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Energy Efficiency

March 2015
Sagar Jethani of element14 on design inspiration

Sagar Jethani of element14

In this PSDcast Sagar Jethani, Head of Content at element14, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the changing nature of design and the explosion in tools and technologies that enable and inspire it. A very good example can be found in the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, the first major new version of
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03/31/2015
In this episode of PSDtv IR+Infineon explains their GaN-based flatscreen power solution for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. GaN switch performance features low charge and
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03/31/2015
The Energy Department has released updates to its twin building energy modeling software products EnergyPlus and OpenStudio. EnergyPlus 8.3.0 EnergyPlus is DOE's open-source whole-building energy modeling engine. Given a description of a building's physical assets, operations,
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03/31/2015

In this episode of PSDtv Linear Technology demonstrates their Linduino One Isolated Arduino-Compatible Demonstration Board at APEC 2015 for Power Systems Design. Linduino is
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03/30/2015
Mark Adams of CUI at APEC 2015

Mark Adams of CUI

In this PSDcast Mark Adams of CUI talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their latest digital power solutions at the 2015 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC). CUI released its highest-current digital POL family to date at the event. Designed specifically to address the rapidly-rising power
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03/30/2015
TDK's 2500W bidirectional DC/DC converter serves energy storage and recycling apps

EZA2500 bi-directional DC-DC converters

TDK announced the introduction of TDK-Lambda’s EZA2500-32048 bi-directional converter, suitable for energy storage systems with rechargeable batteries. This 2500W digitally controlled, compact 1U power supply can automatically change conversion direction from high voltage dc sources, powered by solar or wind,
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03/30/2015
GE expands high-density rectifier portfolio to address data-intensive industries

CP3500 rectifier

GE introduced its new CP3500 rectifier, the latest addition to its new rectifier product line, providing industry-leading power conversion density capabilities for data-hungry applications. The CP3500 is the industry’s first compact, 3.5-kilowatt (kW) AC to 48-volt DC rectifier in a 1U[1] module and provides
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03/30/2015
Microchip's MOST150 INICs empower automotive smart-antenna modules

OS81118AF Intelligent Network Interface Controller

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced that the MOST Cooperation released its MOST150 technology coaxial physical layer specification. This new industry-standard specification enables Microchip to support smart antenna module
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03/27/2015
Linear Technology announced the LT3744, a synchronous step-down DC/DC converter designed to deliver constant current to drive high current LEDs. Its 3.3V to 36V input voltage range makes it ideal for a wide variety of applications, including industrial, DLP projection and architectural lighting. The LT3744 uses
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03/27/2015
TI’s smart power switch replaces discrete components in powertrain and automotive body electronics
Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first smart, high-side power switch with programmable current limit. As automotive systems become more complex, the various loads within the system can each require different profiles during operation. Using the TPS1H100-Q1, designers can drive various loads with
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03/27/2015
Acopian's 288W narrow-profile switching regulated supplies now certified to UL and CE

Narrow Profile power supply series

Acopian Power Supplies, a leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of standard, modified-standard and custom power supplies announced that its Narrow Profile power supply series is now certified to UL Safety Standards UL 60950 (Information Technology Equipment) and UL 508 (Industrial Control Equipment),
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03/27/2015
Michael Freeman of Semitrex on advanced power conversion

Michael Freeman of Semitrex

In this PSDcast Michael Freeman of Semitrex talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the next generation of power conversion devices. Semitrex, a fabless semiconductor company, is addressing energy consumption through its highly energy efficient TRONIUM Power Supply System(s) on a Chip (PSSoC). TRONIUM
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03/27/2015
Cypress Semiconductor announced the expansion of its Traveo microcontroller (MCU) family with a new series that provides automotive manufacturers with a cost-effective platform to deliver 2-D and 3-D graphics and advanced functionality for dashboards, head-up displays and HVAC systems in compact vehicles. The
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03/27/2015
Cree, a leading supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) wafers and devices, is exhibiting at, chairing, and sponsoring this year’s IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON) — the leading conference for addressing developments in microwave and RF wireless technologies
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03/27/2015
TDK expands power capacitor plant in Zhuhai, China

Production of power capacitors at the TDK plant in Zhuhai FTZ, China.

