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Energy Efficiency

August 2015
Linear's high-voltage boost & inverting charge pumps deliver low-noise dual outputs with post-regulating Â50mA LDOs

The LTC3265 high-voltage, low-noise dual-output power supply

Linear Technology announced the LTC3265, a high voltage, highly integrated, low noise dual output power supply which takes a single positive input supply (VIN_P) and generates low noise bipolar rails up to ±2•VIN_P without any inductors. The device includes a boost doubling charge pump, an inverting charge
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08/31/2015
Wide range of MOSFET relays from Omron now available from TTI

G3VM MOSFET relays

TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, now stocks Omron’s comprehensive G3VM range of MOSFET relays featuring various packages, different contact forms, switching capacities and functions in Europe. Combining the advantages of electromechanical
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08/31/2015
ROHM's LAPIS Li-Ion battery-monitoring LSI delivers industry-low consumption without an MCU

ML5233 10-cell lithium-ion battery monitoring LSI

LAPIS Semiconductor, a ROHM Group company, has recently announced the development of a 10-cell lithium-ion battery monitoring LSI that provides a current consumption of only 25μA (typ.), the lowest in the industry, making it ideal for battery protection systems in cordless vacuum cleaners, electric tools, and
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08/31/2015

Dave Andeen of Maxim Integrated on the IoT

Dave Andeen of Maxim Integrated

In this PSDcast Dave Andeen of Maxim Integrated talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the IoT
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08/31/2015
AVX Accu-P MP capacitors empower implantable medical & RF apps

Accu-P MP Series capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new series of thin film chip capacitors specifically designed to meet the demanding performance specifications for implantable medical devices. Delivering extremely tight capacitive tolerances, exceptionally repeatable
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08/27/2015
Artesyn's supply for medical & ITE apps crams 1500W in a 10 x 5.2 x 2.5-in. package

LCM1500 Series of 1500 watt power supplies from Artesyn

Sager Power Systems, a specialized group within Sager Electronics dedicated to power conversion products, is proud to announce the LCM1500 Series of 1500 watt power supplies from Artesyn. The LCM1500 series is an enclosed power supply with fan consisting of five primary single output models of 12 / 15 / 24 /
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08/27/2015
Yokogawa’s Precision Power Scope helps KUKA Systems optimize industrial robot performance

The Yokogawa PX8000 Precision Power Scope is being used in tests by KUKA Systems on the latest generation of industrial robots

The Yokogawa PX8000 Precision Power Scope is playing a key part in tests being carried out by KUKA Systems as part of a programme designed to minimise the energy consumption of the latest generation of industrial robots. KUKA Systems plans and implements automated production and assembly lines. A key focus of
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08/27/2015
Rutronik carries Kyocera crystals for low-power apps

With six new qualified crystal units, Kyocera supports Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51 series of multi-protocol SoC devices for ultra-low power wireless applications

With six new qualified crystal units, Kyocera supports Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51 series of multi-protocol SoC devices for ultra-low power wireless applications. The crystal units are now available from Rutronik. Nordic’s device family is built around a 32-bit ARM® Cortex M0 processor core.
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08/27/2015
RECOM’s latest low-power AC/DC power supplies handle extended operating temps

RAC02-SE/277 and RAC03-SE/277 low-power modules

Dengrove Electronic Components now has RECOM’s latest AC/DC power supplies featuring an extended operating temperature range allowing for use in areas where temperatures drop as low as -40°C. The RAC02-SE/277 and RAC03-SE/277 low-power modules have rated outputs of 2 or 3W respectively, with the 2W module
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08/27/2015
Murata Power Solutions released the D1U54-D-1200 series of DC-input front end power supply modules. The 1000VRMS isolated power supplies provide a 12Vdc output at 1200 Watts, with a standby voltage at up to 20 Watts of power. With a power density of 28 watts per cubic inch, the slim 54.5mm (2.15“) width and
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08/26/2015
Mouser Electronics is now shipping the SAM D10 and SAM D11 SMART ARM-Based Microcontrollers from Atmel. The SAM D10/D11 are low-power microcontrollers based on a 32-bit ARM Cortex -M0+ processor operating at a maximum frequency of 48MHz. The SAM D10/D11 microcontrollers boast a rich set of peripherals, flexibility,
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08/26/2015
Infineon's new power MOSFETs empower appliances

