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Energy Efficiency

October 2014
RF transistors from STMicroelectronics leverage latest high-voltage tech

STAC250V2-500E 13.6MHz RF power transistor

STMicroelectronics’ STAC250V2-500E 13.6MHz RF power transistor delivers industry-leading robustness and high power density in a miniaturized and thermally efficient package for high-output class-E industrial power supplies. The STAC250V2-500E has load-mismatch capability of 20:1, the highest in the
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10/31/2014
Linear's PMBus digital power system manager monitors board-level energy consumption

LTC2975 4-channel PMBus digital power system manager

Linear Technology Corporation introduced the LTC2975, a 4-channel PMBus digital power system manager featuring current, power and energy monitoring of the intermediate bus input to point-of-load (POL) converters. Monitoring circuit board power and energy consumption is the first step in managing, optimizing
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10/31/2014
Cree's latest LED bulb delivers better light at a lower price

Cree LED Bulb

Cree introduces the new Cree LED Bulb, delivering superior light performance while looking just like an incandescent light bulb at an even more affordable price. Featuring a new innovative design, the Cree LED Bulb provides the same cost savings and 25,000-hour lifetime that made the original Cree LED Bulb America’s
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10/31/2014

Mouser Electronics, Inc. has entered into a global distribution agreement with Delta Electronics Power, one of the world’s leading suppliers of switching power supplies and major source of power management solutions. The Delta Electronics Power product solutions available from Mouser Electronics include the
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10/31/2014
Steve Sandler of Picotest on power test and noise

Steve Sandler of Picotest

In this PSDcast Steve Sandler of Picotest talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the issues of power test, especially in the area of reducing noise. Not only is noise in a system a potential interference hazard, it is also a sign that the system is not operating optimally. Speed, bandwith, and probe
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10/31/2014
KOSTAL Solar Electric expands its inverter product range

PIKO 20 string inverters

KOSTAL Solar Electric offers a portfolio of one- and three-phase string inverters in performance categories from 3kW to 20kW. The familiar advantages of flexibility, communication and practicality of the inverter series can also be experienced with the PIKO 20. The new PIKO 20 offers great flexibility,
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10/28/2014
Sujata Neidig of Freescale on driving wearable devices

Sujata Neidig of Freescale

In this PSDcast Sujata Neidig of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about driving wearable and implantable devices. From devices like smart watches to sensor-laden athetic clothing to advanced outpatient technology, wearable products are exploding in the marketplace. Power managment issues
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10/28/2014
Linear's latest 2A synchronous step-down converter boasts 93% efficiency at 2MHz from 3.0V to 42V input

LT8609 2A 42V-input synchronous step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8609 2A, 42V-input synchronous step-down switching regulator. A unique synchronous rectification topology delivers 93% efficiency while switching at 2MHz enabling designers to avoid critical noise-sensitive frequency bands, such as AM radio, while providing a highly compact
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10/27/2014
Renesas' RX21A platform serves smart meters with billing functions

Smart Meter RX21A polyphase meter reference platform

Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the release of the “Bill It! – Smart Meter RX21A” polyphase meter reference platform. The reference platform enables engineers to save time by eliminating the need to design their own metrology and calibration
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10/27/2014
Mark Adams of CUI on the new AMP consortium

