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Energy Efficiency

October 2016
To read the November issue of PSDE, simply 
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Date:
10/31/2016
With fuel economy regulations tightening and autonomous-driving capability with connectivity proliferating, the old-fashioned 12-volt automotive electrical system has reached its usable power limit. Furthermore, a vast increase in automotive electronic systems, coupled with related demands on power, has created
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Date:
10/30/2016
People like to move around, and they like to take their things with them when they do. This is especially true of things we need to maintain our health and fitness. This is not only the case for electronic devices, people have been carrying around pills and pillows for years to feel better on the road. Hotels
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Date:
10/30/2016

When designing portable battery powered systems, size and battery life constraints are often the most severe challenges to overcome. One traditional way to pack a lot of functionality into a small size and power budget is to use a low power microcontroller such as TI’s popular MSP430. These types of ultra-low
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Date:
10/30/2016
The trend in consumer electronics has always been to make them faster, smarter, and with ever-expanding capabilities. But waterproofing has become the new focus of global electronics manufacturers and most brands are rushing to include this benefit to ensure they are not left behind in this ultra-competitive
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Date:
10/30/2016
Oftentimes, designers of mobile medical devices, digital cameras, and portable consumer electronics choose to power their device from two, series-stacked, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries, yet still desire the capability to charge from a 5-V universal serial bus (USB) port. Boosting a 5-V USB input to charge two
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Date:
10/30/2016
Recently there have been efforts to lower below 1V the core voltage of various chipsets used for wearable devices and GPS/communication modules. This is due to the fact that holding down the core operating voltage enables a significant reduction of power consumption. Here we’ll go over a new ultra-low power
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Date:
10/30/2016
The quest for energy efficiency has focused attention on those components of the power electronics that can connect hundreds of volts and amps in inverters with exceptional efficiency. We are talking about modern power switches – IGBTs and SIC-FETs – and how the voltage supplied to the respective gate drivers
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Date:
10/30/2016
High-voltage IGBT-modules usually consist of two types of IC, an IGBT for the transistor and a diode for the freewheeling functionality. A device that combines both functions in a single die is known as a reverse conducting IGBT (RC-IGBT). These modules exhibit a lower thermal resistance when compared to an
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Date:
10/29/2016
Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC) in chipscale surface-mount packages are widely used in electronics for consumer, medical, industrial, automotive, and other applications. Their combination of affordability, compatibility with high-volume assembly, high capacitance values within small dimensions, and high
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Date:
10/29/2016
Equipment designs increasingly utilize advanced MCU, DSP and FPGA devices to deliver the functionality and performance demanded of them. With this sophistication comes the challenge of providing the multiple power rails these devices require. The use of carefully chosen power modules can significantly ease this
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10/28/2016
Here we’ll look at how a rugged and flexible control can be rapidly implemented using an 8-bit microcontroller with analog blocks. For many custom power supplies, this provides an optimum combination of noise immunity, high performance, short development time, and digital flexibility. Analog
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Date:
10/28/2016
On health and medical electronics

Kevin Parmenter, PSD Contributor

The world of medical electronics is changing in new and exciting ways – the wearable’s market opens up the ability of consumers being able to take some of the monitoring and analysis which you used to have to have a physician order tests for. Individuals can use wireless connectivity to monitor
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Date:
10/28/2016
ROHM brings SiC to Formula E

ROHM brings SiC to Formula E

ROHM Semiconductor presented its cutting-edge silicon carbide (SiC) technology at the first race of the new 2016/2017 Formula E season in Hong Kong. At the start of season three, the leading Japanese semiconductor manufacturer started sponsoring and officially partnering with the Venturi Formula E team. The
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Date:
10/28/2016
Artesyn launches 650W medical supply family

Artesyn launches 650W medical supply family

Artesyn Embedded Technologies announced its new wide input range, single-output CNS650-M series of medical power supplies. Contained within an industry standard 4 x 6-inch footprint, these units can deliver 650 W with forced-air cooling (750 W peak) or 400 W with free-air natural convection cooling (650 W peak)
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Date:
10/28/2016
People don’t think about engineers much, and in general engineers are looked upon in a positive light. Unless something goes wrong with something. In the marketplace, engineering is usually the first direction people point fingers when problems occur in a product. Unsafe and/or malfunctioning products
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Date:
10/28/2016
NV Energy deploys Aclara's grid monitoring to retrofit aging infrastructure