StrongIRFET Power MOSFET

DIY tools such as cordless drills and saws have to be handy and durable. Therefore, the electronic components used in the applications need to be space-saving and rugged. Infineon Technologies has extended its StrongIRFET Power MOSFET family and thereby provides a solution that fulfills both requirements. The
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08/26/2015
In this episode of PSDtv (part 2) Keithley Marketing Director Chuck Cimino continues his discussion with Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges of precisely
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08/25/2015
Allegro’s A5929 targets integrated starter generator applications

A5929 full-bridge gate driver IC

The A5929 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a full-bridge gate driver IC designed to drive N-channel external power MOSFETs in automotive applications including integrated starter generator (ISG) systems. The device incorporates a specially designed charge pump regulator that provides a full gate
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08/25/2015
Coilcraft's latest 120W planar transformers are optimized for active clamp forward converters

PoE120PL Series high-efficiency planar transformers

Coilcraft has introduced the PoE120PL Series of high-efficiency planar transformers which are optimized for active clamp forward converters, including use in Power over Ethernet PSE and pre-standard PD devices. The PoE120PL Series is suitable for 60-120 Watt applications such as thin clients, monitors, industrial
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08/25/2015
High-output photovoltaic simulator can increase rack power density up to 50%

Elgar Terrestrial Solar Array Simulators

AMETEK Programmable Power, a leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, has expanded its industry-leading Elgar Terrestrial Solar Array Simulators (TerraSAS) line of standalone photovoltaic (PV) simulators. With the newest Embedded TerraSAS (ETS), users can now test isolated and non-isolated string
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08/25/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Keithley (a Tektronix company) Marketing Director Chuck Cimino talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the increasing demand for battery
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08/25/2015
Stackpole's latest chip resistor arrays offer  anti-sulfur convex termination tech

RAVS Series convex termination anti-sulfur chip resistor arrays

Stackpole Electronics released the RAVS Series of convex termination anti-sulfur chip resistor arrays. The RAVS Series utilizes thick film technology with lower silver inner terminations to significantly reduce the susceptibility of the array to contamination by sulfur. This performance is proven with less than
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08/24/2015
German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel visits Infineon's state-of-the-art chip plant in Dresden

Sigmar Gabriel talks with apprentices at Infineon Dresden

The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel visited Infineon Technologies Dresden. He was accompanied by Martin Dulig, the Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport, and Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary and German Federal Government Commissioner
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08/24/2015
Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced the expansion of its eXtreme Low Power (XLP) PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio. Features of the new PIC24F “GB4” family include an integrated hardware crypto engine with both OTP and Key
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08/24/2015
MINMAX's latest 3W PCB-mount AC/DC supply comes in a 1 x 1 x 0.64-in. package

AAF-03 series of 3-watt switching AC/DC power supplies

MINMAX has released the AAF-03 series of 3 watt switching AC/DC power supplies in an encapsulated PCB Mount package featuring measuring only 1 x 1 x 0.64”. The AAF-03 series are a cost effective solution for space-critical applications in consumer appliances, instrumentation and communication equipment. The
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08/24/2015
Novel GaN nanoelectronics-transistor has a blocking voltage exceeding 1kV

(a) Schematic cross section and (b) micrograph of the fabricated vertically oriented trench MOSFET

Research reported in Applied Physics Express (APEX) by Tohru Oka and colleagues at the Research and Development Headquarters for TOYODA GOSEI in Japan describe the development of ‘vertically orientated’ GaN-based transistors with blocking voltages exceeding 1kV. These findings are important for the application
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08/24/2015
Microchip announces latest PIC32MX 32-bit MCUs

PIC32MX1/2 MCU

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced a new series within its PIC32MX1/2 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) family that features a large 256 KB Flash configuration and 16 KB of RAM in small-footprint packages. These latest additions to this
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08/19/2015
Puneet Pandit of Glassbeam on electric vehicle charging

Puneet Pandit of Glassbeam

In this PSDcast Puneet Pandit, CEO of Glassbeam, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues surrounding electric vehicle (EV) charging. A vital core infrastructure to the acceptance and success of EVs, a proper charging infrastructure requires a grasp of both hardware and software systems.
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08/18/2015
One big problem faced by electrodes in rechargeable batteries, as they go through repeated cycles of charging and discharging, is that they must expand and shrink during each cycle — sometimes doubling in volume, and then shrinking back. This can lead to repeated shedding and reformation of its “skin”
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08/17/2015
NY REV utility models center on customer empowerment

