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Energy Efficiency

May 2014
LEM's latest HO series high-performance current transducers extend measurement to 250A, offer flexible mounting

HO series high-performance current transducers

LEM announces the addition of three new HO series of high-performance current transducers which extend nominal current measurement up to 250A and offer a range of mounting options. The recent launch of the first devices in the HO series enabled a breakthrough in the trade-off between performance, cost, size
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05/30/2014
Vincotech’s SiC-mosfet power modules target solar, ups, and battery management applications

Vincotech SiC MOSFET-based power module

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, has rolled out next-generation SiC-based products for ultra efficient, high-frequency operation in solar inverter, UPS, and battery management applications. This generation of SiC MOSFET-based power modules comes in two versions. One is a
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05/30/2014
Linear's latest synchronous step-down switcher is well suited for applications such as automotive “always-on†systems

Linear Technology's LT8620 synchronous step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8620, a 2A, 65V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator. Synchronous rectification delivers efficiency as high as 95% while Burst Mode® operation keeps quiescent current under 2.5µA in no-load standby conditions. Its 3.4V to 65V input voltage range makes it
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05/30/2014

Strategic Investors connect with startups at the Silicon Innovation Forum

Silicon Innovation Forum

SEMI announced that SEMICON West 2014 will feature Robert "Bob" Metcalfe, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, as the Silicon Innovation Forum's keynote speaker. The Silicon Innovation Forum (SIF) is where strategic investors and key decision makers are introduced to new and emerging early
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05/30/2014
Cree introduced their latest family of high-power GaN RF transistors based on an innovative plastic package design, which leverages the superior RF performance of GaN in a low-cost platform. Initial products include the industry's first 300W plastic packaged transistor operating at 2.7 GHz, delivering unparalleled
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05/30/2014
Excelsys XSolo PSUs claim highest power density in a 1U Package

XSolo family of 1U-high, single-output switching PSUs

Excelsys Technologies, a technology leader in high-efficiency modular power supply design, announced the introduction of its latest XSolo family of 1U-high, single-output switching power supply units (PSUs). The XSolo family is offered in a market-leading, convection-cooled 504W open-frame U-channel form-factor
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05/30/2014
SL Power's 425W AC/DC supply targets T&M applications

SL Power Electronics 425W single-output TU425 Series AC/DC power supply

SL Power Electronics, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of rugged, highly reliable power supplies, announced its 425W single-output TU425 Series AC/DC power supply. This latest offering from SL Power addresses the unique needs of all types of test equipment such as oscilloscopes, analyzers, test
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05/29/2014
Micrel launches their latest highly-integrated intelligent-power solution

Micrel's MIC23099 power management module

Micrel, an industry leader in high performance linear and power solutions, LAN and timing and communications solutions, introduced the MIC23099 power management solution. The device is targeted at single AA/AAA battery cell applications. Operating from a minimum battery voltage as low as 0.85V, the MIC23099
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05/29/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design interviews Eric Persson and Aung Tu, the co-chairs of the Power Sources Manufacturers' Association technology roadmap
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05/29/2014
STMicro launches extensible platform for efficient prototyping with STM32 microcontrollers

STM32 Nucleo boards are mbed-enabled and support Arduino connectivity

STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and a leader in ARM® Cortex®-M processor based microcontrollers, is further broadening the accessibility and flexibility of its STM32 family by introducing affordable and easily extensible prototyping
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05/27/2014
KEMET TOKIN’s expanded product portfolio now available from TTI

All KEMET TOKIN products are now available from TTI

TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, is now offering TOKIN’s full product range through its distribution agreement with Kemet Electronics Corporation. Kemet is a leading global supplier of electronic components and has entered into two agreements
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05/27/2014
International Rectifier opens advanced processing facility in Singapore

IR’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Oleg Khaykin at the facility opening

International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, announced that the company has commenced initial production at its new state-of-the-art ultra-thin wafer processing facility in Singapore (IRSG). Wafer thinning, metallization, testing and additional proprietary wafer level processing are undertaken
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05/27/2014
Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent to make the silicon technology supply chain incredibly efficient. How can emerging, high performance GaN transistors compete against this huge installed base of silicon-based production? Simple, the production of GaN transistors leverages the installed silicon
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05/27/2014
AVX delivers custom cable assemblies

