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Energy Efficiency

April 2016
Wolfspeed, A Cree Company and a leading supplier of GaN-on-SiC high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), released a new 28V, 30W GaN HEMT bare die at this year’s IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON), which took place April 11 –
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04/29/2016
WAGO's latest DC/DC converters offer a slim profile

787-28xx Series next-generation DC/DC Converter

WAGO's 787-28xx Series next-generation DC/DC Converters pack a host of enhanced features and multiple approvals into a slim 6 mm profile. 787-28xx converters are ideal when only one power supply will be installed in the control cabinet and an additional voltage supply is required. EPSITRON
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04/29/2016
APS' 50W Level VI  desktop supply suits medical & ITE apps

APS56EMG 50 Watt External Desktop Switcher

Advanced Power Solutions (APS) announced the release of the cost-optimized APS56EMG series of 50 Watt External Desktop Switchers compliant with Level VI efficiency standards approved for both ITE & Medical applications. The APS56EMG Series offers outputs ranging from 5 ~ 48 VDC with custom voltage
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04/29/2016

SEGGER’s advanced debug tech now available for STM32 Nucleo & Discovery MCU boards

J-Link firmware offers compatibility with all major tool chains

SEGGER has now introduced J-Link firmware for the embedded ST-LINK on STM32 Nucleo, STM32 Discovery and other microcontroller unit (MCU) evaluation boards from STMicroelectronics. This brings the proven reliability and industry-leading performance of SEGGER’s highly popular J-Link debug technology to these
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04/28/2016
The 23rd World Energy Congress, which is taking place in Istanbul, between 9 and 13 October 2016 has announced the first key highlights of its official event programme. Headline sessions will include weathering the commodity price storm and the impact of the COP21 agreement on the energy industry. Prominent
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04/28/2016
Toshiba launches opto-isolated IGBT gate pre-driver IC for electric and hybrid vehicles

The TB9150FNG measures just 10.4mm x 12.5mm x 2.0mm

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced an opto-isolated IGBT gate pre-driver IC with enhanced protection functions for the in-vehicle inverters of electric and hybrid vehicles. Sample shipments of the TB9150FNG started in April, with mass production scheduled for 2018. Inverter control is
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04/28/2016
GaN Systems to show the latest in tiny Inverters, motors, energy storage, and power modules at PCIM Europe 2016

GaN Systems’ transistors reduce the size of EGTRONICS’ 48V, 12 kW inverter 5X versus silicon

The stream of smaller, lighter, lower cost, and highly efficient commercial power systems entering the market continues. Computer travel adaptors, AC/DC power supplies for datacenters, battery chargers for solar, DC/DC converters, energy storage systems, and traction inverters for automobiles are among the dozens
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04/28/2016
SL Power's MU425 supply meets IEC 4th Edition EMC

MU425S AC/DC power supply

SL Power Electronics, a division of SL Industries and an industry leader in the design and manufacture of rugged, highly reliable power supplies, announced its 425 watt, single output MU425 Series AC/DC power supply. This latest offering addresses the complexity and unique power needs of healthcare systems such
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04/27/2016
Melexis' highly-integrated RF IC encourages proliferation of low-power systems

MLX73290-A

Melexis, a leader in microelectronics engineering, has added to its portfolio of low-power wireless solutions with the introduction of the MLX73290-A. This innovative new device features a sophisticated multi-channel RF transceiver, combined with a 3-dimensional low frequency (3DLF) interface that supports ultra-low
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04/27/2016
NREL finds nanotube semiconductors well-suited for PV systems

Single-walled carbon nanotube semiconductors could be favorable for photovoltaic systems

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered single-walled carbon nanotube semiconductors could be favorable for photovoltaic systems because they can potentially convert sunlight to electricity or fuels without losing much energy. The research builds
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04/26/2016
Allegro MicroSystems' wide-input voltage automotive buck regulators suit infotainment systems

Allegro adjustable high-frequency DC-DC step-down switching regulators

Allegro MicroSystems introduced two new adjustable high-frequency DC-DC step-down switching regulators with an integrated high-side power MOSFET ideal for power supply requirements of the latest infotainment systems. Allegro’s A8586 provides up to 3.5 A output current, while the A8587 has output current of
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04/26/2016
Teledyne LeCroy's WaveRunner 8000 oscilloscopes boast OneTouch gesture control

