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Energy Efficiency

June 2016
TDK's Class II encapsulated power supplies operate in high ambient temperatures

KWS-A series of single output 5W to 25W encapsulated power supplies

TDK announced the introduction of the KWS-A series of single output 5W to 25W encapsulated power supplies capable of operating in ambient temperatures of up to 85ºC. With a Class II input, the products require no earth ground connection, making them suitable for use in a range of process control, broadcast,
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06/30/2016
Microchip launches lowest-power PIC32 Family

Microchip PIC32MM

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog, and Flash-IP solutions, announced the company’s lowest power and most cost-effective family of 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The Microchip PIC32MM family bridges the gap between the company’s popular PIC24F XLP and
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06/30/2016
ABSOPULSE's 1,500Vdc input, 2,500W DC-DC converter serves power transmission systems

HVT-2K5-1300/24-4U5 heavy-duty, high input voltage, industrial-quality dc-dc converter

ABSOPULSE Electronics has recently released the HVT-2K5-1300/24-4U5, a heavy-duty, high input voltage, industrial-quality dc-dc converter designed for driving low voltage equipment. It is typically designed into power systems that transmit high voltage and high power over long distances.  The
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06/30/2016

Neutron diffraction studies reveal origins of deterioration in lithium batteries

Top left: schematic diagram and cell environment for the in situ experiment using an 18650 cell in the SPICA diffractometer, with examples of the data analysis using the data analysis program developed in the present study. A schematic diagram shows the flow chart of the analysis process for the automatic refinement cycle.

Researchers use diffraction data from pulsed high-intensity neutrons to understand the reactions that deteriorate lithium batteries during operation. Despite the commercialisation of rechargeable lithium batteries in 1991, improvements to the reliability, safety, and long-term stability are still needed for
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06/30/2016
EPC's multi-mode wireless power charging kit eliminates standards worries

The 10W EPC9121 demonstration system

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the availability of a complete demonstration multi-mode wireless power charging kit, the EPC9121. The purpose of this demonstration kit is to simplify the evaluation process of using eGaN FETs and ICs for highly efficient multi-mode wireless power charging
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06/30/2016
Melexis' MLX75305 sensor offers best-in-class linearity, empowering automotive laser headlights

MLX75305 series advanced light sensor IC

Melexis, a leader in microelectronics engineering, has optimized its MLX75305 series of advanced light sensor ICs. Addressing the emergence of laser-powered automotive front lighting systems, each MLX75305 incorporates a photodiode, trans-impedance amplifier and output stage. Unlike competing devices on the
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06/30/2016
PSDcast - Edward Kohler of Intersil on the next generation of automotive systems

Edward Kohler of Intersil

In this PSDcast Edward Kohler, Strategic Marketing Manager for Intersil, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the next generation of automotive systems. Once an area of relatively slow change and old-school thinking, vehicle electronic subsystems are under more pressure than ever
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06/30/2016
Coilcraft introduces new RF Magnetics Lab Kit for EE educators

RF Magnetics Lab Kit

Coilcraft has developed a new RF Magnetics Lab Kit to help educators bring practical, hands-on experience into their classrooms and instructional labs. The kit contains a selection of chip and air core inductors, LC filter modules and wideband transformers, and is offered free-of-charge to accredited Electrical
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06/29/2016
The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has selected three projects to receive a total of $3.7 million to study the effects of improving the implementation of commercial building energy codes. The Institute for Market Transformation (Washington, DC) will help develop and test a methodology
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06/29/2016
Powin Energy, a leading designer and developer of safe and scalable energy storage solutions for utilities, C&I, and EV fast-charging stations, announced that their proprietary Battery Pack Operating System(bp-OS) has been awarded United States Patent and Trademark office patent number US20140015469 A1,
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06/29/2016
Ericsson’s latest bus converter module raises the bar for control and delivery

