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Energy Efficiency

 



 

 

Energy Efficiency

November 2016
A digital hybrid energy-storage system

The thermal image of the demonstrator indicates a slight temperature increase for the active components when operating at peak load.

Rutronik has developed a revolutionary new hybrid energy storage system (HESS) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ). The combination of battery and ultracapacitor improves the peak current characteristics of the energy storage system, minimizes battery degradation significantly,
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11/30/2016
Microchip infotainment tech implemented in new Aston Martin DB11

MOST150 technology has been implemented in the new Aston Martin DB11

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced that MOST150 technology has been implemented in the new Aston Martin DB11. Aston Martin Lagonda has been utilizing MOST technology for many years and has smoothly migrated from MOST25 to MOST150
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11/30/2016
Murata's PMBus-compliant PoL converter offers dynamic loop compensation

OKDL-T/60-W12-xxx-C digital PoL

Murata introduced the OKDL-T/60-W12, a 60 Amp, 95% efficient addition to the Murata Power Solutions OKD family of digitally controlled point of load (PoL) DC-DC converters. The OKDL-T/60 power module is ideally suited for FPGA and processor applications. The module is specified to operate over a Vin range of
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11/30/2016

Analog Devices’ AD8233 AFE for medical wearables now at Mouser

Analog Devices AD8233 Analog Front End for Heart Monitor Devices

Mouser Electronics, a leading distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the AD8233 analog front end (AFE) for heart monitor devices from Analog Devices. The AD8233 AFE is a fully integrated, single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) front end designed in a compact,
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11/30/2016
ON Semi to debut scalable design platform for next-gen wearables at CES

Wearable Development Kit (WDK1.0)

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has utilized its strength and depth in a broad range of semiconductor disciplines - including analog, power management, sensor interface and signal conditioning - to introduce a comprehensive development resource for the wearable electronics sector. The
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11/30/2016
With consumer paranoia about security at an all-time high, does automotive software development need to up its game in the quality stakes? The recent collaboration between automotive manufacturers and internet providers in the creation of the autonomous vehicle has sparked great consumer interest in the development
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11/29/2016
Enabling the car of the future

Maxim’s GMSL SerDes chipsets can be used to connect head-unit video data to rear-seat entertainment consoles.

As the auto industry continues pushing development of autonomous vehicles, cars are increasingly becoming sophisticated electronic systems on wheels. Take the Ford GT—with 10 million lines of code, this car surpasses the code volume of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner by 3 million lines! Designing these
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11/29/2016

Electron microscopy image of a conductive graphene/cotton fabric

A new method for producing conductive cotton fabrics using graphene-based inks opens up new possibilities for flexible and wearable electronics, without the use of expensive and toxic processing steps. Wearable, textiles-based electronics present new possibilities for flexible circuits, healthcare
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11/29/2016
In the popular usage of the term, “electric vehicles” are those whose propulsion systems are under at least partial electric power. Long touted as environmentally beneficial, hybrid vehicles such as Toyota’s Prius and Chevrolet’s Volt have been rather successful in capturing market share initially. Relative
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11/29/2016
Transportation systems can have input voltage ranges up to 14V (single battery automotive), 28V (dual battery trucks, busses, airplanes), or higher, and require one or more low voltage rails for digital systems. As a result, designs of such systems need to know how they can step down from high input voltages
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11/29/2016
Driverless vehicles require sensors to be able to provide distance readings in relation to a vehicle ahead, behind or to the side to a central controller. Radar, laser, infrared and optical cameras, and ultrasound can all be used to gather data about other vehicles, the surroundings, and the road. Cameras are
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11/29/2016
NYU Nanoscale breakthrough promises atomic-scale electronics

At just one atom thick, tungsten disulfide allows energy to switch off and on, but it also absorbs and emits light, which could find applications in optoelectronics, sensing, and flexible electronics. The NYU logo shows the monolayer material emitting light

Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have pioneered a method for growing an atomic scale electronic material at the highest quality ever reported. In a paper published in Applied Physics Letters, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Davood Shahrjerdi and doctoral student
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11/29/2016
First wireless battery management system unveiled

Wireless BMS concept car at electronica

Linear Technology, a leading provider of battery stack monitoring ICs for electric and hybrid/electric vehicles, demonstrated the first wireless automotive battery management system (BMS) concept car at the Electronica Show in Munich, Germany. This wireless BMS concept car, developed by Linear’s design partner
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11/29/2016
PSDcast - Linear's Alison Steer on energy metering

