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Energy Efficiency

July 2016
Spectrum's AWG's allow easy signal generation in automated and remote applications

generatorNETBOX instruments are available with 2, 4 or 8 fully synchronous channels

The release of a new line of Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWG's), based on the LXI instrumentation standard, opens the door for engineers and scientists who need to generate electronic signals in automated test and remote applications. Spectrum has released seven new instruments in the generatorNETBOX series
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07/29/2016
PSDcast - Mauricio Esguerra of MAGMENT on their magnetizable concrete tech

Mauricio Esguerra of MAGMENT

In this PSDcast Mauricio Esguerra of MAGMENT talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on their magnetizable concrete technology. MAGMENT power inductors and transformers are based on a disruptive technology for both a novel material and an innovative magnetic design. The material is a patented
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07/29/2016
The The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of eight new research and development projects to receive a total of $11.5 million in federal funding under DOE’s Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development, and Demonstration Crosscut initiative. The projects are focused
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07/28/2016

Keysight Technologies announced that it has extended its industry-leading One-Stop Calibration Services, to include non-Keysight equipment, reinforcing the company's commitment to support complete test systems. Keysight's One-Stop Calibration Services ensure ongoing accuracy and availability of test assets,
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07/28/2016
What is often missed in an automotive power supply when choosing an integrated circuit is not the specification on the data sheet but how the device will operate in the final design. This is because the datasheet covers the integrated circuit performance and can miss how the device will work in a closed loop
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07/27/2016
Driving infotainment systems
As the use of electronics in automobiles increases steadily in recent years, there is a higher demand to improve fuel efficiency. Wide-ranging development efforts, such as reducing car body weight, improving tire performance, and raising the efficiency of electronic circuits are being made by automobile manufacturers
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07/27/2016
The automotive segment is often misunderstood, quickly being solely associated with cars and related applications. It is however much bigger than that, including a broad range of applications such as buses, trucks, industrial vehicles, mobile machinery and mining equipment, forklifts, cleaning automated machines,
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07/27/2016
Stackpole expands thick film chip resistor design kit

Thick film chip resistor design kits

Stackpole Electronics has recently expanded its thick film chip resistor design kit offering to include the 0201 case size. There are 5 different kits offered corresponding to the following value ranges: * 10 ohm – 97.6 ohm (SEI Part KIT-RMCF0201FT-02) * 100 ohm – 976 ohm (SEI Part KIT-RMCF0201FT-03)
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07/27/2016
Allegro's new high-precision field-programmable linear hall-sensor IC offers reverse battery protection

Field-programmable linear Hall-effect current sensor IC

Allegro MicroSystems announced a new field-programmable linear Hall-effect current sensor IC with features including a 240 kHz bandwidth, integrated voltage regulator, reverse battery protection, user-selectable ratiometry, and uni- or bi-directional output options. High accuracy is achieved through proprietary
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07/27/2016
Offering a rationalized peripheral set, two new ultra-low-power STM32L4 product lines from ST Microelectronics provide a cost-optimized solution. With up to 256 Kbytes of Flash memory, our new STM32L43x MCUs comprise variants with versatile combinations of an integrated USB controller and LCD controller, while
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07/27/2016
PSDcast - Keith Evans of the PEIC on the state of the US power industry

Keith Evans of USPEIC

In this PSDcast Keith Evans, CEO of Kyma Technologies and member of the US Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC), talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems DEsign about the state of the electronics industry and how it is dealing with disruptive technologies like wide-bandgap semiconductors. The PEIC
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07/26/2016
Mouser and Grant Imahara launch groundbreaking contest to 3D-print design on ISS

Mouser Electronics and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara launch the International Space Station Design Challenge

Mouser Electronics is teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara for the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Design Challenge, the newest series in the exciting Empowering Innovation Together program. Mouser is accepting entries for this incredible competition now through Oct. 7, 2016. The
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07/26/2016
Wuerth unveils mix-and-match power coil selection tool

Mix and Match precise AC loss calculator for power inductors

Wuerth Elektronik eiSos makes a broad product spectrum of wireless power charging coils. Now the company provides developers with a tool to simplify selection of the right transmitter and receiver coils. Mix and Match, like the world's most precise AC loss calculator for power inductors, is another offering
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07/25/2016
Fairchild’s active bridge solution enhances performance for PoE-based IoT devices

