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Energy Efficiency

June 2014
Piyush Sevalia of SiTime on timing in power management

Piyush Sevalia of SiTime

In this PSDcast Piyush Sevalia, executive vice president of marketing at SiTime, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the importance of exact timing in efficient power managment. SiTime recently introduced what they present as the smallest, lowest power 32 kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator)
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06/30/2014
Cambridge team breaks superconductor world record

Cambridge researchers contained a magnetic field with a strength of 17.6 Tesla in a high-temperature gadolinium barium copper oxide superconductor

A world record that has stood for more than a decade has been broken by a team led by University of Cambridge engineers, harnessing the equivalent of three tonnes of force inside a golf ball-sized sample of material that is normally as brittle as fine china. The Cambridge researchers managed to ‘trap’
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06/30/2014
Larry O'Connor of Other World Computing on powering portable devices

Larry O'Connor of Other World Computing

In this PSDcast Larry O'Connor of Other World Computing talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about power management in portable devices. Battery charging and management are critical issues in portable devices, and Other World Computing has created a wall-plug solution that addresses parasitic and standby
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06/27/2014

Onset releases plug load data loggers

HOBO Plug Load Logger

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, plug loads – or energy used by equipment plugged into an outlet – can account for up to 50% of a building’s total electrical load. While minimizing plug loads can be an effective energy reduction strategy in buildings, it is often difficult for energy auditors
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06/27/2014
IDTechEx will hold a two-day nine-conference co-located event on the worlds of supercapacitors and graphene in Santa Clara, CA this November 19-20.Supercapacitors use ever more sophisticated forms of carbon with a distribution of pores matched to electrolyte ions but incremental improvement is not what is happening.
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06/27/2014
Altium and In-Circuit Design partner to respond to challenges in high-speed design

Altium Designer added the ICD Stackup Planner and ICD Power Distribution Network (PDN) Planner

Altium, a leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), in cooperation with Australian based In-Circuit Design (ICD), announce the availability of additional extensions for Altium Designer for advanced stackup planning and power distribution
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06/27/2014
Isola Group, a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), announced the introduction of Tachyon-100G laminates and prepregs, which enable line cards required to transmit 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) at data rates
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06/27/2014
Bosch Sensortec claims first IMU with sub-1mA current consumption for always-on applications

Bosch Sensortec‘s BMI160 Inertial Measurement Unit

Bosch Sensortec‘s latest BMI160 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) integrates a state-of-the-art 16 bit 3-axis, low-g accelerometer and an ultra-low power 3-axis gyroscope into a single package. It has been designed specifically for high precision, always-on 6-axis and 9-axis applications in smart phones, tablets,
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06/27/2014
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has launched a new website that provides state and local decision makers easy access to a wealth of energy data specific to their location. The resources and data
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06/27/2014
David Andeen of Maxim Integrated on power and signal integrity

David Andeen of Maxim Integrated

In this PSDcast David Andeen of Maxim Integrated talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about power and signal integrity in advanced systems. Between the Internet of Things, the Smart Grid, and every intelligent device in-between engineers are confronted with significant signal-chain issues along with
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06/25/2014
Space-Time Insight releases Smart Grid situational intelligence software update

SI Suite 5.0 facilitates decision-making by correlating, analyzing and presenting data from disparate systems

Space‐Time Insight, a leading provider of next‐generation situational intelligence solutions, has introduced SI Suite 5.0, a major update of its advanced real-time visual analytics software for Utilities and the Smart Grid. SI Suite 5.0 excels at helping organizations gain actionable insight into massive
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06/24/2014
element14, along with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, has announced the launch of the “Forget Me Not” design challenge, an international design competition to encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring
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06/24/2014
Stackpole's RAVF convex chip resistor arrays offer 40% size reduction

Stackpole's RAVF Series convex thick film chip resistor arrays

Stackpole's RAVF Series convex thick film chip resistor arrays offer a wide variety of sizes, power ratings and schematics to help engineers reduce the amount of board space required by their designs. Changing from discrete chip resistors to chip arrays can reduce the size of a circuit design by up to 40% as
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06/20/2014
Malcolm Loro of Ciena on smart grid networks

Malcolm Loro of Ciena

In this PSDcast Malcolm Loro of Ciena talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the importance of a robust and fast network in a functional Smart-Grid infrastrucutre. Recently Salt River Project, an Arizona public power utility and water supplier, announced it will modernize its backbone network with
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06/20/2014
Superconducting refrigerator cools via tunneling cascade

A team of researchers has proposed a novel design for a superconducting refrigerator in which cooling is performed in a cascade of steps

In a new paper published in Applied Physics Letters, a team of researchers, M. Camarasa-Gómez, et al., from Italy and France, has proposed a novel design for a superconducting refrigerator in which cooling is performed in a cascade of steps. Due to this multistage operation, the refrigerator can cool
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06/20/2014
PCIM Asia continues to grow