The BMR458 third-generation quarter-brick

Ericsson Power Modules announced the BMR458, a third-generation 3E quarter-brick advanced bus converter that delivers industry-leading performance to system architects developing equipment for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications, including datacom and server and storage systems. The module
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06/28/2016
Infineon Technologies released the IR1161L and IR11688S secondary synchronous rectification (SSR) family of Controller ICs to complete Infineon’s product offerings for SMPS applications. The IR1161L and IR11688S SSR ICs meet the new 2016 standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the “European Code
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06/28/2016
u-blox claims first cellular Narrowband IoT module

u-blox cellular Narrowband IoT module

u-blox announced forthcoming availability of its SARA-N2 Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) module , the world's first cellular radio module compliant to the 3GPP Release 13, Narrowband IoT (LTE Cat. NB1) standard. Designed for use in applications such as smart buildings and cities, utilities metering, white goods, asset
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06/27/2016
Juniper Research has found that smart traffic management and smart parking initiatives, will save some 4.2 billion man-hours annually by 2021 - equivalent to each city driver saving nearly an entire working day per year. Juniper found that while the ‘smart city’ remains a relatively young concept,
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06/27/2016
Vishay claims first AEC-Q101-qualified MOSFETs in a dual asymmetric package

Vishay Siliconix SQJ202EP and SQJ200EP n-channel TrenchFET devices

To save space and power in high-efficiency synchronous buck converters for automotive applications, Vishay Intertechnology introduced the industry's first AEC-Q101-qualified 12 V and 20 V MOSFETs in a dual asymmetric power package. The Vishay Siliconix SQJ202EP and SQJ200EP n-channel TrenchFET devices each combine
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06/24/2016
Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the adoption of the company’s ISL91110 switching regulators in Huawei’s new P9 smartphone. Intersil's ISL91110 buck-boost switching regulator supplies power to key system peripherals in the P9 dual-camera
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06/24/2016
Alpha and Omega Semi now offers 2.38 mOhm device for battery protection

The AOC3862 common-drain 12V dual n-channel MOSFET

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer and supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, announced the release of the AOC3862, a common-drain 12V dual n-channel MOSFET with an ultra-low on-resistance, typical 2.38 mOhm at 4.5V gate drive. This new device offers the best-in-class
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06/24/2016
Brite Semi and Semitech to collaborate on industrial M2M SoC

Narrowband PLC and low-power wireless technologies are the keys to the heterogeneous smart grid networks of the future

Brite Semiconductor, a leading ASIC/SoC design and turnkey solution provider, announced the collaborative development of an industrial machine-to-machine (M2M) system on chip (SoC) with Semitech Semiconductor, a leading provider of power line communications (PLC) solutions that enable the transformation of the
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06/24/2016
PSDcast - Kevin Speer of Littelfuse on their expanding semiconductor footprint

Kevin Speer of Littelfuse

In this PSDcast Kevin Speer, Business Development Manager for Semiconductor Products at Littlelfuse, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their relatively recent migration into semiconductor devices. In business for over 90 years in the fuses and circuit protection business, Littelfuse started
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06/24/2016
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos expands its portfolio of compact SMD power inductors

WE-PMMI SMD power inductor product series

Wuerth Elektronik eiSos supplements its portfolio of compact SMD power inductors with two new series: WE-PMMI and WE-PMCI. The two new power inductors are used, for example, in highly efficient DC/DC switching controllers with a low space requirement. The WE-PMMI (Power Molded Multilayer Inductor)
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06/23/2016
TDK expands TDK-Lambda i6A series of step-down non-isolated DC-DC converters

TDK-Lambda i6A series DC-DC converter

TDK announced the introduction of two further models to the TDK-Lambda i6A series of step-down, non-isolated DC-DC converters. The i6A4W is capable of supplying currents of up to 20A, and the i6AN allows the creation of negative voltages delivering currents up to 8A. Both can be used in conjunction with the
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06/23/2016
Novel Bifacial Cell technology to enhance energy yield of PV modules

bifacial n-PERT (BiPERT) solar cell

Imec, a leading nano-electronics research center and partner in Energyville, will present at this week’s Intersolar Europe/EU PVSEC a highly efficient bifacial n-PERT (BiPERT) solar cell featuring a bifaciality value close to 100%. With a rear cell efficiency close to the efficiency measured from the front
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06/23/2016
VPT adds industrial VHR Series DC-DC converters

VHR Series of industrial level DC-DC converters and EMI filters

VPT, a HEICO company, released the VHR Series of industrial level DC-DC converters and EMI filters. Available in models ranging from 5 to 100 watts, the VHR Series of DC-DC converters provides customers with VPT’s renowned levels of product reliability for powering non-flight-critical programs in military,
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06/22/2016
AEG Power's hybrid energy solution cuts costs of energy storage

