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Energy Efficiency

 



 

 

Energy Efficiency

May 2015
Today’s power conversion and power management applications demand compact yet robust power switching circuitry that supports high-voltage, high-frequency operation with the minimum of losses from the smallest possible PCB area. By definition, the choice of MOSFET technology has a significant impact
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05/29/2015
Designing the future

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The first modern wave of rapid human development, also known as the first industrial revolution, began in the middle of the 18th century. The development of devices that could be used to magnify a human’s capabilities immediately changed the face of the planet, impacting everything from agriculture
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05/29/2015
Many fields of research focus on achieving a combination of more powerful batteries and devices that consume less and less energy. However, Moore's law does not apply to batteries. The performance and component density of processors and memory chips double approximately every 18 months. Gordon E.
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05/29/2015

The distributed intelligence that has been the defining characteristic of the Smart Grid can do more than enable smart homes and help utilities distribute power more efficiently. These two well-known advantages will be enhanced by two revolutionary changes at the edge of the power grid. The first
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05/29/2015
Energy harvesting has been around for a very long time. I still remember my 1980s pocket calculator with a solar cell powering the computing unit as well as the LCD display. But even much before that, usable energy was harvested in the early days of the electrical revolution with putting generators on river
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05/29/2015
A niche market only a few years ago, the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is now becoming a mainstream electricity provider, and changing the way the world is powered. Following a difficult period of industry consolidation and economic crisis, PV installations saw another record year in 2013, with more than
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05/29/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Infineon explains their latest CoolMOS at PCIM 2015. The CoolMOS C7 series is a major step forward, presented as having the worlds’s lowest R DS(on)/package
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05/29/2015
MEMSIC rolls out new sensing solutions

Inertial Measurement Systems

MEMSIC plans to demonstrate its latest advanced technologies at the Sensors Expo and Conference, to be held June 10-11 2015 at the Long Beach Convention Center, CA, booth number 245. MEMSIC products, including semiconductors and system-level devices, are designed to solve challenging inertial and flow sensing
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05/29/2015
ADM1293/ADM1294 digital power monitors now at Mouser

ADM1293 and ADM1294 Digital Power Monitors

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the ADM1293 and ADM1294 Digital Power Monitors with PMBus Interface from Analog Devices. These high-accuracy, integrated digital power monitors provide digital current, voltage, and power monitoring
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05/29/2015
Eaton's automotive-grade Coiltronics HCMA Series high-current power inductors enhances system reliability

Coiltronics HCMA Series high-current power inductors

Power management company Eaton announced the launch of its automotive grade Coiltronics HCMA Series of high-current power inductors to meet and exceed the Automotive Electronics Council’s (AEC) Q200 Grade 3 standard with a maximum total temperature operation range from minus 55ºC to 125ºC. The inductors
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05/29/2015
There is near-consensus in the UK that smart grids and smart meters will substantially advance the way energy networks operate in the coming years. According to a recent report, more than two-thirds of utilities executives expect the benefits of the smart grid to actually be greater than the industry’s original
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05/28/2015
System architects of embedded systems, networking, and datacom equipment are constantly being pushed to increase the data throughput and performance of their systems as well as add functionality and features. At the same time, pressure is being applied to decrease the system’s overall power consumption. For
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05/28/2015
Did you know that every 10°C rise in ambient temperature reduces every component’s lifetime by 50%? That power supplies with drop-offs or variances can lead to premature failures and even completely fried parts in your system? Indeed, most agree that power-intensive applications need, and really must have,
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05/28/2015
We thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes or “don’ts” that occur during the design of efficient power systems – and how to avoid them. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences during Electrocube’s 50-plus years in
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05/28/2015
New carbon emission targets are driving significant changes around how electricity is generated, transported and consumed in the United Kingdom. With the increase in small-scale generation technology onto the network, DNO's are met with great challenges to facilitate a future low carbon network. As
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05/28/2015
As power levels are increased and output voltages drop, it is common to have just a few turns in the windings of inductors and transformers. When this happens, standard round wires are usually not the best choice for building magnetic structures, and foil is often used. With a foil winding, the width of the
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05/28/2015
Towards a new era in power electronics

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

GaN material offers orders of magnitude improvement in switching and conduction performance and, when produced on GaN-on-Silicon substrates, can reduce power system costs.  Only diamond power semiconductors have been proposed as a superior material system to GaN, but the consensus is that we are decades
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05/28/2015
The iPod of power?