Power sensor for grid monitoring

Millions of customers and tourists across Nevada are benefitting from improvements in the quality and continuity of their electrical supply, thanks to a technology upgrade made by their local utility company. NV Energy selected Aclara's grid monitoring platform to retrofit aging substations, distribution feeders
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Date:
10/28/2016
Toshiba's 50Mbps photocouplers server high-speed comms

TLP2767 photocoupler

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced the launch of two new industry-leading photocouplers, TLP2767 and TLP2367, for high-speed communications at data rates up to 50Mbps. TLP2767 is the first 50Mbps product in the industry to achieve both a creepage and clearance distance of 8mm and isolation thickness
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Date:
10/27/2016
Analog Devices announced the acquisition of Innovasic, a leading provider of Deterministic Ethernet semiconductor and software solutions. The acquisition adds a suite of multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet solutions and key enabling technologies to ADI’s Smart Automation Solutions portfolio for industrial automation
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Date:
10/27/2016
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, is exhibiting at the 26th biennial Electronica — the premier global trade fair for electronic components, systems, and applications — which will take place November 8 – 11, 2016 in Munich. Exhibiting in Hall B6 at
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Date:
10/24/2016
Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, and a leading global supplier of GaN-on-SiC high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) with best-in-class reliability, is exhibiting at the 35th annual MILCOM 2016, which will take place November 1 – 3 in Baltimore, Maryland. Widely
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Date:
10/24/2016
Artesyn's 3W industrial converters in ultra-compact DIP-8 package target space-critical apps

AYA series converters

Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced a new series of ultra-compact 3 watt DC-DC converters, targeting a diverse range of low power applications, including data and telecommunication, instrumentation, computer peripheral equipment, industrial automation and mobile battery-powered systems. The new Artesyn
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Date:
10/21/2016
ROHM Semi's latest PMIC optimized for Intel's next-gen Apollo Lake

BD2670MWV PMIC

ROHM has recently announced the availability of a power management IC (PMIC) developed for the latest announced Intel processor (code named Apollo Lake) designed for 2-in-1 tablets and cloud books where reduced power consumption and a thinner, smaller form factor are increasingly demanded. The BD2670MWV
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Date:
10/21/2016
ON Semi's low-power imaging tech in first multi-aperture camera

L16 camera

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficiency innovations, has drawn on its extensive expertise in image sensor technology to help support Silicon Valley start-up Light. The company has provided Light with key imaging hardware for its game-changing L16 camera solution, which utilizes advanced computational processing
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Date:
10/21/2016
PSDcast - Tomas Moreno of Dialog Semi on wide-bandgap semiconductors

Tomas Moreno of Dialog Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Tomas Moreno of Dialog Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre about wide-bandgap semiconductors. A disruptive technology finally becoming established in the marketplace, Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices will permanently change the industry. The company recently demonstratied
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Date:
10/21/2016
Phoenix Contact’s DIN-Rail QUINT4 power supplies now at Mouser

Phoenix Contact QUINT4 Power Supply Units

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking QUINT4 power supply units from Phoenix Contact. These fourth-generation QUINT POWER supplies provide fully customizable solutions to meet evolving system
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Date:
10/20/2016
Exactly what constitutes Industry Revolution 4.0 is little confusing. This revolution will include smart, au- tomated factories where machines will be communicating with each other. In addition, there will be role for Internet of Things, cloud computing and many other emerging new technologies. Will this revolution
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Date:
10/19/2016
Vincotech launches MiniSKiiP PACK 2 and PACK 3 modules with Mitsubishi Electric's latest gen-7 chips

MiniSKiiP PACK 2 and PACK 3

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, today announced that the company has released a new MiniSKiiP product line. Featuring sixpack topology and able to handle up to 200 A, these MiniSKiiP® PACK 2 and MiniSKiiP PACK 3 modules are available with the new Mitsubishi Electric's
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Date:
10/17/2016
Infineon's RC-E discrete IGBTs target induction cookers