Hybrid Energy Storage System

AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power electronic systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy applications, today announced it has developed a unique Hybrid Energy Storage System which combines standard battery storage with power-to-heat technology to reduce the total cost
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06/22/2016
China joins global drive for transformer efficiency

Chinese transformer manufacturing supply chain is still grappling with the same challenge of balancing performance with cost

China may not have legislated on transformer efficiency in the way that the United States and the European Union have done but the Chinese transformer manufacturing supply chain is still grappling with the same challenge of balancing performance with cost. “In China many transformers are still using
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06/22/2016
Ericsson power interface module simplifies low-EMI design in ATCA apps

PIM4610PD Power Interface Module

Ericsson Power Modules announced the PIM4610PD, an extension of its popular 3E* Power Interface Module (PIM) family that are compliant with the industry-standard quarter-brick footprint. The new module has been optimized especially to simplify design in blade server applications based on ATCA and PICMG 3.7 systems.
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06/21/2016
The fundamental Predictive Energy Balancing Patent has been allowed, and is in the process of issuing in the EU. That will bring the total number of world- wide issued patents for CogniPower's core control technology to seven. A US Patent covering enhancements of the Compound Converter
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06/21/2016
Cree expands its industry-leading portfolio of LEDs optimized for horticulture lighting with the introduction of the new Cree XLamp XQ-E Photo Red LED. The XQ-E Photo Red LED is capable of providing very high levels of growth-promoting light wavelengths from a footprint that is less than one-third the size
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06/21/2016
Analog Devices simplifies wireless system design with RadioVerse ecosystem

AD9371 RF wideband transceiver

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) today unveiled the RadioVerse™ technology and design ecosystem, which provides customers with integrated transceiver technologies, a robust design environment, and market-specific technical expertise to move their radio designs from concept to creation quickly. The new ecosystem’s
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06/21/2016
HARTING current sensors help protect renewable energy systems

HARTING current sensors

HARTING released information about the uptake of its current sensors by the renewable energy industry, and how they are ensuring the continuous and reliable operation of wind turbines for major wind farm installations around the world. For example, one of the world’s major wind turbine manufacturers is
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06/20/2016
Intersil's 12-cell Li-ion battery pack monitor safeguards vehicle systems

Intersil 12-cell lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack monitor

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL78610 12-cell lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack monitor. The device provides cell balancing and accurate voltage and temperature monitoring to safeguard Li-ion battery packs in hybrid electric vehicles,
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06/20/2016
Utilities can supercharge the EV market

Roland Hwang, NRDC

America’s utilities are uniquely positioned to supercharge the national electric vehicles market by spurring a rapid deployment of charging stations, increasing public awareness of EVs’ economic and environmental benefits, and incentivizing drivers to charge cars at times that will help bring more solar
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06/17/2016
Mouser Electronics, the distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, will showcase some of the newest sensor technologies from its manufacturer partners at the Sensors Expo and Conference 2016, June 22–23 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The Sensors
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06/17/2016
Magnetizable concrete tech promises to challenge current power inductors

Technical data for MAGMENT MC40 material

The increasing demand for more and clean energy has led to a rising need for large inductive components. This poses a challenge to providing magnetics optimized for cost, size and performance. The high demand has sparked the development of both improved magnetic materials (e.g., powder cores, amorphous), winding
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06/17/2016
PSDcast- Mike Bruno of Phononic on next-gen thermal management

Mike Bruno of Phononic

In this PSDcast, Mike Bruno, VP & General Manager, Electronics Cooling at Phononic, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced cooling technologies and methodologies. With all of the pressure on power densities and shrinking package sizes, it is important to remember that managing heat
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06/17/2016
With a long history of involvement in promoting energy savings, Emerson Industrial Automation has invested massively in research into technological solutions and services designed to cut energy bills. On the strength of this expertise, Emerson now presents the Energy Savings Advisor, its new mobile app offering
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06/16/2016
At the 2016 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits, nano-electronics research center imec presented junction-less gate-all-around (GAA) nanowire (NW) FETs built in lateral and vertical configurations. With their simplified processing, improved reliability, reduced low frequency noise and lower IOFF values,
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06/16/2016
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos to show power modules, advanced inductors, and EMC solutions at PCIM Asia 2016

At the PCIM Asia exhibition, Wuerth Elektronik eiSos will be offering an EMC seminar of the topic of EMC Solutions Analysis and Theory Introduction