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

There has been a tremendous amount of buzz around the recent unveiling of Elon Musk’s Tesla Powerwall, and even if the product does not completely live up to the hype it has already changed the debate on power management in the grid. Once focused on grid-level solutions, the discussion of energy storage in
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05/28/2015
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05/28/2015
EPC unveils 7mâ„ 200V, and 5mâ„ 150V GaN power transistors

EPC eGaN FET

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the introduction of two eGaN FETs that raise the bar for power conversion performance. These products have a maximum operating temperature of 150°C and pulsed currents capabilities of 200 A (150 V EPC2034) and 140 A (EPC2033). Applications include DC-DC
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05/28/2015
Power Integrations' wide-range CAPZero-2 IC safely discharges X capacitors up to 6 ÂμF

CAPZero-2 X capacitor discharge ICs

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced CAPZero-2 ICs, the next generation of its CAPZero line of innovative, two-terminal, X capacitor discharge ICs. CAPZero-2 ICs increase design flexibility by covering a wide range of applications and
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05/28/2015
Renesas simplifies sensor-less brushless DC motor control

RL78/G1F Microcontrollers

Renesas Electronics, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the RL78/G1F Group of multi-function microcontrollers (MCUs), adding 20 new members to its low-power RL78 Family of MCUs. Featuring enhanced peripheral functions and compatibility across the RL78/G1x Series of MCUs, the new
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05/28/2015
EVERLIGHT introduces their latest IR emitter and PIN photodiode

EVERLIGHT IRR60-48C/TR8 and PD60-48C/TR8

EVERLIGHT ELECTRONICS, a leading player in the LED and optoelectronics industry, introduced a new infrared emitting diode in a miniature SMD package, IRR60-48C/TR8, and a high speed, high sensitive PIN photodiode, PD60-48C/TR8, both sized 6x4.8x1.1mm for oximeter detector applications. According to
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05/28/2015
In this episode of PSDtv GaN Systems goes over their latest wide-bandgap power solutions and packaging for Power Systems Design at PCIM 2015. In addition to their new top-cooling
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05/27/2015
Download 50 years of analog design experience in one e-book

Analog Engineer's Pocket Reference e-book

Written by Texas Instrument's op-amp experts Art Kay and Tim Green, the Analog Engineer's Pocket Reference covers a wide variety of popular precision signal chain topics – from op amp bandwidth and stability to analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversions and more. Download your free copy today to put
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05/27/2015
Innovative clipKIT heatsink attachment system now available from Digi-Key

clipKIT heat sink attachment system

Advanced Thermal Solutions introduced clipKIT, a heat sink attachment system that can be used with most industry standard, off the shelf straight fin, pin fin, cross cut or slant fin heat sinks. The new system improves on heat sink performance in thermal transfer, and vibration and shock resistance. The clipKIT
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05/27/2015
Michael Frisch von Vincotech Ãber ihre neuesten Power Solutions

Michael Frisch von Vincotech

In diesem PSDcast Michael Frisch von Vincotech spricht mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über ihre neuesten Power Solutions auf der PCIM 2015 Ausstellung. Unter den Lösungen vorgestellt, Vincotech enthüllt ihre neue flow7Pack Line Familie - der Fluss7PACK 1200 V Produktfamilie mit einer Bremse, dreiphasiger
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05/27/2015
Michael Frisch of Vincotech on their latest power solutions

