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Energy Efficiency

December 2013
Buck-boost 80V batter-charging controller offers auto MPPT and temperature compensation

LT8490 synchronous buck-boost battery charging controller

Linear Technology announced the LT8490, a synchronous buck-boost battery charging controller for lead acid and Lithium batteries, featuring automatic maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and temperature compensation. The device operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated battery float
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12/27/2013
ROHM introduces a complete system PMIC for Intel Bay Trail I platforms

ROHM BD9596MWV PMIC

ROHM Semiconductor announced the general availability of Power Management ICs (PMICs) based on the Intel® AtomTM processor E3800 family. The Intel® AtomTM processor E3800 product family is a system-on-chip designed for intelligent systems, delivering outstanding compute, ECC, HD graphics processing, and media
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12/27/2013
University of St Andrews research could lead to less expensive solar panels

Plastic solar cells

A discovery by researchers at the University of St Andrews on why plastic solar cells work so well could lead to better solar panels that are less expensive and more efficient. Professor Ifor Samuel and Dr Gordon Hedley of the School of Physics and Astronomy, have discovered that a fibre-like arrangement
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12/26/2013

Jens Eltze of Apex Microtechnology on precision power applications

Jens Eltze of Apex Microtechnology

In this PSDcast Jens Eltze of Apex Microtechnology talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about precision power applications and the multiple requirments of quality, noise, and speed in applications from mil/aero power systems to industrial injet printing. Apex Microtechnology is a privately held, Tucson,
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12/23/2013
ABB wins $80 million order to power Canada’s largest solar photovoltaic plant

ABB photovoltaic (PV) solar project

ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, and its consortium partner Bondfield Construction have won an order from Canadian Solar Solutions to supply a 100 megawatt (MW) turnkey photovoltaic (PV) solar project for the Grand Renewable Energy Park in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. ABB’s
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12/23/2013
AVX adds simulation-ready Modelithics models to its low-profile 0402 MLO inductor series

AVX MLO inductors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, announces the availability of Modelithics Models for its 0402 tight tolerance, high current, and high Q multilayer organic (MLO) inductor series. Part-value sensitive, substrate scalable, and fully integrated with a range of software
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12/23/2013
Isolated monolithic flyback regulator delivers up to 15 Watts

LT8302 monolithic flyback regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8302, a monolithic flyback regulator that can significantly simplify the design of isolated DC/DC converters. By sampling the isolated output voltage directly from the primary-side flyback waveform, the part requires no opto-isolator or third winding for regulation. The LT8302
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12/20/2013
Atmel, a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch solutions, announced it has further expanded its low-power 8-bit tinyAVR family with the ATtiny441 and ATtiny841 to further demonstrate its commitment to continue investing in this market. This launch leverages the company’s two decades of MCU leadership to
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12/19/2013
University of Twente developed technology that is crucial to superconductivity in fusion reactors

University of Twente superconducting cable system

The superconductivity research group of the University of Twente (UT) has made a technological breakthrough crucial to the success of nuclear fusion reactors, allowing for clean, inexhaustible energy generation based on the workings of the stars in our galaxy. The crux of the new development is a highly ingenious
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12/19/2013
Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, extended its global leadership in digital power technology, introducing a major breakthrough in digital power design -- the PowerNavigator™ graphical user interface (GUI). The PowerNavigator GUI lets users design digital
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12/19/2013
Teledyne LeCroy adds mixed-signal capabilities to HDO high-definition oscilloscopes