Wuerth Elektronik eiSos is exhibiting at the PCIM Asia 2016, taking place from 28 thru 30 June 2016. In its presentation in the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, the manufacturer will be focusing on power modules, for instance the step-down converters of the Magl³C product series, and
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06/16/2016
A German folk festival provides a field test for low-voltage power distribution

The transformer stations are integrated in the folk festival backdrop

Stuttgart's folk festival on the "Wasen" is one of the largest folk festivals in Europe, and proves a challenge for the grid operator in Stuttgart every year. In 2015, it also served as a field test. Mobile measuring boxes captured all load flows in the ten local secondary substations on the festival
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06/16/2016
Industry-challenging fanless power supply from Excelsys delivers up to 600W with just convection cooling

CoolX600

The CoolX600 Series is an next-generation convection-cooled modular power supply platform from Excelsys Technologies which delivers an industry-challenging 600W without fan assisted cooling in a very compact 8.5 x 4.5 x 1U package. Currently the only fanless modular power supply of its kind on the market, the
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06/16/2016
Renesas' RZ/T1 motion control solution simplifies industrial drives and robotics systems development

Renesas’ RZ/T1 motion control solution kit

Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of a new reference solution focused on high-performance, real-time motion control applications equipped with the Renesas RZ/T1 microprocessor (MPU). Renesas’ RZ/T1 motion control solution kit delivers
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06/15/2016
Murata's miniature 2W DC-DC converter has medical safety standard 2 x MOOP compliance

MTC2 series 2 Watt single output, regulated and isolated DC/DC converters

Murata announced the MTC2 series of 2 Watt single output, regulated and isolated DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Available with either a 12 or 24 VDC 2:1 input voltage range and output voltages of 3.3, 5, or 12 VDC, the surface mount MTC2 has a 3 kVAC input to output isolation. Measuring
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06/15/2016
XP Power announced the ALM65 series of external single output 65 Watt AC-DC power supplies. These compact supplies, measuring 1.32 x 4.94 x 2.19 inches, comply with the latest Level VI energy efficiency standard, introduced in February 2016. The new standard stipulates lower limits for the no load input power
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06/15/2016
Rutronik now carries 650V fast body diode MOSFETs from Vishay

Vishay fast body diode n-channel power MOSFETs

With the new 650V EF series, distributor Rutronik presents Vishay’s expanded portfolio of fast body diode n-channel power MOSFETs. It includes the Vishay Siliconix SiHx21N65EF, SiHx28N65EF, and SiHG33N65EF, providing additional voltage headroom for industrial, telecom, and renewable energy applications.
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06/15/2016
AVX upgrades SMPS MLCC simulation software

SpiCALCI simulation software

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new version of its SpiCALCI simulation software, an engineering tool that calculates performance characteristics and parameters for its advanced switch mode power supply (SMPS) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) to
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06/14/2016
Quantum Material appoints Sri Peruvemba CEO

Sri Peruvemba

Leading quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials announced that company board member Sri Peruvemba will be expanding his leadership role with the company to take the helm as Chief Executive Officer effective June 30, 2016. While founder and current CEO Stephen Squires will continue to have a strategic role,
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06/14/2016
Hoffmann + Krippner unveils wire-free polymer strain gage printed onto a PCB

P-DMS Wire-free Polymer Strain Gage

Hoffmann + Krippner announced that their new P-DMS Polymer Strain Gage is now shipping. This compact and cost-effective solution for measuring pressure is based on Hoffmann + Krippner’s industry leading and patented sensor paste technology printed onto a PCB board. Extremely sensitive to slight
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06/14/2016
Linear's latest 6.25 x 9 mm BGA p-packaged ÂμModule regulator suits industrial systems, factory automation, & avionics

LTM8053 42V, 3.5A Step-Down µModule Regulator

Linear Technology introduced the LTM8053, a µModule (power module) step-down regulator with up to 40V input voltage (42V abs max), which can safely operate from unregulated or fluctuating 12V to 36V input supplies in noisy environments, such as industrial robotics, factory automation and avionics systems. The
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06/14/2016
PSDcast - Pradeep Shenoy of TI on the latest in board-level power