Michael Frisch of Vincotech

In this PSDcast Michael Frisch of Vincotech talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their latest power solutions at the 2015 PCIM exhibition. Among the solutions presented at the event, Vincotech unveiled their new flow7PACK Line family - the flow7PACK 1200 V product family features a brake, three-phase
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05/27/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Omicron Lab explains their solution to measure loop gain in an automotive headlight  LED driver at PCIM 2015 for Power Systems Design. It is difficult
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05/26/2015
In diesem Episode von PSDtv beschreibt OMICRON Lab ihre Lösung für die Messung der Schleifenverstärkung eines Regelkreises in einem LED Automobil Scheinwerfer auf der PCIM
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05/26/2015
Vishay Intertechnology's latest fast body diode N-channel MOSFETs enhance performance in soft-switching topologies

600 V EF Series fast body diode n-channel power MOSFETs

Vishay Intertechnology introduced three new devices in its new 600 V EF Series of fast body diode n-channel power MOSFETs. With low reverse recovery charge and on-resistance, the Vishay Siliconix SiHx21N60EF, SiHx47N60EF, and SiHx70N60EF increase reliability and save energy in industrial, telecom, computing,
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05/26/2015
Mitsubishi Electric announced new J1-Series high-power semiconductor modules featuring compact 6-in-1 packages mainly for use in electric and hybrid vehicles. Power modules for automobiles must deliver higher reliability than industrial-use modules due to the extremely high standards for vehicle safety. Since
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05/26/2015
Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (MR) acquired all industrial property rights, including patents and brands, of Amantys, along with the bulk of the company's technical facilities and equipment. MR, a traditional family-run company headquartered in Regensburg, Germany, is a leader in the regulation of power transformers
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05/26/2015
Cree claims industry’s first 900V SiC MOSFET

SiC 900V MOSFETs

Cree, a leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has introduced its latest breakthrough in SiC power device technology: the industry’s first 900V MOSFET platform. Optimized for high frequency power electronics applications, including renewable energy inverters, electric vehicle charging systems, and
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05/26/2015
Vicor expands Picor Cool-Power ZVS regulator portfolio with updated 48V buck regulators

Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulator

Vicor announced the expansion of its Picor Cool-Power ZVS Point-of-Load Regulator portfolio with the introduction of high efficiency PI3542, PI3543, PI3545, and PI3546 buck regulators. The entire Cool-Power portfolio is characterized by products with benchmark efficiency and density performance that are simple
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05/26/2015
Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems POSCAP TC series polymer capacitors withstand high temperatures range, have a low ESR and a high resistance to stress suiting them to industrial and other applications that require a life of 10 years. The wide operating temperature range of -55 to +125degC ensures
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05/26/2015
Qualcomm Technologies and Daimler announced a strategic collaboration focused on pioneering innovation in the connected car. In the first phase of the collaboration, the companies will focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies that enhance in-car experiences and vehicle performance such
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05/26/2015
Vincotech's flow7PACK power modules serve motion control apps

The flow7PACK line from Vincotech

Power electronics designers are constantly seeking innovative, flexible solutions to satisfy the industry's tough demands for EMC, a small footprint and low system costs. The flow7PACK line from Vincotech is a remarkably flexible and convenient option for applications in which EMC presents a problem because
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05/25/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Fairchild describes their latest motor control solutions for motor control for Power Systems Design at the 2015 PCIM exhibition. Since electrical motors
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05/22/2015
Bernd Neuner von ZES Zimmer Ãber advanced energy Messung

Bernd Neuner von ZES Zimmer

In diesem PSDcast Bernd Neuner von ZES Zimmer spricht mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über advanced energy management und die Notwendigkeit von besseren Energie Messung Tools und Prozesse. Die Messgeräte der LMG600-Familie verfügen als erste Leistungsmessgeräte in jedem Strom- und Spannungskanal
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05/22/2015
Bernd Neuner of ZES Zimmer on advanced energy measurement