Mark Adams of CUI

In this PSDcast Mark Adams of CUI talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design wearing the hat of spokesman for the new "Architects of Modern Power" (AMP) Group. The founding members are CUI, Ericsson Power Modules and Murata – all global players developing advanced power conversion technology for
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10/27/2014
High performance power systems have now progressed to the point where designers are working with multiple input voltages, driving multiple rails for a wide variety of applications.  With a need to ensure that the PoL regulators are located as close to the load as possible, designers need to pack
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10/27/2014
The use of renewable energy is growing worldwide. Higher numbers of ever more complex systems and installations are leading to a growing need for EMC solutions – especially for new high-power converters. EPCOS components ensure that wind power plants do not introduce interference into the grid. The
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10/26/2014
Consider this near-perfect storm: Many utilities in the United States have some part of their infrastructure that is more than 50 years old and long past its predicted useful life.  In addition, many utility workers are aging and approaching retirement, which means they will soon end their careers and take
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10/26/2014
There are many factors driving an increased interest in low power semiconductor solutions. Battery-powered products and Internet of Things devices need to ensure a long lifetime to be of use in the consumer markets they target. Energy-harvesting modules, as an alternate source of energy, tend to provide either
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10/26/2014
In October 1983, a record-breaking wind generator was taken into operation and the world’s largest wind energy converter called Growian (artificial German abbreviation meaning large scale wind power plant) went live. The 3MW machine can be considered an example how the world has changed since this happened. Though
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10/26/2014
The “Internet of Things” (IoT), refers to a growing trend to connect not only people and computers, but all sorts of “things” to the Internet, and therefore, each other. By way of example, consider if you will applications such as industrial plants or large infrastructure projects where connecting more
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10/26/2014
Hardware manufacturers are taking advantage of increasing integration and improvements in technology to pack more functionality into a smaller space. In servers and communications switches they are applying the benefits of multicore hardware to provide load balancing and resiliency as well as technologies such
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10/26/2014
Simple handheld multimeters often have two inputs for DC current measurements. One input is usually for ranges up to 200mA and the other is for high currents up to 10A or 20A. There is no 2000mA range. So if you need to measure currents in the order of 250mA, you need to use the 20A range, which offers limited
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10/26/2014
Power quality events are a common occurrence in industrial facilities and standard “industrial” power supplies typically provide a level of immunity to these events.  The most common events are voltage sags (nearly 50%) followed by voltage transients and short duration overvoltage events or “swells”
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10/26/2014
Europe has a rich heritage in the space and aerospace industries, with organisations such as Marconi Space and Science Lab (MSSL), IKI RAN and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) known all over the world. Many factors exist for the on-going success of firms such as these, but a key one is undoubtedly the
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10/26/2014
Stop picking on Tesla Motors

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

There are moments in history where legacy market forces have conspired to stifle development and growth in the US, and the forces arrayed against Elon Musk and Tesla today are no different. The sad part is that these efforts are damaging to both American technology and market development in both the long and
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10/25/2014
Partnering for the future of wearable technology

MAX32600 or “Wasp”, incorporates the robust communication capabilities, proven security and low power consumption required for wearable applications

To capitalize on the growing wearable device market, Maxim Integrated partnered with Logic PD to develop a platform to demonstrate the viability of their newest technology to wearable device customers. Completed in a ten-week timeline, the Wellness Watch is a wearable body fitness monitor that transmits the
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10/25/2014
The Skinner Box society

Alix Paultre, Edirial Director, PDS

The Skinner Box (properly called the “operant conditioning chamber”) was created by B. F. Skinner while he was a graduate student at Harvard University. Used to study conditioning, it has been used as a metaphor when discussing drugs or other addictive behaviors. The addictive behavior in this case is the
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10/25/2014
The efficiency improvement of power converters is one of the major reasons why digital power is becoming increasingly popular. For specific requirements, digital control allows using the best fitted control strategy and comfortable, intricate tweaking of efficiency. This means the power supply can operate in
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10/25/2014
The latest 4.5kV IGBT/diode chip set from Infineon has been developed and optimized for HVDC applications. It features very low on state voltage losses combined with fast turn on behavior for high current, high voltage and high robust short circuits behavior. High robustness will be demonstrated using HDR technologies
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10/25/2014
Some portable applications need to be powered up from an external +5V wall adapter supply and still require a +5V system voltage when in battery-backup mode. This design provides a simple method of switching between the external +5V supply and a rechargeable single-cell Lithium-ion (Li+) battery. The design
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10/24/2014
IR's latest StrongIRFET 75V MOSFETs feature ultra-low RDS(on) for industrial apps

StrongIRFET power MOSFETs

International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include 75V devices for a wide variety of industrial applications including power tools, Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) inverters, DC motor drives, Li-Ion battery pack protection, Hot-Swap
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10/24/2014
Paul Griffin of Doble on grid infrastructures

