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Energy Efficiency

January 2017
Piezoelectric elements have traditionally been used primarily in applications in the audio industry, operating in the human audio range (nominally 100 Hz to 18 kHz). However, subsequent improvements in device characteristics have extended their usefulness into markets which demand much-higher performance. For
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01/30/2017
Traco releases THN 15WIR Series ruggedized 15 Watt DC/DC converters

THN 15WIR Series ruggedized 15 Watt DC/DC converter

The THN 15WIR series from Traco Electronic is a family of ruggedized 15 Watt DC/DC converters for highest reliability in harsh environments. The converters have an increased resistance against electromagnetic interference, shock/vibration and thermal shock. The approvals according to standards EN 50155
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01/30/2017
TDK's Level VI efficient medical 300W external supplies offer Class I or Class II inputs

DTM300 external power supply

TDK announced the introduction of the DTM300 series of medically certified 300W external power supplies. Certified to the latest IEC 60601-1 & 60601-1-2 medical standards, the products have 4,000Vac isolation from input to output and are offered with either a Class I or Class II input. The series is intended
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01/30/2017

Picodeon is developing Lithium Ion Battery technology based on Pulsed Laser Deposition to deliver improved Energy Density, Power Density, reduced charging time, and higher safety performance. Picodeon, a leading Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technology company based in Ii, Finland announced its programme to
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01/30/2017
Resolution is the most obvious battleground on which rival television and display manufacturers fight. Consumers have been willing to pay a premium for high-definition HD) displays, and, more recently, for 4k displays. Eventually, ultra-high definition 8k displays are expected to supersede the current generation
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01/28/2017
We are all aware about self-driving cars, and all exciting projects the automotive industry is engaged in, but very few have heard about unmanned ship and projects to operate large fleets of vessels navigating from dock to dock without operational crews (see Figure 1). In early stages, projects such as Maritime
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01/28/2017
Interest in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) is growing steadily as battery technologies improve and the driving range of such vehicles increases. Perhaps as important, EVs/HEVs offer a “green” alternative to traditional vehicles powered by internal-combustion gasoline engines. EVs
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01/28/2017
Lots of things are currently changing: Digital transformation is in full swing, changing our daily lives and demanding new business models. Many countries are facing economic and social challenges. Let’s look at how this effects distribution and what companies like Rutronik are doing to continue to move forward
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01/28/2017
The ability to make consistent measurements of RF or microwave power levels is vital to developing effective radio systems and networks. This article explores how different approaches affect the resultant measurements. The test case compares various approaches to making average power measurements
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01/28/2017
DC-DC converter modules have been around a long time and can be found in most power conversion stages of virtually every application today. As their use evolved to changing application requirements so did the design approach used to construct them. One of these trends meant that in order to preserve
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01/28/2017
The environment has abundant energy, so energy harvesters are an ideal power source for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, eliminating the need to replace and dispose of batteries. However, small energy harvesters often cannot provide the peak power required to collect and transmit data. Let’s take a look
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01/28/2017
Keeping up with consumer

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

The consumer electronics market is growing, yet it’s always in a state of flux. In this huge and competitive market you must have the latest features and functions and the best, easy-to-use interface, or your products will be yesterday’s news and they won’t sell.  The typical pace of the consumer
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01/28/2017
This year’s CES, the 50th, was a geek orgy of gadgets and their related services and infrastructures, each vying for attention in the hopes that it will be the “Next Big Thing”. The reality is that there probably won’t be any one new big shiny thing going forward, the big thing is that there
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01/28/2017
Graphene’s sleeping superconductivity awakens

It has long been postulated that graphene should undergo a superconducting transition, but can’t

Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have believed that graphene may have the innate ability to superconduct. Now Cambridge researchers have found a way to activate that previously dormant potential. Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene
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01/27/2017
International team develops promising mechanism for photovoltaics

Polaron solar cell in laboratory tests: Black is the manganate absorber film with hot polaron excitations

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has laid the foundations for an entirely new type of photovoltaic cell. In this new method, infrared radiation is converted into electrical energy using a different mechanism from that found in conventional solar cells. The mechanism behind the new solid-state solar cell
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01/26/2017
Vishay's fourth-gen 600 V E series power MOSFET lowers conduction, switching losses

Vishay Siliconix n-channel SiHP065N60E

Vishay Intertechnology introduced the first device in its fourth generation of 600 V E Series power MOSFETs. Providing high efficiency for telecom, industrial, and enterprise power supply applications, the Vishay Siliconix n-channel SiHP065N60E slashes on-resistance by 30 % compared with previous 600 V E Series
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01/26/2017
Torex expands lineup of transient voltage suppressors