RC-E IGBTs

Induction cooking appliances commonly make use of resonant topologies which allow bi-directional current flow. Additionally they demand a discrete IGBT that performs best at switching frequencies from 18 to 40 kHz and has low losses. Infineon Technologies launched a new family of discrete IGBTs to address these
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Date:
10/17/2016
PSDcast - Mike Noonen of Silego on advanced mixed-signal ICs

Mike Noonen, VP Sales and Business Development

In this PSDcast Mike Noonen, Silego’s VP Sales and Business Development, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the marketplace in advanced mixed-signal devices. Silego has an intgeresting perspective on the space, as they recently shipped two billion units since the introduction
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Date:
10/17/2016
A key consideration for wireless sensor nodes that will populate the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is battery lifetime. The sensor nodes, in many applications, will need to be installed in locations that are difficult to reach and, consequently, service. Because it is too costly and difficult to run power
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Date:
10/12/2016
Oftentimes, designers of digital cameras, mobile devices and other consumer electronics choose to power their device from two, series-stacked, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries, yet still desire the capability to charge from a 5-V universal serial bus (USB) port. Boosting a 5-V USB input to charge two series-stacked
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Date:
10/12/2016
Wuerth & Linear release new micropower flyback transformers

Micropower, flyback MID-ILTFLY transformers

In partnership with Linear Technology, Wuerth Electronics Midcom introduces the new flyback transformers for LT8303 and LT8304 reference designs. The LT8303 operates from an input voltage range of 5.5V to 100V and can deliver up to 5W of isolated output power, while the LT8304 operates from an input voltage
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Date:
10/12/2016
Linear's latest LDO powers noise-sensitive apps

The LT3045 20VIN, 500mA 0.8μVRMS Ultralow Noise, Ultrahigh PSRR LDO

Linear Technology announced the LT3045, an ultralow noise, ultrahigh power supply ripple rejection (PSRR) low dropout voltage linear regulator, a higher output current version of the widely accepted 200mA LT3042 ultralow noise LDO. The LT3045’s unique design features ultralow spot noise of only 2nV/√Hz at
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Date:
10/12/2016
Recom's converters for rail and industrial apps now at Dangrove

RPA20-AW and 30-Watt RPA30-AW

The latest RECOM wide input-voltage range DC/DC converters are now available from Dengrove Electronic Components. The 1” x 1” 20-Watt RPA20-AW and 30-Watt RPA30-AW, and 2” x 1” 60-Watt RPA60-AW, deliver high power density and rugged performance with 1.6kV safety isolation and built-in short-circuit,
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Date:
10/11/2016
GigaDevice Semiconductor, a leading fabless provider of non-volatile memory and advanced 32-bit MCU solutions headquartered in Beijing, China, is vigorously expanding its sales and marketing activities in the EMEA region, where it has several reps and distributors and is set to open its European Headquarter
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Date:
10/11/2016
Having a good grasp of how measurement tools actually operate can provide valuable insight into how test methods can be improved. Setups can subsequently be made simpler and more effective, plus test performance parameters can be significantly raised. This is true for any sphere of technology that requires the
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Date:
10/11/2016
ROHM Semiconductor brings SiC tech into Formula E

Inverter for season three in Formula E car

ROHM Semiconductor presented its cutting-edge silicon carbide (SiC) technology at the first race of the new 2016/2017 Formula E season in Hong Kong. At the start of season three, the leading Japanese semiconductor manufacturer started sponsoring and officially partnering with the Venturi Formula E team. The
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Date:
10/11/2016
Infineon's OptiMOS 5 boasts a breakthrough reduction in on-state resistance and reverse recovery charge

OptiMOS 5 150 V

Aiming at high efficiency designs and applications, Infineon Technologies introduces the OptiMOS 5 150 V portfolio. This product family further expands the industry leading OptiMOS 5 generation of power MOSFETs. The new 150 V product family is especially optimized for high performance applications which require
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Date:
10/11/2016
Vishay’s hi-temp automotive-grade dual inductors now at TTI

