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Energy Efficiency

July 2015
Wuerth Elektronik intensifies its Formula E sponsoring activities

Audi Sport ABT Formula E

The car race in London marked the end of the first season of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E racing series for electric-powered racing cars. The “Audi Sport ABT Formula E” team proudly sponsored by Wuerth Elektronik eiSos took a phenomenal third place in the overall team ranking. Pilot Lucas di Grassi had been
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07/29/2015
Analog Devices announced releases of its popular RF design tools, which now provide support for Hittite Microwave Corporation products from ADI. The ADIsimRF design tool enables engineers to model RF and microwave signal chains using devices from across ADI’s RF IC portfolio. ADIsimRF Version 1.9 adds 190
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07/29/2015
Ametherm Thermistor Delivers 680V rating for welding equipment, plasma cutters

PTC circuit protection thermistor

Ametherm announced a new PTC circuit protection thermistor with an industry-high voltage rating for inrush current limiting and overcurrent protection in applications such as welding equipment and plasma cutters with extremely high voltages from 480 V to 930 V. The new MCL20 500100-A thermistor released
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07/29/2015

element14, the world’s largest online community for design engineers and technology enthusiasts, has selected the 15 finalists who will take part in their new Vertical Farming Design Challenge. These individuals will build indoor vertical gardens using IoT technologies and methods that have the potential to
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07/29/2015
Electric buses: a crucible of change

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Buses are the demons of the piece when killing thousands of Londoners and making Oxford Street the most NOx polluted road on Earth as they belch nose to tail. Over broader areas, China is even worse but there the government is making the bus into a savior. It banned the very polluting two stroke engines on two
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07/29/2015
Anil Telikepalli of Maxim Integrated on industrial power

Anil Telikepalli of Maxim Integrated

In this PSDcast Anil Telikepalli, Executive Director of Business Management at Maxim Integrated, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the latest issues in industrial power. Between legacy applications and the new crop of middle-sized companies taking advantage of technological advances to energize
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07/27/2015
Linear's 42V quad synchronous step-down DC/DC converter delivers 93% efficiency

The LT8602 42V input quad output synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology Corporation announced the LT8602, a 42V input capable, high efficiency quad output synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator. Its quad channel design combines two high voltage 2.5A and 1.5A channels with two lower voltage 1.8A channels to provide four independent outputs, delivering
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07/27/2015
Rohde & Schwarz offers app note on intermodulation distortion measurements on spectrum analyzers

intermodulation distortion measurements on spectrum analyzers

Intermodulation distortion (IMD) plays an important role for many spectrum analyzer based measurements. Mostly spectrum analyzers are used to measure IMD of a DUT. However, a spectrum analyzer may also contribute to IMD due to the non-linear behavior of its different active components used in its signal path. In
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07/27/2015
Spectrum releases a digitizer handbook

Digitizer Handbook

To keep engineers and scientists up to date with the latest developments in PC based digitizer technology Spectrum has published a handbook that covers the major product features of this powerful class of instrument and also explains when a digitizer can replace an oscilloscope. The 120 page booklet is printed
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07/27/2015
Analog Devices introduced two analog front-end (AFE) devices with integrated 24-bit sigma-delta converter cores that deliver the industry’s best combination of low-power, low-noise and signal chain integration. The AD7124-4 and AD7124-8 AFEs connect directly to all standard industrial signal sources and sensor
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07/27/2015
Versarien's advanced low-profile heatsinks suit space-constrained designs

LPH00xx heatsink

Versarien, an advanced engineering material group, has introduced a series of next-generation thermal management solutions optimized specifically for deployment in modern, streamlined, high-density electronic designs. Its new low-profile heatsinks utilize VersarienCu proprietary microporous copper technology
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07/27/2015
Dr. Alex Lostetter and John Palmour of Cree on the APEI buy and the power semi industry

Dr. Alex Lostetter and John Palmour of Cree

In this PSDcast Dr. Alex Lostetter, Vice President, Cree Fayetteville, and John Palmour, CTO and a co-founder of Cree talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems
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07/24/2015
AMETEK releases next-generation universal power line carrier