Pradeep Shenoy of Texas Instruments

In this PSDcast Pradeep Shenoy of Texas Instruments talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the latest technologies in board-level DC/DC power systems. Between the often-conflicting requirements of power density, board real estate, and thermal management, today's engineer's are facing a daunting
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06/14/2016
Working in the industry, we live very close to the developments that are advancing our technology and the systems based upon them. We see nascent science turn into rough prototypes and then into finished products on a regular basis. We are familiar, even if not comfortable, with the rapid pace of progress and
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06/13/2016
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the continuing adoption of Digital Power System Management (DPSM) within the communications and computer industries continues to be driven, in large part, to the high current levels demanded by the sub-20nm ASICs and/or FPGAs that are at the core of their system architecture.
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06/13/2016
Harsh environments are a reality for many electrical systems used in motor control or solenoid control applications.  The electronics that control motors and solenoids are by necessity in close proximity to the high currents and voltages used to create the physical movement required by the end application.  In
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06/13/2016
Maxim's two-channel, bi-directional digital isolators save space and lower system complexity

Two-channel, bi-directional digital isolators from Maxim Integrated

Designers can save space and achieve more flexible designs with the MAX14933 and MAX14937 two-channel, bi-directional digital isolators from Maxim Integrated Products. They transfer digital signals between circuits in both directions and provide complete galvanic isolation between two power domains, all while
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06/13/2016
Expectations for digital power have run high, especially when one considers the explosive growth created by digital logic in many other markets. However, overall, acceptance of the technology has arguably been firm rather than explosive, despite even the early digital power solutions being at least equal and
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06/13/2016
From early days working on projects to add communication and intelligence to power supplies, which eventually became the Digital Power industry known today, the question of safety and security and how the power supply industry was prepared to address such issues continues to grow in importance. While there is
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06/13/2016
Now that the first generation of mass-market consumer wearables are on the shelves, we can take a step back and analyze the issues that they have encountered and begin to architect a new generation that improves on their design. Key issues that are apparent are the need for greater battery autonomy – consumers
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06/13/2016
Mouser launches timing technology site

Timing Technology site

Mouser Electronics launched its new Timing Technology site, designed to give engineers easy-to-access information on the latest technical advances in timers, counters, and clocks. As part of Mouser's growing selection of Applications & Technologies sites, the Timing Technology site provides a wealth of resource
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06/13/2016
There have been several comparisons of eGaN FETs with silicon MOSFETs in a variety of applications, including hard-switched, soft-switched, and high-frequency power conversion. These studies have shown that eGaN FETs have large efficiency and power density advantages over silicon MOSFETs. Here we’ll focus
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06/13/2016
Gas turbines incorporate a variety of control valves, each performing a different function such as regulating or preventing gas flow.  The precise monitoring and controlling of flow from these valves enables turbines to operate efficiently with minimal wasted energy.   Though actuators move
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06/13/2016
Portable electronics devices (such as smartphones) are having more and more functionality squeezed into them all the time. Simultaneously, there are exacting pressures being placed upon engineers to lengthen the period these devices can last between battery recharges and bring device models to market with sleeker
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06/13/2016
As the market demand for electric vehicles continues to increase — driven in part by government regulations on fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, social awareness, and the overall trend toward greener transportation options — a growing number of automotive manufacturers are incorporating the latest
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06/13/2016
Building on the new commitments to the Global Lighting Challenge announced last week during the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Energy Department is announcing funding for nine research and development projects that will support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development, and manufacturing
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06/13/2016
Torex's latest DC/DC converters accept under 1.0V with an ultra-low supply current

XC9272 Series

Torex Semiconductor has launched the XC9272 series of synchronous step-down DC/DC converters. These converters support a low output voltage under 1.0V and achieve an ultra-low supply current. The demand for low power consumption is growing stronger, and the development of chipsets with reduced core voltages
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06/13/2016
Space-saving and highly-reliable aluminum electrolytic capacitors from Panasonic now at TTI

FKS capacitors

Now available in Europe through TTI, a leading specialist distributor of electronic components, is a new series of miniaturized, cost-effective, aluminium electrolytic capacitors from Panasonic that not only save space, but also increase system reliability. The FKS series devices feature an increase in capacitance
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06/13/2016
Wildcat Discovery Technologies, a technology company using high-throughput methods to develop improved battery materials, is pleased to announce the discovery of its new SuperTemp electrolyte technology. SuperTemp reduces cell impedance (ASI) by 40% at low temperatures of -25oC and by 30% during 60oC
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06/13/2016
In this article we’ll show how a third way of defining average current leads to an infinite gain of the modulator gain for current-mode systems. Another simple derivation produces a fourth expression for the modulator gain, thus completing the set of gains to be found in the literature. Different
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06/11/2016
What’s Really Driving the Growth of Smart Grid?