Paul Griffin of Doble Engineering

In this PSDcast, friend of the show Paul Griffin of Doble Engineering talks to Alix Paultre about the importance of hardware infrastructures in the developing smart grid. No matter how sophisticated the communications, sensors, and logic systems in the grid are, the system is useless unless the actual physical
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10/24/2014
The new Luddites

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The current atmosphere of development in the United States is one of odd imbalances and initiatives, a place where advanced technologies are being embraced or rejected in a piecemeal fashion based more on ideologies and politics than needs and capabilities. This sad state of affairs has placed the USA in a very
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10/24/2014
Compact screw-terminal aluminum electrolytic capacitors offer high ripple current capability

EPCOS aluminum electrolytic capacitor

TDK presents three new series of EPCOS aluminum electrolytic capacitors with screw terminals. They are characterized by their high ripple current capability and simultaneously highly compact dimensions. The capacitors of the new B43703* series are designed for rated voltages from 350 V DC to 450 V DC and cover
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10/23/2014
LEM's latest current transducers range pushes Hall effect tech to the next level

LF xx10 transducers for non-intrusive and isolated nominal measurements of DC, AC and pulsed currents

LEM announced the range of LF xx10 transducers for non-intrusive and isolated nominal measurements of DC, AC and pulsed currents from 100 A to 2000 A with 4 new series: LF 210-S, LF 310-S, LF 510-S, LF 1010-S. A fifth, the LF 2010-S will be available in February 2015. LEM has developed a way to make Hall effect
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10/23/2014
At electronica 2014 CUI will be demonstrating the company’s fully digital power system based on the award winning Novum Advanced Power modules. CUI’s booth will also showcase the company’s broad line-up of Power products that range from 1~2400 W and include highly efficient medical ac-dc power supplies
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10/23/2014
IAR Systems, a leading provider of development tools for embedded systems, will host a pre-conference seminar in Kista, Stockholm on November 3, 2014. The seminar will cover topics such as efficient programming, safety traps in embedded programming, debugging and runtime analysis. Seminar attendees are also
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10/23/2014
Keithley's wafer-level support includes high-voltage capacitance-voltage test for parametric curve tracer configurations

Model 8020 High-Power Interface Panel

Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, introduced their latest enhancements to its Parametric Curve Tracer (PTC) configurations that incorporate high-power SourceMeter Source Measure Unit (SMU) instruments. For test engineers responsible for configuring high power
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10/23/2014
NXP's SSL5015TE LED driver now at Mouser

SSL5015TE LED Driver

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the SSL5015TE LED Driver IC from NXP Semiconductors. Engineered to drive LED lamps for general mains non-dimmable light applications, this high-voltage, integrated controller and MOSFET provides enhanced power functionality with up to 93 percent efficiency. On-chip protection
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10/23/2014
Renesas' wireless M-Bus solution adds comms to metering apps

Connect it! – Wireless M-Bus kit

Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the release of the “Connect it! – Wireless M-Bus 868 MHz” and “Connect it! – Wireless M-Bus 169 MHz” solution kits. These platforms enable engineers to save time by re-using existing Wireless M-Bus solutions
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10/22/2014
Automation technology suppliers from all over the world will meet in Nuremberg from 25 – 27 November to exchange ideas and experiences about products, innovations and trends in their sector of industry. This year they will be joined for the first time by VACUUMSCHMELZE. The company will present its complete
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10/22/2014
Power management company Eaton announced updated management capabilities for data centers and colocation facilities with its best-in-class ePDU third-generation (G3) platform in the Americas, featuring 1% revenue-grade power monitoring for enhanced accuracy and efficiency through its ePDU G3 managed models.
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10/22/2014
Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states’ energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the
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10/22/2014
Molex EdgeMate wire-to-edgecard power connectors eliminate mating headers