Vishay’s automotive-grade IHLD dual inductors

Now available in Europe through TTI, a leading specialist distributor of electronic components, are Vishay’s automotive-grade IHLD dual inductors offering high temperature operation up to +155°C. The new low-profile and high-current devices save board space by combining two inductors in one 9.75mm by 9.14mm
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Date:
10/11/2016
LGA package technology can deliver important advantages for the high-performance Point-Of-Load converters needed to feed power-hungry, fast-reacting data centers and network infrastructure. As the power demands of high-performance Cloud and telecom computing systems continue to increase, converter modules that
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Date:
10/11/2016
Continuing the old story-telling tone which began the issue, I would like to point your attention to the centuries-old proverb “For want of a nail” which describes a chain of events and their consequences from a small error snowballing into catastrophe. There are many lessons to draw from this, from the
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10/11/2016
Here we’ll explore the analytical transfer function for the tightly-coupled Sepic converter. It is shown that the control-to-output function is just second-order, not fourth-order like the conventional Sepic converter [1]. The coupling capacitor of the converter has no effect on the control, and it can be
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10/10/2016
Imec scientist to develop advanced flexible electronics

Kris Myny - imec - Imec scientist to develop advanced flexible electronics

Leading nanoelectronics research center imec announces that Kris Myny, one of its young scientists, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. The grant of 1.5 million euros is earmarked to open up new research horizons in the field of thin-film transistor technology. This will allow a leap forward compared to
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Date:
10/10/2016
Analog Devices’ low power AFE enables smaller, lighter wearable health devices with longer battery life

AD8233 biopotential analog front end

Analog Devices announced a low power, next-generation biopotential analog front end (AFE) which enables smaller, lighter, and less obtrusive cardiac monitoring devices with longer battery life. The AD8233 AFE is a fully integrated, single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) front end designed in one compact, easy-to-use
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10/10/2016
Compact TVS diodes from Littelfuse protect sensitive electronics

SMF3.3 Series TVS Diodes

Littelfuse, a leader in circuit protection, has introduced a series of TVS Diodes designed specifically to protect sensitive portable and compact electronics from voltage transient events. The SMF3.3 Series TVS Diode combines 200W surge capability, low reverse standoff voltage (3.3V), and low clamping voltage
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Date:
10/10/2016
TE Connectivity (TE), a leader in connectivity and sensor solutions, announced it will showcase its latest products and innovations at electronica 2016, the world's leading trade fair for electronic components, systems and applications, in Munich, Germany November 8 – 11. Join TE experts in Hall B2, Booth
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Date:
10/10/2016
STMicroelectronics addresses board space with tiny micropower rail-to-rail comparator

TS985 comparator

Squeezed in a footprint smaller than 1mm2, STMicroelectronics’ new TS985 comparator combines battery-friendly micropower performance with enhanced dynamic range and high speed. The 0.8mm x 1.2mm x 0.52mm Chip-Scale Package (CSP) makes the device ideal for space-constrained applications such as smartphones,
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Date:
10/10/2016
PSDcast - Ryan Peusch of Zentility on enterprise energy consumption

Zentility co-founder Ryan Peusch

In this PSDcast Zentility co-founder Ryan Peusch talks to Power System Design's Alix Paultre about the ever shifting energy market and regulatory environment, and things businesses can do to mitigate their disruption. Zentility is Baltimore-based proprietary energy technology provider of an automated service
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Date:
10/10/2016
To read the October issue of PSDNA, simply   click
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10/08/2016
To read the October issue of PSDE, simply click here
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Date:
10/08/2016
The role of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is simple in concept: provide a temporary power bridge to support the load between the loss of the utility and the transfer to diesel generators. Even though the task is easy to define, the best way to achieve the goal is often clouded in obscurity as the benefits
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Date:
10/07/2016
Using EMC filters
EMC problems in frequency converters occur not only at the input, but also at the output. To ensure reliable elimination of any kind of interference at the output as well, companies like TDK, for example, offer a wide range of EPCOS filters and reactors. Frequency converters are used for regulating
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Date:
10/07/2016
Automated factories employ sensors and I/O modules to control their industrial processes. As they increase in sophistication and shrink in size, they are enabling the fourth industrial revolution, dubbed Industry 4.0. A single module (see Figure 1) can have up to 64 channels, and a typical factory floor may
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Date:
10/07/2016
Low ohmic value current-sensing resistors from TT reduce design footprint