XBP14E5UFN series transient voltage suppressors

Torex Semiconductor has released the XBP14E5UFN series of transient voltage suppressors, intended to be mounted in close proximity to an external interface to protect downstream ICs from electrostatic discharge. Supporting high-speed signal lines with a low pin capacitance, the XBP14E5UFN is ideal
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01/26/2017
ENGIE Benelux, ENGIE Labs network, and the research partners of EnergyVille, KU Leuven, VITO and imec, have signed a collaboration agreement at the premises of EnergyVille in Genk, Belgium. The agreement covers a range of collaborative tasks in the field of smart energy systems of the future. With the complementary
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01/25/2017
The PCIM Europe Conference 2017 takes place from 16 – 18 May 2017, and covers with its conference program a wide range of topics including recent developments in power semiconductors, passive components, thermal management products, energy storage, sensors and new materials. The comprehensive offer ranges
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01/25/2017
PSDcast - Ed Cuoco of The Weather Company on Smart-Grid analytics

Ed Cuoco of The Weather Company

In this PSDcast Ed Cuoco, Director of Data Science & Advanced Analytics of The Weather Company, an IBM business, talks to Alix Paultre from Power Systems Design about the Smart Grid and the required analytics infrastructure. Energy companies are increasingly turning to advanced new data analytics tools,
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01/25/2017
The exciting future of automotive electronics

Kevin Parmenter, Power Systems Design Contributor

The automotive industry is in a state of change, especially in the power & electronics of infotainment. Rental cars often have Bluetooth interfaces now, and I have often seen information like call logs, text messages, and other data from the previous driver.  I erase them as a courtesy to others and
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01/25/2017
Dialog Semi empowers next-generation connected cars

DA9210-A is a multiphase, automotive grade, 12A DC-DC buck converter

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth low energy technology, announced the DA9210-A power management IC (PMIC). The DA9210-A is a multiphase, automotive grade, 12A DC-DC buck converter that supplies the high current
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01/24/2017
TDK expands automotive MLCC lineup for high-temp apps
TDK has expanded its CGA series of automotive-grade MLCCs for high-temperature applications: New MLCCs with X8L temperature characteristics have been introduced and the capacitance range of its existing X8R types has been extended. With the new types, TDK's lineup of X8L and X8R MLCCs features an unrivalled
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01/24/2017
An appropriate charging infrastructure is critical to support the rapidly growing electric vehicles market worldwide. As a leading semiconductor supplier for driver assistance systems and electric mobility Infineon supports the global standardization of charging infrastructure for hybrid and electric vehicles.
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01/24/2017
MicroPower Direct launches high-isolation, +15V/-8V  DC/DC converter for IGBT apps

IG275E series miniature DC/DC converter

Available now from MicroPower Direct, the IG275E series is a family of miniature DC/DC converter. They are designed specifically to provide the asynchronous output voltage levels required to properly bias the gate drive of IGBT semiconductors. Three models operate from 12, 15 or 24 VDC input bus voltages,
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01/23/2017
Rigol extends their range of power supplies

DP700 series

Rigol Technologies, a leading manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, has expanded its range of power supplies, providing outstanding performance and functionality in the low-cost class. The devices have been developed for optimum ease of use when used in research, development and all laboratory applications.
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01/20/2017
Wuerth Electronics Midcom announced the “Off The Clock Design Challenge”, a premiere design challenge built for those who like to tinker. Participants will be designing a wireless charging end product using the new 15W wireless charging kit developed with ROHM Semiconductor. Contenders chosen
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01/20/2017
EPC kit uses GaN-driven laser diodes for LiDAR

EPC9126 100 V high current pulsed laser diode driver evaluation board

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) announced the availability of the EPC9126, a 100 V high current pulsed laser diode driver evaluation board. In a LiDAR system, used for detecting objects in autonomous vehicle applications, speed and accuracy of detection is critical. As demonstrated by this board, the rapid
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01/19/2017
PSDcast -  Eaton's Nick Klus on their Switching Device Flex Center

Eaton's Nick Klus

In this PSDcast Eaton's Nick Klus talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on their Switching Device Flex Center, an engineering solution development service. Eaton's Switching Device Flex Center designs and modifies safety switches, enclosed circuit breakers, and rotary disconnects for needs that are not
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01/19/2017
Qualcomm announced the top three winners of its first edition of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge (QDIC), which was launched in December 2015, in association with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). Over the last 12 months, ten shortlisted companies were incubated with
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01/17/2017
Infineon's 700 V CoolMOS P7 family serves quasi-resonant flyback topologies