TDK has opened a production facility for EPCOS power capacitors at its Zhuhai FTZ plant in China. In doing so, TDK is expanding and consolidating its power capacitor production based in China. Besides capacitors, TDK manufactures a wide range of EPCOS protection devices and temperature sensors at the plant –
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03/27/2015
NXP Semiconductors announced its new GreenChip power solution, the TEA1916+TEA1995 platform – an innovative and easy-to-design new Resonant LLC solution targeted for desktop PC/AiO, gaming consoles, notebook adapters and large panel TVs. Building on NXP’s success as the market leader in GreenChip
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03/27/2015
Texas Instruments announced its MSP432 microcontroller (MCU) platform, presented as the industry’s lowest power 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F MCUs. These new 48MHz MCUs leverage TI’s ultra-low-power MCU expertise to optimize performance without compromising power, while only consuming 95µA/MHz in active power and
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03/27/2015
AVX claims highest Q 01005 MLCC available for UHF band applications

CU Series ultralow ESR C0G (NP0) MLCCs

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the highest Q 01005 MLCC available on today’s market for ultra high frequency (UHF) band applications (300MHz—3GHz). The first part number of the new CU Series ultralow ESR C0G (NP0) MLCCs, the CU10 01005 MLCC, exhibits
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03/27/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Teledyne LeCroy demonstrates their MDA810 1 GHz, 8 Ch, 12-bit, 2.5 GS/s, 50 Mpts/Ch Motor Drive Analyzer for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. The
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03/26/2015
Ericsson's 90A digital PoL DC/DC converter suits high-demand networking equipment

Ericsson's two-phase 90A 3E digital point-of-load (POL) DC/DC power modules

Ericsson has launched a new two-phase 90A 3E digital point-of-load (POL) DC/DC power module that offers compensation-free performance and the ability to easily connect modules in parallel to provide up to 360A to advanced network-processors that require high performance in power delivery and high levels of software
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03/26/2015
In this episode of PSDtv MPS describes their latest power modules at APEC 2015 for Power Systems Design. For example, their MPM3805 is a module with monolithic stepdown switch
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03/26/2015
In this episode of PSDtv On Semiconductor demonstrates their latest Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion tech for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. Created in a partnership
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03/25/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Microchip Technologies demnonstrates their latest power management tech for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. The demonstrations include gesture-driven
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03/24/2015
Power supply & demand

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

Supply and demand are old concepts that strongly figure into almost every aspect of our lives, and come to bear especially on our electronics. The focus on which of the two aspects of exchange to focus on at any given moment is often determined by factors having nothing to do with facts, and everything to do
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03/23/2015
A smart DC LED module connects most recent LED technology together with smart DC drivers, offering a ready-made solution for fixture producers, researchers, and hobbyists. Such a module is usually populated on a metal-core PCB, implementing LEDs and a high-efficiency driver with thermal foldback and dimming.
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03/23/2015
In the US alone, it has been estimated that there are over 150 million installed residential dimmers designed for incandescent or halogen bulbs that operate directly from the mains voltage. LED bulbs ideally should be able to drop into those existing sockets and provide a smooth, flicker and shimmer-free lighting
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03/23/2015
In recent years, LED suppliers have been building large portfolios of high-voltage (HV) LEDs.  This high voltage-low current LED provides the ability to optimize the power conversion from the AC power line to simultaneously increase the overall efficacy and simplify the drive circuitry.  With HV-LEDs
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03/23/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Altera explains their latest power system-on-a-chip at APEC 2015 for Power Systems Design. The PMBus-enabled EM1130 digital power module is optimized
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03/23/2015
CUI's 90A digital POL modules address advanced ICs

NDM3Z-90 digital POL module

CUI announced the release of its highest current digital POL family to date from the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Designed specifically to address the rapidly-rising power requirements of today’s most advanced integrated circuits, the NDM3Z-90 is a non-isolated
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03/23/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Fairchild describes their latest TO leadless packaging and how it improves performance for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. The combination of superior
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03/23/2015
Semtech, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced the SC33020H Load Switch platform in a tiny 0.9mm x 0.9mm, 4 bump Chip Scale Package (CSP) with industry leading Ron of just 32mΩ. The SC33020H load switch provides power rail control for up to 2A with reverse current
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03/23/2015
TI claims first zero standby power PSR solution for high-power AC/DC power supplies

UCC28730 PSR flyback controller with 700-V startup switch and UCC24650 wake-up monitor

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first zero standby power controller chipset with the lowest standby power consumption for AC/DC flyback power supplies up to 75 W. Taking power supply efficiency to the next level, the new UCC28730 primary-side regulation (PSR) flyback controller with
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03/23/2015
As renewable energy demand rises in the U.S., the demand for hydropower pumped storage has risen with it.  Forty pumped storage plants provide more than 22 gigawatts (GW) of storage capacity in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  Recently the Federal Energy Regulatory
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03/22/2015
Low power wireless technology is enabling substantial cost reductions for traditional wired sensing systems, and opening up new possibilities for sensor networking that simply could not be done with wires. Low power wireless sensor networking (WSN) standards, particularly mesh architectures that utilize time-synchronized
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03/22/2015
Let’s explore the measured control characteristics of a Cuk converter with separate inductors, and with a tightly-coupled inductor. The coupled-inductor Cuk has fewer diverse transfer functions, but it is still a challenge to control over a wide range. Cuk Converter with Separate Inductors In
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03/21/2015
LEDs: from emerging technology to a commodity at the speed of light.