AVX custom cable assemblies for 9159 Series two-piece wire-to-board connectors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, offers custom cable assemblies for its extensive 9159 Series two-piece wire-to-board (WTB) connectors. Paired with the highly reliable, two-piece contact system, which features an integral latch to prevent unmating in harsh commercial
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05/26/2014
Molex high-current-density Mega-Fit power connectors boast small footprint

Molex Mega-Fit connectors

Molex continues to build on its innovative family of power products with the Mega-Fit power connector. This wire-to-board, mid-range product line fills a significant power void in today’s interconnect marketplace by delivering 23.0A in a small 5.70mm footprint. The compact design paired with the high current
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05/26/2014
Paultre on Power - Joachim Fietz von Vincotech Ãber die Electronic Industrie (German Language Podcast)

Joachim Feitz, CEO of Vincotech

In dieser Unterhaltung redet Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design mit Joachim Fietz, CEO vonVincotech, über die aktuelle Situation in der Elektronik Industrie für die Design Ingenieure. Beim PCIM 2014 hat Vincotech einen Spendenmarathon ausgeführt und am Ende der Messe konnte ein Scheck fur 12.000 Euro für
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05/25/2014
Central Semiconductor, a leading manufacturer of innovative discrete semiconductors and global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, an industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, announced a global distribution agreement. Central Semiconductor supplies leading
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05/24/2014
Honeywell introduced the industry’s first Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs that provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA). When compared to other widely used magnetic technologies, these sensors offer design engineers a
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05/24/2014
Wide-band screened current probes from PEM boost accuracy in harsh electrical environments

Wide-band screened CWT Mini Rogowski current probes from Power Electronic Measurements

Wide-band screened CWT Mini Rogowski current probes from Power Electronic Measurements (PEM) feature an innovative electrostatic screening strategy that enhances performance and accuracy in the presence of large electrostatic interference signals. Combining a novel shielding technique, utilising a
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05/24/2014
LEM's HO series high-performance current transducers now have a measurement range to 250A

LEM HO series high-performance current transducers

LEM announces the addition of three HO series of high-performance current transducers to their line, extending nominal current measurement up to 250A and offer a range of mounting options. The recent launch of the first devices in the HO series enabled a breakthrough in the trade-off between performance, cost,
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05/24/2014
Toshiba launches their next-gen low-voltage MOSFETs

Toshiba U-MOS IX-H trench-MOSFETs

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced its latest family of low-voltage, ultra-efficiency trench-MOSFETs based on the company’s next generation U-MOS IX-H semiconductor process. The MOSFETs deliver industry-leading RDS(ON)*QOSS (on resistance to output charge product) figure of merit for this class
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05/24/2014
Docea to unveil products for system level power and thermal analysis at DAC51

Docea Power software solutions

Docea Power, a provider of system level power and thermal exploration solutions, will reveal two of their latest products at the 51st Design Automation Conference (DAC). Docea Power will demonstrate the ThermalProfiler, a software solution for fast thermal exploration and verification, and the Aceplorer Power
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05/24/2014
ON Semi launches their latest family of low-voltage power MOSFETs

On Semiconductor's latest N-channel MOSFETs

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has introduced their latest family of six N-channel MOSFETs that have been designed and optimized to deliver industry leading efficiency compared to existing devices on the market. The NTMFS4Hxxx and NTTFS4Hxxx series of MOSFETs are ideally suited
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05/24/2014
PCIM Europe has come to an end with a positive outcome. Approximately 8,000 visitors have come to Nuremberg to inform themselves about new products and services during the past three days. In total 391 exhibitors and 97 representig companies presented an extensive range of products and services to the trade
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05/24/2014
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has been awarded Net Zero Energy Building Certification under the Living Building Challenge™ (a program of the International Living Future Institute™) for the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), one of the greenest buildings on Earth.
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05/22/2014
In the past, high voltage (HV) discrete device and product development consisted of a long, serial approach where technologies were developed in TCAD*, physical parts fabricated and packaged, measurements performed and an iterative calibration cycle launched. As designers simulate application circuits
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05/21/2014
In this episode of PSDtv International Rectifier explains their latest series of intelligent power modules for Power Systems Design at PCIM 2014. The company introduced their latest
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05/21/2014
IR’s IPM family shrinks and simplifies appliance motor drive design