WaveRunner 8000 oscilloscope

Teledyne LeCroy introduced the WaveRunner 8000 oscilloscopes with bandwidths from 500 MHz to 4 GHz, which deliver an extensive toolbox coupled with a superior user experience to expedite solving debug problems. WaveRunner 8000 has the industry’s widest and deepest collection of tools, making it unbelievably
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04/26/2016
ADI and LifeQ collaborate to improve body monitoring in health management

The two companies plan to design low-power sensors that enable personalized, continuous and accurate tracking

Analog Devices announced a collaboration with LifeQ to develop technology that will make it possible for non-invasive body monitoring devices to provide highly accurate physiological data that currently is only available through the use of expensive, invasive and hard-to-access equipment. By combining the market-leading
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04/26/2016
MicroPower Direct unveils mini 6W ultra-wide input railway DC/DC converters

Miniature 6W Railway DC/DC Converters

MicroPower Direct announced the MR0611S series of single-output 6W converters packaged in a compact 1 x 1 inch case. They are designed to provide the ultra wide input range, robust filtering, rugged packaging and high reliability required for railway/transit applications. Four standard models operate
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04/26/2016
Motor manufacturers are in a race to switch to more energy-efficient technologies to help countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as part of a global strategy to combat climate change. While many motor makers look to substitute more iron or copper in their induction motor product lines, or switch to other
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04/26/2016
Sales of hybrid cars in the USA collapsed from 3.2% of car sales in 2013 to under 2% in 2015 as Americans responded to the sharply reduced oil price. However the oil price will recover eventually so commentary that it heralds the death of hybrid vehicles is wide of the mark. Indeed hybrid car sales outside the
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04/26/2016
NREL theory establishes path to high-performance 2D semiconductor devices

Using 2D metal as contact for 2D semiconductor allows Schottky barrier to be tuned, due to the weak Fermi level pinning at the junction caused by the suppression of metal-induced gap states. Schematic illustrates that 2D H-NbS2 can form a Schottky-barrier-free contact with 2D semiconductor for hole transport

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic devices. 2D semiconductors such as molybdenum disulfide are only a few layers thick and are considered
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04/25/2016
KOA Speer Electronics has added the SLW1, a 1.5 Watt, 2512 size chip to its line of molded current sensing resistors. The SLW1 features resistance values ranging from 3 mΩ up to 100 mΩ in several tolerances as low as 0.5% with a wide operating temperature range of -55°C to +180°C. The chips special
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04/25/2016
PSDcast - Bob Chao of ALD on sensing in the IoT

Bob Chao, CEO and president of ALD

In this PSDcast Bob Chao, CEO and president of Advanced Linear Devices (ALD), talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about driving the devices of the IoT, as many forget that the great software-based Cloud world is still needs hardware. A world full of intelligent devices is also a world full of smart
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04/25/2016
Power Integrations’ InnoSwitch-CP offline switching ICs now at Mouser

InnoSwitch-CP switching IC

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the InnoSwitch-CP switching ICs, part of the InnoSwitch family from Power Integrations. These new offline constant-current/constant-voltage flyback switching ICs incorporate a constant power output profile which, when paired with an adaptive-voltage protocol such as USB-PD,
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04/22/2016
Coilcraft's latest high-current inductors suit high-frequency apps

SLR1050 Series High Current Shielded Power Inductors

Coilcraft's new SLR Family of high current, shielded power inductors is offered with current ratings up to 100 Amps and inductance values from 85 to 370 nH, making it suitable for high frequency applications such as multi-phase VRM/VRD/EVRD regulators, Intel IMVP compatible systems, and GPUs/video graphic cards.
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04/21/2016
Toshiba's photocouplers offer 5Mbps communication with very low power consumption

Photocoupler for high speed communication

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has launched two new photocouplers for high speed communication (5 Mbps) applications. The TLP2310 and TLP2710 have a 54% reduced power consumption of 6,78mW, compared to 14,8mW of a conventional product, like the TLP2355. Both have been certified to UL1577 and EN60747-5-5 standards,
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04/20/2016
Panasonic to showcase a wide range of leading technologies at PCIM Europe 2016