Kevin Parmenter, Contributing Editor

In my career I have seen few things go from emerging to a sea change as fast as the LED lighting market. LED lighting has gone from emerging technology to mainstream commodity very rapidly, and there are yet few standards. Every application usually needs something different, as every customer wants something
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03/21/2015
Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) is a technology used in wired Ethernet local area networks (LANs) that delivers power over the same cable that delivers the Ethernet data. This reduces the number of cables that must be laid to install a network and power the devices connected to it. It also makes it easier to maintain
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03/20/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Cree shows an advanced solar inverter design using Cree Silicon Carbide (SiC) power semiconductors for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015. SiC MOSFET
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03/20/2015
In this episode of PSDtv International Rectifier+Infineon describe their latest enhancement-GaN-based power converter solution at APEC 2015 for Power Systems Design. GaN switch
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03/20/2015
Qspeed 150V diodes from Power Integrations offer switching speed and softness

Qspeed 150 V diodes

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced a new family of Qspeed 150 V diodes. The fastest silicon diodes in the world, Qspeed LQA150 series devices also feature excellent softness for low EMI. Based on the company’s Qspeed merged-PIN
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03/20/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Alex Lidow of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) explains the various wireless-power demonstrations and other technologies for Power Systems Design at
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03/19/2015
Linear's software devkit for SmartMesh IP accelerates development of wireless sensor Industrial IoT

SmartMesh IPTM

Linear Technology’s SmartMesh IPTM wireless sensor networking products now provide the ability to program industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications directly on the embedded ARM Cortex-M3, running Micrium’s µC/OS-II real-time operating system. Users no longer need a separate processor for sensor interface
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03/19/2015
Ideal Power, a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, has announced a multi-year alliance with LG Chem, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries, to supply Ideal Power’s patented power conversion systems (PCS) alongside LG Chem’s industry-leading battery solutions.
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03/19/2015
TE Connectivity, a leader in connectivity, announced its FullAXS Mini connector sealing system and cable assemblies, a major step toward reducing the physical footprint and reducing installation costs of wireless outdoor products. In addition, TE is introducing its next-generation MXC optical connector, which
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03/19/2015
The Energy Department announced up to $20 million in available funding to spur the development of high speed industrial motors and drives, using high power-density designs and integrated power electronics to increase efficiency. The industrial sector consumes over a quarter of the electricity produced in the
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03/19/2015
Autonomous vehicles are everywhere

Technologies of existing and planned autonomous vehicles by type of function

Autonomous vehicles are successful here and now but you are unlikely to meet one because the successes are in the upper atmosphere, open cast mines, nuclear power stations, underwater and in other relatively inaccessible places. As the new IDTechEx report "Autonomous Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2015-2035"
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03/19/2015
In this episode of PSDtv STMicroelectronics demonstrates their DC/DC technology with autotuning for Power Systems Design at APEC 2015, The technology allows the power supply
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03/18/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Texas Instruments demonstrates their GaN-based power solution at APEC 2015 for Power Systems Design. The industry’s first 80-V, 10-A integrated gallium
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03/18/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Exar demonstrates their latest power solutions at APEC 2015 for Power Systems Design. With a proprietary emulated current mode Constant On-Time (COT)
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03/18/2015
TI launches first 80-V half-bridge GaN FET module

LMG5200 GaN FET power stage

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first 80-V, 10-A integrated gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistor (FET) power-stage prototype, which consists of a high-frequency driver and two GaN FETs in a half-bridge configuration – all in an easy-to-design quad flat no-leads (QFN) package. The
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03/18/2015
Quantum Materials announced it has broken the Stokes shift barrier and is able to produce 'Strong Shift' Quantum Dots to consistent characteristics in high volumes. The Company announced the news on the opening of the second-annual Quantum Dots Forum hosted by Smithers Apex on
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03/17/2015
EPCOS CeraLink SP and LP caps now at Mouser

EPCOS CeraLink Capacitor

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the newest additions to the CeraLink capacitor series, the CeraLink SP and LP capacitors from EPCOS. CeraLink capacitors are unique in that as the voltage across the capacitor increases, the
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03/17/2015
Vishay's PowerPAK 8x8L 200A package offers space- and power-saving alternative to D2PAK and DPAK