IR Gen2 IRAM modules

International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, introduced their latest generation of energy-efficient Intelligent Power Modules (IPM). The second generation (Gen2) family of IRAM System-In-Package (SIP) IPMs shrinks and simplifies the design of appliance motor drive applications including
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05/21/2014
Wuerth Electronics Midcom has introduced a series of offline discontinuous mode flyback transformers targeting low profile power applications. Dean Huumala, Product Marketing Manager for Wuerth Electronics Midcom, said “We have recognized a need in the market for a low profile solution that not only offers
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05/20/2014
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC), experts on the design and use of gallium nitride transistors, will conduct a one-hour webinar sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) on June 4th from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT). In this webinar eGaN FETs are compared with MOSFETs in highly resonant
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05/20/2014
Vicor launches their latest ChiP-based DCM converter modules

Vicor's isolated, regulated DC/DC converter modules

Vicor announced a new platform of isolated, regulated DC/DC converter modules based on the company’s Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. Delivering up to 2X the power density of conventional DC-DC converters, Vicor’s new ChiP DCMs™ enable power engineers to conserve valuable board
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05/20/2014
GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has announced a family of normally-off 100V GaN transistors that spans 20-80A with very low on resistance. GS61002P, GS61004P, GS61006P and GS61008P are respectively 20A/21mΩ, 40A/11mΩ, 60A/8mΩ and 80A/5mΩ parts while
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05/20/2014
Toshiba launches 4A protection function smart gate driver photocoupler

TLP5214 smart gate driver photocoupler

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced a smart gate driver photocoupler with 4A (max) output current housed in a thin SO16L package for use in driving medium-power IGBTs and power MOSFETs. The TLP5214 has a number of advanced integrated functions including IGBT desaturation detection, active miller clamping,
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05/20/2014
Infineon's Slew Rate Control EiceDRIVER addresses demanding industrial apps to 1200V

1EDS-SRC EiceDRIVER(tm) Safe lets developers choose from among a total of eleven collector emitter voltages at turn-on.

At this year's PCIM trade fair Infineon Technologies will present for the first time a single channel gate driver from the latest EiceDRIVER™ product family, developed especially for high-end systems in the industrial sector. The type 1EDS20I12SV EiceDRIVER Safe driver component features the first Slew Rate
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05/20/2014
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will provide up to $3.9 million to the 21st Century Power Partnership to create and operate a platform for power sector technical support for the Mexican federal government. This program will help Mexico achieve secure, reliable, and clean electricity as part
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05/19/2014
Infineon introduces next-gen leadless SMT package for CoolMOS

ThinPAK 5x6

Infineon Technologies today introduces their latest leadless surface mounted (SMD) package for CoolMOS MOSFETs named ThinPAK 5x6. Chargers for mobile devices, Ultra High Definition TVs and LED lighting all have to meet numerous conflicting requirements. Consumers long for slim yet high performing products. Therefore,
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05/19/2014
The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) today announced the national champions of the America’s Home Energy Education Challenge (AHEEC), a student competition created to help families save money by saving energy. The sixth grade class from South Ripley Elementary
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05/19/2014
Steve Gossett Jr of SCIenergy on intelligent buildings

Steve Gossett Jr of SCIenergy

In this PSDcast Steve Gossett Jr of SCIenergy talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about intelligent buildings and the challenges and issues in the multiple interactive subsystems for power delivery and management involved. SCIenergy has recently raised $12 million to fuel the company’s strategy to
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05/19/2014
Power Japan Plus has launched a novel battery technology called the Ryden dual carbon battery, which offers energy density comparable to a lithium ion battery, but over a much longer functional lifetime with drastically improved safety and cradle-to-cradle sustainability. The Ryden battery makes use of a unique
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05/16/2014
SBE and Danfoss Silicon Power to exhibit & present at PCIM

SBE will display at PCIM

SBE will exhibit at the PCIM conference in booth # 9-140, and SBE's CEO, Ed Sawyer and Europe Applications Engineer, Dayana El Hage will be present. Mr. Sawyer, will speak on "Integrated DC link capacitor/bus enables 20% increase in inverter efficiency." On display will be a Power Ring Bank Hardener,
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05/15/2014
With five months still to go until the 2014 E|DPC exhibition, the number of exhibitors is already up 42 percent on the same time last year. Approximately one third are international exhibitors. The allocation of booths is already underway. Many of the 2013 exhibitors have already registered but there is still
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05/15/2014
Mark Walsh of Vishay on capacitors in power systems

