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Energy Efficiency

March 2016
TDK's high-efficiency 3x5 medical power supply delivers 250W

CUS200M series AC-DC power supply

TDK announced the introduction of the TDK-Lambda CUS200M series of AC-DC power supplies. With efficiencies up to 94%, the series can deliver 200W with convection cooling or up to 250W with 1.5m/s airflow. The units, packaged in the industry standard 3” x 5” footprint, have both medical and ITE certification
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03/31/2016
Molex has joined the EnOcean Alliance, and will integrate EnOcean energy-harvesting technology into the Molex Transcend Network-Connected Lighting system. The EnOcean Alliance is sponsored by EnOcean, inventor of patented energy harvest wireless technology for use in building automation, smart home applications
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03/31/2016
The Cores and Components division of VACUUMSCHMELZE will again attend PCIM in Nuremberg this year. From 10 to 12 May at the new stand number 123 in Hall 7, VAC will focus its product presentations on transformers, cut cores and chokes using the nanocrystalline material VITROPERM. In addition, the company will
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03/31/2016

GreenPeak Technologies, a leading low-power RF semiconductor company, announced that People Power, an award-winning software company offering cloud and mobile services, has launched Presence Security, built on GreenPeak technology. Both companies are important drivers in developing future proof, high quality
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03/31/2016
Traco TMPS 03 series compact AC/DC supplies come fully encapsulated

Traco TMPS-03

The TMPS-05 series comprises miniaturized 5 Watt AC/DC power supply modules from Traco Power come in lightweight fully-encapsulated 1” x 1” plastic casings for PCB mounting. Besides their safety approvals for industrial and IT solutions, the supplies are also certified to EN 60335 for household appliance. These
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03/31/2016
Phihong's 10A touch-dimming control module serves constant-voltage LED lighting

PDA-DIM10A touch dimming control module

Phihong, a leading supplier of OEM power solutions, has introduced a new 10A, touch-operated dimming control module for constant voltage indoor LED lighting applications, such as under cabinet lighting and architectural accent lighting. Designed to integrate into both new and existing LED applications, the new
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03/28/2016
Linear's 20V, 20A monolithic synchronous step-down regulator offers  ultra-low DCR current sensing for higher efficiency

The LTC7130 has a 4.5V to 20V input range

Linear Technology introduced the LTC7130 constant frequency peak current mode synchronous step-down DC/DC converter with temperature-compensated ultralow DCR current sensing and clock synchronization. The device’s unique architecture eases compensation and offers the ability to directly parallel multiple ICs
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03/28/2016
Rohm's synchronous buck converter IC claims the industry’s lowest minimum on-time

Controlling pulses in a very short period makes it possible to reduce the minimum ON time to an unprecedented 20ns, 6x shorter than the conventional level

ROHM recently announced the development of the BD51180TL, a step-down DC/DC converter featuring the lowest minimum ON time in the industry, making it ideal for high-power applications such as industrial equipment and automotive systems. In recent years, there is a growing trend towards electronification
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03/25/2016
Intersil’s digital hybrid PWM controllers with PMBus simplify power design for data center equipment

ISL68200 with integrated MOSFET drivers and ISL68201 with PWM output

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced two new PMBus compatible, single-phase digital hybrid DC/DC controllers that provide point-of-load (POL) conversions for FPGAs, DSPs, ASICs, processors and general purpose system rails. The ISL68200 with integrated
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03/25/2016
Power Integrations' 900 V InnoSwitch-EP ICs serves industrial and three-phase power supply apps

900 V InnoSwitch-EP

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced the addition of a 900 V device to its InnoSwitch-EP family of off-line CV/CC flyback switcher ICs. The new device targets power supplies operating from high-voltage DC and three-phase power sources
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03/25/2016
Arctic Sand Technologies claims highest efficiency lowest-profile LED driver ICs

ARC1C0608 LED driver

Arctic Sand Technologies, a performance and space saving leader in power conversion ICs, launched its ARC1C0608 IC – a ‘triple-play’ delivering industry leading power conversion efficiency, in the lowest ‘z’ height profile and smallest footprint in the industry. The ARC1C0608 is an LED driver that
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03/25/2016
Transphorm claims industry’s first fully-qualified 650V GaN FET with the lowest R(on) in a TO-247

TPH3207WS GaN FET

Transphorm, a leader in the design and manufacturing of JEDEC-qualified 650V GaN (gallium nitride) semiconductors, introduced the TPH3207WS GaN field effect transistor (FET) with the lowest on-resistance (41 mOhm) in a TO-247 package that reduces system volume as much as 50% without sacrificing efficiency. The
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03/24/2016
GLF Integrated Power, an emerging leader in efficient power switch technology, announces mass market release of the first product in its IQSmart line of high-performance load switches. The GLF71311 load switch offers these best-in-class features: an off-state leakage current (ISD) of 5 nA, typ., at 3.3 VIN;
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03/24/2016
Renesas showcased their latest power solutions at APEC 2016

8th-generation G8H Series of IGBTs

Renesas Electronics America, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, showcased several of its analog and power technologies at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), which took place at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. Renesas also had the new 8th-generation
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03/24/2016
GaN Systems showing Little Box winning design at APEC