Pyrolytic Highly Oriented Graphite Sheet

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe announced its technology lineup for PCIM (Power Conversion Intelligent Motion) 2016, taking place May 10th -12th in Nuremberg, Germany. At Stand 429 in Hall 6 the company will be highlighting industry-leading innovations — including passive components, semiconductors
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04/20/2016
PSDcast - Mark Bishop of LynTec on smart facilities

Mark Bishop of LynTec

In this PSDcast Mark Bishop, President of LynTec, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges in implementing intelligent power systems in a facility. LynTec is a leading manufacturer of remotely-operated AC power control systems for the installed sound, lighting and video industries.
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04/20/2016
PSDcast - Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment on the state of energy management in consumer devices

Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment

In this PSDcast Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment, an alternate-energy solutions creator, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about his observations on the developing edge of energy-management tech. He talks about the state of the industry and his recent observations from the recent Consumer
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04/20/2016
TE Connectivity (TE), a leader in connectivity and sensors, plans to feature the latest in high-performance solutions that enable an Internet of Things (IoT) approach to connected lighting and building automation in booth #1457 at LIGHTFAIR International, April 26-28, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center
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04/18/2016
Linear's ÂμModule regulator for DDR & QDR4 SRAM takes from 3.3VIN to 15VIN, fits in 0.5cm² PCB

LTM4632 triple-output µModule (power module) regulator

Linear Technology introduced the LTM4632 triple-output µModule (power module) regulator for powering all three voltage rails of the new QDR4 and older DDR SRAM: VDDQ, VTT and VTTR (or VREF). Housed in a miniature, lightweight, ultrathin LGA package (6.25mm x 6.25mm x 1.82mm), the LTM4632 can be soldered on
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04/18/2016
PLS’ UDE 4.6.1 now supports NXP’s latest MPC5746R Power Architecture microcontroller

PLS’ UDE 4.6.1

PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme has now introduced version 4.6.1 of its Universal Debug Engine (UDE) including a specifically optimized testing and debugging environment for MPC5746R high end multi-core controller – the newest member of NXP’s Power Architecture family. The high performance
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04/18/2016
LED technology has developed over recent years, and is now the obvious choice for many applications from energy-efficiency architectural lighting to outdoor displays. These applications tend to vary considerably, each requiring a different number, type, color and configuration of the LEDs, which means that driver
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04/17/2016
The buzz around a concept called The Internet of Things has been around for a few years, and it’s not going away anytime soon. In fact, it might be bigger than anyone ever imagined. And all that added connectivity brings with it a great deal more control. The industry is becoming excited
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04/17/2016
LEDs are increasingly used in 24VAC and 12VAC lighting systems as a robust, energy efficient and high performance alternative to halogen lamps. Power converters that drive the LEDs should have a high power factor (above 90% in order to meet generally-accepted green standards), should be efficient, use a minimal
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04/17/2016
Transformers can often provide an inexpensive solution for a variety of applications. The purpose of the transformer is to isolate the secondary side of the circuit from the primary power source, transfer power efficiently from the electrical source to the target load and protect users from hazards like electric
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04/17/2016
The Internet of Things (IoT) is providing increasing levels of transparency in our everyday energy usage, be it for connected factory equipment or small appliances or in exciting new market segments including wearables and drones.  Advanced Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) designs have implemented
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04/15/2016
An effective method for filtering high-frequency power supply noise and cleanly sharing similar voltage supply rails (i.e. analog and digital rails for mixed-signal ICs) while preserving high-frequency isolation between the shared rails is the use of ferrite beads.  A ferrite bead is a passive device that
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04/15/2016
Schaffer's latest line card details their power quality products

Power Quality Line Card

A new four-page, full color Power Quality Line Card provides a comprehensive overview of Schaffner Active and Passive Harmonic Filters, Sine Wave Filters, dV/dT Filters, Line Reactors and more. These products ensure the efficient and reliable operation of power distribution systems by shaping electrical power.
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04/15/2016
It is no longer contentious to say that the future of land, water and air vehicles is to be more and more electric. The detail of how this is being achieved is rich and varied and it revolves around the electric motor and its variants far more than the more-discussed battery. By definition, an electric vehicle
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04/15/2016
Power management company Eaton today announced the global launch of Intelligent Power Manager software version 1.52, which can be integrated with the VMware vRealize Operations platform. Now, data center and operations managers can use Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager software and Infrastructure Management
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04/15/2016
In this PSDcast Graham Martin, Chairman of the EnOcean Alliance, and Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development for the ZigBee Alliance, talk to Alix Paultre about their strategic cooperation to create order and compatibility in the IoT wireless low-power infrastructure. EnOcean is a leading developer of harvested
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04/15/2016
PSDcast - Martin HÃgerdal of Ericsson Power Modules on software-defined power