Mark Walsh of Vishay

In this PSDcast Mark Walsh, Product Marketing Manager for ceramic leaded and specialty products at Vishay, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about capacitors and some of the applications they serve, such as safety caps in noise supression in power supplies. Vishay offers both multilayer and single-layer
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05/14/2014
CE Week announced the top five key technology trends expected at the upcoming event, including Wearable Technology, Connected Car, 3D Printing, Next Gen TV and Digital Health and Fitness. Known as the CE industry’s top annual mid-year event, CE Week brings together media, analysts and technology thought leaders
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05/14/2014
NREL hosts race to zero-energy homes

The Urban Harvest team from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, developed a high-performance single-family attached townhome design that would fit well in any urban environment

The campus of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) sprang to life on a late April weekend as 28 teams of university students and building industry experts converged at the lab for the Challenge Home Student Design Competition. During the inaugural competition, funded
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05/14/2014
Next-gen tech drives organic electronics forward

Exhibit at LOPEC 2014: a cylinder functionalized with sensor structures

Electronically or photonically functionalized surfaces, three-dimensionally on every possible object - that is printed electronics for you. At the International Exhibition and Conference for Printed Electronics, LOPEC 2014, leading manufacturers present their latest developments in equipment technology and innovative
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05/14/2014
Alan Wadsworth of Agilent on power test

Alan Wadsworth of Agilent

In this PSDcast Alan Wadsworth of Agilent Technologies talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the increasing complexity and importance of testing advanced products. Power devices are in every electrical product, and each requires an accurate, thorough understanding of performance over a wide range
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05/13/2014
Switchmode 1U power solutions from Powerstax tout configurability

Multistax configurable switch mode power supplies

Powerstax, specialist provider of highly optimized power sources, announces the Multistax Premium family of configurable switch mode power supplies. Targeted at demanding application scenarios with exacting cost/performance requirements, such as industrial, communication and medical, these units expand the scope
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05/13/2014
Jim McElroy of LDRA on low-power device verification

Jim McElroy of LDRA

In this PSDcast Jim McElroy of LDRA talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the explosion in low-power devices, both portable and stationary, in both the Internet of Things and the Smart Grid. Jim shares his perspective on how improved instrumentation enables OEMs to verify lower power controllers
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05/12/2014
Newark element14, a high-service distributor of technology products and engineering solutions, has launched the newest low-power, low-cost device in the PSoC® 1 family from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. This exclusive kit features Cypress’ new CY8C24x93 low-power PSoC1 and brings the power of PSoC to life in
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05/12/2014
McObject®, developer of the eXtremeDB® In-Memory Database System (IMDS) product family, and Express Logic, provider of the ThreadX real-time operating system (RTOS) and software tools, announced a partnership in which eXtremeDB has been ported to ThreadX. The integration delivers a fast and cost-effective
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05/08/2014
Mark Burnside of Maxwell on heavy vehicle power systems

Mark Burnside of Maxwell Technologies

In this PSDcast Mark Burnside of Maxwell Technologies talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about heavy vehicle power systems, especially in those with regular starts and stops in the work day. Maxwell’s ESM ULTRA 31/900 assumes the starting responsibility for the truck and effectively eliminates cranking
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05/06/2014
Miniature coils from Precision available in angular winding configurations

Precision can produce miniature coils with ultra-fine wire winding

Precision announced the global launch of the company´s miniature coil manufacturing capabilities for medical navigation technologies. These assemblies feature ultra-fine wire winding in a wide variety of configurations –including unique-in-the-industry angular winding configurations- that allow for enhanced
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05/06/2014
Unified Solar student team wins an MIT Clean Energy Prize

Unified Solar's solution reduces energy loss for solar panels

Unified Solar, a student team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), won the regional prize of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition at the MIT Clean Energy Prize on April 28. The team takes home the top prize of $100,000 and advances to the national
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05/05/2014
Supercapacitors USA 2014 is a leading conference in North America on the subject for this rapidly growing multi-billion dollar market This international conference and tradeshow focuses on the future applications, market forecasts and opportunities as well as giving the latest technology trends, providing a
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05/01/2014
AMETEK’s JEMStar II revenue meter claims highest accuracy

JEMStar II Revenue Meter

AMETEK Power Instruments, a leader in revenue meters for electrical utilities, has released the JEMStar II Revenue Meter, presented as having the highest accuracy in the market at 0.05% of reading for watt hours. The JEMStar II is often used to measure hundreds of thousands of dollars of electricity
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05/01/2014
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