Bernd Neuner of ZES Zimmer

In this PSDcast Bernd Neuner of ZES Zimmer talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced energy management and the need for better energy measurement tools and processes. The company recently released the LMG640 with their novel DualPath technology, which allows simultaneous narrow- and broadband
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05/22/2015
Torex's step-down synchronous DC/DC converters offer HiSAT-COT fast transient response control

Torex's 1.0A output, step-down, synchronous DC/DC converters

Torex Semiconductor has developed a new series of 1.0A output, step-down, synchronous DC/DC converters with an output current of 1.0A and equipped with their novel HiSAT- COT fast transient response control. Compared to regular COT control, Torex’s HiSAT-COT control enables greater suppression of frequency
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05/22/2015
Infineon’s next-gen CoolMOS delivers 50% improved switching losses

2EDN7524 MOSFET driver

Infineon Technologies has launched a new family of CoolMOS C7 series superjunction (SJ) MOSFETs. The 600 V series offers a 50 percent reduction in turn-off losses compared to the CoolMOS CP, offering a GaN-like level of performance in PFC, TTF and other hard-switching topologies. The CoolMOS C7 achieves an industry
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05/22/2015
In diesem Episode von PSDtv spricht eine Gruppe von Studenten vom Projekt TechFak EcoCar, der Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg über deren selbstentwickeltes
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05/21/2015
Excelsys Xsolo supplies meet medical performance specs

Xsolo power supplies have been designed and tested to meet both the B and BF type requirements per the IEC 60601 standard

Excelsys Technologies announced that its Xsolo power supplies have been designed and tested to meet both the B and BF type requirements per the IEC 60601 standard. This makes them suitable for applications that need these levels of performance for power supplies used in medical applications. Excelsys’ testing
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05/21/2015
ROHM claims first trench-type SiC MOSFET

SiC MOSFET featuring a trench structure

ROHM announced the first development and mass production of an SiC MOSFET that adopts the trench structure. Compared to existing planar-type SiC MOSFETs, ON resistance is reduced by 50% in the same chip size, making it possible to significantly decrease power loss in a variety of equipment, from industrial inverters
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05/21/2015
ALU and Freescale on their IoT development partnership

Wim Rouwet of Freescale (L) and Dragan Samardzija of ALU (R)

In this PSDcast Dragan Samardzija of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) and Wim Rouwet of Freescale talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the IoT and their joint development effort to address it. The companies are collaborating to drive further innovation for the world’s increasingly virtualised networks. Among
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05/20/2015
Infineon's intelligent power modules add secure authentication for inverter apps

MIPAQ Pro IPM

At this year's PCIM 2015 trade show Infineon Technologies launched a new Intelligent Power Module (IPM). The MIPAQ Pro provides an all-in-one solution for a wide spectrum of scalable and compact inverter designs to be implemented in wind, solar, and industrial drives applications. MIPAQ Pro is a fully qualified
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05/19/2015
Powerex releases integrated power module

Powerex Integrated Power Module

The Powerex Integrated Power Module (PIPM) is a configurable IGBT-based power platform. The module has rated power outputs from 75-229 KW and operates on DC bus voltages from 400 to 800 VDC and switching frequencies of up to 20 kHz. The power module can be mounted on various heatsinks,
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05/19/2015
Novel magnetic field harvesting project wins 2015 CWIEME Challenge

The 2015 finalists from left to right – Benedict Schmitz-Rode and Mario Boxhiemer from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; Lucas Kistner and Marc England from Leibniz Universität, Hannover, Germany; Sheng Yuan from the University of Liverpool, UK; and Łukasz Waluś from the Bialystok University of Technology, Poland.