Vishay Intertechnology's new 8 mm by 8 mm by 1.8 mm PowerPAK 8x8L package

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new 8 mm by 8 mm by 1.8 mm PowerPAK 8x8L package designed to provide a high-current, space- and power-saving alternative to D2PAK and DPAK devices commonly used in automotive applications. The Vishay Siliconix SQJQ402E 40 V TrenchFET power MOSFET is the industry's first AEC-Q101-qualified
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03/17/2015
GaN Systems’ gallium nitride power semiconductors now with topside cooling

GaN Systems announced topside cooling technology

GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, announced topside cooling technology in its wide range of high-power enhancement-mode devices. Topside cooling enables engineers to use conventional, well-understood PCB cooling techniques when incorporating GaN Systems’ market-leading
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03/17/2015
Microchip releases Wi-Fi 802.11ac power amplifier module

SST11CP22 5 GHz power amplifier module

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced its new SST11CP22 5 GHz power amplifier module (PAM) for the IEEE 802.11ac ultra high data rate Wi-Fi standard. This PAM delivers 19 dBm linear output power at 1.8% dynamic EVM (Error Vector Magnitude) with
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03/17/2015
Fairchild’s extended-temperature mid-voltage 175°C MOSFETs offer exceptional power density

Fairchild's extended temperature (ET) mid-voltage MOSFETs

Fairchild, a leading global supplier of high-performance power semiconductor solutions, is enabling manufacturers to improve the reliability and performance of their products with its expanded line of extended temperature (ET) mid-voltage MOSFETs, which can operate at 175° C. The higher operating temperatures
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03/17/2015
Infineon Technologies announced the expansion of its Gallium Nitride (GaN)-on-Silicon technology and product portfolio at APEC 2015. The company now offers both enhancement mode and cascode configuration GaN-based platforms optimized for high performance applications requiring superior levels of energy efficiency
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03/17/2015
Transphorm unveils first 600V GaN transistor in a TO-247 package

TPH3205WS transistor, the first 600V GaN transistor in a TO-247 package

Transphorm announced at APEC 2015 that it is now offering engineering samples of its TPH3205WS transistor, the first 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride) transistor in a TO-247 package. Offering 63 mOhm R(on) and 34A ratings, the device utilizes the company’s Quiet TabTM source-tab connection design, which reduces EMI
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03/17/2015
The PSMA (Power Sources Manufacturers Association) Packaging Committee announced today that it has published a report titled “Current Developments in 3D Packaging With Focus on Embedded Substrate Technologies.” The first comprehensive study on using embedded substrate technology for building power sources,
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03/17/2015
EPC's 500W eighth-brick DC/DC converter achieves 96.7% efficiency

EPC9115 demonstration design

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introducesd the EPC9115, a demonstration design for a 12 V, 42 A output with an input range of 48 V to 60 V. The demonstration board features enhancement-mode (eGaN) power transistors – the EPC2020 (60 V) and EPC2021 (80V) – along with the LM5113 half-bridge driver
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03/17/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Vishay explains how their current-sense resistors are used in the China Racing Formula e car they are sponsoring at this year's FIA Formula e races
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03/16/2015
TI introduces 4-switch buck-boost controller and digital power tool

Digital Power BoosterPack

Texas Instruments announced that it has simplified digital power control design with the new, low-cost Digital Power BoosterPack. The BoosterPack is a plug-in daughter card for the C2000 Piccolo TMS320F28069M LaunchPad development kit that makes it easy to understand digital power development using the real-time
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03/16/2015
Cree's SiC tech enables significant reduction of solar inverter size, weight, & cost

SiC MOSFET and diode technologies enable previously unattainable levels of power density in string solar inverter products

Cree, a leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has demonstrated that its best-in-class SiC MOSFET and diode technologies enable previously unattainable levels of power density in string solar inverter products, yielding ultra-high efficiencies (greater than 99.1 percent at peak) at one-fifth the average
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03/16/2015
ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, and power conversion specialist Transphorm, building on their previously announced partnership to bring gallium nitride (GaN) based power solutions to market, today announced the introduction of the co-branded NTP8G202N (TPH3202PS) and NTP8G206N (TPH3206PS)
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03/16/2015
Trinamic teams with Bosch on 1.5kW motors

TRINAMIC BLDC / PMSM gate driver

TRINAMIC, a technology innovator specializing in the control of small electric motors, extends its portfolio of 3-phase motor drivers by leveraging Bosch’s innovative and highly integrated B6 power modules. Bosch B6 bridges match perfectly to the new TRINAMIC BLDC / PMSM gate driver product
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03/16/2015
GaN Systems’ power semiconductors now offer topside cooling

GaN Systems announced new topside cooling technology

GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, announced new topside cooling technology in its wide range of high-power enhancement-mode devices. Topside cooling enables engineers to use conventional, well-understood PCB cooling techniques when incorporating GaN Systems’
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03/16/2015
Power Integrations adds protection features to their compact 1200 V/1700 V SCALE-2+ dual-driver-core family