UPLC-II Universal Power-Line Carrier

AMETEK Power Instruments has released the UPLC-II, its next-generation Universal Power-Line Carrier (UPLC) that is fully compatible with its UPLC and TC-10B/TCF-10B products, including checkback and trip testing features. The UPLC-II is form, fit, and functionally backward compatible with AMETEK’s
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07/23/2015
In a key decision that will make clean energy more affordable and accessible to even more people across the state, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has announced new rules allowing for community net metering (CNM). The PSC’s innovative Shared Renewables Program, which will be launched later this
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07/20/2015
II-VI Advanced Materials, a leading supplier of single crystal SiC (silicon carbide) substrates and CVD-grown polycrystalline diamond materials, recently exhibited the world's first 200mm diameter SiC wafer at the 2015 Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (CS MANTECH)
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07/20/2015
Elsevier announced the publication of eight new books in the areas of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Embedded Systems and Telecommunications. Semiconductor Nanowires: Materials, Synthesis, Characterization and Applications by Jordi Arbiol and Qihua Xiiong This book
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07/20/2015
AMETEK Power Instruments releases UPLC-II next-gen universal power line carrier

UPLC-II Universal Power-Line Carrier

AMETEK Power Instruments has released the UPLC-II, its next-generation Universal Power-Line Carrier (UPLC) that is fully compatible with its UPLC and TC-10B/TCF-10B products, including checkback and trip testing features. The UPLC-II is form, fit, and functionally backward compatible with AMETEK’s
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07/20/2015
ams' new sensor module integrates color, proximity, gesture, and more

TMx4903 3D gesture and proximity sensors

ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, launched today a new series of advanced optical sensing modules, the TMx4903, integrating multiple functions including universal remote control, barcode emulation, RGB color sensing, proximity and 3D gesture detection in a low-profile
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07/20/2015
Power management company Eaton announced an agreement to deliver integrated power management solutions to H5 Data Centers’ high-efficiency colocation facility in Denver. H5 Data Centers will deploy Eaton’s Power Xpert 9395 uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), busway and switchgear solutions designed to
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07/20/2015
Micrel, an industry leader in high-performance linear and power solutions, LAN and timing and communications solutions, announced a new automotive AEC-Q100 qualified high-performance low-dropout voltage regulator (LDO) featuring an ultralow dropout of only 100mV at 300mA. The MAQ5300 comes in a tiny 2mm x 2mm
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07/20/2015
IGBTs boosted by booming electrified vehicle market

IGBT market forecast

Vehicle electrification is heavily impacting the IGBT market, with huge volumes and significant added value because of the power modules used. Vehicle volume will be critical by 2018, and the IGBT market for electrified vehicles will more than triple over the next six years. By 2020, we expect electrified vehicles
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07/20/2015
Bosch recognized Infineon's radar chips with 77-gigahertz technology by presenting Infineon Technologies with an award for innovation in recognition of the RASIC product family. “The Bosch Global Supplier Award honors our top suppliers, who play such a key role in Bosch’s success,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner,
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07/20/2015
IDTechEx is the only market analyst tracking the development of 45 electric vehicle categories and not just electric cars. Based on our research we see that there are now lithium-ion battery options for everything from forklifts and mobility vehicles for
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07/13/2015
Excelsys Technologies Reactive Load powerMod series of plug-in DC output modules is optimised for driving reactive loads, such as DC motors. These new powerMods offer complete protection in systems where loads can generate high levels of reverse energy offering system builders increased system robustness and
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07/13/2015
CEA-Leti announced its first results towards the demonstration of CoolCube’s feasibility in FinFET technology on its 300mm production line, and new CoolCubeTM circuit designs that improve the trade off between area, speed and power. Key process steps developed on 300mm wafers show progress in closing the gap
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07/13/2015
Techsil’s heat transfer tapes address thermal management in systems

Techsil thermally conductive tapes

Heat is often the enemy of performance in today’s intricate electronic systems, Techsil’s new thermally conductive, pressure sensitive adhesive tapes provide a cooling solution by efficiently transmitting heat away from sensitive components. These double-sided tapes are designed for bonding heat sinks on
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07/08/2015
Synopsys, a leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, announced the availability of enhancements to its LightTools illumination design and analysis software. LightTools version 7.1 delivers new analytical capabilities that speed the development of luminaires, particularly
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07/08/2015
TI half-bridge gate driver improves power system performance in hybrid vehicles