LCS series thin-film resistors

TT Electronics, a leading provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, launched the LCS series of thin-film resistors. For sensing and measurement of DC and AC currents in the sub-3A range, the resistors bring precision thin film resistor performance into the field of low ohmic values
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10/05/2016
Industry 4.0, the latest industrial revolution, is changing the way manufacturing organizations think about production. The aim of Industry 4.0 is to make manufacturing more flexible and responsive to customer needs, providing the ability to make small batches that are tailored to individual customers. The
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10/04/2016
A master supply agreement between e2v, a leader in the high reliability (hi-rel) semiconductor market, and GaN Systems, a leading manufacturer of gallium nitride power transistors, establishes e2v as an international supplier of GaN Systems’ 100V and 650V hi-rel GaN transistor products and customer care for
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10/04/2016
Using e-paper in IoT devices can extend battery life by decades

The energy consumption profile of an e-paper display as it updates

You’ve carefully selected your sensor, found the lowest power MCU for your battery-powered IoT application, optimized your code to minimize energy consumption and chosen the lowest power wireless solution to send packets of data where they need to go. Now you want to figure out how to add a display to your
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10/04/2016
TI claims first fully-integrated DDR memory power solution

TPS54116-Q1 DC/DC buck converter

Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first fully integrated power management solution for double date rate (DDR)2, DDR3 and DDR3L memory subsystems in automotive and industrial applications. The TPS54116-Q1 DC/DC buck converter is a 2.95-V to 6-V input, 4-A synchronous step-down converter with a 1-A
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Date:
10/04/2016
TULIPP project to target next-gen energy-efficient embedded image processing

The Tulipp (Towards Ubiquitous Low-power Image Processing Platforms) project

The Tulipp (Towards Ubiquitous Low-power Image Processing Platforms) project, a new initiative targeting the development of high performance, energy-efficient embedded systems for the growing range of increasingly complex image processing applications, has been announced. The Tulipp project is being funded with
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10/04/2016
Allegro introduces dual full-bridge PWM  motor driver IC

Allegro’s A5995

Allegro MicroSystems Europe announced a new 40 V dual full-bridge driver capable of driving two DC motors with outputs rated up to 3.2 A. Allegro’s A5995 device includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) regulators for current control. Each DC motor can be controlled in forward, reverse, coast and
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Date:
10/04/2016
Ampleon's 1kW 2.4GHz compact RF energy reference system targets industrial heating market

M2 RF Energy reference system

Ampleon, a recent spin-off from NXP Semiconductors, announced the modular M2 RF Energy reference system. In the industrial heating market, companies are looking for innovations from solid state RF power suppliers to replace magnetron components in their products. This technology replacement is driven by the
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Date:
10/04/2016
Carpenter Technology to launch soft magnetic alloy at CWIEME Chicago

CARTECH HYPOCORE

Leading producer of premium specialty alloys, Carpenter Technology Corporation will use CWIEME Chicago to promote its new soft magnetic alloy CARTECH HYPOCORE. The product exhibits excellent soft magnetic properties compared to existing commercialized grades of non-grain oriented electrical steel, allowing customers
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Date:
10/03/2016
Excelsys to showcase their 600W fanless supply at electronica 2016

CoolX600 convection-cooled modular power supply platform

The industry-leading CoolX600 convection-cooled modular power supply platform from Excelsys Technologies will be the centrepiece of their innovative range of user configurable power supplies on display at electronica this year. The CoolX600 delivers an incredible 600W, without fan assisted cooling, from
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Date:
10/03/2016
Mentor Graphics announced that it has joined the Wide Band Gap integration (WBGi) power electronics consortium to participate in thermal management and power cycling initiatives. The WBGi Consortium, established in 2013 by Professors Katsuaki Suganuma and Tsuyoshi Fuaki of Osaka University in Japan, assembles
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Date:
10/03/2016

 



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