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Energy Efficiency

February 2016
University of Utah engineers discover new 2D semiconducting material

University of Utah materials science and engineering associate professor Ashutosh Tiwari holds up a substrate layered with a newly discovered 2D material made of tin and oxygen

University of Utah engineers have discovered a new kind of 2D semiconducting material for electronics that opens the door for much speedier computers and smartphones that also consume a lot less power. The semiconductor, made of the elements tin and oxygen, or tin monoxide (SnO), is a layer of 2D
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02/29/2016
Intersil's Multi-Phase 55V Synchronous Boost Controllers Simplify Automotive Power System Design

Intersil's 55V two-phase synchronous boost controllers

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced two new 55V two-phase synchronous boost controllers with integrated high-side and low-side MOSFET drivers. The ISL78227 and ISL78229 are the industry's most robust and highly integrated boost controllers available
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02/29/2016
Vishay's space-saving 0.35mm-thin miniQFN10 package targets portable apps

miniQFN10 package with an ultra-thin 0.35 mm profile

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a 1.4 mm by 1.8 mm miniQFN10 package with an ultra-thin 0.35 mm profile, providing a space-saving alternative to larger miniQFN10 and WCSP devices commonly used in portable applications. The new Vishay Siliconix DG2592 audio jack detector and DG2750 low-voltage dual SPDT analog
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02/29/2016

Linear's latest ÂμModule regulator provides either 50A or Dual 25A output

LTM4650 dual 25A or single 50A output step-down µModule regulator

Linear Technology introduced the LTM4650, a dual 25A or single 50A output step-down µModule regulator with onboard shielded inductors, MOSFETs and a dual DC/DC regulator IC housed in a small thermally enhanced plastic package. The device is offered in a 16mm x 16mm x 5.01mm BGA with a patented built-in heat
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02/29/2016
Linear's latest synchronous step-down Silent Switcher delivers 94% efficiency at 2MHz & ultralow EMI

The LT8641 3.5A, 65V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8641, a 3.5A, 65V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator. A unique Silent Switcher architecture, combined with spread spectrum frequency modulation, reduces EMI/EMC emissions by more than 25dB even with switching frequencies in excess of 2MHz, enabling it to
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02/26/2016
Analog Devices' power management unit (PMU) empowers energy harvesting in IoT apps

ADP509x PMU

Analog Devices announced a power management unit (PMU) designed to enable faster and more efficient energy harvesting in IoT applications where energy is scarce. Due to its unique circuit design, the ADP509x is among the most efficient energy harvesting PMUs on the market, converting harvested power down to
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02/25/2016
Imec reveals impact of DSA process variations on electrical performance of DSA-formed vias

Via chain resistance vs. CD

Leading nanoelectronics research center imec presenedt electrical results of DSA (directed self-assembly)-formed vias, gaining insight in the impact of DSA processing variations on electrical readout, at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference (San Jose, Feb 21-25). DSA processes with cylinder-forming block
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02/24/2016
Wuerth Electronic eiSos releases new manual on power modules

ABC of Power Modules – Functionality, Structure and Handling of a Power Module

Wuerth Elektronik eiSos is releasing a new manual: "ABC of Power Modules – Functionality, Structure and Handling of a Power Module" is the first practical manual specifically about using components to control DC voltage. The manual explains the basics of voltage control and frequently used switching
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02/24/2016
Silicon Labs simplifies Wi-Fi connectivity with plug-and-play module solution

Wizard Gecko WGM110 module

Silicon Labs has introduced a plug-and-play Wi-Fi module solution for Internet of Things (IoT) applications where exceptional RF performance, small footprint, easy application development and fast time to market are key requirements. Silicon Labs' fully integrated Wizard Gecko WGM110 module solution combines
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02/23/2016
The XMC1400 microcontrollers will open up new applications for Infineon Technologies in industrial automation, digital power conversion, and electronic control. In comparison with the earlier XMC1000 products, the new XMC1400 series offers greater control performance and additional connectivity. The XMC1400
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02/23/2016
Imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel create breakthrough SAW-less transmitter for next-gem wireless

The prototype features resistor-based QDACs that deliver the required RF power efficiently direct to the 50Ω output load, omitting the need for a power-hungry PA driver

Leading nanoelectronics research center imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) have demonstrated a 0.22mm2 CMOS resistive charge-based direct-launch digital transmitter with -159dBc/Hz out-of-band noise. The achievement paves the way to small form-factor SAW-less transmitter implementations enabling
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02/19/2016
Exar, a leading supplier of analog mixed-signal products serving the industrial, high-end consumer, and infrastructure markets, will showcase its latest power design products at APEC 2016, March 20-24 in Long Beach, California. These products, including switching regulators, power modules and Universal PMICs,
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02/19/2016
Why choose low-noise coaxial amplifiers