The UCC27201A-Q1 high-side/low-side gate driver

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s fastest 120-V automotive grade half-bridge gate driver with robust handling features. This driver provides a propagation delay at 15ns with short rise and fall times and the tightest delay matching of 1ns for 12-V to 48-V DC/DC power supplies. The UCC27201A-Q1 high-side/low-side
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07/08/2015
Energy Department launches National Community Solar Partnership

The National Community Solar Partnership will enable those who rent their homes or don’t have a suitable roof to reap the benefits of solar and receive credit on their utility bills

Nearly 645,000 American homes and businesses have gone solar as of 2014. But despite solar costs falling 45% since 2010 for residential customers, many low-income homeowners are being left out of the solar surge. The White House announced a new partnership with the Department of Energy yesterday that increases
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07/08/2015
Micrel, an industry leader in high performance linear and power solutions, LAN and timing and communications solutions, announced the availability of the MIC24046-H, a high efficiency (>90 percent peak), pin-configurable 5A synchronous buck converter in a tiny 3mm x 3mm QFN package. The device features pin
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07/08/2015
Stefan Kempen von AEG Ãber grid-level Energiespeicherung

Stefan Kempen von AEG

In diesem PSDcast Stefan Kempen von AEG Power Solutions spricht mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über Grid-level Energiespeicherung. Intelligente grid-level speicherung ist ein wichtiger Kern Technik eines Advanced Smart Grid, und es geht um mehr als einige Batterien an den Straßenecken.
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07/08/2015
Intepro’s regenerative AC load bank reduces energy costs up to 90%

PEL Regenerative AC Electronic Load Bank

Intepro Systems, a market leader in power component and power system automated test equipment (ATE), announces the introduction of the PEL Regenerative AC Electronic Load Bank. Built around a 60 kVA chassis, the system can be paralleled for higher power requirements. It also accepts standard AC input ranges
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07/07/2015
Linear's high-efficiency LTPoE++ PD controllers integrate forward/flyback controller

LT4276 LTPoE++, PoE+ and PoE-compliant powered device (PD) interface controller

Linear Technology introduced the LT4276 LTPoE++, PoE+ and PoE-compliant powered device (PD) interface controllers for applications requiring 2W to 90W of delivered power. The LT4276 integrates a PD controller and an isolated switching regulator controller, capable of synchronous operation in both forward and
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07/07/2015
Vishay's AEC-Q101-qualified FRED Pt ultrafast-recovery rectifiers suit automotive and telecom apps

FRED Pt rectifiers

Vishay Intertechnology introduced four new 1 A and 2 A FRED Pt Ultrafast recovery rectifiers in the compact low-profile SMF (DO-219AB) eSMP series package. Combining extremely fast and soft recovery characteristics with low leakage current and low forward voltage drop, the AEC-Q101-qualified devices reduce switching
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07/07/2015
ABSOPULSE's railway converters offer 3.5Vn surge withstand capacity and IP66 protection

BAR 65-D3-IP66 railway-grade dc-dc converters

The BAR 65-D3-IP66 series is a recent addition to ABSOPULSE Electronics′ line of rugged, IP66, railway-grade dc-dc converters. The units have an input voltage surge withstand capability of a minimum of 3.5Vn for 20msec, comfortably meeting RIA12 requirements. RIA12 is the general specification for the protection
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07/06/2015
Excelsys’ powerMod plug-in DC modules are optimized for reactive loads

powerMod series of plug-in DC output modules

Excelsys Technologies introduced the Reactive Load powerMod series of plug-in DC output modules that are optimized for driving DC motors and other reactive loads. Backed by a five-year warranty, the new XgR and XgT powerMods offer design engineers increased system robustness and reliability by providing complete
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07/06/2015
VARTA CoinPower Li-Ion rechargeable micro batteries target IoT and Wearables

CoinPower lithium-ion rechargeable micro batteries

VARTA Microbattery, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of an extensive variety of high-technology rechargeable and primary batteries, released the CoinPower Series of lithium-ion rechargeable micro batteries. Optimized to promote cost effective manufacturing efficiencies and design flexibility
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07/06/2015
RECOM's efficient and compact AC/DC supplies serve high-grade  medical apps