Martin Hägerdal of Ericsson Power Modules

In this PSDcast Martin Hägerdal, President of Ericsson Power Modules, talks to Alix Paultre about the issues in driving the latest in IT functionality from server farms down to the board level. Advanced distributed digitally-driven  power networks
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04/15/2016
The desire for ever higher image quality has seen frame rates in high-end televisions increase to 240 frames per second (fps) simply to ensure that the fast moving action in sports programs or movies does not suffer from smearing or multiple images. Display panels for PCs similarly need to support high frame
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04/14/2016
Sprint Electric offers an extended range of DC drives from stock

DC motor controllers of the PLX and XLV families

DC drives manufacturer Sprint Electric presents its recently extended ranges of DC motor controllers. The comprehensive offering of products incorporates the latest digital DC drive technology. All DC Drive products and their ancillary items are available from stock. The product lines include a wide range of
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04/14/2016
PSDcast - Anders Lier of Enoro on metering the smart grid

Anders Lier of Enoro

In this PSDcast Anders Lier of Enoro talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about Big Data the intelligent infrastructure required to manage and monitor the smart grid. Recent tests at IBM’s SoftLayer data center proved that Enoro’s cloud-based GENERIS Energy Data Management platform can serve
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04/14/2016
In the third part of this series, we’ll see how Dr. Fred Lee’s analysis of current-mode control resulted in a high modulator gain, and also look at the consequences of this gain on current-loop predictions. Current-Mode Control Circuit Figure 1 shows a buck converter
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04/13/2016
The state of solid-state lighting

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

I’m not sure that I have seen anything in the electronics industry shift from an emerging technology to a commodity as fast as high-brightness LED lighting. Only 10 or so short years ago I was trying to talk marketing people at two major semiconductor companies into making parts for the market.  Since
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04/13/2016
The ability to create light is one of the definitive things that we do that separates us from the other animals on this planet. Fire, our first great technical discovery (or a really neat gift from a Greek God with a cool name), gave us two very powerful things that are still central to us: heat and light. The
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04/13/2016
TDK's thin-film metal power inductors suit automotive power supplies

TFM201610ALMA thin-film metal power inductors

TDK has expanded its portfolio of compact thin-film metal power inductors with a new type designed for demanding automotive applications. Measuring in at a mere 2.0 mm x 1.6 mm x 1.0 mm, the new TDK TFM201610ALMA thin-film metal power inductor features the world's highest rated current of 1.9 A for a power inductor
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04/12/2016
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) announced it is part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world's foremost trade fair for industrial technology, taking place April 25-29, in Hannover, Germany. TMEIC will exhibit in the USA Pavilion in Hall 13.
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04/12/2016
The large “IDTechEx Show!” in Berlin April 27-28 with over 2500 paying delegates once again invests in startups. Chief Executive Raghu Das says, “It is one way we are different from other events because they are run for cash. We believe in this industry and we invest in it, not directly in the company
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04/12/2016
On March 29, 2016, Utah signed into law the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan Act (SB 115), which establishes utility investments in battery storage, electric vehicle infrastructure, and several clean energy programs. The new law seeks to boost energy storage solutions to improve the reliability and
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04/11/2016
ROHM to show new key products for efficient, high-power performance at PCIM 2016

ROHM Semiconductor Presents Its New Power Management Key Products

At PCIM in Nuremberg from May 10-12, 2016, ROHM Semiconductor will showcase its latest power product novelties for high-speed switching and high power performance, at the same time meeting the need for greater energy savings and higher efficiency (Hall 9 - Booth 316). Advanced power devices make a huge impact
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04/11/2016
Wuerth's REDline Power Boxes offer custom power configuration in a standard housing

REDline Power Box

A novel approach to enabling power distribution, signal transmission, and function management in commercial vehicles, the REDline Power Box family is the name of the new system solution from Wuerth Elektronik ICS. With this series, the leading development partner and supplier of circuit-board-based central electrical
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04/11/2016
Lighting the future