Energy market activity

On July 28, 2015, the New York Department of Public Service (DPS) issued a whitepaper on ratemaking and utility business models under the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Track Two proceeding, providing guidance and recommendations on ratemaking and utility model reforms. REV seeks to transform the utility
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08/17/2015
Pasternack unveils a line of coaxial packaged bi-directional amplifiers

Bi-directional RF amplifiers

Pasternack, a manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, introduced a new line of bi-directional amplifiers that are used for sending and receiving radio signals in key applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned ground vehicles, L and S band radar, military radio,
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08/17/2015
Linear's dual step-down DC/DC controller with digital system management drives DrMOS & power blocks with 70ms start-up

LTC3887-1 dual-output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller

Linear Technology announced the LTC3887-1, a dual-output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller with I²C-based PMBus interface for digital power system management. The LTC3887-1 differs from the previously released LTC3887 by providing a three-state PWM signal, enabling the use of DrMOS, power blocks or similar
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08/17/2015
TRINAMIC launches EtherCAT slave controller IC

TMC8460 EtherCAT slave controller IC

TRINAMIC, a leading provider of motion control technologies, announced a new EtherCAT-compliant slave controller IC. It is the world’s first EtherCAT slave controller to integrate real-time, latency-free I/O peripherals. The new TMC8460 slaver controller is also the first device in a new EtherCAT-compliant
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08/17/2015
Fairview Microwave releases coaxial high-power RF, microwave, and millimeter wave limiters

High-power coaxial limiters

Fairview Microwave, a supplier of on-demand microwave and RF components, introduced a new family of broadband, high power limiters that aid in protecting sensitive RF receivers and components such as LNAs that are in close proximity to high power signals. The new high power limiters from Fairview
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08/17/2015
Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity on the IoT infrastructure

Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity

In this PSDcast, Nathan Tracy, Technologist, System Architecture Team and Manager of Industry Standards at TE Connectivity, talks to Alix Paultre of
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08/17/2015
Tony Partow of Maxim on industrial automation

Tony Partow of Maxim

In this PSDcast Tony Partow, Executive Business Manager at Maxim Integrated, talks to Alix Paultre of power Systems Design about industrial automation and the renaissance going on in the space due to new advanced core technologies.For example, Maxim recently released
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08/13/2015
Linear's 60V dual DC/DC controller has digital control & programmable loop compensation

The LTC3886 60V input dual output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller

Linear Technology announced the LTC3886, a 60V input dual output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller with programmable loop compensation and I²C-based PMBus interface. This controller employs a constant-frequency, current-mode architecture with programmable output voltage up to 13.8V. The LTC3886 is ideal
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08/12/2015
Power management company Eaton announced the Power Xpert 9395 high performance model uninterruptible power system (UPS) in the Americas, providing best-in-class efficiency and scalable battery runtimes for data centers, light industrial applications and multi-tenant data centers (MTDCs). Eaton’s newest solution
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08/12/2015
The 15th annual coolingZONE Thermal Management Summit for electronics thermal engineers take place October 20-22, 2015 in a globally-accessible, online summit covering thermal management, heat transfer and energy transport at all hardware levels from individual components to the Internet of Things.   The
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08/12/2015
autoXLR8R, a mentor-driven accelerator program focused on bringing new automotive technologies to market, will host its second Road Show later this month with a series of three stops planned for Birmingham, Ala. (Aug. 26), Greenville, S.C. (Aug. 27) and Oak Ridge (Aug. 28).   The Road
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08/12/2015
Qualcomm Technologies has introduced its next-generation visual processing technology with updated versions of its graphics processing unit (GPU) and image signal processing (ISP) unit, to deliver significant advancements in performance, power efficiency and user experience to Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
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08/12/2015
Fast-acting ceramic fuses enhance safety in hazardous environments

C308F Bussmann series fuses

Power management company Eaton announced the C308F Bussmann Series of fast-acting, ceramic tube fuses for intrinsic safety requirements used in hazardous environments such as network barriers and other equipment used in mines, oil drilling structures, gas stations, gas meters, chemical refineries and hazardous
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08/12/2015
Intepro introduces DC electronic load with energy recovery to AC mains