GreenBridge active bridge quad MOSFET FDMQ8205

Fairchild, a leading supplier of high-performance semiconductor solutions, enhanced its industry-leading GreenBridge active bridge quad MOSFET technology with FDMQ8205, the first member of its next-generation GreenBridge series for applications that receive power via Power Over Ethernet (POE), such as security
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07/25/2016
Artesyn's newest 6W DC-DC converters feature medical safety approval

ASA 6W-M Series six watt dc-dc converters

Artesyn Embedded Technologies announced the new ASA 6W-M Series of six watt dc-dc converters that provides OEMs with a cost-effective solution for applications in industrial and medical instrumentation requiring a certified compliance with the stringent industrial or medical safety standards. The
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07/22/2016
Linear's latest gain block delivers 47dBm OIP3 linearity with low noise

Wideband Ultralow Distortion 15dB Gain Block

Linear Technology announced the LTC6433-15, a wideband 15dB gain block amplifier offering outstanding linearity of 47dBm OIP3 (output third order intercept) and 3.22dB noise figure at 150MHz. The amplifier has excellent OP1dB (output 1dB compression point) of 19.2dBm. The LTC6433-15 is uniquely different from
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07/21/2016
A mid-year checkup on 2016 GaN tech predictions

Xray-in-a-pill colonoscopies will gain European approval in 2016 and will eliminate the key barriers to early detection of Colon Cancer

Prognosticators do not often risk their reputations by giving their predictions a “checkup” midway through the period of their predictions. But, I am going to give it a shot and here we go… Wireless Power Will Become Mainstream Wireless power will continue to gain traction
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07/21/2016
Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s fastest 5.7-kVRMS isolated dual-channel gate driver, the first of a new gate driver family in TI’s isolation portfolio. The UCC21520’s flexible, universal compatibility enables its use as an isolated driver in low-side, high-side, high-side/low-side or half-bridge
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07/19/2016
STMicroelectronics has introduced a high-voltage power converter that allows designers to build an ultra-low-consumption, simple, and cost-effective SMPS (Switched-Mode Power Supply) with a 5V output voltage. Particularly suited for low-power applications in home appliances, building, lighting, and motion control,
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07/19/2016
PSDcast - Alex Lidow of EPC on the state of GaN development

Alex Lidow of EPC

In this PSDcast Alex Lidow, CEO and Co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of GaN development. Now that the industry has finally embraced what GaN can do with multiple vendors and solutions, we are now seeing real design-ins and products based
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07/19/2016
Cree's SmartCast PoE chosen by Quest for business center

The Digital Ceiling deployment at the Quest HABC

Quest, a leader in technology management offering professional, cloud, and managed service, selected SmartCast Power over Ethernet (PoE) LED lighting by Cree, integrated with a Cisco network for its new High Availability Business Center (HABC) in Roseville, California. SmartCast PoE is an intuitively simple,
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07/19/2016
Murata introduces thin laminate energy storage device

UMAL low-profile high capacity energy device

Murata announced the UMAL, a low-profile high capacity energy device. Designed to meet the demand for a slim high capacity energy source with a maintenance-free extended life cycle in wireless sensor nodes, the UMAL has charge/discharge and life-cycle characteristics superior to conventional secondary batteries. The
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07/19/2016
SL Power introduces TE90 external power supplies

TE90 Series external power supplies

SL Power Electronics, a division of SL Industries and an industry leader in the design and manufacture of high-efficiency power supplies, announced the expansion of its highly efficient Level VI+ family with the addition of its new TE90 Series external power supplies. Designed for easy integration
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07/19/2016
ams' latest light sensors can shrink smart phone apertures up to 50%

TMD2725 combined proximity and ambient light sensor

ams, a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, introduced new proximity sensing and proximity/ambient light sensing modules which enable android smartphone manufacturers to reduce the sensor aperture in the display’s cover glass to its smallest diameter. Use of the TMD2620 proximity
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07/19/2016
RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents, and Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analogue solutions, have announced a distribution agreement that allows RS to offer the complete Intersil product range to its customers in all territories worldwide. The Intersil
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07/15/2016
TT Electronics’ automotive actuators empower next-gen haptic accelerator pedals

Haptic pedal actuator

TT Electronics, a global provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, has introduced new automotive actuators for next-generation of haptic accelerator pedals. The new TT Electronics actuators tackle the weak spots of systems currently available on the market, offering a sub 400
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07/15/2016
Semikron's IGBT driver with optical interface saves external sensors

SKYPER Prime O is an IGBT driver with optical interface

SKYPER Prime O is an IGBT driver with optical interface and galvanically insulated temperature and DC link signals. SKYPER Prime O is designed and qualified with the IGBT module SEMITRANS10 and offers an Plug & Play bundle with improved SOA characteristic. This saves costly qualification and redesign
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07/15/2016
Powerbox to unveil flexible platform for low-battery voltage start at Innotrans