PCIM Asia 2014 had 79 exhibitors on 5,000 square meters in the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Center

PCIM Asia 2014 closed on positive results, with 79 exhibitors on 5,000 square meters in the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Center, it has grown again this year. The number of visitors has increased to 4.385. Beside the leading companies of the industry e.g. CSR, CNR, Hitachi, Infineon, Mitsubishi, Semikron,
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06/20/2014
A UC Riverside-led research project is among the 32 named by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz as an Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), designed to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a new 21st-century energy economy in the United States. “Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic
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06/19/2014
Pasternack Enterprises, a leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, announced their latest line of 2 Watt, 40 GHz attenuators (part number PE7395-xx). This line of high frequency, millimeter wave attenuators is perfect for applications requiring reliable broadband performance
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06/19/2014
John Streicher of MTE on grid infrastructures

John Streicher of MTE

In this PSDcast, John Streicher, application engineering manager at MTE, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about grid infrastructures and the hardware involved. WIth all of the discussion on the Smart Grid, it's important to remember that the hardware is as important. MTE manufactures line/load reactors,
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06/18/2014
RMCG chip resistor from Stackpole impervious to sulfur

RMCG Series from Stackpole

The RMCG Series from Stackpole provides a surface mount thick film chip resistor that is impervious to contamination by sulfur. The RMCG Series has inner terminations that are protected by an intermediate layer of gold which is impervious to sulfur. This is superior to other anti-sulfur chips that employ only
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06/18/2014
Teledyne LeCroy claims first CAN flexible data rate trigger and decode solution

The CAN FD trigger can isolate Frame IDs, specific data packets, remote frames and error frames

Teledyne LeCroy introduced the industry’s first CAN Flexible Data (FD) Rate trigger and decode solution, adding to their existing suite of automotive test tools for CAN, LIN, FlexRay, SENT, MOST and BroadR Reach. The CAN FD trigger and decode solution enables designers using this new standard to gain unprecedented
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06/18/2014
ZES ZIMMER's LMG670 power analyzer measures narrowband, full-spectrum, and harmonics simultaneously

LMG670 precision power analyzer

When it comes to increasing efficiency, precise power analysis plays an ever-growing role. In electric vehicle research and variable frequency drive applications the fundamental and the full spectrum often have to be measured simultaneously. In the past users had to accept a compromise: they had to choose between
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06/18/2014
Paultre on Power - Bernd Gessner von ams Ãber Sensoren in Energiemanagement (German Language Podcast)

Bernd Gessner von ams

In diesem Podcast spricht Bernd Gessner, Executive VP bei ams,  mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems-Design über die Rolle von Sensoren in Energiemanagement-und Bewegungssteuerung die sich in  komplexen und anspruchsvollen Umgebungen befinden, wie zum Beispiel in Automotive und Industrie Applikationen.
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06/17/2014
Coilcraft's tiny shielded power inductor handles up to 3.75 amps

Coilcraft’s XPL2010 Series ultra-small, magnetically shielded power inductors

Coilcraft’s XPL2010 Series of ultra-small, magnetically shielded power inductors combine excellent current handling, low DC resistance and inductance values up to 220 µH in a package that measures just 1.9 X 2.0 mm. XLP2010 SeriesThe XPL2010 Series offers DCR as low as 0.027 Ohms and current ratings
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06/17/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Doble Engineering explains some of their asset-management tools for large critical electrical systems for Power Systems Design. Doble offers a complete line
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06/17/2014
Osram's multi-chip laser for projectors delivers up to 50W

The PLPM4 450 is the first multi-chip package to provide a blue light output of 50 W

Packing up to 20 blue laser chips into a single "butterfly" package, the PLPM4 450 compact laser multi-chip module from Osram Opto Semiconductors for projection applications reduces the complexity of laser projectors significantly. Osram has also succeeded in doubling the optical output of the individual
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06/17/2014
IsabellenhÃtte's latest current-measurement system has two independent channels

ICB-M current sensor from Isabellenhütte

Compact size, clear cost savings and high-precision, redundant current measurement for consistently efficient energy control – the ICB-M current sensor from Isabellenhütte satisfies the key battery management criteria for future-proof vehicle design. Using its many years of experience in battery management
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06/16/2014
Infineon Technologies introduced a series of Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) devices that protect high speed interfaces of electronic systems from Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) strikes. The ESD105 series complements Infineon’s low capacitance TVS diode portfolio with miniaturized integrated packages and
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06/16/2014
Keithley adds two GPIB-programmable supplies to Series 2200 line