EdgeMate wire-to-edgecard power connectors

Molex announced that its economically-priced 3.96mm-pitch EdgeMate Wire-to-Edgecard Power Connectors eliminate the need for mating headers, resulting in cost and time savings. This system supports power applications of up to 7.0A with UL 94V-2 flammability rating requirements. It is available in 2 to 12 circuits
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10/22/2014
Envelope Tracking (ET) adoption rates will soar, according to a recent forecast analysis published by  Nujira. The company’s research predicts that the total market for ET will exceed 4 billion units a year by 2018, representing a $3 billion market opportunity over the next five years as ET becomes ubiquitous
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10/21/2014
Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the standard for reliability at the largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced that is actively engaged in Ofgem funded projects with Western Power Distribution (WPD), Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD)
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10/21/2014
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the QorIQ LS1043A communications processor – the industry’s most power-efficient 64-bit ARM-based processor for the virtual network. The system-on-chip helps edge network equipment manufacturers easily scale power and performance to meet the changing needs of the world’s
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10/21/2014
Linear's latest step-down regulator offers dual tracking LDOs

The LT3668 400mA 40V step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT3668, a 400mA, 40V step-down switching regulator with dual tracking LDO outputs packaged in an MSOP-16E. The LT3668 offers a complete, robust power solution for applications that require the power supply of a sensor to tightly track the power supply of a measurement ASIC. The
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10/20/2014
CEMS-Global is pleased to once again present the `13th POWER Bangladesh 2014 International Expo', set to once again be Bangladesh's premier International exhibition on Power Generation & Transmission, PV Power, Energy and Renewable Energy, which will bring together specialists engaging in the Power Engineering
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10/20/2014
TDK offers EPCOS leaded RF chokes with high current capability

EPCOS leaded RF chokes

TDK Corporation announces the latest EPCOS leaded RF chokes with high current capability. The series with designation LBC+ offers components for rated currents up to 4450 mA and saturation currents up to 7700 mA. This corresponds to an increase of up to 80 percent compared to previous versions. The
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10/20/2014
Protection module teardown: Keithley’s Model 2657A-PM-200

The Model 2657A-PM-200 Protection Module is designed to protect lower-voltage source measure unit (SMU) instruments that are part of a testing configuration from damage by voltage sources that are greater than 220V

Semiconductor devices capable of handling higher levels of power are finding their way into increasingly higher power applications. To validate these new designs, researchers, fabricators and end-product designers need to be able to test experimental devices at higher power levels, which increases their risk
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10/16/2014
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has expanded its partnership with Modelithics, a leading RF/Microwave simulation model provider, with the addition of 45 new Modelithics substrate scalable equivalent circuit models. Designed to speed up design decisions and circuit
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10/16/2014
Altium, a leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), announced that it has signed on as a three year sponsor of the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION), a leading network of cleantech incubators dedicated to accelerating
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10/16/2014
Altera announced nine new Altera Enpirion power system-on-chip (PowerSoC) devices that fully comply with the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC-Q100) qualification standard temperature grade 2, a critical stress test qualification for automotive integrated circuits (ICs). The newly qualified Enpirion devices
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10/16/2014
Power management company Eaton unveiled efforts by its Electronics Division to enhance the safety of automotive electronics with a multi-tiered initiative to meet the industry’s growing demand for highly reliable, superior magnetics, supercapacitors and circuit protection products. The initiative
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10/16/2014
Cree, a market leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, has expanded its design-in support for the C2M Series SiC MOSFET power devices with the release of a new SPICE model. Fast and accurate, the new model effectively demonstrates the benefits of Cree SiC MOSFETs—including the new C2M0025120D device,
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10/15/2014
Dialight, a leader in LED lighting technology, unveiled the most energy-efficient Class 1, Division 1 LED High Bay available to date. At 110 lumens per Watt (LPW) and with Dialight’s industry-leading 10-year full-performance warranty, the new SafeSite LED fixture offers customers the best value proposition
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10/15/2014
Renesas drives improved safety for automotive chassis systems

RH850/P1x Series of 32-bit MCUs

Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, is easing safety design complexities for automotive chassis systems with a new leading-edge series of microcontrollers (MCUs) certified to ASIL-D standards. The RH850/P1x Series of 32-bit MCUs features the world’s first automotive
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10/15/2014
Rad-hard voltage references deliver stable performance

