg. TMR 2/3E) in terms of cost, efficiency and performance. The latest technology and components
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Date:
04/09/2018
Elk Grove Village, IL - BEA Lasers has announced the availability of its full line of Industrial Laser modules, some of which are now offered in new sizes.  The BEA Industrial Lasers are ruggedized for use in factories, machine shops and other harsh environments. BEA Industrial
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Date:
04/06/2018
New research from the University of Waterloo shows that Canadian small businesses are important- and often overlooked- drivers of sustainability and the green economy. The Waterloo study, led by researcher Sarah Burch, discovered that eight out of 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) surveyed are
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Date:
04/06/2018
Banking on Sunshine: World Added Far More Solar Than Fossil Fuel Power Generating Capacity in 2017

Global investments in renewable energy of $2.7 trillion from 2007 to 2017 (11 years inclusive) have increased the proportion of world electricity generated by wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, marine and small hydro from 5.2 per cent to 12.1 per cent.

Solar energy dominated global investment in new power generation like never before in 2017. The world installed a record 98 gigawatts of new solar capacity, far more than the net additions of any other technology - renewable, fossil fuel or nuclear. Solar power also attracted far more investment,
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Date:
04/06/2018
PSDcast - AC/DC Rapid Charge Solutions
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing AC/DC rapid charge solutions with Faisal Ahmad from Dialog Semiconductor. Our industry often intersects with the consumer world – after all, every proprietary technology eventually
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Date:
04/03/2018
Path to a Booming Australian Solar Thermal Energy Market

A novel solar peaker plant concept presented by Solar Dynamics estimated that a solar peaker plant can be competitive with a fossil fueled peaker at typical capacity payments rates.

A report out from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) this month published responses from industry stakeholders on the viability of a concentrated solar thermal (CST) energy market in Australia: Paving the way for concentrated solar thermal in Australia. Only 5 gigawatts (GW) of CST is
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Date:
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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Date:
04/03/2018
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