At last week’s CWIEME Berlin exhibition, key players in the electrical and electromagnetic industries gathered to watch four student teams battle it out for a €1,000 technology prize in the first ever CWIEME Challenge. This new initiative, sponsored by longstanding CWIEME exhibitor Marsilli (who also provided
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05/19/2015
Power Integrations' 1200V dual-channel gate-criver core eliminates optocouplers

2SC0115T2A0-12 dual-channel gate-driver core

Power Integrations, a leader in IGBT-driver technology, launched its 2SC0115T2A0-12 dual-channel gate-driver core for 90 kW to 500 kW inverters and converters. Leveraging SCALE™-2+ integrated circuit and isolated transformer technology for DC/DC power and switching signal transmission, the new driver core
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05/19/2015
CAP-XX Launches 0.6mm Thinline supercaps for designing wearable, ultra-portable and IoT devices

Thinline series of single-cell supercapacitors

CAP-XX, developer of flat supercapacitors for burst and back-up power in space-constrained electronic devices, launched its Thinline series of single-cell supercapacitors. The world's thinnest at 0.6mm thick, and with prices starting at less than US$1 in large volumes, Thinline was developed to address the size,
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05/19/2015
 SiTime offer ÂμPower MEMS oscillator family for wearables, IoT and mobile

SiT8021 µPower MEMS Oscillator

SiTime, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company and a wholly owned subsidiary of MegaChips, announced a new family of µPower MEMS Oscillators for the wearable, IoT and mobile markets. The SiT8021 oscillator, the first device in this family, shatters the limitations of quartz technology by setting new benchmarks
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05/19/2015
GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, launched the latest addition to its range of E-mode GaN-on-Silicon high power transistors based on its three core proprietary technologies. The new GaN high-power enhancement-mode device, designated the GS65516T, boasts the highest
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05/19/2015
TE Connectivity’s PolyZen YC Series offers integrated protection for  consumer electronics

PolyZen YC devices

The PolyZen YC device series now available from TE Connectivity’s Circuit Protection business unit offers an integrated approach to help protect consumer electronics, such as tablets, set-top boxes, hard disk drives and DC power ports, from damage caused by ESD (electrostatic discharge) and other electrical
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05/19/2015
Fairchild slashes IGBT energy losses to boost efficiency in industrial and automotive

4th generation 650V and 1200V IGBT device

Fairchild, a leading global supplier of high-performance semiconductor solutions, is slashing energy loss by 30 percent for its 4th generation 650V and 1200V IGBT devices. Using a novel design approach tailored for high- and medium-speed switching applications in industrial and automotive markets, Fairchild
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05/19/2015
Microchip' latest high-speed ADCs tout high integration, low-power operation

MCP37DX0-200 and MCP372X0-200

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced two families of new high-speed A/D converters in the MCP37DX0-200 and MCP372X0-200 families. These families feature 12- and 14- bit pipelined A/D converters with a maximum sampling rate
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05/15/2015
Cree addresses TWT radar issues with advanced high-power GaN RF devices

Cree’s GaN RF transistors

Cree, a leader in gallium nitride (GaN) RF devices, has introduced two industry-leading GaN HEMT (high electron mobility transistor) devices that solve a number of long-standing issues for radar systems employing traditional traveling wave tube (TWT) amplifiers. GaN-based solid-state amplifiers operating at
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05/15/2015
There are multiple pressures on the power supply network. More people are using it, established customers are consuming ever more electricity, and the pressure to reduce carbon emissions from power generation is increasing. Part of the solution to this dilemma will lie in developing smart grids that provide
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05/14/2015
AVX releases single-contact through-hole IDC connector

9176 Series PTH connector

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has added a single contact, wire-to-board (WTB) insulation displacement connector (IDC) with plated through hole (PTH) terminations to its proven 9176 Series, which, prior to the addition, was exclusively comprised of surface mount
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05/14/2015
MicroPower Direct offers high-isolation 2W SMT DC/DC converters