Linear's Alison Steer

In this PSDcast Alison Steer, Product Marketing Manager at Linear Technology, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the art in energy metering. The company recently released the LTC2947, a 30A Power/Energy monitor with an integrated sense resistor that can measure current, voltage,
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11/29/2016
The LTM8055 is a buck-boost μModule® regulator with a 5V to 36V input range that can be easily paralleled to extend load current capability. Its 4-switch buck-boost topology features high efficiency while allowing the input voltage to be below, at or above the output—with smooth transitions between
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11/28/2016
While it is understandable to wail at the predicted demise of “real” cars at the hands (?) of autonomous vehicles (AV), and all the fun and enjoyment that fossil-fuel clutch-driven performance driving provides, the uproar is directed in interesting directions. There are many reasons to own a vehicle, and
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11/28/2016
Schaffner's FN530 sine wave and EMC output filter extends motor life

FN530 Sine Wave Filter

Schaffner introduced the FN530 Sine Wave Filter with EMC Output Filter which eliminates premature motor damage caused by high dv/dt, overvoltages, cable ringing, motor overheating and eddy current losses in industrial applications. Suitable for motor from 1.5 to 7.5 kW and from 4-16 A, with frequencies up to
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11/28/2016
Innovation is the driver of progress in industrial automation. From the conception of the programmable logic controller (PLC) in 1968 to the introduction of the collaborative robots we see in industry today, technological developments continuously shape the industrial automation landscape. Internet
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11/28/2016
Lab4MEMS Project earns European Innovation Award

Lab4MEMS project team wins the 2016 Innovation Award during the European Nanoelectronics Forum

The Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL) Joint Undertaking announced the Lab4MEMS project as the winner of its 2016 Innovation Award during the European Nanoelectronics Forum, in Rome, Italy. At its launch in January 2014, Lab4MEMS was identified as a Key Enabling Technology
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11/26/2016
NMSU energy harvester to power pacemakers

Abdessattar Abdelkefi, mechanical and aerospace engineering assistant professor, second from left, is pictured with three of his New Mexico State University Ph.D. students. From left, Rashid Naseer, Hichem Abdelmoula and Mostafa Hassanalian assist Abdelkefi with projects including an energy harvester for pacemakers.

About 200,000 Americans have pacemakers implanted each year, and a College of Engineering professor at New Mexico State University is working on a mechanism to increase the longevity of the devices. Abdessattar Abdelkefi, mechanical and aerospace engineering assistant professor, is leading a project that designs
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11/25/2016
The New York State Photonics Board of Officers today announced that Samtec, a global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, has become the latest member of AIM Photonics. Samtec will play a key role within the institute, providing expertise and leadership in prototyping and evaluating
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11/23/2016
 Panasonic expands hybrid cap line with ZK Series

EEH-ZK series (Type V-ZK) Hybrid Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitors

Hybrid Capacitors from Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe combine the advantages of electrolytic capacitors with those of solid Polymer capacitors, and have established themselves as reliant and across-the-board solutions in automotive and industrial applications alike. Hybrid technology offers
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11/22/2016
ALD's PCB auto-balances leakage current in supercapacitor stacks

ALD's PCB auto-balances leakage current

Advanced Linear Devices, a design innovation leader in analog semiconductors, announced the immediate availability of universal printed circuit boards(PCB) designed to automatically balance leakage currents and manages over voltage enabling ultra-low power usage in supercapacitors used in a series stack. The
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11/21/2016
CUI announced a family of ultra-compact ac-dc power supplies in an open frame SIP package. The 3 W and 5 W configurations of the PBO series measure as small as 35 x 11 x 18 mm (1.38 x 0.43 x 0.71 in), allowing them to occupy less board real-estate than other power solutions. The 3 W models are also available
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11/21/2016
Nanoscale tech breakthrough at NYU promises atomic-scale electronics

At just one atom thick, tungsten disulfide allows energy to switch off and on, but it also absorbs and emits light, which could find applications in optoelectronics, sensing, and flexible electronics. The NYU logo shows the monolayer material emitting light.

Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have pioneered a method for growing an atomic scale electronic material at the highest quality ever reported. In a paper published in Applied Physics Letters, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Davood Shahrjerdi and doctoral student
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11/18/2016
Mouser now has Silicon Labs’ Mighty Gecko IoT module

Silicon Labs MGM111 Mighty Gecko Module

Mouser Electronics, a leading distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking Silicon Labs’ new MGM111 Mighty Gecko mesh networking module, based on the EFR32 Mighty Gecko system-on-chip (SoCs). The MGM111 module is supported by Silicon Labs’ reliable, secure
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11/17/2016
PSDcast - Akhil Docca of Future Facilities on thermal simulation