Found in radio communications systems, low-noise amplifiers are also used in electronic equipment and medical instruments

Baffled by the ever-evolving coaxial cable industry? You’ve come to the right place! In this article, we aim to tell you all about one product, in particular – the low noise coaxial amplifier. So, why should you choose it – and what benefits will it bring to your project? In short, the low-noise amplifier
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02/18/2016
Advanced Linear Devices (ALD), a design innovation leader in analog semiconductors, announced the industry’s first high-precision quad P-Channel EPAD MOSFET array, ALD310708A and ALD310708, designed for next-generation sensor circuits used in portable instruments. The devices enable revolutionary precision
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02/18/2016
Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the expansion of its Renesas Synergy Platform designed to accelerate time to market, reduce total cost of ownership and remove many of the obstacles engineers face when designing devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). Expansion
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02/17/2016
HMS' IIoT gateways allow industrial equipment to communicate with power grids

Anybus SG-gateway

HMS Industrial Networks introduced a family of Industrial IoT gateways for Smart Grid applications. The Anybus SG-gateways enable communication between industrial applications and energy protocols. This communication is the very basis for the so called “Smart Grid” where power plants and energy equipment
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02/16/2016
Toshiba's automotive high-side N-channel power MOSFET gate driver can block reverse current flow

N-channel Power MOSFET gate driver

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced a new high-side N-channel Power MOSFET gate driver that can be controlled by 3.3-logic input. It has short-circuit protection/diagnosis functions and a feature to prevent the reverse current flow to itself in case of reverse battery situation. TPD7104AF is designed for
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02/16/2016
Rogers Corporation’s Power Electronics Solutions (PES) group will spotlight its latest high-performance cooling material, curamik CoolPerformance Plus, at the upcoming SPIE Photonics West Conference and Exhibition. curamik CoolPerformance Plus is an advanced liquid-cooled material designed to dissipate large
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02/16/2016
STMicro's STM32L0 MCU family and development ecosystem enhances efficiency in power-conscious devices

ARM Cortex-M0+ STM32L0 microcontroller

STMicroelectronics has announced volume production of its ultra-energy-efficient ARM Cortex-M0+ STM32L0 microcontrollers, with an extensive development ecosystem including minimal-cost boards and free software tools that help developers keep tight control of application power consumption and minimize time to
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02/16/2016
Myrra plug-and-play encapsulated supplies for low-power apps now at JPR Electronics

Myrra 47000 series encapsulated switchers

Specialist distributors JPR Electronics announced the availability of the Myrra 47000 series of encapsulated Switched Mode Power Supplies (SMPS). The 47000 series provides an alternative solution to conventional power supplies and transformers used in many low power applications. With over 30 fully certified
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02/15/2016
Altera, now a part of Intel, announced its participation at Embedded World 2016 during which the company will showcase a range of Altera and partner technology demonstrations at their stand in Hall 5. These will include a wide range of applications including industrial automation for smart factory “Industry
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02/12/2016
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Alternative Energy Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2016 titled, “Alternative Energy in High Penetration Areas.” Its goal is to provide a broad overview of the challenges faced by the renewable energy industry as alternative energy sources
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02/12/2016
Murata claims first 0201 size, 1,000pF temperature-compensation-type monolithic ceramic cap

0201 size 25V temperature compensation-type monolithic ceramic capacitors

Murata announced 0201 size (0.6×0.3mm), 25V temperature compensation-type monolithic ceramic capacitors with CH/C0G characteristics. These capacitors are thought to be the first in the world of this size to achieve a capacitance rating of 1,000pF. As electronic designers strive toward increasing
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02/10/2016
AVX introduces new polymer chip caps for auto apps

TCQ Series automotive conductive polymer chip capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the robust TCQ Series automotive conductive polymer chip capacitors. Qualified to the Automotive Electronics Council’s AEC-Q200 specification for passive components, the TCQ Series meets the AEC’s challenging 125°C
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02/09/2016
Linear's latest 36V, 800mA robust linear regulator has extended SOA

LT3089 rugged 800mA wide input voltage range linear regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT3089, a rugged 800mA wide input voltage range linear regulator with key usability, monitoring and protection features. The device has an extended safe operating area (SOA) compared to existing regulators, making it ideal for high input-to-output voltage and high output current
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02/08/2016
Heliatek sets record organic photovoltaic efficiency of 13.2%