RACMxxx series AC/DC power supply

Dengrove Electronic Components, RECOM’s leading UK distribution partner, is now offering the new RACM100 and RACM150 series of AC/DC power supplies, which have been spefically designed for medical applications. Meeting 2 MOPP (means of patient protection) safety approval for medical applications, these compact,
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07/06/2015
Yokogawa's WT3000E claims to be the most accurate and stable power analyzer available

WT3000 precision power analyser

Yokogawa has enhanced its industry-leading WT3000 precision power analyser to produce the WT3000E, presented as the most accurate and stable power analyser available. “The focus on renewable energy and the need to optimise efficiency and comply with international power quality standards is placing ever greater
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07/06/2015
Intersil claims highest-efficiency buck-boost regulator for wearables and the IoT

ISL9120 high efficiency buck-boost regulator

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL9120, a buck-boost switching regulator that enables efficient power management of system power supplies and peripherals such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, memory cards or LCD modules. Its adaptive current limit
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07/06/2015
The impact of flux on solar cells

EyeVision inspection system

A reliable application of connecting components such as e.g. flux, soldering paste or conductive adhesive is the alpha and omega of the solar cell production, because the application of flux on the busbar of solar cells is important for an ideal contact and the quality of the join. Improper application of flux
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07/06/2015
There’s a large element of irony in the design of today’s cars. They are increasingly energy efficient, yet they also have many more electrical demands being placed on them. These demands range from an array of safety-related functions to numerous in-cabin convenience, connectivity, and entertainment features,
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07/03/2015
Today’s power supply designers must strive to meet increasingly tough environmental legislation governing standby power and average efficiency. On the other hand, they must also ensure designs comply with relevant technical requirements. Wall adapters for charging smartphones, for example, must
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07/03/2015
Tantalum surface mount capacitors with a solid electrolyte have been the favorite capacitor technology choice in many electronic devices for more than five decades, thanks to their stability, high reliability, and superior volumetric efficiency. The traditional manganese dioxide (MnO2) cathode material provides
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07/03/2015
For many years, engineers have used calculation tools to optimize a switch mode power supply design. In the early years, power supply engineers would program their own tools or use spreadsheets they generated themselves with the required formulas underlying a certain power supply topology. While this helped
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07/03/2015
Mouser and Grant Imahara launch home and factory automation series

Mouser Home and Factory Automation Series

Mouser Electronics is teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and a group of visionaries in the home and factory automation industry, including Insteon, AiroCorp, TE Connectivity, and Factory Automation Systems, to announce an exciting new Home and Factory Automation Series. The new Home and Factory
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07/02/2015
CHERRY releases evaluation kit for innovative energy-harvesting switch tech

Cherry Evaluation Kit 2.0

CHERRY Industrial Solutions has released an updated Evaluation Kit 2.0 to demonstrate their market leading Energy Harvesting Switch Technology. The kit, containing an energy harvesting generator, rocker switch and a snap-action switch, receiver with antenna, USB cable and receiver manual, provides users with
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07/02/2015
There was a time during the early development of portable electronics when the biggest hurdle to overcome was making the device small enough to be considered portable. After the invention of the microprocessor in the early 1970s, miniature, portable electronics have become commonplace and ever since the next
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07/02/2015
Gaia Converter's compact 150W converter family targets mil/aero and high-end industrial apps

MGDS-155 Series

Gaia Converter is introducing a novel compact 150W DC/DC Converter family targeting Defense, Airborne as well as High end industrial applications. The new MGDS-155 Series 9-45V and 16-80V input voltage range makes it ideal for all Defense and Airborne applications with wide input bus and transients variations:
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07/02/2015
Proper design of magnetics components is at the heart of any power converter. In this article, the flaws of some production magnetics are shown, clearly showing why it is essential that designers of power supplies should be intimately involved in magnetics design and characterization. Teaching
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07/02/2015
Microturbine tech empowers electric vehicles

Fulcrum gas turbine on-board range extender

Over eight million hybrid cars will be made in 2025, each with a range extender, the additional power source that distinguishes them from pure electric cars. Add to that significant money spent on the same devices in buses, military vehicles, boats and so on and a major new market emerges. We are
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07/02/2015
Acceleration exhilaration

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The e-vehicle industry is speeding up, and if you have anything to do with cars it’s time to get moving. We are in a very exhilarating time, as electronics and the Internet of Things (IoT) are changing almost every aspect of cars and how the public relates to them. Automotive design has always been
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07/02/2015
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