Kevin Parmenter, PSD Contributor

We have heard quite a bit lately about the smart grid and alternative energy, yet what does this really mean?   At the present time, at least from a numbers perspective, the smart grid actually means smart metering at the point of use.  The number of smart meters being deployed keeps growing
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06/11/2016
Integration or optimizationâ€which comes first?

Larry Spaziani, GaN Systems

At APEC 2016 it became abundantly clear to the industry that GaN transistors are here, they're now, and they're proliferating. GaN Systems, EPC, Transphorm, Panasonic, Infineon, Texas Instruments, and other manufacturers and developers all displayed GaN products in varying readiness, from existing only
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06/11/2016
We are in a transition phase between two epochs of history; the end of the fossil-fuel dominance of society, and the start of a multi-layered green energy economy. This transition, as all change can be, is painful, but necessary if we are to achieve both the functional advances of a smart integrated grid and
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06/11/2016
Polytron's low-noise AC/DC modules target medical applications

MHIA series

Polytron Devices has launched the MHIA series of UL 60601-1 Third Edition recognized and 2MOPP-compliant linear encapsulated AC/DC power modules for medical applications including surgical, patient monitoring, imaging, laboratory and diagnostics equipment. Available with either a PC mount or chassis
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06/10/2016
Outram's latest software helps resolve power quality issues quickly

Pronto power quality software package from Outram Research

A major new release of the Pronto power quality software package from Outram Research makes it possible to find and evaluate power supply issues, report to the standards and solve customer complaints even more quickly. The Windows-based program is used to extract data from Outram's Power Master family of power
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06/10/2016
PSDcast - Eaton's Art Mulligan on their PredictPulse remote grid monitoring and management system

Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design

IN this PSDcast Eaton Product Line Manager Art Mulligan discusses their new PredictPulse Service with Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design. PredictPulse is a a next-generation remote monitoring and management system that collects and analyzes data from connected power infrastructure devices to help reduce the
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06/10/2016
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, released the AOZ226X, second generation of high efficiency, easy-to-use synchronous EZBuck regulators featuring a proprietary Constant On-Time (COT) control architecture that enables
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06/09/2016
Power Integrations' LYTSwitch-1 LED driver ICs reduce complexity in lighting systems

LYTSwitch-1 single-stage, non-isolated, buck topology LED driver IC

Power Integrations, a leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED driver ICs, a announced its LYTSwitch-1 single-stage, non-isolated, buck topology LED driver IC family. Featuring a very compact footprint, the IC enables the design of LED bulbs and tubes with high constant-current accuracy while using a
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06/09/2016
Vicor released four new DCM products in the VIA package

DCM isolated, regulated DC-DC converters

Vicor released four additional DC-DC converters that are deployed in the rugged, chassis-mountable versions of its DCM family of isolated, regulated DC-DC converters. These new products extend the family by adding two 270V and two 28V nominal products to the family.  Applications:
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06/08/2016
Microsemi's low-power switch family eases industrial network migration to Ethernet

Ocelot product family

Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced its new Ocelot product family, a low power, feature-rich Ethernet switch family optimized for communications networking in the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market. Designed
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06/08/2016
Stackpole's high-energy SMT resistors handle up to 4W

SM Series wirewound resistor

The SM Series wirewound resistor offers a robust surface mount device capable of handling up to 4 watts in a single part. The SM8035 case size can handle over 50J of energy while the SM2615 size can withstand more than 5 times the energy of a comparable size pulse withstanding flat chip resistor. A
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06/08/2016
TI claims industry’s highest power density 12-V, 10-A, 10-MHz DC/DC converter

The TPS54A20 SWIFT synchronous DC/DC converter

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first 12-V, 10-A, 10-MHz series-capacitor buck converter that achieves more than 50 A/cm3 in current density, four times higher than current 12V power management component or solution available. The novel topology of the TPS54A20 SWIFT synchronous DC/DC
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Date:
06/08/2016
Imdc, Holst Centre, and Methods2Business develop low-power Wi-Fi HaLow radio solution for IoT