ELR9000 Series electronic DC loads

Intepro Systems, a leader in power component and power system automated test equipment (ATE), introduces the ELR9000 Series of electronic DC loads. A unique feature of the ELR9000 Series is an integral, grid-synchronized inverter designed to return up to 94% of the load test energy back to the grid. The rack-mounted
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08/11/2015
ALD's economical precision CMOS op-amps provide low input leakage current

ALD1730 Series Precision CMOS Op Amp

Advanced Linear Devices, a design innovation leader in analog semiconductors, announced the ALD1730 Series of affordable, precision CMOS operation amplifiers (op amps) in a standard 8 lead pinout. The new family delivers low input offset voltage, low input bias current and low supply power that enhance accuracy
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08/07/2015
AVX's J-CAP Series boasts the highest energy/volume

J-CAP Series solid tantalum electrolytic chip capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new series of tantalum polymer capacitors designed to provide small, high energy, low profile solutions for demanding solid-state drive (SSD) applications. Exhibiting low ESR and the highest energy per volume (Joules/cc)
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08/06/2015
Solar battery breaks performance milestone

Prototype aqueous solar flow battery under development at The Ohio State University. The square piece of solar cell (center) is red, because the researchers are using a red dye to tune the wavelength of light it absorbs and converts to electrons

After debuting the world’s first solar air battery last fall, researchers at The Ohio State University have now reached a new milestone. In the Journal of the American Chemical Society, they report that their patent-pending design—which combines a solar cell and a battery into a single device—now achieves
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08/06/2015
Maxim Integrated announced that it has joined the “R-Car Consortium,” a partner program advocated by Renesas Electronics. By participating in R-Car Consortium, Maxim further establishes its commitment to the automotive market. The automotive industry is evolving fast. In order to implement state-of-the-art
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08/06/2015
Integral Technologies, an emerging light-weighting leader and its wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast, will be exhibiting at Booth #1856 at The Battery Show 2015, and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Conference and Expo from September 15-17th at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. The Battery
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08/06/2015
NI announced the Wireless Test System (WTS), a solution that dramatically lowers the cost of high-volume wireless manufacturing test for devices such as mobile phones, tablets, data cards and modules. As wireless test becomes increasingly complex due to megatrends, such as the loT, companies can confidently
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08/04/2015
Coilcraft's latest chip inductors claim highest inductance and Lowest DCR of any 0402-sized RF choke

0402DF Series inductors

Developed for use in mobile devices and cellular infrastructure equipment, Coilcraft’s new 0402DF Series chip inductors offer higher inductance values and significantly lower DC resistance than other 0402-sized inductors, making them ideal for RF choke and filtering applications. 0402DF SeriesThe
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08/04/2015
TI’s SWIFT DC/DC buck converters support adaptive voltage scaling for improved efficiency

TI’s SWIFT 20-A TPS544B25 and 30-A TPS544C25 converters

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first 20-A and 30-A synchronous DC/DC buck converters with frequency synchronization for low-noise and reduced EMI/EMC and a PMBus interface for adaptive voltage scaling (AVS). TI’s SWIFT 20-A TPS544B25 and 30-A TPS544C25 converters integrate MOSFETs and feature
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08/03/2015
Mouser launches home automation challenge

The challenge asks engineers and inventors of all levels “What makes the perfect smart home?”

Mouser Electronics and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara launched an Empowering Innovation Home Automation Challenge as part of the Empowering Innovation Together program. The challenge asks engineers and inventors of all levels “What makes the perfect smart home?” Entrants submit a photo of their personal
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08/03/2015
Ethylene production via sunlight offers great promise

NREL scientist Jianping Yu holds a petri dish of cyanobacteria culture being grown in his lab. He is working to cultivate various genetically engineered strains to promote ethylene production

Here's the future of ethylene production as Dr. Jianping Yu sees it. "We envision some farms in the field that cover many acres. We will have cyanobacteria harvesting sunlight and C02 and then produce ethylene or ethylene derivatives," said Yu, a research scientist in the Photobiology Group at the
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08/03/2015
Ken Walma of Eaton on advanced lighting systems

Ken Walma of Eaton

In this PSDcast Eaton VP and GM for Lighting Systems & Solutions Ken Walma talks to Alix Paultre about the recent developments in lighting and how we deal with the task of illumination. As lighting continues to go through the renaissance of solid-state luminaires and digital control systems, it is important
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08/03/2015
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