GaN Systems' GS66508P transistor

For the past 10 years it has been considered noteworthy when two power devices were combined in one 
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03/21/2016
Orion Fans unveils industry's first airflow monitoring kit

Orion AFM Kit

Orion Fans has developed a complete, cost-effective airflow monitoring system that is easy to implement and use. The field retrofittable AFM Kit includes an AFM-01NC airflow module, mounting clip, three plastic guards (80mm, 92mm, and 120mm), buzzer, LED and holder, switch and wall mounted power supply. The
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03/21/2016
Navitas Semiconductor announced the first Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power ICs, using its proprietary AllGaN monolithically-integrated 650V platform. Combining GaN power FETs with GaN logic and drive circuits enables 10x-100x higher switching frequency than existing silicon circuits, making power electronics smaller,
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03/21/2016
TI's innovative wide-VIN DC/DC controller claims industry’s highest 65-V operation

LM5140-Q1 controller

Texas Instruments introduced a 2.2-MHz, dual-channel synchronous buck converter with a unique set of features designed to significantly reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) and high-frequency noise in high-voltage DC/DC step-down applications such as automotive infotainment and high-end cluster power-supply
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03/21/2016
Vicor announced the launch of its new AC to Point-of-Load Development Kit ("ACPoL DKit"). The development kit enables power system designers to immediately begin operating and evaluating a complete power system solution featuring the industry's thinnest, highest performance, highest density power components,
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03/21/2016
Linear's high-power negative supply ideal diode-OR controller withstands Â300V transients

LTC4371 rugged ideal diode-OR controller

Linear Technology introduced the LTC4371, a rugged ideal diode-OR controller for dual feed high power telecom and datacom boards. The LTC4371 provides seamless handoff between redundant power supplies, replacing power Schottky diodes and associated heat sinks with N-channel MOSFETs, significantly reducing power
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03/18/2016
Stackpole's CSRF0612 current-sense chip resistor series is rated to 1.5W

CSRF0612 current sense chip resistors

Stackpole announces the release of the CSRF0612 current sense chip resistor series. The 1.5W rated device features resistance values from 5 milliohm up to 40 milliohm, 1% tolerances, and TCR as low as 75 ppm. The 0612 size designation denotes that the termination is on the long sides of the part as opposed to
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03/18/2016
Germany’s digitization, an integral part of the national High-Tech strategy, was given a huge boost on Thursday with the announcement of a three-year $500m investment into the country by Cisco. The money, which backs a program called ‘Deutschland Digital’ will be invested primarily in innovation, security
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03/17/2016
Transphorm, a leader in the design and manufacturing of JEDEC-qualified 650V GaN (gallium nitride) semiconductors, announced that it has added the global distributor Richardson Electronics and the Northeast representative A/D Sales to support growing design activity for its GaN power transistors and modules. “The
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03/17/2016
Monolithic Power Systems, a leading innovator in high-performance power solutions, will show state-of-the-art, integrated hot-swap solutions, high-performance digital PFC/LLC combo controllers, USB Type-C AC/DC adaptors, tiny MPM power modules from 0.6A to 20A, and high-speed MagAlpha angular position sensors
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03/16/2016
IoT is perfectly suited for smart grid roll-out, thanks to the long range requirements and the small data size needed for transmission. Using narrow-band RF, the standard for long-range communication, an innovative remote energy monitoring solution is now possible. The solution consists of wireless
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03/14/2016
Today’s zeitgeist – or spirit of the age – within factory automation and process control professionals is to move towards “smart factories,” often referred to as the upcoming fourth industrial revolution. If we look at previous industrial revolutions in order to help prepare for the next one, a pattern
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03/14/2016
The proliferation of wireless sensors supporting the Internet of Things (IoT) has increased the demand for small, compact and efficient power converters tailored to un-tethered lower power devices. One of the more recent emerging market segments covered under the IoT that is particularly interesting from an
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03/14/2016
Requirements to optimize efficiency and to address the complex power requirements of CPUs, ASICs and other sophisticated ICs are making active power management a critical design requirement in applications such as datacenter servers, embedded telecoms systems and networking equipment. At the same time, engineers
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03/13/2016
Although efficiency has been replaced by effectiveness as favorite criterion in the business world, it still dominates the world of engineers and technicians. The hunt for improved utilization of electricity permeates every level in the electronics industry, from individual semiconductor components over circuits
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03/13/2016
The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is simply the concept of connecting any device with a sensor or controller to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, appliances, cars machines, components of machines, wearable devices and anything else you can think of.  But the principle
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03/13/2016
Electronic devices have been ubiquitous in modern life for some time. So it is perhaps easy to assume that everything necessary has already been accomplished in the world of passive components. As consumers, we are all well aware of faster computers, smaller and smarter phones, brighter and flatter TV screens,
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03/13/2016
As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, (or Industry 4.0 as it is often called), it is worth taking a moment to reflect upon where we are and how we got here. The integration of intelligent systems via the cloud infrastructure to support both design and manufacturing supply chains of both intellectual
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03/13/2016
It is a fascinating time to be in the electronic engineering industry, especially in the power sector, as society moves forward into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This promises to be the last, barring the takeover of industry by intelligent robots, as all of the parts are in place and the core technologies
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03/13/2016
TDK's new compact SMT current-sense transformers suit power apps