Heliafilm solar film

Heliatek R&D teams reached a record conversion efficiency of 13.2% for an OPV multi-junction cell, setting a new world record for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity using organic photovoltaic cells. The measurement was independently confirmed by Fraunhofer CSP. Thanks to
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02/08/2016
Advanced Linear Devices, a design innovation leader in analog semiconductors, today announced the industry’s first high-precision quad P-Channel EPAD MOSFET array ALD310708A and ALD310708 designed for next-generation sensor circuits used in portable instruments. The devices enable revolutionary precision and
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02/05/2016
EPC's latest eGaN power transistor empowers augmented reality and autonomous vehicle Apps

EPC2040 power transistor

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the EPC2040 power transistor, an extremely small, fast switching gallium nitride power transistor that enables superior resolution, faster response time, and greater accuracy for high speed end-use applications. High stability of the threshold over temperature
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02/05/2016
AVX reduces the ESR of its F38 series mini poly tantalum caps

F38 Series miniature, undertab, conductive polymer tantalum capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has earned a third superlative for its F38 Series miniature, undertab, conductive polymer tantalum capacitors by significantly reducing the ESR of several ratings. The F38 Series, which already offered the smallest and highest CV polymer
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02/04/2016
Analyst IDTechEx has just completed a major study of 48V mild hybrid vehicles, releasing the brand new report "Mild Hybrid 48V Vehicles 2016-2031". It finds that, although they are not yet in series production, 48V mild hybrid vehicles are likely to sell in huge numbers because they can meet even the
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02/03/2016
CapXon's LE series electrolytic caps offer high reliability and ultra-long life in LED apps

CapXon LE series electrolytic capacitors

CapXon's LE series of electrolytic capacitors provide high reliability and ultra-long life in LED lighting applications. Available in the UK from Components Bureau, the products operate over an extended temperature range of -40 to +105˚C making them suitable for LED drivers powering outdoor lighting applications.
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02/02/2016
Luso now offering SynQor high power density quarter-bricks

SynQor NQ60W60QTx25 converter

uso introduces high voltage DC-DC converters offering higher power density in quarter-brick package to save board space London - 2 February 2016: Luso Electronics, the sole UK and Ireland representative for the SynQor range of power supplies and related components, has announced availability of a higher
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02/02/2016
Osram presents lighting innovations at the Light + Building Preview

All 61 light-emitting diodes of the Omnipoint luminaire can be individually controlled

Shortly before the world's leading trade fair of lighting opens its doors, Osram will present its first highlight products at the Light + Building Preview in Munich and Hamburg. Among other things, the lighting manufacturer will display the extended LED component portfolio that offers the right LED for every
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02/02/2016
Wuerth Elektronik iBE aquires Buechele Group

(from left to right): Rainer Schätzl (Managing Director Wuerth Elektronik iBE GmbH), Thorsten Jordan (Managing Director Wuerth Elektronik iBE GmbH), Martina Kissling (Managing Director Büchele Group), Erwin Büchele (Managing Director Büchele Group), Thomas Schrott (CEO Würth Elektronik eiSos Group), Oliver Konz (CEO Wuerth Elektronik eiSos Group)

Wuerth Elektronik iBE, headquartered in Thyrnau near Passau (Germany), is part of the Wuerth Elektronik eiSos Group – a leading European manufacturer of passive and electromechanical. As a specialist for customized EMC components and inductors for automotive applications, Wuerth Elektronik iBE has been a preferred
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02/01/2016
Bob White to host PMBus 1.3 seminar at APEC 2016

Bob White

Since being introduced in 2005 the PMBus power management protocol has been widely adopted and is the accepted standard for digital power management. Bob White’s three hour seminar will provide a detailed look at two major features introduced in the recent Revision 1.3, Zone Protocols and the AVSBus, as well
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02/01/2016
Mouser and Imahara launch 2016 power series to advance innovation

Mouser Electronics is again teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara

Mouser Electronics is teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara along with scientists, visionaries and educators to announce an exciting new series on Power and the Future Supercapacitor to kick off the 2016 Empowering Innovation Together program. This new series captures insights from some of the most
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02/01/2016
Coilcraft's latest compact current-sense transformers detect up to 20A

CST7030 Series current sense transformer

Coilcraft announced its new CST7030 Series of surface mount current sense transformers, which measure just 5.2 X 7.0 mm (with a max height of 3.0 mm) and sense up to 20 Amps of current at frequencies between 10 kHz and 1 MHz. Typical applications include load current measurement and control in switching power
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02/01/2016

 



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