Teledyne LeCroy high definition oscilloscopes

Teledyne LeCroy introduce the HDO4000-MS and HDO6000-MS high definition oscilloscopes which combine 16 channels of flexible mixed signal capabilities with HD4096 high definition technology, long memory, and a compact form factor, in bandwidths from 200 MHz to 1 GHz. All HDO models sport a large 12.1” touch-screen
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12/18/2013
A company that can generate electricity using low-temperature waste heat was the big winner at the recent 26th annual Industry Growth Forum in downtown Denver, a gathering of people who have no qualms about making money while helping to build a more sustainable world. The annual gathering sponsored
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12/18/2013
Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, products and services and Sunnyvale, California based SiTime Corporation, an analog semiconductor company tleading the timing market, announced that together - Telit’s Jupiter SE880 and SiTime’s SiT15xx oscillators
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12/18/2013
Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, expanded its industry-leading family of power management ICs with a highly-integrated, innovative digital DC/DC power controller that reduces design risk, time, and cost for developers of complex power systems. The
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12/18/2013
Richard Ord of Amantys on intelligent power systems in the IoT

Richard Ord of Amantys

In this PSDcast Richard Ord of Amantys talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about smart power systems and their role in the developing Internet of Things (IoT). Amantys' Power Insight Adapter adds Insight data monitoring and observability to an IGBT Module-based power assembly. The Adapter is designed
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12/18/2013
Newark element14 and TI partner to offer LaunchPad evaluation module

MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad

Newark element14, a distributor of technology products and solutions for electronics system design, maintenance and repair, has partnered with Texas Instruments to offer the MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad. Also dubbed the F5529 LaunchPad, the module offers an easy way to start developing on the MSP430 MCUs with
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12/18/2013
Kiran Kumaraswamy of ICF on distributed energy resources

Kiran Kumaraswamy of ICF

In this PSDcast Kiran Kumaraswamy of ICF talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on distributed energy resources and the future smart grid. Kiran has worked on the dynamics of distributed generation systems where he studied the modeling of fuel cells and microturbines related to power generation. In theis
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12/17/2013
IAR Systems announced the launch of IAR Green Innovation Program, a sponsor program to support innovative development projects in eco-friendly technology. The program will award selected companies with up to $25,000 worth of IAR Embedded Workbench® or IAR visualSTATE® licenses for the duration of the project. Many
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12/17/2013
CAS DataLoggers releases latest Mobile Energy Measurement kit

CAS Dataloggers mobile energy measurement case

CAS DataLoggers is now offering a new mobile energy measurement case for acquiring and processing energy measurement data. Developed by Delphin Technology, these measurement cases are able to acquire digital impulses from electricity, gas and water meters. The new mobile device will benefit users analyzing or
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12/17/2013
Schaffner Group introduces ECOsine Active harmonic filters for 690V systems

ECOsine active harmonic filters

The Schaffner Group broadens its product offering of solutions for the improvement of power quality with the expansion of their ECOsine® Active family of active harmonic filters with models for 3-phase TN and IT 500 – 690 V power grids. An increasing number of energy-efficient electrical consumers are used
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12/17/2013
Ken Price of Tektronix on power test issues

Ken Price of Tektronix

In this PSDcast Ken Price of the power analyzers group at Tektronix talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the latest challenges facing the test & measurement industry. Engineers face increased demands for greater energy efficiency and lower line pollution, along with a growing array of government
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12/17/2013
Littelfuse SP3012 Series TVS diode arrays provide greater layout flexibility

Littelfuse SP3012 Series TVS Diode Array

Littelfuse, a leader in circuit protection, has added two packaging options to its SP3012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA® Diodes) line. Like the rest of the series, these new devices are optimized for protecting sensitive chipsets with high-speed data lines from external ESD (electrostatic discharge) events. The
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12/16/2013
The Greater Binghamton Airport and NYSERDA announced that the airport is moving forward with an energy-saving improvement process on the strength of $350,000 awarded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council Initiative. Officials met
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12/16/2013
Brian Patterson of EMerge on DC power distribution

EMerge Alliance Chairman Brian Patterson

In this PSDcast EMerge Alliance Chairman Brian Patterson talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the recent attention being paid to High-Voltage DC ditsribution systems. Long neglected by the industry, DC power distribution is getting a second look as a viable power infrastructure solution in applications
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12/16/2013
Historically, remote wireless sensors have depended on batteries to provide power to measure data and transmit it wirelessly. This has worked reliably, but the usable life of these sensor networks is solely dependent that of the battery. In some applications, the wireless sensor nodes are accessible so the batteries
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12/15/2013
CPL has recently inaugurated the largest agricultural biomass biogas power plant in Italy. Nine hectors of ground area, Four 1 MWe power stations, for a total of 4 MWe generated electricity for 10,000 households a year at zero emissions. The largest agricultural biomass for biogas power production
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12/15/2013
Cleaning the clean way