STMicro's latest voltage references are QML-V qualified

STMicroelectronics has added two shunt Voltage References to its rapidly expanding portfolio of rad-hard products for aerospace applications. The RHF1009A is an adjustable (2.5 – 5.5V) voltage reference, while the RHF100 is a 1.2V fixed voltage reference. Specifically designed to sustain the radiation levels
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10/15/2014
Analog Devices, a data converter market share leader, introduced an industry-first 2.8-GSPS dual 16-bit converter for telecommunications system manufacturers that require microwave frequencies in point-to-point wireless backhaul equipment. The 16-bit AD9136 and 11-bit AD9135 dual D/A converters achieve up to
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10/15/2014
SL Power Electronics, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of superior performance AC/DC power supplies, announced that it will have its comprehensive line of highly efficient power supply solutions for test & measurement applications on display during the International Test Conference (ITC)
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10/15/2014
Vishay's IGBT power modules provide complete integrated solution for solar inverters and UPS

Vishay's IGBT power modules are designed specifically for string solar inverters and medium-power-range uninterruptible power supplies

Vishay Intertechnology introduced four new IGBT power modules designed specifically for string solar inverters and medium-power-range uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Combining Ultrafast Trench IGBTs, high-efficiency HEXFRED and FRED Pt diode technologies, and thermistors for easy thermal management in
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10/15/2014
Atmel's expanded metering platform serves advanced smart energy apps

Atmel's SAM4Cx series are built on a dual-core 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 architecture

Atmel, a global leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, announced the company has expanded its Atmel | SMART portfolio of energy metering products with the introduction of the SAM4C32 dual-core secure MCU, along with the SAM4CMS32 and SAM4CMP32 for residential, commercial and industrial
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10/15/2014
EPC publishes Gallium Nitride textbook

GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation announced the publication of the second edition of “GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion,” a textbook written by four EPC gallium nitride experts and published by John Wiley and Sons. This textbook is designed to provide power system design engineering
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10/14/2014
Compact snap-in aluminum electrolytic caps offer significantly increased ripple-current capability

EPCOS snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitors

TDK presents their latest EPCOS snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitors. They are characterized by a ripple current capability that is up to 25 percent higher than for the types of the preceding EPCOS series. The capacitors of the new B43642* series are manufactured in highly compact sizes with diameters ranging
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10/14/2014
Matthew Phillips of Dialog Semi on wireless IoT infrastructures

Matthew Phillips of Dialog Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Matthew Phillips of Dialog Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the importance of wireless infrastructures in the Internet of Things (IoT), and how that infrastructure extends beyond portable devices to both tethered and untethered fixed systems. Today this wireless
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10/13/2014
Stackpole expands high power resistor value range

TR Series of TO-220 and TO-247 style power resistors

Stackpole announces the expansion of the TR Series of TO-220 and TO-247 style power resistors. The TR Series value range now starts at 50 milliohms and goes up to 20K ohms for most sizes (the TR30 value range extends up to 100K ohms). The TR Series is available in 0.5% tolerances and TCR as low as 50 ppm making
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10/09/2014
Leading engineering consultancy and driveline solutions provider, Romax Technology, has won the Grand Prix prize at the 2014 British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs), held today in London. Now in their sixth year, the BEEAs promote the quality of engineering design in the UK and celebrate those
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10/09/2014
Paul Lee of Intersil on energy management

Paul Lee of Intersil

in this PSDcast Paul Lee, Product Marketing Manger at Intersil, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about energy magagement in advanced systems. In order to manage energy properly one must be able to measure it accurately. Intersil's ISL2802x digital power monitor (DPM) family delivers high accuracy
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10/09/2014
Since the beginning of time medical doctors have looked for better ways to diagnose and treat patients who suffer from internal ailments or injury. The ability to examine and treat patients from within in a minimally invasive way and with the least amount of discomfort has been an important part of medical practice
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10/08/2014
It is, by no means, hyperbolic to say that we are on the verge of another revolution. A revolution of the way we leverage modern technologies to access information about our own health conditions. Until only recently, anyone interested in obtaining even the most basic information (blood glucose, heart rate,
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10/08/2014
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, part of the Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, began construction of a new addition to its 500,000 square-foot medical center in November 2011. The hospital had specific lighting and energy requirements for its new 85,000 square-foot, 72-bed patient tower and
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10/08/2014
Located in North Central Illinois, TriRivers is a healthcare IT organization jointly sponsored by SwedishAmerican Health System in Rockford, Illinois and FHN (formerly Freeport Health Network) in Freeport, Illinois. The collaborative venture provides shared infrastructure and staffing, a regional fiber optic
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10/08/2014
One of the greatest challenges to creating higher performing, lower cost batteries is moving emerging technologies from the lab to commercial status. The Lithium Battery Power: Driving Breakthrough Energy Technologies from Lab to Market conference addresses critical issues facing the industry, presents innovative
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10/08/2014
IR’s Automotive-Qualified 40V 5x6mm Dual PQFN COOLiRFET™s Deliver Benchmark Performance for Low Power Motor Applications