ML200SEI series low-cost 2W DC/DC converters

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the ML200SEI series is a family of 2W DC/DC converters in a miniature SMT case. These converters provide a unique combination of power density, high performance features, long term reliability and economy for a wide variety of space critical, board level power distribution
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05/14/2015
GeneSiC unveils co-packaged SiC transistor-diodes

SiC Junction Transistor-Diodes

GeneSiC Semiconductor, a leader in Silicon Carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, announced the immediate availability of 20 mΩ-1200 V SiC Junction Transistor-Diodes in an isolated, 4-Leaded mini-module packaging that enables extremely low Turn-On energies losses while offering flexible, modular designs in high
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05/14/2015
Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems on GaN's

Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems

In this PSDcast friend of the show Girvan Patterson of GaN Systems talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the recent announcements and advancements that has the industry finally recognizing that GaN has "arrived" in the marketplace as a viable hi-performance cost-effective
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05/14/2015
Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting electronic and magnetic components is exhibiting at PCIM Europe and Sensor & Test Show in Nuremberg/Germany from May 19th to the 21st in Nuremberg, Germany. PCIM Europe is an international leading meeting point for specialists
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05/14/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Tom Spohrer of Microchip talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about updating high-availability power systems. In this world of high-demand,
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05/13/2015
Samsung Electronics announced the Samsung ARTIK platform to allow faster, simpler development of new enterprise, industrial and consumer applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). ARTIK is an open platform that includes a best-in-class family of integrated production-ready modules, advanced software, development
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05/13/2015
AVX introduces HV auto-grade radial-leaded MLCCs

SV Series high voltage, automotive grade, multilayer ceramic (MLC), radial-leaded capacitor

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the SV Series high voltage, automotive grade, multilayer ceramic (MLC), radial-leaded capacitors. Qualified to AEC-Q200 and rated for 1,000VDC, the new SV Series capacitors are designed with C0G (NP0) Class I dielectric
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05/13/2015
Giancarlo Cutrignelli of ams on driving wireless wearables

Giancarlo Cutrignelli of ams

In this PSDcast Giancarlo Cutrignelli of ams talks to Alix Paultre about the issues of driving and managing wireless devices in the Internet of Things, especially wearables and other small form-factor devices. As the IoT migrates beyond cell phones and other relatively large devices, the importance of intelligent
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05/13/2015
Microchip’s dsPIC33EP “GS†family is optimized for digital power apps

dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced the 14-member dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33EP “GS” family delivers the performance needed to implement more sophisticated non-linear, predictive
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05/13/2015
Imahara and Mouser start interview series on space exploration with Astrobotic

Empowering Innovation Together

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is partnering with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and Astrobotic, the solar system’s first lunar logistics company and Google Lunar XPRIZE Milestone winner, to reveal the first of several Innovation Spotlight
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05/12/2015
ISA Analysis Division taps AMETEK Model 888 SRU analyzer for Product of the Year Award

Model 888 sulfur recovery unit

The Analysis Division of the International Society of Automation (ISA) selected AMETEK Process Instruments to receive the prestigious Innovative Product of the Year award at the Division Symposium, held April 26 to 29, in Galveston, Texas. The three-day symposium, now in its 60th year, was attended
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05/12/2015
Linear's dual synchronous step-down DC/DC converter delivers  95% efficiency

The LT8616 high-efficiency dual synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8616, a 42V input capable, high-efficiency dual synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator. Its dual-channel design delivers independent 2.5A and 1.5A continuous current to outputs as low as 0.8V. A dual channel synchronous rectification topology delivers up to 95%
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05/12/2015
Signed Energy Act sets tone for upcoming energy legislation debates

Energy consumption per capita in the United States

The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, which President Obama signed into law on April 30, will add momentum to falling energy consumption per capita in the United States by reducing energy demand from commercial buildings, manufacturing plants, and homes. The relatively uncontroversial bill garnered
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05/11/2015
VACUUMSCHMELZE adds to its sophisticated sensor portfolio at PCIM 2015