SC0435T2G1-17 dual IGBT-driver core

Power Integrations, a leader in IGBT-driver technology, launched its latest SCALE-2+ dual IGBT-driver core, the 2SC0435T2G1-17, which is the most compact product in its power range with a footprint of only 57.2 x 51.6 mm and a height of just 20 mm. The new SCALE-2+ technology enables Soft Shut Down (SSD) to
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03/16/2015
Vicor expands its DCM DC/DC converter series

DCM Converter Modules

Vicor announced the expansion of the DCM Converter Module Series of isolated, regulated DC-DC converters within Vicor’s Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. This series now covers critical applications in Aerospace, EV/HEV, Rugged Systems, Industrial, and Telecom/Datacom. DCMs provide
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03/16/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design takes an in-depth look at a Formula e car and talks to the race team at the Miami Formula e races about the workings
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03/14/2015
Ericsson's 90A digital POL DC/DC converter targets high-demand networking equipment

The BMR465 POL converter

Ericsson has launched a new two-phase 90A digital point-of-load (POL) DC/DC power module that offers compensation-free performance and the ability to easily connect modules in parallel to provide up to 360A to advanced network-processors that require high performance in power delivery and high levels of software
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03/13/2015
Micrel's 20A IntelliMOS power stage family

The IntelliMOS power stage family

Micrel, an industry leader in high performance linear and power solutions, LAN and timing and communications solutions, announced the MIC4520/MIC4521, an IntelliMOS power stage family capable of delivering up to 20A in a compact 4mm x 6mm TQFN package. The MIC4521 is a two-phase power stage (includes MOSFET
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03/13/2015
In this episode of PSDtv ARM goes through their latest Internet of Things infrastructure with several demos from various companies using the mbed OS for Power Systems Design
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03/11/2015
ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, will be showcasing some of its latest advances in power management technology at APEC including a new LLC current-mode power supply for computers and LED TVs, significant developments in GaN, and a sensor-less motor driver controller.   Current-Mode
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03/11/2015
Ambiq Micro, a leader in ultra-low power integrated circuits, announced the Apollo family of four 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F microcontrollers (MCUs). In real-world applications, their energy consumption is typically 5 to 10 times lower than that of MCUs of comparable performance, resulting in far longer battery life
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03/11/2015
Stéphane Rollier of LEM on current measurement

Stéphane Rollier of LEM

In this PSDcast Stéphane Rollier of LEM talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the importance of accurate current sensing in advanced automation. Applications such as variable speed drives, servo motor drives, uninterruptible and switch-mode power supplies, battery-supply installations, power supplies
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03/11/2015
Powervation will showcase its Intelligent Digital Power solutions for high-performance computing, communications infrastructure, and advanced digital power modules at this year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and Exposition scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina. Powervation will again participate
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03/11/2015
Patti Engineering, a leader in control systems integration, announced details of its participation in the Manufacturing in American Symposium, featuring the Technology Tip Off, hosted by Electro-Matic and Siemens. The event is taking place March 11-12, 2015 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. The company is exhibiting
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03/11/2015
Oldenburg Electronics, a designer and manufacturer of electronics products serving the lighting, mining, defense and industrial markets introduces the new Low Voltage Control Interface with Dimming (LVPC-DIM). Now patient rooms can easily incorporate dimmed lighting with a single button control found
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03/11/2015
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced its first applications-based catalog, the new High Temperature Solutions catalog, which provides engineers with detailed information about the various passive component solutions that AVX specifically designs, manufactures,
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03/10/2015
Linear's latest synchronous buck-boost DC/DC offers dual-input PowerPath control

The LTC3118 dual input synchronous buck-boost DC/DC converter

Linear Technology announced the LTC3118, a dual input, wide voltage range synchronous buck-boost DC/DC converter with an intelligent, integrated low loss PowerPath control. Its unique power switch architecture provides high efficiency operation from either input source to a programmable output voltage above,
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03/10/2015
In this episode of PSDtv  Microsemi explains their latest low-power RF tech at embedded world 2015 for Power Systems Design. Their latest low-power RF tech is currently
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03/09/2015
Frederik Dostal of Analog Devices on power quality in negative-voltage systems

Frederik Dostal of Analog Devices

In this PSDcast friend of the show Frederik Dostal of Analog Devices talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems design at embedded worls 2015 about the importance of power quality, especially in systems requiring a negative voltage rail in conjunction with a positive rail. Analog Devices
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03/09/2015
Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Buses 2015-2025" attracted many questions. They reveal a general perception that things are moving much more slowly than is actually the case, with the exception of a few aspects
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03/09/2015
Altera is demonstrating its portfolio of FPGA and power solutions at the Applied Power Electronics Conference, (APEC) being held at the Charlotte Convention Center, in Charlotte, North Carolina, from March 15 to 19. System designers can use field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and SoCs coupled with Altera
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03/09/2015
The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has used the Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Tool (BLAST) to confirm that energy storage for demand-charge management can deliver attractive economic benefits. The analysis paired recent utility rate structures with historic data
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03/09/2015
TE's NECTOR M power system offers standard for connecting lighting and power