Model 2220G-30-1 dual-channel and 2230G-30-1 triple-channel power supplies

Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, announced the addition of two multi-channel power supplies with GPIB interfaces to its line of programmable DC power supplies. The new models address the need for greater control and communication flexibility in both R&D
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06/16/2014
Gessner of ams on advanced sensors

Bernd Gessner of ams

In this PSDcast Bernd Gessner, Executive VP at ams, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems design about the role of sensors in energy management and motion control, especially in complex and challenging environments like automotive and industrial. ams is a leader in high-resolution magnetic field sensor solutions,
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06/16/2014
 STMicroelectronics empowers wireless modules from SenseAnywhere

The SenseAnywhere AiroSensor and AssetSensor active-RFID modules combine advanced RF transceiver technology with a low-power processor, low-voltage EEPROM, and miniature temperature, humidity, and ultra-efficient motion sensors

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced that SenseAnywhere, a leader in tags and modules for wireless sensing and location, has qualified the world’s first wireless devices incorporating ST’s new single-chip balun,
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06/16/2014
Infineon's DrBlade 2 power stage enhances efficiency in server and datacom systems

The DrBlade 2 addresses the need for more accurate and efficient power delivery to support increasingly challenging requirements

Infineon Technologies unveiled the DrBlade 2, an integrated power stage device that combines two power MOSFETs and a DC/DC driver IC with integrated current and temperature sensing in a compact, low-profile package that helps engineers of server and datacom applications handle high power density requirements
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06/16/2014
NREL bolsters batteries with nanotubes

NREL Scientist Chunmei Ban assembles a lithium-ion battery in the materials lab at the Solar Energy Research Facility at NREL

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries, the energy sources for cell phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. If successful, the batteries will last longer and perform
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06/16/2014
Marcel VanRoosmalen of NXP on driving personal devices

Marcel VanRoosmalen of NXP

In this PSDcast Marcel VanRoosmalen of NXP talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the explosion in intelligent personal devices and the internet of things, and how these things are powered and managed in a power-conscious environment. NXP offers robust, energy-efficient components for charger interfaces
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06/13/2014
The Energy Department announced nine research and development projects that will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research and product development. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode
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06/13/2014
Akros Silicon claims first integrated bidirectional 3.4MHz I2C isolator

Akros Silicon's AS1705 digital isolator

Akros Silicon, a premier supplier of leading-edge intelligent energy management ICs, announced the AS1705 digital isolator. Optimized to enable real-time telemetry and control of Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) controllers used in Power-over-Ethernet capable (PoE) switches and routers, the AS1705’s 3.4 MHz
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06/12/2014
In this episode of PSDtv a local European distributor for Toshiba describes one of their motion-control demonstrations at PCIM 2014 for Power Systems Design. The demo features a
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06/11/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Amantys goes over their latest intelligent IGBT gate drivers for Power Systems Design at PCIM 2014. He also talks about their partnership with Avago and
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06/10/2014
Don Soifer of EnergyTrends on Smart Grid issues

Don Soifer of EnergyTrends

In this PSDcast Don Soifer of EnergyTrends talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the developing SMart Grid and the challenges and opportunties it provides to both society and the electronic design engineering community. EnergyTrends.org was created by the Lexington Institute to provide useful information
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06/10/2014
CE Week announced a partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to bring local up-and-coming startups to CE Week 2014. Known as the CE industry’s top annual mid-year event, CE Week brings together media, analysts and technology thought leaders for product debuts, a robust conference
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06/10/2014
Intersil's latest  3A synchronous buck regulators boast efficiency, reliability

ISL85003 and ISL85003A 3 Amp synchronous buck regulators

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL85003 and ISL85003A 3 Amp synchronous buck regulators with integrated high-side and low-side MOSFETs. The ISL85003/3A buck regulators support an input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V while delivering very
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06/10/2014
Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC, solid state lighting and Bluetooth® Smart wireless technology, continues to expand its leadership momentum in Rapid Charge™ mobile device adapter solutions with the launch of its MediaTek Pump Express™ Plus-compatible iW1788
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06/10/2014
STMicroelectronics’ latest family of Field-Effect Rectifier diodes (FERD) offers a unique trade-off between low forward voltage drop (VF) and low leakage current (IR) that allows designers of equipment such as battery chargers and notebook adaptors to meet the most stringent energy-efficiency standard requirements
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06/10/2014
At PCIM Asia in Shanghai, Amantys will demonstrate how the successful implementation of its Amantys Power Insight communications and monitoring protocol over fibre optic links can enhance the lifetime of plastic fibre optic cables by optimising the transceiver transit power. The demonstration will take place
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06/10/2014
Microchip unveils energy-measurement analog front ends