The new low-power, long-range radio solution uses 10 times less power than state-of-the-art orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) radio solutions on the market

At this week’s Design Automation Conference (DAC 2016), nanoelectronics research center imec, Holst Centre (initiated by imec and TNO), and Wi-Fi IP provider Methods2Bussiness presented a complete Wi-Fi  HaLow radio solution. The new low-power, long-range radio solution uses 10 times less power than state-of-the-art
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Date:
06/08/2016
PSDcast - Patrick Le FÃvre of Powerbox on medical power systems

Patrick Le Fèvre of Powerbox

In this PSDcast, Patrick Le Fèvre of Powerbox talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about medical power systems and the current issues facing gthe design engineer. Connected devices in medical applications, some powered by harvesting energy, are very sensitive to radio interference and other
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Date:
06/08/2016
AVX releases new medical selector guide

AVX Medical Selector Guide

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new, interactive Medical Selector Guide that features industry-specific summary information about its portfolio of electronic components for Class I, II, and III medical devices, including: tantalum and ceramic capacitors,
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Date:
06/06/2016
Will conductive inks help wearables go truly wearable?

E-textiles are on the cusp of rapid growth

The first generation of wearable devices are constructed using mature, rigid technologies put inside a new box that can be worn. These are often bulky devices that are not truly wearable in the sense that our clothes are. This is, however, beginning to change, albeit slowly. New conformal, clothing-based components
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Date:
06/06/2016
Infineon's CoolMOS C7 650 V Gold with TO-Leadless package delivers high performance with a small footprint

CoolMOS C7 Gold 650 V in a TO-Leadless package

Infineon Technologies launched a new device of the CoolMOS family: the CoolMOS C7 Gold 650 V in a TO-Leadless package. This combination of improved superjunction (SJ) semiconductor process and advanced SMD package design is delivering unparalleled performance in hard switching applications. The small footprint
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Date:
06/03/2016
TT's automotive-qualified power inductors tout robustness and efficiency

HA78 inductors

TT Electronics, a provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, launched the HA78 series of power inductors aimed at LED driver and braking control system applications in the automotive market. The inductors are Ideal for high power density applications where size is critical and
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Date:
06/03/2016
Linear's latest synchronous step-down regulator operates to 175°C

The LT8610AX 3.5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT8610AX, a 3.5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator, which operates in ambient temperatures up to 175°C. Synchronous rectification delivers efficiency as high as 95% while Burst Mode operation keeps quiescent current under 3.5µA in no-load standby conditions.
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Date:
06/02/2016
Toshiba's single-chip load switch ICs reduce system power consumption

Toshiba’s load switch ICs

Toshiba Electronics has launched three single-chip load switch ICs, the TCK106AF, TCK107AF and TCK108AF. Integrating high performance chips in an industry-standard SOT-25 package, Toshiba’s new ICs combine on-resistance ratings down to just 63mΩ and low typical quiescent currents of 110nA with low loss, low
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Date:
06/02/2016
Handheld instrument sent into space to launch R&S Scope Rider competition

R&S Scope Rider

Rohde & Schwarz today launched a competition to find the most innovative use for its recently announced R&S Scope Rider, the rugged portable oscilloscope with lab performance. Ten shortlisted entrants will each receive a GoPro Hero4 silver camera to make a video of their idea, and the overall winner
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Date:
06/01/2016
STMicro and SAG to develop tiny high-performance NFC tags for IoT

ST25 NFC tag IC

STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Securitag Assembly Group (SAG), a leading supplier of RFID transponders, announced a tiny NFC Ferrite Tag that uses STMicroelectronics’ ST25 NFC tag IC for IoT (Internet of Things) data-transmission
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Date:
06/01/2016
Broadcom, a leading designer, developer, and global supplier of a broad range of analog and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions, announced a new generation of 5A gate drive optocoupler devices, the ACPL-352J and ACNW3430, designed for a wide range of industrial applications including motor drives and
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Date:
06/01/2016
PSDcast - Max Milbredt of Germany Trade & Invest on technology development and Industry 4.0

Max Milbredt of GTI

In this PSDcast Max Milbredt, Manager Electronics and Microtechnology at Germany Trade & Invest, the national economic development agency, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about Germany's efforts and initiatives in the electronics and technology space. From the "Energiewende" (next-generation
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Date:
06/01/2016

 



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