NECTOR M power system connectors

TE Connectivity, a leader in connectivity, announces its newly-enhanced NECTOR M power system. In addition to meeting IEC 61535 standards, the power system solution is designed to meet the UL 1977 guidelines and just debuted a 5-position splitter that provides power, signal and control connection options for
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03/09/2015
Stackpole's precision current-sensing resistor handles up to 100A

Stackpole CSS4527 5 watt surface mount current sense resistor

The CSS4527 from Stackpole is a 5 watt surface mount current sense resistor capable of handling up to 100 amps of continuous current. This part offers tolerances down to 0.5% and TCR of 50 ppm making it ideal for precision power sensing and control. Further, the CSS series can operate at full rated power up
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03/09/2015
Newark element14 launches low-power Freescale Freedom Platform FRDM-KL27Z with USB

Freescale Kinetis KL27/17 Cortex-M0+ based Freedom Platform with USB

Newark element14 has launched the new Freescale Kinetis KL27/17 Cortex-M0+ based Freedom Platform with USB. The board is ideal for evaluating low power Cortex-M0+ based designs that require USB capability. The Kinetis KL series of MCUs is one of the most energy efficient MCUs in its class. The new
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03/09/2015
AVX releases interactive guide to medium- & high-power film capacitors

AVX product selector guide

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new interactive product selector guide for its medium and high power film capacitors, which are well-known for their self-healing technology and safe, reliable, long lifetime performance. Organized by function and featuring
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03/09/2015
Intersil's ISL8002B synchronous buck regulator offers output tracking and sequencing

ISL8002B synchronous buck switching regulator

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL8002B synchronous buck switching regulator that delivers up to 2A of continuous output current from a 2.7V to 5.5V input supply. The device’s 2MHz switching frequency provides superior transient response,
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03/09/2015
Pasternack's latest broadband, high-power coaxial limiters protect sensitive low power RF systems

Pasternack broadband high-power coaxial limiters

Pasternack, a leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, debuts their new broadband, high power coaxial limiters which help protect sensitive low power RF receivers and other microwave circuits in close proximity to high power signals. Common applications for these RF limiters
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03/09/2015
On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Forbes Media will host its second annual “Reinventing America: Leading the Next Industrial Revolution Summit,” at the J.W. Marriott in the summit host city of Chicago. This invitation-only event will bring together industry leaders, investors, inventors, entrepreneurs, CEOs and
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03/09/2015
After three days, LOPEC, the International Exhibition and Conference for Printed Electronics, saw another increase in attendance and ended on Thursday. It was a complete success: From March 3 to 5, more than 2,300 visitors from 42 countries came to the ICM – Internationales Congress Center München. That corresponds
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03/09/2015
ams, a leading provider of high-performance analog ICs and sensors, and STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, introduced an NFC system reference design that assures easy, reliable and secure contactless transactions while suiting the sleek
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03/09/2015
Powervation's latest digital controllers provide auto-tuning & fast transient response

PV3203 & PV3205 digital dual-phase controllers

Powervation, an Intelligent Digital Power company, announced its latest series of digital DC/DC controllers for gaming & high-performance motherboards, embedded computing, networking, and telecom applications. The PV3203 & PV3205 digital dual-phase controllers provide fast transient response and new
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03/09/2015
Fairchild launches 800V SuperFET II MOSFET family

SuperFET II MOSFET

Fairchild, a leading supplier of high-performance power semiconductor solutions, introduced its 800V SuperFET II MOSFET family, featuring broad package offerings and the industry’s lowest on-resistance (Rdson) and output capacitance (Coss). The new family enables designers to improve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness
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Date:
03/09/2015
Amir Friedman of Connect One on powering the IoT

