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Energy Efficiency

November 2015
Toshiba launching small-package MCU with built-in pre-driver for motor control

TMPM37AFSQG pre-driver

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its TX03 series of ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers with the launch of the TMPM37AFSQG. The new IC is presented as the world’s smallest vector control microcontroller that incorporates Toshiba’s Vector Engine Plus (VE+) coprocessor and a pre-driver to enable brushless
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11/30/2015
Talking about mid-size power systems with Acopian

Acopian's Mark Wilkins and Alex Karapetian

In this PSDcast, Acopian's Chief Engineer, Mark Wilkins and their Sales & Marketing Director, Alex Karapetian talk to Power Systems Design about mid-size power systems. Not as glamorous as
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11/27/2015
ROHM presents highly-integrated Intelligent Power Modules for high-performance switching at SPS IPC Drives 2015

ROHM’s highly integrated Intelligent Power Modules

ROHM Semiconductor presents its latest IPM (Intelligent Power Module) family optimized for high speed and power-efficient operation in motor driving and inverter applications at SPS IPC Drives 2015. The 600V modules integrate a range of components such as gate drivers, bootstrap diodes, IGBTs or ROHM’s proprietary
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11/26/2015

RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents and a distributor for engineers, has announced availability of the SmartEverything Internet of Things (IoT) development kit from Arrow Electronics. The new SmartEverything ‘Fox’ board is an Arduino-form-factor IoT system-on-module that comes with a multitude
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11/26/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Omron Delta Tau explains their EtherCAT master demonstration for Power Systems Design, showing that their motor controller can speak to all EtherCat
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11/26/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Infineon shows an advanced 3D printer made from 3D-printed parts and Infineon core technology. Every electronic system in the device is an Infineon
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11/25/2015
Silicon anode batteries: the Holy Grail?

Market share depiction

Elon Musk recently announced the use of silicon by Tesla in its automotive batteries: "This is just sort of a baby step in the direction of using silicon in the anode, but we will be increasing the use". This unusual side comment has nonetheless triggered renewed interested in the topic. IDTechEx Research
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11/24/2015
Infineon's 2EDN EiceDRIVER for MOSFETs sets new standards in robustness and power dissipation

2EDN EiceDRIVER ICs come in industry standard 8-pin packages and feature two independent, non-isolated low-side channels

Infineon Technologies launched their new 2EDN7524 EiceDRIVER ICs for the PFC, LLC and synchronous rectification stages of switch mode power supplies. With this newly introduced driver IC family Infineon is leveraging its extensive knowledge and leading market position offering dedicated MOSFET drivers for the
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11/24/2015
Spain’s TSK standardizes on AVEVA Integrated Engineering & Design for multi-discipline integration

Integrated Engineering and Design provides pervasive integration across 1D, 2D and 3D views

AVEVA announced that TSK, Spain’s leading specialist in Renewable Energy projects, has selected the AVEVA Integrated Engineering & Design (IE&D) software solution. Initially requiring a 3D design tool, TSK were shown the full benefit of AVEVA’s complete IE&D approach. By integrating all engineering
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11/24/2015
Anritsu's ShockLine VNA solutions can lower test costs

ShockLine MS46500B

Anritsu introduced an E-band option for its ShockLine MS46500B series of 2- and 4-port performance Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) that addresses the market need to lower cost-of-test for E-band components. With the option installed, the MS46500B series can reduce production costs and more efficiently verify
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11/24/2015
XP Power claims world’s smallest 130W AC-DC power supplies

ECP130 series miniature open-frame AC-DC power supplies

XP Power has announced the high efficiency ECP130 series of miniature open-frame AC-DC power supplies, with safety approvals for the ITE and medical equipment markets. The units deliver the full 130 W output with only 10 CFM of forced air cooling and are also able to provide a high convection cooled rating of
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11/24/2015
IDT's latest SPDT switch features KZ constant impedance tech

The IDT F2923 low insertion loss SPDT absorptive RF switch

Integrated Device Technology introduced the industry’s first single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) RF switch featuring its patent-pending KZ constant impedance technology. The IDT F2923 is a low insertion loss SPDT absorptive RF switch designed for a multitude of RF applications, including base stations (2G, 3G,
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11/24/2015
IDT introduces highly-integrated PMIC for enterprise SSD and computing apps