Akhil Docca of Future Facilities

In this PSDcast Akhil Docca of Future Facilities talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about thermal simulation, important in the light of the fact that power management and thermal management are directly related. Future Facilities' 6SigmaET has developed into a go-to tool in thermal simulation,
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11/17/2016
Energy Department announced 2020 SunShot hit over 90% of target

SunShot Initiative goals

The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy today announced a commitment for its SunShot Initiative to cut the cost of solar-generated electricity by 50% between 2020 and 2030. This new target is a reflection of the SunShot Initiative's leadership in helping the industry reach
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11/17/2016
Wuerth Electronics Midcom releases isolated buck transformers

MAX17681 converter

Wuerth Electronics Midcom announces the new series of isolated buck transformers for Maxim Integrated’s MAX17681 converter. These pick and placeable transformers, built on self-shielding packages, have small form factor and losses. The high efficiency MAX17681 converter eliminates the need for optocoupler
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11/15/2016
PSDcast - Mike Demasi of Phononic on advanced cooling technology

Mike Demasi of Phononic

In this PSDcast Mike Demasi, Phononic’s Vice President and General Manager of Cold Products, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced cooling technology. Phononic is bringing medical facilities to the next level with eco-friendly refrigeration that meets exact precision temperature
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11/14/2016
TDK-Lambda's 1500W modular supply with full MoPPs isolation boasts lowest acoustical noise

QM7 power supply

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda brand QM7 power supply with a 7-year warranty. The series has full medical MoPPs isolation and the lowest acoustic noise currently on the market for a 1500W modular product. This continues TDK-Lambda’s 37 year legacy in modular power supplies which
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11/14/2016
Too many electronics design engineers don’t think thermal is a priority

Thermal runaway is no laughing matter

New research from the 6SigmaET team at Future Facilities, the leading thermal simulation tool provider, has found that 1 in 5 engineers confirm thermal issues are a common cause of expensive and time-consuming late stage design complications. Despite this, the survey of over 350 professional electronics engineers
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11/14/2016
Lattice Semi and NDS Surgical Imaging to partner on tech for wireless HD vdeo for medical apps

ZeroWire ecosystem

Lattice Semiconductor, a leading provider of customizable smart connectivity solutions, and NDS Surgical Imaging, a leader in designing and manufacturing medical visualization, imaging and video processing systems, today announced a strategic partnership leveraging Lattice’s WirelessHD solution specifically
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11/14/2016
Infineon makes fastest machine to complete Rubik's Cube

The Rubik’s Cube was solved in just 637 thousandths of a second

The Rubik’s Cube was solved in just 637 thousandths of a second: At the electronica trade fair, the machine “Sub1 Reloaded” pulled off the feat with the help of microchips from Infineon. The microcontroller AURIX™, one of the world’s most powerful minicomputers, also contributed to the record-breaking
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11/10/2016
Transphorm launches 72mΩ TO-220 GaN FET

TPH3212PS

Transphorm, a leader in the design and manufacturing of JEDEC-qualified 650V GaN (gallium nitride) semiconductors, announced its latest portfolio addition: the TPH3212PS. Available in a TO-220 package, the device has an on-resistance of 72 mOhms (mΩ) and targets AC to DC and DC to AC power supplies. When used
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11/10/2016
Maxim’s octal high-side switch and driver safely demagnetizes any inductive load

MAX14913 octal high-side switch and driver

Designers of industrial controllers can safely drive and demagnetize any inductive load for Industry 4.0 applications with the MAX14913 octal high-side switch and driver from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). With a unique, innovative, safe-demagnetizing clamp on each output, it easily and reliably
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11/08/2016
AgileSwitch to get patent for SiC module switching Tech

ATOFF (Augmented Turn-Off)) switching

AgileSwitch, innovator of intelligent IGBT and SiC MOSFET gate drivers, announced that it has “allowed patent claims” related to its proprietary ATOFF (Augmented Turn-Off)) switching technique. The firm expects the formal patent to be awarded within the next 60 to 90 days. AgileSwitch’s Augmented
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11/08/2016
Laird to showcase embedded wireless systems at electronica

Laird embedded wireless systems

Come learn about Laird's latest products and engage in hands-on demonstrations! BL652 - contains the latest generation silicon with Bluetooth Smart v4.2 capabilities & groundbreaking ultra-low power performance. Sterling-LWB - 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and
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11/07/2016
PSDcast - Neil Cannon of EnOcean on energy harvesting in smart devices

Neil Cannon of EnOcean

In this PSDcast,EnOcean’s new President for North America, Neil Cannon talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about using energy harvesting technology to drive intelligent embedded systems. From wearables to smart lighting, the IoT will involve a lot of remote systems that may not have access to ready
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11/05/2016
Fraunhofer to unveil mini OLED for low-power eyewear at electronica