4646-X7xx current sensor for PCB mounting

At this year’s PCIM in Nuremberg (held from 19th – 21st May), VACUUMSCHMELZE (VAC) will again present its comprehensive portfolio of sensors. The company’s stand, No. 119 in Hall 7, will contain proven products in addition to debuting DI sensors designed specifically for electric vehicle charging cables,
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05/11/2015
STMicro's debuts smart, high-power-density motor driver for advanced industrial automation

STMicroelectronics’ powerSTEP driver

Premiering at PCIM Europe 2015, STMicroelectronics’ powerSTEP driver delivers the advantages of compact motor-control design for applications at high power ratings. The fully integrated stepper-motor driver system-in-package offers an unprecedented power density of up to 500W/cm2, enabling cost-effective systems
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05/11/2015
The Energy Institute (EI)'s annual awards competition is now open and the EI is calling for entries from all sectors of the global energy industry. These awards, run by the EI for over 15 years, celebrate the best of the energy sector, highlighting the invaluable contribution that the industry makes to society. Ian
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05/11/2015
Novel 3-D printed inverters can improve EV power and efficiency

3-D Printed Inverter

Plug-in electric vehicle technologies are on their way to being even lighter, more powerful and more efficient with the advent of power inverters created by 3-D printing and novel semiconductors. With $1.45 million in funding support from the EERE Vehicle Technologies Office in collaboration with
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05/08/2015
The Cores and Components division of VACUUMSCHMELZE (VAC) will again attend PCIM in Nuremberg this year. From 19th to 21st May, VAC's stand 119 in Hall 7 will focus its product presentations on transformers, cut cores and chokes using the nanocrystalline material VITROPERM®. This year, VAC will highlight
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05/08/2015
Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo on battery management in the IoT

Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo

in this PSDcast Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues involved in battery management of portable devices, especially in the context of the increased demands placed on them by the Internet of Things (IoT). The company recently announced a new approach to reducing
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05/04/2015
Cree, a leading supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) based power products, will introduce its new 900V SiC MOSFETs at PCIM 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany, which takes place May 19 to 21. At the show, Europe's leading meeting-point for specialists in power electronics and its applications in intelligent motion, renewable
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05/04/2015
Infineon DC motor control shield for Arduino now at Newark element14

The Infineon DC Motor Control Shield for Arduino

The Infineon DC Motor Control Shield for Arduino is now available for purchase from Newark element14, an electronics distributor and online community for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts. The product enables fast and inexpensive prototyping of DC motor control. Infineon’s DC Motor Control
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Date:
05/04/2015
A collaboration agreement between MIRA - a leader in advanced vehicle engineering, research and product testing - and Samsung Techwin - a leader in supply of security and energy solutions - is set to bring forward the development of custom battery and powertrain systems for automotive and off-highway hybrid
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05/04/2015
Tesla throws down energy gauntlet with Powerwall

Tesla Powerwall

Power Systems Design has long predicted that energy storage would be the next major development in power electronics, from portable devices to grid-level infrastructures. From American Vanadium's CellCube energy storage system to Princeton Power's energy
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Date:
05/04/2015
Alec Makdessian of Maxim Integrated on solid-state lighting

Alec Makdessian of Maxim Integrated

In this PSDcast Alec Makdessian, Director of Business Management at Maxim Integrated, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the demands and opportunities in developing solid-state lighting solutions. Intelligent power management, especially using protocols such as PoE to minimize footprint and
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Date:
05/01/2015
3D-printed aerogels improve energy storage

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have made graphene aerogel microlattices with an engineered architecture via a 3D printing technique known as direct ink writing

A new type of graphene aerogel will make for better energy storage, sensors, nanoelectronics, catalysis and separations. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have made graphene aerogel microlattices with an engineered architecture via a 3D printing technique known as direct ink writing. The research
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Date:
05/01/2015

 



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