The P8300 flexible, highly programmable PMIC

Integrated Device Technology introduced a new multi-channel power management IC (PMIC) optimized for enterprise solid state drives (eSSD) and designed to speed time to market and revenue. The P8300 is a flexible, highly programmable PMIC ideal for a broad set of data center, enterprise and high-performance computing
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11/20/2015
TI’s smart diode controller realizes the power of zero

The LM74610-Q1 features a unique floating ground architecture that models a diode behavior with zero ground curren

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first smart diode controller with zero quiescent current that provides better efficiency versus Schottky diodes and p-channel MOSFETs. The LM74610-Q1 provides lower power consumption and heat in a compact solution size, making it well-suited for reverse polarity
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11/18/2015
Linear's low-cost HV automotive battery-stack monitor delivers high accuracy & improved safety

The LTC6811 high-voltage battery stack monitor

Linear Technology launched the LTC6811 high-voltage battery stack monitor, a drop-in replacement for the LTC6804 with higher performance and 25% lower price. The LTC6811 is a complete battery measuring IC for hybrid/electric vehicles that incorporates a deep buried Zener voltage reference, high voltage multiplexers,
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11/18/2015
Mark Thomas of Infineon on their latest advanced IGBTs

Mark Thomas of Infineon

In this PSDcast, Mark Thomas of Infineon talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on their latest S5 (S for soft) family, based on the ultra-thin wafer TRENCHSTOP 5 IGBT. Developed specifically for AC/DC energy conversion in industrial applications such as PV inverters or UPS systems. The S5 device addresses
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11/17/2015
Triad’s medical-grade power transformers offer 4KV isolation, low-voltage step-down

VPM Series medical-grade toroidal isolation transformer

Triad Magnetics, a leading manufacturer of magnetic components for medical, industrial, commercial and aerospace applications, introduced the VPM Series of medical-grade toroidal isolation transformers offering both 4KV of dielectric isolation and low-voltage step-down. The VPM Series’ single-transformer solution
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11/12/2015
Infineon Technologies continues to improve IGBT performance with the release of their S5 (S for soft) family. It is based on the ultra-thin wafer TRENCHSTOP 5 IGBT. This family has been developed specifically for AC-DC energy conversion in industrial applications switching up to 40 kHz, typically to be found
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11/12/2015
Powerbox's latest low-leakage power supplies empower advanced medical tech

Medline family power supplies

Powerbox, a leading force in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, introduced new products in the medical Medline family. The OFM30 30W extra-low-leakage power supplies are best in class EMC for medical systems in CF class, and its leading OFM225 225W series suitable for BF class expands with
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11/11/2015
Ed Spears of Eaton on scalable UPS systems

Ed Spears of Eaton

In this PSDcast, Friend of the Show and Eaton Product Marketing Manager Ed Spears talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about scalable UPS for intermediate-sized systems. Small- to medium-sized
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11/10/2015
Tokyo Institute of Technology discovers potential control over superconductivity

Schematic illustration of the pseudo-Li-ion battery structure. The anode and cathode materials are LiTi2O4 film and LiCoO2/Al, respectively. The Li-ion electrochemical reactions and resistivity measurements are independently performed by using electric circuits, drawn by at the side and bottom of the cell, respectively

An applied potential can reversibly induce a superconducting-insulator transition in lithium titanate thin films, report researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. “Controlling such exotic properties by applying an external field is one of the biggest continuous challenges in condensed matter physics,”
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11/09/2015
Mouser Electronics, the distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, has teamed up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and autonomous vehicle engineering expert Paul Godsmark to discuss the future of driverless cars as part of Mouser’s Driverless Cars Innovation Series for the Empowering
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11/09/2015
Vincotech launches flowPHASE 0 IGBT module family featuring NTC

The flowPHASE 0 family comes in compact flow 0 housings 12 or 17 mm in height

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, announced the release of its flowPHASE 0 family featuring NTC, a high-voltage half-bridge topology aimed to upgrade applications and drive down costs. This module is designed for charger, SMPS, solar, or ESS applications rated from 5 to 20
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11/06/2015
ROHM Semi claims first CXPI-compatible transceiver IC