Fraunhofer advanced microdisplay

Data glasses mirror information to the eye without interfering with the wearer‘s vision. However, the battery runs down quickly, because the electronics consume a great amount of electricity while playing back the images. Fraunhofer researchers have developed an energy-saving display that reduces the power
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11/04/2016
The new R&S RT-ZP1X passive 1:1 probe from Rohde & Schwarz broadens the application range of its R&S RTO and R&S RTE series oscilloscopes. Both the probe and the oscilloscopes' frontend are extremely low noise, making this combination ideal for measuring the smallest of signals down to 1 mV/div,
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11/04/2016
Renesas' RL78/I1C microcontrollers support international standards (DLMS) for smart meters

RL78/I1C MCUs

Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the availability of its new microcontrollers (MCUs) for the power meter market, particularly targeting the smart meters. The new RL78/I1C Group of MCUs is designed for the international standard DLMS with enhanced security
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11/04/2016
Schaffner introduces high-current EMC/EMI filters for 690Vac or 1,500Vdc apps

EMC/EMI filter for 690 VAC- or 1,500 VDC applications

Schaffner, a leader in the fields of electromagnetic compatibility and power quality, introduced the new FN 22xx HV and FN 33xx HV standard filters for high current applications for 690 VAC and 1,500 VDC PV inverters, converters and motor drives. These innovative filters are optimised for the requirements of
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11/04/2016
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11/03/2016
Murata's ultra-compact LoRa wireless module now at Avnet Abacus

Murata CMWX1ZZABZ-078

Avnet Abacus, a leading interconnect, passive, electro-mechanical and power distributor announced the availability of a highly compact module that is compliant with the LoRaWAN specification for narrowband wireless connectivity. Measuring only 12.5 x 11.6 x 1.76mm in a metal-shielded LGA package, the low-cost
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11/03/2016
GaN Systems to show latest developments at electronica 2016

GaN transistors can reduce the size of a 48 V, 12 kW motor drive by 5X and the weight by 3X

Power system companies continue adopting gallium nitride (GaN) transistors in place of silicon IGBTs and MOSFETs. By designing GaN into power systems and modules, customers have launched a stream of smaller, lighter and less costly electronic systems into the market. These products exhibit dramatic performance
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11/03/2016
PSDcast - Diana Goehringer of TULIPP on next-gen energy-efficient embedded image processing

Diana Goehringer of TULIPP

In this PSDcast, Diana Goehringer of TULIPP talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about next-gen energy-efficient embedded image processing. TULIPP's focus is to develop a reference platform for vision-based system designers that defines a set of guidelines for the selection of relevant combinations
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11/03/2016
Navitas Semiconductor announced CEO, Gene Sheridan, will present the advantages of industry-leading Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power ICs, using its proprietary AllGaN technology, at the upcoming IEEE Power Electronics Society 4th IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA). The
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11/03/2016
Infineon's robust Gate driver IC 1EDN touts low power consumption

1EDN EiceDRIVER gate driver ICs

Infineon Technologies introduced the 1EDN EiceDRIVER family of 1-channel low-side gate driver IC is well suited to drive MOSFETs, IGBTs, as well asand GaN power devices. Its pin-out and packages are fully compatible to the industry standard which eases the drop-in replacement for existing designs. Applications
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11/03/2016
Teledyne LeCroy launches RP4030 active voltage rail probe and SPMI decoder

RP4030 active voltage rail probe and an industry first MIPI System Power Management Interface (SPMI) serial decoder

Teledyne LeCroy launches two new products,  the RP4030 active voltage rail probe and an industry first MIPI System Power Management Interface (SPMI) serial decoder. The RP4030 probe measures small signal variations on a DC power/voltage rail, while the SPMI decoder monitors and correlates SPMI serial bus
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11/02/2016
The HVPS supply from DTI offers 250kW at over 92% efficiency

HVPS Series Switching Mode Power Supply

A compact solid-state high voltage DC power supply that provides high efficiency and reliability in a small enclosure is being introduced by Diversified Technologies, Inc. (DTI) of Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. The DTI 250 kW HVPS Series Switching Mode Power Supply is a compact, fully integrated
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11/02/2016
e-peas launches PMIC targeting energy harvesting

The AEM10940

The AEM10940 utilizes e-peas proprietary energy management technology in order to maximize the efficiency with which electronic hardware draws energy from the ambient environment. This device, which is now in full scale production, is set to have major implications for the various power-frugal sensing applications
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11/02/2016
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