IR automotive-qualified COOLiRFET power MOSFETs

International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, announced the AUIRFN8459 and AUIRFN8458 40V automotive-qualified COOLiRFET™ power MOSFETs that offer benchmark on-state resistance (RDS(on)) for automotive applications requiring compact size and high current performance including pump motor
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10/07/2014
Vishay Intertechnology's FRED Pt rectifiers in SMPC package increase power density and efficiency

FRED Pt Hyperfast and Ultrafast recovery rectifiers

Vishay Intertechnology introduced 27 new 4 A to 10 A FRED Pt Hyperfast and Ultrafast recovery rectifiers in the compact, low-profile SMPC (TO-277A) eSMP® series package. Combining extremely fast and soft recovery characteristics with low leakage current and low forward voltage drop, the AEC-Q101-qualified rectifiers
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10/07/2014
Cambrios launches next-gen silver-nanowire ITO replacement

ClearOhm material being produced (top), a close-up of the silver nanowires (bottom)

Cambrios Technologies, a leader in silver nanowire-based solutions for the transparent conductor markets, announced the launch of its next generation ClearOhm® material that has been designed into touch sensors for various applications. In addition, the company’s high volume manufacturing line commissioned
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10/07/2014
Cree, a leader in gallium nitride (GaN) RF devices, has achieved a major production milestone with its recent accreditation as a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Category 1A Trusted Foundry for its 100mm RF GaN facility in Durham, NC. Granted through the Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO) and the Defense Microelectronics
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10/07/2014
Mouser Electronics, a leading engineering resource and distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, announced the launch of a PCB design integration tool MultiSIM BLUE, designed in collaboration with National Instruments. The powerful tool is available free online, and is offered in English and German
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10/07/2014
Alfred Binder of ams on position sensors and intelligent motion

Alfred Binder of ams

In this PSDcast Alfred Binder of ams talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the importance of proper sensing in intelligent systems. Regardless of the horsepower of the processor, there is no precision without feedback. Sensors give a system the information it needs for proper and efficient operation.
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10/07/2014
Piocotest's latest programmable supplies offer continuous autoranging and power-sequencing capability

P961xA Series programmable, single-output DC power supply

Picotest, a leader in high-resolution test and measurement equipment, has announced the availability of the P961xA Series of programmable, single-output DC power supplies with continuous autoranging and power sequencing capability. The P9610A (105W 36V/7A) and P9611A (150W 60V/6A) offer features and performance
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10/06/2014
Cadonix, a Cloud-based automotive harness CAD specialist, announced that Riversimple has adopted its Arcadia cloud based tools to develop the first road-going version of its innovative hydrogen fuel cell powered car. David Rothera, Vehicle Electronic Engineer at Riversimple, said, “We’re designing
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10/06/2014
Freescale Semiconductor introduced a versatile and reliable Internet of Things (IoT) gateway reference design supporting a broad array of IoT applications including building/home management, smart cities, networked industrial services and other applications where performance and reliability are critical. Designed
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10/06/2014
Maxim Integrated’s flow meter solution lasts up to 20 years on a single battery

MAXREFDES70# ultrasonic flow meter reference design

Utilities can now improve water- and heat-metering accuracy by an order of magnitude, while operating for up to 20 years on a single “A”-size battery with the MAXREFDES70# ultrasonic flow meter reference design from Maxim Integrated. Traditional mechanical flow meters measure water and heat usage
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10/06/2014
IDTechEx forecasts electric vehicle sales in 37 categories, the variety increasing each year as new sectors become substantial. Some sectors such as golf cars are mature and not growing. In other sectors, including electric motorcycles, cars, buses and yes, unmanned electric aircraft, the news comes thick and
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10/06/2014
Lattice’s FPGA empowers world’s thinnest satellite-synchronizing watch