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

We face many challenges as a society and as an industry as we move into the 21st century, maintaining, inventing, recreating, and downright kluging our community infrastructures and their supporting core technologies as we go along. These changes can and do have far-reaching ramifications within society
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12/13/2013
Bob Chao of Advanced Linear Devices on using supercapacitors in systems

Bob Chao of Advanced Linear Devices

In this PSDcast Bob Chao of Advanced Linear Devices (ALD) talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the various issues involved in using supercapacitors in a system. ALD's EPAD MOSFETs are designed to provide active continuous leakage current regulation and self-balancing of stacked series-connected
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12/12/2013
Rechargeable Lithium/Sulfur battery promises greater energy capacity

Professor Do Kyung Kim

Professor Do Kyung Kim from the Department of Material Science and Engineering and Professor Jang Wook Choi from the Graduate School of EEWS at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have been featured in the lead story of the renowned nanoscience journal Advanced
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12/12/2013
Energy Measurement Fulfills Promises of the Smart Grid

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Figure 1. The reference design board, MAXREFDES14.

Measuring electrical power consumption—dynamic current and voltage—is a fundamental requirement of many high-precision applications like electric vehicle charging stations, industrial control and automation systems, data centers, smart home appliances, solar inverters, street lighting, distribution automation,
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12/12/2013
Lattice's HetNet system enables accelerated deployment of next-gen low-power wireless infrastructures

Lattice HetNet Solutions Portfolio

Lattice Semiconductor announced a portfolio of programmable solutions for building smart, low-power cellular equipment needed to support the global rollout of Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet). In collaboration with Azcom Technology, the Lattice HetNet Solutions Portfolio enables system designers to implement
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12/12/2013
GeneSiC Semiconductor, a leader in Silicon Carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, announced the immediate availability of a family of high-temperature packaged 600 V SiC Junction Transistors (SJT) in 3- to 50-Amp current ratings in JEDEC industry-standard through hole and SMT packages. Incorporating these high
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12/11/2013
Expanded range of sulphur-resistant chip resistors from Yageo now available from TTI

Yageo AF series sulfur-resistant chip resistors

Yageo’s expanded AF series of sulfur-resistant chip resistors can now be ordered from TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components. The recently introduced 4-pin, 2-resistor (0402 x 2) AF122 arrays and 8-pin, 4-resistor (0402 x 4) AF124 arrays help
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12/11/2013
NREL takes efficiency to the Great Outdoors

NREL's campus has seen a number of recent construction projects

Americans have become increasingly familiar with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) designation for buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED gives building owners and operators a framework for implementing green building design, including energy efficient solutions.
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12/11/2013
Erik Christian of Tollgrade on the challenges and opportunities in the Smart Grid

Erik Christian of Tollgrade

In this PSDcast Erik Christian of Tollgrade, a smart grid sensor market leader, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the Smart Grid and the challenging landscape facing the power engineering community. Tollgrade, a leading provider of predictive fault analytics, is helping to redefine a new standard
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12/11/2013
Acal BFi, a European leader in advanced technology solutions, has been selected as an Agilent Technologies Authorised Technology Partner (ATP) in the Benelux, effective 1st January 2014. This agreement will enable customers to experience the highest level of technical expertise in addition to easier access to
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12/10/2013
Rear Admiral Pease becomes inaugural member of Energy Focus Advisory Board

Rear Admiral Kendell Pease (Ret)