Low Battery Voltage Start unit (LBVS)

The Powerbox Group, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, announced that they will showcase a new series of advanced products and technologies for rail applications at InnoTrans 2016. Designed to reduce time to market and
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07/15/2016
Murata launches compact low-cost standalone LoRa module

LoRaWAN long range wireless module

Murata announced the launch of a compact low-cost low power wide area network (LPWAN) wireless module that supports the LoRaWAN long range wireless protocol. This standalone compact module measures just 12.5 x 11.6 x 1.76 mm, is constructed in a metal shielded package and comprises a Semtech SX1276 ultra long
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07/14/2016
Microsemi’s Ted Speers joins inaugural RISC-V Foundation Board of Directors

Microsemi’s Ted Speers

Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced Ted Speers, head of product architecture and planning for its system-on-chip (SoC) business unit, has been appointed to the inaugural board of directors of the RISC-V Foundation.
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07/14/2016
Avnet Silica, an Avnet company, offers the full range of products available from Microchip, including the additional solutions for: Automotive, Touch, Memory and Security solutions added to the Microchip portfolio after its acquisition of Atmel. Atmel products now included within the Microchip collection
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07/14/2016
TDK's high-performance 120W DC-DC converters handle harsh environments

HQA DC-DC converters

TDK announced the introduction of the 12V, 24V and 28V output HQA DC-DC converters, with additional output voltage models to be added in the coming months. Packaged in a ruggedised quarter brick form factor, the encapsulated HQA120 models can deliver 120W output power and will operate over a 9V to 40V input
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07/14/2016
PSDcast - Mark Moffat of Peregrine on their advanced GaN FET driver

Mark Moffat of Peregrine Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Mark Moffat, Peregrine Semiconductor's director of power management, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about wide-bandgap semiconductors and Peregrine's new GaN FET driver, the PE29100. Built on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS technology, this new GaN driver empowers design engineers
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07/14/2016
Peregrine Semiconductor, founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, introduces the word’s fastest gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistor (FET) driver, the UltraCMOS PE29100. Built on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS technology, this new GaN driver empowers design engineers
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07/13/2016
Intersil claims first rad-tolerant 36V instrumentation amplifier with integrated differential ADC driver

ISL70617SEH differential input, rail-to-rail output in-amp

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, introduced the industry’s first radiation-tolerant 36V instrumentation amplifier (in-amp) featuring an integrated differential analog-to-digital converter (ADC) driver. The high performance ISL70617SEH differential
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07/12/2016
Nordic Semi unveils product roadmap for low-power cellular IoT

Nordic Semiconductor announced the development of a low-power LTE technology for cellular IoT.

Nordic Semiconductor, a leading provider of ultra low power wireless connectivity, announced the development of a low power LTE technology for cellular Internet of Things (IoT). This development leverages Nordic Semiconductor's more than 10 years of leadership in ultra low power (ULP) wireless and its recruitment
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07/12/2016
Diodes' mini secondary-side MOSFET driver reduces BOM cost in 5V to 12V supplies

APR345 secondary-side MOSFET driver

The APR345 secondary-side MOSFET driver introduced by Diodes Incorporated delivers the smallest size, lowest BOM cost solution for synchronous rectification in 5V to 12V power supplies. This device is suitable for line-powered adapters and chargers for consumer products such as smartphones and tablets, PVRs
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07/12/2016
Allegro's DMOS microstepping driver offers translator, overcurrent protection

A5985 stepper motor driver IC

Allegro MicroSystems Europe announced a new integrated bipolar stepper motor driver IC with built-in translator for easy operation. Allegro’s A5985 is designed to operate bipolar stepper motors from full-step up to 1/32 step modes that are selectable by MSx logic inputs. This new device has an output drive
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07/12/2016
Analogy Devices’ D/A converter empowers next-gen television

AD9162 converter

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) today introduced a D/A converter that brings the future of television to today's home viewers, enabling them to enjoy ultra–high-definition (UHD) and 4K television across more channels at unprecedented streaming and download speeds. The new AD9162 D/A converter represents a breakthrough
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07/11/2016
KOA Speer expands molded current-sense resistor line

SLN5 current sense resistors

KOA Speer Electronics introduced the SLN5 Molded Current Sense Resistor, featuring a 7 Watt power rating in 4527 size. The SLN5 offers a terminal port temperature of 70°C. This is a molded resin resistor designed for current detection and provides excellent dimension accuracy, mountability, and shock resistance.
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07/11/2016
PSDcast - Francois Perraud of Panasonic on their wide-bandgap semiconductors