MCP3913 and MCP3914 energy-measurement Analog Front Ends

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced its next-generation family of energy-measurement Analog Front Ends (AFEs) with industry-leading accuracy. The MCP3913 and MCP3914 integrate six and eight 24-bit, delta-sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters
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06/09/2014
Powerex recently added several NX-Series IGBT modules to its PowerSim app: CM200DX-34SA CM600DXL-34SA CM225DX-24S1 CM300DX-24S1 CM450DX-24S1 CM600DX-24S1 Parts ending in S1 denote the 6.1 Generation NX-Series IGBT product line, incorporating the 6.1
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06/09/2014
Linear Technology introduced the LTC3128, a high efficiency, input current-limited buck-boost supercapacitor charger with active charge balancing for 1 or 2 series supercapacitors. The LTC3128 features an average input current limit that can be programmed up to 3A with +/-2% accuracy, preventing power source
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06/09/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Cree demonstrates a solar inverter solution based on their latest silicon carbide semiconductors for Power Systems Design. This demo has delivers 50 kW in
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06/09/2014
Orion Energy Systems is honored to be recognized as a Green Professional under the 2014 Green Masters Program by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. The award recognizes Orion for outstanding dedication to integrating principles of sustainability into its operations while pursuing business excellence. The
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06/07/2014
O2Micro, a global leader in the design, development and marketing of high-performance integrated circuits and solutions, announced that its Selector Circuit for Power Management in Multiple Battery Systems invention was patented by the Japanese Patent Office (JPO). This
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06/07/2014
Global energy demand is expected to rise dramatically as the world's population grows, economies flourish, and standards of living increase, enabling greater access to modern energy. By 2040, consumption is projected to increase by more than 56 percent worldwide, with the industrial sector accounting for over
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06/07/2014
Infineon Technologies North America announced a milestone achieved by the Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC), an organization initiated by Infineon, which received a $500,000 U.S. government grant to study the nation’s power electronics ecosystem and make recommendations to improve its competitive
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06/06/2014
Ralph Waggitt of Advanced Power Electronics on power MOSFETs

Ralph Waggitt of Advanced Power Electronics

In this PSDcast Ralph Waggitt, President & CEO of Advanced Power Electronics, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the role of basic semiconductors in today's electronics. With all of the attention on advanced materials like wide-bandgap semiconductors it is often forgotten that there is still
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06/05/2014
IsabellenhÃtte's PMH-D and PLU gold-plated bondable resistors mount with conductive adhesive

Isabellenhütte PMH-D and PLU resistors with gold-plated connectors for conductive adhesive mounting

Produced using the Isa-Plan process, PMH-D and PLU precision performance foil resistors from Isabellenhütte have three pressure-bonded layers of manganin foil, copper substrate, and an adhesive with good thermal conductivity (ceramic filled). This highly temperature-resistant bonded combination of substrate
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06/05/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Peter Rogerson of Power Integrations talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the pressures on the power industry and the shift from energy efficiency
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06/05/2014
Transphorm announced that it has completed a distribution agreement with HY-LINE Power Components GmbH to stock and distribute its family of 600 Volt GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) in Central Europe. HY-Line’s technical expertise will support the growing demand for JEDEC-qualified 600 Volt
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06/05/2014
Motion control kits support advanced robotics applications

XMOS and Synapticon development kit

XMOS and Synapticon announced a range of development kits that allows embedded designers to quickly and easily create a wide variety of innovative motor control and motion control applications. The kits allow developers to address new opportunities in rapidly growing sectors such as consumer and professional
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06/04/2014
In this episode of PSDtv GaN Systems walks us through their recent advances and their latest products for Power Systems Design. GaN Systems provides a range of gallium nitride power
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06/03/2014
Avago Technologies, a leading supplier of analog interface components for wireless, wireline, and industrial applications, today announced four RF power amplifiers (PAs) for Small Cell base transceiver station (BTS) applications and a full spectrum of LTE/WiFi coexistence FBAR
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06/03/2014
USI, Universal Scientific (Shanghai) Industrial, a leading expert in the design and manufacturing of wireless module solutions, has joined forces with GreenPeak Technologies, a leading Smart Home low-power radio communication semi-conductor company, to develop a high performance and low cost ZigBee module for
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06/03/2014
Paultre on Power - Joerg Malzon-Jessen von Infineon Ãber Technologieentwicklung (German Language Podcast)

Joerg Malzon-Jessen von Infineon

In diesem Beitrag spricht Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design mit Joerg Malzon-Jessen von Infineon über Technologieentwicklung und insbesondere über eine Neuheit, die der Halbleiterhersteller in einen glühenden Würfel verpackt hat... Infineon ist für seine marktprägenden Innovationen bekannt.
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06/02/2014
Providing more visibility for new technologies in the market, LOPEC 2014 has fulfilled this aspiration of the printed electronics industry and improved on its already successful record: with more than 2,000 participants - an increase of over 10 percent - as well as strong growth in exhibitor and exhibition space
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06/02/2014

 



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