Amir Friedman of Connect One

In this PSDcast Amir Friedman, CEO of Connect One, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the critical infrastructures required to support the Internet of Things (IoT). Connect One’s iChipNet includes all the building blocks – hardware, software, and
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Date:
03/06/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Freescale Semiconductor goes over the latest Kinetis Series MCUs for Power Systems Design at embedded world 2015. Freescale's Kinetis V Series MCUs
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Date:
03/06/2015
ROHM has recently announced the adoption of its SCT2080KE Silicon Carbide MOSFET in new, ultra-high voltage pulse generators (SiC-Pulser Series) launched by Fukushima SiC Applied Engineering. Pulse generators are used in a variety of applications, including high voltage accelerators, plasma generators, and laser
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Date:
03/06/2015
The Energy Department has awarded the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Advanced Research Institute nearly $2 million to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS) for small and medium-sized commercial buildings. Currently, small and medium buildings
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03/06/2015
At the upcoming International Battery Seminar and Exhibit, ZPower, the first developer of rechargeable, silver-zinc batteries for hearing aids, will present a paper about the company’s recent research to further enhance the electrode utilization and cycle life of its silver-zinc rechargeable button cell batteries.
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03/06/2015
APS releases 170W DC input LED driver with dimming control

DBL-170 LED power supply

Advanced Power Solutions (APS) announces the release of the DBL-170 series of 100~170 Watt DC Input LED Power Supplies with dimming control via fixed resistor or 1~10V PWM. The DBL-170 family LED power supplies feature 4 models offering constant current operation ranging from 280~4200mA and output voltages of
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Date:
03/06/2015
Cree's LED arrays slash system costs up to 60%

XLamp CXA2 LED

Cree introduced a new addition to its CXA LED array family, CXA2 LED arrays, delivering up to 33 percent higher efficacy in the same form factors. Utilizing elements of the Cree SC5 Technology Platform, this improvement in lumen density enables better performance and radically reduces system size and cost. The
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03/06/2015
Power management company Eaton unveiled the PowerStor XL60 Series supercapacitors with large format, high capacity cells to provide a wide operating range and one of the industry’s highest power densities compared to most products in the market. For kilowatt- and megawatt-size systems, the XL60 series is designed
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Date:
03/06/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Infineon explains their latest digital power management technology at embedded world for Power Systems Design.
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Date:
03/06/2015
TDK's latest EMC filters offer high performance in a very compact design

EPCOS 3-line EMC filters

TDK Corporation presents a new series of very compact EPCOS 3-line EMC filters for frequency converters. These high-performance filters are suitable for a rated voltage of 530 V AC in 50/60 Hz grids. The B84243A8* series currently comprises seven different types that are designed for currents of between 3 A
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Date:
03/05/2015
CISSOID introduces a high-temp 80V quad diode

CHT-ELARA, a high-temperature 80V quad diode

CISSOID, a leader in high temperature semiconductor solutions, releases CHT-ELARA, a high-temperature 80V quad diode. This new device includes four independent and dielectrically isolated diodes that can be connected in different configurations: in series, in parallel for higher current, or in a rectifier bridge.
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03/05/2015
TI unveils first 65-V synchronous step-down converter with Fly-Buck capability

The LM5160A improves power density and addresses higher power needs more efficiently and reliably

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first 65-V synchronous step-down converter that provides isolated bias supplies up to 15 W – without the need for an opto-coupler. As part of TI’s innovative Fly-Buck power portfolio, the LM5160A improves power density and addresses higher power needs more efficiently
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03/05/2015
Phoenix Contact UNO POWER DIN-rail power supplies now at Mouser
Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the UNO POWER DIN-Rail Power Supply from Phoenix Contact. The UNO Power Supply is designed for applications requiring power of up to 100W and provides a maximum energy efficiency of up to 90%. The
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Date:
03/05/2015
Infiniti offers top engineering students a motorsport career opportunity of a lifetime

Infiniti Motor Company announces the launch of the 2015 Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy

University engineering students from across the United States now have the chance to land the career opportunity of a lifetime at the world’s pinnacle of motorsport, Formula One, as Infiniti Motor Company announces the launch of the 2015 Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy. Now in its second
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03/05/2015
Linear Technology announced the LT8570 and LT8570-1 current mode, fixed frequency step-up DC/DC converters. The LT8570 uses an internal 500mA, 65V switch, whereas the LT8570-1 uses a 250mA, 65V switch. Both devices operate from an input voltage range of 2.55V to 40V, making them suitable for applications with
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Date:
03/05/2015
In this episode of PSDtv STMicroelctronics demonstrates their latest 3-phase brushless dc motor-control tech at embedded world 2015 for Power Systems Design. In the demo the
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Date:
03/05/2015
Littelfuse introduces new TVS Diode Arrays

SLVU2.8-8 Series 2.8V, 30A TVS Diode Arrays

Littelfuse, a leader in circuit protection, has introduced the SLVU2.8-8 Series 2.8V, 30A TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes), designed to protect low voltage CMOS devices from damage caused by ESD and lightning-induced transients. When compared to similar market solutions, SLVU2.8-8 Series provides circuit designers
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Date:
03/04/2015
Large facilities like big box stores or hospitals could keep the lights on by using a fuel cell that runs off the natural gas that already flows in pipelines below most city streets. Instead of drawing electricity from the power grid, facilities could use natural gas-powered solid oxide fuel cells to lower their
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03/04/2015
Dialight, an innovation leader in LED lighting technology, announced the release of the highest-efficiency LED lighting fixtures on the market, the Vigilant H2 Series LED High Bay. Delivering 140 lumens per watt, the new H2 Series offers approximately 25,000 lumen output. The H2 Series features Dialight’s
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Date:
03/04/2015
SolaHD UPS delivers industrial-strength power protection in flexible, fully upgradeable design