Francois Perraud of Panasonic

In this PSDcast, Francois Perraud of Panasonic's wide-bandgap semiconductor group talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems on their latest developments in the space. Now that Silicon Carbide and Gallium Nitride semiconductors are being developed for more and more application spaces, it is important to understand
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07/08/2016
Imperial College London wins GaN Systems Geoff Haynes Future Power Challenge

GaN Systems Geoff Haynes Future Power Challenge Award Ceremony

Left to right: Mark Johnson, Paul Mitcheson, Sam Aldhaher, Dave Yates, Juan Manuel Arteaga Saenz, George Khelis, Geoff Haynes, Girvan Patterson.

At a ceremony held at the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics Annual Conference 2016 in Nottingham, England, a post-graduate team from Imperial College London received the £2,000 prize for winning the first, annual GaN Systems Geoff Haynes Future Power Challenge. Sponsored by GaN Systems, the competition was
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07/07/2016
XP Power's compact 1W and 2W DC-DC converters target medical apps

IMM series of 1 and 2 Watt DC-DC converters

XP Power announced the IMM series of 1 and 2 Watt DC-DC converters. The IMM01 1 Watt and the IMM02 2 Watt converters are designed for use in medical applications. Providing a 1500 VAC input/output isolation at a 250 VAC working voltage to facilitate a 1 x MOPP the single and dual output units are approved to
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07/07/2016
SEGGER’s debug tech now available for Zilog’s ZNEO32! family

SEGGER has introduced J-Link support for Zilog’s ZNEO32! Cortex-M3 based family of MCUs

SEGGER has introduced J-Link support for Zilog’s ZNEO32! Cortex-M3 based family of microcontrollers (MCUs). This includes support for debug, as well as Flash-based programming. Production line programming is also available via the SEGGER Flasher family. Projects using the ZNEO32! MCUs can
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07/07/2016
SEMIKRON's latest IGBT Driver core is smaller than a matchbox but has a 20A output stage

The SKYPER12 safely drives IGBT modules up to 400A

The SKYPER12 safely drives IGBT modules up to 400A. With a footprint of 35 x 45 mm, the driver allows very compact inverter designs with small IGBT modules like Mini Dual or SEMiX 5. Thanks to a complete ground layer, adjustable filter management and optimised transformers with low coupling capacitance, the
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07/07/2016
Inside the first municipal solar-plus-storage project in the US

Solar and storage are an obvious pairing

There are some things that just seem to go together. Like Superman and Lex Luthor, Kim and Kanye, and love and marriage, solar and storage are an obvious pairing, right? So obvious, in fact, that one utility executive said she felt surprisingly unsurprised by the proposed Tesla takeover of SolarCity. “Solar
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07/06/2016
Gresham's 300W 3U DC-input CompactPCI supply suits railway and trackside apps

3U CompactPCI Power Supply

Gresham Power Electronics, the Salisbury-based Commercial and Defence power conversion specialist, announces the availability of a 3U high, 300W, DC Input, CompactPCI Power Supply suitable for Railway and Trackside applications. Designed to meet the requirements of EN50155 the CPCI-3U-DC-300W RL requires
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07/06/2016
Solar aircraft completes Atlantic crossing, empowered by VACUUMSCHMELZE

The electric motors of Solar Impulse 2 use the soft magnetic alloy ULTRAVAC 44 V6 and permanent magnets made of VACODYM 655 HR

Bertrand Piccard has successfully completed a non-stop flight across the Atlantic in his aircraft Solar Impulse 2, powered entirely by solar energy. The pilot landed Solar Impulse 2 safely in Seville, Spain, on 23rd June at 7:28 a.m. local time. The achievement places Piccard as a worthy successor to Charles
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07/06/2016
APEC 2017 continues the long-standing tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronic engineer. Outstanding technical content is provided at one of the lowest registration costs of any IEEE conference. Submissions of technical papers for consideration are
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07/06/2016
Diode's brushless DC full-bridge motor driver offers PWM or DC-voltage speed control

AM9468 and AM9469 brushless DC motor drivers

Featuring a bridge-tied-load (BTL) drive architecture to minimize audible switching noise and electromagnetic interference (EMI), the AM9468 and AM9469 brushless DC motor drivers introduced by Diodes Incorporated provide smart driving of cooling fans in notebook and desktop computers, instrumentation and similar
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07/01/2016
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