The BD41000FJ-C enables multiplexing between ECUs, contributing to decreased vehicle weight and improved fuel efficiency by reducing the number and size of wiring harnesses

ROHM has recently announced the availability of a transceiver IC compatible with the new low-speed, low-cost CXPI communication protocol for use in body control applications, including steering switch, AC, and instrument panel systems. The BD41000FJ-C enables multiplexing between ECUs, contributing to decreased
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11/06/2015
Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo on powering the IoT

Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo

in this PSDcast, Friend of the Show Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about driving portable devices, and managing the power storage invovled in the Internet of Things (IoT).  Qnovo software utilizes existing computational power in mobile devices to dynamically measure
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11/06/2015
The implementation of 3-phase brush-less direct current (BLDC) motors is becoming increasingly widespread in contemporary automobile designs. There are now a multitude of different places inside the latest vehicles (from luxury right through to economy models) where they can be found - having proved themselves
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11/06/2015
The explosion of Internet applications and data usage has put a great deal of pressure on servers and their related infrastructures. This massive growth of resources poses questions on energy demand to the major Internet providers and server makers, increasing the demand for more efficient energy utilization. Every
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11/05/2015
The longstanding worldwide trend in telecommunication has been away from fixed (wireline) service and towards wireless communication (see Figure 1). Meanwhile, as part of the convergence of tele- and data-communication, network traffic has been increasing by an order of magnitude roughly every four to five years.
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11/05/2015
When the first generation of silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky diodes was introduced more than 10 years ago, their widespread adoption was somewhat challenged by unforeseen dV/dt limitations within certain manufacturers’ devices. In particular, devices with lower dV/dt capability were susceptible to failure from
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11/05/2015
Despite the development of ultralow power integrated devices, the overall demand for power at a system level is only increasing. At the same time, OEMs remain under pressure to make their end-applications physically smaller, which continues to drive demand for smaller and more efficient power supplies. While
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11/05/2015
ARM mbed and Maxim MCUs enable rapid prototyping for commercial IoT deployments

MAX32600MBED includes a MAX32600 ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller

With the addition of MAX32600MBED to the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform program, mbed engineers and IoT developers can quickly develop embedded systems based on the MAX32600 microcontroller (MCU) from Maxim Integrated Products. To make it easier and faster to design Internet of Things (IoT) applications
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11/04/2015
 Mouser Electronics is now shipping the new Intel Quark microcontroller D1000, designed for Internet of Things (IoT) architectures and applications. Announced at Intel’s IoT Insights event in San Francisco, along with Intel Quark microcontroller D2000 and the Intel Quark SE microcontroller for IoT, this
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11/04/2015
Toshiba launches high-speed photocouplers for industrial automation

The TLP2768A is suited for use in high-speed communication interfaces for industrial automation

Toshiba has launched a photocoupler featuring high speed data transmission (20Mbps) and a very thin package that offers protection against extreme operating temperatures. The TLP2768A is ideally suited for use in high-speed communication interfaces for industrial automation. Contained within
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11/03/2015
Heiko Ulmer of ams on intelligent sensors

Heiko Ulmer of ams

In this PSDcast, Heiko Ulmer of ams talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Desaign about intelligent sensors and how they are vital to any intelligent system. The ability to control a system is directly related to how accurately it can be measured, as there is no precision without feedback. For example, The
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11/03/2015
Diodes' cost-effective PWM controllers optimized for quick-charge apps

AP3127/H current-mode PWM controllers

Optimized for quick-charge applications in consumer portable products such as intelligent cellphone chargers and notebook adaptors, the AP3127/H current-mode PWM controllers introduced by Diodes Incorporated provides a high-performance and cost-effective solution. Additional applications in the consumer electronics
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11/03/2015
As modern power converters move towards higher efficiency, it is essential to have better models for all of the loss mechanisms in your components. In the first part of this article, we talked about the need for a single continuous equation to match the empirically measured losses. In this second part, the effect
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11/01/2015
Flexible sensors: an expanding market

Guillaume Chansin, IDTechEx

Large investments have been made to enable flexible, thin sensors rather than rigid sensors. $75 million was recently awarded by the US Department of Defense to establish a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) for flexible hybrid electronics in San Jose, California. Under the acronym FHE MII, this new
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11/01/2015

 



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