Energy Focus announced the creation of an Energy Focus Advisory Board to be comprised of leading experts in government and commercial markets. The board will be to help penetrate significant market 
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12/10/2013
In this PSDcast of Yokogawa talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current state of the industry in test & measurement, and the increasing challenges to the design community in the areas of more precision and faster sampling in test, among other issues. Yokogawa's ScopeCorder family of portable
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12/10/2013
42 Technology develops novel technology for low cost polyphase metering

2 Technology’s new polyphase metering technology

42 Technology (42T) announced a novel technology for more robust and accurate polyphase metering with system costs estimated at up to 30% lower than currently available solutions. This breakthrough approach uses a resistive sensing topology, which is already the preferred approach for single phase meters on
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12/10/2013
Ericsson's 864W quarter-brick converter addresses high-power datacom demands

Ericsson PKM4817NH-PIHS quarter-brick converter

Ericsson has announced a second product in its high-power PKM-NH platform, the PKM4817NH-PIHS, which employs the company’s innovative hybrid regulated topology. The platform is optimized for datacom board applications that have a 52–58V system bus distribution and require high-power regulated quarter-brick-format
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12/10/2013
Bjorn Brandal of Atmel on the latest generation of microcontrollers

Bjorn Brandal of Atmel

In this PSDcast Bjorn Brandal of Atmel talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the challenges and opportunities facing the microcontroller marketplace today. From the Smart grid and Internet of Things to the ever-increasing drive to put more intelligence into more systems, today's microcontroller providers
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12/10/2013
Triple step-down regulator delivers 10A at over 50°C ambient, with no airflow or external heat sink

LTM4633 triple-output 10A step-down µModule

Linear Technology has launched the LTM4633, a triple-output 10A step-down µModule® (micromodule) regulator in a 15 x 15 x 5.01mm BGA package with integrated heat sink for enhanced heat dissipation. Combined with bypass capacitors and three resistors, the LTM4633 solution fits within 4.5cm² on a dual-sided
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12/10/2013
Miniature step-up transformers target energy-harvesting applications

Coilcraft’s LPR6235 Series coupled inductors

Coilcraft’s new 6x6 mm LPR6235 Series coupled inductors can be used as step-up or flyback transformers in DC-DC converters or as autotransformers. They are ideal for voltage step-up in energy harvesting applications and have been selected by Linear Technology for their LTC3108 andLTC3109 Ultralow Voltage Step-Up
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12/09/2013
A CEA-Leti and STMicroelectronics paper at IEDM 2013 in December will present an innovative back-end-of-line (BEOL), phase-change memory (PCM) technology that is positioned to become the dominant new embedded non-volatile memory (NVM) technology in future microcontroller applications. The BEOL memory
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12/09/2013
Stanford engineers create working prototype of novel memory chip tech ideal for mobile devices

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RRAM prototype

In an engineering first, Stanford researchers have built a working prototype for a new type of memory chip that has the potential to store more data, using less space, than the flash memory chips found in smart phones, tablets and laptops today. This new chip uses a technology called resistive random
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12/09/2013
Jim Douglas of Wind River on connecting things within the cloud

Jim Douglas,Senior VP of Marketing at Wind River

In this PSDcast Jim Douglas, Senior VP of Marketing at Wind River, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systerms Design about the issues involved with making sure all of the devices involved in the Internet
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12/06/2013
Redpine Signals creates first energy-harvesting, multifunctional and multiprotocol Internet of Things device
Redpine Signals, a leading developer of ultra-low-power and high-performance multi-standard wireless chipsets and systems, announced the release of the WiSeMote-EH, believed to be the industry’s first multi-functional device with Wi-Fi, BT and BT-LE connectivity and incorporating photo-voltaic energy harvesting.
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12/06/2013
GAIA Converter, the rugged power supplies specialist, has released a front-end hold-up module targeting Avionic and Military applications. The HUGD-300 is designed for applications that need to meet power hold up requirements in their designs, up to 300W. Such on-board applications need to
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12/05/2013
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced a variety of social media promotions at the 2014 International CES® designed to help attendees more easily navigate the show, identify the key trends and connect with business contacts, friends and colleagues. These attractions include a Social Media Command
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12/05/2013
Allegro's linear current-sensor IC is thermally enhanced for high precision
The ACS770 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a fully integrated Hall-effect based linear current sensor IC incorporating thermal enhancement for high precision. The device consists of a precision, low-offset linear Hall circuit with a copper conduction path located near the die. Applied current flowing through
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12/05/2013
Ed Herbert of PSMA on smart-grid considerations