S5KC Industrial Series of modular on-line UPS

Targeting key industrial systems, automakers, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, food and beverage and other mid-range power protection applications, SolaHD introduced its new S5KC Industrial Series of modular on-line uninterruptible power systems scalable from 5 to 20 kVA. SolaHD S5KC Series UPS deliver
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Date:
03/04/2015
A new report published by the Asia Society in partnership with The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, entitled "A Vital Partnership: California and China Collaborating on Clean Energy and Combatting Climate Change", finds that California is undertaking a host of projects with China as part of
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Date:
03/04/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Microchip demonstrates their latest self-contained motion control solution for Power Systems Design at embedded world 2015. The MM7150-PICtail combines
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Date:
03/04/2015
AVX's Chris Reynolds on power passives in the IoT

Chris Reynolds of AVX

In this PSDcast Chris Reynolds of AVX talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the latest passive devices and their ability to empower Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as wearables. Lower-voltage passives have to deal with current more precisely at lower
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Date:
03/03/2015
In this episode of PSDtv STMicroelectronics demonstrates their STM32L4 ultra-low-power microcontroller at embedded world for Power Systems Design. STmicro combined their ultra
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Date:
03/03/2015
Guenter Loettrich von Freescale Ãber motion control in der IoT

Guenter Loettrich von Freescale

In diesem PSDcast Guenter Loettrich, Senior Field Applications Engineer bei Freescale Europa, spricht mit Alix Paultre der Power Systems Design Informationen über Motor und motion control in das Internet der Dinge (IoT). Freescale's Kinetis V Serien MCUs sind basiert auf einem ARM Cortex-M0+, Cortex-M4 und
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Date:
03/03/2015
Linear's high-voltage micropower wake-up timer with pushbutton control offers configurable wake times for power-conscious apps

The LTC2956 wake-up timer

Linear Technology introduced the LTC2956, a wake-up timer with pushbutton control that manages 1.5V to 36V system power. Using microcontrollers or real-time clocks to track timing overcomplicates many designs. Electronic devices used to perform routine tasks, such as monitoring human body temperature, monitoring
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Date:
03/03/2015
Texas Instruments' 16-bit ADS8339 low-power ADC now at Mouser

Texas Instruments’ ADS8339 Low Power ADCs

Mouser Electronics, anl authorized distributor of the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the ADS8339 Low Power ADCs from Texas Instruments. Optimized for low power operation, where power consumption scales directly with speed, the ADS8339 is a miniature, micro-power, 16-bit analog-to-digital
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Date:
03/03/2015
Eaton PowerStor XL60 Series supercapacitors offer long life storage for transportation, lighting, industrial, and grid apps

XL60 Series supercapacitors

Power management company Eaton unveiled the PowerStor XL60 Series supercapacitors with large format, high capacity cells to provide a wide operating range and one of the industry’s highest power densities compared to most products in the market. For kilowatt- and megawatt-size systems, the XL60 series is designed
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Date:
03/03/2015
John Kingston, President of the McGraw Hill Financial Institute, testifyied before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and Energy and Power Subcommittee. The hearing, entitled "21st Century Energy Markets: How the Changing Dynamics of World Energy Markets Impact our Economy and
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Date:
03/03/2015
WeidmÃller OMNIMATE device connection and housing tech now available from TTI

Weidmüller OMNIMATE high-performance Power PCB connector

TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, is now offering device connectivity specialist Weidmüller’s OMNIMATE technology in Europe, including OMNIMATE Signal, OMNIMATE Power and OMNIMATE Housings. This wide product range is modular and flexible,
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Date:
03/03/2015
Supporting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's vision for New York State's continued leadership in the global high-tech economy, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) and Israel’s Metro450 consortium today jointly announced plans to develop and produce Standard
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Date:
03/03/2015
Alexander Damisch of Wind River on managing the IoT

Alexander Damisch of Wind River

In this PSDcast Alexander Damisch, Director of Industrial Solutions at Wind River, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the difference between the hype and the reality. The IoT is really about interconnected intelligent systems, and proper systems-level management
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Date:
03/03/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Infineon demonstrates their latest advanced motor control IC for Power Systems Design at embedded world 2015. the 7x7-mm device targets motion control
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Date:
03/03/2015
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