Patrick Le Fèvre, Powerbox

With the vital need to save energy, the power industry has permanently innovated the way we convert electron to electron. Power conversion ratios are approaching physical limits, energizing researches and inventions. New applications are now requiring power designers to explore a new dimension, the efficient
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04/08/2016
Transformer energy performance standards being introduced all around the world are spurring transformer manufacturers, as well as their electrical steel, cable and coil winding equipment suppliers, to rethink materials, designs and manufacturing methods in a bid to balance performance with cost. In
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04/08/2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $35 million in funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers with increasing their energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness and to help address the shortage of engineering
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04/07/2016
Tory's 6A synchronous step-down DC/DC converter claims fastest-in-class performance for industrial & data storage equipment

Fast transient response (Drop:80mV, convergence time: 10μs)

Torex Semiconductor has launched the XC9266 series of 6A synchronous step-down DC/DC converters with an internal 5.5V-operation driver transistor. Equipped with Torex’s unique HiSAT-COT fast transient response control, these converters are presented as the world’s fastest in class. Recent years
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04/07/2016
Ampleon announced its participation at the forthcoming Electronic Design Innovation Conference - EDI CON – held in Beijing, China between April 19 – 21, 2016. At their booth, number 607, Ampleon will showcase demonstrations of a plasma light module developed by Luma in collaboration with Ampleon and, a new
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04/07/2016
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos upgrades RED EXPERT online design tool

Clearly presented AC and DC losses per inductor

RED EXPERT from Wuerth Elektronik enables eiSos developers to simulate the company's power inductors. The losses determined with RED EXPERT are based on current and voltage waveforms typical in applications. Besides the core and winding losses, they also include the losses arising from the specific geometries
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04/07/2016
AMIHO Technology and ROHM Semi launch New Wireless M-Bus eval kit for IoT apps and smart metering

The kit contains two nodes based on AMIHO’s AM060 868 MHz Wireless M-Bus radio modem module

AMIHO Technology, experts in wireless communications, and ROHM Semiconductor announce the launch of their latest Evaluation Kit, designed to get customers up and running rapidly with sub-GHz radio design. The kit contains two nodes based on AMIHO’s AM060 868 MHz Wireless M-Bus radio modem module. This design
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04/06/2016
PSDcast - Micrel co-founder Ray Zinn on the state of the electronics industry

Raymond D. “Ray” Zinn

In this PSDcast Raymond D. “Ray” Zinn talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the electronics industry. Ray is an inventor, entrepreneur, and was the longest serving CEO of a publicly traded company in Silicon Valley. He is best known for creating and selling the first Wafer Stepper
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04/05/2016
PSDcast - David Egan of Silicon Labs on wireless IoT

David Egan of Silicon Labs

In this PSDcast David Egan, senior product manager for Silicon Labs’ IoT products business, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company’s Ember ZigBee and wireless mesh efforts in support of the Internet of Things. David is a member of the Board of Directors of the ZigBee Alliance as
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04/05/2016
PSDcast - Chris Aldham of 6SigmaET on thermal simulation

Chris Aldham of 6SigmaET

In this PSDcast Chris Aldham of 6SigmaET talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about thermal simulation in engineering design. Since power and thermal management are inextricably linked, proper simulation is key to an effective design. 6SigmaET, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation
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04/04/2016
PSDcast - Thomas Riener of AMS on advanced sensors in the IoT

Thomas Riener of AMS

In this PSDcast Thomas Riener of AMS talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT). A truly intellilgent system needs precise measurement systems in order to provide accurate analysis and feedback. The company recently agreed to acquire CMOSIS, a leader
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04/04/2016
Ambitious start-up uses microbots to build SMT circuits on surfaces

Ambitious Concepts is using microbots to lay circuits directly onto any surface

Silicon Alley startup Ambitious Concepts is attempting to bypass traditional PCB manufacturing processes and the related infrastructure by using microbots to lay circuits directly onto any surface. Called "TraceBots",
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04/01/2016
Ambitious Concepts is an imaginary company created for the express purpose of supporting an April Fool's joke by Power Systems Design. Thank you for your understanding.
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04/01/2016
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