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 wristwatch

Lattice Semiconductor’s iCE40 FPGAs are enabling Citizen Watch to bring to market its Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 wristwatch, an innovative fusion of technology and beauty that receives and processes satellite signals in real-time to display the correct time anywhere in the world's 40 time zones. “The
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10/06/2014
Saj Sahal & Suman Narayan of Fairchild on repositioning to address an evolving market

Saj Sahal & Suman Narayan of Fairchild

In this PSDcast Saj Sahal & Suman Narayan of Fairchild speak wth Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the embedded systems marketplace, where it's going, and industry trends as well as the recent changes at Fairchild made to address them. Among the topics discussed, they talk about their relaunched
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10/03/2014
University of Texas research may lead to prolonged power in mobile devices

Dr. Jiyoung Kim (left) and Dr. Kyeongjae “K.J.” Cho examine a wafer used to make transistors. The two created new technology that could reduce energy consumption in mobile devices and computers

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use. This technology taps into the power of a single electron to
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10/02/2014
Glassman's 4kW high-voltage DC supplies offer low ripple and noise

LH series 4kW open stack power supply

LH series 4kW open stack power supplies from Glassman High Voltage Inc feature extremely low ripple – typically less than 0.1% peak to peak of rated voltage at full load - and noise. The air-insulated, fast response PSUs also feature tight regulation and are fully compliant with European Directives: EN61010/
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10/02/2014
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) unveiled five cutting-edge technologies that will significantly impact the CE industry during the opening session “Five Disruptive Techs to Watch” at CEA’s Innovate! Conference being held this week in Phoenix, AZ. The session, moderated by CEA Senior Vice President
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10/02/2014
Vishay's latest 12V chipscale MOSFET cuts power use in ultraportable apps

Chipscale MICRO FOOT p-channel Si8457DB

A power MOSFET that will help decrease power consumption and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and high-end notebook computers was released by Vishay Intertechnology. The chipscale MICRO FOOT p-channel Si8457DB provides the industry's lowest on-resistance at a 1.8 V gate drive for
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10/02/2014
Babu Chalamala of the IEEE on emerging energy technologies

Babu Chalamala of the IEEE

In this PSDcast Babu Chalamala, IEEE Fellow, talks to Alix Paultre about the recent IEEE proceedings on next-generation energy and energy storage. Their work took a deep dive into emerging technologies in renewable energy, battery systems, microgrids, and more. In the discussion Babu and Alix cover issues such
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10/02/2014
 Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the global standard for reliability at the world’s largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced that it has been named a finalist in the Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing exemplary industry leadership.
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10/02/2014
Texas Instruments introduced a 450-V linear controller that simplifies current regulation of high-voltage LED strings. The TPS92410 controller integrates a multiplier and tunable phase dimmer detection, as well as analog dimming inputs and drive circuit protection functions to ease design of downlights, fixtures
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10/01/2014
Freescale Semiconductor will demonstrate its leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT) this week at the ARM TechCon 2014 conference, where the company will launch its Internet of Tomorrow Tour in booth #906. A high-end truck trailer retrofitted to display more than 120 IoT products and technology
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10/01/2014
Demonstrating its commitment to the wearables market, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) will preview its Wellness Platform at electronica 2014. The Wellness Platform is a suite of design hardware and software, including the WASP/MAX32600 microcontroller unit (MCU), for wearable medical applications.
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10/01/2014
Quantum Materials announced that it is scaling volume production of photoactive quantum dots for use in next-generation photovoltaic solar power technologies. While offering numerous advantages for solar power generation, the high cost and difficulty of producing large quantities of quantum dots with which to
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10/01/2014
Schneider Electric now has five manufacturing facilities certified in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program and ISO 50001. Two Platinum level facilities—Smyrna, Tennessee, and Seneca, South Carolina—improved their energy performance by more than 15%. Three Silver
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10/01/2014

 



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