Edward Herbert, Co-Chair of the Energy Efficiency Committee

In this PSDcast, Edward Herbert, Co-Chair of the Energy Efficiency Committee, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the recent EPRI-PSMA Workshop "Are You Smart Enough for the Smart Grid?". There are many issues and opportunities involved, from the hardware to the software to the very terminiology
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12/04/2013
Sasa Radovanovic of TI on RF power

Sasa Radovanovic of Texas Instruments' RF Power Group

In this PSDcast Sasa Radovanovic of Texas Instruments' RF Power Group talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about RF power management in handheld devices. RF power management is critical to an extended battery life, consuming as much as 30% of a device's energy budget. TI recently released ultra-low
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12/04/2013
Frederik Dostal of Analog Devices on alternative isolation solutions

Frederik Dostal, European Regional Power Specialist for Analog Devices

In this PSDcast Frederik Dostal, European Regional Power Specialist for Analog Devices, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about using alternative isolation solutions for the feedback path of primary side switching controllers. Optocouplers aren't the perfect solution everyone would like them to be,
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12/03/2013
Mascot's 100W Li-ion battery charger touts performance
Norwegian power design expert Mascot AS released their next-generation high-quality, high-performance lithium-ion battery charger, the 3240LI. The device uses a 3-stage charging profile to maximise battery performance and automatically detects whether it is connected to a 120 or 230 Volt power supply, making
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12/03/2013
Coventor, a leading supplier of virtual fabrication software to accelerate the development of manufacturing processes, will host an expert roundtable discussion at the 2013 edition of IEDM (December 7-11, 2013. Washington, DC). The discussion will provide an in-depth and comprehensive view of the current and
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12/03/2013
Thirty clean energy companies, including seven Colorado companies, will gather in Denver Dec. 3-4 to present their clean energy business cases to a panel of national venture capitalists and other experts from the clean energy finance community at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's
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12/03/2013
This year's SPS IPC Drives had 1,622 exhibitors (+11 %) from 42 countries presenting in 13 exhibition halls products, solutions, innovations, and trends in the field of electric automation. The exhibition reflects the market this year more comprehensively than ever before. With 485 companies coming
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12/03/2013
MiniLine DIN-Rail-Power Supplies from PULS cost less than predecessors
The latest generation of MiniLine DIN-rail power supplies from PULS costs up to 30% less than its predecessor, while offering even more power without any compromise on quality. These single-phase units are designed with 5V, 12V or 24V output and are available in the power range from 15W to 120W.
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12/03/2013
IR offers half-bridge power modules for motors up to 300W
International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, announced the expansion of its family of highly integrated, ultra-compact, patent pending µIPM™ power modules with the introduction of the IRSM808-105MH and IRSM807-105MH, optimized for high efficiency appliance and light industrial applications
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12/03/2013
Newark element14 debuts Texas Instruments' Fuel Tank BoosterPack
Newark element14, a high-service distributor of technology products and engineering solutions, now has the Texas Instruments (TI) Fuel Tank BoosterPack. Available exclusively at Newark element14, the product allows users of existing TI microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPads to run their device from a rechargeable
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12/03/2013
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, is hosting the fourth annual Power Forum, with on-demand, in-depth, free webinars for designers of all levels. The industry’s leading power technology suppliers have come together to address challenging design topics, look at top market trends
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12/03/2013
Printed electronics process could support wafer-thin $10 Bluetooth low-energy paper keyboards
Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced that UK startup, Novalia, has developed a low-cost, patented manufacturing technology using standard print processes - such as screen print, flexography, and offset lithography - combined with capacitive touch technology, that would allow Bluetooth
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12/02/2013

 



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