EPCOS SMT current sense transformer

TDK Corporation presents two new series of EPCOS SMT current sense transformers for power electronics. The various types in the B78417A* series are based on EP7 ferrite cores, have compact dimensions of just 10.6 mm x 12.2 mm x 11.0 mm and are designed to measure pulse currents of up to 20 A. The maximum DC
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03/12/2016
Vicor modules support OCP data center Infrastructure

48V Direct-to-PoL (Point-of-Load)

Vicor announced its latest generation of 48V Direct-to-PoL (Point-of-Load) power components. These modules, which allow contemporary low-voltage, high-current CPUs, GPUs, ASICs and DDR memory to be powered off of a 48V distribution bus, enable unprecedented power density, conversion efficiency and low power
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03/10/2016
 Avnet, a leading technology distributor, introduced the new MicroZed Industry 4.0 Ethernet Kit (I4EK), enabling multi-protocol Industrial Ethernet solutions based on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC and Anybus technology from HMS Industrial Networks. Offering seamless hardware and software integration
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03/10/2016
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced a new family of power-conversion ICs dedicated to 48V power architectures. These three new products are shipping in volume. To meet ever-growing performance demands, servers
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03/10/2016
Fairchild, a leading supplier of high-performance power semiconductor solutions, will showcase its latest solutions for ensuring the exceptional energy efficiency and reliability of LED lighting, travel adapter and USB Type-C applications at APEC 2016, the industry’s leading power electronics conference. The
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03/10/2016
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos presents updated power module catalog

Wuerth Electronic 2016 Power Module Catalog

The new, expanded and improved 2016 Power Module Catalog from Wuerth Electronik is now available. Selecting the right step-down converters and LED drivers you need has become even more convenient. A selection tool depicts a clear overview of the various product groups, including pictograms to show all of their
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03/09/2016
Linear's 42V latest triple synchronous step-down converter delivers 93% efficiency

LT8601 42V input capable high-efficiency triple-output synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8601, a 42V-input capable, high-efficiency triple-output synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator. Its triple-channel design combines two high voltage 2.5A and 1.5A channels with a lower voltage 1.8A channel to deliver three independent voltage outputs as low as
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03/09/2016
Allegro unveils LED driver with integrated hall-effect switch

The A1569 LED driver IC integrates a Hall-effect switch

Allegro MicroSystems presented the first LED driver IC that integrates a Hall-effect switch. The A1569 enables compact, elegant, reliable, and fault-tolerant LED lighting with minimal electrical engineering and low component-count and cost. A single silicon chip integrates: a Hall plate, a small-signal amplifier,
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03/09/2016
Murata's self-powered LED meter displays AC line frequency

DMR20 round, miniature digital panel frequency monitor

Murata announced the third generation of the DMR20 series of round, miniature digital panel frequency monitors from Murata Power Solutions. Designed to measure and display AC mains frequencies in the range of 45 to 65 Hertz, over an input voltage of 85 to 264 VAC, the monitor is suitable for mounting in an industry-standard
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03/09/2016
NXP Semiconductors introduced the AXP family of logic translators, designed for low-power, low-voltage, and high-performance applications. The family of AXP translators is the lowest power and voltage translator solution in the market while also offering the widest range of voltage translation from 0.7 volts
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03/07/2016
Wolfspeed to exhibit the latest SiC power at APEC 2016

Wolfspeed to exhibit the latest SiC power at APEC 2016

Wolfspeed, A Cree Company and a leading supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power products — including best-in-class SiC MOSFETs, Schottky diodes, and modules — will be showcasing its industry-leading solutions at this year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC 2016). The annual conference,
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03/07/2016
AVX to launch new products at APEC 2016

AVX will be exhibiting at booth #1536 at APEC

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, will launch two new capacitor series, showcase its expansive portfolio of advanced passive solutions — including several new and significant series extensions, and contribute to the technical conference program at this year’s Applied
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03/04/2016
Comau wins Volvo Quality Excellence Award
Comau has been awarded the “Volvo Quality Excellence Award” by Volvo, for an innovative industrial project undertaken five years ago that is still in full development. This important recognition was made at Volvohallen in Torslanda (Gothenburg), Thursday, January 28th. The award was given for a project related
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03/04/2016
Toshiba launches new generation of transistor arrays

TBD62783A series

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced the launch of a new generation of highly efficient transistor arrays, presented as the industry’s first with a DMOS FET type source-output driver. The new TBD62783A series succeeds the TD62783 series of bipolar transistor arrays, cutting power loss by about 40% and
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03/03/2016
EPC will exhibit more than 20 demonstrations showing how GaN technology's superior performance is changing the way we live, and company experts will deliver six technical presentations on GaN FET technology, at APEC 2016, the premier global event in applied power electronics. The EPC team will be
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03/01/2016
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