700 V CoolMOS P7

Infineon Technologies developed the new 700 V CoolMOS P7 family to serve today’s and tomorrow’s trends in quasi resonant flyback topologies. These new MOSFETs offer unmatched performance improvements compared to currently used superjunction technologies. Soft switching topologies like smart phone and tablet
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01/17/2017
Vincotech launches new IPM claims deepest integration of any power module

flow1C-general

Vincotech, a supplier of module-based solutions for power electronics, announced the launch of a new, deeply integrated Intelligent Power Module for 1200 V applications. The flowIPM 1C CIB 1200 V achieves the deepest level of integration of any power module available on the market today to drive down systems'
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01/17/2017
PSDcast - Giulio Corradi of Xilinx on advanced transportation systems

Dr. Giulio Corradi of Xilinx

In this PSDcast, Dr. Giulio Corradi, Senior System Architect ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) at Xilinx, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about transporation systems. Always an energy-driven industry, transportation is being transformed by the latest advances in EV systems, motors, IGBTs,
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01/16/2017
PSDcast - Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays on the user interface

Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays

In this PSDcast, Scott Soong, Founder and CEO of Pervasive Displays talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the user interface and energy efficiency. The company is a leader in e-paper displays, and recently announced a newly-available e-paper shield starter kit to help makers and designers
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01/13/2017
 Maxim’s MAX17242/17243 DC-DC synchronous buck converters now at Mouser

MAX17242/MAX17243 step-down DC-DC converters

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking MAX17242/MAX17243 step-down DC-DC converters from Maxim Integrated. These high-efficiency, synchronous converters with integrated MOSFETs help minimize
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01/11/2017
Wolfspeed introduces new SiC MOSFET for EV drivetrains

SiC 900V, 10mΩ MOSFET

Wolfspeed, a Cree Company and a leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has introduced a 900V, 10mΩ MOSFET rated for 196 A of continuous drain current at a case temperature of 25°C. This device enables the reduction of EV drive-train inverter losses by 78 percent based on EPA combined city/highway
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01/10/2017
MINMAX launches cost-optimized 10W DIP DC-DC converter

MIW10 series

MINMAX announced the new MIW10 series of 10W Isolated / Regulated DC-DC Converters in the small 24 pin DIP package measuring only 1.25 x 0.80 x 0.40” where space is critical. The MIW10 family of dc-dc converters consists of 21 models offering 9-18 / 18-36 / 36-75 VDC Input Ranges with single and
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01/10/2017
Infineon's latest drivers empower LED headlamp design

LITIX Power

LEDs in automotive front lighting enable energy savings, new light designs and applications such as matrix beam and laser high-beam. Supporting the progress in automotive lighting Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) launched high-power LED drivers specifically designed for automotive front lights.
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01/10/2017
Wolverine-inspired transparent material is self-healing

Scientists have created an ionic conductor, meaning materials that ions can flow through, that is transparent, mechanically stretchable, and self-healing.

Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots. The
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01/06/2017
PSDcast - Charlie Swiontek of Murata on the Architects of Modern Power

Charlie Swiontek

In this PSDcast, Charlie Swiontek of Murata talks to Alix Paulttre of Power Systems Design about the Architects of Modern Power consortium. Architects of Modern Power is a strategic partnership between CUI, Ericsson, and Murata  that will enable the power design community to benefit from world-class
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01/06/2017
LoRa Alliance members myDevices, an Internet of Things solutions company; Senet, the first and fastest growing North American provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for long-range Internet of Things (IoT) applications built on the LoRaWAN protocol; and STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor
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01/05/2017
The same researchers who pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity have figured out how to make their technique work in a form more suitable to industry. In Nature Communications, engineers from The Ohio State University describe how they used magnetism on a
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01/04/2017
Leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics, energy and digital technology imec (partner in EnergyVille) and BE Semiconductor Industries (Besi), a leading manufacturer of assembly equipment for the semiconductor industry, announced that they have demonstrated long-term reliability in five full size
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01/04/2017
Stackpole adds 6W current-sense chip resistor

CSRF Series of foil on ceramic carrier current sense chips

Stackpole's popular CSRF Series of foil on ceramic carrier current sense chips have added a robust 2043 size part rated for 6 watts of power. The 2043 chip size has terminations on the longer edge of the chip which allows it to handle higher currents with lower thermal resistance and exceptional TCR of 50 ppm.
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01/04/2017
WiTricity working with GM on wireless EV charging

Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity

WiTricity, an industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, announced it is working with General Motors (GM) to test an advanced wireless charging system prototype for electric vehicles. The companies are working together to test WiTricity’s Drive 11 park-and-charge system, designed for maximum
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01/03/2017

 



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